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PERFECT FIT AS BREVARD
BUSINESS AMBASSADOR STORY BY GEORGE ANDREASSI STAFF WRITER tall lift towers – would replace an have local support,” Roberts said.
81-year-old drawbridge, one of the “They could even serve as co-ap-
STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT Virgin Trains USA is asking lo- few historic bridges Virgin Trains plicants for the grant.”
[email protected] cal officials in one of the counties planned to rehabilitate.
its high-speed trains must pass Roberts is scheduled to update
Michael Ayers, president of the Mel- through en route from West Palm Virgin Trains Vice President South Florida and Treasure Coast
bourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, Beach to Orlando to help apply for Rusty Roberts met privately with officials on Friday in West Palm
can remember a nail-biter a few years ago tens of millions of dollars in federal Martin County and Stuart City Beach on the efforts to run 34 pas-
when Embraer went before the Brevard grants for an elevator bridge tra- commissioners during the past senger trains per day at up to 110
County Commission for a $1.8 million eco- versing the environmentally sensi- two weeks to pitch the lift bridge miles per hour up the Treasure and
nomic development grant. tive St. Lucie River. concept and ask their assistance. Space coasts to Orlando by sum-
“In order to undertake a project of mer 2022. “The type of bridge we
“It was a 3-2 vote,” he said recently. “If The proposed two-track, elevat- this kind of scope, it’s important to
ed bridge – featuring four 80-foot- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
ENDS K-9 COP’S
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
Melbourne resident Officer Eric Officer Eric Antosia and Brevard County Circuit Judge Kelly Ingram.
Antosia will always have to live
with what happened on April 28, PHOTOS: JULIAN LEEK
2017, to his K-9 partner and com-
panion Diesel, but at least now he acquittal of the Sebastian po- eral hours in a police SUV. Hon-
can move on from legal actions lice officer at the Brevard County ored as a hero, Diesel’s photo and
that were lodged against him. Courthouse in Viera. Antosia had story are listed alongside other
faced a first-degree misdemeanor fallen law enforcement person-
Tears of relief and cheers from animal cruelty charge. nel on the Officer Down Memo-
supporters marked the Oct. 17 rial Page.
Diesel the black German Shep-
herd dog died after being left sev- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Young-at-heart seniors find a ‘fitting’ venue to fall in love
Laurent Rawlings at home on Merritt Island. PHOTO: LEAH DUBOIS STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT wrapping up, 81-year-old Joe McLaughlin of
[email protected] Satellite Beach asked 80-year-old Judy Bell
The Forever Fit class offered at South for her hand in marriage.
Beach Fitness in Indian Harbour Beach She said yes.
claims to help increase bone density, The surprise proposal was planned
strength and stamina. It’s also described in advance with the help of McLaugh-
as a place to “make new friends.” lin’s step-daughter, Laurie Elko of Mel-
bourne, who stood outside the class,
But two members found some- waiting for a signal to come in and
thing much more than friendship last
Thursday. As the 11:45 a.m. class was PHOTO: JENNIFER TORRES CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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VIRGIN TRAINS USA supporting Virgin Trains while angling definitely constitute change.” road Bridge with a 1,600-foot-long con-
for a Martin County station. The lift bridge would resolve the boat crete bridge linking Indian River and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Brevard counties. Indian River officials
Stuart commissioners could vote traffic issues in the St. Lucie River, Mor- said Virgin Trains has not yet disclosed
are exploring the feasibility of is called a in November on pursuing a Federal tell said. any detailed construction plans.
‘lift bridge,’” Roberts said. “It works like Railway Administration grant for a
an elevator, but it is called a lift bridge.” lift bridge, said City Attorney Michael Virgin Trains had previously said the Public awareness of the controver-
Four columns would lift the bridge Mortell. The St. Lucie River is part of St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge would sial Virgin Trains project has intensi-
deck about 80 feet above the river so the Okeechobee Waterway, a federal be the only section of the Orlando- fied recently as new track construction
sailboats, large yachts and barges could transportation facility linking the At- to-Miami route with a single track. gains momentum and the number of
go under, Roberts said. That’s the same lantic Ocean to Lake Okeechobee and “I assume what’s really happened is people struck and killed by the train
clearance as the Roosevelt Bridge. ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. they’ve determined the single track is has risen to 22 as of Sept. 30, federal
just not going to work out, so they’re records show.
Martin County leaders had previ- “I don’t know how the commission- trying to fix it to be double-tracked,”
ously filed federal lawsuits to block ers are going to vote,” Mortell said Fri- Mortell said. This mounting death toll has rallied
the train project over environmental day. “I know people in Martin County officials calling for stricter safety regu-
impacts and other concerns, but have don’t like change and two giant eleva- Several Martin and Indian River lations and greater Florida Department
recently flip-flopped on the issue, now tor shafts sticking 65 feet in the air will county officials have criticized Virgin of Transportation oversight for passen-
Trains’ efforts to obtain more govern- ger rail service statewide.
ment money for a project originally
billed as privately funded. Florida House Rep. Tyler Sirois (R-
Melbourne) said Friday he supports
“I recognize the bridge has to be state Sen. Debbie Mayfield’s passenger
improved, but that’s not taxpayers’ re- rail safety legislation and intends to
sponsibility,” said Martin County Com- sponsor a companion bill in the House
missioner Sarah Heard. “That’s Virgin during the session starting Jan. 14.
“Sen. Mayfield and I want to make
“I don’t want to go on the hook any sure FDOT is paying attention to this
more for Virgin Trains,” Heard said issue and providing proper oversight
Friday. “I think we’ve been generous to make sure this is safe for residents
– too generous. I think it’s time for the and commuters,” Sirois said Friday.
taxpayers to stop building their infra- “We’re discussing this issue with more
structure.” urgency. I expect that to continue over
the next few months.”
Indian River County Attorney Dylan
Reingold expressed similar sentiments Sirois supports passenger rail expan-
about the possibility of federal funding sion in Florida but said it’s important
for St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge. to ensure the Virgin Trains passen-
ger service is as safe as possible. State
“Why wasn’t Brightline and Virgin legislators have been heavily lobbied
Trains proposing to do that from the by high-speed rail under its various
beginning?” Reingold said Friday. “It names since the project’s inception,
seems like their proposal was: ‘No, so it’s unclear if Mayfield and Sirois’
that’s too expensive. We’re just going to efforts will yield legislation with any
later get the federal government to pay teeth, or whether their bills will get wa-
for it.’” tered down or die in committee.
Virgin Trains USA decided to replace
the 93-year-old St. Sebastian River Rail-
SENIORS GET ENGAGED as he knelt down, engagement ring in
hand. Through tears of joy, Bell happily
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 accepted.
present Bell with a bouquet of roses. After well-wishes and hugs from all
“He was a great husband to my mother in attendance, McLaughlin took a mo-
who passed away two years ago,” Elko ment to extend his thanks to the gym’s
said. “He really deserves to be happy.” co-owner Lesa Share, saying, “I owe all
of this to Lesa because she got me in
Longtime friends Carolyn and Ar- this class and I may never have met Judy
lin Massey of Indian Harbour Beach if I wasn’t in it.”
also stopped by ahead of the big mo-
ment, and waited quietly with Elko for For her part, Share said she is ecstatic
the “signal” that class had ended and for the couple. “When I first met Joe
a question was about to be popped. In over a year ago, he would come in and
fact, everyone in class seemed to be in only walk on the treadmill. He kept to
on the surprise about to happen – ex- himself,” Share said.
cept for Bell, who appeared stunned
and elated when the moment finally ar- “I really try to get to know new mem-
rived. bers and when I learned he was a wid-
ower, I suggested he take the Forever Fit
McLaughlin laughed as he admitted class to make some new friends.”
the last 45 minutes of class had been the
longest of his life. He agreed and took a spot in the back
row – but soon noticed someone inter-
As Bell sat before him, McLaughlin esting in the front row. It was Judy. So,
relayed his intentions with a heart-felt he asked her to coffee, then to dinner –
speech that included details of their and finally to spend the rest of her life
first meeting a year ago, their first date, with him.
first kiss – and finally, a proposal.
“It’s true love,” said friend Carolyn
“Love has whispered in my ear and I Massey. “Ever since they met each oth-
want to be with you every day,” he said er, their eyes have been twinkling.”
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, October 24, 2019 3
BUSINESS AMBASSADOR Kentucky – followed by a de- protect business.”
cade or so of lobbying and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 governmental jobs. The Melbourne Chamber
one commissioner had changed his Ayers said he was im- isn’t the answer for everyone,
mind, we’d have a completely different pressed by Rawlings’ most re-
outcome. And there would go some 250 cent job, as vice president for she said. Residents in other
jobs, which became 1,000 (related local) governmental affairs for the
jobs.” Home Builders Association of areas of the county have their
Kentucky from 2009 to 2014.
A one-vote margin for such a big own chambers. But those in
project as bringing the Brazilian plane “I liked her balance of pol-
manufacturer to Brevard is too risky a icy and politics,” Ayers said. business need to join them
gamble for the business community, he “Some people can be great
said. at policy but not know the and get involved, she added.
politics. Others can be great at
They want unanimous support. So politics, but not know how to “Small-business own-
now the Melbourne Chamber wants make policy.”
to get out in front and impress county ers need to make their next
commissioners and city council mem- Rawlings, 41, who lives
bers with the importance of new busi- on Merritt Island, was hired in August. payroll, but they also have
ness efforts – well before anything She had moved here in January to be
comes to a vote. with the love of her life, Mark Maynard, their families and their own
owner of the Melbourne-based shellfish
And that’s the job of Laurent Rawl- processor Southeastern SeaProducts health,” Rawlings said. “How
ings, who holds the chamber’s new po- Inc. The two met, she said, on a dating
sition of director of business advocacy site when she was staying with her ag- are they supposed to make
and community development. ing parents in Crystal River. She said she
was impressed that Maynard spent six committee meetings, go to
“She beat out several candidates,” weeks getting to know her by phone and
Chamber Chair Kim Agee said. “She email instead of rushing to meet her in events and deal with the poli-
definitely has the skills we’re interested person. PHOTO: LEAH DUBOIS ticians – so the things they say
in. She has an incredible personality
and background.” “I come from Appalachia, and we’re from Appalachia doesn’t have to spend they will fix will be fixed? For the small-
proud independents,” Rawlings said.
A Kentucky native, Rawlings cites a time defining who he or she is. business owner, we’re here. And we’ve
2002 bachelor’s degree in psychology Friends and business contacts will
from the University of South Florida always know where someone from Ap- Brevard County has not only the Mel- got your back.”
and a 2006 master’s degree in public palachia stands, she said. So the person
administration from the University of bourne chamber, but also chambers in And to have their back, she said, the
Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach and Titusville. chamber needs to know from business-
Rawlings said most chambers tend to es what they want from government.
be oriented around their “events,” such So any business owners attending a
as member gatherings, and not so much Brevard County Commission or Mel-
around boosting business concerns to bourne City Council meeting may want
local governments. to check the rear of the audience for a
“Of course, we love having events,” pretty, blonde, well-dressed business-
she said. “And the chambers do need to woman who might be sitting alone.
meet. But the ball was dropped here a They may want to shake hands and
couple of years ago. We’ve lacked lead- trade business cards. But they should
ership. Now it’s going to take a whole lot be prepared for her to pick their brains.
of determination to become a vanguard “She is doing a lot of that,” Ayers said,
for business. There’s no future unless we chuckling.
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‘Bike Collective’ on a roll after idea sets wheels in motion
STORY BY DAVID JONES CORRESPONDENT From left, Joshua Overtmiller, Scott Grimm and Grant Dormstead of the Satellite Beach Bike Collective. PHOTO: TIM WIRTH The Satellite Beach Bike Collective
helps cyclists learn how to repair their
Josh Overmiller of Satellite Beach bikes and build a bike, plus the perk of
picked up his love of the biking industry talking about all things bicycling with
while living in the Baltimore area. fellow enthusiasts. The Satellite Beach
Recreation Department provided fund-
“They had a program called veloci- ing and space to give the program a
pede,” said Overmiller, who now over- try. The group now meets from 10 a.m.
sees the Satellite Beach Bike Collective. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every
“That (program) started around 2005 or month at the D.R. Schechter Communi-
2006 before I moved away. ty Center. Overmiller’s wife, Brittany, is
on the Satellite Beach Recreation Board.
“They had community tools, like a
bike library where people could come in Grant Dormstead of Indian Harbour
and get their bikes fixed up. Since then it Beach played a role in getting the group
has grown into a big community service started, along with Todd Wayne of Bob’s
organization,” he said. “After talking to Bicycles in Indian Harbor Beach. Scott
a few people here in the recreation de- Grimm and Kris Reid, both of Satel-
partment, I decided it would be great to lite, have also joined in and helped the
set something up here like that.” group grow.
