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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-07-27 16:37:55

07/28/2017 ISSUE 30

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July 28, 2017 | Volume 4, Issue 30 Newsstand Price: $1.00

YOUR LOCAL NEWS SOURCE FOR INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

PAGE 16 4 CAREGIVER WHO STOLE 8 BIG TOBACCO GOES ON PAGE B6
FROM SENIOR BACK IN JAIL TRIAL HERE – AGAIN
ARE LONGER CITY COUNCIL 12
TERMS A GOOD IDEA?

MY TAKE Hospital push for
nonprofit partner
BY RAY MCNULTY may pose problem

Police bodycams not
seen likely here soon

Indian River County Sheriff Florida Institute of Technology’s marine research lab. FIT has abandoned its plans and is selling the land. PHOTO: BRUCE CADY By Rusty Carter | Staff Writer
Deryl Loar, Vero Beach Police Chief
David Currey and 19th Judicial Cir- What led to FIT marine laboratory’s demise? Hospital leaders who have
cuit State Attorney Bruce Colton all formed a collaborative commit-
say they’re “not opposed” to local By Rusty Carter | Staff Writer about what happened to big build a significant new build- tee to find a financially strong
law enforcement officers wearing plans for the 32963 site that FIT ing that will include some kind partner to up the chances of In-
body cameras. News last week that Indian announced with fanfare sever- of public facility where mem- dian River Medical Center’s long-
River County is preparing a bid al years ago. bers of the community can term survival may have unwit-
“Any tool that can help us do our to buy four oceanfront acres observe our marine and aqua- tingly jeopardized their effort by
jobs is a plus,” Currey said. where Florida Institute of Tech- In 2013, then university culture labs. We want to have steadfastly and publicly repeat-
nology long operated a marine President Dr. Anthony James ing their preference for partner-
In fact, Loar predicted that most research lab raised questions Catanese said, “We plan to CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ing with a nonprofit healthcare
law enforcement agencies would provider.
be using them “within the next de-
cade.” County Hospital District Board
members Marybeth Cunning-
By then, perhaps, the county ham and Allen Jones, and Indian
will have grown to a point where River Medical Center Board chair
there’s more violent crime, more Wayne Hockmeyer, are among
felony arrests and more officer-in- those who have said they want a
volved shootings. nonprofit white knight.

Maybe, by then, we’ll need our After the issue came up at last
local police officers and sheriff’s Thursday’s meeting of the pub-
deputies to wear bodycams to licly elected District Board, local
shield them from bogus claims physician Val Zudans, a former
of brutality and bad shoots, de- District Board member, pro-
fend their agencies from frivolous duced a passage from Florida’s
lawsuits and protect the citizenry 2016 state statutes that cut to the
from cops who are overly aggres- issue.
sive or too quick to pull the trigger.
The law (Title XI, 155.40) re-
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 quires any petition for a hospital

INSIDE CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

NEWS 1-12 PETS 18 VERO ATTORNEY ARRESTED FOR Fired Gifford principal
DINING B6 BATTERY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE rehired for a new post
HEALTH 13 GAMES B12
CALENDAR B15
REAL ESTATE 19
B1
ARTS

To advertise call: 772-559-4187 By Beth Walton | Staff Writer called to the family’s home in Attorney Adam Chrzan. By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer
For circulation or where to pick up southwest Vero in response [email protected]
your issue call: 772-226-7925 Local criminal defense to a disturbance with his
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. attorney Adam Chrzan was estranged wife. He was re- School Superintendent Mark Ren-
arrested on July 19, and was leased after midnight on his dell has rehired Roxanne Decker – who
charged with misdemeanor own recognizance. he recently fired as principal of Gifford
battery domestic violence. Middle School – as a countywide spe-
According to the report, cial education expert, despite her fail-
The 52-year-old was an argument over Chrzan ures at Gifford and her lack of special
booked into the Indian River wanting to take the couple’s education credentials.
County Jail that Wednesday two children turned physical
evening after a police report By doing to, Rendell appears to be
says Sheriff’s deputies were CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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MY TAKE tenance, technology upgrades and video Officer with bodycam in Melbourne Beach. fice investigates all officer-involved shoot-
storage. ings in the circuit and presents its finding
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 countability, which will encourage greater to a grand jury as a matter of policy. “Some-
“We’ve had a couple of demonstrations civility between the police and the public. times, the videos can be misleading.”
But we don’t need them now. this year,” Currey said, adding that leasing
Here, now, bodycams would be a luxury the equipment – both body cams and dash- But with all due respect to our neighbors He cited variables that affect what is visi-
– something we might want to have when board cameras – for 40 officers and their to the south: There’s more crime, more gang ble on the videos, such as where on the offi-
all of our other policing needs are met and vehicles would cost the city roughly $80,000 violence and more shootings in Fort Pierce cer’s body the camera is placed and whether
we’ve got some extra cash to spend. per year. than we experience here. the officer’s head is turned.
A lot of cash.
Whenever the time comes, equipping But he said it’s unlikely Vero Beach police If it weren’t for the protests in Gifford fol- “You can get different angles and differ-
local law enforcement agencies with body- officers will be getting body-cams any time lowing the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old ent views that might not present an accurate
cams won’t be cheap. Loar estimates the soon. woman by the sheriff’s SWAT team during depiction of what’s happening,” Colton said,
start-up costs for the Sheriff’s Office would a drug raid in March, it is unlikely anybody recalling an incident where a bodycam vid-
be somewhere between $450,000 and “It comes down to money,” Currey said, in this county would be talking about body- eo appeared to show that an officer chased
$650,000. “and, right now, it’s not at the top of our list cams. down a suspect and shot him.
Then there are the recurring expenses, of priorities.”
such as licensing for each camera, equip- Asked if county residents, other than “On the dash-cam video, however, you
ment maintenance and replacement, officer Nor should it be. those attending the protests, have been can see the suspect turn and point a gun at
training, video storage and complying with Simply put:We don’t have enough of these pushing for bodycams, Loar replied, “Abso- the officer,” he continued. “If you relied sole-
public records requests, which would in- police-versus-suspect incidents, particular- lutely not.” ly on the bodycam, you’d think the officer
clude redacting some images to protect the ly those that involve gun play, to justify the shot the guy for no reason.”
privacy of bystanders. expense. And for good reason: They’re not needed.
And, of course, people possessing the While more than two-thirds of the police Only recently has the relationship be- While bodycam and dash-cam videos of-
necessary video and technology skills would departments in America’s major cities are tween the Sheriff’s Office and Gifford showed ten provide visual evidence that aids or ex-
need to be hired to handle all this new in- equipped with bodycams, we’re not Chica- signs of strain. Previously, Loar’s outreach onerates good police officers or brings bad
formation. go, New York or Baltimore. We’re not Miami. into the black community spawned unprec- cops to justice, Colton said cities and coun-
Remember: These videos can be used in We’re not Ferguson, Missouri. edented cooperation between civic leaders ties must weigh the benefits of adding body-
criminal cases and other legal proceedings, We’re not even Fort Pierce, which began and his deputies. cams against the costs.
including civil lawsuits, and a secure chain equipping its police department with body- However, Loar launched a crackdown on
of evidence must be established and pre- cams in June, nine months after a grand jury illegal drugs and guns in the community af- Indeed, the costs to his office will be sig-
served to protect their integrity. recommended them in the wake of an April ter an off-duty deputy, Garry Chambliss, was nificant, too. He said the videos must be
That’s why Currey is exploring the possi- 2016 traffic stop during which a man was fatally shot standing outside a house in Gif- stored and preserved for years, long after
bility of leasing the equipment from body- shot by an officer, who was not charged. ford in February. That crackdown included cases are resolved and sentences are im-
cam companies that would cover main- The Fort Pierce Police Department is leas- the March raid in which Alteria Woods was posed – because they could be needed for
ing 100 bodycams for five years at an average killed at the residence of Andrew Coffee III appeals and possibly re-trials.
annual cost of $90,000. The hope there, as it and Andrew Coffee IV, who Loar said used
is in other communities with similar equip- the woman as a shield “for protection.” “It’s going to be very expensive to do it
ment, is that transparency will enhance ac- Loar said he’s still attending the monthly and do it right,” Colton said. “We’ve got
meetings with Gifford community leaders multiple agencies in the circuit, and if they
NEWS OTHERS MISS, OR CHOOSE TO IGNORE | PUBLISHED WEEKLY and residents, despite the protests sparked get different technologies, it makes storage
by the deadly raid, during which a deputy and keeping up with public-record requests
MILTON R. BENJAMIN also was shot and wounded. even more challenging.”
“We’re there the third Monday of every
President and Publisher | [email protected] | 772.559.4187 month,” the sheriff said. “It’s important to The Florida Legislature requires law en-
have that face-to-face contact.” forcement agencies using bodycams to have
STEVEN M. THOMAS For that reason, Loar prefers to put his policies in place regulating officer training,
money into manpower rather than bodyc- use of the devices and the footage they cap-
Managing Editor | [email protected] | 772.453.1196 ams, which he said would “not have changed ture.
a thing” during the raid on the Coffee house.
DAN ALEXANDER “Someday, we’ll probably go that route, As for public-records requests, Loar said
but bodycams don’t prevent crimes,” he some of the images must be redacted to en-
Creative Director | [email protected] | 772.539.2700 said. “Deputies in green-and-white cars pre- sure the privacy rights of bystanders. Also,
vent crimes, and we need more of them.” not all of the videos are public record – at
Assistant Managing Editor: Michelle Genz, Associate Editor: Paul Keaney, Staff Editor: Lisa Besides, Loar said, as more law enforce- least not until the discovery phase of a trial.
Zahner, Society Editor: Mary Schenkel, Reporters: Stephanie LaBaff, Tom Lloyd, Ray McNulty, Sa- ment agencies opt for bodycams, more
mantha Rohlfing Baita, Kathleen Sloan, Columnists: Claudia Balint, Ellen Fischer, Ron Holub, Siobhan companies compete for customers, and Some videos are not immediately subject
McDonough, Tina Rondeaux, The Bonz, Christina Tascon, Staff Photograhers: Gordon Radford, De- technology improves, the cost should even- to public records requests because they’re
nise Ritchie, Graphic Designers: Robert Simonson, Jennifer Greenaway, Tania Donghia-Wetmore, tually come down. considered evidence and part of the police’s
Kathleen Powell Colton, too, said he expects to see more investigative file. However, an agency’s re-
law enforcement agencies in his four-county fusal to release such a video almost certainly
ADVERTISING SALES circuit begin equipping officers with bodyc- would prompt suspicion, particularly in cas-
ams in the coming years. And he welcomes es of officer-involved shootings.
JUDY DAVIS Director of Advertising the technology.
[email protected] | 772.633.1115 But he warns that it’s not a fool-proof sys- A new state law that allows police officers
HANK WOLFF | [email protected] | 772.321.5080 tem. equipped with bodycams to review videos
LOU YACOLUCCI | [email protected] | 772.323.8361 “I can see the positives, but I also can see before filing their reports or testifying under
KATHLEEN MACGLENNON | [email protected] | 772.633.0753 problems,” Colton said, adding that his of- oath also has the potential to arouse suspi-
WILL GARDNER | [email protected] | 407.361.2150 cion.

LOCATED AT 4855 NORTH A1A, VERO BEACH, FL 32963 | 772.226.7925 So does redaction, which some law-en-
forcement critics will seize upon to argue
that the process offers police an opportunity
to tamper with the videos before they’re re-
leased to the public.

So until our law enforcement agencies
have all the manpower and other equip-
ment they need to protect and serve – and
unless our communities produce a surplus
of tax dollars waiting to be spent – let’s forget
about bodycams.

