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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-07-13 14:02:03

07/13/2017 ISSUE 28


Actors’ village project draws
rave previews. P24
Asheville flights
success for Elite. P7

Vero’s STEP sewer system
ready for more island hook-ups. P9

MY VERO A parade of Grady-White boats approaches the Alma Lee Loy Bridge en route to the Bahamas. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD Major changes
for our hospital
BY RAY MCNULTY Vero’s Grady Bunch heads off on a summer adventure won’t come easy

Loar presides at wedding BY RUSTY CARTER That’s the theory behind the what simpler than merging two BY RUSTY CARTER
of deputy shot in Gifford Staff Writer Vero Beach Grady Bunch, a single parents with a collective Staff Writer
brand-specific boat club cre- six children. And Grady Bunch
This past Friday evening, in At last, you can sign up for a ated nearly 30 years ago. With members have more fun. The need of Indian River
a ballroom on the second floor club membership that will ac- no apologies to the cast of Medical Center to swiftly find
of The Moorings' clubhouse, a tually take you places – if you the 1970s sitcom “The Brady On Friday, Vero Marine a different future seemed to
smiling and grateful bride and have a Grady White boat. Bunch,” this endeavor is some- owner Brian Cunningham led become clearer during the
groom exchanged vows in a first of two public meetings
wedding that almost wasn't. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 last week, where a consultant
and three separate commit-
"Sure, I've thought about it," tees said the financially-chal-
Chris Lester, the groom, said lenged hospital’s best chance
after a ceremony attended by for long-term survival is a
family, friends and co-workers. partnership or sale to another
"What happened that night healthcare entity.
could've prevented all of this –
the wedding, our future family, But achieving a break from
everything." an independent past, and
entering into a relationship
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 with a potential larger, better
endowed suitor, will not be
easy or quickly agreed to by all
stakeholders – a reality made
clear by one influential former
Hospital District board mem-
ber who declared: “The hospi-
tal will never be sold.”


Holiday Inn remodeling a few years off Shattered stained-glass windows
returning to Christ by the Sea
BY RAY MCNULTY & Grill, which operates a res-
Staff Writer taurant on the premises, said BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA
the hotel's owners have dis- Staff Writer
Apparently, all those rumors cussed with him their desire to
about major renovations at embark on a remodeling proj- Paul Pickel with restored stained glass. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD Three months after the shocking Easter
the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ect – but not "any time soon." Week vandalism at Christ by the Sea Unit-
on Ocean Drive aren't wrong. ed Methodist Church, during which sev-
Probably not before 2020. eral of the church's one-of-a-kind stained
They're just a little prema- "They've made it clear to
ture. me that they will do some- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
thing eventually, but it'll prob-
The founder and president
of Mulligan's Beach House Bar CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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My Vero The video shows Lester directing the fallen deputy, out of the camera's Coffee standing over Lester and firing
Andrew Coffee Jr., whom the deputy view. You then hear a series of gun- two shots before running away, hitting
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 stopped for driving a motorized scoot- shots before Coffee reappears in the the deputy once in the lower leg. The
er without a license tag along 45th video, still blasting away as he flees. sheriff surmised that Coffee's grip on
That night was actually the wee hours Street near Old Dixie Highway, to put the gun and the recoil after he pulled
of Dec. 18, 2015. And what happened his hands on the hood of the police Struck twice as the wounded deputy the trigger caused him to miss his tar-
was that Lester, then a second-year cruiser and warning him, "Don't go returned fire, a limping Coffee contin- get and probably saved Lester's life.
deputy with the Indian River County reaching for anything." ued to run, only to be tracked down by
Sheriff's Office, was shot during a traffic deputies and found hiding in a stack "He tried to execute Chris," Under-
stop in Gifford. In the video, Coffee briefly puts his of crates at a citrus packing house by a sheriff Jim Harpring, Loar's second-
hands on the car, but quickly turns K-9 unit 40 minutes later. in-command and Lester's new father-
Maybe you've seen the dashboard- around and repeatedly asks, "What in-law, said of Coffee, whose legal
camera video, which went viral on You- the problem?" Then, without provoca- What you probably haven't seen, troubles date back to a 1981 drug con-
Tube and social media sites, prompting tion, Coffee punches the deputy in the though – and neither have I – is a sec- viction and include spending 20 years
news coverage of the incident across face and knocks him to the ground. ond video Sheriff Deryl Loar said was in prison for attempted first-degree
America and overseas, appearing on recorded by a security camera at a murder with a firearm.
TV broadcasts as far away as Australia. Coffee immediately pulls a revolver nearby business.
from his waistband and moves toward Coffee, now 54, was charged with at-
Loar said the second video shows tempted first-degree murder of a law-
enforcement officer, battery on an of-
ficer and possession of a weapon by a
felon. He remains in the Indian River
County Jail, where he is being held
without bail as he awaits trial.

"It's still an active case," Lester said,
"so I can't get into some of the details."

Lester, who had gotten engaged
to Kelsey Curtis 10 days before the
shooting, was willing to share his
personal thoughts and feelings about
what happened, however.

Now 28 and a detective, he said
he was fully aware of the hazards of
law enforcement when he joined the
Sheriff's Office in the summer of 2014
– 18 months before he became the
first deputy in 29 years to have been
struck by gunfire while working in
this county.

He vividly remembers Coffee
punching him, pulling out a revolver
and shooting at him from close range.
He remembers getting shot in the leg
and returning fire. He also remembers
thinking about his fiancé.

He knows that if Coffee's bullet had
struck him 3 or 4 feet higher . . .

"I had just gotten engaged, so, yeah,
that crossed my mind," said Lester,
who pursued Coffee for about 100
yards before other deputies arrived.
"But a year-and-a-half later, here we
are. And I can't be happier."

There were some difficult times,
though, as Lester recovered from the
gunshot wound – just above the Achil-
les tendon in his right leg – and was un-
able to return to duty for six months.

But he credits his fiancé – now wife –
with helping him cope with the "emo-
tional stress" he endured in the after-
math of the shooting.

"Kelsey had my back the entire
time," Lester said. "She'd talk when
I needed to talk. She'd support me
when I needed supporting. She let
me be frustrated when I needed to be
frustrated. She's the one that got me
through it all."

Certainly, the support he received
from his police brethren helped, too.

Lester said it was initially difficult
to watch the dash-cam video, but as
the social-media views multiplied, he

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 13, 2017 3


began to receive a flurry of messages to be able to serve our community. was going to be fine," Lester's wife In fact, Loar attended Haffield's visi-
expressing support from law enforce- "I would never want to take that said. "Then it was just like, 'OK, what tation immediately before officiating
ment officers around the world. do we need to do?' And we did it. Chris at Lester's wedding Friday evening. He
away from him. I'm proud of him." went back to work and I'm thrilled to then gave a eulogy at Haffield's funeral
"That surprised me," he said. So when Harpring, a Castaway Cove be here today." Saturday morning.
His finance's support didn't.
Lester refused to be deterred by the resident, woke her on that fateful Fri- So was Loar, though he was riding an "I've performed the ceremony at
shooting and was fiercely determined day morning and told her Lester had emotional roller coaster after the shock- five of my deputies' weddings," Loar
to return to the job. And though Kelsey been shot, she was worried. But she ing death of Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Haff- said. "This one is special."
knew the dangers, she stood by her didn't panic. ield, who suffered a heart attack while
man – because she also knew how sleeping on July 4. He was only 44. Yes, it was.
much being a law enforcement officer "He came in and told me what hap- It was a wedding that almost wasn't. 
meant to him. pened, and I was relieved to hear Chris
"I trust him," Lester's wife said.
"He's a good person who has always
been very good at what he does. He's
a smart person who makes good de-
cisions. He's an amazing guy, and he
just loves it so much.
"You get him in a room with other
cops, and he'll sit there until 2 a.m.
talking," she added. "This is our home.
We both grew up here and went to
school here, and it means a lot to him

Holiday Inn remodeling Exclusively John’s Island
Affording maximum privacy is this beautifully renovated 4BR/3.5BA retreat
ably be three of four years before they sited on .35± acres. Enjoy sparkling pool and Lake Reams views throughout
do anything," George Hart said last this 5,402± GSF home complete with custom millwork, classic architecture
week. "As far as I know, they haven't and ample natural light. The gourmet island kitchen adjoins the dining area and
even decided what they're going to do family room with vaulted ceiling. Features include a living room with fireplace,
yet." luxurious master suite with office and a new spa-like master bathroom,
handsome den, spacious guest bedrooms and lush tropical landscaping.
The local Holiday Inn is owned by 295 Coconut Palm Road : $2,750,000
Velogan Inc., a Delray Beach-based
firm created four years ago. The com- three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
pany's president, Mark Walsh, could health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
not be reached for comment, and its
registered agent, attorney Richard 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
Critchfield, did not respond to a mes-
sage left at his office.

Vero Beach City Manager Jim
O'Connor said a Velogan attorney
represented the hotel's owners dur-
ing a past meeting at which the City
Council welcomed public comment
on zoning issues in its "vision plan."

The attorney asked questions about
parking requirements and height re-
strictions, specifically pertaining to
base-floor elevation – something that
prompted O'Connor to believe any ma-
jor renovations might include ground-
level parking.

However, O'Connor said he hasn't
had regular communication with the
owners, nor have they initiated con-
tact more frequently this past year.

"Every so often, we'll get a call from
the attorney or someone will pop in and
ask questions," O'Connor said. "Usu-
ally, they'll inquire about what they'd
need to do if they wanted to do renova-
tions and how the process here works.

"But we haven't seen a site plan or
even any artist renderings, and they
haven't told us what they might want
to do," he added. "So it doesn't appear
they're looking to do anything right


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Holiday Inn remodelng "Mulligan's is alive and well in Vero ers. "Sooner or later, they're going to do Mulligan's on the property, but, if they
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Beach, and we're not going away any renovations there, but we have a good don't, I have an agreement with them
time soon," Hart said, adding that Velo- business relationship with them and and we'll get plenty of notice," he con-
O'Connor speculated that Velogan, gan Vice President Michael Walsh is his we'd like to continue that relationship. tinued. "If they tell us they're going to
which Hart says owns "a lot of hotels primary contact with the hotel's own- remodel and become a five-star Mar-
all over the country," might opt to "Their plans could involve keeping riott, we'll find another location.
transform the Holiday Inn into a "re-
sort-type entity," similar to the Vero "Either way, we're not leaving Vero
Beach Hotel & Spa and Costa d'Este Beach. We're planning to be there for
Beach Resort & Spa. a long time."

Hart said he would not be surprised Rumors of renovations at the Holi-
if Velogan, once it commits to a reno- day Inn have been circulating on the
vation, ends its Holiday Inn affiliation island for more than a year. Several
and builds more upscale accommo- Ocean Drive merchants have raised
dations under the banner of a higher- the possibility of such a project in dis-
rent hotel chain. cussions with city officials about the
parking shortage in the Central Beach
However, he said he didn't think Ve- business district.
logan would convert the hotel into a
time-share property. Some merchants criticized city's
failure to require the Vero Beach Ho-
Whatever Velogan does, Hart said tel (2007) and Costa d'Este (2008) to
Mulligan's will continue to operate provide sufficient parking for guests
in Vero Beach – and he hasn't ruled and employees before they opened for
out the possibility that his restaurant business.
could remain on the premises of the
renovated hotel. They want to make sure officials
don't make the same mistake with a
renovated Holiday Inn property. 

Grady Bunch summer outing group’s activities. Each member must is the perfect number,” Cunningham to 37 feet. They don’t come cheap. Re-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 own a Grady-White boat purchased added. tail prices for new 2016 models range
at Vero Marine Center. $113,000 to nearly $600,000.
the way as club members took off on The Grady-White vessels sold atVero
their latest excursion, captaining an As the club expanded, so did the Marine Center range in length from 23 Cunningham bases the excursions
eight-boat navy that sailed into the trips. In addition to the Bahamas, Cun- on what the smallest boat in his flotil-
Indian River Lagoon, headed for the ningham guides groups to the Florida la can handle comfortably. Nor does
ocean and the Abaco Islands in the Ba- Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico to he try to ride out storms if they can
hamas. Other boats joined the group visit Florida’s west coast. be avoided.
as they cruised south toward Stuart.
In all, 45 people were aboard the even- He admits it took time to pare down “If it goes bad, we turn around
tual dozen vessels making the trip. and hone the excursions. and come home,” Cunningham said
bluntly. “Safety is always first.”
The Abacos are a group of islands “About 15 years ago we took 20
and cays that include several dive boats [to the Bahamas],” he recalled. This year Cunningham faced a po-
sites with underwater caves and coral “Some of the islands lacked the fa- tential threat working its way west in
reefs. Marinas dot the coast, making cilities needed for that many people. the Atlantic.
it convenient to cruise the shallow, Hotels, if there were any, were small.
yet navigable Sea of Abaco. Some people had to stay on their According to a July 5 bulletin from
boats overnight. Worse, there were the National Hurricane Center, a low
The annual island trip is family ori- few docks, so some boats had to tie pressure system then located about
ented, and almost a third of this year’s up to other boats. In a few cases you 850 miles west-southwest of the Cabo
participants are children under age had to climb across someone else’s Verde Islands was producing showers
15. That number is encouraging to boat to get to yours.” and thunderstorms.
Cunningham, who recognizes their
potential as the next crop of boaters The lesson? “We found that 12 boats It ultimately became a tropical de-
and boat owners. pression, and the National Weather
Service expected the system to grow
Local cardiologist Charlie Celano is and organize as it headed toward
among those bringing the entire fam- Florida. Cunningham was skeptical
ily. In previous years his wife would fly about that prediction and he turned
ahead, but this year was joining her out to be right.
husband and their three daughters
aboard their 33-foot Grady-White. Two days later – the same day the
Grady Bunch shoved off from Vero
“The cruises began as a ‘how to’ on Marine Center – the system weak-
boating for our customers,” Cunning- ened. With clear sailing ahead, the
ham explained in an interview. They group headed out to sea, and by Fri-
were the brainchild of his late business day evening, the tropical depression
partner, Bruce McIntyre, and the club had dissipated
was among the first of its kind in the
pleasure boating industry. Mike and Marie O’Reilly are veter-
ans of the Bahamas excursions. This
From humble beginnings in 1988, year’s event will be their seventh.
the Grady Bunch began to grow. Mem-
bership now numbers more than 200, “We like the trips. It’s a bunch of
though about 40 are regulars in the nice people,” Mike said. “Particularly
on a long trip, there’s safety in num-
bers. There’s also a nice balance be-
tween being together and people do-
ing things on their own.”

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 13, 2017 5


Celano has made the journey at At the opposite end of the spec- “I’m excited about the experience, ber for several British companies, he
least a half-dozen times. He said his trum is Carl Simon. He is one of four though bad weather is always a con- lacked the time. He moved to Vero
daughters love the snorkeling and captains making the trip for the first cern. If something crops up, you head Beach in 2015.
swimming, adding that the trips are time this year, piloting a 33-foot home. In a hurry.”
also educational. Grady-White. “When I returned to the U.S. 8-9
Simon said a boating trip was al- years ago, I had made 140 plane trips
“You always learn something,” said “It’s a good bunch of people,” he ways on his wish list, but as an execu- across Atlantic Ocean. The idea of sail-
the cardiologist. said. “That’s part of the attraction. tive at IBM and then a board mem- ing on that ocean appealed to me.” 


