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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2017-02-09 15:22:50

02/09/2017 ISSUE 06


Be my Valentine! P2 Ocean emergency P5 Stacked Fifth Avenue

Lovers’ holiday has become a Scientists work to restore A wonderful array of art to feast
$20 billion-a-year business. Florida’s dying coral reefs. on at Eau Gallie gallery. PAGE 13



Welcome to the NEW Officials push to
Melbourne Beachsider get repairs going

Welcome to the premiere is- Repairing the historic town pier – damaged significantly by Hurricane Matthew – will likely cost about $100,000. PHOTO BY JULIAN LEEK STORY BY CHRIS BONANNO STAFF WRITER
sue of the Melbourne Beach- [email protected]
sider, the new weekly news-
paper serving the 50,000 The Melbourne Beach Town
beachside residents of Mel- Commission held a special
bourne Beach, Indialantic, In- meeting Feb. 1 to approve
dian Harbour Beach and Satel- sending out bid packets for re-
lite Beach. pair of the historic town pier,
which Town Manager Tim Day
While all of you are seeing told commissioners will prob-
the Beachsider for the first ably cost about $100,000. The
time today, much of the con- exact amount will become
tent and many of the bylines clear when contractor bids
will look familiar to a number arrive in Day’s office. Bids are
of south Brevard barrier is- due by Feb. 17.
land residents. Since Septem-
ber, we have been mailing this The decking of the pier, lo-
paper weekly to thousands of cated just west of Ryckman
homes under the masthead, Park, sustained “significant
Melbourne Beach 32951. damage” as Hurricane Mat-
thew passed by the area, par-
Why the change?

Competitive battle is shaping up Security expert
for‘Most Fit City’bragging rights to give timely talk
at Henegar Center
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER A healthy competition is afoot in Brevard. Dr. Cliff Bragdon
Indian Harbour Beach, Cocoa [email protected] PHOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER
The contest to become Bre- Beach and Cape Canaveral.
vard’s Most Fit City 2017 has Most people consider trans-
the competitive juices flowing The winning team will be portation security as long lines
and nine community teams determined by the city that waiting to go through the TSA
counting the minutes they are checkpoints at airports. But the
up and moving. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 truth is, transportation security
involves much more than X-
The slate of competitors for rayed luggage and body scans.
the 13-week Mayor’s Fitness
Challenge, which started Feb. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
4 and is sponsored by Health
First, includes the island cities
of Indialantic, Satellite Beach,

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2 Thursday, February 9, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


NEW MELBOURNE BEACHSIDER to homes in Indialantic, Indian Har- Finally, a bit about the company pub- news gathering organization in Indian
bour Beach and Satellite Beach. lishing the Melbourne Beachsider. We River County – with more than twice
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 are not a big newspaper chain head- as many full-time reporters, photogra-
One of the things we have discovered quartered 1,000 miles away. We are your phers and editors in Vero Beach as the
In some ways, Melbourne Beach in six months of publishing Melbourne neighbors on the next barrier island to local daily – and we plan to bring that
32951 has been a victim of its own suc- Beach 32951 is that many of the sto- your south, publishers for the past de- same kind of in-depth local coverage to
cess. It has been so well received by ries we cover impact all these beach- cade of the Indian River County beach- the Brevard barrier island.
beachside residents eager for a publi- side communities. Hence, our decision side newspaper, Vero Beach 32963.
cation that actually covered their com- to share the stories more widely with We have three fulltime professional
munity, that starting with this issue, we thousands of additional Brevard barrier What we’ve learned in that time is journalists already based here in Bre-
are expanding this weekly newspaper island residents. that people who live on these Florida vard county. With your support, there
to not two but three Brevard barrier is- barrier islands are different. For one soon will be more.
land ZIP codes. Needless to say, doubling our circu- thing, they love reading the in-depth
lation also is attractive to advertisers. stories, and looking at the photos and Please spend some time with the
While we will continue to emphasize That’s important. Once upon a time, the ads, in a good newspaper pub- Melbourne Beachsider, explore the
hyperlocal coverage, we can’t econom- news-gathering organizations were lished on bright, white heavy paper various sections and columns, tell us
ically publish separate papers under largely supported by subscription rev- rather than newsprint. what you like, what you want more of,
three different zip code banners – so we enue from readers. But this newspaper and even what you dislike. This is your
have settled on a name that we believe is delivered to mailboxes free. Advertis- Just as Vero Beach 32963 – which community newspaper, and we want to
captures what unites the residents of ing is going to have to carry the costs. started as a 40-page paper just like the hear how you would like us to make it
ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937: the Melbourne Beachsider – has grown to as useful to you as possible.
Melbourne Beachsider. The advertisers you will find in this some weeks contain as many as 104
premiere issue of Melbourne Beachsid- pages of news and information, be- Email your thoughts directly to me at
In addition to the readers who have er are telling us they are ready to support coming the premier island newspaper [email protected].
had so many kind things to say about a weekly newspaper that brings serious in Florida, our hope is this paper will
our coverage in Sunnyland Beach, news coverage to, and is widely read on, quickly expand in coverage and con- In the meantime, enjoy this premiere
Floridana Beach, Melbourne Shores the Brevard barrier island. We strongly tent as well. issue – and please support our advertis-
and the town of Melbourne Beach, the urge you to patronize these advertisers – ers!
Beachsider will be mailed each week and others we hope will soon join us. We have assembled the largest local
– Milton R. Benjamin


MELBOURNE BEACH PIER rotted through; we’ll replace a board.’ MY $20 billion proves we and
You’ve got to stay on top of this thing,” TAKE
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Day said. “I want [the pier] . . . to be businesses love Valentine’s Day
something people say, ‘Wow, this is a
ticularly on the outer third of the pier, nice thing to be hanging out on.’” STORY BY BILL SOKOLIC STAFF WRITER visited him during his confinement. Be-
or its westernmost portion. Addition- [email protected] fore his death, it’s alleged he wrote her a
ally, Day said some of the pilings ei- In other business, commissioners letter signed “From your Valentine,” an
ther snapped or came up out of the unanimously approved asking the “Fifty Shades Darker” opens Friday expression that is still in use today.
riverbed. Florida Department of Transportation in movie theaters in the Melbourne
to study an expanded area of Highway area. Unless you’ve been asleep at the “By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks
FEMA will pay 75 percent of the re- A1A near Magnolia Avenue in relation wheel for the past few years, you know to this reputation, Valentine would be-
pair costs and the state and town will to a potentially dangerous curve in the the film is the second in a series based come one of the most popular saints
be responsible for 12.5 percent each. road in the area. on erotic novels with the same names. in England and France,” according to
As part of those repairs, much of The FDOT previously investigated Yes, I saw the first. Not bad, I must
the “housing structure” at the end of the curve in relation to a single resi- say. But I won’t be buying tickets for Which brings us back to the tales of An-
the dock will be torn down. dence in the vicinity, Simmons said. opening night. My lovely wife Carol astasia Steele and Christian Grey, the lov-
prefers to see it on Tuesday. Valentine’s ers who are the stars of the Fifty Shades
“There’s just no other way around “Their solution was addressed on Day. So much more romantic that way, franchise. Carol read all the books. More
it; it’s going to have to come down,” what does this one person have to deal don’t you think? than once. She says the second book
Day said. with, and I think it’s a little bit bigger upon which the current movie was based
than that,” Simmons said. “So hope- FatWallet, an online shopping site, was the best of the bunch, in which Anas-
Mayor Jim Simmons said he hoped fully they’ll come in and take a little says up to a third of us attend movies tasia falls in love with her wealthy suitor,
to have repairs completed by early bigger snapshot and maybe address on Valentine’s Day, many with dinner the aforementioned Mr. Grey.
May. what they can for the residents.” thrown in. In addition, approximately
150 million Valentine’s Day cards are I didn’t go beyond a few pages of the
“Hopefully we’ll have it ready for Simmons said it is hard for resi- exchanged annually, making Valen- initial novel, but the books did won-
Founder’s Day,” Simmons said, not- dents living near the curve to make a tine’s Day the second most popular ders for us. During Superstorm Sandy
ing that town-sponsored events such left-hand turn onto A1A. card-sending holiday after Christmas. in 2012, we bucked the tide and rode
as the fishing tournament and raft out the storm in our duplex in Ventnor,
race utilize the pier. “Right after that, “There’s some houses there that if Valentine’s Day supposedly is New Jersey. During a dark, powerless
we have the Pineapple Triathlon that you pulled out and try to make a left- named for a 5th century Christian October night, Carol kept company
runs off the pier in early June.” hand turn . . . I wouldn’t do it. I was martyr, but has origins in the Roman with candlelight, Chardonnay and “Fif-
in somebody’s driveway and I went to holiday Lupercalia. Roman. Romance. ty Shades of Grey.” And me, of course.
Simmons added that a planned make a left-hand turn and ended up It all makes perfect sense. The martyr,
“re-decking” of the entire pier was in making a right-hand turn [instead]. a future saint named Valentine, may So, I will trot off to the movies on Feb.
last year’s budget. Day said he hoped It’s an inconvenience for sure and it is have been killed for attempting to 14. I will also contribute to the card
those upgrades could begin in May or a safety issue if you’re trying to make help Christians escape harsh Roman count, buying two, one sappy and sweet,
June, after the storm damage repairs a left-hand turn.” prisons, where they were often beaten and one more to my liking that is funny.
are done. and tortured. How’s that for romance? The movie will substitute for a dozen
At the same time, he acknowledged roses, which would just go off and die in
“I want to replace the decking and any potential changes have to be One legend says an imprisoned Val- a week after being pretty and fragrant.
the arm rails and the kick plate be- carefully calculated. entine sent the first “valentine” greeting
cause it’s all rotted. It’s deteriorated,” himself after he fell in love with a young I know I’m disappointing the flower
Day said. “You’ve got to balance that with girl – maybe his jailor’s daughter – who industry which depends on the holiday
anything that slows down traffic on
Regardless of when the repairs to A1A and pushes people onto the side
the damaged section of the pier and streets,” Simmons said. “Traffic is like
the re-decking take place, Day said water – it will find the path of least re-
the town has to be vigilant to guard sistance and we want them to stay on
against decay. A1A.” 

