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07/13/2017 ISSUE 28


All bets still off. P7 Hot ‘Cocoa.’ P15 Primed for the pumper

New gambling agreement leaves Author Beatriz Williams sets new Big push puts county’s new
Greyhound Park limited to poker novel in Twenties-era Florida. pumper truck in place. PAGE 6


Fire officials say Oceana condo complex rises on the beach Law agencies’
fireworks didn’t teamwork cited
cause house blaze as key in arrest

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Construction superintendent David Bono inspects the view from the Oceana Oceanfront Condominiums. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
[email protected] [email protected]
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER square feet and corner units range from $544,900 to
The sky was lit up on the [email protected] with 2,472 square feet, featur- $850,000 with sales going The early March arrest of a
Fourth of July in Satellite ing wraparound balconies. well so far, said listing agent Winter Park man in the Feb.
Beach by both fireworks and The county’s final tradi- and director of sales George 12 Hightower Beach rape case
a serious house fire, but it tional beachfront condo- Price points for the units Prescott of Blue Ocean Realty. hinged on cooperation between
turns out those two events are minium complex is taking the Satellite Beach Police and
unrelated as fire investiga- shape in Satellite Beach on A total of 54 of the 108 units Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in-
tors have ruled out fireworks the former site of the 2004 have been sold (17 units, or 31 cluding the discovery of an ille-
as the cause of a $385,000 fire hurricane-ravaged Rama- percent, in the yet-to-be-built gal Facebook page and a timely
at 690 Caribbean Rd. da Inn resort, soon to be a North tower), anticipating a test for DNA – confirmed by a
10-story, 108-unit complex March 2018 opening day for plastic fork – for a match with
Neighbors had reported that called Oceana Oceanfront the complex which also in- the suspect, registered sexual
at about 9:10 p.m. a set of fire- Condominiums. cludes a pool and recreation predator Harry Claude Page.
works misfired and struck the building, he said.
garage door of the house and, The 108 condominiums Page remains in Brevard
it was thought, bounced off. in two towers will be three- Mastermind of the proj- County Jail on no bond fac-
bedroom units with a choice ect Maurice Kodsi, founder ing three life sentences for
House fire damage. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER of three floor plans ranging in of Tricon Development, charges including attempted
size from 1,911 square feet, to has developed more than a murder, aggravated sexual
Later, a glow was noted in the a mid-range model with 2,339
garage of the home and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
resident was alerted of the fire
at 9:23 p.m. Schools strategize
to solve Gemini’s
The resident said she had falling enrollment
arrived home about 4:45 p.m.,
pulling her car in the garage STORY BY STACI DONOVAN CORRESPONDENT
without incident and did nor- [email protected]
mal activities (meal prepara-
tion, laundry) before retiring Declining enrollment at
to watch TV in the bedroom. Gemini Elementary has al-
ready made it tough to man-
As neighbors got the resi- age and staff a school de-
signed to serve 711 students
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 with only 418 set to show up
for class in August, and those
numbers are not expected to
improve without a creative,
proactive effort on behalf of


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CALENDAR 34 INSIGHT 17-26 Craft Festival. PAGE 10


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rolled. School district officials project
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 enrollment to rise very slightly to 525 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
students this fall for 80 percent capac-
school district officials to keep Gemini ity, but then to fall to 475 students, or dent out of the burning home, others billion dollars worth of real estate
viable. 73 percent of capacity in 2022. went around the house, stretching a during his 45-year career. He is de-
garden hose to the side garage door in scribed on the Tricon web site as re-
Even more troubling is, despite reg- Holland Elementary School nearest an attempt to control the fire, accord- sponsible for “redefining the areas
ular headlines boasting tech firms and Patrick Air Force Base was built to serve ing to the report. oceanfront landscape and donating
defense contractors adding hundreds, 605 students. Last year Holland had 466
even thousands of high-paying pro- students, with 450 projected to attend Firefighters took an aggressive ap- fire,’’ said Satellite Beach Fire Chief
fessional jobs, and Realtors reporting this fall, placing the school at 74 percent proach to knock down the flames in Don Hughes.
a hot market throughout the South of capacity. District projections show the garage and attic above the ga-
Beaches, five-year projections show Holland to be on the rise, with 539 stu- rage. The information was turned over to
Gemini’s student population continu- dents expected in 2022, when it would the State Fire Marshal’s Office for re-
ing to decline. District staff analysis be at 89 percent of capacity. “There was talk about fireworks as view and final resolution. The initial re-
estimates Gemini will be at 52 percent the cause but it was ruled out, partly sponse, released by the Satellite Beach
capacity in 2022. Of all the beachside schools, DeLaura because of the (area of origin) of the Fire Department, “determined the fire
Middle School has most extreme fluc- to be accidental, undetermined, how-
Brevard School District Assistant tuation in numbers in relation to previ- ever not to be caused by fireworks.”
Superintendent of Facilities Dane ous years. In 2012 DeLaura had 706 stu-
Theodore said he wanted to make one dents, the following year went up to 803 Fire damage was extensive but con-
thing very clear: “We have no inten- and two years later down to 699. Last tained to the garage and the attic space
tions to close the school.” year DeLaura had 703 and are projected above the kitchen and dining room/
to have 728 this fall. By the year 2022 the living room. Losses were estimated as
Schools receive a per-student allo- school is projected to increase to 757 $300,000 in property and $30,000 in
cation which not only pays instruc- putting it at 80 percent capacity. contents of the home. 
tional staff, but also administration
and support positions, as well as over- ... the South Beaches
head. One strategy the district could
employ to boost enrollment would be should be a magnet for
to add sought-after programs or ser-
vices that would target new students. young families, or young
Examples Theodore gave were moving
audiological services to the school, or professionals looking
other special education, such as en-
hanced gifted programs. “Re-zoning ahead at having children.
schools can get complicated” he said,
especially when city boundary lines Hoover Middle School just outside
are crossed he continued. They would Indialantic had 543 students in 2012.
consider programs before re-zoning. The school, which serves parts of Indi-
an Harbour Beach south to the Sebas-
Sea Park Elementary has been target- tian Inlet, finished the 2016 school year
ed for closure four times since 2000, but with 509 students and projects an en-
in part due to public outcry, Sea Park rollment of 515 in the fall. District offi-
has happily managed to escape closure cials project Hoover, to be at 73 percent
and maintain a steady enrollment. In capacity with 484 students in 2022.
2012 the Satellite Beach school had 354 That drop is predicated partially on
students enrolled, with the ability to projected declines at Gemini Elemen-
serve 461. Currently at 70 percent ca- tary, one of its main feeder schools.
pacity Sea Park finished last year with
339 students. District projections put Satellite High School can serve 1,516
Sea Park slightly lower at 66 percent by students. In 2012 it enrolled only 1,169
the year 2022, with 306 students. students and finished last year with
1,356. The district projects a slight up-
Indialantic Elementary finished last tick to 1,404 students in 2022, putting
year at 94 percent capacity with 751 Satellite at 93 percent capacity.
students enrolled. In 2012 the school
had 725 students enrolled. Officials The Brevard County School Dis-
are projecting 730 students for the trict operates nine public schools on
2017-2018 school year, putting the the south barrier island – all of which
school at 92 percent capacity. District are A rated by state criteria for stu-
projections have Indialantic Elemen- dent achievement. This is a huge sell-
tary increasing back to 94 percent in ing point for families looking to move
the year 2022 with 743 students. into neighborhoods offering quality
public education at schools that are
Surfside Elementary has the capacity not, according to district statistics,
to serve 523 students, but in 2012 there overcrowded. In other words, the
were only 391 students enrolled. In 2016 South Beaches should be a magnet for
that number had improved, with 475 young families, or young profession-
students enrolled, putting Surfside at 91 als looking ahead at having children.
percent of capacity. District projections
put Surfside at 98 percent of capacity in As part of an ongoing report on school
2022 with 513 students. population trends, the Melbourne
Beachsider will continue to examine
Ocean Breeze Elementary School in these numbers and the underlying
Indian Harbour Beach can serve 654 causes of the trends and fluctuations. 
students. In 2012 it had 560 students,
but declined somewhat, finishing out
the 2016-2017 school year at 79 per-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 13, 2017 3


beach front properties to local cit- come 24 condos, in exchange for the that it is wide enough for the com- available throughout the county are
ies.’’ right to build taller buildings at the plex to fit between SR A1A and the smaller or oriented incorrectly for
Ramada site. Of the many completed surf and has 800 feet of beach front- a traditional condo complex, Kodsi
In a related 2005 land swap for the condo developments listed on the age located across from a shopping said.
Oceana project, Kodsi traded the city website, all but a few are located in center with a stop light to help pe-
a two-acre undeveloped oceanfront Brevard County. destrian traffic. “There are small little pieces but
parcel off the end of Ellwood Avenue, there is no more land [like this] on the
which was already approved to be- The Oceana property is unique in Other beachfront properties still beach in Brevard County.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 13, 2017 5


HIGHTOWER CASE Offenders registering roads around Florida, with records of enforcement, since this is how most
their identities allows law him passing through electronic toll people meet and communicate,’’ ac-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 stops back and forth on the Beachline cording to a statement on the case
enforcement the ability several times prior to and including from Polk County.
battery, burglary of occupied vehicle, to monitor offenders the day of the Feb. 12 crime.
aggravated battery, robbery and false Polk County officials said in the
imprisonment. and provide evidence in “Technology is ever-changing and statement that “teamwork, tenacity,
criminal investigations. people rely on it heavily in their day to and communication on behalf of both
In the Feb. 12 Hightower Beach Registering ... levels the day interactions. It is no different for agencies helped. The current sexual
crime, DNA evidence including scrap- sexual offenders. Offenders registering offender registration requirements
ings collected under the victim’s fin- playing field for law their identifiers allows law enforce- helped as well. The information that
gernails linked Page. He was arrested enforcement. ment the ability to monitor offenders the subject was required to register
March 15. and provides evidence in criminal in- provided intelligence that assisted in
vestigations. Registering their phone his arrest. The failure to register arrest
The DNA used to make the link with numbers, email addresses, messag- also provided the opportunity to seize
the Brevard crime was on file from ing applications and social media ac- the suspect’s cellular phone as evi-
previous charges from a 2000 incident counts levels the playing field for law dence in both cases.” 
in Tampa in which Page was convicted
of attacking an early-morning jogger.
For that conviction, Page became a
registered Sexual Predator and was
required to notify law enforcement
regularly of his whereabouts. Page was
also prohibited from setting up social
media accounts under an alias to sub-
vert efforts to track his online activity.

After evidence collected in the
Hightower case matched old DNA on
file for Page, Satellite Beach police no-
tified Polk County that Page, of Winter
Park, was a suspect. That in turn trig-
gered an investigation of his required
periodic check-ins with authorities,
during which detectives discovered
an alias Facebook page, an email ad-
dress, two vehicles (owned by Page’s
girlfriend), plus Page’s failure to report
his sex offender status to employers
including a job working as a roofer.
Page was arrested and agreed to col-
lection of additional DNA information
from swabs.

During an encounter with police,
Page casually disgarded the plastic
fork he was using, which was picked
up as evidence in plain sight.

Records show the fork “provided a
newer, more recent DNA sample and
was collected to assist the Satellite
Beach Police Department with their
investigation. The suspect was uti-
lizing the fork while in contact with
detectives which was fortuitous. It is
common to collect such items when
DNA samples are needed in an inves-

Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff
Pearson said the DNA evidence col-
lected by his investigators – and sub-
sequently confirmed by Polk County
– was the key to making a solid arrest
in the disturbing case.

“Our investigators worked closely
with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
team to locate and ultimately arrest
the suspect and get a very dangerous
individual off the street. We were very
impressed with their work and coop-
eration,’’ he said.

Polk County investigators also
seized Page’s cellphone, which linked
him by location to the Hightower
Beach crime. Sunpass records for the
vehicle Page was driving also show he
had been traveling extensively on toll

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Big push puts new $435K pumper truck in place

STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER Scott Gold, Josh Shepherd, Tom Hurley, Bethel Wiley, Brett Webster and Mark Schollmeyer. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER depending on mechanical condition,
[email protected] parts availability, etc.,” Schollmeyer
island that does not have hydrants. with a much larger tank. said. “The salt environment on the
A rare tradition marked the chris- Water has to be carried on the truck,” The older truck, a 2004 American barrier island also takes its toll on
tening of a new pumper tender truck Schollmeyer said. equipment.”
last Thursday at Brevard County Fire LaFrance pumper, was nearing the
Rescue Fire Station 65 in the South The previous pumper carried 750 end of its useful life expectancy for Schollmeyer said the older pumper
Beaches. Known as a “Push In” cer- gallons of water in an onboard tank. front line duty. The National Fire Pro- won’t be put out to pasture, but will
emony, firefighters sprayed the new The squad also has water tanker tection Association has set the maxi- be maintained to serve as a reserve
truck with water from the pumper trucks, which are used for wildfires mum length of service for fire appara- where needed with a maximum to-
it replaced, with assembled guests and other firefighting tasks, but due tus at 15 years. tal life span of 25 years, regardless of
tasked with wiping the new truck dry to the limited bay space at the fire sta- mileage or condition.
with chamois cloths. tion to store a tanker and a pumper, “Fire engines should be able to re-
the idea was to purchase a pumper main in front-line service for a period Municipalities also have the need
Then firefighter Brett Webster of 10 to 12 years and/or 150,000 miles, to replace vehicles of all types. Ac-
hopped aboard to back the truck into cording to Fire Chief Todd Scaldo,
its new home. Indian Harbour Beach replaced one
vehicle in the past five years, a 1998
According to Brevard County Fire Ford van. The van was replaced by a
Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer, 2014 Ford F550 crew cab utility vehi-
push-ins date back to the days when cle. “We’re looking at one engine to be
fire departments used horse-drawn replaced in the next five years, a 1995
pumpers. Horses that were commis- Freightliner.”
sioned, or placed into service, would
be washed down with water from the Satellite Beach purchased two fire
retiring pumper’s tank along with the engines in the last four years, replac-
pumper they pulled. “Once wet down ing 1993 and 1998 models. “We should
and dried, the pumper was pushed be replacing our third engine – one
into the station by hand because the from 2004 - within the next five years,”
horses could not back up. The com- said Fire Chief Don Hughes.
munity, neighboring departments
and elected officials would attend The Melbourne Beach Volunteer
these ceremonies whenever a com- Fire Department replaced three piec-
munity purchased new apparatus or a es of apparatus within the past five
horse,” he said. years, all of which took place last year.

