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rigged against us. What we Staff Writer
didn’t know until last week, Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival a huge success
however, was that officials were The future of public fund-
prepared to go to the other side BY MICHELLE GENZ Beach Wine and Film Festival festival’s audience favorite ing for Indian River County
of the world to make sure All Staff Writer founder Jerusha Stewart and awards Sunday afternoon. charter schools may well be
Aboard Florida won. her swarm of volunteers. decided by the battle for two
If the premise of the short After four days of analyz- open School Board seats now
We didn’t know that the fed- film “Rated” came to life, The comedy short, about ing films and wines, partici- underway.
eral government was eager to there would be five stars float- parents who wake up to pants in the first-ever Vero
partner with AAF to sell green ing over the heads of Vero find Yelp-style ratings over film festival were judging the At present, the charters have
cards – and permanent U.S. their heads, took one of the only one reliable ally on the
residencies – to foreign na- CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 five-member School Board,
tionals willing to each invest Sean Frost, and a second some-
at least $500,000 in the com- times ally in Charles Searcy.
pany’s high-speed, passenger- But two of the three board
rail project. members who have consis-
tently voted against the char-
With AAF struggling to find ters on money issues – Claudia
buyers for the $1.75 billion Jimenez and Matthew McCain
worth of high-risk, tax-exempt – are not seeking re-election.
bonds it hopes to sell to help
fund its $3.1 billion boondog- With these two seats open, a
gle, that’s exactly what’s hap- charter school-friendly major-
pening. ity could emerge depending
on who is elected. That likely
According to the website would mean millions more in
for Orissa International, the public funds for the charters,
Singapore-based trade and
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Shores’ residents urge state regulators Island luxury home market
to free town from grasp of Vero electric nothing short of astonishing
BY LISA ZAHNER some very strong opinions BY STEVEN M. THOMAS
Staff Writer with the five members of the Staff Writer
Commission, seeking to sway
The Town of Indian River the outcome of the hearing. Broker Matilde Sorensen: Three island sales over $8.5 million. The 32963 real estate market continues to
Shores’ petition to review and be nothing short of astonishing. The popu-
redraw Vero electric’s service Sixty-five Shores residents lation in the island ZIP code area is tiny,
territory is set to be heard have filed written comments somewhere between 15,000 and 16,000 in
by the Florida Public Service with the PSC urging the state season, and yet top agents here rack up the
Commission on July 7, and regulators to allow Shores res-
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School Board election years, is not running again in Dis- has turned out, the charters have re- And they would go even farther. The
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 trict 3, which includes south county ceived only 5 percent of the money School Board gives charters nothing
and most of the mainland portion from the 2012 tax, even though they from a separate, ongoing tax for capi-
which contend they have long been of the city of Vero Beach. Laura Zorc, educate 13 percent of the student tal outlay projects, which generated
shortchanged. Stephen Sczurek and Douglas Wight population. $23 million this year.
are competing to replace him. Wight
Differences among the candidates didn’t attend the forum because of a The tax approved in 2012 will raise If elected, Zorc and Kim said they
were showcased at a forum last week long-standing prior engagement. about $9.25 million this year. It expires would support sharing all local tax
sponsored by the Taxpayers’ Associa- next summer and a replacement tax revenue equally, including the capital
tion of Indian River County. The candidates not unexpect- intended to raise a similar amount for outlay revenue.
edly were asked about the court case another four years will be on the Aug.
After eight years on the board, brought by the charter schools over 30 ballot. While claiming “I totally support
Jimenez is not running again in Dis- unequal distribution of local property charter schools,” Justice said she
trict 5, which includes much of the tax revenue. Zorc and Kim made it clear they would “support giving charters a pro-
barrier island. Tiffany Justice and would split revenue from the current rata share” going forward if the re-
John Kim are running for the District The charters contend the school tax and the replacement tax equally placement tax is approved in August,
5 seat. board promised them an equal per- among charters and other district but didn’t address the court case over
student share of revenue from a school schools, each student getting a pro- unequal distribution of existing prop-
McCain, also on the board for eight property tax levy passed in 2012. As it rata share. erty tax revenue. Justice also didn’t
take a position on whether she would
favor sharing capital outlay revenue
with charter schools.
Sczurek offered even more general
statements. “It’s good to have charter
schools, but not to the detriment of
public schools,” he said, possibly not
understanding that charter schools
are public schools.
From the comments, it would ap-
pear that the election of Zorc and Kim
offers charters the greatest hope of a
The School Board election in August
is nonpartisan. If a candidate polls
more than 50 percent of the vote, he or
she will not need to run again in No-
vember. If no candidate gets over 50
percent, the two top finishers in each
race will be on the fall ballot.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
investment brokerage that recruits
foreign investors interested in the U.S.
Citizen and Immigration Service's
EB-5 Visa Program, AAF is seeking to
raise $300 million by selling visas.
At $500,000 apiece, that's 600 for-
eign investors – plus their families –
who would buy their way into Amer-
ica, courtesy of AAF.
"Just when you thought it couldn't
get worse ... " said Phyllis Frey, an island
resident who has been a fierce and vocal
opponent of AAF, which plans to con-
nect Orlando and South Florida with
passenger trains that starting a year
from now will run through our commu-
nity 32 times each day at 100 mph.
"It's legal, but it doesn't make it
right," she added. "They can't sell
their bonds, so they're selling visas."
The EB-5 immigrants investor visa
program was created by Congress in
1990 to stimulate foreign investment
in the U.S. economy and create jobs,
but it wasn't until the financial crisis
of 2008 that the number of applica-
tions began to multiply.
According to government statistics,
fewer than 100 EB-5 visas were issued
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 3
in 2003. Last year, more than 10,000 legal department was looking into AAF's threatened Reingold with a defama- federal safety guidelines.
such visas were approved, with most pursuit of funding through EB-5 visas to tion suit, after the county attorney AAF has since delivered an amended
going to Chinese investors. Over the see if there's any grounds for opposition. publicly expressed concerns about
past 25 years, the program has brought safety upgrades, particularly at local and FRA-approved design plan, and the
nearly $7 billion to the U.S. and is said County Attorney Dylan Reingold said railroad crossings. county staff is now in the process of de-
to have created more than 95,000 jobs. it was too soon to know if AAF's connec- termining how much it will cost us for
tion to the EB-5 visa program could be As it turned out, Reingold's con- engineering and road reconstruction,
To qualify, applicants must invest $1 legally challenged. cerns were justified: The Federal Rail- as well as what needs to be negotiated
million in a U.S. business – or $500,000 road Administration informed AAF for "quiet zone" certification.
if the business is in a rural area or "We just started talking about this that its initial design plan for grade
community with high unemployment less than a week ago," Reingold said. crossings in our county failed to meet As it stands now, we know construc-
– and the investment must create at
least 10 full-time American jobs. Earlier this year, AAF's lawyers CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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Commissioner Tim Zorc said of AAF's three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
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"One of the big reasons their bonds
aren't selling is that they don't have
enough equity in the deal," he added.
"The bond market wants to see more
skin in the game. This would be a way
to do that without putting up any of
their own money."
Zorc's fellow commissioner, Bob So-
lari, has been both suspicious and critical
of AAF – from its financing to safety mea-
sures – since the project was announced.
In fact, Solari praised Congressman Bill
Posey for writing a May 10 letter to U.S.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
regarding "news reports of the illegal and
unethical behavior of the Louis Berger
Group," which conducted a ridership
and revenue study for AAF.
In his letter, Posey cited what he
called the Berger Group's history of
"public corruption" and "defraud-
ing the U.S. government," then asked
if the Department of Transportation
will rely on the Berger Group’s study
to sustain a $1.75 billion private activ-
ity bond allocation for AAF, or use the
study as a basis to approve the com-
pany's renewed application for a $1.65
billion federal Railroad Rehabilitation
and Improvement Financing loan.
Posey also cited an independent
analysis done by Dr. John Friedman, a
former economic advisor to President
Obama and a current Brown Univer-
sity professor, who concluded that
"even under all optimistic assump-
tions, AAF will generate annual losses
of more than $100 million and will be
unable to service its debt burden."
"When you get called out by a con-
gressman, the bond market picks up on
that," Solari said. "So they'll try to get
their money from wherever they can."
Both Solari and Zorc said the county's
4 Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™
My Vero Shores’ comments to PSC reviewed by the PSC annually – with the as allowing taxation without represen-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 PSC typically granting FPL a fraction of tation?” Grealis wrote. “Moreover, how
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 desired rate increases – but the rates of can a municipality force another mu-
the Town who are served by Vero elec- Vero and other municipal electric utili- nicipality to accept services in perpe-
tion already has begun on AAF's four tric to join residents at the north end ties do not get similar review. tuity notwithstanding the expiration
planned stations and that crews in of the Town who are served by Florida of a contractual agreement to do so?
South Florida are busy adding a sec- Power & Light “You’ve done so much to help my Common sense and basic constitu-
ond track to the FEC line. neighbors, and I’m sure the work you’ve tional law would suggest that consent
The Town, filing on March 6 as a cus- done has played a role in keeping FPL’s is required before one municipality
We know we're going to get stuck pay- tomer of Vero electric and not as a mu- rates down. I’m hoping that you can can bind another for services.
ing for at least part of the required rail- nicipality, alleges that Vero’s territory help us as well. Your website says that
road-crossing upgrades, even though should be reviewed due to “changed you ‘advocate on behalf of Florida’s util- “Vero Beach' claims would render
AAF is an unwanted and unnecessary circumstances” based upon the Town’s ity consumers.’ We need your advocacy meaningless all contracts and service
intrusion that will endanger our com- franchise agreement with Vero expir- now more than ever,” he wrote. agreements within the state and bind
munity and wreak havoc on our quality ing on Nov. 6, and the Town’s and rate- parties to such agreements in perpe-
of life without conferring any benefits, payers’ desire to have the whole of the Retired utilities executive and Shores tuity,” Grealis wrote. “It would turn
since the trains will not stop here to pick Shores incorporated into FPL’s service resident Bill Grealis, who for a time constitutional and contract law on its
up or drop off passengers. territory to take advantage of its lower served as the Shores’ representative on head. I urge you to expeditiously grant
electric rates. the Vero Beach Utilities Commission, the relief requested by Indian River
We know that our only real chance took aim at Vero’s arguments that the Shores.”
to defeat AAF – other than a last-gasp, Former Shores Mayor Bill Kenyon, Shores has no recourse with the PSC to
Hail Mary pass from the St. Johns Wa- who was at the helm of the Town Coun- challenge Vero’s territory, or rates, and Robert and Sarah Jane Moore un-
ter Management District or U.S. Army cil when efforts to sell Vero electric to that the city’s rates cannot be regulated. derscored Grealis’ and Kenyon’s points
Corps of Engineers – is for the funding FPL were in their infancy stage, wrote in their letter, making sure the PSC is
to fall through. to the PSC, “You may not be aware, Grealis argues that for the PSC to aware of the more than $7 million Vero
but my community faces a huge elec- simply allow Vero to continue to oper- transfers annually, either directly or in
And that's not likely to happen: tric rate dilemma. I live in the Town of ate as an unregulated price monopoly, shared administrative charges, from
With AAF struggling to sell its high-risk Indian River Shores, and while some regardless of the will of Shores resi- the electric utility into its general fund.
bonds, the U.S. DOT twice has granted of my neighbors are served by FPL, I dents and the Shores Town Council,
extensions, the latest until Jan. 1, 2017. unfortunately am served by the City runs contrary to the very founding “We purchased our home in Indian
of Vero Beach’s utility. My rates are principles of the United States, adding River Shores in 1998 and ever since we
AAF President Michael Reininger, 30 percent higher than my neighbors that it is an affront to home rule. have paid excessive charges for elec-
meanwhile, has said the bonds are who get their electricity from FPL. You tricity because the city of Vero Beach
not an "irreplaceable element of heard that right: 30 percent! And yet “The contentions of Vero Beach, if uses our town to subsidize its expens-
AAF's business plan," which means our service is nowhere near as good.” upheld, will result in a serious ‘black es,” the Moores wrote to the PSC.
he knows he can get the funding he eye’ to the image of Florida. Why
needs from somewhere else. Kenyon pointed out that FPL rates are would businesses and residents of “We encourage you to take a look at
other states consider relocating to the this territorial agreement that hasn’t
How far will he go to get it? state of Florida if the state is perceived been reviewed in over 25 years and
My money is on China.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 5
rule in our favor so that the City of faith offer to purchase the utility sys- lion figure, which after some wran- ceive some kind of decision by July 28.
Vero Beach can no longer operate this tem here and serve the entire town of gling, its attorneys and consultants Should the PSC agree to open up a
monopoly to their benefit and our Indian River Shores,” the Moores con- reduced to $42 million.
detriment. cluded, referring to the $13 million full-scale territorial review, Town at-
FPL offered to purchase the roughly The PSC staff recommendation for the torneys have asked the PSC for a pub-
“We would much prefer Florida 3,000 Vero Electric customers in the July 7 meeting is due out June 23, and by lic hearing to be held in the Shores so
Power and Light to be our electricity Shores. Vero countered with a $64 mil- the current schedule, if the process is not ratepayers can voice their opinions
provider and they have made a good protracted, Shores residents would re- and concerns.
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Long-overdue ambulances arrive after scary season
BY LISA ZAHNER to pick the patient up for transport to being “average.” That means that, by Ford factory in Ohio, county residents
Staff Writer the emergency room. the luck of the draw, patients could be went through the busy snowbird and
picked up by a brand-new ambulance, tourist season with a largely patched-
Two of five much-needed new am- “On June 1, 2016, while en route to or by one that’s getting ready to roll over together fleet of ambulances.
bulances have finally arrived, eight the hospital with a patient with non- its odometer for the second time.
months after massive vehicle break- life-threatening issues, the ambulance Why has it taken eight months to get
downs revealed that Indian River did suffer mechanical issues that left it “We count on them providing a two ambulances once they were final-
County officials’ tight-fisted postpone- disabled. Immediately the crews noti- minimum of five years as a frontline ly ordered?
ment of buying new ambulances could fied our dispatch center of the issue vehicle and then into a reserve/spare
be putting lives at risk. and another ambulance responded status for a minimum of two years. “The reason for the extended build
to the location and the patient was Historically they have over 200,000 time of these units has to do with the
In October, Assistant Chief of Emer- transferred to a local facility for fur- miles on them when they are retired Ford chassis being built in the United
gency Medical Services Brian Burkeen ther medical care,” Burkeen said in an from service,” Burkeen said. States for the first time,” Burkeen said.
was called to account after repeated am- email when asked about the incident. “In 2015, Ford decided to move their
bulance reliability issues were reported NEWS ANALYSIS truck plant from Mexico into the United
in Vero Beach 32963. He told the Board Neither of the two new ambulances States. A plant in Ohio was chosen for
of County Commissioners at that time, will be based at beachside stations. Ac- Firefighter-paramedics who drive this process and the relocation, produc-
“Three new ambulances are expected cording to Burkeen, one is assigned to and do basic, daily maintenance on the tion line and quality assurance had to
to be received in January 2016 and two Station 7 near I-95, which fields the most aging ambulances have for years com- be approved by a federal organization.
additional estimated March 2016.” calls due to crashes on the Interstate and plained that the county was putting
Turnpike. The second will be assigned patients at risk – that eventually, some- “This delay caused a delay in our
Despite that statement, January, to newly-built Station 13 in South Vero. one would die in the back of an ambu- vendor of getting the new chassis and
February and March passed with no Three more ambulances, the balance of lance due to these equipment failures. having the specialized parts config-
new ambulances, as did April and the county’s order, are expected to arrive ured for our specification (i.e. liquid
May. Earlier this month, the old am- in July. Station assignments for those Because the county waited until it spring suspension, secondary air con-
bulance assigned to Station 11 near have not been determined. was on the verge of an utter systematic ditioning system and additional alter-
the Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club failure to order new ambulances – at nator). Therefore a delay in production
broke down with a patient in the back. With these five units in the rotation, one point last fall having to resort to and delivery occurred,” Burkeen said.