Here, at least, they’d be a waste of mon-
ey and, possibly, more trouble than they’re
worth. 

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS July 28, 2017 3

FIT MARINE LABORATORY The Melbourne-based university mer camp for children ages 10-12. In 2014 marine ornamental species to offset and
took ownership of the property in 2010, she added a second week to the camp replace wild collection.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 around the time it first began thinking of program and more than doubled enroll-
an expanded facility. ment. At the same time, several private When Lin died, the lab seemed to go
a learning center and other features that aquaculture companies were working dark. There was no summer camp that
will make the lab a destination people will Sumner talked about the scope of the with FIT scientists and raising aquarium year and in November 2016 Sumner told
drive in to visit.” lab’s work during its more than 30-year fish on the site. Vero Beach 32963 that “the university is
existence. Research focused on seahorse assessing how to best utilize the facili-
The university launched a fundraising lifecycles, improved aquaculture tech- But then the fundraising effort faltered ty. In the interim, university activity has
effort in Vero to build a 20,000-square- niques for both ornamental and game and Dr. Junda Lin passed away in March been curtailed while we complete this as-
foot $10 million facility projected to open fish, and rebuilding game fish popula- 2016 following a seven-year battle with sessment.”
in 2015, and Catanese said FIT planned to tions in the Indian River lagoon following cancer. Lin was a Professor of Biological
add new faculty and expand research into a series of destructive algae blooms. Sciences at FIT and had served as direc- That activity never resumed and now
the areas of lagoon preservation, beach tor of the Institute for Marine Research the site is up for sale. Sumner said Pham’s
renourishment, ocean engineering and Activity at the center reached its apex since it was founded. His work was fo- seahorse research and other programs
general oceanography, bringing many around 2013-14. First came the expan- cused on developing what reefbuilders. that were housed at the lab have been
more scientists and science students to sion announcement. Then seahorse re- com dubbed “aquaculture technology for moved to FIT’s main campus in Mel-
Vero Beach. searcher Nancy Pham launched a sum- bourne. 

“There have been rumors since we got
ownership of the property that we offered
to sell it to developers, but that is abso-
lutely untrue,” Catanese said. “Our goal is
to become much more involved in Indian
River County and get people to view us as
their private technological university.”

An architect’s rendering circulated at
the time depicted a handsome multisto-
ry building, presumably containing of-
fices and laboratories, and neat rows of
aquaculture tanks above the beach, all in-
tended to replace the dilapidated former
military buildings in which the lab was
operating. But those plans never materi-
alized.

University spokesman Wesley Sumner
last week attributed the demise of the
university’s initiative to several factors,
including the death of longtime lab su-
pervisor Professor Junda Lin and perhaps
more importantly a lack of donations.

“Private fundraising never developed,”
Sumner said. “As for our fundraising goals
[for the lab], there was nothing of signifi-
cance in 2016-2017.”

Sumner says the university has re-
ceived multiple bids on the 4-acre prop-
erty, which is located behind the 7-11 on
A1A, adjacent to Tracking Station Park,
and has an appraised value of $2.1 mil-
lion.

County Administrator Jason Brown
said he’s certain the site has “some ap-
peal” for other potential buyers, perhaps
drawing interest from developers.

Should the lab site wind up in the coun-
ty’s hands, it would allow county planners
to expand parking and beach access for
visitors at Tracking Station Park.

Indian River Board of Commissioners
chairman Joe Flescher is excited about
that possibility.

“Location, location, location,” he said
during a phone interview. “There’s beach
access; it can be a great draw, and a draw
for tourism.”

Flescher also addressed potential com-
petition from builders. “Can we match a
developer’s bid? I don’t know.”

FIT opened its seaside laboratory and
aquaculture operation near the southern
border of Indian River Shores in 1980,
when the U.S. Air Force decommissioned
the property and turned it over to the
school on a 30-year lease.

4 July 28, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS www.veronews.com

IF IT AIN’T BROKE ... VERO WASTES TIME ON COUNCIL TERMS

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer ready a rollback from initial proposals sions voters occasionally make. The main argument made by propo-
[email protected] to change them to four-year terms – like At the same time, if council members nents of longer terms is that it takes the
those served by Indian River County com- first year or so for a new City Council
For the past 98 years, Vero Beach City missioners. But the idea of longer terms, actually do a good job, represent their con- member to learn his or her job, which
Council members have been elected to whether three years or four, is a bad, bad only leaves a year for effective action.
two-year terms, giving voters the oppor- idea. NEWS ANALYSIS That is a scary thought.
tunity to get rid of them in fairly short or-
der if (as all too often happens) they fail Anyone who has followed some of the stituents well, or curry favor with enough First of all, the ideal City Council can-
to perform. clueless and borderline reckless people special interests, they can – and often do didate would have served on one of Vero’s
who have served on Vero’s City Council – serve four, six or eight years, and some- volunteer advisory committees. Through
Now, two years before the city’s centen- knows that two years is a long time to times longer. Vero has no term limits. this experience, the candidate would
nial, there’s an effort underway to change suffer the consequences of the poor deci- have grown accustomed to reading and
council terms to three years. That’s al- digesting large agenda packets, to delib-
erating important issues, to dealing with
the city staff and to the proper order that
meetings and motions and votes and
public comment should take. They would
have had at least a couple of briefings on
Florida’s public records and open meet-
ings laws.

Second, a successful City Council can-
didate should have a decent amount of
real-world professional experience. If – as
has been known to occur – the voters are
duped into electing someone without the
required intelligence, analytical ability
and life skills to muddle through as a City
Council member, two years of that person
can seem like an eternity.

And third, Vero Beach City Hall is not
the halls of Congress or even the laby-
rinth that is the state capital complex in
Tallahassee. Vero is a city of 13 square
miles and roughly 15,000 people. The city
staff is more than patient and willing to
spend as much time as necessary educat-
ing council members on issues and back-
ground and general city operations and
finances.

Though it was nearly impossible to
make heads or tails out of Vero’s account-
ing system a decade ago – because the
city was still using arcane bookkeeping
methods established in the 1960s, and
printing reports that looked like they
were produced in the pre-computer era –
Finance Director Cindy Lawson has rem-
edied all of that.

Lawson came on in 2011, and she has
since demystified and streamlined the
city’s financial reporting. Now, every-
thing is online and user-friendly, so any
person familiar with basic private-sector
financial reports, or even an average lay-
man, can easily access, read and under-
stand the city budget and quarterly bud-
get-to-actual analyses the staff produces.

All the City Council meetings and com-
mittee meetings are videotaped, archived
and available to watch from any smart
phone or computer. So there is no excuse
for not being up to speed on major issues
the day a City Council member takes the
oath of office.

Another reason it should not take a
year to get up to speed: The City Council
used to be heavily involved in contentious
personnel and labor disputes with police

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6



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Add beauty and LONGER TERMS FOR COUNCIL cusp of Vero’s 100th birthday is probably
natural light to your easier than it has been in the city’s history.
EXISTING entryway CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
Agenda packets are loaded onto elec-
in about an hour! officers, Teamsters and other groups, but tronic tablets, making it simpler to pre-
Vero now has a tough, seasoned labor at- pare for meetings and make informed de-
• Glass patterns • Patio & Sliding torney in Jason Odom of the Gould Cook- cisions. Communication is effortless and
for every style Glass Doors sey Fennell law firm who shepherds the timely due to technology. Public records
and budget negotiation of union contracts and han- needed for research are readily available
• Framed / dles personnel issues to keep the city out online, or if the council member cannot
• Customize to Frameless of court whenever possible. And he man- find them, City Clerk Tammy Bursick is
your style Shower Units ages to explain things to the City Council quick and ready to provide elected offi-
without sounding much like a lawyer. cials whatever need – just as she does for
• Impact Glass • Etching the public and for the media.
City Manager Jim O’Connor has nearly
• Wood Interior/ • Schlage & 40 years of municipal management ex- Why is the City Council wasting its
Exterior Doors Fusion Hardware perience under his belt, plus decades of time, not to mention City Attorney Wayne
utility experience as several of the city’s Coment’s time, researching this boon-
• Fiberglass • Mirror Wraps he’s managed had their own water, sewer doggle and drawing up a draft ordinance
Doors or electric utilities. to establish three-year terms that would
go to the Council for a first reading at its
And O’Connor is one of the best sourc- Aug. 8 meeting with a public hearing to
es of no-nonsense answers and informa- follow on Sept. 5?
tion in the State of Florida when it comes
to how to run a city. This is an idea whose time has not
come. Forget holding a referendum on
Being a City Council member on the this demented idea. 

463-6500 HOSPITAL SEARCH FOR PARTNER That point was reiterated several times
Regency Square at the last meeting of the Collaborative
2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Committee, a group composed of District
Board members and members of the Med-
Licensed & Insured sale or lease to receive a final order from ical Center Board, but some hospital lead-
the office of the Secretary of Health Care ers still say they want a nonprofit partner.
Administration approving or denying the
transaction. There are more than two doz- “The gist is the resolve that the IRMC
en criteria that must be met to secure ap- board intends to explore potential part-
proval, including one that “the proposed nership opportunities with a special fo-
transaction does not unreasonably ex- cus on not-for-profit entities, to provide
clude a potential purchaser or lessee on the long-term delivery of high-quality
the basis of being a for-profit or not-for- healthcare services to the residents of In-
profit Florida corporation or other form of dian River County,” Medical Center board
business organization.” chairman Hockmeyer said last week.

In an interview afterward, Zudans said Those insisting on a nonprofit partner
some District board members were dis- seem to fear that a for-profit corporation
missive of his warning. “Already three would be more likely to make draconian
members of that board have publicly ex- cuts to programs.
pressed a preference for a not-for-profit
partner. I think they’ve left themselves le- In other business, the District Board
gally exposed.” also voted 6-1 to raise property taxes by
about 15 percent, with Tracy Zudans cast
The peril is that a for-profit suitor could the lone dissenting vote. If the proposed
claim the waters were poisoned against rate goes into effect, Indian River Coun-
it well in advance. That could be a viable ty homeowners would pay, on average,
complaint to test in court. about $11 more each year to support the
facility.
District Board member Barbara Bodnar
shares Zudan’s concern. The board also approved a $2.2 million
increase to its budget, which will rise to
“Look at for-profits as well,” she said. $15.3 million in 2018. Fully $1 million
“We don’t want the public saying we’re will be used to cover legal and consultant
only looking at nonprofits. If you’re going fees for the effort to find the hospital a
to explore, explore everything.” partner. 

