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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-10-12 14:09:05

10/12/2017 ISSUE 41


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huge tax cut. P10
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athletes train in Vero. P9

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MY VERO Judge rules out
key evidence in
BY RAY MCNULTY ‘pill mill’ case

Man convicted of slaying as
juvenile should not go free

Would you want Brooks Bel- Vero’s Triton, Aston Martin teaming up on supersub BY BETH WALTON
lay as your neighbor? Staff Writer
BY RUSTY CARTER rines built in Vero Beach to its factures multimillion-dollar
Would you want to live next Staff Writer portfolio of high-performance recreational submersibles, to Judge Cynthia Cox has sup-
door to a middle-aged, just-re- luxury autos and stunning team up for “Project Neptune” pressed key evidence in three
leased convict who, as a young Aston Martin, best known speedboats. – a code name which itself high-profile “pill mill” cases in
teen in Vero Beach in 1979, for the iconic cars featured in sounds like something right Indian River County, putting
brutally beat a 4-year-old girl a number of the James Bond Talks are underway between out of a Bond movie. in doubt prosecutors’ ability
to death – he might have sexu- films, may soon add subma- the British auto maker and Tri- to convict defendants – who
ally assaulted her first – then ton Submarines, which manu- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 they say ran a statewide crim-
pleaded guilty to murder, re- inal organization – of drug
ceived a life sentence and es- trafficking, money laundering
sentially grew up in prison? and racketeering.

Would you want to give him Prosecutors and law en-
a second chance, not knowing forcement have long main-
if all those years behind bars, tained that fraudulent pain
where he was institutional- management clinics, includ-
ized and socialized in a harsh ing the now closed Stuart Pain
environment in which he was Management Center in Vero
surrounded by some of Flor- Beach, broke the law by pre-
ida's worst criminals, made scribing excessive and unnec-
him a better man or a bigger essary pain killers. Patients
monster? from as far away as the Mid-
west traveled to Florida for
You don't get a say. easy access to drugs like Oxy-
As a result of two of the Unit-
ed States Supreme Court's CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


Vero mayor comes up with new idea $8.2 million slipped
for getting city a share of ‘bed tax’ into school budget
remains a mystery
BY LISA ZAHNER Indian River County and Island hotels are major source of ‘bed tax’ revenue. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
Staff Writer spent by the Tourist Devel- BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
opment Council. Staff Writer
For at least seven years,
Vero Beach officials have Five former Vero mayors In the month between the
complained about the way and vice mayors have asked first hearing on its tentative
money raised by the tour- the county for a share of rev- budget and the public hearing
ism and hotel tax – or “bed enue raised from the 4 per- where the final version of the
tax,” as it is commonly cent tax levied on lodging, budget was revealed, the Indi-
known – is distributed by arguing that more than 60 an River County School District


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My Vero  He can deem that 37 years in prison lay's age and maturity at the time he He must try to make sense of Bellay
is sufficient and order Bellay's release. committed the murder, his background participating in the massive, commu-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1  He can reduce his sentence to some- – including his conduct in prison – and nity search for the missing child, lead-
thing less than life, which means Bellay other potentially mitigating factors. ing police to the area where Halstead's
most wrongheaded decisions – made could eventually get out. body was discovered 36 hours after
worse by the Florida Supreme Court's  He can resentence Bellay to life, In other words, Mirman must find she had mysteriously disappeared
absurd ruling that those decisions be which means only a state parole com- a way to go back 38 years to that hot, and, according to court records, even-
applied retroactively – hundreds of mission could someday set him free. August day when the nude, battered tually confessing to killing her.
inmates serving life terms around the and lifeless body of 4-year-old Angel
state for murders they committed as Whatever Mirman decides, however, Ann Halstead was found under some He must get inside Bellay's teen
juveniles must be resentenced. the U.S. and Florida supreme courts vegetation in a wooded area only 100 mind and determine whether the
ruled that he must do more than weigh yards from her 25th Avenue home. boy's not-yet-fully-developed brain
So Bellay's fate now rests with Cir- the arguments made at the resentenc- rendered him incapable of fully rec-
cuit Judge Lawrence Mirman, who will ing hearing by both the State Attor- He must sift through the grisly de- ognizing the barbaric nature of his
preside over a mandatory resentenc- ney's Office and Bellay's lawyer from tails of how an innocent child suffered crime and fully appreciating the con-
ing hearing on Oct. 23 in Stuart. the Public Defender's Office. such a horrific death at the hands of sequences of his actions.
a beefy, 14-year-old boy who lived
Mirman's choices are these: The judge also must consider Bel- around the corner. Ultimately, Mirman must decide
whether Bellay, at age 14, possessed
the mental and emotional maturity to
be held fully culpable for the murder
– as he was in July 1980, when, shortly
before his first-degree murder trial
was to begin in Vero Beach, he pleaded
guilty to second-degree murder and
accepted a life sentence.

"He deserves to be in prison," said
Nikki Robinson, one of two assistant
state attorneys working on Bellay's re-
sentencing. "The crime was heinous. A
4-year-old girl was murdered, beaten
to death, and there was some type of
sexual contact. Then he goes through
the process of pretending to search for

"It's frightening to think a 14-year-
old boy was capable of something like
that," she added. "And to now unleash
this individual back into the public
and hope he is reformed? It's terrify-
ing, absolutely terrifying."

Not only could Bellay be released
from prison – it is possible there would
be no parole-like restrictions on him;
nor would there be any warning to the
community in which he might choose
to reside.

As Robinson put it, if the judge de-
cides to release Bellay: "This wouldn't
be parole. There would be no proba-
tion. There would be no sex-offender
notification, because he was never
charged with a sex crime. Once he's
out, he's out. He would have served
his sentence. He'd be a free man."

If such a possibility concerns you,
imagine how Halstead's family mem-
bers feel. They want Bellay, now 52, to
spend the rest of his life in prison.

In fact, when Bellay first came up
for parole in 1991, Halstead's father,
George, collected a petition contain-
ing more than 3,000 signatures and
successfully convinced the parole
commission to keep his daughter's
killer in prison.

The commission again took up Bel-
lay's case in 2008, when it denied his
bid for parole but allowed him to be
interviewed by a commission examin-
er in 2013. His next chance for parole
won't come until May 2020 – if Mir-
man doesn't set him free.

"It hurts the family, but it's more

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 3


about the community," said Staci "People need to realize just how The hard truth is: Actions have con- Apparently, Bellay never learned
Teague, Halstead's sister. "He's still horrible this crime was," Stone said. sequences – an often-unpleasant and those childhood lessons, or they weren't
young enough to where he can still "Her name was Angel, and she really sometimes-painful lesson most of us enforced. By age 14, though, his brain
hurt a small child. If he gets out, he's a looked like one . ... This was very tough learned throughout our childhoods surely was developed enough to know
free man. He can do anything and live on the whole community." and long before our 14th birthdays. that beating a young girl was wrong and
near anyone. We don't want another killing was a crime.
family to go through this." Teague said she hopes and prays We were taught, early on, the differ-
Mirman keeps Bellay in prison, but, ence between right and wrong, good and That hasn't changed, and neither
Nor does the man who prosecuted for the first time, she now worries that bad. The rules at home were every bit as should his sentence.
Bellay's case nearly four decades ago. freeing him is a real possibility. important as the law of the land, and the
enforcement was usually far stricter. I don’t think any of us want Brooks
Former State Attorney Bob Stone Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. Bellay as a neighbor. 
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"They better have a re-entry plan."
Stone worries about the possible
harm Bellay could do.
Though police reports and court re-
cords indicate that Halstead was sexu-
ally assaulted, and possibly raped,
before she died, an autopsy failed to
confirm such an attack.
That's why Bellay was never
charged with a sex crime. That's also
why Stone, lacking the forensic evi-
dence needed to prove Halstead was
raped and secure a first-degree mur-
der conviction, made the plea offer.
"Without sexual assault, we didn't
have a first-degree murder case, so we
made a deal for second-degree mur-
der with a life sentence," Stone said.
"My understanding was that he's go-
ing to spend the rest of his life behind
Halstead's family thought so, too.
Now, however, because the na-
tion's and state's high courts have
embraced science that says teenagers
lack the brain development to fully
comprehend – and, thus, be held fully
responsible for – their violent criminal
behavior, the Halsteads must re-live a
38-year nightmare.
"We sold the victim's family on a
deal that he'd be in prison for life,"
Robinson said, adding that she has
been in contact with the Halsteads.
"They believed, at that time, this was
over – that this person was gone. Now
there's a chance he could be back on
the streets."
Asked whether Bellay, if set free,
posed a threat to the public, Robinson
wondered why anyone would want
to take that risk, based merely on the
hope that he won't.
"If a kid was doing this kind of stuff
at age 13, 14, 15 years old, what is he
capable of doing as an adult?" she said.
"God help us if something happens."

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School budget reasons for the increase and none of get, bringing expenses up to nearly $287 plained about the process and voted
the board members asked questions. In million. against the budget both times, stating,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the month since, Superintendent Mark “We’re voting the budget blind.”
Rendell has not responded to a request The prior four “budget workshops”
tacked on an unexplained $8.2 million for comment on the unexplained $8.2 given by Morrison gave no detail, most- “The budget review process is flawed
in expenditures that went unnoted by million budget increase. ly concentrating on state funding, over and lacks true transparency,” Zorc said.
School Board members, who approved which the board has little control. The “It does not give back-up information or
the inflated budget with little comment. The district published a legal adver- $140 million in local taxes the board rationale for line items. When questions
tisement in late July stating it would does have control over was not dis- are asked, it takes weeks and sometimes
The hall was empty for the final bud- spend about $278 million from July 1, cussed. There was no discussion of sala- months to get a reply.
get hearing on Sept. 7. Although school 2017 to June 30, 2018, which matched ries, educational programs or depart-
had been cancelled due to Hurricane the tentative budget approved by the mental budgets – in short, no rationale “As your elected representative, I can-
Irma, the public hearing was not. School Board on Aug. 1. But when the for spending all those millions. not vote yes for the use of $287 million
second hearing was held, another $8.2 of taxpayers’ money if I do not have ac-
Assistant Superintendent of Finances million had been slipped into the bud- School Board Member Laura Zorc cess to information to know what is in
Carter Morrison didn’t mention or give was the only board member who com- it.” 

Pill mill tap in Indian River County that yield- CO] office’ to obtain search warrants to defense attorney Daniel Aaronson. “I
ed information about pain clinic ac- gather evidence from residences in Bro- don’t think these were pill mills,” he
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tivities in other counties throughout ward and Palm Beach Counties,” Cox said. “I think these were pain manage-
the state. He then went to judges in wrote in her order, which impacts three ment clinics run by reputable doctors.”
codone, while culpable doctors and those counties to get search warrants cases being tried in Indian River Coun-
other healthcare professionals made for residences that were outside of In- ty – one of which includes a defendant Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Pris-
millions of dollars off their growing dian River County, in areas where he whom police say was the ringleader of cilla Prado tried unsuccessfully to coun-
addiction and pain, prosecutors say. was not an officer of the law. the statewide criminal enterprise. ter Metcalf’s and other’s arguments at
a July 27 hearing. Flowers was part of a
But the cases against three partici- Lawyers for the accused claimed No evidence was presented that Det. statewide investigation that began inside
pants in what has been called “Flor- that Flowers had no authority to se- Flowers was a sworn officer statewide, his jurisdiction, she said. His job on the
ida’s pill mill epidemic” were put on cure warrants outside his own juris- in Broward or Palm Beach counties, or team was to listen to the wire and track
hold Sept. 19 after Cox ruled that a diction and that evidence obtained that he solicited those jurisdictions’ warrants. He did not execute any of the
detective with the Indian River County using the warrants should be inadmis- help in obtaining warrants, the judge warrants. He remained at home while
Sheriff’s Office acted illegally when ob- sible, and Judge Cox agreed. wrote. “Search warrant applications local law enforcement and the DEA
taining search warrants for residences would not have been available to an searched the homes in other counties.
outside of his jurisdiction. Defense attorneys were correct in ordinary citizen.”
their allegations that Flowers “illegally “The clinic that began this whole in-
In 2011, Detective Eric Flowers le- went outside of his Indian River County In court the day before Cox’s ruling, vestigation is inVero Beach,” Prado told
gally obtained a warrant for a phone jurisdiction, ‘under the color of [his IRS- defense attorneys pointed to case law the judge. Flowers had been “tasked
which explains that officers may in- with the job by the group to go and get
vestigate and gather evidence outside the search warrants done all over the
their jurisdiction, but only in a man- State of Florida. And he did. He went to
ner similar to that of a private citizen. all the different counties of the state.”
Flowers used his position with the
sheriff’s office to influence judges in Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
other localities where he had no right embarked on a year-long investigation
to so, they said. into the Stuart Pain Management Cen-
ter in Vero Beach in 2011. Those efforts
He told judges he was a detective. He led to the expanded investigation tar-
revealed details of a year-long, sealed geting a complex web of doctors and
wiretap – information only law-enforce- clinics that extended from Miami to
ment could access. Had he not present- Pensacola and resulted in 14 high-
ed himself to the judges as an officer of profile arrests in 2012.
the law, it is unlikely the warrants would
have been obtained, they said. Among those arrested were Lewis
Stouffer, 37, of Coconut Creek; Clark
“He has no authority to conduct an Jeffrey Thompson, 38, of Pompano;
investigation outside of his jurisdic- and Craig Turturo, 38, of Boca Raton.
tion without obtaining any assistance All three men lived outside of Indian
from that locality or that jurisdiction,” River County at the time their homes
argued Vero Beach defense attorney were searched using warrants filed by
Andrew Metcalf. “That’s the case law ... Flowers. All have posted bond and are
You can’t just go outside of your juris- now awaiting trial. Charges include
diction and effectuate investigations racketeering, money laundering and
and arrests.” delivery of a controlled substance.

While Cox’s ruling was specific to the Stouffer was “the organizational lead-
three Indian River County cases before er of the drug trafficking, money laun-
her, there are a number of other defen- dering and racketeering organization,”
dants who will likely file similar mo- Flowers alleges in court filings. Thomp-
tions if the decision is upheld, Metcalf son, Turturo and others were “lieuten-
said after the hearing. “This was some- ants” designated to operate pain clinics,
thing that happened on way more than distribute pills for profit and grow the
one occasion,” he explained. “A great organization, he said. Together, the men
deal of evidence will be suppressed.” conspired to launder funds through
gambling, tax evasion, worker’s com-
An affirmative ruling won’t make pensation fraud and racketeering.
the charges against the defendants go
away, but limiting the allowable evi- “Basically, this organization has
dence will put in question the strength blanketed the State of Florida with
of the state’s case, said Fort Lauderdale their ‘franchise’ clinics in an effort to at-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 5


tract pill seekers from all corners of the tion to suppress the warrant-related Flowers was not called to testify. The prestigious training program with the FBI
state and beyond,” according to Flow- evidence on July 28. On Sept. 19, at lawman, who joined the Indian River National Academy in Quantico, Virginia,
ers. Some 2 million oxycodone tablets the request of the attorneys involved, County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 and and did not respond to a request for com-
allegedly were distributed in a single she approved a stay in some of the once served as an undercover agent, ment while on professional leave.
year. The clinic in Vero Beach was one proceedings until the Fourth District has since risen in the ranks from de-
of this largest with some 644,000 pills Court of Appeals reviews her ruling, tective to major and now serves as the The Indian River County Sheriff’s Of-
scripted by a physician there. which is being appealed by Prado. agency’s main spokesman. fice and the Office of Statewide Prosecu-
tion also declined to respond to inquiries
Judge Cox granted the defense mo- Though present at the July hearing, Flowers was recently accepted into a about the ongoing investigation. 

