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05/03/2018 ISSUE 18


‘Piece’ of mind. P4 Extra expertise. P26 Piling on to help lagoon

Victory for county workers with Local doctor combines specialties
concealed-weapon permits. to tackle patients’ pain issues.

Excitement for ‘living dock.’ Page 8


Officials raise a Hike in fees will
stink over plan add $1.35M to
for sewage plant fire dept. coffers

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Stevie Ronan reads to Kelly at Melbourne Beach Public Library, which has a summer program for kids to read to dogs. PHOTOS: JULIAN LEEK STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT
[email protected] [email protected]
Kids have doggone good options for summer camp
Indian Harbour Beach offi- Brevard County residents
cials are livid at a county plan STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT partments, libraries and other will be paying millions more in
being considered to avoid groups are ramping up for fire assessment fees, starting in
future sewage discharges by It’s that time of year when summer camps and daily ac- October, for firefighter raises,
building a new $50 million harried parents and excited tivities. new fire engines and upgrades
wastewater treatment plant kids alike ask, “What are we at fire stations.
near homes and a park. going to do this summer?” From circus dogs to surf
camp, there’s a wide array of But County Manager Frank
The proposed plant would With the last day of school choices to keep kids of every Abbate says he can use his
be located to the west and looming, beachside existing funds to hire a new
north of Bella Coola Drive/ schools, parks de- CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 senior staffer to oversee the
Timpoochee Drive and south fire-rescue service, emergen-
and east of Anchor Drive on UPON REFLECTION, ‘SOLAR HOTEL’ IDEA IS A NO-GO cy management operations,
the county maintenance fa-
cility property, and a portion STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER is expected to be a key factor owned 1.2 acres at 1604 and Brevard County Fire Rescue. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK
of the adjoining soccer fields [email protected] in a new idea already in the 1612 SR A1A at Desoto Park-
near the Algonquin Sports works. way, the site of the former Peg ocean lifeguards and similar
Complex. Plans for a “solar hotel” at Leg’s restaurant. A new devel- roles in a new Public Safety
the key Satellite Beach in- Time has run out on fi- opment agreement for the Group.
Ironically, if a new plant tersection of State Road A1A nancing arrangements for a property, perhaps similar,
is built, some of the same and Desoto Parkway have proposed mixed-used hotel/ These decisions are based
areas of Indian Harbour dimmed, but sustainability condo project on the city- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 on three separate actions the
Beach where residents hid County Commission took
inside from the smell of ca- April 24. Specifically, commis-
nals filled with raw sewage in sioners:
2017 will have a chance for
the similar effect of unpleas-  Voted 3-2 on Commis-
ant odors every day of the sioner Curt Smith’s motion
year from the plant, depend-
ing on wind direction, said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
City Manager Mark Ryan.

Ryan and Deputy Mayor
Nickle, who has a civil en-
gineering background, will
send a letter to the county
this week explaining the
city’s vehement opposition
to the plant option and the
need to be more involved
in the planning process for


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ARTS 11-14 GAMES 21-23 PETS 20 with ‘The Bridges of Madison
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2 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK FIRE ASSESSMENT FEES amid the recession, to spend down
the $14.2 million in reserves. But op-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 erating expenses have been outpac-
ing revenues, he said, depleting the
to increase the county’s fire assessment reserves at $1.1 million a year. And
rate by 6 percent for the budget year the reserves now are at $2.1 million,
starting Oct. 1, which would add $1.35 he said.
million to the county’s Fire Rescue De-
partment coffers. “This assessment is a way for the
board to once again raise taxes,” a To-
The measure also included further bias aide said. “Make no mistake: For a
annual increases of 3 percent or the in- homeowner, this is a tax increase.”
flation rate, whichever is lower, to even-
tually reach a 15 percent increase from Isnardi blasted former commission-
the current level. ers, who failed to adjust the assessment
rate since 2008.
Chairwoman Rita Pritchett and
Commissioner Jim Barfield supported “To expect the department to run on
Smith, while Vice Chairwoman Kristine its reserves is irresponsible,” she said.
Isnardi and Commissioner John Tobia
dissented.  Voted 4-1 to approve Smith’s mo-
tion to ratify a three-year agreement
The county’s fire assessments are between the county and Local 2969 of
based on a residential property’s size the International Association of Fire-
and, for commercial properties, the fighters. Tobia dissented.
size and “hazard code” or costs of fight-
ing a fire, county Fire Chief Mark Schol- Abbate said the contract will cost
lmeyer said in a report to commission- taxpayers an additional $2 million in
ers. the budget year starting Oct. 1, plus
$626,806 more the following year.
For a mid-range home of 1,401 to
1,800 square feet, the fire assessment is Schollmeyer said the increased fire
$103.16. assessment rate would cover the in-
creases in firefighter wages.
Schollmeyer said the assessment
rates were cut by 15 percent in 2008, Negotiations started in February
2017, Abbate noted. But after several

SOLAR HOTEL IDEA NIXED CRA Administrator John Stone
called the idea a “grand vision” of
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 what is possible that may have turned
out too costly. The new idea involving
is expected in about a month. an experienced local developer is ex-
In coming up with the design for pected to be a more conservative ap-
proach but will still be designed for
the unique solar hotel project, archi- sustainability.
tect Lawrence Maxwell AIA of Space
Coast Architects PA was told first and “It’s not dead (the previous plans).
foremost, the city – and neighbors – Because it’s a CRA-owned property,
did not want a gas station to be built there are items we can stipulate,’’ he
there. said.

Under his design, the first floor Neighbor Fran O’Hara said the
would be underbuilding parking original idea was acceptable. She and
with 17 dedicated spaces for city others who live nearby vow to remain
events and an upscale restaurant or diligent. “We only hope and pray that
retail. The second floor would be 25
boutique style ho- PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER
tel rooms, with the
third floor being the city maintains the integrity of the
residential town- neighborhood,’’ she said.
homes with an up-
per-deck pool. City Manager Courtney Barker said
the city could easily sell the property
Special design for a profit but holds to the wishes of
features included its residents.
targeting net-zero
energy conserva- “They seem to be willing to hold on”
tion by including for a good fit for the lot, she said. 
methods such as
solar power using
photovoltaic pan-
els, an electric vehi-
cle charging station,
a vegetated roof to aid in heating and
cooling, and pervious pavers to help
with stormwater concerns.

“It was not just something that
wasn’t a gas station. It was something
much better to enhance the area and
serve as an example for the city efforts
toward sustainability,’’ Maxwell said.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 3


months, talks hit an impasse which  Voted 5-0 to approve Isnardi’s mo- The new group will be led by a new Tobia said Abbate has two assistant
lasted until this month, when a special tion to authorize Abbate to reorganize senior manager, the public safety di- managers, but he still has a budget,
magistrate made recommendations. his top staff by creating the Public rector, who would report directly to left over from former County Manager
Safety Group to contain the Emergency Abbate. Stockton Whitten’s days, to cover three
Isnardi urged union members to Management Office, the Fire Rescue assistant managers.
work with the commission the next Department and the Public Safety Ser- Tobia said he approved this mea-
time talks bog down, rather than de- vices Office. sure, mainly because it didn’t call for The new director will be paid from
clare an impasse. new spending to hire someone. that budget. 

4 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Win for county workers with concealed-weapon permits WASTEWATER PLANT

STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT Titusville, said she had no idea why no- posite Tobia on significant issues, and CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
[email protected] body from the audience spoke up in the actually voted in 2015 for the gun ban,
public hearing on Commissioner John joined Tobia for a unanimous vote. whatever solution is selected. The
Those employees of the Brevard Tobia’s initiative. idea for a new plant came about after
County Commission who have con- But they did argue over one detail. Hurricane Irma as one potential op-
cealed-weapon permits now can bring “I thought people would want to Smith wanted to coordinate the new tion to avoid the practice of county
their guns or electronic weapons to speak out,” she said after the meeting. gun allowance with Sheriff Wayne Ivey sewage releases into an Indian Har-
work in most cases. “This was in the papers and everything. and have him train those employees bour Beach canal when the waste-
But nobody showed up.” with concealed-weapon permits. water system becomes inundated
In a 5-0 vote April 24, the commission with water. Other options included
reversed a 2015 ban on guns in the work- That wasn’t the only unexpected part Tobia and Vice Chairwoman Kris- accelerating a plan to line aging clay
place to allow them subject to state law. of the vote. Commissioner Curt Smith, tine Isnardi, both of Palm Bay, said they pipes and smoke testing for leaks,
of Melbourne, who typically votes op- would encourage people to keep up and perhaps financially helping re-
And Chairwoman Rita Pritchett, of their training – voluntarily. pair pipes which are the customer’s
But the state’s concealed-weapon li-
censing program makes the identities The new wastewater treatment
of the licensees exempt from the Public plan option – which re-emerged in
Records Law. And to require the added an April 6 utility report to the county
training would publicly identify them, commission – would construct a 6
Tobia said. “That would have been a million gallon-per-day plant near the
horrible idea.” Indian Harbour Beach maintenance
facility. The report says the $50 mil-
Tobia said he sponsored the measure lion plant “would be very helpful as a
because the county’s original “Zero Tol- long term solution to sewer issues in
erance for Violence in the Workplace” the south beaches service area.”
policy runs counter to the Second
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Ryan and the City Council disagree
which protects a citizen’s right to keep with that logic and would prefer the
and bear arms. The amended county county to accelerate lining the pipes.
policy echoes state law by barring an
employee from taking the concealed They are most concerned about
weapons into sheriff or police stations, the county’s apparent lack of recog-
courthouses, jails, polling places or nition of the potential devastating
County Commission meetings. impact of a sewer plant on quality
of life caused by being built in close
In addition, the policy, which went proximity to homes and recreation
into effect the day it was approved, will: facilities.

 Require an employee to conceal his “Our message to them will be that
gun at all times. Tobia did agree to one the major culprit of flooding is ‘I and
change from Pritchett, to allow the em- I’ (Intrusion and infiltration of water
ployee to keep the gun locked in a desk, into sewer lines) which can be ad-
briefcase or purse. dressed by lining the pipes. We say
do that first and see how much the
 Prohibit an employee from leaving flow is reduced and how much ca-
a gun in an unoccupied county vehicle. pacity has been freed up at the south
beaches treatment plant,’’ he said.
 Prohibit an employee from carry-
ing a gun on a workday when he would But Ryan said the biggest message
likely enter one of the gun-restricted the county should get from the let-
buildings. ter is to take the time to consider the
impact of quality of life to residents
 Grant County Manager Frank Ab- living near the proposed plant, some
bate to authority to bar specific employ- of whom have lived there more than
ee groups from carrying guns if their du- 30 years, and to meet with them face
ties would render it unsafe.  to face on the issue. 