Satellite Beach seemed an ideal locale “Our main goal is a healthy lifestyle
to replicate the Maryland program. and people on two wheels,” Overmiller
said. “We figure there are enough people
“It’s a great place to ride a bike and I with two wheels rusting in the garage.
figured the more people that are on two
wheels, the more we can promote the
sport,’’ Overmiller said.
WATER RATE INCREASE LIKELY ON TAP – BUT NOT UNTIL 2021
STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT continuing the current monthly charg- ▪ For water, $8.80 for basic service needs to be closed for work. The new
[email protected] es. They include the following tables. plus $5.01 per 1,000 gallons. main is estimated to cost about $10.5
million to $11 million.
People who get their drinking wa- Melbourne users, including 914 ▪ For sewer, $14.78 basic and $8.56
ter, reused irrigation water and sewer homes on the barrier island, pay: per 1,000 gallons. “And there is no general fund (prop-
services from Melbourne Utilities can erty tax) money going into this proj-
expect some kind of increase in their For water, $8 for basic service, City Finance Director Jeff Towne said ect,” Reigelsperger said.
rates by 2021 – but not until then, city plus $4.57 per 1,000 gallons. some major projects are scheduled for
officials have agreed. 2021, though, and will mean rate in- The money would come from the
F▪ or sewer, $11.83 for basic sewer creases at that time. He said his staff is existing water-sewer fund, he said, and
And it won’t put off any capital im- and $6.85 per 1,000 gallons. still calculating what those increases a revolving loan from the state.
provements to the water and sewer will be.
systems, city Public Works-Utilities Di- ▪ For reuse irrigation water, $13.70 In fact, Towne is looking farther
rector Ralph Reigelsperger says. for the first half-acre, plus $54.80 per For the coming year, under the cur- ahead for a second state loan for a new
acre beyond that. rent rates, Reigelsperger said his larger deep-injection well to take the concen-
“We have a pretty healthy capital plans include work on a third water trated brine that’s left after the city’s
plan,” he said last week. “If we needed In addition, the city also serves about main across the Pineda Crossing to reverse-osmosis plant filters drinking
to do more, we wouldn’t have deferred 170,000 people in Satellite Beach, In- serve barrier island customers. water from the Floridan Aquifer. That
the rate increases.” dian Harbour Beach, Indialantic and project is estimated to cost $10.6 mil-
Melbourne Beach on the county’s bar- The city already has two aging wa- lion from this year to 2023 for permit-
In a 7-0 vote Oct. 8, the City Coun- rier island, as well as West Melbourne ter mains to the barrier island, he said, ting, engineering and construction.
cil approved, for the fifth year in a row, and Palm Shores on the mainland. and a third will help if one of the other
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We try to help them get their bikes fixed “I think this (area) could be like Bike planned up and down the east coast of area is growing. “This is a local commu-
up and get them on two wheels, or if they City USA,” Grimm said. “You are per- Florida. The hope is to include other nity effort and that’s the one I see catch-
don’t care, get them to donate them.’’ fectly placed. I like it with my kids, I just portions of Brevard as well. ing on,’’ Wayne said.
want to get more people involved.’’
The group has a Facebook account (@ About a year ago they started a About 10 people have already offered
sattybbc), and Josh can also be reached Reid is the chairman of the Satellite monthly bike ride of about 5 miles and donations, with approximately 30 bikes
at [email protected] Sustainability Board. from there have been able to develop given for repairs and redistributed to
the biking idea. Wayne agrees Satellite’s those who are interested.
Others share in the enthusiasm. There is a current project being
6 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
OFFICER IN THE CLEAR of the vehicle at time of death, which example was the testimony of a veteri- attorneys questioned the responsibil-
could have been either Indian River narian who examined Diesel but was
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 County or Brevard County. limited in what she could be asked be- ity of Antosia in activating the system,
cause the judge ruled she did not qual-
A surprise dismissal by Brevard Deemed a tragic accident without ify as an expert witness. which was a newer version, and the
County Circuit Judge Kelly Ingram oc- a crime, there would be no reason for
curred before the three-man, three- criminal charges which held a fine of Other evidence involved the SUV possible impact of battery problems
woman jury got a chance to hear final up to $5,000, according to the success- unit during the accident, an older
arguments and deliberate whether An- ful strategy employed from the start by model that was in use that day with a with the loaner vehicle which had to be
tosia was guilty or not guilty. Viera-based defense attorney Gregory high of 88 degrees because Antosia’s
Eisenmenger. vehicle needed service. The loaner towed from the scene.
The three-day trial ended when In- vehicle, also a K-9 unit, had a safety
gram ruled that Assistant State Attor- Eisenmenger also argued that the system triggered by high interior tem- A separate unanswered question
ney Michael Hill had not proved the state was relying on circumstantial evi- peratures similar to Antosia’s regular
cause of death of the animal, when and dence which was being used in place vehicle. That safety system had not was exactly where Diesel perished,
why the death occurred, if others had of direct testimony and evidence on been turned on by Antosia, but defense
access to the vehicle, and the location many key elements in the case. One since Antosia had been on duty that
morning until about 10:30 a.m., in-
cluding a stop in Indian River County,
not in Melbourne as had earlier been
reported. Melbourne police investi-
gated the death because Antosia lives
in Melbourne. Had the state proved
he died in Indian River County, that’s
where the trial would have been held.
Hill argued many of the points in
the trial were “common sense” conclu-
sions for the jury to use in their deci-
sion, including that dogs left enclosed
in a hot car for hours would perish,
perhaps of heat stroke.
Because there were no obvious in-
juries, and no expert testimony by a
licensed veterinary pathologist, the
cause of death could also have been an
illness or a heart attack, Eisenmenger
said. He called the death an unex-
Antosia’s supporters wore matching
T-shirts in support and waited patient-
ly, trying not to cheer loudly. Antosia,
overcome with emotion, remained in
his seat at the defense table until the
courtroom had nearly emptied. An ex-
perienced and accomplished dog han-
dler, Antosia re-
mains off the K-9
unit by choice as
he still grieves
the loss of Die-
sel, said Eisen-
menger, a Cocoa
continue to work
as a road patrol Diesel.
officer as he has
since June 22,
2018, after the conclusion of the Inter-
nal Affairs investigation into the death,
according to a release by Sebastian Po-
lice Lt. Timothy Wood.
Antosia had been issued a 120-hour
suspension without pay for a violat-
ing standards of conduct. Antosia filed
a grievance and an arbitrator later
awarded paid leave with back pay.
“After extensive criminal and admin-
istrative investigations, all evidence
indicates that this was an unfortunate
tragic incident that was unintentional,”
said Sebastian Police Chief Michelle
Morris in a press release issued shortly
after Antosia’s acquittal. “We have ex-
amined every aspect of our procedures
and equipment to prevent a similar
situation from occurring again. While
nothing is guaranteed, I am confident
that we have addressed this best as is
Steve Jones, Leslie Matteson,
Nora and Keith Bevtel.
Great beer, good cheer
at ‘Rocky Water Brew Fest’
8 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
SEEN & SCENE
Great beer, good cheer at ‘Rocky Water Brew Fest’
Brian Laughoin, Eric Turner, John and Luke Miorelli with Charlene Turner. PHOTOS: RYAN CLAPPER Nick Magrolo, Donald Atwell, Lance Smoak and Wes Diffie.
Jordan White and Shohan Ali. Adam Klingenberg.
Phillip Haire and Becca with Rob Polak. The Beer Must Go On! People were still scrambling to purchase much-
coveted tickets to the popular Sixth Annual Rocky Water Brew Fest in
Eau Gallie Square on the day of the event, despite downpours caused by
the outskirts of Tropical Storm Nestor on Saturday.
A major fundraiser for the Eau Gallie Rotary Club’s local and interna-
tional charitable projects they do throughout the year, the Rocky Water
Brew Fest is a partnership with one of our favorite local tap rooms, In-
tracoastal Brewing Company. But the beers featured were not just In-
tracoastal’s tasty craft concoctions, but also “a collection of the finest
craft beer from small breweries all over the state of Florida,” the event
The price of admission bought unlimited beer tastings, plus the price-
less wisdom and colorful stories of people who make beer and love beer.
And it wasn’t only beer, but tempting food and treats along the way pre-
pared by a variety of food truck vendors.
Home brew enthusiasts also got to showcase their creations with
names like “Blondes Have More FUNk,” a barrel-aged Belgian blonde
brew crafted by Laurie and Bob Bridges, plus SBM Guild at the Space
Coast Associates for the Advancement of Zymurgy (home brewing)
About halfway through the festival the sun actually came out, lighting
up the already spirited atmosphere in the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, October 24, 2019 9
SEEN & SCENE
Nick Magrolo, Donald Atwell, Lance Smoak and Wes Diffie. Sarah Miller, Greg Milliard, Ann and Bill Miller with Kristina Fallon.
Holly and Robert Summers. Chris Braum.
Tiffany Lipsky, Sara Davis, Vinny Vicidomind, John Curtis and Ricky Ybarra.
10 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
SEEN & SCENE
Boo-tiful! Autistic students host Halloween party for kids
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT Elyssa and Alex. PHOTOS: TIMOTHY WIRTH Jessica Stacey and Bonnie Woods. groups, agencies and organizations
[email protected] to create a supportive village and
perger’s and Autism, to ADHD and gether the event and came up with keep information flowing.
When it comes to volunteering, others. Through CIP, the students crafts, costume contest and outdoor
students in the College Internship prepare for independence though games like bobbing for apples to “We are always thrilled to partner
Program (CIP) of Brevard are always college study, internships, employ- add to our usual indoor game night with other agencies, especially CIP,
excited and willing to take part – es- ment and, of course, volunteering. games,” Therriault said. “We are ex- an exceptional group of young adults
pecially during Halloween. cited that the event has grown to pro- who consistently integrate volun-
As part of their volunteer work, CIP vide the community a place to enjoy teering in the community with their
On Oct. 17, the students hosted students host a monthly game night the Halloween festivities.” amazing program,” Cancel said. “It
their annual Halloween party at their for the kids from SOAK – but like to is an inclusive evening without judg-
Melbourne center, for a group of chil- kick it up a notch for Halloween. SOAK Vice President Mary Cancel ment and simply for enjoyment. No
dren from Supporting Our ASD Kids, said she enjoys partnering with other pressure to participate or attend the
who look forward to the festivities all “The CIP student council put to- entire event. If anyone has a hard
year. time, we all understand and try to
support each other. Ultimately, it’s a
SOAK is an all-volunteer, nonprofit neuro-diverse night and having fun
organization for parents and families is the goal.”
of children with Asperger’s and high-
functioning Autism. They offer sup- And each year, she said the kids re-
port through social opportunities, ally look forward to the Halloween
workshops and playdates. event, and all the new surprises and
“Halloween is one of CIP Brevard’s
favorite times of the year. We go all “SOAK provides CIP students the
out with decorations and candy,” opportunity to participate in com-
said Ryan Therriault, lead academic munity service and act as social men-
coordinator. “Several years ago, the tor for the kids,” Therriault said. “In
students invited SOAK to come and return, CIP provides SOAK with a safe
enjoy what we created.” and supportive location for their kids
to practice their social skills while
The CIP students who host the trying something new.”
event range in age from 18-26, each
with a learning difference; from As-
Harmony of praise for
Brevard’s ‘perfect’ maestro
12 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
ARTS & THEATRE
Harmony of praise for Brevard’s ‘perfect’ maestro
STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT “I was the first one to go in October,” Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Buf- “We look forward to continuing to
Confessore said. “Kypros had set up falo Philharmonic Orchestra and the perform at our home base,” he said.
