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Sporting chance. P6 Dining road trip. P29 Teaching the next wave

Holy Trinity’s new athletic Soaking up the Big Easy ... and
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‘GHOST SHIP’ STILL HAUNTS LOCAL BEACH Fear of possible
‘cancer cluster’
gains attention

Abandoned since Hurricane Irma in 2017 and PHOTOS: JULIAN LEEK STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT
linked to a Key West criminal case, the “ghost
ship” Cuki, a 45-foot sailboat, continues to dete- charges. He next appears in court July 12. Julie Greenwalt graduated
riorate at Spessard Holland South Beach Park on Now stuck until Oct. 31 – the end of the sea from Satellite High School
Melbourne Beach near loggerhead turtle nests. in 2003. Her best friend who
turtle nesting season – researchers with the Uni- graduated the same year died
Boat owner Jeffrey Ray Sundwall, 47, who owns versity of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research in 2015, at the age of 30, of a
the boat, remains jailed in Key West on serious Group can’t wait for the Cuki to go. The biggest rare form of breast cancer.
threat is that nesting females or hatchlings could
crawl onto the boat and become trapped.  A year later, Greenwalt was
diagnosed with another rare
Mullins tapped as FIRST FEMALE CHIEF TO SUCCEED DAN DUNCAN form of cancer.
new schools boss
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Police Chief Dan Duncan and his successor, Det. Sgt. Melanie Griswold. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK Neither woman had any
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT [email protected] family history or genetic mark-
ers for their diseases.
Mark Mullins, a longtime Melbourne Beach Police
school administrator and Department soon will have “I really didn’t think any-
Melbourne Beach resident, a double transition with the thing of it until a few months
has been selected as the next retirement of Chief Dan Dun- later when I was at a meeting
superintendent of Brevard can after decades in local law with some high school friends
Public Schools. enforcement and the swear- and they said, ‘We’ve had a few
ing in of the town’s first female other classmates die of can-
Mullins, currently the chief, also a local, Det. Sgt. cer,’” Greenwalt said during a
school district’s chief op- Melanie Griswold. recent phone interview.
erating officer, was among
12 candidates for the job to Duncan, 64, who has held CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
replace outgoing superin- leadership roles in several lo-
cal agencies, candidly said Brevard sees boost
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 in property values
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT
[email protected]

An improved economy has
boosted Brevard County’s
property values by about 8
percent since last year, but
it’s too early for local officials
to say what that will mean for
taxpayers.

“More real estate transac-
tions at higher prices hap-
pened in 2017 than happened

CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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PROPERTY VALUES tion on the tax rolls, with the remaining Overall, these are good signs for the But while the county’s overall prop-
$2.3 billion from increased values of county, Blickley said. But it’s just an es- erty values increased by 8.16 percent,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 property already on the tax rolls. timate to help local governments start he said, that doesn’t mean he can take
preparing their next budgets, which advantage of that and increase the tax
in 2016,” county Property Appraiser Blickley said the economy and in- would go into effect Oct. 1. Her staff rate by a similar percentage.
Dana Blickley said last week. terest rates have encouraged more next is tasked with updating the esti-
people to purchase new property, add mates, using any new data, and issuing Taxpayers countywide this year had
Blickley’s staff issued estimates this onto their property or to build. About a certified valuation by July 1. a levy of about $4.16 per every $1,000 of
month of the current values of taxable 70 percent of the new construction taxable property to support the general
properties in the county, the School countywide it is residential, with about County Manager Frank Abbate, fund, a series of countywide services
District, the cities and special taxing 30 percent commercial. meanwhile, said he and Assistant like the jail and courthouse.
districts. County Manager John Denninghoff,
“Up in Cape Canaveral, there are and Budget Director Jill Hayes are us- The owner of a home valued at
The value of county properties, for in- new hotels built,” she said. “We haven’t ing Blickley’s estimates to work with $150,000, with a $50,000 combined
stance, increased by 8.16 percent since had new hotels built in years. … There county department directors and other homestead exemption, would have
last year, from $34.6 billion to $37.4 bil- are 30 new subdivisions in the ground. agency heads on their requested bud- paid $416 toward those services.
lion, her staff estimated. That increase We haven’t had that much since before gets for the next fiscal year.
is based on $535.6 million from new the (2006) housing boom.” “While property values did increase
homes, businesses and other construc- by approximately 8 percent, growth in