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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 5


SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS participants a year at its camps, start- ence camps for ages 7 through 13 in- “There’s a big variety,” said Edith
ing this year on May 29. Offerings clude sessions on space, inventions, Tom, a recreation assistant for Sat-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 for the younger set include sports robotics and a host of other subjects. ellite Beach. “One any given day we
camps, dinosaur camp, pirates and can have as many as 200 kids here.”
age busy for the whole season – even mermaids week, super hero fantasy For older kids, there’s archery, art
those angst-filled teens. camp, cooking and music. workshops, a boating course, music When asked which programs
camps, a yoga retreat, an environmen- are the most popular, Tom replied:
The Satellite Beach Parks and Rec- The summer-long weekly Mr. Sci- tal stewards program and sports camps.
reation Department hosts up to 3,000 CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

6 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS detective type theme, and our other ending Aug. 9. Activities include ditional weeks or sibling campers.
on carnival,” Katie James, coordina- indoor and outdoor games, crafts, Parents interested in register-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 tor at Dolphin Cove, said. sports, a weekly special event and
field trips, including excursions to ing their kids for summer programs
“They all are.” The programs include guest speak- places like Fun Spot in Orlando and should do so soon. Programs at the
Brevard Public Schools features ers, Lego building contests, board local movie theaters. The cost is $90 Barrier Island Center in Melbourne
game competitions and scavenger weekly, not including extra charges Beach, for example are already full.
day-long weekly camps for elemen- hunts, and are open to students go- for the field trips and special events.
tary students from May 29 through ing into first through fifth grades Indian Harbour Beach activities
July 20. Ocean Breeze Elementary who are enrolled at any Brevard The Brevard County Sheriff’s Of- were also nearly full by last week.
School is one of eight locations this County school. James said about 90 fice Police Athletic League is hosting Recreation director Kristin Cusima-
year, with the camp being run at the kids participated last year. full-day basketball camps around no said most programs, like the ev-
school’s Dolphin Cove after-school the county this summer for boys and er-popular surf camps, already had
program center. Weekly cost is $90 The South Beach Community girls age 10 to 18, with the weeks of a waiting list, but swim lessons for
for full days. There is also a daily Center in Melbourne Beach also has July 16-20 and July 30-Aug. 3 being at kids six and older still had openings.
drop-in option. a full-time summer day camp, run- Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School The swim lessons run in two-week
ning from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday in Indialantic with discounts for ad- sessions throughout the summer
“Our two themes this year are su- through Friday, starting May 24 and from Memorial Day to July 9.
per sleuth, which is like a mystery-
Indian Harbour Montessori
School has camps for preschool to
sixth grade including art, creative
writing, nature, the ocean and ani-
mals. Camps run weekly from May
18 to Aug. 4, and include the option
of morning, full day or half day.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
offers vacation bible school, as well
as a host of summer programs for
children in preschool all the way
up through high school. Academic
camps, sports programs, STEAM
camps, SAT and ACT prep, and driv-
er’s education are just a few of the
varied offerings. Holy Trinity’s sum-
mer programs are open to all Bre-
vard County students.

Libraries throughout the area also
have big plans for the summer. Cin-
dy Leist, director of the Melbourne
Beach Public Library, said there are
daily and weekly programs through-
out the summer, in addition to the
summer reading program.

“We see lots of people (partici-
pate), really from all over the coun-
ty,” Leist said. “The ones that involve
animals are always popular.”

The animal programs include ani-
mal rescue groups and other agen-
cies who educate kids on wildlife,
and also fun entertainment like the
Menestrelli Traveling Circus, which
features poodles as its star perform-

The library also has a program
where kids can come in and read to

“We get a lot of shy readers that get
very confident when they’re doing
that,” Leist said.

The idea is tie it all back into edu-
cation and a love for reading.

“The programs kind of make a fun
side of that,” Leist said.

The library also offers arts and
crafts program, musical perfor-
mances and even bingo, among
many other activities. Leist added
that the summer programs are made
possible by support from the Friends
of the Melbourne Beach Library.

“We really enjoy seeing children
using the library and loving it,” she
said. 

Piling on! Living dock
improves lagoon
water quality

8 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Piling on! Living dock improves lagoon water quality

STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT used to create reefs in other parts of Many of those neighbors joined Leigh Provost and Ryan Christiansen.
[email protected] the lagoon. Pennington on the dock Saturday
morning, watching and helping de- leader of the FIT program, said resi-
As a group of hardy students and That project is in conjunction with ploy the oyster mats. dents should be able to see signs of
instructors from Florida Institute of Brevard Zoo’s Restore Our Shores, life on the mats in a month or so.
Technology waded into the waters of which trains volunteers in how to “When I first moved here 40 years
the Indian River on a recent Satur- deploy the square metal oyster habi- ago, you could see the crabs and ev- “Even if we don’t get 100 percent
day morning, the “Oyster Lady” had tats and care for the fledgling oys- erything else,” Marty Brown said, oysters, there’s other things like bar-
one thing to say: ters. looking out over the murky brown nacles, sponges and sea squirts,”
waters of the lagoon. said Hunsucker, who also lives in
“This is so exciting.” Pennington and a couple of her Melbourne Beach. “No matter what,
Cindy Pennington, aka the Oys- neighbors oversee the oyster gar- Pennington learned about FIT’s we are increasing the area for these
ter Lady, had been waiting months dens. She and her fellow oyster “aun- living docks at one of many lagoon things to grow and help filter the
for this day. The FIT group – nine of ties” pull up the habitats once a week restoration programs she attends. water. Our end goal is to improve the
them, plus Pennington’s husband or so to monitor growth and check The oyster mats are made from a water quality by getting those organ-
Bob – were wrapping oyster mats for debris. mesh material with empty oyster isms to grow and filter the water.”
around the pilings on the commu- shells attached. The empty shells are
nity dock at Lighthouse Cove town- “We even talk to them, because recycled from restaurants, seafood She and her fellow researchers
houses in Melbourne Beach. we heard they like that,” Pennington festivals and other events. will return periodically to track
The living dock project, in part- laughed. “Things like, ‘How are you the progress, and Pennington and
nership with FIT’s Indian River La- this morning, babies?’” Pennington brought the living her neighbors will also be watching
goon Research Institute, aims to dock idea to a Lighthouse Cove board a n x iou sly.
attract filter feeders that help clean They give them names, too, like meeting in January. Twenty-six of
the beleaguered lagoon waters. Olivia and Oscar. her neighbors showed up for the Lighthouse Cove was the fifth liv-
“This is our backyard,” Penning- meeting, an unusually high turnout. ing dock project for the Indian River
ton said. “We’re in the water kaya- “We just have fun with it,” she said. One suggested the idea of adopting Lagoon Research Institute, but the
king, paddle boarding, fishing. It’s And this is why Pennington’s the pilings. A plaque at the entrance first in a townhouse or condomin-
very important to keep the lagoon neighbors call her Oyster Lady. Or to the dock now commemorates the ium community. The crew hopes it
alive.” “Oyster Gal.” Or, sometimes even, living dock installation, along with will lead to more. Weaver, who’s a
The event was meaningful to Pen- “Oyster Rock Star.” the names of the donors. resident of Indian Harbour Beach,
nington for another reason, too: said the cost of similar projects will
Forty-nine neighbors in Lighthouse Oysters filter-feed around the depend on the size of the dock and
Cove came together to fund the clock, according to the Brevard Zoo’s other factors.
project. Each neighbor “sponsored” website, and one adult oyster can
a piling for $20 to pay for the oyster clean 50 gallons of water per day. Meanwhile, while Weaver and
mat supplies. Several helped make They also provide hiding spaces for his group were installing the oyster
the mats, too. tiny sea creatures and juvenile fish, mats, neighbors from a community
“This is how you make a really ef- and help prevent shoreline erosion. next door stood on their dock and
fective change in the Indian River All of this makes them critical to the watched. Lighthouse Cove resident
Lagoon water quality. You need the lagoon’s health. Dee Rittinger said that was an en-
community,” said Robert Weaver, an couraging sign.
associate professor of ocean engi- It’s estimated that 37 oyster mats
neering and leader of the FIT group. on a living dock can filter about 21 “Awareness is the key,” Rittinger
“We need everyone to buy into it and million gallons of water per year. said.
want to do something.” The Lighthouse Cove dock, with 49
Pennington started her first res- mats, could have an even greater im- Anyone interested in starting
toration project in 2014, when she pact. their own living dock should con-
hung fabricated oyster habitats off tact Weaver at [email protected] or
the Lighthouse Cove dock to stimu- Kelli Hunsucker, an assistant pro- Hunsucker at [email protected].
late the growth of oysters that are fessor of oceanography and another Information on the zoo’s Restore Our
Shores program can be found at re- 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 9


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10 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


What a drag! Firetruck Pull benefits Relay for Life

Lindsay Daniels, Scarlett Nicol, Carla Garrett and Lisa Sarkes.

Ashley King, Julia Glotz, Chloe Chanley and Jenny Prasad. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Health First helicopter paramedic Laura Wolf shows visitors
the inside of a First Flight helicopter.

Satellite Beach High Air Force JROTC. Atty and Kyle Geanacopoulos. David Thornton.
Nill Saybe, David Thornton and Garett Foreman. Bridget Eakins.
Strong men and women from
near and far gathered Saturday
at the Schechter Community
Center in Satellite Beach for
the 3rd Annual Firetruck Pull.
Hosted by Indian River Crossfit
in conjunction with the Satel-
lite Beach Fire Department, the
event raised funds for Relay for
Life of the South Beaches.
Participants in teams of four,
including local fire depart-
ments and the Satellite High Air
Force JROTC, completed Cross-
fit-style challenges, including
burpees in bunker gear, and
pulling a full-sized fire engine
across the parking lot. 

12 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Henegar covers new ground with musical ‘Bridges’

Kyle McDonald as Robert Kincaid
and Beth Shestak as Francesca.

