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Elections fraud complaint filed
over IRNA mailer. P11
High Stakes
for Students. P14

Dangerfield remembered
by the community he served. P8

For breaking news visit

MY VERO An aerial photo of the Florida Institute of Technology campus in Melbourne. PHOTO BY BRUCE CADY License plate
cameras lead
BY RAY MCNULTY Vero could levy stormwater utility tax without vote to manhunt

Florida Tech – or FIT – BY LISA ZAHNER to fruition, but the new Vero projects that will reduce pollu- BY LISA ZAHNER
seeks strong Vero ties Staff Writer Beach City Council could opt tion of the Indian River Lagoon Staff Writer
to assess property owners was proposed by then-mayor
The Florida Institute of The city’s goal of getting a hundreds of thousands of dol- Dick Winger in 2014. As a first Those Indian River Shores
Technology is, in terms of stormwater utility tax plan lars next year without a vote. step, Vero hired a consultant license plate cameras really
proximity, the closest univer- ready for voters to decide on to outline how a stormwater work.
sity to Vero Beach, but fewer in November did not come The idea of creating a storm-
than 200 of the nearly 6,000 water authority to speed up CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 A hit on a car reported sto-
undergraduate and gradu- len in Fort Pierce last week led
ate students taking classes on New resource for fishermen officers on a chase up A1A and
its cozy, 130-acre campus in opens on Cardinal Drive a manhunt, assisted by pri-
Melbourne come from Indian vate security officers from two
River County. BY ALAN SNEL gated island communities.
Staff Writer
The school's new president Last Wednesday around 3
and chief executive officer Island fisherman have a new resource Dale Sorenson Jr. and Scott Crippen. PHOTO BY MITCH KLOORFAIN p.m., the cameras recently in-
hopes to see more. for inshore and fly-fishing tackle – along stalled at the south entrance
with lots of other outdoor gear – since of the town and focused on
"We really don't have a huge White’s Tackle opened at 3006 Cardinal northbound A1A, alerted on
number, considering how Drive earlier this month. the license plate of a black 2013
close we are to Vero," said T. Chrysler 200 that had been re-
Dwayne McCay, the former CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 ported stolen, according to
NASA rocket scientist and Shores Det. Sgt. Kip Benham.
University of Tennessee vice
president who spent 13 years A Shores patrol officer
at Florida Tech as a top-tier caught up to the vehicle as
the driver attempted to enter
Arrest emerges as
factor in last year’s St. Paul’s Church
ouster of Coach Joe moving forward

Staff Writer Staff Writer

A 2003 felony arrest for Almost six months after a
aggravated battery, later re- groundbreaking ceremony
duced to misdemeanor as- on the site, the new St. Paul's
sault, has emerged as a key Church is under construction
justification for the firing of a on Flamevine Lane, just off
beloved coach and teacher. Ocean Drive, where its doors
are expected to open next Au-
It’s been nearly a year since
Joe Nathaniel was suspend- CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
ed with pay by Indian River


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My Vero of golf in Vero Beach, hopes to eventu- "So one of my goals is to find out into his expertise as an urban planner
ally entice some of our more-affluent what the passions are of those people to oversee a transformational era dur-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 barrier island residents – many of and establish whether our passions ing which the school built new residen-
whom have a genuine appreciation overlap with theirs," he added. "If tial, research and educational facilities,
administrator before being inaugu- for education and a deserved reputa- they do, then there are possibilities – increased its enrollment, raised admis-
rated as the private university's fifth tion for philanthropy – to become the because there's no doubt that if they sion standards and soared in stature.
president last month. donors he needs to make Tech one want to be part of this university, we
of the best science, engineering and would welcome it. "We needed a builder to get the
"We get a few transfers from Indian aeronautics schools in America. campus to where it is," McCay said,
River State College, and we do have "That hasn't happened yet, but we "and that's what Dr. Catanese was."
a few from St. Edward's," he added. "Obviously, it's a fertile area for fun- definitely have the desire and we plan
"But we don't attract as many students draising, but we haven't been able to to make it happen." Catanese's capital improvement
from that area as I would like." find the magic formula yet," McCay plan was funded in large part by a $50
said, adding that the 30-plus miles Sooner rather than later. million gift from the New York-based
There's something else from our separating Florida Tech and wealthy, Tech's Board of Trustees selected F.W. Olin Foundation, which saw Tech
community that McCay would like to seaside communities such as John's McCay in June to succeed Anthony as a "diamond in the rough" with the
attract more of: Money. Island pose a challenge. Catanese, who served as the univer- potential to become the leading tech-
sity's president for 14 years and tapped nology university in the Southeast.
McCay, who said he has played a lot
The gift, announced in 1997, provid-
ed funding for Tech's Olin Engineering
Complex, Olin Physical Sciences Cen-
ter and Olin Life Sciences Building.

A decade later, Brevard County resi-
dent and businessman Ed Scott – a
former U.S. Justice Department exec-
utive – was the principal donor to cre-
ate the internationally renowned Scott
Center for Autism Treatment, located
on Tech's campus.

Then, two summers ago, Tech wel-
comed to its campus Apollo 11 astro-
naut Buzz Aldrin, the historic mission's
lunar module pilot and the second
man to walk on the moon. Now 86, he
joined the school's faculty as research
professor of aeronautics at the Buzz Al-
drin Space Institute, headed by his son,
Andy, which was created to promote a
manned settlement on Mars.

"We went from a small, struggling
technical school with a high-quality
faculty and good students to a school
with the facilities we needed to move
to the next level," said McCay, who
was hired as Tech's provost and chief
academic officer in 2003 and became
its executive vice president and chief
operating officer in 2011.

Over the past few years, Tech has an-
nually earned national recognition from
the likes of U.S. News & World Report,
Forbes, Barron's and the Fiske Guide
to Colleges for everything from its aca-
demic standing to alumni earnings.

This year's incoming freshmen class
boasted a 3.76 grade-point average
and had an average Scholastic Apti-
tude Test score of 1180, making it the
"highest quality group that we ever
admitted," McCay said.

Even more impressive: Across the
past two decades, 82 percent of Tech's
pre-med students have been admitted
to medical schools.

Currently, Tech has more than 500
graduates working for the Harris
Corp., more than 500 working for the
Northrup Grumman Corp. and more
than 500 working for NASA. There are
dozens working in Silicon Valley. Oth-
ers are employed by tech giants Micro-
soft and Google.

And because one-third of the school's
enrollment comes from outside the

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 3


U.S. – India, China, Saudi Arabia and in 1958 as the Brevard Engineering Col- nity to pursue advanced degrees. "And which compete in the wildly success-
the United Arab Emirates are among lege and became the Florida Institute of they're still pretty serious. But now we ful Sunshine State Conference. The
the nations that send students there – Technology in 1966, historically attracts have some wonderful residence halls lone exception is the football team.
it should come as little surprise to see what McCay described as "very serious and a number of athletic teams – even
Tech graduates occupying the No. 2 po- students" who were "somewhat apa- football – so there's an activity level It was in 2010 that Tech announced
sition with China's version of our Fed- thetic" toward life outside the classroom. and an excitement level on campus its plans to add an NCAA Division II
eral Aviation Administration and the that didn't exist in 2003." football program. Three years later, the
top spot with the Bank of Dubai. "They were here to get an education Panthers embarked on their inaugural
and to have a career," McCay said, re- Twenty percent of Tech's student season, competing in the Gulf South
Another of its graduates detoured calling the school’s initial mission of body participates in varsity athletics, Conference.
from the school's science and engi- offering NASA engineers an opportu- which includes 22 athletic teams, 21 of
neering core and now works as a fash- CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
ion editor at Vogue, prompting McCay
to quip, "We're not sure how that hap- Exclusively John’s Island
Conveniently located on a quiet no-thru street near the south gate is this furnished
Whatever the field, though, Tech 3BR/3BA residence overlooking expansive, multiple fairway and lake views of
graduates – the school has 50,000 the South Course. The large .41± acre lot with majestic Oaks ensures privacy
alumni worldwide – are enjoying pro- and tranquility. Features include 3,603± GSF, gracious living room with fireplace
fessional successes that have enhanced opening onto the lanai, dining area, wet bar, island kitchen and 2-car garage.
the school's recognition and reputation 331 Sabal Palm Lane : $1,700,000
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"We've grown to a size that is suffi-
cient to do almost everything we want
to do," McCay said. "Now it's time to
focus on a handful of areas where we
can be not just good or even really
good, but great. And by great I mean as
good as anybody in the United States."

That process already has begun.
After a hand-picked faculty com-
mittee identified 21 areas to be con-
sidered for further investment – areas
where additional funding for existing
programs would allow Tech to com-
pete with the nation's best schools – a
committee of deans and department
heads whittled the list to nine.
McCay then took the shortened list
to industry experts around the country,
told them his goal and asked them to
evaluate the recommended areas us-
ing their criteria, which included avail-
ability of jobs, the need for research and
their companies' long-range plans.
Using the experts' input, McCay
and his advisers will select three to
five "Pillars of Excellence," as he called
them, and that's where the university
will focus its investments.
What are the areas?
"Only one person knows," McCay
said with a grin, adding that one of the
likely areas wasn't on the original list
but was added when multiple leaders
in research and manufacturing sug-
gested it.
"They told me this was an area we
need to invest in – an area where we
could take the lead and be on the cut-
ting edge," he said. "It's going to be
hard to not do that one."
McCay plans to start building "Pil-
lars" as soon as January, when he'll
ask his on-campus team in each of the
areas to assemble a list of resources
needed to move forward, such as fac-
ulty, technicians and other support
personnel, as well as a base of opera-
tions and equipment.
The university, which was founded

4 Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


My Vero The school does face one lingering fer "FIT" and refuse to embrace "Flor- be Florida Tech and we're still bipo-
problem, which has to do with how ida Tech." lar," he added. “Depending on who
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 people refer to the university. you're talking to, we're known as both.
"I wouldn't have thought it was a So I'm not sure what we should do."
"When we started football, I wasn't The school's official name is Florida big deal, but I talked to the people who
sure about it because it's got an eco- Institute of Technology, but it's also did the marketing for Virginia Tech and He's absolutely sure, though, that
nomic component that is not neces- commonly known as both FIT and they had the same problem," McCay he's taking Tech in the right direction.
sarily on the positive side," McCay Florida Tech. And the multitude of
said. "But it has generated an incredi- monikers has hindered the school's
ble enthusiasm in the community and marketing efforts.
a great enthusiasm across the campus.
According to Wes Sumner, Tech's
"All of the other sports are wonderful, vice president of marketing and com-
but football is different in the South," munications, university officials de-
he added. "I didn't think I'd ever see cided in the early 1990s to switch the
our students with their shirt off and school's familiar name from FIT to
their chests painted, but football has Florida Tech.
been a huge boon to the campus."
The change, however, has met with
resistance from older alumni who pre-

Florida Institute of
Technology president

Dr. Dwayne McCay


said, referring to the Virginia Polytech- "This might sound immodest, but
nic Institute and State University, which I think our faculty and the university
into the 1980s was also known as VPI. as a whole are pretty excited to have a
rocket scientist back as the president,"
"We've spent a lot of years trying to

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McCay said, referring to his years as a a rocket guy," he added. "That doesn't Florida Tech does enjoy a longtime with a system that pumps seawater di-
senior engineer and chief of the Pro- necessarily make the best president, but relationship with Piper Aircraft and, rectly from the ocean into aquaculture
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Will that image appeal to students which was established in 1981 as a "We have some ties to the Vero
"That's how we started, and now we're from our county and, more important, four-acre, satellite campus equipped Beach community," McCay said, "and
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Stormwater utility tax streets, plus additional support from opposed positions on the stormwater Without a coordinated, intergovern-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 engineers, mapping technicians, fleet utility. Winger has stated over and over mental effort to stop runoff on roads
maintenance, administration and pur- again that anyone who cares about the the city has no control over – namely
taxing entity could be implemented, chasing. City officials have promised no Indian River Lagoon must be in favor of A1A and U.S. 1 – Howle said, what the
but City Manager Jim O’Connor said new positions would be added to per- a new stormwater tax. He said he cannot city can accomplish on its own is not a
the plan did not come together in time form duties related to new stormwater fathom how anyone could balk at paying silver bullet to alleviate the dire condi-
to place a question on the Nov. 8 ballot projects, but that vehicles and equip- a few extra dollars per month to“save the tion of the lagoon, which is due in part
that would have given voters a chance ment may be needed. lagoon.” Howle, meanwhile, has said he to nutrient runoff from stormwater.
to say yes or no to the plan. will not support a stormwater tax.
After some people objected to the If the council wants to spend hun-
“We are still working with the con- idea of a stormwater utility tax – which For the owner of a property with dreds of thousands more dollars per
tractor and expect to have a presenta- could be anywhere from $3 per month $100,000 of taxable value, a $5 per year on stormwater projects, Howle said,
tion to Council before the end of the to $8 per month or more for every de- month stormwater tax, annualized it should be budgeted transparently and
year,” O’Connor said. “Public Works veloped and vacant property in the city would equate, roughly, to a 30 percent go up for a vote when the five members
is reviewing the latest data. We have limits – city officials said the matter tax increase when compared to the vote on whether and how much to raise
spent $86,000 [for the study so far] and should go to the voters. But when asked city’s current property tax rate. property taxes each year.
have authorization of up to $103,000.” if that was a requirement, O’Connor
said, “Council has the right to imple- Neighborhoods where the stormwa- With a stormwater utility tax, “there’s
The new tax would pay for projects ment the fee without a referendum ter tax would be put to work include no check and balance,” Howle said. “It’s
designed to curb the flow of pollutant- but discussion has included holding a Vero Isles, which is set to get $350,000 in a number [the city staff] choose at will
laden stormwater and stormwater- referendum. As you know we hold elec- stormwater improvements, Riomar and without checking with anybody.
related debris flowing into canals and tions annually but could request a ref- Shore Drive at the north edge of the city.
into the lagoon. Vero initially put out erendum at any time – it’s just a matter “It may start out at $3 or $5 per month,
a wish list of about $1.2 million in of paying the Supervisor of Elections.” Howle, at the risk of appearing less but it will surely go up, and will it ever go
stormwater projects and expenses, an than sympathetic to those passionate away? No, because then we’ll have all the
amount reduced in the latest version With three council seats up for grabs about saving the lagoon, has decried maintenance every year of all the storm-
of the budget to $850,000 to be spent and Mayor Jay Kramer and Coun- the stormwater tax on principle. “I will water projects we’ve installed.”
over the next five years. cilwoman Pilar Turner not running never vote for a stormwater utility,” he
again, the only two current Council said. “I don’t know the exact status of With Winger and Howle at odds on
The PublicWorks Department budget members who are guaranteed to be where things stand with the study or the issue, what the council does will
for next year is $5.2 million, an expen- on the dais after November are Winger where we are on it since the last report depend on the views of new members
diture second only to the $7.4 million and Councilman Harry Howle. (Coun- we got, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s elected in November.
for police in Vero’s $23 million general cilman Randy Old is running for re- dead. It’s not going to happen because
fund budget. The city employs 16 full- election, and may be a third holdover.) it’s not an effective solution and it cre- Whichever side gets a majority of
time people to work on stormwater and ates a new tax overlay that’s going to three votes will have the power to
Winger and Howle hold diametrically expand over time. It’s not the answer.” decide whether or not to institute
a stormwater utility and how to go
about it. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 7