Another ambulance had to be dis- county officials say they will be on track using pick-up trucks to transport pa-
patched from elsewhere in the county to bring the average age of its ambu- tients – and because of delays at the According to incoming County Ad-
lances under five years – the key word ministrator Jason Brown, the ambu-
lances cost $225,000 each, plus what-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 7
ever medical supplies and equipment Wine & Film Festival Art; downtown’s Heritage Center and of Jason Wise’s full-length documen-
are needed to outfit them for service. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Raw Space at Edgewood, a new gal- tary, “Somm: Into the Bottle.”
The budget of the Emergency Services lery on Old Dixie that hosted evening
District tops $32 million, but appar- festival itself – and the score seemed and late-night screenings that were Alongside vintner Beth Ann Dahan,
ently there was no cash available to unanimously high. the liveliest of all. “For a lot of people, an instructor at Boston University and
purchase new ambulances for years, that was shocker,” said Stewart. “Peo- owner of New Zealand’s Vela Wines,
despite the fact that the county bills The visiting filmmakers who flew ple just did not think that people were there was the unpublicized, impromp-
patients more than $5.5 million annu- in from as far away as Italy and Co- coming out at night. But Vero gets it. tu pouring from the private collec-
ally for ambulance services. lombia were apparently utterly en- Vero after dark rocks.” tion of Harvey Kornicks. The recently
amored with the Vero audiences, who retired public school art teacher who
County Commissioner Tim Zorc lis- packed nearly every event and most Even restaurants got into the act. has been collecting top-rated wines
tens to the fire-rescue channel on a ra- of the screenings. Costa d’Este hosted an elaborate four- for years offered samples from about
dio scanner and often heard instances chef dinner Thursday night that drew a a dozen bottles, including a $600 mag-
when ambulances were out of service. “The filmmakers were over the standing ovation at evening’s end. “That num of Napa cab.
He passes by the county’s maintenance moon,” said an ebullient Stewart on was like a scene from a movie,” said
yard on his daily travels, and saw rescue Monday. “The comments were over- Stewart. “The energy in that room was “Gloria [Estefan]’s hotel is so magi-
vehicles being towed in from the field. whelmingly, passionately positive. so electric, they didn’t want to leave.” cal,” said Stewart. “It was the perfect
place to begin this celebration that fo-
Zorc first brought the matter up early “They spoke so highly of the audi- The same space held a celebratory cuses on entertainment.”
in 2013 and convinced his fellow com- ences and their appreciation of their crowd at Saturday night’s Grand Tast-
missioners to approve the purchase of work,” she said. “And oh my god, they ing, where there was also a screening Estefan herself was the recipient of
one new fire engine and one new am- wouldn’t stop talking about the beach.” the festival’s “Life Worth Living Leg-
bulance. That was the last ambulance end” award. Though she was in New
purchased until the most recent order But it was the moviegoers’ and wine York for a performance from her bio-
was placed in 2015. drinkers’ reactions that convinced musical, “On Your Feet!” at the Tony
Stewart that her year-long effort paid awards ceremony, she sent the hotel’s
“I was fully aware during the Great Re- off. “They asked incredible questions general manager, Chad Olsen, to read
cession that we put off buying new ve- and they laughed in the right places,” a statement of gratitude.
hicles, but at some point you get to a tip- she said. “The filmmakers were just
ping point where there are some things excited, like, ‘Vero really gets us. They Later Saturday night, nearby Or-
that are literally life or death pieces of got our movies.’” chid Island Brewery held a Bordeaux
equipment,” Zorc said Monday. and Brew event, screening the film
From early afternoon until late at “Beatbox.” The title refers to a mu-
“We needed to have a catch-up plan night, movie lovers came out in force sic-making technique using the face
of how to we get caught up, and we to pack four venues: both stages at and mouth as an instrument. Curtiss
need an ongoing plan of how we don’t Riverside Theatre; the Leonhardt au- Cook, an actor in the movie, gave a live
get in this shape again,” Zorc said. ditorium at the Vero Beach Museum of
CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
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Wine & Film Festival Change in prosecutor delays bridge DUI fatality case
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beatbox performance. BY RAY MCNULTY He said the State Attorney's Office a shot of tequila at Trattorio Dario,
“I got to see what a huge film-lov- Staff Writer has kept the parents of the victim, an Italian restaurant on Ocean Drive.
Nicholas "Cole" Coppola, updated on
ing community there is here,” said Nearly two years after a young Vero the progress of the case, including the They said she arrived at the restau-
Stewart. Beach bicyclist was struck by a car and possibility of a plea bargain. rant's bar at about 12:20 a.m., after her
killed on the 17th Street Bridge, a trial shift at Citrus, and stayed until 1:30
By Sunday, it seemed just about date is expected to be set in September "Daryl was in contact with them a.m. They said she did not appear to
everyone who stopped by Blue Star for the DUI manslaughter case against and they understand what's going on," be intoxicated.
Wine Bar downtown for one last par- the woman charged with hitting him. Gosnell said.
ty were already claiming the film fest Landman said his position remains
as a Vero institution. However, both a state prosecutor First, though, Gosnell wants to see the same: "That she did not cause the
and the attorney for driver Jamie Wil- the findings of an investigation con- accident. It's our contention that she
As for Stewart, she was fielding in- liams, who turned 23 this week, say a ducted by an automotive industry was driving lawfully in her lane of traf-
quiries from new filmmakers Monday plea deal remains a possibility. expert who examined the event data fic and the boy rode into her."
morning asking how to submit films recorder – what Landman called the
for next year. “They heard what a fab- In fact, the two sides were engaged in "black box" – inside Williams' car. Landman said his accident-recon-
ulous festival we were having.” "significant negotiations," as defense at- struction expert will offer testimony
torney Alan Landman described them, The black boxes, which first ap- supporting such a contention, which
She has also been approached to when Assistant State Attorney Daryl peared in General Motors cars in 1994 includes the likelihood Coppola, near-
consult on two new festivals else- Isenhower, the lead prosecutor initially and became mandatory on all new ing the crest of the bridge, became so
where. handling the case, was appointed a St. vehicles in September 2014, record in- leg-weary pedaling up a long, steep in-
Lucie County judge in December. formation that includes speed, throt- cline that he unintentionally wobbled
As for Vero, her main project is to tle position, airbag deployment times, and veered into the traffic lane.
get city officials on board to rehab the "We'd had a number of productive braking, steering angles and whether
historic Florida Theatre downtown. discussions," Landman said, "but right seatbelts were worn. Williams told police at the scene that
“That’s my next task and it’s going to when we were coming to a reasonable she saw the bicyclists riding on the
be a huge one,” she said. point, they changed prosecutors." The boxes, which store information bridge – Coppola was trailed by two teen
only for the 20-second period around friends, Hunter Kraaz and Bradley Moll –
Stewart has already talked with the Assistant State Attorney Steve Gos- the crash, were initially installed to help and that the boy swerved into her lane.
property’s owner, Bob Brackett, who nell, who took over the case in February, manufacturers learn how their cars per-
poured considerable funds and effort acknowledged the previous discussions formed. Even the statements given by Kraaz,
into the project before putting it all on between Isenhower and Landman, say- who was riding about 30 feet behind
hold in the mid-2000s. “He really be- ing a plea deal is "always a possibility." Since the early 2000s, however, the Coppola, and Moll, who was walking
lieves the city should be kicking in the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin- his bike 250 feet from the crash, in-
money for this,” said Stewart. “A festi- istration has been using the informa- dicate Williams believed the bicyclist
val always needs a home.” tion to determine the circumstances veered into her lane.
surrounding traffic accidents.
Both teens initially said Williams'
"[The prosecution team] is doing a be- car "swerved" into the bike lane and
hind-the-scenes investigation to check struck Coppola. However, they were
on her braking, her speed, any possible deposed separately – one in July, one
swerving," Landman said. "Law enforce- in September – and, without identify-
ment could not get it for them, so they've ing them by name, Landman said the
brought in an outside expert." boy closest to the crash was unable to
confirm where the collision occurred.
Landman, whose practice is based in
Melbourne, has hired his own accident- The case is scheduled to go back to
reconstruction expert to challenge the court Sept. 20, when, if no plea deal is
police version of the accident. made, Circuit Judge Cynthia Cox is ex-
pected to set a trial date.
According to police, Williams was
driving drunk on the bridge at about "I'm more focused on sentencing,"
1:45 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2014, when her Landman said of any future plea ne-
2008 Honda Accord veered into the bike gotiations. "To get where we want to
lane and struck Coppola, knocking him be, though, they'll probably have to
off his bicycle, over the guard rail and reduce the charge."
into the Indian River Lagoon below.
In the meantime, Williams is liv-
An autopsy determined that Cop- ing with her mother and stepfather in
pola, 16, died of multiple injuries, in- Rockledge, and working full-time in a
cluding broken ribs and brain trauma. Brevard County restaurant. She was re-
leased from the Indian River County Jail
Police say Williams, who stopped on Oct. 1, after posting $100,000 bail.
immediately and called 911, submit-
ted to a breathalyzer test which re- If convicted of all charges, Williams
vealed she had a blood-alcohol con- faces a maximum penalty of 17 years
tent of .12 – above the legal limit of .08. in prison – 15 years for DUI man-
slaughter and one year each for the
She was charged with DUI man- two misdemeanors. DUI manslaugh-
slaughter, misdemeanor counts of ter carries a mandatory minimum
possession of less than 20 grams of penalty of four years in prison.
marijuana and possession of drug para-
phernalia, and a traffic violation for fail- "You can be guilty of DUI and not
ing to stay in a single lane. guilty of DUI manslaughter," Land-
man said in an earlier interview. "For
Witnesses later told police they it to be DUI manslaughter, you have to
saw Williams, who worked as a bar- have caused the accident. There must
tender and waitress at the Citrus be a causation factor."
Grillhouse, drink a glass of wine and
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Island luxury home market The third mega-sale was another
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 home on the ocean in Orchid Island
Golf and Beach Club. The 4-bedroom,
kind of massive annual sales totals ce- 7-bath, 9,000-square-foot house sits
lebrity agents in New York City and Los on a 1.79-acre lot with 160 lineal feet of
Angeles brag about. beach frontage. It went under contract
in late April and closed June 1 for $8.6
During the last week in May, 10 homes million. The buyers were local, accord-
on the island sold for more than $1 mil- ing to Sorensen.
lion, with closing prices ranging from
$1 million to $8.6 million. Even more Sorensen says staying in touch with
amazing, the top sale was the third on an active network of buyers and sell-
the island in the first six months of this ers, including many past clients, is
year that topped $8.5 million. a big part of her success, along with
“knowing the right fit for the buyer.”
All the top island brokerages were in-
volved in the million-dollar-home sales She says finding the right home for a
spree, but the three biggest sales all were buyer often takes time, especially in a
listed by one agent: Matilde Sorensen, of market where inventory is tight.Though
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. She also she sold the home in Old Riomar imme-
brought one of the buyers, for a total of diately, it was to a family she had been
four transaction sides out of six in the working with for more than a year.
three top sales, which had a combined
value of nearly $26 million. “Inventory on the island is getting
to be a challenge,” Sorensen says. “It
Sorensen says the $8.5-million-plus is difficult for both the buyer and the
sales all were to buyers with a pres- broker. When properties are correctly
ence in Vero, people moving up within priced, they are selling quickly,” which
the market. reduces what is available to show.
The first big sale was of a 7-bedroom, The plus side of low inventory is that
11.5-bath, 9,000-square-foot home on a it’s pushing prices higher. Sorensen
1.28-acre oceanfront lot in Orchid Island mentioned a client who bought a
Golf and Beach Club on the north island. home on the water in The Moorings
It went under contract in January – less recently for $1,250,000 and resold it
than 30 days after Sorensen listed it – and two months later for $1,375,000. “They
closed on Feb. 1 for $8.5 million. made pretty good money,” she says.
According to county property re- Real estate website Trulia.com says
cords, the seller was Philadelphia bil- the median home sales price in the
lionaire Brook Lenfest, who has dab- 32963 area is up more than 20 percent
bled in real estate development on the since last year. (That doesn’t mean
island in recent years. Sorensen says the most properties have appreciated that
buyers were “a nice family from Vero much, merely that the middle point of
Beach. He is a young attorney. They had the sales spectrum has moved higher,
a small home on the ocean and decided due in part to a number of high-dollar
to upgrade to a larger home.” closings in the past year, as well as to
overall price increases on the island.)
The second sale over $8 million
was in Old Riomar. Built in 1946, the Sorensen noted a couple of other
7-bedroom, 5-bath home sits on a positive trends: She says the market
1.71-acre lot with 204 lineal feet of At- for riverfront houses is strong and that
lantic Ocean frontage. the old pattern of a busy winter season
and slow summer no longer applies;
Sorensen listed and sold the house while traffic still tapers off a bit during
more or less simultaneously. the summer, plenty of buyers are still
looking and agents are closing sub-
“The owners were clients and stantial numbers of sales.
friends. They called me and said they
would consider selling. The moment So far this year, Sorensen has listed
they called me, I called another client and/or sold $73.3 million worth of
who I had been working with for the property. If her second half is as good
about a year and a half, who had been as the first, that will give her a 2016 to-
looking up and down the oceanfront tal that would make Josh Flagg or Ryan
in Vero, waiting for the right property. Serhant smile.
“The buyers are a young family with And the second half looks promis-
six children. They had a small condo ing: In May Sorensen listed the three
here and loved the lifestyle. As soon as I remaining homes in North Shore Club,
called . . . [the husband] flew down and all of which are new construction on
bought the property. It was pretty much the ocean listed in the $6 million-to-$7
a one-day deal. I never got to show it to million range. In total, she has more
anybody else.” than 40 current listings over $1 million.
“For us . . . [Matilde] was a perfect Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.,
fit,” R.E. Dillon, seller of the Old Riomar which Matilde co-owns with her hus-
home, wrote in an email. “I wanted a re- band Dale Sorensen, is the largest bro-
altor to handle my sale on a very low key kerage in Vero Beach by a substantial
style, no horde of potentials running margin with more than 100 agents
through the house. She knew what I and a 30-percent market share on the
wanted and executed to that objective.” island.