POLICE CHIEF RETIRES County,’’ he said. Melbourne Beach
may be small, but the concepts of law
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 enforcement are very much the same,
he said.
he’s a bit nervous leaving a career that
spanned 40-plus years. But he knows “We have the same type of crimes as
it’s time to retire and already has an RV the mainland cities but not as often,’’
to help him and his wife transition to he said.
being a “retiree.”
His philosophy: get every officer on
Born and raised in Southern Califor- board with the thought process be-
nia, Duncan joined the U.S. Air Force hind the term “community policing,”
after high school. He had the good going beyond driving up and down
fortune of being selected for a post at the streets and actually interacting
Edwards Air Force Base serving on the with residents and business owners.
crew of the famous and top-secret U-2 Instead of just taking a report and
spy plane – essentially a jet-powered pushing it off to a detective, the offi-
glider used for aerial photography cers are encouraged to resolve the is-
during the Cold War. sue so it does not happen again, Dun-
can said.
After the Air Force switched that
function to another aircraft while “It builds trust. I just tried to instill
he was stationed at Patrick Air Force that it’s such a beautiful town, there’s
Base, Duncan decided to stay in Bre- no reason we can’t know all the resi-
vard and go into law enforcement. dents. If you’re just taking call after
call after call, you don’t have time to
His career started in 1977 in the interact,” he said.
auxiliary of the Indialantic Police De-
partment, which sponsored and paid Duncan was the first police chief in
for his training in the police academy. the area to adopt officer body cameras
The night of graduation, the West Mel- two years ago, showing that he’s still
bourne Police Department hired him ahead of the curve.
for $7,100 a year and he started that
very night. “To end my career on a high note
is something. This has been and joy
After a year, he went with the Mel- and a pleasure. We’ve had our ups and
bourne Police Department for an an- downs, but overall I’m hoping I have
nual pay raise of about $2,000. He got a right fit here with the officers
would be there 24 years and climb up and the community policing process,’’
the ranks to the position of command- Duncan said.
er before retiring … for the first time.
Prepared to carry community polic-
That retirement was short-lived as ing forward is Griswold, a graduate of
he went to the Brevard County Sher- Palm Bay High School, who described
iff’s Office and worked on unsolved the promotion to chief as both “hum-
murders for a couple of years before bling and exciting,” especially for her
being laid off. Still not ready to retire, proud family.
he went to work with the Melbourne
Airport Police for a couple of years be- “A lot of blood, sweat and tears went
fore taking the Melbourne Beach po- into this” including getting education
lice chief position. Duncan served as and training as a formerly single par-
chief the past eight years. ent, she said.

Duncan’s bio chronicles the history Griswold said she’s looking forward
of Brevard’s growing police depart- to increasing community involve-
ments including the high-profile cases ment and assisting other law enforce-
and crime trends along the way such ment personnel such as School Re-
as the Palm Bay shootings in April source Officers involved in protecting
1987 and the crack cocaine epidemic. schools.

“Most of my life has been in law Griswold, who served as interim
enforcement right here in Brevard chief, will be officially sworn in on
June 22. 

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property tax revenue is capped under a tax $535.6 million in new construction Abbate and his staff are scheduled what they will propose.
provision in the Brevard County Char- without the cap. July 14 to present their new proposed For instance, Indian Harbor Beach
ter and cannot increase by more than budget to the County Commission.
2.13 percent for existing properties,” He said the county has almost $150 saw a 7.64 percent increase in property
Abbate said last week in an email. million in unfunded needs, including While county staffers are working value, from $842.8 million last year to
$86 million for new roads. on their budgets, town and city of- an estimated $902.3 million now – in-
Also, he said, he can’t decrease the ficials are doing the same thing. And cluding almost $4 million in new con-
tax rate, either, just because he’ll get to And those figures don’t include em- they also say it’s too early to guess struction. 
ployee wages, he added.

