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09/28/2018 ISSUE 39

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A3Copas home on schedule City Center purchase? A7 Smokin’ Birchwood B2
It’s blues and beyond at Lyric
Timetable remains 18-24 months Ball back in developer’s court

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 39 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Slight tax-bill increases in store for city and county residents

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer ing property values offset whatev- calendars ticked down. However, city leaders noted will result in $1 million less being
[email protected] er relief they might have seen. For property owners in the City they cut a dime per $1,000 taxable collected.
value from their tax rate. (The tax
Residents in Port St. Lucie and Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie of Port St. Lucie, their city por- rate is also referred to as the mill- The fiscal year 2018-19 millage
St. Lucie County can expect to see County government leaders fi- tion of the tax bill will increase by age rate.) rate will be 5.0807 – or essential-
little change in their property tax nalized their property tax rates about 6 percent, given an increase ly $5.08 per $1,000 taxable value.
bills. Despite tax rates that have and set their budgets as the last in property values of about 11 per- According to Finance Director The city also continues to assess
been trimmed a smidgen, increas- few days of their respective fiscal cent. Jeff Snyder, that 10-cent decrease
CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
BELLE OF
THE BOWL Helping hands create family’s ‘dream’ home

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
[email protected]

What can you do in a matter of sev- PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. LUCIE
en days if you have the right team?
For Habitat for Humanity and Trea- last Friday during the house dedication ceremo-
sure Coast Builders Association the ny. Holding a microphone, he told the audience
answer was simple – build a dream that his goal had always been to own a home and
home for a worthy family. to provide for his family. But obstacles kept get-

Army National Guardsman Chris CONTINUED ON PAGE A11
Blackmon and his wife and three kids
are that worthy family.

“This started out as a crazy idea
eight short months ago,” said Jim
Brann, TCBA president. The organization was
eager to tackle a dream home project and pro-
vide the Blackmons with a safe, affordable place
to live. “We pulled it off.”

Blackmon stood strong in front of the crowd

PSL MOM OF TWO MAN ARRESTED IN
GETS FOUR YEARS SLAYING; PROBE
IN TEEN-SEX CASE REMAINS ACTIVE

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]

A Port St. Lucie mom of two McGraw. For most cases in the St. Soto-Escalera.
Lucie County Sheriff’s Office,
young girls will spend the next an arrest marks the end of an investigation.
But not in the case of Tania Wise’s murder.
few years in prison for having a sexual rela-
“This is the start of our investigation,” Sher-
tionship with a teenage boy. iff Ken Mascara said late last week while an-
nouncing the arrest of Jose Antonio Soto-Es-
Rebecca Christine McGraw, now 39, has calera.

spent more than a year in jail waiting for the For weeks, investigators have “been piecing

conclusion of her case. She is expected to CONTINUED ON PAGE A8

Kloie Morgan – reigning St. Lucie County Fair Queen – doesn’t let her sash and tiara get in the way of spend another 2½ to 3 years behind bars.
her bowling and giving back to the community at the 30th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake last Saturday at
SuperPlay USA. The event benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County. PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT McGraw pled no contest to one felony

CONTINUED ON PAGE A8

IN THIS ISSUE High school actors
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LOCAL NEWS A1-A12 ‘Chicago.’ Page B6

HEALTH A14-A18 ARTS/PEOPLE B1-B15

OBITUARIES A9 PETS A13

GAMES B12-B14 REAL ESTATE A19-A28

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Timetable on Copas veterans home remains 18-24 months

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent Leveling work is nearly complete at the Tradition site of the Ardie Copas veterans nursing home. PHOTO: ANTHONY INSWASTY Local discussion about the under-con-
struction 121,000-square-foot facility start-
The sitework is almost done and soon concrete blocks on top of each other is als for pro-veterans legislation. ed in 2014. The state legislature started a
workers will start putting up the long-await- close. “That’ll take place very shortly,” Mur- The council has called on the legislature site-selection process for the next veterans
ed Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing ray said. “In a few weeks this fall.” nursing home in 2013. By the fall of 2014, a
Home. to add state veterans nursing homes for at site-selection committee had picked the 28-
The Florida Veterans Council is com- least a decade. The federal Department of acre location in Tradition.
The Florida Department of Veteran Af- prised of about a dozen member organiza- Veteran Affairs figures with about 1.5 million
fairs gave the Florida Veterans Council an tions. Most are nationally familiar veteran veterans – a third of whom are Vietnam era – When the committee made its recom-
update about the home last Thursday. organizations, such as the American Legion. the state needs about 4,000 beds at veterans mendation to the executive director of the
It has smaller, locally-known member vet- nursing facilities. The state now has about Florida Department of Veteran Affairs for
“Today is the six-month anniversary of eran groups, too. The council coordinates 900. The federal VA gives states construction the governor and state cabinet to approve,
our groundbreaking ceremony in Port St. veteran groups’ state legislative concerns to grants to cover about 65 percent of building Marion County fervently protested. St.
Lucie,” said Steve Murray, communications give the Florida Legislature focused propos- costs for veteran nursing homes. Lucie County edged it out in the commit-
director at the state veterans department, in tee’s scoring by a hair’s width. The cabinet
a phone interview after the meeting. “We’ve delayed the vote until Marion reluctantly
noted it on social media. It’s a milestone.” withdrew its bid for the home.

On Tuesday, March 20, Gov. Rick Scott St. Lucie’s fight for the home wasn’t over.
and others gathered at the western end of The first projected groundbreaking date was
Tradition Parkway to ceremonially break the tail end of 2015. However, there were de-
ground for the 120-bed facility. Site work lays exasperated by a design spat between
didn’t start right away. On June 18 workers the state and federal government that threat-
started the needed groundwork. ened to derail construction of the veterans
nursing home. Local officials and veterans
“They are about 90 percent complete in strongly advocated in Tallahassee and Wash-
leveling the property and putting in the fill ington, D.C., for getting the home built.
dirt,” Murray said in the phone interview.
Murray said hiring for many of the home’s
Murray said cooperative weather has about 170 positions will likely begin next
construction off to a fast start. year. It takes about 18 to 24 months to build
a state veterans nursing home.
“The weather has held up, thank good-
ness,” he said. “We’ve been watching the “That’s a goal – November 2019 to March
hurricane season. It wouldn’t be Florida 2020 to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony,”
without your afternoon thunderstorm. Murray said. 
Nothing of note.”

He said laying the foundation for the
121,000-square-foot facility and putting

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THE SPORTING LIFE: IT’S GAME ON ACROSS ST. LUCIE

Shamar Minnis, left, rushes for big yardage as Treasure Coast High School PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
swamped visiting Matanzas High School, 35-7, last Friday at South County
Stadium. Treasure Coast’s homecoming court was presented during the game:
from left, Justin Cruz and Rosemary Carillo (Sophomore Prince and Princess),
Joshua Nunes and Victoria Pitsirelos (Senior King and Queen), David Etumnu
and Stephanea Barrios (Junior Prince and Princess), Nicole Beltran and Fatin
Roberts (Freshman Princess and Prince). At right, the senior ‘royal couple.’ 

The PSL Soccer Club held its first games of the fall season last Saturday at
Swan Park in Port St. Lucie. The club has been operating in the city for over 20
years. Left to right: Coach Dominic DiGiorgio talks strategy with his team, the
PSL Hurricanes, during a water break; Hurricane players Sebastian Ramirez
and Ryan Chambers apply pressure on the opposing team’s goaltender;
and goalie Gio DiGiorgio pushes the ball out of the box. 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
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[email protected] said, the company is expanding into sub- So where will DoorDash expand to a voter-approved tax rate for the Crosstown
urban areas. Parkway extension debt – 1.2193 – bringing
Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce are next? Seals said the company is encour- the overall property tax rate to 6.3000. The
among the 60 cities recently added to the In St. Lucie West, DoorDash customers aged by the support it has seen in Florida city’s general fund budget is $410.5 million
door-to-door delivery service DoorDash, can choose from national fast food chains and more suburban areas will be added; and accounts for 11 new hires in various
which helps busy people get dinner on such as Wendy’s and Taco Bell, to more it’s just a matter of restaurant participa- departments, including the Port St. Lucie
the table as quickly and easily as possible. local fare including Lola’s Seafood Eatery, tion and resident desire. Police, Utilities and Building departments.
Frank & Al’s Pizzeria and Spiro’s Taverna.
DoorDash, a San Francisco-based tech Both factors are measured via social The City Council unanimously and with-
company, launched in 2013, providing a Other dining options include Kilwins, media mentions and web traffic – as more out discussion approved both the millage
way for restaurants to efficiently deliver Duffy’s Sports Grill, LongHorn Steak- residents plug in ZIP codes not currently rate and budget as recommended. It was
orders to customers, without requiring a house and even Starbucks, to name a few. served, the company begins to pay atten- the second of two required presentations
fleet of delivery drivers. A complete list of options can be found at tion to a potential need to move there. and votes. The first was held on Sept. 10.
www.doordash.com; enter your ZIP code
It’s a triple-win for the company and to get the list of participating restaurants. “We’re excited,” Seals said of the pros- Late last week, the St. Lucie County Com-
community, according to Brent Seals, pects going forward.  mission also approved with minimal discus-
general manager of launches for Door- Seals said restaurants not already part- sion and debate its own tax rate and budget.
Dash: customers get the orders they want nering with DoorDash can easily do so by
without having to go to the restaurant; going online and applying for the partner- As with the City of Port St. Lucie, the
restaurants can serve more customers ship. county’s finance team recommended a
than just those who go through their slight decrease to its millage rate – but, giv-
doors; and residents can earn money as Interested eateries can go to the com- en an approximate 8 percent increase in
drivers delivering meals from restaurants pany’s website and select “Be a Partner property values, residents can still expect to
to customers. Restaurant” from the menu. pay more.