Christopher Confessore has been the program for everyone. I felt one of Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His in- “But I think we’re excited about con-
making beautiful music with Brevard the pieces on my program was awfully ternational debut was in 2004 when he tinuing to find offsite venues both for
for 25 years. And the Brevard Symphony challenging – the Rachmaninoff 2nd conducted the Sibiu Philharmonic Or- the full orchestra and smaller groups as
Orchestra celebrated that in a most un- Symphony. So I asked the BSO to con- chestra in Romania. a way to connect more and more with
usual way and one aptly suited to the sider the Tschaikovsky 4th Symphony. the community.”
playful and good-natured conductor: At the end of my 10th season, we finally Some of his favorite concerts with the
the murder mystery whodunit dinner did our Rachmaninoff 2nd.” BSO over the years include the 50th an- It’s this personal connection with the
“Maestro & Mystery.” niversary season when virtuoso violin- community that makes Confessore an
In addition to serving as conductor ist Itzhak Perlman performed. unusual maestro. He’s not shy about
The event, held Sunday at Crowne and music director for the BSO for 25 donning a Darth Vader costume and
Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront, brought years (a rarity in the field of symphonic “It was a big deal,” Confessore said. brandishing a light sabre, nor is his wife,
celebrants and supporters together to orchestras), Confessore is a resident “How cool it was to get to work with one Bethany. Moreover, Confessore is not
not only hear praise of Confessore’s conductor and principal POPS conduc- of the finest and most respected musi- above allowing others tease him.
steady guidance as conductor and mu- tor for the Alabama Symphony Orches- cians on the planet. And it was such a
sic director of the 66-year-old orchestra, tra. He frequently conducts for the Or- big moment in our orchestra’s history.” That was the idea behind “Maestro
but to also have fun. lando Philharmonic Orchestra and at & Mystery.” Since fun is something
Walt Disney World. Another favorite was the perfor- Confessore takes very seriously, orga-
“He’s down to earth and perfect for mance of Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island, nizers came up with the idea of mak-
our community,” said Dr. Rich Weber, He’s also been a guest conductor for the Dream of America.” That work ing sure there would plenty of that at
who led the search committee that numerous organizations including the brought up some of Brevard’s most re- Sunday’s celebration. So in addition to
hired Confessore. “I think the years spected actors to interpret essays with the speeches and sumptuous meal, a
have shown that he was the perfect themes echoed in the music. There lively whodunit was also presented …
choice. His musicality is unsurpassed, have also been concerts with famed for the fun of it.
and his professionalism is exemplary.” violinist Joshua Bell and celebrated
vocalist Art Garfunkle. It was entirely possible that the
The love is felt by Confessore as well. maestro would be one of the suspects,
“It’s been a great adventure,” Confes- Under Confessore’s leadership, the said BSO executive director David
sore said. “I think in most respects it’s BSO has performed with the Space Schillhammer.
gone by in a flash. It’s always been fun Coast Ballet, greatly expanded its Fifth
and enjoyable.” Grade Concert Series, commissioned Countering that thought, Confessore
Confessore graduated from Florida work and expanded into Vero Beach. joked that he’d rather be a suspect than
State University where he studied the the victim.
bassoon. He received a master’s degree As an organization committed to ar-
in instrumental conducting from the tistic excellence, the fully professional But the biggest surprise, Schill-
University of Southern California. He BSO will expand its concert series at hammer said, was a new conductor’s
was working in the education depart- the King Center as well as perform podium.
ment of the Sarasota Orchestra when he once again with the Space Coast Ballet
heard that Kypros Markou, the former this next season. “It’s been on his wish list,” he said.
BSO conductor, was leaving. “The maestro has earned the right to
So Confessore became one of 20 who Confessore also would like to see the have a first-class podium.”
applied and one of five who were seri- BSO expand its Matinee Series as well
ously considered for the position. To as its Pops events by adding a holiday Darcia Jones Francey, a longtime sup-
help make the right choice, the search concert. porter of the BSO and member of the
committee asked the five applicants to search committee that found Confes-
each conduct a concert for the season. sore 25 years ago, said the maestro is a
Confessore’s musicianship, com- “breath of fresh air” and someone with
munication skills and warm, engag- whom the entire community can relate.
ing personality lifted him to the top
of the ranks. “He is not a prima donna,” she said.
Weber agrees with Jones Francey.
“I think the world of the man,”
said Weber, who, along with his fam-
ily, sponsored Sunday’s celebration.
“I love the way he deals with the com-
munity, relates to the musicians and
works with the BSO. That’s very im-
portant for our community.”
Praise like this and speeches that
were made Sunday have an expected ef-
fect on Confessore – discomfort. Rather
than being singled out, he’d rather see
all the praise heaped upon the musi-
cians and the music they perform.
Moreover, he laughed, a celebration
of 25 years might sound to some that
he’s saying goodbye.
“I’m not,” he said. “This has always
been perfect for me. I’ve loved the peo-
ple, both on stage and behind the scenes
and the people out in the audience and
“I didn’t expect the recognition, but I
of course appreciate it.”
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, October 24, 2019 13
ARTS & THEATRE
SYMPHONY’S SPARKLING SEASON WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT
STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT will be Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” Ros- tickets to the matinee series begin at PHOTO BY JEFF THOMPSON
sini’s “Overture to William Tell” and $58. You can also create your own series
The excitement over the new sea- Smetana’s “The Moldau” and “From starting at $88 for three concerts. Dis-
son for the Brevard Symphony Or- Bohemia’s Woods & Fields,” which will counts up new and lapsed subscribers.
chestra is palpable. But both musi- also be performed with visual imagery
cians and patrons have to be a little from Westwater Arts. Single ticket prices will be announced
patient for the regular 2019/2020 se- at a later date.
ries because it begins in November, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. A SINATRA VAL-
a little later than usual. Renovations ENTINE All performances are at the King Cen-
at the King Center for the Performing ter for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wick-
Arts, the BSO’s home base, are caus- Famed Orlando performer Michael ham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219
ing the delay. Andrew performs again with the BSO. or 321-242-2024. You can also visit King-
Andrew is known for his Frank Sina- Center.com or BrevardSymhony.com.
Parents of little ones don’t need to tra stylings all over the country. He
worry, though. The BSO’s annual free has performed in Rockefeller Center’s
family concert, “Symphonic Spook- Rainbow Room and with orchestras
tacular,” will still take place in time for around the country.
Feb. 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. VIV-
“Symphonic Spooktacular” happens ALDI – THE FOUR SEASONS
Saturday at the King Center. Sponsored
by the Brandon Family Foundation, the Featuring BSO concertmaster Lisa
fun begins at 1 p.m. with a costume con- Ferrigno, this concert presents Vivaldi’s
test, an instrument petting zoo and a famous baroque violin concerti. Also
conducting station. The 2 p.m. concert, on the schedule are Salieri’s “Sympho-
led by Maestro Christopher Confessore, ny in D Major, Venziana” and Mozart’s
includes music from “Harry Potter,” “Symphony No. 31 in D Major Paris.”
“Mary Poppins” and more. It also has a
special appearance by members of the March 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Space Coast Ballet performing bits and BEETHOVEN – SYMPHONY NO. 6
pieces from “The Nutcracker.” No ticket “PASTORAL”
The musical compositions in this
The serious fun, though, begins in concert may span 300 years, but they
November. all share the passion for life and hu-
man spirit. It begins with Ravel’s “Pa-
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. OPENING NIGHT: vane pour une infant defunte,” which
THE PLANETS imagines a young princess dancing to
music she would have loved. Daugh-
The opening concert celebrates the erty’s “Trail of Tears” for solo flute
50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon and orchestra honors the 4,000 Cher-
landing. It will perform “Mothership,” okee who lost their lives when they
composed by Grammy Award-winning were cruelly forced to walk 800 miles
Mason Bates; excerpts from “Close En- from Georgia to Oklahoma. Finally,
counters of the Third Kind” by John Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Ma-
Williams; and Gustav Holst’s soaring jor, Pastoral,” reveals the composer’s
masterpiece, “The Planets,” which was love of nature.
composed more than 100 years ago and
used as background music for the mov- April 4, 7:30 p.m. TCHAIKOVSKY &
ie “The Right Stuff.” (A special opening BRAHMS
night gala will begin 5 p.m. in the King
Center Rotunda and will include com- This concert brings back violinist Paul
plimentary wine, a carving station, Huang, a favorite among BSO audienc-
hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets es. Huang will perform Tchaikovsky’s
to the 5 p.m. gala are $75. “Violin Concert in D Major,” which was
once considered unplayable. The con-
Jan. 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. VISU- cert also features “Blue Cathedral,” by
AL CONCERTOS Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jen-
nifer Higdon, who wrote the work in
New work and a new imagining of a memory of her late brother. It ends with
familiar piece are only part of this con- Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.”
cert. It will feature the world premiere
of Vero Beach native Scott McAllister’s Subscription tickets to the Signature
“In Praise of Joe.” Also highlighted Six Series begin at $97 for new subscrib-
is Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a ers and $157 for renewing subscribers.
Theme by Thomas Tallis,” which will Subscription tickets to the matinee se-
be performed along with visual im- ries begin at $38.50. You can also create
agery projected above and behind the your own series starting at $88 for three
orchestra. The imagery is by Nicholas concerts. Single tickets’ price to be an-
Bardonnay of Westwater Arts, who nounced.
brought his work to a BSO concert
a few seasons ago. Also performed Subscription tickets to the Signature
Six Series begin at $157. Subscription
14 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
FALL’S WELL WITH ORCHESTRA’S
‘AUTUMN AROUND THE WORLD’
STORY BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA STAFF WRITER First United Methodist Church of Cocoa
Beach and the Space Coast Symphony
1 Leaf peeping – the musical way. If Orchestra. The nonprofit Creative Arts
you can’t schedule a trip to cooler Foundation supports “exceptionally tal-
ented young performers through grants,
climes to take in autumn’s glorious tuition assistance and performance op-
portunities” such as “Music on the Riv-
colors, plan a virtual, musical journey er.” Support and enjoy these talented,
aspiring young musicians. You’ll find
with the Space Coast Flute Orchestra it an afternoon very well spent. Time:
3:30 p.m. Admission: free. Donations are
at Suntree United Methodist Church happily accepted. 321-604-0103 or www.
in Melbourne this Sunday, Oct. 27, for
“Autumn Around the World.” Piccolos
and standard C-flutes in hand, as well as
their exotic cousins – alto, bass and con-
trabass – the 30-some flautists will help
you recall crisp nights, changing leaves
and that special magic that belongs to 3 There’s no tragedy like a Greek
tragedy. And Sophocles’ play “An-
Autumn alone, and makes it, for many
of us, the most favored season. Under tigone,” on stage on the Cocoa campus
the baton of the orchestra’s new conduc- of Eastern Florida State College open-
tor, Susan McQuinn, you’ll hear songs ing this Friday, Oct. 25, is one heck of
arranged specially for flutes, sure to put a fine example. A powerful work, it be-
you in an autumn frame of mind – Viv- gins in the same dismal place Sopho-
aldi’s “The Four Seasons,” “Autumn Ves- cles’ “Oedipus” leaves off: as litcharts.
pers,” “Grieg’s “Norwegian Dance No. 2,” com, describes it, the invading army
“Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It of Argos has been run out of Thebes.
Begin with Me,” and, promises the con- Two sons of Oedipus (Eteocles and
cert promo, lovely pieces “influenced by Polynices) are killed fighting for op-
China, Russia, Korea, Jamaica and Per- posing sides, and their uncle, Creon,
sia (Iran).” Works by the orchestra’s own is now king of Thebes. He decrees that
favorite arranger, Shaul Ben-Mier, will Polynices, who fought against his na-
Halloween Sale also be presented. Time: 3 p.m. Admis- tive city, will not receive burial rites,
sion: free. No tickets required. A $5 do- but will be left to rot, as a warning to
nation would be very much appreciated. traitors, and, further, that anyone
321-385-7236 or www.SCFO.org. who tries to bury Polynices will be ex-
ecuted. Oedipus’ daughters, Antigone
2 Support, applaud and enjoy rising and Ismene, grieve for their brothers,
stars at “Music on the River.” Ten
and Antigone defiantly asserts that
10% OFF exceptionally gifted young musicians the burial traditions are the unwrit-
FURNITURE, DECOR, will fill the air with music this Sunday, ten laws of the gods, superseding the
AND SPECIAL ORDERS!!! Oct. 27, at First United Methodist Church decrees of one man. When she defies
PAINTINGS! of Cocoa Beach, the next in the Cocoa the law and buries her brother, Cre-
Beach “Music on the River” concert se- on throws her into prison, where she
ries. The programs are produced entirely kills herself. Unaware that Antigone
by the young musicians and, as always, is dead, the blind prophet Teiresias,
you’ll be impressed and inspired with the ever-present Chorus, and Creon’s
their soaring talents. Performing will son Haemon (who is also Antigone’s fi-
be 17-year-old vocalist Shannon Reid; ancé) plead with Creon to release her.
cellist and accordionist Caspian Chaha- Creon finally relents, but, in true Greek
rom, 18; 16-year-old flutist Kayla Euse- tragedy style and with really bad tim-
bio; 17-year-old cellist Megan Herman; ing, finds her dead in her cell. Haemon
991 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste. E harpist Sasha O’Kane, 17; vocalist Isaiah and Creon’s wife also kill themselves,
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Brasher, 16; vocalist Carley Spradlin, 18; leading Creon to deal with guilt and
cellist Alexandra Diakakis, 16; pianist sorrow. You will be impressed as the
Darya Chaharom,16; vocalist Andrew students of the college’s Theatre Art
Mon-Sat 9:30 AM -4:30 PM
Meier, 17; and 15-year-old bassist and students bring Sophocles’ work to life
saxophonist Alexander Kaufman. You’ll in what the show promo describes as
hear pieces from several musical peri- a modern, minimalist adaptation of
ods, including works by Bach, Menken, this 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy “that
Debussy, Piazzolla and Haydn, as well raises timely questions about the con-
as hit Broadway show tunes. In addition sequences when leaders refuse to lis-
to performing herself, vocalist Reid, an ten.” The play runs this weekend and
Edgewood High School senior, has also next. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.;
taken the helm for this event as her Se- Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 at the door,
nior Project, a partnership between the $10 in advance. 18 and under, free with
Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, student ID. 321-433-5200.
