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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2020-01-02 15:18:57

01/02/2020 ISSUE 01


My Vero: What lies ahead
for Vero in 2020? P8
No official name yet

for Centennial Place. P10

St. Lucia Day celebrated at
historic Hallstrom House. P20

Dr. Donald Ames, For breaking news visit
pioneering Vero
surgeon, dies at 83 Is someone trying
to derail sheriff’s
candidate Flowers?

Staff Writer Staff Writer

For the family of Dr. Donald The old Super Stop, only two blocks from Chelsea’s, is about to become Ryder’s Gourmet Market. PHOTOS BY KAILA JONES Is someone trying to dig up
Ames, Vero Beach’s first board- dirt on Sheriff’s Office Maj. Eric
certified orthopedic surgeon Battle of the gourmet food markets Flowers, possibly in an effort
and for 35 years a consult- to derail his candidacy for the
ing doctor for the Los Angeles agency’s top job?
Dodgers, Christmas holidays
over the years were often inter- Twice in a 10-day period last
rupted as Ames responded to month, an anonymous plaintiff
an annual epidemic – the inju- filed lawsuits alleging that pub-
ries of kids wiping out on new lic records were being wrongly
skateboards and roller skates. withheld by the school district
and Sheriff’s Office.
BY NICOLE RODRIGUEZ The new store, tentative- other foods, and serve take-out
Staff Writer ly named Ryder’s Gourmet meals. The most recent lawsuit,
Market, will be located just filed last week in Vero Beach,
A gourmet food market with two blocks south of Chelsea’s Ryder’s market will open seeks a court order to compel
outdoor dining is slated to Gourmet Market. Like it’s long- sometime in July, according to the Sheriff’s Office to provide
open this summer on Cardinal established rival on Cardinal, John’s Island resident Thomas the plaintiff with text messages,
Drive in the building occupied Ryder’s plans to sell condi- O. Ryder, who purchased the emails, social media account
for decades by the now-closed ments, cheeses, sauces, jellies, building and half-acre lot at information and activity, com-
Super Stop convenience store. sausages, fine chocolates and 3106 Cardinal Drive in May puters used and their browsing
histories, digital chat logs, and
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 authorizations for usage.


Dr. Donald Ames. Lawyer says county tourism director was Will county appeal
drugged at bar prior to fracas with police Virgin Trains ruling
“We’d hear him on the phone to Supreme Court?
to the hospital. ‘I’m on my way, BY LISA ZAHNER punching a Vero Beach police Tourism director Allison McNeal.
just keep ’em on ice,’ he’d say,” Staff Writer officer at the U.S. 1 IHOP. BY GEORGE ANDREASSI
said Doug Ames, Don’s eldest Staff Writer
son. “I can remember all of us Defense attorney Bobby The case has attracted wide-
waiting for him in the car out- Guttridge says his client, Alli- spread publicity because Mc- It is hard to believe the Coun-
side the emergency room.” son McNeal, 40, was drugged Neal for the past seven years ty Commission would ask the
while out drinking on a Sat- has served in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court to review
This year, Ames’ absence urday night in a local bar position with the Indian River its lawsuit against Virgin Trains,
was far more profound. On prior to being arrested at 3 in Chamber of Commerce, work- which just failed in dismal
the Sunday before Christmas, the morning on Dec. 22 for ing as the county’s designat- fashion in appellate court.
the distinguished physician
died at his home surrounded CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 But Indian River County
by family, quietly closing his

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Gourmet food markets outdoor seating, according to city doc- serves an array of comfort foods in- “We certainly hope we can make Car-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 uments. cluding barbecue, burgers and steak. dinal Drive look a lot better,” Ryder said.
“We’re going to fix that building up. It
for $2.3 million, according to county The plans have been approved by The elder Ryder, who is on the board won’t be an architectural masterpiece,
records. the city. Vero Beach-based Carter As- of directors for and has but it will be a significant improvement
sociates, Inc is the engineer, while lived in Vero Beach since 2011, is a
“It will be a true gourmet market,” Della Porta Construction is the con- partner in several New York City res- over what exists there now.” 
Ryder told Vero Beach 32963. “We will tractor. taurants. He was a founding partner of
sell carefully curated foods and wines Shake Shack, a popular fast food chain Tourism director
and beers from all around the world.” The Ryder family is no stranger to famous for its milkshakes and burgers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the food business. that operates in 31 states and 13 for-
Ryder plans to begin remodeling eign countries. ed tourism director.
the building after the new year. Reno- Ryder’s son, Robert, who will run Guttridge said on Saturday he’s
vations will include the addition of a the gourmet market, currently owns “Food is fun for us and the store
kitchen for fresh takeout food, modi- and operates The Cookhouse in New will be fun for anybody who likes uncertain of McNeal’s employment
fications to the parking lot and instal- Milford, Connecticut, which touts it- food,” said Ryder, who believes the status since her arrest. “She may be
lation of 588 square feet of covered self as “the perfect spot for pleasant store’s facelift will benefit the beach- under some form of suspension, but
dining and superb cuisine,” according side business district. I hope to set up a meeting with the
to the restaurant’s website. The eatery chamber to do something about that,”
Guttridge said.

Calls and messages to chamber
President Dori Stone were not re-
turned, as the offices were closed last
week for the Christmas holiday.

According to police, McNeal showed
up in the wee hours of a Sunday morn-
ing at the Vero Beach IHOP.

The restaurant employee who
called police said McNeal “was yell-
ing and acting irate” toward custom-
ers, but Guttridge said McNeal did not
have any personal agenda for being at
the restaurant that would fit with her
behavior, such as a lovers’ quarrel or
family dispute.

The arrest report filed by Officer
James Doty states that Officer Kas-
sandra Ayala responded to the distur-
bance at IHOP at 3:04 a.m. that Sun-
day morning and warned McNeal that
she had to leave. That’s where things
took a strange turn.

Police say McNeal headed back into
IHOP even though the police had just
told her to stay out and were still on
scene. “McNeal became belligerent
towards Ofc. Ayala and struck her arm
with her fist, just missing her face. Ofc.
Ayala and I grabbed McNeal by both
arms to place restraints on her, but
she proceeded to resist.”

“McNeal then shoved Ofc. Ayala,
who pushed her back. Ofc. Ayala and I
used a takedown maneuver to gain ac-
tive physical control of her (McNeal).
While on the ground, McNeal contin-
ued to resist arrest,” Doty’s report said.

Though McNeal’s behavior would
seem to suggest some sort of sub-
stance impairment, the report does
not note that McNeal seemed drunk or
had an odor of alcohol on her breath,
as is typical in a disturbance report in-
volving an intoxicated person.

She was not charged with drunk
and disorderly conduct, and she was
not tested for blood alcohol level on

“We have very good reason to be-
lieve that she (McNeal) was the victim
of foul play, that she was essentially
drugged,” Guttridge said. “This is very

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 2, 2020 3


out of character for her, there’s no his- Commissioners have until March 19 the appellate court ruling and how Christopher Cooper threw out the
tory of anything like this before.” to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for to advise the commissioners, county county’s lawsuit challenging the train
a writ of certiorari if they want to con- spokesman Brian Sullivan said Friday. project, ruling that the environmental
Prior to police being called to the tinue fighting to overturn federal fi- review complied with federal rules and
IHOP restaurant where McNeal was nancial and environmental approvals The commissioners’ first public that federally backed allocation of more
creating a disturbance, Guttridge says for Virgin Trains passenger rail project. discussion about the next step in than $1 billion in bonds complied with
“she was out with friends.” Guttridge the legal battle against Virgin Trains federal tax code requirements.
would not identify the bar where she County Attorney Dylan Reingold could come as soon as their Jan. 7
had been drinking because, he said, and the county’s train counsel, Philip meeting, Sullivan said. But it has not The Commission voted to spend
evidence gathering and taking state- Karmel of Bryan Cave Leighton Pais- yet been placed on the agenda. $400,000 on an appeal but on Dec. 20
ments from potential witnesses had ner, will discuss the ramifications of
not been completed. In December 2018, U.S. District Judge CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Guttridge said people are drugged
surreptitiously more often than one
would think, even though it’s a crime
little known to people who don’t fre-
quent bars or go clubbing. “It is an
epidemic,” he said.

He said there was no crisis, no agitat-
ing event, no dispute with anyone that
happened before the incident at IHOP.

Whatever the cause of her behavior,
McNeal is accused of trying to punch
a police officer in the face but landing
a blow on the officer’s body instead,
leading to the serious felony charge of
battery on a law enforcement officer, as
well as resisting arrest and trespassing.

Guttridge said after McNeal was
booked into jail, it became clear to
her that she’d been slipped some kind
of drug. She posted $4,500 bond later
that same day and took immediate ac-
tion, he said. “As soon as she got out,
before she even getting legal counsel,
she went and got tested.”

“We believe it was not too late to be
tested,” said Guttridge. But he could
not reveal what if any drugs were in
McNeal’s system as results of the tests
were still pending as of press time.

McNeal awaits an arraignment in

Vero Beach Police Department su-
pervisors reviewed the case via a re-
quired “Use of Force Form” because
McNeal’s chin was scraped up and
bloodied as the responding officers got
her under control and into custody.

The officers’ actions were deemed
an appropriate use of force, “within
the scope of the departmental policy
and procedures,” wrote Cpl. Dennis
DeAcetis in his Dec. 22 review of the

incident. 

Virgin Trains ruling

has already persisted longer and
spent more on its legal battle to block
high-speed passenger trains than any
neighboring county, so who knows?

In any case, the County Commis-
sion will have to decide soon whether
to continue its increasing quixotic
crusade to stop the high-speed rail
project, which commissioners fear
will cost the county money, threaten
public safety and reduce quality of life
along the route.

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Virgin Trains ruling Cocoa through the Treasure Coast to with a major orthopedic injury were ity of the medical community here,”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 West Palm Beach. very lucky when he arrived that they said McDonald, who for years was
didn’t have to be transferred to anoth- Ames’ close friend.
the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for VTUSA anticipates running 34 er hospital in West Palm or Orlando.”
the District of Columbia upheld the trains per day at speeds reach 110 In 1974, two years before the
district judge’s dismissal of the coun- mph in Indian River County starting Ames’ network of friends in Vero was first textbook was published on ar-
ty’s complaint. in late 2022 as part of its passenger rail vast, extending well beyond the medi- throscopic surgery, Ames became the
service between Orlando in Miami. cal community to commercial real es- first orthopedic surgeon in the area
Leaders from the Indian River tate and citrus production. The affable to perform arthroscopy, the so-called
Neighborhood Association, which The company started running pas- man with outsize talent and unfailing “Band-aid” surgery that allowed re-
filed a legal brief supporting the ap- senger trains between West Palm professionalism brought not only his pairs to be done without large inci-
peal, said Saturday they were disap- Beach and Fort Lauderdale in January skill but the skills of other doctors to sions. Doug Ames recalls his father
pointed in the dismissal, but were not 2018 and added a downtown Miami the area, often turning new arrivals having special tools custom-made by
sure the case was worth taking all the into investors in the local economy. a small company in Stuart.
way to the U.S. Supreme Court. station that May.  Among the physician-funded efforts
Ames led was developing the medical That same year, the man who would
“That is a huge political decision Dr. Donald Ames office complex near the hospital often become Ames’ mentor, Dr. Frank Jobe,
the county is going to have to make,” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 referred to as the “777” building. the L.A.-based team physician for the
said IRNA Chairwoman Honey Mi- Dodgers, used a revolutionary method
nuse. “It’s a tough one. That’s going to eyes in mid-afternoon and missing For years, Ames held a seat on the to reconstruct a ligament in the elbow
be awfully expensive.” one last sunset over the Indian River board of what was then Sun Bank and, of pitcher Tommy John.
Lagoon. It was a sweeping view he later in life, Marine Bank and Trust. He
Peter Seed, a retired lawyer who cherished and had made the center- had memberships in nearly every pri- The procedure was so successful
worked on IRNA’s brief, said the com- piece of his island home. vate club in town, starting with John’s that it came to be known as Tommy
missioners should only appeal to the Island, which he joined in 1974. With John surgery. Jobe went on to become
high court if they can add to their ar- “Best sunset in the county,” he liked all his connections, he easily opened one of the most respected orthopedic
gument against federal financing for to say. He shared that vista with hun- doors for the doctors he recruited, surgeons in the nation and it was he
the project. dreds if not thousands of guests over from club memberships to mortgages. who asked Ames to be the team’s con-
the years in a house he built with gath- “It was one-stop shopping if you knew sulting physician during the Dodgers’
“If they’re going to rely solely on erings in mind, from cocktail parties Don,” said Doug Ames. spring training in Vero.
their [existing] argument, I think it’s to benefit galas.
an exercise in futility,” Seed said. “I Ames played a critical role in the “The team physicians wouldn’t nec-
don’t mean to belittle the argument Putting down roots as a young development of what would one day essarily have privileges at the hospital of
that the county made, but it fell short.” doctor in what was then a very small become Cleveland Clinic Indian River. the spring training site, so the consult-
town – fewer than two dozen doctors A pioneer of arthroscopic surgery and ing physicians were very, very impor-
Reingold and the county commis- for a county of 36,000 people – Ames sports medicine in Florida, he was in- tant,” said Craig Callan, the longtime
sioners could not be reached last week cemented friendships with what are volved with the Vero hospital when it manager of Dodgertown, now retired.
for comment on the appellate court now local legends of medical practice, moved from its downtown Vero loca-
dismissal and whether they’re consid- philanthropy, civic involvement and tion to the large tract of land it now “Whenever you’re talking about a
ering a Supreme Court appeal. entrepreneurship. occupies on 37th Ave. He later chaired major league team, you need top gun
the credentials committee, a pivotal physicians,” said Callan. “You’re talk-
The county has spent about $3.5 Dr. Hugh McCrystal, a urologist post and a great fit for Ames, who cared ing millions and millions of dollars
million on the legal battle against and one of the very few board-certi- intensely about quality medical care. just weighing in the balance of good
the passenger rail project since 2014, fied physicians when Ames arrived input or bad input, and you need the
when it was known as All Aboard Flor- in 1970, was chief of staff of what was Dr. John McDonald, a board-certi- best. Don was that.”
ida. It’s since been rebranded Bright- then Indian River Memorial. “Don fied dermatologist whom Ames helped
line and later as Virgin Trains USA. came with talents that had not been lure to Vero in 1983, called Ames “the Jobe and Ames remained close
seen here before, introducing total watchdog for the level of care” at the friends and business partners – Jobe
Virgin Trains plans to spend $2.4 joint replacement and expert ortho- hospital. invested in groves with Ames – until
billion constructing new tracks from pedic care,” McCrystal said. “Patients Jobe’s death in 2014.
Orlando to Cocoa and upgrading the “He always had his eye on the qual-
Florida East Coast Railway tracks from Working with Jobe and operating on
athletes opened Ames’ eyes to advanc-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 2, 2020 5


