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DREDGED SAND Lober seen as
MAY BE STORED possible swing
FOR MID-REACH vote on board
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
County officials are propos-
ing a stockpile of dredged sand STORIES BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT
in Melbourne Beach to be used [email protected]
later for the renourishment The Brevard County Com-
of the Mid-Reach segment mission election results from
in Satellite Beach and Indian Nov. 6 could give the often-
Harbour Beach, where special outvoted Commissioner John
provisions are required by the Tobia a new majority against
presence of near-shore reefs those he considers too liberal.
and young turtles. Or not.
The Army Corps of Engi- “I won’t be necessarily in one
neers, Jacksonville District, group or another,” Rockledge
notified the Satellite Beach attorney Bryan Lober said last
City Council in a Nov. 7 report Satellite Beach skate park regular Logan PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER month, before he won the elec-
from City Manager Courtney Zelaya executes a move on his skateboard. tion to the commission’s Dis-
Barker that the idea is now be- trict 2 seat
ing scoped for an environmen- SatBeach ramps up bid for park-improvement grants “The idea of being in some
tal assessment contract. The voting bloc strikes me as re-
pugnant,” he added.
proposal is for storing the sand
between Spessard Holland STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER ellite Beach officials hope Recreation Development As- Republican Lober defeated
Beach Park North and South, [email protected] to get cash to revamp three sistance Program (FRDAP), Democrat Victoria Mitchner
with that location chosen “to Undaunted by last year’s other city parks. now seeking two $50,000 for the seat now held by Com-
minimize the impacts to pubic well-ranked yet unfunded Grant writers’ focus has grants, one for a smaller list missioner Jim Barfield, who
beach access and use.” state grant application for been narrowed for this year’s of improvements to the city decided not to seek a second
The purpose of the action, the city sports complex, Sat- applications to the Florida CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 term. Unofficial records from
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Lifeguards adjust staffing for winter season NOD TO VETS AT UNITED WAY FUNDRAISER
PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER STORIES BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER On Veterans Day, an honor guard
[email protected] from Patrick Air Force Base
helped kick off the United Way
Indian Harbor Beach residents Carlos of Brevard’s Sunday Funday
Jenkins and John McCarthy scanned the family fundraiser during open-
surf at Paradise Beach, where a handful of ing ceremonies at the Orlando-
people paddled their boards and others Melbourne International Airport.
gathered under umbrellas on the sand. The event highlighted Brevard’s
high-tech and aviation industry.
It was still mid-morning on Nov. 9. And More coverage of the event next
by noon, they expected their section of week in Seen & Scene.
the beach to be packed – especially since
winds had blown red tide off the county
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2 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
ELECTION RESULTS woman Kristine Isnardi, a Palm Bay Re- tion. Records show Smith got 40,115 they were a majority,” Isnardi said.
publican, it’s still a 3-2 loss. votes, or 61.88 percent, to 24,708 for Tobia, who couldn’t be reached for
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Fleming, or 38.12 percent.
Tobia’s supporters have been hop- comment, has most often sparred
Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott’s of- ing for months that the election would On Brevard County’s barrier island, with Smith during the commission’s
fice show 31,248 votes for Lober, or 57.1 give him a third member for a majority District 4 extends from the Pineda split votes. Recent quarrels concerned
percent, to 23,480 votes for Mitchner, or that could win more often. During the Causeway south to Eau Gallie Boule- the use of tourist-development taxes.
42.9 percent. primary election in August, that hope vard and includes the cities of Satellite Smith wanted to use it for tourist proj-
focused on Trudie Infantini, a former Beach and Indian Harbor Beach. ects, while Tobia wanted the money
On Merritt Island, District 2 extends commissioner who challenged Com- to fix sewers and other infrastructure
south from NASA Boulevard to Dragon missioner Curt Smith, of Melbourne, Following Infantini’s defeat, Tobia’s needs for the ailing Indian River La-
Point. for the Republican nomination to Dis- supporters’ hopes shifted to Lober to goon.
trict 4. help him and Isnardi defeat Smith and
Tobia, a Grant-Valkaria Republican, Chairwoman Rita Pritchett, of Titus- At the time of their dispute, Smith
was elected in 2016 and won’t face re- But Smith defeated Infantini in the ville, both of whom Tobia has deemed said, state law didn’t allow the county to
election until 2020. He frequently los- primary. And he also fended off Demo- more liberal. shift tourist taxes to the lagoon. Florida
es in 4-1 commission votes. But even crat Matt Fleming in the general elec- lawmakers have since changed the law
when he gets support from Vice Chair- Isnardi, who also won’t face reelec- to allow that.
tion until 2020, said she never put
much stock in discussion of a new So as the commission looks to the
Tobia-centered majority. She said she new year, with Isnardi possibly suc-
and Tobia don’t always agree but said ceeding Pritchett as chairwoman, the
she could see some people looking to improvement of the lagoon appears to
a new majority since Smith, Pritchett be the top priority.
and Barfield did vote together. “Now
Smith and Lober have both said they
Commissioner Curt Smith celebrates his Election Night victory with daughter Julia and wife Linda. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER
Recount ordered in town commission race
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT ent lead over newcomer Joyce Barton,
just six votes behind at 802. Fellow chal-
When it comes to elections in Flori- lenger Olyne Elizabeth “Libby” Brown-
da, there is one thing you can usually Brock received 486 votes, leaving the
count on – a recount. race between Walters and Barton.
This year is no different, from the Before the recount was announced,
U.S. Senate fight right down to the Walters placed several phone calls to
race for Melbourne Beach Town Com- Scott to ask some questions, but said
mission, where six candidates vied for he got varying responses.
three spots: two three-year term seats,
and one seat, left open after former “Very frustrating when you get dif-
vice mayor Tom Davis resigned in Au- ferent answers to questions that should
gust, for a one-year term. already have been answered on her
website and most certainly have been
Incumbent Sherrie Quarrie led with asked before,” Walters said. “Opposite
849 votes and will be sworn in on Nov. answers from her employees on the
14 for a three-year-term, along with exact same question is even more frus-
newcomer Corey Runte, who defeated trating. Of course, the Senate race is
challenger Katherine Wilborn for the keeping them really busy.”
one-year-term polling 1,177 votes to
Wilborn’s 619. Walters will continue to serve as
commissioner until the race is decided
But the third seat is still up for grabs and the swearing in takes place.
after Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott
announced a machine recount will According to a press release from the
take place for the town of Melbourne Supervisor of Elections, the machine
Beach. recount will take place Nov. 13-15. If
there is a margin of .25-percent or less,
The recount will determine whether they will proceed with a manual re-
incumbent Steve Walters, who re- count on Nov. 15.
ceived 808 votes, will hold his appar-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 3
would make the lagoon a priority. treated by John Tobia for two years.” Beach, defeated Democrat Phil Moore, limits south to the Sebastian Inlet.
Meanwhile, Smith said, he isn’t wor- And while county voters kept the of Grant-Valkaria, for the House District Farther up the coast, state Rep. Thad
53 seat. Records show Fine received
ried about losing votes if Tobia gains County Commission an all-Republican 42,143 votes, or 55 percent, to 34,358 Altman, R-Indialantic, kept the District
power in a new majority. board, they returned the South Beach- votes for Moore, or 45 percent. 52 seat from Democrat Seeta Begui.
es’ two Republican lawmakers to the Records show Altman received 57,840
“We’ll see,” Smith said. “We’re all Florida House of Representatives. On the barrier island, District 53 runs votes, or 63.73 percent, to 32,912 for Be-
working for the county. There’s no per- from Melbourne Beach’s southern city gui, or 36.27 percent.
sonal victories – as bad as I’ve been State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Melbourne
4 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Brevard thinks big with plans for $70M aquarium BID FOR PARK GRANTS
STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT Brevard Zoo Executive Director Keith Winsten stands in front of the zoo’s 20,000-gallon aquarium tank. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ment grant of $1.25 million, with an other species. State law requires aquar- skate and dog parks, and a separate
Tarpons, sheepshead, stingrays and agreement for eight years of payments ium water be filtered cleaner than that, grant for the nearby DeSoto Stormwa-
other saltwater fish swam by in the Bre- to total $10 million. he said. ter Park.
vard Zoo’s 20,000-gallon aquarium tank,
separated by a pane of glass from zoo The money doesn’t come from prop- Following the county’s tourist-devel- Knowing there are few other fund-
Executive Director Keith Winsten. erty taxes, but rather from the county’s opment grant, Winsten said, the real ing options in a tight city budget, Sat-
5 percent tax on stays at hotels, motels work will start for the community. ellite Beach Recreation Director Cassie
Winsten, who has run the zoo in Vi- and other short-term rental properties. Warthen last year applied for a grant
era for 14 years, stopped by the tank Winsten said he looks to the state to for the maximum of $200,000. Even
recently as he envisioned his plans for Commission Vice Chairwoman Kris- provide an additional $10 million. And though ranked sixth out of hundreds
even larger aquatic exhibits – the Indian tine Isnardi, of Palm Bay, was absent he sees $20 million coming from private of entries, no funding was forthcoming
River Lagoon Conservation Campus & from the Sept. 18 vote. And Commis- or institutional philanthropy. because the legislature decided that all
Aquarium. sioner John Tobia, of Grant-Valkaria, larger amount grant applications were
opposed. That shouldn’t be a problem, Win- to be left unfunded.
“There are no aquariums along I-95 sten said, since private donations were
south of (the South Carolina Aquarium Tobia said he would have used the a large part of building the zoo itself 25 “These grants are on the smaller
in) Charleston,” he said. tourist money on projects that help the years ago. side, not just because it’s easier be-
lagoon’s pollution. “I don’t see those fish cause we don’t have to come up with
Residents of the Melbourne Beach- tanks removing one ounce of nitrogen The remaining $30 million, he said, a match, but also because they haven’t
sider’s service area now have to drive or phosphorous from the lagoon,” Tobia would come from the financing and the given out big grants in five years or lon-
to Orlando’s Sea World or Sea Life said after the meeting. aquarium’s own ability to pay that off. ger. When they have been able to find
Aquarium for their nearest aquarium funding, it’s only for the smaller grants.
experiences. That is, if they don’t want But Winsten said lather the aquar- Winsten’s application for the coun- We always know that it’s there so it’s in
to drive farther to the Miami Seaquar- ium project would include restoring ty’s tourist-development grant projects the back of my mind what to ask for,’’
ium, the Mote-Marine Laboratory and the Banana River shoreline and re- admission prices of $24.95 for adults, she said.
Aquarium in Sarasota, the Clearwater turning oysters to the area. And that $23.95 for seniors and $19.95 for chil-
Marine Aquarium or the Florida Aquar- should absorb nitrogen, he added. “I dren ages 3 to 11. Those younger would This cycle she has pared down the
ium in Tampa. don’t think we can be any more effec- be free. sports complex request to only in-
tive than this,” he said. clude: renovating a picnic area and tot
And none of those attractions tell the He anticipated the aquarium would bike trail; expanding the existing dog
unique story of the lagoon, Winsten And contrary to Tobia’s view, Winsten bring $85.5 million to the county econ- park to give all sized dogs more room;
said. Once a productive area for clam- said, the new aquarium won’t include omy each year in local sales to visitors, installing a sail shade at the dog park;
mers and commercial fishermen, the tainted lagoon water for the fish and generating a local income of $26 million installing a ramp connecting the exist-
lagoon has been polluted in recent years and adding 937 jobs to the area. ing sidewalk to the main entrance of
by excess nutrients and marred by algae the skate park where a dirt path is now;
blooms and fish kills. and adding security lighting between
the dog and skate parks.