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NEW SCHOOLS BOSS er and head soccer coach at Cocoa process because we believe there’s a ‘CANCER CLUSTER’
Beach Junior/Senior High School. He better leader out there?
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was briefly director of a district pro- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
gram that oversaw truancy interven- “I can’t figure out in my mind what
tendent Desmond Blackburn, who tion, mental health services and sim- more I would need from one of these Greenwalt isn’t just a cancer survi-
resigned in May to take a job with a ilar programs, before serving as an other candidates to choose them, be- vor – she’s an oncologist at a prominent
nonprofit educational organization assistant principal at Palm Bay High cause all the right pieces are current- cancer center in Jacksonville. Friends
based in California. and Southwest Middle, followed by a ly in place with Dr. Mullins.” and acquaintances naturally turn to her
five-year stint as principal at Clear- for advice when they or a family mem-
The board will now enter into lake Middle School. He entered ad- Belford expressed concerns about ber have been diagnosed with the dis-
contract negotiations with Mullins, ministration at the district level when rushing the selection process. ease. Often, they are fellow SHS alumni
with his pay expected to be between he was appointed as an area superin- – or their children or siblings.
$175,000 to $225,000 for at least three tendent in 2010. He has been in his “I can’t disagree with anything that
years. current position since 2016. has been said with regard to candi- She started to think: Could these
dates,” Belford said. “The thing that I cancers be related?
While Mullins was widely consid- The vote to hire Mullins came af- will say, I cringe at the idea of making
ered the top contender for the job, his ter a 30-minute discussion in which a decision without all the informa- She called the Centers for Disease
selection was unorthodox: The board each board member listed their top tion. I feel that I owe it, and we owe Control and Prevention (CDC) a few
voted 3-2 at its latest meeting to skip candidate or candidates. Mullins was it, really, to our community to make years ago when she knew of five cases,
the rest of the selection process, in- the only one who was named by ev- sure we are evaluating the options.” and three victims had already died. She
cluding interviews with Mullins ery board member as a favorite. Four also reported the cases she was aware
and other top candidates, and jump of the 12 other applicants were also Belford and Susin both made it of to the state.
straight ahead to appointing Mullins. mentioned as potential finalists. clear they weren’t against Mullins,
but rather they believed a certain At first, she wondered if the link was
“For me, there’s one candidate The board originally had been protocol should be followed. related to the fact that she and three
that stands out,” board member Tina scheduled to interview finalists for others she knew with cancer had lived
Descovich said. “I have built a rela- the job on June 21 and June 22. Board “I think that in the end whoever we in the same neighborhood in Suntree.
tionship, I feel like, with him of trust. member Andy Ziegler said he didn’t select will have the highest legitima-
I can count on him to handle issues see any reason to continue screening cy, along with the district, based on Then she saw recent news reports
when I go to him.” the other candidates when there was us going through the process of what about contaminated water on Patrick
a clear winner already. we set forth to do,” Susin said. Air Force Base. “It just hit me: I wonder
Descovich made the motion to dis- if it has something to do with what they
pense with the formalities and hire “I’m not sure what it is that we are Descovich said there was need to have over there?”
Mullins on the spot. Board members going to look at from them that’s go- bring the other candidates in for in-
Misty Belford and Matt Susin cast the ing to wow us into saying they’re a terviews. The Department of Defense issued
dissenting votes, although both ex- better choice,” Ziegler said. “The a report in March listing 126 military
pressed their support for Mullins. question is, are we going through the “Spending the money and the time bases nationwide where water on base
to bring them here when five of us or nearby is contaminated with perflu-
Mullins started his career in Bre- have all agreed on one candidate ... I orinated compounds known to cause
vard County in 1994 as a math teach- believe in the process but I also be- birth defects and certain types of can-
lieve in not wasting time and money,” cer. The chemicals are used in many
she said. everyday household items, but are
heavily concentrated in the foam used
Board members had made it clear to put out aircraft fires.
all along that their goal was to hire
someone from within. While anyone The contaminants were found in wa-
was welcome to apply, they did not ter at Patrick. The DOD did not test any
advertise the position nationally as groundwater outside of the base.
is commonly done with such high-
profile hire. Greenwalt decided to post a request
on her Facebook page, asking fellow Sat-
Mullins had the most district-level ellite High alums to contact her if they
experience of any local candidate to have been diagnosed with cancer. She
apply. Others who applied from Bre- immediately heard of 15 former SHS
vard County were John Holmquist, a students who had cancer. The response
teacher and former college professor; was so overwhelming that she took the
Eau Gallie High School teacher David post down a week later, and called the
Schleith; and Gary Shiffrin, a long- health department.
time school administrator and cur-
rent chairperson of the Independent Now, she’s asking people to contact
Citizens Oversight Committee. the Brevard County Health Department
directly. The department also recently
Shiffrin took issue with the board’s put out a message asking for anyone
decision to forego the formal inter- who ever lived near Patrick and was
view process. diagnosed with cancer to call 321-454-
7101. The post said the request was
“I have been involved in Brevard made after a “concerned citizen” con-
education for the past 47 years,” said tacted them.
Shiffrin, who is also executive di-
rector of the Brevard Association of Greenwalt, who calls herself a “con-
School Administrators. cerned survivor,” doesn’t know if the
post was made on her behalf. “There
“I do not recall any time that there is strength in numbers,” she said. “The
have not been interviews for the se- more people report, the more people
lection of this most important job. I will care and hopefully look into it.”
am not saying that Dr. Mullins is not
qualified because he is highly quali- Questions about pollution from the
fied,” Shiffrin said. “But, I would have base have plagued the area for years.
hoped that other candidates would The state previously identified two
have had the opportunity to share clusters of Hodgkins disease in South
their views and their vision for our Patrick Shores, a military housing area
school system. In a process of com- in Satellite Beach. One of those clus-
plete transparency interviews should ters was in the late 1960s, the other in
have been mandated.” 

