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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-05-24 14:07:04

05/25/2018 ISSUE 21

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PAGE B2 4 BREWERY SEEKS TO MOVE 9 WINE AND FILM FEST PAGE 14
TO RIVER HOUSE FACILITY HAS SPARKLING LINEUP
JURY DIDN’T BUY DOCTOR’S B2
STORY THAT HE WAS SET UP

MY TAKE Mental Health
Association
BY RAY MCNULTY leader retiring

Orthopedic practice takes
big hit from arrest, death

Local spine specialist John- Youth Sailing seen tacking toward Riverside site By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
ny Benjamin was arrested on [email protected]
drug charges on Oct. 12. The By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer community sailing center on tion, but the City Council is
next day, Vero Beach orthopedic [email protected] the lagoon-front property cur- charged with doing what we Dr. Robert Brugnoli, whose
surgeon Chris Talley went to the rently occupied by the munici- believe is in the best interests leadership at the Mental Health
hospital feeling seriously ill. Vero Beach Mayor Harry pal power plant, adjacent to the of the city,” Howle said. “And Association turned the agency
Howle said last weekend that 17th Street Bridge. the fact is, that’s a prime piece around when it was at the brink
Six months later ... he believes “there’s no real of property. of collapse five years ago, has in-
Benjamin was found guilty chance” the City Council will “From a sailing standpoint, formed the agency he intends to
by a jury in West Palm Beach on approve the construction of a that’s probably the best loca- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 retire at the end of this year.
April 27 and faces the possibility
of spending the rest of his life in Brugnoli, a native of Staten Is-
prison. The next day, Talley died land, N.Y., who holds doctoral
from complications related to degrees in clinical and school psy-
pancreatic cancer. chology on top of master’s degrees
Their connection: The two in school and community psy-
surgeons shared the same work chology, has served mental health
address – at the Pro Sports/Pro needs in Indian River and St. Lucie
Spine offices on 37th Street, counties for more than 30 years.
west of the Indian River Medical
Center – for nearly two decades. Recruited in 1987 by what is
The two tragic departures now the Behavioral Health Center,
have created a challenge that he moved to Vero Beach after brief
Peter Wernicki, the orthopedic posts in Daytona and with the V.A.
surgeon who founded the prac-
tice in 2000, could never have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
imagined.
“For Chris to get sick and Brugnoli.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

INSIDE DAVID WALSH REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE SOLD TO CENTURY 21

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REAL ESTATE 19 By Steven M. Thomas | Staff Writer
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Vero Beach broker David Walsh has sold his real es-
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 tate company for an undisclosed amount in a deal that
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The buyer was Century 21 Affiliated, which is the larg-
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offices, mostly in the Midwest.

The franchise expanded to Florida in 2016. It has six
offices in the state, in Tampa, Clearwater and now Vero
Beach.

Patti Kremser is director of operations and broker for

CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION was not built until 2007. From the begin- ing fired clinical director Irene Acosta, who Brugnoli said.
ning, its purpose has been to fill in the for the year she worked there lacked a li- As it turns out, one of Brugnoli’s latest
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 gaps in the area’s emotional and behav- cense to practice and turned out to have
ioral health services. served jail time in another county for the undertakings with Mental Health Associa-
in Miami. He eventually went into private same issue, it was revealed by Vero Beach tion will likely be his last, he said – an effort
practice here and consulted for St. Lucie With a staff of six therapists and a psy- 32963. to address the mental health needs of stu-
County schools through 2012. chiatrist, the Vero agency provides evalu- dents in light of recent school-based mass
ation, crisis intervention and referrals at Within weeks, another counselor, Mi- shootings.
At the end of that year, he took on his a walk-in clinic that is free to Indian River chael Fitzgerald, was accused of multiple
most visible role, as president and CEO of County residents. Other services, includ- instances of inappropriate touching of a Brugnoli received the directive at a
the Mental Health Association, brought in ing group and individual therapy, family patient. He turned out to have been hired February Hospital District meeting, when
to stabilize an agency in crisis. In what will and children’s counseling, addiction ser- despite having lost his license for three Trustee Ann Marie McCrystal followed up
be a six-year tenure, he will have done just vices and pharmaceutical treatment, are years for having sex with a patient in Tam- Brugnoli’s customary six-month fiscal pre-
that, after ushering in a new board, recruit- provided on a sliding fee scale. And of late, pa. sentation with a question: What can we do
ing staff and restoring fiscal viability. classes have been added in such areas as to help the children after Parkland?
stress management, mindfulness and ac- In December 2012, the then-CEO
“He was the right person for the right ademic skill building for students with at- who oversaw Acosta and Fitzgerald, Kris Looking at research on violence preven-
job,” said Karen Mersky, a Ph.D. clinical tention deficit disorders. Sarkauskas, was forced to resign along tion and at evidence-based programs ad-
psychologist in private practice who has with the board that backed her, after three dressing the problem, Brugnoli found one
served on the association’s board since The agency also runs seven-day-a-week organizations – United Way, the McCabe he believes will address issues that can lead
that crisis. She has chaired the board for drop-in clinics in Indian River, Martin and Foundation and the tax-levying Hospital to anger and behavioral problems. Jeanne
the past three years; her term ends in Sep- Okeechobee counties. In Vero, the clinic is District – threatened to withhold half of the Shepherd, Brugnoli’s clinical director, is
tember. in a building recently purchased through a nonprofit agency’s $1.2 million in funding. writing the grant that McCrystal asked for.
donor. The Our House clinic, as it is known,
“He has been fabulous,” said Mersky. is on Ponce De Leon Avenue downtown. When Brugnoli took Sarkauskas’ place, “We’ll submit an Impact 100 grant pro-
“He has worked tirelessly to grow the MHA he was charged with running an organiza- posal in November,” Brugnoli said.
into the well-run organization that it is. He Brugnoli’s engagement with the Mental tion that even when funds were restored,
really has the passion for what he does and Health Association began in 1987, short- was still losing money. As for retirement, Brugnoli intends to
that comes through in everything he does.” ly after he arrived in Vero. Sharon Glenn spend more time playing golf, a pastime he
led the organization then and wanted to A new board was installed, its 12 mem- took up a couple of years ago. He expects
Mersky says a search committee is al- launch a support group for people with de- bers donating $100,000. The Hospital Dis- he’ll continue playing guitar with friends
ready looking for a new leader. Brugnoli pression. She came to Brugnoli, who vol- trict kicked in another $100,000; the Mc- – after a stressful day, he recently told the
says he would be willing to step in if neces- unteered his expertise. The group still ex- Cabe Foundation gave $50,000; and United District Board, he himself has dropped in
sary until such a person is found. ists today, offering support for those with Way donated $30,000. The charitable arms to the drop-in clinic and strummed his
mood and anxiety difficulties. of private clubs like Quail Valley and John’s way through the music therapy group.
The Mental Health Association’s pres- Island also contributed.
ence in the county dates to 1978, though Brugnoli took a fulltime job at the Men- “We probably won’t be big travelers,” he
the current walk-in clinic, on 37th Avenue tal Health Association in late 2012, replac- Since then, the Mental Health Associ- says of himself and his wife Reva. “We have
not far from Indian River Medical Center, ation has operated largely in the black, young grandchildren here in town. There’s
going to be plenty to do.” 

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YOUTH SAILING to the lagoon for smaller wa- er said the current location has
tercraft, such as Opti sailboats,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 kayaks and paddleboards. the deep water necessary for

“It’s too valuable for that use, or even a The two-story building larger sailboats, offers better
park,” he added. “We have a rare oppor- would serve as the YSF’s head-
tunity to replace an industrial area with quarters and provide class- winds and provides easy ac-
something that could be wonderful for the rooms, storage and mainte-
city and residents of our community. nance areas. The center also cess to a large expanse of water
would be available to other
“As far as I’m concerned, we’re not going boating interests, such as the that can be sailed from the 17th
to put the sailing center there.” Coast Guard Auxiliary, Vero
Beach Power Squadron and Street Bridge to The Moorings.
Howle was doubling down on his re- the Vero Beach Lifeguard Asso-
marks to representatives of the Youth Sail- ciation. He also warned that sailing
ing Foundation at the May 1 City Council
meeting, where he said any plan for the Under the YSF’s proposal, the group under the 17th Street bridge
group to build on the power plant site was would build the facility, donate it to the
“kaput.” city and maintain it using volunteers and can be “extremely hazardous”
private contributions.
Instead, the council voted 4-0 to further for younger sailors, depending
consider leasing city-owned land to the Keiller said the YSF wants to “give Vero
YSF at one of two alternative sites across Beach a wonderful new amenity that would on wind direction, intercoastal
the lagoon in Riverside Park, even though open up the lagoon to hundreds and thou- PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD traffic and tide.
those locations would present greater nav- sands of people,” adding, “Most of our activ-
igational challenges to the group’s sailors. ity would not be back into the park, but out $100,000 donations to “kick start” the “The YSF would be extremely unwise
into the shore.We just need a base to operate
YSF Executive Director Stu Keiller told from.” building fund, Keiller said, providing the to go for this proposal from the council,”
the council the group continues to prefer
the power plant location, which he called The YSF first approached the council in “momentum” the group needs to acceler- Winger said, “as it is dangerous and would
“our Plan A” and “our dream,” but he said March 2017, when it presented its initial
the Riverside Park sites would be accept- plan to build a sailing center on the power ate its plans for the sailing center. make getting out on the water extremely
able. plant site, where it hoped to create what
Keiller called a “maritime recreational “This is the right time to move forward cumbersome.”
Keiller said the YSF will study both sites park.”
– one is just south of the Riverside Cafe and on the sailing center,” Keiller said. “If we He also expressed concern about the
Fire Rescue Station, the other is south of The council’s response was less than
the tennis courts – and present its findings enthusiastic, so the YSF returned this past wait five or 10 years, we may not have the aesthetics of having a sailing center, par-
to the council. March with its Plan B – to build a sailing
center on a “sliver” of the power plant same opportunity again.” ticularly the boat storage area, at Riverside
“We will do a detailed feasibility study and property immediately north of the 17th
site plan,” Keiller said. “Provided the feasibil- Street Bridge. The group’s current facility is Council members Laura Moss and Park. “A sailboat yard is cluttered and unat-
ity study yields a positive result, we will come just south of the bridge.
back to you with a specific request to grant Lange Sykes also voiced support for build- tractive, at best,” Winger said. “It needs to be
us a long-term lease for the land to build the It was at that meeting that Councilman
Vero Beach Community Sailing Center.” Val Zudans suggested the YSF consider ing the center at Riverside Park, which is hidden. Right now, it is under the 17th Street
possible sites at Riverside Park, which the
The sailing center would be anchored group did before Keiller addressed the already a recreation hub. Putting it there Causeway.”
by a 10,000-square-foot building and in- council earlier this month.
clude ramps, floating docks and parking also preserves the development possibili- Howle agreed, saying, “sailboats aren’t
designed to provide easier public access In the interim, the YSF received two
ties at the adjacent power plant and sew- pretty when they’re sitting around,” but he

er plant properties, which have the long- was hopeful a new center would have a siz-

term potential to be a game-changer for able storage area.

the city. Even if it doesn’t, the council appears to

However, former Vero Beach Mayor Dick have bigger plans for the power plant prop-

Winger opposes building the sailing center erty. “We don’t have a waterfront, like they

at the park, preferring that the YSF’s opera- have in Fort Pierce and Stuart,” Howle said.

tions base remain on the lagoon’s western “I’d like to see us do something there that

shore by the 17th Street Bridge. will become a destination with commer-

A U.S. Sailing Certified Instructor, Wing- cial and recreational offerings.” 

VERO BEACH BROKER interests of Walsh and Affiliated and put the
two companies together.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
“It happened fast after that,” Kremser
the Florida offices. She said Walsh, whose said. “David Walsh & Associates was a good
business is known for its busy property man- fit for us and we are a good fit for them. Walsh
agement group, had 13 agents at the time of wanted to make sure his agents were taken
the acquisition. care of, with good opportunities for training
and growth, and we are impressed with the
“We have added four more agents and agents and their enthusiasm for becoming
plan further expansion,” Kremser said. “We part of Century 21. They are very excited
want to increase our residential sales across about joining us, and we are very excited
the board in Vero and the surrounding com- about getting into the Vero Beach market.”
munities, including luxury property sales on
the island.” According to Kremser, Walsh was The new Century 21 Affiliated branch will
shopping his business around, looking for an operate out of Walsh’s existing premises at
exit strategy that would be good for him and 800 20th Place. “We will rebrand and expand
his agents. As part of that process, he investi- that office,” Kremser said.
gated the possibility of converting to a Cen-
tury 21 franchise. Founded in Orange County, California, in
1971, Century 21 is the world’s largest resi-
At the same time, Century 21 Affiliated dential real estate franchise sales organiza-
was looking for a way to get into the Vero tion, with approximately 7,400 independent-
market. The company opened a small office ly owned and operated broker offices and
in the Regus Center on 21st Street in March, more than 111,000 independent sales pro-
with the intention of doing business while fessionals.
looking for an existing brokerage to acquire.
The Century 21 Affiliated franchise, which
Shortly afterward, someone at the Centu- started up in 1978, has about 2,400 agents,
ry 21 corporate office noticed the converging including 220 in Florida, who collectively
closed more than 20,000 sales in 2017. 