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT Broadway and in television and film. original score and best orchestration. “He is such a smart writer and able to
“The emotional weight and lush or- In fact, the reason McDonald audi- write in a way that makes sense to the
Romance takes center stage Friday story. When I saw auditions, I knew I
with the opening of the musical “The chestration make it some of the most tioned for it was because of the music. had to be a part of it.”
Bridges of Madison County,” at the fulfilling (vocals) I’ve ever sung,” said “One thing that was on my ‘bucket
Henegar Center. Kyle McDonald, a well-respected sing- Shestak got a chance to see the
er/conductor who has performed in list’ as a performer was to be a part of show on Broadway and knew right
The musical is based on the 1995 more than two dozen musicals at Titus- a Jason Robert Brown musical,” he said.
movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint ville Playhouse. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
Eastwood. That, in turn, had been
based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 Indeed, the show’s music became
novel set in the farmlands of Iowa. It almost immediately legendary, and
centers on Francesca, a lonely married resonated more than the production.
woman who meets a photographer, The Broadway production had two
Robert Kincaid, taking pictures of fa- heavyweights attached to it: Director
mous covered bridges where she lives. Barlett Sher, America’s pre-eminent di-
rector of musicals including “An Amer-
It all turned into a 2014 Broadway ican in Paris” and most recently, “My
musical when producers turned to Fair Lady”; and starred Kelli O’Hara,
Marsha Norman (“Secret Garden”) to who worked with Sher in two Lincoln
write the book and Jason Robert Brown Center productions, “The Light in the
(“Prince of Broadway”) to compose the Piazza” and “South Pacific.” However,
music and write the lyrics. the show lasted almost four months,
and that was after more than a month
And just as the two characters fall of previews.
in love, the two leads in the Henegar’s
production are totally smitten by the Its score always has had people rhap-
music. sodizing about the musical. The show’s
only awards – both the Tony and the
“It’s a dream role,” said Beth Shestak, Drama Desk – went to Brown for best
who has worked professionally on Off-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 13


Shane Frampton.

Beth Shestak and
Adrimel Marlasca.

away that if she ever had a chance to let their voices sail on the soaring This is a gorgeous, beautifully writ- Ave., Melbourne. It performs 8 p.m. Fri-
be in it, she’d jump for it because “it’s tunes, but also dig into themselves to ten musical.” days and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
a singer’s show.” deliver multiple layers to what are be- Tickets are $26 general, $23 seniors and
lievable characters thrown into what “The Bridges of Madison County” military and $16 students. There is a $3
“I loved it,” she said. “The music in some may say is an unlikely scenario. opens Friday and runs through May 20 service fee per ticket. Call 321-723-8698
this show is absolutely gorgeous. It at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven or visit 
has the feel of an operetta, but it also “This role is definitely one of the more
incorporates multiple different styles demanding roles I have ever done,”
and genres to express each character Shestak said.
in a different and unique way.”
“It’s a very emotional ride,” McDon-
Producing “Bridges” is also part of ald said. “The star-crossed love of Fran-
the Henegar’s continuing trademark cesca and Robert is beautiful and heart-
to bring new shows to the stage. In wrenching.”
fact, it can claim Brevard debuts of
many shows. In 2015, it became the Helping them both has been not only
country’s first community theater the direction of Amanda Cheyenne
to mount “Cry Baby: The Musical.” Manis but also the cast, they said.
The next season, it brought “Witches
of Eastwick,” “It Shoulda Been You,” “Working with the cast has been
“Hands on a Hardbody” and “Lady great,” Shestak said. “You always go
Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” to through a getting to know you stage,
the stage. This season, in addition but everyone has been easy to get
to “Bridges,” it brought the popular along with and that always makes the
drama “I and You” to the Brevard’s process very enjoyable. I didn’t know
theater scene. Next season, the Hen- my leading man, Kyle McDonald, un-
egar will bring “Bonnie and Clyde” to til we started rehearsals. He has been
the area. just a gem to work with. Extremely
talented and knowledgeable and I
And chances are, after theater pa- couldn’t be happier.”
trons see “The Bridges of Madison
County” and familiarize themselves It’s been especially grueling for Mc-
with the music, the show eventually Donald, who had to split his time re-
will come to life in other theaters as hearsing “Bridges” with conducting for
well. Titusville Playhouse’s “Hunchback of
Notre Dame,” which ended its run last
Of course, there is more to the show Sunday.
than the music and the given circum-
stances. There is the nuance of char- “I’ve been very privileged to work
acter, the moral choice, the yearning of with production teams that allow me
desire and the tug of family. to split my time,” he said. “The talent in
‘Bridges’ is top notch so working with
Francesca’s husband and children them during the rehearsal process has
have gone out of town. She meets Rob- been wonderful.”
ert Kincaid and shares deep secrets. He
awakens her heart, long buried by duty. Both actors say audiences will love
Within a day, they fall in love and make this show. Just be sure to bring hankies.
plans to leave the small Iowa town.
“Bridges only ran for about three
Actors have to not only be able to months on Broadway, unfortunate-
ly,” McDonald said. “But I always say,
Broadway’s loss is Brevard’s gain.

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Coming Up: ‘Mass’ appeal for Brevard chorus at King

[email protected]

1 Under the baton of Dr. Robert
Lamb, Haydn’s powerful and dra-

matic “Mass in Time of War” will rise

through the King Center’s main stage

auditorium this Saturday, performed

by the 100 voices of the Brevard Com-

munity Chorus. One of the composer’s

most popular mass works, “Mass in

Time of War” will feature musicians

from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra

and professional soloists Julia Foster

Rottmayer, soprano; Eliza Dopira, mez-

zo-soprano; Jeremy Hunt, tenor; and

Sean Christopher Stork, bass. Accord-

ing to Wikipedia, Haydn composed

this Mass at Eisenstadt in August 1796,

as Austria was mobilizing for the Euro-

pean war that followed the French Rev- 5 Katherine Handford at Advent
Lutheran Church this Sunday.
olution; her troops were not faring well

against the French and feared invasion.

Expressing the mood of the country,

Haydn included references to battle in District, is aptly named “A Chip Off the
Old Block.” The challenge to participat-
the Benedictus and Agnus Dei move- ing artists was to create a new work us-
ing a “small area of a past work,” an area
ments. The Mass was first performed the artist considered to be “the most
exciting, most interesting, or most ne-
on Dec. 26, 1796, in the Piarist Church glected” of the piece. These areas were
allowed to be smaller or larger, simpler
of Maria Treu in Vienna. Haydn, a de- or more detailed. And the colors could
be changed. The size had to remain the
voutly religious man, placed the words same. A clever challenge, “A Chip Off
the Old Block” is sure to be an unusual
“Praise be to God” at the end of every exhibit, well worth a visit. The exhibit
runs through May 27; Tuesday through
completed score. The concert begins at Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. 321-259-8261.
7:30 p.m. Tickets are: general seating,

$24; senior/military, $19; students, $7.


2 The wildly successful, hilarious-
ly irreverent musical “lovingly”

ripped off from the classic film “Monty

Python and the Holy Grail” (so sayeth

the show promo), “Monty Python’s Spa-

malot” (as featured in last week’s Mel- 5 Advent Lutheran Church’s 2017-
18 Pipe Organ Concert Series will
bourne Beachsider) is playing through

Sunday, May 13, at the Historic Cocoa end on a powerful note this Sunday af-

Village Playhouse community theatre. ternoon as Katherine Handford of St.

The original 2005 Broadway produc- Paul, Minnesota, brings to life the 36

tion had 14 Tony noms, and captured ranks and 2,196 pipes of the church’s

three, including Best Musical. During magnificent A.E. Schleuter pipe or-

its 1,500-plus-performance run, it was gan. Handford is lecturer of music and

seen by more than 2 million people and University Organist at Lawrence Uni-

grossed over $175 million. Show times versity’s Conservatory of Music, and

are Thursday and Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; director of music and organist at St.

Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sun- Paul’s historic Central Presbyterian

days, 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 to $24. 321- 3 Joe Bonamassa at the King Center May 8. Church. She has performed in concert

636-5050. extensively in Europe and, for Sunday’s

program, will play a baroque work by

3 Wonder what it must feel like to see night-and-one-night-only appearance, invited the young guitar player to tour Danish-German Dieterich Buxtehu-
your name in lights, shining from Bonamassa’s back-up band, stellar mu- with him. So far, he’s produced 16 No. 1
sicians in their own right, will be An- Billboard Blues Albums, and has been de, “Variations on a Norwegian Folk
ton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass) Grammy-nominated (for Best Blues
the roof of Carnegie Hall? This gentle- and Reese Wynans (piano, Hammond Album) for his second collaboration Tune”; “O, How Glorious Shall It Be for
organ). Together they’ll deliver a show with blues singing star Beth Hart, “See-
man knows. It is a widely held view featuring new songs and “career-span- saw.” Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets start at the Children of God” by Norwegian
ning favorites,” in support of Bonamas- $103.25. 321-242-2219.
throughout the music industry that sa’s most recent studio album, “Blues of composer Bjarne Sløgedal; and a selec-
Desperation.” Bonamassa started play-
blues-rock guitar titan Joe Bonamassa ing guitar at age 4 and, at 12, opened for tion of French and Italian works. Ad-
B.B. King, who was so impressed that he
has, virtually single-handedly, “rede- vent organist and Concert Coordinator

fined the blues-rock genre and brought Betty Jo Couch calls Handford’s “com-

it into the mainstream,” and, this Tues- plete and total mastery” of the pipe or-

day, May 8, the singer/songwriter from 4 An intriguing idea for an art ex- gan “extraordinary.” The Suntree con-
hibit: The show this month at Fifth
New Hartford, New York, returns to cert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

the King Center stage. For this one- Avenue Gallery, in the Eau Gallie Art 321-259-8515. 