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the early 1980s. cers need to be of the same type, or types be one type. “It’s really hard to link the range – including herself – who were
As an oncologist, Greenwalt is careful of cancer scientifically proven to have same types of cancer. It’s really hard to stricken by the disease, again with no
the same cause. link different types of cancer.” family history or genetic markers.
with the term “cancer cluster,” defined
by the CDC as “a greater-than-expect- The cancers Greenwalt has heard But the coincidences gnaw at her. Her hope now is that someone – the
ed number of cancer cases that occurs about vary in their type and known She points out that 30-year-olds are health department, the state, the CDC –
within a group of people in a geographic causes. “I know what a cancer cluster is,” the least likely age group to get cancer, tracks people from Satellite Beach who
area over a period of time.” All the can- Greenwalt said. “I know it’s supposed to yet she knows many people in that age have had rare cancers in their 30s. 

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HOLY TRINITY’S NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR EAGER FOR CHALLENGE

STORY BY ALEXANDRA HEYER CORRESPONDENT ic teams at the school, as well as looking after this school has,” said Phil-
the student athletes on campus. “I understand lips. While looking forward
Coach James A. Phillips was why so many people applied for the position … to more district champion-
appointed the new athletic di- because Holy Trinity is really a great place. It’s ships in soccer, Phillips will
rector of Holy Trinity Episco- a huge honor for me to be here and it’s also a be focusing on all the teams
pal Academy in Melbourne last big responsibility because of the reputation that at the school.
week, and he’s ready to see stu-
dents back in the gym and on The athletic director job
the field this fall.
‘It’s a huge honor
“Already over the past three or for me to be here
four days, it just feels right and and it’s also a
I am really excited about a new big responsibility
challenge and I am really look- because of the
ing forward to it,” Phillips said. reputation that
this school has.’
Phillips, a native of England,
currently resides in Melbourne – James Phillips. PHOTO:GORDON RADFORD
Beach after moving to the U.S.
25 years ago. He attended Flor- is being vacated by Scott
ida Institute of Technology, ac- Crockett, who is moving on
cepted a position at Holy Trinity to the same position at an
12 years ago to coach the varsity international school in the
boys soccer team and had since Dominican Republic. While
become the head of the Physical
Education Department for the Crockett held the athletic
school. He is also a director for director’s position for the
select programs for Space Coast past four years and led
United Soccer Club. the school’s teams to 27
district championships,
Sports figure significantly in 12 region championships,
student life at Holy Trinity. Ac-
cording to Principal Dr. Kath- and two state champion-
erine M. Cobb, “the athletic ships, Phillips is coming in
director plays a very impor- with more than 20 years of
tant role in the school, as experience in soccer and
more than 80 percent of our has hopes of furthering the
students play one or more school’s accomplishments.
sports. “Over the last four years, coach Crockett left
me with a great opportunity because all of the
For the sake of our stu- sports teams here are really thriving, and I just
dents and their parents, we want to build on that success to begin with and
wanted to make sure we had maybe change a few things down the road,” said
the perfect candidate to lead Phillips. 
our athletic program.”

A committee made up of Holy
Trinity leaders, faculty, parents and staff nar-
rowed down the applicants to eight candidates,
who were then interviewed in person or via Sky-
pe. Current and former employees were among
the 119 hopefuls.

The job title entails overseeing all the athlet-

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‘Board’ silly! Waves of
enthusiasm on ‘Surfing Day’

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‘Board’ silly! Waves of enthusiasm on ‘Surfing Day’

STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT
[email protected]

Although to many beachside resi- Paul Merritt, Levi Draheil, Alec Buchness, Eric Benton and Nick McAleenan. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
dents every day is a surf day, the
third Saturday in June is the actual Eric Benton and Nick McAleen-
International Surfing Day, celebrat- an of Ohana Surf School in Cocoa
ed the world over by surfers and Beach were on hand with free surf
surf enthusiasts in honor of their lessons for “kids of all ages,” and the
beloved sport. Gnarly Charlie Summer Surf Series
event was taking place simultane-
Established in 2005 by Surfer ously just up the beach, with a con-
Magazine and the Surfrider Foun- test and games.
dation, International Surfing Day
celebrates surf culture and the joy Andre Graves looked on proudly
of surfing, while encouraging envi- as his son Parker, 4, got his first surf
ronmental consciousness and sus- lesson. The boy eagerly mimicked
tainable ocean stewardship. his instructor’s stance, popping up
each time with a determined grin.
This year’s theme was “Protect
and Enjoy,” and the Surfrider Foun- “He likes surfing, he’s been
dation Sebastian Inlet chapter was watching a lot of surf videos lately,”
doing just that at Paradise Beach in says Graves, who recently relocated
Indialantic Saturday morning. his family to Indialantic from Tam-
pa. “He’s a little young but I think
“The whole idea is to have peo- it’s never too soon.” 
ple come out and see what we like
to celebrate about surfing and the
surfing lifestyle,” says Alec Buch-
ness, chairman of the Sebastian In-
let chapter.