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Scientists report some rare good news for lagoon
BY ALAN SNEL turned out to have far less nitrogen “We thought the levels would be Widder believes the contamination is
Staff Writer than ORCA Chief Scientist Edie Wid- higher,” says Widder. due in part to grass clippings – which
der expected. are loaded with nitrogen from fertiliz-
There is some good news about the She believes the natural shoreline er – getting into the water when lawns
lagoon, for a change, according to Prior sampling to the north had along the mainland side of the lagoon are mowed.
the latest pollution mapping done by found dangerous levels of the ecologi- is largely responsible for the good con-
Ocean Research and Conservation As- cally toxic nutrient, which feeds al- dition of the waterway. Natural wet- “People who use a lawn service need
sociation, commonly known as ORCA. gae blooms that lead to fish kills and lands and mangroves filter water and to make sure the landscapers are using
seagrass die-offs, but the color-coded consume nutrients. best practices and not over-fertilizing
When ORCA researcher Chloe Lloyd map that shows the most recent test and blowing grass clippings into the
took sediment samples from 60 sites results is mainly bright blue, which in- The seawall-lined canals and chan- streets and culverts that lead to the la-
in the lagoon near the Oslo Road Boat dicates low levels of nitrogen in most nels of the Moorings development it- goon,” said Robin Dannahower, ORCA
ramp and The Moorings last fall, they of the square-mile test area. self are an ominous red on the map, vice president of marketing and public
showing high levels of nitrogen, and relations.
On a positive note, nitrogen levels
are low along the shoreline near The
Moorings golf course. The golf course
is Audubon-certified, meaning it uses
natural resources in a sustainable
“Apparently it’s possible to have a
golf course there and it can look like
that,” said Widder, referring to the blue
color of the map near the course. “We
can find hope in living with nature
without destroying it and ourselves.”
Good news about the lagoon has
been rare in recent years.
In 2012-13 several unprecedented
nutrient-fed algae blooms caused the
loss of more than half the seagrass in
the lagoon, devastating the ecology of
the waterway, which has not fully re-
covered. There have been dolphin and
manatee die-offs since the big blooms
and just a few months ago another al-
gae bloom caused a massive fish kill in
the northern lagoon that left millions
of dead fish floating in the murky wa-
Widder says the fish kill in Brevard
County was especially troubling, not
just because of its extent, but because
it killed all species of fish, raising the
specter of a dead zone in what was
until recently the most ecologically di-
verse estuary in the United States.
Direct fertilizer runoff, road runoff
and seepage from septic systems are
other main sources of nitrogen, phos-
phorous and other toxic chemicals in
Widder says the twice-daily flushing
of the lagoon by seawater that floods
in and out of the Fort Pierce inlet is
another factor helping keep the water
near The Moorings clean.
ORCA, a non-profit with 11 em-
ployees, has been at the forefront of
keeping tabs on nutrient levels in the
lagoon. The organization maintains a
series of Kilroy real-time water moni-
toring devices and does sediment
testing of large areas when funding is
available. So far, ORCA has mapped
more than 25 miles of the lagoon’s 156-
mile length. The most recent results
are the best they have seen.
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Bravo! Rave reviews for Vero Wine & Film fest
VINO VERITAS CAPTIONS
1. Brian Burkart, Sue Powell and David and Noelle
Griffin. 2. Chefs Armando Galeas, Josie Smith
Malave, Scott Varricchio and Stephane Becht.
3. Elaine Goodell, Aria Yagobi and Eddie Hunter.
4. Terry Shelton, Monique Schneer and Edna
and Rip Wieler. 5. Susan Horn with Marie Healy.
Vino Veritas 6. Margot and Harvey Kornicks. 7. Chloe Cappelen
and Harlequin Gerry. 8. Curtiss Cook Jr., Erinnisse
Vintner Rebisz, Marc Jordon and K Doran Smith.
Dinners 5 6 7
PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS WINE & FILM PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
BY MARY SCHENKEL big it moves very fast and the people coast Mental Health Center is realizing tain, and uplift, inspiring us all to
don’t speak with other people. But because of this is great, because we see what’s right with the world,” and
Staff Writer when it’s small like this it’s beautiful.” know that untreated mental health is- Stewart said she was selected because
sues can ruin or end lives. The theme of her “inclusive creative vision, hu-
Vero Beach was bursting with activ- “This is more monumental than – A Life Worth Living – has two parts manitarian spirit and for being a lead-
ity last weekend at the inaugural Vero what I had in mind; it gives me goose to it. The first is about how beautiful it ing philanthropic visionary in Vero
Beach Wine and Film Festival. They bumps,” said Jerusha Stewart, the is to live here in Vero Beach. The sec- Beach.” Estefan was at the 2016 Tony
came for the wine, they came for the event’s enthusiastic founder. “The en- ond gets the message out to get help if Awards representing “On Your Feet,”
films, they came to interact with the ergy in this room has been electric. you need it. There’s no shame in it and the musical based on their lives, but
independent filmmakers and vintners Ticket sales are going so fast we can they’ll have a better life.” said through Olson, “I am very happy
– but, most importantly, they came. hardly keep up. All of a sudden the to be honored at this very first annual
And in impressive numbers. tipping point has happened. Several An elegant Vino Veritas Vintner Din- event and I hope that the Vero Beach
directors have said they have never ner at Costa d’Este for 95 guests Thurs- Film and Wine Festival continues to
There was something for everyone been to a film festival like this in terms day featured chefs Armando Galeas, flourish and bring enjoyment to this
at the fun-filled four-day event which of joy and pure fun. They can’t wait to Costa d’Este; Scott Varricchio, Citrus wonderful community that I also call
took place at various venues through- meet the audience. That’s what’s been Grillhouse; Stephane Becht, Bistro home.”
out the weekend. There were a few great.” Fourchette; and Josie Smith Malave, a
glitches to be ironed out before the Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant, com- Taber introduced Saturday’s Com-
next one, but the chief complaint was Considerable credit should be af- bining efforts and pairing their four- memorative Wine Tasting and Screen-
that there were not enough hours in forded to the teams who worked tire- course epicurean feast with wines ing honoring the 40th anniversary of
the day to take it all in. lessly behind the scenes to pull it all from Vela Wines and 4 Winds Winery. the 1976 Judgment of Paris that put
together, including Susan Horn, Marie California wines on the map when
Festivities officially kicked off Thurs- Healy, Gail Shepherd, Katie Gastley, Screenings of the various indepen- they bested centuries-old French
day with an intimate Filmmaker and Lane Solomon, Joann Polletta, Sam- dent films also began that evening at wines in a blind taste test. Taber, who
Winemaker Party at Hampton Inn and mie Penney, Heather Mitts, WBWFF the Raw Space at Edgewood gallery. later authored a book about the ex-
Suites Downtown to welcome partici- board members and numerous other perience, was the only journalist at
pants who had flown in from all over event volunteers. Things kicked into high gear with the event. The movie shown, “Bottle-
the United States, Canada, Europe and all-day movie screenings Friday and shock,” was loosely based on the 1976
South America. “I’m very glad for Vero to be able to Saturday at the Heritage Center, Vero tasting.
have something like this,” said Honor- Beach Museum of Art, Riverside The-
Manolo Cruz, the Colombian direc- ary Festival Chair George Taber, au- atre and Raw Space. Upwards of 300 Saturday evening featured the Costa
tor and star of the emotionally intense thor of “Judgment of Paris: California people attended Friday evening’s Cin- d’Cinema Grand Tasting with Master
film “Between Sea and Land,” win- vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting the ema Uncorked Opening Night Party Sommelier Brahm Callahan, followed
ner of a Sundance Film Festival 2016 Revolutionized Wine.” at Riverside Theatre, where Gloria Es- by a Bordeaux & Brews Open-air Cin-
Award, was enjoying the intimacy of tefan received the Life Worth Living ema and Live Music Party at Orchid
the festival. His film has been shown at “If it works well and we can build on Legend Award, accepted on her behalf Island Brewery. And festivities drew to
18 film festivals since January and he’s this and get our little niche, it’s going to by Chad Olson, Costa d’Este general a close Sunday with a Bubbly Brunch
headed to another 12 in Europe and be great for the community.” manager. at Osceola Bistro and the rousing Fete
South America. Speaking with assis- Finale Wrap Up Party at Blue Star with
tance from his friend and interpreter, “This is a magnificent event for our The award “recognizes those who a concert by The Ladies of Soul.
Elizabeth Rouse, Cruz said, “The peo- area,” said Art Ciasca, CEO of Suncoast lead a life worth living, applying the
ple give real love. When the festival is Mental Health Center, the event’s ben- passion in their life to inform, enter-
eficiary. “Just the awareness that Sun-
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Filmmaker 4 6
Party FILMMAKER CAPTIONS
PHOTOS: PHIL SUNKEL 1. ‘ReWined’ director Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani,
VBWF founder Jerusha Stewart and VBWF
Honorary Festival Chair George Taber. 2. Deb Daly
and Rusty Cappelen. 3. Manolo Cruz, director and
star of ‘Between Sea and Land,’ with Elizabeth
Rouse. 4. Andrea Mears with Eric (Rip) and Edna
Wieler. 5. David Griffin, Mary and Art Ciasca, and
Roy Chapin. 6. Dave Stieh, Michelle Mabry, Morgan
Mabry and Ken Grudens.
OPENING NIGHT CAPTIONS
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
1. Mark and Alison Shapiro. 2. Chris Hayden and
Marilyn Hunt. 3. Pam and John Halvorsen, Pat
Arnold and Patrick McDougal. 4. Ned and Lorry
Gartner, Terry Shelton and Monique Schneer.
5. Elaine Jones, Julie Poteat and Angela Morgan
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 15
OPENING NIGHT CAPTIONS
6. Pat Gannon with Don and
Kate Davis. 7. Robi and Sandy
Robinson. 8. John Mann,
Jerusha Stewart and Zev Suissa.
9. Barbara and Bob Lipton. 10.
Ernst and Ali Furnsinn. 11. Art
and Dr. Alexis Riley. 12. Anna and
Michael Tillery with Karen and
Bill Penney. 13. Caesar Mistretta
13 and John Stringer.
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
WINE & FILM PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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Brews GRAND TASTING CAPTIONS
PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS 1. Marie Healy and Heather Mitts pour beer for
Bordeaux and Brew at Orchid Island Brewery.
2. Zev Suissa and Holly Hensley. 3. Kira Keeley
and Vincent Obriskie with Tiffany and Dominic
Traverzo. 4. Eddie Hunter, Rusty Cappelen and
Geoff Moore. 5. Art and Alexis Riley with Amanda
and Jim Braan. 6. Harvey Kornicks pours wines
from his personal collection. 7. Alejandro Ferrari
pours wine at Costa d’Cinema Grand Tasting.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 17
Partiers support Youth Guidance at lulu of a luau
Dalton, Laurie and Brian Connelly. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Greg and Bonnie Brown. Stuart London with Amy and David Colclough.
Elizabeth Healey and Doug Borrie. John Michael and Carla Matthews. Georgia Irish, Patti Rooney, Sylvia and Curtis Swanson.
BY CHRISTINA TASCON
The 39th annual Tropical Night Luau Karen Deigl with Robin and Brenda Lloyd.
Saturday evening at the Grand Har-
bor Golf Clubhouse drew close to 200 where near $45,000 to $50,000,” said
Hawaiian-attired guests in support of Laurie Connelly, event co-chair with
the Youth Guidance Mentoring and Bonnie Brown. “The money we raise
Activities Program. As they arrived, tonight will go to our new programs,
board members and volunteers placed which just started up in the last eight
colorful flower leis around their necks months.”
before ushering them in to enjoy the
delightful island-themed event. The new group mentoring programs
incorporate a more revitalized focus
A wide array of appealing silent- than previous activities which paired
auction items lined the hallways to the one adult with an impoverished or sin-
dining room, where guests were en- gle-parent child.
joying refreshing tropical drinks and
dancing to the high-energy beat of the “The new Mentoring Academy is
Gypsy Lane Band. kind of like an adult ed program for
kids from 5 to 18 years old,” said YG
The YG Luau traditionally marks Executive Director Doug Borrie. “We
the start of Vero Beach’s quiet season have a 3-D game creation group where
by embracing summer and going full the kids create their own videogame
tilt with the festive party. Many of the and characters, an equestrian group
community’s nonprofit organizations where the kids learn to care for the Vero
celebrate their successes at the annual Beach Equestrian animals, and even a
bash, with agency leaders, volunteers, Harry Potter group for the younger kids
donors and staff partying together and where they make swords and dragons.”
letting go of the stress built up over the
year. Borrie said their programs follow the
All of the money raised through tick- CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 & 19
et sales, silent- and live-auction items
and sponsor donations directly ben-
efits the Mentoring and Activities Pro-
grams that form the base of the orga-
nization’s mission to serve the children
of the community.
“Our goal this year is to net any-
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Stacey Washburn and Holly Forde.
Kai Martin, Lila Blakeslee, Paul Genke and Kerry Firth.
Mark and Patricia Ashdown.
Kelly and Eric Menger. Father Jason and Sharon Murbarger with Jennifer and James Johnson. Victoria and Corey Kerkela.
compassion guided by reason ~ social justice
building community ~ equality & fairness
MEAN TO YOU?
separation of state & church ~ charity ~ kindness
of the Treasure Coast
Past, present and future
of Humanist philosophy
Open to public, free of charge
MONDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 6:30 P.M.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach
1590 27th Ave. at 16th St. - Door “D” - Choir Room
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philosophy of Ruby K. Payne, author of their manner of speaking, how to was simply about having fun while “This is our largest fundraiser, it’s a
the bestseller “Building Bridges Out of dress for an interview, the way to act helping the children in our commu- festive event,” said Brown. “I look for-
Poverty,” which is designed to teach properly at dinners and social occa- nity. ward to watching people dancing and
future generations the secrets of the sions. The results are that our kids having a very good time. It’s a night to
middle class. will be graduating with the assets “We call this the party of the year,” get away and for those who cannot get
they need to get ahead,” said Borrie. said Connelly with a laugh. “It’s a lo- out of town for a vacation right now, we
“It’s about teaching social skills from cal event that people know and have are bringing the vacation to them.”
A to Z incorporated in everything – in As for the Luau partiers, the focus come to love.”
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Big haul nets $21K for Camp Haven programs
BY CHRISTINA TASCON ted until they could haul in $1,000 each
Correspondent to earn their release from their hold-
ing tank at the Vero Beach Community
In a unique twist on the usual jail Center.
and bail fundraisers, Camp Haven
lured some “big fish” for a Catch and Camp Haven, a non-profit agency
Release Fishing Tournament, which located on U.S. 1, provides shelter and
raised more than $21,000 to benefit the stability to its once-homeless resi-
transitional shelter for homeless men. dents through programs that support
Twenty community leaders were net- a positive approach to enable them
to once again become contributing
Sara, Ryan, Melissa and Lauren Weaver with Lalita Janke. PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS
Dr. Walter Janke and Paul Teresi. Todd McIntyre and Jeremy Gable.
members of the community. on the homeless because of the weath-
The clever fishing expedition twist er and the mosquitoes,” said Lt. Chuck
Kirby of the Indian River Sheriff’s Of-
was the brainchild of Camp Haven fice, another of the captured fish. “If
Board President Lalita Janke, who felt we can get people off the streets and
that some of the public officials invited in a program like Camp Haven, it is ex-
to participate might not relish seeing tremely beneficial. Their success rate
photos of themselves behind prison has been phenomenal.”
bars so close to election time.
