It’s as simple as ‘ABC’
A4 A6 A10Liquor giant plans first PSL store
Seaplanes in Fort Pierce? House of the Week
Base eyed along waterfront area A charmer at Lake Charles
VOLUME 5, ISSUE 19 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020
ST. LUCIE TARGETING Homeowners
$6.8M FOR TRANSIT to Kings Isle:
FROM FED STIMULUS Open clubhouse
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]
The St. Lucie County transit sys- Several Kings Isle homeowners
called for the 55-plus community
tem plans to buy new buses and in St. Lucie West to open its club-
house as the coronavirus pandem-
expand bus service with $6.8 mil- ic recedes in St. Lucie County.
lion in federal grant money related “Right now, a lot of the restau-
rants, beaches and events are
to the coronavirus pandemic. reopened,” said Tony DeMeo, a
homeowner. “Our clubhouse in-
If the grant comes through, St. cludes a gym, billiards room, card
tables – they’ve all been closed. We
Lucie County’s Treasure Coast would like them reopened.”
Connector bus service would “There are people in here who
are pretty old and if they want to
spend $1.6 million on new buses stay home, they can stay home,”
DeMeo said. “But there are also
and $1.2 million to increase the many of us who are 65, 70, 75, who
have some energy in us. We should
Dining at a distancefrequency of bus trips. be given the option.”
Treasure Coast Connector
Diners sit safe distances apart at Tutto Fresco on Monday, the first day Many Kings Isle homeowners want their
currently operates eight fixed of restaurant reopenings in St. Lucie County. The St. Lucie West eatery has clubhouse reopened. PHOTO: GEORGE ANDREASSI
bus routes, including five in Port reconfigured its main dining room to meet CDC social-distancing guidelines.
St. Lucie. Commuters ride free Kings Isle’s board decided Tues-
day (May 5) to open the swimming
thanks to a Florida Department of PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN pool and tennis, bocce and pickle-
ball courts, DeMeo said. But it’s the
Transportation grant. City seeks $25M grant for autonomous vehicle system on ‘Trail’ clubhouse and its activities that
City residents requested more are most missed by homeowners.
weekend and evening bus service Meanwhile, local governments
in St. Lucie County started easing
with buses running every half BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer Tradition Commerce Center. Tradition Trail. The plans for the
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hour, instead of every hour, said [email protected] Beep, an Orlando-based au- 25-mile-long Tradition Trail would
Clyde Cuffy, a city project manag- Port St. Lucie is seeking a $25 tonomous vehicle system devel- be modified to accommodate au-
er. Only the buses on U.S. 1 run million federal grant to develop oper and operator, would partner tonomous vehicles. The trail is cur-
on a half-hour schedule. an autonomous vehicle system with the city and Mattamy Homes rently designed to enable residents
Treasure Coast Connector on Tradition Trail and extend He- to build an autonomous vehicle to walk, bicycle or drive golf carts
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shopping centers, restaurants and
BEACHES OPEN AGAIN? medical offices.
LET’S GET MARRIED! The extension of Hegener Drive
a half-mile from its terminus at
Trade Center Drive would set the
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer stage for the development of in-
[email protected] dustrial and commercial build-
The coronavirus pandemic delayed their ings totaling 1.6 million square
dream wedding in the Bahamas, so Dana and feet on 108 acres. An estimated
Alex Gold of St. Lucie West decided to cele- 2,500 people would work in the
brate their special day last Friday by getting businesses that would occupy the
married at South Beach Park in Vero Beach. space, city records show.
Fortuitously, Indian River and St. Lucie Newlyweds The Port St. Lucie City Council
counties opened public beaches on April 28 Dana and voted unanimously April 27 to au-
Alex Gold. thorize city officials to apply for a
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ARTS/PEOPLE B8-B10 SPORTS B11
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY UNVEILS ONLINE
COVID-19 DISASTER RELIEF CENTER
Get Your Impac t BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent as the Centers for Disease Control and
Doors Now! Before Prevention and Department of Veteran
Hurric ane Season. St. Lucie County just opened its first Affairs.
COVID-19 disaster relief center.
Transforming Your Existing Door The individuals and businesses pag-
from Boring to Beautiful “We kind of modeled this after when es have information about governmen-
we go through hurricanes,” said Erick tal and non-governmental resources for
• Glass patterns for every style & budget Gill, communications director. personal and business assistance and
• Customize to your style grants, along with some general infor-
• Impact Glass Floridians know the drill. Hurricane mation. What’s being put on the website
• Wood Interior / Exterior Doors threatens, life turns to supplying up and is, in part, influenced by what people are
• Fiberglass Doors hunkering down. Hurricane passes, life calling to ask county workers at St. Luc-
• Patio & Sliding Glass Doors turns to recovery marked by expected ie’s COVID-19 Hotline: 772)-460-4357
• Framed / Frameless Shower Units inconveniences, blue tarpaulins, bottled (HELP).
• Etching water, and large, white canopy tents with
• Schlage & Emtek Hardware workers helping people fill out disas- “Those lines are answered 8 (a.m.) to 5
• Mirror Wraps ter-relief paperwork. They’re called di- (p.m.) Monday to Saturday,” Gill said. Not
saster recovery centers. surprisingly, he added, “the biggest thing
NO CONTACT ESTIMATE & MEASURING! they’re getting calls on is the unemploy-
In many ways the COVID-19 pandemic ment benefits.”
Keeping with social distancing guidelines, we will not has hit St. Lucie as hard as any hurricane.
enter your home. Call for details. By some measures, harder. With Gov. Ron In Florida unemployment compensa-
DeSantis and others loosening stay-at- tion is called “reemployment assistance.”
772-463-6500 home directives and advisories, and peo- Florida has been one of the economically
Regency Square ple venture into the reopening world, St. hardest hit states by the coronavirus. At
2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart Lucie County wanted to get its disaster press time the Department of Econom-
recovery center up. ic Opportunity is reporting 1.7 million
772-463-6500Licensed & Insured reemployment assistance claims were
Of course, there’s still the whole so- filed from March 15 to May 1. Of those,
cial-distancing thing to consider to keep 711,000 were processed and 435,000
county workers safe – the coronavirus paid. The state’s computer application
storm surely isn’t entirely past. So, in- system was so overwhelmed the DEO
stead of a traditional disaster recovery started accepting printed reemployment
center, there’s www.recoverstlucie.org. assistance requests.
“We’ve got it up,” Gill said. “It’s in its in-
fancy.” “One of the things (the county has)
done to help people is printing out ap-
The site became accessible on Friday, plications,” explained Gill. Those appli-
May 1. The county anticipated that cities cations are available, outside, at three
would also want to set up online disaster libraries, including the Paula A. Lewis
relief centers, so it grabbed the domains Branch Library at 2950 SW Rosser Blvd.,
www.rocoverpsl.org, www.recoverfort- Port St. Lucie.
pierce.org and others with similar names
for users to have easy identification of “Folks can go to those libraries and
trustworthy local-government COVID-19 pick up hard copies (of applications) to
sites. The others are, at press time, not submit it that way,” Gill said.
The Lewis library is also open for item
“The county and (Economic Develop- loans. Sort of. At the end of April three li-
ment Council of St. Lucie) will be con- braries opened curbside service. Library
tributing information on (www.recover- card holders can place holds on books at
stlucie.org),” Gill said. www.stlucieco.gov/library.
The site is divided into three user sec- When the items are ready for pickup,
tions: individuals, businesses and “med- the staff calls the patrons, who can get
ical information,” which includes up- the items delivered to their cars 10 a.m.
dated information on local coronavirus to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. The library
testing sites. The medical information asks patrons who are feeling ill in any
page includes links to reputable sources way to not use the service.
for information about COVID-19, such
Lic.#CGC1528458 FUNDS FOR TRANSIT no bus service, records show.
The program, started in December 2019
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in the Gatlin Boulevard area, allows people
would spend another $3.2 million in grant to call for a ride within a limited geograph-
money on capital projects, such as a new ic area.
central operations facility, improvements
to Port St. Lucie’s intermodal station near The Port St. Lucie City Council voted
the Community Center and bus stop im- unanimously April 27 to endorse St. Luc-
provements. ie County project list for the $6.8 million
grant application. The county is trying to
In addition, Treasure Coast Connector tap into $25 billion in federal funds avail-
would spend $600,000 to expand the Mi- able for mass transit projects under the
cro Transit program in areas with little or Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Se-
curity (CARES) Act.
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CORONAVIRUS Several homeowners in the Kings Isle 55-plus community in St. Lucie West are calling for the opening of the clubhouse. uty County Administrator Mark Satterlee.