“We’re continuing to expand,” Seals Residents who are interested in mak- The $546 million budget for the county is
said. The company can now connect 12 ing the delivery runs –called Dashers – nearly $11 million less than last year’s, but
million residents with local restaurants all can also go to the website and select “Be still $6 million more than the draft budget
through an app on their phones or online a Dasher.” crafted earlier this year. Unfunded state
via computers. mandates account for about $16 million in
Seals said Dashers can earn money the budget, according to county officials.
Prior to this latest 60-city launch, Door- when and where they want and can cre-
Dash had mostly been in metropolitan ar- ate their own “super flexible” schedules. The St. Lucie County Commission and its
finance team don’t expect the budget to sur-
Dasher go through a screening pro- vive the November General Election. On the
ballot are two measures that could affect the
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OFFICIALS AWAIT DEVELOPER’S VOTE
DECISION ON ‘CITY CENTER’ BUY

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer area. To fund the endeavor, Zhong enticed For St. Lucie County Commission, Dist. 4
[email protected] foreign investors through the EB-5 pro-
gram, which provides access to green cards If you believe that accountability
For years, the bulk of what was to be in exchange for investing in U.S. projects. in our government is necessary,
City Center has sat vacant. But, that could that job creation and economic
soon change if a developer is able to final- Instead of using the investment funds diversity should be a priority and
ize his purchase of the 21 acres near U.S. 1 to build as promised, the SEC determined that protecting and preserving
at Walton Road. that Zhong was lining her own pockets St. Lucie County is important,
with the funds, buying a yacht and other then you and I have a lot in
David Garfinkle, of Hollywood, Fla.- opulent baubles. common.
based Biscayne Atlantic, has received the
Securities Exchange Commission’s bless- In March, City Manager Russ Blackburn I’m Frannie Hutchinson, your candidate for St. Lucie County Commission.
ing to purchase the property for $750,000, assured the City Council, sitting as the
a steal considering the land is valued at Community Redevelopment Agency, that Preserve Protect Promote
more than $5 million. Garfinkle’s portfolio of South Florida proj-
ects is in line with the vision the city has Indian River Lagoon Schools Expand Job Opportunities
However, according to court records, for City Center – hotels, apartments and Water Quality Residents Positive Business Growth
the developer would be required to pay all retail. Environmental Community
back taxes and assessments on the prop-
erty, which would increase the overall Blackburn said in March that he feels Vote Frannie HUTCHINSON for
price tag considerably. “good about (Garfinkle’s) ability to deliver”
on the city’s vision. St. Lucie County Commission District 4 on November 6th
In all, an estimated $24 million in back
taxes and assessments have accrued on Though Blackburn said in March he ex- Paid for by Frances, “Frannie” Hutchinson, Rep. for St. Lucie County Commissioner, Dist. 4.
the property. The city might be asked to pected the SEC court to rule favorably on
forgive some of or all that burden to se- the sales agreement with Garfinkle, the
cure the purchase and future construction court did not approve the sale until August.
of the site.
In the interim, however, Garfinkle has
The property has been languishing for met with city staff to discuss plans for the
years in the hands of the SEC after the feder- project and has continued to do so.
al agency seized it from the then-developer.
According to the terms of the sale, Bis-
Lin “Lilly” Zhong had purchased the cayne Atlantic has 180 days to inspect the
property and was expected to form a part- property and decide whether or not to
nership with the city to bring life to the walk away. 

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HILLCREST MEMORIAL GARDENS ARREST IN HOMICIDE

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1

FERNHILL MEMORIAL GARDENS together the final moments of Tania’s life,”
the sheriff said. “Today [Friday, Sept. 21],
Celebration lives the final piece of this complex puzzle has Tania Wise.
been put in place.”
with The sheriff said he couldn’t speculate on
Wise, 23, was 8 ½ months pregnant with a motive, adding that he does not know if
AYCOCK FUNERAL HOMES a baby boy, whom she planned to call Josi- jealousy played a role.
ah Thomas. He would have been her sec-
The Dignity Memorial professional provider network ond child and was due to arrive a week af- Authorities had Soto-Escalera under
is here to guide you every step of the way ter their murder via a scheduled C-section. surveillance in the days leading up to his
arrest. When it appeared as though he
Our professional, experienced and dedicated Sheriff Mascara confirmed that Soto-Es- was headed out of the county, deputies
staff provides exceptional, compassionate care calera was the baby’s father – determined stopped him and placed him under arrest.
to families at a difficult time in their lives. through a DNA match. Digital forensics
• Funeral & burial services of all faiths & cultures showed he had called Tania on the day she He was found in possession of a firearm,
• Personalized service from time honored disappeared. Sheriff Mascara said, though he did not
traditions, personal photographs to favorite explain whether or not Soto-Escalera was
reading & songs And eyewitnesses reported seeing a ve- legally carrying.
hicle matching the description of Soto-Es-
calera’s in the area where Wise’s body was Wise’s family had provided investigators
discovered. with a few names of potential suspects.
One of those names was Soto-Escalera.
Adding to the complex picture of Wise
and Soto-Escalera’s connection is the fact Sheriff Mascara said he’s been in touch
that Soto-Escalera is married with four with the family. “They are grateful,” he
other children, Sheriff Mascara said. said. 

He told the public that Soto-Escalera’s
wife, who has not been publicly identified,
did not know about Wise or her baby.

Sheriff Mascara also noted that Wise had
other men in her life but would not elabo-
rate further.

Wise was “somewhat of a girlfriend” to
Soto-Escalera, he added.

AYCOCK FUNERAL HOMES PSL MOM SENTENCED a child-abuse case was opened against
McGraw.
PORT ST LUCIE, FLORIDA CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
During the investigation, the allega-
Aycock at Tradition NEWEST LOCATION count each of sexual activity with a minor tions of child abuse and neglect were un-
Life Celebration Center Aycock at Tradition and transmission of materials harmful to founded, as was an allegation of sexual
a minor. She originally faced 19 counts of contact with a minor.
Port St. Lucie Life Celebration Center sexual activity with a minor.
A year later, the alleged minor shared
772-618-2336 SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. Her daughters, in the interim, had been with his mother a text he received from
CrSeWekStWoanyy removed from the home and placed in the McGraw encouraging him to be screened
Floresta Drive SW Stony Creek Way SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. SW Keating Dr. care of another family member, according for a sexually transmitted disease.
1504 SE Floresta Drive SW Hartwick Dr. to court records.
Tradition Pkwy. SW Stony Creek Way SW Elsinore Dr. The mother then contacted authorities
Port St. Lucie Tradition Pkwy. In the interest of saving the minor and and a new investigation was launched, ac-
his family the turmoil of trial, McGraw and cording to the arrest affidavit.
772-878-0049 the prosecution struck a plea deal, drop-
ping the 18 other sex charges. Authorities were able to get the teen to
Fernhill Memorial cooperate, which he didn’t do in 2016. The
Gardens, Stuart Under the terms of the plea deal, Mc- teen told investigators that he had met Mc-
772-283-6246 Graw will serve 10 years of sex offender Graw while living in the apartment com-
probation following her release from pris- plex. He explained he didn’t cooperate with
Aycock Funeral Home on. Probation could be terminated after the 2016 investigation because he feared
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, five years provided McGraw does not vio- his family would be evicted because Mc-
late probation. Graw worked there.
Fort Pierce
McGraw must also undergo a mental Following the first investigation, Mc-
772-461-8912 health evaluation and follow any recom- Graw moved out of the complex, according
mended treatments. She must also not to court records.
make contact with the victim.
During the course of the second inves-
The maximum penalty, according to tigation, authorities learned from the teen
court records, would have been 15 years that he and McGraw had sexual encoun-
in prison per charge – effectively a life sen- ters more than a dozen times and typically
tence if not ordered to be served concur- included him receiving $100 to $300 cash.
rently.
Authorities were able to secure numer-
Court records show that McGraw agreed ous text messages sent from McGraw to the
to the plea deal because she believed the teen.
plea to be in her best interest, though “I am
innocent of the charge, charges, violations, “Many of those conversations from Re-
or have a defense.” becca to [victim] revealed photographs of
Rebecca, including very graphic and in-
The case dates back to early 2016 when criminating text messages,” the arrest re-
port states. 

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IN LOVING MEMORY gardening, antiques and art. Lee Jacobson was a woman who blos-
Our loving husband, father, neighbor somed as she lived through each generation.
IRENE C. KINGSTON, 85 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchil- Lee Jacobson married her husband, Arnold
Tradition dren. and friend was born in Quitman, Ga., and Jacobson, for love.
is survived by the love of his life, wife Gay-
Irene C. Kingston, 85, of Tradition in Port FRED M. PIKE, 77 le Thompson of Fort Walton Beach; his two Over the next 62 years, Arnold supported
St. Lucie passed away Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Lucie West children, Stephanie Lanza (husband, Chris) Lee’s desire for family, travel, adventure and
Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. and Michael Manasco (wife, Rachael); and career.
Irene was born in the Bronx, N.Y. She had Fred McAllister Pike, 75, of St. Lucie West his two grandchildren who deeply adored
been a resident of Port St. Lucie for the past in Port St. Lucie passed away peacefully Sept. him, Matthew and Bradley Lanza; and his Lee Jacobson grew her family to include
three years coming from Estero, Fla. 15 with his family by his side after a lifelong sister, Sara Jo Hazen of Dade City; and cous- her daughter, Andrea Tang; her son, Howard
battle with Parkinson’s Disease. in, Beth Acheson of Jacksonville Beach, Fla Jacobson; son-in-law, Vallan Tang; and beau-
Survivors include her loving husband of tiful grandson, Ryan Tang.
50 years, David J. Kingston; one daughter, Fred worked in the jewelry industry, hos- LEATRICE JACOBSON, 84
Sharon (husband, Dr. Jose Pozo); one son, pital public relations and was also a high Port St. Lucie Lee Jacobson overcame her childhood
Richard Good; one sister, Anna Doidge; six school career counselor. Fred loved animals, shyness, her fear of public speaking, her lack
Leatrice Jacobson, 84, of Port St. Lucie of college education and achieved the exec-
passed away peacefully on Sept. 17. utive director position at two prestigious re-
ligious temples in Palm Beach and Deerfield
Beach.