“The service they provide is abso-
“Each dignitary who participated lutely amazing,” said Davis. “To be able
called their friends or business con- to take men that are homeless and re-
nections to raise the money and had to habilitate them to be productive mem-
bring a check for at least that amount bers of society is by itself a good thing.
today,” said Janke. “Because donations But on the humanitarian side, just to
are slow in the summer, I wanted to know that someone’s dad, son or uncle
make sure we have a reservoir of at least is being provided a service like this is
four months. You never know what will priceless.”
happen if people are impacted by hur-
ricane season.” “We have housing for 15 men at
Camp Haven, two per room,” said
Many big fish had dropped off their Jermey Gable, CH program direc-
checks to Janke prior to the event, tor. “There are three criteria to be
while those who did come enjoyed a here: You have to be an Indian River
luncheon provided by Einstein Broth- County resident for six months; you
ers Bagels and talked about Camp Ha- have to be employable; and finally,
ven. you cannot be a sex offender. We get
them in, provide them with housing,
The captured big fish came from food and connected to Community
all areas of the community, includ- Health, and start them on our pro-
ing County Commissioners Tim Zorc grams. We also help get them some
and Wesley Davis, business leaders mental health therapy, help them
Carl Fetzer, Connie Bishop, John Kim build a portfolio and set goals. I tell
and Todd McIntyre, philanthropists every resident that if you do exactly
Mel Teetz, Dr. Walter Janke and Di- what we require in the program, 100
ana Stark, and radio personality Rhett percent of you will reach success.”
Palmer, among others.
“The summer can be a little harder
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ARTS & THEATRE
Appreciating works in context at Museum of Art
BY ELLEN FISCHER
Context. That’s what the two newly has no head, arms or legs. tif as a stand-in for Dine’s self-portrait Steuben in 1913 because the latter’s
opened shows at the Vero Beach Mu- In the Stark Gallery, the sculpture was goes back to 1964. “Aurene” iridescence closely resem-
seum of Art are all about, says the mu- bled Tiffany’s “Favrile” glass.
seum’s curator, Jay Williams. situated in front of the collection’s huge At the time LaMonte created “Reclin-
painting of an empty bathrobe by Jim ing Dress Absence,” Williams explains, A little farther toward abstraction is
He organized both of the exhibi- Dine. As a backdrop for the LaMonte “She’d just begun exploring this whole “Viaggio,” a glass vessel by Toots Zyn-
tions from the museum’s permanent artwork, the painting practically begged idea of garments without an occupant.” sky, which was also acquired by the
collection. the visitor to compare the two. museum this year. Composed in the
But LaMonte’s glass dresses are not filet de verre (glass strand) technique,
In the Schumann Gallery, “Masters Which, for the benefit of his audi- as self-referential as Dine’s bathrobes. the undulating bowl-shaped form is
of Studio Glass” shows off the muse- ence, Williams does. composed of thousands of thread-like
um’s growing collection of American “Her work is about something broad- strands of glass fused together in a
glass art. “From Exhibition to Collec- Although the Dine artwork was cre- er,” says Williams. “It’s very contempo- spectrum of colors: flaming red, ultra-
tion” in the Titelman Gallery is “kind ated in 2005, the same year as the rary, about how femininity is portrayed marine blue and brilliant green. The
of a 30th anniversary show,” says Wil- LaMonte, his use of the bathrobe mo- and the role of women in society.” colors, as well as the feathery quality of
liams. His selections reflect the variety the object’s surface, might put you in
of artworks the museum has collected In the context of the “Masters of mind of a colorful tropical bird. In the
over its 30-year history. Specifically, Studio Glass” exhibition, the LaMonte context of the other works on exhibit, it
it includes objects that came into the sculpture is conspicuous as a figura- displays only one of the techniques by
collection via temporary exhibitions at tive work in a gallery full of glass ob- which glass asserts its independence
the museum. jects whose forms range from vessels from any other sculptural medium.
to sculptural abstractions.
In a recent informal tour of the two The more abstract glass in the show
shows, Williams spoke to the museum’s On the vessel end of the continuum, includes “Blue Sliced Descending Form”
exhibition philosophy. Artworks, he two vases designed by Steuben Glass by Harvey Littleton, the artist and educa-
noted, can only be fully understood and founder Frederick Carder combine tor whose 1962 glassblowing workshop
appreciated in the context in which they classical forms with showy gold and at the Toledo Museum of Art kicked off
are presented. In other words, a work blue metallic surfaces that rival the iri- the American Studio Glass Movement.
of art does not live in a visual vacuum. descent glass of Tiffany. In fact, Louis Speaking of context, Littleton’s elegant
It is seen in relation to how and where Comfort Tiffany threatened to sue arched form shares a vitrine with a
it is displayed, as well as its relation to sculpture by his colleague in that work-
the other artworks with which it may be shop, Dominick Labino. The untitled
shown. Any change in those variables work is from Labino’s “Emergence” se-
will have an effect on how we might ries of sculptures, each of which con-
think, or even feel, about the object. tains a progression of delicately tinted
Standing at the entrance of the
Schumann Gallery show, Williams uses
Karen LaMonte’s cast glass sculpture,
“Reclining Dress Absence (2005),” to
make a point.
Acquired for the collection just this
year, the artwork was at first put on dis-
play at the entrance to the Stark Gallery,
across the hall from where it is now.
At first glance, the translucent white
sculpture reads as a reclining woman,
life-sized, in an elegant dressing gown,
until you notice that the womanly form
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“Masters of Studio Glass” runs
through Sept. 11. “From Exhibition
to Collection” is on display through
glass veils within a solid, rounded form. The museum purchased its copy of the
No glass exhibition – or collection, print in 1994 from its Collector’s Choice
exhibition. Collector’s Choice was a re-
for that matter – is complete without curring exhibition that was held every
an artwork by Dale Chihuly. The “Mas- year or two. Galleries in South Florida
ters of Studio Glass” exhibition boasts lent the artworks, which were for sale to
three, including two large multiple- the public during the show’s run. Many
piece sculptures, “Lapis Blue Persian” museum patrons purchased works
and “Pink Seaform with Red Lip.” from the shows, and some gave funds
to the museum to purchase works for
Referring to the briny precedent on the collection.
which the Seaforms series is based,
Williams says, “It looks like something Florida artists honored with a pur-
that could be alive and pulsating on a chase from their solo shows include
reef somewhere.” printmaker Ken Kerslake, photogra-
pher Clyde Butcher and painter Mi-
As he leads us from the Schumann chael Sastre.
into the Titelman Gallery, Williams
says that the visitor to “From Exhibi- “Ever since I saw this piece by Mi-
tion to Collection” must keep its con- chael Sastre, I’ve been wanting to get it
text in mind. out for some show,” says Williams.
“When you know that all of the art- Purchased in 1993 from an exhibi-
works in the room have been pur- tion titled “Made in Florida,” the large
chased from exhibitions, you get a painting depicts a barefooted woman
sense of what the museum has been in an orange jumpsuit. She is seated
doing over the years.” in a white plastic lawn chair before a
drab, concrete block wall.
In the museum’s earlier years, there
was more of an accent on collecting the The painting is from Sastre’s “Life in
work of Florida artists, he points out. “In Krome” series. The title refers to the
the last 10 years or more, we’ve collected Krome Detention Center in Miami,
some Florida artists, for sure. But there’s which holds immigrants who are in
been a broadening of the collection into the process of being deported to their
nationally and internationally known countries of origin.
artists. When you see the collection al-
together, you don’t think about how it’s Other works in the show are from
different, you think about what a well- artists who have exhibited within the
balanced group of objects it is.” last year or two. They include “In the
Common Interest,” an oil painting exe-
Williams stops in front of “Swim- cuted on both sides of a folding screen
mer,” a screenprint by Alex Katz that by Dale Kennington; a panoramic
was published as an edition in 1974. time-lapse photo of the mountains of
West Virginia by Stephen Lawson; and
“Evidence,” a blown-glass and mixed-
media sculpture by Marc Petrovic.
Many other gems of the collection
are also on display in the Titelman.
“These artworks have never been seen
together in this context,” says Williams.
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Enter Megan Callahan, director and rising star
BY MICHELLE GENZ "Every actor is unique Megan Callahan. PHOTOS BY LEAH DUBOIS
Staff Writer ... So I just try to look urban campus. In addition to rigorous
academics, Callahan trains at the Stel-
If the adage is true that if you want at how they think." la Adler School of Acting, one of eight
to master something, teach it, Megan studios that partners with NYU. Three
Taylor Callahan will return to New York – Megan Callahan days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., she
University’s Tisch School of the Arts in moves from a two-hour movement
the fall knowing more about the craft of directing them in a production of the class to a vocal class, a break for lunch,
acting. musical “Dear Edwina Jr.” in the high then two scene classes. She calls her in-
school’s Performing Arts Center. structors “incredible.”
Last weekend, Callahan, a rising se-
nior at NYU, was back in Vero directing Last year’s Summerstage production, It was under their influence that Cal-
advanced Vero Beach High School dra- “Almost, Maine,” marked Callahan’s lahan realized she wants to be a dra-
ma students in David Ives’ avant-garde directorial debut, coaching kids only matic actor as opposed to playing in
comedy “All in the Timing.” Opening slightly younger than herself, several of musicals, the bulk of her experience at
night, it was a packed house – though whom she has known from childhood both Riverside Children’s Theatre and
that wasn’t hard to do in the tiny Fresh- and her days at Riverside Children’s Vero High. “There were kids who came
man Learning Center black box the- Theatre. from performing arts school where
ater. But the intimate audience made they were acting in plays like Gibson
a lot of noise, clapping enthusiastically Though camp director is a paying and Chekhov. “I didn’t know anything
after each of six vignettes, acted – and job, for Callahan, Summerstage was about classical plays.”
directed – at a level well beyond most strictly volunteer. And she came up
expectations. with the idea, presenting it to her for- Directing her second straight play for
mer drama teacher Dee Rose, who was Summerstage is reinforcing her train-
It was the second in Callahan’s Sum- immediately all for it. ing, she says.
merstage series, founded last year for
the school’s competition drama troupe. That meant coming home to direct “It’s helped me analyze my own act-
as soon as exams were over at Tisch. ing, like, why isn’t this translating, or
After the show wrapped up Sunday, how could I make this scene better?”
Callahan moved on to a younger crowd Not that she doesn’t need a vacation.
of acting students the very next morn- In New York, she maintains a gruel- As director of summer camp, Cal-
ing: the Vero Beach High School Drama ing schedule along with enduring the lahan is replacing Rose, the longtime
Camp for kids in grades 3 through 8. Af- stress of city living and NYU’s scattered Vero High drama teacher who is facing
ter several years of working as a coun- a summer of recuperation from knee
selor, for the first time she has been surgery. Rose used to teach at Riverside
hired as the camp’s director. At only 20, Children’s Theatre, and met Callahan in
she has responsibility for some 50 stu-
dents eight hours a day for two weeks,
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a production of “Beauty and the Beast.” ARTS & THEATRE
“She was on my tech crew in 2006,”
Megan Callahan, front, with to see her performances in New York.
says Rose. “What 10-year-old would her drama students. While his daughter had only an off-
say, ‘Oh, I’ll go ahead and do tech since
I didn’t get a role in the show’? And she stage role, Bruce Callahan saw all three
would just do anything, no matter what of the shows she directed last weekend.
task she was given. Very compliant, so Emerging from the theater and walking
willing and ready to learn.” the gauntlet of celebrating cast mem-
bers, he had a slightly stunned expres-
By the time Callahan entered high sion on his face, as if his daughter’s tal-
school, she showed enough leader- ent was showing itself in ways he never
ship that Rose named her co-president expected. “It was really good,” he said
of the drama troupe, standing in for seriously. “Really good.”
Rose when she was unavailable. “That’s
when she really blossomed. She really “Dear Edwina Jr.” has evening per-
took the bull by the horns and every- formances June 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
body was extremely receptive.” and matinees June 25 and 26 at 2 p.m.
All performances are at the Vero Beach
This summer, watching from her of- High School Performing Arts Center.
fice, Rose has seen Callahan conduct
rehearsals and marveled at the respect
students give her. “It’s absolutely amaz-
ing,” she says. “She’s just three years
into college, and these kids listen to her
like she has 300 years of experience. I
see my kids doing things I didn’t teach
them, and they go, ‘Oh, we learned that
from Megan last summer.’”
Indeed, last weekend the actors de-
livered performances of sophisticated
absurdist comedy that would eas-
ily make an audience forget they were
watching kids. “I hear that all the time
from parents,” she says. She adds that
this particular group is exceptionally
“Every actor is unique,” says Calla-
han. “So I just try to look at how they
think. If they’re musical theater kids,
I try to relate things to songs, like, in a
song you wouldn’t keep the same dy-
namics because that would be boring.
You need to build in different colors in
Even though she herself is still young
– and a student – Callahan has found in
herself a love of teaching that may well
lead her to her ultimatum profession.
She also has, from first-hand experi-
ence, an understanding of the safe ha-
ven a school drama department can be.
“Theater makes you so vulnerable
when you’re up there and show yourself
like that,” says Callahan. “In a public
high school, the kids don’t really respect
the theater like they would in an arts
school. Having that close-knit group
that takes it seriously is like an alternate
reality. When I was in high school, com-
petition drama was my escape. It was
like my family.”
In ways, Callahan means that literal-
ly. She is an only child, born in Vero and
raised by her father. The executive chef
at The Isles of Vero and, before that,
Dodgertown, Bruce Callahan under-
stands his daughter’s passion. He pur-
sued his own at the Culinary Institute of
America in New York.