Deputies will also monitor restaurants for
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 paring to reopen libraries with social dis- still some anxiety out there with us getting
tancing rules. reopened. We are going to open when we compliance with state rules limiting patrons
restrictions on business and community ac- know it’s safe. There will be precautionary to a quarter of the dining room, Satterlee
tivities last week as the number of coronavi- “As we take these small steps to open our measures taken. Continue to isolate, keep said. “We’re going to rely on people to have
rus cases continued to decline. city for business, Fort Pierce please continue your distance. common sense, follow those guidelines as
to protect the most vulnerable among us,” best they can,” Satterlee said. “We’ll follow
State health officials attributed 25 deaths Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson said April “There are a lot of people out there who up on reports of businesses not following
in St. Lucie County to the coronavirus, as of 30 during a news briefing. need to get their businesses reopened,” distance guidelines.”
noon Tuesday (May 5). A total of 76 people in Townsend said. “Our goal is to see that we
the county have been hospitalized with the County Commission Chairwoman Cathy can help them survive through all of this.” Bars, gyms, fitness centers, arcades, va-
virus and 259 tested positive. Townsend advised residents to stay home cation rentals and hair stylists, among other
until they feel safe enough to go out. Sheriff’s deputies and lifeguards will mon- businesses, will remain closed for the time
The number of new coronavirus cases has itor county beaches to ensure social-dis- being, Satterlee said. “We had heard that
been trending down since peaking at 18 on “I’m looking forward to the county re- tancing guidelines are being met, said Dep- arcades were thinking about trying to open
April 3, state records show. There were three opening,” Townsend said. “I know there is up again,” Satterlee said. “Those are enter-
new cases in St. Lucie County on Sunday tainment facilities. Following the distancing
(May 3), five on Saturday, four on Friday and guidelines is difficult there, so the sheriff will
one on Thursday. be monitoring that.”
There have also been fewer people com- Port St. Lucie is allowing restaurants to
plaining of flu-like symptoms or cough, fe- set up temporary outdoor seating in parking
ver and shortness of breath in recent weeks, spaces adjacent to their restaurant, said city
said Clint Sperber, the state Health Depart- spokeswoman Sarah Prohaska.
ment administrator for St. Lucie County.
The city also opened select parks and
“When you combine all those types of recreation facilities, such as the McCarthy
indicators together, you can see St. Lucie is Ranch Preserve Campgrounds, as well as
moving in the correct direction,” Sperber various picnic pavilions and some outdoor
said during an April 30 news briefing. sports courts.
Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, St. Port St. Lucie offered free coronavirus
Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie and testing to 1,400 residents on May 4 and May
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort 5 at a mobile testing site at the MIDFLORI-
Pierce have been cleared to resume elective DA Events Center in partnership with Trea-
surgeries, Sperber said. “They have plenty sure Coast Medical Associates.
of capacity to take care of patients and they
have no unmet needs,” Sperber said. St. Lucie County obtained 2,000 coronavi-
rus tests and is working with the cities to get
St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce opened more, Satterlee said. “That’s far below what
beaches on April 28 and the county is pre- we need,” Satterlee said.
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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plans first Port St. Lucie store BEACH WEDDING
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BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer Site of planned ABC Fine Wine & Spirits as the local health threat caused by the pan-
[email protected] store on Gatlin Boulevard near I-95 interchange. demic started to subside.
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits plans to develop PHOTO: GEORGE ANDREASSI While not as complicated as the overseas
its first store in Port St. Lucie on the site of nuptials trip, the beachside ceremony in-
the former BP service station on Gatlin Bou- It will reduce traffic on Gatlin Boulevard the perimeter of the property. volved Dana’s aunt, Tracy Clifton, becoming
levard near the Interstate 95 interchange. by attracting 1,300 fewer vehicles per day T&M United bought the property for $1.6 an ordained minister online so she could
than the former BP gas station and conve- officiate, and her friend, Kelly Olkowski, pro-
T&M United Corp., of Cocoa, plans to nience store, which was built in 1994. million on Dec. 21, 2018 from Karl Thomas viding the location. “Due to the corona, we
build the new 10,070-square-foot liquor of Stuart, records show. The county Proper- had to have a backup plan,” Dana Gold said.
store on a 1.5-acre site, 2091 SW Gatlin Blvd., Plans call for 50 parking spaces and a ty Appraiser’s office set the market value at “We still wanted to get married on our day,
a half mile east of I-95 and Tradition Parkway. 10-foot-wide landscaped buffer around $1,358,000. so we wanted to make it happen no matter
what we had to do.”
T&M United plans to demolish the projects ever since. While Port St. Lucie has ed in Lake Nona in Orlando, Central Flor-
2,000-square-foot convenience store and re- been focusing on industrial and commer- ida’s first autonomous shuttle,” said Steve “We got our marriage license early before
move the canopies and gas pumps from the cial development on the vacant land east of Garrett, a land planner working for Mattamy the courthouse closed,” Dana Gold said. “We
property bounded by Gatlin Boulevard, Fon- Village Parkway and north of Becker Road, Homes. just had to make sure we could find a place
dura Road and Medlock Avenue. Mattamy Homes has been working on res- to get married. My friend Kelly has a condo
idential projects west of Village Parkway The Beep service had 12,500 riders during right there (at Sea Cove), so she allowed us to
The Port St. Lucie Planning and Zoning and south of Becker Road. its first six months of operations in Lake have our little ceremony on the beach.
Board was to review the site plan for the Nona, Garrett said.
project Tuesday (May 5). The plan faces City Mattamy plans to build 7,144 homes in “So, this is our corona wedding and we’re
Council review later this month. the next three decades on 2,818 acres south “It makes me think of ‘The Jetsons’; it’s doing our big wedding next year,” Dana
of Crosstown Parkway and north of the C-23 that deep forward in coolness for all the right Gold said. “We will be sitting our butts on
It will be the first ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Canal. Mattamy Homes paid $22,771,800 reasons, for safety, for environmental sus- the beach with some Corona beers, enjoy-
in Port St. Lucie. The chain’s nearest outlets million to a Tradition Land Co. subsidiary for tainability,” Garrett said. The 14-foot-wide ing the day with this beautiful weather.”
are U.S. 1 in Stuart and State Road 60 in Vero the land on June 21, 2018, property records Tradition Trail is already under construction
Beach. The liquor store will employ three show. from Community Drive and Discovery Way The new couple and wedding party of sev-
full-time workers. to Tradition Town Center. en people maintained a safe distance while
Port St. Lucie and Mattamy Homes are strolling to an open spot on the beach on the
TRADITION TRAIL partners in the development, operation “This is an amazing opportunity to fun- warm, breezy, spring day.
and maintenance of roads and sidewalks, damentally change our city and our jobs
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 water, sewer and drainage facilities in the corridor with innovation,” said Vice Mayor Dana’s father, Alan Thoele, played match-
7,000-plus-acre Tradition, Southern Grove Shannon Martin. maker for the couple, so family approval of
$25 million Better Utilizing Investments to and Western Grove region. the groom was a cinch. “We picked him out
Leverage Development (BUILD) Transpor- Mayor Greg Oravec said the autonomous for her,” Thoele said proudly.
tation Grant from the U.S. Department of Tradition Trail will wind through the re- vehicle system seems like a more cost-effec-
Transportation. gion and Beep could be the region’s mass tive transit alternative to a monorail or sub- “They did,” Dana Gold confirmed. “He
transit system. way system. “It’s fun to ride in and it does was my pool boy in Fort Lauderdale.”
Port St. Lucie and the Tradition and the job,” Oravec said. “The vehicles are very
Southern Grove community development “Beep has been successfully implement- good at avoiding hazards.” The couple has since moved to St. Lucie
districts would be responsible for $8 million West, a few miles from the medical office in
in matching funds. Tradition where Dana Gold and Olkowski
The council also agreed to partner with
Beep and Mattamy Homes to develop the “We waited a year and a half to have our
autonomous vehicle path as part of Tradi- dream wedding in the Bahamas,” Dana
tion Trail, if the grant is approved. Gold said. “Since it couldn’t happen, we
were trying to do anything we could to
The city previously used a $3 million state make it happen.”
grant to extend Hegener Drive from Discov-
ery Way to the 411,000-square-foot TAMCO “It just happened to be the perfect day;
lighting factory that opened in January. the weather, the beach, family, everything,”
Dana Gold said. “It just all fell into place.”
Port St. Lucie took ownership of 1,223
acres along Interstate 95 from Tradition “We’ll be having our ceremony and every-
Land Co. in June 2018 and has been trying thing again next year with everybody … fol-
to sell the land for economic development lowed by our honeymoon in Hawaii,” Dana
Gold said. “But for now our honeymoon will
be on our back lanai on the deck.”