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Jury didn’t buy drug doctor’s story that he was set up

By Beth Walton | Staff Writer in his baggage at the Melbourne airport the first suspects linked to the fentan- who abused his privilege and profession
last year were supposed to be oxycodone. yl-laced painkillers found at the scene for monetary gain with little regard for
Johnny Benjamin, the former Vero of a Palm Beach County woman’s 2016 human life.
Beach spine surgeon recently convict- Someone must have planted them, overdose death.
ed on federal drug charges, told the jury he testified under oath at his trial last The doctor, however, maintained his
that convicted him he believes he was set month. The doctor, who has since been Both men took plea deals in exchange innocence and testified at his trial last
up. stripped of his medical license, pointed for consideration of leniency at sentenc- month. He was then convicted on five
the finger at Zachary Stewart, his co-de- ing and helped federal agents build a of the seven felony counts against him,
The jurors clearly didn’t buy it. fendant and longtime friend turned case against the doctor. including conspiracy to distribute a con-
According to court transcripts ob- medical sales associate. trolled substance resulting in death. He
tained by Vero Beach 32963, the once-re- Benjamin, investigators say, was the remains in federal custody and is set to
spected doctor who is now facing life in Stewart, along with Kevan Slater, the source of illicit pills being sold through- be sentenced in July.
prison denied knowing the drugs found third co-defendant in the case, were out the Treasure Coast. He was a man
In his testimony, Benjamin had an
explanation for every piece of evidence
used against him.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agen-
cy secretly recorded video of Benjamin
and Stewart outside the ProSpine Center
Clinic in Vero Beach.

That footage shows the doctor taking
thousands of counterfeit oxycodone tab-
lets and putting them in the trunk of his
car, investigators claim.

But the brown bag Benjamin is seen
putting in the trunk of his car was filled
with snack cakes, not tablets, the doctor
explained.

Benjamin also denied it was his voice
on a phone call taped by agents with
DEA in which Stewart and another man
– allegedly Benjamin – discuss the over-
dose death and the sale of the potent, ad-
dictive narcotics.

“That is an approximation of my voice,
but that’s not a conversation I ever had,”
Benjamin told jurors from the witness
stand.

During his testimony Benjamin went
to great lengths explaining his self-pre-
scribed throat cancer treatment – the
medication he said he thought was in his
bag at the airport.

Shortly after his 35th birthday Benja-
min went through six weeks of radiation
treatment, but then decided to take his
care into his own hands, he said.

He uses drugs, which typically are ad-
ministered intravenously, in pill form.
He crushes the tablets and gargles with
them to target his throat directly, or he
blends the potent cocktail inside an anti-
oxidant-rich shake.

Benjamin said he developed his own
treatment after radiation nearly killed
him. He said he did not want the people
in his community to know about his ill-
ness.

The guns that investigators found in
his safe were a hobby and means of per-
sonal protection. They had nothing to do
with the illicit drug trade, he said.

“Were all those guns to protect you
from the drug bad guys that were gon-
na kick in your door and rob you of
your drug profits?” the prosecutor asked
during cross examination.

“No, sir,” Benjamin responded. “We,
fortunately, don’t have any drug bad guys
in Vero Beach.” 



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MY TAKE amined by specialists at Johns Hopkins For those who don’t know: Benjamin, “Chris and I got together, and every-
Hospital, he had performed four total also 53, was a nationally renowned spine thing worked out the way both hoped
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 joint replacement surgeries and attend- surgeon who had worked with NFL, it would,” Wernicki said. “After the first
ed a Vero Beach High School football NBA and Major League Baseball players, couple of years, we decided to focus on
Johnny to get arrested within 24 hours, game. as well as college athletes, boxers and what we liked to do. He liked doing to-
then for Chris to die and Johnny to get mixed martial arts fighters, and had been tal joint replacements and I didn’t real-
convicted within 24 hours ... Let’s just say “He wasn’t feel great, but he thought profiled by the CBS Evening News, ESPN ly enjoy them, so he started doing all of
it has been a rough six months. he just had the flu,” Wernicki said. and other major news outlets. them.”
“Then, after going to the hospital, he
“There was no way to see any of this thought he had something he’d recover Though there were rumors of financial He paused briefly, then continued:
coming,” he added. “Somebody said it from. Then, as time went on, we found difficulties, his arrest – and the details “Chris was my only partner. He was a
could be made into a movie.” out that wasn’t the case. included in the allegations against him – gifted and talented surgeon who never
stunned the Vero Beach community, es- stopped learning and always strove for
But who’d believe it? “It wasn’t until the first of the year that pecially those working in the Pro Sports/ perfection. He was also a good guy.
Talley was only 53, the father of two we knew how bad it was.” Pro Spine offices.
teenagers and a respected orthopedist “I miss him a lot,” he added. “He’s go-
who, until last fall, had shown no signs By then, Benjamin had been indicted “Chris and I were partners; Johnny ing to be tough to replace.”
of any serious illness. Only days before by a federal grand jury and was prepar- and I weren’t,” Wernicki said. “Johnny
flying to Baltimore in October to be ex- ing to go to trial – another surreal situa- just leased office space from me and we But that’s what Wernicki hopes to do.
tion, considering his credentials. shared overhead. We had a really good Marcus Malone, a physician who spe-
arrangement for a long time, but, over cializes in physical medicine, physical
the past couple of years, we had some rehabilitation and pain management,
business-related disagreements. joined Benjamin’s team in 2015 and has
taken over that practice, but he does not
“Still, I didn’t see this coming.” perform surgery.
Wernicki recalled one the day, when “From what I can see, he’s doing a very
the practice’s office manager interrupted good job,” Wernicki said of Malone, who
him and said, “There’s somebody here has renamed the practice “Elite Rehab,”
you should talk to.” which continues to lease office space
Actually, it was a couple of somebod- from Pro Sports.
ies – federal Drug Enforcement Agency Nobody, though, is doing Talley’s job.
agents who showed up with a warrant to In fact, operating without a total joint re-
search Benjamin’s office. placement surgeon, Pro Sports has been
“It was a shock to all of us,” Wernicki referring patients in need of those proce-
said. “But they were very professional dures to other practices. For now.
and very polite. They never searched any “I know a lot of people have been ask-
of our offices or asked to see our files or ing what’s going to happen to us, now that
records. They assured us there was no in- we’ve lost Chris and Johnny, but our plan
volvement with the practice, that it was is to rebuild the practice and make it even
something Johnny did on his own. better in the future,” Wernicki said.
“It was kind of scary, though,” he add- “It won’t be easy to fill Chris’ shoes,
ed. “The detectives told us, ‘We’ve had but we’re actively searching for an ortho-
you under surveillance for a year,’ and pedic surgeon who excels in total joint
they knew everything about us. That was replacements,” he added. “The thing is,
a bit creepy.” we’re a sports medicine practice – we’re
As for any negative impact the arrest the orthopedists for the two high schools
and conviction might’ve had on the and Historic Dodgertown – so whoever
practice, however, Wernicki said only we bring in must be willing and able to
a few patients have asked about Benja- do that kind of work, too.”
min’s legal troubles. Wernicki said he’s grateful for the con-
“We billed ourselves as Pro Sports/Pro dolences and support he has received
Spine, but when this stuff happened with from other local orthopedic practic-
Johnny, the news media did a good job es, which have offered to help him get
of not associating us with him,” Wernic- through this difficult stretch.
ki said. “So, I don’t think it has hurt our “I received numerous phone calls from
practice.” competitors, and they’ve been very gen-
Certainly, it didn’t hurt as much as erous and concerned,” he said. “That’s
losing Talley, who was Wernicki’s junior very Vero Beach.”
partner, the practice’s lone total joint re- Some of those competitors, Wernic-
placement surgeon and a beloved mem- ki said, also offered him an opportunity
ber of the Pro Sports/Pro Spine family. to join their practices. But he declined
Wernicki said he was working at Vero – because he didn’t want to abandon his
Orthopedics when he decided to start Pro Sports staff, particularly his longtime
his own practice in 2000. Only months nurse (Sheila Samarco), office manager
later, he brought in Talley, who earned (Amanda Mullikin) and physician’s assis-
his medical degree from the University tant (Worth Keville).
of Virginia, completed his orthopedic Wernicki still struggles with Benja-
residency at the University of Florida min’s bad choices, calling his criminal
and, after finishing a sports-medicine behavior a “waste of his talents.” But the
fellowship in Oklahoma, joined the Duke disgraced spine surgeon has only him-
University Orthopedic Team in North self to blame.
Carolina. Talley did nothing to deserve his cruel
Talley, whose then-wife was from Vero twist of fate. “One I’m mad about,” Wer-
Beach, relocated here 18 years ago and nicki said. “One I’m sad about.”
partnered with Wernicki. He proved to Sounds like the closing line from a
be the perfect fit. movie. 

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COUNTY JURY SPARES MAN ACCUSED
OF THREATENING BOSS WITH HAMMER

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one Monday last year when he felt some- been demoted,” Assistant State Attorney
thing smash his head. Brian Workman told the jury.

He said he doesn’t know what hit him, The burden of proof is on the prosecutor,
but he turned around and saw Hulsey be- countered defense attorney James Long.
fore the defendant punched him in the No one besides these two men saw this in-
face. He claimed the two exchanged no cident happen. Even the victim admitted
words in the moments before the fight. he did not see if it was the hammer that hit
him on his head.
Weaver had demoted Hulsey via email
over the weekend, copying several co-work- “There are two sides to every story,” Long
ers. Things move fast at a start-up com- said. Hulsey did not attack or threaten his
pany, he said. There was a new employee boss with a hammer. The tool’s presence,
demonstrating more drive. however, is an easy way to make this look
like a very serious crime.
Hulsey’s pay was unaltered, Weaver add-
ed. He believed his employee would wel- The defendant wore a navy jacket and tie
come the change. at the trial. He looked down and let out a
deep sigh as he waited for the verdict.
After taking an upper cut to the chin,
Weaver said he and Hulsey fell to the Earlier, Hulsey had told jurors that he
ground and began wrestling. Hulsey, who punched his boss, but did not believe he
worked in maintenance, had dropped a was guilty of aggravated assault. “If I was
hammer on the floor. Weaver claims Hulsey responsible, I’ll stand up and do what I
was reaching for the tool and threatening to have to do,” he said.
use it as a weapon. He said he struggled to
keep his employee at bay. “I’m fighting for Jurors did not know that Hulsey was a
my life,” Weaver testified. convicted murderer when they rendered
their verdict. They were told only that he
Hulsey bit Weaver’s finger, causing a gash was a convicted felon, the law prohibiting
so bad he had to go to the emergency room. them from knowing the details of his previ-
ous crime and incarceration.
When Hulsey testified, he said he never
threatened his boss with the hammer. He Court records show Hulsey pleaded to
said he went to the office early that morn- murder in the second degree in 1981 after
ing to tell him about a broken boiler. He he shot and killed someone when a drug
said he did a walk-through of the plant deal went sour. He was sentenced to 30
each day and frequently carried his tools years in prison, but only served seven.
with him.
It was common practice in Florida at the
He admitted being upset about the de- time to award inmates credit for work and
motion, but said his rage came after his behavior, which resulted in reduced sen-
boss allegedly made disparaging com- tences, Workman said after the trial. That
ments about him and his son, also a Para- is no longer the case. Now, most inmates
bel employee. serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.

“It was the part about my son that really Clearly someone is lying, Workman told
set me off,” he said. jurors just moments before they left to de-
liberate. It is a jury’s job to decide what testi-
The two had argued before, Hulsey ex- mony is most credible. “A convicted felon is
plained, and their early-morning exchange maybe, possibly, less reliable,” he said. 
that Monday caused him to lose his temper.