Coach Joe of Assistant Superintendent of Human chief and was given 12 months’ proba- Charles Searcy confirmed last week
Resources William Fritz, whose deposi- tion, shortened to seven months. the board was not informed of the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tion mirrored Rendell’s statements. 2003 assault charge when they were
Although school spokesman Flynn asked to approve his termination.
County School District officials while Both discounted witness statements Fidgeon said Nathaniel started his
awaiting a formal hearing on a tussle claiming Speights shoved Nathaniel employment in 2005, Nathaniel said In January, the school board put off
he had with a student, Isaiah Speights, first. Both said a video, which was taken he started coaching for the district in a vote on termination after Nathaniel
on Nov. 17, 2015. on a student’s cell phone from about 20 2003, before his arrest, at which time asked for a formal hearing on the mat-
feet away and shows Nathaniel shoving he was interviewed and went through ter. Rendell and Fritz recommended
Nathaniel and some witnesses say Speights and jabbing two fingers into a “Level II” security check, required by he be suspended without pay while
Speights, who has a history of arrests and his forehead, and the “prior violent in- state law to ensure student safety. awaiting a hearing, but the school
problems at school, instigated and esca- cident,” were sufficient to conclude Na- board voted 3 to 2 to suspend him with
lated the conflict and that Nathaniel was thaniel is “unpredictable” and therefore He did not go through another appli- pay. The board also chose not to con-
acting responsibly, subduing a violent a safety hazard to students. cation process with the district when duct a hearing itself, but to request a
student and protecting other students. he began teaching in 2005, he said, and ruling on Nathaniel’s actions and the
According to the 2003 arrest affidavit, therefore did not disclose the arrest. district’s response from the Depart-
But the district contends Nathaniel “On August 28 . . . at about 1:38 p.m., the ment of Administrative Hearings.
was at fault and is guilty of mistreating above named defendant (Joe Nathan- Rendell would not comment on
Speights. iel) intentionally and willfully struck the whether the district knew of Na- Judge John Van Laningham pre-
driver door window on a dump truck thaniel’s arrest before hiring him as sided over the three-day hearing last
When the district sent Nathaniel a belonging to R. Readen Trucking with a teacher. Florida’s open records law week. Jason Odom, of Gould, Cooksey,
termination notice after the incident, a shovel and broke the window. The does not require the district to dis- Fennel, in Vero Beach, is representing
it did not mention his 2003 arrest, but defendant then struck the victim Law- close that personnel information, Fid- the school district. Mark Wilensky, of
Superintendent Mark Rendell alluded rence Lyons intentionally and willfully geon said, referring Vero Beach 32963 Dubiner & Wilensky in Wellington, is
to the arrest while giving testimony last with the same shovel on the elbow caus- to the state Education Practices Com- representing Nathaniel.
week at the long awaited hearing, held ing a bleeding injury to the victim.” The mission for additional information.
by Judge John Van Laningham, Depart- incident was witnessed by three people. Both attorneys will write draft or-
ment of Administrative Hearings. It turns out the commission discov- ders the judge will consider prior to
Nathaniel said the charge was re- ered in 2007 that Nathaniel had failed writing his own order, which is ex-
“I am charged with student safety,” duced to misdemeanor assault be- to disclose his arrest on his teaching pected in January, 14 months after the
Rendell said. “It is the number one pri- cause he didn’t actually hit Lyons, just certificate application, a violation of shoving match. The judge’s ruling will
ority. I have to be confident students the window. He said Lyons ran him off state requirements. He paid a $350 address the validity of firing Nathaniel
will be safe. There is no way I could, the road, spit on him and threw coffee fine to avoid revocation of his teach- for the altercation with Speights, but
in good conscience, put Mr. Nathaniel at him before he grabbed his shovel. ing certificate. the school board will still make the fi-
back in the classroom and entrust him nal decision whether to fire or retain
with the safety of students.” Nathaniel pled “no contest” to mis- When they first tried to fire Nathan- the popular teacher. 
demeanor assault and criminal mis- iel, district officials did not mention
His decision “relied on” the reasoning his arrest and School Board member



It was, in a word, heartbreaking. The
Community Church of Vero Beach
swelled with an overflow crowd that
spilled out into the lobby and court-
yard as firefighters and members of
law enforcement from around the
state joined family members, friends
and a grieving community last Satur-
day to bid an affectionate farewell to
Indian River County Fire Rescue Bat-
talion Chief David Dangerfield.

A motorcade with full pipe and
drum band and the Station 2 engine
conveyed his casket, which was guid-
ed into the church through an honor
guard gauntlet. Tears flowed freely as
mourners remembered a man whose

ever-present, contagious smile be- death, and family members and col-
lied the hidden horrors of the job that leagues called attention Saturday to
caused him to take his own life Oct. the fact that PTSD among their ranks
15, ending a stellar 27-year career as a is a serious condition that requires
dedicated firefighter. professional help. In memory of
Dangerfield, they called for a review
The 48-year old father of two had of the way PTSD and the everyday
shared his struggle with post-trau- pressures of their demanding jobs
matic stress only moments before his are handled, urging those in the field
to seek help when they need it and
pressing those in power to recognize
the condition as a serious, treatable

At the family’s request, memorial
gifts may be made to the Internation-
al Association of Firefighters PTSD
Charitable Fund, 1750 NY Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20006. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 9


St. Paul’s Church ration, a small, family-owned com- "Typically, you build your own park- The greatest potential problem? Sat-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 pany that owns the office building at ing," O'Connor said. "But if you don't urday afternoon weddings could at-
2801 Ocean Drive and its parking lot. have the available space on the prop- tract larger crowds that would exceed
gust – nearly two years after the origi- Robbins said the church is not paying erty, you can satisfy our requirement the church's parking capacity and
nal target date. for use of the additional spaces. by getting a neighbor to agree to share fill parking spaces in nearby lots and
their parking facility." along the streets.
The cause of the delay? Robbins said his initial talks with
Not enough parking. the neighboring real-estate company St. Paul's has "just over 100" mem- Robbins concedes that "weddings
In fact,Vero Beach city planners would began with local attorney Glenn Gre- bers, Robbins said, but not all of them and funerals can put pressure on park-
not approve the barrier island project vengoed, who is not a member of St. are regular church goers. He said Sun- ing," but he said St. Paul's leaders and
until the Anglican church, which has Paul's congregation. The lawyer rep- day services, which are held at 8 a.m. members of the congregation are "sen-
room for only 20 spaces on its property, resents Amalgamated Realty's owners and 10 a.m., usually attract "80 to 85" sitive" to the concerns of their beach
produced an agreement with a neighbor and is based in their offices. He put the worshipers during the winter months business district neighbors – some of
to provide enough parking to accommo- two parties together. and "60 to 65" during the summer. whom they know aren't thrilled with a
date its 150-seat sanctuary. church being built on that site.
"It was a combination of parking "The owners wanted to meet me and Robbins said that "except for a few
and getting all our plans approved by make sure the church building would stragglers who might stay around to "We know that the No. 1 concern
the city, including the Architectural be beautiful and that we would not socialize," most Sunday church goers of the local business owners is park-
Review Committee," St. Paul's Rec- hinder local businesses in any way," will have vacated their parking spaces ing, and we're going to do everything
tor Jon Robbins said of the obstacles Robbins said, adding that, "Once they by 12:30 p.m. we can to direct and encourage our
that delayed the construction of the met me and saw that St. Paul's was folks to park in our lot or the lot we'll
6,500-square-foot, two-story building committed to making a positive im- The lots also will be used on share," Robbins said. "Every single
that will include administrative offices pact on the community, and especially Wednesdays, he added, but not until week, we pray that we'll be a blessing
and classrooms on the second floor. kids, they were excited to help." after 5:30 p.m. to the beach community and reinforce
"The property was already zoned for with our congregation that it's a huge
a house of worship, so the parking issue There's a public lot to the immedi- "That's when we'll do basic minis- honor and privilege to have a church
was the primary reason for the delay," he ate north of St. Paul's property, but try stuff," Robbins said. "Once we're in that location."
added. "Thankfully, we got that resolved. Robbins said city code required the in the new church, we want to offer a
The shared-parking agreement was of- church to provide its own parking – youth ministry to kids in the area, and The St. Paul's ministry was estab-
fered to us as an act of kindness by strong one space for every three seats in the we also offer Bible study for adults. In lished five years ago with Robbins as its
Christian folks who believe that St. Paul's sanctuary – to get its plan approved. the long run, I wouldn't be surprised if rector – the Anglican Church's title for
would enhance the community." we have 40 to 50 people there – 20 to pastor – and held services in a confer-
The church's parking agreement is Vero Beach City Manager Jim 25 kids in youth ministry and 15 to 20 ence room at the old Surf Club Hotel
with the Amalgamated Realty Corpo- O'Connor said securing a shared- adults in Bible study. until it was sold in March 2015 and torn
parking agreement with a neighbor down.
was the "only issue" preventing St. "But it won't be until later in the day,
Paul's leaders from commencing con- so, in terms of parking, we really be- The church then moved its services
struction on its new church. lieve we won't cause problems for the
local businesses." CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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St. Paul’s Church Robbins said St. Paul's is building a New resource for fishermen traveling to destinations around the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 "beautiful, seaside Anglican church" CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 world in pursuit of [fishing] trophies
that will complement an area that is – are consistently showing up at our
to the Garden Club of Indian River "one of the first places visitors to Vero White’s Tackle owner Scott Crippen closing tables.
County, where they expect to remain Beach come." joined forces with Dale Sorenson Jr.,
until the new building is completed. to open the 1,500-square-foot shop, “The shop will coordinate trips and
To that end, after raising $2.2 mil- which is the third location for a brand provide guides from Vero to Jackson
St. Paul's had been seeking a perma- lion – including the $1 million dona- that dates back to 1925 in downtown Hole to South America,” booking cli-
nent home for more than a year when tion – to fund the land purchase and Fort Pierce. The new store features an ents into sporting venues such as
a donor stepped forward during the start construction, the church recently upscale retail interior in a building “Black Fly Lodge in the Abacos and
first half of 2014 and gave the church launched another campaign to raise that previously housed a bridal shop KauTapen Lodge on the Rio Grande in
the $1 million it needed to purchase $1.35 million to complete the project. and dry cleaner. It will sell high-end Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.”
the then-vacant property at 969-999 fishing gear and sports clothes, per-
Flamevine Lane. The sale was com- "We have some extremely generous form custom rod and reel work, pro- Crippen says the store’s business
pleted in July 2014. members,” Robbins said. vide lessons and handle arrangements strategy is to serve local fishermen
for fishing excursions to the Bahamas while also tapping into the tourist
Before the donation, St. Paul's had Robbins said St. Paul's has had a and other offshore locations. market. Fishing is a major tourism
seriously considered relocating to the booth at the Farmer's Market, where a moneymaker in Indian River Coun-
mainland, where it eyed two more- rendering of the new church is on dis- Sorensen, who manages Dale So- ty in the winter season, with guided
affordable properties, only for those play, and people seem to be excited. rensen Real Estate, says of his involve- tours a key draw.
deals to fall through. ment in the venture, “It was a natural
"For a while, people drove by the site fit – not only am I an avid outdoors- With many tourists staying in ho-
"We started on the island and want- and it looked like nothing was going man, but many of our clients and tels only a block or two away, Critten
ed to stay on the island, but we never on," Robbins said. "But now that we've friends are as well. hopes to hook Vero oceanside visi-
imagined we'd be able to afford prop- started construction, the response tors with his store’s array of upscale
erty there," Robbins said. "Then we we're getting is overwhelmingly posi- “For myself and Dale Sorensen Real gear and high-end outdoor clothing,
got the donation, and the donor – who tive."  Estate, our role will be to provide mar- catering to customers who can buy a
wants to remain anonymous – had a keting and branding support to Scott $200 Patagonia women’s fall jacket or
vision for putting a church on this par- Crippen’s already successful business a $650 Hook + Gaff watch featured in
ticular property. model and to be an integral part of a display case.
the event and travel planning. We are
"At one point, we gave some thought constantly looking for ways to evolve The store’s fishing gear is designed
to selling the land and building out our network and those who enjoy the for fly and inshore fishing, not off-
west, but we really felt a sense that we coastal lifestyle – living on the water, shore, big-game fishing.
were being called to the beach area," purchasing boats small and large, and
he added. "The Lord gave us a piece of “Scott has two other stores that are
land we never imagined we'd get." very well stocked with big game tack-
le and so we both felt having the Vero
store focus on inshore and fly fishing,

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along with other outdoor activities and to Humiston Park, where they will be
travel, was the right choice,” Sorensen able to offer fly-casting lessons.
says. “Customers will be able to have
offshore tackle delivered from the oth- Crippen says fly fishing is catch-
er White’s Tackle stores at any time.” ing on with younger anglers and he
hopes the store keeps that trend go-
Crippen, a Vero Beach native who ing. “You’re used to seeing crusty old
grew up in and lives in Fort Pierce, says guys fly fishing but now you’re seeing
he and Sorenson are longtime friends more young kids, too,” he says.
and have worked on opening a Vero
shop for at least two years. After trying “Fishing locally is a very large part
and failing to buy the free-standing of the island lifestyle but when you
building where the store is located, expand it beyond local and to include
Crippen signed a lease on Aug. 1 and activities like paddle boarding, kayak-
spent the next two months transform- ing, general boating and travel, it be-
ing the empty interior shell into an at- comes an even larger part of the life-
tractive retail space. style,” Sorensen says. “The store will
be much more than a fishing store and
Sorensen says they picked the loca- will have gear for all types of outdoor
tion, in part, because of its proximity pursuits.” 