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Caregiver, who stole from John’s Island senior, back in jail

By Beth Walton | Staff Writer The case got underway when Vero Beach She said the memory loss associated White told the Beck his dad had been in
Police Department responded to a report with the Parkinson’s, medication and her prison and that he was raised by a single
A Vero Beach home caregiver who swin- of theft at the Chase Bank at the corner of husband’s physical pain left him unaware grandmother in a rough part of Wabasso.
dled an elderly John’s Island resident out of Beachland Boulevard and A1A in May 2014. the extra money White Jr. was withdrawing
nearly $78,000 in 2014 is back in jail after was not related to the cost of employment. “You have been more of a mother and
repeatedly violating the terms of his pro- There, island resident John Beck and a father figure than anyone I’ve ever came in
bation. bank manager were inquiring about ab- During the investigation, White Jr. told contact with on this earth,” he wrote in the
normalities in Beck’s bank account. There police Beck was offering him more money email included in court documents. “You
Gregory White Jr., 23, had his sentence had been at least 26 suspect withdrawals because he knew he needed help support- pushed me to begin my own [life] and told
for felony exploitation of an elderly or between January and April 2014 totaling ing his family. me I could be somebody. That’s something
disabled adult reinstated and modified $77,730, according to court documents. I never heard before and it’s something I will
in Judge Cynthia L. Cox’s courtroom last Beck, an avid sportsmen and navy vet- never forget. If there is anything I can do not
Thursday. Beck told police these transactions were eran, died at the home he shared with his to go to jail, I WILL DO IT. I want to see my
done without his consent and that his wife on Paget Court in John’s Island in June one and only child grown up.”
“White failed to make his required resti- signature had been forged. He said he be- 2015, according to an obituary in the New
tution payments, tested positive for using lieved his caregiver, White Jr., was respon- York Times. White Jr. said he became a certified
marijuana, and absconded from supervi- sible. nurse assistant with VNA Home Health
sion,” said Assistant State Attorney Brian The New York native attended Phillips and Hospice of the Treasure Coast when
Workman. The family hired White Jr. in 2013 to help Exeter Academy before graduating from his girlfriend became pregnant and his job
Beck, then 82, get around. The retired in- the Wooster School in 1949. He earned a at Subway wasn’t paying the bills, accord-
“At the sentencing hearing on his vio- vestment executive had recently broken bachelor’s degree in history from Prince- ing to the email.
lation of probation, my recommendation his hip and also suffered from Parkinson’s ton University in 1953 and graduated from
was to revoke his probation and send him disease. Harvard business school in 1959. He recalled observing a Thanksgiving
to prison.” holiday at the Becks’ John’s Island home
The two men would stop at the Chase He worked for Beck, Mack & Oliver, an and said one day he wanted the same for
Exploitation of an elderly or disabled Bank on their trips to town so White Jr. could investment counseling firm founded by his his family.
adult is a third-degree felony, punishable receive payment for his services. father and other Princeton alumni.
by a maximum of 5 years behind bars. “I wanted to be able to send my kids off
Near the end of his employment, White After his termination, White Jr. wrote to college. I wanted me and my sons to
White Jr. was sentenced last week to Jr. was earning $20 an hour. During his Marilyn Beck an email to apologize and ex- have stories about fishing and camping. I
364 days in county jail with credit for 249 employment with the family he earned plain he only wanted to emulate the fam- wanted to establish something like Mr. B
days time served, according to the office of $17,170. ily’s success. He pleaded for forgiveness did. But, in reality, with bills, a new wife, a
the Indian River County Clerk of the Cir- and leniency, begging them to help him baby, I didn’t see a way out.”
cuit Court. He also must appear before the Marilyn Beck told authorities that he stay out of jail. He said he loved the family
county’s mental health court. was an “excellent employee and would and was sorry he had lied to them from day White Jr.’s lawyer, Brook Butler, did not
never have expected him to take advantage one. respond to a request for comment. 
His initial sentence was for six months jail of her husband,” court documents state.
time and five years of probation.

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FIRED GIFFORD PRINCIPAL bully and has become dangerous.”
In fact, Decker failed by Rendell’s
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
own standards. After being hired, he
reneging on a promise he made when instituted school report cards with
interviewing for the superintendent’s more detail than the standard state
job in 2015. At that time, he said he evaluations. Gifford’s report card went
would not move underperforming from an A to a C over the last five years
principals around but rather “move of Decker’s tenure, and discipline
them out.” metrics “did not meet expectations”
for the last three years.
School Board Member Laura Zorc
took Decker’s hiring off the consent Despite all those problems, and
agenda, where it would have been ap- Decker’s abrupt dismissal in June,
proved without comment as part of School Board members voted 4-to-1
a package of routine decisions, and to support Rendell’s decision to hire
her as special education supervisor.
made it an action item for discussion
at last week’s special meeting. “It’s all perception,” said board
member Dale Simchick. “I think she
“Based on what I know occurred at is overqualified and was subject to a
that school, [special education] is a smear campaign in the media. I feel
huge area of weakness [for Decker],” she did a fine job at Gifford.”
Zorc said. “And there is the perception
of shuffling around employees if they Simchick also warned Zorc the
are not qualified.” board would have to have “legal just
cause” to deny Rendell’s recommen-
Teacher turnover was exceptionally dation Decker be hired for the job, and
high at Gifford under Decker’s leader- expressed her disappointment that
ship, with the school losing 30 percent the school district couldn’t find Deck-
of its teachers during the past school er a job that would pay what she had
year. been making at Gifford. Decker was
paid nearly $92,000 as principal and
Two former Gifford teachers, Bon- will make about $63,500 as resource
nie Julin and Bill Wood, went before specialist.
the School Board to complain about
Decker. Both said they retired early Decker’s new job title is Resource
to get away from chaos at the school Specialist and there are 12 in the dis-
resulting from her failures as a leader. trict. All but two – Decker and Tammy
The lack of effective special education Broxton-Brown, both hired by Rendell
programs and poor teacher support and approved by the board last week
made it impossible for them to teach – have Exceptional Student Education
and the school was dangerous, by certifications requiring four-year col-
their account. lege degrees, many with ESE-related
graduate degrees and multiple ESE
Decker dismissed their concerns certifications.
and blamed them for “having poor
classroom management skills,” but So-called exceptional students in-
Julin and Wood were not alone in their clude the physically handicapped,
opinions. sight and hearing impaired, autistic,
emotionally disturbed, learning dis-
Out of 21 principals, Decker re- abled, mentally handicapped and
ceived the largest number of negative those with other disabilities, as well as
comments on the 2015-2016, end-of- the gifted.
year teacher survey – the most recent
available. Federal law requires each student
have an Individual Education Plan, a
A typical teacher review was: “She contract, which lays out how the stu-
seems to follow unquestioningly any- dent’s needs are to be addressed in the
thing sent down from the county [dis- least restrictive environment their dis-
trict administration] office. She denies abilities or gifts allow.
that there are problems when faculty
presents concerns and she lashes out As a Resource Specialist, Deck-
at those who speak up. Faculty is over- er will oversee Individual Education
whelmingly afraid of retaliation for Plan meetings, which often include
speaking up. This administrator is a parents, doctors, physical therapists,
occupational therapists, language and
speech specialists, ESE teachers, so-
cial workers and legal representatives.
ESE student files include neurologi-
cal, medical, psychological and intel-
ligence testing, and examination data
not understandable to the layman.

Though she lacks education in this
area, Decker will head and direct dis-
trict ESE specialists and teachers, and
decide if the Individual Education
Plan is well written and meets legal re-
quirements. 

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Andrew Coffee IV, indicted for second-degree murder, has his first court appearance. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD

AFTER GRAND JURY VERDICT,
QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT
ALTERIA WOODS SHOOTING

Month of July By Nick Samuel and Beth Walton | Staff Writers proceedings are secret and it may be
months before details of the investiga-
EXTENDED!Special Offers A grand jury verdict last week sub- tions are made public.
stantially settled the question of culpa-
Standard Water Heater bility in the Alteria Woods killing, which The sheriff declined to elaborate on the
occurred four months ago when sheriff’s details of the shooting while taking ques-
Must be presented at time of service. Expires deputies fired into a house in Gifford and tions from reporters July 20, the day after
08/4/17. Excludes holidays. Coupons may not accidentally shot the 21-year-old woman a grand jury completed its investigation,
be combined with any other offer. while exchanging gunfire with her boy- and several questions linger.
friend who had been sleeping next to her.
Deluxe Water Heater In a March news conference, Loar said
But considerable uncertainty remains Woods was struck by “one of the rounds”
Must be presented at time of service. Expires about exactly what happened in the wee fired by deputies, but Woods’ death cer-
08/4/17. Excludes holidays. Coupons hours that morning. tificate says she died of multiple gunshot
may not be combined with any other offer. wounds.
The grand jury cleared deputies of
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�lic�ork the deputies resulted in her death. The explained the basis for that statement,
� .. grand jury heard from more than two which supporters of Coffee IV have said
dozen witnesses, 19 of whom were law may have prejudiced the jury and con-
enforcement personal and, no surprise, tributed to his murder indictment.
Sheriff Deryl Loar said his office is satis-
fied with the outcome. When pressed, Loar said his initial re-
marks were made shortly after the shooting
At the same time, and also no surprise, when “the information was still very fluid.”
relatives of Woods and Coffee said they do
not believe justice was done. “All those facts will come out in the reg-
ular criminal trial for Coffee the IV,” he
Coffee IV’s mother, Towanna Ruffin, said.
said deputies fired the first shot, and
claimed her son fired back in self-de- At the same time, the sheriff defended
fense, not knowing who was outside. the grand jury’s decision to indict Coffee
“They wanted my son dead and killed Al- IV for second-degree murder.
teria Woods in the process,” Ruffin said.
He said Coffee IV and his father knew
The Sheriff’s Office and the state at- police were coming and intended to am-
torney’s office conducted separate inves- bush them. “[Coffee IV] shot first in an
tigations into the events that took place attempt to ambush our deputies. His de-
March 19 at the house in the 4500 block cision to fire against law enforcement of-
of 35th Avenue. ficers caused her death,” Loar said.

The results of those probes were pre- “There’s no body cameras in Indian
sented to the grand jury, but grand jury River County, so it’s their word versus