16 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE


lexander Brangman finds com- van from behind, damaging its bum- and where three key executives are un- car companies have “made progress”
fort in remembering how long per and that of the car she was driving, der federal indictment – is well known on the Takata recall.
his daughter lived – 26 years, 11 and buckling the hood of her car. to Congress and millions of Americans
months, 9 hours and 15 minutes –“ who have been touched by it. But tens “But the progress is uneven,” she
rather than the horrible and needless “There was minimal damage,” her of thousands of drivers most at risk said. “Overall completion rates are not
way she died. father said. “It was highly questionable remain oblivious to the efforts of au- where we want them to be.”
Jewel Brangman, an academic all- if the air bag should have deployed at tomakers and the National Highway
American in high school, about to pur- all. It was something Jewel should have Traffic Safety Administration. Takata air-bag inflaters degrade over
sue a PhD at Stanford, had no need to walked away from.” time as they are exposed to humid-
know much about the rental car she “Our last hearing on the ongoing ity and repeated wide fluctuation in
drove north toward Los Angeles on a Instead, “I walked in the USC trau- Takata fiasco is just further evidence the daily temperature. That a car may
sunny September Sunday almost four ma unit and what I saw was horrific: that NHTSA is just rudderless,” said Sen. change hands three or four times dur-
years ago. Here’s the beautiful, angelic human Bill Nelson of Florida, ranking Demo- ing a 10-year period has made the recall
Then came a relatively minor crash being that was my daughter hooked crat on the Committee on Commerce, more difficult, with notices from the car
– she rear-ended a minivan – and her up to this monstrous life support sys- Science and Transportation. “The latest dealer or automaker discarded by peo-
air bag exploded with a spray of razor- tem,” Brangman said. data the committee has received from ple who sold the vehicle years earlier.
sharp metal shards that severed her the automakers shows that individual
carotid artery. The doctors told him she was brain automaker recall completion rates are While most Takata inflaters go bad
Ten years after the biggest safety re- dead. all over the place – and millions are still over time when exposed to tempera-
call in U.S. history began, Honda says waiting for replacement air bags.” ture changes and humidity, the Alpha
there are more than 60,000 vehicles Brangman later learned that for inflaters experienced high humidity at
on the nation’s roads equipped with three weeks, his daughter had been NHTSA has been without an admin- a Takata factory in Monclova, Mexico,
what experts have called a “ticking driving a rental car with a factory- istrator in the 15 months since Donald before they were installed.
time bomb” – defective air bags like the equipped air bag that during the recall Trump entered the White House. The
one that killed Brangman. The air bags, would come to be known as the Alpha president recently proposed elevating In a 2015 response to Congress
which sit about a foot from a driver’s model. A quirk in the manufacturing acting director Heidi King to lead the marked “confidential,” Takata acknowl-
chest, have a 50-50 chance of explod- process caused the Alpha inflaters to agency. King, whose nomination will edged that the propellant that triggers
ing in a fender bender. be the most deadly of the lot. require Senate confirmation, told the the air bags had “been left in work sta-
They are the most deadly air bags Commerce Committee last month that tions during a prolonged shutdown of
remaining in the recall involving more The massive recall of air bag inflat- the assembly line, exposing them to hu-
than 37 million vehicles built by 19 au- ers made by Takata – which allegedly midity inside the plant.”
tomakers. At least 22 people worldwide suppressed tests revealing the flaw
have been killed and hundreds more
permanently disfigured when the air
bags that deployed to protect them in-
stead exploded and sprayed shrapnel.
The worst among the bad bags are
known as Alphas, driver-side air bags
installed in Hondas that have up to a 50
percent chance they will explode on im-
pact. The 62,307 people still driving with
them, many in older-model cars that
may have changed hands several times,
either have ignored the recall warnings
or never received them, Honda said.
With the number of deaths and dis-
figurements continuing to climb – the
last fatality was in January – automak-
ers and federal regulators have rewrit-
ten the rule book in their outreach
efforts, including deploying teams to
knock on doors of Honda owners who
have not responded to recall notices.
“We’re good at repairing vehicles,”
said Rick Schostek, executive vice presi-
dent of Honda North America, “but
finding and convincing customers of
older model vehicles to complete re-
calls, now that has proved a difficult
The 2001 Honda Civic that Brang-
man was driving came from Sunset
Car Rentals, a small agency that had
bought the vehicle at auction almost
three years earlier, after it had been
involved in a crash and was issued a
salvage title. Though it had been un-
der recall since 2009, Honda said it had
mailed four recall notices without get-
ting any response.
Brangman’s crash was the epitome
of a fender bender: She struck a mini-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 17


The Alpha bags were installed in by other manufacturers – can become or cooperating with the “investigation of as a result of the air-bag scandal, Takata
more than 1 million Honda and Acu- unstable, particularly when it is ex- a potentially serious safety defect.” declared bankruptcy last year.
ra cars between 2001 and 2003. They posed to moisture.
caused 11 of the 15 U.S. fatalities when The Justice Department fined Taka- Under a consent order signed by
their Takata inflaters ruptured. Takata found a ready market for its ta $1 billion for that failure. Takata and NHTSA, John D. Buretta, a
cheaper air bags, expanding rapidly to former Justice Department prosecutor,
Although there had been inklings meet the demand of newly enticed au- “Takata has admitted to a scheme was named to prod the recall process.
that Takata air bags could be deadly – tomakers, including General Motors. to defraud its customers by manipu- Buretta’s report last November described
with fatal explosions in 2003 and 2004 lating test data regarding the perfor- the Alpha bags as a grenade that could
– the first U.S. recall was initiated by GM’s air-bag supplier had been the mance of its air-bag inflaters,” Barbara devastate a car – and its occupants – as if
Honda in 2008. Swedish company Autoliv, but Auto- McQuade, U.S. attorney for the East- a bomb had exploded inside it.
liv dropped out of the competition ern District of Michigan, said in an-
The 10 years that followed have been presented by Takata because it de- nouncing the fine last year. “They fal- “There has been, I’m glad to say,
replete with allegations that Takata cut clined to use the volatile ammonium sified and manipulated data because marked improvement,” he told the Sen-
corners in a rush to fill orders and that nitrate. they wanted to make profits.” ate Commerce Committee last month.
the company sought to cover up tests “There is still much room for improve-
that revealed the severity of the problem. After a 2002 Honda Accord air bag McQuade also unsealed indict- ment . . . and much work to be done.”
exploded in Alabama in 2004, Takata ments against three Takata executives
The genesis of the massive recall assured Honda that the incident was who were charged with manipulating Alexander Brangman flew to Wash-
came when Takata, then a seat-belt an anomaly. But at the same time Taka- test data to deceive the automakers ington last month for the committee
supplier but a minor player in the air- ta began testing 50 air-bag inflaters it they supplied about the safety of their hearing.
bag industry, came up with a cost-cut- had collected from junkyards. Even air bags. The indictment said the three
ting way to make air bags. Just a few though two of them malfunctioned, had known as early as 2000 that their “Jewel was the eighth victim at the
years after the 1995 Oklahoma City Takata shut down the testing and told air bags could explode. time; now worldwide there’s 22,” Brang-
bombing, they used the same material technicians to wipe the data from their man said afterward. “Not prohibiting
that caused that explosion – ammoni- computers, the New York Times report- All three of the men indicted – Shin- ammonium nitrate being used in these
um nitrate – to trigger the air-bag inflat- ed. The company denied to Congress ichiTanaka, 59; Hideo Nakajima, 65; and bags in sinful. Unethical behavior is the
ers when vehicles collide. that it had ever done the testing. Tsuneo Chikaraishi, 61 – are Japanese underlying theme. For a life to be taken
citizens and have not been extradited to when something is preventable is uncon-
Ammonium nitrate – unlike the rel- Years later, NHTSA said Takata was not the United States. Faced with spiraling scionable to me. They should find a way
atively stable chemical tetrazole used “being forthcoming with information” debts estimated at more than $9 billion to stop using these vehicles, period.” 

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Sen. Strom Thurmond of South threatening leader who sought to his assassination. Sokol argues that “The verdict was that Martin was fin-
Carolina was debating the satirist have people judged not by the color King achieved universal hero status ished,” wrote David Levering Lewis,
Harry Golden at Virginia Tech Univer- of their skin but by the content of their only after his legacy was scrubbed, one of King’s early biographers.
sity when a dean interrupted the pro- character. stretched and softened to the point
ceedings with the horrible news that that it became elastic enough to sup- But King’s death changed that. No
Martin Luther King Jr. had been as- King’s dream of racial harmony is port both sides of many divisive issues. doubt, his assassination triggered an
sassinated. Stunned students groaned just part of his legacy, albeit the part King has been cited by both opponents outpouring of grief, and untold millions
in despair, prompting Golden to offer that has allowed him to become one and proponents of affirmative action, were inspired by his leadership. But at
an impromptu tribute, calling April 4, of the most lionized figures in Ameri- by supporters and critics of the Black the same time, King’s murder sparked
1968, “a sad day for the world.” can history. The more controversial as- Lives Matter movement, and even by anger in many parts of black America
pects of King’s worldview – his opposi- those in opposing camps on the na- while unleashing an undercurrent of
But Thurmond used the occasion to tion to theVietnamWar, his embrace of tional anthem protests launched by hateful bile from some whites.
denounce the slain civil rights leader. what Sokol calls democratic socialism, former San Francisco 49ers quarter-
“I disagree with Mr. Golden’s estimate his determination to force the nation back Colin Kaepernick. As King’s mes- As word of King’s assassination
of Dr. King,” Thurmond said. “He was to attack poverty, his statement that “a sage has been diluted, his popularity spread, black students and their sym-
an agitator, an outside agitator, bent society that has done something spe- has risen. These days, opinion polls pathizers protested on college cam-
on stirring people up, making every- cial against the Negro for hundreds of find King to be among the most re- puses, and riots broke out in hundreds
one dissatisfied.” years must now do something special vered Americans. of cities across the country. Sokol ar-
for him” and his call for the “recon- gues that the assassination added fuel
It was a bizarre verdict, but one not struction of the entire society” – made Sokol closely examines some of the to the Black Power movement because
confined to rabid segregationists like him a lightning rod. King was awarded controversies that arose after King’s for many black Americans, King’s
Thurmond. University of New Hamp- the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, but a 1966 death to make plain that King’s cur- death revealed the irrational hate that
shire historian Jason Sokol’s reveal- poll found that 72 percent of white rent place as an American icon is a far even an avowed man of peace could
ing new book, “The Heavens Might Americans had an unfavorable view of cry from where he stood a half-century unleash.
Crack,” makes clear that the opinion him. ago. In places, the anecdotes that ani-
was shared by millions of white Ameri- mate “The Heavens Might Crack” feel It would take decades for King’s leg-
cans. While those broad outlines of King’s small-bore, but by its conclusion the acy to become the hollowed one we all
story are well chronicled and fairly well book becomes a case study in the curi- know now. For a long time, even the
It may seem inconceivable now, known, the real punch in Sokol’s book ous ways in which history evolves. simplest, most symbolic gestures to
but only one Southern senator or comes as it drives home the depth of commemorate King could be fraught.
congressman attended King’s At- the animus stirred by King and how it In the years before his death, King Sokol traces some of the surprisingly
lanta funeral: Georgia’s Rep. Fletcher lingered in the months and years after reached a crossroads in black America. pitched battles to rename streets in
Thompson, a Republican. As President Many young leaders were impatient King’s honor.
Lyndon Johnson, who by then was not with his strategy of nonviolent protest
on speaking terms with King, consid- and his continued push for integra- The fight to establish a national
ered going to Atlanta for the service, tion, and some observers saw him as holiday in honor of King was similarly
Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington said a leader with a diminishing following. difficult. Then-Rep. John Conyers (D-
that “the president has done enough Mich.) offered a bill to make King’s
for this man. … His going very likely birthday a national holiday just days
would cause serious white backlash.” after the assassination. But the first
In the end, Johnson skipped King’s King national holiday would not be
funeral after attending an earlier me- celebrated until 18 years later, as many
morial service for King at Washington in Congress opposed it for stated rea-
National Cathedral. sons ranging from the cost of a holiday
to suggestions that King had consorted
Sokol mines oral histories, books with communists. 
and contemporaneous news stories to
pull together an account that reminds THE HEAVENS MIGHT CRACK
us that King was a radical who ignited
passions both good and bad. The King The Death and Legacy
memorialized on the Mall, and in the of Martin Luther King Jr.
many hundreds of schools and streets
around the world that bear his name, BY JASON SOKOL | BASIC. 343 PP. $32
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Bonz makes fast friends with sweet, shy Sammie