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SERVICES DISTRICT UTILITY SHUTOFF NOTICES WERE SENT IN ERROR
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent now,” he said. The April bills are updated counties’ numbers past April 4, so ment District, which is a hybrid creation of
heading out at press time, the week end- there’s no reliable way to measure how St. the State Legislature. The districts operate
The St. Lucie West Services District sus- ing May 9. Lucie employers fared through last month. as governmental bodies to deliver some
pended shutoffs for non-payment of utility limited municipal services, such as wa-
bills for the foreseeable future due to the Pickle said there will likely be more cus- “We want to encourage people to pay ter and sewer. Because the St. Lucie West
COVID-19 health and economic crisis. That tomers unable to pay those bills, because of their bills,” Pickle said. “They will have to Services District is essentially a limited
decision was made around St. Patrick’s Day. the rapid growth of unemployment in April settle up at some time.” governmental body, it develops reserves
But when people got their March bills at the that could be temporary or long-term. in anticipation of disasters, mostly hur-
beginning of April, some couldn’t pay them, The district isn’t adding charges in the ricanes. Pickle said the district is in good
and they got shutoff notices. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at- meantime. “Right now I’m not charging financial shape to handle a temporary sit-
home proclamation in April that limited any late fees,” Pickle said. “People are in uation of widespread non-payments and
“Last month, those notices weren’t sup- the businesses that could remain open, such a bind.” decreased usage among commercial cus-
posed to be sent out,” said Dennis Pickle, and set health-related restrictions on oth- tomers such as restaurants.
district manager. ers. Some of those restrictions are lifting That doesn’t mean late fees won’t be re-
in May, so businesses will presumably re- vived later. “Even if you pay a little (each The district gets funding through utility
Basically, it was a system glitch. The open as they can. month), it’s better than having a big bill billing and special assessments on proper-
computerized billing system needed spe- when you go back to work,” Pickle said. ty taxes. Come November when property
cific instructions to prevent it from gen- The employment results of the corona- tax bills go out, non-payments could affect
erating shutoff notices. Pickle said about virus crisis and stay-at-home proclama- He encouraged people facing financial some of the district’s funding, too. The dis-
100 customers got them. He said none tion are difficult to count up and predict. difficulties to reach out for help. trict has shelved some projects to at least
who got the notices are facing shutoffs At press time the Department of Economic next fiscal year to gain time to see what
for non-payment, and the district is mak- Opportunity is reporting about 1.8 million “There are programs out there that can happens. “None of these are life, health and
ing sure no more notices go out until the filed for unemployment benefits, called assist people during this time with their safety issues (projects),” Pickle said.
no-shutoff policy is changed. “reemployment assistance,” in Florida utility bills,” Pickle said.
from March 15 to May 2. The state hasn’t
“We’re working on trying to correct that A good place to start looking for that
help is by calling 211 for referrals.
The district is a Community Develop-
FOUNTAIN SET TO ADD PIZZAZZ AT LAKE HARVEY Fort Pierce eyes
seaplane base as
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent boulevards was finished toward the end of Lake Harvey. latest attraction
2017. The combination of the Basin 4E-5
St. Lucie West is about to get a bit cheer- interconnect project and Lake Harvey will PHOTO: GEORGE ANDREASSI BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
ier. The fountain in Lake Harvey will, by move about 5 inches of rainwater off St. [email protected]
publication time, most likely greet people Lucie West Boulevard between Cashmere development at that intersection would
as they enter St. Lucie West’s commercial and Bethany Drive during a 100-year exasperate storm-water problems. He A seaplane base at Fort Pierce’s River
sector from the east. storm event. proposed that a stormwater management Walk Center is the latest attraction planned
project there would be the best use. But, along the downtown waterfront.
There won’t be any ceremony. The foun- Lake Harvey came about because of one Martin Health System owned the land and
tain will just start up one day. man’s vision. “This was all thought up by needed to fetch a reasonable price. The seaplane base would consist of five
Harvey Cutler,” Pickle said in a previous onshore aircraft parking spaces along the
“The fountain has been installed at Lake interview. Pickle – who had heard Martin wanted west bank of the Indian River Lagoon south
Harvey,” Dennis Pickle, district manager, somewhere near $10 million for the land – of Seaway Drive/State Road A1A.
said at the May monthly workshop meet- Cutler was the chairman of the district’s checked into it. The price was much lower
ing of the district’s board of supervisors. board of supervisors. He was appointed to than that at the time, and Martin was flex- Fort Pierce would also create a north-
“The meter will be set tomorrow.” the board in 2008 and subsequently won ible. Martin dropped its asking price large- south sea lane about a mile from the west-
elections. He served until his death in 2015. ly because the district was using the land ern shoreline of the Indian River, said Mary
The board of supervisors – acting under for a public benefit. The final price was Soderstrum, an Orlando-based airport
the executive orders Gov. Ron DeSantis is- The 12.5 acres where the district built $4.4 million. But, Cutler led the board of planning consultant.
sued permitting telephonic public meet- Lake Harvey was once slated to become supervisors in resisting any talk about rais-
ings – had the regularly scheduled meeting a grocery store and parking lot. That plan ing water rates to purchase the property. The seaplane base and lane would be li-
by telephone on Monday. The district is a met a lot of resident resistance. They wor- censed by the state and open to the public,
Community Development District, which ried about additional traffic and noise. Be- The district turned to the city for a part- Soderstrum said in a letter to Port St. Lucie.
is a hybrid creation of the State Legisla- sides, opponents noted, there was a large nership for getting the land. The district
ture. The districts operate as governmental vacancy at Cashmere Corners where an receives 75 percent of a stormwater man- “The seaplane base would not only pro-
bodies to deliver some limited municipal Albertsons had been from 2000 to 2012. agement assessment on property-tax bills vide an additional source of revenue to Fort
services, such as water and sewer, so are Walmart did open the Neighborhood Mar- paid by residents of St. Lucie West. The dis- Pierce and the businesses located near Riv-
subject to open-meeting laws. ket there in 2016. trict pitched the city on shifting the other er Walk Center, but would also provide a
25 percent to finance a 15-year bond. With much-needed public seaplane facility on
In an interview after the meeting, Pickle Pickle said Cutler worried that more that, the district was able to get a bond the Indian River,” Soderstrum said.
said turning on the fountain is purely prac- issued and the deal was sealed, and Lake
tical. “It’s been so dry, it’s going to help with Harvey became a reality. The Port St. Lucie City Council voted
the water quality,” Pickle said. unanimously to endorse Fort Pierce’s appli-
cation for a state seaplane base license.
The fountain helps raise levels of free
oxygen in the water-treatment area. But, “We’ve been very supportive of our local
Pickle added, turning on the fountain and regional partners on different trans-
comes at a time when adding some beauty portation opportunities,” said Mayor Greg
is good. The world is, of course, experienc- Oravec.
ing the two-pronged pain of a pandemic –
health and economic fears and problems. The proposed seaplane base is just north
of the Kings Landing project where Audu-
“That (fountain) may be a glimmer of bon Development of Palm Beach plans
hope for some people,” offered Pickle. to build a 120-room Marriott hotel, an
eight-story condo tower, 20 townhouses
The district dedicated the Lake Harvey and 60,000-square-feet of office, retail and
Stormwater Storage Project in February restaurant space.
2018. The about $500,000 project at the in-
tersection of St. Lucie West and Cashmere
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IN LOVING MEMORY grandmother of Aaron and Alyssa McZorn; where he became president of the Evergreen
and cherished sister of Elmay Evans, Deon Condo Association where they lived for the
BEEBE “ZIRA” ADAMS-ALI, 93 Janeed Khan. Pennant, Peggy Banton, Joseph, Banton, past 20 years. Their Florida friends became
Port St. Lucie She was a special grandmother to Marissa Desmond Banton and Jeremy Banton. She their family away from home.
is survived by numerous, nieces, nephews,
It is with much sadness that we announce (Jose) Ortiz and their children, Cameron, Gi- cousins and extended family members. Besides his wife, he is survived by four
the passing of Beebe “Zira” Adams-Ali (nee anna and Olivia; John (Theresa) McBean Jr., daughters, Sherry Capone of Branford, Conn.,
Khan). She passed away two days shy of her and their daughters, Jonae and Jamaz; and RONALD P. KAPITAN, 85 Sandra Gentile of East Haven, Conn., Tammy
94th birthday, in Port St. Lucie, on April 25. Nicole McBean, and her son, Aaden. Port St. Lucie Tefft (husband, Rob) of Simsbury, Conn., and
Zira was the daughter of Dost and Zaitoon Holly Presta (husband, Bill) of Wethersfield,
(Bacchus) Khan. CURLETTE A. ELLIS, 60 Ronald Peter Kapitan, 85, originally of Fort Conn. Ron had six grandchildren: Kala Ca-
Port St. Lucie William, now known as Thunder Bay, Ontar- pone, Michael and Katrina Gentile, Nicholas
She was born in 1926 at No. 6 Village, West io, Canada, passed away peacefully on April and Joshua Tefft, and Evan Presta.