The ceremony also serves to inform “We purchased a Chevy Silverado
the surrounding community of the in- pickup truck to replace our old 1986
vestment the county made to public Ford E-350. We also replaced our old
safety. “And it’s an opportunity for fire ATV and our old ocean rescue craft
rescue to discuss the capabilities of the with a new ATV and Jet Ski. And we
new equipment,” Schollmeyer said. acquired a second Jet Ski and trailer
donation from a local business,” said
The $453,000 vehicle, manufactured Deputy Chief Gavin Brown.
by Sutphen Corporation of Ohio, in-
cludes a 1,500-gallon water tank and a The department has no plans to re-
Pro Class A Foam system with 20-gal- place any significant rolling stock in
lon foam tank, which doubles the ef- the near future. The oldest vehicle in
fectiveness of the water. fleet is Engine-58, built in 2004. “We
are currently putting funds away to
The need for this size apparatus refurbish the truck down the road. We
stems from the water supply issue on take pride in taking good care of our
the South Beaches. apparatus and getting a long life span
out of everything,” Brown said. 
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Gambling pact in place, but status quo at greyhound park

STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER the terms of the 2010 Compact, thus small town in Gadsden County, near The court entered a judgment de-
[email protected] allowing the Tribe to stop making pay- the Panhandle, to permit slot machines claring the Seminole Tribe has the
ments to the state. on the basis of a county referendum. If right under the 2010 Compact to pro-
State officials and the Seminole the decision had gone the track’s way, vide banked games for 20 years at its
Tribe of Florida last week signed an Jim O’Brien, president and CEO seven other pari-mutuel locations seven locations, or until 2030. At the
agreement which ensures the state of Melbourne Greyhound Park, says would have been permitted to install same time, the court dismissed the
access to hundreds of million dollars the agreement has no impact on the slots, including Melbourne Greyhound state’s claim.
in revenue-sharing from Seminole games it offers in its Club 52 poker Park, a move which Brevard County
gaming. The agreement also ends law- room: two- and three-card poker and voters narrowly supported in 2012. On Jan. 19 of this year, the state ap-
suits filed by each side over issues sur- “Ultimate Texas Hold ’em.” pealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court
rounding the expiration of the Com- The 2010 Compact with the state of Appeals. The Tribe insisted it had
pact in 2015. “Everything stays the same and we and the Florida Department of Busi- the right to suspend payments or put
get rid of pending litigation as long as ness and Professional Regulation its revenue share into an escrow ac-
A key provision of the settlement we obey the guidelines,” O’Brien said. gave the Seminole Tribe authoriza- count.
requires the state to take aggressive tion to conduct banked card games
action against companies that allow The agreement is the latest action for five years. In October 2015, tribal Last week’s settlement wiped out
banked or designated player games taken to deal with a comprehensive leaders sued the state and the state the suits by agreeing that it’s in the in-
or electronic table games. Such games gambling plan that was unable to get counter-sued over the lack of renew- terest of both the state and the Semi-
have gamblers play against someone through the legislature in the past two al and the proliferation of banked nole Tribe to wait until the end of the
other than each other, be it a dealer sessions. Not long after the legisla- games at tracks around the state. 2018 legislative session before sus-
or a player designated as a dealer. The ture ended its year in May, the Florida Both suits were consolidated. pending any payments or to use an
court has ruled such games violate Supreme Court voted against a suit escrow account. 
brought by a racetrack in Gretna, a

County seeks bids from beach clean-up organizations

STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER John Weber of Keep Brevard Beautiful services trash receptacles on Cocoa Beach. PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER is considering partnering with Keep
[email protected] Brevard Beautiful.
removal, and file monthly reports of
At the end of September, a five-year activities including the weight of litter “We have had an insufficient number
contract between Keep Brevard Beau- collected and removed to a land fill. of trash receptacles to accommodate
tiful and Brevard County to clean up folks as they departed the beach.They left
and maintain the beaches in certain A committee of staff and volunteers their trash by the full cans in some cases.
high tourist areas expires. The Board will evaluate the proposals before ap- We have resolved that in those instances
of County Commissioners is preparing proval by the commissioners. by placing cans on the beach at those lo-
to solicit requests for proposals for an- cations and by increasing the hours on
other five-year contract, which will run “Yes, we plan to apply again. This Saturday and Sunday that our part-time
through Sept. 30, 2022. request for proposals aligns directly employee is available to empty trash
with our mission to reduce litter and cans,”Town Manager Chris Chinault said.
According to Stacy Delano, finance beautify the environmental of Bre-
director of the Tourism Development vard County,” said Bryan Bobbitt, In the unincorporated South Beach-
Office, the lead agency in this request, deputy executive director of Keep es area such as Floridana Beach, the
the proposal is limited to heavier- Brevard Beautiful. community takes responsibility.
travelled beaches in Cocoa Beach and
portions of Melbourne on the beach- The contract will afford an oppor- “We have volunteers that do that,
side, those with access to hotels. tunity for other municipalities to join then we put the trash in our regular
down the road, Bobbitt said. trash cans. This system works well for us
“This program targets litter reduc- and we have pretty clean beaches,” said
tion,” Tourist Development Director Eric Litter removal has been an issue Beth Glover, president of the Floridana
Garvey said. with towns such as Indialantic, which Beach Civic Association. 

The proposal request states “the
natural resources of the county and the
economic and aesthetic benefits that
they bring are degraded by litter on our
shoreline. Litter and debris continues
to be an environmental and economic
concern to our community.”

The proposal calls for daily trash
collection and litter pick-up in Cocoa
Beach and twice-weekly litter pick-
up from Canova Beach Park to the
DoubleTree resort in Melbourne. Also,
the top bidder will be on call for unex-
pected trash and litter debris incidents
with a maximum 24-hour response
time. The successful bidder will stay in
contact with local officials in order to
report any litter, trash or debris which
may wash ashore and require special

Wares everybody?
At the Indialantic
Craft Festival!

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Wares everybody? At the Indialantic Craft Festival!

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT Tampa arrived about noon as part of even create the design on the labels,” cept well received, clearly, as a ledger
[email protected] an easy Saturday. “We woke up and she said during a lull in activity. showed nearly three dozen sold in
went to the beach. We were out there the first two hours of the show.
Locals and vacationers last Satur- for about an hour and a half but it got Callie Harrison, 4, of Indian Har-
day strolled the booths of the 16th hot,” Lott said in the shade of a clus- bour Beach has big plans for her Cocoa resident Suzi Fromm has
Annual Indialantic Craft Festival at ter of trees. “So we rode on our bikes purchase, a $5 purple-painted wood been creating silk floral arrange-
James H. Nance Park, some looking and saw this festival going on and we and mesh house for bugs. “I’m going ments for 32 years and does the fes-
for bargains and some just looking. thought we’d stop by,” she said. to catch a ladybug. Wait a minute! I tival rounds when she’s not glamor-
think I can catch a butterfly AND a izing model homes in South Florida.
The festival took up residence over One of the more alluring booths, ladybug! But NO ants! I don’t want to “I import all my silks and they’re one-
the weekend in the parking loop of by virtue of its sweet fragrances, was have an ant for a pet,” she said em- of-a-kind arrangements,” she said,
the seaside park, tented booths shel- Island Girl Natural Beauty. Tawny phatically. noting that she had so far sold about
tering vendors and their wares from Brown is the owner of the three- a third of her stock.
the 90-plus degree weather. Notice- woman operation based on Merritt Philip and Sindi Karman of Sun-
ably absent were candle displays and Island. “We have a line of all-natural tree make the rounds in Florida with A booth selling plaster plaques was
much welcomed was the frozen lem- bath and body and spa-type prod- their decorative wall art that em- crowded with two dozen people who
onade stand. ucts,” Brown said. “We opened as a ploys magnets to hold snapshots of clearly liked what they were seeing.
business in April of last year. There any size and shape. “What my hus- Owner of M&M Creations is Mickey
Armed with hats, sunglasses, are three of us, certified massage band and I do is design all the graph- Bradham, who doubles as the show
sunscreen and umbrellas, fami- therapist Shacara Wynn of Cocoa ics and we put magnets on top. Our coordinator for festival organizer
lies and friends dipped into booths and Tamara Davis in Fort Lauder- concept is that you’re going to make Howard Alan Events of Jupiter. He
that caught their eyes as 62 vendors dale, who does 90 percent of the the board fit any size, any shape and summed up the vendors’ consensus:
sweated it out with warm smiles and event’s planning. We actually design any amount of pictures you want to “We haven’t been here for four years
descriptions of their wares. our products, we do everything. We put on,” she said as a small desktop but now I think we’re going to be back
fan whirred quietly nearby. A con- every year,” Bradham said. 
Brooke Lott of Melbourne Beach
and boyfriend Travis Ragghianti of

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Cover Photo: Barbara Moss and Doug Slingerland. 1. David and Lindsey Hill. 2. Lori
Lippard. 3. Trisha and Calvin Harris with Ginny Kopp. 4. Jeremy and Jessica Clark.
5. Cara Wynn and Tawny Brown. 6. Ademir and Mara Borges. 7. Mary Richesson,
Judy Houser and Patty Hammond. 8. Mitch Wilhelmi, Connie Meely, Kristen Cronin
and Angel Wilhelmi. 9. Barbara Moss and Suzi Fromm. 10. Patty and Barry Weiss.
11. Scott Bruford. 12. Pati Blackwood, Frank Noriega, Marlene Marando.


12 Thursday, July 13, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Rock-painting party builds community camaraderie

STORY BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Peri Kiros and Paula Jackson. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Clarice Byers, Sarah Hidy and Jolene Lent. Jacob Good and Tayler Mitchell.
[email protected] Nickki and Naomi Tedesco and Karla Bress.
Sydney and Jennifer Moore. Jesse Riggan and Maddy Abegglen. Monica and Ian Zapotocky.
The painting, gifting, hiding and
finding of rock-art treasures has Paul Matchett and Lisa Katschke. the chance to have a girls’ night with
captured the imaginations of South 3-year-old daughter Naomi.
Beach’s residents. Everyone loves find- to fuel the flow of inspiration.
ing a hand-painted rock adorned with Sarah Hidy of The Mortgage Firm “These are our first rocks that we’ll
an uplifting message, a flower or a fun- be hiding. We have been happy hunt-
ny face. in Rockledge said she was happy ers, but these are the first ones that
to sponsor the event and to try her we’ve painted,” Tedesco said.
Painting these rocks is often a soli- hand at painting a few rocks. Her
tary endeavor, some newspaper laid mother turned her onto the rock-art Naomi painted seven rocks and
out on the kitchen table, paints and phenomenon when she found her said “it was fun eating my pizza and
brushes and even glitter gathered. first rock in Idaho. The movement is painting my rocks. I want to hide
Blank rocks are the empty canvas. The sweeping the nation, rocks traveling them at the park.”
possibilities are endless. in pockets and purses and suitcases
from state to state. Down the table, Realtor Lauri Toth
Combine this art form with food, and her 10-year-old daughter Maddy
wine and fellowship, and you’ve got a “I think it’s meant to spread hap- Abegglen, of Satellite Beach, were
recipe for magic. piness and to cheer up somebody’s also enjoying a girls’ night indoors
day,” Hidy said. out of the sweltering heat. Toth has
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty on A1A been with RE/MAX Aerospace for 13
in Satellite Beach first hosted a rock- Indialantic resident Nickki Te- years and said she loves it that her
painting party for its 120 sales associ- desco said she found out about the real estate family opens its doors to
ates across five Brevard offices, and event from a friend who works in the larger beachside family via events
their families, to give the hard-working the real estate office. She jumped at like this.
team a kid-friendly, evening’s respite
with friends. It was a hit, and special “What I love about this is that it’s
events coordinator Monica Zapotocky a community-building event for all
knew she had to plan the next one children and all ages,” Toth said. “It’s
soon. socializing for the adults and totally
fun for the kids.”
“You can’t help but perk up a notch
and feel like you’ve found a little bit of Maddy was putting the finishing
treasure when you find one of these touches on a landscape masterpiece,
rocks,” Zapotocky said. “We want to get a beach with a palm tree – so appro-
as many of these out there as possible.” priate for hiding around her seaside
neighborhood. “I like just getting to
Inspired by the informal Brevard paint my rocks, and finding and re-
Rocks group on social media, last hiding them,” Maddy said. 
month she created a Facebook event,
not knowing who might participate.
She got a sponsor to help with the food
and drink. She bought two huge bags of
smooth landscaping rocks, a rainbow
of paints and brushes. She and hus-
band Ian set up a room with long tables
and chairs and opened the doors.