“We like to encourage people to
come out, especially people who
don’t get to the beach very often,”
he says, “so that they can bring their
kids out and share with them what
a valuable resource we have. It’s a
family activity, a beautiful way to
spend the day.”

“Our goal is all about protect-
ing beaches and clean water,” says
Buchness. “We want to get the kids
involved at a young age because
they’re the ones who are going to be
running things in the future.”

And though the waves were only
knee high and breaking right on
shore with the morning high tide,
the beach was jam-packed and
there were plenty of boards in the
water.

Eric Benton of Ohana Surf School goes over the basics with student Audrina Haft

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‘Mima’ mia! ‘Art and Music’ series thriving at cafe

STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT Elizabeth Vanderbploeg and Annie Flora. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Daniel Penaranda and Karlista Maroney.
[email protected]
prints. In all there were eight artists, Brandon Kew, Madison Korns and Shaula Rey.
Tucked into a small strip mall on four musicians and a poet sharing
A1A in Indialantic is Mima’s Cafe their talents throughout the evening.
and Tea Bar, your friendly neighbor-
hood boba tea cafe and host venue Daniel Cantos, whose family owns
for the Summer Night Art and Music Mima’s, says the monthly event has
Fest series, which wrapped its second been a boon to business.
well-received installment last Friday
evening. “So far the response has been pret-
ty positive,” he said. “We try to do
The “beach inspired” event is the these community events to get ev-
brainchild of Karlista Maroney, a eryone involved. This is our biggest
barista at Mima’s and student at FIT one yet.”
who says she spent so much time at
Mima’s the first week they opened Cantos and Maroney say they
that they hired her on the spot. Since plan to continue the monthly series
then she has branched out to coor- throughout the summer and possible
dinate the cafe’s online marketing beyond.
presence, and now, with events like
the Summer Night series. Mima’s Cafe and Tea Bar is located
at 1400 N. Highway A1A, suite 102 in
“I had so many people coming in Indialantic. Info and menu are avail-
and giving us their business cards, so able online at www.mimascafeteabar.
I started thinking ‘art and music and com and on Facebook under Mimas
coffee shops kind of go hand in hand,’ Cafe and Tea Bar. 
so I thought it would be really cool to
put it all together,” said Maroney.

“It got really, really great feedback
the first time, so we decided to do it
again, and as you can see it just blew
up,” she added.

The intoxicating aroma of Cuban
coffee permeated from behind the
bar, wafting through the crowded
space, fueling the rising buzz of back-
ground chatter.

It was beachside bohemian at its
finest, and the diverse crowd of arts
patrons clearly ate it up.

Alice Valentine, a student at Florida
Eastern College, recited love poems
printed out on orange pages. Kaci
Carpenter sang soulful folk-inspired
cover versions of popular tunes. Art-
ist Crystal Wilt showed her beautiful-
ly macabre drawings, and landscape
photographer Tom Ewell sold color

For coverage of the conclusion
of the Vero Beach Film Festival,
as promised last week, see the

June 21 E-edition of
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ARTS & THEATRE

Check out student thespians in ‘Chess’ the musical

Gabriel Waterman as Anatoly
Sergievsky and Jamaal Augustave

as Freddy Trumper.

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER

Jamaal Augstave Add in a trio of star-crossed lovers, sorts: The summer fine arts program Luisa Garrett
and Camille Mench. an epic chess rivalry and a one-hit was discontinued due to budget cuts and Gabriel
wonder from the ‘80s, and you’ve got in 2011, after a 28-year run. A $1 mil- Waterman.
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT “Chess,” the musical, on stage June lion grant from the Phoenix Foun-
28-30 at Satellite High School’s per- dation of Central Florida brought it Bye Birdie,” in 1990, also at Satellite.
It’s the late 1980s. The Cold War is forming arts center. back this year, and will continue to “I still have friends from when I
nearing its end, but relations are still fund the program, as well as other
tense between the United States and The play is being produced as part projects, for the next four years. did the program,” Morales said.
the Soviet Union. of Brevard Public Schools Summer The workshop is unique in that it
Fine Arts Workshop, which also puts “People have asked for its return
on a similar program at Titusville every year,” Johnson said. “It is an checks the block students need for a
High School. awesome, unique opportunity for high school performing arts credit.
our students interested in the arts
At Satellite, 80 students from high and it has been sorely missed. We are
schools throughout the south half of so very grateful to the Phoenix Foun-
the county have been learning their dation of Central Florida for provid-
lines and rehearsing since May 30, ing the funding for the program.
all leading up to the full-scale per-
formance next week. “And this program has produced
many people who have continued
“It has all the benefits of par- their careers in theatre, musical the-
ticipating in this sort of project: in- atre, music performance, theatre
creased confidence, increased abil- production and all the related fields.”
ity to work as a team, learning how
to be flexible, think on your feet, be Christy Morales, director of the
a problem solver, knowing when to award winning theater program at
step up and when to step back, pac- Satellite High and director of the Sum-
ing,” district music resource teacher mer Fine Arts Workshop, is a former
Cindy Johnson said. participant. She fondly remembers
her time in the production of “Bye,
The production is a revival of