Coast Berbice, British Guiana. She was one of Curlette A. Ellis was born on Feb. 23, 1960, 25 in Port St. Lucie, where he resided with
seven children; Robert, Raffie, Saphi, Bebe, to Curtis and Iris Banton in St. Elizabeth, Ja- his wife Lucinda (Bartolotta) of 41 years. Ron EDWARD J. LORENCE, 90
Zira, Bette and Shirly. maica. She passed away on April 26. was born on Aug. 14, 1934, to Peter Kapitan Port St. Lucie
and Grace (Albertini) Kapitan.
Zira was known to be loving, caring and Curlette lived in Jamaica until she immi- Edward J. Lorence, 90, of Port St. Lucie, be-
a hard worker. She was quiet and conscien- grated to the United States in 1980. She lived He grew up and went to school in Thun- loved husband and father, passed into God’s
tious, almost stoic in her personality. She in New Jersey with her loving husband, Er- der Bay and Marathon. He graduated from care on April 26. Edward was born on Nov.
was unique. Her family was important to her. rol, and beloved daughter, Melissa, until she St. Michaels College. In Canada is where he 11, 1929, in Cleveland. He resided in Erie, Pa.,
After raising her own children, she loved and relocated to Port St. Lucie almost four years began his love of ice hockey at an early age. until 1975, when he moved to Florida.
cared for many other children from relatives ago. Curlette worked as a supervisor for the He started in junior hockey and played with
and friends. Marriott Hotel for over 10 years. Howev- the Marathon Mercuries as a left defensem- Edward served in the U.S. Air Force and
er, her greatest passion was her family and an for 10 years. was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired
She is survived by three children, Farouk cooking. She was an excellent cook and loved from the Federal Aviation Administration,
(Giesel) Ali, Rena (Bill) Groot and Fazia (John to entertain her loved ones with a big, deli- Ron was known as “Kappy” to his team- having worked at the Erie, the Buffalo, N.Y.,
Sr.) McBean; five grandchildren, Vernon cious authentic Jamaican dinner. mates and large fan following. He was then and Key West and Miami, Fla., airports.
(Savita) Ranchurejee, Simone (Vonrick) Al- drafted to the United States to play with the
exander, and Shawn, Javid (Simone) and Ria Curlette’s childhood nickname was New Haven Blades in a career that lasted Survivors include his children, Glenna
Ali; seven great-grandchildren, Mariah Kim- “mother” and that is what she was to every- eight years. During his off-seasons he began R. (Thomas) Humphries of Saint Simons
berlee, Victoria, Jordan, Verdan and Viannie one. She was very caring, loving, kind-heart- to work as an electrician. In 1986, he was in- Island, Ga., Suzanne (Mark) Cieslinski of
Ranchurejee, Xavier Ranchurejee and Olivia ed and selfless. She had a big heart and was ducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Port St. Lucie, and Christopher E. Lorence
Ali; and one great-great-grandson, Mason. always there whenever you needed her. Hall of Fame for his time with the Marathon of Vero Beach; five grandchildren, Michael
She is survived by her sister, Bette Khan, of Mercuries. Ron ran hockey schools for kids C. (Emma) Humphries, Sarah K. Cieslinski,
Kitchener, Ontario. Curlette was the beloved wife of Errol and later played in charity benefit hockey Nicholas T. Lorence, Daniel M. Cieslinski and
Ellis for the past 37 years; loving mother of games. Corey C. Lorence; and two great-grandchil-
She was a special mother to her nephew, Melissa McZorn (husband, Clinton); adored dren, June Ruth Humphries and Julia Joan
Ron and his wife retired to Port St. Lucie, Humphries.
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Is a COVID-19 virus-free hospital room even possible?
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer ilar to other viruses like MERS and SARS. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE to Taylor, “hospital-acquired complications
And we know that they are being killed by related to infection are down 21 percent
Can any hospital in Florida offer pa- UV-C light.” With 60 minutes in an hour and and surgical-site infection rates were down
tients a room that’s 100 percent guaranteed 24 hours in a day, it would take this one an impressive 100 percent.”
COVID-19 virus-free? The Sebastian River Medical Center’s Tru-D a full day to clean a fewer than
chief nursing and operating officer, Ralph half the hospital’s patient rooms – and none The price for ultraviolet devices like the
Maybe. But it would be a tricky thing to Taylor, explains how the Tru-D robot is be- of its operating rooms – and that estimate Tru-D robot range from about $70,000 to
accomplish. ing used. presumes the robot is run non-stop 24
hours a day and its operator never takes a $125,000 and the World Health Orga-
Roughly six months ago one Treasure “Once [our] environmental services coffee break. nization warns these robots – or any
Coast hospital – Sebastian River Medical team cleans and disinfects a patient The good news? Since the Sebastian hos- high-powered ultraviolet devices – fall
Center – unveiled a Tru-D Ultra-Violet-C room or operating room with tradition- pital started using its Tru-D robot, according squarely into the “do not try this at home”
robot. It’s a device that uses low-pressure al stringent methods, the Tru-D is rolled category. “UV lamps should not be used to
mercury gas bulbs to emit a strong, narrow in to complete the disinfection process,” sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV
band of the UV-C light spectrum in locked Taylor says. “It is activated by a remote radiation can cause serious harm to your
and empty patient rooms that kills bacte- control outside the room and alerts the skin,” says the WHO.
ria, spores and viruses like COVID-19 by operator via audio and/or text message When asked if a second Tru-D or simi-
disrupting their DNA and preventing them when the cycle is complete, and Tru-D can lar robotic device might be in the cards for
from reproducing. be moved to the next room.” SRMC anytime soon, so that more rooms
could be treated, Taylor says “we are look-
But there is a hitch in that performance But that leads to another potential hic- ing at adding an additional robot after the
promise – it’s the phrase, “like COVID-19.” cup in providing a hospital full of totally completion of our new wing.”
COVID-19 virus-free patient rooms. Time. That’s probably great news, but it will
The robot’s UV light has not been tested likely be too late to help clean patient
specifically on the COVID-19 virus which, According to Taylor, “on average, a Tru-D and operating rooms during the current
current research shows, can survive on hard cycle takes around 20 minutes to treat a COVID-19 pandemic.
surfaces such as patient tables, trays and patient room. Tru-D’s sensors are able to Moreover, based on the information cur-
bed frames for up to 72 hours. analyze a room for size, contents and shape rently available, no matter how clean – or
and takes whatever time is necessary to ful- even COVID-19 virus-free – any room can
The light is known to kill similar viruses, ly disinfect a room.” be made, it would only take one person
so it seems likely it kills COVID-19 but there who has the virus to re-infect that space
has not been a study to prove that. When used in operating rooms, Taylor with a cough, a sneeze or a touch of their
adds, “a Tru-D cycle takes around 30 min- unwashed hands.
Still, the BBC reports that Dr. Hans Jørn utes. ORs are generally larger than patient
Kolmos, a professor of clinical microbiology rooms and have more equipment in the
at the University of Southern Denmark, says space, which requires a longer Tru-D cycle.”
this type of robot is up to the task.
“Coronavirus,” says Kolmos, “is very sim-
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809 SW St. Andrews Cove in Lake Charles: 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 1,863-square-foot pool home
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Charming Lake Charles home is ideal on many levels
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist COAST TO COAST...
[email protected] WE SELL THE MOST!
The gated community of Lake Charles Lisa Nikki
in St. Lucie West is a popular one and it’s Crovato Crovato
a pleasure to feature a House of the Week
there. In addition to the lovely homes and Realtor Realtor
amenities, Lake Charles is located close to
shopping, dining and the interstates, mak-
ing it an ideal place to call home.
The house at 809 SW St. Andrews Cove
has great curb appeal, with a lovely island
of landscaping to provide beauty and pri-
vacy. Inside, the home is bright, open and
airy, with a dining room (13 feet by 12 feet, 6
inches) and an extended kitchen, a generous
18-by-14. It features white cabinetry, granite
counters, and a center island with pot rack,
stainless-steel appliances and a view of the
lanai. The neutral tones are both sophisticat-
ed and understated. It is adjacent to the great
room, a spacious 18-by-16, which is the place
where you and your family or guests will live,
watching the big game, having a family game
night or relaxing after a dip in the pool.
The master suite starts with an abundant
master bedroom (21-by-12). You can use it
as your private retreat, especially as slider
doors take you out to the pool for that quick
dip on rising or a longer one before bed.