About 25 people showed up to par-
take of the fabrication of portable,
public art. As a bonus, guests were lav-
ished with wine, soft drinks, yummy
cupcakes and pizza – a decadent mix



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Agostini’s ‘Portraits’ keep social realism in focus

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT work. He was the photographer for Dominic Agostini. “That was one of those scenarios,
[email protected] Ruth Funk’s two art books, “Cloth and when someone said ‘Hey would you
Culture” and “Dolls Et Cetera,” and has PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER go photograph that project? They
Every now and then, people ask done commercial work for Melbourne don’t have a budget, but they’re doing
Dominic Agostini why he doesn’t focus ad agencies. make a living. something cool,’” he said. “There’s a
his lens on beautiful people in beauti- Born in Trinidad, Agostini grew up lot of really interesting stories out
ful places. But the photographer whose “He’s really well liked in the commu- there that people aren’t going to pho-
portraits are currently on view in Mel- nity,” Carla Funk said. “He’s an active with a father who flew for the old BWIA tograph because there’s no money to
bourne’s Eau Gallie arts district can’t surfer and an avid fisherman. He’s also commercial airlines and a mother who photograph it.”
wrap his mind around that narrow incredibly generous and volunteers for worked in the insurance industry. The
point of view. different organizations. He really loves family moved to Miami, Dallas, Chi- But that didn’t stop Agostini. He
people. That comes across in his por- cago and finally to Brevard. went anyway and found a most com-
“There’s so much beauty in every- traits.” pelling subject.
day people in everyday life,” he said. After graduating from high school, he
“It’s right in front of you. Sometimes Despite his acclaim, this is the 39- began studying business at the Univer- Darren had parked the tractor in the
you have to add a little bit of lighting to year old photographer’s first exhibition sity of Illinois in Chicago. But photog- shade of a tree, so Agostini balanced
drive it home.” since college. raphy lured him to switch to Columbia artificial light with the sunlight to cap-
College in Chicago and get a degree in ture the image.
Indeed, “Dominic Agostini Portraits” He was not expecting the opportuni- photography.
breathes in that humanity. The exhibi- ty to come knocking on his door. Most “He was pretty much being himself,”
tion was installed last week in the gal- of his work is commercial and ends up He has always been drawn to por- Agostini said.
lery of the Foosaner Education Center on websites or catalogues rather than traits.
across the street from the Foosaner Art as a “picture on the wall.” But that simple lighting balance
Museum. It comprises 14 works, most While he works toward achieving and a heroic reverence for humanity
20 inches by 30 inches, and all silver “It really wasn’t on my radar,” he said. sophisticated lighting, both natural sings out to Funk, who says the image
halide photographs. “I’m very excited about it. There it is, in and artificial, in his photographs, relates to the “social realists” genre
a gallery space that I have a great deal of Agostini will ask his subjects to just of photography.
The portraits range from the un- respect for – the Frits van Eeden Gallery. be themselves.
known to the familiar. In one image, I was actually working there when the Agostini enjoys seeing how differ-
you see a young woman perched with dedication occurred. I never thought “One of the things I like to do in ent people respond to different pho-
a guitar against a sand dune, and an- I’d have an opportunity to show.” most of my photography is to see tographs, especially those of Dexter
other image is of a worker resting on what people do on their own,” he Johnston and Dr. B. Frank Brown.
his muddied tractor. There are also (Frits van Eeden is an internationally said. “So I might ask somebody to Johnston, known mostly as Dexter,
those portraits of people celebrated in acclaimed artist who lives in Melbourne stand or sit somewhere but I don’t tell was an artist known for her eccentric-
Brevard’s cultural circles: the late art- and in his homeland of The Nether- them how. Direction only comes in if ity and for being a walking encyclope-
ist Dexter Johnston, sitting so proudly lands. He is much beloved in Brevard’s it’s not very interesting.” dia of Brevard’s visual art scene, from
among her beloved art collection; and art community and by its patrons.) its beginnings through its sizeable
the unmistakable hands of the artist In his photograph entitled “Darren,” growth. Brown was an innovative Bre-
and philanthropist Ruth Funk, with Agostini calls his work “environ- which shows the image of a man sitting vard County Public Schools superin-
whom Agostini worked frequently. mental portraits,” which always gets on his tractor, Agostini got the subject tendent and also an avid gardener who
him into explanation mode: They have to just be himself. had numerous patents on plants he
In all, Agostini invites the viewer to nothing to do with the climate, but in- cross-bred.
consider people in their own environ- stead are people in their own environ- The man, Darren – we don’t learn his
ment. To visit with them, as it were. ments – where they live or how they last name – oversees work at the histor- “There’s a visual connection,” he
ic Field Manor, one of Brevard’s origi- said. “For example, the photograph of
“I think Dominic’s work really speaks nal homesteads. The University of Cen- Dr. Brown, that photo really generated
to that movement of social realism,” tral Florida was conducting a shoreline a connection I didn’t expect.
said Carla Funk, Florida Tech director study there and someone connected to
of museums, which include the Foosan- the study called Agostini. “And Dexter. She was fantastic. In
er and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile her tiny little shoebox apartment, she
Art on the campus of Florida Tech. really enjoyed spending the time (with
Agostini) but didn’t want to spend
Funk, who is no relation to the late much time taking pictures.”
philanthropist, wanted to have the
Agostini exhibition run concurrently When asked what he hopes view-
with the Foosaner Museum’s current ers will get from the exhibition, Agos-
show, “Pan American Modernism: tini at first demurred, suggesting that a
Avant Garde Art in Latin America and portrait is a “personal thing” and that
the United States,” which has a “big looking at a picture of a stranger can
component” of social realists photog- evoke all sorts of reactions.
raphers. Both exhibits reveal a “grace
and dignity” to ordinary people. “If I had to pick, I think the beauty
of humanity in every day people,” he
Art patrons here respond enthusi- said. “For me, I just like to see how
astically to the medium, she said. Past people respond.”
photographic exhibitions, including
those of works by Clyde Butcher, Annie DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS
Leibovitz and Leon Herschtritt, kept runs through Sept. 22 in the Frits van
breaking attendance records. Eeden Gallery in the Renee Foosaner Ed-
ucation Center, 520 Highland Ave., Mel-
“We have a lot of photographs in our bourne. Works also appear in the Center’s
permanent collection,” Funk said. “Ev- lobby area. Admission is free. The gallery
ery time I pull out photographs, people is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
seem drawn to them.” Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the
first Friday of each month. Call 321-674-
Adding to these factors is the com- 8923 or visit 
munity’s familiarity with Agostini’s

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Novelist Williams sets ‘Cocoa Beach’ in tantalizing ’20s

STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT these things because of expectations to be made from that first gothic vibe ners to land their merchandise. So all
but the writing was always there. It was years ago to the point where Virginia of these things came together and I’m
Modern inhabitants of Cocoa Beach always what I wanted to do and writing could star in her own story. thinking, gosh, I’m getting this feeling
may find it difficult to see their barrier itself always came easily for me,” said like in those Daphne du Maurier nov-
island home as anything but a quirky the New York Times bestselling author. “I happened to be reading a book els where there’s this sense that nature
beach town. But strip away the high- about the 1920s that devoted a whole plays a part and there’s this sense of the
rise condos and hotels, the gargantuan Once begun, Williams proved to chapter to Florida. The real estate ground shifting under your feet, every-
surf and beachwear shops, the family- be a prolific writer, publishing eight boom and all the rich people coming thing’s changing, everything’s new and
friendly tattoo parlors and I Dream of novels before “Cocoa Beach,” debut- down and building their winter pal- different. This was a few years ago and
Jeannie Lane, and you have a spit of ing in 2012 with “Overseas.” Much of aces. And, of course, you have Prohi- because my books tend to share char-
pale sand rising at most 12 feet above her writing is interwoven from book bition. And you’ve got this very long
sea level. to book, so there was a progression coastline. It was ideal for the rum run- CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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It all began with a vibe.
One year, long before writing was
even a serious career choice, Williams
and a carload of fellow Stanford Uni-
versity students made a spring break
pilgrimage to Florida. “We thought it
would be fun to drive down and fly
back up. And I always forget how long
Florida is. When we think of Florida,
we think of beaches and the built-up
areas. But in fact there are these vast
stretches of wilderness and I was get-
ting these very gothic vibes,” she said,
explaining “everything is so overgrown
and lush and it’s got a tropical feel and
because of the different waves of boom
and bust, you have a lot of these places
where ruined buildings are being taken
over by nature. You get this sense of the
uncontrollability of nature.”
That vibe was shelved but not forgot-
ten as the anthropology major gradu-
ated from Stanford and went on to
earn an MBA at Columbia University.
Embarking on a life in finance left Wil-
liams underwhelmed. “I thought the
obvious thing to do was to go on Wall
Street and be this high-profile person
and I, of course, quickly realized that
this was not my happy place. You do

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Babz Lupoli’s ‘Stripes’: Energy in the abstract

acters, I spent a few books working up STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT Karson Capp, representative to Babz Lupoli. rather dictate what emerges. She
to where I established this villa in Co- [email protected] worked for a while with drips when
coa Beach. Then I finally got myself PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER one day, she picked up a striped nap-
into the 1920s with my last two books, After viewing the social realism kin and applied that to the painting.
‘A Certain Age’ and ‘A Wicked City.’ in the “Dominic Agostini Portraits” Shipley was so impressed she
Virginia was first introduced as a side exhibition, trip down the block to urged Lupoli to fill out an applica- A theme dawned on her: the stripes
character in ‘A Certain Age.’ see the opposite – abstract paint- tion to exhibit. It was accepted and we each earn as we move through life.
ings and a mixed-media exhibition Shipley ended up curating the show.
“I wanted to have your classic hero- on view through July at the Fifth Although Lupoli has painted figura- “We have problems, travels, jobs,
ine who’s been sheltered all her life. Avenue Art Gallery. tives and landscapes, the abstracts neighbors, beliefs, all of these things
This person is going to be extremely won Shipley over. impact who we are,” she said. “Some
complex: vulnerable, at the same time, Called “The Stripes Run Through of the stripes come from being on the
suspicious, at the same time, naive Us,” the exhibition comprises 20 “Her energy is in her abstracts,” she right path, doing well, while others
because she was so sheltered. I had works (plus two in the closet) by Day- said. we earn when we are on the wrong
been mulling this in my head for a few tona Beach artist Babz Lupoli. path and have to adjust.”
years. By the time I sat down to write, Indeed. Talk to Lupoli about her
I thought I had a good idea how this Although not a member of the ven- abstracts and she sprints into dy- A teacher and assistant princi-
book was going to progress,” said the erable Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, an namic discourse about intuition pal for 32 years around Baltimore,
Seattle native. artist’s cooperative, Lupoli visited and impulse. Maryland, Lupoli began painting
the gallery and submitted an appli- 10 years ago after she retired and
“At this point, doing on-the-ground cation to show in its changing gallery. “A lot of my work just happens,” Lu- moved to Florida.
reconnaissance of Cocoa Beach for a poli said. “I converted to abstracts. I
novel set in the ’20s is almost useless Gallery member Phyllis Shipley rarely do the other. It’s unique. It just Since then, it has become her life,
because it has changed so much. So was working there the day Lupoli vis- comes from totally within you.” she said, and it has turned into a spir-
I went through lots of old photos, old ited. itual journey.
maps and Florida history accounts. Lupoli allows vibrant colors to
That’s the only way you’re going to find “As we conversed, her energy and “The Stripes Run Through Us” runs
the Florida I was looking for. But what I knowledge told me that she was an through July 29 at the Fifth Avenue
did take from visiting the area several artist,” Shipley said. “I asked if she Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Mel-
times is the sense of atmosphere that is would share some of her creations. bourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
still there,” Williams said. She had photos and also several Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 321-
bookmarks she had made. The ex- 259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGal-
Writing on and off over the summer citing colors and shape interactions 
while her four young children were out were a joy to see.”
of school and getting down to a steady
schedule in the fall brought the book Coming Up: Ladies jazz things up at King
together by December. “I knew when
I turned it in it wasn’t quite where I STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER ber of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
wanted it to be. My editor gave me [email protected] and a best-selling author.
some help so we had another month or
so of me just really digging down deep. 1 Jazz is the word this Saturday at 3 Riverside Theatre’s extremely
So all in, it was probably a five-month the King Center’s Studio The- popular Comedy Zone is a terrif-
writing process.”
atre, as a pair of talented women take
Fans and readers new to Williams’
work will have the opportunity to learn the stage. According to her official bio, ic change of pace choice for a night out
much more about the author and her
newest novel as she makes two stops in saxophonist Jazmin Ghent got her start with pals, date night or any occasion
Florida. She will appear from 2 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m. July 16 at the Cocoa Beach aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014, where you looking for a few (or a lot of)
Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave., and
from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the opening for the Sirius XM Hall of Fame laughs of fun, plenty of food and bev-
Vero Beach Book Center, 392 21st. St. 
Ceremony hosted by Marcus Miller, erages and maybe some music as well.

and wowing with a “smooth and soul- This Friday and Saturday, the comedy

ful rendition of ‘Summertime.’” A pair double bill will feature Frankie Paul

of singles from her successful debut and Myke Herlihy. Herlihy’s style is

CD, “Boss,” scored national recogni- Don Felder. laid back. He likes to say he started his

tion. Cindy Bradley plays jazz trumpet says Guitar World, “makes just about career behind bars “serving drinks,
every list of top guitar solos, including
and flugelhorn. According to Wikipe- ours.” Credit for the guitar majesty of not time.” And his own website calls
“Hotel California” is often given to Joe
dia, she picked up her first trumpet Walsh, who toughened up the Eagles’ him “one of the most loveable jerks
laid-back California sound when he
by accident at age 9, “because it was joined the band just prior to the “Hotel you’ll ever meet.” Paul, says Comedy
California” album’s recording. Actu-
the only available instrument which ally, GW explains, “the primary guitar Zone Worldwide online, has a knack
heard throughout the solo belongs to
she recognized in her teacher’s list for Felder,” who wrote the music for the for “taking a typically unnoticeable sit-
track and conceived and played the so-
school band classes.” Her hit single, lo’s intricate harmonies on his initial, uation to new levels of hysterics.” Paul
instrumental demo. Felder is a four-
“Massive Transit,” remained at No. 1 on time Grammy award winner, a mem- has been touring professionally for

the U.S. Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs close to 30 years, and touches on “ev-

chart for six weeks. eryday craziness like marriage, family

and common sense, or lack thereof.”