“You can’t just do it and then walk
away from it and then say, ‘OK, a board

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Coloring the Causeway: Hue better believe it!

1 23
4 56

7 89


1. Alyssa Ardhya and Lulu Friedland with Elvin and Steve Wilson. 2. Joyce Evans and Noel Karr with Pippi.
3. Dede Slentz, Alison Slentz Lamarre, Lauren Nagy, Mary Beth Harris and Amy Ferguson. 4. Jerenda Portlock
and Ashley Ramos. 5. Tonya Morales, Rachel McLain and Alex Larson. 6. Georg Baker, Andy Gandolfi and Kelly
Melle. 7. Pamela Pistor, Brian Browne and Debbie Lindsey. 8. Cathy Ridner and Cordell Rolle. 9. Cara Philpot and

Elaborately costumed in a wide variety of multi-colored outfits, they came,
they walked, they hoped to conquer – all forms of cancer at the Coloring the
Causeway for a Cure 5K Run/Walk. Sponsored by ITG Realty, the multihued
participants dressed in the cancer color(s) they were supporting and made
the trek over the Melbourne Causeway to help local individuals and families
affected by cancer through the Cancer Care Centers Foundation of Brevard
and SCREW Cancer (Surviving Cancer Requires Eternal Will). 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, February 9, 2017 9


Show-offs! Politicos on Parade have fun on runway

decided to purchase a pair of animal Walt Johnson, who served as the event’s
print shoes she modeled. emcee.

Susin, playing off of a nod to Presi- A raffle held during the luncheon
dent Trump, paired the suit he mod- also helped to raise additional funds,
eled in the evening attire portion of the all of which will be used for expanded
show with an exceeding long tie. citizen education on voting rights and
other important local, state and nation-
A number of other elected officials al issues.
also attended the event, including
Brevard County Clerk of Courts Scott For more information about the
Ellis, Melbourne City Councilwoman League of Women Voters of the Space
Yvonne Minus and Titusville Mayor Coast visit 

Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson, Fran Baer, Ron Bobay. Matt Susin, William Capote, Ed Martinez, Karalyn Woulas,
Tina Descovich and Mindy Gibson. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER

STORY BY CHRIS BONANNO STAFF WRITER Doreen Archer and Lynn Pemburton.
[email protected]
Karalyn Woulas, Cocoa Beach City
Political officials came together to Commission member; Matt Susin, who
help raise money for the League of serves on the Brevard County School
Women Voters of the Space Coast at Board representing District 4; William
the Politicos on Parade Luncheon and Capote, mayor of Palm Bay; and Ed
Fashion Show last Friday afternoon at Martinez, Cocoa Beach City Commis-
the Suntree Country Club. sion member.

“It is our bi-annual fundraiser where Gibson said she enjoyed the experi-
we invite to people to come and watch ence, despite initially feeling complete-
the modeling of newly-elected officials ly unnerved about modeling before the
and hope that they will also listen and assembled crowd. She was so happy
hear our message, which of course is with a cute pair of heels she modeled
what is most important, which is get- that she ended up buying them.
ting our message out to public,” said
Fran Baer, current LWV president. “The “It’s fun,” said Gibson. “You’re so wor-
message is that voting matters, that in- ried you’re going to fall or, you know,
formed voting matters. And we see our- make a funny face. And all these people
selves as being available and ready be- are staring at you, but it was also really
cause of our study that we do to discuss fun too, to just get out there and relax.”
the issues of the day with the public in
open forums in print and online.” “That was my first time ever model-
ing in anything so it was a little awk-
Following a delightful lunch, six new ward at first, but the crowd was great
politicos walked the runway, modeling and supportive so it was actually a lot of
an assortment of spring fashions that fun,” said Descovich, who, like Gibson,
included casual, business and evening
apparel from La Moda Boutique in
Suntree and Men’s Wearhouse in Mel-

The afternoon’s models were Tina
Descovich, who serves on the Brevard
County School Board representing
District 3; Melinda “Mindy” Gibson,
Satellite Beach City Council member;


12 Thursday, February 9, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


‘Private Lives’: Belly laughs, but some hard to stomach

STORY BY MICHELLE GENZ STAFF WRITER stock market crash, the clothes still re- Liana Hunt and Jason Laughlin. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
[email protected] flected the glamor of the Roaring ’20s,
charmeuse gleaming like ganache and and Three. Once the two in Couple One I heard several in the audience remark
If you want to spend a perfectly good suits fitted to a T. happen to step out without their bet- that the smack-down humor was insen-
evening thinking about the worst rela- ter halves and hear the orchestra below sitive to an issue so many in the com-
tionship of your life, Riverside Theatre’s Dark though the play quickly turns, playing their song, they each start sing- munity work to prevent. I spent much of
“Private Lives” is just the thing. Coward’s premise is pure farce: A di- ing it, discovering each other and the the evening wondering who in the audi-
vorced couple (Amanda, played by passion starts to burn white-hot again. ence was longing for a trigger warning.
The comedy of manners, a genre Catherine Gowl; and Elyot, played by
meant to poke fun at upper-class af- Jason Loughlin) both remarry, then In minutes, they’ve slipped the mari- “Certain women should be struck
fectations, turns on some unfunny, un- find themselves in adjacent rooms on tal noose, bolted for Paris together and regularly – like gongs,” says Elyot to
mannerly behavior; the great Noel Cow- their respective honeymoons. are back at it in Amanda’s apartment. Amanda matter-of-factly in defense of
ard laced his most famous play with In a state of near stupor, they take a his having slapped her across the face.
enough laugh lines between dope slaps The play, directed by Riverside regu- break and turn from sex to brandy. The Gates says we’re not offended because
to keep a Riverside audience chuckling lar James Brennan, opens with their teasing doesn’t stop, though, and when the abuse goes both ways: Amanda
in spite of itself last week. new spouses Sibyl (Liana Hunt) and Elyot reads the signal wrong and starts had just broken a record over his head.
Victor (Spencer Plachy) each having a kissing Amanda’s neck too purpose- I guess Gates hasn’t considered the
After a long string of musicals, it was turn on the terrace, gunning to get their fully, she breezily turns away: too full strength disparity that might make the
a treat to have Riverside’s big-budget betrothed to dish on the ex. Their jeal- from dinner, she says. That too-familiar next gong strike more consequential.
main stage dedicated to a straight play ousies are as apparent as their short- contretemps triggers rage on the part
and an iconic one at that. The opening- comings. The starry-eyed Sibyl and the of Elyot. Locked on to a target who has Beneath the farcical circumstance is
night anticipation was further piqued clunky traditionalist Victor are both in veered off into the blue, he figures out a disturbing notion that defies comedic
as the curtain rose on Allen Cornell’s for some major surprises; despite the another way to fire his missile: he goes approach. Coward was all too familiar,
stunning set, a confection of a French shut-ups they get in reply to their lead- ballistic. a closeted gay man in 1930, of the in-
Riviera hotel, its façade complete with ing questions, they may as well be blow- delible impulses that trail love yet are
entwined plaster dolphins set in an ing on hot coals. Even an agreed-upon truce word kept safely out of sight, like the sting-
arched niche. And Gail Baldoni’s cos- can’t stop the resulting domestic vio- ing tentacles of a gossamer man-of-war.
tumes continued the illusion on the As the two newlywed couples take lence. And that is what you have to call “Private Lives” wants us to laugh at that
good-looking cast of four (five, count- turns emerging from their respective it, mutual though it is, and despite the sting, presenting an abusive relation-
ing the welcome cameo of Andrea suites, their chit-chat only hints at the funny flying feathers of the pillow fight, ship as a banana-peel gag.
Gallo as the fussing French maid). For push-pull of past love: the inevitable the startling smash of the lamps and
a play written just a year after the 1929 ennui of Couple One for Couples Two the nicely executed somersaults over At a time when “no” means no and
the couch. guns are pulled over the last slice of piz-
za, lines like “If you don’t stop scream-
I found it hard to stomach, particu- ing, I’ll murder you,” or “I should like to
larly with few hints from the generally cut off your head with a meat axe,” may
unsubtle acting of the black moods that have lost their sense of hyperbole.
drive such episodes – a few choice lines
muttered or growled would have helped Coward then ties a bow around
set that stage. Nor was there a sense the piece – more like buckling the
of the intense sexual attraction that leather straps – by adding contagion
would have compelled the couple to to the toxin. With a device he used in
hang on. Loughlin’s Elyot didn’t let his more than one play, Coward lets the
dandy down enough to make a 21st cen- lover-combatants slip off to continue
tury audience feel the heat; and Gowl’s their banging – in both senses, while
Amanda, though her lines were racy the action continues on stage: Their
and her delivery coy, never seemed to spouses, having discovered the cheat-
lose herself to lust. ing pair in their Paris lair, start up a
good row of their own. Fwap! goes Sib-
The New York Times’ Anita Gates yl’s hand across Victor’s face as Elyot
was wowed at a production in Hart- winks at Amanda: Aw, so cute. There’s
ford, Conn., two years ago that Coward hope for those two, too! As Victor vio-
could pack a script with domestic vio- lently shakes Sibyl by the shoulders,
lence and it doesn’t offend us 85 years Amanda and Elyot tiptoe off together,
later. That wasn’t the case at Riverside. back to the front of love. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, February 9, 2017 13


A buffet of art to feast on at Fifth Avenue Gallery

STORY BY ELLEN FISCHER COLUMNIST Ellen Pavlakos, a sculptor who had with pottery by outside vendors. for her work to take center stage.
[email protected] just joined the gallery, brought in her Each member artist’s display in- Not counting her 76-inch-long cast