There is a walk-in closet and the master
bath has dual sinks and a separate shower
FEATURED NEW LISTING
7921 Links Way
STUNNING POOL/SPA HOME WITH GOLF VIEW
In the desirable neighborhood of CYPRESS POINT in PGA Village. This gorgeous three
bedroom PLUS den/office, three full bath home sits on a large corner lot allowing for a large
circular driveway. The open great room, kitchen and breakfast area all have views through
three sets of sliders of the pool and of the Ryder 3rd, 14th, 15th and 16th Holes. There is a
separate formal dining room. The den/office and large master bedroom and bath are on one
side of the house. Two spacious bedrooms, one with an attached cabana bath, the other with
a bath just outside the bedroom door. A large, landscaped and screened pool, spa and lanai
add another room/entertaining space to the home. A 2 1/2 car garage with a paver path to
separate golf cart garage door with an overhead opener. RX-10619038 $549,000
Sara Burnett Sloan Sara Burnett Sloan James ‘Jim’ Insinga 561.818.1918
772 -618 -34 74 1850 SW FOUNTAINVIEW BLVD. • SUITE 200
ST. LUCIE WEST (Past Bob Evans)
Jim Insinga 772-233-2500
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FEATURES FOR 809 SW ST. ANDREWS COVE
and soaker tub. It’s a lovely suite you won’t Neighborhood: Lake Charles “Privacy abounds in the well-maintained
want to leave. There are two additional bed- Year built: 2001 • Construction: CBS 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom courtyard pool
rooms, one 12-6-by-11-6 and the other 13- Square footage: 1,863 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 3,371 sq. ft. home,” she said. “That it’s in the popular
6-by-12, and two additional full baths, but Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3 • Flooring: carpet, tile gated community of Lake Charles, close to
bedroom three and its bath are perfect as shopping and dining, is a plus. The house
a guest suite or in-law apartment. Whether Security: manned gate has many wonderful upgrades and a third
you have frequent guests or a parent who Additional features: courtyard, in-ground heated pool with child bedroom and bathroom that is perfect as a
values the privacy afforded, you will be able gate, pool home re-plumbed in 2012, newer pool heater, neutral guest suite or in-law apartment. This lovely
to accommodate any needs your family has. property would be ideal for so many fami-
tile throughout main living areas, crown molding, two-car garage lies, snowbirds and retirees. Come and see
Outside there is a screened patio and a all that it has to offer!”
heated, in-ground pool with child gate. This is Community amenities: basketball, biking and jogging, club-
a wonderful place to entertain guests for din- house, community room, picnic area, pool, spa/hot tub, tennis I hope that we have more houses to feature
ner or have a pool party for a child or grand- in this neighborhood. It is a family-friendly
child. Everyone will enjoy the opportunity to Listing brokerage: Lang Realty community and one that makes sense on a
escape a hot day and jump into the pool. Listing agent: Elise Danielian, 772-418-2992 variety of levels. You might want to start your
explorations with this charmer.
The community offers a wide variety of Listing price: $299,000
amenities from basketball, biking, jogging, community areas to meet neighbors and
a clubhouse, community room, picnic area make new friends.
and playground, pool, spa and hot tub and
tennis. It’s great to have the option of leav- Elise Danielian, agent for Lang Realty,
ing your own retreat and coming to the said that this house offered privacy and
VITALIA $399,900 THE LAKES AT TRADITION $325,000
10144 SW CYPRESS WOOD COURT 11307 SW OLMSTEAD DRIVE
Stunning, tasteful and decorator perfect Space Coast model with 3 Desirable Di Vosta “Carlyle” model 3 Bdr/ 3 Bath 2,487 ac sq ft., with
Bd/ 3BA, includes 2 master suites plus den, 2296 ac sq. ft. 2.5 garage, peaceful lake views and upgrades thru out: tile and wood like flooring,
extended screened patio, impact windows and doors, gourmet plantation shutters, crown molding, fireplace in formal living room,
kitchen, crown molding, plantation shutters, custom built in closets, formal dining room plus great room. Full clubhouse amenities, 24 hr
Race Deck flooring in garage, overhead racks for additional storage.
manned gated security, walk to Tradition shops/restaurants.
Very active 55 + gated community with resort style amenities.
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
An impressive week of activity on the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate front saw 24
transactions of single-family residences and lots from April 27-May 1 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the residence at 10121 Crosby Place. Originally listed in Decem-
ber for $449,900, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home sold for $430,000 on April 28.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent James Insinga of Lang Realty. Representing
the buyer was agent Diane L. Gault of Lang Realty.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10121 CROSBY PLACE 12/30/2019 $449,900 4/28/2020 $425,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 481 SW SANCTUARY PLACE 3/10/2020 $429,000 4/30/2020 $405,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 12138 SW BENNINGTON CIRCLE 3/26/2020 $419,900 4/30/2020 $390,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9480 SW NUOVA WAY 3/10/2020 $419,000 5/1/2020 $383,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11394 SW HILLCREST CIRCLE 9/26/2019 $400,000 4/30/2020 $365,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1205 SW BENT PINE COVE 3/29/2020 $373,000 5/1/2020 $345,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9601 SW ROYAL POINCIANA DRIVE 12/6/2019 $399,900 4/27/2020 $332,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11748 SW BENNINGTON CIRCLE 3/27/2020 $335,000 4/28/2020 $320,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5884 NW LEAH DRIVE 2/4/2020 $335,000 4/29/2020 $293,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 786 SW MUNJACK CIRCLE 3/10/2020 $299,999 4/30/2020 $278,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10188 SW CANOSSA WAY 3/1/2020 $279,000 4/30/2020 $275,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11564 SW MOUNTAIN ASH CIRCLE 11/6/2019 $291,500 5/1/2020 $275,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11964 SW CRESTWOOD CIRCLE 1/14/2020 $279,500 4/30/2020
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
481 SW Sanctuary Place, Port Saint Lucie 12138 SW Bennington Circle, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 3/10/2020 Listing Date: 3/26/2020
Original Price: $429,000 Original Price: $419,900
Sold: 4/30/2020 Sold: 4/30/2020
Selling Price: $425,000 Selling Price: $405,000
Listing Agent: Kay Rodriguez Listing Agent: Cesar Trujillo
Selling Agent: Lang Realty Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Bryan Kelly Selma Schevers
The Keyes Company Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty
9480 SW Nuova Way, Port Saint Lucie 11394 SW Hillcrest Circle, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 3/10/2020 Listing Date: 9/26/2019
Original Price: $419,000 Original Price: $400,000
Sold: 5/1/2020 Sold: 4/30/2020
Selling Price: $390,000 Selling Price: $383,000
Listing Agent: Ronald Schmidt Listing Agent: Blake Baltos PA
Selling Agent: E-Xpress Properties RE Inc Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty
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FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
St. Lucie West Centennial High School recognized the 10 seniors with the highest academic ranking by placing yard signs at their homes. A jubilant Gillian Beutel ranked No. 4 in the senior class. PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN
Coming Up! ONLINE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE FOR ST. LUCIE SENIORS
BY PAM HARBAUGH | Correspondent graduation. Here’s the schedule Performance Based Preparatory broadcast, the ceremonies will Market website and live outside
of virtual graduations. May 26: 9 Academy. The ceremonies will be available for viewing on You- the market’s delivery area can
1 St. Lucie Public Schools a.m., St. Lucie West Centennial; air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie Edu- Tube. pick up their orders by driving
will hold virtual gradua- 11 a.m. Fort Pierce Westwood cation Channel and on Comcast up to “The Loop,” the driveway
tions to honor and celebrate the Academy; and 1 p.m. Treasure 13 in Fort Pierce, Comcast 19 in 2 Riverside Theatre in Vero which swings right by Riverside’s
class of 2020. These graduates Coast High School. May 27: 9 a.m. Port St. Lucie, Blue Stream chan- Beach goes farm to table box office. Customers can pick
have had to miss so much, es- Lincoln Park Academy; 11 a.m. nel 19 and ATT TV channel 99. A this weekend. It has become a up fresh produce, gourmet pas-
pecially those final high school Fort Pierce Central High School; link to the broadcasts will appear new “No Contact Pick Up” place tries, salsas, local honey, soaps,
days, which are simply irreplace- and 1 p.m., Port St. Lucie High in the St. Lucie Public Schools for the Farmers Market Oceans- pickles, cheeses, meats and more
able. At least the graduates will School. May 28: 9 a.m., Mosa- website, which is https://www. ide. On Saturdays, customers all sold by local farms and small
have quite the story to tell their ic Digital Academy; and 11 a.m. stlucie.k12.fl.us. Also, after the who order from the Farmers
own children as they get close to CONTINUED ON PAGE B2
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THEATRICAL DREAMS COMING TRUE FOR IRSC STUDENT
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Nina Torok performs in an Indian PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE cause she had to wait two weeks to hear
[email protected] River State College production from the school.
of “Hedda Gabler.” “We were seated in a room and the fac-
Nina Torok moved from her native ulty spoke to us and there was a Q-and-A,” “It was really hard, the longest two
South Africa in 2018 because she wanted logues and others wrote recommenda- she said. “Then we started our auditions.” weeks of my life,” she said. “The Universi-
to study theater in the United States. Her tions. The audition process began with a ty of Florida was my first choice. I got the
mother lived on the Treasure Coast, so portfolio that included an essay on why Students auditioned for half the fac- letter. I was in rehearsal and my mom sent
she came here and looked around, won- she wanted to study theater, the recom- ulty and waited. If they got a callback, a text with a picture. We were just about
dering where she would be able to study. mendations and an in-person audition in they auditioned for the other half. Those finished rehearsing and I was so excited.