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Hospital grapples with change a longtime local urologist who served In June Sommer told hospital lead- Others worried about the effect a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 on the district board for 24 years. “We ers the status quo is nearly hopeless merger or sale would have on IRMC,
are not looking to sell the hospital. I and warned them IRMC’s credit rat- particularly whether the hospital’s
Two separate boards oversee the think that’s a very important point. ing might soon dip into junk bond identity and ability to fundraise via its
hospital’s interests, one elected by The hospital will not be sold. A col- territory. Foundation would be impeded by a
county residents – the taxpayers who laborative with another hospital is new corporate brand. Judith Rooney,
owned the hospital – and the other not a sale to another hospital.” While IRMC boasts the region’s best who formerly worked for Hospital
chosen by the leadership of IRMC, ratings for care, it is the market leader Corporation of America, spoke about
which operates the hospital. A special Marybeth Cunningham, vice-chair in just one of five ZIP code-defined the effect of an unrelated merger in-
collaborative committee representing of the collaborative committee, re- geographic areas it serves – and being volving Florida Hospital.
both interests is currently exploring sponded quickly. “I think it’s impor- the market leader is crucial, signaling
the hospital’s options for the future. tant not to take anything off the table a strong revenue stream. “Florida Hospital had 22 hospitals
at this time.” in the state. What I noticed first is that
A Seattle consultant who met with Members of the audience at the first they branded. Heartland Medical Cen-
IRMC leadership in March called Physician Val Zudans, another for- of two meetings, which were billed as ter became Florida Hospital Heart-
the hospital’s public-private hybrid mer member of the Hospital District forums for public comment, offered land. Of the 22 hospitals, only one was
leadership structure “utterly unwork- board, also countered McCrystal’s their own solutions. allowed to keep its name. If you go that
able,” and said it must be dismantled bold pledge. route, you’re going to have to do what
for the hospital to survive. “Where is the nearest medical they want you to do.”
“It’s not feasible to be a stand- school in Florida, and would it be fea-
Over the years, the hospital has alone,” Zudans said. Noting the need sible to align ourselves with one, and Florida Hospital is now part of Ad-
hemorrhaged money, losing a re- for major investment in the years im- therefore get quality doctors training ventist Health System, which has 45
ported $45 million since 1998. It lost mediately ahead, he asked: “What le- to be better doctors?” asked one wom- facilities across several states.
$4 million just in the first quarter of gitimate business person will invest an. “And what is Duke’s role in this? If
2017, though the situation appears to $185 million without control of the we choose any one of these options, From a business standpoint, a merg-
have stabilized recently. facility? This is the time to do some- do we lose Duke?” (In recent years, er may be the best option for IRMC.
thing. Two years from now, no one IRMC has entered into collaborative A slide presentation by Stroudwater
But those losses failed to rattle some will be interested.” programs with Duke University Medi- noted that S&P Global’s outlook shows
of the hospital’s most ardent support- cal Center, including a well-regarded health systems continuing to perform
ers. Jeff Sommer, a consultant with joint cardiac care program that began better than stand-alone hospitals. Im-
Maine-based Stroudwater Associ- in 2006 and more recently the Scully- provement in nonprofit hospital pros-
“At no time tonight did you hear, ates, a healthcare consultancy hired Welsh Cancer Center.) pects seems unlikely.
nor will it be discussed, nor will it earlier this year after the $4 million
ever be brought up, the sale of this quarterly loss came to light, moder- “That’s a very good question,” Cun- Sommer pointed out that Medicare
hospital,” declared Hugh McCrystal, ated the session. He said the “status ningham replied. “That’s absolutely is a large piece of any hospital’s busi-
quo is the riskiest option.” one of the options worth looking at.” ness.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 13, 2017 7


“Here, you’re a magnet for retirees,” “This is not a decision to affiliate. outlined, and make us better than we want to have. It’s a recommendation
he explained. “The point we want to This is a decision to basically gather can possibly be on our own? ‘ to begin that process.”
make here is the trend line. It’s been facts to understand ‘Is the right part-
negative. A huge chunk of your busi- ner out there? Can we find someone “And can we negotiate a set of terms The Hospital District Board en-
ness is making your life more difficult who is strategically aligned, someone that we’re comfortable with that are dorsed that recommendation last
for you. [Medicare is] . . . paying less committed to the same things we just contractually binding, and it has the month. The IRMC Board meets July 14
and less of the cost you’re incurring. right structure, given the goals we to deliberate the same question. 

“All hospitals, on average, have neg- Elite Airways’ new Vero to Asheville flights
ative margins on Medicare,” Sommer promising based on first month of operation
continued. “Not-for-profits, by them-
selves, are even worse. That’s one of BY RAY MCNULTY which is offered only on Thursdays month, and the numbers seem to be
the headwinds that Indian River and Staff Writer and Sundays – and 202 flew from picking up in July. It looks to me like
the entire industry face. Asheville to Vero Beach. every flight is profitable, but we need
The early response to Elite Airways' the numbers to increase.
“Another set of issues is that you are new, non-stop commercial flights "The numbers thus far are good,
in a competitive market – Sebastian connecting Vero Beach and Asheville, not great, but they're improving," "I think we'll see that happen as the
[River Medical Center] to the north. N.C., has been promising, airline and Menger said. "June is usually a slow word gets out."
Lawnwood [Regional Medical Center] city officials said.
to the south. You have competitors In March, Elite President John
that are proximate to you and they The 90-minute flights, which began Pearsall visited the Vero Beach Re-
are significant in terms of the servic- May 25, are averaging 20 to 25 pas- gional Airport and announced the
es they provide and the market share sengers per one-way trip on Elite's airline would offer non-stop service
they command. 50-seat jets. to and from Asheville from late May
through early November.
“You don’t have the luxury of being According to Vero Beach Airport
the sole community provider.” Director Eric Menger, 204 passengers He said Asheville was the most-
flew from Vero Beach to Asheville in requested destination from travelers
The consultant also pointed out an June – the first full month of service, in Vero Beach – Elite's No. 1 market,
obvious dilemma: the hospital’s gov-
erning structure. “It creates a certain CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
dysfunction. You guys circle the wag-
ons. Unfortunately the guns kind of
point in instead of out.”

He then circled back to the original

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Stained glass windows Rosie Pickel puts some finishing touches on a stained-glass panel. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD ing and reinstalling the seven dam-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 aged windows could cost as much as
The church contacted Pickel short- late father's work and remembering $15,000.
glass windows were shattered, repairs ly after the vandalism to assess the working side-by-side with him, Pickel
finally have been completed and the damage to the magnificent 8-foot by calls the damage "heartbreaking." Over the last three months, Pickel's
windows will soon be reinstalled in 10-foot windows in the front, facing artists have precisely reproduced each
the prow-like front of the church and A1A, and other windows in the nave He explains that the shattered small segment, first on paper, then
along one side. and on the side of the sanctuary – glass was hand-blown in Germany transferred to glass and cut with the
seven in all. and France. Received at his studio in utmost precision. Many pieces were
Fortified by a new protective layer, jewel-colored sheets, each piece had hand-painted to reproduce the win-
they will replace the shutters that Pickel removed the damaged sec- to be cut, colored and fired. Then the dows' splendid figures – Adam and
have darkened the sanctuary since tions and transported them to his sections were carefully leaded and as- Eve, a lion, a dove and many other mi-
April, when a troubled 17-year-old studio where he and his team of art- sembled, and finally installed. nutely detailed and colored forms.
Vero Beach High School senior hurled ists began a lengthy and painstaking
rocks though the church's windows in restoration process. Pickel said a project the size of the Assembled much like an extremely
three separate incidents during Holy original Christ by the Sea installation high-end jigsaw puzzle, the pieces must
Week, according to police reports. Now the reconstructed windows typically takes at least six months to perfectly fit within the leading, much
sit in the artist's studio, awaiting complete. If the windows were made of which also had to be replaced. Each
On May 2, Vero Beach Police charged completion of the specially crafted today, he estimates they would cost in delicate piece was snugged into its lead
Keith Andrew McFarlane III with three protective layer of glass that will be excess of $150,000. "frame” using a special putty that hard-
felony counts of criminal mischief. At installed in front of the stained glass. ens for a strong, waterproof fit. Finally,
that time the teen was already in de- Handling the broken pieces of his No final figure for repairs is avail- vertical "strengthening bars" were
tention at the St. Lucie Regional Juve- able yet, but Pickel said in May fix- placed on the back of the windows, at
nile Detention Center in Fort Pierce intervals, for added stability.
"for previous crimes." He was sched-
uled to appear before a judge May 15, Pickel is working with another com-
which was, ironically, his 18th birthday. pany on the protective glass that will
No further information has been avail- be installed. After that is in place, the
able, and, according to the Indian River repaired stained-glass windows will go
County Courthouse Criminal Division, in behind, with a small gap between.
McFarlane has not entered the system
as an adult. Christ by the Sea pastor Cliff Mel-
vin says, "We are thrilled to know
The windows were designed and fab- that the windows have been so su-
ricated in the 1990s by world-renowned perbly cared for by Pickel Studios,
stained-glass artist, sculptor and paint- who did the original work many years
er, the late Conrad Pickel, in his Vero ago." He adds that the extra “layer of
Beach Studio. Pickel's son, Paul, grew protection has been made possible
up watching his father create glass mas- thanks to generous donors from our
terpieces for clients all over the world, wonderful community. Once re-in-
including several in Vero Beach, and stallation is complete we will plan a
now carries on his father's work. special dedication and blessing on a
Sunday morning to celebrate the gift
of their return." 

Attorneys negotiating amount School District owes charters

BY DEBBIE CARSON AND KATHLEEN SLOAN neys for both sides are negotiating a students attending charter schools in every day the board dithers and does
Staff Writers final agreement with specific num- Indian River County, not the flat 5 per- not pay what is owed.
bers for interest and damages. cent the School District paid them.
A month after a judge ruled the “I am not inclined to give up the in-
School Board owes five charter schools “I think we're just waiting to hear” “The court finds that the plain lan- terest,” North County Charter’s Busi-
in the county more than $2.5 million, from the attorneys, she said. The School guage of [state law] . . . supports the ness and Financial Director Ken Miller
the School Board has yet to say wheth- Board has scheduled a meeting for July plaintiffs’ position,” Kanarek’s June 13 said at the time of the decision.
er it will appeal the decision. 20 to discuss an appeal. The next court order states.
hearing is set for July 24. Before going to court, charter
Meanwhile, $1,000 a day in addi- The charters are due about $2.55 school leaders tried to negotiate with
tional interest charges on the debt Jacksonville attorney Shawn A. Ar- million in withheld tax revenue, along the School Board and district staff
continues to accrue, according to one nold, who represents the charters, with other money. to get a settlement and were stone-
charter school official – money that said the hearing will provide an op- walled. Then, as all district-spon-
will ultimately come from taxpayers. portunity for both sides to discuss a State law allows districts to be sored charter contracts require, they
date for a final hearing and respond to charged penalty “interest at a rate of sought mediation.
The School Board has held two in- court questions and discuss damages. 1 percent per month calculated on a
conclusive meetings to consider fight- daily basis on the unpaid balance,” “Mediation was a waste of time,” Mill-
ing Circuit Court Judge Paul Kanarek’s The money the district unfairly which comes to more than $720,000 er said in June. “We told the mediator
unequivocal decision in favor of the shorted the charters came from a so far in the charters’ case. In addition, we would consider not charging inter-
charter schools. four-year property tax that began July the district will have to pay the charter est [if they settled] and the district came
1, 2013, and ended June 30, 2017. It is schools’ legal fees. Arnold said those back with: ‘We’re offering you nothing.’”
It seems board members are waiting a 0.6-mil levy that takes 60 cents for fees are “well north of $100,000.”
to see details of a proposed agreement every $1,000 assessed property value. The charters next took their case to
now being hammered out that will tell Amy Banov, president of the board the Department of Administrative Hear-
them exactly how much they owe. The charters claimed – and the of Sebastian Charter Junior High, re- ings, but the administrative judge deter-
judge agreed – they should have re- cently addressed the School Board, mined she did not have the authority to
Judy Stang, the board’s executive ceived 12 percent of the tax revenue, telling the board members that in- interpret state law governing distribu-
administrative assistant, said attor- an amount equal to the percentage of terest is accruing at a rate of $1,000 tion of tax revenue to charter schools.

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The charters then filed the case in Vero’s STEP sewer system ready for island hook-ups
circuit court where they prevailed.
BY SIOBHAN FITZPATRICK AUSTIN Turns out that despite the low pro- ond public information campaign
Karl Zimmermann, a board mem- Staff Writer file, a lot has happened over the past to complete septic-to-sewer conver-
ber of the Indian River Charter High two years. sions in the Bethel Creek subdivision,
School, urged the School Board to It was big news back in 2015 when which is where the first black PVC
abide by the judge’s ruling instead of the City of Vero Beach began to install According to Vero’s Water and Sewer pipes were installed back in March
prolonging the expensive dispute. new sewer infrastructure on the barri- Department Director Rob Bolton, all 2015. The effort will begin with a com-
er island to get homes off of aging sep- neighborhoods with problem septic munity meeting at Bethel Creek house
“I think it's time for us to move to- tic systems and reduce pollution in systems now have special sewer lines in August. That meeting will be fol-
gether,” he said. “I think we have com- the Indian River Lagoon, but then the installed and ready to hook up to, and lowed every few months with a meet-
mon goals.” topic fell off the public radar and not nearly 100 homes on the island have ing in another drainage basin in the
much has been heard about it since. connected to the system.
At least one School Board member CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
feels the same way. Bolton is now preparing for a sec-

“To appeal Judge Kanarek’s deci-
sion would be throwing good money
after bad ... Let’s fund classrooms, not
courtrooms,” said Shawn Frost at the
time of the ruling. But the board as a
whole has yet to comment on wheth-
er it will appeal.

Arnold said this is the first time
this particular legal argument has
been heard in this judicial circuit, and
Judge Kanarek's ruling in favor of the
charters sets precedent within the
circuit. However, it does not serve as
precedent elsewhere in the state, he
said. Instead, it could be persuasive in
other court hearings.

If the School Board were to appeal
and the case ultimately wound up at
the State Supreme Court, that ruling
would serve as precedent statewide. 

Elite Asheville flights success

thanks to its popular and profitable
service to and from Newark, N.J. – and
that the new flights would be "ideal for
vacationers" headed in either direction.

Last week, Pearsall said the route was
"performing as we expected" and that
Elite is "pleased with the numbers."

Asheville is located in North Carolina's
Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for
a vibrant arts scene, national parks, hik-
ing trails and historic architecture.

Besides vacationers flying up to
stay at hotels, Menger said many Vero
Beach residents either own summer
homes in that area or are thinking
about buying one.

"We're getting a terrific response,
both face-to-face and on social media,
from the people who said they were
thrilled with the service," Menger said.
"We just need more people to try it."

Pearsall said Elite would consider
extending service between Vero Beach
and Asheville into the winter months
if the demand is there.

The flights from Vero Beach depart
at 7:15 a.m. The return flights depart
Asheville at 9:30 a.m. Fares start at
$179 each way.

In addition to free parking at the
Vero Beach airport, there is no charge
for passengers' first checked bag up to
50 pounds. Travelers also receive free
onboard snacks and beverages. 