es in surgical techniques and instru- School of Medicine who did his resi- Instead, he was drafted and sent to Ames spent a harrowing two years in
ments. But it was working on a very dency at Boston City Hospital, Ames serve at the naval hospital in Charles- Charleston repairing the injuries of
different patient population, casual- earned a degree in orthopedic surgery, ton, S.C. It was 1968 and the Vietnam men returning from the battlefield.
ties of the Vietnam War, that proved and was offered a job teaching at Har- War was at its peak, with more than
even more valuable in his medical vard, family members say. half a million American military per- “He operated from eight in the
training, Ames often said. sonal serving in the country. With his morning until five at night,” said Doug
“He had always envisioned himself wife and four young children in tow, Ames. “The doctors worked ’round
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Dr. Donald Ames Dr. Ames was their doctor too, pres- Care, the ongoing group of physicians around – including on the face of the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 ent not only for games – with the best who donate their time treating indi- vendor.
seat in the house, behind the bench – gent patients at no cost.
the clock, all the time. [Patients] were but during practices as well, helping Such lessons on the fly were a con-
lined up outside the operating room.” coaches safely train players with inju- In his free time, Ames hunted, stant in adventures with Ames, and
ries. fished, played tennis, and, in retire- though he himself was a hard-driving
When his enlistment was up, the ment, took up golf. All were passions perfectionist, he never pressured the
family fulfilled a dream of moving to Ames also served, without charge, that consumed him, driven and de- children.
Florida; Ames chose Vero because as physician for the Vero Beach High tail oriented as he was. He also loved
there was a need for orthopedic sur- School football team. Once a high to gamble; grandson Eddie Mapel, 24, After Mary Rose’s death, Don spent
geons, and he quickly began convinc- school football player himself in his still carries in his wallet the blackjack a decade on his own. Then, at 70, he
ing his Navy doctor friends to join him hometown of Kirksville, Missouri, “cheat card” Ames gave him on his met a woman who, in the words of
here, including retired plastic surgeon Ames was on the field every Friday first trip to a casino when he turned 21. Ann Marie McCrystal, “brought great
Dr. Ferdinand Becker and the late pe- night during Vero’s football season – Through diligent study, Ames earned a peace and happiness in their remain-
diatrician, Dr. Dan Thornton. including away games – as team phy- veritable Ph.D. in poker strategy, so ef- ing days.”
sician, even coming back to the locker fective that he twice got tossed out of
Though Ames didn’t fully retire room on Saturday mornings to check casinos. Sandy Tate of West Virginia had a
from practice until 1997, he stopped on injuries. winter home in Grand Harbor; she and
performing surgery when his hands Eddie and the other eight grandchil- Don married in 2006 and continued
became arthritic. It was a very dis- Equally passionate about academ- dren were perhaps Ames’ greatest pas- entertaining in Vero, hosting events
couraging development for a talented ics, Ames would sometimes visit bi- sion. “He went to every single thing, for two new boards Ames joined: Ma-
surgeon. ology classes at Vero High, bringing a every birthday, every graduation, ev- rine Bank and Trust and the Educa-
bag of bones from a human skeleton. ery whatever,” said son Doug. tion Foundation. The couple began
“Don had a great pair of hands,” said summering in White Sulphur Springs,
Ann Marie McCrystal, who, like her “He would pick a bone out of the When Ames’ first wife Mary Rose West Virginia, buying a home near the
husband Hugh, was one of Ames’ clos- bag and pull it out without looking at died at 59 without having a chance to Greenbrier Resort.
est friends. “He was meticulous in his it, and tell the class what it was, and take a 10-year-old granddaughter on a
surgical expertise.” every time, he got it right,” recalled promised cruise to the Bahamas, Don They were a decade into their mar-
Doug Ames, a Vero High graduate, took her by himself. Wini Mapel, now riage when Ames suffered a stroke. It
Ames also served as team physi- along with his sister Cynthia. Two oth- 31, remembers asking her grandad for was December 2016; the family was at
cian for the minor league Vero Beach er siblings, Phillip and Pamela, went to a tiny straw purse at the straw market. the Ocean Grill wrapping up a lively
Dodgers – the “junior” Dodgers, as St. Edward’s School. Ames agreed to pay for it, but only if pre-Christmas dinner. Ames reached
they were known informally. And for Wini bargained with the vendor. She for his wallet to pay the check and re-
the nine seasons that the New Orleans Ames volunteered as president of did, and the moment was captured alized his arm was numb.
Saints football team trained in Vero, the Indian River County Medical Soci- in a photo, with beaming smiles all
ety and was a founding member of We His death came three years to the
day after that stroke.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 2, 2020 7


Bill Penney, chairman and CEO of sonal page, the “Mayor of the Airways” lawsuit Dec. 16 against the school dis- implying Justice had an inappropriate
Marine Bank and Trust, knew Don radio-show page, and the Vero’s Voice trict. Flowers was mentioned promi- relationship with now-former Schools
and Sandy Ames through the 10 years Magazine page. The lawsuit alleges that nently in that one, too. Superintendent Mark Rendell.
Don Ames served on the bank’s board. Flowers paid $500 in June, $1,000 in
“She is lovely, and they just seemed September and $1,500 in November for In the earlier lawsuit, the plaintiff During that investigation, Flow-
very, very happy. I know she took care “campaign advertising” in the magazine. alleged the district violated Florida’s ers and Justice exchanged numerous
of him at the end, and that’s the true public-records law by withholding text text messages about the investigation,
Palmer defended the Hootsuite ar- messages, emails, photos, notes and which produced no criminal charges
testament of love.”  rangement in a Facebook post last logs from school board member Tiffa- against the woman accused of cyber
month, when he wrote: “Nothing ny Justice’s district-issued cell phone. stalking.
Sheriff’s candidate Flowers wrong going on here, to the best of my
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 knowledge.” The plaintiff is asking a judge to A school district spokesperson said
order the district to turn over the re- the district would not comment on
All of the plaintiff’s public-records Reached by text Friday, Palmer re- quested documents, including any pending civil litigation. Justice did
requests are aimed at Flowers, who plied that he was unaware of the law- communications that have been de- not respond to a text message seeking
serves as the Sheriff’s Office’s public suit, which was filed Dec. 26, and leted from Justice’s iPhone as well as comment on the lawsuit.
information officer, using his agen- vouched for Flowers’ integrity, say- those stored in the iCloud account
cy-issued credit card to purchase in ing, “He is a good man of honor, and I that backs up the device. Catherine Jones, the plaintiff’s
September a one-year subscription would sign any note on his behalf and Rockledge-based attorney in both cas-
to “Hootsuite,” a software application put my name on the line on his behalf.” In particular, the plaintiff’s lawsuit es, did not return multiple phone calls
that allows subscribers to manage targets phone and message logs for to her law office.
multiple social media accounts. Flowers did not respond to a text Justice’s communications with Flow-
message seeking comment on the law- ers and former Vero Beach Mayor Val In addition to a court order for the
According to the lawsuit, Flowers – or suit against the Sheriff’s Office, but his Zudans between December 2018 and requested records, the plaintiff is ask-
someone under his direction – linked boss did. October 2019. ing the judge to require the defendants
the Sheriff’s Office’s Hootsuite account – the school district and Sheriff’s Of-
to Facebook pages created by local radio Sheriff Deryl Loar, who has en- While there is no obvious connec- fice – to pay his attorney’s fees, admin-
personality Rhett Palmer, who allows dorsed Flowers’ candidacy in what is tion between Justice and Zudans – he istrative costs and any “further relief as
the agency to broadcast its radio shows now a four-man race to become the said they’re friendly but not close – this court may deem appropriate,” the
from his Royal Palm Pointe studio. county’s top law-enforcement officer Flowers has acknowledged that he and lawsuits state.
next November, wrote that he hadn’t Justice are friends, and she has pub-
Connected to the Sheriff’s Office’s yet read the lawsuit and “wouldn’t licly endorsed Flowers’ run for sheriff. The cases have been assigned to
Hootsuite account are Palmer’s per- comment on pending civil litigation.” Circuit Judge Janet Croom in Indian
In addition, Flowers launched a four- River County.
The mysterious plaintiff – identi- month cyber-stalking investigation re-
fied only as “John Doe, aka SaveVero- quested by Justice a year ago, when a The lawsuit states the plaintiff made
[email protected]” – filed a similar school district employee posted tweets numerous public-records requests for


8 Vero Beach 32963 / January 2, 2020 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


MY A columnist’s wish list for Vero Beach in 2020

BY RAY MCNULTY Training Complex, formerly Dodger- nities that will shape our community. the airport or partners with the county
Staff Writer town. Here are some of my thoughts head- to provide wastewater treatment ser-
There was no way 2019 could sur- All big events that will improve our ing into the new year:
pass the previous year, which pro- quality of life. Either way, if we’re going to draw
duced Florida Power & Light’s pur- First and foremost, we need the crowds to that lagoon-front parcel at
chase of Vero Beach’s electric utility, The past 12 months did, however, right vision for the prime real estate the heart of Vero Beach, we must re-
Cleveland Clinic’s takeover of the In- give us a chance to collectively catch known as Centennial Place, which main vigilant in our efforts to improve
dian River Medical Center and Major our breath before embarking on what must be planned and developed to be- the waterway’s overall health.
League Baseball’s agreement with the should be this century’s version of the come the lagoon-front hub – a popular
county to run the Jackie Robinson Roaring ’20s – a decade in which we’ll and park-like gathering place for so- Then there’s this: Making Cen-
continue to confront serious issues, cial, commercial and recreational ac- tennial Place something special
solve problems and explore opportu- tivity – that Vero Beach so sorely lacks. would help solve the parking prob-
lems, real or imagined, in the Cen-
tral Beach business district by giv-
ing folks another option, along with
downtown Vero.