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BLACKMONS’ NEW HOME Treasure Coast Builders Association volunteers stand proudly before rooms – which, truth be told, are about the
the house they built for Army National Guardsman Chris Blackmon and his family. same size. However, one will have the bed-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 At right, Marius Kirla volunteered his time with other members of the Porch Factory. room nearest the laundry. The other will be
nearest the bathroom.
ting in the way, obstacles they couldn’t over- PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
come on their own. Their baby sister, Londyn, will be in the
After the ceremony, the family stood by something soulful. bedroom between theirs.
“This is like a dream come true for this the front door and took in the moment. “Macaroni and
family,” Blackmon said. “It’s overwhelming.” The property where the Blackmon home
“It’s very, very real,” Blackmon said. “It’s cheese – it’s a must,” was built is one of seven parcels the City of
The four-bedroom home has a split floor- getting more real” by the minute. she said, adding that Port St. Lucie signed over to Habitat for Hu-
plan, allowing the children to have their own her hubby loves oxtail, manity for exactly this purpose – build af-
rooms. Mr. and Mrs. Blackmon have their He said they hope to move into the home too, so that might very fordable homes for families.
own sanctuary – a suite with his and her clos- in early October. And while some families well be on the menu.
ets and a spacious bathroom. might balk at moving mid-school year, the “The city is at its best when people put
Blackmons said their boys, who attend a Regardless of what’s their hearts and hands into a worthy cause,”
Blackmon called the home a masterpiece magnet school, will be able to remain at the on the menu, she said Mayor Gregory Oravec said during the dedi-
and choked up. school, so moving wasn’t an issue. she’s ready to use the kitchen. cation ceremony.

“You saw in us something good,” he said As for their first meal in their new home, “I love the kitchen!” Latasha said. Neither Habitat for Hu-
of being selected for the home. Latasha said they haven’t thought that far Their two boys, 9-year-old Chris Jr. and manity nor Treasure Coast
ahead, yet. However, she suspects it’ll be 8-year-old Ivan, were quick to choose their Builders Association could
His wife, Latasha, struggled to keep her have made the dream home
emotions in check while holding their baby a possibility in a matter of
girl. seven days if not for the sup-
port they received from the
“From the bottom of our hearts, thank nearly 90 businesses and or-
you,” she said. “We are very blessed and very ganizations that participat-
honored.” ed in some form or fashion.

The family is eagerly awaiting closing day “They fell over them-
so they can officially move in. selves,” TCBA past-presi-
dent Bob Cenk said. Cenk
Currently, they live in a cramped, two-bed- also represented Homecrete
room home in an unsafe neighborhood, Homes, one of the main
according to TCBA. The family has report- sponsors for the project.
ed hearing gunshots and has experienced
a break-in, making them feel all the more Other main sponsors and
vulnerable. The house in which they live is, partners included the City of Port St. Lucie
itself, unsafe, TCBA and Habitat for Humani- and Kirchmann Construction, along with
ty said. The roof leaks, the floors are uneven, Habitat for Humanity and Treasure Coast
and the two bedrooms do not have doors. In- Builders Association. 
festations of rodents, bees, ants and spiders
are all too common as well.

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Bonz salutes blind bud Captain’s outlook on life

tall chairs with the tray thingy in front, hard. He was just learning
clutching a spoon.)
to talk, an guess what his
The Captain led the way to a nice bright
Hi Dog Buddies! porch. He totally knew his way around. First Word was?”
You’d never know he was blind. He paused
There’s absolutely No Way I’ll EVER get for some chin tickles from my assistant. I “I’m thinkin’ it wasn’t
bored in this job. This week I innerviewed got my notebook out. “So, tell me how you
a very suave young dude, Capt. Oculess found your Forever Family.” ‘Mama’ or ‘Daddy.’”
Prime Yeatts. (Everybody calls him The
Captain.) He’s a frenly, slender, totally “I first met Mom when me an a fellow “It was ‘Kitkat!’ Mom an
black cat. An he’s blind. As a bat. But you kitten got dropped off at the Vero Beach
wouldn’t notice it at first. Humane Society where Mom works. (She’s Dad were like ‘Wha-at?’”
a vet tech.) Before we could get Forev-
Soon as The Captain’s Mom opened the er Families, we hadda get Spiffed Up an “I’ll bet.”
door and we’d stepped in, I sat down po- Checked Out: Pretty quick, the humans
litely, the way I had learned in my hand- looked at my eyes an said I was ‘blind.’ I “I also have two pooch
book, “Basic Cat for Dummies.” As Rule 1 didn’t know what that meant, cuz my eyes
instructs, I let the cat come to me. (If any of never did work. I always figure stuff out brothers, rescues, like me.
you pooches innerface with cats at all, you by hearin’ an smellin.’ (I have, like, The
should get this book. It’s great. Mine’s dog- Best Sniffer an Ears EVER. I can hear a bug Thomas is a Staffordshire
eared already.) So I said, “Good afternoon. tip-toein’ across the porch.) Anyway. I got
I’m Bonzo. It’s a pleasure.” the No-Kittens procedure, of course, plus, Terrier, he’s about 10; an
I hadda have an operation to take out one
The Captain wasn’t nervous a bit. He eye. Mom an Dad had sorta already decid- Dexter, he’s 8-ish, he’s an
walked right up for the Sniff-and-Size Up. ed they wanted to adopt me, when I was
(Rule 4: Cats don’t do the Wag-and-Sniff.) ready, an they did!” American Bulldog. They
“Welcome to our home,” he said. “Just call
me Captain. This is my Dad, Brian, my “Cool Catnip!” I exclaimed. kinda adopted me, too.
Mom, Amy, an my liddle human brother, “I know! Right? I learned my way around
Bodhi, whose still havin’ his dinner. He’s the house right away. The minute I met We play all the time. An
my best bud. We’re about the same age – Bodhi, I knew we were gonna be Best Pals.
2-ish.” (Bodhi was sittin’ in one of those Mom an Dad showed him how to give me snuggle. Sometimes I
liddle soft pats an to not pull my tail too
sneak their kibbles, but

they’re cool with that. An,

when I hadda have my

other eye out, they were

puh-lite an concerned.

I bounced back pretty

quick from that, cuz I’m

tough.”

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sure are! I think you’re uh-

MAY-zing. What do you

eat, other than the occa-

sional dog kibble?” The Captain.

“Just regular cat food,

an yummy catnip treats.

And to drink, I prefer running water, so I with your black coat, an long legs an tail,”
I observed. “Like those royal Egyptian cats
usta flip my bowl over with my paw. Which who hung out with the Fair-Os.”

I learned was not a good idea. Finally, “Really? Cool Catnip!”
“An how about that interesting name?”
Mom bought me this cat fountain. I can’t “Mom an Dad named me for one of
those Transformers from the movies, Op-
knock it over and I don’t haff to anyway, timus Prime. He’s one tough dude, like me.
So, ‘oculus’ means something like an eye
cuz the water’s always movin.’” an, since I don’t have any eyes, it’s ocu-
LESS. Get it?”
“So, what’s your day like?” “Woof! That’s, like, the coolest name
ever. You seem like one happy cat.”
“I’m a totally indoor cat. I mostly play “I am, Bonzo. I have a wunnerful famly.
I always wanna be wherever they are.”
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imagined how I would feel to never know
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HOW MUCH STRENGTH TRAINING IS NECESSARY?

BY AMBY BURFOOT | The Washington Post one of three protocols. A control group jects performed each session once a week statistically significant, but the authors
performed all exercises with two seconds for 10 weeks. believe it “might be clinically relevant,” as
The aerobic exercise guidelines from of concentric muscle contraction and four the drop lowered subjects into a different
the American College of Sports Medicine seconds of eccentric contraction – that At every workout, subjects did the as- quartile of blood pressure risk.
and other fitness groups are precise: You is, two seconds of the kind of contraction signed exercises to “momentary failure,”
should aim for 150 minutes a week of from lifting and four seconds of the kind which took about 12 lifts with the control “Our paper showed that you don’t need
moderate aerobic exercise (such as walk- of contraction from lowering. A slow group group, four to five for the group doing 10 to spend two hours in the gym five times a
ing), or 90 minutes of vigorous exercise did the same exercise with 10 seconds of second contractions, and just one lift at week, as many people think,” says lead in-
(such as running). However, the same or- lifting, 10 of lowering. A very slow group 30:30:30. As a result, subjects spent the vestigator James Fisher, from Southamp-
ganizations are less precise when it comes did 30 seconds of lowering, 30 seconds lift- same “time under load” in each of the ton Solent University in England. “Even
to resistance (strength) training. ing, 30 seconds lowering. three protocols – about 90 seconds. trained individuals continue to make
gains with less than an hour a week. My
They call for two or three sessions a All subjects followed a routine that con- After 10 weeks, subjects in all three own workouts take less than 20 minutes,
week, but make no reference to total time. sisted of two different strength sessions, of groups had gained a significant amount of twice a week.”
To add to the confusion, strength training nine exercises each, that emphasized the strength, but there was no difference be-
can seem complicated, with all those con- chest press, leg press, and pull down. Sub- tween groups. All groups also had a lower Next steps: Consider making time in
traptions and weights and methods of lift- blood glucose level. This result was not your schedule for two short strength-train-
ing them. To the rescue: A new paper sim- ing sessions a week. Don’t sweat the de-
plifies the variables, and offers a practical tails. You can lift at whatever pace you
and proven program that can be done in enjoy, but it is important, Fisher believes,
less than an hour a week. to reach the point of momentary failure
where you can’t do any more.
The study: The report, which appeared
in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutri- Don’t practice explosive, high-speed lift-
tion, and Metabolism, was written by a ing that could lead to injuries. “Stay relaxed
team of U.S. and British strength-training and maintain your breathing pattern,”
experts. Their investigation aimed to de- Fisher advises. “Don’t hold your breath.”
termine if relatively short strength training
sessions utilizing different lift techniques This approach should be even more ef-
could improve strength. It also looked into fective with untrained lifters, who will have
blood glucose levels pre- and post-exper- more to gain from beginning a strength
iment. program. “The main message is that re-
sistance training can be relatively simple
Methods and results: Sixty-two expe- and still effective,” says Fisher. “It doesn’t
rienced, strength-training subjects (26 have to get complicated by various train-
male; average age, 40) were placed into ing methods and protocols.” 