He said he hit his boss, but that Weaver

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County will spend $225K to restore farm’s water supply

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer In 2012, the county hooked up the Burke said. He estimated prior work at the the real estate boom a dozen years ago, at
[email protected] farm’s packing house and three residenc- farm cost the county between $80,000 and a time when “greening” had begun to dec-
es to county potable water at no charge, $90,000, raising the total mitigation cost to imate citrus groves.
The County Commission has agreed to permanently solving the residential and more than $300,000.
spend more than $200,000 to dig a well industrial water-use problems. “It started with my great-grandparents
and install pumps to restore the flow of ir- “We’re very satisfied with the fix they’ve in 1925. We have no plans to sell. We’re the
rigation water to one of the county’s oldest To fix the irrigation problem, the county come up with,” Van Antwerp said. third generation and we are big preservers.
farms after new county wells drained the re-plumbed “an existing suction pump,” We don’t want this to be another subdivi-
water table. County Utilities Director Vincent Burke Three generations of Van Antwerps have sion.”
said, and retrofitted centrifugal pumps to irrigated crops using artesian well water
The county put in six new wells at its farm wells to make up for the artesian loss. drawn from the Upper Floridan aquifer The entire 30-acre farm used to be dedi-
north county water treatment plant in that underlies Indian River County. cated to citrus, Van Antwerp said, but over
2011, bringing the total number of wells at After years of ongoing analysis and the last 10 years greening reduced the cit-
the Hobart plant to nine. negotiation, St. Johns River Water Man- “We’re one of the oldest family-owned rus crop to less than an acre. The family
agement District, the county and the Van farms that have been in continuous op- now grows strawberries, flowers and pine-
The expansion required a revised Con- Antwerps agreed to the additional miti- eration in the county,” Van Antwerp said, apples. 
sumptive Use Permit from St. Johns River gation measures just approved by county noting that many farmers sold out during
Water Management District that stated commissioners.
“this permit shall not cause an interfer- SHORES TOWN MANAGER STABE
ence with an existing legal use of water,” The agreement requires the county to CALLING IT QUITS AFTER 28 YEARS
and noted that “the permittee must miti- dig the Van Antwerps a new well, installing
gate if an adverse impact to existing users a submersible pump that will give them By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer building Old Winter Beach Road and cre-
has occurred.” the option of pumping when pressure [email protected] ating a new Community Center. Looking
is low or reverting to artesian flow when ahead, public safety labor negotiations are
An adverse impact soon hit the Van An- pressure is high. When Indian River Shores Town Manag- on deck and the Shores is ramping up for
twerp farm on 81st street, reducing what er Robbie Stabe announced last week that what’s expected to be a moderate building
had for generations been a steady flow The county will also investigate wheth- he’ll be stepping down in late July, he was boom. The Town cell tower is another work
of artesian well water that was used for er an existing Van Antwerp well casing is in the third key Shores official to call it quits in progress, though it should be operational
household purposes and irrigation. good shape, and if so, will install a second this spring. Mayor Brian Barefoot and Chief soon.
submersible pump in that well. Building Official Jose Guanch also have re-
The artesian flow became “seasonal” signed. Stabe began his career with the Shores on
after the county expanded its well field, ta- The engineering, construction and Oct. 9, 1990, as a Public Safety Officer. He
pering off during the dry part of the year, equipment for the two wells will cost ap- Stabe’s announcement came on May 17, was the first officer ever assigned as a full-
said Paige Van Antwerp, daughter of cur- proximately $152,000, and ongoing op- five years plus one day after he officially time criminal investigator for the agency.
rent farm owners Fred and Flo Van Ant- eration and maintenance costs will cost shifted from Public Safety Director, which
werp. about $74,000 over the next 10 years, is a combination police and fire chief job, to “I held every position, including sergeant,
Town Manager, taking over for Richard Jef- lieutenant and then captain,” said Stabe,
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my doctor’s advice and tough it out and risk Prior to being promoted to chief in June
Established 18 Years in Indian River County my health? Or do I recognize that just shy 2012, Stabe said one of the highlights of his
of 28 years of service is enough and retire?” career was graduating from the 229th Ses-
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ly from what it was when he took it on. “Some of my most memorable include a
“The position has rapidly evolved over baby I delivered, a Town couple that I pulled
the last five years. With the never-ending from a very serious car accident, and when
governmental mandates placed on munici- I performed CPR on one of our Public Safe-
palities, changes in communication require- ty Volunteers who had collapsed during an
ments, information technology and website ocean rescue training exercise and we were
requirements, etc., it has become more and able to bring him back.”
more difficult for one person to manage so
many projects/issues with such a limited Stabe said running the Shores is “truly a
staff,” he said. team effort,” and that leaving his long-time
Constant changes and crisis manage- colleagues is going to be the toughest part of
ment leave little time for planning, Stabe giving up his job.
said. “Instead of looking ahead and antic-
ipating potential future needs of this com- “I have established excellent working re-
munity, there simply aren’t enough hours in lationships with all of my employees, but it’s
the day to effectively and efficiently manage more than that. When you work together for
the day-to-day operations of the Town.” nearly 28 years, you establish friendships
Projects that have topped his list are re- too. The employees of this Town are amaz-
ing. They truly pour their hearts and souls
into everything they do for our residents
and I am very thankful for and proud of all
of them.” 

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Orchid Island Brewery seeking to move into city building in a park

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer The River House. the world, Germany in particular, the bi- fast and lunch place at Jaycee Park.
[email protected] ergarten is a de facto community center Mayor Harry Howle, Vice Mayor Lange
neighboring dog park and River House and public meeting place.
The owner of Orchid Island Brewery users all competing for the same spaces, Sykes and Councilman Val Zudans voted
wants to move his operation from Por- might also be a concern. They note the River House is protected by the city to direct City Manager Jim O’Connor to
tales de Vero just off Ocean Drive to the area already has a sometimes-raucous charter, so it cannot be sold outright. It sit down with Bing and draft some pro-
City of Vero Beach’s picturesque River bar nearby in the Riverside Cafe. also cannot be leased without a referen- posed terms.
House community center and event fa- dum of the city voters.
cility on the lagoon – a novel idea that is Vero native Janie Gould said from the A contract may come back to the
not meeting with unanimous public en- podium that she needed some time to But City Attorney Wayne Coment council for consideration as early as
thusiasm (see commentary, Page 10). absorb the idea that a private business, says it’s perfectly OK for Vero to execute June 5, but O’Connor said Bing will also
let alone a brewery, would be permitted a concessions lease with Orchid Island need to submit a site plan application
River House – located in MacWilliam to take over a city-owned parks building Brewery, similar to the way it leases city- for any improvements or alterations he
Park which is adjacent to and just north and the surrounding outdoor area. owned space to the Seaside Grill, a break- wants to make to the building. 
of Riverside Park – is currently rented on
a full-day or partial-day basis for more Bing remarked that in many places in
than 200 private, club and organization
events per year, said Recreation Director
Rob Slezak.

Orchid Island Brewery owner Alden
Bing says he would continue renting out
the space, just as he does in his current
location.

Councilman Tony Young and several
residents who spoke at the public podi-
um at last week’s City Council meeting
opposed the idea. They professed to love
the brewery, but said they feel it doesn’t
belong in a city-owned building in the
middle of a park near where kids play
baseball.

Shared parking, with the ball fields,

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VERO BEACH MUST BUILD A CONSENSUS may be possible to increase transient slip
BEFORE PRIVATIZING CITY PROPERTIES rates somewhat, and the marina should
provide positive net cash flow to the com-
By Bob Jones even talked about moving to Florida. Now facility and marina). munity.
we can’t imagine living anywhere other If that were not part of the picture,
The recent City Council actions relat- than Central Beach. ORCHID ISLAND BREWERY RIVER
ing to privatization of recreation, parks based on the 2017-2018 Vero Budget, the HOUSE ‘CONCESSION’
and public resources seem totally out of Reasonable people differ about the fu- Marina generates a net operating income
touch with what has drawn many of us to ture of our community, but the council of $541,000 on about $1.7 million in reve- Even more troubling is the non-trans-
Vero and Central Beach. The City Marina is not following the right process con- nue – a respectable 31% return; 42% if you parent attempt to lease out River House
and River House are the latest examples cerning privatization in general as well exclude lower margin fuel and anchoring to a specific for-profit entity in clear viola-
of projects that have not been thought as with regard to specific properties. Well services. tion of the charter for that property.
through properly. before any discussion with potential pri-
vate companies interested in operating or There is strong repeat seasonal demand The Orchid Island Brewery currently
For the past three years, my wife Pam owning public entities, the city needs to for marina services and good off-sea- operates at least five days per week from
and I have been full-time residents of Vero build a consensus as to what our commu- son use of the facility. Further, transient midday to late at night. It was acknowl-
nity wants, or perhaps more importantly, boaters spend considerable money in edged that a long-term lease would be re-
COMMENTARY what it does not want. Vero during their yearly visits, and many quired to justify the investment required
choose to live here once their cruising by the lessee. This level of operation and
Beach and own a home in Central Beach Getting the process backward is what days are over, as we did. commitment would not seem to qualify as
on Date Palm Road one half block up from happened with regard to the Leisure a “concession” based on any reasonable
Indian River Drive. Square privatization attempt and is now It is seductive to think that privatization definition of the word.
underway with regard to City Marina and could solve the marina’s challenges, but
We discovered Vero in winter of 2013, the Orchid Island Brewery “concession” at that thinking in the case of our city marina Equally importantly, the council has
having traveled down the Intracoastal Wa- the River House facility. is flawed and I fear it will lead to undesir- not taken any steps to gauge public sup-
terway in our sailboat from our home in able change. port for a commercial alcohol-serving
Annapolis intending to continue south- VERO BEACH CITY MARINA operation at that city-owned location. I
ward and winter in the Bahamas. We were The overarching challenge facing the There are only modest opportunities suspect it will be overwhelmingly negative
fortunate to get a slip at the City Marina, to expand the marina and dry storage fa- due to traffic and parking challenges.
and one week led to a month, then four Vero Beach City Marina is deferred main- cility, and those would require a level of
months – and we never made it under the tenance and upgrades due to the $339,000 investment that would not likely drive a Further, availability of River House to
Barber Bridge. debt service on the city’s $4.6 million pur- significant return on investment. community events likely will largely cease
chase of the Lost Tree Village Corporation because of the operating hours of the pub.
Prior to discovering Vero, we had never property (office building, the dry storage In my judgment, the only way to in- Finally, entering into a commercial dis-
crease the city marina’s profitability suffi- cussion with a single party is a clear viola-
ciently to attract private investment would tion of requirements that other interested
be through non-maritime use, in partic- parties be allowed to bid.
ular restaurant, retail and/or high-den-
sity residential operations. It is my view I strongly urge like minded residents to
that Central Beach residents are deeply reach out to the City Council requesting
opposed to such changes that would in- that they end these two specific propos-
crease traffic and parking challenges in als and take steps to understand city res-
this community. idents’ appetite for privatization well be-
fore proceeding with any further projects.
As such, I urge the City Council to ter-
minate the city marina RFI process, find a Where it makes sense and is done
way to pay off the South Facility loan and properly, many of us will enthusiastical-
begin funding deferred upgrades. ly support privatization proposals – the
13th Avenue Post Office property sale and
In two to three years, the Marina Di- Walking Tree Brewery are good examples.
rector can solve these problems while In my view, River House and the City Ma-
continuing to generate positive operating rina are not. 
cash flow. Once the marina is upgraded, it
The author, Bob Jones, is a resident of Cen-
tral Beach. This column does not necessarily
reflect the views of Vero News. 

PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD

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Major construction project underway on Old Winter Beach Road

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer can trigger algae blooms in the lagoon.
[email protected]
The logs’ nutrient load will be mea-
The major construction project cur-
rently underway on Old Winter Beach sured before disposal every six months,
Road has multiple goals.
helping the town meet state require-
It is intended to solve road flooding
problems, block stormwater runoff ments to reduce lagoon pollution.
into the lagoon, and put in place a sec-
tion of pipe that will carry reuse water The filtered storm water will eventu-
from the mainland to the Johns Island
Water Management system. ally empty into a settling pond, never

The project will also put the road, reaching the lagoon, “which is the im-
which was erroneously laid out partly
on private property when it was built portant thing – saving the lagoon,” said
in 1923, in the right place, moving it
south, closer to The Shores community. Town Manager Robbie Stabe.

The $1.5 million project, which got The project also includes laying
underway this month, is slated for
completion by December. The project more than a half mile of 16-inch pipe
extends a half-mile from Jungle Trail to
A1A. in the public right of way to carry reuse

The most intense work is at the western water.
end, where 36 inches of water collected
during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, John’s Island plans to build a nearly
said project manager Amy Adams. “At 40
inches, a car is floating away.” 5-mile pipeline to move county “re-

The western stretch of the road will be claimed” wastewater to the 1,650-acre
raised 2 feet to remedy the problem with
standing water. It will also be moved 20 gated community to help irrigate two
feet to the south because part of it is on
property that belongs to River Club, a golf courses and landscaping around
community on the north side of the road.
PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD single-family homes and condos.