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Vero’s STEP sewer system STEP sewer system that Bolton got ap- “It is costing people about $7,000 About 800 of the 1,500 homes in
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 proved in 2015 after a two-year effort. to put the new system in [after city re- the City of Vero Beach portion of the
bates],” said George McCullers of Re- island are still on septic, and 80 per-
city with the same aim of convincing STEP is short for Septic Tank Efflu- liable Septic, a company that installs cent of the systems are outdated, built
residents to get off septic and connect ent Pump system. The system leaves STEP systems. “Dollar for dollar, this is prior to 1983 when state regulations
to the sewer system. existing septic systems in place as a the best system out there, and that is required only a 6-inch separation be-
backup while capturing household ef- coming from the guy who puts them tween groundwater and the bottom of
Bolton said the new push for hook- fluent before it goes into the ground- in the ground.” septic drain fields, and allowed drain
ups is beginning in the Bethel Creek water and pumping it into the city’s fields within 25 feet of the lagoon.
subdivision “because they have the primary sewer system for treatment McCullers said it takes about two
smallest lots and they experience the via a series of small diameter pipes days to do the job, including cleanup Properly functioning up-to-date
most failures of the septic systems.” that can be installed without tearing that leaves lawns and landscaping un- septic systems percolate wastewater
up streets or trenching yards. disturbed. through a thick layer of dirt that filters
According to an interactive map on out bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorous
the city’s website, 31 of 155 homes in STEP’s biggest selling point is that Bolton estimates it would have cost and other chemicals, but the pre-1983
the subdivision at the city’s northern it’s less than half as expensive for homeowners approximately $16,000 systems are leaking pollution directly
edge have connected to the hybrid homeowners to hook up as a standard to get off of septic if the city had built into the groundwater, especially in
sewer connection. standard sewer lines. heavy rains when soil is saturated.

When all homes are connected,
the STEP system will capture 40,000
pounds of lagoon-killing nutrients
each year, along with other poisonous
chemicals that now flow from island
septic tanks into the waterway.

The nutrients, mainly nitrogen, feed
algae blooms that smother sea life,
while coliform bacteria and household
chemicals further pollute the water,
making it dangerous for humans and
spreading disease among bottlenose
dolphins and other marine animals.

“Reducing nutrient inputs from all
sources is critical to the recovery and
future health of the Indian River La-
goon,” William Tredik, an official with
St. Johns River Water Management
District, said in 2015, after the district
agreed to help fund half the $1 million
cost of installing STEP infrastructure
on the island.

Hooking up to a STEP sewer line is
optional for homeowners until their
septic system fails completely and
needs to be replaced. At that point,
hook-up is mandatory.

Bolton is hopeful that the August
meeting will inspire the remainder of
Bethel Creek residents, and indeed
any city residents on the barrier island
and mainland who have not opted for
the STEP system, to do so. Helping
him convince the public are volun-
teers like Judy Orcutt, who chairs the
Indian River Neighborhood Associa-
tion’s lagoon committee.

“I’ve lived on the lagoon for 30 years,
and I’ve seen its decline over 30 years,
so it’s definitely important to me to fix
the problem,” Orcutt said.

Those who are unsure about hook-
ing up to the sewer system might be
encouraged by people who have al-
ready installed STEP, like Arthur Econ-
omy, an island resident who lives near
a canal and has had the system for a
year and a half.

“We are conscientious about being
so close to a canal, the drainage be-
hind my house goes straight to the riv-
er,” says Economy. “We felt really good
about getting rid of pollution. The
chemicals that leave the house aren’t
good. And we’ve had no problems.” 


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Vero’s 4th of July Celebration dazzles day and night

Staff Writer Todd and Denise Panto with children Jacob, Ava and Lucas. entertainment, hosted
by 93.7 WGYL and B
The City of Vero Beach sparkled 94.7, featured Michelle
with patriotism last Tuesday at the Lambert and Johnny
annual 4th of July Celebration at and the Blaze as well
Riverside Park, where families had as country music art-
set up tents and tailgated early in ist Brian Collins. As the
the day to secure their spot for the sun began to set, rev-
festivities. While waiting for the elers descended upon
fireworks display, presented by the park by boat, by
Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, bike and by foot and
children played in the Kid’s Zone, by the time “the rock-
got an up-close- and-personal look ets’ red glare” lit up the
at Vero Beach Police Department night sky crowds were
equipment and worked out with lined up to watch from
U.S. Army recruiters. Food trucks all possible viewing
offered an assortment of goodies points, from the park to
and the Vero Beach Lifeguard As- the bridges and every-
sociation again hosted the refresh- where in between. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Victoria Lucido and Lauren Vito. Dannie and Kahl Kanhai.
Marci Malas.

Wade and Christina Wilson. Meg Hawkins with son Michael. Oscar Fontana with Vero Beach Mayor Laura Moss.

Catherine and Tim Palmer with son Andrei. Ann Belinkoff, Elise Mahovlich and Rochelle Nesbit.

Catalina Graney with son Benjamin. Wendie Smith, Casey French and DeeDee Maynard.

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Jaime Button with daughter Kinley. Erin O’Connell and Vincent Valentino. Linda and John Leach.

Madison Moran gets a bird’s-eye view of the fun. Michelle Lambert entertains. Garret Abernathy dishes up some corn.

Tristen Keller and Shelby Roschach.

Alex and Jill Introcaso with children
Alex, Abby and Julia

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Patriotism bursts Fourth at Sebastian’s Freedom Fest

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Sebastian gave the invocation. As the
Staff Writer Sebastian River Area Honor Guard and
members of the Sebastian River High
Riverview Park sizzled with patri- School Navy ROTC raised the flag, Ka’
otic glory last Tuesday at the Sebastian Wright, a Sebastian resident, sang a
Lions Club’s annual 4th of July Parade moving rendition of the National An-
and Freedom Festival. The celebra- them.
tion officially began with an opening
ceremony at the flagpole adjacent to With crowds of glittering red, white
the park where Rev. Dave Newhart of and blue Americans lining Indian Riv-
St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church of er Drive along the lagoon from Jackson
Street to the park, Coldwell Banker


Paradise led the way, More than 150 run-
handing out flags along ners kicked the July
the parade route. Lee 4th holiday into high
Greenwood’s “God Bless gear at Riverview Park as
the USA” blared, setting the they ran to promote an abuse-
tone as the Color Guard passed free lifestyle during the annual
and patriots proudly waved Old Glory. 5K Freedom Run/Walk to ben-
efit the Substance Awareness
Theresa Tolle, this year’s grand Center of IRC. The race supports
marshal, was accompanied by various the Lifeskills Training Preven-
military and veteran organizations, tion Program that is taught in
including the American Legion Post all Indian River County middle
189, the Veterans Council of Indian schools. Runners streaked along
River County and the Veterans of For- the Indian River Lagoon sweat-
eign Wars Post 10210. ing rivulets of red, white and
blue to raise funds and aware-
Local first responders and members ness about substance abuse
of law enforcement were also on hand and the various programs and
and, as is traditional with small-town counseling services available
parades across the nation, there were through the organization. Their
the requisite church groups, service goal is to lead the community
clubs, local businesses, scout troops, toward a healthier lifestyle by
state representatives, city officials and reducing the incidence of sub-
marching bands offering their own stance abuse through preven-
slice of Americana. tion, treatment and recovery
support. Winners were Benja-
Many parade participants handed min Atkins as first overall run-
out water to parched patrons, along ner with a time of 17:52.43, and
with candy, red, white and blue neck- Alivia Bienz, who led the women
laces and other festively patriotic with a time of 21:12.18. 
paraphernalia. “Taps” played as the
Sebastian Bark Park paid tribute to Se- FLOAT WINNERS WERE:
bastian K-9 Police Officer Diesel and
the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Best Commercial
Indian River County brought along a Mike’s Towing Services
pack of pooches to charm the crowd.
Best Non-Commercial
AirSports Flag Sky Divers landed by GFWC Sebastian River
the river with an American flag bil- Junior Woman’s Club
lowing in the wind, officially ending
the parade and the crowd flocked en Best Theme-Oriented
masse to the festival in the park. Lo- Riverside Church
cal bands provided live musical en-
tertainment while families feasted on Best Overall
gumbo and barbecue, shopped at an RE/MAX Crown Realty
array of vendors, threw their hips into
the Hula Hoop contest, or tried their Best Community Spirit
best at watermelon- and pizza-eating Sebastian River High School Band

After a fun-filled day, the City of
Sebastian produced an amazing fire-

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Mindy Struwas and Christina DeFalco Richard Baptiste and Robin Dapp with Carrie and Dan Lester. Debbie McManus and Kristen Beck.

Waleska Helzerman. Shaun Finethy and Cynthia Callander. Kiley Mauretti, Caitlyn Mauretti and Erica King. Mary Taibl with a Humane Society rescue puppy.

works display, the perfect ending to a Proceeds from the Freedom Festival
perfect day honoring America and her will benefit the many projects the Li-
people. ons Club supports, including eye care
and hearing for the needy through
“Our motto is ‘We serve.’ One of the collection of eyeglasses and hear-
the ways we serve the community is ing aids, classes for the visually im-
by putting on the parade and the fes- paired, diabetes screening, college
tival. We started this about 46 years scholarships for Sebastian River High
ago with the city and have been do- School students, assisting the Wabas-
ing it ever since,” explained Tony so School, Special Olympics and White
Anunziato, Lions Club secretary and Cane Days. 
event coordinator.

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Riverside keeps theater-lovers in Loop at new Bar & Grill

Staff Writer

Riverside Theatre has become a Jon Moses, Heidi Waxlax and Allen Cornell cut the ribbon to the Riverside Theatre Outdoor Bar & Grill. Jimbo Carroll. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
popular spot for more than just its
award-winning performances, con- sic and smell food, you’re already in and burgeoning numbers coming
certs and speakers – on weekends the mood for a good time.” for the free outdoor concerts cre-
folks gather in the driveway for Live ated a need for a permanent struc-
in the Loop, biding time before a According to Moses, “Prior to ture.
show or simply unwinding with all of the food and the outside bar,
friends while listening to free musi- “The community so loved this and
cal entertainment by talented local Kathy Starr, Shannon Bowman and Katy Faires. we knew if we changed it we would
musicians. destroy it,” said Moses, adding that
Jennifer Bates and Brian Bodine. was what convinced them to begin
Last Friday night a crowd gath- planning a permanent structure
ered for the Grand Opening and you literally pulled into the park- with the aid of Donadio and Associ-
Ribbon Cutting of the new Outdoor ing lot and crickets is all you heard. ates, Architects and contractor Bill
Bar & Grill, and as Managing Direc- We could do better than that so we Bryant & Associates.
tor/COO Jon R. Moses welcomed introduced the outside grill and
guests to the new and improved bands.” “This makes it a little more pro-
Loop Bar and Grill, he reflected on fessional and we can handle the
how “this little venture began five It was lightning that forged the crowd better with this new setup,”
years ago with four tables and may- next iteration of the grill experience said Heidi Waxlax, board president.
be 12 chairs.” when, after a bolt of lightning struck “You wouldn’t know that this is a
near the main doors, they moved new addition. This was an unused
“This was Jon’s brainchild,” ex- everything under the portico and space and with this setup we can re-
plained Oscar Sales, marketing di- things really began to develop. Two ally do this much better. People love
rector. “He realized that the experi- years ago it became apparent that to come here to eat and sit.”
ence of coming to the theatre starts they needed to up their game to
in the parking lot. So if you hear mu- meet the demands of the growing Jimbo Carroll, owner of Café 66,
following. An estimated 35,000 peo- has been serving up delicious dining
ple have enjoyed food and drinks selections in the loop since the begin-
since they began entertaining folks ning with a grill menu that includes
at the loop. The weekend Comedy steak and chicken sandwiches, an
Zone and Howl at the Moon shows Angus burger, Jimbo’s smoked pulled
pork, snacks and desserts. The bar
offers wine, beer and cocktails, and
for the summer Huckleberry Lemon-
ade, Nectarine Dream and a Cherry
Mountain Cooler keep things cool.

After the ribbon-cutting, many
guests stayed to listen to the band
East Harbor and enjoyed a bite to
eat. Others caught the latest Duel-
ing Pianos show or tried their luck
at Vegas Nights, where players gam-
bled at casino games with “funny
money” to benefit the Riverside
Children’s Theatre Scholarship Pro-
gram for children. 

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Jackie Savell and Cheryl Roseland. Juelie Perry, Steven Schwartz and Sasha ZeBryk. Chris Bryant, Gloria Cutting and Bobby Owen.

Jill Tench and Kevin Moree.
Chris Loftus with Robert and Georgia Irish.
Lara Gormley, Marcia Miller and Brenda Tucker.

Joe and Darlene Mutolo.

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Young musicians ‘pick’ up pointers at String Camp

Everett Hadaway and Raymond Riddell. Cody Lanier, Marianna Forero and Ella Tierney. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF and picked. And last Saturday the stu-
Staff Writer dents, some of whom traveled from as
far away as California and Germany
Participants at the eighth annual to attend the camp, showed off their
Mike Block String Camp were not just talents at a Culminating Performance
fiddling around during their week- and Barn Dance.
long immersion into all variety of mu-
sical instruments that can be bowed From duets to ensembles, students
performed some of the works they had

Ola Charles and Kiona Cobb. Jan Sims with daughter Caroline.

learned after studying with the cadre MBSC for about four years. “Even
of world-class instructors. From start though we have a great music pro-
to finish, the sheer joy of creating mu- gram at Vero Beach High School with
sic was apparent through the verve Mr. Stott, who’s fantastic, by meeting
with which the musicians performed. people from different areas she is ex-
posed to how they’re taught and how
None seemed to take themselves they’re trained. It’s fantastic.”
too seriously as they strummed,
picked and bowed everything from “We’ve been trying to share multi-
violins and mandolins to basses and ple styles of music and a whole host of
violas, playing a mixture of styles that new techniques with all the musicians
included classical and blues and hy- that have participated this week, and I
brids of several genres. Their artistic think this has been potentially one of
statements also showcased numerous the most transformative weeks that
other skills with the inclusion of cos- we’ve had,” said Mike Block. “I believe
tumes, skits, narrations and singing. strongly in the power of a week to
change somebody’s life, and it’s hap-
“For a small town it’s amazing that pened to me at various camps. That’s
we have access to a program like this,” what we’re trying to have; a really for-
said Bob Lorenz, whose daughter Ma- mative experience for everybody.”
rie plays the viola and has attended

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Deborah Coulombe, Nat Jackson and Pam Hendrix. Katie and Matt Stott with Joshua. Gerry Lamothe with Jerrica, Jack, Grace and Jared.

Ava Gunter, Mike Block and Laila Crowe. Hanneke Cassel and Lauren Rioux. Luke Pelt and Javier Edmond.