JAMIE PORTELL, BRIDGE COORDINATOR AND CO-MANAGER
AND MARTHA GLASSMEYER, CO-MANAGER
MARILYN CANCE, BOBBI MAFFEI, HEIDI ROONEY AND RALPH MAFFEI
BY PIETER VANBENNEKOM cie County, as well as from Brevard “Bridge,” said Jay Baum, a former or four times as many points – some-
SPECIAL TO VERO BEACH 32963 County to the north. Melbourne has its President of the ACBL who first retired times even more.
own bridge club that plays three days a to Vero Beach before he and his wife
As Vero Beach celebrates its centen- week at the Wickham Park Senior Cen- moved again to be closer to their chil- For the first 30-plus years of its life, the
nial, not many local institutions can ter. dren and grandchildren, “is like social Vero Beach Bridge Club was a nomad,
boast they’ve been around for 60 of insurance for the rest of your life.” If you playing at various locations around the
those 100 years. But the Vero Beach Bridge may be struggling nation- play, you’ll never be without friends, city such as the Elks Club, the Wom-
Duplicate Bridge Club, which marks its ally, and to some extent worldwide, be- partners or something to do, and you en’s Club and the Senior Center. But
60th anniversary Saturday with a gala cause of its apparent inability to attract can do it for as long as your mind stays in 1995, the club bought the building
that includes food, drink and a casino younger people to the game. The av- sharp. Even if you need a wheelchair, a of the defunct Diamond Lanes bowl-
night, has been an important part of erage age of the ACBL membership is walker or an oxygen tank to get to the ing alley at its present location, 1520
our community for most of its life. about 71 and it goes up every year. The game, they’ll accommodate you. 14th Avenue, across the street from the
average age of the Vero Beach club’s Crestlawn cemetery, for $380,000.
A little known fact is that tiny Vero membership is believed to be even Some studies have shown that
Beach boasts the fourth-largest bridge higher but the local club is still growing people who play bridge to keep their At first the purchase, was financed
club in the country, after Honors on – albeit slowly. minds sharp are more successful at by a traditional bank mortgage. But
New York City’s Upper East Side, the staving off the onset of dementia than in 2011, the club bought back the re-
golf cart community of The Villages What has made the Vero Beach those who don’t play. So not surpris- maining amount of the loan with the
to our north and the privately-owned Bridge Club so successful and allowed ingly, the ACBL and all its affiliated help of bonds provided by some of its
Jourdan’s club in Delray Beach stra- it to buck the national trend, making clubs have adopted the Alzheimer’s members.
tegically located between the Palm our town a bridge-playing community Association as their charity of choice.
Beaches, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. par excellence? Owning its own building has been
Every June, many Vero players show a mixed blessing. The “joys of owner-
Vero Beach is by far the smallest Many leaders of the bridge club up at the club in purple, the official ship” have included worrying about
community among the top 20 bridge over the years must have done some- color of the Alzheimer’s Association, hurricanes (the 2004 storms forced the
clubs in North America ranked by the thing right in guiding the fortunes of and make a donation for alzheimer’s club to close for several days; spending
number of tables played, according to the organization, but it is an undeni- research in addition to paying the more than $300,000 (almost as much
the American Contract Bridge League able fact that success builds success. normal card fees to play. as the original purchase price) on a
(ACBL), with which the Vero Beach new roof; having an air conditioning
Bridge Club is affiliated. As the fame of the Vero bridge club Because the Vero Beach Bridge Club unit stolen off the roof; and becoming
has spread far and wide, bridge play- is so big and recruits so many new the victim of two unsolved burglaries,
Even more remarkable is the fact ers contemplating retirement up members through its continuous ed- one of which resulted in the theft of
the Vero Beach Duplicate Bridge Club north and seeking to live in a milder ucation program, the ACBL rewards the club’s safe and its entire contents,
isn’t even the only game in town. The climate often come here rather than it with several special games where not all of which was covered by insur-
club hosts daily “open” games (mean- go elsewhere. The fact that Vero Beach extra MasterPoints can be earned. ance. A burglar alarm system was in-
ing open to all comers) at 1 p.m., as has such an active bridge club in ad- Point awards for winners tend to be stalled after that incident.
well as several morning games many dition to its beaches, wonderful res- bigger at the Vero Beach club anyway
days of the week for less-experienced taurants and rich cultural life is often because of the size and the strength But on the plus side, as a former
players who enjoy a more social and at least a tiebreaker in their decision- of the field. The net result is that you bowling alley, the club has ample re-
slightly less competitive atmosphere. making on where to settle. might be lucky to earn just one Mas- stroom facilities. The club hosts three
terPoint if you and your partner come annual Sectional tournaments, and
But the Vero Beach Community The club has a significant number of in first at a smaller club, but that first female players from all around the
Center also stages two well-attended snowbirds who spend their winters here place at Vero Beach can earn you three
open games a week, and there are oth- – and usually wind up eventually mov-
er games in Sebastian and at Indian ing here full-time – and the table count
River Shores. at the bridge club in season is at least
double what it is the rest of the year.
The Vero Beach Duplicate Bridge
Club also regularly draws a number
of players from neighboring St. Lu-
SUSAN SWOPE LULU MCANDREWS
JACK WILSON DIRECTS A SESSION
AT THE BRIDGE CLUB
state say one of the advantages of A retired orthodontist, Paul l’Homme, the goal posts several times, creating a incentives as well. The people who hire
playing in Vero is there are never lines had a private practice in Saudi Arabia series of “limited” games in which the them, mostly for ego reasons, have them
outside the women’s bathrooms dur- and at one point advised the then Saudi MasterPoint limits are 20, 50, 100, 300, under contracts that promise big bonus-
ing the brief tournament breaks. King on overcoming a speech impedi- 500, 750, 1,000 or even 1,500 so the less es for winning national and world titles
ment. experienced players can stay in a “pro- and specified numbers of MasterPoints.
The club does its best to stay out of tected” environment a little longer and
politics, local as well as national, but Gary B. Smith is a talking head on are less likely to have the game director Although the Vero Beach Bridge
in 2013, then President Merle Hauser FoxNews and FoxBusiness and sits on called on them for minor rules infrac- Club does have a very small num-
took some flack for urging members to the finance committee. And Tom Coul- tions they weren’t even aware of. ber of active, retired, semi-retired or
vote “yes” on a referendum paving the ter is the former head of a Navy Seal would-be bridge professionals who
way for sale of Vero electric. It was an- team that carried out cloak-and-dag- However, the club has aggressively sometimes earn a couple of hundred
other six years before the sale was con- ger missions all over the world that he tried to foster a pleasant atmosphere bucks a game, there isn’t such a lot
cluded and the bridge club was able to can’t talk about. The club put him on its where everyone can have a good time at stake here and the club has largely
take advantage of FPL’s lower rates. board of directors, but hasn’t quite fig- and won’t have to be afraid of being been able to avoid cheating scandals.
ured out how to use his unique talents. intimated. It has enthusiastically em-
The Vero Beach club has had to em- braced the national bridge organiza- Sometimes, one of the game directors
brace technology to make results and The bridge club also has a distinct tion’s “zero-tolerance” policy against has to “educate” a couple of players on
winners with MasterPoint awards in- international flavor and counts among bad behavior, and recently decided to practicing active ethics – meaning that
stantly available after every game, both its members players who originally hail post the decisions of its ethics and con- all non-standard bidding agreements
at the club and on its active website, from India, Japan, Zimbabwe, Egypt, duct committee on its bulletin board. have to be disclosed to the opponents –
but it wasn’t always that way. In 1987, Romania, Germany, Holland, France but issues going beyond that rarely arise.
the membership voted by secret ballot, and the UK, and several South Ameri- At the top of the game, bridge has
50-49 against buying its first computer. can nations. And of course, there are the been rocked in recent years by several Among the most recent tempo-
numerous Canadians, most of whom cheating scandals. A couple of Ger- rary suspensions was a sanction for a
Bridge is a card game for smart peo- are snowbirds. man doctors were caught giving each 97-year-old woman who cussed at her
ple and the bridge club counts many other illegal secret signals through a partner for playing the wrong card, and
retired people with advanced degrees Success brings its own problems, number of coughs – they at first de- a penalty for an elderly widower who
among its members. The bridge club and one problem the club faces is that fended themselves saying they were told an off-color joke in mixed company.
relies on its 1,100 members volun- newer players are often reluctant to asthmatic. An Italian team was caught
teering where possible to help run the move up from beginner games to the “playing footsie” under the table to If those are the biggest issues the
club, and the expertise these people “open” contests where they find them- pass secret signals. Vero Beach Duplicate Bridge Club
bring from their previous lives often selves competing against grizzled vet- has to face, prospects seem good that
comes in handy. erans with thousands of MasterPoints The traveling professionals who make it will get to celebrate its own centen-
– some of whom have a reputation, of- the rounds of national and world cham- nial in 2059.
Dick Bottelli, a retired architect who ten undeservedly so, as “sharks” who pionships have significant monetary
designed one of the buildings in the feed on the less experienced players.
immediate vicinity of the World Trade
Center that had to be demolished af- As a result, the club has had to move
ter the 9/11 attacks, chaired the build-
ings and grounds committee for years.
STROKE, PART IV WSuhbeanraanchanrtoeirdy nHeeamr tohrerhbraagine bursts, the wound bleeds
CAUSES OF STROKE (continued) into the area between the brain and skull. Brain damage
occurs as blood flow is further limited by the erratic widen-
There are two types of stroke: ischemic, caused by blood clots ing and narrowing of the blood vessels in response to hem-
and debris blocking blood and oxygen to the brain, and hemor- orrhaging. This type of hemorrhage is often a result of
rhagic, that occur when a blood vessel bursts/leaks in the brain. aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (see below).
While hemorrhagic strokes occur less commonly (13 percent
vs. 87 percent ischemic), they are more deadly. Most people High blood pressure is the number one cause of subarach-
survive an ischemic stroke. But according to the National noid hemorrhage.
Institutes of Health, more than one-third of patients with a
hemorrhagic stroke die within the first month. Vessels can rupture due to an areriovenous malformation.
LAenssAtrhearnio1vpeenrcoeunst Mof athlfeoprmopautliaotinon has a condition called
HEMORRHAGIC STROKES OCCUR
WHEN BRAIN ARTERIES BURST OR LEAK arteriovenous malformation. This occurs when abnormal
The term cerebral hemorrhage means bleeding in the brain. blood vessels cluster together. These large tangles of arter- © 2019 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cerebral (Brain) Aneurysm ies and veins, which can be found anywhere in the brain,
Cerebral aneurysms occur when a weakened or inflamed can cause blood to be diverted from the arteries to the
blood vessel in the brain balloons up and ruptures or starts veins and bypass the normal brain tissue.
to leak. This leads to bleeding in the brain. As the brain
swells, pressure increases in the skull. The result is damage If any of these vessels rupture, there’s a sudden bleed in
to brain cells and brain tissue. the brain. More than half of those who suffer with this will
The most common side effect of this bleeding is an have an intracranial hemorrhage, putting them at a very
extremely severe and sudden headache. Many patients high risk of stroke.
have described this as the worst headache they have ever
experienced. This excruciating headache is sometimes THE ROLE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
followed by loss of consciousness. IIfNyoHuEMhaOveRhRiHghAbGloICodSTpRreOsKsuErSe and if your blood pushes too
High blood pressure is one of the causes of an aneurysm forcefully on the arteries’ walls, the arteries can severely weak-
that can lead to hemorrhagic stroke. Around 3 to 5 million en over time. Actions that raise your blood pressure, such as
people in the U.S. have this type of aneurysm. heavy lifting or strong emotions, can cause aneurysms to rup-
A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when an artery near the ture. If blood from the hemorrhaging reaches the brain, it is
brain bursts. very likely to cause a stroke.
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Toward the end of Bill Bryson’s hugely enlightening of electric impulses, fine-tuned,” with nerve receptors
and entertaining “A Short History of Nearly Everything” chemical cocktails able to detect movement of 0.00001
(2003), an early model of modern man emerges from Af- and micro-organismic millimeters.
rica a little over 100,000 years ago with primitive stone colonies as “we.” And,
axes. Smaller-brained and more fragile than their stout, as you know, we take You grow 25 feet of hair in a life-
adaptable Neanderthal competitors, modern humans, pitiful care of these time. You host 40,000 species of
improbably, prevail. fleshly loaners, fill- microbes, and when you kiss you
ing them with crud, transfer some 1 billion bacteria to
Later, we name ourselves Homo sapiens because parking them in chairs your beloved. While that statis-
we think we’re smart. What do we do with our wits? and laying them out tic might not enhance the mood,
Mostly, kill off other species and destroy their habitat on sofas to the point of the special sharing is thought to
and our own. And that predilection long predates our reversing the mortal- be helpful in sampling the part-
more recent zeal for torturing ourselves and our fellow ity gains modern sci-
life-forms by recklessly raising the global thermostat be- ence has enabled. Then ner’s histocompatibility genes in-
cause Hummers are cool and we don’t like drinking out again, there are excep- volved in immune response. Oh,
of faucets. tions, such as Jeanne baby!