But by late 2022, Winsten hopes to
turn a 26-acre site on the Banana River, While usage numbers are not avail-
owned by Port Canaveral and used for able for the skate park because no
storing marine equipment, into a cam- admission is charged, the dog park
pus of environmental information and has become increasingly popular as
numerous tanks showing the habitats evidenced by 52 annual member-
of the lagoon, the nearby Atlantic Ocean ships for fiscal year 2017/2018, com-
and St. Johns River. “Very few people pared to 39 annual memberships in
visit all three,” he said. fiscal 2016/2017 and 42 during fiscal
2015/2016. If dog park users don’t have
Winsten said the project has been es- an annual membership, they can also
timated to cost about $70 million. And pay daily or purchase a pass for a block
the County Commission on Sept. 18 of visits.
gave it the first financial boost.
“We have 200 to 300 visits a week
In a 3-1 vote, commissioners agreed now, with some bringing multiple
to give the aquarium a tourist develop- dogs,’’ she said.
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mental Protection (DEP) administers ects costing from $50,000 to $150,000 final score or rank. Based on the scores, Beach learned last year, a good ranking
the FRDAP program according to Flor- with a required 50 percent match after DEP prepares and submits a recom- doesn’t mean the money is in the bag.
ida Statute and Administrative Code. that. mended priority list to the Florida Leg-
islature for funding consideration. Future grant-funding requests for
The local match requirement de- Each application is reviewed to de- the complex could include a fish-
pends on the total project cost, with no termine eligibility. Staff evaluates each Rankings for the projects are expect- ing pier for the pond or a parking lot
city match required for grants under eligible application according to Flor- ed soon, with funding determined by made with permeable materials due to
$50,000; a 25 percent match for proj- ida Administrative Code and assigns a the legislature in the spring. As Satellite stormwater concerns, she said.
6 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
MID-REACH RENOURISHMENT place about 573,000 cubic yards of the for sand. We’re always looking at differ- Barker described the option as “pret-
approved sand – presumed to be of bet- ent options to increase efficiency so we ty exciting” in that it would represent an
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 ter quality if dredged offshore – on 7.8 are suggesting the Corps look into it. I’m improvement in the quality of the sand,
miles of beach from just south of Patrick hopeful it will work out through the en- once a controversial topic beachside
according to Army Corps’ Gina Ralph Air Force Base to Flug Avenue, to widen vironmental process. I think it’s a good due to the use of mined sand, most of
is “to reduce overall project costs and the beach by 10 to 20 feet. opportunity for best practices,’’ he said. which met county quality standards.
increase efficient use of dredge equip-
ment, to reduce use of upland sand The county had considered a similar Before the renourishment can be “The City of Satellite Beach is very
resources (alleged last year to appear idea years ago but could not find an ap- completed for the Mid-Reach, artifi- grateful for the hard work and dedica-
‘muddy’ before blending with dry sand), propriate stockpile location, said Mike cial concrete mat reefs must be com- tion of the Brevard County Natural Re-
and to improve assurance of sand fill McGarry, program manager for the pleted just offshore with the contrac- sources Department, the Tourism De-
quality” by instead using dredged sand Beaches, Boating and Waterways sec- tor only working during calm summer velopment County, and our state and
from the proven offshore Canaveral tion of the Brevard County Natural Re- months. A total of about 1,620 mats will federal partners in moving this impor-
Shoals area. source Management Department. be placed and distributed over 10 sites tant project forward,’’ she said.
centered on a depth of 15 feet, with over
The temporary stockpile would be “Canaveral Shoals has always been a 600 placed to date. If approved, the stockpile project is
trucked to the Mid-Reach. The plan is to very consistent and good quality source expected to begin in November 2019.
LIFEGUARDS’ WINTER SEASON
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
coast, at least temporarily. “Last De-
cember, it was really busy,” said Jenkins,
42. “We had dozens of rescues.”
Jenkins and McCarthy are lifeguard
captains in Brevard County’s Ocean
They’re among 14 year-round life-
guards who began the winter season
this month, continuing watch from five
county beach towers after 100 seasonal
lifeguards had pulled their own towers
away from the waterline for the winter.
“We pull them in after the (summer)
season ends, to make sure everyone
knows those beaches are unguarded,”
Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher said.
“We don’t want them to give a ‘false
presence,’ and this also eliminates van-
In the South Beaches, seasonal life-
guards are taking the winter off at Peli-
can Park in Satellite Beach, the Nance
Park-Boardwalk area in Indialantic,
Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beach,
and both Spessard Holland North Park
and Spessard Holland South Park in
South Melbourne Beach.
Witcher advised those South Beaches
visitors who want to continue swim-
ming or surfing as the water cools to
move to Paradise Beach under the gaze
of Jenkins and McCarthy.
In addition to Paradise Beach, the
county keeps four other year-round
towers open at the Cocoa Beach Pier
and at Shepard Park, Lori Wilson Park
and Minuteman Causeway, also in Co-
coa Beach. Port Canaveral also keeps a
year-round tower open at Jetty Park.
While longtime Floridians might as-
sociate swimming and beaches with the
summer, Jenkins said he has seen more
and more people take to the water over
the years during the winter months.
Jenkins said he’s been a county life-
guard since 2006, and with the year-
round program since 2009.
“It seems like every year at the beach,
there’s more and more people,” he said.
“Of course, the county has more popu-
lation. But more and more in Novem-
ber, this is a hot spot for travel.”
In tune with
history at Native
Rhythms fest P. 10
Fabray Fontenelle Zouni and
Shelley Morning Song Northern
8 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
SEEN & SCENE
Face to face with glamor at Dr. Clevens’ Sparkle Party
Crystal Canina and Djon Pepaj. Dr. Amy Simon and Dr. Ross Clevens. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Jen Kerr, Maria Moletteire and Chelsea Rowe in the cool sculpting room.
Aggi King and Rhonda Pavone. Molly Meade and Stephanie Morgan. Erin Ficke and Pamela Griffin.
STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT tions during the party.
[email protected] With seemingly endless arrays of
It was a scene straight out of South scrumptious goodies by the Green
Beach last Thursday night – vel- Turtle Market, decadent desserts by
vet ropes and all – as over 700 glitzy Cake Crush, and drinks on the house,
guests lined up in front of the former the event was part nightclub, part hol-
bank building in the Eau Gallie Arts iday party and part gala.
A glamorous version of an open
Electronic dance beats pumped house, the Sparkle Party is intended
down the block as Melbourne police to give guests an opportunity to shine,
officers directed traffic, and frantic says marketing director Teresa Beard,
valets scrambled to find spaces for car while shining a spotlight on this
after car. year’s charity partner – the Brevard
The iconic Clevens Face and Body
Specialists building was bathed in A portion of the evening’s proceeds,
blue light, beckoning the party-goers including 100 percent of raffle ticket
inward, as one of the year’s most high- sales, went to the foundation, whose
ly anticipated shindigs came to life. work resonates personally with Dr.
Clevens, who lost his mother to de-
And though the event was free and mentia last year, and was recently ap-
open to the public, a strict RSVP poli- pointed to the board of directors.
cy restricted entry to those on the list.
At 8 o’clock, the jubilant crowd
Dr. Clevens’ 4th annual Sparkle gathered in the building’s lobby, raf-
Party was kicking into gear, and it was fle tickets in hand, for remarks by the
a standing-room-only affair not to be evening’s organizers, and a chance
missed. to win one of the many sought-after
Once inside, with champagne flutes
in hand, guests were free to roam the Items raffled included lip-filler, liq-
massive 14,000-square-foot building, uid facelift and cool sculpting pack-
popping in and out of the many differ- ages, as well as a painting created live
ent treatment rooms to catch a first- during the party by local artist Ger-
hand glimpse of exactly what it is that man Lemus.
Dr. Clevens and his associates have to
offer. For more information on the Clev-
ens Face and Body Specialists, you
From cool sculpting, to breast aug- can check them out online at www.
mentation to facelift procedures, cur- drclevens.com, or via telephone at
rent and future patients could mingle 321-727-3223.
with staff and even get free consulta-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 9
SEEN & SCENE
Wendy Peiffer and Michelle Rosco. Lindsey Blair and Valerie Gonzalez. Linda and Dale Coxwell and Sherill Melito.
Raymond and Janet Steiner. Amy Jagdmann and Christina Mattes. Timothy Timermann and Dr. Ross Clevens. Liz Alexander, Djon Pepaj and Amy Peterson.
Aggi King, Aggi Kay, Rhonda Kelly Derosches.
Jenna Coleman and Tammy Naber.
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SEEN & SCENE
In tune with fascinating history at Native Rhythms fest
Edwind Dancer. PHOTOS: RYAN CLAPPER Catherine Asumbra and her bearded Dragon named Little Man. Edwind Dancer, Otter Oliver and Matt Adkins.
Terry and Karen Frazier. Joann Willer and Victoria Watson. Patience.
Rene and Josh McKnight, Belen Williams, Brittany Lombardo, Annie Pariente and Amber.
Ken McGarity plays a Native American flute. Bob Brinck shows off his local Indian artifacts.
Native American tribes play a huge role in Florida’s early history,
and each fall Brevard County celebrates the music, art, dance and
skilled craftsmanship of indigenous people at the three-day Native
Rhythms Festival at Wickham Park. The event opened on Friday,
hosting school groups for a full-sensory history lesson, then contin-
ued into Saturday night and Sunday with an impressive lineup of live
entertainment. Kids of all ages enjoyed the colorful costumes, lively
ceremonial dances and wildlife exhibits. Weather more than cooper-
ated, as vendors displayed their handcrafted wares at rustic encamp-
ments in the park, and in the community center.
Amber Saunders, Willow Cartier, Alana Saunders, Arianna Saunders, Daokta Shaw, Dennis Oliver and Antonio Saunders.
Monster Piano Concert:
Big and bold at Christ by Sea
12 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
ARTS & THEATRE
Monster Piano Concert: Big and bold at Christ by Sea
Marcos Daniel Flores.
PHOTOS BY LEIGH GREEN
STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT will lead five well-known local pianists, “And the effort to put it together, thanks 1837 for an Italian princess who wanted
together performing music you’ve likely to Marcos, is enormous. It’s very big work to give a benefit concert in her Paris sa-
Christ by the Sea will kick off its 13th never heard before. The concert is ex- to get the pianos, the pianists, the scores lon for the needy. The famed composer
annual Concert Series this Sunday, with pected to be so popular that organizer and rehearsing on Friday and Saturday.” and pianist turned to five other well-
something special – a Monster Piano Marcos Daniel Flores, the church’s di- known composers to add variations to
Concert that will feature a sextet of pia- rector of worship arts, has scheduled The hallmark work to be performed the theme: Frédéric Chopin, Carl Cz-
nists performing on six grand pianos. two performances, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. is a piece called the “Hexaméron” – the erny, Henri Herz, Johann Peter Pixis and
title refers to the Bible’s six days of cre- Sigismond Thalberg.