Elections fraud complaint
filed against IRNA mailer

BY LISA ZAHNER he put out a similar campaign mailer
underwritten by the IRNA.
Staff Writer
Wilson stated in his complaint the
A 16-page newspaper-style mailer Inside Vero “has distributed campaign
sent to Vero Beach residents last week materials numbering in the thousands
touting three candidates for Vero that qualify as an electioneering oper-
Beach City Council prompted a com- ation without proper disclaimers and
plaint to the Florida Department of without full reporting of the source of
State for alleged elections fraud, but funds. Inside Vero only publishes in
the Indian River Neighborhood Asso- election years and within 60 days of an
ciation, which primarily funded the election and advocates for the election
mailing, says it did nothing wrong. of candidates on one side of an issue
and the defeat of candidates on the
Former Vero Beach City Council- other side.”
man and Vero Beach Chamber of
Commerce founder Charlie Wilson Public campaign finance records
filed two complaints, dated Oct. 21, show the IRNA paid Inside Vero $5,000
against the IRNA Political Committee for advertising in the 16-page page
and the paper’s publisher, New Mexi- mailer, which Wilson says is intended
co resident Mark Schumann, alleging for the sole and specific purpose of
that the mailer constitutes an illegal convincing Vero Beach voters to vote
piece of electioneering communica- for the IRNA’s three endorsed candi-
tion. dates – Sharon Gorry, Tony Young and
Randy Old.
The IRNA is a local nonprofit orga-
nization with its own PAC, the IRNA The three candidates endorsed by
Political Committee. The PAC can the IRNA – all of whom received con-
perform political functions such as tributions from the IRNA – paid Inside
electioneering that the nonprofit it- Vero an additional $2,000 for advertis-
self is not permitted to do, but Wilson ing, according to campaign finance
contends the group crossed a line by records.
underwriting the publication and dis-
tribution of campaign literature mas- The IRNA’s $5,000 payment “is re-
querading as a newspaper. ported as advertising but there is no
$5,000 ad on the rate card and [that
The mailer was entitled Inside Vero figure] is the total cost of producing
and resembles a community newspaper and distributing the election materi-
Schumann published sporadically for a als,” Wilson wrote in his complaint.
couple of years before moving to New
Mexico. Inside Vero is not published by He says Inside Vero is not a legiti-
a corporation, but is a fictitious name mate newspaper, does not have a
Schumann registered in 2013. business license as a newspaper and is
not recognized as a newspaper by the
While Schumann still maintains an U.S. Postal Service.
Inside Vero blog, he has not published
a print product since just prior to the “I have not read any complaint,”
2015 Vero Beach city election, when says IRNA Interim Executive Director


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Elections fraud complaint no political disclaimer of any kind on Shores electric customers to FPL. Car thieves
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 any page seems likely to attract their Though the complaint form clearly
Carter Taylor. “We received an email states it is not confidential and would
from Charlie Wilson basically threat- Taylor went on to say the complaint become public record upon receipt by the gate of the Shores, a subdivision
ening us with the complaint. That’s all is “timed to gain political advantage the Florida Department of State, the just behind John’s Island, where the car
I’ve seen. After discussions with legal in the election, to frustrate the efforts Division of Elections typically keeps stopped long enough for the gate secu-
counsel, we determined that the com- of the IRNA in the upcoming election all complaints sealed while an investi- rity guard to get a description of the two
plaint would be found to be without and to tarnish our image.” gation is ongoing, only releasing them men inside: both in their 30s or maybe
merit.” once elections officials have decided 40, one a white male, one a black male.
Taylor said he was sad the general on a course of action, whether that be
The Florida Department of State’s rift between opposing factions in the dismissal, a fine or further prosecu- After being turned away at the
Division of Elections, however, aggres- Vero Beach-area has reached a new tion of the alleged violations. gate, they eluded police and sped up
sively investigates all such complaints, low this election cycle. On the other A1A, finally crashing the car outside
and the fact that this mailer contains side, he said, Florida Power & Light Vero Beach 32963 obtained copies the Sea Oaks community and fleeing
no identification of its publisher and and Indian River Shores residents are of the complaints against the IRNA on foot.
financially backing three candidates and Schumann directly from Wilson
who have committed to sell the 3,000 as the complainant.  When the men fled, officers from
John’s Island security force were
looped into the incident as they share
a communications channel with the
Indian River Shores Police. John’s Is-
land officers were used to set up a
perimeter to search for the suspects
and a man fitting the description of
the black male was spotted jumping
a fence into the John’s Island com-
munity on the ocean side around 8
p.m. The white male was not seen by
police or security officers after the
duo split up.

The Sheriff’s Office brought in a he-
licopter, police dogs and handlers to
help find the suspect, Public Informa-
tion Officer Eric Flowers confirmed.
The search was called off around 2
a.m. after several hours of work bore
no results.

“The K-9 tracked the man spotted
earlier to the beach area where they
felt he went onto the beach and head-
ed south,” said Michael Korpar, direc-
tor of security for John’s Island Prop-
erty Owners Association in an email
alert to residents sent out Thursday
morning after the presence of a po-
lice helicopter and K-9 search crews
prompted queries from residents.

“We checked the vacant houses,”
Benham said. “We know where all the
vacant houses are located and so does
John’s Island. In this case, the bad guy
just got away.”

With regard to the notice sent out by
John’s Island Security, Benham com-
mented only that the suspects were
at no time deemed to be “armed and
dangerous” just because they had sto-
len a car and fled from police.

Korpar concluded his alert to John’s
Island residents, “We were very for-
tunate with these two incidents that
nothing bad really happened. But this
is a reminder that everyone needs to
be diligent in locking their homes, us-
ing their alarm systems, locking their
vehicles when not in use, and most
importantly ‘if you see something, say

Since the vehicle was ditched in the
unincorporated county, Sheriff’s Of-
fice crime scene technicians handled
the processing and disposition of the
stolen car. 

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1. Wanda Lincoln and Carol Fischman with Sandy
and Don Mann. 2. Mark Rendell, Kathy Pierandozzi,
Kelly Baysura and Karin Hammler. 3. Joanne and
Bob Quaile. 4. Cindi and Karl Dixon with Melody
Ipolito. 5. Gail and Rich Kinney with Cathy Filusch.
6. Olivia and Matt McManus. 7. Cat and Adam Faust.
8. Bob and Maria Morgan. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE


High Stakes for Students event draws a full house

BY MARY SCHENKEL tion’s new projects and forward-think- “Most importantly, we want to invite Foundation helps fill in the gaps for
Staff Writer ing orientation.” the young professionals who have an some of those students,” he added.
interest in our school system, whether “Pretty much any time we come to
Players went “all in” for education The Education Foundation has al- public or private, because they really Cynthia with a need, she finds a way
at an inaugural High Stakes for Stu- ways been creative with its innovative are the future of Vero Beach,” said Fi- to meet that need on behalf of all the
dents event last Monday evening at fundraisers, and High Stakes was no lusch. “We’re trying to energize the children in Indian River County.”
the Quail Valley River Club to benefit exception. At the start of the evening, younger generation to realize that the
the Education Foundation of Indian guests mingled over cocktails and nib- Education Foundation supports all In the end, Karl Dixon emerged
River County. The nonprofit organi- bled on finger foods while watching as children.” victorious, besting a final field that
zation supports all public and private some of the poker newbies got instruc- included Cindi Dixon, Brian Elwell,
Pre-K through 12th-grade students in tions on the art of the game. Before the tournament began, Ex- George Fetterolf, Brian Fowler, Lyndal
the county through programs and ini- ecutive Director Cynthia Falardeau Greene, Joseph O’Neill, Trudie Rain-
tiatives such as the Sneaker Exchange, Attendees had the option of compet- thanked the numerous event spon- one, Jack Rush and Fran Walker.
Backpacks/School Supply Fund, Indi- ing in a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament sors, adding with a smile, “We hope
an River Regional Science & Engineer- or could try their luck at far less seri- you’ll bid high and we hope you’ll bid “It was fun; I think we did well. We
ing Fair, Great Ideas Grants, Vision for ous rounds of bingo. Later, as players well.” had a good turnout and everyone
Reading, STEP into Kindergarten, Al- began to drop out of the tournament, seemed to have a good time,” said
gebra Counts 2 and Teacher Develop- many traded chips for daubers and “Let’s all give the Ironwoman a board member Jim McGuigan. “We
ment. migrated to the bingo room. round of applause,” said School Super- look forward to growing it next year.
intendent Mark Rendell, recognizing It turned out to be a good mix, with a
Pointing out the organization’s fresh Board President Cathy Filusch said Falardeau’s recent completion of the lot of people who wouldn’t have been
new logo, longtime board member that through smaller, more intimate Ironman Maryland 2016 competition. comfortable playing poker some-
Wanda Lincoln noted, “The new logo fundraisers they hope to target a where else.” 
is a symbol of the Education Founda- younger crowd and encourage them to “Not all of our students come to
become involved with foundation pro- school with the same sets of resources HIGH STAKES PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
grams and the board. at their disposal. But the Education

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Yum’s the word at Cupcake Challenge fundraiser

Staff Writer

The air was thick with the tanta- Janie Graves Hoover, Judy Graves and Jeane Graves Bartlett. Dawn Elmore with Best Overall Homemade winner Allie Havey and
lizing aroma of sugary treats as 200 Best Overall Professional winner Andi Brown. PHOTOS: STEPHANIE LABAFF
tasters followed a confectionary trail with Team Fox. Judy and I will partici-
through the Heritage Center, sampling pate in the Disney running events in PROFESSIONAL BAKER WINNERS:
enticing cupcakes created by profes- January, too,” shared Hoover, of some Best Decoration: Peachy Keen by Andi Brown, Yellow Rose Cakery
sional and home bakers at the seventh of the other Parkinson’s fundraising ef- Best Cupcake: Peachy Keen by Andi Brown, Yellow Rose Cakery
annual Jeane Graves Cupcake Chal- forts they participate in. Best Frosting: Raspberry Filled Lemon Poppy Seed by Roxane Gibbons, R Cakes
lenge to raise funds for Parkinson’s re- Best Overall Cupcake: Peachy Keen by Andi Brown, Yellow Rose Cakery
search. A recent Team Fox Wine Tasting
event was added to their local efforts HOMEMADE BAKER WINNERS:
Competitors left it all on the spatula this year, and they plan to participate Best Decoration: Butter Beer by Allie Havie
with creations resembling everything in a golf tournament in Winter Haven Best Cupcake: Molten Lava Cauldron Cakes by Joseph and Owen Polackwich
from cotton candy to s’mores, and and in Pints 4 Parkinson’s in Orlando. Best Frosting Tie: Bananas Over You by Amber Skubal and Katy Hall
ingredients from bacon to honey. At- and Molten Lava Cauldron Cakes by Joseph and Owen Polackwich
tendees chose their favorites by placing For the Graves family, no distance is Best Overall Cupcake: Butter Beer by Allie Havey
tickets at each table and then the top too great to travel to help raise aware-
five cupcakes were sampled by judges ness and funds to find a cure for Par-
Chris Babcock and Cecily Harmon of kinson’s, an illness whose conse-
Team Fox and local artist Tom LaBaff. quences they’ve seen firsthand. 
The pool of 10 home bakers and two
professionals was judged on decora-
tion, cupcake and frosting.

Peachy Keen, the Best Overall Pro-
fessional Cupcake winner, featured
chunks of peaches, vanilla bean but-
tercream and raspberry compote with
orange meringue on top. And But-
ter Beer, the Best Overall Homemade
Baker concoction, was reminiscent of
Harry Potter’s favorite butterscotch-
flavored drink. In addition to all-
important bragging rights, winning
culinary artists received a Goldtouch
Cupcake Baking Pan from Williams
Sonoma at Vero Beach Outlets.

Attendees got more than a sugar rush
from the event, knowing that their do-
nations would help further research
toward a cure for Parkinson’s disease,
a life-altering, progressive disorder of
the nervous system that affects up to 1
million people in the United States.

“Team Fox is the grassroots, caregiv-
ing portion of the Michael J. Fox Foun-
dation,” explained Team Fox member
Bob Harmon, who was diagnosed
with the disease 10 years ago. “We host
events and give the money to the Fox
Foundation and they put it toward re-
search for a cure.”

“Both of our parents had Parkinson’s
disease, and we want to do our part
to help find a cure,” said Janie Graves

Hoover and her sisters, Julia Graves
and Jeane Graves Bartlett, created the
fundraiser in honor of their mother,
Jeane Graves, who passed away in 2010.
Five years later they lost their father,
Hubert Graves, to the same devastat-
ing disease.

“In September, our family went to
Chicago to attend a Pizza Throw-down
and ran the Chicago Half Marathon

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Boots, Bowties & Bluegrass bash feeds a need for seniors

BY MARY SCHENKEL Carrie and Jim Chalmers. volved with the Senior Resource As- with a system of support and much
Staff Writer Bob and Carmen Stork. sociation through her husband Jim’s needed human contact.
work as a neurologist; he is currently
Helen and Dr. Jim Shafer’s expan- with Vero Beach Neurology and Re- As the Lead Agency on Aging for the
sive home west of town was the perfect search Institute. county, the SRA receives public fund-
venue for a down-home Boots, Bow- ing to deliver 58,000 hot meals daily to
ties & Bluegrass event last Saturday “We got involved particularly homebound seniors and serve 32,000
evening to benefit the Senior Resource through Jim’s patients,” she explained. congregate meals, but Deigl said those
Association. The toe-tapping rhythms “Many of them use the services that dollars are always used up.
of the Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band the SRA provides. We have such a lov-
filled the air as roughly 100 country ing, nurturing community, and if I can “Every year, so many dollars are al-
chic-clad guests arrived for a festive be of assistance with something like located for community services such
night of Southern comfort hospitality that I’m all about it.” as ours. We have a wait list of people
that ended with a bang – a spectacular that need to have meals and we don’t
fireworks display. The delightful evening included a have the funding to do it,” she said, ex-
huge spread of country-with-a-twist plaining the need for fundraisers and
Proceeds raised at the spirited bash dishes from Wild Thyme Catering, donations. “We don’t take them off the
will support SRA programs and ser- such as redneck eggrolls, BBQ chicken wait list; we feed them when they’re on
vices, primarily its Meals on Wheels sate and other deliciously creative fare, it.”
Relief Fund and its Vero Beach and Se- along with all variety of cocktails, even
bastian Adult Day Care facilities. moonshine. The pièce de résistance Seniors who can afford the
among the various raffle items was $6.25-per-day cost can enroll imme-
“We do like to have a fall event,” said a stunning 18-karat, jewel-adorned diately. Otherwise, the SRA assesses
SRA CEO Karen Deigl. “Last year, when cowboy-boot necklace, designed and and digs into its Relief Fund, annually
we were looking at what type of event donated by Vero’s Cousineau Jewelers. assisting another 1,000 prioritized by
to have, Helen Shafer thought about need.
country western. She got her husband SRA board president Pud Lawrence
on board and said they wanted to open spoke briefly about how the organiza- “It fills in the gaps,” said Deigl. “Adult
their home for the event.” tion stretches out a hand to hold the Day Care is the exact same situation.
hands of the frail and the elderly, pro- We get so much money and we try to
Helen Shafer said they became in- viding them not only with meals but raise more money to help more people
out, because it’s never enough.” 