Louise Calment, who ate
Still, among this generally arrogant species, some, like two pounds of chocolate In a lifetime, you eat 60 tons of
Bryson, have always appreciated the glorious complex- a week, smoked until she food, extracting the nutritional
ity and privilege of our unlikely existence. was 117 and died at 122. necessities and then producing
(Bryson doesn’t mention seven tons of poop. That’s al-
Having described the physical nature of our world it, but she also enjoyed most the weight of three Hum-
and beyond, from the atomic to the intergalactic, in red meat, cheap wine and mer H3s. (Not that I have some
“The Body” he now turns inward to explain – in his lucid, hunting.) weird thing about Hummers.)
amusing style – what we’re made of. Along the way, as he We produce enough flatulence
has before, he weaves in stories of the astonishing char- Shorter than “Nearly Ev-
acters who have been figuring humans out. erything” and with more that before laparoscopic inser-
snack-size chapter lengths, “The Body” nonetheless tion of carbon dioxide became
Consider John H. Gibbon’s quest, in the early 1930s, to draws on dozens of experts and a couple hundred books the norm, patients undergoing
oxygenate blood to make open-heart surgery possible: to carry the reader from outside to inside, from up to anal surgery sometimes literally exploded.
“To test the capacity of blood vessels deep within the down and from miraculous operational efficiencies to Bryson dispels some long-held biological myths. That
body to dilate or constrict, Gibbon stuck a thermometer malignant mayhem when things go awry. In some cases, “taste map” on your tongue you learned about in middle
up his rectum, swallowed a stomach tube, and then had that biological ingenuity and chaos are two sides of the school – sweet on the tip, sour on the sides, bitter on the
icy water poured down it to determine its effect on his same coin. back? Not true. What is true is that we have taste recep-
internal body temperature.” tors not just in the mouth, throat and gut, but in the
Cancer, for instance, as one expert puts it, “is the heart, lungs and testicles too, perhaps so that they can
You’re committed to your job? Really? price we pay for evolution. If our cells couldn’t mutate, send signals to the pancreas to adjust insulin output.
Bryson also chronicles myriad examples of medicine we would never get cancer, but we also couldn’t evolve.” And no, men don’t think about sex every seven sec-
gone wrong. Founding Father and esteemed surgeon There are more than 200 cancers, and age is usually a onds. They think about it 19 times a day, about the same
Benjamin Rush, during a yellow-fever epidemic, “bled major factor, with an 80-year-old 1,000 times as likely as rate they think about food.
hundreds of victims and was convinced that he had a teenager to get it. While we’re timing things, let’s note that our sex acts
saved a great many when in fact all he did was fail to kill take about nine minutes (“in Britain at least”). Men burn
them all.” Despite the body’s harrowing malfunctions, you will 100 calories during those encounters, women 70.
“Part of the problem,” Bryson explains, “was that he marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your de- Older people have an increased risk of heart attack for
believed that the human body contains about twice as sign. The brain, holding its “200 exabytes of information, three hours after coitus, but Bryson, ever the practical
much blood as it actually does and that one can remove roughly equal to ‘the entire digital content of today’s life coach at age 67, wisely points out that the risk “was
up to 80 percent of that notional amount without ill ef- world.’” The heart, beating some 3.5 billion times in a similarly raised for shoveling snow, and sex is more fun
fect.” lifetime. The bones, “stronger than reinforced concrete, than shoveling snow.”
Why didn’t Bryson subtitle “The Body: A Guide for Oc- yet light enough to allow us to sprint.” The lungs, pro-
cupants” as “An Owner’s Manual” instead? Wouldn’t that cessing 4,000 gallons of air a day. The Body
have been terribly clever?
No, because, as Bryson makes clear, we don’t own our “You are pretty seriously perforated,” Bryson writes, A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS
bodies. Evolution owns our bodies. We occupy them – with “two to five million hair follicles and perhaps twice
although the more you read, the less clear it is how to that number of sweat glands.” And you are “exquisitely BY BILL BRYSON | DOUBLEDAY. 464 PP. $30
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Bonz says this dog’s life is one Cholula-palooza
Hi Dog Buddies! “Lookee,” Cholula
This week I yapped with a Chi-Shi said, excited. “This
(Chihuahua/Shih Tzu) – Cholula Hall,
who’s really got it Goin’ ON. Cholula’s is my Santa suit. An
Sweet, Sassy an Serious, all at the same
time: she’s a Grrly-Grrl who loves to my Ugly Christmas
dress up; she’s (pretty much) a Diva,
named for that hot sauce humans like; Sweater. An my pre-
AN she’s a no-nonsense, fuh-ROW-
shuss-sounding guard dog. All inna tend fur coat for when
very cute, black-an-white 12-pound
package. it’s cold.”
The major barkin’ that started soon There was a pink-
as we knocked sounded like a Much
Bigger Dog, but, when the door opened, an-black ballerina
there stood this liddle dainty lookin’
pooch, anna man. The liddle pooch outfit; a flowery dress;
didn’t SOUND dainty AT ALL, though.
I was impressed. After the man assured a Super Cool Kibbles
the little Bark Machine that we were
OK, she shushed. Wonder Woman outfit
“Good morning, Miss Cholula,” I said. with a CAPE; an a spiffy
“That is Some Bark you have there.”
“I take my job as Watchdog VERRY Se-
riously,” she replied sweetly, trotting up City Soccer Supporter
for the Wag-an-Sniff. “So, you’re Bonzo
the Columnist. DO come in. I’m so ex- scarf. “I wear THIS when
cited I’m gonna be in the PAYper. This
is my Daddy, Jesse. He works from here. we go to Coasters Bier-
My Mommy, Aggi, works elsewhere.”
garten. It’s a pooch-fren-
We got settled in an I opened my
notebook. “Just tell me about yourself, ly pub.”
Miss Cholula. How you found your
famly, what you life’s like, your favrite Her Daddy helped
things, like that.”
her into a red dress with
“Okey-dokey. Well, Daddy was
lookin’ for a Chihuahua. He wanted a sparkly snowflakes. “See?
liddle, portable pooch he could take
everywhere, small enough to fit in a THIS is for Speshull Oc-
teacup. (I think that’s one of those Hu-
man Things, cuz Daddy’s never put me casions!” She did a coupla
inna teacup. I’ve never even SEEN a tea-
cup. I can almost fit in my water dish, twirls.
though.) He also wanted a Good Watch
Dog. He Read Up and found out that, “You look a-MAY-zing!”
even though they’re liddle, Shih Tzus
worked as watch dogs a real long time I blurted.
ago in Juh-PAN, which is an island far,
far, away. A whole troupe of Shih Tzus Cholula.PHOTO: LEAH DUBOIS “I KNOW!” she replied
stood guard in Watch Cages in a big
circle around the CAS-ull an, when bad picked me. happily.
guys got too close, they’d bark an warn “I know I don’t seem like it when I’m
the humans. I’m proud to carry on the “Any special pooch
tradition. Real lmportant Stuff.” On Watch Dog Duty, but I’m ackshully
pretty cuddly, Mr. Bonzo.” She smiled a pals?”
“Woof, I’ll say,” I replied. very big smile. Her ears flopped over a
“Anyway, a whole buncha Daddy’s liddle at the top an she had brown eye- “Well, my Super Special
frens helped him in his Dog Search. brows an cheeks, an this cute prance.
Then frens of a fren said they hadda lit- An her black an white coat design made BFF is Oscar.” She whis-
ter (the one I was in) which were part her look sorta like a Double-Stuff Oreo.
Chihuahua an part Shih Tzu. So Daddy (But I digress.) pered behind her paw
came to visit us. We were just 5 weeks
old an we looked like furry softballs. “I loved my new home an my Mommy “Cool Dog Biscuits, right?” (“He’s my boyfriend”). Then
Well, one look an Daddy was TOAST. I an Daddy right away,” she continued.
did my liddle puppy yelp to say ‘Hello,’ “The hardest thing to learn was The she said. there’s Eddie. Our Mommies are BFFs.
an I guess I was irresisti-bubble cuz he Stairs. Mommy an Daddy were gonna
wait till I was bigger to teach me, but I “Woof! For sure!” I managed. Then Foxy Brown, Vinnie Bag of Donuts
didn’t wanna be left when they went up
’em or down ’em, so I sorta taught my- “I also love goin’ on Sniff Walks,” she an Baby Cakes.”
self. Going UP was the hardest. Took
me forever. Going down was scary. But I blithely continued. “Daddy says I’m the Which reminded me to ask, “Any fa-
got brave enough, finally. At first it was
a sorta flop-an-roll. Later it was more of most hound-y non-hound dog EVER, vrite foodstuffs?”
a bump-an-tummyslide. NOW I can fly
up ’em AN down ’em no problem. cuz I’m always catchin’ new smells. I “Totally! BACON! My three favrite
“An guess what? Me an Daddy have also enjoy Tug-of-War an Squirrel Cha- things are: The Beach! My Boyfriend! An
conver-SA-shuns. I think he ackshully
knows some Dog, even though his ac- sin’ in the park. An I LOVE the BEACH. – BACON!
cent’s funny. Listen!”
But only the sand part. I dig, an sun- “My most un-favrite thing is bein’
Her Daddy made some noises I never
heard comin’ from a Human, an then bath, an chase the waves away. But they WET. UGGH! I love lookin’ beautiful, but
Cholula started whining, an mini-
howling, makin’ some noises I never keep comin’ back. I don’t like BATHS. But I put up with ’em,
heard comin’ from a pooch. They did
that back an forth for a while. I was uh- “Oooo, an I’m great at fetchin.’ cuz I wanna be well-groomed, AN sleep
Watch!” Her Daddy tossed a stuffed with Mommy an Daddy.”
hippo an Cholula skidded after it, toe- The time had totally zoomed by.
nails clickety-clicking on the tile floor. Headin’ home, I was thinkin’ about
The hippo was as big as her, but she Sweet, Sassy an Serious Cholula, a pooch
grabbed it, dragged it back, an trium- of many parts. An, I admit, bacon.
phantly body-slammed it at our feet.
Same with her Squeaky Cupcake an her Till next time,
-The Bonz“I ALSO love DRESSIN’ UP. Here,
lemme show you my outfits!”
Her Daddy disappeared an returned
with a big bag.
Don’t be shy!
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INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
FROM A SPUTNIK TO A NEGATIVE WEST NORTH EAST
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The negative double was devised in 1957 by Al Roth and Tobias Stone. They called it a A J 10 7632 9854
Sputnik double because the Russians had just launched their satellite. The Roth-Stone
version was very loosely defined, but was quickly modified and renamed to show an unbid SOUTH
major. (Why negative? I assume in contrast to a positive double for penalty.) 643
K J 10 9
Look at the North hand in the diagram. After partner opens one diamond and West overcalls K J 10 9
one spade, what would you do? KQ
Without a negative double, presumably North would respond three no-trump, but that Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West
contract would have no chance. Instead, North makes a negative double to show four hearts
(or five, if he has insufficient values for a two-heart response). South rebids two hearts, and The Bidding:
North jumps to four hearts, despite the weakness of his trumps.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
What happens after West leads the spade queen? ??
1 Diamonds 1 Spades LEAD:
South has four possible losers: one spade (on the third round), two hearts and one club. He Q Spades
can afford to play one round of trumps, but when West takes the trick and returns another
spade, declarer must win on the board, cash the diamond ace, overtake the diamond queen
with his king and play the diamond jack, discarding the spade five from the dummy. Then
South leads another trump. Shortly, he will claim, having lost only two hearts and one club.
Did you notice a defensive point? Assuming declarer starts with a heart to his jack, if West
wins smoothly with his ace and leads a second spade, he might lull declarer into a false
sense of security. If South immediately repeats the heart finesse, he goes down.