World-renowned pianist Caio Pagano “This is very, very rare,” Pagano says. ation. Franz Liszt created the piece in
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 13
ARTS & THEATRE attack of the piano is percussive so it’s
not an easy in and easy out sound. Then
Pagano currently serves as Regents when you have six pianists far from each
professor of piano at the Arizona State other, it’s very hard to put 60 fingers in
University Herberger Institute School of total synchronization.”
Music. Assisted by of one of his ASU stu-
dents, he has spent a year arranging the The group will become like an en-
work to be performed simultaneously semble, he says, knowing each other’s
rather than individually. minds. Making it ever-so-slightly easier,
the five local pianists have played to-
“I had to look for the music,” he ex- gether before.
plains. “The Hexaméron is nothing you
can get in your grocery store. I had to get “Our guest of honor is Caio Pagano,”
the librarian to order it. It took months. says Flores. “He has the most experi-
And I looked at it and said, ‘I need to ar- ence. We’re going to feel right at home
range it.’ You have to print it, bind it, lis- with him. He was my doctoral degree
ten to the music recorded, to make sure piano teacher and mentor. How many
no note is missing. It’s very complicated.” times does a student get to launch into
the professional world and still play
But Pagano is used to detailed work with their teacher? Then, in my hum-
and pursuing problems to a satisfying ble case, invite him to my concert se-
conclusion. ries at my church.”
He not only has a doctorate in music “I need a page turner, but they must
from the Catholic University of America, be small and skinny,” Pagano says with a
but also a master’s degree in law from laugh. “I asked Marcos if there was room
the University of São Paulo. He never and he said, ‘We have room for that,
practiced law, but says he studied it to don’t you worry.’”
please his family.
The Monster Piano Concert takes
“It was Dad who said, ‘If you break a place Sunday, Nov. 18 at Christ by the
finger, there goes your career. So have Sea Methodist Church, with perfor-
something else under your arm to pro- mances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The address
tect you,’” Pagano recalls. “As a student is 3755 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL.
of law, I was already playing all over Eu- Tickets are $25 general and $10 students.
rope and at the same time reading my The concerts are expected to sell out, so
(law) books.” get tickets ahead of time. Call 772-231-
1661 or visit cbtsumc.org.
He adds that when he graduated in
1965, “I started getting some sleep.” by Khachaturian because the sound is
And while studying law didn’t in-
form his musicianship, it did make Among other works to be played are:
him more interested in source mate- “Clavierübung” by Kupkovic; “Le Bal,”
rial, especially the historical context in from “Jeux d’enfants” by Bizet; and Ron-
which composers worked. do Brillante by Weber. Pagano will per-
form at least one piece solo.
He arranged the “Hexameron” for
Sunday’s concert so that the players Next, Flores had to find the pianos,
will perform in concert, rather than get them moved to the church and
sitting at their pianos with nothing to hire a tuner, who is tasked with iden-
do while others played. tically tuning the six pianos before
The five professional pianists join-
ing Pagano on the six grand pianos are: “The piano tuner (Stoney Copelin)
Kelley Coppage, Joanne Niott, Rochelle will be the one working hardest,” Flores
Sallee, Jacob Craig and Flores, who says with a laugh. “We’re going to give
studied piano with Pagano at Arizona him a massage after.”
To make sure the delicate piano mov-
“None of the pianists were familiar ing process was done correctly, Flores
with this work,” says Flores. “That’s the turned to the highly respected Brian
beauty of this. We have the amazing Gatchell, owner of the Atlantic Music
blessing that the Maestro (Pagano) took Center in Melbourne. Gatchell has a
on the arranging of this. Sixty fingers in deep collection of top-of-the-line and
total synchronization. Think of six pia- rare pianos, and both Flores and Pagano
nos having a state-of-the-art surround have performed in the Atlantic Music
sound audio system.” Center’s concert series.
Of course, just arranging for the While Flores frequently uses pianos
concert to take place also meant a lot from Gatchell’s collection, this time he
of behind-the-scenes organization on turned to the pianists themselves, who
Flores’ part. are loaning their personal instruments
to the concert. The instruments include
He had to first consider the de- Steinway, Bösendorfer, Schimmel and
manding schedules of Pagano and the Wilh. Steinberg pianos.
five other musicians and form a com-
plete program that would comple- The pianists have been rehearsing
ment each of them. pieces on their own, and then will meet
to play together during two rehearsals.
“Pianists are very busy and it’s dif-
ficult to get everyone together,” Flores “The piano instrument is one of the
says. “Then to get the music … the most unforgiving,” Flores explains. “The
‘Hexamaron’ will be the main piece,
classical. But then our theme piece for
the Monster Piano is the ‘Sabre Dance’
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ARTS & THEATRE
Coming Up: Don’t miss tree-mendous ‘Avenue Viera’ event
STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER as “a contemporary art fair in digital
projection mapping, mixed-media
1 Music and the big tree-lighting sculpture, drawing and painting,” and
will usher in the Christmas sea- curated by Christopher Maslow. Time:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
son at “The Space Coast Symphony
Holiday for Everyone at the Avenue
Viera” next Friday, Nov. 23. Only the 4 Can you name that tune in four
notes? I bet you can if those four
grinchiest of grinches could fail to
catch the Christmas spirit when 18 notes are – da-da-da-DAA! You’ll get
young musicians from the Space 2 Get a little “hattitude.” This Nov. rytelling and more than a dash of “hat- to hear the Brevard Symphony Or-
16-18 is the final weekend for titude.” Curtain: Friday and Saturday, 8
Coast Symphony’s String Quartet p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $19 to $29. chestra play those four and several
Movement herald the season with “Crowns,” a jubilant 2002 off-Broadway million others this Saturday, Nov.
holiday favorites. Join in, as holiday musical play about hats (aka crowns), 17, at the King Center in Melbourne.
shoppers check and recheck their currently on the boards at the Henegar. 3 We’re gonna need a bigger bag. According to Wikipedia, Beethoven
The Annual ArtWorks of Eau
lists, and maybe consider a refueling Specifically, this show, adopted from composed his Symphony No. 5 be-
stop at one of the area’s many restau- the book by Michael Cunningham Gallie Fine Art Festival is a highly an- tween 1804 and 1808, and it has be-
rants. Behold the ooooo’s and ahhh- and Craig Marberry, tells the story of ticipated “plein air” holiday tradition come one of the best-known com-
hh’s as the music swells, and the ma- six African-American women through in Eau Gallie’s historic district, and it’s positions in classical music. Other
jestic 35-foot Christmas tree springs the hats they wear to church. There coming up this Saturday and Sunday. pieces on the program, leading up to
to colorful life. The annual lighting of appears to be a hat for every occasion, Festival-goers browse along High- the 5th, will be Ralph Vaughan Wil-
the Avenue Viera Christmas tree has from flirting to churchgoing to funer- land Avenue to their hearts’ content liams’ March from “Concerto Gros-
become a family holiday tradition, als to baptisms, according to NPR.com, as artists exhibit their skills, creating so,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin
according to Space Coast Symphony and, when Brooklyn-born Yolanda goes new pieces right before your eyes. Of Concert.” In addition to the splendid
Orchestra conductor and artistic di- down south after her brother’s death, course, myriad wonderful paintings, Brevard Symphony Orchestra under
rector Aaron Collins, and it seems a “she finds strength in the tales of the sculpture, drawings and mixed-me- the baton of Christopher Confessore,
worthy addition to your own holiday wise women who surround her, and dia pieces are available as shoppers the featured artists will be violinist
tradition list. Tree lighting: 6 p.m. Lo- the powerful rituals connected to their contemplate their holiday To-Get- Sirena Huang and the Brevard Sym-
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
Embedded in the cerebral folds of movement,” it aimed to counter the promoting Vision City (free Wi-Fi and about starting fresh and having a city
every city planner who’s ever lived, indignities of the Industrial Revolution solar-powered streetlights are sketched all of their own,” Moser says.
there’s a cluster of neurons that lights by creating planned communities with into the plans).
up like Las Vegas when confronted plenty of green space. Perhaps the boldest of these utopias
with the possibility of a blank slate. China’s answer to what it calls “big is taking shape on an expansive, kha-
Suddenly, scores of new towns be- city malaise” is Xiongan, a high-tech ki-colored field of dust between the
It started with Hippodamus, the man gan sprawling just beyond the edges hub teeming with leading-edge com- Nile and the Red Sea in Egypt.
Aristotle claimed was the father of ur- of the old ones. panies, research institutes, and world-
ban planning. When the Persians de- class transportation that’s slowly ris- In the past couple of years, Cairo has
stroyed his hometown of Miletus, Hip- Today, it seems, we’re in the middle ing a two-hour drive south of Beijing. become the world’s fastest-growing
podamus discovered a bright side to of another outbreak. This one is cen- megacity, which is bad news for Cai-
catastrophe: Tasked with rebuilding, he tered in the developing world, often The mania for new cities is partly an renes, because their metropolis was
seized his chance to impose order upon in countries where population growth outgrowth of globalization, with its “foot- already mortally overcrowded. Among
chaos. And so the concept of the urban and rapid urbanization have wholly loose” capital, saysSarahMoser,ageogra- urban planners, an aspirational rule
grid was born. overwhelmed existing infrastructure, pher at McGill University who’s compiled of thumb says you should allow about
sometimes to the point where spend- a list of more than 100 such projects. 53 square feet of green space for ev-
Ever since, the dream of carte blanche ing time and money trying to fix the ery person. In Cairo, each person gets
has proved an all-but-irresistible seduc- broken metropolises seems futile. Governments looking to attract about 1 square foot.
tion. large-scale cash inflows have learned
Here’s a taste of what’s going on, and that large-scale projects can attract “My vision,” says Ashraf Abdel
Leonardo da Vinci drafted detailed it’s by no means comprehensive. In La- the attention of investors and foreign Mohsen, “is to let Cairo breathe.” Ab-
sketches of an “ideal city” after the gos, Nigeria – the most populous city treasuries looking to sink their money del Mohsen has a Ph.D. in architecture
plague ravaged Milan, and a few hun- in Africa – developers have dredged into something meaty. “I think social and has worked as an urban planner
dred years later, Frank Lloyd Wright the Atlantic Ocean to create an island media has some role in this,” Moser in Egypt. Shortly after the 2011 revo-
designed a metropolis that solved the called Eko Atlantic, which they envi- adds, “because local leaders can show lution, when the country was awash
problem of vehicular congestion via a sion as a Manhattan-style financial hub off these computer-generated models in optimism, he and some colleagues
network of helicopter taxis. for the continent. that make everything look perfect.” formed a nonprofit foundation to con-
ceive a strategy for future development
Every so often, this urge in city plan- Forest City, a $100 billion luxury de- In many developing countries the – something they believed had been
ners breaks out into a full-scale epidem- velopment with room for 700,000 peo- idea that an actively molded future tragically neglected.
ic, such as the one that spread through- ple, has sprouted in Malaysia. Ghana can eclipse the past is particularly
out Europe and North America in the has Hope City (future home of the tall- strong. “It’s really seductive, particu- Together they drafted a vision state-
early 1900s. Known as the “garden city est building in Africa), and Rwanda is larly to places that were colonized. It’s ment that called for seven different
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
“capital cities” spread all over Egypt. units, mostly apartments and some vil- Emirati-style development when the cities movement warn that unrealistic
While Cairo would remain the country’s las – is well under way. Residents are ex- country’s per capita gross domes- aspirations can undermine a develop-
“spiritual and cultural” capital, there pected to start moving in next year, and tic product is about 8 percent that of ment’s long-term prospects for success.
would be separate hubs for science and already government ministries have be- Dubai? And what’s the long-term envi-
education, green technology, eco-agri- gun the relocation process. ronmental cost of pumping water out “You have to be realistic and see what
culture, business and trade, world heri- to the desert to keep all that greenery people really need,” says Tim Beighton,
tage, and politics and entertainment. Even though more than 100,000 alive? And is El-Sisi trying to preempt head of marketing and communications
construction workers have toiled at the possibility of another popular up- for Rendeavour Holding Ltd., a com-
The plan was wildly ambitious, and the site, the project still has an under- rising by distancing the seat of govern- pany investing in several of the new-city
the newly elected government ignored the-radar element to it. “There are ment from the bulk of the population? projects throughout Africa. “You can’t go
it. But in 2014, General Abdel-Fattah people in Egypt who don’t even know build the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.”