The line will start at the county’s

Moving the road, with its adjacent side- the lagoon each year, according to Adams. 3-million-gallon “reuse” water tank, at
walks, ditches and pipes, south will impact
landscaping in front of The Shores. A new When the project is complete, 77th Street near Old Dixie Highway, pass
8-foot-wide sidewalk will run right along
the property line and numerous plants, storm-water runoff laden with sediment under the lagoon 80 feet below the lagoon
including a banyan tree, will have to be
removed. and other pollutants will go through a floor, run along Old Winter Beach Road to

Town Mayor Thomas Slater said, “I “train of treatments,” Adams said. Pipes State Road A1A, and then turn south along
fought for that tree,” but it had to go.
filled with accordion-like fabric will filter the highway before emptying into a lake in
Raising the road will prevent about
13,000 pounds of dirt from washing into grit and solids before discharge in a ditch. John’s Island.

Five stormwater catchments will con- Laying the Old Winter Beach section in

tain “floc logs” made of alum-like sub- conjunction with the roadwork will avoid

stances that act as sponges to soak up the need to tear up the new sidewalk to lay

phosphate and nitrogen, nutrients that the pipe later. 

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HURRICANE HANGAR PARTY PROMOTES STORM ‘RED’-INESS

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Front: Maggie McNabb, Saryah Blaha and Jessica Griffin. Back: Maddie Stromak and Sarah Castillo. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
[email protected] Casey Marwine, Eric Fritzsche, Laura Moss and Kyle Cosentino.

Even though Indian River County didn’t feel
the full brunt of last year’s storms, members
of the American Red Cross Florida’s Coast to
Heartland chapter want everyone to be pre-
pared – because as we’ve seen time and again,
hurricanes can be unpredictable.

At their annual Hurricane Hangar Party last
Friday evening at the Corporate Air Hanger,
Red Cross staff and volunteers were joined by
local exhibitors to provide information on ways
people can prepare and protect themselves and
their families.

Colorado State University researchers are
forecasting a slightly above average Atlantic
hurricane season, predicting 14 named storms
– with three of seven expected hurricanes to
reach major strength. The National Hurricane
Center predictions will be released by the end
of the month, but it’s not too soon to prepare.

“If you haven’t heard, there’s a possibility of
something forming next week in the gulf,” said
event chair Glynn Tremblay. The folks at the
hangar planned to be ready.

As attendees wandered about the various in-
formative exhibitors, students from the Charter
High School modeled Red Cross uniforms from
the early 1900s through to today, including one
once worn by the grandmother of Sarah Tip-
pet Ruwe, executive director of the chapter.
Outside, people enjoyed live music from Col-
lins and Company, while noshing on refresh-
ments.

There was also a silent auction of donated
items, eliciting bids to benefit the local Red
Cross chapter, which serves residents of In-
dian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and High-
lands counties – 24/7, 365 days per year.

Tremblay, who joined the Red Cross as
a volunteer in Connecticut, said he came
down to Vero to help out during Wilma and
stayed. As the volunteer lead operations
manager, Tremblay has seen first-hand
the assistance offered when families are
displaced and spoke about the help given
to a large Haitian family whose roof had
been blown into a tree during Wilma.

“The father looked at me and said,
‘Can I buy a mattress?’ There were eight
or 10 of them sleeping on one bed,” said
Tremblay. “We gave him the money and he gave
me a big hug. I was hooked for life.”

He thought people would be surprised at the
many other services – all free – offered by the
Red Cross on a regular basis. They even offer free
smoke detectors and their installation (call 772-
562-2549 to make an appointment), because
again, they’ve see the devastation wrought by
house fires.

“We go to hundreds of fires in Indian River
County alone. We help the families, get them a
place to stay,” said Tremblay. “They did it for me,
back in ’82. I was burned out of my house; I al-
most lost my family. So that’s one of the reasons
this holds on to my heart.”

For more information visit redcross.org/south- Diane and Greg Wagner.
florida. 

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Speak up: Erectile dysfunction is very treatable

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer it affecting 40 percent of men age 40 and 70
[email protected] percent of men age 70.”

Despite a TV advertising binge that start- Newly-arrived Indian River Medical Cen-
ed around 2004 and still continues today for ter urologist Dr. Carrington Mason sheds
prescription pharmaceuticals such as Viagra, some interesting light on this male reluc-
Levitra and Cialis, most men in this country tance and how it is overcome.
still don’t like talking about erectile dysfunc-
tion – even to their doctors. “The majority of times that a man comes to
see a physician about men’s health,” Mason
That’s a bit of problem, since more than say, “it’s because there’s a woman encourag-
half of them suffer from it. ing him to do it.”

As the Huffington Post reports, “according In a more serious tone he adds, “If you’re
to the Cleveland Clinic, as many as 52 percent experiencing erectile dysfunction, speak to
of men experience erectile dysfunction, with your healthcare provider about it. Because

Dr. Carrington Mason.

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the doctor can’t fix what they don’t know “it is always worth consulting a physician
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 Certainly, in an area like Vero Beach, you’re the pills don’t work, there are other things
going to have, just by virtue of age, a higher that do work – and something works for ev-
lesterol, metabolic syndrome, Parkinson’s erybody. There is a solution, as long as peo-
disease, or hormonal and thyroid disorders. instance of erectile dysfunction ... ple want to see the solution. We can get this
– Dr. Carrington Mason taken care of.”
Again, the plain-speaking Mason puts
that into even simpler terms. “Certainly, pressure of the blood in the chambers makes pills don’t work? Like, for instance, by employing penile
in an area like Vero Beach, you’re going to the penis firm, giving you an erection. After “The main message I usually try to deliv- implants.
have, just by virtue of age, a higher instance you have an orgasm, the blood flows out of
of erectile dysfunction – [but] you’re also the chambers and the erection goes away.” er when I talk about erectile dysfunction is As the Mayo Clinic reports, “today’s
going to have comorbidities that go on,” and to let people know there’s more to treatment implants are devices [surgically] placed
need to be diagnosed. But what if – for whatever reason – the than just the pills,” Mason says. “And when inside the penis to allow men with erec-
tile dysfunction to get an erection. Penile
“If you’re taking nitroglycerin tablets implants are typically recommended after
or something like that, certainly you don’t other treatments for ED fail. The two main
want to take … [Viagra or similar medica- types of penile implants, semirigid and in-
tions] because the hypotensive effect can flatable, work differently and each has var-
certainly be troublesome.” ious pros and cons.”

And, he says, don’t waste your time looking Mason says today’s improved implant
for so-called “herbal” alternatives. “There is procedures “take 35 to 40 minutes to do,
nothing that I have found herbally that will whereas it used to take about an hour-and-
consistently give you an erectile response. half to two hours to do.
There are some things that can cause some
sort of agitation of the nervous system that is “It’s all done as an outpatient. You go home
rumored to, but there’s no proven herbal ma- and you’re operational within three to six
terial that will treat erectile dysfunction.” weeks. It used to be that it was much more
long and drawn out, with a hospitalization,
Getting back to science, the actual me- but it’s just not that way anymore.
chanics of an erection are relatively simple.
So there are options and there are solu-
The Urology Care Foundation describes tions. All a man really needs to do is get the
the process this way: “When you are not sex- courage to find a doctor like Mason and have
ually aroused, your penis is soft and limp. that frank discussion – even if his wife has to
During sexual arousal, nerve messages re- drive him to the office.
lease chemicals that increase blood flow into
the penis. The blood flows into two erection Dr. Carrington Mason is with the Indian
chambers made of spongy tissue (the corpus River Medical Center. His office is at 3450
cavernosum) in the penis. The ‘smooth mus- 11th Court, Suite 303. The phone number is
cle’ in the erection chambers relaxes, which 772-794-9771. 
lets blood enter and stay in the chambers. The

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Outpatient knee replacement surgery has arrived

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer does recommend a same-day knee replace- any joint replacement, according to the while Steinfeld has nearly 20 years of experi-
[email protected] ment for you, you’re likely healthier, more Hospital for Special Surgery, is the doctor’s ence under his belt.
fit and younger than the average knee re- level of experience.
In January of this year, the Centers for placement patient in this country. Dr. George Nichols is with the Indian Riv-
Medicare & Medicaid Services removed to- It bluntly states “it’s especially import- er Medical Center with offices at 1155 35th
tal knee arthroplasty (knee replacements) “The largest growing segment of peo- ant to choose a highly-experienced or-
from its formerly ironclad list of in-pa- ple who need knee replacements are not Lane, Suite 302. The
tient-only procedures. 80-year-olds,” Steinfeld says. “They’re the thopedic surgeon who phone number is 772-
50- to 70-year-olds. So, you have some peo- specializes in joint re- 794-1444. Dr. Richard
As a result, some patients who need to ple that are not on Medicare or in the early placement surgery,” Steinfeld is with the
have their knee replaced can now have phase of Medicare. There are a lot of very and Nichols and Orthopaedic Center
the procedure done in the morning and go healthy, active people who would be prime Steinfeld certainly of Vero Beach at 1285
home later that same day. candidates for something like this.” fit that description. 36th Street, Suite 100.
Nichols has been The phone number is
That’s a huge change from the not-too- And when Steinfeld says “largest grow- practicing here in 772-778-2009. 
distant past. ing segment,” he’s not exaggerating. Vero since 1984,

According to Vero Beach orthopedic Currently, according to the CDC, Dr. George Nichols and
surgeons George Nichols, “historically for some 700,000 knee replacements are Dr. Richard Steinfeld.
joint replacements, maybe 30 years ago, performed each year, and the Uni-
patients would come in to the hospital and versity of California Irvine proj- PHOTO DENISE RITCHIE
they’d be in the hospital five or six or seven ects that number will increase
days. Over the past 10-to-12 years, we’ve five-fold within 12 years, jump-
been shortening that up. You’d be in the ing to 3.5 million per year.
hospital maybe three days,” and until this
past January, “most of my patients were in Indeed, by 2030, NIH esti-
the hospital just overnight.” mates “20 percent of all Amer-
icans – about 70 million people
Now that hospital stay can be less than – will have passed their 65th
one day. birthday and will be at increased
risk for osteoarthritis,” by far the
Determining who qualifies for these leading medical problem leading
same-day knee replacements, however, is to the need for knee replacements.
still a work in progress.
Outpatient knee replacement –
“It’s interesting because there are no as radical as it may sound – could be
written [Medicare] guidelines as to who just the beginning.
it’s OK for and who is not,” says orthopedic
surgeon Dr. Richard Steinfeld. “Most of us think that within a year –
April of 2019 – not only will hip replace-
The American Academy of Orthopaedic ments probably be approved but shoulder
Surgeons partially defines who’s eligible replacements as well, and then maybe even
for the outpatient procedure when it says an approval to [do operations] outside of
“there is a small subset of patients that the hospital surgery centers. It’s a definite
could appropriately receive outpatient to- trend towards working folks to an outpa-
tal knee arthroplasty.” tient setting.”

New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery It’s been less than six months since out-
says these outpatient knee replacement patient knee replacements were approved
candidates “must be in excellent health by Medicare, so there is not nearly enough
with no underlying medical problems or statistical evidence to compare the out-
comorbidities. They must have no history comes to pre-2018 procedures, but both
of heart or lung disease.” these Vero surgeons seem enthusiastically
optimistic.
Other factors that can nix a same-day
knee replacement are the patient’s age, Meanwhile, whether it’s a same-day stay
weight, body mass index or a lack of at- or longer, the most important element in
home support.