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Big Tobacco about to go back GRAND JURY FINDINGS Indian River County, said the jury found
on trial once again in Vero “no probable cause” to indict one or more
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 officers. He declined to give further com-
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer about a smoker who grew up with the ment.
knowledge that is available today.” his,” said community activist Michael
Some 850 summonses went out for Marsh, 33, after Coffee IV had his first Coffee IV was indicted for second-de-
jury duty at the Indian River County Cir- Former Indian River County resident court appearance July 21 at the Indian gree murder; three counts of attempted
cuit Court last month, nearly double the Demos Jones, born in 1931, started smok- River County Courthouse. Marsh said first-degree murder of a law enforcement
normal amount, as the courthouse gears ing in the mid-1940s between the ages of there’s no proof Coffee IV knew deputies officer by discharging a firearm; shooting
up for its third Big Tobacco trial since 14-16, according to a pre-trial brief filed by were there or that he shot first. or throwing a deadly missile; and posses-
2015. his wife’s lawyers. He continued to smoke sion of a firearm by a convicted felon. He
until he died from lung cancer in 1995. Loar said he doesn’t believe body cam- is being held without bond at the Indian
Jury selection in the case that pits Phyl- era footage would have changed the River County Jail
lis Jones and family against the R.J. Reyn- The South Carolina native was a college grand jury’s findings. “This is an unfor-
olds Tobacco Company and its successors graduate and worked as a golf profession- tunate situation that could have been His father, Andrew Coffee III, was ar-
begins this coming Monday. Vero law firm al and restaurateur. avoided,” Loar said. “Unfortunately, a ca- rested along with his son the night of the
Gould Cooksey Fennell will represent the reer criminal with a violent past initiated shooting.
plaintiffs in the high-stakes civil action. For several years he owned and man- this entire event.”
aged the now closed Golden Corral He has been charged with a variety of
Gould Cooksey served as co-counsel restaurant at the intersection of U.S. 1 The grand jury deliberated for two drug offenses including four counts of
in a 2015 lawsuit, Gloria Gore versus R.J. and Route 60. days before reaching the decision not to possession of a controlled substance,
Reynolds and Philip Morris, which award- indict two sheriff’s deputies and an In- possession of cocaine and possession
ed $2 million in damages to the plaintiffs. Bryan D. Hatchell, director of commu- dian River Shores police officer on the of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at
The tobacco companies have appealed nications for Reynolds American Inc., the SWAT Team who fired into the house $63,000.
that verdict. parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco where Woods died.
Company, declined to comment on the “This is tough for everyone involved,”
Another Indian River County tobacco case or the historic context of the suit. Chris Taylor, assistant state attorney for Loar said. “Our thoughts and prayers go
jury trial that year, Fannie Collar versus out to the Woods family.” 
R.J .Reynolds, was decided in favor of Big Thousands of similar cases have been VERO ATTORNEY ARRESTED
Tobacco. Gould Cooksey was not involved filed in the state of Florida in the wake of a Rick Scott to have the criminal case
with that lawsuit. 2006 state Supreme Court ruling that such CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 moved out of the 19th Circuit as Chrzan
lawsuits are legitimate but must be heard is not only a criminal defense attorney,
“These cases are somewhat unique in individually instead of as a class action. in the garage of the home with a young but a former Assistant State Attorney
that they require evidence to be present- Cases are tried in the county where the child present. “When she would not let from that agency.
ed from another era,” said David Carter, smoker was living at the time of his or her him take the kids, he shoved her against
an attorney at the firm. “This is not a case death.  the garage wall. When she hit the wall Previous criminal cases involving for-
her head hit the wall and she fell to the mer employees of the office have been
BETTER garage floor striking her left elbow,” the handled in the 18th Circuit by prosecu-
THAN report states. tors in Brevard County.
TAX-FREE
“The victim had redness and swelling It was widely reported in July 2009 that
Beat the Back To School Rush! of her elbow area and redness to the left Chrzan resigned suddenly from his job
Saturday & Sunday side of her face. Her clothing was soiled as a prosecutor, under mysterious cir-
with dirt from her contact with the ga- cumstances.
10% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE! rage floor,” Deputy Gary Farless wrote in
his report. It was also widely reported that the
July 29th & 30th resignation followed a May 20, 2009 in-
10% off the entire store! Farless also wrote that the child con- cident in which Chrzan had a physical
firmed witnessing the above events. altercation with an unknown female at
Better than tax free! a gas station in Fort Pierce when the fe-
Beat the rush shop NOW! On a “first appearance questionnaire” male was reportedly in his vehicle. No
signed by the responding officer, Chr- case file is available in St. Lucie County,
PLATOS’S CLOSET PORT ST. LUCIE zan’s wife answered yes to the question, as no charges were filed in the incident.
“Has the defendant previously assaulted
1707 NW Saint Lucie West Blvd. / Port St. Lucie, FL or battered you, whether or not an arrest Chrzan’s mugshot and certain person-
772.336.3835 / PlatosClosetPortStLuice.com was made?” al information were redacted from the
Sheriff’s Office online booking report,
She answered no to questions asking if as spokesman Lt. Thom Raulen cited the
he had threatened to hurt her in the fu- statutory provision that “provides for
ture, or if she or anyone else would be in the exemption of former assistant state
danger should he be released from jail. attorneys’ information including photo-
graphs.”
Chrzan’s release on July 18 without
having to post bond was on the con- On his law firm website, Chrzan’s bi-
dition that he have no contact with his ography states, “My professional ca-
wife, who according to the arrest report, reer began as a staff writer for several
said she is separated from her husband. newspapers in Florida, including the
Press-Journal in Vero Beach.” Chrzan
She has also petitioned for a “tempo- at no time ever worked for Vero Beach
rary injunction for protection against 32963 Media.
domestic violence with minor children”
and a hearing on that is scheduled for The Florida Bar shows that Chrzan
next Wednesday in family court before earned his law degree from Nova South-
Judge Robert Pegg. Chrzan’s next crimi- eastern University – Shepard Broad Law
nal court date is an arraignment set for Center in 2003 and was admitted to the
Aug. 22 before County Court Judge David bar in October of that year.
Morgan.
He is listed as a member in good
No defense attorney is listed yet on the standing, with no notations in his 10-
court records as representing Chrzan. year disciplinary history, as of press time
on Monday. Chrzan also serves on the
It is anticipated that State Attorney Florida Bar’s 19th Judicial Circuit Griev-
Bruce Colton’s office may petition Gov. ance Committee. 

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Low-dose aspirin may cut breast cancer risk by a fifth

By Maria Canfield | Correspondent Dr. Daniela Shapiro. cancers, the risk reduction associated with Each year in the United States, more
the regular use of baby aspirin was 20 per- than 300,000 women receive a breast can-
A new study suggests that taking low- PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE cent (compared to 16 percent for all types cer diagnosis. Surgery, radiation, chemo-
dose aspirin at least three times a week combined). This is a significant finding, therapy and hormone therapy – sometimes
may reduce the risk of breast cancer by up the continually growing body of research as the majority of women diagnosed with in combination – have long been treatment
to 20 percent. on the role of low-dose aspirin role as a pre- breast cancer have either the HR-positive mainstays, but ongoing research has re-
ventative for certain types of disease.” or HER2-negative subtype. sulted in the development of even more
In the study, researchers analyzed in- approaches. Doctors are often able to tailor
formation from more than 57,000 women, While previous research had suggest- The results were reported in the journal treatments to the individual woman, pre-
participants in an ongoing study monitor- ed there may be a link between frequent Breast Cancer Research and, according to scribing specific medicines for their spe-
ing the health of California educators. The regular-dose aspirin use and a lower risk the researchers, remained viable even after cific type of breast cancer.
women completed questionnaires in 2005 of breast cancer overall, this is the first accounting for other possible factors, such
outlining their use of aspirin and other study to focus on the effects of baby as- as a family history of breast cancer. Strik- One newer approach, called “target-
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs pirin on specific breast cancer subtypes. ing a note of caution, the researchers stress ed treatments,” focuses on specific mol-
(NSAIDs). For HR-positive and HER2-negative breast that further studies are needed before firm ecules and cell mechanisms thought to
recommendations can be made about the be important for cancer cell survival and
The research team is from City of Hope use of baby aspirin to reduce the risk of growth. Targeted treatments are meant to
Beckman Research Institute in Monrovia, breast cancer. spare healthy tissues and cause less severe
California. In 2013, eight years after the side effects than chemotherapy. A number
participants submitted their question- Vero’s Dr. Shapiro says the potential of targeted treatments have been approved
naires, the team determined that women risk-lowering effect of low-dose aspirin by the FDA for specific breast cancer sub-
who took a low-dose “baby” aspirin (81 on breast cancer is likely due to the fact types.
milligrams) at least three times each week that it is a weak “aromatase inhibitor.”
were 16 percent less likely to develop any Aromatase inhibitors, such as Arimidex, As is widely known, low-dose aspirin
breast cancer and 20 percent less likely to are treatment options for “hormone-pos- has long been associated with other health
develop the most common breast cancers, itive” breast cancers. She adds, “the an- benefits. The most recent government
compared to women who took a baby aspi- ti-inflammatory properties of aspirin guidelines, issued in 2016, recommend
rin less frequently, or not at all. may also play a significant role in its pre- that adults 50 to 59 years old take a daily
ventative nature, as chronic inflamma- low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart at-
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Beach oncologist, is familiar with the study ing to cancer development.” guidelines come with some caveats: the
and the concept that low-dose aspirin has aspirin-taker should have a 10 percent or
a potential impact on the prevention of greater risk of developing cardiovascular
breast cancer. She says “this study adds to disease in the next 10 years, have a life ex-
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‘Cutting edge’ hiatal hernia surgery available here

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer The even better news is that patients Dr. Patrick Domkowski.
[email protected] who do need surgical relief from hiatal
hernias do not need to leave the Treasure PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
By the age of 60, a whopping – and odd- Coast to get it.
ly symmetrical – 60 percent of all seniors
will develop some form of hiatal hernia. Domkowski, a Georgetown University
medical school graduate who served his
The Yale University School of Medicine internship, fellowship and residency at
says that super-majority of seniors trans- Duke University and is board-certified by
lates into roughly 15 percent of the total the American Board of Surgery, performs
U.S. population. multiple hiatal hernia surgeries right
here each month. His patients are in good
The good news, according to local sur- hands, as he is a fellow of both the Amer-
geon Dr. Patrick Domkowski, is that only ican College of Surgeons and the Amer-
10 percent to 15 percent of hiatal hernias
require surgery.

ican Society of Metabolic and Bariatric “managed medically with a pill that you
Surgeons, as well as chairman of surgery can buy at Walmart, over the counter.”
for the Sebastian River Medical Center.
Sometimes, however, more sophisticat-
So, just what is a hiatal hernia? ed medical diagnostics and treatment are
As Yale describes it, “a hiatal hernia oc- required.
curs when part of the stomach protrudes
upwards through the diaphragm and up Breaking out one of the longest words
into the chest region.” of the conversation, Domkowski says,
That protrusion can make life misera- “When [patients] become symptomat-
ble. ic and they don’t respond to medical
Food and stomach acid can back up therapy, you have to investigate further
into the esophagus, leading to heartburn and that usually involves an EGD, which
or acid reflux, belching, trouble swallow- stands for esophagogastroduodenosco-
ing, chest pain, shortness of breath, ab- py.”
dominal pain and even the vomiting of
blood. Fully aware that most folks don’t carry
The extremely affable Domkowski, a medical dictionary around with them,
however, quickly steps in to offer some Domkowski leans forwards and explains
good news. the term.
In the vast majority of cases, he says,
the symptoms of hiatal hernias can be An esophagogastroduodenoscopy, he
says, is nothing more than “a scope” or a
tiny camera used to look inside the upper
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With the aid of that and other diagnos- does seem to soften that blow. benefits the patient. And it makes us bet- Domkowski, however, actually smiles
tic and imaging tools, Domkowski can “Ten years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ter surgeons. when the topic is broached.
determine if a “paraesophageal hernia” is
the real culprit for a patient’s symptoms. ago,” Domkowski says, “when I [was ini- “We are able to do these surgeries min- “We sometimes do use mesh in these
tially] trained, we would make a big inci- imally invasively, robotically, and really procedures. However, we use an absorb-
“That,” Domkowski explains, “is the sion and it was a very difficult recovery. restore the patient’s ability to eat, to lose able mesh. Those meshes incorporate
more complex hiatal hernia. If you take Very painful. Then laparoscopic surgery their reflux and return them to a good [or dissolve] into the diaphragm and be-
100 people with hiatal hernia, maybe 10 came along and that changed the playing quality of life. And they do not need to come part of it so there’s no chance of
will have paraesophageal. That’s where field. Now, in the last couple of years, the leave the area to have this done.” recall or infection because they’re biolog-
part of the stomach actually moves up robot is on the scene and the robot has al- ic. They’re not synthetic mesh, which is
into the mediastinum. The mediastinum lowed us to, as Emeril Lagasse would say, Of course, any discussion of any her- normally made of polypropylene or some
is the space between the left and right ‘Kick it up a notch.’” nia surgery these days needs to include other synthetic material that can be re-
lung. It’s where the heart lives, the esoph- what’s now become a different kind of called, can stretch or can get infected.”
agus lives, and then part of the stomach,” While some surgeons who haven’t four-letter word to both surgeons and in-
and that, he says, may well indicate a trained extensively on robotic procedures surance companies: mesh. Dr. Patrick Domkowski is at Riverside
need for surgery. may not feel comfortable employing the Surgical & Weight Loss Center. He is also
newest method of repairing serious hiatal Law firms now regularly advertise on the chairman of surgery at the Sebastian
And while no one likely welcomes the hernias, Domkowski is clearly a fan and TV about class-action lawsuits involving River Medical Center. His offices are at
news that surgery is needed, Domkows- he backs that up, saying “the robot has various synthetic mesh products that, in 14430 U.S. 1 in Sebastian. The phone num-
ki’s description of the procedure he favors added another level of technology that the past, caused multiple medical prob- ber is 772-581-8003. 
lems after surgery.