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Helen and Dr. Jim Shafer with Karen Deigl. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL Bob and Lia Peters with Lorry and Ned Gartner. Herman and Sue Fountain with Patti and Richard Donovan.

Judge Paul and Carol Kanarek. Randy and Candace MacMillan. Barbara and Rick Kaiser. Sam and Robyn Hjalmeby.

Vinnie and Diane Parentela. Karen and Bill Penney.

Marty Zickert with Elke and George Fetterolf.

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‘United’ we stand: Day of Caring volunteers make impact

Abby Lamborn, Conor Dickson, Corey Ballard and Megan Larsen. Gunnar, Tim, Skyler and Brody Brooks. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Caylie and Crystal Jordan, Pat Parkinson, Diana Crull and Daniel Jordan.

Staff Writer

Indian River County was fortu- Michael Kint with Debbie and Kyle Morgan Marty Zickert and Fred Augustine. Dan and Debbie Crum with Tom Manwaring.
nate enough to essentially dodge
a bullet with Hurricane Matthew,
but the storm did wreak havoc with
events that had been scheduled that
week, including the United Way of
Indian River County Day of Caring
and Campaign Kick-off Breakfast.
Undeterred, United Way staff and
a volunteer committee led by Katie
Kirk rapidly rescheduled the event,
originally scheduled for Oct. 8, re-

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arranging as many volunteers and
projects as possible and kicking
things off this past Saturday at the
Freshman Learning Center.

“We have about 30 teams today
and mixed in are also individuals
who signed up,” said UW CEO Mi-
chael Kint. “All told we have about
200; we had about 480 signed up for
the 8th, so we really took it on the
chin. We may be smaller but we are
still out there making an impact.”

He noted that several teams that
couldn’t make it last Saturday were
still planning on completing their
projects at a later date, includ-
ing Croom Construction working
on a project at SunCoast Primary
School, and the Youth in Action
crew who are scheduled to paint
the St. Francis Manor boardwalk.

“So it’s all good. We’re still help-
ing a lot of folks,” added Kint.

“Not even a hurricane will stop
us,” said Vero Beach City Council-
woman Pilar Turner. “These volun-
teers are offering two days for this
Day of Caring. It’s exceptional.”

Before the determined volunteers
scattered throughout the county
to help out at nonprofits, schools,
churches and wherever else their
talents were needed, they fueled
up on breakfast from McDonald’s
donated by Joe and Mary Ann Con-
rado. They also learned that the
goal for this year’s UWIRC 2016-17
Annual Campaign is a lofty $3.035

“We’ve got 14 shoes to fill,” said
Kyle Morgan, campaign co-chair
with wife Debbie, referencing that
there were seven co-chairs last
year. “We’re excited about the chal-

“I would really like to see the
community become more aware of
what the United Way does and sup-
port the campaign, because no gift
is too small,” said Debbie Morgan.
“We want folks to realize that they
can become part of this community

“It’s a generational campaign; the
impacts are huge,” added Kyle Mor-
gan. “The work that these organiza-
tions do can change generations.”

“It’s easy to focus on an annual
funding goal, but I like to focus
on the lives that it can change for
generations to come,” agreed his
wife. “Everybody can help be part
of that.”

Kyle Morgan later noted that
Charity Navigator, which ranks
nonprofit organizations for their
fiscal responsibility and transpar-
ency, has given United Way of In-
dian River County four stars, the
highest possible. 

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Awww-some! Costumed pups charm at Pawrade

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA gathered for the 15th Annual Howl-
Staff Writer O-Ween Dog Costume Pawrade and
Pet Expo.
A love of dogs is a powerful equal-
izer, bringing together young and old The fenced 4-acre park on 16th
and people from all walks of life. And Avenue is pleasant and tree-shaded,
so it was last Saturday at the Dogs with separate areas for large and
For Life Off-Leash Dog Park, where a small dogs, a Memorial Garden and a
hundred or so pooches, their human section where 4-H Dogmasters Club
companions and scores of dog lovers kids meet and work their dogs. Placed
all around are big bowls of fresh wa-

Pippa. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Larry Ingham with Lola.

American Legion Honor Guard members Hardy Horan, Bob Boob, ter and all-important poop
Richie Adams and Rick with Lippert with Shelly Ferger and Sunny. bag depositories.

Sporting a sparkly red
cowboy hat, DFL found-
er and CEO Shelly Ferger
scooted around in a golf
cart, transporting pooches
and people from the park-
ing lot and making sure all
was running smoothly.

As Hobo Jim sang a hilari-
ous rendition of “Why Don’t

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IRC Sheriff K-9 officers Richard Henson with Falco, Christian Mathisen, Lynnea Porter with Baby Riley and Cali. Jack Dannica and Connor.

Jim Dixon, Ron Adamson with Bud-d, and Rick Daniel.

You Love Me Like My Dog Does?,”
volunteers Joan Freeman and Edna
Hitzel sold tickets for the silent auc-
tion and raffle, and Mary Streff, Patti
Schell and Bobby Clark registered a
long line of costumed pups for the

Conversing at the gate were two
Chihuahuas with the same name –
Pixie Meissner, a typical tan short-
hair, and Pixie Kemper, whose longer
curly hair looked adorably as if she’d
stuck her paw in a light socket. Her
human Mary explained that Pixy had
some wire-haired terrier in her.

Impressive costumes included
dogs dressed as pumpkins, sharks,
vampires and ballerinas. Lauri Ta-
gliaferro’s poodle Hannah wore a
pink poodle costume, complete with
curly pink ears and bows. Ana Mon-
toya’s beautiful silver schnauzer Oslo
sported a black collar glittering with
rhinestones. Hanging out together
were Cody Cowles, a white lab mix,
and Misha Nechay, a shepherd, with
their humans Vicki and Lori.

Larry Ingham and his Papillion-
poodle Lola were dressed as punk
rockers; their ensembles created by
wife Sherry. Both sported purple
spiked hair, with Larry in a tie-dye tee
and Lola wearing a purple tutu, skull-
and crossbones tee and doggles.

Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit deputies
and their partners showed off their
skills with a breathtaking demon-
stration – Dep. Ron Adamson with
Bud-D, Dep. Jim Dixon with Ruckus,
Dep. Richard Henson with Falko,
Dep. Rick Daniel with Lakota, and
Dep. Christian Mathisen with Maco.

Due to a surge of disabled veterans
reaching out for assistance, the tag-
line of the Dogs for Life Veteran Dog
Program has recently been changed
to “Training Assistance Dogs for Vet-
erans,” which better reflects its focus,
expertise and accreditation with As-
sistance Dogs International. There
are currently 18 military veterans
receiving training in the Veteran Dog
Program, with several applications
pending. 

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Aerie interesting! Sightings aplenty at birding fest

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF and the Environmental Learning
Staff Writer Center.

Anhingas and cormorants and Birders descended upon the Envi-
terns, oh my! Birds of a feather ronmental Learning Center for the
flocked together for a weekend of weekend’s activities, which includ-
avian immersion at the second an- ed a plein-air paint-out with juried
nual Indian River Birding Festival art show and three days of birding
and Nature Art Show hosted by the tours and lectures.
Pelican Island Preservation Society
The ELC was the perfect setting
for the festival: a haven for native

Andy and Annette Winkler with Charles Blake and Peter Bauer. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

wildlife and a place where people wald, ELC executive director.
are educated, inspired and empow- “One of the ELC’s most popular
ered to become active stewards of
the environment. pontoon boat tours over the years
allows guests to view the myriad
“We are happy to host the Pelican of birds during nesting season at
Island Preservation Society’s bird- the refuge – a truly glorious sight to
ing festival this year because of our behold and yet one that few people
love of birds and the Pelican Island experience,” Steinwald added. “The
National Wildlife Refuge that the refuge provides these species criti-
society promotes,” said Molly Stein- cal habitat and we have the respon-

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Best of Show: Charles Blake with “Polly want
a Cracker”

First Place: Barbara Smythers with
“First Flight”
Second Place : May Brandt with
“Little Green Heron at the Marina”
Third Place : Jan Miller with “Wood Ducks”

Gus and Jan Miller with Richard Ramirez. Linda Ryan, Lorrie Goss, Barbara Glover and Yvonne Steere. 3-DIMENSIONAL:
First Place: Lorrie Goss with
sibility and joy of sharing the mes- the ELC, Indian River County His- basso Scrub Conservation Area, “SandHill Cranes Fountain”
sage of their importance with the torical Society and the Pelican Is- Vero West Wastewater Treatment Second Place : Margaret Goembel with
greater world.” land Audubon Society.” Wetlands, Pelican Island National “Jungle Trail Family”
Wildlife Refuge, Blue Cypress Lake,
The Pelican Island Preservation Local naturalists affiliated with Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area PHOTOGRAPHY:
Society has spent close to 30 years the collaborative organizations and a sunset cocktail cruise on the First Place: Arlene Willnow with “Great Blue”
helping to promote and preserve shared their expertise and offered Lagoon. Second Place : Chris Wilson with
the refuge. attendees a glimpse into the wild “Red Shoulder Hawk”
through a variety of tours. One was Birding newcomers could attend Third Place : Arlene Willnow with
“The festival is a great way to the Owl Prowl, a special nighttime a 45-minute lecture before head- “Keeping an EYE on You”
pay tribute to the refuge,” said tour to seek out bats, flying squir- ing out into the field to try out some
PIPS President Steve Massey. “We rels, frogs and owls on the ELC cam- of the skills and techniques they In March, birders will want to
are hosting this event to help raise pus. Other tours over the weekend learned with hopes of discovering make sure to attend the annual Pel-
awareness and money to help sup- took place at the Sebastian Inlet some of the more than 300 species of ican Island Wildlife Festival, which
port Pelican Island. We couldn’t State Park, Jungle Trail, the Wa- birds living in Indian River County. celebrates the 1903 founding of Peli-
have done this without the help of can Island and birth of the National
Wildlife Refuge System. 

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200 runners help Healthy Start at Riverside Park

12 3 4



1. Michaela Talbott and Doreen Talbott. 2. Jovita
Ojeda and Keirsten Metz. 3. Board President Dr.
Glenn Tremml and Executive Director Andrea
Berry. 4. Operations Director Cheri Sofia and
Race Director Eddie Branigan. 5. Half Marathon
top finishers Erin Gollery and Steven Williams.


More than 200 pairs of feet hit the
street before the Sunday morning
sunrise at the eighth annual Beach-
side Half-Marathon and 5K at Riv-
erside Park to benefit the Indian
River County Healthy Start Coali-
tion. There was a race for every
level of stamina, with participants
raising funds through the toddler
dash, kids run, 5K timed run and
a USATF Certified 13.1-mile half-
marathon. Organizers hoped to
raise $40,000 to support the non-
profit’s five vital programs, which
focus on providing healthcare and
support to pregnant women and
their children. “We are so thank-
ful for everyone running today,”
said Executive Director Andrea
Berry. “Every step they took helps
the mothers and babies of Indian
River County.” First place overall
half-marathon winner was Steven
Williams with a time of 1:28:27.89,
and the first place female/second
place overall went to Erin Gollery
at 1:31:10.00. 



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Sax and the city: Jazzman Warner steeped in NYC scene

BY KATE SHANAPHY MAINGOT authored more than a dozen instruc- His exposure to
Correspondent tional guitar books. Enrolling in the
Manhattan School of Music, Warner the New York City Greg Warner. P HOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
When Greg Warner plays the can- studied theory and harmony with
dlelit Blue Star Brasserie, he can Daniel Ricigliano, who chaired the jazz scene in the late
sweep his listeners back to the days school’s theory department.
when the saxophone’s warm sounds ’60s and ’70s afford-
were all the rage. Legendary players “I was lucky to study with great
such as Stan Getz or Zoot Sims pro- guitarists in New York like Chuck ed Warner a close-
foundly influenced Warner, who reg- Wayne, who was Tony Bennett’s mu-
ularly performs at Blue Star on Thurs- sical director, and Joe Puma, a fellow up view and insider
day nights. Bronxer. They had a really hot duo in
New York at the time and would play take on how, when
Warner, who lives in Melbourne, all over.”
played with many great American and where to play.
jazzmen starting from a very young When asked if he ever got to see
age. Warner recalls as a young boy them in action, Warner shouts with a It also provided him
growing up in the Bronx listening to laugh, “Every night!”
guitarist Remo Palmieri play on Ar- lifelong friendships
thur Godfrey’s TV show, and himself At first, his mother had to drive him
beginning to learn to play guitar at 7. because he was too young. But by 17 with notable jazz
As a teen, Greg Warner resisted rock or 18, he would go alone to a number
music in favor of the more sophis- of hotspots: The Guitar on the West musicians to whom
ticated soloing and harmonies that Side; Bradlee’s in the Village; Ed-
came from the generation before his, die Condon’s Jazz Club; or Stryker’s most teenagers sim-
the great standards and jazz compo- on West 86th, where trumpeter Chet
sitions of the 1940s and ’50s. Baker, who lived across the street, ply did not have ac-
would come in and play, says Warner.
Pursuing his jazz interests, he was cess.
fortunate to study with musician and “The jazz scene was unbelievable
music educator Arnie Berle, who has then and a lot of the greats were still “Joe Puma lived
playing,” he says. “I learned so much
from listening to them.” right up the street

from me and we

would hang out all

the time,” Warner

recalls. “He took

me under his wing.

I’d go see him play

whenever, wherever.