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1 Placed in container (8) 1 Board (5)
7 Blackguards (5) 2 Member of orchestra (7)
8 In unhurried manner (2,7) 3 Bitter (4)
9 Tree (3) 4 Fairness (6)
10 Link together (4) 5 Portable chair (5)
11 Soviet leader (6) 6 Road-building material (7)
13 Fruit type (6) 7 Extremely unpleasant (7)
14 Agreement (6) 12 Meet requirements (7)
17 Type of song (6) 13 Crooked (7)
18 Lash (4) 15 Rank (7)
20 Regret (3) 16 ____ and stick (6)
22 Prophesies (9) 17 Pulpy fruit (5)
23 Celebration (5) 19 Pallid (5)
24 Lawyer (8) 21 German name (4)
How to do Sudoku:
Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
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ACROSS author 48 Instance The Washington Post
98 Songstress Washington 49 Actor Beatty
1 Like a photo finish 99 German or 52 ___ Saud SUBLIMINAL ADVERTISING By Merl Reagle
7 Erie Canal city Sherman item 55 Do loom work
12 It sits on your coccyx 101 Trimming tool 56 Org. that gives NC-17s
18 Johnny’s girl 104 Off-the-wall 57 Gets overcharged
19 Asimov subject 106 Kingdom 59 Removes from a post
20 Urge strongly 107 Popular 61 Noisy flyer
21 Attorneys, at times (and redundant) description 63 Highest of the Pyrenees,
23 Sigourney sequel Pico de ___
24 Avignon article of a certain departure 65 Painter Andrea
25 Mrs. Bighorn 112 Canteen grp.
26 Not surprisingly 114 ___ degree ___ Sarto
28 Ability or agility, e.g. 115 ___’s Basilica, 66 Melodic
30 Viola or violin: abbr. in Venice 67 Where chicks hang out
32 Flavor enhancer 118 Objects (to), as this 69 Sardine container
33 School-assisting dept. 70 Disney’s Dwarfs, e.g.
37 Cake toppers puzzle? 71 Brought to light
38 Some used cars 121 “But will it play 74 Grape-leaf dish
42 As interpreted by in ___?” 77 First-shot site
44 Annam or Assam add-on 122 The same 79 See 64 Across
45 Very long 123 Hearing range 80 Art follower
46 Private eye’s provision 124 Black ___ (Doberman colors) 81 Car-go areas?: abbr.
50 Squishy lowland 125 Mrs. Peel’s co-Avenger 83 The Far or the Middle
51 Baker and Bryant 126 Linger longer 84 Hydroplanes
53 Wheedles 85 It means “outer”
54 “___ the cup and DOWN 87 “... baked in ___”
the lip” 1 Caricature, maybe 90 From a cold state
56 Driving stat 2 Vegas opening? 91 Ending for cell or lev
58 Caesar betrayer 3 Commencements 93 Ungainly one
60 Role model, often 4 Distort 94 “That is the worst!”
61 Unthinking followers 5 Boxcars 98 Old word for edema
62 Heathen 6 Response to a bill 100 “Attention, ___ shoppers ...”
64 Robt. E., for one 7 Literary Leon 102 Greek letters
65 Pessimistic 8 Sound on the phone 103 Glorify
66 “To everything there 9 Wild goat 105 Slangy piece of money
is ___” 10 Marine ___ 108 Soprano’s song
68 Have ___ (long) 11 While sailing 109 Haggard, proudly
69 Karpov or Kasparov, e.g. 12 Setting of Frasier 110 Astronaut Slayton
72 Billy Budd captain 13 Bar between radials 111 Pre-owned
73 ___ a beet 14 Reprove 113 Blood-sample parts
75 Lurking zapper 15 ___ deer 115 Exercise establishment
76 Maris’s home-rvn nvmber 16 Mantle piece? 116 Pin total
77 School buys 17 The Catskills, 117 Like a ’60s squad
78 Use for dinner, e.g.: abbr. 119 Theme of this puzzle, upside-
as plates 18 Old soft drink
79 Santa has a famous one 21 Insurance action down
80 Topple, as a king 22 Some horses 120 Howe’er
82 S.F. time 27 It’s often dismissed
83 Praise highly 29 IRELAND minus LAD = ?
84 Sofa for two 31 Money manager, perhaps
86 Of bones 34 Makes no sense
88 Philippine tribesman 35 What NAFTA affects,
89 Lies, in a way
92 An island port at partly
half off? 36 Copper collectible
95 Standing invitation? 39 Chest muscles
96 Jenny in Love Story 40 Losing tic-tac-toe line
97 A Confederacy of Dunces 41 Spike of tiny flowers
43 ___ crow flies
46 Item with a paper tray: abbr.
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INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Honey, we need to talk. I’m seeing another TV show
BY CAROLYN HAX fering family philosophies about holidays and gifts.
We always have a Christmas blowout with piles of
presents and overflowing stockings. We love it – the
Dear Carolyn: My spouse and I atmosphere of festive excess as well as the gifts. The
have a long list of TV shows scat- family of our daughter’s fiancee is more frugal and
tered through our streaming queues, less festive. I know our extravagance at the holidays
but there are some I really want to will make our daughter’s fiancee uncomfortable.
watch, which she says she wants to I see two imperfect solutions to our first joint
watch with me, but she never actu- Christmas: We dial back the presents, disappointing
ally wants to watch when I suggest them. We’re talking me, my husband and my daughter – who’s far from
stuff that’s been on the DVR for three years in some cases. greedy but loves the spirit of the day – or we shower
I have tried to explain how frustrating this is, and it the new wife with gifts that make her feel awkward.
never seems to land. Do you have any better suggestions?
Is there a point at which I get to just watch some of – Festive
these shows while she’s out? Is TV-cheating OK? I know
this is a small thing, but it is driving me nuts. Festive: Welcome to Lucky-to-Have-Such-Prob-
Warm, conscientious people trying to get the de-
Nuts: I’m sure it is but, I have to say, I love this small etiquette: Either the show’s good enough to with- tails right so others feel loved and respected. I’m
thing. stand a second viewing, or it’s not and you’d be just going to sit with this for a bit.
better off dropping it in favor of another one from
I feel like we kind of need your problem right now. the backlog. There’s just too much TV for wasted I think it would be a thoughtful gesture to say to
“TV-cheating.” I am a laugh-cry emoji. TV. your by-then daughter-in-law: “At Christmas, we
lose our minds a little. A lot. I want to make you feel
Not to make too much of it or anything. Let us know if you come across anything great. welcome and not scare you off. Would you prefer
Anyway. Yes, TV cheating is OK, because there’s a I’m at least three years behind. the full treatment, or would that just feel like pres-
way to do it out in the open that cushions hard feel- sure? This is about your feeling welcome, so it really
ings: Start the show, tell your spouse you started the Dear Carolyn: My daughter is about to marry a is safe for you to say what you want versus what you
show, and say if she wants to watch it with you then lovely woman whom we already adore. I’m lucky to think I want to hear.” Running this by your daugh-
you’ll gladly rewatch the episode(s) with her till she have such a problem, but I’m concerned about dif- ter first will not only serve as a judicious look before
catches up. It’s an au courant bit of bluff-calling. leaping, but also show your daughter you’re invest-
Not to mention, a low-stakes one, even within ed in getting this right. Yay, Mom.
the already barely stakeworthy realm of TV-banking
Hip or knee problems
Better get Mako
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Hip or knee problems bothering you? Better get Mako
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Dr. Jason Stack.
If you or a loved one are considering a PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
hip or knee replacement procedure, you
might want to look into one that uses a
This particular Mako is not one of the
swift-swimming, short-finned sharks
that thrive here in Florida’s tropical
waters, or the popular auto paint and
repair franchise with a similar name.
Instead, it is a component of medical
device manufacturer Stryker’s robotic-
arm-assisted technology platform for
Just ask Vero Orthopaedics’ Dr. Ja-
son Stack, a newly arrived fellowship-
trained joint replacement expert.
He is clearly a fan of this medical
And so is the Tufts University Medical
It says “the Mako technology provides
patient-specific 3-D models to pre-plan
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placement,” says Stack, “and a less than es the desire for human guidance and 680,000 Americans had knee replace-
ideal placement of components in joint robots to help to make the surgery both ments while another 370,000 had total
replacement can lead to pain and insta- accurate and safe.” hip replacements annually, but those
bility” for the patient. numbers are about to skyrocket.
And then there’s cutting precision.
Certainly, the National Institutes of According to Stack, the Mako 3.0 allows In the coming decade, NIH projects
Health is onboard with these robotic- him to make very exact bone cuts that the demand for knee replacements will
assisted procedures. It says “with sur- help with “your ligament balancing and hit 3.4 million a year while hip replace-
gery increasingly using technology and the implant positioning.” ments will soar to 570,000 annually.
instruments adapted from mechanical
industry, it is logical to expand the role Clearly enthused he adds, “I think this A conversation with Stack might help
of robots to surgery.” is definitely an exciting time for someone you decide if there should be a Mako in
who needs a joint replacement due to the your future.
Moreover, says NIH, “the presence technology that’s now available.”
of nerves, blood vessels and other soft Dr. Jason Stack is an orthopedic surgeon
tissue structures in the vicinity [of the And, quite frankly, that’s a huge with Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology at
surgery], along with natural anatomical universe of patients that soon will be 1155 35th Lane, Suite 100 in Vero Beach.
variations necessitates in many instanc- even larger. The phone number is 772-569-2330.
Just five years ago, approximately
properly positioning the replacement
joint based on [the patient’s individual]
Stryker’s Mako starts with a CT scan
of joint to be replaced. A 3-D virtual
model of the patient’s unique anatomy
is generated from the results of the scan
and loaded into the system’s software
to create a personalized pre-operative
During the actual joint replacement
procedure, the surgeon guides the ro-
botic arm while positioning the pros-
thetic implant based on that patient’s
The Mako system also allows Stack
and other surgeons to make adjust-
ments to that plan during surgery if
In other words, the robot isn’t doing
the surgery. Stack is.
“It’s not an autonomous robot,” Stack
explains. “It’s what we call a haptic robot
that locks into the plane that you want
to cut at due to the pre-operative plan.
And then it creates boundaries so you
stay within those boundaries and you
don’t risk cutting the important struc-
tures around the knee like the ligaments
and other vital structures,” but it’s the
surgeon and not the robot who makes
When Stack prepares the damaged
bone for the implant, the Mako system
helps provide more accurate placement
and alignment of the prosthetic implant
and, he says, that results in better out-
comes for patients.
“A well-balanced knee [or hip] really
increases the longevity of any joint re-
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Get ‘Smart’: Mobile devices soon integral to cardio care
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Dr. Arley Peter. has given me wrong information,” Peter
recalls, “but then I run a test in the of-
According to invasive cardiologist Dr. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE fice and my test confirms that she was,
Arley Peter, vice-chair of cardiology at indeed, having it.”
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital,
the way many heart diseases and condi- Of course, smartphones and smart-
tions are diagnosed and treated is about watches depend on their software or
to take a dramatic turn for the better. apps, and as Harvard Medical points
out, “health-related smartphone and
Better still, you probably already own smartwatch apps are a dime a dozen,”
– and regularly use – the requisite hard- but it also says some apps have already
ware needed for that to happen. proved they can help consumers “make
faster and better-informed treatment
It’s your smartwatch or smartphone. decisions.”
The National Institutes of Health
agrees with Peter’s assessment: “The As the hardware and software con-
ever-increasing penetration of smart- tinues to evolve, these devices will likely
phones [and smartwatches] coupled play an increasing role in saving lives.
with embedded sensors and modern
communication technologies, make For now, the best advice is probably
them an attractive technology for en- to talk with your primary care physician
abling continuous and remote monitor- or cardiologist about which device or
ing of an individual’s health and well- devices and which apps are best suited
being with negligible additional costs.” to monitoring your particular medical
Indeed, says NIH, the sensors in condition.
smart devices “can be used to measure
several health parameters such as heart The KardiaMobile app, for instance,
rate and heart rate variability, turning gets high marks from Peter.
these communication devices into a
continuous and long-term health moni- Among other things it records your
toring system.” heart activity for 30 seconds and then
A series of articles in the Journal of the displays the tracing, which patients
can then transmit to their doctor. Other
American College of Cardiology goes popular phone or watch cardio apps in-
even further. “The future of cardiovas- clude Cardiogram, HeartWatch, Heart
cular care,” these articles concur, “will Analyzer and Talking Heart Rate.
be transformed by advances in digital
health technology and mobile devices Peter says, “With the watch technol-
as a means to prevent and treat heart ogy and smartphone technology the pa-
disease.” tient is empowered. They can monitor
themselves for a longer period of time.