2 Don Felder is former lead gui- Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
tar for one of the most popular
Also at Riverside most weekends are

and powerful rock groups of its era, Live at the Loop an Howl at the Moon,

The Eagles, and he’ll be performing at both live outdoor music events, with

the King Center Monday, July 17. The all sorts of food and a very good time

Eagles’ 1976 song “Hotel California,” being had by all. 

At 9:28 a.m. on Feb. 15, an Indian rocket lifted off advances in electronics and materials, and a genera- Typical satellites are about the size of a bus. They
from Sriharikota, an island off India’s southeast coast, tion of aggressive, unconventional entrepreneurs, we take years to design and build, weigh maybe 7,000
a couple of hours north of Chennai. Its payload con- are awash in space startups. These companies envi- pounds, cost as much as $300 million, and rely on
sisted of 104 satellites, dwarfing the previous world sion an era in which rockets take off daily, filling the specialized electronics that can withstand conditions
record of 37 set by Russia in 2014. The largest of them skies with satellites that sense Earth’s every action – anywhere from 100 miles to 22,000 miles above Earth.
weighed 1,500 pounds and was designed to map In- in effect building a computational shell around our
dia’s infrastructure and monitor urban and rural de- planet. While few have noticed, this future is coming Convinced of the potential for improvement, the
velopment. Nestled alongside were around a dozen to pass right now. Ames scientists, led at first by Marshall and a young
smaller satellites from universities, startups, and re- Australian physicist named Chris Boshuizen, and
search groups. What made the launch a record were The New Space revolution’s satellite boom began soon by Schingler as well, set to work on a version of a
the 88 shoebox-size “Dove” satellites built by Planet in California, where you’ll find the NASA Ames Re- CubeSat, a satellite that can fit into a very small case.
Labs Inc., a startup in San Francisco. search Center. Since 2006, under the stewardship The device they hoped to build would be inexpensive
of Pete Worden, Ames has garnered a reputation for and light, capable of being constructed quickly and
For the past few years, Planet has been sending far-flung experimentation. Worden, an astrophysicist deployed en masse to perform independent or syn-
batches of its Doves into orbit, each carrying a high- and former U.S. Air Force brigadier general, delighted chronized tasks. The satellites would be so cheap as
powered telescope and camera programmed to pho- in hiring adventurous young engineers for unusual to verge on disposable.
tograph a different swath of Earth. The 88 launched research projects. Among Worden’s first hires were a
from Sriharikota would join 61 others to become the pair of rabble-rousing engineers named Will Marshall Boshuizen and Marshall assembled their first Cube-
largest fleet ever put in orbit. and Robbie Schingler. Sats by hand, ripping apart an HTC Nexus One and
connecting antennas, a large battery pack, and other
Images beamed back by the 61 have been used far Marshall, who has a doctorate in physics from the electronics to the smartphone’s innards.
and wide: Hedge funds scour Walmart parking lots to University of Oxford, worked on a number of teams
measure traffic flows during back-to-school seasons. at Ames, including ones building the LCROSS (Lu- Marshall, Boshuizen and Schingler became con-
Farmers assess crop health and estimate optimal har- nar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) probe, vinced they had the basis for a new company. The
vest times. Activists track Amazonian deforestation which found water at the moon’s south pole. Schin- idea behind the venture was to launch dozens, if not
and Syrian refugee camps. Spies monitor military gler focused on making satellites for scientific mis- hundreds, of CubeSats, which would form a kind of
buildups and trafficking operations. sions, including one to find exoplanets. line scanner for the Earth. Each satellite would be de-
ployed in a unique position from which it could con-
With all 149 satellites in place, Planet will be able to Toward 2009, Ames researchers started batting tinuously photograph a swath of the planet.
photograph every inch of Earth’s surface every day – around the possibilities opened up by smartphones.
something even the U.S. government can’t do. The first iPhone had been released two years earlier, Anyone who’s used Google Earth will get the con-
and the scientists were awed that devices so small cept. But whereas Google’s images are often months
This satellite constellation is one of many signs could pack so much horsepower and such sophisti- or years old, theirs would be compiled daily into a
that the relationship between humans and space is cated sensors and imaging technology. Could smart- database that allowed users to see recent images and
changing in ways unseen since Russia and the U.S. phones be the template for a new kind of satellite, compare their evolution over time. They imagined
began sending rockets into orbit six decades ago. they wondered? that a daily accounting of the Earth would prompt
its denizens to steward it more responsibly. And, of
Thanks to modern software, artificial intelligence,

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 13, 2017 19


course, along the way they could make heaps of mon- leader is DigitalGlobe in Westminster, Colo., which For example, the rough industry consensus last
ey selling images to hedge funds, farmers, and spies. operates a network of large satellites that produce year was that China had approximately 400 million
“exquisite” pictures, in industry parlance. barrels of oil in reserve. But Orbital’s own figure was
At first, many in the aerospace industry considered 550 million. It found there were 2,100 oil tanks capa-
Planet Labs’ satellites a gimmick – too small to pro- The company says it can scan 60 percent of the ble of holding 1.1 billion barrels of oil, and they were
duce useful high-resolution images and too complex Earth every month and capture specific targets on half full on average.
to manage by the dozen. But seven years after being request. (The U.S. government usually gets priority.)
founded, the company is on the 14th iteration of its DigitalGlobe’s satellites orbit at about 370 to 500 miles Another startup, SpaceKnow Inc., delivers simi-
Doves and can knock out 20 of them per week from a above Earth, higher than Planet Labs’ 230 to 310. In larly detailed information via a web service that’s
small factory inside its headquarters. Planet Labs’ photos, while you can still make out cars, dead simple to use. Want to know what Russia is up
it’s hard to tell what color they are, for example. to in Crimea, the territory it annexed from Ukraine in
Each of the satellites is a black, lightweight alumi- 2014? Highlight the region on a map, and SpaceKnow
num cuboid measuring 10 centimeters by 10 centi- Last year the NGA signed a $20 million deal for sev- will return a play-by-play showing photographic evi-
meters by 30 centimeters and containing 2,013 com- en months’ worth of unfettered access to Planet’s im- dence of the Russian army dredging parts of the Black
ponents. Inside is a cylindrical telescope wrapped in ages. “I want the anxious to scoot to the edge of their Sea, then building bridges and roads to prepare for
gold-plated tape to provide thermal insulation and seats. Get involved and engaged,” Cardillo says. the arrival of more troops and tanks.
surrounded by six lithium ion batteries, individual
heaters for each one, and a handful of circuit boards. Some are already there. Gerby Marks, a counter- “You can see that they’re trying to connect the
terrorism expert and former DigitalGlobe employee, southern part of Crimea to the main part of Russia so
Over the past few years, the company has sent 233 was considering retiring from the field when Planet they can invade it more easily,” says SpaceKnow CEO
satellites into space on a mix of American, Indian, came along. The combination of daily images and AI Pavel Machalek.
Japanese, and Russian rockets. On two occasions, the
rockets have blown up, scattering Dove chunks across Schingler and Marshall at work. The company also estimates the gross domestic
coastlines. product of countries in Africa by counting the num-
A Dove at Planet’s San Francisco office during assembly. ber of lights on at night, monitors the movement of
These were expensive losses, but Planet has built every boat in the ocean, and tracks the amount of coal
such failures into its business model. As it is, the sat- seemed to her a revelation – a way to predict the fu- coming out of mines. “You would need 1,000 human
ellites are built to last only about three years, after ture rather than react to the past. “DigitalGlobe will analysts to do any of these things,” Machalek says.
which they fall back to Earth, disintegrating in the at- only start looking at a site once there is a request to be “But the machine – the algorithm – never gets tired.”
mosphere. tasked to it,” she says. “Now we’re able to detect things
before we even know about them.” Earlier this year, Planet bought Terra Bella, a mak-
For multi-Dove launches, such as the Indian one in er of larger satellites that produce higher-resolution
February, the rocket gets into position, then tips for- At the NGA conference, participants included photos. Terra Bella, which used to be called Skybox
ward and slowly rotates, releasing a Dove or two every James Crawford, who once oversaw Google Books, Imaging, was once thought more likely than Planet
couple of degrees at a speed of about 1 meter per sec- that company’s effort to make millions of volumes to succeed – a perspective that only deepened when
ond. Dozens can be launched this way in about five searchable online. Crawford is now the CEO of Orbital Google spent $500 million to buy it in 2014.
minutes. Insight, a startup in Mountain View.
Now, Planet has both companies in the fold: When
Once a Dove has been released, its solar panels Orbital Insight takes images from Planet, Digital- Planet bought Terra Bella, Google took a stake in – and
unfurl, a lid at one of its ends pops open, and an an- Globe, and public repositories and combines them agreed to buy images from – Planet. Owning Terra
tenna extends. To get the satellites into optimal posi- into a unified database. Its algorithms enable Craw- Bella and its seven orbiting satellites will allow Planet
tion, Planet uses a technique called differential drag, ford to call up an image of a port in Shanghai that’s to compete more directly with DigitalGlobe – as well
in which the solar panels act like sails pushing against been broken down like a puzzle, with cylindrical oil as a flood of new entrants to the game.
the trace of atmosphere available to slow a chosen storage tanks color-coded green, ships in red, and
Dove down with respect to the others. The concept buildings in blue. Hit a button, and the software Perhaps the most ambitious of the new companies
had been largely theoretical until Planet proved it shows that eight new buildings have gone up in a few is OneWeb in Florida, which wants to surround the
could be done for an array of satellites. months. Hit another button, and the software will cal- planet with hundreds, possibly thousands, of small,
culate how much oil is in a given tank. low-orbit communications satellites. These will form
When the Doves have been launched into a sun- a network accessible to the 3 billion people on Earth
synchronous orbit (one crossing the equator at the who lack high-speed internet service because of geo-
same local time every day), algorithms adjust their graphic and economic constraints.
panels to guide them into position, spacing them out
evenly. Getting all 88 of the Indian-launched satellites OneWeb plans to begin launching batches of satel-
to fan out properly took a few months. As this story lites in 2018 on rockets from Virgin Orbit and others.
goes to press, they’re coming into perfect position.
To be sustainable, this satellite boom will require
Each Dove is responsible for collecting 10,000 im- an attendant breakthrough in rocketry. Elon Musk’s
ages covering 2 million square kilometers per day, an Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, was
area the size of Mexico. The pictures – 40 gigabytes’ the first to show that one might be possible, inspiring
worth – are relayed during 10 daily eight-minute ses- rocket and satellite startups alike by lowering the cost
sions on custom-built radios between the satellites of getting into orbit. There are now about 10 compa-
and a dozen ground stations built by Planet in Ant- nies making small, cheap rockets that are purpose-
arctica, Chile, Hawaii, Iceland, and other places. built to carry CubeSats.