Hi Dog Buddies! shake paws, lot, too. I also love playin’ with Mom’s

This week I innerviewed Sammie an sit, an wait, granddog, Tucker, a Brittany Spaniel.
Williams, a shiny black Lab/Chow
mix. and do “down.” He’s my Bestie! Another fun thing’s

I met her over on Ocean Drive, PLUS, I enjoy runnin’ on the beach, the sea breeze
where she works with her Mom in a
shop with lotsa priddy stuff for hu- the company in my ears, sand in my toes. But not
man ladies. I had figured, cuzza her
bein’ a Lab/Chow, she’d be real boun- of most hu- swimmin’! When Tucker goes in with-
cy, an kinda short. But she wasn’t.
mans, an most out me, I stand on the shore an pout,
We heard a few woofs as we opened
the door, but she didn’t run up. Her cats, once I get cuz he’d rather get all soggy and Wet
Mom greeted us, an Sammie stood
behind her peekin’ out, real shy. She to know ’em. Dog, than play with ME. I don’t even
looked mostly like a Lab, long-leg-
gedy, but her face an muzzle were But I’m Super like the rain. If it rains onna walk, I
shorter an rounder, very feminine an
pretty. She was wearin’ a big yellow Shy, ’specially put my ears back an try to get Mom to
bow on her collar, which looked real
nice with her black coat. when a hu- head home. The only Wet I can’t es-

“Good morning, Miss Sammie. man comes cape is a bath. Ukkk. Mom says I Can
I’m Bonzo the Columnist, an this is
my Assistant. It is a great pleasure to up to me Run, But I Can’t Hide.”
meet you.”
all bouncy “I understand you have a cat.”
Her ears perked an she tilted her
head, but she didn’t move. Or speak. an wants to “Yes. Sweet Pea. When I first ar-

“Er … that’s a very attractive bow pat me, or a rived, she hid in the bedroom. I was
you’re wearin,’” I said, by way of con-
versation. “Nice color choice.” pooch comes curious an tried to introduce myself,

After a reassuring pat an a liddle right up for but she wasn’t innersted. She hissed
push from her Mom, Sammie came
out from behind her and said softly, the Wag- at me. Now we are engaged in a Semi-
“Thank you, Mr. Bonzo the Colum-
nist. My ribbon’s ’spose to let humans Sammie.PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD an-Sniff. I Peaceful Co-existence.”
know I’m a liddle shy. Won’t you have
a seat? This is my first week as ap- “Oh, see, just kinda A lady came in from The Back, and
prentuce greeter, an there’s so much we all work here at this store which
to learn. Please don’t think me rude.” is called Posh. So, we’re Posh girls!” freeze. (I’m Sammie jumped up an energetical-
“Cool Kibbles,” I exclaimed.
“Not at all, Miss. Sammie. And you We got settled, an I took my note- still wor- ly wiggle-wagged over to her. I was
can call me Bonzo.” book out. “I’m ready to hear your sto-
ry whenever you’re ready, Miss Sam- kin’ on that, surprised an impressed. “This is my
“OK, Mr. Bonzo. This is my Mom, mie. First off, how’d you find your
Lynn. We’re Posh Girls. My Dad’s Forever Famly?” ackshully.) best human fren, Linda,” Sammie ex-
Mike. He’s Elsewhere.” “I’ve only been with Mom an Dad
about two months, now. It’s wunner- “Anyway, plained. “She’s a Posh Girl, too.”
“Um, ’scuse me but, what’s a Posh ful. See, Mom wanted a dog, but DEF-
girl?” INITELY NOT a black dog, cuz she has when Mom “Woof! Miss Sammie! You’ve got
white sofas. So she was pooch shop-
pin’ at the Humane Society, where I spotted me, she stopped, even though some Cool Dog Biscuits MOVES! You
was livin,’ due to Unavoidable Cir-
cumstances. Lotsa humans only want I am, obviously, a Black Dog. I’m pret- should enter the American Rescue
a cute puppy, an I was already about
3, I think. But I was very puh-lite an ty sure the Humane Society humans Dog Show. I saw it on TV. Seriously!
well-trained. I already knew how to
were tellin’ her what a well behaved, They have a Best Wiggle-Butt catego-

smart girl I am. Which is TRUE. ry!”

“Mom still had to do more ponder- She giggled. “Thank you, Mr. Bon-

in,’ though, cuz getting a dog is a Big zo!”

Decision. So she visited the Humane Sammie trotted over to the window

Society again, and there I was again. and woofed a coupla times at some

That time she took me for a liddle humans walkin’ by, then trotted

leash walk, an we sat in a meet-an- back.” I’m learning how to be puh-lite

greet room to see if we hadda Good to CUSS-tummers. I’m not s’pose to

Vibe. I was still Really Shy, but I se- bark too much. Just a frenly Welcome

cretly hoped she’d want me anyway. Woof, at most. An I do a little growly

But Mom still had to Think About It. I, thing to remind Linda when it’s time

on the other paw, had already picked to Open Up in the morning. That’s

HER an Dad. bein’ Helpful, right?”

“Finally, the next day, she ree-lized “Absolutely, Miss Sammie!” I as-

I was The One, Thank Lassie. I guess sured her.

she wanted me more than she didn’t Heading home, I was thinking

want black dog hair on the white so- about sweet, shy Miss Sammie an her

fas. An I really, really try to Not Shed. pretty yellow bow. I bet she’d totally

(Holdin’ your breath doesn’t work, by win that American Rescue Dog Wig-

the way.) gle-Butt competition, Paws Down! 

“So, what’s home life like now?” I


-The Bonz“It’s lovely. I ’specially like goin’

for walks with Mom. Sometimes I get
excited an do this liddle jump where
all four feet are off the ground at the

same time. Me an Dad pal around a

Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected].

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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 10 4

Neil Kimelman’s book “The Right Bid at the Right Time” (Master Point Press) contains AJ98732
more than 80 tough bidding problems, both constructive and competitive. After the
reader decides what he would do, Kimelman analyzes the pros and cons of each WEST A6
possible call, sometimes gives the original full deal and has “lessons to learn.” In A 10 9 2 EAST
general, the advice is sound, but a few times he makes debatable recommendations. 53
10 Q854
I found one deal where he said that a penalty double of three spades led to minus 730. KQ7542
He did not describe the play, though, because declarer had a two-way guess for the AJ9762
club jack that he must have gotten right. If either defender had held the club 10, they
would have been plus 200 for a nice score. (To be honest, the setting was a team game, Q6
not a pair event, when a close double into game should be avoided.)
In this week’s deal, taken from a team event, what should North rebid over one no-
trump? SOUTH

While you are considering that, “Out of Hand, Out of Mind” by Bill Buttle (Master Point J76
Press) is a book containing 141 color cartoons with bridge themes, some funnier than
others, of course. KQ8

Back to the deal, North ought to rebid three diamonds (although three no-trump is K54
feasible). This says that North is trying to get to three no-trump, but would like South to
have some help in the suit and, preferably, hearts well held — as he does here. J 10 8 3

Finally, yes, I probably would have responded two no-trump, not one, with that suitable Dealer: North; Vulnerable: East-West
South hand, and hoped for the best in the black suits.
The Bidding:

1 NT Pass 1 Diamonds 1 Hearts
?? LEAD:
5 Hearts

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9 Smoker’s box (5,4) 5 Set free (6)
11 Young farm animals (6) 6 Regions (9)
13 Ocean-dweller (7) 7 Appends (4)
15 Profession (6) 10 From Japan, say (7)
16 Racial (6) 12 Radio operator’s word for‘E’(4)
18 The rest (6) 13 Big band (9)
20 Buddy (6) 14 Ripping (7)
22 Little ones (7) 17 Secret language (4)
23 Crazy (6) 19 Atishoo! (6)
25 Toff (9) 20 Element (6)
26 One’s hearing aids (4) 21 Stifle (anag.) (6)
27 Close to (4) 23 Plan (4)
28 Bubbles (4) 24 Facts (4)