He really became a

surrogate father to companist Jimmy Lyon, pianist Hank

me and I got involved in some of the Jones, and jazz sax greats Zoot Sims

greatest musical situations through and Al Cohn.”

him: Mabel Mercer, her incredible ac- After graduation, Warner found

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 29


himself part of the active New York wood, where one of the city commis- Today, Warner performs his solo of the very best and from a variety of
jazz scene. Although his guitar tech- sioners was pianist and current Vero sax with background music he him- styles.”
nique and performance was very Beach resident John Williams. It was self sequenced, a skill he has perfect-
good, he felt he wasn’t “getting at a hot scene musically, with gigs run- ed since 2004. That accompaniment Warner’s eclectic repertoire in-
the music,” as he puts it. So he be- ning until 4 a.m. thanks to a city ordi- added polish to his performances cludes not only classic jazz standards
gan teaching himself – on guitar – nance that mandated that at least two that eventually garnered the atten- but renditions of standards done
the soulful solos of sax great Lester musicians had to be playing if a bar or tion of large organizations like Pratt with, say, a bossa nova beat.
Young. Young, who had played with restaurant wanted to stay open late – Whitney, Boeing and NASA, for whom
the Count Basie Orchestra, had a cool, as late as 4 a.m. he frequently plays. “I try to share my love of the stan-
relaxed style of playing that “free- dards, but also the versatility of the
floated,” as Warner says. For him, it Warner went from playing in Hol- Fusing the sequenced music with different forms; to introduce stan-
had a transformative effect; he fell lywood occasionally to playing regu- artfully crafted harmonies and or- dards that are less familiar, and play
in love with the sound. It wasn’t long larly, often at several venues a night. chestrations, he provides his audi- the songs people know, but maybe
before Warner sold one of his most “In South Florida, even if you weren’t ences with an extensive repertoire. haven’t heard them done that way.”
prized and expensive guitars to pur- working, there were places to sit in Warner is the featured performer at
chase his first saxophone, a Selmer seven nights a week,” Warner recalls. “The music I was exposed to in New Cuizine in Satellite Beach on Friday
Mark VI, and began his professional “We would play a gig in Fort Lauder- York was very diverse; I watched and nights, and at Blue Star Brasserie in
career as a sax player. dale that would close at 2 a.m., head learned from and played with some Vero Beach every Thursday night. 
to Hollywood and play until 4 a.m.,
In the 1980s, through his friendship and then finish playing in Miami at 6
with Ray Turner, Warner met pianist in the morning.”
Danny Negri in New York. Negri, who
had performed with famed sax play- His experiences led him to play
ers Coleman Hawkins and Ben Web- with many of South Florida’s finest
ster and alternated with piano great musicians, including Joe Roland, Ira
Art Tatum, became a regular part of Sullivan, Pete Minger, Dolph Castel-
Warner’s gig schedule in New York. lano and Lew Berryman.

Around the same time, though, the For New Year’s Eve, 2000 Warner
city’s jazz scene started to change. traveled north to Melbourne, play-
When Negri moved to Sarasota in ing his last gig of the year at Austin’s
search of new opportunities in Flor- Bistro on New Haven Avenue. The gig
ida, Warner soon followed suit and was good in more ways than one: Not
settled into the buzzing musical only did Warner end up playing there
landscape of Florida’s west coast. as a resident musician for the next
eight years, he also met his future
Warner’s parents lived in Holly- wife Julia.

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Coming Up: ‘Ring of Fire’
turns up heat at Riverside

BY MICHELLE GENZ music from “Avatar” and “Willow” is
Staff Writer also on the program.) Concerts take
place Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at
Now playing at Riverside Theatre. Melbourne’s Scott Center for the Per-
forming Arts at Holy Trinity Church,
and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. at the
Vero Beach High School Performing
Arts Center.

Nature-themed book club
at the McKee Botanical Gardens

1 Johnny Cash’s hit song “Ring
of Fire” was actually written by

June Carter about her love affair with

Cash, a relationship in which she has

since been compared to the control-

ling influence of Yoko Ono over John


Regardless, the two were mar-

ried 29 years; they died within four 4 Vero has legions of book clubs,
but here’s a niche group that gets
months of each other in 2003.

The jukebox musical “Ring of Fire,” you out into nature. For the fifth year,

about the life of Johnny Cash, opened McKee Botanical Gardens is hosting

this week at Riverside Theatre. a nature-themed club starting Nov.

Cash created 1,500 songs and this 17 – so you have time to read the first

show includes about 30 of them. Ac- selection, Marie Winn’s “Red Tails in

tors play multiple roles in the musi- Love.” Written eight years ago, the

cal. It is directed by Jason Edwards, a book’s subtitle, “A Wildlife Drama in

onetime cast member in the show on Central Park,” may jog your memory:

Broadway. a saga of a male

hawk seeking a mate for his Upper

2 Also at Riverside, it’s a Comedy East Side pad – the 12th-floor ledge of
Zone weekend, in full Oktober-
an apartment building.

fest mode outside (Bob Hous- Also at the Gardens, back by popu-

ton’s Oktoberfest Band on Friday; lar demand they say, another “Nature

and Bobby Owen’s golden oldies on Connects” Lego exhibition opens

Saturday), and in the black box the- Nov. 5 with 13 of artist Sean Kenney’s

ater, two interesting comics. Jody massive Lego sculptures installed in

Kerns, a mother of five who isn’t shy the gardens through May.

about making their histories a part And, by the way, as of Nov. 1, down-

of her act – and she plays guitar; and town Vero’s Patisserie is taking over

Ken Miller, who was runner-up twice the McKee café. No doubt the excel-

in Orlando’s comedy competition for lent croissants and sandwiches will

top comic in Central Florida. yield a steady supply of crumbs for

the birds.

3 It’s been a year since the great 5 It may seem last minute for
film composer James Horner such a huge star, but there were

was killed in the crash of his single-

engine plane; at age 61 he surely had plenty of seats left at press time for

much music still to write. Next week- Friday night’s concert of 1970s folk

end, Space Coast Symphony offers up icon Judy Collins at Melbourne’s King

a concert of his best scores, including Center. At 77, Collins has the stamina

“Titanic,” “Braveheart,” “A Beauti- of a presidential candidate, keeping

ful Mind,” “Aliens” and “Apollo 13.” up a rigorous concert schedule that

Conductor Aaron Collins, who adores has her moving on to an eight-night

movie music, will be screening mov- booking at Café Carlyle in New York

ie clips as a backdrop, which makes in a couple of weeks with four con-

this a great concert for kids, too. (The certs in Illinois in between.

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It was after another controversial RICH TREATS ABOUND IN MANOOGIAN COLLECTION
election 47 years ago that Collins
took the witness stand in support of BY ELLEN FISCHER Manoogian, who died 10 years ago at fall into three groups: Hudson Riv-
the Chicago 7 and burst into her hit the age of 95, made his fortune after er School, 19th century realism and
protest song, “Where Have All the Staff Writer creating the single-handle faucet. The trompe l’oeil.
Flowers Gone?” family home now houses the mayor of
A Manoogian Collection exhibition Detroit. And then there are the Wyeths, hung
Collins supported the Marxist ide- at the Vero Beach Museum of Art is al- in isolation near the entrance to the
als of the Yippie movement and was ways a treat to see – and revisit often The Manoogians followed up their show.
friends with Abbie Hoffman and during its run. The American Spirit: first loan to the Vero museum with
Jerry Rubin, who were charged with Selections from the Manoogian Col- four more exhibitions. Along with the “Stylistically they don’t belong to
inciting violence at the 1968 Demo- lection is the latest in a succession of current show, there was a 2004 exhibit any of the three groups, so we put them
cratic Convention in Chicago. Vero exhibitions from the nationally of paintings from the Hudson River up there on their own wall,” says Wil-
renowned collection of Richard and School; selections of American im- liams.
Still an activist, Collins’ causes are Jane Manoogian, who have long had a pressionism in 2006; and a show of 14
more mainstream today – she cam- home on the ocean in John’s Island. paintings in 2011. The exhibition’s title wall primes the
paigns against land mines and sup- visitor with the first “Oh, wow” pic-
ports charities like UNICEF. The current Holmes Gallery show Director Lucinda Gedeon and Cura- ture in the show, a panoramic “Niag-
brings back a few favorites from the tor Jay Williams chose the works for the ara Falls at Sunset” painted by George
6 “The Witches of Eastwick,” the collection previously seen at the mu- exhibit from photo images provided by Loring Brown in 1861. The picture is a
stage musical wrapping up its seum, as well as a host of delights never the collection’s curator. bird’s-eye view of Niagara’s churning
seen by Vero’s public. rush into the horseshoe-shaped abyss.
run at Melbourne’s Henegar Cen- “They gave us everything we asked
The Manoogians began collecting for,” a pleased Williams remarks. That’s not the only painting of the
ter, has just the blend of real-world American paintings in the 1970s; the subject in the show. Hang a right into
first public exhibition of their holdings Williams says the works on display the Hudson River School part of the
sorcery to get more than the goblins was displayed at the National Gallery will give viewers an idea of the scope gallery and you will gasp anew at
of Art back in 1989. of the Manoogian Collection. Works
howling on this Halloween week- CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
Vero’s current wide-ranging show
end. includes 19th and 20th century Ameri-
can paintings, with works from the
The appropriately named Damon Hudson River School, impressionist
landscapes, figure paintings, trompe
Dennin plays the demonic Daryl l’oeil pictures and, for good measure,
two watercolor paintings from Andrew
Van Horne, who arrives in a small Wyeth’s “Helga Series.”

Rhode Island town and seduces The first Manoogian show at the Hope Resale Boutique
Vero Beach museum dates to 1997;
three frustrated single women and, Selections from American Grandeur:
Masterpieces from the Masco and Ma-
at the same time, shows them their noogian Collections appeared in the
Holmes Gallery.
magical powers. When they find he
Richard Manoogian is chairman
has married their young friend, they emeritus of Masco Corporation, a
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Brevard productions of late, includ-

ing the Henegar’s “Hand to God”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 garden downwind of the group bodes hing yet, there is still hope for you in nose is almost against the canvas (or
ill of the encounter. the trompe l’oeil section at the rear of hardboard, in Brega’s case).
“View of Niagara Falls” by Ferdinand the gallery. It begins with three Wil-
Richardt. The 1865 composition pres- Likewise, the Bierstadt shows us a liam Harnett gems and ends with the For those who adore American Im-
ents a scene at the bottom of the falls scene of Nassau, where Bierstadt and pressionism, there is a gleaming por-
where sightseers posed along a rocky his wife retreated in same number of
stretch in the foreground are covered 1876 to alleviate the works – only larger trait of three little girls by Frank
in a cloud of spray. symptoms of her tu- – by living Ameri- Benson; a classic Edward Potthast of
berculosis, while the can painter David children playing in a tidal pool; two
Those figures not only give you a Durand “Dance of the Brega. sun-dappled Childe Hassams; a mag-
sense of scale, says Williams. They also Haymakers” of 1851 nificent Frederick Carl Frieseke, “Two
remind you that there were no safety looks suspiciously like “The trompe l’oeil Ladies in a Boat (Grey Day on the
guidelines or guardrails around to pro- an old-world scene. style never seems to River)”; and Martha Walter’s “Nurse-
tect the intrepid tourist of yore. go out of style,” says maid and Baby at Gloucester, Massa-
The gee-whiz aspect Williams. Paintings like Brega’s “The chusetts.”
“It was like, ‘OK buddy, don’t fall of the show continues Magazine Antiques” (1986) will have
over the falls!’” he quips. with Franz Bieber- you so absorbed in reading its meticu- That last is a daring study in blue
stein’s “World’s Co- lous details that you might not hear the of an anonymous woman, her torso
Better-known names in this section lumbian Exposition” shouts of the gallery guards until your turned from us, with a blond baby in
of the exhibition include Albert Bier- of 1893, a 36-by-54- her lap.
stadt, Asher B. Durand and Thomas inch canvas that docu-
Moran, but don’t expect the expected ments the glimmering It’s easy to see why Williams placed
grand American vistas from them here. vastness of Chicago’s Andrew Wyeth’s “Hel-
White City. Nearby is Frederic Ron- ga” watercolors at
In the mid-19th century Thomas del’s “Statue of Liberty Celebration,” a the end of the show.
Moran’s paintings helped to familiar- harbor scene of the October 1886 event “In the Orchard” and
ize the folks back east with the majesty that saw Navy vessels, double-decker “Walking in her Cape
of the Grand Canyon, but the view on steamboats and small pleasure craft Coat” present the
display owes more to the artist’s imagi- jostling for the best view of the newly Teutonic beauty in a
nation than nature’s handiwork. installed colossus. The cacophony of chilly winter scene
the scene can be imagined by the ris- and a dark-valued,
Moran’s 1864 “The New World” is ing spurts of steam from screaming almost abstract fall
“unlike any other thing I’ve seen by whistles and smoke from booming landscape.
him,” says Williams. cannon salutes that envelope Miss Lib-
erty in a luminous haze. They are a tonic to the surfeit of
The jam-packed vision of a pre- creamy treats that precede them.
Columbian America even includes a If you haven’t begun oohing and ah- Think of them as a water biscuit to
cluster of colorful Native Americans clear your palette for a second help-
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Four years ago Mitt Romney, then Dmitry Kiselev, Putin’s propagandist- but of a chronic, debilitating weakness. overseen by his father, who was assas-
a Republican presidential candidate, in-chief – who goes on to cite Putin’s The revolution of 1991 overturned sinated, to impose an official ideology
said that Russia was America’s “num- words that “If a fight is inevitable, you of Orthodoxy, nationalism and autoc-
ber-one geopolitical foe.” have to strike first.” the Soviet Union’s political, economic racy.
and social order and put 15 countries
Barack Obama, among others, In fact, Russia is not about to go to on the map where there had previous- His portrait and his famous saying,
mocked this hilarious gaffe: “The war with America. Much of its lan- ly been only one. But like many revo- “Russia has only two allies: its army
1980s are now calling to ask for their guage is no more than bluster. But it lutions in history, it was followed by a and its navy,” greet visitors to a re-
foreign policy back, because the cold does pose a threat to stability and or- restoration. vamped museum of Russian history at
war’s been over for 20 years,” scoffed der. And the first step to answering that VDNKH, a prime example of Stalinist
the president. threat is to understand that Russian The tsar the Kremlin most admires architecture in Moscow. Stalin himself
belligerence is not a sign of resurgence, is Alexander III, who on taking office has had a makeover too. Gigantic por-
How times change. With Russia in 1881 reversed the liberalization traits of him line the roads in Crimea,
hacking the American election, presid- proclaiming: “It is our victory!”
ing over mass slaughter in Syria, annex-
ing Crimea and talking casually about The two main pillars of the Soviet
using nuclear weapons, Romney’s view state, propaganda and the threat of
has become conventional wisdom. repression, have been restored. The
KGB, which was humiliated and bro-
Every week Vladimir Putin, Russia’s ken up in the aftermath of the 1991
president, finds new ways to scare coup, has been rebuilt as the main ve-
the world. Recently he moved nucle- hicle for political and economic power.
ar-capable missiles close to Poland The secret police is once again jailing
and Lithuania. Last week, he sent an protesters and harassing civil activists.
aircraft-carrier group down the North
Sea and the English Channel. He has But Russia confronts grave prob-
threatened to shoot down any Ameri- lems in its economy.
can plane that attacks the forces of Syr-
ia’s despot, Bashar al-Assad. After nearly a decade of economic
growth spurred by the market reforms
Russia’s UN envoy has said that re- of the 1990s and by rising oil prices,
lations with America are at their tens- the Russian economy has descended
est in 40 years. Russian television news into Soviet-era stagnation. Competi-
is full of ballistic missiles and bomb tion has been stifled and the state’s
shelters. “Impudent behavior” might share in the economy has doubled. The
have “nuclear consequences,” warns military-industrial complex – the core