Once the images reach Earth, Planet’s software For now, the one with the most funding and cus-
compiles them, cleans them up, and deletes photos tomers is Rocket Lab, which in May completed the
marred by clouds and shadows. first successful test flight of its carbon fiber Electron
model from its private spaceport in New Zealand. The
In mid-April the National Geospatial-Intelligence company will be charging $5 million per flight once
Agency, which analyzes images for the Department it’s fully operational, far lower than SpaceX’s $60 mil-
of Defense and U.S. intelligence services, held a con- lion, the current industry benchmark.
ference in Springfield, Va., to discuss how the sudden
flood of satellite photography was changing espio- Rocket Lab hopes within a few years to be launch-
nage. In the 1960s the satellite images the government ing about 100 times annually – the same number con-
needed were extremely hard to obtain. The U.S. had ducted in 2016 by the entire aerospace industry.
a program called Corona, in which an imaging satel-
lite would take pictures and physically eject a capsule “Launch is the largest barrier to innovation in space
full of film toward Earth. A plane outfitted with a net today,” Schingler says. “That all of a sudden changes
would then try to catch the capsule midair. Amaz- entirely if you have frequent, low-cost, reliable access
ingly, this system worked often enough to be useful. to space. So the small launchers will be a game chang-
er. There will be new missions that were inconceiv-
The process is much simpler today, but truly high- able before, and five years from now we will be seeing
quality images remain a rare commodity. The market some amazing things.” 

THE ABCS AND D OF MEDICARE, PART I the taxes they paid into Medicare over the years covers that cost. © 2017 Vero Beach 32963 Media, all rights reserved
Currently, enrollees pay a deductible of $1,260, then Medicare
Over the last 50 years, Medicare has grown from one-size-fits-all pays about 80 percent of approved inpatient costs for the first 60
to include multiple models of care. Different types of Medicare plans days of hospitalization. For longer hospital stays, patients pay a
help pay for inpatient hospital care, doctor visits, outpatient servic- larger share of the costs.
es, home health care, prescription drugs, some care in a skilled nurs-
ing facility and more, depending on the plan or plans you choose. PART B – MEDICAL COVERAGE
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WHAT IS MEDICARE? medical equipment, outpatient procedures, rehabilitation therapy,
Medicare is a national social insurance program administered laboratory tests, X-rays, mental health services, ambulance services
and blood.
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ance for Americans age 65 and older who have worked and paid month. People with higher incomes – above $85,000 annually for
into the system and younger people with disabilities, end-stage an individual or $170,000 for a couple – pay higher rates. After a
renal disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. deductible of $147 is met, the patient typically pays the remain-
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION REGARDING ing 20 percent of Medicare-approved charges for most doctor (in-
MEDICARE? patient and outpatient) services, outpatient therapy and durable
medical equipment.
The single most important decision related to Medicare is The patient pays a deductible each time he or she is hospital-
whether to choose the Original Medicare plan (Parts A and B) run ized (unless readmitted within 60 days, when that hospitalization’s
by the federal government or a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) deductible is waived). There is no limit to the amount of out-of-
that delivers care through an approved health maintenance orga- pocket expenses the patient incurs.
nization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO) which is Next time we’ll cover Medicare’s supplemental plan called Me-
operated by a private insurance company. digap; Part C (Medicare Advantage [HMO and PPO] plans); and Part
HOW DOES ORIGINAL MEDICARE WORK? D (Medicare’s prescription plan).
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For the umpteenth time, John pearances on late- tennis very seriously, even keeping John McEnroe
McEnroe has stirred up controversy night talk shows count of his head-to-head record on
the best way he knows how – with his and sports-talk the senior tour; and his family, par- art collector and aspiring musician.
mouth. radio. But McEn- ticularly his second wife, musician But the most tender and vulnera-
roe is standing Patty Smyth, and his six children
During a promotional tour of his by his comments have been instrumental in softening ble moments in the book arrive when
newly released memoir, “But Seri- even while reiter- his cantankerous personality. McEnroe writes about not being ap-
ously,” the 58-year-old American ating his respect preciative enough of his late father,
tennis legend said that ¬23-time for Williams. It’s Recently, McEnroe has begun to his son Kevin’s arrest for alleged
Grand Slam champion Serena Wil- vintage McEnroe, refer to himself as a feminist and cocaine possession (which turned
liams would be ranked “like 700 in who prides him- take an interest in women’s rights is- out to be baking soda) and his own
the world” if she played on the men’s self on being can- sues, something he says he started to battles with drug use. McEnroe
tour. did and unapolo- care more about because of his four sometimes graces the pages with his
getic. grown daughters. children’s words, too. He includes
That crack prompted criticism an essay by his daughter Anna in
from the media, tennis fans and even The same spirit “Thanks to my daughters in large which she describes the pressures
McEnroe’s daughters, and the result- appears through- part, I now realize how important it that come with having the last name
ing uproar has dominated his ap- out his new book, is for young girls to have the same McEnroe, and the book ends with a
a ¬follow-up to opportunities as boys to take part touching poem by daughter Emily to
his 2002 bestsell- in physical activity,” he says. “I am her father.
er, “You Cannot proud to be a feminist.”
Be Serious.” He “Hopefully, over the past few years
opines on a va- In the same chapter, McEnroe de- I’ve made some progress in grudg-
riety of subjects, fends equal prize money for female ingly figuring out how to become a
including tennis tennis players, and he praises Ser- better person, and am now known
(“As far as I’m con- ena and her older sister, Venus, for for more than just hitting a tennis
cerned, doubles is the challenges they’ve overcome ball and getting upset and yelling
on life-support”), as black female athletes. “It’s what at linesmen and umpires,” McEnroe
art, music, reli- they’ve achieved in terms of break- says early in the book. “But I’ll leave
gion and politics ing into what remains a white, mid- that for you to judge.” 
(“I’m fiscally con- dle-class sport that is most impres-
servative but so- sive,” he says. BUT SERIOUSLY
cially liberal”). By John McEnroe
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Litte, Brown. 288 pp. $29
McEnroe, the Slam champion, expresses confu- Review by Kelyn Soong
self-appointed sion as to why the subject of him The Washington Post
“Commissioner of playing Serena continues to come
Tennis,” appears nostalgic and even up. He recalls that the first time it
reflective on some of his past behav- happened was in 2000 when Don-
ior and comments, especially when ald Trump offered $1 million to the
it comes to issues with his family. winner between McEnroe and Ser-
In several chapters, he comes off as ena or Venus. Neither Williams sis-
a self-deprecating husband and fa- ter accepted Trump’s offer, yet that
ther, but it wouldn’t be authentic doesn’t prevent McEnroe from offer-
McEnroe if the book were about be- ing his opinion on the hypothetical
ing sorry. matchup: “Don’t tell anybody, but I
“If there’s one thing I’ve always may still be able to [beat Serena].”
done it’s speak my mind,” he writes.
“It’s got me into trouble in the past, McEnroe also spends plenty of
as everyone knows, but at least peo- pages name-dropping his famous
ple know what I’m thinking.” non-tennis friends (Lorne Michaels,
From the first chapter, McEnroe Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are
makes a few things clear: He takes just a few), his failed forays into tele-
vision hosting, his Catholic upbring-
ing, his appreciation of former rival
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clergymen, as well

as their wives and

daughters. She ex-

plains how read-

ing became some-

thing of a “spectator

sport.” Of course,

as with any type of

performance, one

had to be properly

prepared, and this

led to a surge of in-

structional manu-

als, further fueling

what Williams des-

ignates “the great

age of elocution,”

in which Britons

of all backgrounds

were gripped with Abigail Williams
“a near obsession

with learning to read

out loud.” Trades-

men formed what were rather devices for the display of books. A

memorably known as “spouting house with a library of any size very

clubs” for aspiring public speak- often served not only a family but an

ers, relying on such handbooks as entire village.

“The New Spouter’s Companion” At the same time, silent reading was

and “The Sentimental Spouter.” no longer restricted to parlors and

Women, who very often found studies. Williams tells of a traveling

themselves omitted from pub- stonemason who “taught his horse the

lic performances, quickly took to route of his journeys, and from then

them in the home, entertaining on, read while he traveled,” and of la-

friends and family with tales and dies reading while having their hair

poems while they knitted or oth- done, such that many a book was left

erwise busied themselves around with “binding cracked by quantities

the hearth. of powder and pomatum between the

Guidebooks went so far as to leaves.” Then, as now, newly portable

advise the correct wrinkling of volumes allowed travelers to while

the brow to display “the emotion away hours, just as “modern travellers

of horror,” as in Charles Le Brun’s would take a novel, an iPod, or an iPad

illustrated “Heads,” representing as a time-killer.”

the various passions of the soul. Williams regales us with stories of

Others, like Joshua Steele’s “Proso- servants sneaking masters’ books,

dia Rationalis,” hoped to create of Thomas Bowdler sanitizing – or

a musical notation for elocution, “bowdlerizing” – Shakespeare for

marking the oratory as if it were families, Newton’s magisterial “Prin-

to be played on an instrument. cipia” republished without all the

As Williams points out, “reading off-putting math, and the rage for

well in the eighteenth century was literary merchandise inspired, in

We tend to imagine readers, an in- In the pages of his magazine, the harder than it sounded.” one case, by Samuel Richardson’s
creasingly uncommon breed, as silent Spectator, Joseph Addison com-
and usually solitary beings, but they manded that culture come “out of In true British fashion, such ear- 1740 novel, “Pamela,” including fans,
have not always been so. As Abigail Closets and Libraries, Schools and
Williams tells us in “The Social Life Colleges, to dwell in Clubs and As- nestness soon met with humorous playing cards, tea cups, waxworks
of Books,” 18th-century England was semblies, at Tea-Tables, and in Cof-
a heyday of communal reading. Books fee-Houses,” and it did. Reading deflations, such as a parody by Alex- and creamers.
were read aloud, a pastime that grew aloud made sense for many reasons.
enormously in popularity alongside Candles were expensive, as were ander Stevens, whose title reads in “The Social Life of Books” invites us
rising literacy rates, the birth of com- books. Before modern ophthalmol-
mercial publishing and the emer- ogy, those with poor eyesight could part “The Question, in which Speci- to think about an era when increased
gence of the professional writer. only experience a book if it were read
to them. What had remained in ear- mens of true and false Eloquence leisure time worked with a widespread
Williams, who teaches at Oxford lier centuries the domain of scholars
University, explains that from the in dusty carrels came to resemble will be given by the Rostrator, is How yearning for knowledge to change the
vantage of our own age, saturated something as familiar to us as fami-
as it is with entertainment and in- lies gathered around pianos or tele- far the Parabola of a Comet affects act of reading. Williams’ charming
formation, “it is hard to imagine the visions in later ages.
excitement felt by previous readers at the Vegetation of a Cucumber,” a ti- pageant of anecdotes, as revealed in
the possibility of gaining access to a Williams’ impressive research
new book.” No longer did one require is presented with a light touch tle hardly more outrageous than the diaries, letters and marginalia, con-
“formal and classical education, or throughout, bringing the reader
the resources of a vast library” to be into the amusing daily lives of Eng- era’s mania for perfect articulation. jures a world strikingly different from
a reader. lish tradesmen, workers, merchants,
The enlargement of culture arrived our own but surprisingly similar in

along with an opening up of architec- many ways, a time when reading was

tural spaces. The emerging merchant on the rise and whole worlds sprang

class moved into larger homes, and up around it. 

those homes required libraries, set-

ting in motion a brisk trade in book- THE SOCIAL LIFE OF BOOKS
Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home
related furniture, including a dizzy-
ing assortment of ladies’ bookcases, By Abigail Williams
pediment bookcases, “embattled” Yale University Press. 368 pp. $40

bookcases, gothic bookcases, not Review by Ernest Hilbert
to mention library tables and other The Washington Post

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Martin H. Fischer, a German-American physiologist who died in 1962, said, “A nickel’s —
worth of goulash beats a five-dollar can of vitamins.”