And while we’re on that topic: Since the county’s new school
We also need to move Vero Beach’s superintendent, Dr. David Moore,
wastewater treatment plant off the wa- comes to us from Miami-Dade with
terfront, and sooner rather than later – a reputation as a transformational
whether the city builds a new plant by leader, he should begin here by trans-
forming the culture of intimidation
that haunted school district employ-
ees the past four years.

I’d start by taking a hard look at
the human resources department.

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We might as well accept it: Paid miliation suffered by the alleged johns,
parking has arrived in Vero Beach, and whose mugshots were posted on web-
we can expect to see more of it – not sites for months, was punishment
only downtown. Now that the owners enough for a misdemeanor.
of private lots have broken the ice, it’s
only a matter of time before the city Maybe you noticed that local law
follows their lead. enforcement agencies proved none of
the human-trafficking claims it used to
hype the story to the news media.

Somebody out there knows
what happened to Susy Tomassi, who
wandered away from the Quilted Gi-
raffe restaurant and disappeared near
the intersection of Oslo Road and U.S.
1 in March 2018. Please, make a call,
even if you do so anonymously.

We all should be rooting hard for Let’s keep political parties out of
business to continue to soar at Piper Air- local No Party Affiliation elections, such
craft, the county’s largest private-sector as school board elections. While we’re
employer, which had a terrific 2019. at it, let’s not allow the polarization and
vitriol of our national politics to trickle
down and turn us against each other.

Oh, and let’s not have any more
local politicians writing silly letters
and picking fights with other cities. It’s

I’d love to see Elite Airways stay Any chance that Major League
in Vero Beach and expand its service to Baseball will use its clout to bring at
include new destinations, possibly in least one Grapefruit League game to
the Midwest. That said, Airport Direc- Vero Beach each year? We’d pack the
tor Eric Menger continues to have con- place.
versations with other airlines, which
are monitoring Elite’s success here,
and competition is always welcome.

Having suffered a crippling defeat Someday, the Vero Beach Life-
in court last month, it now appears in- guard Association will have the
evitable that we’ll eventually see high- $250,000 it needs to build an ocean-
speed passenger trains rolling though front headquarters – an L-shaped,
our community, forcing taxpayers here 600-square-foot observation tower
to pay for upgraded road crossings. and command center at Humiston
Park – that would allow lifeguards to
That’s bad, but what’s worse will see more of the city’s shoreline. It’d be
be the increase in freight-train traffic nice if that day arrived in 2020.
that is sure to follow.
In closing, as I wrote a year ago, let’s
There’s no good reason for local refuse to settle for merely keeping
prosecutors to continue to appeal two Vero Vero this year and, instead, keep
county judges’ decisions to prohibit
police surveillance videos from be- trying to make Vero better. 
ing used as evidence in last February’s
prostitution sting here. The public hu-

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Will the name Centennial Place become official in 2020?

BY NICOLE RODRIGUEZ to oversee planning for redevelop- fries, planning and development director. nal design for the riverfront property,
Staff Writer ment of the site earlier this month “We’re holding off because we don’t which flanks the 17th Street bridge on
refrained from naming the 38-acre the mainland side, and Duany believes
A handful of names continue to property, which includes the former know what the selected design is and naming the site now will drive the plan-
be bandied about for the city-owned power plant, current wastewater treat- there is some thought that the name ning process and reduce confusion.
waterfront site most commonly ment facility and former postal annex. would reflect whatever is the selected
called Centennial Place, and the scenario,” Jeffries said. “The statement, ‘It’s too early to tell’
prime piece of real estate likely won’t The city now plans to launch a nam- is very disempowering to the public
receive a definitive designation until ing survey on DPZ CoDesign co-founder Andrés process,” Duany said. “There should
sometime later this year. – the official online forum for the re- Martin Duany disagrees. The city ear- be several proposals on the table so
development effort – after a redevelop- lier this year hired the world-renowned that people can respond to them.”
The steering committee designated ment plan is decided on, said Jason Jef- urban planning firm to help guide the
planning process and formulate a fi- The five names floating around are:
Centennial Place, selected in a contest
a year ago; Three Corners, the name
favored by Vero Beach oldtimers; Vero
Landing,Vero Amore Landing and a vari-
ation of Big Blue Park or Big Blue Point.

A favorite name of Vice Mayor Lau-
ra Moss is one she created: Vero Ama-
re Landing.

“Amare means love. People fall in
love with Vero,” Moss said of the Latin
word. “Old Vero residents, new Vero
residents and tourists all tell me how
much they truly love Vero.”

The planning process is anticipated
to last six months and includes time
to analyze the site, garner input on-
line, formulate a public survey, hold
a series of public meetings later this
month and present a final report to
the city council in May.

DPZ plans to create five redevelop-
ment concepts for the riverfront site
that the public can choose from, rang-
ing from a mostly undeveloped site to
a fully developed area that incorporates
the wishes of site neighbors, the greater
Vero Beach population and elected of-

The council plans to present the pub-
lic with a final plan or two and then put
the issue on the ballot during the 2020
election so voters can choose what they
want done with the site. The city char-
ter prohibits a change in the use of the

property unless voters approve it. 

Sheriff’s candidate Flowers

emails, texts and other information,
but, as of last weekend, the informa-
tion still hadn’t been provided.

The Sheriff’s Office’s public-records
custodian responded to many of the
requests by claiming the agency did
not possess the documents being

Under Chapter 119 of the Florida
Statutes – more commonly known as
the “Public Records Law” – any records
made or received by any public agency
in the course of its official business are
available for inspection, unless specifi-

cally exempted by the Legislature. 

Mikael and
Kristina Pernfors.


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Stir crazy! Chefs whip up winners for March of Dimes

Melanie Johnson with Greg and Jackie Rosencrantz. Meghan Horst, Ravyn Horst and Jill Harding. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Eleanor Renuart, Shirley Becker and Alice Brady.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF David Bankston and Meghan Raasveldt with Rachel and Tim Carroll. threatening complications from
pregnancy and childbirth.
Staff Writer Amanda Robinson, Katie Darling, Cheryl Sangbush, Rennie Gibb and Aurelija Merrill.
Event chairs Rachel and Tim Car-
The Quail Valley River Club siz- Joe Faria proffered luscious choco- effort to help children in need,” said roll spoke of their personal connec-
zled with tantalizing aromas as late mousse cake with raspberries. auctioneer John Moore. He noted tion through daughter London, who
March of Dimes supporters gath- that in the U.S. each year, 380,000 received therapy funded by research
ered recently for an evening of cu- “We’re here to celebrate the work babies are born prematurely and through the nonprofit.
linary excellence during the orga- that’s done by March of Dimes and 50,000 women experience life-
nization’s annual Signature Chefs to raise funds to help them in their “We’re thankful to have an orga-
Auction. Event proceeds will sup- nization that ensures every child
port lifesaving research into the has the best possible opportunity to
causes and prevention of birth de- grow and change the world, just like
fects, premature birth and infant our daughter,” said Rachel Carroll.
mortality. “That’s the only reason she’s here
with us today.”
Attendees grazed their way across
the back porch to feast on a selec- Ambassador Meghan Horst shared
tion of tapas-style offerings created the story of her nearly 4-year-old
by nine area chefs, treating palates daughter Ravyn, a precocious little
to a smorgasbord of sensations that girl who weighed just 1 pound, 9.9
could be washed down with several ounces when born via emergency C-
Walking Tree Brewery brews. section at 24 weeks. The doctor told
the family that she had less than a 20
Offerings included a kale salad percent chance of survival.
with blackened salmon by Citron
Bistro Chef Tibor Andrejszky; mini “I truly believe in the work the
crab cakes by Chef Percy Tercero, March of Dimes does in their re-
Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks; search for prematurity, and the sup-
and seared tuna wraps by BigShots port they provide for all women be-
Golf Chef Tom Lund. fore, during and after pregnancy,”
said Horst. “But we must do more
For meat lovers, there were tama- so that no other family has to expe-
rind braised short ribs by Chef Ar- rience what we did. We need to en-
mando Galeas, The Wave at Costa able scientists to better understand
d’Este; short rib lasagna by Vero premature birth and give the best
Prime Chef Tim Tzanakas; and filet information for pregnant moms and
mignon sliders by Chef Bob Getch- healthcare professionals.”
ell, a Boathouse at Disney Springs
specialty. Moore enticed guests to bid on an
impressive collection of live-auction
Guests with a zest for the unique items, before closing out the evening
tried out vegetable tamales with with a call to the heart.
peppadew emulsion from Chef Win-
ston Guerrero-Pena, Cobalt; duck “Ravyn just captured the essence
confit in duck broth with grilled of why we’re here. It’s to bring that
scallion croutons by Fire and Wine life forward from where she started
Chef Chuck Arnold; and aged goat so early, so premature and needing
cheese ravioli in a roasted tomato- so much help,” said Moore.
bacon broth from Chef Scott Varric-
chio, Citrus. The March for Babies will be held
Feb. 29 at Riverside Park. For more in-
And for dessert, Quail Valley Chef formation, visit 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Joel Blumenthal, Deborah Kinney and Donna Blumenthal.
George and Marlene Fyffe.

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Wishes come true at Rec Department’s Holiday Show

PHOTOS: KAILA JONES and start working with the Perform- Holshouser explained. “It’s really all
ing Arts group in August so they have done in-house and it’s our largest
five months to perfect their routines. production of the year. All our hard
Our younger performers learn their work is richly rewarded by the smiles
crowd-pleasing moves during six- and joy in the children’s faces, and
week classes.” the pride and appreciation of the
parents. It truly is a labor of love.”
She said Center Stage staff also de-
sign all the costumes and paint all Proceeds from tickets are put di-
the sets. rectly back into the recreational pro-
gram. For more information, visit
“We use the costumes year to year 
and introduce new ones as needed,”


Proud parents and family mem- and gymnastic routine highlighted
bers arrived with flowers in hand to performers behind a white screen,
present to their budding perform- creating a dazzling silhouette. Yet
ers following two packed presen- another scene focused on a group
tations of the 25th annual Holiday of limber gymnasts as they climbed
Show sponsored by the Vero Beach and cavorted about a spaceship-
Recreation Department. This year’s shaped jungle gym.
‘Christmas Wish List’ production
featured 200 participants, ranging Behind all the shiny costumes
in age from 3 to 30, from the Leisure and elaborate staging, there is a lot
Square Aerial Antics Youth Circus, of dedicated work on the part of the
Gymnastics and Performing Arts students and the staff.
“We start on this project right af-
The festive stage presentations ter summer camp,” said Angie Hols-
at the Vero Beach High School Per- houser, supervisor of Center Stage at
forming Arts Center opened with Leisure Square. “We write the script
a classroom full of students being
asked to write an essay based on
their Christmas wishes, and those
wishes took the audience on a jour-
ney to faraway lands.

Showcasing their amazing acro-
batics, graceful dancing and daring
aerial acts in 10 beautifully staged
acts, the performers traveled from
the North Pole to Hawaii, India and
Paris, and even into outer space,
with exciting adventures along the

Each vignette featured enter-
tainers grouped according to their
skill and expertise, from the largest
group of very young dancers who
performed a snowflake routine, to
the most skilled young adults defy-
ing gravity with aerial acrobatics
from hoops and trapezes.