In other words, if Nichols or Steinfeld

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Bonz says lively Olive loves the spot-light

Hi Dog Buddies! ed my sister, Tara Lapinski, and she wudda AND Service Animal.
got her, too, ’cept the breeder decided to
This week I innerviewed another aMAZ- keep her. But there were still other puppies “Me an Mummy have
ing pooch who leads a really fun, excitin’ with not so many spots as me. I was s’pose
life. Olive Caza is a Dalmatian and one of the to be a Show Dog cuz I’m Practically Perfect. done some modelin,’
most ek-ZUBER-ent dogs I’ve ever met. Then they found this Tear Duct Issue, which
meant no show ring for me. So the breeder cover shots an stuff. We
She ran right up for the Wag-and-Sniff. put me On Sale. Well, FINALLY, Mummy de-
“Oh, Mr. BONzo, you’re finally HERE. I’m SO cided ‘What the Woof,’ she’d take me, spots also work at Holmes Re-
excited. I’ve been waiting an waiting! Not an all. An now she’s glad she did.”
that you’re late or anything. I’m just really gional hospiddle once a
EEEger is all.” “So what was it was like when you first
got here.” month, seein’ patients
She was super pretty, sleek an shiny, with
long legs an tail an, of course, lotsa spots, “Keekoh was like a big sis to me. I followed an dokters and nurses in
even one spot smack in the middle of her her everywhere. When she went to Dog
forehead shaped like a heart! Heaven, I was droopy for a long time. When pediatric oncology and
I’d only been here for, like, a week, we found
“This is my Mummy! Her name’s Annie. this liddle kitten on the bridge, abandoned. orthopedics and wom-
My Daddy’s David. So come’on. We can sit Mummy tried to find her a home but nobud-
right HERE, OK? You’re gonna ask me stuff, dy wanted her. So we kept her. Mummy en’s, if they’d like a fren-
right?” named her Zohra. At first, I thought she was
a puppy like me. She’s black an white, like ly liddle visit. In class I
“Exactly, Miss Olive,” I said. This was me, an we got along great right away. Now
gonna be fun. we know she’s called a cat, an I’m called a learned how to gently
dog, but we feel like sisters. We hang out an
“Cool Dog Biscuits! Oh an I should men- play an stuff. She’s around here somewhere. put my front paws up
tion, first off, my Mummy’s French, so we At Christmas, we wear festive red collars
say my name Ooo-leeve, not AH-love.” with bells, an Zohra sings this short, liddle onna bed or put my
Christmas song, to the same tune as the hu-
“Ooo-leeve. Got it,” I said. “So tell me about man one, ‘Deck the Halls.’ It’s huh-LARRY- head against a human
your Forever Family, how you got together.” us. Wanna hear it?”
for hugs an kisses.”
“K. Well, Mr. Bonzo, we almost didn’t. I’m “Totes!”
from a breeder in Georgia. All us littermates She stood up. I had been notic-
were named after Olympic champions: You “It goes:
know, humans who are really, really good at ‘Wreck the tree an blame the Doggie, ing how happy my
sports. My litter name was Picabo Street.” Fa la lala la
La la la la!’” Assistant was to get
“Huh?” I said cleverly. Cat humor. Who knew? We both
“She’s a human who won a gold medal laughed. “That WAS huh-LARRY-us!” I told hugs an kisses from
for puttin’ long stick-thingys on her shoes her. “I know you do a lotta stuff with your
an zooming down a big hill with snow on it. Mom, right?” Ooo-leeve. Olive the Dalmatian.
Anyway, I didn’t keep my litter name, Thank “Oh, Woof, yes! Even though Mummy’s “I also visit the li-
Lassie. So, anyway, Mummy’s a Serious Dis- a pro-FESS-er at FIT, I’m pretty sure I have
tance Runner, and she runs real early, when more degrees than her: lemme see, there’s brary at FIT when the
it’s still dark. So she wants a Brave, Fast Dog basic beginner, intermediate an advanced
to run with her for Cump-nee an Safety. I’m obedience certifications; AKC Canine Good stoo-dunts are studyin’ and restin’ during spired! I gotta get Out There more.”
ackshully her third Dalmatian. When her Citizen; the K-9 Offleash course; three lev-
other Dalmatian, Keekoh, got sick, Mummy els of Agility; an I’m an official Therapy Dog mid-terms an have a lotta Stress,” she con- Way too soon, it was time to go.
looked for a puppy. A girl with Not Too Many
Spots. I WASN’T her first pick.” tinued. “We sit on the floor an play, an I give “Oh, Mr. Bonzo, one more thing,” she
“WHAT?” I blurted.
“It’s true. Too many spots. Mummy want- ’em my famous hugs-an-kisses. It helps ’em said, smiling. “What does a Dalmatian say

de-stress, which is Very Important. after dinner?”

“Me an Mummy love stand-up paddle “Umm, what?”

boarding. Swimmin’s way fun, too. But my “Thanks! That really hit the spot!”

Absolutely Most Favorite Thing we do to- We were both laughing as I left.

gether is RUN. We do a ton of 5Ks. EVERY- “As Mummy would say, Merci et a bi-

body knows me an her. She retired from entôt!” she called.

marathons before I arrived, but I’ve run Heading home I was thinking, If I had a

some half-marathon practices with her. My liddle sister, I’d want her to be like Ooo-leeve.

personal best is 16 miles, which Mummy

says is ‘not too shabby.’ I love running along The BonzTill next time,
when Mummy rides her bike. I’m onna spe-
cial leash attached to her pants which keeps

me at a safe distance. Sometimes my Serious Don’t Be Shy
Boyfriend Kai runs with us. We met when
Mummy was pooch-sitting him at our place. We are always looking for pets
He’s a handsome Ridgeback-Catahoula mix. with interesting stories.
A real Hot Dog. I run with my Daddy, too.
He’s a Crossfitter. We’re all ATH-leets.” To set up an interview, email
[email protected]
“Woof, Ooo-leeve, I’m impressed! An in-

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Business booming at ‘new’
Berkshire Hathaway office

By Steven M. Thomas | Staff Writer Income, transaction sides, market
[email protected] share and agent count are all up – in some
cases dramatically.
Carol Prezioso, managing broker at the
sea-foam green real estate office on Ocean Comparing figures from the fourth
Drive that was Norris & Company for quarter of 2015, right before the acqui-
many years, is upbeat about the changes sition, with the fourth quarter of 2017,
that have taken place there since it was ac- Prezioso says transaction sides were up
quired by a Berkshire Hathaway franchise more than 38 percent, from 93 to 129,
a little more than two years ago. while dollar volume jumped just a hair
under 40 percent, from $39,747,706 to
Likewise Carol Hill, regional manager $55,614,000.
for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Florida Realty, which bought the business Agent count is up as well, from about 38
in February 2016. “The success of the of- to 44, and market share has grown across
fice has exceeded our expectations,” says the board, according to Prezioso.
Hill, in an intentional understatement.
Success has continued into 2018. In
Another way of putting it would be that the first quarter, the small island office
the deal has turned out to be a blockbuster was among the top three out of thou-
success for all concerned. sands in the 17-state Berkshire Hatha-

Berkshire Hathaway’s Jane Schwiering, Carol Prezioso and Gena Grove. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD

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way HomeServices south region, mea- rals to agents at the Ocean Drive office Grove and Schwiering are still active “She will have to take our keys if she
sured by increase in agent commissions. can be inferred from their success. In broker-associates at the office, listing and wants to get rid of us,” Schwiering says.
2017, Debbie Bell was the No. 2 individual selling houses and condominiums, and
“We were thrilled by that,” says Prezioso. agent among 1,800 Florida Realty agents consulting with the two Carols on man- “Vero Beach has been a very interesting
“The Vero office has arrived,” Hill adds. in terms gross commission income, and agement matters. discovery for our company,” says Hill. “It
The changes began with a phone call the office’s Sand and Land Team, which is a hidden gem in a certain sense. Many
in 2015, when Hill reached out to Norris includes Maria Caldarone, Ashley Harris “It is still fun to come to work,” says people know and love Vero, but it has man-
& Company owners Gina Grove and Jane and team leader Beth Livers, was the No. 2 Grove with a big smile. “In fact, it is more aged to keep its small-town appeal. The
Schwiering to see if they were interest- team in the company. fun because now Carol [Prezioso] has to real estate market here is very vibrant and
ed in selling. Hill had done her research handle the problems.” we are excited about the future.” 
and knew the brokerage was a successful,
well-run business and wanted to see if she LONG-DELAYED ASSISTED LIVING PROJECT
could scoop it up for her company. NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON U.S. 1
“We had received many such calls over
the years, had many suiters, but were nev- By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer website, is a “builder and developer of Vero Beach is the engineering firm.
er interested,” says Grove. [email protected] luxury estates,” based in New Jersey. A separate 3/4-acre section of raw
Once they met Hill, though, and con- Its managing partners, brothers-in-law
sidered the details of the deal she was of- After more than seven years on the Raffi Alaverdian and Mehrdad Amir- land at the south end of the property is
fering, they decided it was time to make a drawing board, the assisted living fa- saleh, have 30 years’ experience in on the market through Crown Remax
move. cility formerly known as Reflections, Realty, listed for $550,000. Remax Man-
“Going ahead with the acquisition was a and now called Pleasantville, is finally “commercial and residential property
fantastic decision,” says Schwiering. underway in north county, on a 6.8- development and construction, pri- PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
Prezioso says the chief thing Berkshire acre site at 10670 U.S. 1, on the east side marily in New Jersey and Florida.”
Hathaway brought was “resources, re- of the highway, adjacent to a residential ager John King suggests it would be
sources, resources,” online and in person. community also called Reflections. Alaverdian is listed as the registered an excellent location for a doctor’s of-
Nationwide, Berkshire Hathaway agent on the State of Florida Limit- fice or other professional service com-
HomeServices has more than 1,200 offices If the project, three miles north of ed Liability Company document for patible with its assisted living facility
and 43,000 sales professionals. The Flor- CR-510, continues on its current tra- Pleasantville Assisted Living LLC, neighbor. 
ida Realty franchise, which is owned by jectory, it could open its doors by mid- filed in January 2016. Project contrac-
Lennar, includes 45 offices in central and 2019, according to the Indian River tor is R.C. Stevens Construction Com-
south Florida and 1,800 agents. County Planning Department. pany, based in Winter Garden, and
Prezioso says, “They have an office in Sustainable Engineering Design in
Sunrise that is dedicated to helping the The 3-story, 98-unit development
branch offices” with marketing, technolo- started making its way through the
gy and other services. system in 2011, but, when the recession
When the acquisition took place, peo- slowed building to a crawl and fund-
ple from the Sunrise office descended on ing evaporated, the developer, Bayland
Ocean Drive and stayed for weeks, helping Homes Development Corp., was forced
the agents and managers learn the Berk- to take “a [really long] pause,” says
shire Hathaway back office systems and County Chief of Current Development
otherwise get up to speed. John McCoy.
“Carol Hill was here for a month,” says
Grove. Because the property is “split-zoned”
Hill continues to visit the office several – light commercial and residential
times a month to check on operations and multi-unit – a conditional use permit
offer assistance and additional training. was required, and granted. According
“The training is extraordinary,” says to McCoy, site plan approval and per-
Schwiering. “There are seminars, in-per- mits are now in place, land clearing
son training and webinars agents can dip is complete, and work is underway on
into anytime.” water, sewer and drainage infrastruc-
Another plus that came in with Berk- ture.
shire Hathaway is a steady stream of refer-
rals from other Berkshire offices that have Bayland Homes, according to its
helped boost business.
The benefits of the training and refer-

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: MAY 14 THROUGH MAY 18

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

Another busy week on the mainland real estate front saw 40 transactions take place from May
14-18 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 7020 4th Street. First listed in March for
$1,299,900, the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,105-square-foot house sold for $1,125,000 on May 18.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the residence at 102 Salazar Lane. First listed in May for
$304,900, this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2,611-square-foot abode sold for $305,000 on May 18.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$1,125,000
VERO BEACH 7020 4TH STREET 3/1/2018 $1,299,900 5/18/2018 $550,000
VERO BEACH 1060 E POLO GROUNDS DRIVE 10/19/2017 $649,950 5/17/2018 $430,000
VERO BEACH 686 SW HAMPTON WOODS LANE 3/16/2018 $450,000 5/15/2018 $370,000
VERO BEACH 2655 WHIPPOORWILL LANE 3/2/2018 $379,000 5/16/2018 $320,000
VERO BEACH 3940 58TH CIRCLE 3/9/2018 $329,900 5/14/2018 $315,000
VERO BEACH 4579 ASHLEY LAKE CIRCLE 3/22/2018 $315,000 5/17/2018 $305,000
SEBASTIAN 102 SALAZAR LANE 5/3/2018 $304,900 5/18/2018 $276,000
VERO BEACH 7345 33RD AVENUE 10/2/2017 $335,000 5/18/2018 $275,000
VERO BEACH 8225 91ST AVENUE 3/7/2018 $299,900 5/15/2018 $270,000
VERO BEACH 9931 E VERONA CIRCLE 3/28/2018 $279,900 5/16/2018 $270,000
VERO BEACH 8826 E 98TH AVENUE 2/23/2018 $285,000 5/18/2018 $268,000
SEBASTIAN 474 BISCAYNE LANE 3/3/2018 $274,900 5/16/2018 $242,000
VERO BEACH 7795 15TH STREET 3/6/2018 $245,000 5/15/2018 $237,000
VERO BEACH 1295 LEXINGTON SQUARE SW 4/9/2018 $244,500 5/15/2018

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.