Prepare to stay a while when visiting husband Andrew, a designer and build- cludes a selection of works; those exhib- resin mermaid suspended from the gal-
its change and their placement within lery’s ceiling, Pavlakos’ figural works
Eau Gallie’s Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. er of custom homes and commercial the gallery rotates at intervals. are made of bronze. They are just plain
heavy and inconvenient to move.
There’s a lot to see. buildings. He took on the challenge of The exception to this is the work of
Pavlakos, whose sculptures occupy “She’s a little bitty person. It’s always
The member-owned and -operated designing a structure specifically to pedestals and a large riser at the center hard for me to think of her standing in a
of the gallery. Although she has been metal foundry,” says Mittleman.
gallery boasts a roster of 18 artists who house an art gallery. Completed in 1985, a Fifth Avenue member since 1979,
there is ultimately a practical reason And while her figures are smaller
work in painting, printmaking, sculp- the building has served its purpose well
ture, jewelry and mixed media. That last ever since.

category includes a nautilus rendered The street-facing front part of the

in glowing neon tubing. Mounted atop gallery, separated from the main body

a pure white stretched canvas, “Our of the interior by freestanding walls, is

Chambered Lives” by Heather Kelley is reserved for temporary solo and group

the first thing you see when you set foot exhibitions. Artists who exhibit there

in the gallery, and the last thing you will are not necessary members. Its current

turn to look at when you leave. exhibition, “Child’s Play: A Journey into MAGIC
On a recent afternoon two of the gal- Imagination,” features oil paintings by

lery’s artists, Barbara Desrosiers and Lisa Mistiuk, who resides with her hus-

Lois Mittleman, were on duty to greet band, an automotive designer, and their

children in greater Detroit.

​Marlis Newman, “Make Lemonade”, acrylic on canvas. The artist and her fam-
ily lived for a time on the

Space Coast. Back in 2011

Mistiuk, a California na-

tive and a recent graduate

of San Francisco’s Acad-

emy of Art University,

showed her work in two

of Fifth Avenue’s group

shows. During her brief

time with the gallery Mis-

tiuk, by dint of her artistic

talent and congeniality,

made a lasting impression

on her colleagues. They

still follow her progress,

both as an artist and as a

doting mother.

“She uses her children as

models for her paintings,”

visitors and ring up sales; each member says Mittleman.

commits a couple days a month to staff- Roughly half of the 20 works on dis-

ing the gallery. play from Mistiuk are paintings of chil- JOIN US FOR A RARE OPPORTUNITY
Desrosiers is a painter and photogra- dren quietly playing or daydreaming.
pher who sometimes mixes those me- The most ambitious of these is “High
diums in her work. Mittleman creates Seas and an Office Chair,” a canvas
jewelry variously of metal, glass and that shows a little boy in a paper cap COLLECTION OF AMERICAN-MADE ART AND JEWELRY

semiprecious stone. The two are also, solemnly rotating the legs of an over-

respectively, Fifth Avenue’s publicity turned swivel chair-turned-ship’s

head and exhibit chair. For a first-time wheel. Both he and his craft are threat-

visitor, their presence is a bonus; both ened – in imagination only – by a realis-

are eager to relate the gallery’s history tically painted wall of water that crests

and offer the lowdown on the artists over the boy’s head and splashes onto

who show there. the carpet – er, deck – in front of him.

Founded in 1975, Fifth Avenue Gal- Three small still-life paintings in the

lery was originally located on Fifth Av- show portray part of a toddler’s wooden

enue in Indialantic, Florida. The name train set, a folded paper airplane and a

stuck; the location didn’t. According to few sticks of crayon, respectively. Placed

Mittleman, the gallery’s early life was against ambiguous backgrounds with

marked by moves from one rental retail not a child in sight, these unassuming

space to another; none of them seemed gems speak volumes about the simple

just right. pleasures of childhood.

In 1981 the gallery’s members pur- Beyond the exhibition of Mistiuk’s

chased land on the Eau Gallie district’s pictures, the lion’s share of the gal- 2910 CARDINAL DR.
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ent-day Foosaner Art Museum) and de- Avenue’s member artists, along with

cided to build a gallery there. a few shelving units that are stocked

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than life-size, Pavlakos’ skill in model- of a red shouldered hawk. COMING UP: ‘LADY DAY,’
ing the human form and the dignity Desrosiers didn’t have to stand in a ‘PRIVATE LIVES,’ ‘POPS’
with which she imbues her subjects
give them a monumental feel. swamp to photograph this subject. STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER 3 On the Main Stage at the King
“This guy was very gracious. He ac- [email protected] Center in Melbourne next Sat-
Most of the members of the gallery
have little formal art education out- tually lives in our neighborhood,” she 1 The Billie Holiday revue, “Lady urday, Feb. 18, the Brevard Symphony
side of self-directed study in museum- says. Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille,” Orchestra will present its annual Pops
sponsored classes and workshops. It
is instead the desire to create, along Mittleman, who has a bachelor’s continues upstairs at the Henegar concert, ever a joyful, hum-along fa-
with a wealth of experience in non-art degree in music education from In-
careers, which has guided each art- diana University, started weaving in Center. This award-winning musical vorite. “Hooray for Hollywood,” un-
ist’s style and vision. 1980 after an artist friend taught her
to make baskets. In 1999 her attention takes place in a seedy bar in Phila- der the baton of Principal Conductor
For example, although Barbara Des- turned to jewelry. Mittleman’s mate-
rosiers holds a BFA in studio art from rials include brass, copper and ster- delphia where Billie Holiday is giving Christopher Confessore, will show-
the University of Rhode Island, it was ling silver, sometimes in combination
marriage to a military chaplain and the with ready-made beads of ceramic, what turns out to be one of last perfor- case favorite scores to films including
couple’s subsequent 25 years of world glass and stone.
travel that inspire much of her work. mances of her extraordinary life, only “The Magnificent Seven” and “To Kill
She paints using the ancient technique She says her training as a musician
of encaustic, applying hot, pigmented and her work as a visual artist have four months before her tragic death, a Mockingbird.” Also on the program,
wax onto panels. The wax makes for a few things in common: timbre (or
thickly textured paintings that appear emotional resonance), tone, color, from alcoholism and heroin. Songs the title song to one of Hollywood’s
to glow from within. Three paintings balance, form and dynamics.
from her rose window series on display include such show stoppers as “God greatest movie musicals, “Singin’ in
typify her interest in abstract geometry To those artful qualities she adds
with spiritual undertones. one more: the ability to take risks. Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and the Rain,” this one likely to prompt a

Desrosiers is also a digital photog- Pointing to a pair of domed copper “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” bit of nostalgia, with the recent death
rapher who spent about two years earrings, Mittleman explains that the
“out in the wetlands” shooting her silvery lunar landscape covering half Directed by Palm Harbaugh, “Lady of actress Debbie Reynolds. She was
favored subject, Florida’s birds. She of each earring was made by melting
sometimes overlays her photographic a bit of sterling silver onto the copper. Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grille” runs only 19 when she sang and danced her
imagery with her translucent encaus-
tic medium; an example is “Hawk “I heat it with the torch and hope through Feb. 19. way to fame in the beloved 1952 musi-
Eyed Guardian,” a portrait in profile that it will go somewhere that I like,”
she says. cal. The concert will also pay tribute

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 2 Noel Coward’s 1930 comedy of to that giant of film score composers,
1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne.  manners, “Private Lives,” con- John Williams, on the occasion of his

tinues its run at the Riverside Theatre 85th birthday, with a performance of

in Vero Beach, through Feb. 19. “Pri- his most recent music for “Star Wars:

vate Lives” is the story of a formerly The Force Awakens.” Performances

married couple who find themselves are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

face to face at the hotel where they are

honeymooning with their new spous- 4 If you have a touch of Irish in
es. When passion reignites, the cycle your blood, you’ll enjoy a Sun-

of love and fury shift into high gear in day afternoon of music from the Em-

what is considered one of the most so- erald Isle at the Cocoa Village Play-

phisticated comedies ever written. house next Sunday, Feb. 19. New York

performer and playhouse

favorite Margaret Cross re-

turns to the charming little

venue with “May the Road

Rise Up to Meet You,” an

afternoon of songs, sto-

ries, dancing and come-

dy. Celebrating the music

and history of Ireland, the

show offers a look at the

immigrants who shaped

Brevard Symphony the American dream. The
Orchestra. performance starts at 2

p.m. 