From Megan’s first play at Riverside,
he has made a point of seeing not just
every show, but every performance,
sometimes for three weeks running and
always in the same seat. He still flies up
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Coming Up: Waterlilies at McKee; kids book festival
BY MICHELLE GENZ the horticultural staff and volunteers strations on repotting the
Staff Writer who tend them all year. They’ve all lilies as well as a chance
been wading around in the mucky to buy some. There’s also
1 The largest waterlily collection waters to gussy them up in time for a photography exhibit on
in the state is in full bloom this their big moment, when thousands view that visitors can take
of visitors along with artists and pho- part in. Experts will be
summer at McKee Botanical Gar- tographers arrive to admire them. available to answer ques-
tions around the gardens.
dens, and Saturday morning is the The gates open early – 8:30 a.m. – to Things wrap up by 2 p.m.
give people a chance to see the night- Admission for adults is $10.
season kickoff with the 12th Annual blooming varieties before they close
up for the day. There will be demon-
The 350 specimens include 100 va- 12th Annual Waterlily Celebration is this weekend
at McKee Botanical Gardens.
rieties, and are the pride and joy of
2 Monday afternoon serve tickets and apparently they go fast.
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Vero
Beach Book Center is hosting a pop-
up kids’ book festival when the spe- 5 The summer-camp kids at Riv-
erside Children’s Theatre have
cially-outfitted RV of the Scholastic
Summer Reading Road Trip pulls into been busy creating their own versions
Miracle Mile. The van is carrying au- of “Disney’s Aladdin.” The older bunch
thors, illustrators and characters of will be staging the hour-long “Disney’s
popular books for young children. The Aladdin Jr.” Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and
event is an effort to encourage sum- 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and
mer reading. 4:30 p.m. The younger campers take
the stage next weekend in their own
3 The Treasure Coast Wind Ensem- shorter version at the same times.
ble, a group of music professionals
Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for chil-
including band directors, college musi- dren.
cians and professional musicians, is
holding its ninth annual concert Friday 6 Palm Beach Dramaworks is stag-
ing a full production of “1776,”
at 7 p.m. at the Vero Beach High School
Performing Arts Center. The program opening July 1. The 1969 Broadway mu-
includes “Music for Prague 1968” by sical written by pop music composer
Karel Husa, Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare Sherman Edwards is about John Adams’
for the Common Man,” and Beethoven’s quest to get all 13 colonies to sign the
“Rondino in E-flat for Winds.” Declaration of Independence. It won
It’s a great chance to find out how three Tony awards, including for best
truly talented our kids’ band and or- musical, and was revived on Broadway
chestra instructors are. Directed by the in 1997.
high school’s orchestra instructor Page The entire show takes place in Phil-
Howell, the musicians come from not adelphia’s Independence Hall and
only the Treasure Coast but from Bre- portrays the historical figures as real
vard and Palm Beach counties. The people, arguing angrily but commit-
concert is free but donations are ap- ted to getting a job done. Directed by
preciated. Clive Cholerton, this is a fully-staged
production, not just in concert form,
4 Space Coast Symphony goes pops as the theater often does in summer.
this month with a program of
During the year, it stages mostly
Broadway hits this weekend and a patri- straight plays, for which it has an excel-
otic program next week. lent reputation. Palm Beach Drama-
The Bright Lights of Broadway concert works is at the fountain end of Clematis
is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Vero’s Community Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
Church. Conductor Aaron Collins leads
the group in the music of some of the 7 Riverside Theatre is launch-
ing its new Howl at the Moon
best-known musicals, including “South
Pacific,” “Phantom of the Opera,” dueling piano parties starting next
“Mama Mia” and “Wicked.” Tickets are weekend, with a dance floor set up
$20 and kids 18 and under get in free. in front of the stage and cabaret-style
Then, next Friday at 7 p.m., Space tables as there are for Comedy Zone
Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra is weekends. The pianists are part of a
holding its annual tribute concert to national franchise in multiple cities
the Armed Forces at the First Presbyte- including Orlando. Because they play
rian Church in Vero Beach. “Land, Sea, songs by request, the shows are dif-
Air” features patriotic music from “The ferent each time.
Star Spangled Banner” to works of John Starting next week, Howl at the
Philip Sousa, with choral works per- Moon will alternate with Comedy
formed by the Space Coast Symphony Zone weekends. And there’s still a live
Women’s Chorus. band on the circle. Tickets range from
It’s a free concert, but you have to re- $16 to $22.
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Sebastian River Medical Center looking for volunteers
BY TOM LLOYD Age, along with the departure of Volunteer Roberta Wessels, Coordinator
Staff Writer Treasure Coast “snow birds” for their of Volunteer Services Anthony Gabriel
northern roosts, has taken a toll on and volunteer Rose Marie Breinlinger.
Just up the road from Vero Beach, the hospital’s volunteer ranks.
Anthony Gabriel and Rose Marie PHOTO: LEAH DUBOIS
Breinlinger at Sebastian River Medi- Garbriel, who bears one of the
cal Center are busy recruiting hospi- longest titles around as “patient ad-
tal volunteers, who play an important vocate and coordinator of volunteer
part in keeping the hospital running services,” says, “We would love to see
effectively. an additional 50 or more volunteers
to keep [our] programs strong.”
Breinlinger, president of the hos- their hours will be identified, and
pital’s auxiliary, says that when certainly be recognized, and gets
“snowbirds” head north in the spring them some good understanding if
and summer, “at least 20 percent” of this is what they want to do maybe
the Sebastian facility’s volunteers as a profession, as a career.”
are gone until at least October or No-
vember. Whether it’s a busy group of se-
niors or a highly social group of
Moreover, advancing age and teens, Gabriel hastens to add that
natural physical infirmities that ac- while the commitment is vital, it is
company it are just a fact of life that not a full-time job that would need
requires a constant influx of new to take up a volunteer’s whole week
volunteers, she says. or even day.
“For a hospital of this size,” Gabri- “We’re looking for a minimum of
el interjects, “we would love to see four hours a week,” he says. “We’re
400 volunteers, ideally.” flexible and we’re understanding
and we have a variety of programs
The skill set Gabriel and Brein- available.”
linger value most in volunteers of
any age is far less technical than Breinlinger mentions ambulatory,
many might imagine. diagnostic and library services along
with messengers, special-events
“We are looking for volunteers who helpers, the gift shop, the front desk
– number one – are compassionate and even the emergency room as
and really are dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities. She quickly
a service,” explains Gabriel. As far as adds the hospital also needs people
seniors go, according to Gabriel, “We to drive the golf carts in the parking
have volunteers that have very dif- lot to bring patients to the front door
ferent backgrounds currently on our as well as new programs in art and
team. Whether they worked in edu- humor therapy the hospital wants to
cation or teaching or are retired vice staff.
presidents of a bank; all different
walks of life. The skills they bring And, if the way to a volunteer’s
to the table are unique and very ex- heart is through his or her stomach,
citing . . . [as part of] a compassion- Gabriel has another incentive to
ate, understanding team that really offer – a free lunch. “We are one of
wants to be here.” the few hospitals that provide a free
meal to our volunteers that provide
Gabriel cites the Florida Student us service during their shift, which
Scholarship Grant program known is really outstanding.”
as “Bright Futures” as a motivation
for younger volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering at
the Sebastian River Medical Center go
“We have lots of students that to: http://www.sebastianrivermedical.
want to take part in that,” Gabriel com/about/volunteer-opportunities or
explains. “They have a [volunteer call 772 589-3186 ext. 5011. More infor-
service] goal to achieve before they mation on the Bright Futures program
graduate high school. We work with can be found at: http://www.floridastu-
the local high schools to help ac- dentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/.
complish that goal, and in tandem
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Tuning into music therapy and its medical benefits
BY MARIA CANFIELD
Carol Ludwig, Moreen Burkart and Mike Wickham. PHOTO: PHIL SUNKEL If you were asked to list types of
medical specialties, you’d likely be able
to come up with a dozen or more, from
anesthesiology to midwifery to urology.
It’s our guess that music therapy would
not be on that list, unless you happen
to know Moreen Burkart, a Board-Cer-
tified Music Therapist (MT-BC) on staff
with the Visiting Nurse Association of
the Treasure Coast.
What is music therapy? We’ll get the
official definition out of the way – the
website of the American Music Thera-
py Association says it’s “an established
health profession in which music is
used within a therapeutic relationship
to address physical, emotional, cogni-
tive, and social needs of individuals.” It
has been a reimbursable service under
Medicare since 1994.
If you talk to Burkart, as we were for-
tunate to do at a recent discussion held
at Vero’s Center for Spiritual Care, you’ll
be able to go way beyond the definition
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 social workers. “They pave the way by “We use music to achieve Burkart shared tips for caregivers
explaining to patients what it is and who want to provide a safe and ben-
and understand the power of music what it isn’t. There’s no musical tal- clinical and emotional eficial music experience for their loved
therapy to improve the quality of life ent needed to benefit from this type ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia, in-
for the VNA’s hospice patients. of therapy. They just have to like mu- goals, such as reducing cluding:
sic.” (Fortunately, this is a really low
“We use music to achieve clinical bar – studies have shown that music is pain and anxiety, • Create a space that is conducive to
and emotional goals, such as reducing at least somewhat important to more promoting relaxation and attention.
pain and anxiety, decreasing feelings of than 90 percent of the population.) decreasing feelings
isolation, and allowing for emotional • Play music (live or recorded) from
expression.” says Burkart. A typical While patients don’t need to have a of isolation, and the person’s teenage years and early
session is 30 to 45 minutes long, con- musical gift, the music therapist sure 20s, as that’s when most musical mem-
ducted by Burkart wherever the patient does. To receive the MT-BC designa- allowing for ories are formed.
resides – whether it’s at home or in a fa- tion, they must hold a bachelor’s de-
cility. gree, or higher, in music therapy from emotional expression.” • Watch for negative physical re-
a college or university approved by the sponses – music can be overstimulat-
Burkart says her fellow VNA staff American Music Therapy Association. – Moreen Burkart. ing or trigger bad memories.
members are great advocates for her
music therapy services, especially the In addition, they must complete 1,200 • Be aware of the volume of the mu-
hours of clinical training and show sic and match it to your loved one’s
competence in the areas of voice, pia- needs.
no, guitar and percussion.
• Remember that music that may be
In addition to helping achieve the relaxing to you may not be relaxing to
patient’s clinical goals, music therapy your loved one.
also allows the hospice patient – if they
are so inclined – to create a musical • If the person loves nature, record-
gift as a legacy for their family. Burkart ings with nature sounds can be benefi-
told us about a man who changed the cial.
words to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
and created CDs so that his grand- • Encourage reminiscing and shar-
children could hear his voice and his ing of memories, and leave space to
message of love after he was gone. An- listen.
other man, who loved his family dearly
but had trouble saying the words, was While the music is playing, there are
able to do so in song; his recording was things the caregiver can consider do-
played at his funeral. ing (based on the person’s health and
needs): encourage singing, talk about
Burkart’s passion for her work and the songs being played, hold or mas-
devotion to her patients was evident sage their hand – and perhaps even
throughout the discussion. She spoke dance.
of how she tailors her approach to the
individual’s in-the-moment needs. For The 2014 documentary “Alive Inside:
one patient, she played a reverie harp, A Story of Music & Memory” follows
a small, egg-shaped instrument made social worker Dan Cohen as he uses
of wood that can be cradled in the music to unlock memory in nursing-
player’s arms. “The strings are tuned to home patients with Alzheimer’s dis-
make one harmonious chord,” Burkart ease. (The film is available on Netflix
says.“It has a heavenly sound.” Another and Amazon.)
patient said she missed the sounds of
the ocean, so on her next visit Burkart In his book “Musicophilia,” the late
brought an ocean drum, a percussion neurologist and author Oliver Sacks
instrument which produces soothing explains the deep reach of music ther-
ocean-like sounds, and can even create apy for individuals with problems such
the sound of crashing waves. as Alzheimer’s disease and related de-
mentias: “While music can affect all of
Music therapy may have benefits us – calm us, animate us, comfort us,
that last far beyond the session. Burkart thrill us, or serve to organize and syn-
says, “Music activates every single re- chronize us at work or play – it may
gion of the brain. A person who can’t be especially powerful and have great
speak may still be able to sing, as song therapeutic potential for patients with
is retrieved from a different part of the a variety of neurological conditions.
brain. And this retrieval can lead to the Such people may respond powerfully
creation of new neural pathways.” and specifically to music (and, some-
times, to little else).”
Burkart has seen more than 230 pa-
tients in her tenure at the VNA, which The Center for Spiritual Care (www.
dates back to early 2015, and she typi- centerforspiritualcare.org) is a non-
cally carries a caseload of 30-35 pa- profit organization led by co-founder
tients. Amazingly, she is the only MT- and Executive Director Carol Ludwig.
BC in Indian River County, although Among other endeavors, it provides in-
there are about 300 in Florida and dividual and group spiritual direction
more than 6,000 nationwide. to people seeking deeper meaning in
their lives and relationships. The Cen-
ter’s main number is 772-567-1233.
For more information about VNA
home health and hospice services, in-
cluding music therapy, call 772-567-
5551 or visit www.vnatc.com. Care-
givers can contact the VNA for more
guidance about providing safe and
beneficial music experiences for their
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Small wonder: Tiny SpyGlass finds, removes gallstones
BY TOM LLOYD piece of equipment: the “SpyGlass” small, flexible tube with a light and scope within a somewhat larger en-
endoscope. a high-resolution Olympus video doscope.
Staff Writer camera at the end. It is able to en-
The University of Nebraska Medi- ter tiny areas like bile ducts, which “We use the larger endoscope,
Here’s an axiom you almost never cal School says “removing large the U.S. National Library of Medi- which we call the mother scope, to
hear in today’s medical world. gallstones used to require major cine says can be as narrow as 2.8 identify the opening, and then we
surgery. Not anymore. With the millimeters, and yet it still packs a use SpyGlass to enter the area we
“What you don't know probably SpyGlass Direct Visualization Sys- variety of highly miniaturized tools want to examine,” Lui says. “If the
won't hurt you.” tem, gallstone removal takes less which can be used to address any stones are small, you pull them out
than an hour and requires no inci- problems it finds. with a basket or a balloon.”
But according to the folks at Web- sions.”
MD, when it comes to gallstones, The SpyGlass is, in fact, an endo- For larger gallstones, he contin-
that's sage advice. For most people. SpyGlass is essentially a hyper-
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Until it isn't.
Roughly 10 percent of all men and
20 percent of all women in the U.S.
either have gallstones now or will
develop them at some point during
The good news? Most of those
folks will have no symptoms what-
soever as their gallstones – which
can be as small as a grain of sand –
float harmlessly around inside their
The Mayo Clinic describes gall-
stones as “hardened deposits of di-
gestive fluids” and while most are
tiny, sometimes they can grow quite
In fact, they can grow as large as a
golf ball and nobody should have a
Titleist inside their gallbladder.
The pain gallstones are capable
of causing can be excruciating and
that’s where Dr. Alec Lui, board-
certified in both internal medicine
and gastroenterology, along with
his latest generation “SpyGlass” en-
doscope can work wonders.
The National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
at the National Institutes of Health
says the pain of a gallbladder attack
(also known as biliary colic) “occurs
when gallstones block the ducts in-
side the biliary tract.”
The biliary tract consists of the
gallbladder and the bile ducts. Bile
ducts, as the name implies, carry
bile and other digestive enzymes
from the liver and pancreas to the
small intestine to aid in digestion of
fats and fat-soluble vitamins such
as vitamins A, D, E and K.
Because of that fat-centric mis-
sion, bile is largely composed of
cholesterol, salts and a substance
And when one of those bile ducts
is blocked, the result can be a sud-
den and rapidly intensifying pain.
Starting in the abdomen, the pain
sometimes spreads all the way up to
To fight such a big pain, it seems,
sometimes you need a tiny – maybe
even downright Lilliputian – device,
and Dr. Lui is a master of just such a
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Dr. Alec Lui and charge nurse Michelle Hogan. PHOTO: PHIL SUNKEL
ues, “you can get the SpyGlass right it's more maneuverable and easier to Sebastian River Medical Center and is 772-589-9071. His Vero office is at
up close to the stone. The SpyGlass
has a channel through which you steer.” IRMC. His Sebastian office is at 13845 275 18th Street, Suite 102. That phone
can pass instruments including
what's known as an electro-hydrau- Dr. Alec Lui is affiliated with both the U.S. Highway 1. The phone number number in Vero is 772-562-6818.