Donations contributed during the music. They walked us through ev-
concert performances help to provide erything. What surprised me the
scholarships for students in need. most was to learn that there are so
many different kinds of music.”
“Musicians and young people often
are the types of people with the least After nearly two hours of lively
amount of money in this world. Un- performances, the students cel-
fortunately for us, that’s exactly who ebrated by kicking up their heels
we’re trying to serve. And so we are with an energetic Barn Dance, the
really passionate about making it pos- typical conclusion to the camp.
sible for everybody who wants to at- Proving that they could keep time
tend to be able to attend,” said Block. on the dance floor too, performers
“We gave out over $16,000 in scholar- executed a rousing Virginia reel,
ship money this year. We are able to complete with plenty of dosey-does
do that through the generosity of the and yee-haws.
Vero community.”
Additional performances will take
Javier Edmond, a 13-year-old Sebas- place this week, 7:30 p.m. at First
tian Charter Junior High student, was Presbyterian Church: artist/faculty
one of the Gifford Youth Orchestra concert July 12 (suggested $20 dona-
students who received a scholarship tion), and advanced student concerts
to attend the camp. July 13 and 14 (suggested donation
$10). verobeachinternationalmusic-
“I learned a lot this week,” said Ed- 
mond. “They didn’t give us any sheet


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Riverside’s actors’ village project draws rave previews

Staff Writer

For any fan who’s ever waited out- They “We’re very side to lease properties
side a Broadway theater for auto- are not hopeful that the all year around.
graphs, Riverside Theatre is about only fur- operating costs of a With no end in
to create a venue with access well nished, but new hotel will cover the sight to the scar-
beyond the stage door. And though are prepped costs we’re currently experienc- city of affordable
that’s hardly the point of the region- with linens, ing with outside rental.” properties in
al theater’s new Star Suites hotel, it’s dishes, pots and pans. Equity-worthy
sure to be a plus for the guests who The actors and directors Any suites rented by people outside locations, the
stay in any rooms not taken up by typically stay five to six weeks, the theater will “accrete to our earn- theater be-
Riverside’s professionals flying in for and there can be as many as three ings at the theater,” says McGowan. gan looking
a production. casts overlapping. All 60 extended-stay suites could well at building its
be booked at points during the sea- own housing.
The $8.4 million project is planned The overflow cast and crew get rooms son, McGowan says, but he’s expect- That was in 2014.
for a 3.54-acre parcel that Riverside at local hotels, chiefly SpringHill Suites ing to accommodate overflow guests
Theatre bought from the Los Angeles – on Riverside’s tab, of course. visiting the Historic Dodgertown As a team of River-
Dodgers, just outside the Dodgertown complex in the summer, as well as side executives and
sports compound on Aviation Boule- It falls to Jon Moses, Riverside’s families of patients at nearby Indian board members consid-
vard. Unofficially dubbed the “actors’ managing director and COO, to ar- River Medical Center. ered designs and scouted
village,” the project will include 60 range all those leases. Along with locations, the Dodgertown
extended-stay one-bedroom suites, booking rooms around multiple re- The location, on the southeast corner property was brought to the at-
available to outside guests when not in hearsal and run schedules, it’s largely of Flight Safety Drive and Aviation Bou- tention of the theater by Keith Kite. Kite
use by Riverside. There’s to be a cen- up to Riverside’s production manag- levard, is across from the Vero Beach has developed multiple hotel proper-
ter courtyard and garden terrace for er, Kyle Atkins, to see that the apart- Airport, which now has direct flights ties including the Hampton Inn near
gatherings, and eventually a pool, says ments are cared for. That includes from Newark to Vero. And a short walk Miracle Mile as well as the SpringHill
Ray McGowan, who chairs the Board not only cleaning at each change of away is Walking Tree Brewery, a lively Suites.
of Trustee’s committee on the project. occupancy, but repairs and general hangout that opened in a converted Kite has provided invaluable ad-
upkeep as well. World War II airplane hangar. vice to the theater, McGowan says,
The housing project is a separate not only in finding the location but in
LLC under Riverside’s 501-c3 umbrel- The cost of the estimated 10,000 As the economy began to recover estimating project costs. The Mem-
la, meaning donations to the project room nights is close to $500,000 a following the 2008 real estate col- phis-based architects on the project,
are tax deductible, McGowan points year “and continuing to increase,” lapse, the market for reasonably LLW Architects, have been used by
out to donors, who he says have says McGowan. priced rentals – nice enough to meet Kite on several of his projects. Civil
largely been members of the Board of Equity standards – has steadily in- engineering will be done by Vero’s
Trustees as well as “patron produc- “We’re essentially in the hotel busi- creased. Recently, McGowan says, Kimley-Horn, and Proctor Construc-
ers,” a group of donors who give at a ness now,” McGowan says. The native short-term rentals in season are “vir- tion will oversee the build.
high level and receive added theater- New Yorker became involved at Riv- tually non-existent,” forcing River- Several large donors already have
going opportunities. erside after retiring as executive vice naming rights for various parts of the
president of ExxonMobil’s chemical complex, which includes three wings
“My letter went out in May,” says operations in Houston. He moved to and a clubhouse. There will also be a
McGowan. Fundraising is ongoing, Vero Beach in 2002 with his wife Sonia. few pet-friendly suites.
but McGowan expects to be “75 to “It’s been an exciting project to
80 percent funded” when ground- McGowan is on Riverside’s Board work on, just thinking about how we
breaking takes place in November, of Trustees and chaired the finance can accommodate actors and give
if all goes well with the permitting committee when the idea for build- them the best of the best,” says Patti
process. The project is expected to be ing an actors’ housing complex arose Rooney, Riverside’s newly named
open a year later, when the first cast in 2014. McGowan, Kite, Rooney and CFO. 
arrives in Vero Beach for the 2018-19 Moses have led the effort, with the help
season opener. of CEO and artistic director Allen Cor-
nell, board president Heidi Waxlax and
McGowan expects the actors’ vil- trustees Bill Lane and Bill Scully.
lage to be a big draw for the Actors’
Equity theater professionals River-
side hires for its productions. Many
already know Riverside’s reputation.
The big-budget regional theater at-
tracts top talent with its lush beach-
side setting, accommodating staff
and generous supporters. And it
doesn’t hurt that Vero’s season – Oc-
tober to April – provides a welcome
winter respite from New York, where
many in the theater’s casts reside.

Star Suites will consolidate the now-
fragmented housing leased around
town for the theater’s half-dozen
shows per season. Today, 25 apart-
ments with a total of 31 beds are scat-
tered around eight locations.

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Agostini’s ‘Portraits’ keep social realism in focus

BY PAM HARBAUGH Adding to these factors is the com- Direction only comes in if it’s not very shoreline study there and someone
munity’s familiarity with Agostini’s interesting.” connected to the study called Agos-
Correspondent work. He was the photographer for tini.
Ruth Funk’s two art books, “Cloth and In his photograph entitled “Dar-
Every now and then, people ask Culture” and “Dolls Et Cetera,” and ren,” which shows the image of a man “That was one of those scenarios,
Dominic Agostini why he doesn’t fo- has done commercial work for Mel- sitting on his tractor, Agostini got the when someone said ‘Hey would you
cus his lens on beautiful people in bourne ad agencies. subject to just be himself. go photograph that project? They
beautiful places. But the photographer don’t have a budget, but they’re doing
whose portraits are currently on view “He’s really well liked in the com- The man, Darren – we don’t learn something cool,’” he said. “There’s a
in Melbourne’s Eau Gallie arts district munity,” Carla Funk said. “He’s an his last name – oversees work at the lot of really interesting stories out
can’t wrap his mind around that nar- active surfer and an avid fisherman. historic Field Manor, one of Brevard’s there that people aren’t going to pho-
row point of view. He’s also incredibly generous and vol- original homesteads. The University
unteers for different organizations. He of Central Florida was conducting a CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
“There’s so much beauty in every- really loves people. That comes across
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exhibition was installed last week in tunity to come knocking on his door.
the gallery of the Foosaner Educa- Most of his work is commercial and
tion Center across the street from the ends up on websites or catalogues
Foosaner Art Museum. It comprises rather than as a “picture on the wall.”
14 works, most 20 inches by 30 inches,
and all silver halide photographs. “It really wasn’t on my radar,” he
said. “I’m very excited about it. There
The portraits range from the un- it is, in a gallery space that I have a
known to the familiar. In one image, great deal of respect for – the Frits van
you see a young woman perched with Eeden Gallery. I was actually working
a guitar against a sand dune, and an- there when the dedication occurred. I
other image is of a worker resting on never thought I’d have an opportunity
his muddied tractor. There are also to show.”
those portraits of people celebrated in
Brevard’s cultural circles: the late art- (Frits van Eeden is an internation-
ist Dexter Johnston, sitting so proudly ally acclaimed artist who lives in Mel-
among her beloved art collection; and bourne and in his homeland of The
the unmistakable hands of the artist Netherlands. He is much beloved in
and philanthropist Ruth Funk, with Brevard’s art community and by its
whom Agostini worked frequently. patrons.)

In all, Agostini invites the viewer to Agostini calls his work “environ-
consider people in their own environ- mental portraits,” which always gets
ment. To visit with them, as it were. him into explanation mode: They have
nothing to do with the climate, but in-
“I think Dominic’s work really stead are people in their own environ-
speaks to that movement of social re- ments – where they live or how they
alism,” said Carla Funk, Florida Tech make a living.
director of museums, which include
the Foosaner and the Ruth Funk Cen- Born in Trinidad, Agostini grew up
ter for Textile Art on the campus of with a father who flew for the old BWIA
Florida Tech. commercial airlines and a mother who
worked in the insurance industry. The
Funk, who is no relation to the late family moved to Miami, Dallas, Chi-
philanthropist, wanted to have the cago and finally to Brevard.
Agostini exhibition run concurrently
with the Foosaner Museum’s current After graduating from high school,
show, “Pan American Modernism: he began studying business at the
Avant Garde Art in Latin America and University of Illinois in Chicago. But
the United States,” which has a “big photography lured him to switch to
component” of social realists photog- Columbia College in Chicago and get
raphers. Both exhibits reveal a “grace a degree in photography.
and dignity” to ordinary people.
He has always been drawn to por-
Art patrons here respond enthusi- traits.
astically to the medium, she said. Past
photographic exhibitions, including While he works toward achieving
those of works by Clyde Butcher, Annie sophisticated lighting, both natu-
Leibovitz and Leon Herschtritt, kept ral and artificial, in his photographs,
breaking attendance records. Agostini will ask his subjects to just be
“We have a lot of photographs in
our permanent collection,” Funk said. “One of the things I like to do in
“Every time I pull out photographs, most of my photography is to see what
people seem drawn to them.” people do on their own,” he said. “So
I might ask somebody to stand or sit
somewhere but I don’t tell them how.

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ston and Dr. B. Frank Brown. Coming Up: Gift of music at
Johnston, known mostly as Theatre Guild’s b-day bash
Dexter, was an artist known
for her eccentricity and for be- BY SAMANTHA BAITA band classes.” Her hit single, “Massive
ing a walking encyclopedia of Staff Writer Transit,” remained at No. 1 on the U.S.
Brevard’s visual art scene, from Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart for
its beginnings through its size- six weeks.
able growth. Brown was an in-
novative Brevard County Pub- 1 The Vero Beach Theatre Guild will 3 Don Felder is former lead gui-
lic Schools superintendent and celebrate its 60th Anniversary in a tar for one of the most popular
also an avid gardener who had
numerous patents on plants he big, musical way this coming Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. The talent-rich and powerful rock groups of its era,
“There’s a visual connec-
tion,” he said. “For example, theatre has put together a concert-style The Eagles, and he’ll be performing
the photograph of Dr. Brown,
that photo really generated a review, featuring songs from the Guild’s at the King
connection I didn’t expect.
Biggest Hits and from some exciting Center Mon-
“And Dexter. She was fan-
tastic. In her tiny little shoebox future shows, including “Sunset Boule- day, July 17.
apartment, she really enjoyed
spending the time (with Agos- vard,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Follies” and The Eagles’
tini) but didn’t want to spend
much time taking pictures.” “Ragtime.” Guild fans will love seeing 1976 song

When asked what he hopes many of their favorite vocalists back on “Hotel Cali-
viewers will get from the ex-
hibition, Agostini at first de- stage for this summer fundraiser. Show fornia,” says
murred, suggesting that a
Dominic Agostini. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE portrait is a “personal thing” and that times are July 20, 7 p.m.; July 21, 8 p.m.; Guitar World,
looking at a picture of a stranger can
tograph because there’s no money to evoke all sorts of reactions. July 22, 8 p.m.; and July 23, 2 p.m. Tick- “makes just
photograph it.” “If I had to pick, I think the beauty
of humanity in every day people,” he ets are $25; $12 for students. about every
But that didn’t stop Agostini. He said. “For me, I just like to see how
went anyway and found a most com- people respond.” list of top
pelling subject.
DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS 2 Jazz is the word this Saturday at Don Felder. guitar solos,
Darren had parked the tractor in the runs through Sept. 22 in the Frits van the King Center’s Studio The-
shade of a tree, so Agostini balanced Eeden Gallery in the Renee Foosaner Ed- including
artificial light with the sunlight to cap- ucation Center, 520 Highland Ave., Mel-
ture the image. bourne. Works also appear in the Center’s atre, as a pair of talented women take ours.” Credit
lobby area. Admission is free. The gallery
“He was pretty much being himself,” is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through the stage. According to her official bio, for the guitar majesty of “Hotel Cali-
Agostini said. Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the
first Friday of each month. Call 321-674- saxophonist Jazmin Ghent got her start fornia” is often given to Joe Walsh,
But that simple lighting balance 8923 or visit 
and a heroic reverence for humanity aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014, who toughened up the Eagles’ laid-
sings out to Funk, who says the image
relates to the “social realists” genre of opening for the Sirius XM Hall of Fame back California sound when he joined
Ceremony hosted by Marcus Miller, the band just prior to the “Hotel Cali-
Agostini enjoys seeing how differ-
ent people respond to different photo- and wowing with a “smooth and soul- fornia” album’s recording. Actually,
graphs, especially those of Dexter John-
ful rendition of ‘Summertime.’” A pair GW explains, “the primary guitar

of singles from her successful debut CD, heard throughout the solo belongs

“Boss,” scored national recognition. to Felder,” who wrote the music for

Cindy Bradley plays jazz trumpet and the track and conceived and played

flugelhorn. According to Wikipedia, the solo’s intricate harmonies on his

she picked up her first trumpet by ac- initial, instrumental demo. Felder is

cident at age 9, “because it was the only a four-time Grammy award winner, a

available instrument which she rec- member of the Rock and Roll Hall of

ognized in her teacher’s list for school Fame and a best-selling author. 