16 Thursday, February 9, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


IRMC tips scales with new ‘team’ weight-loss program

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Dr. Gregory MacKay. balloon procedures, lets his enthu- by Medicare and private insurance.
[email protected] siasm swell as he elaborates: “We Bariatric surgery is and medical
PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE are setting up the program now so weight loss is in many cases,” but
“A comprehensive team ap- that we’re ready to take people from not the bariatric balloon procedure.
proach,” says the Mayo Clinic, is the That mirrors the Mayo Clinic ap- day one, starting in March, and real-
best way to help people who’ve been proach which calls for “a team of ly help them maximize their weight So what is the balloon cost likely
fighting – and losing – the battle of medical experts, including endocri- loss and maximize them getting to be? MacKay candidly says, “We
the bulge. nologists, gastroenterologists, sur- healthy. It’s more than just losing haven’t made the final determina-
geons, dietitians and psychologists weight. It’s about getting healthy.” tion, but it may be in the $7,000 to
Starting this March that’s exact- to help identify candidates who $8,000 range.”
ly what the Indian River Medical could most benefit from weight-loss For those deemed best suited for
Center will be offering, with seven surgeries or procedures.” the bariatric balloon procedure, a Patients do, however, get more
doctors working together to treat connected pair of deflated balloons than just a balloon in the belly for
patients who need to lose weight for Mackay, one of four team mem- will be inserted by endoscope down their seven grand.
health reasons. bers who will be doing the bariatric the throat and into the stomach,
where they will be filled with a sa- According to MacKay, “they also
Dr. Gregory MacKay (pronounced line solution that expands them to get a Fitbit exercise tracker that re-
mack-key), board-certified in both roughly the size of tennis balls. No cords all their data on a daily basis
internal medicine and gastroenter- incisions are made anywhere. so they know how they’re doing.
ology, offers details: There’s also a place where you do
According to the FDA, the bal- a food diary, a log of what you’re
“We here at IRMC,” says MacKay, loons do their work by “occupying eating, so that you can really keep
“are doing a comprehensive weight- space in the stomach,” which trig- track of your progress. This is an ev-
loss program. We have our medi- gers a feeling of “fullness” so the pa- eryday thing. Once you get into this
cal bariatric physician, Dr. Felice tient doesn’t experience food crav- program, it’s not like, ‘Here’s your
Haake, we have Dr. Theodore Perry, ings and therefore eats less. balloon, good luck.’ You’re going to
who does the bariatric surgery, and be busy. You’re going to be working
for those who don’t want to go into Since the balloons can only stay at this [every day].”
a major surgery with permanent safely inside the stomach for six
changes to their anatomy, there’s months, the IRMC team’s biggest The Fitbit use and a private pa-
the balloon option: a temporary job is actually teaching and training tient “portal,” or secure online re-
bariatric balloon.” people how to re-think their eating porting destination, tips for healthy
and exercise habits to maximize the living, community forums, recipes
CM period of reduced appetite. and exercise ideas will be augment-
COLLINS & MONTZ DENTISTRY ed by regular consultations with
And since this comprehensive the medical team.
cosmetic dentistry  preventive dentistry weight loss program isn’t just a
restorative dentistry  dental implants white-coated version of a TV lose- That, says MacKay, is important
weight-fast plan, MacKay candidly since he candidly points out, that
Experience the fusion of traditional points out that not everyone will be for many people, “It’s not easy hav-
values and modern dentistry. a candidate for the bariatric balloon ing a balloon in [their stomach],
procedure. during the first week particularly.”
Dr. J. Hunter Collins Dr. Roger Montz
For starters, in order to qualify, “The first week, your body is not
524 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 patients need to have a body-mass used to it,” MacKay explains. “Most
index (or BMI, an estimate of body people have nausea, vomiting, ab-
(321) 725-6565 fat based on height and weight) of dominal pain or discomfort.” But
between 30 and 40, and at least one that dissipates fairly quickly and co-morbidity or health condition creates that feeling of “fullness,”
such as high blood pressure, type 2 which lessens the urge to eat. MacK-
diabetes or high cholesterol. ay and his fellow team members are
anything but shy in explaining what
Moreover, Mackay says the gastric lies ahead for their balloon patients.
balloon treatment is “not covered
With the proper precautions, in-
cluding a regimen of acid-block-
ers and the elimination of certain
stomach-irritating over-the-coun-
ter drugs such as Advil, Aleve and
ibuprofen, the 20-minute outpa-
tient balloon procedure can pro-
duce impressive results.

According to MacKay, “dur-
ing the first six months, people
lose between 25 and 40 percent of
their excess body weight. So with
a 200-pound woman, the average
weight loss is 29 pounds.”

Dr. Gregory MacKay’s office is at
3450 11th Court, Suite 206 in Vero
Beach. The phone number is 772-
299-3511. 

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Grandparents who help care for grandkids live longer

STORY BY MADELINE KENNEDY friends or neighbors lived for seven was not involved in the study. improve health, and too many caring
The Christian Science Monitor years after the study began, whereas “Caregiving may be thought also as responsibilities can take away from
non-helpers lived for four years on av- other beneficial activities like work-
Grandparents who help out oc- erage. an activity that keeps caregivers phys- ing, being in social clubs, or volun-
casionally with childcare or provide ically and mentally active,” Professor teering.
support to others in their community “Caregiving may give caregivers Arpino said by email, adding that pre-
tend to live longer than seniors who a purpose of life because caregivers vious studies suggest that caregiving “Children should take into consid-
do not care for other people, accord- may feel useful for the others and for may improve cognitive functioning, eration their parents’ needs, willing-
ing to a study from Berlin, Germany. the society,” said Bruno Arpino, an mental and physical health. ness, and desires and agree with them
associate professor at Pompeu Fabra on the timing and amount of child-
Having full-time custody of grand- University in Barcelona, Spain, who Arpino noted, however, that care- care,” Arpino suggested. 
children can have a negative effect on giving is not the only activity that can
health, but occasional helping can be
beneficial for seniors, the researchers
write in the journal Evolution and Hu-
man Behavior.

“Having no contact with grand-
children at all can negatively impact
the health of grandparents,” said lead
author Sonja Hilbrand, doctoral stu-
dent in the department of psychology
at the University of Basel in Switzer-

“This link could be a mechanism
deeply rooted in our evolutionary past
when help with childcare was crucial
for the survival of the human spe-
cies,” Hilbrand told Reuters Health by

The findings are drawn from data
on more than 500 people over age 70
in the Berlin Aging Study.

The participants completed inter-
views and medical tests every two
years between 1990 and 2009.

The researchers did not include any
grandparents who were the primary
caregivers for their grandchildren,
only those who cared for grandchil-
dren occasionally.

The study team compared this
group with seniors who provided sup-
port for non-family members, such
as friends or neighbors, and seniors
who did not provide any care to other

Overall, after accounting for grand-
parents’ age and general state of
health, the risk of dying over a 20-year
period was one-third lower for grand-
parents who cared for their grandchil-
dren, compared with grandparents
who did not provide any childcare.

Half of the grandparents who cared
for grandchildren were still alive 10
years after the initial interview. The
same was true for participants who
did not have grandchildren but sup-
ported their adult children in some
way, such as helping with housework.

In contrast, about half of the par-
ticipants who did not help others died
within five years of the start of the

Caregiving was linked with lon-
ger life even when the care recipient
wasn’t a relative. Half of all child-
less seniors who provided support to

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Why dietary magnesium offers lower-risk rewards

[email protected]
the role of magnesium in food and etables such as spinach and okra, sap the body of magnesium. And
A new study analyzed data from reducing the risk of disease.” whole grains, pumpkin and sun- people with any sort of malabsorp-
previous studies involving more flower seeds, black beans and soy- tion disorder, such as Chrohn’s
than a million people across nine The current Recommended Di- beans, and certain nuts – almonds, disease or pancreatitis, have to be
countries and concluded that a etary Allowance for magnesium cashews and peanuts. Meats and particularly mindful of their mag-
diet rich in magnesium may reduce in adults over age 31 is 420 mg per milk have an intermediate content nesium levels.
the risk of coronary heart disease, day for men and 320 mg per day of magnesium, while processed
stroke and type-2 diabetes. for women. However, surveys have foods generally have the lowest, In addition to possibly putting
shown that the average magne- as the “refining” process removes people at higher risk for coronary
In their analysis, researchers sium intake is significantly below many of the nutrients these foods heart disease, stroke and type-2
from two universities in China the RDA, by somewhere between 20 once had. diabetes, a magnesium deficiency
looked at data from 40 studies cov- percent and 50 percent. Put anoth- can lead to other health complica-
ering a period from 1999 to 2016 to er way, approximately 75 percent Vero’s Dr. Peter says that while tions. The early signs of magne-
investigate associations between of adults in the United States con- eating foods rich in magnesium is sium deficiency are vague, and can
dietary magnesium and various sume less than the recommended the best way to make sure our levels be attributable to many conditions:
diseases. They found that people amount of magnesium. are adequate, supplements can also loss of appetite, headache, nausea,
who consumed high levels of di- be helpful; especially since most fatigue and weakness. An ongoing
etary magnesium had a 10 per- High levels of dietary magnesium American don’t get as much of this magnesium deficiency can lead to
cent lower risk of coronary heart can be found in leafy green veg- particular mineral as they need. more serious symptoms, including
disease, a 12 percent lower risk of He says “it’s a good idea to ask your numbness and tingling, seizures,
stroke, and a 26 percent lower risk doctor to include a screening for muscle contractions and cramps,
of type-2 diabetes compared to magnesium in your next blood test. and personality changes.
those with low consumption levels. If the results show a deficiency, you
should think about taking a supple- “Many people don’t realize how
These results don’t surprise Vero ment, as doing so carries little or no important it is to overall health
Beach cardiologist Arley Peter. risk.” to take in an adequate amount of
Magnesium is one of the six major magnesium,” Dr. Peter says.
minerals needed in large amounts Dr. Peter says that being aware of
by the human body; Dr. Peter a potential deficiency is especially “Many cardiologists recommend
says that it is vital for many meta- important if you are taking medica- the Mediterranean diet for their
bolic functions, including muscle tions that can deplete your body’s heart patients, which emphasizes
and nerve function, normal heart supply of magnesium; such medi- fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and
rhythm, blood-glucose control and cations include acid blockers and poultry. This is also a good eating
blood-pressure regulation. “Basi- antacids, blood-pressure drugs, approach to keep magnesium levels
cally, magnesium is part of every cholesterol agents and corticoste- high.”
cell function there is,” he says. roids.
Dr. Peter’s office is located at 787
(The other five major minerals Excessive consumption of alco- 37th Street, Suite E260. The phone
people need in large supply are hol, caffeine and sugars can also number is 772-999-3996. 
calcium, sodium, potassium, phos-
phorous and chloride.)