At the bridge table, a goulash deal beats five contracts played in no-trump. You presort
the cards into their suits, cut the deck without shuffling, and deal in groups. I do threes WEST AKQ9654
and fours, but some prefer a three and two fives. The deals often have very long suits. EAST
The one in the diagram was played in a social game last month. What do you think of the
auction? How did five hearts doubled fare? — AQ98542

It is rare to open with a one-bid in goulash. West’s Unusual No-trump was weird; since — J 10 7 6 4
partner rated to have a major two-suiter, just bidding some number of diamonds would
have been preferable. East hid in the bushes over three spades. Then South, who was K Q J 10 8 5 4 2 3
preparing to double five diamonds (it probably would have failed by one trick), was
pleasantly surprised to hear partner raise hearts. East finally revealed his major-orientated J 10 8 7 2 —
If West had led a club, the contract would have failed, but she selected the diamond king.
Declarer looked at the diamond void and joked, “Ruff it!” —

South took the first trick and played four rounds of hearts. East won, cashed his second AKQ98532
heart trick, then tried a sneaky low-spade lead. However, declarer knew that East, who
couldn’t have a second diamond, had started with 7-5-1-0 distribution. South discarded A976
a diamond. When he won the trick on the board, he conceded only two trump tricks and
claimed for plus 850. 3

Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

The Bidding:

1 Hearts 2 NT 3 Spades Pass
4 Hearts 5 Diamonds 5 Hearts Dbl. LEAD:
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the basis of this 5 Actress Chase 68 Union with an
1 Greedy puzzle) 6 “What’d I tell ya?” A HARD-DRIVING PUZZLE By Merl Reagle
8 High-potassium 72 Gets stuck 7 Played a child’s acting head? Simulcast Wagering
74 Makin’ bacon 70 See 64 Across Doors Open @ 11:45
fruit place game 71 Leaky faucet
14 Bat, for one 75 Xylem and 8 Book opening?
20 Siren phloem fluid 9 Call it ___ sound
21 Words rarely 77 Visas and 10 Prime time time 73 Morse morsel
passports 11 Do a tax return 76 Indulges in a
heard down 79 Bankroll
at police 80 Bit of symbolic chore fantasy
headquarters writing 12 Nonexistent 78 Headphone effect
22 “___ inside me 84 OSU foe 13 Had some grub or 81 The Stooges and
said ...” 86 Recovery ctr.
23 Not yet signed, to 89 It’s “human” some grubs others
Variety 90 Concert hall key? 14 ___ grade 82 Organic
24 ____________ + 94 Zest, for example
O 96 Impair (measured up) compound
26 Playing surface 97 Caltech, for one 15 State 83 Alma ___
No. 1 99 Bond villain 85 Precept
27 Real name of Roy 100 Partner of “the unequivocably 87 Alexandra Zuck,
Rogers, Leonard same” 16 Where Fez is:
___ 101 See 69 Across in films
28 Cash back? 104 Drug banner: abbr. 88 Triple Crown leg
29 Jazz writer Hentoff abbr. 17 Filet ___ 91 Simply
30 True statement 105 Cartoonist 18 Having a sharp 92 Melvin who could
31 Arizona Indian Addams, in his
33 Play the dating signatures point hit
game 106 Like krypton or 19 Philippine island 93 Thing, in law
36 Something to do xenon 25 They work on 95 Place to sell cars
on Tuesday 107 Day of the Locust 98 Forgets the whole
37 Beatle’s wife climax planes
38 CO + 108 Luchino’s Death in 27 Ghostly thing
____________ Venice star 31 Revs up the P.R. 101 Burnett-Arkin film,
42 Pledge of 109 Stagnant situation
Allegiance wds. 110 Rained out: abbr. machine ___ and the Philly
43 Monumental 111 Brilliant stroke 32 Speaks Flash
44 Cleveland deejay 113 Satellite of Saturn 102 Furniture palm
who 114 ______________ thoughtfully 103 Most constant
popularized the 119 “I Love ___” 33 The Nanny first 105 Hardly Mr.
term 121 Kin of “allow me” Sensitive
“rock ’n’ roll” 122 The Peabody and name 108 Funeral hymn
45 Taping abbr. others 34 Slow, to Simon 110 Kilauea’s fire
46 Jaguar scar 123 Wrapped cheese goddess
47 South Carolina slices Rattle 111 Basic, as beliefs
river 124 Hollywood 35 Draw a conclusion 112 Ransom of cars
48 Delibes opera boulevard 36 Palimpsest author 113 Beach browns
52 Topical comic 125 Most recent 38 Hazel creator Key 115 Capt. Flint’s
54 Manorial menial 126 ___ for (is 39 Music notes creator
56 Like George’s desirous of) 40 Where Naples is: 116 50 Down
view of the future container
58 Oy follower DOWN abbr. 117 Feeling to be
60 Peace in the 1 Sportswear, once 41 “What have we struck with
Middle East? 2 Ithaca’s waters 118 Like sashimi
64 D.C. denizen 3 ____________ + I here?” 119 Furnace coating
65 Cpl., for one 4 Jean of the 49 ____________ + 120 Actress Zadora
66 Puts up with
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Francisco’s 50 Spray weapon
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A plan of action when flighty friend changes your ‘plans’

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST about sticking to the original plans you made, the Anonymous: “Thanks,” you say kindly and
less drama there will be in the way the friendship thoughtfully, “but I don’t want what you have,
Dear Carolyn: I have a friend plays out. either.” 
whose schedule changes fre-
quently. Recently, she changed You don’t say why she changes plans, by the
our “plans” to get together from way, and to my mind the reason is everything. I’d
Tuesday to Monday to Wednes- be much more accommodating to someone with
day. How do I spend time with a difficult schedule – unpredictable job, multiple
her without feeling shuffled responsibilities, health concerns – than I would
around? to someone who just is careless with details or
who gets lured away by a better offer than hang-
– Frequently Rescheduled ing out with me. I’d feel sympathy for anyone
with the former and not take the cancellations
Frequently Rescheduled: If you are being personally, whereas for the latter I’d get the mes-
shuffled around, then you should feel shuffled sage quickly that I don’t really count.
around. Call it what it is.
Hi, Carolyn: I am a single woman in my 30s. I’m
What you do about it from there is the impor- happy with my life, have a satisfying career, lots of
tant thing, and that’s really a matter of personal friends, many interests, and am open to relation-
preference. ships should one come my way.

• You can roll with the shuffling if you decide it Recently I had a pretty negative dating experience
isn’t a deal-breaker for you; meaning, the friend’s but I am doing OK with it and moving on. As this
company pleases you more than the rescheduled experience played out, a close friend of mine who
plans annoy you. is married made several comments about how glad
she was to no longer be in my position – dealing with
●• You can decide it bothers you enough to end dating – and it rubbed me the wrong way. I think she
the friendship over it, and spell out for her that has good intentions but it felt patronizing.
you don’t like the constant changes of plans. Af-
ter you give her a chance to change her ways, you I don’t envy my friend’s life in the least and I
can then end the friendship accordingly if the guess it bothers me that she seems to want me to,
constant shuffling persists. or thinks I should. She is a good, kind person and
a good friend and I want to maintain a friendship
●• Or you can be pleasantly immovable and say, with her. How I can respond to these comments
“Sorry, Tuesday is the only day that works for me. kindly and thoughtfully without saying, “Thanks,
Let me know if you change your mind and want but I don’t want what you have”?
to stick to our original plans.” That way you set
out the terms upon which you’re willing to stay – Anonymous
friends, and she either meets them or doesn’t.
The more friendly and matter-of-fact you are

Massage therapy has major
benefits for cancer patients

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Massage therapy has major benefits for cancer patients

Dr. Patrick Judson. Therapist Marieke Dam with
patient Nicole Lewis.

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Her battle with breast cancer began Emerson adds that “radiation can the potential to break down fibrotic
[email protected] in 2005 when, she says, “I never had also disrupt cell mitosis which would tissues, releasing the inflammation
physical therapy after my mastec- affect how it remodels itself. And che- and free radicals that are caused by
People undergoing treatment for tomy,” and today, a dozen years later, mo also has effects directly on the tis- radiation therapy.”
breast cancer, prostate cancer, lym- she has severely limited range of mo- sues and affects the DNA of the tissue
phoma, melanoma and, indeed, a tion in her left arm and shoulder. structure.” Judson, who was brought into Scul-
host of other cancers are prime can- ly-Welsh last December to build its
didates for a new application of a very One likely culprit? Radiation-in- One way to treat radiation-induced palliative care program says, “this is
old form of therapy. duced fibrosis. fibrosis is with the application of the all part of the care of the whole pa-
same “deep friction” massage and tient. When you’re taking care of the
Massage. The American Association for the compression techniques employed at cancer you cannot forget that there’s
“Oncology massage can support Advancement of Science explains that the Vero hospital’s physical therapy a person – one of God’s children –
quality of life before, during and at the fibrosis is a process of scarring caused center. that’s there right with you; patients do
conclusion of rigorous cancer treat- by radiation treatments in which better when you’re dealing with the
ments,” according to the Sidney Kim- healthy, flexible tissue, ligaments and The enthusiastic and buoyant Dam whole person, not just the disease.”
mel Comprehensive Cancer Center at muscles are replaced by far less elas- jumps in to explain “this involves
Johns Hopkins University. “Massage tic connective tissue, which “leads deeper tissues and what we need to And while deep friction massage,
can also ease residual symptoms af- to hardening and functional impair- do in order to do a deep tissue mas- compression therapies and other
ter treatment. Whether fighting to get ments.” sage.” similar techniques do appear to offer
well or working to stay well, oncology substantial help to patients suffering
massage is a safe and supportive ther- And pain. In Lewis’ case, however, that’s now from radiation-induced fibrosis, Jud-
apy for cancer and the treatment of its The U.S. National Library of Medi- a “no-pain-no-gain” kind of scenario. son is eager to expand the hospital’s
side effects.” cine agrees. No matter how “pin- physical therapy efforts by adding a
At the Indian River Medical Cen- point” any radiation therapy claims to In 2005, Lewis recalls, “they kept lymphedema massage therapist to
ter’s rehabilitation therapy center, be, “radiation-induced fibrosis is not saying, ‘don’t use your arm, don’t the staff.
Dr. Patrick Judson from the adjacent confined to a specific, well-defined use your arm.’ And then they did ra-
Scully-Welsh cancer center, along site of injury or pathology. Moreover, diation. I was continuing to have pain Lymphedema is a common and
with therapy specialists Marieke Dam it is a chronic, progressive side effect but they were saying, ‘don’t use your debilitating condition that can occur
and Susan Emerson and local cancer- reaching deep into the fascia, mus- arm.’ So by the time I had surgery and when lymph nodes and vessels are re-
survivor Nicole Lewis, all echo the cles, organs and bones of multiple ar- started physical therapy, I couldn’t moved during cancer surgeries. Like
claims of the famed Baltimore medi- eas or regions that are caught within move my arm at all, really. Even when fibrosis, it can be treated with thera-
cal center. the primary and larger secondary ra- I get massages [now] . . . the muscles peutic massage, but at present neither
In fact, they collectively say that diation fields.” and everything still hurt terribly.” IRMC nor Scully-Welsh has a lymph-
massage therapy really ought to start The website adds, “for edema massage specialist on staff.
sooner in the cancer-fighting process breast cancer patients, the total ra- Whether or not an earlier start to
than it has in the past and sometimes diation field may include the neck, massage therapy would have pre- The rehabilitation therapy center at
still does today. shoulders, axillary and thoracic mus- vented – or at least ameliorated – IRMC is located in the ambulatory ser-
Lewis speaks from personal experi- cles and the ribs for both the ipsilater- Lewis’ ongoing pain and motion vices center building, just past the front
ence. al (cancer-affected) and contralateral range problems is impossible to an- entrance of the hospital. The phone
sides.” swer, but does say “when number is 772-563-4651. 
delivered in timely intensive sessions,
deep friction technique massage has

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Low BMI could lengthen healing time for fractures

STORY BY AMANDA LOUDIN THE WASHINGTON POST building up their mileage, as well as search is that these runners add lean to 22 percent for hormonal health,” he
their BMI,” he explains. “There is still muscle mass to support and offload says. “If it’s not there, all the calcium
Samantha Strong knows stress frac- more that we need to look into and we’re the bones. “To do this, these runners and vitamin D in the world won’t heal
tures. A former collegiate triathlete dividing up a big database to do that.” may gain weight and their BMIs will go a stress fracture.”
and high school runner, the 22-year up,” he says. “But it will help keep them
old graduate student estimates she Still, Miller says that there is a per- healthier and in the game.” The issue, he says, is that there are
had eight or nine over her high school vasive problem among female colle- very few Division 1 female runners
and college careers. Each one, she says, giate runners and their perception that Lt. Col. Mark Cucuzzella, a profes- who hit that mark. “It’s a mismatch,”
took longer than the last to heal. lighter equals faster. “Staying at a low sor at West Virginia University School Cucuzzella says. “Many of these wom-
weight may work for a while,” he says, of Medicine, says female runners with en will show up at college with delayed
“My first stress fracture was in my “but eventually, it catches up to these low BMIs should be aiming to add fat puberty because they stay low weight
tibia, and I was told it would take about athletes and they end up injured.” to their bodies. “In this age group, body in hopes of better performance. In the
six weeks to heal,” says Strong, who fat should be in the range of 20 percent end, however, they break.” 
lives in Arlington. “It ended up taking His suggestion following his re-
two to three times that. The worst was
in my femoral neck, which should have
been about a three- to four-month lay-
off. It took six months instead.”

This comes as no surprise, says
Strong, when you consider that she
spent years in the grips of an eating dis-
order and was severely underweight.
In fact, she says, “I was diagnosed with
osteopenia and osteoporosis at age 16.”

Strong’s experience is consistent
with the findings of a new Ohio State
University study led by Timothy L.
Miller. The team spent three years
examining the relationship between
stress fractures and time to return to
running on a Division 1 team. They
concluded that the lower the athlete’s
body mass index (BMI), the longer the
healing period.