A good rocket launch site has a few Robbie Schingler, Will Marshall, Planet Labs’ outside the entry gate, while monkeys
important characteristics. An unpop- Chief strategy officer at Planet. chief executive officer. chatter in the trees.
ulated patch of land near an ocean is
preferable, so no one gets showered is flanked by marshlands, salt ponds, foot officials takes your information, At 9:28 a.m. on Feb. 15, these animals
with wayward bits of flaming metal. and mud. At the end of this road is the then sends you outside to a mango- watched anxiously as an Indian rocket
It’s also nice if it’s on the equator – Satish Dhawan Space Centre. tree-shaded security gate. The police lifted off, roaring through the hot,
like all spheres rotating on an axis, officers in olive-green uniforms and sticky air. Its payload consisted of 104
the Earth spins fastest in the middle, The facility, which opened in 1971 dark blue berets take no notice of satellites, dwarfing the previous world
which provides rocket boosters with and was named for an Indian rocket the occasional white cow lumbering record of 37 set by Russia in 2014. The
extra oomph. scientist, looks more like a defunct through the gate. largest of them weighed 1,500 pounds
disco than a gateway to tomorrow. At and was designed to map India’s infra-
In other words, the best sites tend to the check-in area, splotches of con- From there you reach a central com- structure and monitor urban and rural
be in remote, tropical locations. That crete peek through yellow-painted pound of pastel-colored offices and development. Nestled alongside were
such places are also often among the walls where photos of rockets and re- living quarters, surrounded by a jun- around a dozen smaller satellites from
world’s poorest gives many launches a nowned engineers hang haphazardly. gle of casuarina, eucalyptus, and palm universities, startups, and research
counterintuitive feel: billions of dollars trees. A bit away, at the water’s edge, groups. What made the launch a re-
in futuristic machinery rising up over Beneath bulbs dangling from ex- is the launch pad. More cows collect cord were the 88 shoebox-size “Dove”
rainforests and shantytowns. posed wires, a team of friendly bare- satellites built by Planet Labs Inc., a
startup in San Francisco.
That was so, at least, this February
in Sriharikota, an island off India’s For the past few years, Planet has
southeast coast, a couple of hours been sending batches of its Doves into
north of Chennai. To reach Srihariko- orbit, each carrying a high-powered
ta, which on maps looks like a 17-mile- telescope and camera programmed to
long snake feasting on a 5-mile-wide photograph a different swath of Earth.
goat, you cruise along a chaotic high- The 88 launched from Sriharikota
way where semis vie for right of way would join 61 others to become the
with women carrying water buckets largest fleet ever put in orbit.
on their heads. Eventually you reach a
causeway that, during the dry season, Images beamed back by the 61
have been used far and wide: Hedge

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funds scour Walmart parking lots to gler were handing out fliers decrying a and on making NASA technology and yet so time-consuming to make and
measure traffic flows during back-to- renewed push under George W. Bush data more accessible to the public. launch that they often run on antiquat-
school seasons. Farmers assess crop to militarize space. ed computing systems for the decade
health and estimate optimal harvest Toward 2009, Ames researchers or more they’re in use.
times. Activists track Amazonian de- “I was having a drink with a colleague started batting around the possibili-
forestation and Syrian refugee camps. in a bar and could hear this guy with a ties opened up by smartphones. The Convinced of the potential for im-
Spies monitor military buildups and loud British accent pushing against first iPhone had been released two provement, the Ames scientists, led at
trafficking operations. space weapons,” Worden says of Mar- years earlier, and the scientists were first by Marshall and a young Austra-
shall. “I said, ‘Do they know Darth Va- awed that devices so small could lian physicist named Chris Boshuizen,
With all 149 satellites in place, and soon by Schingler as well, set to
Planet will be able to photograph ev- Schingler and Marshall at work in Planet’s San Francisco office. work on a version of a CubeSat, a sat-
ery inch of Earth’s surface every day – ellite that can fit into a very small case.
something even the U.S. government A Dove at Planet’s San Francisco office during assembly. The device they hoped to build would
can’t do. be inexpensive and light, capable of be-
der is sitting right here?’ ” He called the pack so much horsepower and such ing constructed quickly and deployed
This satellite constellation is one of men over for a drink and an argument, sophisticated sensors and imaging en masse to perform independent or
many signs that the relationship be- and the three of them hit it off. technology. Could smartphones be synchronized tasks. If space radiation
tween humans and space is changing the template for a new kind of satel- fried a component now and again, no
in ways unseen since Russia and the Marshall, who has a doctorate in lite, they wondered? problem – the satellites would be so
U.S. began sending rockets into orbit physics from the University of Ox- cheap as to verge on disposable.
six decades ago. ford, worked on a number of teams at Typical satellites are about the size
Ames, including ones building a cheap of a bus. They take years to design and Boshuizen and Marshall assembled
Thanks to modern software, artifi- lunar lander and the LCROSS (Lunar build, weigh maybe 7,000 pounds, cost their first CubeSats by hand, ripping
cial intelligence, advances in electron- Crater Observation and Sensing Satel- as much as $300 million, and rely on apart an HTC Nexus One and connect-
ics and materials, and a generation of lite) probe, which found water at the specialized electronics that can with- ing antennas, a large battery pack, and
aggressive, unconventional entrepre- moon’s south pole. Schingler focused stand conditions anywhere from 100 other electronics to the smartphone’s
neurs, we are awash in space startups. on making satellites for scientific mis- miles to 22,000 miles above Earth. innards. Within a few months, they had
These companies envision an era in sions, including one to find exoplanets, They’re technological marvels and a prototype performing well in NASA’s
which rockets take off daily, filling the labs; a couple of months after that it
skies with satellites that sense Earth’s successfully delivered data to Earth
every action – in effect building a com- from a high-altitude balloon.
putational shell around our planet.
At the time, Marshall and Schingler
The people constructing this bus- were living together in nearby Cuperti-
tling new economic highway promise no in a seven-bedroom, 5,000-square-
it will improve life down below, but foot group house called the Rainbow
the future they describe is packed with Mansion. Schingler and his girlfriend
wonder and controversy in equal mea- had set up the place for engineers and
sure – and although few have noticed, assorted idealists to live communally,
it’s coming to pass right now. holding salons by the koi pond at which
they discussed the world’s problems.
The New Space revolution’s satellite
boom began near another marshland, After Marshall and Boshuizen told
two oceans away from Sriharikota, Schingler about their work on the
where the San Francisco Bay meets satellites, the house also became a
the border of Mountain View, Calif. research and development laborato-
There you’ll find the NASA Ames Re- ry. As the three tested ideas in the ga-
search Center, marked by odd-shaped rage at night and on weekends, they
buildings and some hangars that once became convinced they had the basis
housed Depression-era airships and for a new company. They initially de-
enormous old wind tunnels. cided to call it Cosmogia Inc. – “a nod
to cosmos with some arbitrary end-
Since 2006, under the stewardship ing,” Marshall says.
of Pete Worden, Ames has garnered a
reputation for far-flung experimenta- The idea behind the venture was
tion. Worden, an astrophysicist and to launch dozens, if not hundreds, of
former U.S. Air Force brigadier general, CubeSats, which would form a kind of
spent decades running Black Ops mis- line scanner for the Earth. Each satel-
sions and oversaw the development of lite would be deployed in a unique po-
Ronald Reagan’s never-built Star Wars sition from which it could continuous-
missile defense shield, among other ly photograph a swath of the planet.
jobs geared toward weaponizing space.
Anyone who’s used Google Earth will
At Ames he delighted in hiring ad- get the concept. But whereas Google’s
venturous young engineers for unusu- images are often months or years old,
al research projects and forged strong Cosmogia’s would be compiled daily
ties with Silicon Valley, inviting start- into a database that allowed users to
ups to set up on NASA property and see recent images and compare their
creating commercial links between evolution over time.
the organization and Google Inc. He
was also eccentric, occasionally don- The founders saw the database they
ning a robe and taking to the surround- would create, and the radical transpar-
ing fields with a staff to herd goats. ency that it entailed, as a public good,
freely available to nonprofits combat-
Among Worden’s first hires were ing deforestation and environmental-
a pair of rabble-rousing engineers ists monitoring polar ice cap melting.
named Will Marshall and Robbie Sch- They imagined that a daily accounting
ingler. The three men had met a few of the Earth would prompt its denizens
years earlier at a space conference in
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to steward it more responsibly. And, point immigration officials detained Schingler, also 38, is just as uncon- er than become estranged from family
of course, along the way they could Marshall at San Francisco Internation- ventional. While in India for the 88-sat- and friends, I’d rather be surrounded
make heaps of money selling images to al Airport and confiscated his comput- ellite launch, he crashed on couches, by people.
hedge funds, farmers, and spies. ing equipment. “It was scary as shit,” spending one night sleeping next to
he says. “I was worried about it f---ing an ice cream machine on the concrete Planet Labs may soon bring the
Armed with this pitch, a few proto- up the projects that we wanted to do.” floor of a shed. He also visited a local pact into force. Seven years after being
types, and Worden’s blessing, Boshui- Nothing came of it in the end. temple to pray and bought 88 golden founded, the company is on the 14th
zen, Marshall, and Schingler left Ames Ganesh figurines for good luck. iteration of its Doves and can knock
toward the end of 2010. They packed Kevin Parkin, a childhood friend out 20 of them per week from a small
up their lab at the Rainbow Mansion who also worked at Ames, describes Schingler and his wife have set up factory inside its headquarters.
lab and departed for a dodgy, crack- Marshall as having an aura of kismet a series of communal homes around
stricken neighborhood in San Fran- about him. “Will has what I can only the world – part of an unending ex- Each of the satellites is a black,
cisco, where they founded a new com- describe as a reality field that attracts periment to question societal struc- lightweight aluminum cuboid mea-
pany called Planet Labs. VIPs,” Parkin says. tures. He, Marshall, and some other suring 10 centimeters by 10 centime-
friends recently entered into a pact ters by 30 centimeters and containing
At first, many in the aerospace in- He recalls Marshall deciding one stipulating that should any of them 2,013 components. Inside is a cylin-
dustry considered Planet Labs’ satel- time to hike through nearly 20 miles come into a windfall, large purchases drical telescope wrapped in gold-
lites a gimmick – too small to produce of wilderness from the Rainbow Man- must be approved by vote, and the plated tape to provide thermal insu-
useful high-resolution images and sion to the sea: “Will walked off into bulk of the money must go toward lation and surrounded by six lithium
too complex to manage by the dozen. the hills without so much as a bottle some greater good. ion batteries, individual heaters for
Moreover, neither Marshall, the chief of water and returned the next day in each one, and a handful of circuit
executive officer, nor Schingler, the a car driven by Larry Page and Sergey “There are many people that feel boards. Planet won’t say how much a
chief strategy officer, with their hard- Brin, whom he had randomly met at way more alienated when they be- Dove costs to make, but a person fa-
core engineering backgrounds and the beach.” come wealthy,” Schingler says. “Rath- miliar with the company’s operations
granola-fortified philosophies, came says it’s well into the six figures.
off as budding titans of commerce.
(Boshuizen, the chief technology offi- To reduce risk, most satellite mak-
cer, left the company in 2015.) ers try not to fiddle with their designs.
Doves, by contrast, can constantly
Marshall, who’s 38, grew up a space- evolve, because Planet’s testing and
fascinated child in a middle-class manufacturing routines allow engi-
home in Kent, south of London. As a neers to certify processors and image
teenager, he worked at a pub and as an sensors for flight within days.
electrician – “I would electrocute my-
self quite often, because I’d gotten too Over the past few years, the compa-
drunk the night before,” he says – to ny has sent 233 satellites into space on
raise money to build his own telescope. a mix of American, Indian, Japanese,
and Russian rockets. On two occa-
At Oxford, he studied some outré sions, the rockets have blown up, scat-
corridors of physics, such as quantum tering Dove chunks across coastlines.
teleportation and quantum superpo-
sition, and seemed destined for an These were expensive losses, but
academic career. But he kept coming Planet has built such failures into its
back to his original calling, complet- business model. If a rocket explodes,
ing a series of internships at American the company can simply order its
space research centers and becoming employees back to the factory and
a vocal leader among a generation of start negotiating the next ride. As it
engineers eager to try new aerospace is, the satellites are built to last only
ideas. about three years, after which they
fall back to Earth, disintegrating in
Marshall is rail-thin, pale, and book- the atmosphere.
ish, but he’s far more adventurous than
he appears. For years he traveled to re- For multi-Dove launches, such as
mote parts of Africa to teach science to the Indian one in February, the rocket
schoolchildren. In the U.K. he some- gets into position, then tips forward
times broke into hard-to-reach places and slowly rotates, releasing a Dove
for kicks – including, once, Windsor or two every couple of degrees at a
Castle while the Queen was there. speed of about 1 meter per second.
Dozens can be launched this way in
He’s also direct and outspoken, so about five minutes.
much so that after he arrived at NASA,
an irritated member of his lunar land- Once a Dove has been released, its
er team instigated a federal investiga- solar panels unfurl, a lid at one of its
tion into whether he was a spy. The in- ends pops open, and an antenna ex-
vestigation carried on for years; at one tends. The satellites come out of the
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artistic splashes with white paint – in differential drag, in which the solar The concept had been largely theo- their panels to guide them into posi-
footage shot from the Indian rocket, panels act like sails pushing against retical until Planet proved it could be tion, spacing them out evenly. Getting
the Doves look like a string of white the trace of atmosphere available to done for an array of satellites. all 88 of the Indian-launched satellites
pearls spreading out against the slow a chosen Dove down with respect to fan out properly took a few months.
backdrop of space. to the others. Turned forward, the When the Doves have been launched As this story goes to press, they’re
panels produce seven times as much into a sun-synchronous orbit (one coming into perfect position.
To get the satellites into optimal po- resistance as when they’re horizontal. crossing the equator at the same lo-
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Once aligned, Planet’s attitude and espionage. The crowd of NGA image but truly high-quality images remain make out cars, it’s hard to tell what col-
determination control system, which analysts, Planet Labs customers, and a rare commodity. The market leader or they are, for example.
sets the satellite’s orientation, takes others relinquished their electronic de- is DigitalGlobe in Westminster, Colo.,
over. Gyroscopes and sensors on the vices in secure lockers, then gathered which operates a network of large To deal with the avalanche of new
Dove look for magnetic fields and in a large wood-paneled auditorium. satellites that produce “exquisite” pic- satellite imagery, companies are creat-
seek out the Earth’s horizon, the sun, tures, in industry parlance. ing software that performs initial pho-
and other stars. Magnetorquers and In the 1960s the satellite images the to scans for movements and anoma-
reaction wheels then adjust the sat- government needed were extremely Their resolution is top-notch, ca- lies, then flags these for analysts. The
ellite’s movement until it reaches the hard to obtain. The U.S. had a pro- pable of rendering objects as small as shift toward artificial intelligence has
desired alignment. gram called Corona, in which an im- cars. The company says it can scan 60 many in the NGA feeling uneasy about
aging satellite would take pictures and percent of the Earth every month and their job security, but Robert Cardillo,
“It’s not that difficult to make a sys- physically eject a capsule full of film capture specific targets on request. the agency’s director, says the move
tem that does this,” says Ben Howard, toward Earth. A plane outfitted with a (The U.S. government usually gets from monopoly control over images to
Planet’s chief spacecraft architect. net would then try to catch the capsule priority.) DigitalGlobe’s satellites orbit open competition has been exciting:
“It’s difficult to make it as cheaply as midair. Amazingly, this system worked at about 370 to 500 miles above Earth, “We’re lowering the cost to space, and
we have and to make it tuned so well often enough to be useful. higher than Planet Labs’ 230 to 310. In we’re lowering the cost to participate
for a specific application.” Planet Labs’ photos, while you can still once you get there.”
The process is much simpler today,
Each Dove is responsible for col- Last year the NGA signed a $20 mil-
lecting 10,000 images covering 2 mil- lion deal for seven months’ worth of
lion square kilometers per day, an area unfettered access to Planet’s images. “I
the size of Mexico. The pictures – 40 want the anxious to scoot to the edge of
gigabytes’ worth – are relayed during their seats. Get involved and engaged,”
10 daily eight-minute sessions on cus- Cardillo says.
tom-built radios between the satellites
and a dozen ground stations built by Some are already there. Gerby
Planet in Antarctica, Chile, Hawaii, Ice- Marks, a counterterrorism expert
land, and other places. and former DigitalGlobe employee,
was considering retiring from the
Once the images reach Earth, Plan- field when Planet came along. The
et’s software compiles them, cleans combination of daily images and AI
them up, and deletes photos marred seemed to her a revelation – a way to
by clouds and shadows. Customers predict the future rather than react
can then log on to an application and to the past. “DigitalGlobe will only
browse the pictures as they please. start looking at a site once there is a
request to be tasked to it,” she says.
Planet’s largest clients include the “Now we’re able to detect things be-
Mexican government, the German fore we even know about them.”
space agency, and the agricultural
companies Monsanto, Wilbur-Ellis, In a presentation at the conference
and Bayer Crop Science. They pay in Virginia, Marks showed work done
millions or even tens of millions of by her consulting company, 3 Gim-
dollars per year for access to the most bals LLC, with the U.S. Southern Com-
recent, highest-quality images. Non- mand. Her team had gathered a couple
profits, students, and news organiza- of days’ worth of Planet images from
tions receive the same access for free, Puerto Cabello, on Venezuela’s north-
while the public at large can see older, ern coast, and analyzed them with an
lower-quality pictures gratis. algorithm designed to monitor ship-
ping traffic.
Planet refuses to say how much
revenue it draws, but it appears to be When the software detected in-
enough to keep investors interested. creased activity at a particular pier,
The company has raised more than Marks and her team cross-searched
$180 million in venture capital to date, the pier’s geolocation coordinates on-
and its valuation has been widely re- line. That led them to photos posted on
ported to exceed $1 billion. VK, a Russian social network.