She did some research, and when a knowl- January. As she was applying to the the- who didn’t get a callback left. It was a When I found out I was in, I began jumping
edgeable friend told her about the theater ater program and not musical theater, she nerve-wracking process, made harder be- up and down. So many people auditioned
program at Indian River State program, only had to perform two monologues. and they didn’t pick a lot. I’ll start in the
she enrolled. She will graduate this month fall of 2020 for a bachelor’s of fine arts. I
with an associate degree and a letter of ac- plan to get an MFA because I do want to
ceptance into the prestigious University work in professional theater, so that if I
of Florida theater program. It’s a dream want to be a theater director at a universi-
come true, even if her senior year was cut ty, I want to have that opportunity.”
short by the coronavirus.
Torok is looking into scholarship sourc-
“The last show was canceled and it was es and looking forward to the start of the
very disappointing,” she said. “It was most new school year. It is a little daunting
disappointing because it would be my as there are no IRSC students currently
last show and the last show with all the studying in the theater program. She re-
people I’d be working with. We were half- cently registered and is doing online ori-
way through rehearsals. Since I moved entation and videoconferencing because
to America, my whole life has revolved of coronavirus.
She remains very excited about her fu-
Torok began her studies in the spring ture, a view shared by Moberg.
2019 semester and immediately attracted
the attention of the IRSC faculty. When “Nina is the perfect theater student,” he
it was time to plan for the next step, she said. “She’s talented, versatile, disciplined
enlisted the help pf David Moberg, the and outstanding in all her academic col-
head of the performing and visual arts lege classes. The University of Florida the-
department; Rebecca Shearer, the theater ater department has a wonderful reputa-
manager; and Jocelyn Perez of the dance tion. Nina has made our department and
program. Some helped her prepare mono- college very proud by earning a place in
COMING UP ing conflict. They are at heart clever and Digital Theatre productions include Poached Eggs, inspired by the movie “Ra-
witty. Brandaur thought this would be the comedies “A Conversation,” tatoullie,” and those yummy-looking an-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 a good genre to produce online. She had “Who’s on First” and “Less Soap, imated dumplings from the award-win-
barely put out the word when dozens of More Blood,” which concerns an ac- ning short “Bao.” Remember, other than
businesses. Those who live in the Farm- actors said they wanted to help. Brandaur, tress who keeps getting booked for the ratatouille recipe, the videos are just
ers Market delivery area can still get their who reluctantly calls herself the “produc- soap commercials but would rath- about how to put all the ingredients to-
orders delivered directly to their homes er” of Digital Theatre, spent about two er be doing drama. By the way, the gether, so you’ll have to search online for
for a small service charge. All you have to hours working their first foray, “A Matter Vero Beach Theatre Guild has post- exact measurements. But still, they are
do is order by 6 p.m. Thursday, drive onto of Husbands,” which attracted more than poned opening its next season un- fun. And if you want to really inspire your
“The Loop” at Riverside, display your or- 200 viewers on the first day. She emailed til January 2021. It will return with young cook, sign up for DisneyPlus.com,
der number in your window, keep your the scripts to the two actors and brought “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which ran click on their “series” menu and head to
windows closed, pop open your trunk … them onto Zoom video conferencing. On for only five performances in March “Be Our Chef,” for a happy, upbeat family
et voila, an attendant will put your order Zoom, they rehearsed and then record- before having to close due to COVID-19. cooking competition with special Disney
in the trunk of your car. Riverside Theatre ed the reading, which is available on the But the sets are still there, as are the cos- character guests.
is at 3250 Riverside Dr., Vero Beach. Visit company’s special Facebook page. Digital tumes, so it makes great sense to dust ev-
FarmersMarketDropOff.com. Theatre’s second reading, “No Frills Air- erything off and bring it back, which is, 5 Another fun series on DisneyPlus is
line,” is a satire concerning the ridiculous when you think about it, rather thematic. “The Imagineering Story.” You can
3 The Vero Beach Theatre Guild has charges airlines impose. Directed by Rob see some inspiring behind-the-scenes
launched “Digital Theatre,” a new Volsky, the production values in this are 4 This is typically the time when chil- video as well as some amazing finished
series being produced online by intrepid pretty impressive for something that was dren will ask to go to Disney World. products. But more than anything, you
volunteers. Normally, this theater com- done in just a couple hours. Upcoming You can keep those little ones busy with get on a Disney ride, in a sense, to see the
pany would be getting ready for summer some fun and engaging Disney-related amazing story behind Disney.
shows, announcing audition schedules, videos online. And of course, because this
building sets and sewing costumes. Alas, is Disney, that means bright fun for all 6 Travel & Leisure magazine has a
not this time, for obvious reasons. So The- ages. First, there’s the “Cooking with Pix- way you can “visit” Disney while
atre Guild volunteer Debbie Brandaur ar” series on YouTube. These have a few staying at home. Included are a Spoti-
came up with the idea of play readings of videos inspired by some of the Pixar films. fy playlist (this is why headphones were
10-minute plays. In case you haven’t heard Some include “how-to” instructions as invented), Disney snacks (including a
of 10-minute plays, that is a relatively new well as accompanying short videos which DIY recipe for the Dole Whip), caricature
theater genre. Similar to short stories vs. accelerate the fun part of cooking. You’ll lessons from Disney artists, links to vir-
novels, a 10-minute play vs. a full-length see a birthday cake made by elves Ian and tual experiences and more. Go to Trave-
play pits limited number of characters Barley in “Onward,” the Pizza Planet pizza landLeisure.com then search for “Bring
into sudden action, frequently involv- from “Toy Story,” Remy’s Ratatouille with the Disney Magic Home.”
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A portrait of the artist ... who happens to be my mom
(Writer’s note: My intrepid editor My mother became a high even when she was in pain.
asked me if I wrote about the visual as school teacher and then an “It was the idea of painting some-
well as the performing arts. I said I did administrator, and her painting
if an opportunity presented itself. Then time was limited. After my broth- thing on a flat surface that was 3-D
I looked around me. Every painting er and I left home, my parents and had a lot of color,” she said. “I
in our apartment was painted by a moved closer to Manhattan and wasn’t a great draftsman, but I was
talented artist: my mother, now almost my mother again found art classes very good with color. I would exper-
94. I recently sat down with her and, for in the Jackson Heights neighbor- iment. I painted a lot of florals, but I
the first time, asked her about her art.) hood where they lived. also did landscapes. I painted our cat,
“There was a very good teach- my daughter (that would be me) at
My mother, Lillian Koppel, grew er and I started to do pastels,” the piano, a portrait of my sister and
she said. “I took a class at an arts brother-in-law for their 60th anni-
up in the Bronx and drawing was one organization in Manhattan and I versary. I tried to broaden my range
continued working in pastels and of subject matter. My first real love
of the things she liked to do. She also oils.” was florals, and I liked doing houses,
Mom showed some of her work at staircases with flowers or an interior.
enjoyed writing. local exhibitions and there would I liked to try different things to see if I
sometimes be ribbons hanging from could do them.”
SHELLEY “I used to draw,” them. They had a summer home in
KOPPEL she said. “I had a the Poconos and I was startled to I had learned so much about my
MY TAKE portfolio where I learn that one of her paintings hangs mother, about things literally staring
would try to draw in a museum in me in the face. I went into our storage
Scranton. “There bin and found the picture of me in the
people. I did one as a was a competition
in the area and I pretty pink party
teenager of (my brother-in-law), Uncle a mistake with watercolors, it’s submitted a paint- dress I remem-
ruined. With oils, you can always wipe ing,” she said mat- bered vividly, even
Ralph. School had art history classes, it out with turpentine. Even if it’s dry, ter-of-factly. “It won though I was so
you can paint over it. I really enjoyed and it got to hang in young.
but in college, I was an advertising painting and I started going regularly. the museum.”