Low weight can lead to trouble.
The OSU study identified 24 tibial
stress fractures in 18 women from 2011
to 2014. The researchers took into con-
sideration the grade of the stress frac-
tures using the K-M system. “This is a
unique classification method because
it considers both radiographic and
clinical evidence,” Miller says. “It’s a
first-of-its-kind system.”
Grade I is a stress reaction that ap-
pears only on radiographic results and
doesn’t present with pain. Grade V, at
the far end of the spectrum, is a non-
union stress fracture. “These are inju-
ries that the patients have ignored or
mistreated, and surgery may be need-
ed to repair them,” Miller says. “Essen-
tially, the body has given up trying to
heal these fractures.”
In the study, the team found that
the average time to return to running
for those with a Grade V injury was 17
weeks, compared with 13.7 in grades II
and III. The researchers also compared
the women’s BMIs with those of unin-
jured teammates and found that the
women with BMIs lower than 19 were
at a higher risk to develop stress frac-
Miller says that the likelihood for
stress fractures among this popula-
tion is multi-factorial. “You have to take
into consideration the type of training,
the amount of time the runners spent

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Majority of docs underplay women’s heart disease risk

STORY BY MARIA CANFIELD CORRESPONDENT Dr. Arley Peter and tients; they just want to discuss their
[email protected] patient Margaret Kiefer. health risks and gently point them in
the right direction.”
There is a dangerous disconnect PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
when it comes to women’s heart Dr. Peter says that fairly simple
health: Although heart disease is the to be aware of the risks. And younger protocols for assessing heart-health
leading cause of death for women in women were not as aware as older risk exist and should be routinely
the United States, a recent survey women.” employed by doctors; encouraging-
shows that only 39 percent of pri- ly, a number of patients have been
mary care physicians prioritize it as Nearly 300,000 women die of heart referred to his Vero Beach cardiology
a top concern. disease in the United States each practice by primary care physicians
year; accounting for about one in ev- as a result of such assessments.
If you’re surprised that heart dis- ery 4 female deaths. Approximately Women can also ask that heart-
ease kills more women than any 250,000 deaths are attributable to health evaluations be performed
other medical condition, you’re not cancer, making it the second-lead- during their annual gynecologic ex-
alone. The survey, conducted by ing cause of death among women. ams.
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los
Angeles and the Women’s Heart Al- The data-rich survey results were The study authors surveyed 1,011
liance, found that 45 percent of the published in the Journal of the U.S. women, 200 primary care phy-
women they asked were unaware of American College of Cardiology. A sicians, and 100 cardiologists in
that fact. few other key findings: 2014. All groups largely agreed that
further investment in cardiovascu-
Vero Beach cardiologist Arley Pe- • 74 percent of the women sur- lar disease research for women is
ter says that while the survey results veyed reported having at least one needed, as is education for physi-
were not unexpected, they provid- risk factor for heart disease, but only cians. Cedars-Sinai’s C. Noel Bairey
ed compelling confirmation that 16 percent had their risk assessed by Merz, MD, says "most of the women
there is still poor awareness of the a doctor. endorsed the advocacy of medical
prevalence of heart disease among tests designed for women, greater
women. Dr. Peter added, “the survey • Only 22 percent of the primary discussion of the threat of heart dis-
showed a clear difference based on care physicians surveyed felt they ease, and more physician attention
education level; women with a high- were prepared to assess a woman’s in medical training, whereas physi-
er level of education were more likely cardiovascular disease risk (for car- cians supported the advocacy of a
diologists, the number was still sur- national action campaign and im-
DENTISTRYCollins & Montz COSMETIC & FAMILY prisingly low: 42 percent). proved physician education.”

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our general family dentistry, and restorative procedures such as dental until they lost weight. Since the sur- men, and include high blood pres-
implants. Our comprehensive range of services and dedication of vey also showed doctors tend to pri- sure, high cholesterol, diabetes and
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(321) 725-6565 • MELBOURNEBEACHDENTISTRY.COM heart attack (early is defined as be-
On that last point, Dr. Peter says, fore age 55 for a man and before age
“this fear should not stop women 65 for a woman) is another key risk
from seeing their doctor. Doctors factor.
have no desire to criticize their pa-
For women, age itself becomes a
risk factor post-menopause, in part
because the body’s production of
estrogen drops. While it is still the
subject of pro-and-con controversy
in the medical community, estrogen
therapy is believed to reduce heart
attack risk in women, probably by
regulating cholesterol levels.

Dr. Peter says that physicians
can and should help women over-
come the barriers that may be pre-
venting them from increasing their
level of physical activity and enact-
ing healthier eating habits. Women
are often the gatekeepers for fam-
ily meals, activities, and healthcare,
and getting them focused on healthy
lifestyle habits may help the whole

Dr. Peter’s office is located at 787
37th Street, Suite E260. The phone
number is 772-999-3996. 

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Melo’s Italian Restaurant: A tradition of excellence

[email protected]

It seems like the South Beaches have Mussels Fra Diavolo.
an Italian restaurant on just about every
block, from casual pizza joints to fine PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
dining, so when our group of four was
up for Italian after a late-afternoon staff Pan Seared For dessert, we again
meeting, there were plenty of choices. Scallops. passed a selection of
sweets around the
I chose Melo’s, since it was about 4:30 the prosciutto and melon ($8.95), the br- table, with everyone
p.m. on a Wednesday and I figured we’d uschetta ($7.95) and the bacon-wrapped going back for sec-
have no problem getting a table. The scallops ($8.95) arrived, we dug in and ond forkfuls of the flaky,
last time my son and I had visited was a those plates were clean in no time. Ev- creamy cannoli ($6.95)
Mother’s Day and families were packed erything was wonderful; we politely at- made fresh daily.
into the Lisa’s Lounge bar and spilling tempted not to fight over the last morsels. Melo’s is not the spot you’ll
over into the lobby and even outside – My son, the self-proclaimed soup con- want to choose for a quick, inex-
the consequences of our lack of plan- noisseur, thoroughly enjoyed his pasta e Canoli and pensive Italian dinner, but it is a
ning and venturing out hungry without fagioli ($4.95), which tasted like your Ital- Sfogliatella. special place to gather loved ones in
a reservation on the busiest Sunday of ian grandmother simmered it all day on a warm atmosphere where you’re al-
the year. her stove. Our salads were crisp and col- most guaranteed to be served fantastic
orful and the house dressing was tasty. food, with portions large enough to send
Melo’s is an Indian Harbour you home with lunch for the next day.
Beach institution, having Our entrees were just as satisfying, Dinner for four with appetizers, dessert
served up what they with two of us sticking with the clas- and wine cost us about $170, plus tip.
boast to be “the sics – spaghetti and meatballs ($13.95) We courage you to send feedback to
most authentic and eggplant parmigiana ($18.95) and [email protected].
Italian food on two of us being a bit more adventurous, The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
the Space Coast” dines anonymously at restaurants at the
since 1988. Nearly 30 expense of this newspaper. 
years, which is depressing
for me because that’s the year Pan Seared
I graduated fom high school, which Grouper.
makes me vintage – like Melo’s wine list.
ordering veal pizzaiola ($22.95) and the HOURS
So my son politely held the door while special, grouper and shrimp Francais Tuesday through Saturday,
I rolled my walker into the restaurant ($24.95).
and our party was shown to a four-top in 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
the main dining room. We enjoyed the The eggplant was perfectly cooked, BEVERAGES
Mediterranean décor, arched murals the breading light, the texture perfect Full bar
in the shape of windows gave the feel- and the homemade sauce flavorful. The ADDRESS
ing of looking out onto a scene of gon- veal was tender and juicy, cooked just
doliers navigating the canals of Venice. right and nicely sauced, just enough to 1000 E. Eau Gallie Blvd,
That put us in the mood for some hearty add flavor but not to overpower the deli- Indian Harbour Beach
Italian fare and a round of glasses of the cate young meat. Seafood is one of Melo’s
house chianti ($6.95 per glass, but on specialties, being less than a block from PHONE
two-for-one happy hour, such a deal). the Atlantic Ocean, and the grouper and (321) 773-3555
shrimp were fresh and moist and per-
When family-owned restaurants fectly accented by the lemony, garlicky,
thrive for nearly 30 years, it’s because buttery Francais sauce. My son said the
the food is good, the service is friendly spaghetti and meatballs was better than
and patrons come back time and again. mine. Hmmmmm.
For the owners, it also means being very
hands-on, which Carmelo “Melo” and
Lisa Puleio are, with him in the kitchen
making sauces and bread and desserts
from scratch, and her directing traffic,
pouring drinks and managing the front
end of the house. Son Michael joined the
business in 2014 as a partner.

Our server, Tracy, brought us water in
nice goblets and a basket of warm bread
with olive oil and herbs on our individual
dipping plates. The bread was everything
we hoped it would be – the aroma, the
flaky crust and the tender goodness in-
side whetted our appetites for our meal.

It was impossible to choose only one
or two of the luscious-looking appetiz-
ers, so the four of us decided to order
three plates to pass around the table
since we’d worked through lunch. When

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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 13, 2017 33


Bonz says Solaris is a ‘Golden’ ray of sunshine

nut butter an jelly.”

Solaris was really intrested in my

Hi Dog Buddies! notebook, and kept bumpin’ it with his

Yapping with puppies is always fun: nose as he spoke. “Yep. Gabe teaches
They’re so energetic an curious an
happy. This week I yapped with So- me lotsa important stuff. Like We
laris Anderson-Searle, who’s only 18
months old. He’s a handsome, very Don’t Destroy Our Toys; an our crates
golden Golden Retriever, an he looks
like he’s all grown up – but he’s still a are The Best Places in the World; an
total puppy between the ears.
where to Do Our Doodie an where to
Me an my assistant knocked, an
TWO Golden Retrievers an a lady an- not; an what couch to sit on. Oh, AND
swered. One of the pooches was on a
leash and was super wiggly. They wore Diggin’! Gabe taught me all about Dig-
snazzy matching green collars, an they
looked like each other ’cept the one not gin’! I LOVE diggin’! In the sand, an all
on the leash was getting white around
the face and wasn’t as wiggly. I cleverly over the yard, an the flowers ... an ...”
surmised that the wiggly one on the
leash was Solaris. Glancing at their Mom, Gabriel

“Good morning,” I said. “I’m Bonzo, hastily interrupted, “Ummm, hey
and this is my assistant.”
there, Solaris, let’s not get into that,
We exchanged Wag-and-Sniffs and
the pooch on the leash said, “I’m very how ’bout …”
pleased to meet you, Mr. Bonzo. I’m
Solaris Anderson-Searle an THIS is my To help change the subject I asked,
uncle, Gabriel – he’s famous – an this is
my Mom Sheri. My Dad’s Adam. Mom “So what do you do for fun?”
put my leash on me cuz I keep forget-
ting to Not Jump Up. There’s so much In between notebook-bumps, he
stuff to learn an I get excited when we
have compnee cuz I LOVE compnee. said, “We need a whole buncha ex-
So I forget.”
ercise, so we run with Dad. He’s a
“No worries, Solaris,” I said. “It’s
great to meet you all. Can’t wait to hear RUNNER, you know. But I have a Hip
your story.”
Thing so I hafta be careful. I’m not
We sat down in the living room and
Solaris’ Mom took his leash off. Both s’pose to jump - at all. I hafta go to a
pooches gave my assistant a buncha
frenly nose bumps. “So, Solaris,” I spe-shuh-list this month an he might
said, “tell me how you got your For-
ever Family.” hafta do a pruhSEEDure when I’m a

“K. Mom an Dad got me at the same little older. So I can’t do a-jill-uhtee
breeder as Gabriel, out in ColoRAdo.
His Daddy is my Grandaddy. He’s training like Gabriel.”
Mom’s first dog an I’M her second
dog. So, guess what, when I was just 8 “Soggy Dog Biscuits!” I sympa-
weeks old I got to fly AN ride a tram AN
a car to get here. It was SO fun. I wasn’t thized.
scared or anything!”
“Me an Gabe like goin’ for car
“Way to go, kiddo!” I said. “I’m
thinkin’ Gabriel was already here, rides. In the back seat we each have
right? So what was it like when you
first met?” our own side an No Crossin’ Over.

Gabriel, who’d been lying on the We’re gonna go up to Ohio to visit
couch, winked at me. “Yeah, here was
this wiggly little fluffmuffin, getting’ Dad’s folks. Gabe says they live on
in my face, all slurpy, an I’m like, ‘Oh,
for Lassie’s sake, another dog. Yech!’ this lake with this super ponTOON
But it turns out he’s a pretty cool
pupperoo. Now it’s like I have a little boat. (He says pontoons are big, Solaris, the Golden Retriever. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
brother, an Mom says we’re like pea- fat float-y things.) Mom an Dad an

Gabe go every year. I’m goin with ’em port Cat. I sometimes

this year. I can’t WAIT! I love swim- snatch their toys and toss ’em around, Better, specially

min’. An campin’! An squirrel chasin’. just for fun. Cat toys are my favorite. I when they’re sad or lonely or stressed.

But we don’t get to do that much cuz like cats, Mr. Bonzo, but I don’t really An I’m learning how to do that, too.

most of ’em aren’t dumb enough to understand ’em. They get grumpy for Mom’s an Official Trainer with Best

hang out in our yard. Since we’re, you Absolutely No Reason At All.” Behavior Pet Training, an she’s startin’

know, BIRD dogs, we love chasin’ birds “I hear you,” I said. to take me places, too. She takes me

on the beach, ’specially pellycans. “Oooo, and look at THIS toy! It’s a out by myself sometimes so I can De-

Never catch ’em, though. I also have a squirrel house.” velop My Own Personality. I’ve already

shell collection. I bring ’em home from He brought over a soft brown cube earned my Canine Good Citizen and

the beach.” with holes in the sides an three stuffed Good Community Citizen certificates.

“Wow! That’s Pawsome! Got any squirrels inside. He held it between his An I helped Mom foster three Humane

pooch pals?” I inquired. teeth an flipped it vigorously back and Society puppies. I love doin’ that. We

“Oh, sure! Riley Schmidt, she’s a forth an the squirrels went flying out. had Pebbles the Pit Pup over Thanks-

hound. Remus is a marina dog; an “I also have a lobster house. Wanna giving, and I really wanted her for my

Goldie. Her sister Ruby’s from Thai- try?” little sister. We had the Best Time to-

land, which is way around on the Other “Thanks, but I’d better keep takin’ gether, but Mom said a really great

Side. Me an Gabe also have cat sisters, notes.” I said. family wanted to adopt her.”