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Many foods can help significantly lower bad cholesterol

BY FRED CICETTI cancer should consult with their doctors before eating soy, ty acids, walnuts may also help keep blood vessels more
because it is not clear how these plant estrogens might affect healthy and elastic.
Q. Does fiber in your diet reduce cholesterol? them.
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Solu- When walnuts represent 20 percent of the calories in a
ble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intes- Studies have shown that walnuts can significantly reduce cholesterol-lowering diet, they reduce LDL cholesterol by 12
tines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and pro- cholesterol levels in the blood. Rich in polyunsaturated fat- percent. Almonds appear to have a similar effect. All nuts are
motes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain high in calories, so use them as replacements for high-calo-
rie foods with high levels of saturated fats.
THE HEALTHY SENIOR
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are noted for lowering tri-
products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber. glycerides, another form of fat in your blood. They also
Soluble fiber appears to reduce your body’s absorption of benefit the heart in other ways. The highest levels of ome-
ga-3 fatty acids are in mackerel, lake trout, herring, sar-
cholesterol from the intestines. dines, albacore tuna and salmon. Other good sources of
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil
and soybean oil.
low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol that
can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type Some foods are fortified with plant substances called ste-
of fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, brussels rols or stanols, which are similar in structure to cholesterol;
sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes. this helps them block the absorption of cholesterol in the
intestines. Margarines and orange juice that have been for-
The American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy tified with plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by
diet include 20 grams to 35 grams of fiber a day, including more than 10 percent.
both soluble and insoluble fiber. (Soluble fiber should make
up 5 to 10 grams of your fiber intake.) However, Americans The American Heart Association recommends that foods
only consume about half that amount. containing plant sterols should be reserved for adults re-
quiring lower total and LDL cholesterol levels because they
There are other foods that work against cholesterol. are at high risk of – or have had – a heart attack.
Soy protein, found in such products as tofu, soy nuts, soy
milk and soy burgers can help lower blood levels of LDL cho- You may want to try eating more soluble fiber, soy protein,
lesterol, particularly when it’s substituted for animal protein. walnuts and fatty fish. The next step would be the addition
Ingesting 25 grams to 50 grams of soy protein a day lowers of foods fortified with plant sterols. Eating a combination of
LDL cholesterol by 4 percent to 8 percent. That’s a lot of soy. these cholesterol-lowering foods increases the benefit.
People with the highest cholesterol levels seem to benefit
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Stunning Fort Pierce estate may be ‘the perfect retreat’

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist
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It’s really inadequate to call the residence
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house. It is an estate, situated on 1.42 acres
and featuring five bedrooms, six full baths,
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The house has a formal living room (14

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for enjoying morning coffee, walk-in closets for an aging parent who doesn’t want to give
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and refinement and yet is ideal for casual FEATURES FOR 6310 OLEANDER AVENUE that it has to offer until you go through each
living. This custom Key West estate is ex- room and see all that they offer. There are
ceptionally done with perfect attention to Neighborhood: Aetna Park • Year built: 2013 lots of things there wasn’t room to mention.
details.” Construction: CBS This is a house that realistically isn’t for ev-
eryone, but for those who are looking for a
This is a house to tour slowly. You cannot Size: 6,177 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 10,698 Florida estate, this is a place you’ll want to
appreciate its grandeur until you come up Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 ½ see. Just make sure to leave enough time. 
the circular drive; you cannot appreciate all
Flooring: carpet, ceramic tile, marble, wood
Security: burglar alarm, motion detector, security light
Additional features: heated in-ground saltwater pool, impact
glass, furniture negotiable, custom lighting, summer kitch-
en, Crescent Electronic System, a touch-of-a button-control
of lights, fan, surround-sound system, cameras and security,

home generator, circular drive, 2+ garage spaces
Listing brokerage: Keller Williams of Port St. Lucie

Listing agent:
AnnMarie Napolitano of Team Napolitano, 954-675-2804

Listing price: $975,000

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712 SE Ocean Boulevard
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

A solid week on the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate market saw 19 single-family residences
and lots change hands from Sept. 17-21 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the residence at 18501 Tranquility Base Lane. Originally listed in June
for $678,000, the home sold for $620,000 on Sept. 20.
The seller was represented by agent Margaret Lynn Schellenger of the Keyes Company. The buyer in the
transaction was represented by agent Jaime Schwartz of Waterfront Properties & Club Communities.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
ORIGINAL PRICE

TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $620,000
$380,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 18501 TRANQUILITY BASE LANE 6/19/2018 $678,000 9/20/2018 $375,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1422 SW BLUEBIRD COVE 11/11/2017 $469,000 9/18/2018 $355,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9125 SHORT CHIP CIRCLE 2/5/2018 $375,000 9/19/2018 $349,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 400 NW SHOREVIEW DRIVE 12/7/2017 $389,000 9/21/2018 $290,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10716 SW VISCONTI WAY 4/26/2018 $354,900 9/21/2018 $278,195
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10551 SW SARAH WAY 4/3/2018 $315,000 9/18/2018 $260,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5770 NW LYNN COURT 8/2/2018 $279,900 9/19/2018 $247,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 407 SW LOCUST COVE 7/24/2018 $265,000 9/17/2018 $243,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11409 SW PEMBROKE DRIVE 8/20/2018 $249,900 9/17/2018 $235,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11532 SW LAKE PARK DRIVE 5/28/2018 $249,900 9/21/2018 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 306 NW TOSCANE TRAIL 7/6/2018 $239,900 9/21/2018 $220,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5747 NW ZENITH DRIVE 6/15/2018 $225,000 9/18/2018
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1213 NW BENTLEY CIRCLE A 7/31/2018 $224,900 9/17/2018 PGA VERANO

Tom Cann Tom Cann PROVEN RESULTS AND EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
OF THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 15 YEARS
Broker, PGA Life Member

772.485.1222
Melinda Cann

Broker, Co-Owner

772.215.8178

PGA VERANO PGA VERANO PGA VERANO PGA VERANO

10795 SW Visconti 9515 SW Nuova Way 10610 SW 10837 SW 18003 Cosenza Way
Way - ON GOLF Large Estate Home 2 BD, Capraia Way Visconti Way Isabella Floor plan
COURSE WITH POOL! 2.5 BA, Den, Formal Living, Lago Floor plan Isabella Floor plan 2BR, Den/Poss. 3rd BR, 2 BA,
Ravella Floor plan Family RoomFormal Dining, Pool & Spa w/ Private Lake 2 BR, Den, 2 BA, 1932 Sq. Ft. Beautiful lake view with On the Golf Course, w/ 3 Car Garage!2 BR, 2 BA, Dining/ Dining Room, 2 Car1820 Sq. Ft. Perfect location on cul-de-
2 BR, Den, 2.5 BH 2097 Sq. Ft. home on the golf course View 2761 Sq. Ft. All Impact Glass screened patio and summer kitchen. Owners have Den or Poss. 3rd BR, 3 car 1820 sq. ft. with gorgeous sac with Southern exposure lake view in back. This home was
with heated pool /spa and summer kitchen. Large screen $419,000 added extensive landscaping, custom closets and golf views. Lots of upgrades! Summer Kitchen, plantation never lived it! White cabinets in kitchen w/ wall oven, glass
enclosure with picture window. This home has white shelving. All impact glass. $417,900 shutters, built in kitchen dining area. All impact glass. tile backsplash and cooktop. All Impact Glass. Hurry this
cabinets beautiful wood look porcelain tile and many PGA VERANO $378,000 home won’t last. $369,900
upgraded features. All Impact Glass. $489,000 PGA VILLAGE
PGA VILLAGE PORT ST. LUCIE
PGA VERANO

11093 SW Visconti 10333 SW 7740 Greenbrier 9202 World REDUCED!
Way - Bella Floor plan Ambrose Way Circle On Golf Cup Way
Castellano Floor plan Course! 1792 SE Fallon Drive, Vacant Lot
2,BR, Den, 2 BA, 2 Car 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Very nice high and dry lot with private
1646 Sq. Ft. Built in 2017 - All Impact Glass Crown 2 BR, Den, 2 BA, 2 Car garage with Golf Cart Bump 3 BD, 2.5 BA, 2157 Sq. ft. 1 Car Garage, Furnished. location on an interior canal.
molding, plantation shutters, upgraded tile on the diago- Out! 1819 Sq. Ft. with private view on the C-24 canal On the 4th hole of Dye Golf Course Devon Model $197,000 $39,900
nal. Every inch of this home is carefully designed with a All Impact Glass $264,900 $379,000 JUST CLOSED
sophisticate feel throughout. $315,000 We Listed and Brought the Buyer for 10716
SW Visconti Way - PGA Verano

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

1422 SW Bluebird Cove, Port Saint Lucie 9125 Short Chip Circle, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 11/11/2017 Listing Date: 2/5/2018
Original Price: $469,000 Original Price: $375,000
Sold: 9/18/2018 Sold: 9/19/2018
Selling Price: $380,000 Selling Price: $375,000
Listing Agent: Marianne Windridge Listing Agent: Elise Danielian

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway FL Realty Selling Agent: Lang Realty