What to know about Sen. McCain’s brain cancer

By Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and of the brain tumor center at Georgetown delivers alternating electrical currents to Kennedy disclosed his diagnosis in May
Lenny Bernstein | The Washigton Post University’s Lombardi Comprehensive the scalp. Some medical centers are already 2008, three days after suffering a seizure.
Cancer Center. using it, but Georgetown is still evaluating He underwent more than three hours of
Glioblastoma, the cancer with which the treatment, according to Subramaniam. surgery shortly after that at Duke Universi-
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diag- Often, patients and their families recog- A patient, whose head is shaved, must wear ty. He was 77 when he died in August 2009.
nosed, is a highly lethal malignancy that nize symptoms only in retrospect. “If you’re the cap-like device for 18 hours at a stretch.
killed Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and a family member or a patient, there’s always “If you’re a frail patient, it may be hard,” Biden, the former vice president’s oldest
Beau Biden, the son of former vice presi- a lot of 20-20 hindsight and looking back- she said. “That’s why there is hesitation to son and the attorney general for the state
dent Joseph Biden. Here is what you need wards,” noted Jeffrey Weinberg, professor widespread adoption of this technology.” of Delaware, was diagnosed in 2013 and
to know: of neurosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy
Center in Houston. 5. What happened to Kennedy and before going back to work. He died in May
1. What is glioblastoma? Biden? 2015 at the age of 46. 
Glioblastoma is an aggressive cancer that 3. How is the cancer treated?
is the most common of all malignant brain Surgery is performed to remove as much
tumors. About 12,400 new cases are expect- of the tumor as possible. But microscopic
ed in 2017, according to the American Brain “infiltrating tumor cells” generally invade
Tumor Association. A glioblastoma is, by healthy brain tissue and are responsible for
definition, a grade IV astrocytoma, a kind recurrence, said Weinberg.
of tumor that arises from the star-shaped To target those cancer cells, patients typ-
cells that make up the supportive tissue of ically receive six weeks of oral chemother-
the brain, according to the association. apy and radiation. Sometimes that course
Typically, said Matthias Holdhoff, asso- of treatment is reduced to three weeks for
ciate professor of oncology at Sidney Kim- older people. After that, most patients get
mel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns chemotherapy several days a month for an
Hopkins University, “the tumors are con- additional six months.
sidered not curable.” The median survival time following
About 23,000 adults, more of them men treatment is about 12 to 16 months, experts
than women, are diagnosed with vari- said. But that varies considerably: “It’s not
ous types of primary brain cancers a year, just a matter of the cancer but where it is
according to Cancer.net, a website of the and what it’s doing to the patient,” said
American Society of Clinical Oncology. Frederick Smith, a Chevy Chase, Md., on-
They are more common in older adults – cologist.
McCain is 80 – than in younger people. Un- Up to 30 percent of patients live past the
like most other cancers, brain tumors do two-year mark, and 10 percent live more
not spread to other parts of the body. They than five years. Subramaniam said some
kill by interfering with normal body func- patients even live more than 15 to 20 years,
tion, depending on their location. though she added, “Those are clearly the
2. What are some symptoms of a glio- exceptions.”
blastoma? 4. What about immunotherapy and oth-
Depending on the location of the tumor, er treatments?
a patient can have seizures, headaches, New treatments that unleash the im-
blurred vision and confusion. mune system against malignancies can
“If it affects the portion of the brain that help patients with several kinds of cancer,
controls your strength, you could have including metastatic melanoma and lung
weakness on one half of the body, speech and bladder cancers. But while there are
problems, sometimes double vision, the many clinical trials testing immunother-
inability to understand or express yourself, apy for glioblastoma, so far the studies ha-
even cognitive problems or understanding ven’t shown a strong survival benefit, ex-
what you’re listening to, or the lack of in- perts say.
sight,” said Deepa Subramaniam, director Another approach involves a device that

A18 July 28, 2017 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS www.veronews.com

Bonzo says Caly is a little this … and ALL that!

Hi Dog Buddies! “Chester?” I asked, looking around. Caly Galpin. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD I pretend I hafta Do My
With a little sniffle, Caly said, KNEW Doodie so Mommy takes
This week I yapped with a sweet little res- “Chester was a wonnerful brother. A me out. Then I zip over to
cue poocheroo, Caly Galpin, who’s only been Chow/Akita. A Big, Hairy Guy. He just she was my MOMMY the car an put on my Hope-
with her Forever Family for a coupla months. went to Dog Heaven last week.” ful Face.
“Oh, I’m so sorry!” (but she didn’t know it yet). She read to me for
Caly lives in Sebastian with her human “Thank you, Mr. Bonzo. We miss “I follow Mommy every-
Mom an Dad, Chrissy and Rob, an her adopt- him So Much. But he had a real good two hours, an I kept snuggling and poking my where so I don’t miss What-
ed brother Buddy, who’s also a rescue. Caly’s a life since he got rescued. Mommy ever’s Next. Then, when Dad-
mix of probly some kinda spaniel, a little Bea- and Daddy got him and Buddy nose into her bag, cuz I smelled SNACKS. She dy comes home, I jump in his
gle, an maybe a dash of Labrador. She’s short when they were livin’ in Connecti- lap. I guess I’m sorta a Daddy’s
and tidy, white hair with some really light tan cut. They were Official Greeters even rubbed my tummy. Girl. If he isn’t payin’ attention,
places, a very Lab-by face and a bright spar- in Mommy’s flower shop. They I just bop him with my paw til
kly eye. (Her other eye-place is closed.) She were always tellin’ me about all “But, by the time Mommy and Daddy de- he does. He got me an Buddy
looked very pretty in her bright red collar with their adVENchures back in their special banDANuhs from his
a big red rose on it. She trotted right up for the Younger Days. Like one time, ev- cided to adopt me, I had already been spoken work. We wear ’em for holidays.
Wag-an-Sniff, then led us into a sunny room erybody heard Buddy yelp real They say Dyer SUE-buh-Rooo,
by the pool. loud. He’d been nosing around for. I was just about to plot my escape when cuz that’s where Daddy works.
an ran into a PORKA-pine and My favorite’s the pink one cuz it
“Mommy reads your column to us every got a snoot fulla of quills. Then, that deal fell through, thank Lassie, and Mom- looks pretty with my white coat.
week. It’s Totally Cool Dog Biscuits! I can’t one time, Chester came up to Buddy likes the blue one.”
buh-LIEVE we’re gonna be IN it! I got all the house with this cridder in my and Daddy scooped me up. I was SO hap- “What’s your favorite food?” I
spiffed up SPECIAL.” his mouth. It was black with inquired.
a white stripe, an he thought py. So that’s how I found my Forever Family. “I’m not picky at all. I only have
“Well, you look lovely, Miss Caly,” I told her. it’d be a nice surprise, an 10 teeth, so it’s gotta be soft. My fa-
We were already sittin’ when an older pooch Mommy and Daddy’d be all pleased. But they “I met my older brothers an my Daddy an vorite food is Green Beans. There’s
with a real sharp cocoa-colored coat slowly weren’t. He hadda have a whole buncha baths nothing like a good Green Bean, I
wobbled in. His caboose wasn’t workin’ right and couldn’t go in the regular house for days.” we all got along right away. We’re a calm, quiet say. Sometimes I even sneak some of
so his Mommy gave him a little boost. “Oh, Woof!” I exclaimed. “Connecticut Buddy’s.”
sounds real exciting. So, what about yourself. kinda family. I caught on to the House Rules Heading home, I was thinking that it’s ’spe-
“This is Buddy,” Caly said. “He doesn’t see How did you join the famly?” cially nice when humans adopt older pooches
or hear so good. BUDDY!” she said loudly, “Back in April somebody just dropped me pretty quick. Mommy and Daddy tell their (even if they’re wobbly in the caboose or don’t
“THIS is Mr. BONzo, from the NEWSpaper. off at the Humane Society. I was a mess, Mr. see or hear so good). All pooches (cats, too)
He’s doin’ an INNERview with us.” Bonzo. I had a bad eye and a buncha bad frens they CAN teach an old dog new tricks deserve to spend The Golden Years some-
teeth. An a heart murmur. Plus, I’m about where comfy an safe, with a family who loves
“HOW’S THAT? NEWPAPER? AREN’T 10, not a puppy like lotsa humans want. But I an, for some reason, everybody laughs. (I them, an lots of their favorite snacks, doncha
WE ’SPOSE TO GO OUTSIDE? WHO’S THIS figured, doggone it, it isn’t over til the Coyote agree?
YOUNG FELLA?” Howls, ya know, so I did my best to be frenly guess it’s a human thing.) Till next time,
an polite. I guess it worked, cuz the Humane
Caly got real close to Buddy’s ear, an ex- Society humans got me all spiffed up. They “That’s a great story, Miss Caly. Thanks for The Bonz
plained again. gave me a lovely bath. I had an eye operation,
too. Now I have just one, but it works good! An sharing! Got any special toys?” Don’t Be Shy
“WELL, HELLO THERE, YOUNG FELLA!” they took out 25 teeth.
he said. “I DON’T DO THE WAG-N-SNIFF “Meanwhile, Mommy had started volun- “I don’t care much for toys. I do love goin’ We are always looking for pets
THESE DAYS. CABOOSE ISSUES, YA KNOW.” teering with the Humane Society when they with interesting stories.
He smiled, plopped down on a comfy cushion all moved down here in 2013. She reads to the for rides, though. Sometimes (she giggled)
an nodded off. pooches so they get conf-tubble, an one day To set up an interview, email
she came into my kennel to read to me. I just [email protected]
Caly turned to me. “He’s super old: hun-
dred-five in Dog. He’s mostly a terrier. Him
an Chester are my Pawsome Older Brothers.
We’re all rescues.”

Historic downtown building will
house stylish new apartments

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Historic downtown building to house stylish new flats

By Steven M. Thomas | Staff Writer Karen and Jerry Fulchini. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
[email protected]

An entrepreneurial island couple are
renovating an historic building downtown
that will preserve part of Vero’s architec-
tural heritage and bring four stylish new
apartments to the tight mainland rental
market by the end of the year.

The simple Mediterranean Reviv-
al-style structure at 1429 19th Place
– directly across 19th Place from Dale
Sorensen Real Estate’s downtown office –
was built in 1925 as an apartment build-
ing, according to county property records.

Karen and Jerry Fulchini, who live in
Castaway Cove and own Baci Trattoria on
14th Ave. and Vero Beach Import Auto Ser-
vice on U.S. 1, bought the neglected build-
ing in 2015 for $180,000 with the idea of
renovating it for commercial use, probably
as a restaurant.

The more she thought about it, though,
the more Karen wanted to preserve it for
its original use as a fourplex, to provide
housing for people who want to live near
downtown’s burgeoning restaurant and art
gallery scene.

“I fell in love with it,” she says of the
building, once called the Luther Apart-
ments, which she has renamed Villa Lem-
oncello. (The spatulated stucco exterior is
painted yellow.)

“I had a priest come and bless it,” she
adds. “We want to make a place that some
very cool people will come and live. So
many people want to live downtown now
and the apartments will be perfect for a
single professional or a young couple with
a gallery or young roommates working in
the restaurant scene who want to be able
to walk or bike to work.”

By the time the Fulchinis acquired the
building, part of the roof had collapsed
and much of the interior had suffered
water damage, but they plunged into the
project with the intent of saving every-
thing that could be saved to preserve the
historic ambiance.

Surviving interior elements include the
central staircase, part of the 1925-vintage
Dade County pine flooring, four fireplaces,
sections of the lath and plaster walls and
lots of woodwork, including many of the
original doors.