Lead study author Dr. Fudi Wang
of the School of Public Health at
Zhejiang University said, “Low lev-
els of magnesium in the body have
been associated with a range of dis-
eases … [and] our meta-analysis
provides the most up-to-date evi-
dence supporting a link between

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Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital tions would clear the way for Trump to authorize a the smallest details of U.S. military and intelligence
of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important operations, often to the point of inaction.
for more than seven months. There had been doz- stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say
ens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top na- militants are plotting attacks outside Syria. Trump has made it clear that he prefers to go
tional security team, scores of draft battle plans and with his gut and has promised a swift and brutal
hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s na- campaign that will “utterly destroy” the Islamic
tional security team deemed it wholly insufficient State. In meetings with his national security team,
There were no good options, but Obama’s top and swiftly tossed it. he has signaled his desire to give Defense Secretary
foreign policy advisers were convinced that they Jim Mattis, whom he regularly refers to by the nick-
had finally settled on an approach that could work To the incoming Trump administration, Obama’s name “Mad Dog,” a free hand in doing whatever it
– arming Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, current approach was so incremental and risk-averse that it takes to fight terrorism.
and former U.S. officials said. There was just one was almost certain to fail. “They provided the infor-
problem: The Obama team had deliberated for so mation, but we found huge gaps in it,” said a senior It is up to Mattis and the rest of Trump’s nation-
long that there was little time left to pull the trigger. Trump administration official who reviewed the doc- al security team to translate the president’s cam-
Trump’s advisers had also sent word that they want- ument. “It was poor staff work.” paign-trail pronouncements into policy. Trump’s
ed to make the decision. more aggressive approach could speed the de-
The Obama White House viewed its Syria plans as struction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but
So on Jan. 17, just three days before the transfer the product of years of experience in a region where it also could lead to an increase in civilian deaths,
of power, Obama directed his national security ad- every move carries unintended and potentially fueling anger toward the United States.
viser to hand over to the Trump team a paper de- catastrophic consequences. Those who steered the
tailing the plan to arm the Kurds, including talking Obama administration’s Syria policy insisted that the Trump and his top advisers also could decide to
points that President Trump could use to explain new White House did not understand the complexity increase coordination with Russia and even Syr-
the move to Turkey’s president, who officials knew of the issue, but soon would. ian President Bashar al-Assad to seize Raqqa. Or
would be furious. The Turks viewed the Kurdish he could ultimately conclude, as Obama did, that
fighters as terrorists and their No. 1 enemy. The troubled handoff of one of the United States’ arming the Kurds represents the best of several bad
most vexing national security problems shows how options.
Obama hoped that his last-minute prepara- far the pendulum has swung between two presidents
who in many ways are opposites. Obama sweated The policy dilemmas that Obama and his team

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spent more than seven months deliberating will be First images of U.S. Special Operations forces in the fight to retake Raqqa. on the need to consult with the Trump team. There
decided over the course of the next 30 days in a review was no point taking such a consequential step if the
led by Mattis and the Pentagon. Trump has directed A member of the People’s Protection Units in a village close to the front line. new president might reverse it.
his defense secretary to bring him multiple options
and to ignore the restrictions on troop numbers and about terrorist attacks being planned inside the city. At the end of the meeting, Rice thanked everyone
civilian casualties that were put in place by Obama. On Jan. 10, just 10 days before Trump’s inaugu- for their hard work and led a champagne toast.

“The message to the Pentagon was to widen the ration, Obama’s top advisers huddled in the White Shortly afterward, Rice spoke to retired Army Lt.
aperture,” said the senior administration official, House Situation Room to weigh the Kurdish propos- Gen. Michael Flynn, her counterpart in the incoming
who, like other current and former officials, spoke al, which would be the last major national security administration, about the proposal.
on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive decision of the outgoing administration.
planning. “Give us all of your options.” “Don’t approve it,” Flynn responded, according to
Carter argued that the Kurds understood that they two former officials briefed on the exchange. “We’ll
The policy dilemma facing Trump began with a would have to turn Raqqa over to local Arab forces make the decision.”
decision made by the Obama administration in a as soon as the Islamic State was defeated.
moment of desperation in 2014. On Jan. 17, Obama chaired his final National Secu-
Samantha Power, the outgoing U.S. ambassador rity Council meeting and directed his team to leave
Islamic State fighters had just seized huge swaths to the United Nations, and the U.S. ambassador in the decision on arming the Kurds to the Trump ad-
of territory in Iraq and Syria. Obama decided to in- Ankara, along with others, warned that moving for- ministration. In one of his last acts as commander in
tervene militarily but ruled out the use of American ward with the plan would further damage relations chief, he approved the deployment of two or three
ground forces on the front lines. with Turkey. It also would put the United States in the Apache attack helicopters to Syria and authorized
unacceptable position of supporting allies of a ter- the Pentagon to provide more support to Turkish
The Pentagon needed to find local partners in a rorist group that was carrying out mass-casualty at- forces fighting for the Syrian town of al-Bab.
hurry, and the Syrian Kurds stepped forward. The tacks on a NATO member, they said.
budding U.S. battlefield alliance with the Kurds car- Rice prepared briefing papers for Flynn, emphasiz-
ried big strategic risks. The Kurdish fighters who vol- Everyone in the Situation Room that day agreed ing the importance of moving quickly to arm the Kurds.
unteered to help the Americans had ties to the Kurd-
istan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which the Turkish and Obama told a small group of aides that he would
U.S. governments considered a terrorist group. personally discuss the importance of the matter with
Trump on the morning of the inauguration, possibly
In contrast to Obama, Turkish President Recep in the limousine on the way to the Capitol for the
Tayyip Erdogan did not see the Islamic State as his swearing-in ceremony.
country’s No. 1 threat. In private meetings with se-
nior U.S. officials in 2014, Erdogan said the Kurds “Welcome to the NBA,” Obama said he planned to
were his top concern and that removing Assad ranked tell his successor, according to officials present.
second, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.
The recommendation was dead on arrival at the
By the fall of 2016, after two years of tension be- Trump White House.
tween Obama and Erdogan because of different pri-
orities, a U.S.-backed offensive using Kurdish forces The Obama plan required U.S. forces to train the
to recapture Raqqa was finally within sight, and Army Kurds in using the new equipment and fighting in a
Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. forces in densely packed city, but it lacked details about how
the Middle East, asked for authorization to arm them many U.S. troops would be required and where the
for a push into the city. training would take place, the Trump administration
official said. Trump officials said they were dismayed
The proposal divided the Obama White House. that there was no provision for coordinating opera-
Then-Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter backed tions with Russia and no clear political strategy for
the plan, but others worried that it would deepen mollifying the Turks.
the rift with Ankara.
Nor were there contingency plans if the Kurdish
Among the biggest skeptics was Susan E. Rice, attack stalled, the senior Trump administration of-
Obama’s national security adviser. When she asked ficial said.
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chair-
man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whether an imme- “What bothered us most of all was that there was
diate decision was needed, the general said he was no Plan B,” the Trump official said.
still evaluating whether Turkey was serious about
an offer to provide its own forces to take Raqqa in- To the Trump team, it seemed that Obama admin-
stead of the Kurds. istration officials had delayed authorizing the plan
because they knew it was inadequate and did not
For two years inside the Pentagon, Turkey’s prom- want to be held responsible, the official said.
ises of sending rebels and later its own troops were
viewed with deep skepticism and derisively dubbed A senior Obama administration official said the
“Erdogan’s ghosts” or the “unicorn” army, accord- criticism was unfounded and a sign of the new White
ing to current and former defense officials. Carter House’s “intelligence insecurity.” In addition to the
and other defense officials worried that Dunford’s short memo that Rice gave Flynn, the outgoing ad-
response gave the White House another reason to ministration left a thick package of supplemental
delay a decision. material, the Obama official said.

By late 2016, Dunford had concluded that the Most of the shortcomings outlined by the Trump
Turks would not produce the forces to retake Raqqa. team were obvious to Obama’s advisers, he added. In
With less than three weeks left in the Obama admin- fact, the senior Obama administration official said,
istration, Dunford and Carter submitted a formal re- arming the Kurds was Obama’s Plan B, after it be-
quest to arm the Kurds for the assault with armored came clear that Plan A – using Turkish forces to take
vehicles, antitank weapons, Russian-made machine Raqqa – would not be feasible.
guns and mine-clearing equipment.
It is up Mattis and Dunford to sort through Syria’s
The Pentagon pushed for an immediate decision, many complexities and come up with a new plan.
warning that if the Kurds did not receive the equip- At the end of Obama’s term, Dunford emerged as
ment by mid-February, their offensive on Raqqa would one of the most passionate supporters of arming
stall. A decision not to arm the Kurds could delay the the Kurds, the senior Obama administration official
Raqqa operation by up to a year, U.S. officials warned. said. Aides declined to describe Mattis’s thinking on
the option. Trump has promised to give Dunford
The Pentagon also was alarmed by increasingly and Mattis a free hand, which could lead them right
dire warnings from senior counterterrorism officials back to some variation of the Obama plan.

“He’s a businessman,” the senior Trump official
said of the new president. “His attitude is that I am
hiring really good people to make these decisions.” 