1060 E Polo Grounds Drive, Vero Beach 686 SW Hampton Woods Lane, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/19/2017 Listing Date: 3/16/2018
Original Price: $649,950 Original Price: $450,000
Sold: 5/17/2018 Sold: 5/15/2018
Selling Price: $550,000 Selling Price: $430,000
Listing Agent: Joseph Semprevivo Listing Agent: Jim Goldsmith

Selling Agent: Josephs Premier Real Estate Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Michael Spadaro James Pedra

Josephs Premier Real Estate Ocean Real Estate of Hutch Isl

2655 Whippoorwill Lane, Vero Beach 3940 58th Circle, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 3/2/2018 Listing Date: 3/9/2018
Original Price: $379,000 Original Price: $329,900
Sold: 5/16/2018 Sold: 5/14/2018
Selling Price: $370,000 Selling Price: $320,000
Listing Agent: Lucy Hendricks Listing Agent: Chris Junker

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty

Roger Smith Kevin Brady

Alex MacWilliam, Inc. Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

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Coming Up! A toast to Vero Wine & Film fest’s
sparkling lineup PAGE B2
‘BLAZE’ FIRES UP
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY Adam Schnell.
STREET PARTY SCENE
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Weather permitting, John-
ny and the Blaze, a favor-
ite local band at various venues
around town such as Waldo’s,
Grind + Grape and Riverside The-
atre’s Live at the Loop, will once
again have people dancing in
the streets at the May 25 Down-
town Friday Street Party, 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m., along 14th Ave. hosted
by Main Street Vero Beach. Band
members Johnny Herron, Pete
Jorgensen, Dave Williams, Gary
Brown and John Wunsch will
keep young and old on their toes
– or just tapping them – playing a
mix of Motown and classic rock.
Downtown Friday is family- and
dog-friendly, and best of all free,
so grab your lawn chairs and
make a night of it.

2 The wonders of the uni-
verse will be on display be-
ginning May 26 at the Vero Beach
Museum of Art with the opening
of the exhibition Insight Astron-
omy Photographer of the Year.
The exhibit will include roughly
50 photographs, chosen from the
thousands of entries submitted
earlier this year to London’s Roy-
al Observatory Greenwich for the
Insight Astronomy Photographer
of the Year 2018 competition, held
in association with Insight Invest-
ment and BBC Sky at Night Mag-
azine. Billed as “the biggest inter-
national competition of its kind,
annually showcasing spectacular
images shot by astrophotogra-
phers worldwide,” winners are
selected by a juried panel from
submissions in nine categories:
Skyscapes, Aurorae, People and

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A toast to Vero Wine & Film fest’s sparkling lineup

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer takes to stage the four-day festival has her
[email protected] in whirling dervish mode with two weeks
left to go.
The Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival
is edging further away from its 2016 pre- By June 7-10, Stewart, a Hawaiian-born,
miere and, though it can hardly be called Stanford-educated attorney who arrived
an institution yet, the festival’s hard- in Vero six years ago, will have pulled
charging founder and organizer, Jerusha together vintners, filmmakers and tick-
Stewart, is publicly declaring her own et-buyers to people a panoply of sites and
staying power. screenings. Thursday through Sunday,

Festival Lineup of Events
• Thursday, June 7: opening night dinner at 6:30
• Friday, June 8: pre-party at Riverside Theatre at 6:30,
opening night part at the Wow Tasting Lounge

• Saturday, June 9: VIP tasting reception at
Vero Beach Museum of Art

• Sunday, June 10: gospel brunch at American Icon Brewery
& Fete Finale wrap party at the Wow Tasting Lounge

“I’m still here!” she declares. “And people film screenings continue all day long at
are still asking!” various venues.

At least she has help now – a paid staff Along with that sparse staff, at her
assistant and an intern. Even with those ad- side are a contingent of volunteers and
ditions, the massive organizational effort it board members, wine experts and film-

Jerusha Stewart and Bob Stanley.

PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD

makers, many returning for their third year. PBS; and George Taber, a former Time mag-
Among them: Molly Smith, an executive azine reporter now living in Vero Beach,
producer of “La La Land”; Jeffrey Lyons, whose book “Judgment of Paris” was the
nationally known film critic in print and on first to be written about the event that in-

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spired the movie “Bottle Shock.” Others may opt to cross town for another As for other films scattered throughout and the people she inspired who contin-
The celebrity vintner this year, charged Stewart recommendation: “West Bank Sto- the weekend, Stewart has accommodated ue to visit her in her waning years. That
ry,” a live-action short that won an Academy Vero’s love of shorts – film shorts, that is screens at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of Art.
with pouring at the festival’s Vino Veritas Award in 2006. Its director, Ari Sandel, will – by holding four different sets of them in “It’s a film meets dance, a visual feast,”
Vintner dinner at Costa d’Este Resort, is lead a panel discussion after the screening various locales. She also urges film buffs Stewart says.
Deerfield Ranch Winery’s Robert Rex. He at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild. That starts not to miss a full-length documentary
was just named Winemaker of the Year in at 2 p.m. Saturday. called “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The other film Stewart says not to miss
a prestigious competition at Florida In- the World,” screening Saturday at Riverside is “Push,” a documentary about Grant
ternational University, in which 28 tasters Later on Saturday, filmmakers gather Theatre beginning at 10 a.m. The movie Korgan, a nanoscientist and adventure
judged 630 wines from 200 wineries. Rex, downtown at American Icon Brewery to honors Link Wray and other Native Ameri- athlete who was paralyzed from the waist
who majored in chemistry at UC Berkeley socialize with fans in the radically trans- can performers who influenced a range of down when he burst-shattered a vertebra.
and taught himself to cook by working his formed former diesel power plant. That American musical styles. Hard Rock Casino He went on to become the first person to
way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art event, dubbed Dining with Directors, costs and Resort, owned by the Seminole tribe, reach the South Pole in a sit-ski. The film,
of French Cooking, specializes in organic $40 and starts at 6:30. has donated a $750 prize to be raffled; it in- part of the festival’s Best of Sonoma series,
blends from Sonoma Valley vineyards. The cludes an electric guitar. screens at the Theatre Guild on Friday,
opening night dinner starts at 6:30 Thurs- Sunday, things wrap up with a $30 gos- June 8 at 10 a.m.
day, June 7, and includes a talk by Rex. pel brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Another is the Florida premiere of “Her
American Icon. The festival’s wrap party, Magnum Opus,” a narrative feature direct- The full festival schedule and ticket prices
“He’s a very unusual winemaker in that dubbed the Fete Finale, starts in the Wow ed by Marta Renzi about an aging mentor are available at vbwff.com. 
his focus is on ‘clean’ wines,” Stewart says, tent at 3 p.m.
explaining some of Rex’s theories on low-
ering histamines and sulfites in wine. She
and 11 others from Vero met Rex in late
March at the Vero festival’s sister festival in
Sonoma.

“He literally takes you on a tour of your
palate,” she says. “You feel as if you’re at the
knee of a master story teller because he’s
just so captivating and funny and self-dep-
recating.”

The dinner is included in the festival’s
premier pass ($495) and costs $135 on its
own. Seating is limited; the dinner is typi-
cally a sell-out, Stewart says. “I’m expecting
that dinner to explode.”

The next day, Friday, June 8, the not-to-
miss event, in Stewart’s estimation, is the
opening night party at the Wow Tasting
Lounge – a giant tent set up in Riverside
Park. Five hundred people are expected to
crowd into the tent. Rex will have an en-
core seminar on wines made with grapes
from before and after the California fires.
Vero’s Bob Stanley, former host of a local TV
wine show, will be hosting a blind tasting
poured into black glasses, “so you can’t tell
if it’s red or white,” says Stewart.

Pre-party that night, the action is inside
Riverside Theatre with Cinema Uncorked,
when films, not wine, take center stage,
and the weekend’s awards are announced
by the film jury. That starts at 6:30 p.m.
Film critic Jeffrey Lyons will announce the
winner of this year’s Life Worth Living Leg-
end award. Stewart won’t give hints as to
the winner, but she admits they won’t have
the local ties of the prior winners, Gloria
Estefan and Burt Reynolds.

Saturday, June 9, at lunchtime is the VIP
tasting reception at the Vero Beach Mu-
seum of Art, with the premiere screening
of “Andre – The Voice of Wine.” Narrated
by Ralph Fiennes, the documentary tells
the story of the aristocrat Russian émigré
Andre Tchelistcheff, who brought his Eu-
ropean knowledge of wine to Napa Valley
and helped transform northern Califor-
nia into an internationally respected wine
producing region. Andre’s nephew, Mark
Tchelistcheff, is the film’s director and is
flying in from Berlin for the occasion. He’ll
be joined by Robert Rex and George Taber.
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. – conve-
nient to the 3 p.m. grand tasting in the
Wow tent nearby.

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With conservator Merk-Gould, art is in good hands

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Linda Mer-Gould.
[email protected]
PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
In her professional career, art conserva-
tor Linda Merk-Gould has often accepted
the term “art restoration” to describe what
she does, “because that’s what people under-
stand,” she says.

“There is a real big philosophical definer
of what a conservator is, versus a restorer,”
she adds.

“I am definitely a conservator.”
Merk-Gould explains that the tenet of her
profession is that a conservator’s work – from
piecing together the fragments of an Attic
vase to placing a protective coating on a Ro-
din – should be 100 percent reversible. When
a newer, better way to protect, preserve and
present the art object comes along – or if ad-
ditional scholarship or a missing component
turns up that changes the way the object
should look – previous treatments can be re-
moved or reversed without harming the origi-
nal parts of the object.
Merk-Gould’s specialty is conserving out-
door sculpture. The business she founded in
1982, Fine Objects Conservation Inc., received
contracts to work on everything from a pri-
vately-owned collection of monumental Hen-
ry Moore sculptures to the Statue of Liberty. On
Lady Liberty, she minimized the appearance of
distracting tars drips on the statue. In 1911 coal
tar was painted on the interior of the copper
statue to seal it and had since oozed out be-
tween the seams.
Merk-Gould, who relocated to Vero Beach
roughly one year ago, closed her business in
2012, but continues to selectively practice her
craft. She has clients in Florida with whom
she had worked since the 1980s, and some-
times acts as a consultant to curators with
whom she has worked in the past. She is not
accepting new clients.
“At this point, I keep it small and manage-
able – and enjoyable,” she says.
You might ask how someone gets to be an
object conservator. After all, it’s not exactly the

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what materials are
preneur,” she says. Space, Our Sun, Our Moon, Stars and Neb-

made of, how people Sparked by the Bicentennial celebrations ulae, Galaxies and Young Astronomy Pho-
made them, how of 1976, America’s new awareness of its cul- tographer of the Year (under age 16). The
tural heritage soon turned into concern for celestial marvels will remain on display in
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3 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra,
“My graduate thesis had been on corrosion under the direction of Conductor and
removal methods,” says Merk-Gould.

She notes that people had long used sand- Artistic Director Aaron Collins, closes out

job little boys and girls dream of. It wasn’t for blasting to clean public buildings and monu- its ninth season with what they are billing

Merk-Gould, either. ments, but by the mid-1980s, that technique as a “Big Epic” concert, featuring works by

“I wanted to be in nuclear physics,” she had been found to irreparably damage stone Tchaikovsky, Fuchs and Shostakovich. The

says. Growing up during the 1960s, she was and metal surfaces. For Merk-Gould, the concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May

captivated by the nation’s focus on science. challenge became to develop techniques 27, at the Vero Beach High School Perform-

“We landed on the moon for the first that would effectively remove corrosion ing Arts Center. Talented violinist Suliman

time. That’s what captured a lot of people’s without erasing the hand-worked surfaces of Tekalli will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin

imagination.” bronze sculptures. Concerto in D major, now instantly recog-

By the time Merk-Gould entered Welles- She consulted with a water jet specialist nizable as a result of its use in movies and

ley College, her interest had turned to ar- at the University of Missouri in Rolla, Dr. television, including in the popular Ama- 3 Suliman Tekalli performs May 27
at VBHS Performing Arts Center.
chaeology. As an adjunct to that subject, a David Summers, concerning the possibility zon series, Mozart in the Jungle. A Daytona
tion. Although she won’t be performing on
professor suggested that she study material of using a pressurized jet of water sculpture Beach native, Tekalli entered the Julliard this trip, Suliman frequently performs with
his sister, pianist Jamila Tekalli. Rounding
science, a field in which new materials are conservation. School’s bachelor’s degree program at age out the concert offerings are Atlantic Rib-
and, a piece by Kenneth Fuchs inspired
discovered or designed. With the help of some corroded bronze 17, studying there with Hyo Kang, who is by the S.S. United States’ record-breaking
maiden voyage; and Shostakovich’s stirring
She undertook that study at M.I.T., a half- plaques lent to her for that purpose by the City now on the faculty of Yale School of Music, Symphony No. 5, which he described as “a
Soviet artist’s creative response to just criti-
hour bus ride away from Wellesley. Merk- of New York, Merk-Gould and Summers did and obtained his master’s from the Cleve- cism.” For more information, call 855-252-
7276 or visit spacecoastsymphony.org. 
Gould explains that an educational relation- tests on the plaques as well as some un-cor- land Institute of Music, where he studied

ship between several private colleges in the roded pieces of bronze. The technique worked under Joel Smirnoff, former CIM presi-

region “makes it easy to take unusual classes beautifully. Their findings were ultimately dent. Tekalli has performed throughout

that one college has and another doesn’t have.” published by John Hopkins University and the world and was the top prize winner in