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 21, 2018 13

Buses to and from the program are also ARTS & THEATRE Several of the students have par-
paid for by the Phoenix Foundation. ticipated in theater programs before,
but say this one is head and shoul-
“It gives kids an opportunity who ders over their past experiences.
may not have had that otherwise,”
Morales said. “They want you to succeed,” said
Nick Hale, who lives on Patrick Air
“Chess” is loosely based on interna- Force Base and will be a sophomore
tional events in the 1970s and 1980s, at Satellite High.
including the famous chess match
between Bobby Fischer and Boris “Chess” runs at 7 p.m. on June 28
Spassky. But, mostly, it’s a romance. and June 29, and has a 2 p.m. matinee
performance June 30. Tickets are $10
“Without giving too much away, and $12 can be purchased at seatyour-
it is a love story and a story of espio- self.biz/brevardsummersouth. Satellite
nage and intrigue set in the midst of a High is located at 300 Scorpion Ct. in
chess tournament between the Unit- Satellite Beach. 
ed States and Russia,” Morales said.

The production encourages stu-
dent actors to push beyond their
comfort zones.

“I did not expect to learn how to
be romantically involved on stage,”
quipped Gabriel Waterman, a rising
10th-grader at Melbourne High who
lives in Indialantic Beach.

He stars as Anatoly Sergievsky, the
Russian foe to American chess play-
er Freddy Trumper. And, no, that’s
not a riff on our current president –
“Chess” made its stage debut in 1986
on London’s West End.

The show had a short-lived Broad-
way run in 1988, but has remained
popular with musical enthusi-
asts and community theater. It re-
opened in London this year.

One reason for the musical’s stay-
ing power is the score, which was
composed by two members of the
pop group ABBA in collaboration
with Tim Rice, who has worked on
some of Broadway’s most famous
productions. One of the songs, “One
Night in Bangkok,” topped the Bill-
board Hot 100 chart at No. 3 in 1985,
the year the score was first released
as a concept album.

The show is also a history lesson
for participants.

“I heard it was about the Cold War
and I figured anything about the
Cold War is worth learning about,”
said ensemble member Emily Lew-
is, a Melbourne Beach resident who
will be a freshman at Melbourne
High this year.

Morales said the themes in some
ways relate to international relations
today.

“I think it’s probably bringing
home a little bit of history,” Morales
said. “And they kind of get a feel for
the tension and the espionage.”

While the show focuses on sworn
enemies, the summer production at
Satellite High is bringing students
together while they spend six hours
a day rehearsing.

“It gives them a sense of ‘It’s not our
school vs. their school,’” Morales said.
“We’re all one big theater community.”

Satellite High rising 10th-grader
Camille Mensch added: “It’s just ev-
eryone together making a good show.”

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ARTS & THEATRE

Coming Up: Rise up for ‘America’s Heroes’ concert tribute

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER

1 For an evening of stirring pa-
triotic music to kick-start your

summer and get in a proper red-white-

and-blue mood for your coming-soon

Independence Day celebration, join

the Space Coast Symphony Wind En-

semble and the Space Coast Sympho-

ny Chorus this Saturday, June 23, in a

rousing free concert, “America’s He-

roes,” at the Scott Center for Perform-

ing Arts in Melbourne. This exciting

musical evening will include works by

Ticheli, Daugherty, Williams, Rodgers,

Hobbs, Greenwood and, of course, the

undisputed “March King” John Philip

Sousa. Among the combined orchestra

and chorus numbers sure to stir your

heart will be the moving “God Bless

America” and “Battle Hymn of the Re- 1 Saturday at Scott Center for Performing Arts.