6 Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Aston Martin submarine The 5.9-foot-high, 8,800-pound sub- the ocean floor, sonar and a naviga- from point A to point B and then firing
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 marine will be the lightest and small- tion system that automatically com- off something.”
est three-person sub in the world, ca- municates with the ship above.
Aston Martin announced the col- pable of descending to depths of 1,650 Triton’s concept of submersibles has
laboration on Sept. 28, posting an im- feet and slipping through the seas at Getting your hands on a Triton sub- morphed over the years.
age of a sleek proposed $4 million sub 3.5 mph (three knots). Of course, it will mersible requires patience as well as
on its website. be air-conditioned. lots of money. Build time is about one “We started off making two-man
year. Triton’s record for annual pro- subs, sort of like a Ferrari,” Haley
“A contract hasn’t been signed,” said The new submersible will be “de- duction is just four submersibles. said. “It turns out that was the wrong
Michael Haley, Triton’s U.S. director fined by its sleek, elegant exterior,’ model. You want to drive the Ferrari
of sales and marketing. “But I think it says Reichman, ‘we have used forms The lengthy build time is in part due yourself, not be chauffeured, but most
will happen.” The potentially lucrative and proportions that express the same to quality control. During construc- wealthy people who own yachts don’t
deal brings together two companies devotion to design, engineering and tion, the clear acrylic globe in each actually drive them. They have a crew.
that have one major thing in common: beauty that shape our cars.’” submersible is shipped to San Antonio, They also want someone to drive the
both cater to a customer base with Texas for testing. Water pressure one submersible.
money to spend. Lots of money. Aston Martin’s foray into submers- and a half times the craft’s maximum
ibles comes almost exactly a year after is applied, then the globe is examined “A 3-man sub works because you can
“These are not for people who have it ventured into the marine industry for cracks or evidence of stress. have your girlfriend or grandson or your
a yacht,” Haley explained during a with its first powerboat, the AM37. significant other with you, along with
tour of Triton’s facility just off Inter- Aston Martin partnered with Quintes- Triton has been around since 2008. the driver. That was our sweet spot.”
state 95 in Vero Beach. “They are for sence Yachts for that project, much Its primary product is personal sub-
people who have two yachts – one for like it is expected to do with Triton. marines that are yacht-based. Many You can also stay submerged for up
traveling and the other for hauling of the company’s roughly two dozen to 12 hours. “That’s longer than your
their toys.” Submersibles don’t come cheap. Tri- U.S. employees previously worked at bladder will last,” Haley deadpanned.
ton’s regular one-person model goes Harbor Branch, the oceanographic He also noted an occasion when a
“Project Neptune marries Triton’s for about $1.85 million. The compa- institute in Fort Pierce now operated group of Japanese scientists took one
diving and operational expertise with ny’s most popular version is a 3-man by Florida Atlantic University, where of Triton’s submersibles for a long trip.
Aston Martin’s design, materials, and sub that sells for $3.3 million. And some of the world’s first submersibles “They brought Depends.”
craftsmanship,” the announcement there’s also a deep-dive submersible were built and deployed for deep sea
states. “Aston Martin Executive Vice that can go 36,000 feet below the sur- research decades ago. Triton continues to evolve. Its 1650
President and Chief Creative Officer face – roughly 7 miles. That model sells model holds three people, but its ob-
Marek Reichman and his team have for a little more than $6 million. “The whole concept is observation,” servation dome is made with 4-inch-
... [created] a vehicle with inherently Haley explained. “You go down to take thick acrylic rather than 6-inch acrylic,
beautiful proportions.” Those are base prices, by the way. a look. Navy submarines don’t have which reduces the weight.
Among the extras available are a ma- portholes because they’re not for look-
nipulator arm to pick up objects on ing around. They are made for getting Haley noted that the company re-
cently came up with a 7-person de-
sign. It’s not intended for private sales.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 7


In fact, the target customer is cruise That Lotus Espirit was bought at an tourism priorities and, adding insult Indian River County receives $60,000,
ships. auction in London in 2013 for $1 mil- to injury, it has only has one seat on the Vero Heritage Center gets $30,000
lion by billionaire tech entrepreneur the nine-member Tourism Develop- and the Indian River County Histori-
“There’s more and more adventure- Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Motors. ment Commission that decides how cal Society gets $20,000. One percent
based tourism,” Haley explained. “Go- bed tax money is spent. of the funds go to debt service on His-
ing up the fjords, even the Amazon “It was amazing as a little kid in toric Dodgertown, a county-owned
maybe. South Africa to watch James Bond ... Now, Mayor Laura Moss has come facility.
drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press up with a novel approach to tapping
“We’ve had several conversations with a button and have it transform into a into this revenue source. She has sug- City Manager Jim O’Connor said he
high-end companies that have talked submarine underwater,” said Musk in gested that the tax be raised from 4 and Moss requested an executive-lev-
about making a super-luxury, super-ex- a statement. “I was disappointed to percent to 5 percent with the addition- el meeting in late August with County
pensive submersible,” Haley added. learn that it can’t actually transform. al money raised going to Vero. Administrator Jason Brown. Commis-
What I’m going to do is upgrade it with sion Chairman Joe Flescher also at-
Back to the Aston Martin deal, Tri- a Tesla electric powertrain and try to Moss said she did not think an ad- tended the meeting.
ton President Patrick Lahey said the make it transform for real.” ditional one percent tax on hotel bills
British car brand “represents a deeply would dampen tourism. “We just wanted to let them know
held passion for technology, engineer- While that still hasn’t happened, that the city has priorities on the is-
ing and timeless, elegant design. From it raises a key question. Any chance In theory, her plan could take a land and that they’re directly related
our first interaction, it was apparent a Triton-Aston Martin submersible load off City of Vero Beach taxpayers to tourism,” O’Connor said. “We’re not
that Triton and Aston Martin were could show up in a future 007 movie? without carving funds out of the hide talking about money to pave roads or
natural partners and our complimen- of the agencies that currently ben- do anything like that. There’s a need
tary values will be realized in this truly Haley, after a brief pause, said: “Talk efit from bed-tax dollars. Currently, for a new lifeguard stand at Humis-
exciting project.” to me in January.”  the Indian River County Chamber of ton Park, and this year we’ll spend
Commerce receives more than a half- $150,000 to $200,000 on emergency
“Aston Martin knows how to make a ‘Bed tax’ million dollars annually from bed-tax dune repairs and we spent more than
car, and make it look cool,” Haley con- money to fund countywide tourism that last year.”
tinued. “They don’t know how to make CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 promotion efforts, of which it shares
a submarine. We do. They’ll make it $94,000 with the Sebastian River Area Chad Olson, General Manager of
look cool.” percent of the nearly $900,000 taken Chamber. Costa d’Este resort on Ocean Drive,
in last year was collected from hotels, came from a luxury property in San
While several actors portraying motels and other lodging within city “We need to be aware of where this Francisco, where the tourism and ho-
James Bond have driven Aston Mar- limits, most of it on the island. money is going.” Moss said. “$100,000 tel tax totals 15 percent.
tins, including the famed DB5, in the to Sebastian, really?”
007 films, ironically the auto steered As it is, the city gets no money back “I support it,” he said of the 1 per-
by Roger Moore that converted into from the county to spend on its own The Treasure Coast Sports Commis- cent increase in the bed tax to fund
a submersible in the movie “The Spy sion receives nearly $200,000 in bed-
Who Loved Me” was a Lotus. tax money. The Cultural Council of CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Lagoon water levels higher than any time in recent memory

BY KATHLEEN SLOAN according to one expert, the lagoon “It will continue to get higher,” acts slower than air and continues to
Staff Writer may have reached a historic high. Gilmore said. “It is not surprising for warm up after summer ends.
me to say – wow, this is higher. Ant-
The Indian River Lagoon has been “It’s higher than I’ve ever seen it arctica and Greenland are melting With ocean temperature and rain-
full to overflowing since Hurricane in my 45 years here,” said Dr. Grant and the ocean is heating up, expand- fall peaking in early October, and land
Irma blew by with heavy winds and Gilmore, a marine biologist at Harbor ing more.” still saturated from Irma, the lagoon
flooding rains – so much so that high Branch Oceanographic Institution for just kept getting higher as September
water has rivaled playoff baseball this 32 years and now senior scientist at Gunter, who oversees the county’s merged into October.
past week as a topic of conversation. Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science, canal system, agrees the ocean is ris-
Docks that usually have a several feet Inc., who has observed the lagoon for ing due to higher temperatures, but “My canals are full but they’re not
of daylight beneath them have been more than four decades. does not use the term global warm- backing up,” Gunter says. “It’s rolling
awash and at times submerged, and ing. into the lagoon as fast as it can,” with
the lagoon has crept up over low-lying Besides rainfall, Gilmore said east- the main relief canal dumping nearly
roads and covered riverside land. erly winds have been driving ocean In 1929, the “North American Verti- 1,000 cubic feet per second into the
water onto the lagoon, noting there cal Datum” established a baseline for waterway on Oct. 5, up from 50 cubic
Record-breaking rainfall in Sep- were two days last week with steady sea level that is still used today. It was feet per second on Sept. 29. A cubic
tember and October, during Irma and 20 mph winds out of the east, pushing measured again in 1988, “and it was foot is nearly 7.5 gallons.
after, is the main reason for the brim- water in the inlets. 1.8 feet higher than 1929,” Gunter said.
ming lagoon, but other factors are at “Sea level has been rising since the last The lagoon’s height at Wabasso
play too, including wind conditions, The waxing moon, full on Oct. 5, glacial maximum 16,000 years ago. reached 3.1 feet above mean sea lev-
a full moon and global warming, ac- added its gravitational force, said el on Oct. 4, according to the United
cording to local scientists and water Gilmore and Indian River Farms Wa- “It was 350 feet below what sea lev- States Geological Survey website, up
managers. ter Control District supervisor David el is now. So if you want to follow that a foot and a half from the prior week.
Gunter, making for three king tides trend, then yes, the lagoon is getting
Vero Beach, Fort Pierce and Mel- last week, pulling still more water into higher.” The lagoon subsided to about 2.7
bourne all set one-day rainfall re- the overflowing estuary. feet above sea level by Oct. 6, but since
cords on Sept. 10, with more than 13 The temperature of the water has the land is still saturated, it could fill
inches dumped in some locations, And then there is global warming. risen “a degree or two,” Gilmore said, up again with fall rain events.
and all three cities received more Gilmore and Dr. David Cox, an ecol- and “thermal expansion of the At-
than double the normal amount of ogist with his own consulting firm, lantic Ocean” is contributing to the “Until the lagoon drops down, it
rain between Sept. 1 and Oct. 4 when, both say worldwide warming is con- ocean’s rise. The Atlantic Ocean is will take weeks for the flooded inland
tributing to rising water levels that hottest this time of year – in Septem- areas to dry out,” said Cox, who men-
magnify storm events. ber and October – because water re- tioned seeing cows wading around in
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British paralympic athletes train (and are feted) in Vero

BY RAY MCNULTY She also took the first-time Vero Steve Arnold, 38, was a staff sergeant wasn't easy, but his involvement with
Staff Writer Beach visitors to their first-ever pep in the British Army's bomb disposal sports – he spent two years on Great
rally and American high school foot- unit serving in Afghanistan in 2011 Britain's Paralympic rowing team be-
Visiting Vero Beach for a few days of ball game – both were part of St. Ed- when a bomb detonated and blew off fore moving to Nordic skiing – helped
sunshine and relaxation after two of ward's Homecoming festivities last both of his legs. the transition.
them competed in Canada in the 2017 Friday – then introduced them to the
Invictus Games for wounded and dis- Walking Tree Brewery. He now walks with the use of pros- "After it happened, it took me about a
abled war veterans, three British Para- theses, but he has no regrets. year to start over," Meenagh said. "You
lympic athletes and their coach were "They loved it," Louise Kennedy said. have to own your injury and accept
shopping in the Publix at Miracle Mile "We had a great night at the game and "I'd do it again," the Englishman said. what your new life is going to look like.
when an island woman heard one of then the brewery. Lots of laughter ...” So would Scott Meenagh, 28, a Sometimes, you have to hit rock-bot-
them speaking. former rugby player who joined the tom first, but you have to find a reason
All three of the British competitors British Army in 2009, became a para- to get out of bed every day. That's where
"My mother noticed the accent and are former soldiers and now full-time trooper and rose to the rank of lance sport had a massive impact on me.
immediately started a conversation," athletes supported by Help For Heroes corporal before he, too, lost both legs
Louise Kennedy explained. – a charity similar to the Wounded in Afghanistan in 2011. "Sports gives you a chance to rede-
Warriors Project in the U.S. – and Brit- He said he was on a "routine patrol" fine yourself," he added. "It gives you
That’s how the four men – two who ain's Ministry of Defense. when an improvised explosive device a why in life. It gave me a chance to
lost their legs in combat, one who lost (IED) went off. prove what I was capable of – that I
the use of his left arm in a cycling acci- Members of the British Armed Forc- "Every now and then, I think about wasn't just a guy who lost his legs. So
dent, and a British Army sergeant serv- es Para-Snowsport Team, based at the what happened and how it changed I'm in this for the long haul.
ing as their cross-country skiing coach Scottish Institute of Sport and training my life," said Meenagh, whose Scot-
– wound up spending a rainy Tuesday primarily in England and Germany, tish accent caught Marion Kennedy's The Brits said they're enjoying their
night last week dining at the Riomar Bay they are preparing for a World Cup sea- ear in Publix. "But if you ask me now if time in Vero Beach – they're staying in
II home of Dr. Alastair Kennedy and his son running from November to March. I would go back, the answer is no. an apartment owned by the parents
wife, Marion. "The people I've met, the experienc- of a Help For Heroes supervisor – and
They also hope to qualify for the 2018 es I've had in sport, the life I have now hope to come back someday.
The Kennedys’ daughter, Louise, was Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, ... These things happen for a reason,"
there, too; she's the head of the English South Korea, in March. he added. "You don't know how strong "The people we've met here have
department at St. Edward's School and you can be until it's forced on you." been very nice, especially Louise and
arranged for the Brits to use the St. Ed’s "These boys do some amazing Getting past the loss of his legs her mom and dad,” Allanson said.
weight room to train while here. things," said Simon Allanson, a British
Army sergeant who coaches the three "You never know who you're going
cross-country skiers. to meet at the supermarket." 