Julie Gaumond Matt Harrington

Keller Williams Realty HW Real Estate Inc

400 NW Shoreview Drive, Port Saint Lucie 10716 SW Visconti Way, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 12/7/2017 Listing Date: 4/26/2018
Original Price: $389,000 Original Price: $354,900
Sold: 9/21/2018 Sold: 9/21/2018
Selling Price: $355,000 Selling Price: $349,900
Listing Agent: Bonnie Meyo Listing Agent: Melinda Cann

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty Selling Agent: Cann Realty

Donald Van Harken Melinda Cann

Century 21 Tenace Realty Cann Realty

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WATCH & Active-adult communities
JEWELRY HOSPITAL are stepping up their games

Your Trusted Source for Watch, Clock and Jewelry Repair. BY MICHELE LERNER | The Washington Post mile or two from one of our entrances, and
a little farther for some other residents.”
No More Grumpy Grandfather Clocks Remember the scene in “It’s a Won-
derful Life,” when the retractable floor The beach club includes a swimming
We’ll Make over the gym swimming pool slides open pool and a pavilion with picnic areas,
‘Em during a dance? Residents at Trilogy at changing rooms and bathrooms.
Sing! Tehaleh, an active-adult community near
Seattle, might be able to reenact the mo- “Our marina, which has space for about
THE WAT CH & JEWELRY ment when the dancers slip into the water, 450 boats, includes a waterfront restaurant
now that they have an indoor lap pool that and tiki bar, plus a store where people can
HOSPITAL transforms into an event space at the push buy provisions for their boat trips,” Kings-
of a button. bury said.
We Make House Calls For
Grandfather Clocks “We have a cohort of active swimmers in At Trilogy at Verde River near Scottsdale,
MARIO STEISEL the community who mostly do their laps Ariz., the Outfitter store provides an array
Our Services Include: in the morning,” says Jeff McQueen, pres- of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for
CERTIFIED ROLEX WATCHMAKER ident of Trilogy by Shea Homes in Phoe- residents, along with a cycling shop and
nix. “The Seattle weather means it’s best guided excursions into the adjacent Ton-
• Watch Repair • Jewelry Repair • Clock Repair • Watch Battery to have an indoor pool, but this is one of to National Forest. The Outfitter at Trilo-
Replacement Center • Waterproof Testing • Pearls Restrung • Custom our smaller communities, so we looked for gy at Lake Norman near Charlotte, N.C.,
Designed Jewelry • Certified Rolex Watchmaker on Site. a way to easily convert the space for con- includes kayaks and bike repair supplies,
certs, dances and parties.” as well as shuttle service to the Boat Club
1680 St Lucie West Blvd. Ste 104 • Next To West End Grill at Lake Norman, which offers boating les-
The technology, which uses a hydrau- sons and rentals.
WE MAKE HOUSE CALLS lic lift to move the floor from the bottom
of the pool to the surface, has been used “People meet at the Outfitter for coffee
772.343.9411www.watchandjewelryhospital.com by Cirque du Soleil in its Las Vegas shows. and pastries, and then they can rent bikes
The floor covers the pool within minutes, or kayaks or meet up to walk on the trails,”
Coastal Flooring after which it’s wiped dry and ready for an McQueen said.
A Mohawk Color Center event.
Although the Four Seasons at New Kent
FREE C2RE5AT%E THE PERFECT OUTDOOR KITCHENMOISTURERESISTANTFORANYCLIMATE Although not all communities restricted Vineyard in New Kent, Va., where K. Hov-
ESTIMATES STAINLESS STEEL DRAWER SLIDES to residents 55 and older have an amenity nanian is building homes, isn’t near a lake
STAINLESS STEEL DOOR HINGES as cool as that one, many have developed or the ocean, its location within a vineyard
PULL OUT SHELVES unusual features for homeowners or cho- stands out as one of the more unusual
OFF sen a location that offers something that amenities in a 55-plus community, Keeley
CABINETS ONLY most other active-adult communities lack. said.
WITH PURCHASE OF INSTALLATION.
VALID THRU 10/31/18 SLV “For the past couple of decades, we’ve “Residents get special discounts on the
seen a huge shift in buyers’ expectations,” wine and can spend time in the tasting
$899WE DELIVER •WE INSTALL •WEWARRANTY 3 ROOMS • Cabinets said Dan Kingsbury, vice president of sales room,” he said.
OF CARPET • Granite and marketing for St. James Plantation, an
UP TO • Flooring active-adult community in Southport, N.C. McQueen said about 15 percent to 22
40 SQ.YDS. • Window “People used to take everything on faith percent of residents at Trilogy communities
Treatments that amenities would be built and that a are golfers. Kingsbury said golf is less pop-
FREE INSTALLATION community would have what they wanted. ular than it was in the past, primarily be-
& PADDING Today, buyers do a lot of research and have cause people have less time. Trilogy installs
SLV higher expectations for active-adult com- golf simulators in their communities that
VALID THRU 10/31/18 munities.” don’t have a golf course, McQueen said.

1495 GRANITE1995DreamKitchen•GreatPrices Unlike retirement communities of the “The technology of the golf simulators
$$ past, golf courses are less of a priority. is amazing,” McQueen said. “You hit a real
KITCHEN CABINETSFOR UP TO 50 SQ. FT. WITH FABRICATION & INSTALLATION INCLUDED golf ball off a real tee, and you can play 300
SLV SLV “There’s a race to meet the expectations different courses. You can play individual-
With the Purchase of Cabinet Installation. VALID THRU 10/31/18 of younger buyers in active-adult commu- ly or as a twosome or foursome, just like in
nities,” said Sean Keeley, content strategist real golf. You can also use this for coach-
8532 S. Federal Hwy. www.CoastalFlooring.net GC# CBC059814 for 55Places.com in Chicago. “Their top ing, so we can bring in a golf pro and book
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL • 34952 priorities are wellness, cooking and ex- appointments to work on your swing.”
772-871-7900 periences. We’ve noticed that things that
used to be unique even a year or two ago, The Villages in Central Florida, an ac-
such as demonstration kitchens and good tive-adult community with more than
restaurants with chefs, are almost expect- 115,000 residents, does emphasize golf – it
ed at larger active-adult communities.” has more than 40 golf courses – but it also
has three libraries and even its own polo
At St. James Plantation, a 6,000-acre team, Keeley said.
active-adult community developed by
Homer Wright that has nearly 5,000 resi- “One of the standout amenities at the
dents, a private beach club on nearby Oak Villages is their enrichment academy,
Island and a marina are among the devel- which is almost like their own commu-
opment’s attractions. nity college for residents,” Keeley said.
“In a survey, our readers said continuing
“New regulations that went into effect education is a big interest, so this ameni-
after we built our private beach club mean ty addresses that. They offer 155 different
that ours is the last one on the island,” courses on all kinds of topics, so residents
Kingsbury said. “The beach club is about a can pursue their interests and learn new
skills.” 

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PGA VILLAGE $584,900 PORT SAINT LUCIE $245,000 PGA VERANO $424,900

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JUST LISTED! BEAUTIFUL “SIENA”
SEPT 30TH, 1-4PM FLOOR PLAN - LAKE
WELL-KEPT 4BR, VIEW
SPECTACULAR 2BA CBS HOME
POOL HOME – GOLF 3BR, 3BA PLUS den, 2CG home built 2016, open &
3&BRW,A3.T5BEAR, 2V+ICEGWS This home features a spacious bright kitchen w/tumbled marble backsplash, granite,
kitchen with 2 pantries, vinyl plank flooring throughout stainless steel appliances, extended breakfast area,
PLUS custom built office/den, beautiful finishes living areas, split floor plan, covered & screened patio, new screened patio, impact windows & doors.
throughout, screened lanai w/summer kitchen, exterior paint, fenced yard with plenty of room for a pool. RX# 10450946 10611 SW Capraia Way
pool/spa, stunning golf & water views. On cul-de- RX-10465407 761 SW Avens St.
sac, with 1/2 house generator & extended garage.
RX-10460166 8604 Tompson Point

PGA VILLAGE $348,500 PGA VERANO $284,900 INDIAN RIVER DR. $499,000

POPULAR MEDINAH JUST REDUCED! LOCATION! LOCATION!
FLOORPLAN. LIKE ENJOY PRIVATE WATERFRONT PARADISE
NEW, 3BR, 2.5BA, VIEWS – “AREZZO:
BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN 2FBLROPOLURSPDLeAn,N2BA, 2CG 3BR, 3BA PLUS Den, minutes
from the OCEAN! Private Dock w/electric, water & Boat-
w/SS appliances, granite, fresh paint, private single family home, SS appls, granite in Lift, terrazzo floors, sunny exterior, roof top deck & tropical
preserve & lake views. kitchen porcelain tile t/o, upgraded light landscaping, private interior yard with pavers, fire pit, outdoor
RX- 10377827 8908 Champions Way fixtures, impact glass window & doors, still under shower, shed and plenty of space for lounging & outdoor
builder warranty. dining. RX-10445164 11001 S. Indian River Dr.
RX-10460672 11087 SW Visconti Way

Jensen Park Estates $369,500 SINGER ISLAND $463,900 GATLIN AREA $345,000

UNDER CONTRACT BREATHTAKING & SOLD
GREAT 4BR/2BA PANORAMIC
FAMILY HOME WATER VIEWS! GORGEOUS HOME
IN JENSEN PARK WITH CUSTOM
REeScTeAntTuEpSda. tes include kitchen counters, appliances Seagrape Towers - 10th floor, 2BR, 2BA POOL& SPA
corner condo, granite, marble floors throughout,
& cabinetry. Tile & laminate throughout. A/C impact glass, wrap around balconies with Spacious 4BR, 3BA, 3CG home will not disappoint!
replaced in 2012. Private backyard with room for a views of the ocean & intercostal Huge kitchen w/center island, SS, tile & engineered
pool. Close to beaches, shopping & dining! RX-10427175 5460 N Ocean Drive #10-D wood flooring throughout, updated master bath,
RX-10443864 457 NE Pecos Way crown, plantation shutters + so much more.
RX-10427963 2311 SW Lawford St.