“That facilitated exploring,” she says. presented at a corrosion industry convention 2015 Seoul International Music Competi-

She did research in M.I.T.’s ancient mate- in the mid-1990s. tion and prize winner in the Sendai, Lipizer

rials lab with renowned metallurgist Dr. Cyril Merk-Gould used water jet technology and Szeryng International Violin Competi-

Stanley Smith. on the 1992 project to clean, re-patinate and

Her study of archeology also introduced place a protective coating on the multi-figural

Merk-Gould to the restoration of ancient ob- monument to President James A. Garfield that

jects; she interned in the objects conservation stands in the nation’s capital.

lab at Harvard’s Fogg Museum under the lab’s “The architect of the capital at that time,

director, Arthur Beal. George White, was very supportive of the

“I just fell in love with the problem-solving work,” says Merk-Gould.

of what materials are made of, how people The following year she was awarded the

made them, how you store them, and respect contract to conserve the nearly 20-foot-tall

how they were made,” she says. Statue of Freedom that stands atop the dome

Merk-Gould eventually dropped arche- of the U.S. Capitol building.

ology in favor of her new love; her B.A. from Designed by American sculptor Thomas

Wellesley is in Art and Ancient Materials. That Crawford in Rome, the plaster for the statue

was followed by an M.A. in Sculpture Conser- was sent in sections to Washington to be cast

vation at the Queen’s University in Kingston, in bronze. The finished statue of a robed wom-

Ontario. She subsequently interned at the Uni- an with a plumed cap was set on top of the

versity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeol- newly completed Capitol dome in late 1863.

ogy and Anthropology‎ in Philadelphia, and at The first challenge was getting the sculp-

the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. ture – which tops out 288 feet above the

Her first full-time position was as assis- ground – down, so that Merk-Gould could

tant conservator at the Los Angeles County work on it. It was too high to be reached by

Museum of Art. There she worked with arti- crane, so she and Gary Strand, a structural

facts of bronze, silver and gold from the mu- engineer, devised a way to safely convey the

seum’s Heeramaneck Collection of ancient sculpture to earth by helicopter.

Near Eastern art. The trial lifting was the most nerve-wrack-

A stint as assistant conservator at the India- ing. At first the sculpture was lifted only a few

napolis Museum of Art followed, before Merk- inches above its base to ensure that it was en-

Gould took the position of director of the Con- tirely free of the nuts and bolts that had held it

servation Department at Harvard’s Peabody in place for 130 years.

Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “Nobody had worked on it systematically

During her tenure at the Peabody, Merk- since its installation in the middle of the Civil

Gould did some conservation work on the War,” she says.

side for private collectors and small muse- “When we did the initial lifting, we found

ums. She soon began to weigh the possibility pennies that had been inserted between

of going into business for herself full time. In the base of the sculpture and the dome

1982 she took the leap. She opened her own by workmen to commemorate the event.

conservation studio in Westport, Conn., and Bringing those to the curator of the capitol

never looked back. was an exciting moment.”  Benefiting the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

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Time pays: Kiwanis rewards students’ volunteerism

Al Sammartino, Kim Toperzer, Katie Toperzer, Gavin Wunderlich and Lynn Phillips. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Jessica Kelly, Maddie Stromak and Shabeen Raza.

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer “We made a decision many years ago to Students earn community service sity of South Florida; Isabel Morby, Florida
[email protected] honor the kids who put in over 300 commu- hours working on service projects such as State University; Emmalyse Brownstein,
nity hours,” said Al Sammartino, Kiwanis spoil-island and beach cleanups, sprucing New York University and Shabeen Raza,
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ve- Scholarship chair for the past 12 years. up and helping with renovation projects University of Florida; SRHS graduates
ro-Treasure Coast presented scholarships at local nonprofit organizations and the Gavin Wunderlich, Florida Gulf Coast
totaling $15,000 to a dozen students grad- Young people get involved as volunteers homes of those in need, and undertaking University and Katie Toperzer, Florida
uating this year from Vero Beach High through Key Clubs at the local high schools food drives for elementary school children. Institute of Technology; and Charter HS
School, Sebastian River High School and and through a group, unique to this Kiwan- graduates Madeline Stromak, University of
Indian River Charter High School at a cel- is Club, called Youth in Action, co-founded “Most of these, over 85 percent of these Florida; Savanna Williams, Flagler College;
ebratory luncheon last Wednesday after- in 1995 by Sammartino and Richard Schlitt young men and women, graduated with a Brianna Aversa, University of North Flori-
noon at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. and sponsored in part by local churches. two-year college degree already. They just da; and Deanna Rose Kreinbring, Univer-
saved their parents well over $100,000 for sity of Florida.
two years. And most of them worked over
500 service hours. Seriously, I don’t know Board president Kevin Brown thanked
when you kids slept,” said Sammartino, the parents in attendance as well as the Ki-
noting that in addition to their school work wanis members, and reminded the gradu-
and volunteer time, many also held down ates “this is just a little pause as you contin-
jobs. ue your journey, so continue the good work
and we wish you the very best.”
“All in all, we’re very proud of every one
of you that we picked. I’m honored to be Their small but exceptionally involved
here and present you with a check,” said club was founded 45 years ago and is open
Sammartino. “I hope you come back and to women as well as men. Members meet
let us know once in a while how you’re do- Wednesdays at Noon at the Vero Beach
ing; we’d love to hear from you so send us Yacht Club. The scholarship money was
a note.” primarily raised through sponsorships and
participation in their annual Kiwanis Golf
Scholarships were awarded to VBHS Tournament fundraiser.
graduates Tahja Brooks, Florida Atlantic
University; Jared Lamothe, University of For more information, visit verokiwanis.
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$700K in awards opens college
doors for grateful area students

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Expires 06-1-18 By Kerry Firth | Correspondent ple. This group is our hope for a better
Expires 06-1-18 [email protected] tomorrow.”
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Students of distinction arrived at the Joan Cook, president of the founda-
Sebastian River High School full of con- tion, spoke directly to the students, re-
fidence and pride for the 53rd annual minding them that the impact of kind-
Scholarship Foundation of Indian Riv- ness, particularly from strangers, can
er County Awards Ceremony. A total of never be underestimated.
112 scholarships totaling $699,500 were
awarded to 55 students, affording them “How incredible is it that people
an opportunity to fulfill their dreams of you’ve never met are going to help you
attending colleges and universities. pay for college?” she asked. She further
encouraged them as they head off to
The scholarship recipients, from college to pursue their education and
all the local public and private high careers, to follow their dreams and
schools, will attend 18 different colleges draw from within to determine what
in nine states. Since 1955 the foundation makes them kinder and to be their best
has awarded more than $11.8 million in possible selves.
need-based scholarships to 2,920 de-
serving Indian River County students. Kadin Campbell, 2013 SRHS gradu-
ate, attended the University of Florida
“Seeing these kids receive their award thanks to a foundation scholarship,
for all their hard work is my favorite where he received a bachelor’s in histo-
night of the year,” said Camilla Wain- ry and a master’s in social studies ed-
right, Scholarship Foundation execu- ucation. He is currently giving back to
tive director. “Their scholarships range the community as a seventh-grade civ-
anywhere from $2,000 to $25,000 based ics teacher at Oslo Middle school.
on their grades, community service and
needs. They may also be getting Bright “The gift I received from the founda-
Futures assistance and grants, but we tion helped me achieve my dreams,” he
fill in the gaps.” said. He recounted the difficulties of
paying for college with limited resourc-
“This organization has always been es, sharing that despite his parents be-
near and dear to my heart,” said Mi- ing hard-working individuals, coming
chael Stutzke, who received a scholar- up with an additional $20,000 per year
ship from the foundation 48 years ago for college expenses was nearly insur-
and recently retired from teaching at mountable. “The Scholarship Founda-
Sebastian River High School. “Their gift tion helped finance my education and
to me literally changed my life. We are allowed me to attend the school of my
so blessed to live in a community that choice. My advice to you is to identify
is able to do what this foundation does. what is important and go for it. Capital-
You’d be hard pressed to find any com- ize on the opportunity that is presented
munity in the United States that year in tonight. This gift is opening the doors
and year out comes up with a half-mil- for your future. You’ve been shown the
lion dollars or more for our young peo- door, so get going!” 

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Hurricane Hangar Party promotes storm ‘Red’-iness

Sarah Tippet Ruwe, Ben Trautman, Brenda Doblinger, Mike Rose and Glynn Tremblay. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Front: Maggie McNabb, Saryah Blaha, and Jessica Griffin. Back: Maddie Stromak and Sarah Castillo.

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer At their annual Hurricane Hangar Par-
[email protected] ty last Friday evening at the Corporate Air
Hangar, Red Cross staff and volunteers
Even though Indian River County didn’t were joined by local exhibitors to provide
feel the full brunt of last year’s storms, information on ways people can prepare
members of the American Red Cross Flor- and protect themselves and their families.
ida’s Coast to Heartland chapter want ev-
eryone to be prepared – because as we’ve Colorado State University researchers
seen time and again, hurricanes can be are forecasting a slightly above average
unpredictable. Atlantic hurricane season, predicting

Diane and Greg Wagner. Ali and Ernst Furnsinn.

14 named storms – with three of sev- down to Vero to help out during Wilma
en expected hurricanes to reach major and stayed. As the volunteer lead opera-
strength. The National Hurricane Center tions manager, Tremblay has seen first-
predictions will be released by the end of hand the assistance offered when families
the month, but it’s not too soon to pre- are displaced and spoke about the help
pare. given to a large Haitian family whose roof
had been blown into a tree during Wilma.
“If you haven’t heard, there’s a possi-
bility of something forming next week in “The father looked at me and said, ‘Can
the Gulf,” said event chair Glynn Trem- I buy a mattress?’ There were eight or 10 of
blay. The folks at the hangar planned to them sleeping on one bed,” said Tremblay.
be ready. “We gave him the money and he gave me a
big hug. I was hooked for life.”
As attendees wandered about the var-
ious informative exhibitors, students He thought people would be surprised
from the Charter High School modeled at the many other services – all free – of-
Red Cross uniforms from the early 1900s fered by the Red Cross on a regular basis.
through to today, including one once They even offer free smoke detectors and
worn by the grandmother of Sarah Tippet their installation (call 772-562-2549 to
Ruwe, executive director of the chapter. make an appointment), because again,
Outside, people enjoyed live music from they’ve seen the devastation wrought by
Collins and Company, while noshing on house fires.
refreshments.
“We go to hundreds of fires in Indian
There was also a silent auction of do- River County alone. We help the fami-
nated items, eliciting bids to benefit the lies, get them a place to stay,” said Trem-
local Red Cross chapter, which serves blay. “They did it for me, back in ’82. I was
residents of Indian River, St. Lucie, burned out of my house; I almost lost my
Okeechobee and Highlands counties – family. So that’s one of the reasons this
24/7, 365 days per year. holds on to my heart.”

Tremblay, who joined the Red Cross as For more information visit redcross.org/
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Scampi Grill: Trattoria is hard to beat, inside or out

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Mimmo’s Ultimate Vongole.
[email protected]

On a delightful Vero spring evening, we
dined on the patio of the Scampi Grill for
the first time since it moved into its new
home on 20th Street.

When the weather is right – neither too
chilly nor too steamy and humid – this may
be the best way to enjoy this venerable trat-
toria, as the tree-shrouded patio has a very
open feel and conversation is much easier
than in the main dining area.

On this visit, I decided to start with the
calamari fra diavolo ($11.95) and my hus-
band somewhat skeptically ordered the es-
cargot special ($12.95).

This is a far cry from your classic
French escargot appetizer. Executive
Chef Alessandro Amelio prepares the
snails out of the shell, tops them with
shitake mushrooms, spinach and feta
cheese, and finishes them in a white wine
lemon sauce.

Amazingly, this combination of tastes
works wondrously. My husband pro-
nounced it a great alternative to the more

Yellowtail Venteo.