Town of Orchid doubles property tax to
ensure funding for future beach repairs

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA cil, to a man, agreed they were willing
Staff Writer to “take the heat” a tax increase would
likely generate, deeming it better to be
Homeowners in the Town of Orchid prepared before an emergency.
will see their property taxes increase
by 84 percent in the coming fiscal year, Concerns expressed by residents
from $1,250 per $1 million assessed included whether all residents should
value to $2,300. have to fund beach repair when most
do not live on the beach.
The Town Council unanimously ap-
proved the tough decision during its But Mayor Harold Ofstie said that
final budget reading and public hear- since the Town had "taken on the re-
ing Oct. 3, mainly to establish a re- sponsibility of beach renourishment,"
serve fund to pay for future emergency building the emergency reserve "must
beach repairs without having to bor- be the main goal for the upcoming
row money. fiscal year." Councilmember Howard
Thrailkill agreed. “We need to be pre-
The tax hike stems from the after- pared for a $1 million event. I know
math of last year’s Hurricane Mat- we'll take criticism, but we'll only have
thew, when beach dunes between to do it once.”
Sanderling and Wabasso suffered a
massive wash-out and the Town was With Orchid’s 2017-2018 assessed
forced to take out a $350,000 loan taxable value of $414,208,291, the
from the Orchid Island Community new rate will generate an additional
Association to truck in sand and pay $905,045.12, which will be used to pay
for repairs. off the Hurricane Matthew loan and
begin to build a contingency fund.
Although previous Town Councils The reserve fund could be used for
frequently discussed ways to fund emergencies other than beach related
emergency beach renourishment, they events, if deemed necessary.
never quite took the leap. This time, af-
ter lengthy discussion at both budget Ofstie is optimistic the rate will go
hearings and public input, the Coun- down in a year or so, “assuming we
don't get hammered.” 

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Shores pulls back from huge one-time tax cut

BY LISA ZAHNER of land to Naples-based Lutgert Com- The idea was that the tax rate would re- for additional expensive repairs that
Staff Writer panies for the development of a lux- turn to normal next year. will total $500,000 or more.
ury residential community, the Town
Unexpected road-repair costs de- Council voted this summer to con- In the meantime, though, the town The combined price tag for all the
railed a $2 million tax rebate last sider drastically reducing the property got hit with a one-two punch of bad road work is projected at $1.5 million
week when the Indian River Shores tax rate – temporarily. fiscal news. First, it turns out a major to $2 million.
Town Council voted 3-1 to cancel a reconstruction of Old Winter Beach
planned, one-time cut in the prop- The one-time tax reduction would Road is not going to benefit from grant “What seemed to be a prudent deci-
erty tax rate. have, in effect, rebated nearly half of funding Town Manager Robbie Stabe sion [earlier in the year] now seems to
the windfall back to residents in a man- thought was probable. Second, a peri- be an irresponsible decision,” saidVice
Faced with a $4.4 million windfall ner proportional to the taxes they pay odic engineering assessment of other Mayor Mike Ochsner, who presided
from the auction of a city-owned piece on their homes, businesses and land. town-owned roads revealed the need over last Thursday’s council meeting
in Mayor Brian Barefoot’s absence.

Ochsner, a retired chief financial of-
ficer who for years chaired the town’s
Finance Committee, said he felt it was
best to avoid “gyrations” in the millage
rate, which is down slightly this com-
ing year due to gains in property val-
ues. The rate billed this fall will be $1.37
per $1,000 of taxable property value.

“Taxpayers have a fuzzy memory.
They’re going to forget the refund more
than they’re going to forget the big tax
hike the year after,” Ochsner said.

Councilman Dick Havilland was the
lone dissenting vote, contending that
the town’s $2.1 million emergency re-
serves plus its $1 million line of credit, if
needed, would be sufficient to take care
of the road concerns and the $2 mil-
lion from the proceeds of the land sale
should be returned to the taxpayers.

Councilwoman Deb Pension said, “I
don’t want it to appear as if we’re jerk-
ing people around. What I would like
to support ... is getting the millage rate
down and keeping it that way for the
foreseeable future.”

Councilman Bob Auwaerter said in
his opinion, the council will just have to
“exhibit discipline,” as it’s accustomed
to doing, to spend its windfall money
wisely. “I like a tax decrease as much as
the next person; however, we’ve been
hit with some new information.”

Auwaerter said the town could al-
ways return some or all of the money
later on when it gets a better handle
on the cost of the road projects. “If we
make this decision to rescind ... [the
rebate], that money is not going away;
it’s not going into a lock box,” he said.

There were already some concerns
about the process of hiking the tax
rate back up after the temporary drop,
but Finance Director Heather Christ-
mas and Town Attorney Chester Clem
had researched the matter and said it
would not be a problem – though it
might require a unanimous vote of the
council to do so.

Since there is no scheduled election
in the Shores, council members said
they were comfortable that the same
five members who voted in the rebate
would have the political mettle to vote
for a much higher tax rate next year.

That concern is now moot. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 11


Teachers often spend own money for classroom supplies

BY SAMANTHA BAITA in Title I schools (those with at least ground full of energetic kids focused, need positive reinforcement,” she says.
40 percent low-income students). “We items like soccer balls, basketballs and The personal funds elementary
Staff Writer feel bad,” she said. Frisbees are needed, and teachers end
up paying for them. teachers pull from their own paychecks
The Indian River County School “They should have the same sup- are over and above the $252 they receive
District is flush with taxpayer funds. plies as the other students. I spent “They love the balls,” Irish says. “We for supplies from the Florida Teachers
The district’s $287 million annual $100 myself,” buying materials kids’ can't keep playing duck-duck-goose Classroom Supply Assistance Program
budget allows it to squander millions families could not afford. for 20 minutes.” and other sources that include private
on ill-advised and fruitless legal bat- donations and grants from the Educa-
tles and pays for administrators’ stays This year, the state-required recess Fourth-grade teacher Lisa Skinnider tion Foundation of Indian River County,
at Waldorf Astoria hotels when they period was increased to 40 minutes, stocks up on tchotchkes as rewards for which was created to fill funding gaps
attend out-of-town meetings. 20 of which must be “structured play,” good behavior. “While students should within the School District. 
says Irish. In order to keep a play- be intrinsically motivated, they also
But for some reason, there doesn't
seem to be enough money for classroom
supplies. Elementary school teachers
routinely spend hundreds of dollars of
their own money to pay for things they
need for their rooms and students.

These teachers spent much of last
summer gathering the supplies they
knew they would need this fall; and
their spending will continue through-
out the school year as they strive to
keep their kids engaged and interested.

Nearly all of them have dipped into
their own pockets again and again,
each spending as much as $500 to sup-
port their individual teaching methods
and meet state requirements.

Third-grade teacher Debbie Irish
says this phenomenon “is definitely
happening to everybody, every year.”

Superintendent Mark Rendell just
proposed another raise for school ad-
ministrators, but the teachers’ plight
has gotten so bad that some are now
trying “go fund me” type efforts on
Facebook to get the money they need
to properly equip their classrooms.

What sorts of supplies are teachers
willing to buy with their own money?

Notebooks, markers and pillows.
Also, marshmallows and Oreos. These
might sound like frivolous “school
supplies,” but when grade-school
teachers are trying to instruct fidg-
ety, easily-distracted kids, the iconic
cookies and other humble items can
become serious teaching tools.

During the summer, elementary
school teachers prepare not only
their materials, but also their class-
room environments. Second-grade
teacher Janet Olsson created a reading
nook with pillows (not chairs), “a cozy
place, to encourage reading,” spend-
ing “$20 here, $20 there” on cushions
and other nook supplies.

To comply with certain Common
Core requirements, Olsson also pur-
chased pocket binders, tabs and note-
books for each classroom “station.”

At the beginning of each school
year, teachers send parents a list of
basic supplies to provide for their
child, but families can't always afford
to buy enough for the entire school
year. This, Irish says, is a big problem

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‘Bed tax’ – and goes to – the City of Vero Beach. “I have no beef with the Indian River be doing all this advertising,” Moss
Brown sent Moss the information County Chamber of Commerce,” she said, adding that the major hotel
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 said during last week’s evening council properties on Ocean Drive do their
on Aug. 24, along with a cover letter meeting. “I think they do a lovely job.” own marketing independent of the
Vero’s priorities on the island. “In Cali- saying, “I understand your determi- But she doesn’t think the City of Vero Chamber.
fornia, when there were tax increases nation to ensure that the City taxpay- Beach should shoulder the main bur-
temporarily to pay for the convention ers are receiving substantial benefits den of funding tourism promotion for O’Connor said county officials
center, or permanently, there was nev- from the expenditure of these dol- the entire county. have had very preliminary discus-
er an effect [on the number of tour- lars. I hope we provided the informa- sions about increasing the bed tax
ists]. tion you needed to alleviate the City’s “I think the county should chip in from 4 percent to 5 percent, but those
concerns regarding the distribution for this,” she said. discussions presumably involved us-
“Is there anything else you can think of the Tourist Development Tax rev- ing the additional revenue – $200,000
of that you pay for that hasn’t gone up enues. Much of the money goes to place or more per year – for things on the
since 2001?” Olson added. ads in regional, national and inter- county’s own wish list. Moss’ propos-
The data that came back only rein- national media and to bring travel al that the county share the wealth
Moss asked for some documenta- forced the concerns Moss had about writers or travel agents into town on with Vero is new.
tion showing the dollars collected and Vero not getting its share of benefit junkets. “Remember we have a park-
expended, and how much comes from from the bed tax. ing problem. I’m not sure we need to The Board of County Commission-
ers would have to approve the in-
crease, and not just by a three-vote

By Florida law, “The governing
board of the county may levy, im-
pose, and set an additional 1 percent
of each dollar above the tax rate ...
[only] by the extraordinary vote of
the governing board,” which means
at least 4 commissioners in favor, or
by a referendum.

Hotel developer Keith Kite, who
serves on the Tourist Development
Council, said he did not think voters
would support the increase.

“In conservative Indian River Coun-
ty, I don’t think a referendum to in-
crease the tourist tax would fly. And
I don’t think it would solve the prob-
lem,” Kite said, calling talk of increas-
ing the bed tax or sharing dollars with
Vero “really premature.”

Indian River first imposed a bed tax
in 1987. The tax rate started out at 2
percent; it was increased to 3 percent
in 1993 and to 4 percent in 2001.

Florida’s coastal counties mostly
charge a bed tax of 4 to 5 percent, ac-
cording to the Florida Department of

The state’s rural, inland counties
typically have a bed tax of zero to 2
percent. Among the highest in the
state are Volusia, Osceola, Orange,
Duval and Miami-Dade counties at
6 percent. Some municipal areas like
Miami Beach impose their own tourist
tax just within the city limits as a spe-
cial district.

Moss said she would bring the mat-
ter up after the first of the year, before
the deadline to petition the county for
funding in the 2018-2019 fiscal year
budget which starts Oct. 1, 2018.

“We had a good meeting; it was cor-
dial and I think they understand our
concerns,” Moss said of the two-hour
session with top county officials. “The
county, I think, will work with us on it,
and they know we’ll be back.

“I view, in a way, the current distri-
bution as a violation of the city’s home
rule. The city in effect, it becomes a
cash cow to be slaughtered and served
up to meet the ever-growing needs of
those outside the city.” 



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Frank Mannino, Missy Elward and John O’Connor. Barbara Andrews, Diane Alvey and Melanie Byrd. Will Alvey. Amanda Saunders.

First-place winners Indian River Rubgy. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Cierra Flores with Callum Divich. Brett Townsend with Tatum Townsend.

Truck teams pull their weight for St. Baldrick’s cause

BY CHRISTINA TASCON teams to pull a 37,050-pound truck, The most touching team, called them the fastest score of the day.
Correspondent instructed the five teams that had en- Strong Willed, was entered by Edward When the fire-truck dust settled,
tered on how to stay safe and do their and Diane Alvey and led by their son
With the National Cancer Institute best. Will, a very determined 6-year-old the brawny Indian River Rugby team
budgeting less than 4 percent of its who has human sarcoma, a type of took the big trophy, with Strong Willed
funding toward childhood cancer re- While the winners took home beer bone cancer in his leg. coming in second and the Vero Beach
search, the money raised last Saturday growlers, trophies and bragging rights, Volunteer Fire Department team tak-
afternoon at the second annual Fire 100 percent of the entry fees and sales “This is the scariest thing we have ing third. 
Truck Pull at Walking Tree Brewery of Walking Tree’s specially concocted ever faced,” said Edward Alvey. “We
is more critical than ever. The event St. Baldrick’s Fire brew were donated have to have more awareness that Nico Brown and Eric Crump.
was the first of three annual fund- toward childhood cancer research. there is not enough money raised for
raisers organized by the Indian River childhood cancer research. So we
Firefighters Benevolent Association to Missy Elward and Frank Mannino, think it is very important for us to be
benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. the Treasure Coast’s two most devot- at every event to raise that awareness.”
ed St. Baldrick’s volunteer organizers,
The enthusiasm of the crowd was have raised more than $700,000 in six “I can’t imagine any family going
infectious, with children excitedly years for the cause. through something like their child’s
playing giant Jenga, tossing cornhole cancer without the support of the
bean bags, turning their tongues blue “It really is all a credit to these two, community. And St. Baldrick’s has
on snow cones, and generally having Missy and Frank,” said O’Connor, really helped so many of those fami-
a good time under the watchful eye with Mannino tossing the praise back lies,” said firefighter wife Stephanie
of adults, who enjoyed the sunny day to the firefighters. Stenger.
dining on food-truck offerings and
sipping cold brews. “Their connection to the com- The Strong Will team clearly won
munity is so strong,” said Mannino. over the crowd and as little Will and
IRC Firefighters’ Association Presi- “We would not have been as success- County Commission Chairman Joe
dent John O’Connor, who initially ful without them, their families, the Flescher manned the rope for a final
came up with the idea of enticing teams and all the people they bring run, the other teams discreetly put a
out for awareness. They bring so much shoulder behind the big truck to give
to the table for us.”