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President Obama
increasingly says the right
things about Putinism but
Putin has learned that he
can defy America and
come out on top.

of the Soviet economy – is once again nomic crisis in 2008-09. The impact of wanted him to stay for a second term, parliamentary elections, they took to
seen as the engine of growth. that crisis exposed the limits of Putin’s but in September 2011 he announced the streets, demanding the same sort
model of governance. And although that Putin, who was then prime min- of respect from the state as citizens as
After the defeat of the 1991 coup, economic growth recovered fairly ister, would resume the presidency, they were enjoying as private custom-
Russia was widely expected to become quickly, trust in Putin’s model of gover- while Medvedev would become prime ers at home and abroad.
a Westernized, democratic, free-mar- nance declined sharply. minister.
ket country. Putin was rattled and angry, but
Those who felt that Russia needed He indicated that this job swap had having witnessed the failure of the
The collapse of the Soviet Union both economic and political modern- been planned right from the start of 1991 coup, he knew that tanks were
brought a massive change to Rus- ization pinned their hopes on Dmitry his presidency. Many people felt they not the answer. Instead he trumped
sia. The creation of private ownership Medvedev, who served as president had been duped. When three months civic nationalism with the centuries-
launched industries that did not exist from 2008 to 2012. The Russian elite later the Kremlin blatantly rigged the old idea of imperial or state national-
before, such as private banks, restau- ism, offering the idea of Russia as a be-
rants and mobile-phone networks. sieged fortress.
People were free to make money, con-
sume and travel on a scale never seen In 2014 he annexed Crimea. The
before in Russia’s history. tactic worked. The protests stopped
and Putin’s personal approval ratings
Russia has a vibrant urban middle shot up from 60% to 80%. By attack-
class which, until recently, was richer ing Ukraine after its own revolution in
than its equivalents in eastern Europe. 2014, Putin persuaded his country and
Russia’s cities, with their cafés, cycle its neighbors that any revolt against the
lanes and shopping streets, don’t look regime would be followed by blood-
very different from their European shed and chaos.
Now Putin shores up his power by
A new generation of Westernized waging foreign wars and using his
Russians born since the end of the So- propaganda tools to whip up nation-
viet Union has come of age. The chil- alism. He is wary of giving any ground
dren of the Soviet dress, eat and behave to Western ideas because Russia’s po-
differently from their parents’ genera- litical system, though adept at repres-
tion. They have a spring in their step. sion, is brittle. Institutions that would
underpin a prosperous Russia, such as
Many of these young, educated Rus- the rule of law, free media, democracy
sians owe their comfortable lives to a
decade of economic growth that be- CONTINUED ON PAGE 36
gan in 1998 and ended with the eco-

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and open competition, pose an exis- ica must continue to engage in direct as well as improved military-to-mili- Russia declines, it will see its nuclear
tential threat to Putin’s rotten state. talks with Putin even, as today, when tary relations, in the hope that nuclear arsenal as an enduring advantage.
the experience is dispiriting. Success weapons can be kept separate from
For much of his time in office, is not measured by breakthroughs and other issues, as they were in Soviet Another area of dispute will be Rus-
Obama assumed that, because Rus- ceasefires – welcome as those would times. That will be hard because, as sia’s near abroad. Ukraine shows how
sia is a declining power, he need not be in a country as benighted as Syria Putin seeks to destabilize countries as
pay it much heed. Yet a weak, insecure, – but by lowering the chances of a Rus-
unpredictable country with nuclear sian blunder.
weapons is dangerous – more so, in
some ways, even than the Soviet Union Nuclear miscalculation would be
was. Unlike Soviet leaders after Stalin, the worst kind of all. Hence the talks
Putin rules alone, unchecked by a Po- need to include nuclear-arms control
litburo or by having witnessed the sec-
ond world war’s devastation. He could
remain in charge for years to come.
Age is unlikely to mellow him.

President Obama increasingly says
the right things about Putinism – he
sounded reasonably tough during
a press conference last week – but
Putin has learned that he can defy
America and come out on top. Mild
Western sanctions make ordinary Rus-
sians worse off, but they also give the
people an enemy to unite against, and
give Putin something to blame for the
economic damage caused by his own

What should the West do? Time is
on its side. A declining power needs
containing until it is eventually over-
run by its own contradictions – even as
the urge to lash out remains.

Because the danger is of miscalcula-
tion and unchecked escalation, Amer-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 37


a way to stop them drifting out of Rus- to make it clear that, if Russia engages in presidential election merits measured turing the idea that the West is just as
sia’s orbit. large-scale aggression against non-NA- retaliation. But the West can withstand corrupt as Russia, and that its political
TO allies, such as Georgia and Ukraine, such “active measures.” Russia does system is just as rigged.
America’s next president must declare it reserves the right to arm them. not pretend to offer the world an at-
that if Russia uses such tactics against a tractive ideology or vision. Instead Russia wants to create a divided
NATO member, such as Latvia or Esto- Above all the West needs to keep its its propaganda aims to discredit and West that has lost faith in its ability to
nia, the alliance will treat it as an attack head. erode universal liberal values by nur- shape the world. In response, the West
on them all. Separately the West needs must be united and firm. 
Russian interference in America’s

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The–slaonwd, pdaaiinlyfunledwesaptahpoefrscows THE VERO CITY COUNCIL RACE

BY MEGAN MCARDLE | BLOOMBERG you have a cash cow that will still throw After more than a half-dozen two other Vero council candidates
off income for quite a while. Do you years of fruitlessly urging the Vero pledged to vote “yes” on this deal.
What do you do when you’ve been milk your cows until the last of the herd Beach City Council to get out of
given a death sentence? Do you live falls over dead? Or do you take some of the electric business, we have been What bothers us, however, is the
your remaining time to the fullest, or your revenue and invest it in a flock of watching with considerable inter- unfortunate decision of the orga-
do you spend that time taking long- goats, allowing you to pursue exciting est the latest effort to elect council nizers of Clean Sweep – who are
shot chances at a cure? new opportunities in the field of goat- members pledged to actively pur- running their campaign under the
cheese manufacturing? sue the sale of some or all Vero elec- banner Operation Flip Switch – to
No, this isn’t a column about cancer. tric customers to Florida Power & solicit and accept a $40,000 contri-
It’s a column about businesses whose There are always good arguments on Light. bution from FPL to use in support-
core industries are doomed. The pe- both sides. On the one hand, you’re prob- ing these candidates.
rennial staple of such discussions is ably not very good with goats. Your staff With the exception of Laura Moss,
the venerable buggy-whip manufac- of highly competent dairymen and milk- who would make an excellent addi- FPL clearly has a major financial
turer, but we could discuss half a dozen maids aren’t much interested in goats, tion to the City Council and who is stake in whether a new Vero council
more modern equivalents – the makers don’t have many goat-related skills, and strongly pro-sale, we have a great accepts its offer. We certainly do not
of camera film, for example, who faced may never develop the world-class tal- deal of difficulty mustering much quarrel with its right to participate in
exactly this problem, or Blockbuster ents needed to beat out competitors in enthusiasm for any of the other five the political process. But if it wants to
video. Choose your disrupted industry, the cutthroat goat-cheese business. candidates running for three seats. support candidates it believes will ap-
and you can find any number of firms prove the partial sale at the price it has
flailing, and generally failing. On the other hand: $0. A 100 per- But we also are troubled by the offered, FPL should run ads making
cent chance of $0 in revenue doesn’t sudden appearance of a political ac- its backing of them known directly.
Take my own business. It is unlikely necessarily look better than a 5 percent tion committee called Clean Sweep
that in 50 years, many people will be get- chance of a profitable goat business. for a Brighter Tomorrow, which is in- Channeling $40,000 to Clean
ting their news physically printed upon dependently supporting three can- Sweep – which at the moment con-
the ground-up carcasses of trees. But at Ultimately, most people who choose didates – one of them Moss – who stitutes almost half the money this
the moment, a lot of people still are. And either strategy will end up looking like say they would vote for the sale of political committee has raised – to
that has placed the purveyors of news in fools. That’s not because they are fools; Vero electric’s Indian River Shores support candidates beneath the ra-
something of a dilemma: Go online and it’s because they’re in an impossible sit- customers to FPL for a proposed $30 dar who if elected would presum-
attempt to capture the new market, or uation. They have a lot of valuable skills million. ably vote in favor of sale of a city as-
just keep on keepin’ on? and capital invested in a market that set at the price FPL has offered just
is dying, and at best those things will Readers of these columns will doesn’t pass our smell test.
A new column recently suggested transfer imperfectly to newer markets. recall that we have strongly edito-
that “Go online, old newspaper!” might Whatever they do, you can always pres- rialized in favor of this partial sale, We still would like to see candi-
have been the wrong advice. In most ent a convincing argument that they’ve which the current Council narrowly dates elected to the Vero City Coun-
places, people like the physical news- made a bad choice, because none of rejected. We believe the $30 mil- cil who actually mean it when they
paper better. Yet local papers are pour- the choices they had were good. lion offered by FPL is more than a tell voters they favor a whole or
ing significant resources into their digi- fair price – and would not only more partial sale of Vero electric. We also
tal presence – arguably hastening their Most of the daily newspapers cur- than make Vero electric whole, but hope one day in the not too distant
decline by starving their core product. rently in operation will ultimately die, also give the city resources to ad- future to get our electricity from
because the internet rewards scale dress a number of other challenges. FPL. But we wish this year’s cam-
At its most basic, this sort of exis- rather than deep local knowledge. paign to change the makeup of the
tential crisis presents companies with They will die whether they stick to their So our inclination, under most council was being conducted in a
a very unpalatable choice. In the long knitting or go all-in on “digital first.” circumstances, would have been somewhat more open and above-
run, your revenue will, to a virtual cer- And their deaths will, as deaths tend to, to support not just Moss but the board manner. 
tainty, fall to $0. But in the meantime, be rather unpleasant. 

COMMON COLD VS. FLU: PART 1 o Sore throat The most common flu symptoms include:
o Itchy or watery eyes o Fever (not everyone with the flu will have
Got a scratchy throat? Starting to sniffle and sneeze? o Fever a fever, but most do)
Is it a cold or the flu? Why does it matter? (rare in adults but may occur in children) o Chills
o Body aches
While both the common cold and the flu are caused There’s still no cure for the common cold. If you o Headache
by respiratory viruses – and symptoms can be very think you have a cold, evaluate the symptoms that o Cough
similar – it’s important to determine which you have. are bothering you most. Then determine which o Exhaustion
Between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population over-the-counter medication you can use to relieve o Mild congestion
gets the flu each year, and it is a more serious illness those symptoms. o Vomiting and diarrhea (uncommon
that claims thousands of lives. in adults; more frequent in children)
If symptoms last longer than a week or two – or if
SYMPTOMS OF A COLD you start to feel like you are recovering and then SEEK HELP WITHIN 48 HOURS IF YOU THINK
Colds usually develop gradually, are not as suddenly get worse – see your primary care physi- YOU HAVE THE FLU
severe as flu cian (PCP) or go to a walk-in/urgent care center to If your symptoms are severe, it’s important to seek
Colds often develop slowly. You start to feel a little find out if you have developed another infection. testing and treatment from your PCP or walk-in/ur-
worn out, next you notice a sniffle, and then the gent care center within the first 48 hours to decrease
full-blown congestion, sore throat and coughing SECONDARY INFECTIONS the length and severity of your flu.
start. Secondary infections like ear infections, bronchitis
and pneumonia are common complications of both THE FLU IS NOT A STOMACH VIRUS
While symptoms may vary from person to person, colds and the flu. If you develop a secondary infec- Many people refer to gastroenteritis as “the flu.”
whether your cold is caused by a rhinovirus, an tion, see a doctor as soon as possible. While some with influenza experience vomiting
adenovirus, or another type of virus, they will be and diarrhea, gastroenteritis (“the stomach flu”)
pretty similar. SYMPTOMS OF FLU (A.K.A. INFLUENZA) is caused by other viruses and bacteria – not (the
Flu hits full force, symptoms appear suddenly respiratory virus) influenza. 
Most people experience: and painfully, can be deadly
o Runny or stuffy nose Unlike a cold, the flu hits full force. You may feel Your comments and suggestions for future topics are
o Congestion fine when you go to bed but wake up with fever, always welcome. Email us at [email protected].
o Cough body aches and cough. The severity of symptoms is
o Headache a major indicator that you have the flu, not a cold. © 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media, all rights reserved