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This was so good that instead of reaching Scampi Grill.
The calamari, of course, were excellent finished in a spicy ragu sauce – was a big
over with bread to mop up the sauce from I welcome your comments, and encourage
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ultimate vongole ($21.95), and my husband evening, we were shown to an inside sec- Italian herbs, and finished in a creamy saf-
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On both of these visits, we topped off the
with roasted garlic, roma tomatoes, basil, I decided, however, to go with one of the evening with espressos.

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Wednesdays offers a choice of six You get the same great preparation as regu-
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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (MAY 18) ON PAGE B19

ACROSS DOWN
1 Invent (6) 2 Debonair (6)
4 Tales (6) 2 Dizziness at height (7)
9 Aim (7) 3 Skedaddle (5)
10 Lodge or hut (5) 5 Praise (7)
11 Live (5) 6 Scales constellation (5)
12 Currant bun (7) 7 Nightfall (6)
13 Goods, delivery (11) 8 Social gathering (3,8)
18 On edge (7) 14 Propose (7)
20 Armistice (5) 15 Impartial (7)
21 Oily stone fruit (5) 16 Hearsay (6)
22 Facial feature (7) 17 Northern lapwing (6)
23 Pivot (6) 19 Spiral (5)
24 Small village (6) 20 Eighth Greek letter (5)

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ACROSS 79 A molding 16 Disney’s middle “epic”
1 Hill-climbing 80 Actor’s ancestor? name 95 War, in France
83 Quick cut 96 Significant
gear? 84 Golfer’s 17 Old Greek belts 97 A way to go it
4 Log of chocolate 18 Curl of hair 98 Merl relative
7 Eurasian area of ancestor? 20 Tooth topper 100 Sock end
87 Mr. Graf, the 25 Chorus morsel 101 Actress Woodard
conifer forests 27 Roving 102 Weaver Marner
12 Word in L.A.’s signature hound? 32 “Okey-doke!” 103 Wedge birds
88 Kendall or Kyser 33 Bacchanal’s cry 104 Playwright Joe
police slogan 89 Detroit’s Della 36 Horse course 106 Unscripted mot
19 Busy, like a 90 Greek peak 38 “___ bodkins!” 107 Film critic Jeffrey
91 Not ___ 39 Type of singing 109 Wet blanket?
gumshoe 40 Dream 111 For them, one
21 Wiser, perhaps (mediocre) 42 British fellow
22 Christmas 92 Pealed 43 Jackie and war is over
93 “Take yer paws 112 Jules, to Jim
chanteuse Jimmy 114 Italian’s 3
23 Tells off me, ya ___” 44 “___ ya wanna 115 Pronoun for
24 Film director’s 96 Filly at five
play rough, eh?” Sean Young
ancestor? 99 Lilting farewells 45 Year, in Lisbon
26 Actor’s ancestor? 103 Ascends 46 Cram The Washington Post
28 Pews 105 Gadot of Wonder 47 TV actor’s
29 Old music note, TRAIT NAMES By Merl Reagle
Woman ancestor?
or a 108 Parker and 48 1960s do Summer Membership
drink backwards 49 Entree full of orts
30 Marianne and Parsons 51 Author Kosinski Meadowood Golf and Tennis Club
Michael 110 Comedic actor’s 52 Armand
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condition 113 Actress’s 53 Lofts for artists (April 23rd to October 31st 2018)
35 Rose beetle 54 Nuclear
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39 Worry beads? 116 Organ effect headache
41 Kids’ soccer 117 Another and 56 Regret Single $ 300 Family $450
assn. 59 Olympic
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witness” 118 Midnight Cowboy swimmer Evans
47 Rustic rearers 62 Civil War general Full Country Club Privileges
50 Rossellini’s Open character 65 Disdainful (Golf – Tennis – Pool – Social)
___ 119 ___ in the Sun Driving Range (golf balls included)
51 Author’s 120 Elixir, perhaps comments
ancestor? 121 European steel 67 Gluck and Reville Personalized Lessons
55 Wednesday 69 Endeavor
smudge city 70 Crower Inclusive fees with Cart:
56 Novelist’s 122 Like ketchup 71 Sea of Cortes
ancestor? 123 Successful Single $1,000.00
57 A lot of lot content? Family $1,500.00
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63 Third place Casablanca
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65 Arctic grass 3 Actor’s ancestor? 76 Wee worker in a Mike Yurigan, GM & Head Golf Professional
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68 Henri ending 5 ___ golf clubs company www.meadowoodgolfandtennis.com
70 Herb indigenous 6 Do a blacksmith 77 Old comics
to San job section
Francisco? 7 Mellow Mel 78 Predicament
72 “___-hoo!” 8 Bitter-juice plants 81 Born
74 Agitate 9 “___ delighted!” 82 As part of a
76 Jobs of a lifetime 10 Carnival crew wager
11 Court decree 85 Liza lyricist
12 Interest rate abbr. 86 Faxed
13 Cheer 87 Kingdom of Moo
14 Mine varieties dweller
15 “But I haven’t a 91 Dimwit
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WHAT ROBIN HOOD DID IN HIS SPARE TIME WEST NORTH EAST
32 K 10 8 4 AQ76
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 43 K 10 9 5 AQ62
10 9 8 6 4 2 K75 3
Robin Hood was well known in England for stealing from the wealthy and giving to the Q63 K9 J742
poor. But in his spare time, he and his merry band played bridge. David Bird has put
together a third collection of their adventures, “Arrow Through the Heart” (Master Point SOUTH
Press). The book contains many illustrations by Marguerite Lihou and 113 instructive J95
deals. Bird specializes in this type of entertaining bridge fiction. J87
AQJ
In this deal, Robin Hood (South) was battling against Friar Tuck (East) and Much, A 10 8 5
the son of a local miller (West). What happened in three no-trump after West led the
diamond 10? Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both

Hood had only five top tricks: three diamonds and two clubs. He could expect to get a The Bidding:
third club trick, but it was sensible to attack the majors first.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
Declarer, after taking the first trick in his hand, ran the heart eight. What happened next? 1 Clubs Pass 1 Hearts Pass
1 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass LEAD:
This deal was played early one morning, with the players sitting cross-legged on a 10 Diamonds
coarsely woven blanket laid on the ground in Sherwood Forest. But Friar Tuck was wide
awake. Hoping his partner held the club queen, he won with his heart queen and shifted
to the club knave, as the jack was called in England until well into the 1970s.

South took the trick with dummy’s king and played another heart. East won with his ace
and led a second club. Declarer had little choice but to duck in his hand, so West took
the trick and returned a diamond. South won and, with a shrug, hoped he could guess
spades to get a ninth trick. However, East claimed two spade tricks to go with two
hearts and one club already taken. It was the only winning defense.

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ONGOING ects. $150; $50 luncheon only. 772-453-2760 as Mental Health Month, 12 Noon at Garden tion charities and scholarships, lines in 6 a.m., 5
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Vero Beach Museum of Art - Paul Outer- 27 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra sea- quired. 772-569-9788
bridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico son finale 3 p.m. at Vero Beach High 2 Have Pianos, Will Duel, featuring Dr. Ray Ad-
and California, 1948-1955 thru June 3. School PAC, with works by Kenneth Fuchs and JUNE ams and Jacob Craig joined by students from
Shostakovich, highlighted by violinist Suliman Indian River County High Schools, doors open at
MAY Tekalli performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concer- 1|2 Riverside Theatre Summer Fun Com- 5:15 p.m. before 6 p.m. concert at Unity Spiritual
to. 855-252-7276 edy Zone, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., with Care. $10 suggested donation. 772-538-1181
25 Main Street Vero Beach’s Downtown Live on the Loop free entertainment and games at
Friday Street Party, 6 to 9 p.m. on 14th 28 Memorial Day Observation, 9 a.m. at 6:30 p.m. $12 to $18. 772-231-6990 3 Treasure Coast Chorale presents ‘On the
Avenue. Free. 772-643-6782 Veteran’s Memorial Island Sanctuary. Road Again’, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
2 25th annual Blue Water Open Charity Fish- Suggested $10 donation. 772-231-3498
25|26 RiversideTheatreBoots&Brews 30 Mental Health Association presenta- ing Tournament presented by Sebastian Ex-
at Howl at the Moon, 7:30 p.m. tion on “Improving your whole health change Club to benefit local child abuse preven- 7-10 Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival,
& 9:30 p.m., with Live on the Loop free country music one small step at a time” in recognition of May with portion of proceeds benefitting
at 6:30 p.m. $12 to $22. 772-231-6990
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
26 to Sept. 16 - Vero Beach Museum of in May 18, 2018 Edition 1 INCAN 2 IDLED
Art - Insight Astronomy Photographer 4 TROLL 2 COCKERSPANIEL
of the Year exhibition. 772-231-0707 8 LICENCE 3 NONPLUS
9 NAVAL 4 THEONE
26 46th Annual Sebastian Inlet Sportfishing As- 10 DWELLINGPLACE 5 OWNUP
sociation (SISA) Fishing Tournament, 4 to 5 11 INSIST 6 LIVEANDLETDIE
p.m. weigh-in at Capt’N Butcher’s. 321-258-8808 12 SHODDY 7 SLEEPY
15 SPACEINVADERS 11 ISSUES
18 EXILE 13 HEARTEN
19 MATADOR 14 ENAMEL
20 LOYAL 16 ENEMY
21 NEEDY 17 SURLY

26 Live Like Cole Foundation Charity Sudoku Page B13 Sudoku Page B14 Crossword Page B13 Crossword Page B14 (FLIGHTS OF FANCY)
Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m. shotgun
start at Grand Harbor Golf Club followed by
barbeque lunch to raise funds for Cole Coppo-
la Memorial Fishing Pier and other local proj-

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Suncoast Mental Health Center: All week – WOW Theatre Guild; “Andre-The Voice of Wine” screening School PAC, with soloist Jacob Craig at piano. 9:30 p.m., with Live on the Loop free entertainment
Wine Lounge, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Riverside Park & & VIP reception, 12:30 p.m. at VBMA, Hollywood + Free; donations appreciated. and games at 6:30 p.m. $12 to $18. 772-231-6990
film screenings at multiple venues; 6/7 – Vino Veri- Wine Grand Tasting, 3 p.m. at WOW; Dining with
tas Vintner Dinner at Costa d’Este & Charter HS stu- Directors, 6:30 p.m. at American Icon Brewery; Hot 8|9 Riverside Theatre Summer Fun Howl 16 Waterlily Celebration of state’s larg-
dents screen Rocky Horror Picture Show, 8:30 p.m. Havana Nights, 8 p.m. at WOW; 6/10 – Sip See Savor at the Moon Experience, 7:30 p.m. est collection of waterlilies, lotus and
at Heritage Center; 6/8 – Fierce Females w/produc- Gospel Brunch, 11 a.m. at AI Brewery, Fete Finale & 9:30 p.m., with Live on the Loop free entertain- aquatic plants, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McKee Bo-
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ema Uncorked Opening Nights Awards Bash, 6:30 plant experts, repotting demos and sale of vin-
p.m. at RT; 6/9 - Student Film Screening/Awards, 10 8 Treasure Coast Wind Ensemble British In- 9 Tropical Night Luau to benefit Youth Guid- tage garden accents. Standard admission. 772-
a.m. & “West Bank Story” screening, 2 p.m. at VB vasion concert, 7 p.m. at Vero Beach High ance Mentoring Academy, 7 p.m. at Grand 794-0601
Harbor Golf Club, with tropical buffet, auctions and
dancing to Gypsy Lane band. $125. 772-492-3933 16 Veterans Outreach Golf Tournament
hosted by Veteran’s Council of IRC, 8
9 to Aug. 11 - Summer cooking classes at a.m. shotgun start at Sandridge Dunes course fol-
McKee Botanical Garden: June 9 Intro to lowed by lunch and awards to help fund replace-
Indian Vegetarian Cooking; July 7 You’d Better ment of veterans transport busses. 772-299-8736
Be-Leaf It; July 14 Getting to the Root of the
Matter; July 21 Healthy Cooking for Children; 16 Inaugural 25th Anniversary Classic
July 28 Gluten Free Deliciousness; Aug. 4 Cook- Golf Tournament, 1 p.m. shotgun start
ing for Diabetes; Aug. 11 Healthy Desserts. 772- at Bent Pine Golf Club to support Treasure Coast
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10 Hearts, Flowers and a Fish, a program foursome. 772-571-1986
of German lieder (art songs), 4 p.m. at
St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, featuring 16 Party at the Pantheon hosted by Vero
soloists Sandra McNiff, Kerry Newell, Vyki Sabo, Pride, 5 p.m. at Heritage Center to
Dan Kroger and Gary Parr. Free. 772-584-9744 celebrate LGBTQ+ community with professional
entertainment, DJ dance party, food, libations,
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