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Picken winners at The Arc’s Replogle Award fete

BY MARY SCHENKEL Mary Ellen Replogle, Joey Replogle and Penny Odiorne. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE volved with the organization in excess
Staff Writer of 20 years. They have literally given
classes, exercise, photography, sewing award was named in honor of Director hundreds of thousands of dollars to
At The Arc of Indian River County’s and gardening. Emeritus Mary Ellen Replogle and her the organization. We’ve cried together,
third annual Replogle Family Award family, who each May since 1982 have we’ve worked together, we’ve worked
Dinner last Saturday evening, the em- “The Arc is really important to us,” hosted Ocean Grill Night to support through the dark times, we’ve celebrat-
phasis was on the heroes who provide she said. Thanking everyone for their the nonprofit. ed the good times.”
hope and support to individuals affect- support she added, “I love you guys
ed by Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, very much.” “This award goes to folks that have “Dick has recruited more board
autism and other developmental and gone above and beyond the call of duty members than anyone I know,” said
traumatic brain disabilities. Fittingly held around Columbus to help our organization,” said Chuck Reese Brackins, board president. “Not
Day, the dinner celebrates those advo- Bradley, executive director, noting only has he served as a board member,
Enthusiastic members of The Arc cates who enable The Arc to ‘discover that Dick and Chris Picken epitomize he’s the only board member I know
Choir rocked the dining room of the new worlds’ for people with intellectu- those qualities. “They’ve been in- who has served as the acting execu-
Grand Harbor Club as they sang and al and developmental disabilities. The tive director as well, during a time we
signed Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and really were hurting. He’s been in the
Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a trenches. And of course, without Chris
Hero,” dedicating the songs to their he would never have made it; I guaran-
heroes – the directors and staff of The tee. I’ve seen a lot of awards in my time,
Arc. And Dick and Chris Picken, re- but this one is the most well-deserved
cipients of this year’s Replogle Family that I’ve ever seen in my whole life.”
Award, were honored as heroes to the
organization. “What you have to realize is that the
reward you get when watching these
Poised and confident, Christina people perform and succeed in life is
Wunsche spoke to guests about the nu- all you need,” said Dick Picken. “And
merous and varied daily activities she that’s what we’re trying to do; to give
enjoys at The Arc, among them: cho- them a chance to succeed in life.”
rus, cooking, creative arts and crafts,
computer, reading, math and science “We’re very lucky to have The Arc
here,” said Mary Ellen Replogle. 

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Parade and joy: Special
Olympians earn spotlight

Kevin Greene, Dave Smith, Amy Glaser, Gretchen Twisdom and Dan MacDonald. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE & GORDON RADFORD

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF they “can” do. In 1968 she organized
the first International Special Olym-
Staff Writer pics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago.

More than 400 proud participants Special Olympics encourages phys-
in the 2017 Special Olympics State ical fitness while also helping athletes
Aquatics Championships gathered at build skills and friendships so that
the IRC Intergenerational Recreation they may develop and share their gifts.
Center Saturday evening for an Open-
ing Ceremony and Dinner following a “The Special Olympics are a perfect
day of swimming competitions at the fit for students and adults with special
North County Aquatic Center. needs and intellectual disabilities,”
said Tripaldi. “You take an intellectual
In a ceremony replete with all of the or developmentally disabled person
pomp and circumstance their hard and put them into a sport where they
work and determination warranted, are competing, and they forget about
athletes from each county were intro- their disability. It’s as if they don’t
duced by Master of Ceremonies Anna have a disability anymore because
Valencia-Tillery as they paraded amid they’re focusing on what they can do
the cheering crowd, their excitement not what they can’t do.”
and pride manifested by beaming
smiles. The nonprofit provides year-round
sports training and competition for
“The ceremony gives the athletes children and adults ages 8 and older
the chance to celebrate their start of with intellectual and developmental
competition,” said Paul Tripaldi, Spe- disabilities, in everything from bas-
cial Olympics Florida director for In- ketball and bowling to surfing and
dian River and St. Lucie counties. “It horseback riding.
gives them a chance to socialize and
have some fun. It makes them feel “We do pretty much every sport.
that they are the only people in the If they do it in the Olympics and we
room and it’s all about them.” have a coach, we’ll do it,” said Tri-
Indian River County Commission
Chairman Joe Flescher shared words He noted that the weekend’s swim-
of encouragement in his welcome to ming competition ranged from the
swimmers, telling them, “Thank you freestyle 50-meter on up to long-
for giving us a great moment; a snap- course breaststroke and backstroke,
shot of what it is to be a competitor. adding, “Pretty much every event you
You’re Olympians. You’ll always be would expect to see in an Olympic
Olympians.” race. We modify their event and their
sport to meet their ability. You can
Later, the athletes cut loose on the come out and achieve to whatever
dance floor, partying after a success- level your ability is because it’s not
ful day at the pool and loosening up about where you’re getting, it’s about
before their final laps on Sunday. how hard you try.”

The seeds of the organization were The heart of the Special Olympian
planted in the 1950s, when Eunice is embodied in the athletes’ oath:
Kennedy Shriver hosted a summer “Let me win, but if I cannot win help
day camp in her backyard for young me be brave in the attempt.”
people with intellectual disabilities,
believing they should focus on what For more information, visit special- 

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Anna Valencia-Tillery and Jason Brown. Joe Flescher, David Helseth and Paul Tripaldi. Torchbearer David Helseth.

Swimmers compete in the 2017 Special Olympics State Aquatics Championships at the North County Aquatics Center.

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Art-felt support for Friends in Pink at ‘Bodyscapes’ event

Staff Writer

Bodyscapes by Allan Teger, the Cheryl Caldwell, Beth-Anne Fairchild and Dorothy Napp Schindel. Pamela Moore, Vivien Coniglio, Dot Toyas and Madeline Herrmann.
featured exhibition at Gallery 14,
opened with a reception last Friday PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
evening attended by representatives
of Friends in Pink, an organization “Highwire,” is an acrobat on a then you realize that it is the body. Caldwell noted, “Our body, no
helping Treasure Coast residents tightrope between two nipples on The whole point of the work was to matter how you look at it, is now
defray the cost of breast cancer breasts. I tell people, ‘that was me.’ look at things differently. To ap- changed forever. Whether you’ve
treatments. In recognition of Breast And every 12 months when I have proach things with a different mind- had a bilateral, both breasts re-
Cancer Awareness month, a portion to get another exam, it’s me again. set,” Teger explained. “I show the moved or a lumpectomy, it’s forever
of the show’s sales will benefit the I realize once again my life is being body as a landscape to remind us changed and it makes us realize,
nonprofit founded in 2005 by survi- dictated by my illness.” things can be viewed many differ- hey that’s OK.”
vor Nancy O’Neill. ent ways. I think that’s an important
Teger’s photography features tiny thing in looking at the body careful- The exhibit and sale of raffle tick-
Friends in Pink, comprised pri- miniatures atop nude bodies, creat- ly, taking care of it, looking at it as an ets for ‘Highwire’ runs through Oct.
marily of breast cancer survivors ing whimsical yet thought-provok- art object and in terms of the way in 27, ending with a Meet-the-Artist re-
and funded through private grants, ing ‘landscapes.’ which we relate to the world.” ception and ticket drawing that day
individual donors and fundraisers, at Gallery 14.. 
assists with surgery and treatment “First you see a landscape, and

“We pay the bills associated with
breast cancer surgery and treat-
ment for those diagnosed with
breast cancer in Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties,” said
Cheryl Caldwell, president. “We
have helped almost 300 people on
the Treasure Coast. Breast cancer
treatment costs about $356,000.
That’s a lot of money. We help peo-
ple that are truly in need; those that
have inadequate health insurance,
which means totally un-insured or
with excessive deductibles.”

A 16-year survivor, Caldwell said
the show resonated with her, not-
ing, “I’m used to being in control
and all of a sudden I had this disease
that took everything away from me.
The featured piece in Bodyscapes,



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Gruber shines a bright show-biz light on Vero

BY MICHELLE GENZ val; and a possible screening at the Vero it’s still sell- it comes with
Staff Writer Beach Museum of Art. He’s even got the
big perfect low-budget set: Vero’s beach. ing houses,” retirement age,
When Hollywood transplant Xaque
Gruber shoots his short film “The Pis- All of which suits Gruber just fine. His he says with a but they’re into
tol” in December, he’ll have an all-Vero unbridled love for the town was revealed
cast from the community theater, a when he wrote a piece in the Huffington smile. living, as op-
Vero-born producer; a chance to enter it Post that warmed the heart of every real
in the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festi- estate broker in town, to say nothing Promotion posed to be-
of the Chamber of Commerce. “I hear
aside, in the ing stressed

short time he’s out with the

been here – world and

just over a year bogged down

– Gruber has with debt and

become some- Cast of ‘The Pistol’: (L-R) Anne Talbot, Nicholas Keeler, traffic and the
thing of an am- and Isabel Garret, with Xaque Gruber and Jared Thomas. weight of it all
bassador for like in L.A.”

the arts of Vero Beach with his hand in a This is not the first film Gruber has

half-dozen arts organizations and a so- worked on. In graduate school at Boston

cial life packed with its offerings. University where he was studying for a

Join us for the Never mind that Vero proved short second master’s in TV production (his
57th Season of the
on aspiring film actors, though “the first was from Tufts in art education; he
A.E. Backus
Museum & Gallery line would have been around the block also has a BFA from Pratt Institute), he

With The Best of the Best in L.A.,” he said on a recent afternoon followed around a failing, bizarrely co-
Annual Juried Art Show
October 15 - November 17, 2017 when only a handful had turned out medic nightclub singer and created the

Free Admission Open House for open auditions at producer Jared documentary, “Laurel Casey: The Hurt-
Sunday, October 15
12 NOON - 4:00 PM Thomas’ Project Space gallery. ing Truth.” It showed at several film fes-

Sponsored by Seacoast Bank Then again, not everyone here thinks tivals.

500 North Indian River Drive they’re ready for the silver screen. When Early next year, after shooting “The
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
772-465-0630 Gruber drove over to the Theatre Guild Pistol,” Gruber flies to London to work to drop off audition flyers, one actress on a feature film, “Sallywood,” the

Like us on Facebook! he approached said, “You don’t want screenplay of which he wrote after
Follow us on Instagram!
me! I’m 88!” working as Kirkland’s assistant. Kirk-

“Perfect!” came Gruber’s reply. “The land is best-known for her Academy

Pistol” has two female leads in their Award-nominated performance in the

80s. They will be played by Isabel Gar- 1987 movie, “Anna.” Julia Taylor-Stan-

rett and Anne Talbot. Nick Keeler is the ley is producing, Gruber says.

fumbling repeat burglar nabbed by In Hollywood, Gruber found work

Garrett’s brassy character wielding her people might not even know exists. He

late husband’s gun. wrote questions for red-carpet inter-

“It’s about older people conquering viewers at awards shows. He was a hand

their fears,” says Gruber. “I love telling model for Target (his agent handles

older people’s stories.” only up to his elbows, he notes). And

Gruber has been visiting Vero long he played the fictitious party planner

enough to hear a few. His parents came Francisco on Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s

here since 2003; he moved here to be Kitchen,” a reality show that technically

close to them. “And that’s a million shouldn’t use actors anyway.

times more meaningful than working Gruber’s only direction for the im-

in Hollywood,” he says. “Besides, there’s provised role to be annoyingly happy.

so much to do in Vero Beach.” “Happy people always make angry peo-

“People are open to things here, even ple crazy,” he says. “That was my job, to

if it’s conservative,” he goes on. “Maybe stir up the set.”

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The gig, which ran from 2011 to 2013, Surprises in store for Henegar’s ‘Sweeney Todd’
had at least one fan in Vero: Marcia Lit-
tlejohn, local TV personality, who spied BY PAM HARBAUGH ward happens for his unique “steam- ic theme. With my approach, I shuffled
Gruber at a shopping plaza, and like punk” take. the time line a little bit to the industri-
something out of a Christopher Guest Correspondent al revolution. And I added more flair,
movie, begged him to be on her fawn- The retro-futuristic style combines a especially to costumes and set pieces.
ing, small-town talk show. Audiences will see a sweet mix of Victorian aesthetic with elements of the It’s not overwhelmingly steam punk.
new and familiar when “Sweeney industrial revolution. Think Jules Verne Just a little nod to it.”
“She said, “’Oh my god, you’re Fran- Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet with high top hats and goggles, women
cisco from ‘Hell’s Kitchen’! This is the Street” opens Friday at the Henegar. in velvet skirts decorated with bronze Just as this is something new for a
most exciting thing to ever happen in gadgets, and jewelry made of gears. musical nearly 40 years old, directing
Vero Beach!’ And she invited me on her Familiar faces include those of: Ter- a show like this is definitely something
show,” recalls Gruber. “I just went along rence Girard (soon to be entering into “I changed the overall look so it’s not new for a man who’s been in love all
with it because I signed these papers “veteran Brevard performer” status) as the same old, same old,” Del Brocco his life with everything Disney.
that if I’m recognized, I have to go into the cruel Judge who, 20 years before said. “Typically, ‘Sweeney Todd’ is
character. I talked about all the parties the story begins, banished Sweeney in done with a turn-of-the-century goth- CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
I’m planning in John’s Island. It was a order to have his way with Sweeney’s
total lie. It was so nuts.” wife; as the Judge’s servant, Beadle
Bamford, is Greg Galbreath, a per-
Gruber hasn’t seen her since, and former who first let loose his strong
hasn’t straightened her out. presence in the role of Jean Valjean
at Titusville Playhouse; and Shane
Asked by email if she remembered Frampton, a professional actress and
interviewing Francisco, Littlejohn said a Henegar favorite, in the role of Mrs.
yes, but only vaguely. She didn’t rec- Lovett, a lady who makes and sells the
ognize the name Xaque Gruber “other “worst pies in London” and who never
than in one of the wild novels I was takes a dead cat for granted.
Newcomers are Kaitlin Ruby, famil-
Even minus Littlejohn, Gruber’s so- iar to Vero Beach residents as a former
cial circle is dizzying for Vero, from Miss Hibiscus who played in the title
Broadway actress Stacey Logan to well- role in the Theatre Guild’s “Evita” last
known boxing trainer Gus Curren; they year. At Henegar she takes the ingénue
hang out at the Ocean Grill. role of beautiful Johanna, Sweeney’s
unsuspecting daughter who falls in
Recently Gruber was invited to lunch love with Anthony, a virtuous young
by Brady Roberts, the executive director man played by Raymond Weber in his
of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. They first mainstage show at the Henegar.
talked about having him screen one of
his short films at a gala in March, Gru- One of the big surprises was the
ber says. casting of a virtual unknown, Joshua
Doyle, in the role of Sweeney. But when
Teaching is another passion. For 20 director Dominic Del Brocco saw him
years, he taught art to public school kids at audition, he knew immediately he
in Massachusetts and was nominated had his Sweeney.
for Teacher of the Year, he says. In just
one year in Vero, he has taught water- “I don’t know where he’s been hid-
color at the museum as well as a sum- ing,” Del Brocco said. “With his ability
mer series on the films of Wes Anderson. and talent, I’m surprised he doesn’t do
He taught a screenwriting workshop at this all the time.”
the Vero Beach Wine and Film festival
in June and another at Project Space in Moreover, this is Del Brocco’s first
February. Still another is slated as part job directing a mainstage season show.
of the Laura Riding Jackson Founda- He first hit the Henegar in his winning
tion’s writer’s workshops. portrayal of Clopin in last season’s
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Perhaps most meaningful to Gruber
are the classes he teaches in the mem- And, he’s bringing a courageous,
ory care center of Harbor Chase, the as- fresh concept to the show – “steam-
sisted living facility. “It’s very intense, punk” styling.
but I love it,” he says.
For sure, composer and lyricist
There are days when Gruber’s father, Stephen Sondheim showed courage
who suffers from Alzheimer’s, wants to when he decided to turn a “penny
join in the class; other days he doesn’t. dreadful” melodrama into “Sweeney
His illness has been hard on Gruber’s Todd.” When the show opened in 1979
mother and in September Gruber did Broadway was saturated with feel-
some real-life party planning for a good shows like “Annie” and “The Best
deeply meaningful event: He staged Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
a 50th wedding anniversary party for
his parents at Harbor Chase. “We made But his grisly and misanthropic mu-
it as nice as we could, given the enor- sical about a murderous barber, and
mous sadness that is going on,” he says. his landlady who turned his leftovers
“My father has been my mother’s whole into meat pies, won an astounding
life. eight Tony Awards. It has, through-
out the decades, become a favorite of
“My family is my priority and always professional, regional and community
will be,” says Gruber. “I left everything theaters.
in L.A. on a dime to be here when they
needed me. It’s extremely enriching to Del Brocco hopes that a similar re-
be able to help your family.” 