That device uses high-energy
shock waves to shatter or crush such
stones into small, manageable piec-
es which can then be scooped up
But the SpyGlass system is capable
of tackling much more than gall-
stones. It is also used to diagnose
and biopsy cancer of the bile duct, a
condition known as cholangiocarci-
While cholangiocarcinoma is not
a particularly common cancer, Spy-
Glass has given gastroenterologists
like Lui a valuable tool to diagnose
and treat the disease in its earliest
Aside from its multi-purpose ca-
pabilities, Lui points to another
positive of the latest generation of
“It's easier to set up,” he says with
a smile. “It only takes about five
minutes. The second thing is that it
gets a much better image. You see
it a lot clearer inside the bile duct
compared to the first generation;
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The ‘Brexit’ vote will greatly
affect the Houses of Parliament.
BY TOM A. PETER we’re benefiting dom itself. It will also affect the cohe- a group that swims in the lake in Lon-
from that exchange siveness of the rest of Europe. don’s Hyde Park 365 days a year, even
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR of ideas and language and in winter, when it sometimes means
culture,” says Ms. Galvin at her As much as anything, though, the breaking through the ice. The club at-
Robin Hunter-Coddington is a Brit- home in the south of London. “It seems vote will reveal insights into how gen- tracts everyone from members of Par-
ish retiree who loves Europe. He spent pointless to me to think of ourselves out- erational and class divisions, as well as liament to bohemian artists.
nearly two decades of his life living on side it because we are stronger within it.” unprecedented diversity, are chang-
the Continent, most recently in Brus- ing the modern identity of Britain and As members trickle in and out
sels. When he moved back to London The crosscurrents buffeting Hunt- what it means today to be British. throughout the morning, they con-
in the late 1980s, he set up a business er-Coddington and Galvin are sym- gregate in a communal changing area,
that helped British companies ex- bolic of ones coursing through the “Britain has always been a rather sipping tea and chatting. For a natu-
pand into European countries. Over United Kingdom as it nears next reluctant European,” says Iain Begg, a rally inquisitive person like Hunter-
the course of his life he has seen – and week’s decision that will be one of the research fellow at the London School Coddingon, the club provides an en-
appreciated – how much easier it is to most significant of the postwar era. of Economics and Political Science’s gaging mix of personalities and ideas.
trade with Europe and travel within it European Institute. Swimmers interviewed at the club rep-
since the formation of the European From the quaint pubs of rural Eng- resent the entire spectrum of opinions
Union. land to revered academic institutions “In contrast to motivations for join- on the issue – those in favor of leaving,
like Oxford to the august halls of Parlia- ing Europe or pulling it together that
Yet Hunter-Coddington now be- ment, the June 23 vote over leaving the were dominant in France and Germa-
lieves Britain should pull out of the EU. EU is bound up in differences about ny, namely stopping war … Britain has
“I have just become more disillusioned immigration, economic policy, ques- always seen the EU as more of a cost-
with the way it’s going,” says Hunter- tions of sovereignty, and Britain’s place benefit transaction.”
Coddington. “I don’t like bureaucracy. in an increasingly globalized world.
I don’t like administration. I don’t like In retirement, Hunter-Coddington
rules and regulations, and the fact that The vote will have enormous prac- runs the Serpentine Swimming Club,
we are not in control of our own des- tical consequences. It will affect the
tiny annoys me.” nation’s trade relations, its obligations
as a part of NATO and other umbrella
Cathy Galvin, who directs a writing defense organizations, funding for sci-
center in London called the Word Fac- entific research, and even where its
tory, has serious problems with the sports teams will compete. A vote to
EU, too. She worries about corruption leave might push Scotland to conduct
among member countries, believes a second referendum to pull out of the
many of the agencies within the EU are UK, potentially breaking up the king-
unaccountable, and questions wheth-
er nations such as Turkey should be
allowed to join. Yet she’s going to vote
in favor of Britain remaining in the EU.
“We live in a global community ... and
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those in favor of staying, and those a staunch opponent of remaining in residents worry about the loss of jobs look of the place in many, many dif-
who are agnostic. the EU. Their differing views haven’t to the influx of immigrants, especially ferent ways.”
strained their relationship – Reece those coming from Eastern Europe
Hunter-Coddington has heard jokes that his friend is antisocial so he who they believe are willing to work for For the couple, the changing atti-
many of the arguments, but for him, doesn’t get to see him much anyway. less, and the loss of a British sense of tudes toward foreigners are part of a
the desire to leave the EU is a visceral Still, the issue can be divisive. identity. Some worry about terrorists shift in how Britons view themselves
one. “My decision is emotional,” he coming in, too. and their past. When the Downings
says. “I can’t give you good reasons for “Most of the people who want to grew up, they say that they were taught
staying in, I can’t give you good reasons leave the EU who I know don’t want In Cambridge, 50 miles north of to be proud of their nation’s history of
for pulling out. It’s emotional.” immigrants and stuff like that. They London, retired couple Stewart and monarchy and empire. But their grand-
Blanche Downing take a stroll to the daughters – both of whom are married
Polls indicate that lines across Brit- 'I don't like bureaucracy. I don't city’s famed university campus to see to mixed-race men – now often gently
ain are drawn largely around age, edu- like administration. I don't like the stained-glass window of a church. accuse them of being racially biased.
cation, and social class. Young, univer- rules and regulations, and the As a trumpeter practices nearby, the
sity-educated, professional people are fact that we are not in control couple rests on a bench. The generational divide, includ-
more likely to support remaining in of our own destiny annoys me.' ing within families, is perhaps under-
the EU, while the typical “Brexit” sup- Without hesitation, Mr. Downing standable. More than half of Britain’s
porter tends to be older, less educated, – Robin Hunter, a retiree in London says that he simply does not like for- citizens were not yet born when their
and working-class. There are also re- eigners living in Britain and plans to nation first joined with Europe in 1973.
gional divides. Scotland, for example, vote “out,” as he says many people of For people under the age of 43, being
remains largely pro-EU, while those in his generation will. The couple know linked to Europe is all they have known.
the east of England are more likely to there exists a considerable divide be-
vote to leave. The EU traces its origins to the end
A member of the Serpentine Swimming Club enjoys an early morning swim. of World War II, when six nations led
Reece Livesey will turn 18 years old by France and Germany bonded to-
just in time to vote on June 23. Like want to close the borders,” he says. tween themselves and the younger gether to form the European Coal and
many teenagers, Reece and his friends “Most of them don’t have a racist point generation. Steel Community in the hopes that
are only now becoming politically of view about it so I don’t usually say free trade and collaboration would
aware and starting to have conversa- anything. But one of my mates just said “We’ve got granddaughters in their help them avoid another conflict. By
tions about big issues. something extremely racist, so I kind of 30s who are both living in London, and 1957, it grew into the European Eco-
don’t talk to him anymore.” they can’t see why we object to people nomic Community with the aim of cre-
A resident of Peterborough, a work- coming here,” says Ms. Downing. ating increased economic integration
ing-class town 75 miles north of Lon- A strong anti-immigration senti- “They think it’s great that there’s every and a common market.
don where voters are more likely to ment lies behind much of the opposi- nationality under the sun in London,
favor leaving, Reece does have some tion to staying in the EU. Many British whereas we think they change the The EEC has since been absorbed
questions about the EU and its role in and replaced by the European Union,
shaping British laws. But he strongly which now has 28 member states, in-
supports remaining part of the union. cluding Britain, and its own currency,
“We can change the policies when we which Britain chose not to adopt.
stay in the EU,” he says. “If we leave, it
will just make it worse.” In 1975, the UK held a referendum
to decide whether to remain in the
Most of his friends share his opin- EEC. The nation voted by a margin of
ion, except for his closest friend, who nearly 2 to 1 to remain. But the vote
supports the UK Independence Party, did not end the debate. Rumblings
about breaking with Europe surfaced
again in the 1980s and have continued
to grow louder within portions of Brit-
ain’s Conservative Party.
Proponents of leaving Europe argue
that the EU has grown from an orga-
nization to facilitate trade into a body
that controls numerous policies and
regulations within Britain. The extent
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of the Union’s reach has become so has cautioned that the fallout from ‘We live in a global com- NATO and give succour to the West’s
exaggerated among critics that many Brexit would range from “pretty bad to munity...It seems pointless to enemies.”
people believe myths that are widely very, very bad.” She decreed it could me to think of ourselves out-
circulated about the EU – for example, potentially reduce Britain’s economic side it because we are stronger Omer El-Hamdoon is someone who
that it once tried to ban Britain from output, cut into citizens’ income, and within it.’ believes the flood of immigrants into
importing curved bananas. raise interest rates. the country represents a serious con-
– Cathy Galvin, cern. Yet he, too, wants Britain to stay
During the 2015 elections, Prime who directs a writing center in London in the Union.
Minister David Cameron made a gam-
ble to appease this segment of his party Five former NATO secretaries- Born in Iraq, Dr. El-Hamdoon has
and undercut the UK Independence general wrote an open letter in The lived in Britain since he was 4 years
Party, which opposes staying in the EU, Telegraph (UK) warning, “While the old and his father came here to study.
by promising to hold a referendum if decision is one for the British people, When war broke out between Iraq and
reelected. Mr. Cameron won and now Brexit would undoubtedly lead to a Iran, his family decided to make their
he’s following through on his election loss of British influence, undermine home in Britain. El-Hamdoon has little
pledge – a risk that, if Britain were to memory of his native country.
leave, would mark a major setback for
the prime minister and for the EU. On a quiet, suburban street in
northwest London’s Wembley neigh-
As a result, a cascade of leaders borhood, he now serves as president
throughout Continental Europe and of the Muslim Association of Britain.
around the world have been warning The organization has turned one of the
darkly about a Brexit. neighborhood’s two-story homes into
During a trip to Britain in April, Pres-
ident Obama lauded the benefits of the Seated on a leather sofa, El-Hamdoon
single market and argued that Britain says he feels that Britain has more to
strengthens collective security through gain by being part of the EU than it does
its EU membership. He went on to cau- by leaving. Still he’s concerned that the
tion that if Britain decides to leave, the EU’s governing bodies have infringed
United States may not act quickly to on democracy in Britain and says poli-
form a new unilateral trade pact with ticians must address the issue of mi-
it – comments that angered many pro- grants, mainly from Eastern European
Brexit voters who saw it as unwarrant- countries such as Poland, who come to
ed meddling in Britain’s affairs. Britain to take advantage of welfare pro-
grams and “feed off the system.”
Similarly, Christine Lagarde, head
of the International Monetary Fund,
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“I’m not against immigration, but I because our benefits system is too the case. A recent study conducted by some of the most highly skilled mi-
think it has to be controlled in a cer- lax or maybe it’s too generous. I don’t researchers at University College Lon- grants – more so than many other
tain way. There has to be a certain sys- know.” don found that between 2000 and 2011 European countries. Since 1995, im-
tem which allows people to come in for migrants made a net contribution of migrants have consistently held higher
the right reasons, not just so they can While the idea that poor migrants £20 billion ($29 billion) to the nation’s levels of education than British nation-
live off the state,” he says. “People are are fleecing the system and draining public finances. als. By 2011, at least 25 percent of the
always coming here and maybe [it’s] government treasuries is widely held,
research shows that isn’t necessarily Additionally, Britain has attracted CONTINUED ON PAGE 40
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 Ruth Sullivan, a freelance
journalist wearing an ‘I’m in’
Eastern European migrant population, government sends to Europe, but she T-shirt, hands out fliers for the
one of the most maligned groups by blames what it does give out and the
critics, came to Britain with a univer- immigrants it lets in for her difficulty ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’
sity degree, while 24 percent of Britons in getting government assistance. She campaign that is pushing for
Britain to stay in the EU.
Last year, in a separate study, re-
searchers at the London School of
Economics and Political Science’s
Centre for Economic Performance
came to a similar conclusion. “There is
still no evidence of an overall negative
impact of immigration on jobs, wages,
housing or the crowding out of public
services,” they wrote. “Any negative
impacts on wages of less skilled groups
are small. One of the largest impacts
of immigration seems to be on public
A clash of perceptions exists over how
much money Britain gives to the EU
as well. Critics of Europe, particularly
those hurting economically, believe
London sends inordinate amounts of
money to Brussels.
“Out” voters often cite figures in-
dicating that the British government
gives £350 million ($507 million) a week
to the EU for operational expenses. This
number does not, however, account for
special rebates that Britain gets, which
brings the number down to £280 mil-
lion ($406 million) a week.
In Peterborough, Christine Jughan
isn’t certain of the exact amount her
‘People don’t really talk about
it because it can be divisive...
You’re either for or against it.’
– The Rev. Graham Buckle,
vicar at the church of St. Stephen
with St. John Westminster
also worries that changes to the retire- Views like hers have frustrated Alyssa
ment age will delay when she can be- Aspinall, a student at Hills Road Sixth
gin receiving her pension. Form College in Cambridge. Alyssa will
miss the age cutoff for voting by just a
“I’ve worked and paid into the system few months, but she holds strong opin-
since I was 13,” says Ms. Jughan, who’s ions about an issue that will affect her
currently unemployed. “I’m just angry for the rest of her adult life. A supporter
that we send out so much money.” of remaining in the EU, she brushes
aside anti-migrant views as largely
based on false information and not a
real concern. For her, the big issue is
what will happen to the economy.
“Financially, I think we’d completely
flop,” she says, explaining that she’s
especially worried that it would affect
her country’s ability to export and im-
port goods to the EU. Currently Brit-
ain sends almost half of its exports to
“I don’t want to sound rude to the
older generation, but it was different
when they were younger ... everything
has changed,” she says.
Determining exactly what would
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happen if Britain decides to pull out of From the quaint pubs of rural England to revered academic institutions like Oxford to the august halls of from [the EU] doesn’t open any doors
the EU is difficult. If the vote is to leave, Parliament, the vote over leaving the European Union is bound up in differing views about immigration, that aren’t already open.”
European leaders would have the final economic policy, questions of sovereignty, and the place of Britain in an increasingly globalized world.
say on the conditions of Britain’s de- Less than two weeks before the vote,
parture, and no precedent exists for polls remain too close for anyone to
what such a split might look like. predict the outcome of the referen-
dum. Like the vote for Scottish inde-
In the interest of deterring other na- pendence in 2014, which in the end
tions from leaving – and disaffection with was defeated handily (55 percent to 45
the Union is rising in many European percent), the issue of the Brexit refer-
countries – EU officials will have a strong endum seems unusually volatile – and
incentive not to make it easy for Britain. a touchy topic among residents.
This makes a vote to remain a decision to
keep the status quo and a vote to leave a The Rev. Graham Buckle is the vicar
journey into the unknown. at the church of St. Stephen with St.
John Westminster. The building where
For Mike Galsworthy, a member of he preaches was constructed in 1847
the “remain” camp, it comes down to by Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts,
a simple calculation. Galsworthy, who who, it is believed, was encouraged by
has a PhD in behavioral genetics, usu- her close friend Charles Dickens to fi-
ally works as an independent consul- nance the project.
tant on research and innovation policy.