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ACROSS (fleeing) DOWN 57 “___ big girl now The Washington Post
1 Of a Mongolian 68 Even the 1 Yippie Hoffman ...”
2 Loamy deposit B MOVIES By Merl Reagle
mountain range slightest 3 Characteristic 58 Vocal selection
7 Companion of 70 Thirty-two oz. 4 “... some kind 59 Later
73 Meal ingredient 62 Dorothy Parker
coeur 74 Solemn assent of ___?”
10 Run the ___ 76 Jets’ home 5 Addams Family remark
15 Air rifle ammo 78 Studio 65 Casablanca’s
18 1950 Joan cousin
apartment, 6 Most coquettish land: abbr.
Fontaine drama essentially 7 Gave up the 67 Give temporarily
21 Bell burg in a 79 Nurses fresh out 69 Born
of sch. throne: abbr. 71 Charlotte’s home
book 80 1972 horror 8 1993 John 72 Barrie baddie
22 Sushi candidate spoof directed by 75 Reside
23 1946 Cocteau Larry Hagman Goodman 77 Like ___
83 SST heading, comedy featuring
fantasy maybe “AromaVision” (cold and quiet)
25 Bother 84 Hate 9 Old English 78 On the creaky
26 “What time ___?” 86 January, to Juan letters
27 It’s two after 87 A king of 10 Yak side
England: abbr. 11 Summer relief 79 Glasgow
epsilon 88 Hatchet relative pitcher?
28 Sad ending? 89 Gluck’s ___ ed 12 Novelist Peter hoosegow
29 Verb on a freak- Euridice 13 Oust 80 Guy, for short
90 Mr. Chaney 14 A thunderbird 81 Taylor of The
show sign 91 Angie Dickinson tops it
30 Salt Lake player flick, Big Bad ___ 15 With 45 Down, a Nanny
31 Built or begun: 94 Type of oil 1949 82 Bongo whackers
95 Ungraceful type Betty Grable 85 Greek mountain
abbr. 96 1980 comedy comedy
32 School of city-life (with The) 16 1951 Ronald chain where
100 Cottonwood, to Reagan Hercules is said
painters Carlos comedy to have died
34 Typing sound 102 It gives golfers a 17 ___ gin 88 Hirt and others
37 Violin VIP little boost 19 Come clean? 92 Offer ___ (use
39 1975 Bergen- 103 Group of nine 20 Legislators, at money to get
104 Church chair times evidence)
Hackman 107 Letters on old 24 Cutting remark? 93 Pt. of a three-day
western pennies 32 ___ for “apple” weekend
42 Ohio or Peru city 108 Funny 33 Tongue- 94 California fort
44 Certain degs. 110 Uncooked depressing that became
46 Hosea, in the 112 Apr. collectors sounds a university
Douay 113 Sophia’s “so 35 Pond scum 96 California bay
47 Rodeo attendee long” 36 Hugh’s mag where
48 Yield the floor 114 Feeling of 38 Billy Baldwin’s The Birds was
49 House of hay “whoa!” brother filmed
50 Hub of activity: 115 1965 surf movie 39 Halt order 97 Bosnian ___
abbr. 120 Like most 40 “___ ever 98 Start of a toast
52 Sticks around lifeguards tasted!” 99 ___ north
54 Country great 121 Ice house 41 Lanchester and (heading)
Roy 122 1964 Tony Maxwell 101 Major fuel brand
55 Blood letters Randall comedy 43 Doggie 104 A Ford or a horse
56 1970 William (with The) rejoinders 105 A colonel has a
Friedkin 123 Chaplin’s brother 44 1941 Mickey and silver one
drama (with The) 124 Singer Frankie Judy musical 106 Romanced
60 Word that 125 Byrd or Dewey: 45 See 15 Down 107 Boiling vessels
Spanish abbr. 48 Kirk, to Michael 109 Flamboyant
alphabetizers 126 Played with a 49 Getaway isle painter
ignore Duncan 50 Francis or Mack 111 Goya’s duchess
61 Actors Jack and 51 Cobb and Hardin 113 Chaplin’s ___
son Chris 53 Beat the tar out Lights
63 Mrs. with a ghost of 116 Against
64 Yogi, in Yucatan 56 N.Y.C. subdiv. 117 It cuts dirt?
65 Card carrier: 118 Tet Offensive
abbr. land
66 A Star ___ 119 Part of a scare
67 On the ___ tactic?

The Telegraph

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Party crashes when RSVP ‘yes’ really means ‘no-show’

BY CAROLYN HAX RSVP and don’t go, people ask to bring other guests, When you want to entertain more formally, short-
Washington Post people bring other guests without asking. What the en your guest list to people you trust to show up. In-
what. vest in them beyond entertaining.
Dear Carolyn:
My family recently celebrated our I do not have any answers for you that don’t in- Get clever with your menus so leftovers aren’t
son’s birthday. We had a number of volve some form of surrender to this rude world or- wasted; serve things you can prepare in batches, or
guests RSVP “yes” to our invitation der, so I have only bad answers, which I try not to freeze for later, or donate, or otherwise repurpose.
who not only didn’t show, but also give on purpose, but here goes:
didn’t even have the decency to con- To readers mentally composing responses to me
tact us to let us know. It’s been a week since the party. Lower your expectations. Be mentally prepared about how terrible these suggestions are: Be as-
This left us with far too much cake, food, money for a guest yield of 25 percent or 125 percent. sured, I agree. Terrible. And I have more.
spent and time wasted wondering if/when these peo-
ple would show and what happened, instead of being Entertain as casually as you can get away with If you use some form of e-invitation, employ ev-
settled and enjoying the party with the guests who did while not becoming rude yourself. ery reminder offered.
We will be seeing these non-attendees in the future Don’t take no-shows and extra-shows personally. If you think e-invitations are the problem, then
and I’m not sure how to behave. I would have pre- It is happening to everyone, unless you are exploit- don’t use them – or go belt-and-suspenders and use
ferred a definite “no” and planned accordingly. able – as in, so connected that people see you as an both e- and in-person or on-paper.
My spouse and I have already discussed not invit- opportunity they won’t let themselves miss.
ing those who didn’t contact us to future parties, but I When you see people out and about beforehand,
worry this may happen again regardless, as it has be- say, “See you Saturday!” Unless they’re standing
come far too easy to click “going” on an invite whether next to someone you didn’t invite. Or your party is
or not one actually shows up. Sunday.

– The End of Etiquette When you see people out and about after they
just no-showed you, stick to a cheerful, “We missed
The End of Etiquette: you Saturday.” I anticipate roughly an 80 percent
You’re right, and I’m sorry you’re right. Judging expression-of-horror-because-you-utterly-fell-off-
both from my own and readers’ experiences, party their-radar rate.
manners aren’t just in decline. They’re in flaming,
disintegrating free fall into a bottomless pit of mud I used zero science in that prediction, but still: In-
and extra cake. People go and don’t RSVP, people hale, exhale, release “didn’t even have the decency”
judgments. You’re not wrong, any disregard for the
generosity of one’s host is indecent – but it’s too big
a cultural change for that to make universal practi-
cal sense.

Is a mass breakdown in attention span a matter of
intent? I could argue “yes,” but you’ll like your world
better if you choose “no.” 

Doc combines specialties
to tackle patients’ pain

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Doc combines specialties to tackle patients’ pain

STORY BY MICHELLE CANNON EPTING CORRESPONDENT opportunity to “interact with people Professionally, Arora appreciates
on an individual level to make a real the rich history of the field of psy-
In the field of medicine, it is not un- tangible impact on lives” while also chiatry, as well as the fact that the
common to find specialties comple- being an “intellectually stimulating” understanding of the human mind
mentary to one another and used to- choice as well. To that end, he received is continually evolving. He says
gether in the treatment of a patient’s a medical degree from Midwestern “this in itself creates challenges for
particular case. An ear, nose and University in Illinois and a master’s the physician in diagnosis and treat-
throat specialist will refer to an au- degree in human anatomy at Wright ment, but the challenge has always
diologist; an obstetrician will utilize State University. Arora completed a been appealing to me.” He initially
a medical geneticist; an orthopedic visiting fellowship in neuromodula- chose psychiatry because it com-
surgeon will consult with a radiolo- tion at Duke University in Durham, bines neurology, anatomy and
gist. While collaboration between spe- North Carolina. He completed a psy- behavioral science. While
cialties occurs, Dr. Siddharth Arora, chiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic pursuing his educa-
D.O., M.S. takes it to a whole differ- and an interventional pain fellowship tion, he was directed
ent level in his practice at Melbourne at Nova Southeastern University/Lar- toward the path of
Spine Comprehensive Pain Manage- kin Hospital in Miami. pain management
ment Specialists. Dr. Arora is certified through his univer-
by the American Board of Psychiatry After completing his education and sity and mentors. Aro-
and Neurology as well as being an in- training, Arora interviewed across the ra said he feels “very
terventional pain management phy- country. In Brevard County, he found grateful because I love
sician. In his practice, Arora uses his “a great combination of like-minded what I do.”
own two specialties in tandem to skill- peers and professionals nested in a
fully treat patients in Brevard County. warm and welcoming community According to Arora, psy-
with so much to offer.” He continues, chiatry and chronic pain
Born in India, Arora’s family moved “[Brevard] has a good mix of being treatment have evolved over
to America when he was 6 months family-friendly and has professional decades with recent advances
old. He grew up in the northern Vir- events available – art exhibits, beach- impacting basic foundational
ginia tri-state area. Arora decided he es, educational events, sports (from understanding. Psychiatry is
wanted to pursue medicine as a ca- fishing and surfing to soccer). It also considered integral in im-
reer because it would give him the has wonderful weather.” proving pain treatment out-

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comes. Both fields have provided Arora is now more favorable to treatments edge and desiring to share it, Arora has been active in karate since child-
with desired intellectual challenges that target pain without the harmful remains active in academia with hood, now possessing a black belt. Aro-
and the opportunity to interact with addictive properties and side effects studies published in several publica- ra enjoys reading, playing tennis, and
patients on a personal level. Because he of opioids. Arora explains that these tions and speaking engagements. He spends quality time with friends and
is working from a background in both treatments include “the interventions has spoken across the country at con- family. He also recently took up classi-
fields, Arora can use different treat- we do – nerve blocks, epidurals, spinal ventions and gatherings, covering the cal guitar.
ment options in a large toolbox tailored cord stimulators, regenerative blood topics of pain management as a psy-
to an individual patient’s needs. products, etc.). Opioids have proven chiatrist and new treatment methods Dr. Siddharth Arora’s personal phi-
to be ineffective in many chronic pain for pain conditions. He has been pub- losophy of medicine is simple yet strong:
Dr. Arora explains how his fields conditions and oftentimes the risks are lished in numerous journals on pain “At the risk of sounding trite, doing no
provide the best possible outcomes serious – endocrine changes, behav- treatments modalities and addiction. harm and treating the patient in their
for his patients: “We’ve known for ioral and psychiatric issues, addiction, best interest, just as I would with my
some time now that more than half of overdose, etc.” The particular vulner- On a personal level, Arora believes in own family.” With his combined edu-
the chronic pain population exhibit able population impacted provides Dr. keeping one’s mind active in many in- cation and training, his desire to learn
some degree of psychiatric pathol- Arora the chance to make a valuable terests, outside of one’s profession, and and educate, and his efforts to use more
ogy, from depression and anxiety to contribution to this community. especially in the areas of exercise and effective and safer therapies to improve
insomnia and even addiction. Leav- the arts. He keeps his mind and body his patients’ quality of life, Dr. Arora is
ing these conditions untreated puts Seeking the most current knowl- healthy through several endeavors. He living his philosophy every day. 
the patient at a significant disad-
vantage, leading to poorer outcomes
and quality of life. My training from
multidisciplinary institutions and
professional background in psychia-
try has given me a unique perspective
on pain management. Importantly,
understanding the patients’ motiva-
tions, communicating clearly their
pathology and plan of action to meet
the patients’ expectations, and using
up-to-date, evidenced-based prac-
tices to treat the patient as a whole.
Utilizing a multimodal approach of
conservative treatment, medication
management, and novel interven-
tional and regenerative techniques,
we are able to improve peoples’ lives.”