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In 1945, a first-time author named factual account of MacDonald’s life disfigure plaintiff so that no one else Likely not, but MacDonald’s follow-
Betty MacDonald published a tart, suffers beside MacDonald’s own spar- would ever care for her.” up memoir, “The Plague and I,” de-
smart and uncommonly funny mem- kling and highly curated narratives of scribed her nine-month stay at a TB
oir of the rocky years she’d spent as a the same events. But the biography The marriage depicted in “The Egg sanitarium when she was 31. “Plague”
young woman on an isolated Wash- fills in crucial and sometimes shock- and I” is decidedly chilly, but a reader was MacDonald’s favorite of her
ington chicken farm. “It still irritates ing gaps in her story, rendering Mac- would never guess that it had, in reality, books, and it is a vivid piece of social
me when women say they prefer to Donald’s achievements all the more been catastrophic. MacDonald focused history that somehow manages to be
live without running water or electric extraordinary. instead on her dislike of chickens and both dark and effervescent. “There’s
lights,” MacDonald wrote to her liter- the drudgery of canning, on descrip- one thing to be said in favor of life at
ary agent. “I know it’s a damn lie.” Born in Colorado and raised in the tions of “mountains so imminent they The Pines,” MacDonald wrote of her
Pacific Northwest, MacDonald grew gave me a feeling of someone reading first night in the sanitarium. “It’s going
“The Egg and I” surprised everyone up in a big, competitive family where over my shoulder” and the antics of to make dying seem like a lot of fun.”
by climbing to No. 1 on the New York she learned early to shape everyday her amiable, bumpkinish neighbors.
Times nonfiction bestseller list, where life into entertainment, a habit that She filed for divorce in 1931 and spent Two more memoirs followed, as
it remained for 43 weeks. MacDonald would stand her in good stead. She the next 14 years honing her stories, well as one stand-alone children’s
went on to write eight more books, in- married young and badly. Just how downplaying the traumatic details that novel and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle se-
cluding the popular Mrs. Piggle-Wig- badly MacDonald never let on in a contemporary memoirist would ac- ries. Start to finish, MacDonald’s ca-
gle children’s series. She died of can- her work, but Becker sets the record centuate. reer spanned just 13 years of intense
cer in 1958 at age 50, leaving behind straight. MacDonald’s first husband, productivity. MacDonald made it look
a body of work that has been largely Bob Heskett, took his wife to live on Indeed, MacDonald’s fortitude was easy. Becker’s research suggests that it
forgotten. But reading it now, it is as the chicken farm she would later im- critical to her appeal in the mid-20th was anything but.
invigorating and relevant as if it had mortalize in her writing. She had two century. Americans were recovering
been written yesterday. children in two years while Heskett from years of economic depression fol- Where authors today write earnest
drank heavily and physically abused lowed by war, and MacDonald’s resil- books on nurturing creativity, Mac-
Paula Becker’s astute, affection- her. Quoting from the divorce papers, ience resonated. Becker writes: “There Donald joked that she would tell as-
ate and often startling “Looking for Becker reveals that Heskett beat and was a quicksilver magic in Betty’s take piring writers: “First have a big mort-
Betty MacDonald” is the first biogra- kicked MacDonald, attempted to burn on life that helped readers recast their gage then lots of coffee.” Even after
phy of this singular American writer. down their house and threatened “to own troubles and showed them a way of the success of “Egg and I,” MacDonald
Unavoidably, Becker’s scrupulously looking at life that drained some of the suffered financial problems. Her sec-
venom from adversity.” ond marriage was by all reports happy,
but she was both the sole breadwinner
Not everyone appreciated “The Egg in the family and a dutiful housewife.
and I.” MacDonald’s characterizations
could be stinging, and even Becker Becker is a historian and writes with
confesses that she found Egg “kind of a historian’s precision, but she has a
mean” the first time she read it. She fan’s insight and warmth. The result is
devotes a chapter of the biography to a thorough and illuminating biogra-
the unsuccessful libel suit brought by phy that, with any luck, will lead a new
a family who thought they saw them- generation of readers to MacDonald’s
selves reflected in the brood of slovenly own remarkable work. 
Ma and Pa Kettle. Worse, MacDonald’s
harsh descriptions of Native Ameri- LOOKING FOR BETTY MACDONALD
cans are by today’s standards racist. THE EGG, THE PLAGUE, MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE,

“If Egg’s readers had been asked AND I
what topic MacDonald should tackle BY BEN MACINTYRE
next, likely no one would have sug- Univ. of Washington. 304 pp. $29.95.
gested tuberculosis,” Becker writes. Review by Mary Louise Kelly, Washington Post

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 43


The publicity sheet for Martin Cruz tian backwaters; and conditions safe, especially since they’d gone ious death, for example, takes place
Smith’s engaging new novel boasts in Italy generally during early into hiding. But someone be- offstage. Go ahead and manipulate
that the author “does extensive re- 1945, when Benito Mussolini trayed them, Giulia alone has me a bit more, this reader wanted to
search for all of his books,” including continued to strut and declaim survived, and Cenzo decides to signal the author.
in this case “four trips to Italy.” Exten- in the northern Italian town of protect her. You won’t be sur-
sive but not always freewheeling. At Salo, headquarters of the Nazi prised when the -consonant- For the most part, though, Smith
the outset of his career, Smith dazzled puppet state that was all that re- dropping fisherman and the makes fine use of his material, includ-
Sovietologists by parlaying his back- mained of Il Duce’s empire. heiress with the lazy accent fall ing the fishing lore, which Cenzo puts
ground reading and one brief visit to in love along the way. to memorable use at the novel’s cli-
Russia into “Gorky Park” (1981), which Smith conjures the time and max. “The Girl From Venice” may not
was praised for its accurate insights place with a generous dose of Cenzo’s task is complicated be the most heart-pounding thriller
into the heart of the Soviet police state. what the novelist Evan Connell by the enraging presence of his of the year, but its vivid treatments
called “luminous details.” The brotherGiorgio,awarheroturned of a timeless trade and certain little-
Smith has since written seven more ubiquity of polenta, for one. To- movie star turned fascist spokes- known aspects of World War II make it
novels featuring the hero of “Gorky day it’s become something of a man. More to the point, Giorgio well worth your time.. 
Park,” Arkady Renko, a Russian cop delicacy, at least in the United recently made Cenzo a cuckold,
with a conscience. “The Girl From States, but during the war it stealing Cenzo’s wife by promis- ROGUE HEROES:THE HISTORY OF THE SAS,
Venice,” however, is a non-Renko tale was an all-too-familiar Italian ing to make her a movie star – a BRITAIN’S SECRET SPECIAL FORCES UNIT THAT
with a Western European setting. Two staple. We learn how fascist pro- betrayal that led to the smitten
aspects of the new novel obviously pagandists try to poison Italian woman’s death. The brothers’ ri- SABOTAGED THE NAZIS AND CHANGED THE
drew upon Smith’s dogged research: minds against invading soldiers: valry forms a skillfully interwoven NATURE OF WAR
the life of a fisherman in the Vene- “through posters of lecherous subplot to the main action.
Americans with virginal Italian BY BEN MACINTYRE
women.” And Smith sketches Some of the novel’s most pi- Crown. 380 pp. $28.
the sociological complexity of quant scenes center on the Review by Mary Louise Kelly, Washington Post
Venice and its environs: “She behavior of Mussolini and his
was from Venice and he was from Pell- hangers-on as their world col-
estrina, which was like saying they lapses. Pretense, denial, wishful think-
were not only from opposite sides of ing – these are among the stages in the
the lagoon but from different worlds. downfall of a duce. Smith tantalizes us
When she spoke she had an elegantly with brief glimpses of Mussolini himself,
lazy Venetian accent. When he spoke, who among other last-minute vexations
consonants disappeared.” must choose what to take with him in
“She” is Giulia Silber, a young Jewish the small plane dispatched to spirit him
woman whom our fisherman, Cenzo away from hemmed-in Salo: his wife, his
(short for Innocenzo) Vianello, pulls mistress or a stack of gold bars.
out of the water while plying his trade
one night. At first she seems to have Smith can write evocatively, as in
drowned, but he soon discovers that this description of one of his Nazi vil-
she is very much alive. Her wealthy and lains: “There was no avoiding the col-
well-connected father – “no Jews were onel’s gaze. One side of the man’s face
more assimilated into Italian society was ruined and gray and his ear was
than the Silbers” – had saved himself cut to a stub, but his eyes were bright
and his family by cooperating with the blue and the impression he gave was
fascists. At this point in the war, with of a noble bust that had fallen and
the Allies inexorably seizing Italian been chipped but was still imposing.”
territory, the Silbers should have been
At times, though, Smith seems to let
up on the pedal when he should be
pressing down – Mussolini’s ignomin-


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At St. Ed’s, tributes pour in for beloved Coach Lewis

BY RON HOLUB after he was diagnosed with cancer. one on the extensive list of student-ath-
Columnist We were introduced in 2009 and I letes he mentored and showered with
love while at St. Ed’s. The two were in-
He was known affectionately as quickly discovered that “Coach Lewis” separable on the basketball court from
“Coach Lewis” and there is no other title was never limited in his specialty – the middle school until Darell gradu-
that bestows more respect or reverence. vivid storytelling. Everyone said that ated in 2013. Less than two years later,
if you wanted to know anything about Darell died of cancer at age 20.
That’s how Chris Lewis will be fondly Pirate basketball, Chris was your guy.
remembered by everyone he touched He would then proceed to tell you in The personal and heartfelt tributes
with such grace and dignity at St. Ed’s poignant detail the entire history of the pouring in for Coach Lewis will give you
since his arrival in 2000. game dating back to James Naismith. an idea what he meant to the St. Ed’s
Chris died on Sept. 16, several years Darell Flowers was probably number
“I got to know Chris early on in the
summer of 2009 when I first arrived,” put in at the gym, in preseason work-
Head of School Mike Mersky told us. “I outs, at summer camps, on long bus
can only say that in terms of basketball, rides and at coaches’ clinics we attend-
we were kindred spirits from the same ed throughout the years.
era. We were gyms rats growing up –
Chris from around Boston, I’m from the “Not only was Chris a fellow coach
Philadelphia area. but he was also my friend. As the (bas-
ketball) season draws near, I will miss
“Our discussions always led to the his wisdom and advice. Every time I
’60s and the great battles between those saw him his closing comment to me was
two NBA cities. We constantly debated ‘take it slow.’
the best players in those glory years,
Tommy Heinsohn vs. Luke Jackson at “Rest assured that even though
power forward or Bill Russell vs. Wilt Coach may not be here on the bench to
Chamberlain at center. Those debates rein me in or give out some timely ad-
were always with positive spirit. vice, his spirit will live on not only this
season but for years to come. A day does
“I was a varsity basketball coach from not go by that I don’t recall something
1979-1992, so Chris and I had a common he said or did that brings a smile to my
ground from the outset of our almost face.
eight years together.
“Thank you Coach Lewis for all the
“However, with his love for basketball lives you impacted. We will never forget
came an even greater love for children. you.”
Basketball was merely his vehicle to
connect with kids. The impact he made St Ed’s boys varsity basketball head
with a myriad of students and athletes coach Greg Zugrave probably spent
here at St. Ed’s can best be reflected in the most time on the court with Coach
his relationship with Darell. Lewis over the past six years. Zugrave
said, “Chris always put the interest of
“Upon his passing many gradu- the kids first and he did what was best
ates of the school wrote about how for them. This came from his years of
much Coach Lewis meant to them, experience in education.
even now in college and beyond. The
students respected him and he made “He was so well liked by the students
them laugh with his many stories regardless of age. He had a passion for
and tales from his past. Chris was in- basketball. We hope we can continue
deed a character. his efforts for years to come. I am lucky
to have called Chris a great friend and
“But all would agree that Chris had a mentor.”
genuine heart for children and compas-
sion for all the students and athletes he “A few days before he passed Chris
met. He had a gift of sincerity and integ- said he will be playing basketball again
rity that will never be replaced on this with his beloved player and surrogate
campus. son Darell Flowers,” Diane Lewis said of
her husband. “He loved his family, his
“We love Coach Lewis and he will be students and his life.”
in our hearts forever.”
A memorial service will be held at the
“I met Coach Lewis when he first Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts
came to St. Ed’s,” said boys JV basket- at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. In lieu
ball coach Nicholas Schiefelbein. “Our of flowers, donations may be made to
paths crossed when we were both asked the D5 Alive Foundation Inc., 6150 45th
to help coach the boys basketball team. I St. Vero Beach, FL 32967, in memory of
will never forget the advice and mentor- Darell Flowers. 
ing he provided for me as a young coach
and the relationships he built with the
players. He was always encouraging
kids to play basketball from the lower
school all the way up to seniors who had
never played before.

“I will never forget the long hours he

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 45


Justice, mercy, grace: A few words express a lot


Theological language can be tricky. nents of our vocabulary are a little wrong somehow but hope to be treat- are well-mannered. But theologically-
What precisely does predestination vague. We might differ in what con- ed leniently. Appealing to someone speaking, the word grace means more
mean? How about apocalypticism, mil- stitutes justice, for example, under a for mercy acknowledges his or her than avoiding clumsiness or panic or
lennialism, infralapsarianism, sanct- particular set of circumstances. But right to exact a penalty for wrongdo- discourtesy. It refers to an attribute of
ification, justification, soteriology or we would all seek it as an important ing, but our hope that instead for- God that defies our expectations and
teleology? We have rows of books on legal goal. And justice has a distin- giveness will be offered. The faithful augments our conceptions of God’s
our shelves that explain the derivation guished history as a theological con- across the ages have commended justice and mercy. Grace is a mani-
of these words and the history of their cept as well as a legal one. The Bible the mercy of God, who puts up with festation of divine love that is unmer-
usage across the centuries by faithful makes reference after reference to a lot from humanity on a regular ba- ited, life-changing, wildly generous,
people. But time-honored though they the mandate for justice among God’s sis. Mercy speaks of benevolence and and more powerful than any obstacle
may be, none of these terms gets a lot people, because after all, God is just. pardon. Mercy is about not getting placed in its path. As one clear-head-
of play in everyday conversation. Can Justice has a fairness, a rightness, a what we deserve. ed thinker put it: If justice is getting
you imagine asking your neighbor, “Are decisiveness about it. Justice is about what we deserve, and mercy is not
you an infralapsarian?” and receiv- getting what we deserve. And then there is grace. The word, getting what we deserve, then grace is
ing the response, “As a matter of fact, I grace, finds its way into our everyday getting what we don’t deserve. Grace
subscribe to an entirely different view Mercy is another significant theo- conversations in a variety of ways. is the jackpot, theologically speaking.
of predestination and my soteriology logical word that finds its way into We are “graceful” if we do not trip our
runs in another direction”? That con- our modern vocabulary. We may say dance partners. We show “grace under How impressive is your theological
versation is unlikely to occur! we need to throw ourselves on the fire” if we are calm and effective when vocabulary? Maybe we really only need
mercy of the court when we’ve gone facing trouble. We are “gracious” if we a few words to say it all! 
Maybe the concepts that many
theological words represent are just
too obscure to be rivetingly interest-
ing to most people. We don’t generally
engage in nuanced theological con-
versation in high-flown terms. Never-
theless, we all use theological vocabu-
lary nearly every day. There are several
words of tremendous religious signifi-
cance spoken regularly and by nearly
everyone. We’re thinking of words like
justice, mercy and grace.