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VPIGLALAGE $619,900 VPIGLALAGE $599,900

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4Bedrooms, 3.5Baths, 2.5CG,
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4Bedrooms, 4Baths, 2+CG. with island, S.S. appliances,
Office/Den, & Bonus Room. granite counters, breakfast bar.
Cook’s kitchen w/new appliances, Covered lanai w/ built in grill
center island, granite, & double & open air pool.
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RX-10322223 8113 Kiawah Trace RX-10345620 9405 Scarborough Ct.

CCOLUUBNTERSAYTES $419,000 PVGILALAGE $349,000 JUST REDUCED!

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LAKE VIEW!
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4BDs, 3BAs, 3CG. Family Room 3Bedrooms 2Baths in desirable
w/Fireplace. Kitchen w/granite Greenbrier Community. Kitchen
counters. Glass slider access to w/upgraded cabinets & Gas
the oversized Lanai & relaxing Range, all new S.S. appliances.
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put your touches on this covered lanai.
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RX-10400687 1421 Osprey Cove RX-10436771 7669 Greenbrier Cir.

8305 Holley Tree Trail, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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TREASURE COAST FEATURED PROPERTIES

PGA VILLAGE PGA VILLAGE CASTLE PINES PGA VERANO STUART / RIVER GLEN

STUNNING LAKE VIEW Wonderful “Medina” floor plan, 2BR 2.5BA PLUS den BEAUTIFUL TWO-STORYFULLY FURNISHED 3BR, 2.5BA “Devon” Model, main POOL HOME – LAKE & GOLF VIEWS Beautiful 2BR, 2BA PLUS Office/Den WATERFRONT CONDO W/ATTACHED GARAGE No stairs in this spacious wel
w/upgrades throughout, eat-in kitchen w/SS appls, granite, huge screened lanai, living area + remodeled master suite on the ground level, remodeled kitchen w/new home with gorgeous free form pool, open & bright floor plan, kitchen w/spacious maintained 3/2/1 condo. Recently updated kitchen w/SS appls, quartz counter-
designer patio & beautiful lake view. cabinets, granite & SS appls, screened patio island, granite, SS appls, covered patio, screened lanai tops, w/pul-out pantry shelves. Convenient to I95. 1 yr Buyers Warranty included
Kay Rodriguez 772-486-2126; Chris Rodriguez 772-828-9963 Dave Culen 772-418-0778 Pam Misiano 772-224-9691 Linda Olsinski 772-359-2227
RX-10464697 $349,000 RX-10426672 REDUCED! $210,000 RX-10463388 NEW LISTING! $460,000 RX-10423190 $259,900

PGA VILLAGE TRADITION - HERITAGE OAKS LAKE FOREST LAKE CHARLES

NEW CONSTRUCTION – GOLF COURSE VIEW IMMACULATE 3 BEDROOM HOME LARGE HOME WITH PRESERVE VIEW Wel cared for 3BR, 2BA home with IMMACULATE, SHOWS PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP
Brand New Home TO BE BUILT, 3BR, 2.5BA, 2CG, great floor plan, IMPACT Immaculate, wel cared for 3BR, 2BA, 2CG with wide open floor plan, kitchen with 2136 Living Sq. Ft, vaulted ceilings, exterior recently painted, brand NEW A/C, 3BR, 2BA, 2CG screened patio, storm shutters, new A/C 2012. Great community
Doors & Windows, established neighborhood on golf course, only lot left in area. breakfast nook, tile throughout living area, screened covered patio. extended screened patio with private preserve view with pool, tennis, 24-hr guard gate.
John Falkenhagen 772-766-4877 David Paladino 561-574-6490; Ryan Reagan 561-308-0807 Michele Agrusa 772-263-6131 Joe McDuffee  772-529-5245
RX-10411913 $350,000 RX-10449561 $220,000 RX-10455010 REDUCED! $269,900 RX- 10458771 REDUCED! $229,000

PGA VILLAGE AIROSA AREA PGA VILLAGE PGA VILLAGE

POOL HOME ON THE GOLF COURSE CENTRAL LOCATION, CLOSE TO EVERYTHING! Move-in ready, wel maintained OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, SEPT 30TH 1-4 pm CUSTOM POOL HOME WITH LAKE VIEW 3BR, 3BA 3CG, on extra-large corner
3BR, 3BA, PLUS den pool home overlooking the 4th hole on the Wanamker. Gran- CBS 3BR, 2BA, 2CG, great floor plan w/vaulted ceilings and open concept, fam 3BR, 3.5BA, 2+ CG PLUS custom built office/den, beautiful finishes throughout, lot, family room w/fireplace, screened lanai with summer kitchen, pool, beautifuly
ite kitchen w/SS appls, tile on diagonal throughout, paver patio, fenced yard. room plus living room, new SS appls, freshly painted interior screened lanai w/summer kitchen, pool/spa, stunning golf & water views. On cul-de-sac. landscaped w/coy pond. Whole house generator.
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RX-10462445 $392,900 RX-10460459 $224,900 8604 Tompson Point $584,900 RX-10455862 $641,000

PORT ST. LUCIE PGA VILLAGE TRADITION - TOWNPARK PGA VILLAGE

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‘DIXIE SWIM CLUB’ Larry Demers, lead singer
MAKES A COMEDIC of Cover Up South Florida,
SPLASH AT BARN sings with emotion during
the final performance
BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer with guitarist Robert Tripp
recently at Shindig in Port
1 Dive into the Barn The- St. Lucie. Tripp is retiring,
atre’s summer-into-fall while the remaining band
comedy splash “The Dixie members will continue to
Swim Club,” a play about life- entertain. Said Demers: “R͞ ob
time friendships, at once hilar- is one of the co-founders
ious and touching; raucous and of Cover Up who has been
poignant. Running Thursdays, dedicated for 10 years. Our
Fridays and Saturdays through chemistry together and bond
Oct. 7, “The Dixie Swim Club” is is amazing both on and off
the story of five Southern wom- the stage. I will miss his level
en who have been friends since of musicianship, the level he
they were teammates on their plays at, and his great work
college swim team. Since those ethic in music.” 
days, they’ve met for a weekend
every August at a beach house PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
to “catch up, laugh and meddle
in each other’s lives,” accord-
ing to dramatists.com. The play
covers three of those weekends
over 33 years. Still the “team
leader” is Sheree, focused on
her “organized and perfect life.”
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dynamo with a frustrating per-
sonal life; pampered, oft-mar-
ried Lexi strives to maintain her
looks and youth; sharp-tongued
Vernadette is determined to
“embrace” her chaotic and chal-
lenging life; and gentle, accom-

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WITH BIRCHWOOD BAND, IT’S BLUES AND BEYOND

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer in 2013 they won the prestigious International Blues Chal-
[email protected] lenge and Birchwood won the Albert King Guitarist of the
Year Award. That was a tremendous boost for the young band.
Like so many teens, Selwyn Birchwood picked up a guitar
when he was 13. The young man, son of a father from Tobago “I would say it unlocked doors rather than opened them,”
and a mother from the United Kingdom, grew up in Orlan- he said. “People gave us a second look. We were known in
do. One day, he heard the music of Jimi Hendrix. That set his Florida but hadn’t been doing much touring outside. It gave
creative juices flowing. people a reason to book us. (After winning) a lot of people
think you have it made, but for some, after your year of tour-
“I was so blown away by his creativity and had to know ing with the international Blues Completion, they fade into
what would possess someone to write like that,” he said in a obscurity. We were intent of hitting the ground running.”
recent interview. “When you look back at his influence, there
were a lot of blues guys like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. The band has toured the country and also appeared inter-
Once I heard those, I found the sound and it set me off to nationally at festivals in France, Poland, the U.K., the Neth-
play that way.” erlands and countries around the globe. I asked him why the
blues are so popular in Europe since it is such a distinctly
Buddy Guy turned out to be a tremendous influence, as American genre.
well, for the young artist.
“I think it’s an exotic thing,” he said. “We have so much of
“It seemed like the very same week I heard about him, he it here that I feel it gets overlooked. One of the things is that
came to play at the House of Jazz in Orlando,” he said. “I had you don’t have to speak the language to know what someone
no idea what I was in for. I knew that whatever it was that I is feeling.”
was witnessing, I wanted to do.”
For his live shows, Birchwood said audiences can expect
When he was 19, Birchwood was introduced to the legend- the very best of the band.
ary blues artist Sonny Rhodes. Within a month, he was on the
road with the older musician. It went a long way to shaping “They’ll see a band that’s as happy to see them as they are
his view of music and his career. to see the band,” he said. “There’s nowhere else we’d rather
be. We pride ourselves on writing our music. We wrote 90 per-
“It was kind of cool to have someone show the ropes, what cent of the music. I know that we are trying to give the blues
it was to be a touring musician and bandleader,” he said. “I’m a surge of youth in the music and make it a more relatable
forever grateful.” experience in 2018 than just covering blues songs.”

Birchwood’s parents insisted he get an education and he Selwyn Birchwood. The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, presents Sel-
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‘Only the Brave.’

COMING UP Andie McDowell and Jennifer Connelly.
Show time: 1 p.m. Admission: free. Pop-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 corn and drink included.

THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB modating Jeri Neal surprises her friends 4 “Labyrinth,” say rottentomatoes.
A COMEDY with some unexpected news. Show com critics, “provides further proof
times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 of director Jim Henson’s boundless imag-
Sept 20th – Oct 7th, 2018 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $25. 772- ination.” This 1986 musical adventure
287-4884. fantasy film, directed by Henson, will
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten be shown next Friday, Oct. 12, at Stuart’s
2 To start off October with a (possi- Lyric Theatre. According to Wikipedia,
Directed by: Francine Beckstead ble) bang, spend an evening at the “Labyrinth” is the tale of 15-year-old Sar-
Produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. A.C.T. Studio Theatre’s production of “The ah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to rescue
Velocity of Autumn,” a two-hander dram- her baby brother Toby after she wished
Five Southern Women, whose friendships began many years ago on edy by Eric Coble opening next Saturday, him away to the Goblin King Jareth (Da-
their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to Oct. 6. As goodreads.com describes the vid Bowie) in the center of a huge, oth-
recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they action: In a simple Brooklyn brownstone, er-worldly maze. All of the major charac-
meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to 79-year-old Alexandra lives a solitary ex- ters except Connelly and Bowie are played
catch up , laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM istence “with her fleeting memories and by puppets from Henson’s Creature Shop.
CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty- enough explosives to take down most of Some of the most gifted, creative minds
three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women the block.” She has lost her taste for food in the business were involved in this film:
increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, – and life – and languishes in an impasse the concept was a collaboration between
to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, with her family over how she should Henson and Brian Froud, who previously
aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one spend her autumn years. She can’t hold worked together on “The Dark Crystal.”
of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring her hairbrush but, says newyorktheatre- Writers included Terry Jones of “Monty
power of “teamwork”, rally ‘round their own with the strength and love guide.com, “she can still hold her father’s Python,” Laura Phillips of “Fraggle Rock,”
Zippo.” Enter her long-absent son as a Elaine May and Dennis Lee. “Labyrinth”
that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. most unlikely mediator, to try and save executive producer was George Lucas
his mother’s life and his own. New York (“Star Wars”). Show times: 4 p.m. and 8
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Face Book at: www.facebook.com/thebarntheatrestuart ter in Stuart. It is the intense, gripping, Mathis, in his sold-out appearance at the
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Jazzed-up young cast won’t miss a beat in ‘Chicago’

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer stage Dec. 13-16 in “The Wizard of Oz.” Jones has

[email protected] noticed that the younger performers are even more

All that jazz will be on display at Stuart’s Star- polished than they used to be.

Struck Theatre Nov. 8-11 for an exciting premiere “Our students are starting to train here so much

of the high school version of the blockbuster musi- younger, she said. “By 10 or 11, they’re exuding con-

cal “Chicago.” The Kander and Ebb classic has had fidence. It’s really nice.”

some language toned down, but is the play everyone The show has a cast of 43, including, of course,

loves. the Munchkins. It features Kamryn Zucker as Dor-

Jennifer Jones will be directing the show and she othy, Addison Higgins as the Wicked Witch, Anna

said that people should expect the show they know. Vitale as Glinda, Julian Heidelberg as Uncle Henry,

“The goal of the student edition is to maintain the Macrae Bruner as Auntie Em, Sophie Srb as Toto,

integrity of the show, and they do a beautiful job,” Morgan Robert as the Lion, Madeline Schoppe as

she said. “People who are familiar with ‘Chicago’ the Tin Man and Madeline McKay as the Scarecrow.

will see ‘Chicago.’ Some of the language has been “They’re so cute,” Jones said. “It’s a great holiday

cleaned up, but that’s literally the only change. It’s show and a great way to expose children to musical

not a junior edition; it’s the high school edition and theater. It’s about appreciating your home. You can

that’s the only thing that changes.” search and have your journey, but appreciating your

Jones herself has made a few changes by her cast- home is something we can’t forget. The concept of

ing. Lawyer Billy Flynn will be played by Eliza Levy. friendship is huge in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ As we move

“My Billy Flynn is a female,” Jones said. “Eliza Jillian Plymale as Velma Kelly, Eliza Levy as Billy Flynn and Charlotte Krieger as Roxie Hart through our journey, we find the friends we need
has starred in many StarStruck shows and is off the and stay with the ones where there’s give and take.”
star in the StarStruck Theatre production of “Chicago.” PHOTO COURTESY OF STARSTRUCK THEATRE

charts. When I went to cast, I asked ‘Who are these I asked Jones about her son, Kevin, a May Carne-

characters?’ Billy Flynn is power. No matter how strong want my Billy to be the most powerful person on stage. I gie-Mellon graduate who is in Los Angeles. He recently

Velma and Roxie are, nobody is as powerful. Billy wins want people to say “Stand back,’ and I want the audience filmed a guest spot for a show airing in January and is

every argument. I decided that whoever has the most to want Billy to come back on stage. Why does it have getting call-backs for auditions. That’s pretty good for six

powerful presence, that’s who my Billy is going to be.” to be a male? Maybe it’s a statement about teenage girls weeks on the West Coast, and I hope to get a chance to

Jones noted that Billy never flirts or gives in to the at- embracing a powerful stance.” interview him about his adventures in Hollywood.

tention from the women, so there really is no need for The cast, in addition to Levy, includes Jillian Plym-

the character to be male. ale as Velma, Charlotte Krieger as Roxie, Justin Block as StarStruck Theatre is located at 2101 S. Kanner High-

“Eliza is playing it as herself,” Jones said. “The gender Amos and Ava Mahan as Mama Morton. way, Stuart. Call 772-283-7787 or visit www.starstruckfl.

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BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist FABULOUS FABRICS

Melbourne is a bit of a jaunt from St. ... ‘African Wax Prints’ at Funk Center
Lucie County, but an enticing exhibition
awaits for would-be road trippers: Through PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
Dec. 15, the colorful print fabric beloved of
West and Central African women will be egal southward to Nigeria, and inland in was purchased in 1992 by the Cha Group, intricate pattern of several colors could
on display at the galleries of Florida Tech’s Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, among oth- a Chinese conglomerate. Today the Cha gradually be achieved.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. ers. “We love this fabric. We crave it. We Group boasts that, with a production facil-
use it for special occasions and every day,” ity in Ghana, it holds the major share of the Back home in the Netherlands, the en-
Organized by Exhibits USA/Mid-Ameri- she says. wax print market. trepreneurial Dutch found the process
ca Arts Alliance, “Wandering Spirit: African too time consuming to be profitable until
Wax Prints” features myriad examples of In addition to dresses, women use the Why, then, does a fabric so much a part 1854, when a Belgian textile manufacturer
the cloth. Although you don’t have to sew material for head wraps, as shawls and as of African society have its origin in Europe? refitted a machine to mass-produce prints
to enjoy this show, those for whom a fabric baby slings. Or, according to Benson, “say a that resembled batik. Intended for export,
shop is a candy store will take especial de- very important person, like Barack Obama, The short answer is colonialism. the fabric – with designs based on the Java-
light in the wealth of fabric on display. visits your village. One of the women will The Dutch East Indies was a territory nese originals – did not pass muster with its
take a piece of the fabric and put it on the in Asia that, from 1800, was administered intended Asian audience. The Dutch then
In addition to the samples that hang ground for him to walk on. It serves as a red by the Dutch government. The territory used the cloth as an item of trade in Africa.
from dowels in neat ranks throughout the carpet.” included Sumatra, Batavia, Java, the Mo-
exhibition, a celebratory patchwork of ma- luccas and, after 1920, Borneo, the Celebes Benson notes, “Dutch trading was the
terial covers the walls in the central part of Now for the spoiler: African wax-printed and the western half of New Guinea. In the first exposure to Indonesian fabrics. The
the gallery. Within that environment, 11 fabric did not originate on that continent. aftermath of World War II, the Dutch East second was war.”
traditional dresses show off as many fab- Imported from Europe from the mid-19th Indies became the independent nation of
ric designs to their best advantage: on the century to the dawn of the 21st, African Indonesia. To help keep its Asian territories un-
womanly form. wax prints were made exclusively in the In colonial times, Dutch trade with Java der control, between 1837 and 1872 the
Netherlands and England. included the acquisition of batik cloth. Dutch crown recruited men from Ghana
The basic dress is a two-piece number, Javanese batik involved the laborious and Nigeria into the Royal Netherlands
with a form-fitting top and a long, straight Today a Dutch company, Vlisco, is the process of drawing traditional designs onto East Indies Army. Those stationed in Java
skirt with flared hems or side pleats that al- last European manufacturer of the mate- cotton cloth with hot wax. This was poured eventually returned home to Africa with
low for ease of movement. Rosettes, swags, rial still in business. According to Benson, from a reed-handled tjanting, a small brass batik fabric, which they distributed among
ruffles and smocking of the same material Vlisco exports about a half-billion dollars’ cup with a fine spout. The cooled wax thus family and friends. As a result, the African
are used for decorative effects. worth of cloth every year, with all but 5 per- applied formed a resist for the color, pri- taste for cloth with Indonesian designs and
cent of it going to Africa. marily indigo, with which the cloth was colors was cultivated.
The names of the patterns are as color- dyed. By removing the wax, reapplying it
ful as the prints themselves. One dress fea- “Vlisco puts out new limited-edition over the previously dyed part of the design By the early 20th century, the fabric then
tures plump hens encircled by chicks and fabrics every three months. You wait for and dying the cloth in a different hue, an known as “wax hollandaise” was being de-
eggs; that one is called “Happy Family.” them,” says Benson. signed and produced in Europe, with its
The non-productive member of the house- African audiences specifically in mind. 
hold, the rooster, is represented only by his The last English manufacturer, ABC Wax,
head, and that appears close to the fabric’s
selvages. He is seen down low, at the skirt’s
hem.

Make no mistake; these fabrics are all
about women. They speak to women and
– through colors and printed designs –
speak for women. Another dress boasts the
“King’s Chair” design of overlapping, trun-
cated cones in blue, gold, red and white.
In addition to its bold elegance, in Africa
the pattern sends a non-verbal message:
“Come, let’s sit and talk for a while.”

The exhibition, which began its tour of
the U.S. in 2016 and is booked into 2021,
was curated for Exhibits USA by Dr. Gifty
Benson of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A native of
Ghana, Benson inherited some of the ma-
terial on display from her mother. The Be-
atrice Benson Collection is now the prop-
erty of African Hospitals Foundation in
Tulsa, a nonprofit organization founded
by Dr. Benson to help African hospitals in
rural areas obtain equipment and supplies.
AHF kindly lent that collection to FIT to ex-
pand the basic traveling exhibition for the
Ruth Funk Center’s galleries.