Dr. Arora’s practice uses fluoro-
scopic and ultrasonic guidance in the
treatment of a wide variety of chronic
pain conditions, sports injuries, spinal
stenosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibro-
myalgia, headaches and migraines,
cancer pain, chronic regional pain
syndrome, and pain arising from ac-
cidents and falls. Treatment modali-
ties offered include spinal injections,
trigger point injections, rehabilitation
programs, therapeutic massage and
neuromodulation (using spinal cord
stimulation as an alternative to opi-
oids or other failed treatments). An-
other modality is the novel use of re-
generative medicine, which harnesses
the body’s own blood products to heal
tissue, repair injuries, provide longer-
term pain relief, and theoretically re-
generate the damaged tissue. Since no
one treatment method is correct for
every case, the treatment is tailored to
the individual patient and condition.

Treating addiction is something
Arora is passionate about. Florida has
especially become a state in which ad-
diction treatment is a scarce and under-
funded resource. All of the knowledge
of pain treatment and addiction, as
well as the improved treatments, have
helped to combat the opioid crisis that
has plagued the country, and Florida in
particular, in recent decades. Formerly
the epicenter of so-called “pill mills,”
Florida has experienced regulatory
changes to improve the landscape and

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The Healthy Senior

Say what? Hearing loss affects
a third of over-60 set

COLUMN BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST to the inner ear or the auditory nerve.
This type of hearing loss is permanent.
Q. It seems like a lot of my friends are The second kind occurs when sound
watching TV with the volume way up, can’t reach the inner ear. This can be
and accusing everyone of mumbling. repaired medically or surgically.
How common are hearing problems
among seniors? Presbycusis, one form of hearing
loss, occurs with age. Presbycusis
About one in three Americans over can be caused by changes in the in-
60 suffers from loss of hearing, which ner ear, auditory nerve, middle ear, or
can range from the inability to hear outer ear. Some of its causes are ag-
certain voices to deafness. ing, loud noise, heredity, head injury,
infection, illness, certain prescrip-
There are two basic categories of tion drugs, and circulation problems
hearing loss. One is caused by damage

such as high blood pressure. It seems otolaryngologist, a physician who
to be inherited. specializes in problems of the ear. Or
you may be referred to an audiologist,
Tinnitus, also common in older a professional who can identify and
people, is the ringing, hissing, or measure hearing loss. An audiologist
roaring sound in the ears frequently can help you determine if you need a
caused by exposure to loud noise hearing aid.
or certain medicines. Tinnitus is a
symptom that can come with any type There are other “hearing aids” you
of hearing loss. should consider. There are listening
systems to help you enjoy television
Hearing loss can be caused by “oto- or radio without being bothered by
toxic” medicines that damage the in- other sounds around you. Some hear-
ner ear. Some antibiotics are ototoxic. ing aids can be plugged directly into
Aspirin can cause temporary prob- TVs, music players, microphones, and
lems. If you’re having a hearing prob- personal FM systems to help you hear
lem, ask your doctor about any medi- better.
cations you’re taking.
Some telephones work with certain
Loud noise contributes to presby- hearing aids to make sounds louder
cusis and tinnitus. Noise has dam- and remove background noise. And
aged the hearing of about 10 mil- some auditoriums, movie theaters
lion Americans, many of them Baby and other public places are equipped
Boomers who listened to hard rock with special sound systems that send
with the volume turned up as far as sounds directly to your ears.
Alerts such as doorbells, smoke de-
Hearing problems that are ignored tectors and alarm clocks can give you
or untreated can get worse. If you have a signal that you can see or a vibration
a hearing problem, see your doctor. that you can feel. For example, a flash-
Hearing aids, special training, medi- ing light can let you know someone is
cines and surgery are options. at the door or on the phone. 

Your doctor may refer you to an

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Yen Yen: When you have a ‘yen’ for good Chinese food

REVIEW BY TINA RONDEAU COLUMNIST Ginger Duck. A week later, we returned to Yen Yen to
[email protected] sample a few more dishes. This time, we
tried the hot and sour soup ($3.25) and
From time to time, I receive an email the crab straw mushroom soup ($3.50).
from P.F. Chang’s updating me on some The hot and sour was the real deal, and
of their specials. the crab soup was loaded both with crab
and delicious straw mushrooms.
While P.F. Chang’s serves some very
good Chinese-inspired dishes, they are Then we feasted on the Shao Mai
not really “authentic” – but a recent email ($4.95) – steamed open-faced dumplings
got me hungering for a Chinese food fix. stuffed with minced pork, water chest-
nut, mushrooms, ginger, and scallions.
I wanted to dine at a Chinese restau-
rant that had atmosphere, and table- For entrées on this visit, our server –
cloths, as well as good Chinese dishes. who was from Beijing – recommended
the Beijing Trio ($16.95), and we also
With that as the criteria, we ventured decided to try the Yen Yen Grand Mix
up A1A to Cocoa Beach, where we came ($17.95). Of the two, we preferred the
upon Yen Yen, a Chinese restaurant that Beijing Trio – beef, chicken, and shrimp
has been there for almost three decades. married with fresh mushrooms and live-
ly scallions in a spicy Beijing sauce.
From the exterior, it looks like the Brit-
ish pub it was until Yen Yen took over 28 Based on two visits, we would not hesi-
years ago. But inside, Yen Yen is a large
and very tastefully decorated Chinese

Fried Dumplings. Baby Bok Choy.

restaurant like those that can be found in tate to recommend Yen Yen. It’s a pleas-
most major cities. ant place to dine, with unusually friendly
and helpful waiters, and serves well-pre-
Shown to a plush banquette along one pared classic Chinese dishes. We will go
of the walls, we ordered a bottle of white back.
wine, and decided to start with Yen Yen’s
wonton soup ($3). The reviewer dines anonymously at
restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
The soup was very flavorful, and we 32963. 
decided to move next to dumplings. The
pork or vegetable dumplings (four for Yen Yen Hot and Sour Soup. RESTAURANT HOURS
$4.25) are offered either steamed or fried. Grand Mix. 4:30 TO 9:30, Tuesday- Sunday
We opted for the fried. Served with a spe-
cial soy sauce, they were wonderful. Beijing Trio. BEVERAGES
Full Bar
Then for entrées, we ordered three
dishes for the table: snow white prawns ADDRESS
($22.50), ginger duck ($16.95) and baby 2 N. Atlantic Avenue,
bok choy with garlic ($11.95).
Cocoa Beach
The prawns are Yen Yen’s piece de resis- PHONE
tance – large butterflied prawns, dusted
in potato flour, then quick fried on both (321) 783-9512
sides and topped by the chef’s secret
cream sauce. Many diners appear to love
this dish, but the secret sauce was cloy-
ingly creamy, too much like mayonnaise
for me.

The ginger duck, however, was a clas-
sic Cantonese dish, slices of duck meat
stir-fried with fresh ginger, scallions, and
sweet onions in a ginger-flavored sauce.
Tasty. And the bok choy with garlic was

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Some of the best wine pours happen in industrial parks

STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE cludes DuMol and Marcassin wineries, Beyond the rusty tractor, everything If you’re visiting Santa Barbara wine
The Washington Post two exclusive labels with avid followings.
Russian River Brewing is building a huge else about Grand Cru is sleek and mod- country, by all means explore the tast-
The words “wine country” conjure facility with a restaurant nearby.
images of beautiful vistas and vine ern, including the multimedia tasting ing rooms of Los Olivos, Buellton and
rows marching (or sprawling, depend- Grand Cru has capacity for about 20
ing on viticultural philosophies) into wineries; it housed 12 when it opened for rooms that can be transformed in a jiffy Solvang. But then venture west to Lom-
the sunset. the 2017 harvest. They include Black Kite,
which produces pinot noir and chardon- to present any of the member wineries. poc, which may not have much to offer
But as you plan your wine country nay from various coastal vineyards, and
vacations this year, don’t ignore the in- Smith Story cellars, a membership win- Grand Cru is technically open by ap- other than some fast food chains and a
dustrial parks, the winery co-ops or the ery with a philanthropic bent and an un-
“custom crush” facilities where several usual marketing campaign based on a pointment only, but walk-in visitors can nondescript industrial park known as
winemakers pool their resources. Ware- goldendoodle’s Instagram account.
houses may not be as sexy as sunsets, but schedule one quickly, Brooks says. the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.
some of the best wines are being made in Visitors to Grand Cru first encounter
the most unscenic places. a rusted 1927 Fordson tractor, promi- Just south of Napa, near the famous Here you can stroll door to door and
nently displayed in the lobby. “It’s a re-
This is simple economics. Cutting- minder that everything we do starts on statue of a man crushing grapes in a bas- taste wines of Arcadian, Domaine de
edge winemakers are not always going the farm,” says Erin Brooks, who found-
to be your rich tech entrepreneurs, real ed Grand Cru, or G3C as she sometimes ket press that welcomes visitors to Napa la Cote, Stolpman, Palmina, Pali and
estate tycoons or pioneering medical calls it, as a home for her own Ernest
researchers who cash in their large for- Vineyards label and other small winer- Valley, there’s an industrial park where Piedrasassi, some of Southern Cali-
tunes to make smaller ones by dynamit- ies. “This is the wave of the future, shar-
ing hillsides and building faux Tuscan ing resources,” she says. last year I found two wineries, Mi Sueño fornia’s most exciting labels. Notable
villas in a quest to produce the next cult
cabernet sauvignon. and Gustavo, run by Mexican American wineries nearby include Sea Smoke

Just as often they are young, ambitious vintners who started as vineyard work- and Brewer-Clifton.
winemakers who don’t own vineyards
but work closely with growers to source ers back in the 1970s. The area is great for the wineries
quality fruit from top vineyards in hopes
of producing the next cult pinot noir. Or They don’t own vineyards or fancy because “the vineyards are just a few
sauvignon blanc, maybe Sangiovese or
zinfandel from century-old vines. They wineries, but they make delicious, soul- minutes away” in the Santa Ynez Valley
may not have their own wineries, but
they often are challenging the way wines ful wines in modest surroundings. There and that Sta. Rita Hills appellation, says
are made, marketed and sold.
are several other wineries nearby, and Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton. And it’s
These places can be hard to find, in
part because they don’t spend a lot of they have halfheartedly promoted the great for wine lovers because so many
time and effort promoting themselves as
wine tourism destinations. That makes area as the Crusher District, but market- delicious wines are within reach of a
them all the more fun to discover.
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ONGOING 12 Mother’s Day Tea, 1 to 3 p.m. at the
Rossetter House Museum in the Eau
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 Gallie Arts District. Tickets $20 per person. Call
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park (321) 254-9855 for reservations and tickets.

Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- 12 Delta Sigma Theta sorority alumni Red
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, & White Ball, 6 p.m. at The Tides Club
Mel-bourne Beach. at Patrick Air Force Base, to benefit scholarships
and programs. Formal/semi-formal attire. Tick-
MAY May 5 | Town of Melbourne Beach Founders‘ Day celebration. ets $50 per person. Contact Ava Guy (609)284-
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3 National Day of Prayer events across Brevard 4 The Verdi EcoSchool first-ever Kentucky beach, 9 a.m. bocce and beach volleyball, live
County with local residents, clergy, commu- Derby Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. at the Eau Gal- music, food vendors and crafters all day. Street 13 Second Sunday Coin Stamp and Col-
nity leaders and Dove Bible Club members praying lie Arts Dis-trict Community Garden. The event party runs from 2 to 10 p.m. lectible Show 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the
for unity for America, beginning at 7 a.m. outside will feature live betting, silent auctions, and Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.
the Indialantic Town Hall, then 8 a.m. at Indian Har- fresh mint Jules. All proceeds will benefit the 5 The Brevard Community Chorus will pres- Free Admission. Buy, sell, trade and free apprais-
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270 Seaglass Drive, Melbourne Beach: 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,851-square-foot home on large
landscaped lot near ocean beach and Indian River Lagoon, offered for $450,000 by
Coldwell Banker Paradise broker associate Sylvia H. Cooney: 321-604-6510

34 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Rare opportunity arises in coveted Wingate Reserve

STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT situated on a cul-de-sac in Wingate a small canal in the backyard. “Very rarely is there a home for
Reserve. The house is centered on a The entrance is welcoming, with sale in this development,” said listing
Welcome to 270 Seaglass Drive in pristine landscape, surrounded on agent Sylvia Cooney, a realtor with
Melbourne Beach, a three-bedroom, three sides by trees and shrubs, with double doors that open into a tiled Coldwell Banker, about the 54 homes
two-bath, 2,851-square-foot home foyer with dining room on the right in the Wingate Reserve. “The homes
and great living space on the left. are not cookie cutter and are on half-
Please call today! Beige ceramic tile flooring through- acre lots.”
out the home enhances each room.
Susan Williammee All the rooms are bright and light and Large sliders in both the living
move-in ready. room and sunroom offer peaceful
321-795-4860Melbourne Beach Real Estate Specialist views of the private backyard.
The open concept home with vault-
[email protected] ed ceilings is highlighted by a large The horseshoe layout for the
living room. Freshly painted white mostly-white kitchen features sa-
The best of everything... walls add brightness as sunshine bal stone countertops, a Whirlpool
pours through the many windows French-door refrigerator, an electric
into the home, which is listed for oven and dishwasher, and a niche
$450,000. for a kitchen table. Lots of cup-

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boards and a double pantry make and guest or children’s rooms on the room is closed from the bedroom by corner shower, all completed in pris-
storage easy. other. The master has a tray ceiling, a handy pocket door and features his tine white.
plantation blinds, tile flooring and and hers walk-in closets and a linen
The house has a split bedroom room for a king bed. The master bath- closet, double sinks, garden tub and Two bedrooms on the opposite side
plan, with the master on one side of the home from the master bed-

36 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


room have large closets and are large roof, A/C only two years old, a central Each home has an abundance of rade at Christmas and parties for hol-
enough for king beds. In the hallway vacuum and another perk – a separate open space around it. Near 270 Sea- idays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s
is the second bath with linen closet, hot water heater for the master bath- glass Drive is the fishing pier on the Day, Halloween and Christmas,”
shower with glass door and single room, “because the owner wanted Indian River that belongs to the resi- Cooney said. “There also is the pri-
sink. instant hot water there,” Cooney said. dents, said Cooney. Neighbors also vate beach access across the street.”
occasionally gather there for wine
The two-and-a-half-car garage The neighborhood includes perma- and cheese socials as well as meeting To view this lovely, spacious island
with workbench is air conditioned nent and snowbird residents, families in the cul-de-sacs once a month to so- home, contact Sylvia Cooney, bro-
and is just outside the laundry room with younger children, retirees, and cialize. ker associate with Coldwell Banker
that includes a utility sink. executives employed by local indus- Paradise, at 321-604-6510 or Sylvia.
tries, according to the realtor. “The residents have a golf cart pa- [email protected]. 
Built in 1997, this home has a new


Year built: 1997
Concrete block/stucco
Lot size: half an acre on cul-de-sac
Home size: 2,851 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Homeowners Association:
$625 annually
Additional Features: Wingate Reserve com-
munity with private beach access, Indian Riv-
er community pier, new roof, central vacuum,
A/C only two years old, oversize garage with
workbench under air.
Listing agency:
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Listing agent:
Sylvia H. Cooney, broker associate:
321-604-6510 or [email protected]
Listing price: $450,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 37


Is using IRA assets to BUY real estate worth it?

BY BENNY L. KASS end of each year, you actually have to of the reason people don’t like reverse pay your real estate tax and maintain
Washington Post get your investment appraised, so as mortgages. Over the years, I often have adequate homeowner insurance. Be-
to plug that number into your calcula- written that a reverse mortgage should fore you can get such a loan, you must
Dear Benny: We are interested in buy- tions. be the last resort; see if you can get a meet (or talk) with a professional hous-
ing investment property. Currently, our new loan or refinance your existing ing counselor. You have to know the
IRA is not producing the income we Contrary to popular belief, you can-
would like. Can we use some of our IRA not invest your IRA in property you mortgage before looking at a reverse. facts before you can get this kind of
assets to purchase real estate? already own. Furthermore, even if the However, there have been signifi- loan.
property is a vacation home, you can-
– Anna not legally use it, even occasionally. cant changes in recent years. To get Yes, in your friend’s situation, since
Anna: The simple answer is yes, but And all expenses relating to the prop- a reverse mortgage, you now have to he has no real family, a reverse mort-
it’s complicated and full of risks. This erty must be paid from the IRA. demonstrate you have the ability to gage probably makes sense. 
column can touch only on the surface;
if you remain serious, you must talk Bottom line: It may not be worth it.
with an attorney and a qualified finan- Talk with your advisers about other
cial adviser. investments that may be available for
The typical real estate investor can your IRA.
get lots of tax benefits, such as deduc-
tions for property taxes and mortgage Dear Benny: I have a friend who owns
interest, as well as the ability to depre- his home outright. He is in financial dif-
ciate the property on your annual tax ficulty but refuses to look into a reverse
return. However, if your IRA owns the mortgage because an attorney friend of
investment property, you cannot take his told him to stay away from reverse
advantage of any such tax benefits. In mortgages. In my opinion, a reverse
fact, it is even more complicated if you mortgage sounds like the only way for
are over age 70½ and have to start tak- him to go since he has no wife or chil-
ing the required minimum distribu- dren to consider when he passes. Any
tions. ideas why people are afraid of reverse
Since the annual calculation is mortgages?
based on the balance of your IRA at the
– Cindy
Cindy: That’s a very good question.
To some extent, journalists may be part

38 Thursday, May 3, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: April 20 to April 26

It was another good week for the real estate market in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937.
Melbourne Beach led the way with 9 sales, closely followed by Satellite Beach with 8. Indialantic
reported 5 sales and Indian Harbour Beach had 4.
The featured sale of the week was of a home in Melbourne Beach. The residence at 1601 Orange
Street was placed on the market Feb. 24 with an asking price of $415,000. The sale closed April 20
for $401,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Susan Williammee of Dale Sorensen Real Estate.
The purchaser was represented by Raymond Craig of National Realty of Brevard.



PRESERVE AT COCONUT POINTE CONDO 119 SABAL RIDGE LN 3/1/2018 $494,900 $494,900 4/26/2018 $370,000
SEA DUNES PARK SUBD 115 SEA DUNES DR 7/3/2017 $425,000 $380,000 4/24/2018 $369,000
RIVER COLONY NORTHWE 603 HIBISCUS TRL 1/8/2018 $435,000 $399,000 4/20/2018


OCEANSIDE ESTATES 249 BRITANNIA CT 11/16/2017 $559,900 $557,500 4/20/2018 $540,000
RIO VILLA NORTH P1 572 VERACRUZ BLVD 3/15/2018 $459,000 $459,000 4/24/2018 $440,000
ATLANTIC GARDENS RES 261 FAY DR 2/17/2018 $249,900 $239,000 4/26/2018 $235,000


WINDWARD COVE 201 WATERBURY LN 1/1/2018 $634,997 $599,777 4/23/2018 $595,000
GARDENIA OCEANFRONT 2195 N HIGHWAY A1A 502 4/5/2017 $550,000 $519,900 4/20/2018 $497,000
GOLDEN BEACH EST 3RD 1185 E BAY DR E 3/23/2018 $395,000 $395,000 4/20/2018 $385,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 3, 2018 39


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: River Colony Northwe, Address: 603 Hibiscus Trl Subdivision: La Costa Ocean Clb1, Address: 101 La Costa St 8

Listing Date: 1/8/2018 Listing Date: 4/9/2018
Original Price: $435,000 Original Price: $279,000
Recent Price: $399,000 Recent Price: $279,000
Sold: 4/20/2018 Sold: 4/26/2018
Selling Price: $369,000 Selling Price: $280,100
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Karen Osiniak

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite

Laura Dowling Roy Susan Hepburn-Holt

Premier Properties Real Estate Coldwell Banker Paradise

Subdivision: Crystal Lakes Subd, Address: 230 Spoonbill Ln Subdivision: Windward Cove, Address: 201 Waterbury Ln

Listing Date: 3/21/2018 Listing Date: 1/1/2018
Original Price: $129,000 Original Price: $634,997
Recent Price: $129,000 Recent Price: $599,777
Sold: 4/26/2018 Sold: 4/23/2018
Selling Price: $115,000 Selling Price: $595,000
Listing Agent: Gregory Zimmerman & Listing Agent: Bernadette Day
Gibbs Baum
Selling Agent: Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Cari Curri
Laura Dowling Roy
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc
Premier Properties Real Estate





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