public,” as well as a powerful musical

salute to the men and women of the

United States Armed Forces. Time: 7 bourne Municipal Band is offering at its swing standards from the ’20s to the tening to some live music, gazing at
“June Moon” event this Friday June 22, ’80s are on the musical menu. Says its the ocean – check out Lou’s Blues on
p.m. Admission: free. 855-252-7276. at the Melbourne Auditorium. It’s one promo, the 22-piece band is directed A1A in Indialantic. It’s been around
of the band’s swingtime dances, long by tenor and baritone saxophonist Art forever (well, 2002) and over the years
2 Mellow moods and gentle eve- popular with area dancers of course as Martin, who’s performed at the apex of has established itself as a popular spot
ning breezes: Well, that sounds well as toe-tapping jazz lovers. Jazz/ the swing world, i.e. the Jimmy Dors- for doing all of the above. This Friday
ey Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and the night, Picture Show will be bringing
good, doesn’t it? That’s what the Mel- Platters, to mention only a few. Time: 7 the tunes. They’re a three-guys-and-
p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $7 in advance, a-girl band based right here in Brevard
$10 at the door. If you want to get out County, playing ’80s pop and rock hits
on the floor, its $45 for a six-dance pass. from, says their Facebook page, Bruno
321-339-7705. Mars, Michael Jackson, Pink, Lenny
Kravitz, Alanis Morrisette, KT Tunstall
3 There is (lighthearted, air-con- and Tom Petty, among others. Time:
ditioned) summer theater fun to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, it’ll be Rocket
City, a six-musician band that per-
be had this weekend when the talented forms, they say, everything from retro
to current hits. Rocket City, according
and enthusiastic kids from the Sum- to Bandmix.com, is widely considered
the “Masters of Mash-Ups” and they’ve
mer Musical Theatre Project take the been known to make up an entire song
on the spot, based on only two words
King Center Studio Theatre stage with from the audience. Music starts at 9:30
p.m. 321-779-2299.
“Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” For two intensive

weeks, these young thespians have ex-

perienced dance, musical theatre, dra-

ma (and fun), instructed by experienced

professionals though a partnership be-

tween the King Center and the Historic

Cocoa Village Playhouse, and you get to 5 Attention, Harry Potter fans! This
show will be terrific: It’s “Harry
enjoy the fruits of their labors. “Disney’s

Aladdin Jr.” is based on the Oscar-win- Potter and the Prisoner of Azakban in

ning animated Disney film and the 2014 Concert” at the Walt Disney Theatre

Broadway hit and features the charm- in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Per-

ing street rat Aladdin; his motley crew forming Arts in Orlando this Saturday

Babkak, Kassim and Omar; the lovely and Sunday. You’ll watch J.K. Rowling’s

Disney princess Jasmine; and that large, third installment of the Harry Potter

magical guy in the lamp. Show times: phenom soaring across the (very) big

Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, screen, accompanied thrillingly by a

7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, June 23 live symphony orchestra – the Orlan-

and 24, 2 p.m. Tickets: adults, $12; stu- do Philharmonic. The theatre promo

dents, seniors and children 12 and un- promises “from the moment Harry uses

der, $8. 321-636-5050. the Marauder’s Map to when the Patro-

nus Charm bursts from his wand, you’ll

4 Should you be in the mood for be transported back into the world you
just taking a load off somewhere
love.” Show times: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.;

this weekend, maybe grabbing a brew Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets

and a bite to eat, just hanging out lis- start at $45.50. 844-513-2014. 



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INSIGHT COVER STORY

CHINA CHALLENGING U.S.
DOMINANCE OF SCIENCE

STORY BY BEN GUARINO, EMILY RAUHALA José Pastor-Pareja in his lab in Beijing. said. Recent restrictions on H-1B visas
AND WILLIAM WAN sent a message to Chinese graduate stu-
The Washington Post States for the first time. that’s for sure,” Pastor-Pareja said. “Right dents that “it’s time to go home when you
“There seems to be a sea change in now, China is the best place in the world finish your degree.” Since 1979, China
Like many ambitious young scien- to start your own laboratory.” and the United States have maintained a
tists, José Pastor-Pareja came to the how people are talking about Chinese bilateral agreement, the Cooperation in
United States to supercharge his ca- science,” said Alanna Krolikowski, a Under the Trump administration, Science and Technology, to jointly study
reer. At Yale University, he worked in Chinese science expert at Missouri many U.S. researchers say their work fields like biomedicine and high-energy
cutting-edge laboratories, collaborated University of Science and Technology. has been devalued, threatened by physics. In the past the agreement was
with experts in his field and published Foreign observers, many of whom were budget cuts and hampered by stricter signed as a routine matter, Simon said,
in prestigious journals. once condescending, now “are rather immigration policies that could deter but that’s no longer the case.
in awe at what the Chinese policies international collaborations and the
But the allure of America soon be- have accomplished.” influx of talent that has long fueled Pastor-Pareja, the geneticist who gave
gan to wear off. The Spanish geneticist American innovation. up Yale for Beijing, specializes in studies
struggled to renew his visa and was The scientific advances are a small of cell biology using fruit flies – Drosoph-
even detained for two hours of ques- piece of China’s larger ambitions. Presi- “We are in deep doo-doo for two ila melanogaster.
tioning at a New York City airport after dent Xi Jinping aims to supplant the reasons,” said Denis Simon, who has
he returned from a trip abroad. In 2012, United States as the world’s economic studied Chinese science for 40 years The field is struggling in the United
he made the surprising decision to superpower within three decades. and is the executive vice chancellor of States, Pastor-Pareja said, as funding
leave his Ivy League research position Duke Kunshan University. In his view, has declined. In China, there are now
and move to China. Meanwhile, China is spending more the White House, without a science 30 drosophila laboratories in Beijing,
on infrastructure than the United adviser for more than a year, lacks sci- he said – more than in either Boston
“It is an opportunity not many take,” States or Europe, and the middle class entific leadership. or San Francisco – and scientists have
Pastor-Pareja said. But the perks were has ballooned – making relocation begun meeting every two months to
hard to resist – a lucrative signing bonus, more attractive. And collaboration between U.S. and share their latest work.
guaranteed research funding, ample Chinese researchers is under threat, he
tech staff and the chance to build a ge- “More and more people keep coming, “At this rate, China may soon eclipse
netics research center from scratch. the U.S.,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
warned at a January congressional
After decades of American domi- hearing on the state of American sci-
nance, Chinese science is ascendant, ence, “and we will lose the competitive
and it is luring scientists like Pastor- advantage that has made us the most
Pareja away from the United States. Even powerful economy in the world.”
more China-born scientists are return-
ing from abroad to a land of new scien- The burgeoning science race is hugely
tific opportunity. important to China’s leaders, in part be-
cause of what it says about the country’s
The United States spends half a tril- growing global standing. In recent years,
lion dollars a year on scientific research the government has invested in scientific
– more than any other nation on Earth – endeavors for strategic advantage – and
but China has pulled into second place, also boasting rights.
with the European Union third and Ja-
pan a distant fourth. China has 202 of the world’s 500 most
powerful supercomputers – 60 more
China is on track to surpass the United systems than in the United States. The
States by the end of this year, according largest radio telescope ever built – a
to the National Science Board. In 2016, massive, 500-meter, $180 million dish
annual scientific publications from Chi- called the Aperture Spherical Telescope
na outnumbered those from the United