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Coming Up: Sublime choral
concert is ‘Heavens’ sent

BY SAMANTHA BAITA (him or her) personally.” The concert is
Staff Writer free and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Full company with director Dominic Del Brocco. PHOTO BY: BENJAMIN THACKER 1 Sure-to-be-heavenly classical Sebastian River Art Club.
and contemporary choral music

Born and raised with two older sis- also kept the ensemble a tight one. The is on the program when the Indialantic
ters in a working class household, Del cast has a total of 22 performers.
Brocco had wanted to become a Dis- Chamber Singers present their annual
ney animator. But after getting bitten “Within that I’ve created cast differ-
by the acting bug, he set his sights on ences between upper and lower class. fall concert “The Heavens Are Tell-
performing at the Magic Kingdom. I utilized the ensemble through many
scenes throughout the show with dif- ing,” this Sunday at Trinity Episcopal
Twenty years ago, Disney held audi- ferent story lines. I didn’t change the
tions in Baltimore. Del Brocco went material of course, just the staging of it. Church in Vero Beach. Works by clas-
and got a call back. He dashed home
quickly to tell his family the good news. “For those who know the show, to- sical composers Haydn, Mozart and
ward the end of the first act, two major
He scraped together some money, songs will have a ‘pleasing’ surprise.” Beethoven, as well as Randall Thomp-
flew to Orlando and was cast. He was referring to two of the musical’s
most iconic numbers, “Epiphany” and son, Eric Whitacre and John Rutter will
For 13 years he performed in all “A Little Priest.”
four of Disney’s main theme parks, be performed, under the baton of in-
doing shows from “The Lion King” to “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of
“Hunchback of Notre Dame,” in which Fleet Street” runs through Oct. 29 at the terim artistic director Beth Green. The
he performed the role of Clopin, which, Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave.,
in 2016, would become his first stint at Melbourne. Tickets are $26 general, $23 group’s founder and director emeritus
the Henegar. military and seniors and $16 students
with $3 handling fees per ticket. Call David Vogeding will accompany on
Fast-forward to his present project. 321-723-8698 or visit 
For “Sweeney Todd,” Del Brocco has the pipe organ during two of the clas- 2 Did you know that the Sebas-
tian River area is home to a
sical pieces. The concert centerpiece is

Franz Josef Haydn’s “The Heavens Are number of quite exceptional artists?

Telling,” from his enduring oratorio Or that the Sebastian River Art Club

“The Creation.” According to BBC Mu- is celebrating its 80th anniversary

sic Magazine, during the 1791 Handel this month? Founded in 1937, the

Festival in London’s Westminster Ab- Sebastian River Art Club will launch

bey, Haydn was overwhelmed by the its ninth decade with an art show

“monumental sublimity of the cho- and reception this Saturday, 4 p.m.

ruses” in Handel’s “Messiah,” an ex- to 6 p.m., in the Sebastian River Art

perience that set him on the path to Club Art Center, 1245 Main St. in Se-

his own masterpiece, “The Creation, ” bastian. If this will be your first time

the greatest triumph of his career. The there, expect to be quite pleasantly

“Hallelujah” from Beethoven’s dra- surprised at the artistic range and

matic oratorio “Christ on the Mount talent that can be found in North In-

of Olives”; the quiet and introspec- dian River County. There will be an

tive “Alleluia” composed by Randall exhibition of recent works by mem-

Thompson during WWII; and “Lux ber artists, who will be present and

Aurumque” (light and gold), a Christ- ready to chat with you. Refreshments

mas piece by Eric Whitacre, based on and free raffles of artworks are also

a Latin poem of the same name, are on the afternoon’s menu. You might

juxtaposed with energetic spirituals to just discover the perfect holiday gift

complete the program. Chamber Sing- or, even the exactly right painting

ers president and bass Tony Spadafora to go on that bare, problem wall. It’s

says, “It is impossible to hear this in definitely happened to me. The cen-

performance and not be moved. I be- ter’s regular hours are Tuesdays,

lieve each audience member will find Thursdays and most Saturdays from

a musical selection that resonates with 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 25


3 This Friday and Saturday you and excellent musicians. This week pick general, table or VIP seating (you sic rock music of The Jacks Band Sat-
can put a little “oom-pah-pah” in it’ll be a battle of the sexes, as Rhoda get some food with this choice). Show urday, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both
Johnson and Howl regular Ken Gus- times are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ar- nights. And you absolutely never need
your fun at Riverside Theatre’s fright- tafson face off across a pair of blazing rive early, you’ll get to enjoy the free, to go hungry: there’s an alfresco grill
88s, with the audience calling most of pre-Howl outside music “Live in the and bar set up at Live in the Loop the
eningly popular Howl at the Moon and the musical shots. This duke-out takes Loop.” This week it’s Bob Houston’s entire time, this month serving Okto-
place in the Waxlax stage, and you can Oktoberfest Band Friday and the clas- berfest-appropriate foodstuffs. 
Live in the Loop Oktoberfest Nights.

Howl is an often rowdy, always fun

experience featuring dueling pianos


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‘See’ change: Eye surgery benefits from high-tech advances

BY TOM LLOYD Maybe. Dr. Stephen Tate.
Staff Writer But Dr. Stephen Tate, also with
New Vision, might just disagree. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Dr. Paul Minotty, dean of the New Specifically, Tate points to two
Vision Eye Center team, was struck brand-new additions to the New Vi-
by a quote from a recent conference sions optical arsenal: the Ocular Re-
he attended in Orlando. The speak- fractive Analysis system, or ORA, for
er’s words, according to Minotty, cataract surgeries; and the VISCO
were these: “The future doesn’t exist 360 visco-surgical system, which is
because we haven’t created it yet.” described as the world’s first non-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 12, 2017 29


implantable micro-invasive glauco- In other words, it provides eye system designed to increase the ies like the trabeculectomy or tube
ma surgery device. surgeons like Tate with accurate, percentage of people who are glass- shunts, are surgeries that very pow-
real-time analysis of your eye during es-free” after cataract procedures, erfully lower eye pressure,” Tate ex-
If these new additions aren’t the surgery so that they select the best- adding, “It also helps to improve plains, “but the problem with those
future, they are – at the very least – fitting replacement lens. astigmatism correction outcomes.” older surgeries is they have a rela-
the current state of the art in oph- tively high complication rate and a
thalmology surgery. Minotty says this wavefront anal- “The ORA,” Tate explains, “can relatively high failure rate. And so,
ysis system is not available anyplace take extremely accurate measure- traditionally, those procedures have
That’s good news for the many else on the Treasure Coast; when ments of the astigmatism and also been sort of saved for patients who
millions of Americans in Vero Beach asked what it cost, all he would re- extremely accurate measurements are really in trouble or who really
and across the country who have veal was that it was “in the six-figure of what type of implant to put in the don’t have any other options avail-
cataracts, as well as to the 3 million range.” eye.” able to them.
more who suffer from glaucoma.
In earlier versions of cataract sur- “Let’s pretend you’re somebody The VISCO 360, according to Tate,
“Cataracts,” explains Tate, “are gery, measurements were taken be- who’s very, very near-sighted,” Tate is part of a MIGS – or micro-invasive
just a clouding of the lens inside the fore any incisions were made, but continues. “If you decide that you glaucoma surgery – trend. Unlike a
eye. By the time that you’re 60, 70 or even the most accomplished sur- want to have clear vision at distance stent procedure, nothing is left in-
80 years old, the lens in your eye is geons would admit there was always after your cataract surgery, we then side the eye but the procedure can
60, 70, 80 years old. It just starts to a margin of error to deal with in se- select the lens implant strength that dramatically ease the pressure on
get hazy and cloudy and typically lecting the proper replacement lens. would be appropriate to put in the the optic nerve. In fact, Tate says it
will get a bit yellowish and brown eye that would then correct your is “more powerful at lowering eye
over time. Eventually it gets cloudy Factors including any irregulari- nearsightedness for you.” pressure” than any stent.
enough that it starts to affect the vi- ties of the cornea or the presence of
sion.” an unusually thick or dense cataract Clearly excited about the new, Pausing only briefly, Tate then
could throw off those pre-operative high-tech tools in his optical tool- adds, “We do currently have a clini-
The solution? A surgical replace- calculations. box, Tate turns the conversation to cal study going on for patients with
ment of that lens. the VISCO 360. cataracts and glaucoma. People hav-
Because the ORA system provides ing cataract surgery who also have
According to the American Acad- real-time calculations during the It is, he says, “part of an increasing glaucoma would qualify. It is a post-
emy of Ophthalmology, the ORA surgery – including after the eye’s trend in ophthalmology of trying to approval FDA study, so anybody in-
“uses a wavefront analysis of the eye natural lens is removed – it allows find less invasive, safer surgeries for terested in that should call the [New
during surgery at the point after a Tate and his colleagues to select the patients with glaucoma that can be Vision] office” and see if they qualify.
cataract is removed and before the ideal replacement lens based on the used earlier in the disease process.”
replacement intra-ocular lens is in- eye’s physiology. In many cases it Dr. Stephen Tate is with New Vision
serted. The information obtained is can minimize or even eliminate the Glaucoma is caused by a build-up Eye Center at 1055 37th Place in Vero
then plugged into a mathematical need for a patient to wear glasses af- of pressure on the optic nerve, and if Beach, directly across from the hospital.
formula that can then calculate the ter their cataract surgery. left untreated can and does result in The phone number is 772-257-8700. 
proper intra-ocular lens” for each permanent blindness.
individual patient. Tate puts it more simply. “It is a
“Traditional glaucoma surger-

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All ‘write’! MasSpec Pen detects cancerous tissue

BY MARIA CANFIELD cologist Dr. Georgia Daniela Shapiro
Correspondent agrees, saying the device has tremen-
dous potential to more effectively and
Researchers from the University of efficiently detect cancer cells during
Texas at Austin believe their newly- oncologic surgery.
created device, called the MasSpec
Pen, may transform cancer treatment When surgery is used as a treat-
by vastly improving the accuracy of ment strategy for cancer, the goal is to
cancer surgery and reducing the risk detect and remove cancerous tissue,
of recurrence, and Vero Beach on- preventing it from spreading to other
parts of the body. However, it can be

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difficult for surgeons to distinguish odds that surgeons really do remove The researchers recently reported to be much more precise in what tissue
between healthy and cancerous tis- every last trace of cancer during sur- their findings in the journal Science we remove and what we leave behind.”
sue, which can result in surgeons re- gery.” Translational Medicine. Study leader
moving healthy tissue to be on the Eberlin says, “What is incredible is that The MasSpec Pen will have to un-
safe side, making surgery more trau- Dr. Shapiro agrees, saying, “It is through this simple and gentle chemi- dergo further testing and be approved
matic, or in cancer cells remaining in extremely exciting to see this type cal process, the MasSpec Pen rapidly by the FDA before it can be used in sur-
the body. of technology on the horizon. For provides diagnostic molecular infor- gical settings. In the meantime, there
any patient and their family, a more mation without causing tissue dam- is a device, called MarginProbe, which
That’s where the MasSpec Pen accurate method to detect cancer – age.” won FDA approval in 2013 for use in
comes in. Without getting too tech- whether it be before surgery, during, breast lumpectomies. It uses radio-fre-
nical, the device works by identify- or after – would be invaluable in the Study co-author James Suliburk, quency electrical fields to differentiate
ing tissue metabolites – substances fight against cancer. It would also be of the Baylor College of Medicine in between cancerous and normal tissue
necessary for metabolism – that are incredibly impactful in helping al- Houston, says, “Any time we can of- in real time.
unique to cancer cells, using an ana- leviate the anxiety that patients and fer the patient a more precise surgery,
lytical technique called mass spec- their loved ones often experience as a quicker surgery, or a safer surgery, Dr. Shapiro practices as part of Scott,
trometry. they wonder if all the cancer cells that’s something we want to do. This Weeks, McGarry & Shapiro, located at
were removed.” technology does all three. It allows us 1460 36th St in Vero Beach; the office
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research team “trained” the device’s
software to distinguish between can-
cerous and non-cancerous tissue by
inputting data from hundreds of hu-
man tissue samples. Later, when test-
ed on 253 tissue samples from both
healthy patients and patients with
cancer, the device took around 10
seconds to identify cancerous tissue,
with 96.3 percent accuracy.

Dr. Shapiro inserts one caveat in
the face of these impressive results.
“While it does have significant poten-
tial, it should be noted that there was a
relatively small number of tissue sam-
ples utilized in the study,” she says.
“As such, further confirmation of the
results on a larger scale sample would
be ideal.”

Currently, “frozen section analy-
sis” (cryosection) is commonly used
to assess tissues as being cancerous
or non-cancerous. In this technique,
a tissue sample is taken from the pa-
tient during surgery and transferred
to a laboratory, frozen, and then as-
sessed by a pathologist. But this is
sometimes a slow process, which can
increase a patient’s risk of surgery-re-
lated complications.

Vero’s Dr. Shapiro believes a poten-
tial alternative to cryosection, such
as offered by the MasSpec Pen, is im-
portant. In addition to the slowness of
the cryosection process, she says the
MasSpec Pen “could help reduce the
number of procedures, and thus re-
duce both the physical and emotional
stress that is endured with repeated
biopsies related to the continued pres-
ence of disease.”

Cancer is the second leading cause
of death in the United States; only
heart disease claims more lives. One
of every four deaths in the United
States is due to cancer. In 2016, more
than 1.6 million new cases were diag-
nosed, and nearly 600,000 people died
from various forms of the disease.