El-Sisi – who helped remove the Mus- this exists,” Abdel Mohsen says, “and All this is fodder for debate, but one
lim Brotherhood from power the pre- many who, when they hear of it, think thing everyone seems to agree on is that To design the city of tomorrow, you
vious year – was elected president, and it’s an impossible dream.” the expectations for Egypt’s new admin- probably should have some inkling
everything changed. Exactly one day istrative capital have been set incredibly of what tomorrow will look like. In
after taking power, El-Sisi invited Abdel Some think it’s a foolish one, too. high. Even advocates inside the new- the 18th century, when Pierre Charles
Mohsen into his office, where the two They ask: Can Egypt really afford an L’Enfant designed all those statue-
men bent over a binder filled with the bearing circles with streets spoking
plans for the new capitals. Eko Atlantic, Nigeria: The Marina District is framed by three towers that will house a mix of residential units and out in Washington, he wasn’t thinking
businesses. Bottom Left: In initial plans, Xiongan had a relatively modest footprint of 100 square kilometers. It’s now about the automobile, much less rush-
An authoritarian ruler who gets expected to expand to 2,000 square kilometers. Bottom Right: Planners chose to locate Xiongan at the center of the hour traffic jams. And look at Brasília.
things done, El-Sisi was the ideal pa- emerging Jing-Jin-Ji megaregion, an area the size of New England that’s home to 120 million people. The city forms They dubbed it the “City of the Future”
tron. Instead of breaking ground on the third point of a triangle with Beijing and Tianjin. in 1960, but all that brutalist architec-
seven cities, Egypt’s president wanted to ture makes it look dated today.
start with just one – a metropolis about Eko Atlantic, Nigeria
45 miles east of Cairo that would serve Just 10 years ago, the United Arab
as the country’s administrative capital, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, 2013. Emirates launched an ambitious proj-
housing the offices of the federal gov- ect called Masdar City outside of Abu
ernment and eventually accommodat- West Bank: Masri persuaded foreign brands to open stores in This sea wall has been Dhabi. It was slated to be the world’s
ing as many as 7 million residents. Rawabi, hoping to lure well-off Palestinians to do their shopping. dubbed the Great first zero-impact city, with no emis-
Wall of Lagos. sions, no waste, and no cars. The gov-
This concept wasn’t entirely novel. ernment designed an electric personal
Washington was similarly a purpose- Forest City, Malaysia rapid transit system, or PRT, featuring
built capital, and in the 1960s there was small transport pods that zip people
a spate of new government seats: Bra- between hundreds of station stops.
sília (Brazil), Chandigarh (India), and Not all of the innovations rely on mod-
Islamabad (Pakistan) among them. ern technologies: A 45-meter-tall tower
El-Sisi’s project was different mostly in harvests cooling breezes and pushes
terms of scale; he demanded the big- the air through the narrow city streets.
gest and the best of everything. Planners predicted the city would ac-
commodate up to 50,000 residents and
Using the previous blueprints as a 40,000 daily commuters by 2018.
rough conceptual framework for the
project, the Egyptians hired the Chi- Then came the global financial crisis,
cago-based firm Skidmore, Owings & and things got real. Today about 5 per-
Merrill LLP to draw a new master plan. cent of the city is built. Just two of the PRT
It was a beauty. stations are operational, and the site’s
managers have publicly acknowledged
Early models showed lush palm trees that they didn’t anticipate that advances
and vast parklands stretching between in electric-car technologies would make
towering skyscrapers. At the center sat a their visionary transport system almost
green rectangle twice the size of Central instantly passé. Population targets have
Park. The city would boast Africa’s larg- been radically reduced: The revised esti-
est mosque as well as its largest church, mate is for 3,500 residents by 2020. (Few-
along with an amusement park four er than 2,000 live there now.)
times the size of California’s Disneyland.
Once upon a time, even chaotic Cairo
Because the Egyptian government was considered a visionary utopia. Be-
already owned all the land at the site, fore the year 969, it was little more than
there would be no money or time an abandoned plot of land near the
wasted in having to piece together city of Al-Fustat. Then a general named
parcels from different owners. Ayman Jawhar came along and strong-armed a
Ismail, one of the project organizers, development project that aimed to re-
predicted in 2015 that El-Sisi’s com- locate the caliphate’s palaces to the site.
mitment to the project would essen-
tially guarantee its success. “It will be a The plans were lovely, and construc-
cash machine for Egypt for the next 50 tion went smoothly. One visitor in 1167
years,” he told reporters. marveled at the city’s lush gardens and
crystalline water channels: “It was so
At first, much of the financing was to beautiful, so pleasant to the eye, that
come through a developer in the United the most preoccupied man would
Arab Emirates, but after it backed out, have stopped to look at it,” he wrote.
two Chinese state companies took its
place. The Chinese role has since been And so the cycle of a city’s life begins,
thrown into doubt, leaving the Egyptian with order eventually giving way to
government and local companies to chaos, until one day it begets a genera-
lead the initial construction. tion of planners who dream of noth-
ing more than wiping the whole mess
The first phase – a core of government away and starting over.
offices along with thousands of housing
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It’s been almost 18 years since the publication of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. gave shows to horribly wounded soldiers in field hos-
“Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams,” Gary Giddins’ pitals. He sang “White Christmas” over and over, even
intelligent and formidably well-informed biography MGM.” Production Code though he never sang it “without a wrench,” seeing
covering the entertainer’s life from his birth in 1903 enforcer Joseph Breen battle-hardened men cry over a song they cherished
through the film that launched his mega-grossing scrupulously monitored as a reminder of home and peace. It was the least he
partnership with Bob Hope (“The Road to Singapore,” “Road to Zanzibar” to fore- could do for “the best audience we ever worked for,”
1940). “Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star” was worth the stall any unseemly displays which had rescued him from personal and profes-
wait. of female flesh, Giddins sional malaise.
notes dryly, “while express-
As in the first volume, Giddins makes Crosby’s career ing no qualms about depict- The reserve that frustrated his family was the key
the framework for an astute account of broad shifts in ing a public slave market in to Crosby’s popularity with the troops. “He [created]
the radio, record and movie industries. Crosby was a modern-day Zanzibar.” He a particular kind of bond, a zone of emotional safe-
big star in 1940, but his fame was on another level by conveys with zest the relish
1946. Giddins traces his trajectory across this eventful Crosby and Hope took in ty,” Giddins writes, adding pointedly, “A
half-decade in a densely packed, sometimes excessive- evading such nonsense. In zone has boundaries.” The stern bound-
ly detailed narrative. Crosby’s case, however, the aries he established at home created a
kidding went only so far. “No fraught dynamic with his sons and wife
He begins with a snapshot of the troubled Crosby matter how jolly or friendly that Giddins analyzes with nuance and
marriage in 1940, describing an evening when Bing he might seem, you knew empathy for all parties. Crosby was
came home from work on “The Road to Zanzibar” to there was that invisible line much better at being a fictional “fa-
find his wife, Dixie, drunkenly berating their four young you did not cross,” commented a supporting player in ther” in “Going My Way,” the 1944 film
sons. The marriage fell into a grim pattern during the another Crosby movie. “I doubt anyone knew him re-
World War II years: Dixie was mostly drunk; Bing was ally well.” that won Crosby critical respect and
mostly gone. It didn’t help that Crosby’s personality – an Academy Award for his role as a hip
“impatient with introspection … stoic, manly, rarely Ironically, the tens of thousands of soldiers Crosby young Catholic priest. He entered the
nostalgic, never sentimental, and often flippant” – was entertained during the war felt they knew him quite postwar period as “a bulwark of sta-
poorly suited to dealing with a fragile spouse. Crosby well. “What a guy, a regular guy, a real pal,” one man bility and reassurance,” a dominant
twice considered divorce during this period, but each enthused in a letter to his wife. “He brought home presence on film, record and radio.
time was dissuaded by a priest; he had been raised and right to your heart.” Crosby’s wartime tours form the
remained a devout Catholic. emotional center of this volume. They poignantly It must be noted, with regret, that
show him reaching out to audiences of strangers with Giddins has a terrible weakness for
Crosby was determined to end his relationship with a warmth he seldom offered to intimates. Crosby had unnecessary material. We don’t need
“Kraft Music Hall,” the popular weekly radio program been terrified of hospitals since his guitarist Eddie minute analysis of lackluster per-
he hosted. It took five years to extricate himself, but Lang – the only person he was truly close to, Giddins formances of trivial songs in each
during that time, he used his clout to get the show re- suggests – died after a botched tonsillectomy. But he recording session. Twelve pages of
duced from an hour to 30 minutes and began a long background on “Going My Way”
battle that would eventually transform radio from a live director Leo McCarey is too much,
medium to a prerecorded one. Giddins covers this and
other industry issues with his usual savvy. His critical no matter how important a role he
prose, somewhat blunted in the first volume, is back played in Crosby’s professional de-
at full incisiveness in a shrewd analysis of how broad- velopment. The worst failure of Giddins’ edito-
casters’ 1941 boycott of music licensed by copyright- rial judgment is his decision to close the book with
enforcer ASCAP solidified Crosby’s connection to older endless excerpts from the diary of a teenage Crosby
forms of American popular culture. Decca responded fan, who chronicles her uninteresting interactions in
to the boycott by recording Crosby singing Stephen the winter of 1945-6 at excruciating length. Her entries
Foster tunes and other public domain material, Gid- bring to a jarring conclusion Giddins’ evocative por-
dins writes, which resulted in “a distillation of his style trait of a man and a historical moment, which would
into its purest components – the peerless Crosby bari- be even better if it were about 100 pages shorter.
tone as national security blanket.”