Now, however, he’s campaigning full Despite its serendipitous ties to one
time as program director of Scientists of Britain’s most famous authors to
for EU for Britain to stay in the Union. write about the ties between his coun-
try and Europe, in “A Tale of Two Cities,”
He worries that leaving the EU the vicar says the referendum rarely sur-
could cost Britain research funding faces as a topic of conversation within
and make it more difficult to collabo- his parish – because of the sensitivities.
rate with scientists in other European
nations. To “out” supporters who say “People don’t really talk about it be-
Britain could partner with new coun- cause it can be divisive,” he says, sit-
tries to make up for any shortfall in ting on one of the church’s well-worn
funding, Galsworthy says they can do pews. “It’s not like normal politics
that already. where you can argue the ethic, where
there’s something you can actually ar-
“There is no opportunity cost for gue about. It’s like a civil war, in that
being in,” he says. “Stepping away you’re either for or against it.”
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The right to remain silent, thanks to ... J. Edgar Hoover?
BY RICHARD WILLING | WASHINGTON POST to balance the “basic civil liberties of the individual” The well-trained officer, he argued, would find “no
with the need to “protect the security of the nation.” need to stoop to dishonorable methods” of interro-
You have the right to remain silent. And the FBI’s J. gation such as “brute strength and sadistic cruelty to
Edgar Hoover to thank for it. And there was one more thing: The FBI’s long ex- bring [about] a confession.”
perience with its proto-Miranda warning had taught
Fifty years ago this past Monday, the Supreme that, warning or no, suspects were going to talk. Besides, with years of experience, the FBI already
Court held in Miranda v. Arizona that the Constitu- knew what local cops would soon discover – criminal
tion’s Fifth Amendment, which establishes the right The brief the agency filed in support of the warnings suspects talk, even when they’ve been advised not to.
against self-incrimination, also requires police to ad- didn’t square with Hoover’s robust image as a scourge of
vise custodial interrogation subjects that they need civil libertarians. He had built that reputation over the In a law review article written the year after Miran-
not answer questions or make statements. previous decades, systematically tracking and compil- da was decided, Sheldon H. Elsen and Arthur Rosett,
ing data on German Americans, agitators for civil rights, former assistant U.S. attorneys in New York’s South-
A brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union communists and their fellow travelers, real and illusory. ern District, noted that federal suspects infrequently
is rightly credited with supplying the 5-to-4 majority asserted their rights to silence or to counsel.
with much of its intellectual ammunition. But Chief But during oral argument in the Miranda case, Jus-
Justice Earl Warren’s majority opinion leaned just as tice Abe Fortas asked the federal government’s lawyer “What a suspect is going to ask himself most ur-
heavily on a submission from the FBI, then as now for more detail on FBI interrogation practices. Hoover’s gently at the police station is: ‘How do I get out of
not the most likely of ACLU allies. written answer to the court was prompt and specific. this mess and avoid looking guilty?’ ” they wrote in
the Columbia Law Review. “The above questions will
Virtually alone among law enforcement authori- “Both suspects and persons under arrest” were giv- generally overshadow the decision to insist on si-
ties, Hoover and the FBI argued that warning sus- en warnings “at the very outset of the interview,” he lence or counsel.”
pects of their rights was constitutionally sound and wrote. They could consult with counsel of their choice
advisable and, in fact, had long been bureau prac- “or anyone else with whom [they] wish to speak,” Miranda’s practical meaning has continued to
tice. The court was impressed; Warren reprinted the could have “free counsel” if they were “unable to pay” be spelled out in dozens of cases over the decades
FBI’s entire four-page note in his 35-page opinion. and could consult with counsel by telephone, if more since. (The court has heard no related cases during
convenient. Interviews were terminated promptly if the current term, though, and it has none docketed
The decision also compelled investigators to in- counsel was requested. so far for the next term.)
form potential suspects of their right to an attorney
and noted that prosecutors should bear a “heavy For the court’s slim majority, the FBI provided vi- One mystery endures: Why isn’t the contribution
burden” if they wished to use statements taken with- tal cover. Warren, writing the majority opinion, noted made by Hoover and the FBI better known? My infor-
out a lawyer present. that “over the years the Federal Bureau of Investiga- mal survey of about a dozen bureau employees and
tion has compiled an exemplary record of effective alumni, ranging in age from the early 30s to the late
Miranda has survived attempted tucks, tapers, law enforcement” while advising suspects and ar- 50s, turned up only one who’d heard the story. And
tweaks and head-on challenges – the late justice An- restees that they had a right to not make a statement that was John Fox, the FBI’s able in-house historian.
tonin Scalia called Miranda a “milestone of judicial and to consult an attorney, and that any statement
overreaching” in a 2000 decision that failed to over- could be used against them in court. I put it down to this: When Hoover is alluded to
turn it – and after a half-century remains the stan- at all these days at the bureau, it’s as something of
dard for U.S. law enforcement. Warren cited the bureau’s methods, including a dark family secret. The thinking seems to be: “He’s
how and under what circumstances agents gave the ancient history, and a bad history at that. The FBI has
The decision, which landed in the midst of a na- warning (“at the very outset of the interview”) and moved on.”
tional uptick in crime, was wildly unpopular at the what happened if a subject requested a lawyer (“the
time. State and local law enforcement agencies be- interview is terminated”). Hoover no doubt deserves the opprobrium; he
lieved that Miranda meant criminal suspects would worked hard enough to earn it. But I can’t help chuck-
never again confess to crimes. “The practice of the FBI can readily be emulated by ling about the veteran FBI counterintelligence inves-
state and local enforcement agencies,” Warren con- tigator whom I met at a party and attempted to draw
Hoover knew otherwise. Since at least the mid- cluded. out on Hoover. I didn’t have to wait long for an answer.
1940s, he had required FBI agents to advise suspects
of their privilege to remain silent and to have an at- For Hoover, developing a policy for carrying out “If that bastard walked in here now, I’d put the
torney present during any questioning. The goal, constitutionally acceptable interviews was part and cuffs on him,” the man said loudly.
Hoover argued in a 1952 Iowa Law Review article, was parcel of his vision for “professionalizing” U.S. law
enforcement, led by the FBI. Yes, of course. And then you’d read him his Miran-
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wrist and threaded through blood vessels
nary heart disease/blocked heart vessels. until it reaches the site of the blockage in play one on TV.
the heart. A tiny balloon can be inflated to
Improves blood flow to the heart. open the vessel or a stent (tiny tube) may A (9 correct) Science and Biology were your two
be placed at the site of the blockage to hold
3. CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation the artery open. favorite classes.
An emergency procedure that traditionally
includes chest compressions plus rescue B (7-8 correct) You’re a very bright individual.
breathing to help a person whose breath
ing and heartbeat have stopped due to C (5-6 correct) You are smarter than a 5th grader.
sudden cardiac arrest.
D (3-4 correct) You must not be a big Dr. Oz fan.
Under 3 correct You’d rather be golfing, swimming or
8. STEMI ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction playing bocci.
4. EKG Electrocardiogram (also abbreviated as ECG) Most severe type of heart attack. A blood Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always
A noninvasive test that measures the elec- welcome. Email us at [email protected]
trical activity of the heart via sensing de- clot blocks the coronary artery and heart
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INSIGHT BOOK REVIEW ADVENTURES IN THE STRAND: ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
AND THE STRAND MAGAZINE
Do we need still another book about Sherlock was written in a month or two, this isn’t bad pay. Of BY MIKE ASHLEY
Holmes or his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle? Yes – at course, within a few years, Conan Doyle would be re-
least if it’s by that high-functioning bibliographer ceiving nearly as much for a single Sherlock Holmes British Library/Trafalgar Square. 288 pp. $34.95.
Mike Ashley. The dust jacket of “Adventures in the short story. By 1901, The Strand would ante up 4,795 Review by Michael Dirda,
Strand” describes Ashley as “one of the foremost his- pounds (approximately $672,000 in current dollars) The Washington Post
torians of popular fiction,” which verges on under- to serialize “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The fol-
statement: In fact, no one alive knows more about lowing year, Collier’s magazine offered $45,000 – the
British magazines published between roughly 1880 equivalent today of $1.3 million – for just the U.S. se-
and 1940, a period so rich in genre fiction that it is rial rights to 13 new Holmes adventures. These were,
sometimes called “the age of the storytellers.” as Ashley points out, unheard-of sums, but also
money well spent. An issue of The Strand headlining
The Strand was by far the most famous periodical the great detective could boost sales by 100,000 cop-
of those years and its most famous contributor was ies or more.
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Ashley’s new book,
“Adventures in the Strand,” surveys the nearly 40-year “Adventures in the Strand,” however, ranges far be-
relationship between the writer and magazine, ex- yond the tales of Baker Street (unlike Robert Veld’s ex-
tending from The Strand’s third issue, dated March cellent but more narrowly focused monograph, “The
1891, to the retirement in 1930 of its great editor, Her- Strand Magazine and Sherlock Holmes,” published
bert Greenhough Smith. That third issue included by Wessex Press). In fact, Smith loyally printed almost
Conan Doyle’s “The Voice of Science,” an inconse- anything Conan Doyle sent him. Thus Ashley devotes
quential comedy of manners involving an early pho- a chapter to the tall tale-like exploits of Brigadier Ge-
nograph. Shortly afterward, though, the young author rard, a vainglorious but lovable Napoleonic hussar.
submitted a second story, a longish one that ran about “They show,” he writes, “better than the Holmes sto-
8,600 words. It began: “To Sherlock Holmes she is al- ries and perhaps better than any of Doyle’s other con-
ways the woman.” nected stories, his skills as a storyteller.” Other pages
look at “Rodney Stone,” a boxing novel set in the Re-
Legend has it that after Smith finished reading gency era of bare-knuckle bouts, and “The Tragedy of
“A Scandal in Bohemia,” he rushed into the office of the Korosko,” a tense thriller about Western tourists
George Newnes, the magazine’s founder, to announce in Egypt taken hostage by Islamist terrorists – it was
that he had discovered the greatest short-story writer timely then and, alas, still is.
since Poe. Maybe. Among English writers, Kipling had
been active for a few years and he would probably get In fact, Conan Doyle could, and did, turn his hand
my vote. But Kipling didn’t create Sherlock Holmes, to almost every genre. Short mysteries and shockers
the most recognizable and beloved fictional character were gathered into “Round the Fire Stories.” Most of
of modern times. his science fiction features the bombastic Professor
George Edward Challenger, who discovered dinosaurs
Conan Doyle had previously written two short and cavemen in “The Lost World” and awaited cosmic
novels about Holmes and Dr. John Watson – “A Study disaster in “The Poison Belt.” While Conan Doyle al-
in Scarlet” (1887) and “The Sign of the Four” (1890) ways said that he was at his best in historical fiction,
– and both had done reasonably well, though not Ashley flat out declares “Sir Nigel” a masterpiece: “It
well enough for their author to quit his day job as a stands head-and-shoulders above many rivals for its
doctor. Ashley, who loves financial as well as biblio- remarkable historical detail, its depth of knowledge,
graphic detail, doesn’t shy away from talking about its stirring characters, its vivid adventures, and its
the money. He notes that Conan Doyle received 100 powerful evocation of a long-lost age.”
pounds for the latter novel, the equivalent of 10,000
pounds today, or roughly $14,500. Given that the book OK, so maybe the man really was the greatest natu-
ral-born storyteller of the age – and, as it happens, not
just in fiction. The Strand also serialized Conan Doyle’s
autobiographical “Memoirs and Adventures” (highly
recommended), several rather cutesy accounts of his
children and home life (not recommended), a multi-
volume history of World War I and various credulous
pieces about spiritualism and fairies.
While Ashley’s carefully researched book is almost
a biography and might seem a complete survey of
Conan Doyle’s oeuvre, it does – because of its focus –
omit consideration of important works that failed to
appear in The Strand. These include, most notably, a
half-dozen early novels, such as the swashbuckling
historical romance, “The White Company,” an often
hilarious romp about women’s emancipation called
“Beyond the City” and the chiaroscuro portrait of a
marriage entitled “A Duet, With an Occasional Cho-
rus.” Also missing is “Through the Magic Door,” in
which Conan Doyle describes his library and the
books he loves most. His bluff enthusiasm is quite
But any regrets over what Ashley doesn’t cover are
minor, given all that is. “Adventures in the Strand”
contains such plenty – and I haven’t even mentioned
the illustrations, tables and bibliographic appendi-
ces – that any serious student of Arthur Conan Doyle
or popular fiction will want to read it. What’s more,
the British Library has produced a splendidly hand-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 45
INSIGHT BOOK REVIEW Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
on the golf course.
Few personalities have been as influential in the game meant to him. As the title suggests, “18 Holes ing buddy. On the first hole, Dunphy refused to con-
worlds of pop culture and sports as Bing Crosby. A With Bing” focuses on the elder Crosby’s fascination cede a short putt to the president, until JFK said he
singer whose “White Christmas” ranks as the most with the game and how he passed it on to his son, had an “appointment with the director of Internal
popular single in history, Crosby possessed a style so who became an accomplished golfer in his own right, Revenue” after they finished playing.
mellow, “you could warm your hands on the sound winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1981.
of his voice,” Washington Post critic Tom Shales “‘Putt’s good,’ Dunphy said. ‘Pick it up.’”
wrote. Crosby won an Academy Award in 1944 for Nathaniel writes that his father’s enthusiasm for Nathaniel Crosby recounts how inclement weather
his role in “Going My Way,” appeared in numerous golf started early. In 1937, as Bing’s career was taking and the “bibulous” early years of the pro-am led to
films, and was a fixture for decades on radio and TV. off, he hosted the first Bing Crosby Pro-Am, the in- the event’s nickname, the “Crosby Clambake,” and
fluential tournament that eventually made its home describes a charity golf tournament at which a hung-
Crosby’s entertainment success allowed him to at Pebble Beach along the Pacific coast. over Ruth peppered the gallery with shanked drives.
indulge in his passion for sports. Over the decades Less interesting are the younger Crosby’s rumina-
he bought interests in Southern California’s Del Mar “Everything Dad accomplished in the entertain- tions on parenthood and family. He refrains from
thoroughbred racetrack, the Pittsburgh Pirates and ment field was a distant second to this game,” writes addressing the allegations of cruelty directed at his
the now-defunct California Seals hockey team. Nathaniel Crosby, who notes that his mother, Kath- dad by his half-brother, Gary, in a memoir published
ryn, joked that her husband was “a golfer who sang.” 35 years ago, but acknowledges that corporal pun-
But golf was his abiding love. A new memoir by ishment was routine as he grew up. “I am certain,
Crosby’s son Nathaniel shows just how much the Perhaps fittingly, Crosby’s death in 1977 came af- though, that my father loathed” having to resort to
ter he finished a round on a golf course in Spain. it, Nathaniel writes.
Readers will have to look elsewhere for a disinter-
Crosby’s affection for the game was returned by golf’s ested study of Crosby as a parent. As it is, “18 Holes
top competitors. “The PGA Tour is indebted to Bing With Bing” is an engaging account of how father
Crosby,” whose contribution to the game “is immea- and son bonded over a sport Bing Crosby pursued
surable,” Jack Nicklaus writes in the book’s foreword. with gusto until the day he died.
One of the pleasures of “18 Holes With Bing” is its 18 HOLES WITH BING: GOLF, LIFE, AND LESSONS FROM DAD
many anecdotes involving personalities as varied as BY NATHANIEL CROSBY AND JOHN STEGER
Louis Armstrong, David Bowie, Dwight Eisenhower, Dey Street. 209 pp. $22.99.