Study leader Livia Schiavinato Eber-
lin says, “If you talk to cancer patients
after surgery, one of the first things
many will say is ‘I hope the surgeon
got all the cancer out.’ It’s just heart-
breaking when that’s not the case. Our
technology could vastly improve the

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What gives? The psychology of donating blood

BY AMY ELLIS NUTT several city blocks. According to one Yet every year, less than 10 percent for only four to six weeks (and can’t be
Washington Post woman’s tweet, it took seven hours or of those who are eligible to give blood frozen for later use), there is a continual
more to get to the front of the line. do so, according to the American Red need for the precious fluid.
It happens after every disaster, Cross, though blood is needed some-
whether natural or human-made. Be- Time and time again it’s the same sto- where in the United States every two In a study published in the Journal
fore the floods recede or the crime tape ry. When two bombs shredded scores seconds. So what gives? of Consumer Research in September,
is removed, hundreds will line up to of runners and fans at the 2103 Boston researchers found that independent-
donate their blood. Marathon, media outlets reported that Some experts say it is the need to act, minded folks view public appeals from
some participants who had crossed the more than it is the act of donating. blood centers as a social pressure to be
Less than 24 hours after the mass finish line kept running – right to Mas- like everyone else. But during a national
shooting in Las Vegas, a line of people sachusetts General, around the corner, “Every time there’s a disaster or an emergency, when everyone’s focus is on
twisted from a blood center around to donate blood. attack, in those moments people feel the public tragedy, there is a commu-
like they don’t have control over that nal willingness to do something that is
situation,” said Arthur Markman, a clearly not felt at other times of the year.
psychology professor at the University
of Texas at Austin. “One response is to Markman cites another reason for
reassert your control … You look for the soaring number of blood donations
something tangible to do that allows in the aftermath of events like the Las
you to take control.” Vegas massacre: the psychological the-
ory of terror management.
To fill the daily need of patients at the
nation’s 2,600 hospitals, the American “The theory of terror management
Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 taps into how existential concerns mo-
blood donations every day, according tivate people,” Colin Zestcott told the
to its website. Yet in 2017, blood drives Washington Post last year. Zestcott,
across the United States have seen far formerly at the University of Arizona,
fewer donors than in the past, say Red is now a psychologist at the State Uni-
Cross officials. It was so bad this sum- versity of New York at Geneseo. “When
mer, on July 5 the organization said it people are worried about their mortal-
was 61,000 donors short of what was ity they want to maintain self-esteem
immediately needed. and grab on to anything that makes
them feel like they’ll live on.” 
Because fresh blood can be stored

BY MATTHEW BOYLE | BLOOMBERG new. What’s different is that Best health-and-wellness departments in smart-home installation program in
Buy Co., better known for hawking Best Buy’s more than 1,000 stores. several West Coast cities.
Jane Helgesen had a rough night TVs and computers than for selling
recently, as nausea kept the 71-year- geriatric-care products, is wiring it Joly concedes it’s a bit of a stretch for All of these systems could easily be
old retired nurse scurrying to the all together. The electronics retailer, the electronics retailer: “We’re not top tailored to keep an eye on the elderly.
bathroom. A sensor under the bed which sells an entry-level package of of mind” in the geriatric-care market.
recorded her comings and goings, gear for $389.96 (installation costs an Fueling the interest in monitoring
sending alerts to her daughter, Britt, extra $199), also provides a monitor- For now, Best Buy is one of a num- aging relatives remotely are some
who lives nearby. ing service for $29 a month. ber of consumer and tech companies compelling demographics. By 2020
jockeying for position in a race for a about 45 million Americans will be
Feeling better the next day, Hel- Helgesen’s home is a proving likely $50 billion market to remotely caring for 117 million seniors, spend-
gesen used a doorbell camera to ground for this fledgling unit, called look after grandma. Joly calls it “white ing on everything from food delivery
welcome guests, whose images are Assured Living, now open for busi- space waiting to be captured.” to safety and health monitors.
displayed on her rose-gold iPhone, ness in Denver as well as the Twin
which she also uses to unlock the Cities area. If the two test markets Google, Microsoft, and Samsung Research by the AARP and con-
front door and tweak the thermo- work out, Best Buy Chief Executive are all going after the smart-home sultants Parks Associates found that
stat. Officer Hubert Joly envisions rolling market with networked gear such as caregivers will spend an average of
out a broader business of sensor- security cameras and thermostats $509 annually for each person they
The smart gadgets in Helgesen’s based senior services, sold through that can be managed by voice con- tend to by 2021, a 69 percent in-
three-bedroom townhouse aren’t trollers or smartphones. Amazon. crease from 2016. That number is
com Inc. has already introduced a only likely to rise.

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Caregivers are typically busy with their Can Best Buy compete in this un- venture-backed startups, most offer- ans of Apple Inc. and EBay Inc., erred
own kids and jobs, so beyond the direct familiar world? “When you think of ing some type of tech-enabled service. by ramping up too quickly and sell-
spending lies an additional $522 billion home health care, you don’t think of Nobody has yet cornered the market ing directly to consumers, rather than
annually in income lost because of time Best Buy,” says John Hopper, chief in- and many have faltered. through established industry partners,
spent on elder care, the Rand Corp. esti- vestment officer of Ziegler Link-Age according to Laurie Orlov, founder
mates. Three out of four caregivers want Longevity Fund LP, which invests in One example is Lively, a senior home- of industry researcher Aging in Place
to use technology to make their duties companies targeting seniors. “They do monitoring service backed by Maveron, Technology Watch. The company fiz-
easier, but only 7 percent have actually have to create some bona fides.” the consumer-focused venture capital zled and was quietly acquired last year
done so, according to a 2016 study spon- firm co-founded by Starbucks Corp. Ex- by GreatCall, a San Diego-based maker
sored by AARP and others. The prospect of a booming geriat- ecutive Chairman Howard Schultz. of senior-friendly devices.
ric market has given rise to a slew of
The Bay Area startup, run by veter-

Britt Stanton, left, and her mother, Jane Helgesen. Stanton signed her Joly says he’s learned from oth-
mother up for the Assured Living program shortly after it became available. ers’ mistakes. In Denver, Best Buy
has teamed up with insurer United-
Viewing the doorbell camera of Helgesen’s Health Group Inc., which layers the
home on the Assured Living app on personal touch of wellness coaching
her daughter’s iPhone. from trained dietitians and exercise
physiologists on top of the smart-
home network for $59 a month. That
price includes installation, plus a
data-collecting base station, but the
rest of the hardware is sold sepa-
rately and typically costs a few hun-
dred dollars per home. It’s not cheap,
but it’s much less than the $3,500 a
month that space in an assisted-liv-
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“We don’t have enough long-term-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 A motion sensor blends in with decorations
above the kitchen sink in Helgesen’s home.
at home,” says Dr. Rhonda Randall, Below: Helgesen’s Amazon Echo integrates
chief medical officer of UnitedHealth-
care Retiree Solutions. “But they may into Best Buy’s Assured Living system.
be nervous about that.”
“We don’t have enough
To put older consumers at ease, long-term-care facilities to
Best Buy is using a specially trained
sales team to advise them and their take care of people, and
caregivers on what to purchase, while 90 percent of seniors want
installation is handled by its Geek
Squad tech-support crew. One early to stay at home”
lesson, says AJ McDougall, the gener-
al manager in charge of the program:
“We have lots of dementia cases, so
they got specific training for that.”

“Best Buy’s staff needs to have some
inkling about who these people are,”
says Jody Holtzman, senior vice presi-
dent for market innovation at the AARP.
“You have to have something that reso-
nates with the senior as well as the care-
giver who is writing the check.”

Helgesen, for instance, thought at
first that she was “a little young” to need
a houseful of gadgets tracking her daily
routine. She even got rid of the sensor in
her favorite living-room chair soon after
it was installed because she didn’t think
it was needed. But she likes the bed sen-
sor’s ability to log her time asleep each
night – six hours and 12 minutes, on av-
erage. Daughter Britt’s concerned reac-
tion to receiving that data: “You should
get more sleep, Mom.”

Meeting the often conflicting needs

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of seniors and their children is the big- that already sell geriatric products in – welcomes the competition as a sign That could change as more com-
gest challenge, experts say. “It can’t just you guessed it – Best Buy stores. One that senior care is “finally becoming panies begin targeting customers
be about calming the nerves of the adult of those is GreatCall, which has offered sexy.” He thinks the entry of companies like Helgesen, who broke her toe just
caregiver,” says Laura Carstensen, direc- its senior-friendly phones and medi- with established marketing savvy will weeks before she got the smart-home
tor of the Stanford Center on Longevity. cal-alert devices at Best Buy for about help all players. “This market has been setup. “I wish I had that smart doorbell
a decade. held back because there is a lack of con- working then,” she sighs. “It’s really
As Best Buy proceeds, it could find sumer brands in this space,” Inns says. made a difference.” 
itself competing against companies GreatCall CEO David Inns says he

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An electric-car future? Time to take this seriously?

When General Motors pledged last week to launch all about transportation, aren’t traditionally known by limiting auto and other carbon-based emissions is
at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years, for agility and speed. “It’s an evolutionary industry,” also demonstrating staying power.
it was more than the usual new-product announce- Mr. Smith says, “not necessarily one that does revolu-
ment. It was a sign of how the global auto industry tion well.” These trends present vast opportunities. GM chief
is being pushed toward a vision of rapid and radical executive officer Mary Barra is eyeing a goal of “zero
change. At the moment, EVs account for barely 1 percent crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.”
of US or global sales, and even Tesla has been strug-
It came, after all, just about three weeks after gling to ramp up assembly to meet promised deliv- But it also comes with risks and uncertainties.
news that China, the world’s largest car market, is eries for its newly launched Model 3 – aiming at a “Nothing is inevitable in the near term,” Ms. Cul-
“formulating a timetable to stop production and mass market with base prices around $35,000. That’s len says.
sales of traditional energy vehicles,” according to proof, if nothing else, that making cars isn’t easy. The safe thing for the auto giants is not to be caught
one ministry official. flat-footed if and when the crossover happens. But
Judging on that basis, the vaunted EV revolution that kind of “safe” carries lots of risk. The speed will
That’s a prospect global carmakers can’t afford to is little more than a sketchpad dream. This is a chal- depend on everything from pricing and consumer
ignore. Yet even as China’s rising influence is ines- lenging and cost-intensive business. Aspirations tastes to likely glitches as automakers face both fierce
capable, that nation’s move is rooted in something like those of Britain and France to end sales of gas- competition – including from new entrants – and the
more fundamental. powered cars by 2040 could easily be foiled, even if need for billion-dollar factory investments.
manufacturers try to deliver. “Are there enough batteries?” asked Michael Lieb-
Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars reich, head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, at a
can do, how consumers use them, and how much an But here’s what’s changed. presentation a couple of weeks ago. Despite abound-
electric vehicle (EV) will cost. The stock price of Tesla, “Technology is getting cheaper,” says Genevieve ing doubts today, he said “the answer is, there will be.
rivaling GM’s and Ford’s market value for its perceived Cullen of the Electric Drive Transportation Associa- There will be a huge investment in the supply chain.
EV leadership, is another straw in the wind. tion in Washington, a group promoting electric, hy- There’s no natural limitation of availability of those
brid, and fuel-cell vehicles. elements.”
The realm of personalized transit is on track to be In particular, the falling cost of lithium-ion batter- He projected that EVs will reach 54 percent of
massively reshaped, and possibly at a much quicker ies brings a tipping point into view. By 2025 or even new-car sales by 2040, and soar still higher after
pace than industry leaders from Detroit to Tokyo sooner, it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have that. Some other forecasters offer a similar outlook.
could have imagined just a very short time ago. no cost disadvantage compared with internal com- Already it’s clear that partnerships will be a path
bustion engines, according to analysis by Bloom- toward sharing the risks and costs. China may be-
“It is revolutionary. It is a huge, fundamental berg New Energy Finance, an energy research group. come not just a locus of EV demand but of produc-
change,” says Brett Smith, a technology expert at the That’s vital, because even with consumers who tion for export. But the transformation won’t nec-
Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. are interested and governments promoting a switch essarily be smooth or profitable, or its pace easily
“There’s a much greater understating that things are over, affordability matters a lot. Auto customers, predictable.
happening fast.” from families to businesses with fleets, need trans- “There’s some balance between what consumers
portation that doesn’t break the bank. will accept and what regulators will require,” says
GM’s announcement followed a spate of other EV When that tipping point is reached, the EV share Mr. Smith. If the two aren’t well enough aligned,
commitments in recent months including by Volk- of overall car sales could quickly skyrocket. “there can be some spectacular wipeouts here.”
swagen and Volvo, which is owned by China-based What makes things even wilder, for consumers Yet a shift has happened deep in the bowels of
Geely. And last week other carmakers have chimed in. and carmakers alike, is that the trend toward electric companies like GM, he says. Engineers who a few
drivetrains will be coinciding with other tech-related years ago didn’t see EVs as cost-competitive now
Ford, often seen as a laggard in the EV push, an- changes. The rise of ride-sharing services like Uber seem open. “More and more people are saying it
nounced a big cost-cutting effort on Oct. 3, partly and Lyft, as an alternative or supplement to per- might happen.” 
with the aim of ramping up battery and hybrid gas/ sonal ownership, won’t go away. Nor will the trend This column by Mark Trumbull is from the Chris-
electric vehicles. And Honda, in similar vein, an- toward cars with growing ability to drive themselves. tian Science Monitor.
nounced factory overhauls, citing an industry that Internationally, the push to dampen climate change
“is undergoing an unprecedented and significant
turning point in its history.”

It’s notable that the mood of an unstoppable trans-
formation is building among corporations that, while

ARTHRITIS, PART II you may be able to reduce pain, improve function, prevent further © 2017 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
joint damage and go into remission.
While the term arthritis usually refers to joint pain or joint disease,
some types of arthritis affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin.  Infectious Arthritis
Sometimes permanent arthritic joint changes are visible — such as
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are invisible, discernable only on X-ray. If a bacterium, fungus or virus enters a joint, it can trigger an infection
that leads to inflammation. Organisms such as salmonella (food poi-
Last time we discussed the most common form of arthritis--degener- soning); shigella (contamination); chlamydia and gonorrhea (sexually-
ative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis. Today we’ll conclude with transmitted diseases); and hepatitis C (a blood-to-blood infection, of-
information about inflammatory, infectious and metabolic arthritis. ten spread through shared needles or transfusions) can infect joints. If
antibiotics are administered in a timely manner, the joint infection may
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(such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis)  Metabolic Arthritis (such as Gout)

If you are in good health, your immune system eradicates an infection Gout, a type of metabolic arthritis, is different from other forms of ar-
and prevents disease by producing inflammation. But, if your immune thritis. Gout occurs when high levels of uric acid circulate in the blood
system runs askew, it can erroneously inflame and attack your joints, which causes urate crystals to settle in the tissues of the joints. Uric
causing joint erosion, or damage your internal organs, eyes and other acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, a substance found in
parts of your body, resulting in rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. human cells and in many foods. Some people naturally produce more
uric acid than their bodies need. An excess of uric acid builds up and
Researchers believe that autoimmunity (when your own body’s im- forms needle-like crystals in the joint, resulting in sudden spikes of
mune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells and tissues) can extreme joint pain — a gout attack. Gout can come and go. If uric acid
be triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. levels are not successfully reduced, the problem can become chronic
One example of an environmental risk factor is smoking. Smokers and and cause ongoing pain and disability.
people with specific genes have a greater risk of developing rheuma-
toid arthritis. SEEK CARE

If you have an autoimmune or inflammatory type of arthritis, early If you think you may have arthritis, talk to your primary care physi-
diagnosis and aggressive treatment is imperative. cian, who can refer you to a rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon or
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By catching the problem early you may be able to slow, minimize — and tist, as needed. 
even prevent — permanent joint damage. By using one or more medi-
cations known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS), Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always wel-
come. Email us at [email protected].