Benson attests to the popularity of wax
prints in the countries of Western Africa,
especially on its western coast, from Sen-

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and Indian River counties. The possible good
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent cializes in taking diners through tours of in- showers. “We gutted it down to the frame,” news is, that is down 11 percent from the
ternational fare. Brown said. “We’re retrofitting it into two year before. The council attributed some of
Taking a magic carpet ride can help the showers.” the seeming progress to the Department of
homeless. Also, “we have a live auction … done by Housing and Urban Development’s efforts to
Drew Pittman,” Brown said. Including getting a truck that can pull the reduce homelessness among veterans. There
The 2018Wonderland Gala Arabian Nights mobile shower, Brown figures CareBag needs was a 15 percent drop in homeless veterans
will be on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Port St. Lucie Pittman normally auctions real estate. about $40,000 for the job. When done, the found on the Treasure Coast from 2017 to
Civic Center. But, at Arabian Nights, he has, among other mobile showers will help not only the home- 2018.
things, signed sports memorabilia to auc- less, but also will be available to all after nat-
“We’re going to transform the Civic Center tion, and a painting by the Highwaymen. ural disasters, Brown said. While homelessness appears to be down
as if you’ve walked into an Arabian castle,” regionally, St. Lucie had a seeming increase
said organizer Rozanne “Roxy” Brown. Ara- There will also be a silent auction and sur- CareBag, headquartered in Port St. Lucie, this year over last. Surveyors found 533
bian Nights is a fundraiser for the not-for- prise giveaways, “and a nice, big raffle prize,” started about three years ago as a ministry at adults and 251 children and youths home-
profit she founded and leads, CareBag Inc. Brown said. Church of God 7th Day of the Treasure Coast. less this year. That was 98 more adults and 44
It quickly became apparent to Brown and more children and youths than they found
Among the entertainment: belly dancers Proceeds from the event will go to helping others that there were more homeless on the countywide in 2017.
(from ADORN Belly Dance in Vero Beach; the homeless – who Brown calls “neighbors Treasure Coast than they realized, and it was
children from Renaissance Charter School without walls” – get cleaned up for school, best to separate the ministry to a stand-alone The Civic Center is at 9221 SE Civic Center
singing; and DJ Palm City will be spinning job interviews and more. not-for-profit. Place. Arabian Nights will be from 7 p.m. to 11
tunes. p.m. Tickets are $90.
“It is a gala toward our mobile shower The Treasure Coast Homeless Services
In addition to entertainment from all over unit,” Brown explained. “The first of its kind Council reports that its 2018 Point in Time For more about CareBag Inc., and to get
the Treasure Coast, there will be food by on the Treasure Coast.” Homeless Count – done on Jan. 26 – found tickets for Arabian Nights, visit www.carebag-
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GAME OF DRONES: GET UP FOR ‘ADVENTURES’ IN RACING

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent noon, and people will have a lot of oppor- ers),” Dossantos said. “I have room for 50.” mostly for military purposes. But affordable,
tunities to learn about the rapidly-evolving Race registration is $100 at www.fpvdro- useful models didn’t hit the general market
The fun will drone on all weekend Oct. 6-7 world of flying drones. Buzz Smyth, event co- until the 2000s.
with the inaugural Drone Adventures races ordinator, said in addition to racing action, neadventures.com. The registration includes
at the Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce. Drone Adventure is about educating people both days of racing. Finalists will race on Dossantos said people will hear a lot more
about the many aspects of drone flying. He Sunday. It also includes parking either an about drone racing in coming years. He said
The two-day event will feature quad-cop- said that’s getting increasingly important. automobile or boat for the event. Spectators it’s taken flight.
ter and fixed-wing races, along with lots to get in free. Finalists will be announced at 6
learn. “Everybody and their grandmother is go- p.m. on Saturday, followed by a party with DJ “It’s huge,” he said. “It’s very big. It’s popu-
ing out to buy a drone at Walmart,” Smyth Salt Shaker, food and a cash bar. At 8 p.m., lar across the whole world.”
“They can average up to 120 mph,” said said. quad-copters will take to the air to give folks
race director George Dossantos. “The aver- a unique light show. Part of that, Dossantos said, is because
age racer, yes, about 120 mph. That’s not the The drone revolution has brought about drones are exciting. “I wanted to get a drone
record – that’s average.” rapidly changing technology and accompa- The racing action will start up again on to help me with fishing,” he said. “I nev-
nying laws. There are some who are keeping Sunday morning with the practice course er went back fishing. I’m with the drone. It
This game of drones will kick off with a up with both the tech and the legalities. “The opening at 8 a.m. sucked me in.”
welcoming ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday. (St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office) will bring
At 10:30 a.m., the quad-copter races begin their drone division out here,” Smyth said. Because widespread availability of drones Causeway Cove Marina at 601 Seaway Dr.,
their first-person view racing. In FPV racing, is relatively recent, so is drone racing. Na- Fort Pierce. 
the pilots aren’t looking up at their drones. Additionally, Smyth said there will be tional championships date back only a cou-
They’re racing by watching video feeds on speakers throughout the day who will dis- ple years. The Drone Racing League was Stressed?
goggles or monitors from cameras mounted cuss various aspects of drone flying, along formed in 2015.
on the quad-copters. Dossantos said there’s with vendors eager to show the most recent
plenty that can go wrong. drone tech. The concept of powered unmanned air-
craft vehicles (UAV) goes back to the early
“You’re constantly building (drones),” he The fixed-wing racers will take the course 1900s. Nikola Tesla, among others, envi-
said. “You race, you crash, you repeat. You’re at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Between the quads sioned and advocated for them. The first
crashing all the time.” and fixed-wing, “I’m expecting 30 to 45 (rac- practical drones were developed in the 1960s

The racers will break for lunch around

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1 TYpe of salad? 109 Frequently 61 Baracas and co.
5 Half of an African capital 110 Thanksgiving noise 62 Freudian concepts MY TAX DAY FILM GUIDE By Merl Reagle
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CHOOSING BETWEEN LINE A AND LINE B KQ743

By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist AQ

Christopher Hitchens, an English author who lived the last 30 years of his life in the United K85
States, said, “Beautiful sentences pop into my head. Beautiful sentences that aren’t
always absolutely accurate. Then, I have to choose between the beautiful sentence and A Q 10
being absolutely accurate. It can be a difficult choice.”
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At the bridge table, you try to find the accurate line of play or defense. If it is also beautiful, —
that’s an added bonus, giving you a story for dinner companions and grandchildren. You ?872 96
are teaching your grandchildren to play bridge, aren’t you? 9643
?8652 ? 10 9 5 4
South is in seven spades. What should he do after West leads a low heart?
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Yes, this is the same deal as yesterday’s. Then, though, North bid more circumspectly by
using a second dose of Blackwood to learn that two kings were missing; he stopped in six ?73
spades. Now, though, he just plunged into the grand slam. Let’s charitably assume that it
was the last board of a total-point match in which North-South had to make a grand slam SOUTH
to win.
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South has 11 top tricks: six spades, one heart, three diamonds and one club. He has
finesses available in each rounded suit that could generate an extra winner or two. 63

The declarer should realize that even if the heart finesse wins, he will also need the club AQ7
finesse to work. But if the club king is well placed, it gives South three tricks in that suit
and 13 in all. J4

South should win with the heart ace, draw trumps and run the club jack. Assuming it Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both
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YOU BET YOUR GOLF SWING IS A ‘CHAIN-LINKED ACTION’ KEVIN’S
KURES

I heard one well-known coach and golf cycle. The entire chain is connected, but it you to appreciate and understand that the ward swing, feel your
researcher of our game say one time in a is connected in a linked fashion, allowing wrist is connected to the arm but separated
lecture that “the golf swing is a chain-linked for freedom and independent movement of slightly because of the wrist joint. So clear- arms moving forward
action.” I thought to myself, that is a bril- its many components, but remains linked ly, the wrist is a chain, linked to the arm
liant and insightful description of the golf together. Most of us watch great players on and the hammer. Therein lies one of the and feel the weight of
swing. television and it looks like their entire mo- great secrets of the full swing. With that in
tion is fused, when in reality it is a linked mind, you can begin to discover your ability the putter head lagging
Let’s take a closer look at this description action; it is a harmonious blending of differ- to have one part of your body move in one
and give you a couple of “Kures” to help you ent components of the swing and, at times, direction, while another part holds slight- behind, creating a slight
feel and appreciate its true meaning. different parts moving at the same time in ly, creating pressure and torque, leading to
the opposite direction. What allows these a well timed and powerful motion. Let me hinging action of your
First, the golf swing motion must be a great players to feel this chain-linked action give you a couple of “Kures” to help you tap
swinging action. This means free motion, is their ability and mastery of feeling the into this coordinated and powerful feeling: wrists. By Kevin Perkins
with a sense of effortless power and feel- weight of their clubhead, while at the same
ing the effects of gravity and employing the time feeling various pressure points in their 1. Make a backswing with a 6-iron and 3. When hitting a 50-
proper type of tension. The muscles should body. The pressure points help define each swing your arms longer than your normal
elongate rather than contract excessively. component from the adjacent component. size backswing. As a result of the longer arm yard pitch shot over a bunker, as you ap-
A good picture of the swinging motion is a swing, the arms will cause the shoulders to
grandfather clock. It is suspended from a Let me give you a simple example to move beyond what is comfortable, causing proach the top of the backswing, feel the
fixed point and is moving freely. help you understand the feeling. When you the shoulder and back muscles to stretch.
swing a hammer vertically up, the weight of slight pressure point created near the top of
The second part of the above statement the hammer places pressure on your wrist. 2. On the putting green, practice hitting
is chain-linked action. The best way to ap- The pressure placed on your wrist allows putts of approximately 30 feet. During your your left shoulder and left shoulder blade.
preciate and understand a chain-linked transition from the back swing to the for-
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for a split second during the initial start of

the downswing. As a result of the slight hold

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In summary, the three above “Kures” are

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