John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth and Roberto Clemente. Review by Robert Mitchell,
The Washington Post
In one such tale, Crosby is playing a foursome
with JFK, Joseph Kennedy and Chris Dunphy, a golf-
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Get outta here! Vacation ideas and travel tidbits
BY JOHN OWENS
RIDING LA BIKE. Judging by the Well-marked and well-maintained Figure on riding about 30 miles per sengers, Harmony hauls more people
traffic on A1A (and its sidewalk), bicy- (i.e. paved), the bike trail and occasional day, which means you will need to spend than a dozen 747 jumbo jets. And the
cling has many hard-pedaling adher- road are dotted with beaches and villag- some time in the saddle before uttering ship does it with enough whiz-bang
ents here in Vero. es boasting good restaurants, as well as your first bonjour. Pure Adventures de- and gee-whiz to impress even the most
quaint inns and hotels. Pure Adventures fines this as Level 3 fitness – “cycling at curmudgeonly member of your familial
Those who want a change of scenery sets you up at some of the most interest- least 80-100 miles per week including crew: robotic bartenders, ice skating,
with a très French accent, but without ing. For instance, at one lodging, guests hill climbing or combining other work- rock-wall climbing, surfing (yes, surf-
the prices and the other issues of 2016 eat breakfast in the art gallery. out activities.” ing) pools, a 10-story-high slide billed
France, should look north to the Prov- as the most outrageous ride at sea,
ince of Quebec. Here, cycling vacations The $1,040 per-person cost (double along with a sprawling spa, a peaceful
are almost as popular as poutine. occupancy) takes advantage of the fa- solarium and restaurants of every culi-
vorable U.S.-to-Canadian exchange nary ambition.
One must-do trip in this region is rate, and includes a personal orienta-
the 210-mile ride from Montreal to tion, six nights lodging with breakfasts, Right now, the ship is sailing in the
Quebec City. Pure Adventures ( http:// luggage transfers, vehicle transfers to Mediterranean, but come November,
pure-adventures.com.), a U.S. compa- Saguenay and return to Quebec, emer- you can board in Fort Lauderdale for
ny that has been offering self-guided gency telephone support and the use of weeklong Caribbean cruises. Among
bike trips in various parts of the world a well-equipped bike. the 2,747 staterooms are family-sized
for more than 20 years, has a 7-day/6- suites.
night version of this trip that promises The nearest airport with nonstop
a pannier full of beautiful scenery and flights to Montreal is Orlando Interna- THIS IS YOUR QUEUE. Aside from
French culture. tional. A recent check turned up mid- shaking up the bureaucracy of the
July round-trip fares in the $400 range. Transportation Security Administration
The ride through the region known as (TSA), one way to shorten the lines at
Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean takes you along BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS. Summer airport security would be to lower the
the St. Lawrence River and then north to doldrums? Not for Elite Airways’ flights price and application hurdles of TSA
Lac St-Jean, Quebec’s third-largest lake in and out of Vero Beach. One-way tick- PreCheck and other Trusted Traveler
that creates the Saguenay Fjord, one of ets on mid-July flights to Newark were programs, says a recent study by the U.S.
the world’s longest. mostly $249 and up during a recent Travel Association (USTA).
check. Returns later in the month or
early August were mostly $199 and $249. The trade group’s research found that
an additional 7 million flyers would en-
While a $450-plus round trip to roll if the current $85 fee were cut to $60
Newark is expensive, that Elite is able and today’s two-step enrollment pro-
to charge this for its thrice-weekly cess (online and in-person) were moved
flights shows high demand, even in entirely online.
the presumably slow summer. Per-
haps even more flights will be added, But even without those changes, ap-
or another carrier will see the potential plications to the program doubled last
in the Vero Beach market and join the month to an average of 16,000 per day,
competitive fray. said USTA. For some, at least, the cost
and inconvenience of becoming a TSA
In any case, it’s great to have commer- Trusted Traveler are a small price to pay
cial service back in town, and so far, it is to bypass the nightmarish lines of re-
working out to everyone’s benefit. cent months.
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Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 47
INSIGHT ON FAITH
All things are not possible ... but pleasing God is
BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT
There is an interesting story in the the rules, Jesus ups the challenge. He should what he gives of his possessions sums it up nicely when he says God
Gospel of Mark that describes an en- then urges the man to sell all his posses- and himself be measured, monitored doesn’t save us because of what we
counter between Jesus and an anxious sions, give the proceeds to the poor, and or proportionalized. Instead his giving have done. Only a puny God could be
man. The man runs up to Jesus, kneels, come follow him. should be sweeping, grand and utterly bought. Only an egotistical God would
and asks the question foremost on his self-neglectful. be impressed by our praise. Only a tem-
heart: “What must I do to inherit eternal That seems to make matters worse peramental God would be satisfied by
life?” What follows is a review by Jesus of and heighten the man’s anxiety, for we The anxious man went away sad. He our sacrifices. No, a great God such as
the central ethical commandments for are told on hearing Jesus’ answer that didn’t think he could do it. And Jesus’ ours does for His children what they
God’s people. The anxious man claims the man went away shocked and griev- disciples get a little worried, too. Who can’t do for themselves. God gives salva-
to have diligently followed these com- ing. Who could possibly fulfill Jesus’ ex- can be saved, they wonder, if this level tion. We can’t earn it, buy it or achieve it.
mandments for years. pectation to give everything away and of self-giving is required to please God? God just gives out of love.
simply follow him, without a nest egg
Now, in some ways, that’s a fairly on the side or a little something tucked Then Jesus offers an answer that we And the good we do, the gifts we give,
universal story describing the experi- away for emergencies? Jesus’ expecta- wish the anxious man had stuck around the acts of compassion we offer? They’re
ence of faithful people who seek con- tion for this man’s giving is not that it to hear. Jesus replies that for mortals not part of a bargain with God for future
firmation for themselves and their lives. should change quantitatively, by just some things are impossible. But for reward. They’re simply an outpouring
Maybe we haven’t exactly run to Jesus giving a little more here or there. No, God, all things are possible. And appar- of joyful gratitude, from souls no longer
with our questions about our adequacy, his expectation is that the man’s giving ently that’s the point. anxious or afraid. And that must be very
but we’ve probably all thought about it. must change qualitatively. No longer pleasing to God!
Am I giving enough? Am I kind enough? This little story is about the inability
Am I compassionate enough, obedi- to earn God’s favor. Rev. Max Lucado
ent enough, hopeful enough, faithful
enough? What more must I do to please
God? Have I done enough yet?
What’s intriguing about this encoun-
ter between the anxious man and Jesus
is that when the man claims he’s been
good at keeping the law and following
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Bonz takes a ‘Coton’ to Finn, a friendly fluffball
Hi Dog Buddies! We all got settled in the living called Grieving, which
room, and Finn began giving
This week’s interview reminded me, my assistant licks and kisses, means so sad it’s some-
again, how important us dogs can be then he jumped into his Mom’s
in our humans’ lives. And I don’t mean lap. Dog, that was a lotta of per- times hard to breath,
just the sit-shake-roll over part or the sonality in one fluffy little pack-
playing-fetch part. What I’m talkin’ age. Xena and Weddle did a few or even move, and you
about is how the Unconditional Love soft nudges and nose bumps.
we instinctively have for our humans Another human came in and feel empty, and you cry,
can help them get through some seri- Finn said, “This is one of my
ously bad human stuff, like when they human sisters, Emma Lee. and everything feels dif-
get Really Sick or when somebody they She’s Xena and Weddle’s Mom.
love goes to Heaven. I’m pretty sure you She going to college in Gaines- ferent, like it’ll never be
pooches know what I mean, right? ville, and they go, too. Emma
Lee’s really athletic, ‘specially back to normal.”
So, anyway, this week I met one of the lacrosse, and she’s working at
cheeriest, cutest little fluffballs, Finn Dodgertown this summer, so they’re all “I’ve heard about
Pope, who has the biggest smile I’ve staying here, and we’re having a blast.”
ever seen on a pooch. Finn’s a Coton de Xena and Weddle snuggled next to her. that,” I said, wishing I
Tulear – yeah, I KNOW, I hadn’t heard
of it either. Couldn’t even pronounce it. “How did you all get together?” I could do something.
So I Googled. It’s ca-tawn-day-too-lee- asked.
air. And one legend has it a bunch of “So, Mr. Bonzo, I re-
‘em were on a pirate ship near the Bay “Mom and Dad had several kids,
of Too-Lee-Air and the ship wrecked in dogs and cats, and they all lived on 10 alized I could ackshul-
a storm and they had to fight off hun- acres on A1A. Then the kids grew up
gry sharks and swim to shore, which and went off to college, and the dogs Weddle, Xena and Finn. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS ly help my family get
was that island – Mad-uh-gas-car. And and cats went to Heaven. So they de- though it by just being
then they got to be the Royal Dogs of cided to downsize, and they moved
Mad-uh-gas-car and got their picture here. Mom says they had Empty Nest, me. Just showing ‘em how
on stamps. Is that Cool Dog Biscuits or which is a human thing where your
what? kids leave home and you get Really have Conversations. Share guy stuff, much I love ‘em, like I al-
Sad. Well, Mom wanted a puppy. Dad
Anyway, soon as Finn’s Mom opened didn’t. But Mom really, really did. She ya’ know. Later, we go to the hardware ways do, with kisses and slurps and be-
the door, there he was, all charm and read up and learned my breed makes
wiggles. And he wasn’t alone. Two big great companions. So here I am. I was stores and auto parts stores. I’ve been ing bouncy and cuddly. And happy. It’s
sorta pitbull-looking pooches also only 5 pounds when they got me, but
greeted us. They had shiny red coats now I’m a big boy: I’m 14 months old to all of ‘em by now. One time, we were what I was meant to do!”
and were real friendly, too. During the and I weigh 15 whole pounds! PLUS, I
Wag-and-Sniffs, Finn said, “Welcome, don’t shed. Mom grooms me so my hair at Bennett’s Auto Parts, and these big, I was so moved by Finn’s story, I had
Mr. Bonzo. This is my sister Xena, she’s doesn’t grow down to the floor. Then I’d
5, she’s the one with the red bandanna, really look like a mop, right?” tough-looking biker guys came up to totally forgotten to write. Even though
and that’s Weddle, he’s almost 5. He’s
got the blue one. They’re both rescues. “A really cute mop!” I replied. us. Then one of ‘em leaned down and he was still so young, Finn had realized
And these are our human Mom and “Me and Dad have a Routine: He
Dad, Shannon and Paul.” makes me breakfast, which is The Best started patting me and saying what something very important: That he
cuz he puts a little tuna in it. He sits
with me while I eat it all up, and we a cutsy-wootsy puppy wuppy I was. I could help his humans make it through
woof you not!” the awfulest time in their life just by
“Ya just never know about humans,” being himself – his bouncy, slurpy, lov-
I said. ing little self. It’s a lesson all us pooches
Then Finn got a serious look on his should take to heart.
little face. “Ya know, Mr. Bonzo, I some- It made me want to hurry back home
times wondered what my purpose in to my Mom and show her how much I
life was. I’m just a silly little pooch. I love her.
mean, half the time, humans and even
other pooches think I’m a girl, for Lass- Till next time,
ie’s sake! But now, I know my Mission!” The Bonz
“What is it?” I asked.
“Well, just a few weeks ago, my hu-
man brother, Matthew, suddenly went Don’t Be Shy
to Heaven. He was just 31 people years.
He was the chef (that means he cooked We are always looking for pets
delicious food) at Trattoria Dario over
on the beach. Now Mom and Dad with interesting stories.
and our human sisters and Matthew’s To set up an interview, email
daughter, Madison (she’s still a kid pup- [email protected]
py, too), are the darkest kind of sad: It’s
A crisis is no time to pick a because of their ability to be service dogs. alert you if something is amiss. How a time of crisis, you want to be with the
doctor for your pet They have been know to alert owners to many times have you seen in the news people who know and take care of your
seizures, low blood sugar, organ dysfunc- how a pet was responsible for waking a pet on a day to day basis. A crisis time
If people had miration (a display of tion and even death. Mutual admiration family to a fire even before smoke de- is not the time to have to establish your
admiration, wonder) for one another we have for our pets and them for us has tectors sound. These wonderful things pet with a stranger.
as pets do for their beloved owners, it many positive side effects. alone are plenty of reasons to have and
could be such a beautiful, loving, and love a pet. We are a state of the art facility and
forgiving society. There is so much to Pets help us lower our blood pres- pride ourselves in being able to provide
be learned from our pets when we pay sure and even help us live longer. Pets If you are reading this column, you are .the services you need to keep that
attention to their communication. have been able to detect early cancer. an animal lover as well. Your pet is very beloved pet a part of your life for as long
Pets are a great alarm system. They important to you, and we are here for as possible. Thank you for choosing us to
Pets are partnered with specific owners don’t even have to be large dogs to you and available for your pet 24/7. In be your pet’s animal practitioners.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / June 16, 2016 49
INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
TWO SUITS OFFER DOUBLE THE CHANCES WEST NORTH EAST
2 A964 Q73
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist Q9643 J8752 K 10
KQJ9 A5 10 8 6 4 3
Steve Jobs said, “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better 10 7 6 43 J92
than two doubles.”
However, at the bridge table, you are often better placed with a two-suited hand than K J 10 8 5
with a one-suiter, because you get twice the chance to find a fit with your partner. A
For the next few columns, we are going to look at handling two-suiters in various AKQ85
Dealer: South; Vunerable: East-West
If you open one of your higher-ranking five-card suit, and partner immediately raises, you
should immediately upgrade your hand. The Bidding:
In this deal, North is right to make a limit raise of three spades. He counts one shortage SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
point for each doubleton. Then South, with such a strong side suit, starts wondering 1 Spades Pass 3 Spades Pass
about a grand slam; if partner has the spade ace-queen and diamond ace, South rates 4 Clubs Pass 4 Diamonds Pass LEAD:
to take all of the tricks. But he cannot immediately use Blackwood, because he does not 4 NT Pass 5 Hearts Pass K Diamonds
have a diamond control. South control-bids four clubs, then, when partner returns the 6 Spades Pass Pass Pass
compliment with four diamonds, South launches Roman Key Card Blackwood. When
North shows two aces and denies the spade queen, South settles for the small slam.
After West leads the diamond king, how should declarer plan the play?
Since the opponents have established a diamond trick, South cannot afford to lose the
lead until he has discarded dummy’s diamond five. So, he should cash the spade ace
and king, then start running clubs, and discard that diamond on the third round. Here, it
is a home run.
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INSIGHT GAMES & CO. SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (JUNE 9) ON PAGE 62
5 Male duck (5) 1 Starving (8)
6 Tests (5) 2 Desist, abstain (7)
8 Flawless, unsullied (4) 3 Tether (5)
9 Inhabitant (8) 4 Terrain (4)
10 Riotous (7) 5 Bready mix (5)
11 Pains (5) 7 Char (5)
14 Reason (5) 12 Deliberate (8)
16 Leftover (7) 13 Keep going (7)
19 Brave (8) 15 Attentive (5)
21 Sprites (4) 17 Himalayan country (5)
22 Fables (5) 18 Compact; stupid (5)
23 Carapace (5) 20 Barm cake (4)
How to do Sudoku:
Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
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