MedicalXPress.com goes further still, So the longer the time, the greater the
saying smartphone and smartwatch likelihood of detecting their cardiac ar-
heart monitoring “could be up to five rhythmias.”
times more effective at diagnosing heart
problems than standard tests.” Cleveland Clinic’s own Journal of
Medicine agrees. “Integration of am-
The key words there, for the present bulatory ECG technology with smart-
anyway, are “could be.” phone and watch technology is an excit-
ing new wearable option for arrhythmia
This is a rapidly evolving but still na- detection. The patient-centered and
scent field. controlled nature of these devices have
the potential to help patients with palpi-
For instance, detecting the underly- tations or other symptoms determine if
ing cause of a heart rhythm problem their cardiac rhythms are normal.”
after it is detected by a smart device is
often difficult because by the time the Dr. Michael McConnell, clinical pro-
patient makes it to the hospital or doc- fessor of cardiovascular medicine at
tor’s office, they may have recovered Stanford University, sums up the op-
and a new electrocardiogram (ECG) of portunity these devices offer by saying,
their heart may appear normal. “Only recently has the medical commu-
nity started to embrace the reality that
Nevertheless, Peter interjects that most ‘health’ takes place outside the
he knows from firsthand experience hospital and clinic, namely the daily ac-
that some of the existing hardware and tivities and clinical events that occur in
software (or “apps”) have proven them- the other 362 days per year when people
selves when it comes to detecting ar- are not being seen by a clinician.”
Smartphones, smartwatches and ev-
“Last week, a lady came to my office er-evolving new apps appear poised to
and her Apple watch was telling her, fill in that monitoring void.
‘You are having a cardiac arrhythmia,’”
Peter says. Dr. Arley Peter is an Invasive Cardiolo-
gy specialist and Vice-Chief of Cardiology
However, the woman didn’t have any at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
history of arrhythmias. His office is at 787 37th Street, Suite E260.
The phone number is 772-999-3996.
“So, I first say to myself this woman
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FINE & CASUAL DINING
Goombay’s Beachside: Escape to the islands in SatBeach
REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Villon’s El Diablo Fresh Chicken Bowl.
[email protected] Mahi Sandwhich.
PHOTOS BY LEAH DUBOIS
From A1A, Goombay’s Beachside
looks like it might be a touristy place, Seafood
but it’s one of Satellite Beach’s casual Egg Roll.
local watering holes with the bonus
of really tasty food. to catch some entertaining live music
at night. Still a terrific laid-back spot,
We had not stopped in since the re- improved by the new owners.
grand opening under the new own-
ers last December, so we decided to I welcome your comments, and encour-
take advantage of the slightly cooler age you to send feedback to me at lisamel-
temps and the breeze and enjoy din- [email protected]
ner under the covered front patio two
Sundays ago. The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
dines anonymously at restaurants at the
The menu seems pretty much the expense of this newspaper.
same as before, but the beer selection
seems better than it used to be. I’d have Chocolate Lava Cake.
to be doing something like, maybe, load-
ing a moving van in August, or avoiding
a water-borne illness, to drink Bud Light,
so I was pleased to find a delicious, dark
local craft brew – Intracoastal Brew-
ing Co. Oktoberfest – on draught. My
companion ordered a glass of the house
chardonnay, but if you’re a bit more
picky about your wine, Goombay’s offers
25 different wines by the glass or by the
bottle, plus sangria, sake and mimosas
by the flute or by the pitcher.
Not in the mood for a full entree but
ready to try a few different dishes, we
browsed the menu – everything looked
great, it was tough to choose. To start our
meal of small, shared plates, we both
ordered cups of the Shrimp and Crab
Bisque ($4.50). For me, a seafood bisque
must be creamy, meaty, not too salty and
not taste like it’s been in the pot too long.
This bisque hit all the right notes for
both of us — I want the recipe.
Skewers are the Sunday special,
$1 off, so that seemed like a good
excuse to order one shrimp ($6) and
one chicken ($5), mild, but with sides
of Citrus Teriyaki and Spicy Apricot
sauces. The shrimp were large, fresh
and not overcooked, and the chicken
was tender and flavorful. The sauc-
es were both very good, but if you
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the vegetarian dishes, two of flavors and they took me back to my
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To heighten wine’s flavors, you need the right glass
STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE two, with a white-wine version and a That’s not as silly or pretentious as – important, given the price of cham-
The Washington Post slightly larger red-wine glass. They sell it sounds: I’ve used glasses that felt pagne.
for about $15 a stem on Amazon. A fan- top-heavy, when swirling seems dan-
Last week, I discussed the debate cier glass by British wine writer Jancis gerous and the glass less steady on the I’m not dismissing fancy, expensive
over whether decanting benefits wine Robinson and glass blower Richard table. These are most likely inexpen- wine glasses. They have elegance, and
by allowing it to breathe when ex- Brendon goes for $112 a pair. It’s deli- sive department store stemware. can help express the nuances of fine
posed to air. The verdict was mixed. cate, precisely balanced and intended wine. And different-shaped glasses
Decanters can be expensive and un- for use with sparkling and fortified If you drink a lot of sparkling wine, can draw out fruit flavors or empha-
wieldy, and difficult to clean. They are wines, as well. be it champagne or prosecco, I suggest size oak. As with many aspects of
useful for pouring older wines off their investing in a set of special glasses for wine, there’s a lifetime of exploration
sediment, and the ritual of decanting But, of course, you can find your own bubbly. It’s perfectly acceptable, even for all of us.
can add to our enjoyment of wine, es- “all-purpose” wine glass. Find one you trendy, to drink sparkling from a reg-
pecially in more formal settings. like, with the specifications above for ular glass, but smaller tulip-shaped If you’re just starting out on your
best results. You’ll want something stems, or even straight and narrow wine quest, find an all-purpose glass
For improving a wine’s flavor, how- that not only fits your budget, but also flutes, focus the bubbles – which, after that suits you. Then branch out. As your
ever, the glass is more important than feels good in your hand as you swirl all, put the sparkle in sparkling wine. love of wine develops, you’ll want to ex-
a decanter. The size and shape of a the wine and tip the glass to your lips. They also help with portion control plore different glassware, too. It can be
wine glass will affect the aromas and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.
flavors, not just as you swirl and sip,
but throughout your meal.
This doesn’t mean you need to in-
vest in expensive crystal stemware, or
a variety of differently shaped glasses.
“You don’t really need any other type
of wine glass beyond an all-purpose
glass,” writes Maryse Chevriere, a
sommelier, in her new book, “Acquisi-
tive the Grape: Demystifying Grape
Varieties to Help You Discover the
Wines You Love.”
If you are new to wine, or consid-
ering a gift to someone who is, what
should you look for in an all-purpose
glass? Chevriere lays out a few basic
“If you only get to pick one, a clear,
thin-lipped, ‘cut rim’ all-purpose glass
should be it,” she writes, describing it
as “a stemmed glass with a U-shaped
bowl that is wider at the stem and nar-
rows slightly as it gets up to the rim.”
She adds: “It’s the wine glass equiva-
lent of the perfect pair of jeans.”
That U-shaped bowl is often called
a tulip, because of its resemblance to
the flower. The narrower rim focuses
the aroma and guides the wine to your
palate rather than down your shirt. The
thin “cut rim” is favored over a thicker
“rolled rim” for the same reason.
Different sizes, with glasses for
white wines smaller than those for
reds, evolved for a reason. White
wines, such as riesling and sauvignon
blanc, tend to be acidic, and a smaller,
narrower tulip will direct them toward
the tip of your tongue, while a bigger,
wider glass will direct fleshier, tan-
nic reds, such as cabernet sauvignon,
to the middle of your palate – all in
the hopes of balancing the wine and
showing it at its best.
Those bigger glasses may be ideal as
well for full-bodied white wines, such
as oaky chardonnay or skin-fermented
Some stemware is marketed as all-
purpose. “The One,” by master som-
melier Andrea Robinson, is actually
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Please send calendar information open to the public ad will be held at the Schech- 27 Satellite Beach Lion’s Club and Satellite
at least two weeks prior to your ter Community Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. Beach PAL “spook parade” for kids up
The cost is $10 and includes light refreshments. to second grade at 3 p.m. in the Teen Zone at
event to To register of find out more information, contact Satellite Beach United Methodist Church. Danc-
Terry LaPlante at [email protected] or ing, refreshments, games and prizes. Contact
[email protected] visit, www.lwv-spacecoast.org. PAL at 321-777-8336
OCTOBER October 26 | The Rossetter House Gardens 26 The Rossetter House Gardens annual 27 Eastminster Presbyterian Church in In-
annual Spooktacular Halloween Party. Spooktacular Halloween Party from 11 dialantic celebrates Scottish roots dur-
24 Melbourne Community Orchestra a.m. to Noon. Sip cider on the patio, play lawn ing their 10 a.m. service with the Space Coast
presents Trick or Treat on MCO Street awards luncheon and silent auction. Call Erica games, meet the Magic Mind reader, dress in Highlanders. For more information, please con-
at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium at Knight at 321-773-2783 ext. 136 or go to https:// costume and be ready trick or treat. Registration tact 321-723-8371.
625 Hibiscus Boulevard, 32901. Admission to hnjfl.wehsareonline.org/9thAnnualJoeLamersM is required and can be made by calling Rebecca
the concert is free. Guests are invited to dress in emorialGolfTournament Fawcett at 321-256-9855 or by emailing site- 27 Suntree Mental Health Fair will be held
costume. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 321-285- di[email protected] at 2 p.m. The public is invited to the free
6724 or visit www.MCOrchestra.org for more in- 26 Brevard County Out of the Darkness event listen to local experts share information, re-
formation or to sign up for concert alerts. Walk by American Foundation for Sui- 26 The Brevard Symphony Orchestra sources and raise awareness about mental health.
cide Prevention Central Florida Chapter, regis- presents Symphonic Sppoktacular.
24 A Parkinson’s Educational Symposium, tration at 9 a.m. for two-mile walk at 10 a.m. at The free event begins at 1 p.m. with the concert 27 Music on the River concert 3:30 p.m. at
hosted by the Azan Shrine Center in Wickham Park. To pre-register visit afsp.donor- beginning at 2 p.m. at the King Center in Mel- the First United Methodist Church of Co-
Melbourne from 1-4 p.m. Call 321-751-6771. drive.com bourne. The event will include a costume con- coa Beach at 330 North Atlantic Avenue and will
test and will feature the The Space Coast Ballet feature 10 young musicians aged 15-18 years old.
24 Siren Salon Spa Boutique Fine Art and 26 West Shore High School’s 15th Annual Company. The event is free with a $10 suggested donation.
Jewelry community yoga day with food Golf Tournament is being held at Bay-
and wine tastings from 7-9 p.m. at their Mel- tree National Golf Links in Melbourne. The golf 26 Oktoberfest in Suntree hosted by Ad- 27 ‘Autumn Around the World’ featuring
bourne Beach gallery. Call 321-614-7706. tournament will support Project graduation, a vent Lutheran Church at 7550 Wick- more than 30 flutist will be presented
safe, drug and alcohol-free night for the 2020 ham Road in Suntree from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. by the Space Coast Flute Orchestra at Suntree
25-27 Holy Trinity Episcopal Church graduates. Fee includes golf cart, range balls, and will feature kids activities such as face paint- United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. The event is
Grand Opening of their thrift lunch and an additional round of golf at Baytree ing and a bounce house. German Food will be free with a suggested donation of $5. For more
store at its new location at 1800 S. Babcock St. National Golf Links. available for purchase. The event is free. For information, please call 321-385-7236.
Melbourne. The ribbon cutting will be held on more information visit www.AdventBrevard.org
the 25th from 4-6 p.m. and will include prizes 26 The League of Women Voters of the or call 321-259-8515. 29 Meeting on the Switzerland/Italy Pil-
and food for purchase. Tours and specials will Space Coast are hosting a Hot Topic grimage, June 14-23, 2020, on Tuesday
be featured on the 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Panel discussion on Home Rule. The event is 26 Boo n Brew, 1 to 5 p.m. in Macy’s park- evening, October 29, in Room 147, in the Holy
and trunk or treat will be hosted on the 27th at ing lot near Smokey Bones at the Mel- Name of Jesus Life Center Building. For more
11:30 a.m. bourne Square Mall. information contact Julie Mallak, 321-725-4374,
26 Holy Name of Jesus 9th Annual Joe 26 The Space Coast Iceplex Figure Skating
Lamers Memorial Golf Tournament Club is hosting ECG screenings from 8 31 Job and Volunteer Fair for seniors will
8:30 a.m. at the Indian River Colony Club. Cost a.m.-11:30 a.m. for anyone 10 years and older. be hosted by One Senior Place from 10
is $90 per player and includes 18 holes, golf cart, The screening only takes 10 minutes. To sign up, a.m.-2 p.m. with approximately 24 private employ-
please visit www.whoweplayfor.org/screening. ers and non-profits. Free refreshments available.