Three very flexible acrobats
dressed as silly Santas wowed the
audience with a series of flips and
pretzel-like body contortions, mak-
ing it hard to identify who belonged
to what limb. A stunning dance

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Fundraising’s in ‘Fashion’ at
Friends of the Library event

Tanya Huff, Pansy Jhagroo and June Fitzmeyer. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

BY MARY SCHENKEL look at us now,” said event emcee
Hollie McDougall, branch manager
Staff Writer of the Brackett Library, referencing
Irene Moretti, co-manager of the
The adage of good things com- Gift Shop.
ing in small packages could be al-
tered to include small spaces, as “It’s getting better every year. The
evidenced by the wonderful assort- Indian River County library system
ment of items for all ages that are is extremely fortunate; we have one
offered at the Library Friends Gift of the best friends groups around.
Shop, located in the Indian River We have community members that
County Main Library. volunteer their time and expertise
to better the library system. The
Attendees of the fifth annual Library Friends Gift Shop and the
Friends of the Library Fashion Show Book Depot are true treasures in
were given a glimpse of some of the our community. So thank you to all
goodies on sale in the shop, as sev- of you who volunteer your time so
en models from the library, affili- that we can have one of the best li-
ated groups and volunteers walked brary systems in Florida.”
the runway, showing off everything
from dressy and casual day clothes Fashion favorites included re-
to comfortable loungewear. versible jackets, colorful slippers
and palazzo Magic Pantz, of which
“It’s a fundraiser for the Friends McDougall said, “From what I’ve
of the Library, which is a nonprofit heard, if you put them on you’re go-
that raises funds to come back to the ing to buy them; they fit every body
library for programming and other t y pe.”
things that we may need,” said Tan-
ya Huff, assistant library director. Outfits were accessorized with
“They help fund things that are over selections of the various hats, purs-
and above what our annual budget es, jewelry and stuffed animals, all
may be. Typically, they raise up to also available for purchase.
$90,000 a year between the Friends
Gift Shop and the Used Book Depot Attendees also enjoyed refresh-
and it comes back to the library.” ments, purchased raffle tickets for
numerous donated items and re-
She explained that funds raised ceived prizes for correctly answer-
by the all-volunteer organization ing Christmas-related trivia ques-
are used to purchase such items tions as models changed into their
as e-books and multiple copies of next outfits. At the conclusion, peo-
bestsellers in the book leasing pro- ple poured into the Gift Shop to pe-
gram, to help fulfill reserves. Their ruse and purchase coveted items at
funding has also helped purchase a discount.
much-needed equipment, provided
adult and children’s programming, The event also paid tribute to
and has enabled continuing educa- Mary D. Snyder, who served as the
tion classes for staff members. library services director for 30 years
and who passed away this past May.
“Irene had an idea five years ago
to do a fashion show. We did it and For more information, visit ircli- 

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Janice Sly and Angie Booth. Dan and Tracey Wehking. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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Decked-out Hallstrom highlights St. Lucia celebration

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF scent, it was essentially a home legacy with future generations. The
Staff Writer ‘Swede’ home for the holidays, and century-old home is located on the
for the history enthusiasts who site of a former pineapple planta-
The Indian River County Histori- stopped by the 5-acre Hallstrom tion established by her father in
cal Society lit the way for Christmas Farmstead, it was an opportunity to 1909.
recently during its annual St. Lucia learn more about the celebrations
Day celebration at the historic Hall- of other cultures. Over time, the Historical Society
strom House, the former home of has restored the property and has
Ruth Hallstrom and her father, Axel In 1999, Ruth Hallstrom be- preserved artifacts, photographs,
Hallstrom. queathed her family home to the documents, furniture and memora-
Indian River County Historical So- bilia collected by the Swedish set-
For those of Scandinavian de- ciety as a way to share her father’s tlers to retain its historical and en-

Susan Williams and Sheri Brown. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Jonnie Mae Perry and Ruth Stanbridge.
Christel Morat with her son, Lachlan Axel Morat.

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vironmental resources. The house The halls were decked with tra- added a touch of Florida nostalgia cal Society board member Carolyn
has been so meticulously main- ditional Swedish ornaments, each to the setting. Bayless.
tained, that it was easy to imagine room featuring a small tree with
Ruth and her father moving about straw goats, gnomes and hearts – “Today’s event celebrates the As a special treat, a selection of
the house in preparation for their the straw a reminder that Jesus was heritage of the house and the Swed- Ruth’s wardrobe – her party apparel
guests and the annual lighting of born in a manger. Featured in the ish. It’s a way to teach people about – was on display in the second-floor
the Yule log. parlor, a Sand Pine Christmas tree other cultures and what they do for
the holidays,” explained Histori- STORY & PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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Jingle joy at ‘Once Upon
an Orchestra’ concert

Amy Shoemaker and Jennifer Royals. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
Mary Jackson and Rebecca Simons. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES

BY KERRY FIRTH Each of the five musicians in the
woodwind quintet, comprised of the
Correspondent flute, oboe, French horn, bassoon
and clarinet, told a little story about
Pint-sized little ones recently en- their instrument to familiarize the
joyed an interactive Once Upon an children with the sounds they make.
Orchestra Christmas Concert, pre- For instance, they learned that the
sented by the Space Coast Symphony flute is often used to play the part of
Orchestra and held in the beautifully a bird in the orchestra, and the bas-
decorated Spanish Kitchen at McKee soon is often called the clown of the
Botanical Garden. The program was orchestra because it can resonate re-
funded through a generous grant ally high or low.
from Indian River Impact 100.
A narrator read “The Night Before
Arriving hand-in-hand with their Christmas” in unison with the or-
parents, youngsters timidly took a chestra, followed by a joyful render-
jingle bell wrist bracelet before sit- ing of “Sleigh Bells,” where children
ting quietly in their chairs. But it were encouraged to join in as bell
wasn’t long before they were laugh- ringers. The finale was a lively per-
ing at the squeaky sound of a dou- formance of “Jingle Bells,” inspiring
ble-reed mouthpiece disconnected tykes to jump to their feet and jingle
from its base, and they soon began with all their might.
accompanying the musicians by
shaking their wrists to produce the Following the program, children
sounds of sleigh bells. were invited to try out the instru-
ments in an ‘instrument petting zoo’
“We applied for the past three and pose with the musicians. All left
years for a grant to bring music edu- with smiles on their faces, bells on
cation to young children in Indian their wrists and a coloring book to
River County,” explained Jennifer take home with them.
Royals, Space Coast education coor-
dinator. “We are so pleased to host this
wonderful experience,” said Amy
“This year we received it and we Shoemaker, McKee education coor-
are thrilled to bring four concerts, dinator. “The music fills the gardens
specifically designed for little kids, and we have people coming from
so they can experience a symphony their garden tours to join in the fun.
without having to sit in a concert hall It is such a gift to the community.”
for two hours. This outdoor venue
gives them the opportunity to hear The Space Coast Symphony Or-
professional musicians while they chestra will bring two more pint-
squiggle and squirm and talk. It’s a sized concerts to McKee in 2020. The
beautiful way to introduce them to Jan. 11 concert will feature brass
orchestra music.” instruments and the April 4 con-
cert will showcase the percussions.
Each concert, the first one was Concerts are free with admission to
in October, has a different theme. McKee.
The Christmas-themed concert was
magical, pairing the music with sto- For more information visit mck-
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Symphonic Association’s scintillating season: It’s a ‘biggie’


Vero Beach, with an almost em- Khatia Buniatishvili. Peter Laul.
barrassment of cultural riches, will
be treated to yet another sumptuous past 27 years. Concerts are held at the the time,” adds Shanaphy. “It’s the both the audience and the musicians.
season of seven big concerts about to Community Church of Vero Beach, attraction of the orchestras that “You can sit anywhere in that au-
begin for the Indian River Symphonic which seats roughly 850 people. draws them in. Listening to an 80- or
Association. Nearly 700 of those seats are filled 90-piece orchestra is just thrilling.” ditorium and hear every instrument
with season subscribers. Shanaphy clearly. I know; I’ve done that. So,
“This season is a biggie,” says IRSA says their healthy subscription base Shanaphy, a professional pianist when that orchestra lets go, it’s mind
vice president Ed Shanaphy. “We have speaks to the demand in the area for who toured in the 1960s with the boggling.”
a piano extravaganza, with three fine music. Glenn Miller Orchestra, says the
wonderful pianists.” acoustics in the church are pristine, Moreover, he says musicians love
“We’re getting new audiences all which enhances the experience for playing here. After a concert, musi-
Those are Khatia Buniatishvili, Pe- cians will frequently approach the
ter Laul and Polina Osetinskaya. An-
other big name, Joshua Bell, a virtuo-
so violinist, is also on the roster.

Already, though, the Joshua Bell
concert is sold out. He will be perform-
ing with and conducting the celebrat-
ed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The concert featuring Buniatishvili
is also nearly sold out.

“It’s getting close,” says Shanaphy.
“All the concerts are very popular.”

The Indian River Symphonic As-
sociation has been bringing in re-
nowned orchestras to satisfy the
cultural cravings of the area for the


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Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 ‘Pas- symphony orchestra.”
toral’” and M. Daugherty’s “Trail of
Tears” featuring flute soloist Amy April 3: Confessore and the BSO
Porter. close out the season with J. Higdon’s
“blue cathedral,” J. Brahms’ “Sym-
“I’ve never heard a flute do what phony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73” and
she does in this piece,” Shanaphy P. Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto
says. “The sounds and effects; it’s just in D major, Op. 35” with soloist Paul
amazing. It’s heart-rending kind of Huang.
piece. It’s just beautiful.”
Huang, who has performed here
Of Confessore, Shanaphy says, numerous times with the BSO, con-
“He’s one of the better (and) more tinues to thrill audiences with his vir-
entertaining conductors we’ve seen tuoso performances. “We love him,”
here. He’s got a wonderful sense of Shanaphy says. “He is wonderful, an
humor and really livens up the au- excellent violinist. He gets a standing
dience. Musically, he’s right on the ovation every time.” 
money. And the BSO is a wonderful

Polina Osetinskaya. Joshua Bell.

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“He’s a big gun in the piano world,”
“The audience is wonderfully sup- Shanaphy says.
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range of repertoire,” says Confessore. Feb. 7: The Brevard Symphony Or-
“The ISRA board and staff are a joy to chestra, led by maestro Christopher
work with. We feel so valued and sup- Confessore, will perform its annual
ported by them all. We look forward pops concert, which this year is a
to every trip to our home away from “Sinatra Valentine” featuring popular
home in the lovely acoustics of the vocalist Michael Andrew. The annual
Community Church.” pops concert is always a popular one,
so don’t be surprised if it sells out.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the
Community Church of Vero Beach, Feb. 13: The Russian State Sympho-
1901 23rd St., Vero Beach. Individual ny Orchestra, led by conductor Valery
tickets range from $60 to $95. Sub- Polyansky, will perform M. Glinka’s
scription tickets, ranging from $395 to “Overture to Ruslan & Ludmila,” S.
$435, are sold out; however, some may Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 3 in
become available, so Shanaphy urges A minor, Op. 44” and E. Greig’s “Piano
you to check periodically. Call 772-778- Concerto in A minor, Op. 16” featur-
1070 or visit ing soloist Polina Osetinskaya.

Jan. 17: London’s Royal Philhar- The popular romantic concerto is
monic Orchestra, led by conduc- based on the folk tunes from Norway;
tor Mark Wigglesworth, will open its melodies were featured in the mu-
the season performing W. Walton’s sical “The Song of Norway.”
“Portsmouth Point Overture,” J. Si-
belius’ “Symphony No. 2 in D major, Feb. 17: SOLD OUT. Violinist Joshua
Op 43” and S. Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Bell will perform with and conduct the
Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18” Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
featuring soloist Khatia Buniatishvili. The concert features L. Beethoven’s
“Coriolan Overture, Opus 62,” N. Pa-
“She is one of the most in-demand ganini’s “Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6”
pianists on tour today,” Shanaphy and J. Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 in E.
says. “She is a powerhouse. She’s go- minor, Op. 98.”
ing to be playing the Rachmaninoff, a
wonderful piece. That’s really a great This is one reason subscription
opener for us.” tickets have sold out for this season;
single tickets to this concert went
Jan. 24: The Siberian State Sym- quickly and the only way people
phony Orchestra, led by conduc- could obtain one was by purchasing a
tor Vladimir Lande, will perform D. subscription.
Shostakovich’s “Tango from Ballet
‘The Bolt’, Op. 27a,” P. Tchaikovsky’s March 13: The Brevard Symphony
“Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36” Orchestra and Maestro Confessore
and S. Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Con- return to perform M. Ravel’s “Pa-
certo No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30” featur- vane pour une infant défunte,” L.
ing soloist Peter Laul.