Lua an Nikki. They’re probly in their “I’m doing Serious Stuff, too. See, Heading home, I was thinking about

room. Lua’s a rescue and she has Issues, Gabe is a famous Therapy Dog. He Solaris, and all his puppy exuberance

so we got Nikki as her Emotional Sup- goes all over making people feel Much and enthusiasm, and wishing we could

Don’t be shy! hold on to that when we got older. I al-
ways wanna be excited for whatever’s
next, don’t you?

Till next time,

We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up -The Bonz
an interview, please email [email protected].

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ONGOING An evening of family pool fun from 6 to 8 p.m.. to benefit the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project, support- is $125 for camp, art supplies and a healthy veg-
Use the diving board, lap swim, and bring your ing children with special health care needs, with etarian snack.
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 inflatables. For $5 per family. A parent must re- adoptions of $5 plastic turtles launched into the
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park main at the pool with their children. splash course for a chance at donated prizes, in- 18-21 Foosaner Art Camp contin-
cluding a 7-day cruise. ues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free summer kids’ movies, Tuesdays, 13-21 Cooking class for kids, 3 to daily, hosted by Florida Institute of Technology.
Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. at Eau Gallie Public 15 Executive Director and Chief Curator
Premiere Theatres, Hibiscus Boulevard, Mel- Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne, spon- of University Museums Carla Funk
bourne. Movies start at 9:15 a.m. Popcorn and sored by the University of Florida Agricultural Ex- will lead a free public gallery tour of the Flora 19 Bob’s Bicycles Annual Tour de France
drink specials. (321)953-3200. tension service. Kids will learn to cook with pro- and Fiber exhibition on display at Florida Insti- Wine and Cheese Party, 6 to 9 p.m. at
duce, therefore, encouraging them to eat what tute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Tex- Bob’s Bicycle Shop, 510 E. Eau Galle Blvd, Indian
JULY they cook. Parents or Chaperones are required to tile Arts at 1 p.m. The exhibit continues through Harbour Beach. Evening of fun food, drinks, prizes
stay throughout the class. One ticket per child is Aug. 26 and music to celebrate cycling’s best-known race.
good for July 13, 14, 20 and 21. Space is limited.
15 Free family summer camp, noon-5pm 19-20 Melbourne Municipal Swing-
13|27 15Family Fun Swim Night, Thirteenth annual Turtle Splash, Noon at Bass Pro Shops in Palm Bay. Free time Band will pay tribute
Satellite High School Pool, at Morgan’s Place Garden Sensorium activities, BB range, bass casting buckets, out- to three composers known for their Big Band
door games area. Continues July 22. and jazz music both evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the
8am-1pm Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd. There
15 Apollo II Anniversary Gala with Buzz Al- is no charge for the concert and tickets are not
Enjoy tasty brunch favorites in the drin, 5:30 p.m. VIP reception; 6:30 p.m. required. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.
air conditioned comfort of dinner, lunar celebrations and auctions at Kennedy
The Tiffany Room! Space Center to benefit ShareSpace Foundation, 21 Cocoa Beach Main Street Big Summer
inspiring children’s passions for S.T.E.A.M. subjects. BBQ, 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Cocoa
featuring $1,000 and up. Beach in front of 147 Minuteman Causeway.
Food, free admission, kid-friendly.
1606 Indian River Drive, Sebastian, FL 32958 | 772-589-4345 17 Beachside Democrats monthly meet-
ing, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Neptune Bar & 22 Soul Train Dance Party at Open Mike’s
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN Grill, 1462 Hwy A1A, Satellite Beach. Coffee Lounge, starts at 8 p.m., 454 N.
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9 DIVE 3 TEMPO ron Junior Safe Boating 22-23 Brevard Home and Garden
10 PEACEFUL 4 BREAKER Course at D.R. Schecter Recreation Center, Sat- Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-
11 INDEX 5 FADE ellite Beach, 9-11:30 a.m. for ages 11-17. Regis- day and Sunday, Melbourne Auditorium, exhibi-
12 WEATHER 6 DELUGE tration required, cost is $10. tors and demonstrations, everything for the home
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25 The Bourbon Kitchen cooking class, 6
p.m. at The Gathering Table, 318 E. New
Haven in downtown Melbourne. Learn new skills
cooking various dishes with bourbon, from snacks
and appetizers to entrees and dessert, BYOB, cost
is $65 per person.

27 The Parker Foundation and Spring
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Movement, Dance and Yoga Open to Children
with autism and related disabilities, their sib-
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home is newly renovated

106 Regatta Street in Marks Landing: 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 3,651-square-foot Key West-style home
offered for $715,000 by Treasure Coast Sotheby’s agent Dave Settgast: 321-543-1187

36 Thursday, July 13, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Luxurious Marks Landing home is newly renovated

BY GEORGE WHITE One will be a version of the upstairs “I really like the floor plan where you on an oversized .71 acre lot within a
Staff Writer game room/gathering area accessed have the master bedroom on one side short walk of a beach access.
by stairs located near the front door. and the three bedrooms on the other
With privacy on a huge lot close to The second-floor space, which emp- side,” said Tami Smith. “My kids love There is plenty of room on the lot
the beach and a family-friendly floor ties out onto an large deck overlook- the loft. It does not have a closet but I use to build and addition or expand the
plan, the luxurious home at 106 Regat- ing the pool, features a wet bar, full the upstairs room as a nice private guest garage.
ta St. in Marks Landing, Melbourne bath and a room big enough for an of-
Beach, is hard to leave for sellers Tami fice fifth bedroom. “Mark’s Landing is one of the few
and Lee Smith and their two sons.
Another unique feature of the
It took a great deal on a nearby riv- 4-bedroom, 4-bath Key West-style
erfront lot where they can fulfill the home on Regatta is that all the bed-
dream of building their own custom rooms are on the ground floor, sep-

home to lure them away. But, as trib- arated by a family room with din- suite and it is near a full bathroom,’’ places where you are this close to the
ute to their home of three years, the ing nook. There is access to a large, The home has been completely re- beach with estate-size lots and it’s
Smiths are having some of its design screened lanai that adds to the usable surrounded by a nature preserve,’’
elements built into their new place. living space. painted and renovated, including new said listing agent Dave Settgast, who
appliances and tile floors, new heat- is offering the home for $715,000.
ing and air conditioning, for a total of
$70,000 worth of recent improvements. And the small development with big
lots has a neighborhood feel with a mix
The bright, attractive exterior fea- of families and retirees, Tami Smith said.
tures a metal roof and the home is

TOP 1% OF BREVARD “Todd is highly motivated, very ambitious and is
COUNTY AGENTS cohnisstacnlitelyntgsowinigthththeeeirxbtreasmt iinlete.r.e.asltwinaymsisnedr!v”ing

TODD OSTRANDER Todd moved here from Minnesota and has been serving the citizens of
Brevard County for 20 years with high energy, hard work and his unique way
“HALL OF FAME” PRODUCER with people. His vast knowledge of the many neighborhoods and communi-
ties in the area, interest in real estate and willingness to go above and beyond
321-749-8405 for his clients is a winning combination for either buyers or sellers!
He specializes in marketing unique properties and water properties by using
[email protected] a professional photographer to capture the most beautiful pictures that at-
WWW.DOORTOTHEEASTSHORE.COM tract buyers from all around the world. He also has the experience and knowl-
edge to help ANY seller that wants an agent that is hardworking, trustworthy
and goes the extra mile to handle each of his clients on a “one on one” basis.
Overall he has single handedly closed over 300 transactions which equals
well over 125 Million Dollars of Real Estate since starting in 2007/2008. This
stature has made him one of the preferred agents in the area and landed him
in the “Top 1% of Brevard County agents!” but the most important thing is
that all his clients are happy!

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, July 13, 2017 37



“We love the private big back yard bors meet at the beach. Everybody clude a gas fireplace, a 3-car garage, Neighborhood: Marks Landing
and the big pool. Our neighbors are here is very friendly. I will miss the room for outdoor RV/boat storage and Year built: 2003
amazing. We have a Halloween golf kids coming from the neighborhood,’’ a built-in vacuum system. Lot size: .71 acre
cart parade, Christmas potluck, and she said.
every Sunday a bunch of the neigh- The renovations in anticipation of the Architectural style: Key West
Other highlights of the home in- Builder: Thanos Poulos
Size: 3,651 square feet under air;
4,895 square feet under roof
Construction: Concrete block
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

Additional features: Newly re-
modeled kitchen, large enclosed
lanai, 3-car garage, on-site RV/
boat storage, new flooring, gas
fireplace, large upstairs wet bar
and full bath, closet organizers,

vaulted ceilings, formal living
and dining rooms

Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty,

321 984-3135
Listing agent:
David Settgast, 321-543-1187
Listing price: $715,000

38 Thursday, July 13, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: June 30 to July 6

The 4th of July holiday saw real estate activity slow in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937.
While Satellite Beach reported 9 sales, Melbourne Beach only had 4, Indialantic 3, and Indian
Harbour Beach 1.
The top sale of the week was of a riverfront home in the Tortoise Island community in Satellite
Beach. The residence at 298 Lanternback Island Drive was placed on the market April 25 with an
asking price of $930,000. The transaction closed June 30 for $885,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Maureen Copeland of RE/MAX Interactive. The
purchaser was represented by Matt Canina of Florida Elite Real Estate.



SUNNYLAND BEACH S5 395 BEVERLY CT 1/13/2017 $689,000 $625,000 6/30/2017

VERSAILLES SUR LA ME 3037 S HIGHWAY A1A 4 5/12/2017 $330,000 $330,000 7/5/2017 $300,000

MELBOURNE BEACH S 201 FIR AVE 11/14/2016 $799,000 $749,900 6/30/2017 $705,000

HENRY WHITINGS MELBO 527 AVENUE B 5/5/2017 $485,000 $429,900 7/6/2017 $400,000


INDIALANTIC SEC G 316 PALM CT 5/28/2017 $524,500 $524,500 6/30/2017 $517,500
THE REEF CONDO 1095 HIGHWAY A1A N 601 6/28/2017 $552,732 $439,900 6/30/2017 $552,732

1/26/2017 $439,900 6/30/2017 $410,000


POINSETTA TOWNHOUSES 831 POINSETTA DR 4/28/2017 $254,900 $254,900 6/30/2017 $254,900
S PATRICK SHORES 1S 108 SE 3RD ST $245,000
AMHRST GRD SEC 2 581 KALE ST 5/17/2017 $245,000 $369,900 6/30/2017 $240,000
SEA PARK HOMES 3RD A 341 W EXETER ST 3/31/2017 $369,900 $225,000 6/30/2017 $362,500
FLAMINGO HOMES SEC C 205 PINEAPPLE ST 6/1/2017 $325,000 $259,000 6/30/2017 $325,000
S PATRICK SHORES 1S 100 PELICAN DR 6/7/2017 $225,000 $289,900 6/30/2017 $225,000

6/5/2017 $269,900 6/30/2017 $267,000

5/21/2017 $259,000 6/30/2017 $259,000

5/2/2017 $361,500 7/3/2017 $358,250

6/21/2017 $289,900 6/30/2017 $289,900

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Sunnyland Beach S5, Address: 395 Beverly Ct Subdivision: Melbourne Beach S, Address: 201 Fir Ave

Listing Date: 1/13/2017 Listing Date: 11/14/2016
Original Price: $689,000 Original Price: $799,000
Recent Price: $625,000 Recent Price: $749,900
Sold: 6/30/2017 Sold: 6/30/2017
Selling Price: $550,250 Selling Price: $705,000
Listing Agent: Laura Dowling Roy Listing Agent: Mary Beth Murray Nevins

Selling Agent: Premier Properties Real Estate, Inc Selling Agent: Waterview Realty Services, LLC

Matt Hausmann Maria Morse

Coldwell Banker . Thomas Kay Realty,inc

Subdivision: Indialantic Sec G, Address: 316 Palm Ct Subdivision: Amhrst Grd Sec 2, Address: 581 Kale St

Listing Date: 5/28/2017 Listing Date: 3/31/2017
Original Price: $524,500 Original Price: $369,900
Recent Price: $524,500 Recent Price: $369,900
Sold: 6/30/2017 Sold: 6/30/2017
Selling Price: $517,500 Selling Price: $362,500
Listing Agent: Todd Ostrander Listing Agent: Joel Ludlow

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Olympic Realty Selling Agent: Curri Properties

Joseph Ferrara Douglas Guido
& Teresa Ferrara
Curri Properties
Coldwell Banker Paradise

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 “We decided to come up here on
vacation and fell in love with it,” said
move were nicely done and the home is Tami Smith. “We bought this home
ready for a new family, but Tami Smith and moved our family up here and
said the Regatta Street years will live on opened our business Coastal Chiro-
in memory with the family. practic. It’s been a great place for us.
If it had been on the water we prob-
Lee Smith grew up in Brevard ably would have stayed.” 
County but more recently the family
lived in South Florida.





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