BING CROSBY: SWINGING ON A STAR
Giddins’ pen is at its sharpest in his account of Cros-
by’s film career as he skewers Hollywood’s manifold THE WAR YEARS, 1940-1946
absurdities. Starlet Marilyn Maxwell, he wisecracks,
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Bonz’s ‘Cavalier’ attitude: Misty is magnificent
Hi Dog Buddies! Mommy says I must NEVER catch
This week’s innerview-ee, Miss one, though. Which isn’t a problem,
Misty Dawn Pirone, is ALWAYS ready
for her close-up. She’s a beautiful because I certainly don’t want Fluff
11-month-old Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel, cinnamon an white, an even Mouth. I’d be peetooing for weeks.
though she’s young, she isn’t the tee-
niest bit nervous or clumsy-puppy. “I’ve still got to work on not chewin’
She was right there at the door stuff. I really like to eat paper. Spe-
with her Mom. “WELcome to our
home. DO come in,” she said, execut- cially those soft rolls hanging in the
ing a perfect Wag-n-Sniff, then lead-
ing the way. bathroom. I can make one looong
“Thank you, Miss Misty Dawn,” I trail all the way through the bedroom
said, unobtrusively fluffing my ears.
an dining room without breaking it
“Oh, no need for formalities,” she
said sweetly. “You may call me Misty. one single time! But now Mommy an
An I shall call you Mr. Click-Click.”
Daddy lock the bathroom door.”
She apparently noticed my blank
expression. An my newly fluffed “Bummer,” I sympathized.
ears. She laughed. “Whenever I read
your column, I picture you at your “I know. When I don’t come run-
computer, just, you know, clicking
away. So … ” nin to greet Mommy an Daddy like
“OH, of COURSE, Miss Mist … er, usual, Mommy finds me an says, in
I mean, Misty. That’s very clever of
you.” her Serious Voice, ‘MISTY! WHAT did
“It is, isn’t it? This is my Mommy, you DO?’ Then I’m in trouble. It’s just
Jan, an my Daddy, Tom.”
that I don’t really relate to that word.”
After we go settled, Misty’s Mom
excused herself an went out. “Which word?”
“Mommy had other Cavaliers be- “‘No.’”
fore me. The last one was Star Mist,
but Mommy an Daddy called her I managed to not smile.
Girly. She was cinnamon, white and
black, very fancy. When Girly hadda Misty continued. “I always wanna
go to Dog Heaven, Mommy an Dad-
dy cried an cried. After they moved know what’s going on. Mommy says
down here, they ree-lized their
family needed a pooch to make it I’m NOSY. I call it Healthy Curios-
complete, an it needed to be a Cav.
(That’s what humans call my breed. ity. I HAFF to know where Mommy
I guess cuz it takes too long to say the
whole name.) Anyway, I was born at an Daddy are every single second.
a breeder in Cape Coral, so Mommy
went over. Me an Mommy innerv- When they’re out, I sit by the window
iewed each other and knew right
away we were MFEO.” and WATCH. Even if they’re only go-
(I had learned from a previous in- ing to the mailbox. I used to get duh-
nerview that was ‘Meant For Each
Other.’ Humans do that a lot, so they PRESSED, but it’s better now because
won’t run out of letters.)
I have a million toys, mostly squeaky.
Pretty soon, the front door opened.
It was Misty’s Mom an another lady. I learned how to flip ’em in the air, so
Misty rushed over to greet them with
joyful wags an wiggles. “Oh, Goody! I do that a lot. Also, before Mommy
Nana LISA! Oh, Mr. Click-Click, THIS
is Nana LISA! I love, love, love Nana an Daddy go out, they put a dog car-
Lisa! She’s our NAY-burr!”
toon or movie on TV. I sit an watch
The instant Nana Lisa sat down,
Misty snuggled into her lap, an be- Misty Dawn. an bark. It really makes the time go
gan givin’ her kisses. An there she
remained for the duration of the in- “So, tell me about your life in Flor- by. PLUS, I can go out to the padio an
ner v iew. ida,” I suggested.
play with my bubble maker. Bubbles
“It got off to a sorta bumpy start.
Back then, bein’ a puppy an all, I are kinda wet an tickly, but still fun.”
loved to jump on an off furniture,
even if I wasn’t s’pose to. Well, when “Other than paper, what do you
I was a liddle 3-month-old fluffball,
I hopped off the recliner an pop! I course, deserves the best. That’s all. eat?”
broke my leg in three places!”
Surely not too much to ask, n’est-ce “Iams kibbles. An lotsa of veg-
“Woof, Misty. That’s PAWful!”
“Indeed. But I had the most wun- paw?” tubble an froot treats. I insist on
nerful sur-jun, Miss Leslie. She fixed
me all up. She put tiny liddle pins an “Absolutamento!” I said with great water with crunchy ice cubes. So re-
screws in my leg to hold all the parts
together. Now I’m good as new. It enthusiasm. “Now that your all A-OK, freshing. Mommy washes my face
was during my convalescence that I
got pretty much anything I wanted what’s you day like?” an brushes my teeth twice a week. I
an, natchrully, I got used to it. Now
Mommy calls me (lovingly) a ‘Spoiled “I love all my neighbors: people love my toothbrush, cuz it makes my
Rotten Brat.’ I even have a collar tag
that says, ‘Spoiled Rotten.’ See?” an pooches. When we’re out walk- mouth feel all minty fresh.”
Yep. That’s what it said.
“Frankly, Mr. Click-Click,” she ing, everybody calls ‘HI, MISTY Heading home, I was thinking
tilted her head. Her voice sounded
like liddle bells, “I feel I am simply a DAWN!’ I get so many pats. An Mr. about Miss Misty Dawn an her silly
girl who knows her own mind and, of
Dave waves for us to come get treats. nickname for me. Ackshully, she can
All us pooches look forward to that. call me whatever she wants. Sigh.
Sam’s My boyfriend, he’s a rescue.
Luci’s Getting Up There, an she usu-
-The Bonzally growls, so we all respectfully
back off. My BFF is Lily, she’s a long-
“I also chase Geckos. An rabbits.
Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected]
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 21
INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
GET OUT FROM UNDER YOUR OWN FEET WEST NORTH EAST
10 9 7 4 K85 2
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist AKJ83 964 10 7 5 2
AQ J 10 7 2 98653
Robert Orben, a comedy writer, penned: “Every speaker has a mouth; / An arrangement 92 AKQ 643
rather neat. / Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom. / Sometimes it’s filled with feet.”
There are times at the bridge table when you feel as though you must get out from under AQJ63
your own feet. In this deal, for example, South is in four spades. West leads the heart ace Q
and continues with the heart king. Everything looks so easy, but what must declarer do? K4
J 10 8 7 5
North made a support double over West’s two-heart intervention, which showed exactly
three-card spade support, but did not define his point-count. South, with an opening bid Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both
of his own, jumped to game, trusting that North would bid more in the unlikely event that he
had extra values, and West had made a very weak vulnerable overcall. The Bidding:
The contract looked easy, with South apparently having 10 winners via five spades and SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
five clubs. But after ruffing the heart king, cashing his spade ace and playing a spade to 1 Diamonds Pass
dummy’s king, East’s diamond discard was a blow. 1 Spades 2 Hearts Dbl. Pass LEAD:
4 Spades Pass Pass Pass A Hearts
South paused, then saw the solution. He cashed two top clubs, then finished removing
West’s trumps, and declarer, on the fourth round of spades, ditched dummy’s last club.
South took three more tricks with his remaining high clubs to make his contract.
Finally, note that if East had bravely raised hearts, despite zero points and being vulnerable,
West might have taken the push to five hearts, knowing that East was very short in spades.
Five hearts doubled goes down two, or perhaps only one if North does not lead a trump very
early in the defense to cut down those spade ruffs.
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SOLSUOTLIUOTNIOSNTSOTOPRPREVEVIOIOUUSS IISSSSUUEE((NNOOVVEMEMBEBRE8R) 8O)NOPNAGPEA3G2E 70
1 Woodwind instrument (4) 1 Under (7)
4 Lessen (6) 3 Large water jug (4)
9 Type of lamp (7) 4 Leased (6)
10 Gaze (5) 5 Chaos (8)
11 Material for pottery (4) 6 Fad (5)
12 Brave (8) 7 Successful film (11)
14 Observe (6) 8 Dimension (11)
15 Written note (6) 13 Praise (8)
18 Isolation (8) 16 Rotary engine (7)
20 Edge of a hat (4) 17 Interconnect (6)
22 Shun (5) 19 Pack animal (5)
23 Point of view (7) 21 Young goats (4)
24 Ravine (6)
25 Part of a plant (4)
How to do Sudoku:
Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 23
ACROSS 101 Stake ___ 58 The ___ PavilionsThe Washington Post
1 Got nosy 103 South African fox (not a 59 Morse units
8 Belushi skit on SNL, 60 Actress Martha
donkey) 61 “___ his own”
“___ Delicatessen” 105 Harem room 63 Control a dog team
15 Tape measure? 107 Bird among the ’roos 66 Gen. George et al.
18 Sylvan 108 Die Fledermaus, translated? 67 Ante-
19 Der Ring des Nibelungen, 68 LARIAT minus L, rearranged
(with 114 Across) 73 Brokaw’s biz
translated? 114 See 108 Across 75 Earth tone
21 Tristan und Isolde, 115 Travel agency offerings 76 Word to a pourer, perhaps
116 Your, among Friends 79 Line of questioning
translated? 117 “Boy, that’s a new ___!” 81 Capp and Hirschfeld
24 Part of TNT 118 Pours, as port 83 Derek and Diddley
25 Sigmoid shape 84 “Your ___ like pools—
26 Oscar-worthy DOWN
27 And others, in Latin 1 Kind of lemony cesspools” (old gag)
28 Worker seeker 2 Emphatic negative 85 Occupied
30 Italian priest’s title 3 Hymn to Him, perhaps 86 The common code?
31 Make ___ 4 Less callow 87 Distribute in small amounts
5 Dries without rubbing 88 Fills with love
(object loudly) 6 Adam’s grandson 89 Déjà viewing
35 It caters to skaters 7 Dentist’s degree 90 Criminal class of India
36 “Oh, okay” 8 “Relief” has one, 91 Red in the face
37 A trace of disgrace 92 Just about
39 Bitter cold phonetically 96 Author Talese
40 French holy ones: abbr. 9 Hole punchers 97 “Why ___ blue?”
41 Der Rosenkavalier, 10 Spanish cloak or a ray of the 98 Of Uxmal’s people
100 Island S of Sicily
translated? deep 102 Testifier’s first answer
46 Dye plant 11 Red Cross Knight’s 104 Not good, as chances
105 Theater award
(or Fudd’s way home?) escort in The Faerie Queene 106 The Maid of Orleans,
47 Make a bow 12 ACLU worry: abbr.
48 Abdul and Deen 13 Map-supplying club Jeanne ___
52 Tongue-tied Thom? 14 Runs in park? 109 Simony is one
55 ___ the dotted line 15 To a certain extent 110 SSW about-face
58 Purified 16 1970 Broadway musical 111 I swelling?
60 Pest with a nest 17 Jobs for Wisk 112 Ward Cleaver, e.g.
62 The director of Autumn 18 Like, in the know, y’know? 113 Guy of a thousand faces
20 East, in German (or a
Sonata, plus its star LIGHT OPERA By Merl Reagle
64 Water buffalo Cockney emcee)
65 Parsifal, translated? 22 Dark wood
69 Shannon’s land 23 Talk and talk
70 Pierced places 29 Common Market abbr.
71 People who can’t keep 30 The D of LED
secrets 33 Detroit org.