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Vladimir Putin has now served as crackdown. She has already written by many millions. Gessen seeks to logue and promoter of what we now
Russia’s supreme leader longer than several chronicles of Putin and his head this off by quoting theorists think of as Putinism.
anyone since Stalin. With 17 years era, including a best-selling biogra- of totalitarianism such as Han-
in office and counting, Putin last phy, “The Man Without a Face.” Her nah Arendt and Erich Fromm and The third is the book’s unlikely
month surpassed the record of Leonid scathing essays in the New York Re- arguing that, as one of her charac- star, sociologist Lev Gudkov, who re-
Brezhnev, the bushy-browed Politburo view of Books warning of President ters puts it, Russia’s is a “recurrent mains stubbornly data-driven even
chief whose seemingly endless tenure Trump’s flirtation with Putin and totalitarianism, like a recurrent as the numbers tell a story he doesn’t
from the 1960s to the early 1980s be- his creeping authoritarianism have infection; as with an infection, the want to hear.
came a byword for Cold War stagna- made her a public intellectual with a recurrence might not be as deadly
tion. And Putin shows no signs of giv- viral following. as the original disease, but the We first meet Gudkov as a young
ing up power anytime soon; the former symptoms would be recognizable disciple of the late Yuri Levada, the
KGB lieutenant colonel who became But this is by far Gessen’s best from when it had struck the first pioneer of independent survey re-
president on New Year’s Eve in 1999 at book, a sweeping intellectual history time.” search in the Soviet Union, and to-
age 47 faces certain reelection to an- of Russia over the past four decades, gether they set out to document the
other six-year term next year. told through a Tolstoyan gallery of Whatever you call Putin’s Russia, end of Homo Sovieticus. But as the
characters. It makes a convincing you don’t need to agree with Gessen’s book proceeds, Gudkov confronts
By now, Putin has inspired, pro- if depressing case that Homo Sovi- inflammatory label to find her book instead the resilience and resurrec-
voked and otherwise provided fod- eticus, that unique species created a a sad, compelling indictment of the tion of what he comes to believe is a
der for shelves of books seeking to ex- century ago with the Bolshevik Revo- country where she was born, a country totalitarian mind-set in the people as
plain his remarkable rise – and even lution, did not die out along with the so traumatized by its monstrous past well as their rulers.
more his remarkable hold on power. Soviet Union. that it seems intent on repeating it.
Few are as ambitious, timely, insight- The data did not lie. Even as early
ful and unsparing as Masha Gessen’s If that part of her case seems in- The death of the Russian future was as 1994 – a full decade before Putin
latest, “The Future Is History: How arguable, Gessen’s provocative con- anything but preordained, a fact that would call the breakup of the Soviet
Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.” clusion that Putin’s Russia is just as is hard to remember now that Putin Union “the greatest geopolitical ca-
much a totalitarian society as Stalin’s has reigned for so long and looms so tastrophe” of the 20th century – polls
Gessen is a Russian-born journalist Soviet Union or Hitler’s Germany large in our American politics amid found that just 8 percent believed
and author who returned to Moscow may not convince all readers. Many the investigations of his intervention that the Soviet collapse had been a
to cover its brief democratic open- will register skepticism about the ter- in the 2016 U.S. election. positive development, and 75 per-
ing after the collapse of the Soviet minology, given its association with cent thought it had done more harm
Union, only to emigrate once again murderous 20th-century despots But it is worth remembering none- than good.
to the United States amid Putin’s whose victims outnumbered Putin’s theless. Because Putin in fact started
out as the unlikeliest of Russian pres- By far the freshest and most reve-
idents, one few thought might one latory parts of “The Future Is His-
day challenge Stalin for the modern tory” are those when Gessen takes us
record in the Kremlin. deep inside these past few years, as
it becomes clear that Putin’s Russia is
What makes the book so worth- now what scholars call an aggressive,
while are its keen observations about revisionist power, invading neigh-
Russia from the point of view of those bors such as Georgia and Ukraine
experiencing its return to a heavy- and squelching dissent at home.
handed state. It helps that Gessen is a
participant, and not just an observer, Gessen argues that two events
able to translate that world adeptly stand out as decisive moments in
for Western readers. Her footnotes Russia’s return to totalitarianism:
are filled with Russian-language the Bolotnaya Square protests of 2012
sources that distinguish Gessen and the Crimea takeover of 2014. Her
from her peers whose first language reporting on these events is particu-
is English, and the book has many larly strong, and you feel right there
insights that could come only from on the streets with characters such
Gessen’s living in Moscow. as Masha and the two Nemtsovs as
they realize, finally, that “budush-
Early on, for example, she hits on the chego net” – “there is no future” of
perfect metaphor for how Gorbachev’s the book’s title. 
perestroika reforms were greeted in
the stifling intellectual environment THE FUTURE IS HISTORY
of Moscow in the 1980s: She imagines How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
them as a blast of air coming through
the tiny fortochka windows found in By Masha Gessen
every city apartment in Russia, a fresh Riverhead. 515 pp. $28
burst of oxygen injected into an oth- Review by Susan B. Glasser
erwise hermetically-sealed-for-winter The Washington Post
Soviet room.

At its heart, this is a book about the
Moscow intelligentsia by one of its
own, and Gessen manages to write
compellingly about the wonky aca-
demic types who tried to understand
the seismic changes in their country,
while trying to imagine a new one.
One of the three intellectuals she
follows is Marina Arutyunyan, who
brings Western psychoanalysis to a
Russia sorely in need of therapy; an-
other is Aleksandr Dugin, who dab-
bles in what he calls National Bol-
shevism before becoming Russia’s
leading right-wing nationalist ideo-

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Today, Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) is call impartial or disinterested. France and the Holy Roman Empire, all protested loudly that they could
usually remembered only as the au- Vasari badmouths his enemies and the tragic histories of various have done the same thing, he replied,
thor of “The Lives of the Most Excel- (such as Cellini), while his no- members of the Medici family (half laughing, that then they should also
lent Painters, Sculptors, and Archi- vella-length account of Michel- of whom seem to be named Lorenzo). have known how to vault the cupola.”
tects,” one of the foundational works angelo approaches hagiography.
of art history and a book nearly as Moreover, rather than verify his Not least, Rowland and Charney Even now, Brunelleschi’s elegant
entertaining as its models, Plutarch’s facts, he tends to “print the leg- relate much piquant trivia. For in- Duomo is the centerpiece of innu-
“Lives of the Noble Grecians and Ro- end.” Did the young Giotto really stance, “In the Middle Ages, lapis merable postcards mailed from Flor-
mans” and Suetonius’s “Lives of the draw a perfect O when asked to lazuli cost more by weight than saf- ence.
Caesars.” In its fullest edition, Vasari supply an example of his work? fron or gold and, for this reason, was
presents gossipy biographical por- Did Piero di Cosimo really live usually reserved for the garment of Such historical tidbits are unques-
traits of seemingly all of Renaissance almost entirely on hard-boiled the Virgin Mary.” When the bubonic tionably entertaining, but they also
Italy’s major (and minor) artists, in- eggs? Maybe, maybe not. Some plague struck, the few shops that re- render “The Collector of Lives” a bit
cluding Cimabue, Leonardo, Botti- stories are too good to check. mained open “passed goods to cus- of a hodgepodge – unless, of course,
celli, Raphael, Titian and Michelan- tomers through an iron grate, forbid- the authors are deliberately emulat-
gelo. Rowland lives in Rome and is ding them to come inside. Customers ing what the period’s rhetoricians
the author of a fine biography of placed their coins in a bowl rather called “copia,” a flowery abundance.
As Ingrid Rowland and Noah Char- the philosopher Giordano Bruno than in the shopkeeper’s hand, and After a sensationalistic opening –
ney remind us in “The Collector of and of a guide to Pompeii ; Char- the bowl’s contents were then tipped Could there be a lost Leonardo be-
Lives,” scholars still turn to Vasari ney, who resides in Slovenia, into a jar of water to wash away po- hind a Vasari fresco? – the book does
as a primary source, albeit with cau- founded the Association for Re- tential contaminants.” In Michelan- settle down, but many points are
tion: He is hardly what one would search Into Crimes Against Art. gelo’s “Last Judgment,” Christ is “so tediously repeated: Once we’re told
How these two scholars came to muscle-bound that he has an eight- that “Uccello” means “bird” or that
work together isn’t made clear, pack instead of a six-pack.” The artist pornographer Pietro Aretino died
but their book’s subtitle, “Giorgio who punched Michelangelo and gave laughing at a dirty joke, we don’t
Vasari and the Invention of Art,” him that famous broken nose – his need to be told again, let alone three
seems a somewhat audacious name was Torrigiano – eventually times, as we are the anecdote about
claim. Perhaps “the invention of emigrated to England “where he cre- the young Leonardo depicting an
art history” would be more accurate? ated some of the finest sculpture in angel so beautifully that his teacher
Though mainly a life of Vasari – Westminster Abbey.” Verrocchio gave up painting and de-
and one contending that he is a ma- cided to stick with sculpture. I’m sor-
jor – their book also touches on many Interspersed with these factoids ry to add, too, that lax proofreading
of the civic, intellectual and aes- are numerous stories taken from has resulted in words dropped from
thetic currents of 16th-century Italy. Vasari’s “Lives” itself. For example, sentences, some grammatical errors
Consequently, the reader will learn when Italy’s best architects were (“no one could never”) and a particu-
about the painting “factories” of es- competing for the commission to de- larly embarrassing misspelling in the
tablished masters, the intricacies of sign the complicated dome for Flor- acknowledgments (Robert Silbers for
the patronage system, how to work in ence’s new cathedral, one of them Robert Silvers).
egg tempera, the cultural influence – Filippo Brunelleschi – proposed a
of the Platonist Marsilio Ficino and contest: “Whoever could balance an Because of these blemishes, “The
the rivalry between Florentine art egg upright on a marble slab should Collector of Lives” lacks anything ap-
based on disegno – a word meaning make the cupola … An egg was pro- proaching Raphael-like perfection.
“design” or “drawing” and implying vided, and all these masters tried to You should read it anyway. 
careful preparation – and the more make it stand up straight, but none
freewheeling colorism of Titian and could find the way. When they finally THE COLLECTOR OF LIVES
the Venetian school. Other pages told Filippo to make it stand still, he Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
track contemporary papal politics, graciously took the egg, smashed its
the wars of the Italian city-states with bottom onto the surface of the mar- By Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney
ble — and up it stood. When they Norton. 420 pp. $29.95
Review by Michael Dirda
The Washington Post


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Bonzo meets pretty Pixie, an itsy-bitsy Mini Miki

Hi Dog Buddies! “No need to be nervous,” I assured PixiPeHOHTOaGdOlReDyO,NMRAiDnFiO-RMD iki. When she had daintily scarfed
her as we got settled. “Just tell how you down her treat, she said, “Some-
I’m pretty sure Pixie Hadley is the found your Mom an Dad, an a liddle with times Mom forgets to microwave
liddlest pooch I’ve ever met. She sent about your life, too. I must say you each other. But I like to my dinner. Then I sit by my bowl
me a Woofmail a while back wonderin’ look like a Showdog.” hang with humans mostly. I have a bed an look at her, then at the bowl,
whether I’d be innerested in interview- in every room, an I get a lovely evening then her, then the bowl … till she
ing her. Of course I would, so we set it She giggled. “I get that a lot. Most of walk. If I’m too pooped (I just turned gets the hint. I mean, even though
up. I was especially intrigued cuz she us are, I think. Mom had seen a pik- 13), Mom pushes me in my carriage so it’s only for 5 seconds, I think one’s
said she was from a place I’d never sure of a Miki and thought it was the she can get her exercise. I don’t swim, meal should be served at precisely
heard of – Far-Go, North Duh-coda cutest poocheroo she’d ever seen. but I like to float around on Mom’s air the right temperature to ensure max-
– and she was also a breed I’d never Then she saw a piksure of ME on mattress. An I love my baths, ’specially imum enjoyment, don’t you? Do you
heard of – a Mini Miki (which made me my breeder’s Facebook page and the part where Mom dries me off with a think that makes me spoiled?”
think of those two mouse movie stars). called right away, but they were all warm, fluffy towel right out of the dry- “Um, I, well, uh …” I responded
So I got busy and Googled. out of puppies by then. Mom was er. I get a kick outta watchin’ birds an suavely. “I noticed you’re not very
bummed, but then the lady said squirrels an lizards, but I never chase barky. That’s sorta unusual for a
I think it’s called Far-Go cuz you she had one pooch left, ME, but I ’em. Once, one of those big Sandhill pooch of your, well, your diminutive
hafta go really far to get there. You go was 8 months old (most humans Cranes squawked at me an flapped her stature.”
wa-ay up, then you turn left and go way buyin’ purebreds want liddle pup- wings cuz she hadda buncha babies, “That’s true. I only bark at the door-
farther. And you should bring lunch an pies). She said me an my sister had but I remained cool. I believe in Live an bell. When Dad can’t find me, he just
a sweater. Anyway, then I Googled Mini been adopted by a lady in Dal- Let Live, don’t you?” rings the doorbell, then follows the
Mikis and found out they were only in- las, but the lady went to heaven barks. Ackshully, I also bark when
vented in the ’80s, an humans consider an we went back to the breeder. I nodded, deciding not to mention me an Dad are watchin’ the Chicago
’em rare. They look like a cross between Then my sister was adopted an moved several squirrels of my acquaintance. Bears on TV. But he barks wa-ay loud-
a Japanese Chin, a Maltese an a Papil- to New York City. So there I was. Well, er than me. Come’on out front, I’ll
lon. (Didja know Papillon is French for Mom didn’t care that I wasn’t a liddle “I get treats, too! When Dad comes show you the special place Dad made
‘butterfly,’ an Papillon pooches have puppy. She just wanted a smart, cute, home, an when I Do My Doodie, an be- me, Pixie’s Park.”
big fluffy, fringy ears that ackshully quiet pooch – which I was. The minute fore bed. Soon as I hear Dad opening It was an enclosed semi-circle of
look like butterfly wings, which Pixie’s we saw each other We KNEW! the treat bag, I zoom over an do pirou- hedge, with plants, bushes and toys
totally do. They’re SO cute.) ettes.” for playin,’ sniffin’ and snoozin,’ an a
“Cool Dog Biscuits,” I exclaimed. secret path leading in. Pawsome!
So, we rang the bell, heard some “Totally. So Mom flew out to Far- Her Dad got out the treat bag and Heading home, I was thinking of
barks, then the door opened and out Go and picked me up an off we went. Pixie executed several graceful twirls. petite Pixie pirouetting for a Pup-Per-
she pranced for the Wag-a-Sniff like I didn’t know where I was going but I oni, an wondering if I could increase
she was in the ring at Westminster, this knew I was on an adVENture. We flew my snack allotment by mastering that
liddle white an gold poocheroo, Big back home to Missouri an I got to travel maneuver. Then I glanced down at
Sparkly Eyes, those butterfly ears and a a lot with Mom on her job, an do a lotta my clumsy paws. Perhaps I’ll just stay
fluffy curvy tail. Woof! fun stuff. Then we moved to Florida with my Irresistible Spaniel Eyes.
an Mom and Dad met each other. Dad
“Oh, goody, it’s Mr. Bonzo! Hello, Mr. had a Lab called Essie. Mom an Dad an The Bonz
Bonzo! I’m Pixie Hadley and this is my Me an Essie hit it off right away. So we
Mom Doris an my Dad Steve. I’m so ex- all Got Married. Everything was great. Don’t Be Shy
cited you answered my Woofmail! I’m Then Essie went to Dog Heaven. I still
a liddle nervous cuz I never had an in- miss her a lot, but I’m happy here with We are always looking for pets
nerview before. So, come’on, let’s go sit my Mom and Dad. with interesting stories.
down.” “I’m totally chill with other animals:
me an my neighbor Bella (a Maltese) To set up an interview, email
An off she trotted, into the living yap back-an-forth through our screen- [email protected].
room. This was gonna be fun. rooms. The cross-the-street neighbor
cat Percy even stayed with us when her
humans were away. We’re Cool Catnip