Working around those elements, the
Fulchinis have done a complete rehab,
with a new roof and new wiring, plumb-
ing and HVAC. The 1-bedroom, 1-bath
800-square-foot apartments have been
reframed to open them up and create a
modern floorplan with a combined kitch-
en and living area in the place of the old
cramped rooms.

Karen Fulchini, who had a graphic and
interior design firm in South Florida before
moving to Vero, designed the new interi-
ors, and Jerry Fulchini, who was born in It-
aly and has a streak of old-world craftsman

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in him, has done much of the work. and the Fulchinis are creat- Italianate architecture. Prominent examples of
Karen says she is having “to sell a lot of ing a walled courtyard with a The romantic style, which was popular the style in Vero include
fountain in front as a common the Farmers Bank build-
meatballs” at Baci Trattoria to pay for the sitting area. in the 1920s and ’30s, originated in Flor- ing, now Vero Furniture
renovations. ida and California in the wake of the Pan Mart, the Theatre Plaza
Plan revisions that incorpo- American Exhibition in San Diego and the and the Pocahontas Apart-
“When you do these projects, you are rate a county-required sprin- opening of the Panama Canal and it is the ments, all on 14th Ave.
not supposed to fall in love with the build- kler system and other changes most notable type of historical architecture downtown. Brazilian Court
ing, but we did,” she says. “You are sup- have slowed renovation of the found in Vero Beach, where it is expressed at 1805 19th Place and the
posed to be a business person and just get 3,400-square-foot building in a number of handsome commercial Royal Viking at 706 Royal
it done, but we care too much to do that. It but Karen says the apartments buildings and many beautiful homes. Palm Boulevard are two oth-
is an important building that deserves to will be ready for occupancy by the end of er apartment buildings in the Mediterra-
be saved.” the year. The Fulchinis expect to rent the nean/Spanish Colonial Revival style that
units for between $1,200 and $1,500 per are familiar to Vero residents.
With new bathrooms, kitchens and inte- month, depending on final renovation Med Revival homes are scattered
riors that retain key historical features and costs and market conditions when the through older parts of mainland Vero
an exterior that looks much as it did when apartments are ready. Beach, with a heavy concentration in the
Calvin Coolidge was president, the apart- Osceola Park neighborhood, and there are
ments will offer an ideal combination of The term Mediterranean Revival is some great, almost palatial examples on
vintage charm and modern amenities that often used generically to encompass the island, mainly in Old Riomar. 
should appeal to the type of renters Karen Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission
has in mind for the property. Revival buildings, as well as Moorish and

There is parking behind the building

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: JULY 17 THROUGH JULY 21

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

It was a midsummer week’s dream for mainland real estate agents, as an impressive 40 sin-
gle-family residences and lots sold from July 17-21 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 8515 Waco Way. Originally listed in Octo-
ber 2016 for $569,000, the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,396-square-foot house sold for $550,000
on July 17.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the residence at 13795 Ruffner Lane. First listed in April for
$398,000, this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home fetched $340,000 on July 15.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$550,000
VERO BEACH 8515 WACO WAY 10/28/2016 $569,000 7/17/2017 $463,000
VERO BEACH 3013 GOLFVIEW DRIVE 3/19/2017 $479,000 7/18/2017 $360,000
VERO BEACH 7875 14TH LANE 4/8/2017 $368,000 7/20/2017 $352,000
VERO BEACH 6032 RIDGE LAKE CIRCLE 2/8/2017 $369,000 7/18/2017 $340,000
SEBASTIAN 13795 RUFFNER LANE 4/4/2017 $398,000 7/15/2017 $338,000
VERO BEACH 5278 ELEUTHRA CIRCLE 4/3/2017 $342,900 7/18/2017 $317,000
VERO BEACH 487 S KEY LIME SQUARE SW 4/24/2017 $350,000 7/18/2017 $310,000
VERO BEACH 5375 CORSICA PLACE 4/13/2017 $334,500 7/17/2017 $310,000
VERO BEACH 265 39TH COURT 5/13/2017 $319,000 7/18/2017 $290,500
VERO BEACH 5531 43RD COURT 6/5/2017 $299,000 7/21/2017 $281,500
VERO BEACH 8196 25TH STREET 5/24/2017 $299,900 7/18/2017 $270,000
VERO BEACH 1949 GREY FALCON CIRCLE SW 4/22/2017 $270,000 7/20/2017 $259,000
VERO BEACH 431 E KEY LIME 6/2/2017 $259,900 7/21/2017 $258,000
VERO BEACH 4311 9TH LANE 6/8/2017 $269,900 7/17/2017

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.

3013 Golfview Drive, Vero Beach 7875 14th Lane, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 3/19/2017 Listing Date: 4/8/2017
Original Price: $479,000 Original Price: $368,000
Sold: 7/18/2017 Sold: 7/20/2017
Selling Price: $463,000 Selling Price: $360,000
Listing Agent: Sam Robbins Listing Agent: Sam Robbins

Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Cheryl Michel Sam Robbins

Daley & Company Real Estate Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

6032 Ridge Lake Circle, Vero Beach 13795 Ruffner Lane, Sebastian

Listing Date: 2/8/2017 Listing Date: 4/4/2017
Original Price: $369,000 Original Price: $398,000
Sold: 7/18/2017 Sold: 7/15/2017
Selling Price: $352,000 Selling Price: $340,000
Listing Agent: Gene Billero Listing Agent: Jan Malcolm

Selling Agent: Billero & Billero Properties Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty

Gene Billero Jan Malcolm

Billero & Billero Properties RE/MAX Crown Realty

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY ARIEL RIVKA DANCERS THE 12A BUOY

Coming Up! New veterans monument
will suit sanctuary to a ‘T’
ARRRRRRGH YOU
READY FOR THE PAGE B2
PIRATE FESTIVAL?
This is not the monument planned for Vero’s Veterans Memorial Island, but a sculpture Ross Power
By SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer created that is on display in the Biscayne Bay Sculpture Garden at Florida International University.
[email protected]

1 Opportunities for fun
abound this weekend in
Vero Beach, where you can enjoy
music, art, festival fun – and pi-
rates. This Friday through Sun-
day the third annual Vero Beach
Pirate Festival is happening,
inarguably the prettiest event
venue in the county, beneath
the oaks in Riverside Park. It’s
commemorating the 302nd an-
niversary of the sinking of the
1715 Plate Fleet (which is why
the area’s commonly referred to
as “The Treasure Coast”). Live
music on stage will, of course,
accompany the event, described
by organizers as “pirate bands.”
Pirate garb is encouraged for
attendees, so dust off your eye
patch and cutlass.

2 The Riverside action
doesn’t stop at dusk this
weekend. There’s music, comedy

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New veterans monument will suit sanctuary to a ‘T’

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Another Ross Power sculpture on display in the Biscayne Bay
[email protected] Sculpture Garden at Florida International University.

Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Doy Demsick, Bruce Cady and Ross Power. since 2001, one iconic image kept recur-
is a testament to the level of respect the ring: a portable concrete vertical wall at-
people of Indian River County have for PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD tached to a base. Known as T-walls, the
those who served and sacrificed their structures are clustered together on the
lives in times of war. Now, plans are in battlefield to afford fighters protection.
motion to add a sculpture to the stars and
stripes snapping in the breeze, brighten- Power, Cady and Demsick met for
ing the beacon the sanctuary provides for breakfast and ended up walking out with
people honoring those lost in battle. a sketch on a napkin.

Since the park’s dedication in 1964, “Bruce was pushing for something
monuments to each branch of service that would bring a new demographic in,
have been erected as well as memori- something avant-garde. The first thing I
als honoring Purple Heart veterans and thought of was an interactive sculpture
POW/MIAs. Veterans of Pearl Harbor, with words.”
WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars
also are recognized within the sanctuary. The final design for the sculpture in-
corporates word art with an audio aspect.
Missing among the honored are those “It’s pretty avant-garde, but at the same
who had tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. time it is rooted to the ground with true
Given that the fighting continues today, words from veterans,” says Power. The
veterans’ groups felt it was time to hon- monument will consist of three, 7-feet-
or the nearly 7,000 Americans who have tall concrete T-walls connected by a dome
died in combat. at the center. Each wall will contain the
raised and etched “words of war.”
“We found that people were not aware
of what was happening with Iraq and Af- As visitors observe the wall, they can
ghanistan veterans,” says Capt. Doy Dem- use a smartphone to scan a code that
sick, program manager of the Veterans takes them to a website and audio tour.
Council of Indian River County. The use of technology allows visitors to
hear snippets of veterans’ descriptions,
The veterans expressed a wish to cre- poetry and thoughts.
ate a piece of art. Conversations began
between former U.S. Marine Corps Capt. “This is an ongoing war, and the sculp-
Bruce Cady and Barbara Hoffman of the ture is also alive and ever-changing,” ex-
county’s Cultural Council. At Hoffman’s plains Power.
suggestion, they met with monumental
sculptor Ross Power, a well-known Mi- The concept wasn’t without controver-
ami artist and developer now living in sy. Members of the Veterans Memorial
Vero Beach. Island Committee take seriously the re-
sponsibility of maintaining the integrity
“Through the auspices of this project, of the island and its mission to honor vet-
we’ve engaged our veterans with artists erans. To that end, some thought the pro-
and people in the cultural community,” posed design didn’t fit with the style of the
says Cady, adding that the two groups’ memorials currently on the island.
paths “likely would not have crossed
otherwise.” It wasn’t until community members,
veterans and family members of fallen
“I don’t see this cross-pollination end- soldiers shared their thoughts that a clear
ing with the installation of this piece of picture of the Iraq/Afghanistan Memori-
art. I see it moving forward, morphing al took shape during a July 5 committee
and embracing the community around meeting. That forum drew record atten-
the veterans and the work that they’ve dance, organizers say.

done, and in honor of their memory,” The basic shape of the T-wall is some-
says Cady.

Power’s intention at first was to advise
on the monument. After he met with
Hoffman and Cady, it occurred to him he
could do more. “I felt their passion,” he
says. “I was so moved, I knew this could
be one of my greatest pieces. It was what
I call the ‘aha’ moment where the three of
us knew ‘this is it.’”

Power’s artistic career has spanned
more than 40 years. Typically his work
has focused on pieces appealing to so-
cial conscience or environmental aware-
ness. His public art projects can be seen
in Hawaii, California, Florida and Spain,
among other locations around the world.