72 Echo and echo 34 Shoplifting
74 Absentee 37 Tandem’s accommodation
77 Mideast seaport 38 Blind as ___
78 Find 40 Latched
79 Confusion 42 Liable one, often
80 Causerie 43 Fairy tale collection
82 Die Götterdämmerung, 44 Chauvinists
45 Hot dips
angrily translated? 49 Threatened to topple
90 Aykroyd and Brown 50 Pull in the driveway
93 Valley of San Francisco 51 Old-time breath freshener
94 Fictions 52 Very attached to
95 One little piggy had it
96 Kaplan of TV or Kapler of Fisherman’s Wharf?
53 The Color of Money star
baseball 54 “___ a moment too soon”
97 Silkworm state of India 56 Biblical Brother
99 Barely get (by) 57 California beach
100 Of the cheek
24 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Angst about keeping the grandparents at a distance
BY CAROLYN HAX Now, if we’re to extrapolate from “multiracial child”
Washington Post that your husband’s position is a boundary he enforc-
es against racial prejudice, then some of this makes
Hi, Carolyn: What are my obli- sense –except, if this were about race, why wouldn’t
that be in your first line?
gations to help cultivate a good re-
So here’s what I’ve got: If your husband’s anxiety
lationship between my daughter is about the place and circumstances vs. the people,
then ask him whether you and he have built the
and her paternal grandparents? My guardrails too high.
husband is not close to his parents. If his anxiety is about his parents themselves, then
your obligation is to check in occasionally – “Are we
There has been no abuse or fight handling this right?” – but otherwise be supportive of
what he needs.
over a major issue. My husband and I are just really dif-
I hope in that case, though, he made it clear to them
ferent from his parents. We live in an urban area, they the reason(s) he keeps them at bay. Assuming they
should know by now is not a substitute for specifics,
live in a rural area; we have white-collar jobs, they have and it’s torture not to know why.
blue-collar jobs; we’re liberal, they’re conservative, etc. Re: Different: There may have been issues with the
parents before the marriage. I am assuming “Different”
So far, my husband is willing to accommodate his is a different race and perhaps the parents expressed
concerns to him before the marriage. This happened
family visiting for only one weekend a year if they stay to my brother, and his wife (also a different race) never
knew. Once they married, my parents came around
in a hotel. We do not visit them. Each visit causes my and built a strong relationship with her. My brother
never forgot the initial reaction, and maybe that’s
husband a fair amount of anxiety, so I have not pushed what’s going on here as well.
for more time. His parents are unwilling to try video – Anonymous
chatting, and my daughter has no interest in talking on Anonymous: So, a “major issue” the writer isn’t
privy to – plausible explanation, thanks.
The grandparents periodically express some frustra- oranges. At least they used to be.
Maybe there’s more to it that you didn’t include, but
tion over not having a better relationship with her, but
if not, if it’s just city vs. country mice, then seeing that
I’m not sure what I can do. Sending her to visit on her as extra work vs. unworkable could encourage rap-
prochement. And also in that case, the strict one-vis-
own is not an option — they’re a plane ride away and it-per-year limit seems more cruel and unusual than
healthy and warranted.
their area isn’t the sort of place I would leave a multira-
And “no interest in talking on the phone” is not an
cial child without parental supervision. excuse. Please teach your child that remaining con-
nected on a grandparent’s terms is an act of love – and
– Just Really Different barely registers on the effort scale. Seriously.
Just Really Different: Maybe I’m being obtuse, but
urban/rural, white collar/blue collar, liberal/conser-
vative and not being close are emotional apples and
Specialist Diaz works wonders
for plastic-surgery patients
26 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Specialist Diaz works wonders for plastic-surgery patients
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT
After having three children, “Char- Dr. Michael Diaz with
lotte” (name has been changed to pro- Sarah Schwartzott.
tect patient privacy) was absolutely
thrilled to be a mother – but not so hap- PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
py with the way her body looked after
several pregnancies. the surgery to make sure I was doing the average person.” Diaz offers “Mom- reviewing their desires. After an exami-
fine,” Charlotte said. “I have my pre- my Makeovers,” which include custom- nation, I will tailor an individual surgi-
She had lost all the baby weight but mommy figure back, and both my ized breast and body procedures aimed cal plan that meets the patient’s goals,”
had severe stretch marks, loose abdomi- husband and I are thrilled.” at restoring pre-pregnancy appearance Diaz said. “A patient will often have
nal skin and sagging breasts – that also and boosting self-confidence. many questions and concerns that I ad-
needed a breast implant exchange. Diaz said people like Charlotte make dress one by one until the patient has a
up most of his patients. “Most of my pa- Diaz also recently obtained a patent clear understanding of their plan and
“Because I’m a business owner and tients are soccer moms, teachers and for a template to make a pattern to be care – no matter how long it takes.”
busy mom and wife, I was very con- engineers,” Diaz said. “Plastic surgery is used with certain products and serve as
cerned about the recovery time and the much more acceptable than it was in the an “internal bra” with breast implants Diaz is also an expert advisor for Merz
ability of one surgery addressing all my past making it much more accessible to when the tissue is not strong enough to Aesthetics, teaching other practitioners
needs.” Charlotte said. “It was very im- hold an implant. about incorporating Xeomin, a neuro-
portant for me to minimize my down modulator similar to Botox, which is
time from the recovery period.” “I developed and patented a template used for the treatment of frown lines,
for off-the-shelf products such as Strat- into their practices.
Several people recommended she visit tice Tissue Matrix. Strattice is a sterile,
Dr. Michael Diaz at Diaz Plastic Surgery structurally intact biological tissue ma- “The word ‘doctor’ is Latin, which
Specialists. Diaz assured Charlotte that trix sheet which can be used in breast originally meant ‘to teach.’ I feel strong-
she would be a great candidate for a implant pocket revisions.” Diaz said. ly that it is part of a doctor’s responsibil-
combined procedure: a breast implant “My patented template converts the ity to teach; I teach my patients what to
exchange with lift, and a tummy tuck. sheet into a three-dimensional form do and what to avoid to help live a vi-
which I hope will shorten the already brant and healthy lifestyle, which only
“I couldn’t be happier. He was steep learning curve of using Strattice enhances any surgical procedure I do. I
amazing, and I couldn’t believe the for tissue reinforcement, a great benefit will counsel some patients that they will
personal attention I was given when to other surgeons who aren’t as experi- look and feel better with diet and exer-
he came to my house the night after enced in using it.” cise modifications rather than with sur-
gery,” Diaz said. “I am passionate about
Collins & Montz Once hospital-based and very expen- teaching others in the medical profes-
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chemical peel, laser hair removal and have an extraordinary patient care ex-
microdermabrasion. perience from the first phone call to the
practice, to the last post-operative visit.
Diaz said he strongly believes in tak-
ing his time with each patient. “In this Diaz Plastic Surgery Specialists is
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accuracy and overload, I feel that it is Melbourne. The phone number is 321-
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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 27
There are ways to hang on to the hair you have left
STORY BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST tion surgery are available to treat an-
drogenetic alopecia when more con-
Q. What can you do to keep the hair servative measures have failed. During
you have? transplantation a dermatologist or cos-
metic surgeon takes tiny plugs of skin,
Alopecia is the medical term for hair each containing one to several hairs,
loss. Androgenetic Alopecia, or pattern from the back or side of your scalp. The
baldness, is the most common type of plugs are then implanted into the bald
alopecia; it affects about one-third of sections. Scalp reduction, as the name
us. I’m in that third with you. implies, means decreasing the area of
bald skin on your head.
Men start to get pattern baldness at
the hairline and crown. This can lead
to complete baldness. Women’s hair
loss is usually limited to thinning; they
rarely go totally bald.
There are a few steps you can take to
preserve your hair:
1. Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on
the hair. So, forget braids, ponytails,
cornrows and tight hair rollers. The
pulling causes some hair loss, espe-
cially along the sides of the scalp. This
type of hair loss is called traction alo-
pecia. If the pulling scars the scalp, it
can cause permanent hair loss.
2. Brushing or combing too much
can break hair, so keep them to a mini-
mum. Use combs with wide teeth and
brushes with smooth tips. Wet hair is
more fragile than dry hair, so show care
when you do your hair after a shower.
3. Shampooing too often is bad for
your hair. Use a cream rinse or con-
ditioner after shampooing to make it
easier to comb. And don’t dry your hair
by rubbing it with a towel.
4. Don’t use hot-oil hair treatments
or chemicals in permanents. These
may cause inflammation of the hair
follicles, which can lead to hair loss.
There are about 100,000 hairs in the
average scalp. About 100 hairs are lost
from your head every day. Each indi-
vidual hair survives for an average of 4
1/2 years and grows about a half inch
a month. In its fifth year, the hair usu-
ally falls out and is replaced within six
months by a new one.
We lose hair as we age. Pattern bald-
ness affects many more men than
women. About 25 percent of men begin
to bald by the time they are 30 years
old, and about two-thirds have at least
a balding pattern by age 60.
Androgenetic alopecia is caused by
heredity; a history of it on either side
of your family increases your risk of
Medicines may help slow or prevent
the development of common baldness.
Rogaine is available without a pre-
scription. It is applied to the scalp. Both
men and women can use it. Propecia is
available with a prescription. It comes
in pills and is only for men. It may take
up to six months before you can tell if
one of these medicines is working.
Hair transplants and scalp reduc-
28 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Is ‘weight’ over? Newer, better drugs help fight obesity
Dr. Raman Ashta.
PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Weight problems pose a major health very differently than their predecessors. A big proponent of fresh fruits and
[email protected] risk for many chronic diseases, including “Instead of just [trying to] suppress ap- whole grains, Ashta points out, “I spend
sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, type a lot of time educating my patients that
Some 55 million Americans go on a 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain petite, new weight-loss drugs that have [most] cereal is not healthy. No matter
diet each year and – just in 2017 – those kinds of cancer, but the problem, accord- come out in the past few years affect the if it is high-fiber, no cereal can be heart
dieters spent more than $3 billion on a ing to Ashta, isn’t just shedding pounds. neurohormonal centers in the brain. healthy if it’s processed grain.”
wide range of diet plans, pre-packaged It’s also changing lifestyles. They’re pretty sophisticated.”
meals, supplements, shakes, gym mem- Whole grains, she says, are a far bet-
berships and more, according to Market- Asked if there was such a thing as a Those drugs include Contrave, ter option.
data LLC, a 38-year old market research ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet plan, Ashta pauses Qsymia and Belviq, all of which require
firm in Rockville, Maryland. briefly and says “no. I don’t think there is a physician’s prescription. And at day’s end, according to Ash-
one. For weight loss, everybody has dif- ta, a late-night TV snack of a bunch of
Despite that huge expenditure, near- ferent challenges, so how can the same Though improved, the drugs are not a grapes is a far wiser choice than a bowl
ly four out every 10 U.S. adults remain plan fit everybody? We now know there’s magic cure. of potato chips.
technically obese – meaning they have a more to weight gain than just eating.
body mass index (BMI) over 30 – and one “Prescription weight-loss drugs “I learned so much more than was
in 13 adults in the U.S. is severely obese. “There are genetic factors. There are [should be] used in addition to – not in- ever taught in a medical school while
That’s according to a March 2018 report metabolic factors. We should not focus stead of – diet and exercise,” according to getting my obesity medicine certifica-
from the Centers for Disease Control. on short-term goals when we’re looking the Mayo Clinic. tion,” says Ashta.
at weight loss,” Ashta continues, adding
It seems many people are not getting that a better move is to concentrate “on Ashta agrees wholeheartedly. With her expanded knowledge, she’s
their weight-loss money’s worth. And being healthy and eating healthy.” While just the words “exercise” and now offering comprehensive evaluations
that gets under the skin of Vero Beach “diet” make some people cringe, Ashta and a weight-loss clinic for those seeking
primary care physician Dr. Raman Ash- Ashta says there is some good news in has some tips to offer. custom-designed, medically supervised
ta, who also is certified by the American the field of medical weight loss. “You probably should start with weight loss programs.
Board of Obesity Medicine. small amounts of exercise doing some-
She freely admits “weight-loss drugs thing that you enjoy, [but] your food Dr. Raman Ashta is with Steward
She firmly believes people would be have had a bad rap in the past. A lot of intake and food habits always have to Healthcare’s Sebastian River Medical Cen-
better off seeking weight-loss advice them have come and gone because of change, as well.” ter. Her offices are directly across the street
from a licensed medical doctor. Not a their side effects.” But there are newer, And that change, says Ashta, can from the Indian River Medical Center’s
TV commercial. better drugs available now that work start first thing in the morning at the campus at 3745 11th Circle in Vero Beach.
breakfast table. The phone number is 772-564-2485.
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 29
FINE & CASUAL DINING
Hell’n Blazes: We’ll drink to their food options, too!
REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER
For the past two years since Hell’n
Blazes opened, it’s been the place in His-
toric Downtown Melbourne to meet up
with friends – to decide where to go for
dinner. A couple
weeks ago I
saw a friend
The post said so-
and-so was “eating
dinner” at Hell’n Blaz-
es and at first I thought
maybe he was drinking
his dinner there. This
would not be out of the
But there was a food
picture. Ah-ha, they finally
fired up a kitchen and started
serving food. Menu looked
good, too. Genius. So of
course, we had to check it out.
Our arts writer extraordi-
naire Pam Harbaugh invited Sirloin with Mr. Pink’s Porter.
me to a special advance PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
showing of “Crowns” at Keep ‘em Buzzing RESTAURANT HOURS
the Henegar (truly amaz- Orange Honey Blossom Mon. and Tues. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ing show!!), and we met
Wheat Ale. Wed., Thurs. and Sun.,
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
up at Hell’n Blazes for a
Fri. and Sat., 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
pre-theater bite. Just an BEVERAGES
aside, I told Pam that going Craft Beer & Wine on Tap
to the theater with her is like walking the
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It was great fun.
We ordered Chickpea Salad Fire Burger.
some beer, it’s al-
I opted for the Okto- would have set out for poker night, sauerkraut were the best part.
The experience left us intrigued to
berfest, knowing it so we asked Brittany to bring us
return and try the other menu items,
likely won’t be around some of that and it was very tasty. perhaps one of the pizzas next time, or a
burger. We’ll definitely be back soon.
too much longer, and The new menu offers a variety of
When our check came, Brittany had
my dining companion appetizers, hearty salads, burgers, not charged us for our beers, because ap-
parently she felt she hadn’t attended to
tried the Don’t Leave sandwiches, pizza, wings and plat- us as dotingly as she could have because
she was serving a party back in The
Me Amber. Both beers ters. We selected two of the plat- Vault, Hell’n Blazes private party room.
We asked to have the beers added on, but
were excellent; I en- ters that came with dinner salads, I no dice. It was a nice gesture, but we were
pleased with the service anyway.
joyed the Oktoberfest chose the Smoked Brisket ($14) and
I welcome your comments, and en-
even more than the my companion ordered the Porter courage you to send feedback to me at
Amber I had last time Braised Bratwurst ($15). The brisket
The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
out. I also tried a small was crispy on the outside the way dines anonymously at restaurants at the
expense of this newspaper.
glass of the Sap Tap, a my mom used to make it, and tender
maple flavored amber on the inside, and it was served with
ale which is good for sip- barbeque sauce and a baked potato
ping on a cool evening. (or fries). A real brown gravy with the
Dill Pickle Dip ($5) brisket would have made it sing. The
with Ritz crackers bratwurst came with spaetzle, sauer-
sounded like some- kraut and pickled red cabbage, and
thing my Midwest- the dish was kind-of a mixed bag,
ern grandmother but not bad. The bratwurst and
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Drinking a 172-year-old wine: How does it taste?
REVIEW BY ELIN MCCOY expert, first thought it might be rum. Last year, during a renovation, they Staff at Liberty Hall Museum discovered wine
Bloomberg The bourbon will go under the ham- discovered one of the largest collec- dating back to 1796 in its cellars.
mer, too. Smooth and round, the one I tions of 18th and 19th century Madeira
In a chilly wine warehouse in the tasted was excellent, but not nearly as in the United States in the attic and “I was prepared to give them to staff
Bronx, a famous Portuguese wine- complex and delicious as the Madeiras. behind a wall in a dirty, cobwebbed members to use for making lamps.”
maker pried ancient corks from 5-gal- cellar. It included about 42 demijohns
lon glass demijohns of 19th century So how did these bottles get saved and a couple of dozen bottles of Lenox Luckily, a young museum docent
Madeira. Was the wine inside still from oblivion?. Madeira, imported by the late Robert Googled up information about old
drinkable? Madeira ages longer than Lenox in 1796, and probably hidden Madeiras and some of the names on
other wines, but 150-plus years? Liberty Hall, originally constructed during Prohibition. Some were empty, the bottles, and convinced Kean they
in 1772, was expanded to a 50-room some were not. could be worth something.
I won’t keep you in suspense. Amaz- family residence by the prominent,
ingly, the answer was yes. politically active Kean family, which “I knew wine deteriorated in hot condi- Enter Christie’s. When the auction
owned it from 1811. When John Kean tions, so I thought the wine in the demi- house heard about the discovery, an
One demijohn held a dry sercial Ma- Sr. inherited it 12 years ago, he began johns would all be spoiled by spending excited Vos, Christie’s Madeira expert,
deira from 1846. Dry, spicy, tangy and turning the building into a museum, so many years in the attic,” admits Kean. visited and put in an auction proposal.
rich, it had piercing acidity and fresh, which he now heads. “There’s not a lot of old Madeira avail-
spicy aromas that lingered even in an able,” he says. “And you could say it’s
empty glass. Another from the same the most underrated fine wine in the
era, a medium-dry apricot-colored world.”
verdelho, smelled like apricot, tobac-
co and rose petals, and still had an
opulent, multi-layered fruitiness that
made you want to take another sip.
And both are more than 170 years old.
The wines are from a collection of
18th and 19th century Madeiras dis-
covered last year during a renovation
of the Liberty Hall Museum in New
Jersey. And on Dec. 7, Christie’s will
offer them along with some regular-
sized bottles of Madeira dating from
1796, at a sale in New York.
Francisco Albuquerque, winemaker
for the Madeira Wine Company, along
with cork experts from Apcor, the Por-
tuguese Cork Association, and wine
specialists from Christie’s were gath-
ered at the warehouse to oversee the
opening and recorking of the demi-
johns, and check to see that the wine
was still alive and kicking.
But surprise! The liquid in four of the
demijohns turned out to be old bour-
bon, not Madeira. Edwin Vos, Christie’s
head of wine for Europe and a Madeira
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Please send calendar information 18 American Legion Auxiliary of the 12th Dis-
at least two weeks prior to your trict Female Veterans Luncheon, 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at the Brevard County Veterans Memorial
event to Museum on Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island.
Speaker from Patrick Air Force Base and a tour of the
[email protected] museum. Lunch is free to past or present active-du-
ty or retired females, $10 for American Legion Aux-
ONGOING iliary members. RSVP to Dara Oliver (321)543-1069.
Satellite Beach Farmers‘ Market, 10 a.m. to November 17 | Festival of Trees by the Junior League of South Brevard 18 Annual Space Coast Thanksgiving Basket Bri-
5 p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park on A1A, gade, 11:30 to 3 p.m. at Satellite High School.
(321)773-6458 Register at www.spacecoastbasketbrigade.com.
Friday Night Lights, watch tennis competi- 19 United in Thanksgiving, an interfaith
tion and exhibition, 6 p.m. most Fridays at Kiwi celebration of gratitute with members
Tennis Club, 30 Tradewinds Dr, Indian Harbour from more than a dozen Brevard faith traditions,
Beach. www.kiwitennisclub.com 7 p.m. at Temple Israel Brevard, 7350 Lake Andrew
Drive in Viera to share music, food and reflect on
NOVEMBER the blessings of America. Centered on gratitude,
attendees will focus on affirming shared values
15 Victorian Christmas Sip & Shop, 6 to 8 17 Festival of Trees by the Junior League soap. Vendors wishing to enter the show can call and the desire for deeper cultural understanding.
p.m. at Grace Preschool in Melbourne of South Brevard, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (321)773-0552 or email [email protected] Believers and seekers of all faiths are welcome.
Beach. (321)728-4709. the Viera Regional Park Community Center. See Culturally diverse hors d’oeuvres and desserts to
beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, shop 17 Medicare seminar by Kim Cowles and follow. Call (321) 259-8515 for more information.
15 Strength in Stillness during changing vendors at holiday marketplace, enter raffle for Mike Reisert, 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name
times, a free public lecture on the Tran- prizes, have photos taken with Santa, fun for of Jesus Catholic Church to discuss Medicare 20 Beach Gardeners of Melbourne Beach
scendental Meditation technique, an evidence- kids and adults. Register online for Cooking with Parts A B C D and Medigap plans as well as their meet 6:30 pm the third Tuesday of
based, effortless way to improve cardiovascular Mrs. Claus event. Donations and sponsorships costs. All are welcome especially those turn- the month at the Community Center located at
health, brain acuity, and happiness. 4:30 p.m. needed. www.jlsb.net ing 65 in the next 5 months, those who have 509 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach. All are wel-
at the Melbourne Beach Library, 324 Ocean Ave. questions about the upcoming Medicare An- come to attend. There will be a speaker, food,
17 Book Talk with author Marshall Frank, nual Election Period and those who are thinking plant table and the chance to make some new
15 Melbourne Athletic Club 5K run at The noon at the Melbourne Beach Public about retiring. An RSVP is not necessary. Ques- friends. November’s speaker is Miss Mango who
Cottage Irish Pub 6pm. For details go to Library. Frank is a retired homicide detective and tions? Call (321)305-2554. will provide valuable information on herbs and
www.melbourneathleticclub.com or call Anna E. author of 14 books. health with wonderful samples and goodies.