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COMING UP! ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ revs up Riverside

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA fresh from Kansas, who lands in the p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 16, also nez; and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op.
Staff Writer Big Apple at the height of the exciting, 2 p.m.); Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 46. Time: 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk, 6:45
dizzying Jazz Age, with its rich mi- p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tick- p.m. Tickets: $30 to $60. 772-460-0851.
lieu of “frisky flappers, dashing lead- ets: Adults: $50 to $85, students, $25
1 Just the show to launch yourself ing men and a villainess you’ll love to to $42.50. 772-231-6990 or www.river- 3 Immerse yourself in your favor-
into 2020 on an upbeat note: a hate,” according to Riverside’s promo. ite, fabulous Broadway tunes, de-
This thoroughly enjoyable musical is
hilarious and high-spirited Jazz Age based on the 1967 film starring Julie
Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, so
tale with lots of terrific hoofin.’ Six- says Wikipedia. Curtain: Tuesdays, livered with full orchestra and terrific
7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30
Tony-winning Broadway hit “Thor- 2 Bake the cake; alert the fire de- vocals this Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Waxlax
partment; and let’s all sing “Happy
oughly Modern Millie” hits the boards Center for the Performing Arts in Vero.

at Riverside Theatre, this Tuesday, Jan. 250th Birthday” to Ludwig: The At- It’s the Space Coast Symphony Orches-

7. It’s the story of Millie Dillmount, lantic Classical Orchestra is celebrat- tra’s always highly anticipated January

ing Beethoven as it opens its 30th an- “salute to the stage”: Yes, it’s “Stars Sing

niversary season this Monday. Jan. 7, Broadway,” a splendid way to start what

at Community Church of Vero Beach, we all hope will be a great new decade,

with “Variations,” the music of Dvorak, right? As always, the SCSO kicks off its

Rachmaninoff and the birthday boy season in grand style, with a stellar pro-

himself, Beethoven, starting with his fessional foursome: Broadway super-

very first symphony. This work is de- star Michelle Knight (“Disenchanted,”

scribed by the concert brochure as still “Jersey Boys,” “Finding Nemo”), mezzo

“steeped in 18th century values,” but soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto

also “plenty naughty, with subversive and baritone Stephen Mumbert, who

modulations, playful formal hiccups join the orchestra to bring you, lists the

and a masterful control of dramatic SCSO promo, faves from Richard Rod-

unfolding” – all tantalizing tastes of the gers, Frederick Loewe, Meredith Wils-

composer’s magnificent later works. In son, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken,

addition to Beethoven’s “Symphony No. Steven Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd Web-

1,” you’ll hear Rachmaninoff’s “Rhap- ber, Claude-Michel Schönberg and

sody on Theme of Paganini,” performed more. A truly ‘Wow’. Curtain: 3 p.m.

by Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Marti- Tickets: $25. 855-252-7672. 

Maj. Darwani stands in a position he commands in Kulajo.

Along the 150-mile length of the no man’s Men pray on the street outside a
land running between the Iraqi army and the mosque that’s under construction in Raqqa.
Kurdish peshmerga, militants are living off the
land. Officials said the group is reorganizing
itself, getting weapons and arms.

Men, accused of belonging to an ISIS sleeper cell in Raqqa, Two-year-old Hassoun was orphaned and
face a prison wall in Tabqa shortly after their arrest. maimed during the U.S.-led operation to drive

A man in Kulajo wanders between a peshmerga the Islamic State out of Raqqa. He relies on
position and the no man’s land between them a small local NGO named Hope Makers to
and Iraqi security forces. provide him with a prosthetic foot that

needs to be replaced regularly as he grows.

Iraq – In caves tucked into Across many parts of the vast territo- lajo revealed the challenges the mili- lution or create your own caliphate if
craggy cliffs and tun- ry it once controlled, the Islamic State tants face as well as the reemerging that’s all you do.”
nels dug deep beneath the desert, the is scrambling to reassert its presence threat they pose.
remnants of a vanquished army are in a setting that is no longer as wel- Over the past two years, tens of thou-
converging for what they hope will be coming as it once was. Militant fight- So far, this is less a resurgence than sands of Islamic State fighters have
the next chapter in their battle for an ers who escaped from the battlefield a struggle to survive in the wake of the been killed, their leadership has been
Islamic State. are assembling in ungoverned spaces massive defeat inflicted on the last decimated and their self-proclaimed
Hundreds and perhaps thousands of such as the no man’s land between vestige of their territorial caliphate, “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead,
Islamic State fighters have made their areas controlled by Kurdish and Iraqi according to U.S. military officials. blown up after he detonated a suicide
way over recent months into a stretch forces. Others are laying low as so- belt during a U.S. raid on his hideout
of sparsely populated territory span- called sleeping cells in cities such as The Islamic State remains a long way in October.
ning the disputed border between the Raqqa in Syria, waiting for the phone from possessing the capacity to retake
Kurdistan region and the rest of Iraq, call ordering them to attack. territory, said Brig. Gen. William H. As many as 30,000 suspected ISIS
according to U.S. and Kurdish officials. Seely III, who commands U.S.-led co- fighters are in prison in Iraq and Syria
Off limits to Kurdish and Iraqi secu- Recent visits to the Islamic State’s alition forces in Iraq. “These are people and tens of thousands of their wives
rity forces because of historic disputes former capital of Raqqa and the vi- who are hiding out. They only come and children are detained in dismal
over who should control it, this area of ciously contested frontier town of Ku- out at night to harass and take pot camps, according to Kurdish, Iraqi and
twisting river valleys dense with vege- shots,” he said. “You can’t run a revo- U.N. officials.
tation has attracted the biggest known
concentration of Islamic State fight- On a wall surrounding the destroyed The group has struggled to reassert
ers since they lost control of the last Raqqa building once used as ISIS head- itself in its former city strongholds such
village of their once-vast caliphate in as Raqqa and Mosul in Iraq, where Is-
eastern Syria in March. quarters, the slogan “baqiya” is spray- lamic State attacks have become rare.
In recent weeks, they have been painted. Signifying the enduring Memories of its brutal rule and the hor-
stepping up their attacks, focused on existence and influence of the rors of the airstrikes used to dislodge the
an area of northeastern Iraq in the group, it means “remaining.” militants deter any desire to see them
province of Diyala near the border return, according to Rasha Al-Aqee-
with Iran, carrying out ambushes by di, the editor of Irfaa Sawtak, an Iraqi
night and firing mortars. Grasses taller newsletter.
than men provide cover for snipers
who sneak up on checkpoints and out- Since U.S.-led forces began to roll
posts. Government neglect and long- back the caliphate more than four
standing grievances foster a measure years ago, the number of attacks car-
of sympathy among local residents. ried out by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has
“They have good military plans, they declined, by between 30 and 40 per-
attack when you don’t expect them, cent a year since 2016 in Iraq, accord-
and they are posing a real threat to ing to the U.S.-led coalition.
people’s lives,” said Maj. Aram Dar-
wani, the commander of Kurdish pesh- But the militants have already proved
merga military forces in the area. adept at infiltrating ungoverned spac-
es, such as the gap between Kurdish
and Iraqi army lines, said Maj. Johnny
Walker, spokesman for the U.S. Special
Operations forces that conduct most of
the anti-ISIS operations. “While Daesh

In Raqqa, the biggest attack of the year Kurdish fighters at a peshmerga post said they felt vulnerable. A grove of palm trees where Islamic State fighters
took place in May in Naim Square, where hide is visible just a couple hundred yards away.
at least 10 people were killed. During its
rule over the city, the Islamic State carried
out public beheadings on the square.

Islamic State fighters are regrouping in a remote
stretch of eastern Iraq, aiming to revive their
fortunes after the defeat of their caliphate
early this year. “They are posing a real threat
to people’s lives,” warns Maj. Aram Darwani,
second from right, of the Kurdish
peshmerga military forces.

In cities such as Raqqa in Syria, once the
caliphate’s capital, secret Islamic State
cells carry out bombings and assassina-
tions. Even as the city strives to rebuild
from the last war with the militants, local
security forces are struggling to prevent
their return.

is at a serious disadvantage, finding killed in Islamic State attacks than in and could yet rise again, cautioned he said he participated in 17 attacks.
it while it’s hiding in the complex hu- the anti-government protests in Iraq Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, who commands He doesn’t know how many people he
man and physical terrain is a complex and the battles unleashed by Turkey’s U.S. Special Forces in Iraq and Syria. killed because, he said, he didn’t linger
task requiring significant resources,” he invasion of northeast Syria in October. to find out whether his victims died.
said, using the Arab acronym for the Is- They are making every effort to do so.
lamic State. But these new conflicts illustrate “I did it to avenge our brothers in
the danger posed by the group’s re- Over the eight months that Muawiyah the battles,” he said, displaying no
The Islamic State also appears to sidual presence, analysts and mili- Abdul Khader Akraa operated as part remorse during an interview at the
be gaining momentum in Syria’s east- tary officials say. The Islamic State of a secret Islamic State cell in Raqqa, prison in the town of Tabqa where he
ern Deir al-Zour province, where the owed its conquest of territory to the has been detained by Kurdish security
group made its last stand in March collapse of state authority over a big forces since his arrest in August.
and where tribal and ethnic rivalries part of Syria and the implosion of the
help sustain support for the militants. Iraqi army in Iraq. Any further dete- He and two other self-confessed
rioration of security in Iraq or Syria members of the cell agreed to be inter-
Assassinations have been on the rise would create a new opportunity for viewed in the presence of Kurdish offi-
in recent weeks, in part because the ISIS fighters hiding out or laying low. cials, who said they had verified the in-
U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forc- formation the prisoners had provided
es pulled fighters out of the area to The militants have not gone away after months of interrogations. Their
confront Turkish troops to the north, accounts offer a rare glimpse into the
according to an employee of a U.S.- A woman and a child walk by Clock Square world of Islamic State’s sleeper cells,
backed NGO in the province, who was in central Raqqa. Attacks have decreased which lie at the heart of its efforts to
interviewed during a recent trip to the since the sleeper cell was infiltrated by reassert its influence in the cities from
area and asked not to be named due to Kurdish forces, but officials still cannot which it’s been driven out.
safety concerns. confirm that the city is safe.
Akraa, 22, said his missions were as-
Over a typical Syrian breakfast in signed at meetings arranged during
one of the towns ISIS once ruled, he hurried calls over the encrypted Tele-
described having to take back roads gram app. He would be told a time and
through the desert to avoid a cluster place to rendezvous, typically a land-
of towns where the militants still com- mark such as the clock tower, a park or
mand loyalties. The group is now mak- Naim Square, where the Islamic State
ing a strenuous effort to rearm, he said. carried out public beheadings during
its rule over Raqqa.
Islamic State fighters have also found
refuge in the vast, barely populated des- There he would be met by an “emir” –
ert known as Badia that lies across the a prince or leader – who picked him up
Euphrates River from where U.S. troops in a car and would deliver the orders,
are deployed. The area is nominally usually to plant a bomb but sometimes
under Syrian government control, and to assassinate a local official.
there are indications that the militants
there have established a measure of The emirs changed frequently. In
command over cells elsewhere in the April, one he knew only as Baraa dis-
country, Syrian Kurdish officials say. appeared, and a new leader known as
“the doctor” showed up to arrange the
For now, fewer people are being

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 of Iraq’s most fraught fault lines in the
troubled province of Diyala.
bombing of Naim Square, said Akraa. In Kulajo, government neglect and long-standing
Then “the doctor” vanished and was grievances foster a measure of sympathy among Arabs and Kurds have wrangled over
followed by two more. local residents for Islamic State fighters. territory here since the former Iraqi
president Saddam Hussein began set-
Then Kurdish forces infiltrated the An old box of Russian rifle ammunition tling Arabs in the area in the 1980s, as
cell, and one day in August, they burst in a peshmerga position in Kulajo. part of his campaign to quell the rebel-
into Akraa’s apartment and detained lious Kurds. And the area has long been
him. The two others were apprehend- home to Islamic insurgents, including
ed shortly after, as were eight other al-Qaeda, which preceded ISIS, accord-
members of the cell. ing to Darwani, the peshmerga com-
mander, who has been fighting the mili-
Attacks in Raqqa have fallen off since tants in the area for the past 12 years.
the cell was cracked.
Today, Kulajo is populated mostly by
None of the cell’s emirs have been Arabs but is under the control of Kurd-
tracked down, however, said Heval ish peshmerga. At a peshmerga post on
Sharwan, the commander of the unit the edge of the town, little more than a
responsible for rounding up the cell. ring of sandbags atop an earth mound,
The captives have told him that two Kurdish fighters said they felt vulner-
emirs relocated to Turkish-controlled able, armed only with the Kalashnikov
territory in the Syrian province of Alep- rifles common across the country.
po, while others are thought to be hid-
ing out in the Badia desert, where ISIS Islamic State fighters, however, have
is believed to coordinate its sleeper mortars and sniper rifles with infrared
cells throughout northeast Syria. sights enabling them to strike at night, said
Burhan Nouri Hamasayi, one of the post’s
“We haven’t arrested any of the guards, pointing to the palm groves near-
brains,” said Sharwan, referring to the by. “They could easily kill us all,” he said.
leaders. “So we cannot confirm that
Raqqa is safe.” Darwani put the number of Islamic
State fighters in his area at about 300
The disputed Iraq-Kurdistan border but said he believed many more people
area has attracted the biggest known in the area were sympathetic to them.
concentration of Islamic State fight- “These were the Arabs supported by
ers since they lost control of the last Saddam when he was oppressing Kurds.
village of their once-vast caliphate in They will join any group that is against
eastern Syria in March.