After numerous interviews with veter-
ans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan

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thing of an icon to most modern veterans. said Sean Sexton, a well-regarded poet Ariel Rivka Dancers in Hallelujah.
Standing 16 feet tall in a war zone, the and painter and longtime rancher. “I be-
wall sits on a wide base that forms the “T.” lieve that art should be used in service PHOTO: DAVID GONSIER
of social expression and in the service of
“They’re massive, and they protect honoring our veterans.” Modern-dance guest stars to
everyone from small arms fire, mortar shine in Ballet Vero opener
rounds, and vehicle-borne IEDs,” Dem- “The monument that was being pro-
sick explains. posed is new and unprecedented, so we By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer cultural events of summer.
had to help them to put on their 21st-cen- [email protected] In what has now become a tradition of
U.S. Army veteran Ryan Gridley, re- tury eyes,” said Sexton, who serves as the
counting his time at a forward operating county’s poet laureate. “When Ryan talk- Ballet Vero Beach’s upcoming August having its first program of the season fea-
base before there were T-walls, said it was ed about the T-wall and how the iconic concert opens the fifth season for the com- ture a guest modern dance company, Ballet
customary for soldiers to sit, eat and sleep form represents the whole war to them, pany, and caps the sixth Riverside Dance Vero Beach artistic director Adam Schnell
with flak jackets on. Once the walls were that it’s a place of security, I saw Memori- Festival. And for the enthusiastic Vero au- is bringing in a New York and New Jer-
built, soldiers felt protected enough to al Island as a spiritual T-wall and a place dience for modern dance, the annual per- sey-based company that he’s had in mind
take their helmets and flak jackets off. where veterans and their families can be formance typically ranks first among the
secure.” CONTINUED ON PAGE B4
For one Gold Star mother, the protec-
tive wall was unfamiliar. Michelle Dale’s As a former soldier, Cady was moved
son, Cpl. Dale Kridlow, was killed in ac- by the audio accompaniment Power has
tion in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on gathered for the monument. “The words
Nov. 7, 2010, when insurgents attacked and the emotions that he’s capturing are
his unit. from men and women that have received
fire in anger and have shot fire in anger.”
“I never got a chance to talk to my son
before he was killed. I didn’t know any- Ultimately the design was approved,
thing about the T-walls,” said Dale, who and the Veterans Memorial Island Com-
was moved by the committee’s presen- mittee gave the group permission to be-
tation. gin fundraising and requested a budget,
a fundraising plan and the opportunity
“I felt some peace and closure just to review the words that would adorn the
looking at the picture of it and listening to T-walls. The cost of the project is $300,000
what they said,” said Dale. “This memo- with Power deferring 50 percent of his fee
rial will give anyone who had someone to the Veterans Council. That money will
in this war some closure. It’s important fund various programs for vets.
for parents to know there was something
that gave their kids a feeling of well-being “This is our gift,” says Cady. “There’s
while they were in Afghanistan and Iraq no taxpayer burden. The memorial is
serving. It really opened up my heart.” maintenance-free and will cost the tax-
payers zero.” 
“I counted myself among the uncon-
scious regarding veterans of this war,”

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for the past two years: Ariel Rivka Dance. Ariel Rivka Dangers in That aspect piqued notice. “We started very small and we’ve re-
The all-female company is led by a hus- Dress. the interest of Schnell ally grown,” says Grossman.
when Grossman sent in
band-and-wife team, one choreographing Shaham and Daniel an application two years This year, the company traveled to Hous-
to the other’s compositions. Barenboim. ago for her company ton and Baltimore. Two years ago, it per-
to teach and perform formed in Philadelphia; the year before,
The Joffrey-trained Ariel Grossman, a Grossman teaches at Ballet Vero Beach’s at Saratoga Artsfest. In Houston and Bal-
New York native, and her husband, classi- part-time at a dance summer intensive. Both timore, performances were held at Jewish
cal composer David Homan, who is from studio; with a graduate Schnell and Ballet Vero community centers and included Gross-
Gainesville, Florida. began the dance com- degree in early child- Beach ballet master man’s work, “Book of Esther.” Set to a score
pany in 2008. It now performs at New York hood education, she Camilo Rodriguez have created multiple by Homan, the 18-minute dance in four
Live Arts, the Chelsea theater that is home has also taught pre- works with gender as a central theme, of- movements follows the narrative of the
to the renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane school. ten blurring lines between male and female biblical story of the salvation of the Jewish
Dance Company. There, Ariel Rivka Dance’s dancers, and sometimes switching genders people in ancient Persia; it is the basis of
10th anniversary festival will run Sept. 6-9. Grossman trained at altogether. Both men danced professionally the traditional festival of Purim. The story
the Joffrey Ballet School and the highly se- with the all-male comic touring company, involves two queens: Vashti, who is asked
For those upcoming New York perfor- lective LaGuardia High School of Music and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. by the king to publicly show off her beauty
mances, Homan will play his own composi- Art and the Performing Arts. She majored in Like other modern dance companies in- naked; she refuses, a gesture that to Gross-
tion for piano as Grossman’s choreography dance at Skidmore College, and after grad- vited to Vero for the Riverside Dance Festi- man earns her the title of the first feminist
fills the stage. In Vero, Homan is offering a uating won a commission to set a dance on val, Ariel Rivka Dance is young but earning in the bible. Esther is the queen who replac-
class in composition for dance as part of the Skidmore dancers. Her college minor was es Vashti.
Riverside Festival. women’s studies, and that too came into
play when she formed Ariel Rivka Dance Together with its national touring, the
The couple, who arrived in Vero last and determined the company would only company has also reached a milestone by
weekend, is staggering their time teaching include women dancers. forming its first board of directors. Along
to take care of their two young children, a with an impressive array of architects and
daughter, Eva, 3, and a baby boy, Max, just attorneys, there are several members with
3 months old. strong dance backgrounds.

Besides composing, Homan has a day Among those is Hana Ginsburg Tirosh, a
job. For the past 11 years, he has been ex- principal dancer with the company. A Princ-
ecutive director of the America-Israel Cul- eton graduate in international affairs, she
tural Foundation, an organization formed earned a master’s in dance performance
in 1939 that supports the arts in Israel and teaching from SUNY Purchase College
through grants. Over the years, it claims to Conservatory of Dance. She is also New York
have helped 18,000 artists through more City director of the New York Institute of
than $140 million in grants, with offices Dance and Education. Tirosh serves as Ariel
in New York and Tel Aviv. Alumni include
Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Gil

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Ariel Rivka Dancers in Ori. program ever since viewing company vid- COMING UP and perform their original stuff. During
eos two years ago. “I was torn between Wy- the band breaks, the music continues
PHOTOS: DAVID GONSIER lliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Com- CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 with rhythm and blues from Gary Moore,
pany (last year’s performers) and Ariel Rifka and Flint Blade with his intriguing instru-
Rivka Dance’s rehearsal director. Dance,” he says. “I really wanted to repre- and food well into the night: First, there’s ment, a 12-string Chapman stick.
Another SUNY Purchase Conservatory sent the ethnic diversity of Wylliams/Henry, Riverside Theatre’s extremely popular
but I thought that Ariel’s choreography is Live in the Loop free outdoor concert, 4 For a laid-
grad in the company is Kyleigh Sackandy. just simply so well.” Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. back, old
She went on to earn a master’s from Sarah This weekend, you’ll totally enjoy an area Vero vibe, Wal-
Lawrence College in movement therapy As a choreographer himself, Schnell was favorite, the rock/jazz/party band Bob- do’s on Ocean
and works with children with developmen- drawn immediately to her work, for its “fo- by and the Blisters (think hot sax). Then, Drive fills the
tal disorders. cus, composition and musicality.” Those inside the theater, prepare to laugh with bill. On the out-
traits, he says, “may seem like givens, but Riverside’s double-the-laughs Comedy side chance you
Dancer Caitlyn Casson has a Florida con- they are actually getting harder and harder Zone, always featuring two comedians. didn’t know,
nection. She graduated from the University to spot in contemporary work.” This week brings you Patrick Garrity and Waldo’s bills it-
of South Florida with a BFA in Dance. Cas- Todd Riley. Garrity has performed in self as “the last of the great America hang-
son, who like other dancers freelances with Schnell’s goal in inviting guest compa- comedy clubs from coast to coast, during outs,” and it’s named for Waldo Sexton, a
several companies, has traveled extensively nies to perform for and teach at the two- what he calls “the never-ending tour.” The 20th-century visionary who built unique
– most recently, to Rwanda – with Mind- week Riverside Dance Festival is to broad- Comedy Zone Worldwide website calls structures all over town and was as respon-
Leaps, an international program to teach en his audience’s awareness of the diverse Garrity’s humor “fresh and original,” as sible as anyone for Vero’s unique charm.
dance and offer vocational training to street styles of professional companies. he employs characters, impressions and, Waldo’s always brings in hot bands, and
kids in developing countries. as fuel for his routines, real-life situations this Saturday it’s the Orlando-based Okla-
“I always try and figure out who I can such as growing up with a little broth- homa Stackhouse. In my opinion, these
Dancer Danita Shaheen has a strong bal- bring in that might speak not only to Bal- er and “why Irish don’t trash talk.” Riley guys have definitely got it going on. In ad-
let background, having trained in the Bal- let Vero Beach’s loyal audience base, but has appeared with comedians such as Jon dition to the usual guitar, keyboard, vocals
anchine technique with New York City Bal- to those who might not have any idea that Reep and Dov Davidoff at comedy venues and percussion, they add bass, sax, trom-
let soloist David Otto. She has performed people like them are represented in profes- across the country for the last five years, bone and trumpet. Oklahoma Stackhouse
extensively with more than a dozen modern sional dance.” including Comedy Central’s Up Next Na- likes to make music “that you haven’t heard
dance companies and has founded a com- tionwide Comedy Competition, and is before, but will want to hear again.” Their
pany of her own, Dance Riot Rep. Ariel Rivka Dance performs at Riverside known for his “sarcastic viewpoint … and Facebook page video, “Three Times,” is
Theatre Aug. 4-5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are avail- for pointing out the obvious in everyday definitely worth a look. And catch them on
And Kristin Licata graduated from the Ai- able online at www.balletverobeach.org. or life,” according to Riverside’s bio. Shows the deck at Waldo’s Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4
ley School of Fordham University, and has by visiting or calling the Riverside Theatre are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. p.m., then back again from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
worked with modern dance luminaries in- box office, 772-231-6990. The festival’s Stu-
cluding William Forsythe, Robert Battle and dent Showcase is Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. That per- 3 Pirate garb will also be apropos 5 The seven-Tony winning musical
Seán Curran. formance is free.  on the west side of the river Friday “Company,” from Broadway’s most
night, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the monthly renowned composer Stephen Sondheim,
Those dancers and others are teaching at Downtown Friday event in Vero’s his- opens its run at the Kravis Center for the
the Vero ballet camp. toric downtown, along and around 14th Performing Arts in West Palm this Thurs-
Avenue. A good time is typically had by day. The dark musical comedy’s 1970 Tony
Vero artistic director Schnell has kept all, and this Friday, in support of the Pi- wins included Best Musical, Best Score,
Ariel Rifka Dance in mind for the August rate Festival across the river, you’ll likely Best Lyrics and Best Book. It centers on a
run into more individuals of the swash- single man who can’t commit, his trio of
buckling persuasion. In addition to food, girlfriends, and the five married couples
drinks and a variety of vendors, there’s who are his best friends, all of whom are
always music, this month by area favorite gathered for his 35th birthday. The show
Souljam, a hot jam band from Vero Beach: is in Kravis’ Marshall E. Rinker Playhouse,
Will Keehner, bass; Anna Keehner, vocals and runs through Aug. 6. 
and guitar; Brandon Putzke, percussion;
John Carpenter, guitar and vocals; and
Patrick Williams, drums. They (respect-
fully) infuse select cover tunes with their
own musical creativity, and also write

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Santa arrives! PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD SPD Officer Andrew Evans, Lorne Phillips and Colby Smith. SPD Detectives Rich Snell and Todd Finnegan work the grill.