Udell, Manager at (321)425-5838. 17 Downtown Melbourne Food and Wine
17 Indian Harbour Beach 2018 City Art Festival, 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Historic 24 Downtown Melbourne Annual Tree
15 Shipwreck treasure lecture by deep-water & Craft Show, 9 a.m. at Gleason Park. Downtown Melbourne. A limited number of Lighting, on Main Street,5 to 6 p.m.
archaeology pioneer Sir Robert Marx, 7 Rain Date Nov. 18. Many vendors displaying art- $100 tickets will be available at 3 p.m., for in- crafts and kids‘ activities with tree lighting at 6
p.m. at Florida Tech in the Gleason Auditorium, open work, woodworking, hand-crafted jewelry, mixed formation go go www.foodandwine.downtown- p.m.
to the public. www.floridatech.edu or (321)674-8096. media, acrylics and mosaics, pottery, homemae melbourne.com.
24 Plant-Based Brevard Beach Bonfire,
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Pelican Beach Park,
in November 8, 2018 Edition 1 THUS 1 TAILBACK Satellite Beach. Casual meet-up, bring your own
3 HOOP 2 UNSPOILT snacks and drinks. Fire starts at 6 p.m.
9 REAMS 4 OPERAS
10 INSINCERE 5 PREPLAN 28 US-TOO Prostate Cancer Support
11 POSER 6 GAGS Group meets from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
12 BOOKSTALL 7 TSAR the last Wednesday of the month at the Mel-
15 COLUMN 8 ONUS bourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue. Call
17 UNKNIT 13 INSISTED Vanita Gagliani at (321)432-5573 for details.
19 DECEPTION 14 STANDSIN
21 TORSO 16 MADONNA DECEMBER
23 NOMINATES 18 ACUMEN
24 LEARN 20 PINK
25 ACNE 21 TALE
26 ODIN 22 REAL
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District, 6 p.m.with music in the bandshell,
shopping on Highland Avenue and Santa Claus in
Eau Gallie Square.
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Beautifully renovated home
has ‘beach-casual elegance’
3849 Poseidon Way in Oceanside Village: 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,727-square-foot pool home with chef’s kitchen
offered for $524,500 by Treasure Coast Sotheby’s listing agent Sandra Sheibani: 321-693-1919
34 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Beautifully renovated home has ‘beach-casual elegance’
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Throughout the house, expansive
[email protected] walls created by the high ceilings
are decorated with large graphic art
Bright and airy, with high ceil- work featuring Florida wildlife beach
ings and tall doors, the single-fam- themes.
ily, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home at 3849
Poseidon Way in Oceanside Village, Completing the look by adding small
Indialantic, has a completely reno- details in nearly every room, Surch
vated eat-in kitchen with a large is- said she carefully chose the built-in re-
land that is equipped to please any cessed lighting in the great room and
serious chef. kitchen, along with the free-standing
lights, to get the optimum effect.
What cook wouldn’t be happy with
a six-burner gas range and oven, a The home is visually impressive,
custom stove hood, a pot filler, special starting with the grand foyer and an
quiet-shut hardware for the custom extra wide entry hall; the tray ceilings
cabinets, and a rise-up built in mixer – some 12 feet, some 14 feet – add to
shelf, all insisted upon by seller Tasia the upscale feel. The open design of
Surch, who is moving back home to the home, leading from the entryway
California. past the formal dining room, culmi-
Yet one more extra feature perfect but I had a vision for it so I tore it all out of the home, featuring wood-look nates in Surch’s favorite place to hang
for the home chef is the butler’s pantry and started putting in what I wanted, tile and white quartz kitchen coun- out: an impressive great room over-
with built-in cabinets near the kitchen like the gas oven and stove I’ve now tertops, as “beach-casual elegance,’’ looking the brand new swimming
for food preparation, Surch said. purchased three times for different incorporating that design theme with pool. Large windows throughout
homes I’ve lived in,’’ she said. furniture that is available for optional make artificial lighting unnecessary
“When I bought the home, it had purchase when the home is sold. on most days. There are large ceiling
a different countertop and cabinets Surch describes the design theme
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 35
3849 POSEIDON WAY,
fans in nearly every room. The master bathroom suite fea- venient to all the mainland and the Neighborhood:
The split design of the home has tures an oversize tub, walk-through island have to offer. Common ameni- Oceanside Village
shower, double vanity sinks and large ties include a club house with recre- Year built: 2017
the master on one side with two bed- walk-in closet. ation room, playground and tennis
rooms and a full bath behind a pock- courts. Construction:
et door on the other, creating sepa- The gated Oceanside Village com- Concrete block, stucco
rate, private quarters for children or plex is only a block or two from the The home is being offered for Architecture: Nicely designed
guests. Eau Gallie Causeway, making it con- $624,500. Mediterranean Revival
Floor: Carpet, ceramic tile
Baths: 3 full bathrooms
Square footage: 2,727 square
feet of air-conditioned living
space; 3,231 square feet total
Additional features: Quartz
kitchen counter top, pot filler
above stove, butler’s pantry,
master bathroom with double
vanity sinks, oversize tub and
shower and walk-in closet
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty
Sandra Sheibani, 321-693-1919
Listing price: $624,500
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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Nov. 2 to Nov. 8
The real estate market slowed a bit last week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Satellite Beach
led the way with 7 sales, followed by Melbourne Beach with 5, Indialantic with 4 and Indian Harbour
Beach reporting 2 transactions.
The top sale of the week was of a stunning Mediterranean riverfront estate in Indialantic. The residence at
3840 North Riverside Drive was placed on the market March 26 with a price of $2.05 million. The asking
price more recently was $1.999 million. The sale closed Nov. 8 for $1,881,190.
The seller was represented by David Settgast of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s. The purchaser in the transaction
was represented by Mark Crytzer of Daignault Realty.
SALES FOR 32951
SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
MELBOURNE BEACH S R 217 ASH AVE 10/3/2018 $559,000 $559,000 11/2/2018 $479,000
OPUS 21 TOWNHOUSE CO 2951 S HIGHWAY A1A 8B 9/12/2018 $480,000 $480,000 11/8/2018 $230,000
OCEAN EDGE COLONY 330 RITA BLVD 8/14/2018 $250,000 $250,000 11/8/2018 $222,000
OCEAN VIEW TOWNHOMES 1500 ATLANTIC ST 8-C 8/30/2018 $229,900 $229,900 11/2/2018 $140,000
OUTDOOR RESORTS 3123 DOCKSIDE LN 10/4/2018 $159,900 $159,900 11/5/2018
SALES FOR 32903
MAJESTIC SHORES A C 1525 N HIGHWAY A1A 705 9/1/2018 $570,000 $570,000 11/2/2018 $550,000
NORTH INDIALANTIC BY 109 FRANKLYN AVE $299,000 11/7/2018 $299,000
BEACH CLUB CONDOMINI 1900 BRITTANY DR 1-13 9/19/2018 $299,000 $130,000 11/2/2018 $120,000
SALES FOR 32937
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2095 HIGHWAY A1A 4203D 8/31/2018 $525,900 $499,000 11/2/2018 $472,000
MARTESIA 302 SALIDA DR $479,000 11/7/2018 $462,000
THE HORIZON CONDO P2 401 HIGHWAY A1A 114 8/1/2018 $495,000 $450,000 11/2/2018 $450,000
VILLA DEL MAR SEC 7 215 SATELLITE AVE $450,000 11/2/2018 $436,000
NONE 170 CINNAMON DR 1/11/2018 $485,000 $419,900 11/8/2018 $413,100
FLAMINGO HOMES SEC B 220 ORANGE ST $279,900 11/7/2018 $283,000
MONTECITO PHASE 2B 84 REDONDO DR 9/15/2018 $450,000 $284,105 11/7/2018 $279,105
SEA PARK HOMES 3AR 735 3RD AVE $239,900 11/6/2018 $235,000
SOUTH PATRICK APTS C 55 SEA PARK BLVD 514 8/27/2018 $429,000 $69,900 11/6/2018 $67,500
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 15, 2018 37
Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Opus 21 Townhouse Co, Address: 2951 S Highway A1A 8B Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2095 Highway A1A 4203D
Listing Date: 9/12/2018 Listing Date: 8/31/2018
Original Price: $480,000 Original Price: $525,900
Recent Price: $480,000 Recent Price: $499,000
Sold: 11/8/2018 Sold: 11/2/2018
Selling Price: $479,000 Selling Price: $472,000
Listing Agent: Ralph Harvey Listing Agent: Gregory Ellingson &
S. Jean Dowd-Koniecki
Selling Agent: Mlstosell.com Inc Selling Agent:
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Subdivision: Martesia, Address: 302 Salida Dr Subdivision: Melbourne Beach S R, Address: 217 Ash Ave
Listing Date: 8/1/2018 Listing Date: 10/3/2018
Original Price: $495,000 Original Price: $559,000
Recent Price: $479,000 Recent Price: $559,000
Sold: 11/7/2018 Sold: 11/2/2018
Selling Price: $462,000 Selling Price: $539,000
Listing Agent: Sarah Munkacsy Listing Agent: George Arnold
Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise Selling Agent: Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.
Lisa Moore Jim Reynolds
Better Homes & Gardens RE Star Britton Group, Inc.
38 Thursday, November 15, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Ocean Edge Colony, Address: 330 Rita Blvd Subdivision: Majestic Shores A C, Address: 1525 N Highway A1A 705
Listing Date: 8/14/2018 Listing Date: 9/1/2018
Original Price: $250,000 Original Price: $570,000
Recent Price: $250,000 Recent Price: $570,000
Sold: 11/8/2018 Sold: 11/2/2018
Selling Price: $230,000 Selling Price: $550,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Joya Hoffard
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: RE/MAX Aerospace Realty
Cindy Walker John Curri & Maribel Soper
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Curri Properties
JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: None, Address: 170 Cinnamon Dr
Waterfrontbrevard.com Listing Date: 8/27/2018
Original Price: $429,000
THE HOUSING MARKET IS MOVING FAST - DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND. Recent Price: $419,900
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $413,100
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Karen Osiniak
25 PINEHILL DR • INDIALANTIC, FL 32903
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite
PRICE REDUCED! - $619,000
4 BEDROOM / 3 BATHROOM 2,715 SF Gwendolyn Woods
.47 ACRES GATED PROPERTY • SPARKLING POOL
CLOSE TO THE RIVER AND THE BEACHES Florida Oasis Realty
Subdivision: Villa Del Mar Sec 7, Address: 215 Satellite Ave
Listing Date: 9/15/2018
Original Price: $450,000
Recent Price: $450,000
Selling Price: $436,000
Listing Agent: Denise Maxwell
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Aerospace Realty
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