I painted a lot of different things, but Someday, perhaps, The talk with
major for a while and I had to do de- mostly I like to paint flowers.” I’ll make a trip to my mother was
see it. another precious
signs for products.” My parents also collected art, and When my parents piece to hold onto
when I was about 12, they opened an moved to Stuart in as Mother’s Day
My mother’s major switched to art gallery in the town in which we 2001, my mother be- approaches and my
lived. They loved going to auctions, gan taking classes at mother nears 94.
business; she attended grad school and as often happens with collectors, the Alizarin Crimson
studio. “I took classes there for a long My mother fin-
at Columbia and taught at her alma amassed more than they time,” she said. “I took them twice or ished the interview
could display. They had sometimes three times a week.” by telling me what
mater, City College. She didn’t really become friends with She continued until her back made was written in her
the auctioneer and had it impossible for her to paint. It was high school yearbook:
begin painting until she and my father access to original litho- hard for her to give it up. “Takes to journalism with a will.”
graphs and etchings. I asked mom why she loved painting Apparently the journalism waited
made the trek so many young couples and continued doing it for so long, for me, a person who can’t draw a
“He would do auctions straight line but who also loves taking
made to Long Island to raise a family. for us,” she recalled. a flat surface, paper and painting a
picture with words.
She took an adult “We would do them as The medium changed but the mes-
fundraisers for charita- sage didn’t.
education class at ble organizations and
also commercially. Our
a local school and neighbors joined us in
the gallery and we had it
her first painting, for 10 years.”
a rural landscape
in oil, hangs in my
bedroom today. It
has the simple L
that became her
“Oil is very for-
giving,” she said.
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Bonz meets Buddy, a beautiful, big-hearted beagle
“Carol was ackshully wantin’ “Totally,” I agreed.
“Like, when Carol an Nick are
Hi Dog Buddies! an older pooch, PLUS, Nick packin’ to go somewhere, I take
wasn’t totally sold on havin’ a one of their shoes and hide it. I
pooch at all, since he’d never don’t eat it or anything. One time
Carol an her fren were hangin’
This week’s Yap was with snowbirddog had a dog EVER, if you can out and had taken their shoes
off, so I very carefully took one
Buddy Halchak, a rescue Bee-gull from bee-leeve it.” of Carol’s fren’s shoes over by the
fireplace. I didn’t even slobber on
New Jersey. (I’m startin’ to get use to my “Are you Woofin’?” I ex- it or anything. But when Carol
saw it, she Freaked Out. Thank
assistant wearin’ one of my bandannas claimed. Lassie, everything ended up OK.
I learned later the shoe had this
over mouth an snoot when I’m doin’ my “I KNOW! Anyway, my Irre- funny name that made it Super
Special to Human Ladies. Tory
innerview. I think it looks hilarious but I sistubble Puppy Eyes worked, Burch. I don’t get it.”
“Me either. That is a funny
know it’s important.) I guess, so Carol told Nick she name.”
“Seriously, Bonzo, I buh-leeve
Thank Lassie, us pooches don’t haff to wanted to get me. He wasn’t my Purpose in Life is helpin’
people: Up in Jersey I took classes
do stuff like that, so Buddy trotted up for what you’d call thrilled, but and became a Therapy Dog, an I
got to help lotsa people feel Much
the Wag-an-Sniff. “Hey there, Mr. Bonzo. he finally said yes, if it was OK Better. Once, during Exam Week,
I went to Montclair Univer-suddy
I’m Buddy! These are my Humans, Nick with their grankids. Which it to help the stoo-dents de-stress.
That was amazin’.
an Carol.” WAS. But they almost didn’t get “Upin Jersey, I was inna school library
gettin’ read to by liddle kids. One liddle
“A pleasure,” I said. “I’m eager to hear me.” grrrl was way in the corner with her
gramma, cuz she was PET-ruffied of
your story!” “Why? What Happened?” pooches. Me an Nick went over very
gently an I put my head in her lap. She
We got settled in, an Buddy began. “Well, another couple want- ackshully started pattin’ me, an stopped
bein’ scared an finally joined the group.
“Carol had had other Bee-gulls, an, ed me. Them an Nick an Carol I even help Nick. Carol says I ackshully
about 8 years ago, she was browsing for hadda answer lotsa Important “Woof, Buddy. How’d you do that?”
“Well, cuz us Bee-gulls need Lots of
Bee-gulls at this Hanover, New Jersey, Questions to show they’d be Exercise, Nick started walking me at least
two times every day. Before me, he didn’t
shelter, where I was livin’ at the time. Good Pet Parents. Nick an do much exercise. At all. Next time he saw
his doctor, he found out he had some-
She’d visit every day on her lunch hour, Carol had First Dibs, but the thing called AFIB, and the doctor said if
he hadn’t started exercising when he did
lookin’ for The Perfect Pooch. The sign on shelter humans said if they Buddy. PHOTO: KAILA JONES (thanks to ME), it probly wudda been
CURTAINS for him. The more we walk,
my cage said I was about 6, but Carol fig- didn’t get there by 5 uh-clock the better it is for both of us, cuz, since I
hurt my back, I can’t visit the Dog Park as
ured I was a lot younger, cuz I was actin’ closing time, the other couple much. I wanna keep helpin’ humans, now
that we live here For Good.”
all playful like a puppy. An she was right. could have me. I was rootin’ for Nick an “I was already well-buh-haved, so on Heading home, I was thinkin’ about
how often humans find Just the Right Dog
I liked her right away, so I kept givin’ her Carol, but it wasn’t UP to me. So there we the way to my Forever Home, we stopped at Just the Right Time. Amazin’, don’t you
my Irresistubble Puppy Eyes look.” all were, waitin’. When it got to be 4, I was at PetSmart for supplies. Nick was holdin’
Till next time,
“Ah, yes, that’s a good one,” I remarked. gettin’ worried. But Nick an Carol made it! my leash, an everybuddy in the store was
tellin’ him how adorable I was. When
DON’T BE SHY!
they asked my name, Nick said, out of the We are always looking for pets
with interesting stories. To set
BLOO, ‘Buddy’. So, Nick, who hadn’t been
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all that excited about getting’ a pooch, got [email protected]
all puffed up an was showin’ me off. Of
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“Well, you ARE one squared-away
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TO BECOME A ‘HEALTHCARE HERO’
Essential healthcare workers are need- needs of our community and the success
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some of the most significant public health of our students. Though physical campuses
challenges in modern history. Train now to
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Applications are now being accepted for
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HEIGHTENED VIGILANCE URGED ON CHILD WELFARE
Calls to the state’s child-abuse registry de- schools and day-care centers closed to stop
creased significantly in March and April. But the spread of COVID-19,” said Christina Kai-
it’s no time to celebrate, warn local child-wel- ser, community relations director for Com-
fare professionals. munities Connected for Kids, the nonprofit
organization that oversees the child-welfare
Calls throughout Florida have decreased system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee
more than 30 percent. And the statewide cu- and St. Lucie counties. “There just aren’t as
mulative number of children removed from many people interacting with them who
their homes because of abuse began to trend might see that something was wrong.”
downward in March by 7 percent.
Kaiser said child-welfare professionals are
Locally, 53 fewer children were removed depending more than ever on reporting from
from home in March of this year than in neighbors and family members. “One thing
March of 2019 – a significant decrease for we’re sure about is that child abuse doesn’t
the area. just disappear,” she said. – CONTRIBUTED
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GET INVOLVED IN ‘ADOPT A FOSTER FAMILY’ INITIATIVE
Diann Mcdonough, ACROSS DOWN While most of us are restricting access Communities Connected for Kids un-
foreground in top photo, 1 SIRENS 1 SALARY to our homes and to each other during the veiled its Adopt a Foster Family initiative
led a delegation from the 4 ESTHER 2 RELIGIOUS COVID-19 shut down, there is one group on Friday, in recognition of National Fos-
Watercrest Senior Living 9 LILLE 3 NIECE of people in our community who keep the ter Parent Appreciation Month.
facility in St. Lucie West 10 SEAWEED 5 SIAMESE proverbial door open.
to Cleveland Clinic Tradi- 11 COS 6 HOE Organizers hope to engage community
tion Hospital, where the 12 ROGUE 7 RIDDLE Foster parents are essential and on the sponsors interested in creating care pack-
Watercrest folks thanked 13 ETERNAL 8 ESSENTIALLY job, serving children in the community who, ages for local foster families. Sponsors can
Emergency Room and 15 FORGETMENOT 14 NEOLITHIC amidst the stress and isolation of a state- be anyone – families, individuals, church
Care Management per- 19 AUSTRIA 16 GIRAFFE wide quarantine, continue to enter care. members, businesses, or social groups.
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21 LAW 18 EGRESS Now there is something the community The project will match sponsors to local
Solutions from Games Pages 22 CAREFUL 20 SWORD can do to help make that job a little easier. foster families, and CCKids staff will co-
in May 1, 2020 Edition 24 OCHRE 23 ROT ordinate pick-up and delivery of the care
25 LITTER Crossword Page 22 (EATIE GOURMET) packages. Care packages don’t have to be
26 EDICTS elaborate or expensive. Rather, they may
include family games, gift certificates to
Sudoku Page 21 Sudoku Page 22 Crossword Page 21 restaurants or gift cards to an ice cream
parlor for later in the year, when the quar-
antine is lifted.