Planet’s 88 new satellites, which will Her analysts couldn’t be sure with-
give it the only daily view of Earth, at out doing fieldwork to verify, but it
least for now, promise to be even bet- appeared as if the vessels at the pier
ter for the bottom line. “Businesses, were Russian and that the crews had
governments, scientists, and society been boasting online about their trav-
as a whole have never had this pulse els. “Now you can look at the boat to
of the planet before,” Schingler says. see what type of equipment it has,”
“The world is changing as rivers shift, Marks says. “You can see if it seems to
agricultural productivity shifts, and be linked to a certain commodity or
towns and forests shift. This data is industry. You can find trends of what
going to be activated for all these us- is normal and what’s anomalous activ-
ers and open up a novel vantage point ity.” She adds: “You have to have im-
that actually gets used in our daily de- ages taken more than once a month to
cision-making.” understand and interpret change.”

In mid-April the National Geospa- The term of art for the material ana-
tial-Intelligence Agency, which ana- lysts seek is “patterns of life.” It refers
lyzes images for the Department of to the study of how people and objects
Defense and U.S. intelligence services, move, which in turn allows an observer
held a conference in Springfield, Va., to form a story about what might be
to discuss how the sudden flood of going on.
satellite photography was changing
Can she, for example, catch a virus

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outbreak early by spotting unusually A Dove satellite: 10 x 10 x 30 centimeters containing 2,013 components in Africa by counting the number of
high commuter traffic flows to hospi- lights on at night, monitors the move-
tals? Silicon Valley types have natural- rels of oil in reserve. But Orbital’s own a play-by-play showing photographic ment of every boat in the ocean, and
ly flocked to the life-pattern concept figure was 550 million. It found there evidence of the Russian army dredging tracks the amount of coal coming out
and, armed with the images and algo- were 2,100 oil tanks capable of hold- parts of the Black Sea, then building of mines. “You would need 1,000 hu-
rithms, begun doing things that could ing 1.1 billion barrels of oil, and they bridges and roads to prepare for the ar- man analysts to do any of these things,”
either inspire or horrify the public. were half full on average. rival of more troops and tanks. Machalek says. “But the machine – the
algorithm – never gets tired.”
At the NGA conference these entre- Another startup, SpaceKnow Inc., “You can see that they’re trying to
preneurs included James Crawford, delivers similarly detailed information connect the southern part of Crimea Those concerned about the privacy
who once oversaw Google Books, that via a web service that’s dead simple to to the main part of Russia so they can implications of all this can perhaps
company’s effort to make millions of use. Want to know what Russia is up to invade it more easily,” says SpaceKnow take some comfort in knowing that
volumes searchable online. Crawford in Crimea, the territory it annexed from CEO Pavel Machalek. Planet and DigitalGlobe’s satellites
is now the CEO of Orbital Insight, a Ukraine in 2014? Highlight the region can’t see people’s faces or the license
startup in Mountain View. on a map, and SpaceKnow will return The company also estimates the plates on their cars. The technology is
gross domestic product of countries better suited to identifying patterns of
Orbital Insight takes images from life in industry and the environment.
Planet, DigitalGlobe, and public re-
positories and combines them into a Still, Planet has created a Google-
unified database. Its algorithms then style search engine for Earth, capable
begin searching for objects such as of looking down on humans and spit-
cars, buildings, trees, oil tanks, solar ting back answers about their day-
panels, rail cars, ships, and airplanes. to-day activities within minutes. It’s
The algorithms improve as they go, unclear how the spread of such im-
such that in a matter of days they can ages, at almost military-grade quality,
identify objects all over the world, will affect global security and other
even as the terrain and surrounding realms, and whether the trade-offs
infrastructure change. will be worth it.

Crawford can call up an image of a Marshall and Schingler, who did a
port in Shanghai that’s been broken great deal to bring all this about, don’t
down like a puzzle, with cylindrical dodge ethical questions, although
oil storage tanks color-coded green, their answers can be unsatisfying.
ships in red, and buildings in blue. Planet urges customers not to use
Hit a button, and the software shows their images for combat operations,
that eight new buildings have gone for example, but has no real means to
up in a few months. Hit another but- prevent this.
ton, and the software will calculate
how much oil is in a given tank. “In general, I’m OK with the intel-
ligence side,” Marshall says. “Histori-
“There are floating lids that sit on cally, like during the Cold War, trans-
top of the tanks,” Crawford says. “If the parency has led to reduced tensions.”
lid is all the way up, there’s no shadow, With respect to the growing problem
and we know it’s full.” If there’s a shad- of space debris, he points out that it
ow, Orbital Insight measures its angle owes mostly to the breakup of large
and the dimensions of the tank to cal- satellites in high orbits, and that
culate the volume of liquid inside. Planet’s lower-orbit devices are de-
signed to be short-lived.
What Crawford’s company is after,
he says, is “observational truth.” Or- On the whole, he contends that the
bital Insight takes analyst and govern- good of the technology far outweighs
ment reports on, say, how much oil is the bad. “If you look at things like di-
said to be in China and compares its saster response, protecting habitats
calculations with those of experts, who and protecting our oceans, we can
it turns out are often wrong. help substantially and in a global way,”
he says. “The value to human advance-
For example, the rough industry ment is tremendous. I would not be
consensus last year was that China
had approximately 400 million bar- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 40

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Fighting the Fed is a losing proposition

BY DOM ARMENTANO debate the timing and severity of that it are in abundance and interest rates larger and more dramatic increases in
correction, but that there WILL be a are low, output and employment can liquidity down the road.
To survive and prosper in a capital- correction at some point is all but cer- expand smartly. On the other hand,
istic economy one needs an under- tain. For good or evil, cyclical business when credit dries up and interest Yet, an economy awash in excess
standing of the business cycle or, more activity is an integral part of the capi- rates rise, output and employment liquidity when it is at or near full em-
accurately, the boom/bust cycle. talistic market economy. are likely to decline. And the depth of ployment (as is the situation today) is
that decline depends upon the quali- headed for serious trouble.
As a businessman, should I borrow Any understanding of the boom/ ty of the investments (in housing and
money now and invest in capital and bust business cycle must begin with financial assets) that were made dur- Take the current very robust hous-
inventory…or should I wait? As the the role of the Federal Reserve (and ing the boom. ing market for example. That market
head of a household or as a renter, secondarily the banks) in the eco- has been restored since 2009 due in
should I get a mortgage and purchase nomic process. In the final analysis, But why doesn’t the Fed simply keep large part to an unprecedented easy
a home now…or should I postpone aggregate economic activity and em- interest rates low forever and avoid the money and low interest policy pur-
that decision? As an investor should I ployment are driven by the supply of bust? The short answer is that abun- sued by the Federal Reserve.
sell some of my stocks and buy some money and credit, and the Fed and dant liquidity often initiates economic
bonds or, in fact, should I do the re- the banks are the primary suppliers activity that cannot be sustained or But as housing prices increase, it
verse? of that liquidity. completed (think condo construction will take relaxed credit standards and
with long lead times) without even even larger and riskier mortgages from
With no real understanding of how Simply put, when money and cred- financial institutions to allow the pur-
the business cycle works these deci- chase of the higher priced homes.
sions can be no more than random Sound familiar? We have seen that par-
guesses. Not good. ticular scenario before and it did not
end well.
Currently the U.S. economy is do-
ing remarkably well. There has been By historical standards, we are well
a slow but steady recovery in Gross into the twilight stages of the boom
Domestic Product since the last major phase of the business cycle.
recession in 2008-09. Unemployment
is low (anything near 4% is low by his- It is possible, of course, that the cur-
torical standards) and the housing rent bull market in financial assets and
market is very strong. housing can continue for another year
or two, especially if the Trump Admin-
In Indian River County, for example, istration can get its act together and
sales of existing single family homes legislate significant (business) tax re-
increased 14.% in the first quarter form. Both of these propositions are
of 2017 relative to 2016 and housing problematic, however.
prices were up an astonishing 18.7%
over the previous period. Let the good A more likely scenario is that the
times roll on. higher interest rates from the Fed will
soon slow the asset and housing boom
But can they? Economic history and reveal which investments are eco-
teaches that the U.S. economy has nomically sustainable with less liquid-
always been subject to booms and ity and which are not. That picture,
busts, and that after an almost 10 year unfortunately, may not be pretty. 
expansion, an economic “correction”
appears all but inevitable. Dom Armentano, a 32963 resident, is
Professor Emeritus in Economics at the
Economists and policy wonks can University of Hartford in Connecticut.

ARE YOU AN INPATIENT OR determined through a complex medical assessment. Inpa- © 2017 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
OBSERVATION PATIENT? PART I tient admissions are generally appropriate when you’re ex-
pected to need medically necessary hospital care for a time
If you’re enrolled in “Original Medicare,” your doctor and period that includes two or more midnights. To be consid-
hospital must follow strict Medicare guidelines to determine ered an inpatient, your doctor must order the admission and
whether your hospital stay is considered “inpatient” or “ob- the hospital must formally admit you.
servation.” Your status also can change during your stay –
from inpatient to observation, and vice versa. WHAT IS OUTPATIENT STATUS?

If your stay is deemed “inpatient,” Medicare Part A will cover You are considered an outpatient if you’re getting emer-
all of your hospital charges. But if your hospital stay is con- gency department services, observation services, outpatient
sidered “observation,” you will most likely have more out-of- surgery, lab tests, X-rays or any other hospital services and
pocket expense. Your status also influences whether Medi- your doctor hasn’t written an order to admit you to the hos-
care will cover a skilled nursing facility for your care after you pital as an inpatient. In these cases, you’re an outpatient
are discharged. even if you spend the night at the hospital.

You, your doctor and the hospital do not influence whether WHAT IS OBSERVATION STATUS?
you are classified as an inpatient or observation patient; it is
not subjective. Hospital status is based on your underlying When it is not clear if a patient can safely be discharged
medical problem and the level of service needed to treat it. home or needs to be admitted as an inpatient, he or she is
assigned observation status. Many hospitals have designated
When it is unclear if you can safely be discharged home from observation areas, sometimes called Clinical Decision Units
the ER or need to be admitted, you are assigned observation (CDUs). A stay in a CDU is considered a decision-making pe-
status. The observation period is a decision-making period that riod to determine if the patient can be discharged or should
most frequently lasts less than 24 hours, but can range from 8 be admitted based on findings and response to treatment.
to 48 hours, and sometimes as 72 hours. It’s important to note
that even if you stay overnight in a regular hospital bed, you Future columns will contain frequently asked questions
might be considered an outpatient (observation) patient. and answers about observation status. We’ll also learn how
Medicare’s payment system differs for inpatient vs. observa-
WHAT CONSTITUTES INPATIENT STATUS? tion care, and discover how Medicare guidelines about be-
ing admitted to a skilled nursing facility relate to inpatient or
The decision to admit you to the hospital as an inpatient is observation status. 

Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always
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out, bringing the read-

er into the amusing

daily lives of English

tradesmen, workers,

merchants, clergymen,

as well as their wives

and daughters. She

explains how reading

became something of

a “spectator sport.”

Of course, as with any

type of performance,

one had to be properly

prepared, and this led

to a surge of instruc-

tional manuals, fur-

ther fueling what Wil-

liams designates “the

great age of elocution,”

in which Britons of

all backgrounds were Abigail Williams
gripped with “a near

obsession with learn-

ing to read out loud.”

Tradesmen formed what were rath- play of books. A house with a library

er memorably known as “spouting of any size very often served not only

clubs” for aspiring public speakers, a family but an entire village.

relying on such handbooks as “The At the same time, silent reading

New Spouter’s Companion” and was no longer restricted to parlors

“The Sentimental Spouter.” Women, and studies. Williams tells of a trav-

who very often found themselves eling stonemason who “taught his

omitted from public performances, horse the route of his journeys, and

quickly took to them in the home, from then on, read while he trav-

entertaining friends and family with eled,” and of ladies reading while

tales and poems while they knit- having their hair done, such that

ted or otherwise busied themselves many a book was left with “binding

around the hearth. cracked by quantities of powder and

Guidebooks went so far as to ad- pomatum between the leaves.” Then,

vise the correct wrinkling of the as now, newly portable volumes al-

brow to display “the emotion of lowed travelers to while away hours,

horror,” as in Charles Le Brun’s il- just as “modern travellers would

lustrated “Heads,” representing the take a novel, an iPod, or an iPad as a

various passions of the soul. Others, time-killer.”

like Joshua Steele’s “Prosodia Ratio- Williams regales us with stories of

nalis,” hoped to create a musical no- servants sneaking masters’ books,

tation for elocution, marking the or- of Thomas Bowdler sanitizing –

atory as if it were to be played on an or “bowdlerizing” – Shakespeare

instrument. As Williams points out, for families, Newton’s magisterial

“reading well in the eighteenth cen- “Principia” republished without all

tury was harder than it sounded.” the off-putting math, and the rage

In true British fashion, such ear- for literary merchandise inspired,

We tend to imagine readers, an in- the resources of a vast library” to be nestness soon met with humorous in one case, by Samuel Richardson’s
creasingly uncommon breed, as si- a reader.
lent and usually solitary beings, but deflations, such as a parody by Alex- 1740 novel, “Pamela,” including fans,
they have not always been so. As Abi- In the pages of his magazine, the
gail Williams tells us in “The Social Spectator, Joseph Addison com- ander Stevens, whose title reads in playing cards, tea cups, waxworks
Life of Books,” 18th-century England manded that culture come “out of
was a heyday of communal reading. Closets and Libraries, Schools and part “The Question, in which Speci- and creamers.
Books were read aloud, a pastime Colleges, to dwell in Clubs and As-
that grew enormously in popularity semblies, at Tea-Tables, and in Cof- mens of true and false Eloquence “The Social Life of Books” invites us
alongside rising literacy rates, the fee-Houses,” and it did. Reading
birth of commercial publishing and aloud made sense for many reasons. will be given by the Rostrator, is How to think about an era when increased
the emergence of the professional Candles were expensive, as were
writer. books. Before modern ophthalmol- far the Parabola of a Comet affects leisure time worked with a widespread
ogy, those with poor eyesight could
Williams, who teaches at Oxford only experience a book if it were read the Vegetation of a Cucumber,” a ti- yearning for knowledge to change the
University, explains that from the to them. What had remained in ear-
vantage of our own age, saturated as lier centuries the domain of scholars tle hardly more outrageous than the act of reading. Williams’ charming
it is with entertainment and infor- in dusty carrels came to resemble
mation, “it is hard to imagine the ex- something as familiar to us as fami- era’s mania for perfect articulation. pageant of anecdotes, as revealed in
citement felt by previous readers at lies gathered around pianos or tele-
the possibility of gaining access to a visions in later ages. The enlargement of culture ar- diaries, letters and marginalia, con-
new book.” No longer did one require
“formal and classical education, or Williams’ impressive research is rived along with an opening up of jures a world strikingly different from
presented with a light touch through-
architectural spaces. The emerging our own but surprisingly similar in

merchant class moved into larger many ways, a time when reading was

homes, and those homes required on the rise and whole worlds sprang

libraries, setting in motion a brisk up around it. 