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Tobby Teague and Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris. er for us when it comes to helping out the police officers among those in line to try
[email protected] Celina Galasso with daughter Haileigh. children and taking care of each other,” their luck at drenching their boss, with
said Ashley Penn, Sebastian Police De- one officer appearing to fund youngsters
A snowstorm hit Sebastian’s Riverview partment school resource officer. in their attempts after his failed to hit the
Park last Saturday afternoon and meteo- target.
rologists speculated that the snow on the On Saturday, families enjoyed an after-
ground was caused by the wake of the jet noon of games, a scavenger hunt, dancing “Y’all can dunk me 1,000 times as long
ski used by Saint Nicholas as he zoomed and watching a demo by the Sebastian as you’re paying,” laughed Morris. “My
into town for the fourth annual Christmas Police Department’s K-9 Unit. To keep goal is to make the most money and it’s
in July event to support Shop with a Cop. them frosty cool, children frolicked in the certainly cooling me off.”
trucked-in snow, raced to put on frozen
With the help of local law enforcement T-shirts and slurped Italian ices. Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
and a little Christmas magic, the com- Deputy Teddy Floyd, as much a part of the
munity came together to support the col- Santa, clad in Bermuda shorts and a event as Santa himself, danced to the mu-
laborative effort, which provides families tropical shirt, chatted with good little sic with DJ SHHH-Op and the Sebastian
in need with a boost during the holidays. girls and boys. Has Hip Hop dance team, and also threw
Proceeds from the summertime extrava- his fair share of snowballs.
ganza enable officers to take roughly 150 Riley Carter, a 5-year-old sporting
children on a December shopping spree fairy wings and a painted face, showed “After a long week with all the stuff
at Walmart to search for presents to put off the LEGO alien that Santa had given that’s been going on in the community,
under the tree. Each child receives a $100 her – after she had assured him she would this is a breath of fresh air,” said Floyd.
gift card and is escorted by their own per- be good for the rest of the year. She also “You can interact with the kids, make
sonal shopper who assists them with their told the jolly old fellow that she has her money to help the less fortunate and have
selections. Even more importantly, the heart set on a mama and baby unicorn for some fun. This is what it’s all about.”
relationships forged during the shopping Christmas.
excursion enable children to see members “This year is the biggest year yet,”
of law enforcement in a whole new light. Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris shared IRSO Deputy Roberta Barker.
kept her cool – literally – by taking one for “It’s been a great turnout. The people
“The community always comes togeth- the team in the dunk tank. There seemed are just wonderful and, of course, it all
to be an inordinate number of Sebastian benefits the kids.” 

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BY TINA RONDEAU the sun-dried tomato pesto encrusted wa-
Columnist hoo ($25), and our companion opted for the
Florida lobster tail ($26).
For most of the past decade, our go-to
My wonderful plump, juicy scallops, pan
place for fresh local seafood has been the seared medium rare, just melted in your
mouth. Some of the best ever. Our compan-
12A Buoy. ion’s 10-ounce grilled lobster tail was ac-
companied by delicious crispy French fries.
Since we first discovered this little shack And my husband’s perfectly cooked wahoo
was served over a roasted garlic parmesan
eight years ago on the edge of Fisherman’s potato cake with tomato pomodoro and
wilted arugula.
Wharf in Fort Pierce, we have dined there
For dessert, there now are three choices:
three or four dozen times. a key lime pie, a peanut butter pie, and now
a fudge brownie a la mode.
Fine dining this is not. The 12A – which
Even the simplest dishes here are so
has kind of a dive bar vibe – is far from fan- good they make you wish this restaurant
was here in Vero. If you really like fresh sea-
cy. No white linen and fancy tableware. The food, this is the place. The 12A Buoy is the
best in our area.
ambience is set by the pickup trucks with
I welcome your comments, and encour-
boat trailers out front. It is the type of place age you to send feedback to me at [email protected]

where you would expect locals to hang out, obeach32963.com.
The reviewer is a beachside resident
and they do.
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But the fresh seafood, which is what the expense of this
newspaper. 
draws us there, has been consistently ex-

cellent (though I should also note there are

steaks on the menu which are pretty darn

good as well).

The only thing that has changed over the

years – other than a small increase

in what remain very reasonable

prices – is the 12A seems to Seafood Tower.

get crowded earlier. Since it PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD

does not take

Bacon Gorgonzola Whole Hogfish.
Encrusted KC Strip.

reservations, during season you can antici- Jack’s Miami Vice is the name the restau- Burrata Salad. Hours:
pate a goodly wait for a table. rant gave some years ago to a cup filled half Wednesday through Monday
with clam chowder, and half with conch clams were even better – steamed in a gar-
Now, it seems, there’s a waiting list pretty chowder. The 12A’s version is amazing. You lic herbed butter and sherry sauce, and (closed Tuesdays)
much all year around. really want to try this. served with a chunk of grilled bread per- 11 am to 9 pm
fect for mopping.
On our most recent visit, even though the While the light-bodied, easy-to-eat (10pm Fridays and Saturdays)
evening was warm, the first table to come Malpeques lived up to expectations, my Then for entrées, I ordered one of my fa-
open was outside on the deck (screened vorites, the grilled scallops ($24), my hus- Beverages:
from the parking lot by a wall of sea grapes), band chose one of the evening’s specials, Beer and wine
so we decided to dine al fresco. A fan next to
our table helped considerably. Address:
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A server quickly arrived to take our or-
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the creamy, clam-filled New England clam
chowder ($5) – and ordered a half dozen
Malpeque oysters on the half shell ($12). Our
companion went for the Jack’s Miami Vice
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9 Representative (8) 3 Particulars (7)
10 Hold on to (4) 4 Bed sheets etc (5)
11 As a rule (7) 5 Connection (4)
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16 Snooze (5) 12 Answer (8)
17 Coupon (7) 14 Place or position (8)
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ACROSS today’s 4 New York island of Party of Five The Washington Post
busy mollusk? 5 Zip, nada, goose 77 Klinger portrayer
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8 ___ down 76 Desecrated egg 82 “If I ___ Rich Man”
78 “In ___ purple- 6 In installments 83 ___ in the
(inverted) black ...” (G.K. 7 Free, as a hand
14 Penne et al. Chesterton) conversation
19 Dye category 80 A Chekhov sister brake 86 Buffalo bunch
20 Crazy ___ 81 Conductor Seiji 8 Most of Asia, 87 “Don’t have ___,
21 The gift of acting? 84 Currier & ___
22 Where mollusk 85 Mus. work once: abbr. man!” (Bart
89 John of 9 Wait for baby? Simpson)
grievances are tractordom 10 ___-mo (replay 88 Sermon seating
settled? 91 Some makeup 90 Ms. Bombeck
24 One of a quotable 93 Jason’s quest speed, for short) 92 Follower’s ending
150 95 Siren sound, 11 Red marker 93 40 hours a week
25 Big rig in the comics 12 Roof window 94 Prevaricated
26 Adjust, Tim Allen- 97 Reddish brown 13 Heraldry term 96 Places people get
style 98 Last stop for 14 Ricky’s term for stuck
27 Simone’s sea downtrodden 99 Put down, as a
29 Nevada city mollusks? Ozzie riot
30 Lou Grant’s 100 Rukeyser’s old 15 Personal plus 100 Watch spots
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THE NUMBER OF TRICKS GOVERNS THE STRATEGY NORTH
K74
Winston Churchill said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at WEST 8653 EAST
the results.” 9632 J 10 2 J 10 8
K AKQ J 10 9
Strangely, in bridge, sometimes the strategy is chosen first and in one way the concern K974 A653
for tricks is secondary. In Chicago or a team tournament, making the contract is all that 8532 SOUTH J74
matters. But in a duplicate pair event, overtricks are usually valuable. If the room is winning AQ5
only 10 tricks in four spades and you can collect 11, you get a top. If the odds are in your AQ742
favor, you should try for the extra winner. Q8
10 9 6
The difference is highlighted by this deal. How should South tackle four hearts in teams
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The auction was straightforward. Note that South should have at least five hearts for The Bidding:
his jump to game because North might have raised with only three-card support and a
singleton spade. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Clubs Pass
When South’s only concern is making the contract, he can afford one trump loser, but 1 Hearts Pass 2 Hearts Pass LEAD:
not two. Then the correct play is to cash the ace first. If nothing good happens, declarer 4 Hearts Pass Pass Pass 4 Diamonds
crosses to the board and leads toward his queen. He will succeed whenever it is possible.

However, if an overtrick is desired, South should take the heart finesse. A priori, East will
have a doubleton king some 20 percent of the time, and the chance that West will hold a
singleton king (when finessing costs the contract) is only 6.25 percent. But if declarer’s
queen does lose to the singleton king, and he goes down one, it helps to be sitting
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p.m. weekends thru July 28. Free admission. 28-30 Vero Beach Pirate Fes- 7166 threats to marine life. Sat. 6 p.m. Kickoff Party
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Sea Turtle Walks, 9 p.m. through July at Se- Events and VB Chamber of Commerce, with 29 Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup, 8 National Wildlife Refuge with featuring refresh-
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Island Sanctuary. Kick-off Party $20 advance; 19|20 Special Olympics Area 10
$35 at door (if available); release viewings free. Swim Meet, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
321-723-3556 or tourdeturtles.org. at North County Aquatic Center. 772-581-7665

AUGUST July 29 & 30 | Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles 20 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and
Light Opera Orlando presents The
3-5 Vero Beach Recreation Dept. pres- 11 Grill Out Night hosted by Sebastian in Residence. $35; middle through high school Merry Widow, 3 p.m. at Vero Beach High School
ents Fire and Ice, the 43rd annual River Area Chamber of Commerce, 5 music students free. 772-770-4857 PAC. $20. 18 & under free. 855-252-7276
Aerial Antics Youth Circus, 7 p.m. at Saint Ed- to 8 p.m., with participating businesses around
ward’s School, featuring performers from ages town firing up the heat and competing in the 15 Gator Gathering with University of 23 Riverside Racquet Complex US Open
3 to 33 showcasing gymnastic, aerial and dance Pineapple Challenge. 772-589-5969 Florida Ambassador Steve Spurrier, kickoff, 5:30 to 8 p.m. with Round
routines. $7 & $8. 772-567-2144 4:30 p.m. at Walking Tree Brewery to benefit Robin Tennis and Drills for all levels with Ten-
13 Cultural Council of IRC presents the Treasure Coast Gator Club scholarship fund nis Pro MacDougall, refreshments and prizes.
4|5 Ballet Vero Beach presents Ariel Summerfest Chamber Orchestra, 3 with dinner and book signing. $25 & $35. Tcga- Limited spaces; pre-registration required. $11
Rivka Dance, an all-female troupe p.m. at Christ by the Sea United Methodist torclub.com & $14. 772- 231-4787
showcasing storytelling and contemporary Church, with Maestro James Brooks-Bruzz-
dance works to culminate the sixth annual Riv- ese conducting 20 musicians from around the 17 Silver Tones Concert, 10:30 a.m. at 24 Meows & Mutts at the Marsh, 6:30
erside Dance Festival, 8 p.m. at Riverside The- world in a program of works by Bach, Mendels- The Brennity, 7955 16th Manor, with p.m. at Marsh Landing Restaurant,
atre. $10 - $75. 772-231-6990 sohn, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Ravel and pieces by donations accepted for Senior Resource Associ- Fellsmere with live bluegrass to benefit HALO.
Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Summerfest Composer ation. 772-299-7900
5 RT Star’s Back to School Party, 10 a.m. to 26 Loves Miracle Hawk Buchmeyer Me-
2 p.m. on the Riverside Theatre campus in morial Run, 7:30 a.m. at Riverside
partnership with Education Foundation of IRC, Park to raise CDH awareness.
with shows, entertainment, games, contests,
vision testing, school information, children’s 26 Golf Tournament to benefit Treasure
activities and bounce slide and 2 p.m. Dance Coast Rugby Foundation to develop and
Festival performance on Stark Sage. Free. 772- foster youth rugby, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at San-
231-6990 dridge Golf Club. $75/person; $240/foursome in-
cludes breakfast, lunch and prizes. 772-913-4540
10 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
presents Francisco Vila in Concert, 27 Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
featuring cellist Francisco Vila and pianist Ste- presents A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald,
phen Lin, 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. featuring jazz singer Linda Cole, 3 p.m. at Vero
$20; students free. 855-252-7276 Beach High School Performing Arts Center. $20;
students free. 855-252-7276

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