Interested in helping? Email Christina
Kaiser ([email protected]) for
more information and to be matched to a
foster family. If you’re interested in becom-
ing a foster parent, CCKids and its contract-
ed recruitment agencies are offering train-
ing classes via Zoom. Call 772-873-7800
and ask for Jerra Wisecup. – CONTRIBUTED
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GIVING YOURSELF THE BEST CHANCE WEST NORTH EAST
J3 K 10 Q876
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 9542 KQ6 10 8 3
10 6 5 KQ74 J982
Emily Levine, whose first job after graduating from Harvard was dubbing spaghetti westerns Q J 10 9 A853 72
in Rome, said, “I was taught to do math and read at the same time. So you’re six years old,
you’re reading ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and it becomes rapidly obvious that SOUTH
there are only two kinds of men in the world: dwarves and Prince Charmings. And the odds A9542
are seven-to-one against your finding the prince. That’s why little girls don’t do math.” AJ7
Successful bridge players do a lot of math — in particular, tracking everyone’s high-card K64
points. However, when it comes to playing suit combinations, knowing the exact numbers is
not often necessary. Just thinking about the different winning layouts probably will push you Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither
in the right direction.
In this deal, how should South play in six no-trump after West leads the club queen?
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
North used the Gerber ace-asking convention, just to check that two aces weren’t missing. 1 NT Pass 4 Clubs Pass
4 NT Pass 6 NT All Pass LEAD:
South starts with 10 top tricks: two spades, three hearts, three diamonds and two clubs. Q Clubs
Declarer needs to win four spade tricks — but how?
Playing the king followed by the ace will work when the suit splits 3-3 or there is a queen-
jack-doubleton. But starting with low to dummy’s 10 also succeeds if West has jack-
doubleton or queen-doubleton. So this must be better.
South wins with his club king and leads a spade to the 10. East takes the trick and returns a
club, but when the spade king drops West’s jack, declarer can claim. His odds are just over
61 percent — much better than the mere 39 percent for cashing the ace and king.
It might seem perverse that the found- at a pace its creators could barely adding rich texture and context, and giving us non-bil-
keep up with. lionaires something we can relate to. But the book’s nar-
ers of a mobile app lovingly designed rative power – and it’s told in a narrative voice, relying on
When Zuckerberg looked at interviews with hundreds of employees and others close
around the craft of photography would Instagram, he saw its potential. to the companies – rests in the human drama among the
So, applying the build-it-or-buy-it whiz kids navigating Silicon Valley’s tricky crosscurrents.
sell their business to a company whose mentality of corporate surviv-
alism, he bought it. Actually, Through it all, Zuckerberg comes off as both predict-
motto is “move fast and break things.” he wasn’t the first to think of able and mysterious. In several instances, Frier bluntly
that. Twitter was quicker off the calls him paranoid about anything that might threaten
BOOK But when the mark, but Systrom rebuffed its Facebook’s dominance. Her portrayal also suggests
creators of Instagram, overtures, even though Twitter a chief executive who was deeply conflicted when it
came to Instagram, pushing his new property to grow
REVIEW Kevin Systrom and founder Jack Dorsey was a friend while also worrying that its growth was cannibaliz-
Mike Krieger, received and one of Instagram’s early ing Facebook. Six years after the acquisition, tensions
boosters. Systrom’s rejection with Zuckerberg made working for him impossible for
an offer in 2012 from Facebook’s Mark of Twitter provides one of Systrom and Krieger, and they left. Was it all worth it?
the book’s many fascinating Without Facebook’s massive infrastructure, would Insta-
Zuckerberg, they saw a future path for subplots. gram have ended up in the start-up graveyard with other
Zuckerberg, true to his motto, moved smart ideas that lacked funding, good timing or luck?
their nascent venture, which was generat- fast, but he didn’t break Instagram. Moreover, he Did Zuckerberg originally want to embed Instagram into
promised the founders that he would let them run their Facebook’s platform, only to later accept that it would be
ing buzz but no revenue yet. They also saw product independently within Facebook, a pledge that more successful on its own? The answers are unknown,
he kept against all expectations. Until he didn’t. and unknowable, but not irrelevant. At a time when
the terms: $1 billion. Under Facebook’s ownership, Instagram grew dra- social media companies are being scrutinized by regula-
matically, as did its global influence, in both positive and tors and the media, suspected of focusing more on their
The purchase price was shocking at the negative ways. Celebrities used it to endorse themselves bottom lines than the interests of their users, Frier’s book
and products. Ordinary people became “influencers.” is an instructive case study. It also matters for future app
time, but the financial transaction, it turns Young people, though, faced pressure to present their developers, who might be building the next thing that
lives as perfect on the platform. Misinformation found falls into a tech giant’s crosshairs.
out, was the easy part. Much harder was in- a home on Instagram. It was also found to be a market-
place for illegal drugs. Frier captures the power Insta- NO FILTER: The inside story of Instagram
tegrating the start-up and its 13 employees gram came to wield in society even among those who
didn’t use it. BY SARAH FRIER; SIMON & SCHUSTER. 327 PP. $28.
into the world’s largest social media company, a process The author deftly weaves Instagram’s cultural impact REVIEW BY SUSAN BENKELMAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
into what might otherwise be a cold-eyed business story,
business writer Sarah Frier meticulously chronicles in
“No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram.”
When they launched Instagram almost 10 years ago,
Systrom and Krieger had little idea their app would
someday have 1 billion active users a month, mint
celebrities, start trends and come to generate a quarter
of Facebook’s revenue. The two men, both Stanford
engineers with an eye for design and a tendency toward
perfectionism, were simply trying to design a product
they thought people would love.
But they were also catching a wave, writes Frier, a
tech reporter for Bloomberg News. Instagram was built
for mobile just as our phones were taking over our lives
and as those phones’ cameras were vastly improving in
quality. Almost immediately, the app started growing
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PRE-ROUND WARMUP WILL PAY DIVIDENDS ON THE COURSE KEVIN’S
Adding to her ace collection All of us are looking for different ways to play prior to your starting time.
better. An area that we can begin to analyze and 3. Warmup. Hopefully, you
PGA Golf Club member Linda Doser celebrates her second career improve upon – and is often overlooked – is pre-
hole-in-one Monday. Doser made the ace at the Dye course, hol- round preparation. This would also include what have arrived 45 minutes prior
ing a 7-iron shot on the 109-yard third hole. Congrats Linda! you do the day and night before the day of play. to your starting time, which
As always, I am in favor of having a balanced will leave you plenty of time
and enjoyable life, and at times letting your hair to warm up properly and give
down. However, I am sure all of you recognize you a sense of being relaxed By Kevin Perkins
that what you do the day and night before your and unhurried. I would recom-
round of golf can adversely affect performance mend going to the driving range first, where you
the following day. Let me go through some will begin your warmup with some light stretch-
“Kures” on how to prepare pre-round, which will es, to prepare for full swings. Start with your sand
allow you to play your best: wedge and hit a half dozen balls with every other
club, i.e., SW, 9, 7, etc., concluding with striking
1. Day and night before. It probably goes with- 8-to-12 balls with your driver. If available, move
out saying, but what you do the day and night be- on to a fairway bunker, and strike a few shots
fore can have a significant bearing on how you with your 7-iron to help you get some feel for
play the following day. Obviously, monitor the striking the sand in front of the ball. Next, hit a
amount of alcohol you drink and try to get plenty few pitch shots over a greenside practice bunker
of rest. I am sure your primary physician would and then strike a few balls from that same bun-
recommend somewhere around 6-to-8 hours of ker. Continue your pre-round warmup by hitting
sleep. Also, especially in our warmer months, a few chip shots and then complete your quality
drink plenty of water the day before you play. Do pre-round warmup with approximately 10 min-
some light stretching and exercise that day as utes of putting.
In conclusion, you have conditioned your
2. Day of round. Get up at least two hours mind and body to stay in a relaxed, slow state
before your round, and do your normal morn- and have warmed up properly by executing all
ing routine the first hour. Make sure to have a five areas of the game: putting, chipping, bunker
healthy breakfast, including a glass of orange play, pitching and full swing. You are prepared to
juice, some fruits, grains and a low-fat protein. play your very best!
Try to move at a slower, relaxed pace the entire
morning, and take deep breaths and shake out Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Professional and
any tension you may feel. The relaxed, slow, com- operates his Golf Academy at 76 Golf World in Stu-
posed movements and mindset will have a posi- art. Kevin has authored the golf instructional book
tive and slowing effect, and set a nice tone during Golf Everyone, published by Hunter Textbooks.
your round. You may also want to do some light Kevin may be reached at 561-301-3783, email: dk-
stretching just before you leave the house. Try to [email protected], or visit his website at www.kev-
arrive at the golf course no later than 45 minutes inperkinsgolfacademy.com.
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