trade in book-related furniture, in-

cluding a dizzying assortment of THE SOCIAL LIFE OF BOOKS

ladies’ bookcases, pediment book- Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home
cases, “embattled” bookcases, goth- By Abigail Williams
ic bookcases, not to mention library
Yale University Press. 368 pp. $40
Review by Ernest Hilbert

tables and other devices for the dis- The Washington Post

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 /July 13, 2017 39


For the umpteenth time, John is standing by his com- have been instrumental in softening John McEnroe
McEnroe has stirred up controversy ments even while reit- his cantankerous personality.
the best way he knows how – with his erating his respect for But the most tender and vulnera-
mouth. Williams. It’s vintage Recently, McEnroe has begun to ble moments in the book arrive when
McEnroe, who prides refer to himself as a feminist and take McEnroe writes about not being ap-
During a promotional tour of his himself on being candid an interest in women’s rights issues, preciative enough of his late father,
newly released memoir, “But Serious- and unapologetic. something he says he started to care his son Kevin’s arrest for alleged co-
ly,” the 58-year-old American tennis more about because of his four grown caine possession (which turned out to
legend said that ¬23-time Grand Slam The same spirit ap- daughters. be baking soda) and his own battles
champion Serena Williams would be pears throughout his with drug use. McEnroe sometimes
ranked “like 700 in the world” if she new book, a ¬follow-up “Thanks to my daughters in large graces the pages with his children’s
played on the men’s tour. to his 2002 bestseller, part, I now realize how important it words, too. He includes an essay by
“You Cannot Be Seri- is for young girls to have the same his daughter Anna in which she de-
That crack prompted criticism ous.” He opines on a va- opportunities as boys to take part scribes the pressures that come with
from the media, tennis fans and even riety of subjects, includ- in physical activity,” he says. “I am having the last name McEnroe, and
McEnroe’s daughters, and the result- ing tennis (“As far as I’m proud to be a feminist.” the book ends with a touching poem
ing uproar has dominated his ap- concerned, doubles is by daughter Emily to her father.
pearances on late-night talk shows on life-support”), art, In the same chapter, McEnroe de-
and sports-talk radio. But McEnroe music, religion and pol- fends equal prize money for female “Hopefully, over the past few years
itics (“I’m fiscally con- tennis players, and he praises Serena I’ve made some progress in grudg-
servative but socially and her older sister, Venus, for the ingly figuring out how to become a
liberal”). challenges they’ve overcome as black better person, and am now known
female athletes. “It’s what they’ve for more than just hitting a tennis
McEnroe, the self- achieved in terms of breaking into ball and getting upset and yelling at
appointed “Commis- what remains a white, middle-class linesmen and umpires,” McEnroe
sioner of Tennis,” ap- sport that is most impressive,” he says early in the book. “But I’ll leave
pears nostalgic and says. that for you to judge.” 
even reflective on some
of his past behavior and McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam BUT SERIOUSLY
comments, especially champion, expresses confusion as to By John McEnroe
when it comes to issues why the subject of him playing Ser- Little, Brown. 288 pp. $29
with his family. In sev- ena continues to come up. He recalls Review by Kelyn Soong
eral chapters, he comes that the first time it happened was in The Washington Post
off as a self-deprecating husband and 2000 when Donald Trump offered $1
father, but it wouldn’t be authentic million to the winner between McEn-
McEnroe if the book were about be- roe and Serena or Venus. Neither Wil-
ing sorry. liams sister accepted Trump’s offer,
“If there’s one thing I’ve always yet that doesn’t prevent McEnroe
done it’s speak my mind,” he writes. from offering his opinion on the hy-
“It’s got me into trouble in the past, as pothetical matchup: “Don’t tell any-
everyone knows, but at least people body, but I may still be able to [beat
know what I’m thinking.” Serena].”
From the first chapter, McEnroe
makes a few things clear: He takes McEnroe also spends plenty of
tennis very seriously, even keeping pages name-dropping his famous
count of his head-to-head record on non-tennis friends (Lorne Michaels,
the senior tour; and his family, par- Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are
ticularly his second wife, musician just a few), his failed forays into tele-
Patty Smyth, and his six children vision hosting, his Catholic upbring-
ing, his appreciation of former rival
Bjorn Borg, and his second life as an
art collector and aspiring musician.



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here doing this, and nor would many of of small, low-orbit communications Musk’s Space Exploration Technolo- will be charging $5 million per flight
the people in our company, if it wasn’t satellites. These will form a network gies Corp., or SpaceX, was the first once it’s fully operational, far lower
for the fact that the net good over- accessible to the 3 billion people on to show that one might be possible, than SpaceX’s $60 million, the current
whelms the bad in a huge way.” Earth who lack high-speed internet inspiring rocket and satellite startups industry benchmark.
service because of geographic and alike by lowering the cost of getting
Planet Labs has been content so far economic constraints. into orbit and proving that private Rocket Lab hopes within a few years
to sell its images and let others build space companies could be viable. to be launching about 100 times annu-
analytical software that makes the OneWeb plans to begin launching There are now about 10 companies ally – the same number conducted in
pictures useful. Recently, though, it batches of satellites in 2018 on rock- making small, cheap rockets that are 2016 by the entire aerospace industry.
has begun hiring software engineers ets from Virgin Orbit and others. And purpose-built to carry CubeSats. Other companies, such as Vector Space
to work on its own image analysis sys- those are just to name a few: Compa- Systems in Tucson and Richard Bran-
tem. nies such as Astro Digital, Axelspace, For now, the one with the most son’s Virgin Orbit, are rushing to mar-
Hera Systems, Iceeye, and Spire have funding and customers is Rocket Lab, ket with similar rockets and launch-
The goal is to let Orbital Insight their own imaging satellites, too. which in May completed the first suc- frequency aspirations.
and other companies handle special- cessful test flight of its carbon fiber
ized jobs for wealthy clients while To be sustainable, this satel- Electron model from its private space- All these new options will give Plan-
Planet helps everyone else query its lite boom will require an atten- port in New Zealand. The company et more control over the timing and
database as they would Google. Not dant breakthrough in rocketry. Elon destination of its launches. Until now,
only will this help the public more ef- its satellites have tended to be second-
ficiently perform tasks such as moni- ary additions to large payloads, as they
toring deforestation, it will allow were in India. The company has al-
smaller businesses to improve their ready begun forging the relationships it
services. “I think that sort of thing is needs and will have satellites on board
doable within a year or two,” Mar- Rocket Lab’s next two tests and its first
shall says. three commercial flights.

Earlier this year, Planet bought Terra “Launch is the largest barrier to inno-
Bella, a maker of larger satellites that vation in space today,” Schingler says.
produce higher-resolution photos. “That all of a sudden changes entirely
Terra Bella, which used to be called if you have frequent, low-cost, reliable
Skybox Imaging, was once thought access to space. So the small launchers
more likely than Planet to succeed – a will be a game changer. There will be
perspective that only deepened when new missions that were inconceivable
Google spent $500 million to buy it in before, and five years from now we will
2014. be seeing some amazing things.”

Now, Planet has both companies In 2015 venture capital companies
in the fold: When Planet bought Terra pumped $1.8 billion into space start-
Bella, Google took a stake in – and ups, almost doubling the combined
agreed to buy images from – Planet. amount of money invested in the 15
Owning Terra Bella and its seven orbit- years before. Much of this boom is
ing satellites will allow Planet to com- taking place in the U.S., which has,
pete more directly with DigitalGlobe because of the New Space movement,
– as well as a flood of new entrants to gone in the span of a few years from
the game. retiring the space shuttle and losing
its competitive position in commer-
The upstarts are working with cial launches to reasserting its posi-
some technology that’s almost magi- tion as global leader.
cal. Capella Space Inc. in Palo Alto is
developing satellites that rely on syn- Russia, the European Union, Japan,
thetic aperture radar, or SAR, which China, and India must now decide
can peer through clouds, produce whether and how much to fund reus-
images at night, and take intricate able rockets, smaller launchers, and
measurements such as soil moisture other innovative approaches; mean-
levels. Like Planet, it’s been building while, companies such as Rocket Lab
satellites that are smaller and cheap- could allow many other countries to
er than the norm; it plans to send 36 fire up their own space programs.
into orbit starting this year. (Planet is
also working on SAR satellites in a se- For New Space’s true believers, the
cret lab.) competition will be part of one glori-
ous show: the ultimate expression of
SpacePharma, an Israeli company, humankind’s manifest destiny. “You’ll
has built a functioning scientific lab- have the space economy integrating
oratory that can fit inside a CubeSat. with the terrestrial economy like it
Past research has shown that the lack never did before,” says Steve Jurvet-
of gravity in space causes genes to ex- son, a venture capitalist invested in
press themselves more strongly than Planet Labs.
on Earth, and molecules to behave
differently as well. There are already “That will cause a bloom of activ-
examples of plants, medicines, and ity, which will make the path to Mars
chemicals being cultivated in space, and colonizing other worlds that
and the hope is that such research much more believable and afford-
will lead to breakthroughs that can able. When that happens, which is,
be applied on Earth. like, within our lifetime, it’ll be one of
the watershed moments of humanity.
Perhaps the most ambitious of the I mean, this is up there like the dis-
new companies is OneWeb in Florida, covery of fire or evolution’s greatest
which wants to surround the planet hits. It’s the point when we become a
with hundreds, possibly thousands, multiplanetary species.” 

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Martin H. Fischer, a German-American physiologist who died in 1962, said, “A nickel’s —
worth of goulash beats a five-dollar can of vitamins.”

At the bridge table, a goulash deal beats five contracts played in no-trump. You presort
the cards into their suits, cut the deck without shuffling, and deal in groups. I do threes WEST AKQ9654
and fours, but some prefer a three and two fives. The deals often have very long suits. EAST
The one in the diagram was played in a social game last month. What do you think of the
auction? How did five hearts doubled fare? — AQ98542

It is rare to open with a one-bid in goulash. West’s Unusual No-trump was weird; since — J 10 7 6 4
partner rated to have a major two-suiter, just bidding some number of diamonds would
have been preferable. East hid in the bushes over three spades. Then South, who was K Q J 10 8 5 4 2 3
preparing to double five diamonds (it probably would have failed by one trick), was
pleasantly surprised to hear partner raise hearts. East finally revealed his major-orientated J 10 8 7 2 —
If West had led a club, the contract would have failed, but she selected the diamond king.
Declarer looked at the diamond void and joked, “Ruff it!” —

South took the first trick and played four rounds of hearts. East won, cashed his second AKQ98532
heart trick, then tried a sneaky low-spade lead. However, declarer knew that East, who
couldn’t have a second diamond, had started with 7-5-1-0 distribution. South discarded A976
a diamond. When he won the trick on the board, he conceded only two trump tricks and
claimed for plus 850. 3

Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

The Bidding:

1 Hearts 2 NT 3 Spades Pass
4 Hearts 5 Diamonds 5 Hearts Dbl. LEAD:
Pass Pass Pass K Diamonds

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ACROSS Across (and Absurd star The Washington Post
the basis of this 5 Actress Chase 68 Union with an
1 Greedy puzzle) 6 “What’d I tell ya?” A HARD-DRIVING PUZZLE By Merl Reagle
8 High-potassium 72 Gets stuck 7 Played a child’s acting head?
74 Makin’ bacon 70 See 64 Across
fruit place game 71 Leaky faucet
14 Bat, for one 75 Xylem and 8 Book opening?
20 Siren phloem fluid 9 Call it ___ sound
21 Words rarely 77 Visas and 10 Prime time time 73 Morse morsel
passports 11 Do a tax return 76 Indulges in a
heard down 79 Bankroll
at police 80 Bit of symbolic chore fantasy
headquarters writing 12 Nonexistent 78 Headphone effect
22 “___ inside me 84 OSU foe 13 Had some grub or 81 The Stooges and
said ...” 86 Recovery ctr.
23 Not yet signed, to 89 It’s “human” some grubs others
Variety 90 Concert hall key? 14 ___ grade 82 Organic
24 ____________ + 94 Zest, for example
O 96 Impair (measured up) compound
26 Playing surface 97 Caltech, for one 15 State 83 Alma ___
No. 1 99 Bond villain 85 Precept
27 Real name of Roy 100 Partner of “the unequivocably 87 Alexandra Zuck,
Rogers, Leonard same” 16 Where Fez is:
___ 101 See 69 Across in films
28 Cash back? 104 Drug banner: abbr. 88 Triple Crown leg
29 Jazz writer Hentoff abbr. 17 Filet ___ 91 Simply
30 True statement 105 Cartoonist 18 Having a sharp 92 Melvin who could
31 Arizona Indian Addams, in his
33 Play the dating signatures point hit
game 106 Like krypton or 19 Philippine island 93 Thing, in law
36 Something to do xenon 25 They work on 95 Place to sell cars
on Tuesday 107 Day of the Locust 98 Forgets the whole
37 Beatle’s wife climax planes
38 CO + 108 Luchino’s Death in 27 Ghostly thing
____________ Venice star 31 Revs up the P.R. 101 Burnett-Arkin film,
42 Pledge of 109 Stagnant situation
Allegiance wds. 110 Rained out: abbr. machine ___ and the Philly
43 Monumental 111 Brilliant stroke 32 Speaks Flash
44 Cleveland deejay 113 Satellite of Saturn 102 Furniture palm
who 114 ______________ thoughtfully 103 Most constant
popularized the 119 “I Love ___” 33 The Nanny first 105 Hardly Mr.
term 121 Kin of “allow me” Sensitive
“rock ’n’ roll” 122 The Peabody and name 108 Funeral hymn
45 Taping abbr. others 34 Slow, to Simon 110 Kilauea’s fire
46 Jaguar scar 123 Wrapped cheese goddess
47 South Carolina slices Rattle 111 Basic, as beliefs
river 124 Hollywood 35 Draw a conclusion 112 Ransom of cars
48 Delibes opera boulevard 36 Palimpsest author 113 Beach browns
52 Topical comic 125 Most recent 38 Hazel creator Key 115 Capt. Flint’s
54 Manorial menial 126 ___ for (is 39 Music notes creator
56 Like George’s desirous of) 40 Where Naples is: 116 50 Down
view of the future container
58 Oy follower DOWN abbr. 117 Feeling to be
60 Peace in the 1 Sportswear, once 41 “What have we struck with
Middle East? 2 Ithaca’s waters 118 Like sashimi
64 D.C. denizen 3 ____________ + I here?” 119 Furnace coating
65 Cpl., for one 4 Jean of the 49 ____________ + 120 Actress Zadora
66 Puts up with
69 Name of San Theatre of the Y
Francisco’s 50 Spray weapon
famous 101 51 Slaughter of

53 Had the fewest

55 Andy Capp’s

better half
57 Ambusher of the

59 Basic choice
61 Roadie’s armful
62 Bar grp.
63 Driver’s aid
66 M.D.’s 2 o’clock,

67 Charles in Charge

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A plan of action when flighty friend changes your ‘plans’

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST The more friendly and matter-of-fact you are but I don’t want what you have”?
about sticking to the original plans you made, the – Anonymous
Dear Carolyn: I have a friend less drama there will be in the way the friendship
whose schedule changes fre- plays out. Anonymous: “Thanks,” you say kindly and
quently. Recently, she changed thoughtfully, “but I don’t want what you have, ei-
our “plans” to get together from You don’t say why she changes plans, by the ther.” 
Tuesday to Monday to Wednes- way, and to my mind the reason is everything. I’d
day. How do I spend time with be much more accommodating to someone with
her without feeling shuffled a difficult schedule – unpredictable job, multiple
around? responsibilities, health concerns – than I would
to someone who just is careless with details or
– Frequently Rescheduled who gets lured away by a better offer than hang-
ing out with me. I’d feel sympathy for anyone
Frequently Rescheduled: If you are being with the former and not take the cancellations
shuffled around, then you should feel shuffled personally, whereas for the latter I’d get the mes-
around. Call it what it is. sage quickly that I don’t really count.