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4 Body of water (5) 3 Staying abed (5,2)
8 Rehearse (8) 4 Overweight (5)
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ACROSS Umbrellas of 10 Commotion a The Washington Post
Cherbourg 11 Arthur Conan chance!”
1 Auction action 83 Flock member 80 Low point
4× 85 Jesse Jackson Doyle saga, with 81 Exchange
9 Kan opener? title: abbr. The 82 ___ double take
12 Fine-tune 86 Can’t stand 12 Singer Lane and 84 Stretched out
18 Smell ___ 88 Holy vessel others 87 Breezed through
20 Work ___ 90 I, Robot author’s 13 Susan of L.A. 89 Was up on
21 Promising words first name Law 91 Robin Cook book
22 Darwin’s ship to 92 Crafty 14 Recruiter: “Why 93 Tuber with turkey
94 “My car? Why, it’s don’t ___ out of 95 Nightcap
the Galapagos a the Army?” 96 Frees from a
23 “I’ve had enough Dodge ___!” 15 “Are ___ it up or fastener
97 Hawaiian crooner do 99 Kidder and
ribs, so may 98 Wander it right this time?” Fonteyn
I have ___, 100 Knowing 16 Open a 104 Japanese theater
please?” 101 Insinuatingly nasty “boil-in-a-bag” 106 Sand bars
25 Acapulco article 102 Per ___ (a year) 17 Communications 109 Describes
26 One way to pay 103 Pope’s An Essay combiner 111 Rudimentary
bills ___ 19 Babes’ hangout? 113 Green and Smith
27 “We’re 105 Some profs 24 Auto grp. 114 Largemouth
shorthanded 107 Backstage folks 28 Nightline network catch
today. ___ right 108 Like a bump ___ 30 Brain pain 115 Safety org.
over?” 110 Stick up 35 Venomous ones 118 Wall St. abbr.
29 25 Across, here 112 2001 computer 36 Poland’s Walesa 119 Sea between
31 Feed the kitty 114 He won 37 Type of commit- Kazakhstan
32 Love Story Wimbledon five tee and Uzbekistan
composer Francis straight times 38 “Peachy keen!” 120 Till item
33 UFO fragment? 116 Ms. Hogg of 40 Pierce portrayer 121 Often customized
34 Beatles tune, Texas 41 Inaudible, as TV vehicles
“Things ___ 117 “Flat tire, eh? Your volume 122 Four, on old
Today” wife’s never ___” 42 ___ Town clocks
36 Tinseltown Turner 124 Teeming 44 Instance, in 123 Wee workers
39 Defense org. 126 Tango number France 125 Unknown Richard
43 A Florida beach 128 “Doc, I’ve got a 46 Do laces again 127 The killing field
45 Isadora’s undoing ___ in my neck” 47 Mr. Friendly or
48 Idyllic settings 129 Actress Gless Mr. Rogers COUNTRY COUPLES By Merl Reagle
50 Awkward fellow 130 Enjoy entrees 49 Trip to the big
52 Fenced-off area 131 “That ___” game
53 Less sanguine (common signoff) 51 Mover’s rental
54 “I’d like you to 132 Agitated state 55 Cash register
meet my friends, 133 Agree button
___” 134 AMA members 56 Before it
57 Kidnapping “army” 135 Prison units happened, in
of the ’70s 136 Joan, to Olivia Latin
58 Hit the ice 62 Renounce
59 In demand DOWN 64 Takes care of
60 Stable child 1 Sop up rays 67 “At Chub Boy’s,
61 In-between word 2 Dies ___ our big portions
63 Jetliner types 3 ___ Yankees never ___”
65 Egglike 4 An alarm bell, 69 Column guide,
66 Fizzy quaffs in typing
68 Ear trouble not a poison 70 Pepper, for one:
71 Ominous carriage 5 “___ hollers ...” abbr.
73 ___ for the FBI 6 Most important 72 Way in
(Eskimo exposé?) 7 Gardner who 74 Editors’ environs
76 Alabama city 75 Go over old
78 Dress down created a lawyer arguments
79 Meager 8 One of the 76 Eensy-weensy
82 Jacques who particle
directed The sauruses 77 “Oh, brother! Not
9 Party pooper

The Telegraph

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Micromanaging girlfriend is (control) freaking me out

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST the time. When they want to for their own reasons, taking arrogance in the self-defined micromanager.
and try to. The whole premise is that every little thing must be
Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend done a certain way, which only she is competent
and I have had many happy times Since you’ve already spelled out that you don’t enough to achieve.
and are compatible in most fun- appreciate being corrected like a handsy toddler by
damental ways. But, as the rela- the person whose equal you expect to be – right? – And then regard the suffocating arrogance of
tionship has gone on, her micro- and since your girlfriend’s response was to deny any someone who cannot be corrected herself. If this
managing and second-guessing such correcting, you can reasonably conclude that were about attaining a perfect outcome, then she’d
have increased. she doesn’t want to change and doesn’t intend to try. welcome your suggestions – so this is all just a need
to control.
She describes herself as a micro- Please also take a moment to recognize the breath-
manager and loves correcting ev- Even that might be an acceptably small price to
eryone on small things, from how to wrap a sandwich pay for her companionship in, say, a 98-2 solution –
to how to tie your shoes. The result is that I can barely as in, you are 98 percent happy equals and she has
put a letter in an envelope without being told I should lapses into micromanagement that account for 2
do it differently. She has the eyes of a hawk, and if I percent of your time together. Certainly we flawed
put a shirt on the wrong chair, I will hear about it. beasts can have one thing we’re fussy about without
I recently spent time with her family and saw many becoming undatable.
of the same traits on display. Once I moved a book off
the shelf and had to explain to her father why I did it. But you’re not talking about a small and contained
If you leave the basement door open or put the dish percentage, but instead a large and growing one.
on the table in the wrong spot, the disapproval will be Misery.
noted, even if subtly. But it is not a two-way street; she
doesn’t accept suggestions for doing things differently. One point where we disagree: You can, in fact, “do
She denies that her micromanagement extends into and say anything I want anytime I want,” because
our relationship (it does), and says also that I can do she can micromanage you only to the extent that
and say anything I want anytime I want (I can’t). Can you allow her to.
this situation be broached through conversation, or is a Assuming you give this relationship another, time-
micromanager always a micromanager? limited chance to work before you run from it like your
hair is on fire and break up over the constant correc-
– C. tions, I suggest that you adopt a terse, factual phrase
– “I’m XX years old,” for example – to use verbatim and
– C.: I’ve never liked the “Once a ___, always a ___” in your calmest voice every time she tries to teach you
construct, because people change themselves all to tie your shoes.
I don’t have great hopes, but some verbal clonks to
the head actually do get through. 

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Incorporate fashion fantasy into your real-life wardrobe

The Telegraph

The Paris couture shows may seem
like the stuff of mere fashion fantasy
at first glance, but in reality there was
plenty at last month’s shows which
we can all appreciate – and assimilate
into our wardrobes ...


2. Hillary won one argument: pant gether? “Yes,” says Natalie Kingham, pant suit you; slim and ankle-graz-
suits are catching on buying director at Matchesfashion. ing with trainers is the relaxed way.
com. “But wearing them broken up Loose-fitting mannish trousers work
At Armani Privé, slim, fluid trousers is great, too. First, figure out which
dominated the show. Worn with lavish CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
beaded jackets, liquid silk camisoles
1. More is more-ish or organza tunics, they were glamor-
Deep down, fashion knows that ous enough for the ritziest party. Given
flagrant displays of unbridled ex- that Armani has more form than any
travagance tend not to end well for other designer in dressing actors for
the wearer, unless revolutions, civil their Biggest Night, it will be interest-
wars and a meeting with Madame la ing to see if they make it to the Oscars.
Guillotine are your idea of fun. But it
can’t resist. There were moments last Meanwhile, if Paul Smith has his
week when the catwalks resembled a say, they’ll be on the streets and in
tray of genetically modified Viennese the offices (and on airplanes: A Suit To
hot chocolates, with an extra scoop of Travel In is his crease-resistant, light-
Chantilly cream dumped on top just weight wool masterstroke). Combin-
for the coronary hell of it. ing his men’s and women’s ready-to-
Ruffled dresses at Chanel, Ralph wear for the first time, Sir Paul, who
& Russo, Alexis Mabille and Giam- trained as a ceremonial tailor, draped
battista Valli were so vast that even his men and women in almost identi-
now, Ivanka may be installing a new cal trouser suits – tweed and Prince of
set of elevators in Trump Towers. The Wales check exteriors, colorful, print-
problem with maximalism is that, ed silk interiors. Very cool they looked,
like cosmetic tweaking, when every- too. His secret? “The jacket should
one in your circle is indulging in it, give strength on the shoulder and re-
it becomes addictively normalized. spect the rib cage,” he says. “One of
Surely we’ve reached Scarlett O’Hara our shapes has a streamlined fit and a
apotheosis here. Then again, in this higher fastening point to give women
anniversary year of Princess Diana’s a confident, elongated stride.”
death, we’ll be seeing a lot of that wed-
ding dress, which means resistance As for how it differs from the men’s:
may be futile for at least another 12 “The slim-fitting trouser is a sister to
months. Minimalists should seek out the men’s but slightly shorter, to elon-
the bold, dramatic, semi-ironic ruffle gate the leg. Combined with this jacket,
because it can look amazing. Alterna- it gives a sharp yet feminine silhouette.
tively, they should apply themselves The other jacket, above, is what most
to lesson two … would describe as more androgynous
and is a mainstay of our women’s col-
lections. You can throw it on and wear
it with an embroidered or printed shirt
to give it a feminine twist”.

Will women finally embrace the
pant suit and wear both pieces to-

30 Thursday, February 9, 2017 THE MELBOU5R. NE 6. Barrier Island Newsweekly


well with a heavy shoe. High heels are youthful looking solution to the body
great for a more classic, sexy look. For parts so many women dislike – and
something a bit glam rock, team with pleats with peekaboo flashes of con-
platforms and a tie or ruffle-neck trasting colors. I think all the afore-
blouse.” mentioned demonstrate just how
skilled creative director, Pierpaolo
3. Here’s something simple you Piccioli is. In other hands they could
CAN try at home look dowdy and sad.