Kulajo, a tiny, drab town of flat-
roofed concrete homes, lies along one

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us. Even people who say they are with commands Kurdish forces farther north, time,” Barzani said. “They are reorga- offensive to root out the Islamic State
us are secretly with Daesh,” he said. in the Qara Chokh mountains. U.S. mili- nizing themselves, getting weapons militants, said Darwani.
tary officials say they put the number at and arms. They don’t have the power
As many as 3,000 fighters have gath- closer to 500, strung out in remote terrain now to do a big attack.” “Iraq is on the edge of a cliff and it is
ered along the 150-mile length of the no and operating in groups of around five. falling,” he said, urging a hasty depar-
man’s land running between the Iraqi But the difficult terrain and rivalry ture from Kulajo as the sun set. For the
army and the Kurdish peshmerga, ac- “I don’t think the strategy of ISIS now between the Iraqi army and Kurdish Islamic State to return, he added, “it is
cording to Gen. Sirwan Barzani, who is to do big things. They need more forces preclude any kind of organized a matter of time.” 

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The Media Circus: Journalism in the age of Twitter and Facebook

BY LISA ZAHNER Lena Andrews, mother of the court, the judge or the parties in out the story with background and to
Staff Writer murdered 26-year-old Diana that fashion. report on any overarching themes or
Duve, talks to reporters trends or recent changes in the law
Call me old-fashioned, but I still moments after the verdict A reporter’s role is to sit quietly – I impacting the case.
respect institutions of authority. I will in the trial of her daughter’s typically choose a seat in the very back
not hesitate to shine a light on their killer Michael David Jones. row – to observe and listen, to read ev- Victims of crimes should not be fod-
shortcomings when that is called for, erything possible about the case, even der for journalistic vultures to feed on.
but I try to act with a certain level I do not enjoy being in court cov- if it’s thousands of pages of tedious And I believe that families of victims
of decorum in places and situations ering major crime cases. Lives have material, and do outside research have a right to privacy and deserve not
where decorum is demanded. been forever shattered or altered, when called for. After all that, it’s the to be hounded and photographed by
and members of the media should reporter’s job to tell the reader in plain reporters inside and outside the court-
The courthouse is one of those plac- not revel in that any more than they English what happened, what it all room – especially if they are grieving
es. I respect that the man or woman in would covering the aftermath of a means and to put it in context – not to the loss of a loved one.
the black robe with the gavel has the train wreck or plane crash. report every fumble and touchdown of
ability to take away a person’s free- the game as it’s happening. Jurors are an all-important part of
But some do. Hence the term “me- the legal process and they have an ex-
NEWS ANALYSIS dia circus.” It’s our job to go into court prepared, tremely tough and thankless job. But
knowing what events have brought the jurors should not be thinking about
dom, money, property or even their It makes me cringe and it infuriates case to that point. It’s our job to flesh how they plan to “spin” their verdict to
child. I respect that the Sheriff’s depu- me to see this happen. It plays to the the media after the trial is over. I believe
ties keeping peace in the courtroom lowest common denominator of hu- that once jurors have served their civic
are well armed and are there for ev- manity. duty and given up weeks of their lives
eryone’s protection. for a case, they deserve to be left alone.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think
I respect that defendants and attor- that any sort of obtrusive or flamboy- So as long as I am the crime and
neys have a great deal at stake and are ant style of covering the legal beat is courts reporter for Vero Beach 32963,
not there to provide entertainment. ethically wrong. I will not disrespect you will not see me tweeting out breath-
Defense attorneys should not have to less updates and videos from court. We
pile boxes up behind a man sitting on are not covering the Oscars or reporting
trial for murder to shield a client from from the red carpet.
the paparazzi in the courtroom.
I will not badger families into an-
But it’s the year 2020 and with a tiny swering my questions when they are
smart phone, reporters have a hand- most exposed and vulnerable. I will
held TV studio at their fingertips and not pore through public records to
some can’t help but exploit the tech- find contact information for jurors to
nology. Members of the media not pound on their doors begging for an
only can tweet out a play-by-play of interview after their civic duty is done.
what’s going on in the courtroom;
they can and do stand up in the midst If you want that kind of reporting
of court proceedings, hold up their in 2020, turn on your evening news
phones, and go live with video on so- or check a competitor’s Twitter feed.
cial media as though they were film- If you want responsible, thoughtful
ing their kid’s school play. and comprehensive coverage of legal
proceedings that matter to our com-
munity, please continue to look for it
in our publications. 

To help make this your healthiest new year yet, follow the  Obesity evaluation
screening/vaccination schedules and recommended life- Check at each periodic health examination. Obesity is
style habits below. determined by a person’s body mass index (BMI).
Preventive health screenings are performed on patients People with a BMI over 30 are considered obese.
who have no signs or symptoms of the condition they
are being screened for. This is the ideal time to sit down  Breast cancer screening
with your primary care physician to develop a preven- o Annual mammography screenings starting at age 40
tive health screening plan based on your medical history, o Annual physician breast exams starting at age 40
family history, personal preferences, lifestyle and physi- o Annual breast self-exams (after being instructed)
cian’s experience. starting at age 20
If you are diagnosed with a disease, guidelines for testing  Cervical cancer screening
will likely change. o Annual Pap smears starting at age 21 through 30 (or
starting three years after onset of sexual activity)
 Cholesterol screening o Pap smears plus human papilloma virus (HPV) testing
Lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density li- every three years ages 30 through 65
poprotein [HDL] and low-density lipoprotein [LDL]  Hormone replacement counseling
blood tests) starting at age 20. Then check every five o Discuss hormone replacement with your physician
years or earlier/more frequently based on results and when entering, during and after menopause.
cardiac risk profile.  Osteoporosis screening
 Colorectal cancer screening o DXA (bone density testing)
Ages 50 to 75, and, in certain situations, from ages 75 Two X-ray beams with different energy levels are
to 85 aimed at the patient’s bones to measure bone min-
o Screening colonoscopy every 10 years (preferred), or eral density (BMD). Start at age 65. If additional risk
o High sensitivity stool occult blood testing annually, or factors exist, start at menopause. Once baseline
o Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, with high testing is done, your follow-up schedule will be
sensitivity stool occult testing every three years based on test results.
 Diabetes screening  Sexually transmitted disease screening
Ages 45 and over, every three years o Annual chlamydia screening with Pap test, age 21
o Fasting plasma glucose (preferred), or through 25
o Random plasma glucose
Testing should be done earlier or more frequently if the  Prostate cancer screening
person o Annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific
o Is obese antigen blood test/discussion with physician, starting
o Is African American, Hispanic, Native American or at age 50 (African Americans should start at age 40)
Asian American Check with Medicare and/or your other health insurance
o Has hypertension, abnormal cholesterol levels plans to see if tests are covered prior to scheduling.
o Has history of gestational diabetes Next time we’ll review adult immunization guidelines and
o Has a family history of diabetes in a first-degree relative positive lifestyle habits. 
o Has polycystic ovarian syndrome Your comments and suggestions for future topics are
 Hypertension (blood pressure) screening always welcome. Email us at [email protected].
Adults, every one to two years

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A mudlark – a person who research. When she un- cal preserver,” Maiklem writes, and extracting an object
scavenges for treasure in the earths fragments of old from its embrace takes care, skill and an extraordinary
muck and rubbish of a river- tobacco pipes, for in- level of patience, from both the mudlark and those who
bank – sounds like a character stance, we first learn share her household. Maiklem describes wrapping
from a Shakespearean comedy, how common that is, lumps of wood and old leather shoes in plastic and tuck-
flitting between the extremes then discover how the ing them away in cupboards or the freezer for months or
of filth and magic. In her quirky pipes were made and years, until an expert or a technique can be found to help
memoir of modern mudlarking, how their size and with long-term preservation. Whatever else the Internet
Lara Maiklem travels from west to has unleashed, it’s certainly made it much easier for sim-
east along the Thames, from Ted- structure changed ilarly wired people to connect and share what they’ve
dington to Tilbury, reflecting on over the centuries as discovered about the literal objects of their obsessions,
London’s long and layered history tobacco became less whether those are “lead bag seals, Dutch clay pipes, pre-
as revealed in the detritus thrown expensive. Fragments 1800 buttons, bricks, lead tokens,” which are among the
up by the water. With minute at- of earthenware bottles areas of expertise Maik-lem has encountered. The curi-
tention, Maiklem tracks the river’s carry enough informa- ous forager’s eye doesn’t discriminate in its fascination,
tides, descends steps and ladders tion, combined with even when the finds are frightful: musket balls and other
to the foreshore in all weather, and weaponry, Roman “castration clamps,” human remains.
crouches and crawls over mud and census records, for There’s a certain coldness to this mudlark’s process of
debris in search of fragments of the Maik-lem to tempo- discovery and storytelling alike, as if the mud dulls the
past. This kind of urban gleaning rarily resurrect a long- capacity for shock.
is an old pursuit, and city dwellers vanished riverside
have always known that the river pub and its landlord. The river’s pull connects Maiklem to her childhood
harbors secrets and treasures – Mai- on a farm, where she was free to roam over fields and
klem’s chapter headnotes quote from She hunts for in- riverbanks and was “tutored” by her mother “in the art
several 19th-century sources describ- timate and ordinary of looking.” She acquired a meditative attention to the
ing women and children who waded objects and finds tiny details of the natural world that serves her well as
into the water on the hunt for scraps items that people she studies the mud, and that she hopes to pass on to
of metal or lumps of coal that could be rinsed off and used to fasten their her own children as a way of slowing down amid the
sold for pennies. clothing, mark their rush of modern life. Yet Maiklem’s attempts to describe
possessions, seal their bonds and prove her emotional connection to the river and to mudlark-
Today, Maiklem’s status as a female mudlark makes their affection: rings and hairpins, coins and tokens, ing remain rather vague, in sharp contrast to her ability
her unusual: all the more so since she’s not motivated knives and bottle stoppers, nails and pins, and fragments to focus on, say, the carving on the head of a centuries-
by the market value of her finds. She counts herself as of pottery, shoes and pipes. Her finds often serve as a re- old ship’s nail. Perhaps a collector’s obsession is im-
a gatherer, an “eyes-only forager” rather than a hunter minder of the city’s naval past and global adventures, of possible ever to fully explain or share, but it means her
equipped with metal detector and shovel. In an effort to the cultural and geographic diversity of people and his- narrative remains fragmentary –a cabinet of curiosities
maintain the delicate equilibrium of the foreshore, regu- tories that converge on the riverbank. Religious tokens lacking the binding thread of a story. There’s only so
lations restrict how deep hunters can dig and what they of various kinds have found their way into the water over much an object can reveal, and most of their stories
can remove. The law defines certain objects as treasure, the centuries, and today, Hindu icons are plentiful, as the inevitably end in speculation, the tantalizing uncer-
whose discovery must be reported to the authorities and “Thames has become a substitute for the Ganges” for the tainty of what can’t be recovered. The foreshore, the
offered up to museums for purchase. In the eyes of the local faithful. But as far back as the Romans, London was mudlark’s domain, remains “a muddle of refuse and
law, something is treasure if it’s really old or really shiny a diverse place, garrisoned by soldiers from all over the casual losses.” 
– more than 300 years old or more than 10 percent pre- empire, who constructed ingenious heating systems and
cious metal. Maiklem’s notion of treasure is more com- imported wine and food to cope with their alienation on MUDLARK
plicated. She’s less interested in objects that hold their the damp northern island.
value through time than in those that trail mysteries and Maiklem doesn’t make the point explicit, but amid IN SEARCH OF LONDON’S PAST ALONG THE RIVER THAMES
human stories with them. Britain’s current paroxysms over national identity, it’s a
pertinent reminder that notions of who or what is native BY LARA MAIKLEM | 314 PP. $27.95
Maiklem engages in a twofold process of rescue and and foreign have always been arbitrary. REVIEW BY JOANNA SCUTTS, THE WASHINGTON POST
Thames mud – damp and oxygen-free – is a “magi-


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Let your heart do its thing – use it or lose it!

BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT choose what we will concentrate upon, be vulnerable. Love anything and your deemable.” (C. S. Lewis,“The Four Loves.”)
Columnists and then focus our attention. We could heart will be wrung and possibly broken. Of course it’s tempting to set your fil-
hardly function without the filtering If you want to make sure of keeping it in-
Did you know that each fully equipped mechanism that our RAS provides. tact you must give it to no one, not even tration system so that you can remain
human being comes with a reticular ac- an animal. Wrap it carefully round with inattentive to ugly human realities. But
tivating system as a standard part? And Of course, we sometimes intention- hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all en- when you pull your heart away from the
what is that? A reticular activating system ally develop and employ something like tanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket world, as Lewis rightly notes, you do not
(RAS) is a network of neural fibers run- an RAS in other areas of our lives, too, or coffin of your selfishness. But in that spare it, you lose it. You do not protect
ning through the brain stem, connecting don’t we? Have you ever heard some- casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it it, you condemn it. After all, the heart is
to other parts of the brain. Our RAS is in- one say they no longer listen to news will change. It will not be broken; it will the muscle of the soul. You cannot pack
volved in regulating scores of important relating to tragedies because it’s just too become unbreakable, impenetrable, irre- it away in cotton for its preservation. You
functions such as breathing, the beating distressing? Or that they choose not to either use it or lose it! 
of our hearts, and transitioning between read about places of the world racked by
wakefulness and sleep. poverty or war or terrorism because it’s SERVICES AT 8, 9 and 11 AM
all so hopeless? Or that they don’t want IN THE SANCTUARY
Another of its most useful capabilities to think about thorny social issues that
is in functioning as a filter to our senses. can’t be readily addressed and remedied?
Our RAS is what allows us to disregard They are employing a self-made filtration
the mesmerizing flicker of the fluores- system that sorts out the bad news and
cent light overhead when we are trying to isolates them from its troubling implica-
read. It enables us to ignore the intrigu- tions, including the responsibility to care.
ing hum of the air conditioner when our
spouses want to talk to us. In short, our Many of us engage in utilizing these
RAS prevents our senses from becom- self-imposed filtration systems from time
ing overwhelmed with all the compet- to time, thinking that we are sparing our-
ing stimuli in our midst. It enables us to selves some frustration and pain, think-
ing we are saving our hearts from loving
too widely or deeply and then breaking
with the cares of the world. But is that re-
ally the result?

Author C. S. Lewis apparently pon-
dered this human tendency to shelter
our hearts and wrote, “To love at all is to

Richard J. Cory
Richard J. Cory passed away December 24, 2019, survived by his
adored wife and life partner, Cynthia, two daughters, Karen and Jan,
three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A WWII veteran in
the U.S. Navy, Richard went on to graduate from the Univ. of Miami
Law School and his law career spanned 52 years representing Lloyd’s of
London, CSX Railroad and Union Carbide as local and trial counsel.
His public offices included City Attorney for Lauderdale-By-The Sea

for 20 years; Fort Lauderdale Municipal
Court Judge and U.S. Magistrate for

Southern District of Florida. He practiced in all
state courts, U.S. and District Courts of Appeal and
Supreme Courts of Florida and United States. He
also represented the Fort Lauderdale Downtown

Development Authority in restructuring the
downtown area.

Richard branched out to many business interests including
office buildings, oceanfront properties, and numerous
shopping centers in Florida and North Carolina.
He was Commodore of Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort
Lauderdale and belonged to Pine Tree Golf Club,
Hawks’ Nest and Pinehurst Golf Club.
In retirement, he and Cynthia travelled extensively to
Europe, Canada and other countries.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it is not the
years in your life that count. It is the life in your
years”. We will greatly miss him.
An online guestbook is available at

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Bonz meets Bugsy, a perky, pizza-loving pooch

Hi Dog Buddies! call Mom whenever there was Bugsy. hats tumble around sorta like pup-
a new litter, but all the puppies pies. I also like to play hide-an-seek
If I had only one word to describe PHOTO: KAILA JONES in that cool secret space under the
Bugsy Corbiciero it’d be – Paws Down, TV cabinet. When I’m over here, I
ALL CAPS – “HAPPY!” Bugsy’s a fawn- made Mom sad. Then my litter mostly hang with Poppi an Gram-
an-white Boston Terrier with sailboat ma. I stay close in case Poppi decides
ears; white sox; a Big Toothy Smile; en- came along. to make a pizza. That’s my FAV-rite
gaging, slightly smushy liddle nose; an Food in the World. I help him make
large, wide-set, round-as-saucers black- “Well, Mom looked at all of it. An eat it. When I’m watchin’ Poppi
rimmed eyes that always look Very In- make pizza, I use my Laser Stare. He
trested In Everything. us, ’specially the not-black-an- says I speak with my eyes. I guess I do.
I’m not much into barkin.’ When I’m
When me an my assistant knocked, white pups. Before she decided, here, I also enjoy sittin’ on the back of
there weren’t the usual barks, but there the couch an watchin’ the ducks out
was the clickety-click of toenails. When the breeder lady called an said by the pond. An the humans walkin’
the door opened, Bugsy anna human by. If there happens to be one of those
lady an man were right there to greet all my litter ’cept me had been pesky racoons hangin’ around the
us. I introduced myself an my assistant, grill, I quickly alert Poppi an Gram-
an Bugsy zipped right up for the Wag- adopted. She figured it was ma. Those raccoons have No Manners
an-Sniff. Whatsoever.”
probly cuz they were all do- “You’re obviously very well-
“I’m SO HAPPY to meet you, Mr. groomed,” I observed. “Do you enjoy
Bonzo! Me an my Poppi always read ing their best Adorable Puppy baths?”
your column together. An now I’m “Thanks, Mr. Bonzo. Ackshully, I DO
gonna ackshully be IN it! This is my thing when people came to like baths. I get ’em in a nice, big deep
Mom an Dad, Lisa an Mario. Come’on tub in the garage. An I have this special
in an meet my Poppi an Gramma. This check us out, while I was do- shampoo from Key West Aloe. It’s To-
is their house. I’m here free-qwuntly tally Crispy Dog Biscuits!”
when Mom an Dad are workin’ an stuff. ing – nothing. Just hangin’ Headin’ home, I was smilin,’ pic-
We always have the Best Time. An you turin’ Bugsy happily roughhousing
know what they say: ‘What happens at back, watchin,’ all stand-off- with his cat brothers; sharin’ pizza with
Poppi an Gramma’s STAYS at Poppi an his Poppi an Gramma; snugglin’ with
Gramma’s.’” ish.” his Mom; an watchin’ football with his
Dad. Bugsy’d sure found his perfect For-
“Ah, yes,” I smiled. “It’s a pleasure to “You? Stand-offish? Seri- ever Famly.
meet you an your famly.” I opened my
notebook an Bugsy sniffed it an friffled ously?” Till next time,
the pages. “I’d love to hear all about how
you got your Forever Famly.” “I KNOW. I WAS, back then. The Bonz

“Sure! So, I was born (it’ll be three You’d never know it now though, right?” crate with me, on my real comfy bed. Don’t Be Shy
years ago in Feb-you-airy) at a breeder
in Lake City called Rucker Run Dog “For sure,” I agreed. Only problem we ever had was them We are always looking for pets
Co. Mom an Dad had just lost Rocky, with interesting stories.
who was also a Boston Terrier. He was “Anyway, finally, when I kept not eatin’ my kibbles. I hadda make it clear
the usual color, black-an-white. Well, To set up an interview, email
Mom wanted another Boston Ter- bein’ adopted, the lady put me On Sale. THAT was NOT gonna happen. I’m hap- [email protected].
rier but whenever she saw a puppy she
liked, black-an-white, it’d remind her So, even though I was stand-offish, an py to share my bed, an toys. But NOT my
of Rocky, an she’d get Real Sad all over
again. The nice Rucker Run lady would picked at my food, Mom saw some- kibbles. We had a liddle discussion, an

thing in me, so I got adopted. An I am now we’re cool.

One Lucky Dog, Mr. Bonzo. I have The “One time, onna walk, I accidently

Best Famly Ever, as you can see! I just stepped in an ant hill an got bit by,

love humans, and fellow pets. An,” he like, a zillion of ’em. Mom says I went

leaned in an lowered his voice, “I’m a to- into SHOCK. I don’t remember, but I

tal Mamma’s Boy. ’Cept when I’m here.” got rushed to the vet and got a shot.

He ran around to his Mom an Dad That was scary. Also when I was still a

an Poppi an Gramma, then to my assis- silly puppy, I kinda chewed up the base-

tant, being all slurpy an happy. He was boards. An I alway liked chewin’ leaves,

pretty irresistible, for sure. sticks an mulch. My favrite thing to

“What was it like, when you first got chew is a hand-me-down chew-toy that

here?” I queried. was Rocky’s.”

“It was Cool Kibbles! I got my own Bugsy was chewin’ on it off an on

cozy crate. An yummy kibbles. Right durin’ the innerview. “Woof! That must

away I met my older brothers, Squiggy be one tough chewtoy,” I observed.

an Dexter (aka Fluffy). They’re cats, “Yeb, id is. Ab-sho-ludely.” He ceased

which was no problem. I mean, it’s all chewing to say, “Guess what? In my

the same to me. An to them, too. Me neighborhood, I have a leash-walk girl-

an Fluff sorta grew up together, an we fren – Daisy – she’s one of those pretty

still like to tumble around a lot. We usta Lhasa Apsos. Me an Dad watch Ani-

be about the same size, but I’m a liddle mal Planet an football. That’s where a

bigger now. Squig likes to curl up in my buncha large human guys with funny

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A Q 10 7 6 3 4 2
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K82 J 10 9 6 AQ74
763 J 10 9 8 KQ52
Nancy Astor, England’s first female member of parliament, said, “The penalty of success is to 2 Q 10 9 5 A863
be bored by the people who used to snub you.”
The penalty of the negative double is: How do you make a penalty double? KJ985
Look at the West hand. After partner opens one diamond and South overcalls one spade, A4
West would love to double for penalty. But double would show four hearts. KJ74

West must pass, preferably with no noticeable hesitation. He must not turn to South and Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Both
ask, “Did you really bid spades?”
The Bidding:
After West and North pass, East should reopen with a takeout double. Then West can pass
again, converting his partner’s takeout double into one for penalty. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades ?? 1 Diamonds
How does one spade doubled fare? LEAD:
2 Clubs
West leads his singleton club, East wins with the ace and returns the eight, his highest
asking for a heart return, the higher-ranking of the other two side suits. When West returns
the heart two, the low card guarantees at least one honor in the suit, which must be the king.
So East wins with the heart queen and gives his partner another club ruff. Back in with the
heart ace, East leads a third club for West to ruff. Still to come are one diamond and three
trump tricks, leaving the contract down four, minus 1,100!

Yes, perhaps North should not have passed throughout. After West’s second pass, probably
North should have risked an SOS redouble. Then the final contract would likely have been
two clubs doubled, which escapes for down one, or, if East-West immediately play trumps,
down two.

In theory, East-West’s only game is four spades!