Granted, these well-worn compo-

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Bonz says Savannah cat sibs are a purr-fect pair

Hi Dog Buddies! our breed name.” was busy studying to
“Woof!” I blurted. “Wild cats? Africa?
This week I again ventured into the get certified as a Braille
mysterious, exotic world of Cats: I in- But you don’t seem, er, I mean, you’re not
terviewed two 7-month-old, sibling Sa- scary or anything.” translator when … ”
vannah cats. Since they were from Sa-
vannah, I figured they’d have Southern “Of course not. Our grandmother was “A what?”
Accents. But I was wrong. WAY wrong. a Maine Coon. We are bred to have just
Wait’ll you hear their story! the right combination of exotic African “Braille. It’s a bunch of
beauty and totally civilized behavior. It’s
My Assistant knocked and a lady all very precise, as you can see.We do like bumpy dots and things.
opened the door holding a cat with a to maintain some of our African heri-
looong body, looong legs, looong tail and tage. Not the fearless-hunter-striking- It’s for blind people,
the biggest ears I’d EVER seen on a cat: terror-into-small-mammals. Mostly just
pointy and side-by-side on the top of his some of the language.” so they can read stuff
head, sticking straight up. They looked
like sails. And he could flip them around “Good to know,” I said. Bartley sat by feeling the bumpy
like airplane wings. His coat was light up very straight and, I hafta say, he was
gold with dark spots, sorta like a leopard, one seriously good looking feline. Great dots with their paws – I
and he was wearing a denim Harley- posture. Reminded me of a picture I
Davidson hoodie vest. All in all, a VERY saw once of Bastet, a very important cat mean – fingers. We’re
impressive fellow. in ancient Egypt. I noticed the backs of
Barkley’s ears had a narrow white border real proud of her. So,
“Jambo, Bwana Bonzo! My name is all around and a big white spot in the
Bartley-Zeus. Call me Bartley. This is our middle. I asked him about it. she was studying for
Mama, Suzette. Our Dad’s Don. You’ll
meet my sister Athena-Grace shortly. “That’s from our African heritage,” he this Big Test when the
Please make yourself comfortable.” explained. “It looks like we have eyes in
the back, to scare anything sneaking up cat lady called and said Bartley & Athena-Grace
Intrigued, I thought, “Bwana Bonzo? on us. Clever, right? Oh, here’s Athena- she had a new litter.
Jambo? No trace of a Southern accent, Grace.”
and unusually well-spoken for bein’ so That was us! So Mama
young.” Their Mom was carrying a smaller cat,
whom she deposited on the table. She drove up and chose me. My brother’d al- “We go for leash walks,” said Athena-
He jumped onto the table, walked had the same markings as her brother.
over to my Assistant and stared, nose- Then I saw she was wearing a T-shirt that ready been sold but, guess what? Some- Grace. “And we have a double-decker
to-nose. I opened my notebook. “Thank said, “I ‘heart’ my BONZO!”
you. It’s my pleasure. You have very times humans can’t tell if we’re boys or stroller, with a Florida license plate that
striking looks. I understand you’re from “Jambo, Bwana Bonzo,” she said in a
Georgia.” charming, purry voice. “Do you like my girls when we’re teeny kittens. The peo- says, ‘Got Savannahs?’”
shirt? Mama made it special in honor of
Bartley laughed. “Because we’re Sa- your visit.” ple who bought him thought he was a “We have more brothers and sisters,”
vannah cats, right?”
I was touched. “It’s lovely! I’m hon- girl. When they found out he was a boy, said Bartley. “Look.” He pointed to two
I nodded. ored! And I’m eager to hear about your
“A common mistake.You see, although lives.” they returned him.” big aquariums, with a bunch of fish
my sister and I were born in North Caro-
lina, our grandfather was a Serval …” “All nine?” “Talk about embarrassing,” Bartley swimmin’ around.
“A what?” “Well, this one, for sure,” I replied.
“Servals are wild cats,” Bartley ex- “Mama and Dad love Savannah Cats. said. “I knew I was a boy. But everything “We lean our paws on the glass, and
plained. “They live on the Savannahs They had Zynna-Spyce, but she got sick
(tropical grasslands) in Africa. Thus, and went to Cat Heaven. After a while, turned out great, because Dad decided stare at ‘em Real Close.We used to splash
Mama wanted another Savannah, so she
called a breeder friend, but she was tem- he wanted me. So he went up and got me in the little opening at the top ‘til Mom
porarily out of kittens. Anyway, Mama
and brought me home.” taped it up. Somehow, she knew we were

“Me and Mama stayed in North Caro- fishing.”

lina for a family reunion,” Athena-Grace I couldn’t believe an hour’d passed.

said. “I met my big Human family. It was Heading home, I was wondering how

lovely. They all said I was adorable and many generations back I’d have to go to

beautiful, which, of course, I AM. get to my own wild roots … stalking cari-

“But, guess what? When I got here, bou, perhaps?

Bartley was mean to me. He hissed and

spit. HE says it’s cuz, when we were kit- Till next time,
tens, I was learning to wear my harness,
and I was flopping around and knocked The Bonz

him off the stairs. HE says it was on PUR- Don’t Be Shy
pose but it WASn’t. It was on ACcident.”
We are always looking for pets
“Was not,” sniffed Bartley. with interesting stories.
“Was so. PLUS, I didn’t know he was To set up an interview, email
gonna be my Forever Brother. But now

we’re best friends.”

“True,” admitted Bartley, and he be- [email protected].

gan grooming her softly.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 47




By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K85

Greg Norman said, “Setting goals for your game is an art. The trick is in setting them K94
at the right level, neither too low nor too high.”
When trying to get to game in a major after partner has raised your one-of-a-major
opening to two, you must move with a hand at the right level ... strength. You should WEST EAST
have six losers. Also, if you rebid three of a minor, you may do that with only a three- 64
card suit because it is forcing to three of your major. AJ74 5
In this week’s deal, note that South’s hand has six losers: one heart, two diamonds J 10 8 3 Q 10 9 3 2
and three clubs. When opener has a choice of suits, he should, strange as it sounds,
bid his weaker minor. Here, South should rebid three clubs. Opposite that, North has 10 8 6 3
the worst possible club holding: three low. So he signs off in three spades.
West leads the club jack. East takes three tricks in the suit, then exits safely with a
spade. How should South proceed after drawing trumps? SOUTH

Declarer can afford only one more loser. His two main chances to get home are the AKQ832
heart ace with West or the diamond queen with East. Which should he try first?
The rule is: Play initially the suit with the higher missing card; here, hearts. South
leads his heart toward dummy’s king. When West has the ace, the king sets up for a AJ7
diamond discard. But if East had the heart ace, the diamond finesse would still be on
the back burner. 954

Finally, note that if South had rebid three diamonds, North might have jumped to the Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West
hopeless four-spade contract.
The Bidding:

1 Spades Pass 2 Spades Pass
?? LEAD:
J Clubs

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7 A primary colour (6) 1 Study, learn (6)
8 Questionnaire (6) 2 See 7 Across (4)
9 Fruit or a colour (4) 3 Jumper (7)
10 Amusing tale (8) 4 Lopsided (5)
11 Flier (7) 5 Incline (8)
13 Odd (5) 6 On the mend (6)
15 Break (5) 12 Loyal (8)
17 Small wheels (7) 14 Larval frog (7)
20 Bedtime tipple (8) 16 Hedging shrub (6)
21 Affection (4) 18 Assessment (6)
22 Modest (6) 19 Land areas (5)
23 Hang around (6) 21 Lifeless, limp (4)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three

The Telegraph

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 27, 2016 49


ACROSS 76 Al Capone’s 5 Duo connector abbr. The Washington Post
hometown? 6 Hard-to-lift chair 70 Dinosaur’s
1 High-calorie carb 7 Most doubtful SPACE EXPLORATION By Merl Reagle
6 Nation renamed in 80 Anoints, old-style 8 In the center of “name”
82 Cameo stone 9 More, to Moreno 73 Town N of San
1939 83 Half & Half half 10 Gold coin of
10 Either star of 6 84 Awful long spell Francisco, San
87 Topkick: abbr. British India ___
Weeks, 1982 88 Big fights 11 “What are you, 74 Sluggish after
15 Palais dweller 90 Ride past a overeating
18 Cologne? some kind ___?” 77 Yank hater, once
21 Pertaining to car university town? 12 Man ___ Mancha 78 Islets
93 Went and got 13 Game warden? 79 Infused (with)
parts? 96 Cable option 14 Put an ___ (halt) 81 Candy
23 Seafood vendor’s 97 Abacus result 15 Ex-leader of Iran, 82 Philharmonic:
98 Fleeing MPs abbr.
display? 99 Plumper ___ Shah Pahlevi 85 Gorki’s river
24 Fifty per cent 100 Louise of God’s 16 Rock products 86 Replacement for
17 Ain’t right? the old clunker
meditate? Little Acre 19 Of twisting 89 Lost
25 Revealer of the 102 H.M. Pulham’s 20 School org. for 90 Preservative
“man title bright kids 91 Historic German
behind the curtain” 104 Desert denizen 22 Condemns town,
26 Assail, as an 28 Health-food Bad ___
icebox had a bite? 92 Mauna ___
27 Spa feature 106 A Charmin pioneer Davis 93 State where
29 Drinker’s 31 Peel and Kane built
dedication consideration Xanadu: abbr.
30 Thing, to Bailey 107 Bounder Thompson 94 Shocking
32 Lang. course for 109 “Good old” 33 Spaces in creature
an 95 Pedantic
immigrant country manuscripts 99 Tossed about
34 Peter Marshall’s 111 Eggs 35 Type of dress 101 Part of a long
sister Joanne 112 One-time 36 Enigma in the air play
35 The other 37 KLM successor? 103 Aidan and
DiMaggio chairman 38 Decorated with Anthony
36 Konrad’s 114 Light rains 105 Verb for Darwin
conjunction 117 Discontinued pictures of fruit? 108 Fall bloomer
39 Actress Sharon? 40 Erstwhile lander 110 Marsh plant
42 You, to Yvette Pontiac 113 Earth tone
44 Japanese 119 French at JFK 114 Word in physics
statesman Eisaku 41 ___ Aviv or religion
48 No. 1 department 43 Japanese waist 115 “___ all be over
50 Pen compartment or river soon”
52 Bit of lingerie 121 Slangy dollar product 116 Persuade
54 A dream location? 125 Saphead’s 45 Producer of liner 117 Ireland’s Sinn
55 Producing an posterior? ___
effect 127 “Sweet Bard, notes? 118 U.S. war org. of
56 Target practice that wounds me 46 How Joe Friday the ’40s
result? deeply!” 120 Absolutely
59 I ___ Teenage 130 Bondage puts things positively, in
Werewolf brokers? 47 Unmatched Tijuana
60 Skillet 131 How bishops 49 Greg Maddux 122 Sally ___
61 A king of Eng. dress? (English bread)
62 Grows light in the 132 Foxy stats 123 Part of NEA
morning 133 Clean without 51 Had the 124 ___ Helens
63 Some snakes soap 126 ___ Lanka
65 Rope on the 134 George Lucas’s advantage 128 Hypo shot: abbr.
range Knights 53 Rhyme scheme 129 Mrs., to Miou-
68 Bad-mouther’s 135 Nobelist Chain of 56 Worms and Miou
motto? penicillin fame
71 Postage ___ whatnot
72 Wall Street surge? DOWN 57 Bathed in a dusky
75 Nogales huzzah 1 _History
2 Regarding glow
3 “Get going!” 58 Possess
4 Placido, for one 60 School issue
63 Blurbs
64 Sex-minded

66 Other route: abbr.
67 Number of coins

in the fountain, in
69 Piece of a word:

The Telegraph

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Financial boot camp puts a crimp on social life

BY CAROLYN HAX It’ll cut the debt-erasure time way down – and/or
Washington Post prop up your fun budget – plus it might keep you
busy during these tempting social times.

Dear Carolyn,

I’ve fallen suddenly into pretty Re: Budget: I was in the same boat recently, and you

massive debt (a whirlwind of know what? It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it

medical problems coupled with was. I started cooking more and enjoyed it because I

sudden deaths in the family re- challenged myself to make delicious things out of the

quiring unpaid leave and expen- cheapest ingredients possible. I invited friends over

sive flights). I have to completely instead of meeting them at a bar; nowadays a good

change how I spend money be- six-pack costs almost as much as a single beer out. I

cause I want to get rid of all this debt within the next researched tons of bars with great deals that I liked

two years – I’ll need a new car by then, will likely be as much as my expensive haunts. And I rediscovered

engaged by then, etc. my city, visiting all the free museums I haven’t toured

But my financials are really intertwined with my since I was a tourist.

social identity. I really have no idea where to begin in Also, please do accept your friends’ offers to take

changing my social life from bars and lunches and you to dinner, to pick up the check at happy hour, to

vacations to … well, I’ve budgeted about $100 per not let you bring wine to their place when they invite

month for “fun money.” Which is MAYBE two dinners you over. I initially refused because of pride, but jeez

for Old Me. How do I avoid the fear of missing out that’s stupid. My friends love me and want to support

from having to scale back social outings, and how do me, and know I would have done the same for them.

I communicate this sudden change with friends? I Finally, this: I’m out of the financial hole, and

feel like I’m telling people I’m in AA and can no lon- I haven’t gone back to my old ways. I learned a lot

ger drink about how much fat there was in my budget and how

– $$ Identity relatively painless it was to trim it. A few months lat-

and no to things you can’t. It’s hard but necessary, er, and I’ve already built my savings back up to what
and you’ll be OK.
Dear '$$ Identity': it was before the crisis. It’s reality, and you will sur-
Tell your closest friends you’re on a financial star- Meanwhile, research affordable, fun things you
vation diet and you’ll be eternally grateful for help can suggest to your friends. If you’re first with the vive it, and maybe even enjoy it.
getting creative with outings instead of just going plans, then more of them will go your way.
out to dinner. After that, you don’t repeat yourself – Anonymous
every time – you just say yes to things you can afford Another idea that may be tough to process but ul-
timately worthwhile is a part-time job on weekends. Dear ‘Anonymous’:
This is just great, thank you.. 

Exotic birds give Vero a
tropical feel


Vero Beach sells itself as “the place where the tropics begin,” and the ubiquitous
white ibis helps validate the claim. These striking white birds with long curved
orange bills grace the town in small flocks that can be seen feeding in parks and
on neighborhood lawns early in the morning year round. They have an exotic
look that sparks excitement and makes the day seem less mundane. The large,
mostly monogamous birds, which weigh between two and three pounds and
have wing spans up to 28 inches, first breed at age two, with males and females
working together to build platform nests in mangroves and thickets. Females lay
2-5 eggs, which are pale blue-green to white with brown blotches. Both sexes
participate in incubation and feed the young after they hatch, by regurgitation.

The birds are “highly sociable at all seasons, roosting and feeding in flocks, nest-
ing in large colonies,” according to the Audubon Society. “They forage by walk-
ing slowly in shallow water, sweeping their bill from side to side and probing at
bottom. They also forage on land, especially on mud or in short grass.” Ibis typ-
ically spent 10 hours a day looking for food, three-quarters of an hour flying and
13 hours resting, roosting, and attending to their nests. Though still common in
Vero Beach the ibis population in Florida is “much lower than historical levels,
and has continued to decline in recent decades as the birds suffer from loss of
feeding and nesting habitat.”

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