Wish every blouse came with neck- Did I say sad? Sometimes Valentino
ties or a pussy bow? The long skinny can turn mournful, in a Medieval,
scarf that matches your blouse or plainsong way. But this was upbeat,
sweater is a feminine, chic answer, seen an impression amplified by the gentle
here in Hermès’ pre-fall collection. A- line silhouettes which flowed grad-
ually from the high-neck down –the
Wish every blouse came with neck- perfect summation of elegant com-
ties or a pussy bow? The long skinny fort. Valentino’s embroidery and twin-
scarf that matches your blouse or kly beading was there too, of course
jumper is a feminine, chic answer, seen – this is proper couture – but sparingly
here in Hermès’s pre-fall collection. deployed, often veiled under tulle.
And to think there were concerns that
4. This is the Burning Issue: Have 7. something would be lost, when Pic-
you left it too late for a Statement cioli’s co-designer at Valentino, Maria
Sleeve? Grazia Chiuri, departed for Dior last
year. Instead we now have two major
Fashion’s equivalent of the “what is houses at the top of their game ...
dark matter?” question. Buying into
a trend is a complex matrix of logic- 7. She who wears the clothes, un-
defiance and timing. Right at the derstands the clothes
start? You’ll get your money’s worth
in longevity terms, but it might be so It was Victoria Beckham who turned
early that those with a less educated a vast personal wardrobe into a sec-
eye point and laugh. Too late and it’s ond, lauded career. Wearing so many
ubiquitous. designers gives a woman an intimate
view on what does and doesn’t work.
We’re almost at that point with That at any rate is the rationale at Az-
the sleeve, especially after Melania’s zaro, one of those slinky Parisian la-
Roksanda moment. But here they are bels you used to see a lot in pictures of
Maxim’s, but which lost its way.
at Dice Kayek and Dior. Dior! Perhaps
they’re about to reach classic status. To mark its 50th anniversary this
year, the management approached
5. No fashion party is complete Bianca Brandolini and Eugenie Niar-
without a unicorn chos, two of Euro society’s most styl-
ish, to select some of their favourite
Dior threw an intimate masked Azzaros (both collected vintage
ball for 800 guests in the moonlit Azzaro) and “reinterpret” them for
formal gardens of the Musée Rodin. 2017. There’s the mini gold-beaded
Specifically, in a heated tent (it was dress Tina Turner wore (they’ve done
-1C outside). There were fortune tell- a long version), the Parfum dress
ers, hedgerows, bartenders throwing that Jane Birkin loved (they had the
shapes, models striking poses and horizontal cleavage straps moved to
young couture clients trailing furs, the back), a heart-shaped neckline
velvet trains and elderly husbands. dress … 26 looks in total that appear
It was jaw-dropping even though – remarkably different depending on
spoiler alert – the unicorns turned out whether they’re in animal print,
to be horses wearing falsies. lamé or pale lilac satin. “The idea is
to make glamour easy and comfort-
6. Valentino makes you want to able,” says Niarchos, who designs
pawn your kidneys jewelry by day.

It’s a funny thing, but most couture Brandolini concurs: “Couture dress-
shows, however exquisite, have never es have become so elaborate this sea-
made me want to be uber-rich. Where son. They look amazing, but it’s not
the hell would you wear it? How would necessarily what you want to wear …
it fit through your front door? But you could take a lot of these dresses
Maison Valentino? Such beauty, such and wear them to a wedding during
lightness. Timeless, too. I can totally the day with flats, an evening party
see us all wearing one of those white or a lunch on the beach with sandals.”
column dresses when we’re 90. Talk- Amazingly, there is still a small atelier
ing of which, the cape column dress, above the Azzaro boutique on the rue
which has become a Valentino pe- Faubourg St Honoré, where each of
rennial, has been reimagined with these 26 dresses is made. It’s not ex-
dropped shoulders and even as eve- actly couture, as they’re not made to
ning trousers-plus-cloak. measure, but for many women it will
be close enough. 
Other tweaks included floor-length
dresses with capped sleeves and high
necks – a surprisingly elegant but

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Islands Fish Grill: Fabulous fish brings back memories

STORY BY TINA RONDEAU COLUMNIST Ian Greenwood cooking in Onion Crusted Grouper. Blackened Mahi.
[email protected] his kitchen in Mexico.
PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD dish called a triple chocolate island
If you are craving the perfect onion But the pesto grilled cobia special ($8.99) – two miniature chocolate
crusted grouper, you can either make might have been even better. The gor- Oysters cakes served warm with vanilla ice
the trek to Las Salvias, a hillside com- geous cobia filet was served over to- Rockefeller. cream. A very nice ending to the meal.
munity overlooking Lake Chapala in mato rice pilaf with roasted asparagus
the Mexican state of Jalisco, or you and finished with a balsamic drizzle. crab and shrimp dish featured a half All in all, Ian’s old restaurant
can pay a visit to the somewhat closer A fabulous dish. And our companion’s dozen beautiful jumbo shrimp, with seemed to be doing pretty well with
Islands Fish Grill in Indialantic. the pasta cooked al dente. its latest owners – pretty near full on
a Wednesday night is not too shabby –
Either way, you will have an oppor- For dessert, we had a slice of a very and dining there brought back memo-
tunity to enjoy the pièce de résistance smooth lime pie ($6) that could have ries of nights at the old Black Pearl.
of chef Ian Greenwood, a serial res- been a bit tarter, and a spectacular
taurateur – now semi-retired in Mex- We asked our server what percent-
ico – who introduced onion crusted age of diners order the onion crusted
grouper to Vero Beach and later the grouper, and she ventured more than
Melbourne area some three decades half. Not hard to understand.
I keep thinking of looking up Ian in
Ian, one of our all-time favorite Las Salvias. I still have some tickets for
chefs, launched a number of memora- private cooking classes that I was giv-
ble restaurants in Vero – starting with en before the 2004 hurricanes, and he
the Black Pearl and culminating in the left before I got a chance to use them.
French Quarter – before decamping to But in the meantime, if you were an
Mexico, where he now offers locally Ian Greenwood fan – or if you simply
acclaimed private cooking classes in like excellent seafood – the Islands
the kitchen of his home. Fish Grill is an excellent and much
closer option.
Two decades ago, while waiting out
a Vero non-compete, he also launched I welcome your comments, and en-
the Islands Fish Grill in Indialantic. courage you to send feedback to me at
[email protected].
Two families have owned the Is-
lands Fish Grill since Greenwood sold The reviewer dines anonymously at
it and returned to Vero. While some restaurants at the expense of this news-
things have changed over the years, paper. 
the one constant is that both owners
have kept onion crusted grouper – just HOURS
the way Ian made it – as the restau- Daily except Sunday,
rant’s “signature dish.”
5:30 to 9:30 pm
Smart move. BEVERAGES
Partly as a result of that shrewd de- Beer and Wine
cision, the Island Fish Grill remains as ADDRESS
packed on most nights as it was when
Ian was there. 111 5th Ave, Indialantic
On a recent visit, the first since the PHONE
Lori and John Williams took charge a
couple of years ago, our party of three 321-956-0559
was ushered to a comfortable table
in the front section, and a very pleas-
ant server, Nikki, took our order for a
modest bottle of chardonnay ($35).
For starters on this evening, our
companion and I each ordered the Is-
lands’ house salad ($3.95) and my hus-
band decided to start with the Caesar
salad ($3.95). All the salads had tasty
Then for entrées, my husband
quickly volunteered to be the one to
try the onion-crusted grouper ($27.95),
so I ordered the cobia special ($29.95),
and our companion opted for the crab
and shrimp over penne pasta ($21.95).
The grouper was a beautiful piece
of fish, moist and flaky with a crispy
onion crust. It was served with a
caramelized citrus glaze – just as my
husband remembered it – and was
accompanied by mashed potato and
fried spinach. Perfect.

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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, February 9, 2017 33


Bonz meets a St. Bernard pup – it’s ‘Tru’!

ther St. Bernard before me, Humphrey,

who went to dog heaven. After a while

they got me from the same breeder,

Hi Dog Buddies! up in Missouri. I was just 12 weeks old

I love interviewin’ puppies. They make me when I got to fly from Missouri to New
feel young, ya know? So this week, I was to-
tally lookin’ forward to meeting Truman Mul- York to meet Mommy. I wasn’t scared
vey, who’s only 10 months old. I had sorta just
glanced at the interview memo, and I was all at ALL. When Mommy picked me up
ready for a little fluff ball, bouncing around
my feet, doin’ all that goofy puppy stuff. at the Westchester County Airport,

WELL, I shoulda read the fine print. When we were both SO eCITed. When we
the door opened, here was this wiggling
mountain of fur. My nose only came up to his drove down here a few months later,
chest. And his head alone was the size of two
mini-Yorkies and a chihuahua, No Woof! And my Grandma Murphy came with us.
those PAWS! On their fluffiest day, all four of
my paws wouldn’t make one of his pawprints. I’m her Granddog. I mostly snoozed
Then I remembered the initials on my assign-
ment memo – “SB.” Of course! St. Bernard! on this big, nice bed in the back of

He wasn’t the tiniest bit shy.“Oh, oh, oh, Mr. Mommy’s SUV. We did a lotta yap-
BONzo, I’m SO exCITed to meet you! Here’s my
MOMMY! She’s Kathy! Daddy’s at work. He’s pin’ too.
Steve. I got TOYS! Wanna see my bed? Ooooo!
What’s in that big bag?” And he jumped onto “An, guess what? I have PAPERS
the couch and stuck his nose into my satchel
to investigate. and a fancy name – King George.

“You gotta lotta innersting stuff in here. Is My pooch Mommy was Fools
this your notebook? Mommy said you have a
notebook so you can write about ME!” Dream and my Daddy was Rockin’

He was joyful an friendly – an drool-y. He Rosebud. But nobody ever calls us
snuggled up to my Assistant and me, with
slobbery puppy kisses and enthusiastic head- those paper names, thank Lassie! I Truman, the St. Bernard. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
bumps. Then he began nibbling the edges of think they’re sorta silly. So I’m Tru-
my notebook, but he stopped when his Mom man George Mulvey now. Mommy says Tru- Suddenly he
told him to.
man’s not puh-litical, it’s just a nice big name jumped up and ran to the pool patio, nosed Mommy says
“I’m excited to meet you, too, Truman,”
I told him. “Are you ready to tell me about for a nice big dog. Her an Daddy call me Tru. the screen door open and disappeared into I Play Well With Others. When I meet
yourself?” I flipped to a not-drooled-on page.
This was gonna be FUN! I Googled St. Bernard and found a buncha the bushes, his Mom right behind him. little dogs, I scwunch wa-ay down to their

“YES, Mr. Bonzo. Mommy told me to be cool stuff. See, all us St. Bernards are named A coupla minutes later, back they came. level so they won’t be scared. After the park,
puh-LITE and not talk too fast and try to not
drool.” for this place in the Alps (an Alp is a big tall Truman plopped back down. “Sorry, Mr. Bon- I go to day care while Mommy goes to work.