What you do about it from there is the impor- Hi, Carolyn: I am a single woman in my 30s. I’m
tant thing, and that’s really a matter of personal happy with my life, have a satisfying career, lots of
preference. friends, many interests, and am open to relation-
ships should one come my way.
 You can roll with the shuffling if you decide it
isn’t a deal-breaker for you; meaning, the friend’s Recently I had a pretty negative dating experience
company pleases you more than the rescheduled but I am doing OK with it and moving on. As this expe-
plans annoy you. rience played out, a close friend of mine who is mar-
ried made several comments about how glad she was
● You can decide it bothers you enough to end to no longer be in my position – dealing with dating
the friendship over it, and spell out for her that – and it rubbed me the wrong way. I think she has good
you don’t like the constant changes of plans. Af- intentions but it felt patronizing.
ter you give her a chance to change her ways, you
can then end the friendship accordingly if the I don’t envy my friend’s life in the least and I
constant shuffling persists. guess it bothers me that she seems to want me to,
or thinks I should. She is a good, kind person and
● Or you can be pleasantly immovable and say, a good friend and I want to maintain a friendship
“Sorry, Tuesday is the only day that works for me. with her. How I can respond to these comments
Let me know if you change your mind and want kindly and thoughtfully without saying, “Thanks,
to stick to our original plans.” That way you set
out the terms upon which you’re willing to stay
friends, and she either meets them or doesn’t.


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Massage therapy has major benefits for cancer patients

BY TOM LLOYD Dr. Patrick Judson.
Staff Writer
People undergoing treatment for
breast cancer, prostate cancer, lym- Therapist Marieke Dam with
phoma, melanoma and, indeed, a patient Nicole Lewis.
host of other cancers are prime can-
didates for a new application of a very
old form of therapy.

“Oncology massage can support
quality of life before, during and at the
conclusion of rigorous cancer treat-
ments,” according to the Sidney Kim-
mel Comprehensive Cancer Center at
Johns Hopkins University. “Massage
can also ease residual symptoms af-
ter treatment. Whether fighting to get
well or working to stay well, oncology
massage is a safe and supportive ther-
apy for cancer and the treatment of its
side effects.”
At the Indian River Medical Cen-
ter’s rehabilitation therapy center,
Dr. Patrick Judson from the adjacent
Scully-Welsh cancer center, along
with therapy specialists Marieke Dam
and Susan Emerson and local cancer-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 13, 2017 47


survivor Nicole Lewis, all echo the started physical therapy, I couldn’t Judson, who was brought into Scul- physical therapy efforts by adding a
claims of the famed Baltimore medi- move my arm at all, really. Even when ly-Welsh last December to build its lymphedema massage therapist to
cal center. I get massages [now] . . . the muscles palliative care program says, “this is the staff.
and everything still hurt terribly.” all part of the care of the whole pa-
In fact, they collectively say that tient. When you’re taking care of the Lymphedema is a common and
massage therapy really ought to start Whether or not an earlier start to cancer you cannot forget that there’s debilitating condition that can occur
sooner in the cancer-fighting process massage therapy would have pre- a person – one of God’s children – when lymph nodes and vessels are re-
than it has in the past and sometimes vented – or at least ameliorated – that’s there right with you; patients do moved during cancer surgeries. Like
still does today. Lewis’ ongoing pain and motion better when you’re dealing with the fibrosis, it can be treated with thera-
range problems is impossible to an- whole person, not just the disease.” peutic massage, but at present neither
Lewis speaks from personal experi- swer, but does say “when IRMC nor Scully-Welsh has a lymph-
ence. delivered in timely intensive sessions, And while deep friction massage, edema massage specialist on staff.
deep friction technique massage has compression therapies and other
Her battle with breast cancer began the potential to break down fibrotic similar techniques do appear to offer The rehabilitation therapy center at
in 2005 when, she says, “I never had tissues, releasing the inflammation substantial help to patients suffering IRMC is located in the ambulatory ser-
physical therapy after my mastec- and free radicals that are caused by from radiation-induced fibrosis, Jud- vices center building, just past the front
tomy,” and today, a dozen years later, radiation therapy.” son is eager to expand the hospital’s entrance of the hospital. The phone
she has severely limited range of mo- number is 772-563-4651. 
tion in her left arm and shoulder.

One likely culprit? Radiation-in-
duced fibrosis.

The American Association for the
Advancement of Science explains
that fibrosis is a process of scarring
caused by radiation treatments in
which healthy, flexible tissue, liga-
ments and muscles are replaced by
far less elastic connective tissue,
which “leads to hardening and func-
tional impairments.”

And pain.
The U.S. National Library of Medi-
cine agrees. No matter how “pin-
point” any radiation therapy claims to
be, “radiation-induced fibrosis is not
confined to a specific, well-defined
site of injury or pathology. Moreover,
it is a chronic, progressive side effect
reaching deep into the fascia, mus-
cles, organs and bones of multiple ar-
eas or regions that are caught within
the primary and larger secondary ra-
diation fields.”
The website adds, “for
breast cancer patients, the total ra-
diation field may include the neck,
shoulders, axillary and thoracic mus-
cles and the ribs for both the ipsilater-
al (cancer-affected) and contralateral
Emerson adds that “radiation can
also disrupt cell mitosis which would
affect how it remodels itself. And che-
mo also has effects directly on the tis-
sues and affects the DNA of the tissue
One way to treat radiation-induced
fibrosis is with the application of the
same “deep friction” massage and
compression techniques employed at
the Vero hospital’s physical therapy
The enthusiastic and buoyant Dam
jumps in to explain “this involves
deeper tissues and what we need to
do in order to do a deep tissue mas-
In Lewis’ case, however, that’s now
a “no-pain-no-gain” kind of scenario.
Back in 2005, Lewis recalls, “they
kept saying, ‘don’t use your arm, don’t
use your arm.’ And then they did ra-
diation. I was continuing to have pain
but they were saying, ‘don’t use your
arm.’ So by the time I had surgery and

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Low BMI could lengthen healing time for fractures

BY AMANDA LOUDIN “My first stress fracture was in my look into and we’re dividing up a big
The Washington Post tibia, and I was told it would take database to do that.”
about six weeks to heal,” says Strong,
Samantha Strong knows stress who lives in Arlington. “It ended up Still, Miller says that there is a per-
fractures. A former collegiate triath- taking two to three times that. The vasive problem among female colle-
lete and high school runner, the 22- worst was in my femoral neck, which giate runners and their perception
year old graduate student estimates should have been about a three- to that lighter equals faster. “Staying at
she had eight or nine over her high four-month layoff. It took six months a low weight may work for a while,”
school and college careers. Each one, instead.” he says, “but eventually, it catches up
she says, took longer than the last to to these athletes and they end up in-
heal. This comes as no surprise, says jured.”
Strong, when you consider that she
spent years in the grips of an eating His suggestion following his re-
disorder and was severely under- search is that these runners add lean
weight. In fact, she says, “I was diag- muscle mass to support and offload
nosed with osteopenia and osteopo- the bones. “To do this, these runners
rosis at age 16.” may gain weight and their BMIs will
go up,” he says. “But it will help keep
Strong’s experience is consistent them healthier and in the game.”
with the findings of a new Ohio State
University study led by Timothy L. Lt. Col. Mark Cucuzzella, a pro-
Miller. The team spent three years fessor at West Virginia University
examining the relationship between School of Medicine, says female run-
stress fractures and time to return to ners with low BMIs should be aim-
running on a Division 1 team. They ing to add fat to their bodies. “In this
concluded that the lower the ath- age group, body fat should be in the
lete’s body mass index (BMI), the range of 20 percent to 22 percent for
longer the healing period. hormonal health,” he says. “If it’s not
there, all the calcium and vitamin D
Low weight can lead to trouble. in the world won’t heal a stress frac-
The OSU study identified 24 tibial ture.”
stress fractures in 18 women from
2011 to 2014. The researchers took The issue, he says, is that there are
into consideration the grade of the very few Division 1 female runners
stress fractures using the K-M sys- who hit that mark. “It’s a mismatch,”
tem. “This is a unique classification Cucuzzella says. “Many of these
method because it considers both women will show up at college with
radiographic and clinical evidence,” delayed puberty because they stay
Miller says. “It’s a first-of-its-kind low weight in hopes of better per-
system.” formance. In the end, however, they
Grade I is a stress reaction that ap- break.”
pears only on radiographic results
and doesn’t present with pain. Grade This was very much Strong’s story.
V, at the far end of the spectrum, is “It took three or four stress fractures
a nonunion stress fracture. “These before anyone really brought it up to
are injuries that the patients have me,” she says, “and all along, I was
ignored or mistreated, and surgery under-fueling and underweight. I
may be needed to repair them,” Mill- didn’t get a period the entire time.”
er says. “Essentially, the body has
given up trying to heal these frac- Cucuzzella says that for women
tures.” who haven’t built up the proper bone
In the study, the team found that density by age 20, a lifetime of frac-
the average time to return to run- tures may await. “Coaches, physi-
ning for those with a Grade V injury cians and athletic trainers all need
was 17 weeks, compared with 13.7 to tell this population that it’s okay to
in grades II and III. The researchers add fat and that if they don’t, they’re
also compared the women’s BMIs not going to get healthy.”
with those of uninjured teammates
and found that the women with BMIs Although Strong admits she is nev-
lower than 19 were at a higher risk to er far from the urges to control her
develop stress fractures. eating and stay at a low weight, she is
Miller says that the likelihood for in a much better place than just a few
stress fractures among this popula- years ago. “Since getting it out in the
tion is multi-factorial. “You have to open and working with a nutrition-
take into consideration the type of ist, I’ve had a growth spurt,” she says.
training, the amount of time the run- “I put on about 15 pounds and grew
ners spent building up their mileage, two inches once I started eating.”
as well as their BMI,” he explains.
“There is still more that we need to Even better: She now finds joy
in running and is able to maintain
about 50 miles per week without in-
jury. “I haven’t had a stress fracture
in a full year,” she says. “It’s exciting
to be here.” 

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What to do with your wedding dress after you’ve worn it

The Telegraph

Would you really ever wear your Deconstructing the dress is another
wedding dress again? It’s a question modern option, where you may ask a
that many brides ask themselves be- tailor to create separates, or a tunic to
fore they blow their budget on a dream be worn with trousers.
gown and, as it’s becoming more pop-
ular than ever to eke every last drop out “I think it’s important to give people
of the big day, many of us are now ac- ideas about what you can do with your
tively creating new opportunities and dress afterwards, because tradition-
events to ensure that we fulfill the re- ally the advice would be that you could
wear promise. shorten it or dye it,” Attwell says. “They
are both still valid options, but a lot of
“A lot of people are trying to extend wedding dresses today are less formal
their weddings now, whether that’s than they used to be, meaning that you
with immediate follow-up events like could easily wear it again to a festival, a
lunches and garden parties on the day summer party, a day at the races ... it’s
after, or by taking group trips to events all in the styling.” 
like festivals for a first anniversary,”
says Rachel Attwell, founder of the
popular Wimbledon boutique Luella’s
Bridal. “People are sad to see it end, and
holding onto the dress has traditionally
been a sentiment of that. But now there
are more ways to both extend the cele-
brations and incorporate the dress too.”

For those who think that their tulle
confection may deserve a better after-
life than one spent in a muddy field (or
for those who simply want to get rid),
Attwell says that the market for pre-
loved dresses is also surging, with op-
tions to donate to charity, make some
cash back for yourself, or both.

“A lot of women still like to hang on
to them,” she notes, “but there are also
women who are learning that afterwards
it is possible to sell it on. If you spent a lot
of money on your dress, then you might
want to earn some of that back and use
it for something else – people tend to
not come to us immediately after the
wedding, but six months to a year down
the line, when they have had their hon-
eymoon and are starting to think about
the next stage of their life, maybe buying
a house or starting a family.”

For those who are keen to have a go
at wearing their wedding dress again
though (even if it’s just before cashing it
in), Attwell has some styling suggestions.
“The best things to do would be to either
dress it up or dress it down,” she advises.
“A bohemian, slim wedding dress could
be made more glamorous for the red
carpet, or a black-tie event with glamor-
ous heels and not-bridal jewelry, like an
earcuff instead of a tiara.”

Attwell notes celebrities Liberty Ross
and Keira Knightley as inspirations, af-
ter Ross wore her wedding dress again at
the Oscars last year, and Knightley has
famously worn her dress on more than
one occasion, changing it up every time
like by simply throwing a jacket over her
short Chanel tulle frock for a party or by
wearing black tights and pumps.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection for every woman

The Telegraph

Dior, which celebrates its 70th birth- however, these clothes are stunning,
day this year, has archives so deep and cleverly matched to original outfits
broad that they can be re-interpreted by Dior himself. The opener – a belted
any which way. John Galliano, a previ- jacket and long dirndl in dark gray
ous incumbent at the house, pursued serge wool with flat brogues, based on
the fantasy element – the spirit Chris- a 1953 design, was almost Victorian
tian Dior encapsulated in 1947 when and one of many respectful yet thor-
he designed a wasp-waisted suit that ough overhauls of archival pieces. Bro-
gobbled up as many as 80 meters of ken into each element – the jacket worn
silk at a time when even rayon was ra- with jeans the skirt with a T-shirt or
tioned in some countries.
designers of his time, he proffered an
But Christian Dior wasn’t some de- entire wardrobe for wealthy women of
luded “let them wear ballgowns” mega- elevated taste. He had to. Designers still
lomaniac. “A complete collection should made most of their money from selling
address all types of women in all coun- clothes back then.
tries,” Dior wrote in his second autobi-
ography in 1956. OK, he was definitely It’s this facet of Dior that Maria
megalomaniacal to assume the world
wanted to read all about him – twice.

And at least some of it did. Dior cre-
ated not just a look but a language,
from full skirts and nipped in jackets;
neat, business-like lapels to romantic
shawl necklines; extravagant bows to
small kitten heels; day-time tweeds
to sweeping ballgowns. Like all the

Grazia Chiuri, now almost a year into cashmere – the appeal to many women
her role as Dior’s first female creative in many countries becomes apparent.
director, is tapping into. It was Chiuri
who brought up that quote in the first Chiuri’s is a new, understated Dior.
place and plopped it at the forefront One with aviator jackets and wool all-
of this autumn/winter couture col- in-ones. One where the details reveal
lection’s program notes – quite a bold themselves gradually: the glistening
move. Did she succeed? beads hand-stitched onto the knife-
edge pleats of a skirt where they looked
The broiling heat – the show was like frosted icing, the yoked capes of
in the open air in a courtyard of Les jumpsuits, the gathered Dior-esque
Invalides and it seems Louis XIV did pockets worn at the back or the ghostly
not believe in shade – wasn’t ideal for tracing of tarot cards (something of an
Chiuri’s ankle grazing hounds-tooth obsession of Dior’s) embroidered onto
skirts, Tudor neck-lined velvet dresses a coat. As for the commercial catnip
or sheepskin trimmed jumpsuits. for which Chiuri is becoming noted:
Those skinny knotted belts, the jackets,
But who knew Paris would be this stripped of their lapels to become an el-
hot? Or that the diamonds liberally egant, easy hybrid-blouse, low alligator
dappling a client seated opposite me kitten heels, gossamer voile maxi skirts
would reflect the sun’s rays like a gi- and perfectly proportioned trilbies
ant disco ball, making it hard to see should more than do the trick. 
anything at times. On close inspection

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