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A.N. Onymous said, “The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it A J 10 6 5 4
goes off.”
Finding the best defense against any contract is always satisfying. East-West were K52 EAST
happy at the end of this deal. 9432
9 A863
First, though, let’s look at the auction. North was a tad weak for the two-heart reverse, J9832
which promised a very good 16-20 points. In the tournament world, after this type of K 10 8 7
reverse, responder’s rebid of fourth suit or two no-trump, whichever is the cheaper,
artificially warns of a very weak hand. This North-South pair did not have that agreement, KQ8
so South rebid two no-trump to show his club stoppers, wondering if they belonged in
no-trump or diamonds. North, aware of the previous overbid, suddenly passed. 54

West led his fourth-highest club. South might have won dummy’s king with his ace to SOUTH
take a diamond finesse, but that would not have worked well here. Instead, declarer won
on the board and played a spade to his jack. West made a commendable smooth duck. QJ97
Now South cashed his top clubs (East throwing a spade) and took the heart finesse (an
error here — a club would have been more successful). East won and worked to strand 6
declarer in the dummy. East cashed the spade ace, then led the heart 10 (in case South
had started with nine-doubleton). South won on the board and cashed the heart ace, 732
under which West carefully played the nine.
A Q 10 7 6
East won the next heart and led a spade to partner’s king. West cashed the club jack,
then pushed a diamond through the dummy to defeat the contract. Dealer: North; Vulnerable: North-South

The Bidding:

1 Diamonds Pass
1 Spades Pass 2 Hearts Pass LEAD:
2 NT Pass Pass Pass 3 Clubs




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ACROSS comedian 131 Astaire and Hugo 56 “One ___ days, The Washington Post
before he Alice ...”
1 Top-of-the-line switched DOWN SPACE EXPLORATION II By Merl Reagle
7 Redness instruments? 58 Gin fruit
74 Call off 1 Letters on Sputnik 59 Apple or capital
exemplar 75 The ___ Marbles 2 Showgirl in 65 Ft. Knox bar
11 Tranquillity Base 76 Improve, perhaps 66 Carpet style
77 One antacid Manilow’s 68 Folies Bergère
transit 79 “The” end “Copacabana”
15 Word on a bulb 82 Actress Ruby 3 Hear ___ drop designer, once
19 Plagiarized 84 Slangy money 4 Serenades 70 Remove a
20 Carbon and Iron 85 “You mean,” ___, 5 Unshakable
“I’m gonna be in 6 A word for God beaver’s work
are two of its The Godfather?!” 7 Insecticide 71 How Lindy did it
counties 88 Famous scene in 8 WWII theater 72 Floor for a spore?
21 Song for Don Fiddler Crab on 9 Turned on one’s 73 Elbower
José the Roof? ___ 78 Painter Édouard
22 Zeno’s place 93 Ransom’s baby 10 Casey was at it 79 “No matter how
23 Eastwood 94 Serengeti beast 11 He looked
discussing his 95 The British Isles, mahvelous hard ___ ...”
bloodier movies? for one 12 “Able was I ___ 80 Strawberry’s field,
25 Zsa Zsa on 96 “___ ...” (palindrome
darning socks? reconsidered” start) once
27 Eating reminder 97 Label 13 Home of Lake 81 One of three
28 Stubby end 99 Paintings by Paul Wobegon
29 Reason for 101 China-Korea 14 Hopalong’s sit- squares?
Madonna’s border river upon 83 Parts of sacs
bathroom clog? 102 Leader of the 15 “___ on together
31 Killy event pack, ...” (line from around hearts
34 Come-ons, of a perhaps “Suspicious 86 Fireplace prop
sort 103 Oil shortage? Minds”) 87 Luxuriant
35 Dash 107 Gilda’s Wawa 16 Jai ___ 89 Tom Collins
36 Flu, mono, etc.? 109 Chinese 17 Crockett’s birthpl.
40 Contact cleaner Casanova, maybe 18 Make, as doilies ingredient
suffix 110 George 24 Amounting to zip 90 Memorable role
41 Speed instrument, Washington 26 Rainy-day acct.
briefly portraitist 30 They’re on the for Anne Baxter
45 The dog’s 111 First thing you infrastructure 91 Wd. after bike
problem in learn repair list: abbr.
Turner and Hooch in vase class? 32 Dey job, once or business
46 “Camptown 114 Ugh relative 33 Samoa studier 92 Reacts to a long,
Races” horse 115 “Test’s over!” Margaret
47 Italian possessive 119 Spend time with 36 Mus. chord hard day
48 Home near Nome The 37 Exhorted 98 Argued heatedly
49 “___ to Pieces” Quayle Crayon 38 60 Minutes
50 Melmac wiseguy Book? curmudgeon about
53 Reason the Parks 120 Sequel to the film 39 Scorsese’s alma 100 Trellis, often
Service outlawed Thug Takes a mater, briefly 102 On
Pictionary picnics? Vacation? 40 Combustion need 103 Coal measure
57 Main thing that 124 Wait on the line 42 He’s Thicke 104 Monopolized, in a
happens in David 125 Fight night site 43 Fuel or drink
Mamet movies? 126 Word over a door 44 Oprah or Rosie way
60 Seuss character, 127 Puget Sound port 47 Playwright-director 105 Pinch from a
Sam-___ 128 She, in Florence David
61 Back on a bark 129 When most 48 Words said over a chain reaction
62 Puck stopper people work drumroll 106 North or South
63 N.J. neighbor 130 Mauritius sight, 51 Hero’s girl
64 Period for Pedro once 52 Dracula’s pain in place
65 Fritters (away) your neck 108 Great Rift Valley’s
67 Number of coins 54 Home delivery
in la fontana person? loc.
69 Story of a 55 Late actress Ina 109 First Oscar film
111 Contented

112 Social woes
113 Lots
116 Valentino, once
117 Roz Russell role
118 Young hawk,

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Lousy hubby says therapy’s pointless; for him it might be

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST who wants to have sex with his wife and be a good One Chance at Therapy Blown: And then
provider. We haven’t spoken in a day. there’s that unicorn of a therapist who can turn
Dear Carolyn: I have been a phone-addicted, therapy-bashing, blame-
asking my husband to go to I’m willing to try another therapist, one who shifting, defiantly lousy spouse into a good one.
therapy for more than five gives us the tools needed to understand our rela-
years and he always said a tionship. He says absolutely not, it is a waste of Maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe there are pro-
firm NO – absolutely not. After time. I am not happy, but I love him. He refuses fessionals gifted enough to ask the right combi-
a particularly nasty fight, he to budge. Am I a fool to leave my best friend and nation of questions to bring about the epiphany
conceded. secure marriage because he refuses to do the (not you seek: “Being humble, kind and generous
unreasonable) things I need to be happy? has inherent benefits for me, too, and not just
He just said, after three ses- the person I vowed to be nice to?! Whoa!”
sions, he thinks our marriage – One Chance at Therapy Blown
is fine; he doesn’t see a need to Or skilled enough to allay the fear of inti-
change to meet my needs – for example, to have macy so embedded in him that denying and
sex or kiss me, or spend less time on his phone; blaming you — tormenting you – is better, by
and I am just looking for excuses to leave. his calculations, than betraying vulnerability
This is not true. If he came to me and need- of any kind.
ed me to work on a behavior to remain happily
married, I would. But then the question becomes, how long are
I have my own therapist to work on some trau- you willing to be unhappy while you search for
ma and anxiety, and I am making progress. But this unicorn? The one your husband has pre-
he refuses to see anything wrong with his behav- refused to see?
iors and has an “If you don’t like it, leave” atti-
tude. Wanting a little attention from your mar-
Our therapist was less than helpful. She tend- riage is reasonable, and that’s the problem – the
ed to defer to his feelings more, trying to get me to modesty of your goal has seduced you into be-
understand his points of view. She asked us simple lieving it’s possible to achieve.
questions like, “How does that make you feel?” and But it’s not. Not from a guy who accepts your
“Do you hear him say …?” and offered us no guid- plainly stated unhappiness as preferable to drop-
ance beyond scheduling date nights. It was mad- ping his guard (or anything else) in any signifi-
dening, and I honestly think she was trying to tell cant way. He is a profoundly sad human being, if
me our marriage was probably over. you think about it.
My husband said I had embarrassed him by You at least have a path out of your sadness:
talking about our sex life, and wished me good luck your willingness to rethink your choices. So, no,
finding “that unicorn of a man,” meaning someone it’s not foolish at all to weigh whether you’re bet-
ter off now by yourself. 

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In dark times, fashion grapples for the next right look

BY ROBIN GIVHAN Thom Browne Spring 2018
The Washington Post

PARIS – Like every collection here, est dreams, can you see? What can
Thom Browne’s spring 2018 wom- you envision? Do you dream in color?
enswear had been conceived and
produced months ago. But his pre- There were coats and dresses that
sentation still felt necessary right looked as though they had been spun
now. On the final day of runway from glistening cobwebs. Other gar-
shows, Browne’s collection was light ments resembled thick coils circling
and fanciful. It was unapologetically the body. There were coats that were
beautiful even as it contemplated molded away from the back, as if the
both dreams and nightmares and the wearer was in a perpetual state of
strange nature of the deeply flawed flight. A black dress was embroidered
inhabitants of this planet. in white with the anatomy of a skel-
eton. A black and white jacket was like
Browne showed his collection to a topiary carved from ruffles.
a soundtrack from “The Little Mer-
maid,” and it opened with wob- The collection hinted at fitful
bling, dancing, otherworldly crea- dreams and cathartic nightmares. It
tures that pirouetted in circles and ended with a model dressed in white
stared at the audience in bemused leading a unicorn down the runway,
curiosity from behind the scrim of a feat made possible with larger-than-
their white orb-like helmets. In ar- life puppetry of “The Lion King” va-
ticulated dresses that could have riety. Believe in the impossible and
been molded from Play-Doh they sometimes it can be made real.
resembled dancing marshmallows
or Michelin ladies or maybe angelic It was the kind of finale that speaks
Botero paintings brought to life and to how so many designers of different
dancing en pointe. philosophies are able to find a home in
this city. Joseph Altuzarra, who grew
The first model down the runway up here but established his business
seemed to tower more than 6 feet in New York, had a homecoming. He
tall, teetering ever so slightly in ob- brought his collection of collage dress-
scenely high, chocolate-brown plat- es, silver jackets and spirited knits to
form heels. She moved slowly and the runway here. And Italy’s Miuccia
deliberately, wearing a slim mermaid Prada showed her quirky mix of grun-
gown in a pale-gray plaid with an gy – in a good way – separates, lace em-
embroidered knee-length jacket that broidery and knit bloomers.
looked impossibly delicate. Her hair
was slicked down and glistened in Whether it is the more experimen-
the light. She had a ghostly quality. tal collections such as Sacai and Un-
She looked like someone out of your dercover or the global powerhouses
dreams: vaguely unnerving, emo-
tionally captivating, magical. CONTINUED ON PAGE 50

Browne, who is American, has long
shown his menswear collection here.
But his womenswear had always de-
buted in New York, where it stood
out for its unabashed, expression-
istic aesthetic. For this Paris debut,
Browne brought his outsize imagi-
nation, a slew of exquisitely crafted
garments and a sense of wistful op-
timism that felt perfectly right for
these very dark times.

Browne weaves stories. His clothes
don’t function as costumes but are
the building blocks for an entirely
alternate universe, a different way of
being. He isn’t exactly an avant-garde
designer because his clothes aren’t
questioning the very definition of a
shirt; they aren’t unwearable ideas
that are mostly just trying to spark a

Browne makes clothes that test the
limits of your imagination. He asks
that you consider what, in your wild-

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Miu Miu Spring 2018

Altuzarra Spring 2018

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 49 satiny dresses that called to mind the hinted at the balance between work possible task of creating a utopia
silhouettes of the 1950s. Others were and play, professional lives versus faced by people who are constantly
such as Louis Vuitton, there’s a place wardrobed with references to the personal ones. Pinstripes contrast- fighting their demons. How do im-
for them all, and each speaks to the shape-shifting artist Cindy Sherman. ed with lace, menswear mixed with perfect people create something that
business of fashion and what is asked And finally, there were the ghostly femininity. With her trompe l’oeil is flawless?
of customers. twins from Stephen King’s “The Shin- techniques, it was impossible to dis-
ing.” Takahashi’s were wearing prim cern where a jacket ended and where Every season editors and retailers
Undercover’s Jun Takahashi is also little dresses, both in white but one a dress began. The lines are blurred try to assess what looks right for the
a storyteller, and for spring he was in- draped in red beading like streams of no matter how much we try to delin- moment. Clothes that seemed gor-
spired by the duality of human nature blood. eate them. geous and stylish a few years ago feel
– the light and dark in a single person, woefully wrong today. Why does brit-
the good and the bad. He expressed Chitose Abe’s collection for Sacai Rick Owens was exploring the im- tle, hairsprayed glamour seem so out
this idea with twins. One set wore

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