“Well, you’re doin’ great, kiddo,” I as- mountain with snow on it), which was named zo. I got all innerstud in my story and then, all “When Mommy’s in the shower, I lay in
sured him.
for this human called Saint Bernard. He was a of uh sudden, Doodie Called. I NEVER do my front of the shower door, to be close to her.
“OK, well, Mommy ’n Daddy hadda no-
church person and, about 6,000 dog years ago, doodie where I’m not ’spose to.” Sometimes I doze off and then she gets

he started this place where people cud rest up “That’s excellent, Tru!” I said. “So, you were TRAPPED. She can’t open the door cuz I’m

when they were trying to make it across the sayin’ … ” too heavy. But I always move so she can go

Alps on this real dangerous road. Him and “Oh, right, I don’t chew stuff I shouldn’t, cook my chicken.”

some other guys used big fluffy dogs – us – to either. I have lotsa toys and I chew THEM Truman yawned a Very Big Yawn. “I’m get-

help save people who got lost in all that snow. up. That’s allowed. Those squeaky toys are ting sorta sleepy Mr. Bonzo. I hafta take my

Cool Kibbles, right?” TOAST! Me and Mommy go to the Dog nap now. Thank you for writing a story about

“Totally!” Park at 8:15 am. I’m makin’ friends in the me.” He went over to his bed, plopped down,

“I haven’t been here all that long but I’m Big Dog Section. I got three dog buddies, and just like that, he was snoozin’ away, mak-

having so much FUN! Mommy cooks me Tilly, Elsie and Mulligan, they’re almost big ing soft little puppy sounds.

chicken and I go lotsa places with her and … ” as me. They’re Burmese Mountain Dogs. Heading home, I was thinking about Tru-

Don’t be shy! man, the 135-pound puppy, happily napping
in the sun.

Till next time,

We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up -The Bonz
an interview, please email [email protected].

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Island home provides a perfect tropical lifestyle

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER by the functionality three balconies When I retired we wanted to live in a and decks, utilizing different outdoor
[email protected] along with a deck and patio for added place very similar to her home coun- spaces for morning coffee, afternoon
indoor-outdoor living. try. Originally we were up in St. Au- relaxation and evening drinks, de-
A charming three-story contempo- gustine but it just wasn’t tropical and pending on the temperature and po-
rary Key West-styled home at 111 River Homeowners Donald and Janaki wasn’t what we were looking for in be- sition of the sun, enjoying tranquil
Oaks Road, Melbourne Beach has mani- Morgan are begrudgingly leaving ing close to the beach, so we contin- views at every turn.
cured landscaping so tall the palms and this amazingly-landscaped home ued our search and found this home,
golden bamboo peer into the top deck. after a year to pursue post-Air Force The three-story home has a clean

Nestled on a half-acre lot between retirement opportunities near Wash- which is 300 yards from the beach. It and classy look inside, with floors of
beach and river, this sturdy gem has ington, D.C. was what I call a home run,’’ he said. shining Mexican Saltillo tile through-
high-end touches throughout, includ- out. Other highlights include a Wolfe
ing a six-person elevator, bocce ball The home, finished in 2006, was a “We have lived in many homes and gas range and sub-zero refrigerator
court and a free-form lagoon pool. perfect fit when they found it. It im- have owned a few. With this one, we and freezer. The gas stove helps Jana-
mediately ended their quest for a se- really hate to leave it, but I have plans ki Morgan with her hobby of cooking
The first look sets the tropical tone cluded tropical paradise in a quiet for another career.” and baking favored dishes, including
with an impressive extra-wide stair- neighborhood, Donald Morgan said. five types of cheese cakes.
case directly to the second level of the One of the couple’s favorite pas-
2,940-square-foot home highlighted “Janaki is from Sri Lanka near In- times is enjoying the tropical ambi- “The pantry was perfect in being
dia and I also like warm weather. ance on the home’s various balconies

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able to store all of her ingredients as ing the time they lived here included The phrase “one of a kind” is often VITAL STATISTICS
well as various pots and pans,’’ Don- changing a number of light fixtures, thrown around but seldom seems 111 RIVER OAKS ROAD
ald Morgan said. having a California Closet installa- appropriate, said listing agent Dave
tion and adding more plants for ad- Settgast. “But, in my view, the phrase Year built: 2006
The ground-floor pool room is per- ditional color outdoors. is quite applicable for this property, Construction: Concrete block
fectly suited to be a separate suite, in the best possible way,’’ he said. on the first and second floor, 2x6
complete living quarters with its own “I like a lot of color popping from frame construction third floor.
bathroom and entrance, for in-laws, the side area so we got crotons and we The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home a
visitors or teenage children. added orchids hanging in the trees,’’ short stroll away from the beach is Lot size: .46 acre
Janaki Morgan said. listed at $750,000.  Home size: 2,940 square feet
Changes the couples made dur-
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 full baths,

2 half-baths
Additional features: three balco-
nies, 6-person elevator, tile floors

throughout, swimming pool
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty.

Listing agent:
David Settgast, 321-543-1187

List price: $750,000

38 Thursday, February 9, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Real Estate Sales on the Brevard island: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

The end of January saw real estate activity pick up in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937, with 7 properties sold
in Melbourne Beach, 6 in Indialantic, 6 in Indian Harbour Beach, and 8 in Satellite Beach.

The top sale of the week was of an oceanfront home in Melbourne Beach. The residence at 7665 South Highway
A1A was placed on the market Aug. 17 with an asking price of $1.389 million. The transaction closed Jan. 27 for $1.27

The seller in the transaction was represented by Steven Schlitt of Coldwell Banker Paradise. The purchaser was
represented by Roy Kellner of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.


$374,500 $455,000
NEW MELBOURNE BEACH 140 ATLANTIC DR 8/24/2016 $354,500 1/27/2017 $257,000
WILCOX MELBOURNE BEA 300 THIRD AVE 12/9/2016 $495,000 $495,000 1/31/2017 $1,270,000
SOUTH SHORES RIVERSI 5577 CORD GRASS LN 9/24/2016 $270,000 $259,000 1/31/2017 $310,000
SUNNYLAND BEACH S5 285 NIKOMAS WAY 6/24/2016 $359,000 $333,000 1/27/2017
AQUAR PUD STG 1 7665 S HIGHWAY A1A 8/17/2016 $1,389,000 $1,389,000 1/27/2017 $342,000
INDIGO COVE 131 INDIGO COVE PL 5/20/2016 $695,000 $649,000 2/2/2017 $145,000
SUNNYLAND BEACH S3 310 BEVERLY CT 1/2/2017 $349,000 $349,000 1/30/2017 $611,000

RIVERSIDE LANDING OF SOUTH BREVARD 0 ISLAND DR 4/12/2016 $260,000 $199,900 2/1/2017 $388,000
SALES FOR 32903 $141,000
DRIFTWOOD BEACH COND 30 MIAMI AVE 3 12/27/2016 $179,000 $174,900 1/31/2017 $251,000
INDIALANTIC BY SEA 212 1ST AVE $359,900 1/27/2017 $600,000
OCEANVIEW VIL CND P2 1902 CATO CT 4 11/21/2016 $359,900 $266,900 1/30/2017 $228,000
PALM COLONY CLUB CON 2700 HIGHWAY A1A N 13105 $145,000 1/31/2017 $100,000
NONE 290 PARADISE BLVD 48 12/15/2016 $266,900 $195,000 2/1/2017 $883,938
RIO VILLA UNIT IV 3082 RIO PLUMOSA S $639,000 1/31/2017 $700,000
12/20/2016 $145,000 $169,999
11/2/2016 $200,000 $274,500
11/6/2016 $639,000


EASTWIND CONDO PH I 1455 HIGHWAY A1A 112 11/18/2016 $399,000 $399,000 1/27/2017
SLEEPY LAGOON 484 RED SAIL WAY $369,000 1/27/2017
BERKELEY PLAZA 184 CHRISTINE DR 6/9/2016 $425,000 $154,900 1/30/2017
MICHIGAN BEACH 4TH A 359 GLENWOOD AVE 12/10/2016 $154,900 $269,900 1/31/2017
FOUNTAINS UNIT 2 TH 225 VENICE CT $600,000 1/31/2017
SEA PARK HOMES 117 BERKELEY ST 8/3/2016 $330,000 $262,000 2/2/2017
HARBOUR ISLES 517 ELEUTHERA LN 11/30/2016 $284,900 $925,000 1/30/2017
SERENA SHORES CND P1 2035 HIGHWAY A1A 404 $735,000 1/30/2017
TOWN HOUSE EST S2 423 EMERALD DR S 12/7/2016 $600,000 $169,999 1/27/2017
SEACOAST SHORES U1 119 TERRY ST $269,000 1/30/2017
INDIAN HRBR BCH S12 1107 SIOUX DR 11/5/2016 $262,000 $284,900 1/30/2017
CNDO INDN HRBR P1 404 SCHOOL RD 50 $119,000 1/30/2017
12/20/2016 $105,900

8/1/2016 $1,100,000

3/7/2016 $774,900

12/10/2016 $139,800

6/15/2016 $299,000

12/15/2016 $284,900

12/2/2016 $119,000

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Indigo Cove, Address: 131 Indigo Cove Pl Subdivision: Rio Villa Unit IV, Address: 3082 Rio Plumosa S

Listing Date: 5/20/2016 Listing Date: 11/6/2016
Original Price: $695,000 Original Price: $639,000
Recent Price: $649,000 Recent Price: $639,000
Sold: 2/2/2017 Sold: 1/31/2017
Selling Price: $600,000 Selling Price: $611,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Malina G Mendez

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Selling Agent: National Realty of Brevard

Kevin Hill Brenda Burton

Re/Max Alternative Realty Ellingson Properties

Subdivision: Harbour Isles, Address: 517 Eleuthera Ln Subdivision: Serena Shores CND P1, Address: 2035 Highway A1A 404

Listing Date: 8/1/2016 Listing Date: 3/7/2016
Original Price: $1,100,000 Original Price: $774,900
Recent Price: $925,000 Recent Price: $735,000
Sold: 1/30/2017 Sold: 1/30/2017
Selling Price: $883,938 Selling Price: $700,000
Listing Agent: DeWayne Carpenter Listing Agent: JoAnne Infurna
& Kirk W Kessel
Selling Agent: Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate,
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc
Eva McMillan
Ashley Gardner
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc





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