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN NOVEMBER
in October 17, 2019 Edition 1 ALMOST 1 ASPECT
4 UTOPIA 2 MANOR 2 Satellite Beach Founder’s Day and Market-
9 PANACHE 3 SUCCUMB place, “A Walk on the Moon” hosted by Sat-
10 ROCKS 5 THROB ellite Beach Women’s Club and the City of Satel-
11 CORFU 6 PICCOLO lite Beach, 9 a.m. to Noon at the D.R. Schechter
12 DUBIOUS 7 ASSESS Community Center. Features 140 craft and spe-
13 COMBINATION 8 LEADINGLADY cialty vendors, flea market, bake sale, and a pa-
18 TRIVIAL 14 ORIGINS rade. Call Jeanne at 321-779-3384 for details.
20 COACH 15 TACTFUL
22 GUIDE 16 STIGMA 2 How to Cook! With Eau Gallie Library,
23 DEFROST 17 CHATTY an installation in a series titled, “How to
24 ASSIST 19 ITEMS Adult!” which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at
25 SLEEPY 21 ALONE the Eau Gallie Library.
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Plantation-style abode could
be your dream home, too
7870 Casuarina Drive in Melbourne Beach: 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3,620-square-foot plantation home
offered for $1.75 million by Tracy Warren, broker associate, Dale Sorensen Real Estate: 321-863-3072
34 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Plantation-style abode could be your dream home, too
STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT bourne home takes center stage on an at the sweeping front steps that lead age abounds in this pantry, with cup-
acre-plus lot on the river’s edge with from the car park to the front door. boards and drawers made of white
Hunting for peace and tranquility water views from almost every room Once inside, the massive open view beadboard giving the home a marvel-
with proximity to the beach, Scott in the home. It is being offered for sale from the foyer through the family ous clean vintage look.
and Judy Buchanan were on the move by Dale Sorensen Real Estate Broker- room and out the back French doors
from South Florida northward to- Associate Tracy Warren, with a list shows an expanse of thick green lawn The spacious kitchen faces the
ward Melbourne Beach. While cruis- price of $1,750,000. flowing to the river’s edge. Indian River and repeats the white
ing along the Indian River, the couple beadboard cupboards and drawers.
discovered a not-for-sale piece of Pineapples, the Southern symbol Tile and solid, hand-hewn hickory All appliances, including the large
property that Scott Buchanan con- of hospitality, are placed as statuary floors, 14-foot ceilings, 8-foot-high side-by-side refrigerator, are stain-
vinced the owner to sell. With the doors, deep ceiling moldings, vaulted less-steel KitchenAid. A specially de-
purchase of that property, the cou- parlor ceiling and wide hallways con- signed vertical cupboard next to the
ple’s dream began to take shape as a tribute to the early 20th-century de- oven features slots for cookie sheets
3,620-square-foot home with 3 bed- sign so desired by the owners. and trays. A three-tiered corner cup-
rooms and 3.5 bathrooms designed board whirls for easy dish and pan
by architect Michael Noell. Large double-hung windows in storage.
front and on the sides of the home
“He made our dream a reality, cre- add to the classic look and provide Opposite the kitchen is the family
ating a home with architecture like an abundance of sunlight stream- room with space for a huge television
the Stranahan House in Fort Lauder- ing into all the rooms of the home. and plenty of room for comfortable
dale,” according to the couple, who All interior rooms are painted a soft furniture for lounging. A grand wood-
wanted a place for boating, fishing powder blue, creating a bright and burning fireplace is featured on one
and surfing. cheerful ambiance. High-impact wall. Large windows provide another
windows and doors provide storm superior view of the Indian River.
The end-result, plantation-style protection. The large dining room
home at 7870 Casuarina Dr. in Mel- accommodates seating for a dozen The large double window over the
bourne Beach is wrapped with wide family and friends. A gigantic butler’s kitchen sink offers a spectacular view
upper and lower verandas open to pantry connects the dining room of the backyard, river and expan-
the ocean and Indian River breezes, with the large kitchen. Plenty of stor- sive dock. A whimsical tiered deck
echoing the style of the historic Fort decorated to simulate a pirate ship
Lauderdale property, which has been
called stately and grand. The Mel-
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7870 CASUARINA DRIVE
is nestled among palm trees on the double sinks, super-size walk-in tile currently accommodates a regular Neighborhood: Sebastian Pines
river shore, a delightful feature for shower with rain shower head and bed and bunk beds, has a large bath- Year built: 2005
children. There’s also a free-standing two large walk-in closets. A pocket room with tub and shower in white Construction:
studio that sports a lanai. The studio door conceals the water closet. tile, a single vanity sink, charming
features the fourth bedroom on the vintage white and black tile flooring Concrete block and
property. A second bedroom has wide plank and the beadboard cupboards con- cement board, metal roof
hickory flooring, a tile shower and lin- Architecture: Island Plantation
Three generous bedrooms in the en closet. The third bedroom, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 39
main house are found at the top of the Lot size: 1.06 acres
staircase that rises from the home’s Home size: 3,620 square feet
foyer. All have charming en suite
bathrooms and space for king beds. Bedrooms: 4
The master bedroom, which has Additional features:
a cove ceiling, offers double French Large private dock with fresh-
doors to the balcony veranda from water/electricity on the Indian
a luxurious conversation area with River; 3-car garage; high-impact
yet another river view. The master windows and doors; solid hick-
bathroom is white tile with a vanity, ory floors; working lighthouse
lamp in roof cupola, ceiling
fans, wood-burning fireplace
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.
Tracy Warren, broker associate,
Listing price: $1,750,000
36 Thursday, October 24, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Oct. 11 to Oct. 17
The real estate market picked up a speck in ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Satellite Beach and
Melbourne Beach had seven transactions each, followed by Indian Harbour Beach with five. Indialantic
reported three sales.
Our featured sale of the week was of a Breakers penthouse condo in the heart of Melbourne Beach. Unit
324 at 1905 Atlantic Street was placed on the market Sept. 10 with an asking price of $565,000. The sale
closed on Oct. 15 for $560,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by David Settgast of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s. The purchaser
was represented by Mary Goodwin of the Curri Kirschner Real Estate Group.
SALES FOR 32951
SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
SOUTH SHORES OCEANSI 5635 S HIGHWAY A1A 802 8/1/2019 $598,800 $598,800 10/15/2019 $583,000
MELBOURNE SHORES 2ND 250 HERON DR 12/18/2018 $550,000 $499,000 10/11/2019 $475,000
HARBOR EAST SEC 1 404 DRIFTWOOD AVE 6/11/2019 $420,000 $400,000 10/11/2019 $385,000
OCEAN CLUB CONDO 2979 S HIGHWAY A1A 211 9/17/2018 $359,000 $342,000 10/16/2019 $325,000
HOMER RODEHEAVER RES 7800 S HIGHWAY A1A 8/19/2019 $315,000 $315,000 10/15/2019 $270,000
STONEHEDGE 137 NORMANDY PL 4/18/2019 $225,000 $225,000 10/11/2019 $212,000
SALES FOR 32903
RIO LINDO 3RD ADDN 2356 N RIVERSIDE DR N 6/19/2019 $969,000 $945,000 10/15/2019 $899,000
INDIALANTIC BY SEA 121 WAYNE AVE 6/24/2019 $750,000 $649,999 10/17/2019 $637,500
BEACH CLUB CONDOMINI 1850 CHARLESMONT DR 115 9/13/2019 $135,000 $135,000 10/17/2019 $135,000
SALES FOR 32937
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2095 HIGHWAY A1A 4405 7/30/2019 $729,900 $729,900 10/11/2019 $712,500
GOLDEN PALM CONDO 1941 HIGHWAY A1A 305 4/19/2019 $565,000 $550,000 10/11/2019 $520,000
MARTESIA 113 MARTESIA WAY 6/15/2019 $518,000 $488,000 10/11/2019 $465,000
WINDWARD COVE 107 WINDWARD WAY 5/29/2019 $499,900 $459,900 10/11/2019 $459,900
PINEDA OCEAN CLB P1 123 HIGHWAY A1A N 123 4/22/2019 $450,000 $435,000 10/11/2019 $425,000
VILLA DEL MAR S6 U3 780 VERBENIA DR 8/9/2019 $389,900 $379,900 10/16/2019 $375,000
CONNERS CSTL DARE SU 250 PARK AVE 9/7/2019 $329,900 $329,900 10/15/2019 $329,900
GOLDEN BEACH EST 1ST 230 SHORE LN 3/28/2019 $325,000 $325,000 10/11/2019 $325,000
CHEVY CHASE GARDENS 36 ADAMS CT 5/14/2019 $249,000 $219,000 10/15/2019 $195,000
S PATRICK SHORES 1S 117 SE 2ND ST SE 1/7/2019 $279,900 $259,000 10/17/2019 $192,500
WATERWAY TWNHMS 1 448 BLUE JAY LN 33 8/28/2019 $185,000 $185,000 10/11/2019 $180,000
SOUTH PATRICK APTS C 55 SEA PARK BLVD 207 5/13/2019 $95,500 $95,500 10/15/2019 $95,500
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, October 24, 2019 37
Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Indialantic by Sea, Address: 121 Wayne Ave Subdivision: Rio Lindo 3rd Addn, Address: 2356 N Riverside Dr N
Listing Date: 6/24/2019 Listing Date: 6/19/2019
Original Price: $750,000 Original Price: $969,000
Recent Price: $649,999 Recent Price: $945,000
Sold: 10/17/2019 Sold: 10/15/2019
Selling Price: $637,500 Selling Price: $899,000
Listing Agent: Christina & Robert Geiger Listing Agent: Jack Jeffcoat & G. Ellingson
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Ellingson Properties
Kirk Kessel Mary & John Gal
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc Seaside Realty of Brevard
Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2095 Highway A1A 4405 Subdivision: Golden Palm Condo, Address: 1941 Highway A1A 305
Listing Date: 7/30/2019 Listing Date: 4/19/2019
Original Price: $729,900 Original Price: $565,000
Recent Price: $729,900 Recent Price: $550,000
Sold: 10/11/2019 Sold: 10/11/2019
Selling Price: $712,500 Selling Price: $520,000
Listing Agent: Richard Nelson Listing Agent: Gibbs Baum &
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Aerospace Realty Selling Agent:
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Coldwell Banker Residential RE
Keller Williams Realty
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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: South Shores Oceansi, Address: 5635 S Highway A1A 802 Subdivision: Melbourne Shores 2nd, Address: 250 Heron Dr
Listing Date: 8/1/2019 Listing Date: 12/18/2018
Original Price: $598,800 Original Price: $550,000
Recent Price: $598,800 Recent Price: $499,000
Sold: 10/15/2019 Sold: 10/11/2019
Selling Price: $583,000 Selling Price: $475,000
Listing Agent: Brenda Teter Listing Agent: Pamela Vanderveer &
Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent:
Keller Williams Realty
Keller Williams Realty
WATERFRONTBREVARD.COM Subdivision: Martesia, Address: 113 Martesia Way
JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS!
MOVEMENT IN THE SANCTUARY! Listing Date: 6/15/2019
Original Price: $518,000
PRICE IMPROVEMENT! Recent Price: $488,000
Selling Price: $465,000
Listing Agent: Juliet Qureshi
Selling Agent: 85 & Sunny Real Estate,PA
Keller Williams Realty
Subdivision: Windward Cove, Address: 107 Windward Way
842 Sanderling Dr, Indialantic · $544,000 Listing Date: 5/29/2019
4 Bedrooms + Office, 3 Bathrooms · 2,727 SF Original Price: $499,900
Recent Price: $459,900
David Curri Sold: 10/11/2019
321.890.9911 Selling Price: $459,900
Listing Agent: Bernadette Day
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite
Subdivision: Pineda Ocean Clb P1, Address: 123 Highway A1A N 123
891 Peregrine Dr, Indialantic 521 Nightingale Dr, Indialantic Listing Date: 4/22/2019
$860,000 $519,000 Original Price: $450,000
Recent Price: $435,000
David Curri Broker/Owner Sold: 10/11/2019
Selling Price: $425,000
321.890.9911 Listing Agent: Kenneth Brown
davidcurri.com Selling Agent: EXIT 1st Class Realty
[email protected] Sandra McNatt
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 REAL ESTATE ly,” said Tracy Warren, who lives
nearby. “Neighbors gather for sun-
tinuing the vintage theme. Custom set cocktails and you will find many
pineapple accents highlight various gathered on the beach awaiting a
woodwork in the home. rocket launch.”
A large hallway provides French The Sebastian Inlet with world-
door access to the second-floor ve- class fishing and access to the Atlantic
randa. Along one wall are two long is only four miles south of the proper-
picture rails with family photographs ty on Highway A1A. Restaurants and
as the focal point. All photographs grocery shopping are nearby.
have been taken in black and white
and placed in black frames. Once Natural vegetation, sea grapes
placed on the rails they make a huge and palm trees form a natural dense
statement not only in decorating but hedge shielding the property from
one of family love and affection along view of the street making it very pri-
that wall. vate and personal.
The home is built in an area known “It is quiet and so natural – that
as Sebastian Pines along State Road Old Florida beauty is still here in the
A1A on the Indian River, with beach south beaches,” Warren added.
access a few easy steps across A1A to
the Atlantic. To see the property, contact Warren
“The neighborhood is very friend-
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