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3 Like residue (4) 2 Brazilian dance (5)
6 Poem (3) 4 Underside of an arch (6)
9 Shell-shock? (6,7) 5 Himalayan monster (4)
10 Composition on a religious 6 Current (7)
7 Voting list (9,4)
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12 Scotsman’s garb (4) 11 Barbarian (3)
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15 Full and rich (wine) (6) 16 Nightclub door worker (7)
18 Knuckle digit (6) 17 Timber preservative (3)
19 Listener? (3) 20 Solemn ceremony (6)
21 Shivering fit (4) 23 Customary practice (5)
22 Part of a beer can (4-4) 24 Full of oneself (4)
25 Unable to be spoken to (13)
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ACROSS co-star 50 “Just ___” The Washington Post
1 Large vehicles 91 Hope (to) 51 Director Kurosawa
6 Dessert that often follows 93 Shoe-heel attachment 52 Put in the paper again
95 Commotion 53 Valentine’s Day rewards?
moussaka 97 The New Yorker 54 Big and unwieldy
13 Con games 55 Ark numbers
18 Send away film critic ... 57 M star
19 Thought-ful guys 99 Lose, as pounds 58 Gaiter relatives
20 Journalese, for one 100 Quick pic 60 Draw with acid
21 Wide-open spaces? 101 Banco bill 62 La Dolce Vita star
23 Ben of the Ponderosa 102 Gunbelt goods 65 Some people feel theirs
24 Inter ___ 103 ___ with a view 66 Tasty
105 Gillette razor 69 Ms. Fitzgerald
(among other things) 106 He’s Charles in Citizen Kane 72 Fellow
25 “That’s ___!” 108 Kennel rations? 75 Asta’s co-owner
112 “___ evil ...” 76 Mystical symbol
(end-of-filming shout) 113 Just theoretical, 78 Japanese city
26 Actress Ward of The 80 ___ hearing
so far 81 Get rid (of)
Fugitive 114 Not you 82 Got through
28 Buzzer? 115 1950s flop
29 Pronounce wrong 116 My friends, the gate
31 Pretentious 83 Ocean clinger
33 Hearty entree to Depardieu 84 Steering-linkage
34 Morse Code bits 117 Harry and The Lone Ranger
35 Montezuma II, for one connectors
36 ___ ease (comforts) DOWN 85 The horse
38 Baghdad’s land 1 Castro overthrew him
40 Retro’s opposite 2 Discomfort course force
41 Crabber’s home 3 Lancelot’s title 86 Time-saving computer keys
42 Rarin’ to go 4 Opinion piece 87 “___ To Be You”
44 Prynne’s emblem 5 Third-place finish 90 Beads for bartering
46 Bring about by bribery 6 Having two political 92 First part of an operation
48 Truck stop sights 94 Paged (through)
49 Hebrew month groups 96 Onetime TV
50 Works time and ___ 7 Gets used (to)
51 ___ in the Sun 8 Plop top exec Arledge
54 Football coverage? 9 “Mighty ___ A Rose” 98 Churls
56 Soulful Lou 10 Not quite right 100 Thwacked, à la Samson
59 Continued 11 Old Italian region north of 104 Smell
60 Continental coin 107 Lon of Cambodia
61 Caramel center? the Po 109 Bush 41 resigned from it
63 Anger 12 Catfish hunter 110 Hard to make out
64 Dog warmers? 13 Actor Mineo 111 String after F?
67 Time 14 Give insufficient elbow room
68 Hangout for 85 Down APPROPRIATE MEASURES By Merl Reagle
70 Hits the road to
71 Captain Queeg portrayer 15 Bread crumb ingredient? THE Art & Science
73 Joint with charm? 16 Dinosaur, e.g.
74 “I’ll teach you a 17 Flattens, of Cosmetic Surgery

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76 Rebuts successfully 18 Neighbor of Guatemala • Minimal Incision Lift for the
77 Some spreads 21 Half a 1960s quartet
79 Opposite of sud 22 See 13 Across Face, Body, Neck & Brow
80 “Come on!” 27 Flooded • Breast Augmentations
81 Treats, as wheat germ 30 Dentist’s dream?
83 Indian tourist stop 32 Neglected-lawn result? & Reductions
84 Melodramatic dance 36 Boy, does it hurt • Post Cancer Reconstructions
85 ASCAP alternative 37 Dog or mule grouping • Chemical Peels • Botox
88 Printer’s buy 39 Miner’s haul? • Laser Surgery • Tummy Tucks
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All couples have problems … but this one’s a real red flag

BY CAROLYN HAX strangers, but here is a great person who if I were lines and none of the background information to
Washington Post ask.
single I’d go for. What do I do?
Dear Carolyn: For the past 3½ (And that all of us can answer in one sentence:
years I have been in a relationship – Flattered but Unavailable Tell him he’s great but your feelings for him aren’t
with a great guy and I’m really romantic. Unless they are?)
happy. Sure, we’ve had our share Flattered but Unavailable:
of problems but what couple Unavailable. Yes. You mentioned that. Several Which means we’ve either taken a long walk
hasn’t? times in several hundred words, many of which through the daisies to answer an obvious ques-
I have a problem with other guys though. I get I cut or condensed, over acres of excuses preced- tion, or you won’t admit your real concern: that
hit on fairly often. Usually it’s from a sleaze on the ing a question that you needed only your last two you’re in a rocky relationship with a jealous, pos-
street or something I can just blow off with, “Oh, no, sessive guy who at 26 picked out a 17-year-old,
I have a boyfriend.” and you’d like to get out and feel fresh air in your
Recently, I went back to finish college and I’ve met lungs and discover yourself and maybe eventu-
some great people I enjoy talking with, but they’re ally date nice photo-class guy.
“school friends” and that’s it. I was always “one of
the guys” in high school and am more comfortable If that’s not your real concern, then it should
talking to guys. My boyfriend doesn’t like or under- be. If you need to play up your boyfriend devo-
stand this since he doesn’t have any female friends tion and play down other male attention sooo
except for his friends’ girlfriends. thoroughly and irrelevantly to me – a completely
Also, he’s 30, I’m 21. He worries that I might meet neutral stranger – then I can only imagine how
some other punky artist like myself, closer to my age, doggedly you’ve had to reassure your skeptical
and fall for him. But he really has nothing to worry boyfriend. And that’s not something you bat away
about. I love him and I would never cheat. with “Don’t we all have problems?”
This past semester there was a guy in my photo
class who I had a lot in common with and ended This. Is. Bad. News.
up talking to a lot. He just emailed me about how He doesn’t trust you, will never trust you, and
much he likes me and how he was too shy to ask me it has nothing to do with your loving him enough
out. I feel really bad now. He’s a really nice person, (or not) or cheating on him (or swearing you
very attractive and fun to hang out with, but I have won’t) or having male friends (or not) or getting
no romantic interest in him. I’m used to blowing off whistled at on the street (or scaring the tourists).
He’s looking for guarantees in a world that, sorry
dude, doesn’t offer them, and he’s going to pres-
sure you for them till someone breaks. Get out,
now, while you can. 


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Mobility mentality: Have balance and bone density tested

BY TOM LLOYD to osteoporosis and balance issues.
Staff Writer Certified physician assistant Julie

Benjamin Franklin’s axiom that “an Klucar and advanced registered nurse
ounce of prevention is worth a pound practitioner Kristy Losapio at Steward
of cure” is no less true today than Health’s Coastal Fracture Prevention
when he first authored it. in Sebastian urge everyone over the
age of 50 to consult their primary care
Unfortunately, many seniors put their physician, or to come to see them for
health, their mobility, their indepen- bone density and balance tests.
dence and even their lives at risk by not
heeding Franklin’s words when it comes The International Osteoporosis
Foundation reports one in every three

Bernadette Haugh, director of rehabilitation at SRMC; Kristy Losapio, ARNP; and Julie Ann Klucar, PA-C.


women and one in every four men over balance problems to the equation by
the age of 50 will suffer broken bones saying, “If you don’t practice balance
due to osteoporosis, and that an osteo- throughout your lifespan, you can lose
porosis-related bone fracture occurs it; if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
every three seconds.
“Learning how to move properly
According to the National Institute when you have osteoporosis is just as
on Aging, balance problems in seniors important as all the other things that we
are a major contributor to a high per- do to treat osteoporosis,” Klucar says.
centage of those broken bones.
Klucar and Losapio agree that com-
It’s this two-pronged problem – bal- bating the dual threat of bone weak-
ance issues in seniors along with weak- ness and balance issues doesn’t nec-
ened and broken bones – that Klucar essarily mean adding to the list of
and Losapio deal with on a daily basis. medications you’re already taking.

Bernadette Haugh, director of reha- “It’s not just ‘here’s another pill or
bilitation for the Sebastian River Medi- here’s a shot.’ There’s more to it. There’s
cal Center, wholeheartedly agrees that the balance aspect of it. There’s the fall
seniors should be tested for balance prevention aspect of it. There’s the vi-
and bone density. tamins, the supplements, and only
then, if necessary, the medication,”
Testing is critical because “osteoporo- according to Klucar.
sis [the age-related decrease in the den-
sity and quality of your bones] is a silent They both agree that many people
disease and you might not know you disguise their balance issues without
have it until you break a bone,” accord- even realizing they’re doing it.
ing to the U.S. National Library of Medi-
cine at the National Institutes of Health. “A lot of people,” says Losapio,
“function great in their home because
“A bone mineral density test,” says they’re furniture-walkers. They know
NIH, “is the best way to check your where the furniture is so they go and
bone health,” and Losapio couldn’t they hold on and they get themselves
agree more – though she quickly adds where they need to be. They don’t

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even go outside their house because
all of a sudden they’re a little unstable
out there and they don’t know how
to manage. As a therapist you want
to look at what the root problem is” –
which often is balance issues.

Changes in eyesight, changes in
hearing and different medical condi-
tions including low blood pressure can
also play a significant role in falls and
bone breaks, according to Klucar.

If balance problems and bone weak-
ness are left untreated, a study in the
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &
Metabolism says, “even simple bone
breaks can increase the risk of death
in seniors by up to 25 percent.”

“I think, as a society, there’s a cer-
tain stigma involved with growing
older and the things that happen to
our bodies and the changes that we
go through, but people need to recog-
nize that normal aging doesn’t mean
you stop doing all the things you love
to do,” Haugh says. “There are little
things you can do. There’s just little
exercises, different things, different
ways of looking at how you’re moving
that can make a huge difference in
your life. If you never ask the question,
you never get the solution.”

Bone and balance assessments are
not arduous, says Klucar, adding that
“every patient who comes here for an
osteoporosis evaluation gets a packet
of handouts with balance exercises,
fall prevention tips, strengthening ex-
ercises and weight bearing exercises.”

The tests and informational packets
are covered by Medicare and private
insurance – often with no co-pay.

Letting untreated osteoporosis and
balance problems curtail your free-
dom of movement – or even end your
life – is just unacceptable.

Have the tests. Get the facts. Then
enjoy your senior years to the fullest.

Bernadette Haugh is director of re-
habilitation at Sebastian River Medical
Center. Kristy Losapio and Julie Klucar
are with Coastal Fracture Prevention,
a Steward Healthcare facility at 13000
U.S. 1, Suite 5 in Sebastian. The phone
number is 772-581-2663. 

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Take heed: 7 common warning signs for heart attacks

BY FRED CICETTI of heart cells, scar tissue and fatal ar-
Columnist rhythmias.

Q. If you think you’re having a heart About 1.1 million Americans have a
attack, should you take aspirin? heart attack every year. About 460,000
of those heart attacks are fatal. About
[Heart attack is a subject too vast for half the fatalities happen within an
one column. We’ll need three. This is the hour after symptoms begin and before
first installment.] the victim gets to a hospital.

A blood clot in a coronary artery How do you know if you’re having a
narrowed by cholesterol and other heart attack? Here are seven common
substances is the usual cause of a heart warning signs:
attack. Aspirin keeps blood moving
through constricted arteries. There- 1. Most heart attacks involve dis-
fore, paramedics may give aspirin comfort in the center of the chest that
when they respond to an emergency to lasts more than a few minutes. It may
treat a heart-attack victim. pause for a while and then restart.
The discomfort can be in the form of
Aspirin reduces mortality from pain or pressure. Some experience a
heart attacks. But taking aspirin is a squeezing or feeling of fullness.
subject you should discuss with your
doctor. Aspirin could hurt you if your 2. Pain in shoulders, arms, back, up-
symptoms are caused by a different per abdomen, neck and jaw.
health problem.
3. Shortness of breath.
Doctors call a heart attack a “myo- 4. Cold sweat.
cardial infarction.” Loosely trans- 5. Nausea.
lated, the term means heart-muscle 6. Lightheadedness.
death. The clogged artery prevents 7. Anxiety.
oxygenated blood from nourishing the
heart. This can lead to pain, the death Angina pectoris is the medical term
for chest pain or discomfort usually

caused by coronary artery disease. tack, call 911 immediately. There are
Angina (pronounced “an-JI-nuh” or drugs that break up clots and open
“AN-juh-nuh”) is not a heart attack. arteries; they work best when given
However, there’s a higher risk of a within the first hour after the onset of
heart attack if you have angina. an attack.

It is often difficult to tell the difference If emergency medical services are
between a heart attack and angina. If not available, ask someone to drive
you get angina, you should get medical you to the hospital. You shouldn’t
attention immediately. Exertion brings drive yourself, unless you have no oth-
on angina. It’s usually relieved by rest- er choice.
ing or taking angina medicine.
While it may seem macabre, plan-
A heart attack can happen any- ning for a heart attack is intelligent.
time – during exertion or at rest. Some Having a basic plan in place could save
heart attacks are like the ones you see time and a life. Map out your steps if an
in films and on stage; they’re sudden attack happened at home or at work.
and dramatic. However, most heart For example, decide who would care
attacks build gradually over several for any dependents. And discussing
hours. Many heart-attack victims have aspirin with your doctor in advance
symptoms days or weeks in advance. will give you a clear course of action if
you have a heart attack. 
If you think you’re having a heart at-

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