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that hunts for distant black holes – is out facial recognition for airline passen- called Thousand Talents. research university with Wuhan Univer-
in the southern province of Guizhou, gers this year. For the past decade, the program has sity in China’s Hubei province in 2013,
where its construction required 9,000 and applicants for the first few faculty
Chinese residents to relocate. The recent scientific advancements targeted Chinese citizens who have positions quickly overran expectations.
are especially notable, given China’s studied at elite universities in the Unit-
President Trump has directed NASA fraught history. Its scientific communi- ed States and elsewhere. It has lured “We were looking for 20 people. We got
to return astronauts to the moon. But ty was devastated during the 1966-1976 back these foreign-trained experts by, 1,300 applications,” said Simon, the Duke
the moon may be crowded when they Cultural Revolution, when academics essentially, throwing money at them. Kunshan University chancellor.
arrive: Both China and India are plan- were denounced as “counterrevolu- The program has also gone after a
ning to launch landers toward the tionary” and universities were closed, smaller number of foreign-born scien- At the same time, China has been
moon this year. China is collaborating halting almost all research and scien- tists who have won prestigious prizes ramping up the quantity and quality
with the European Space Agency on a tific training. or made internationally recognized of its homegrown talent. According to
potential moon base. scientific contributions. National Science Foundation statis-
Only with the death of Mao Zedong in tics, China has almost caught up to
Last year, Chinese scientists produced 1976 did China’s research community One recruit, a Californian chemist the United States in its annual number
“entangled photons,” light particles begin to regrow around its stumps. In named Jay Siegel, became dean of the of doctoral degrees in science and en-
linked together on a quantum physics the following decades, China’s leaders School of Pharmaceutical Science and gineering, with 34,000 vs. the United
level, aboard a satellite in orbit 300 miles tackled their lagging status with a meth- Technology at Tianjin University. He en- States’ 40,000.
up. The particles were beamed to loca- od their authoritarian Communist Party couraged Fraser Stoddart of Northwest-
tions on Earth 750 miles apart and re- has become known for: top-down, long- ern University, who was awarded a Nobel Among the brightest of those home-
mained linked – which could potentially term strategic planning. Prize in 2016 for his work with molecular grown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese
be a step toward a new form of instant machines, to set up a lab at Tianjin as a science prodigy who dropped out of high
and secure communication. During the early 2000s, party leaders visiting professor. school to start running a genetics lab.
declared an ambitious 15-year goal of de- Now 25, Zhao has launched a biomedi-
Also last year, biologists in China voting 2.5 percent of China’s total gross “When the program came out in 2008, cal start-up focused on microbiome re-
became the first to successfully clone domestic product to scientific research it was almost perfect timing because of search and chose to locate it in Beijing
a monkey using the technique that and development by 2020. They enacted the global economic crisis,” said Cong over anywhere else in the world.
created Dolly the sheep. Genetical- rules that required Western companies, Cao, who studies Chinese science policy
ly identical primates, their creators hungry for access to China’s market, to at the University of Nottingham in Ning- “The U.S. used to be the best at sup-
said, would speed medical research share technology with their Chinese bo, China. “It’s now been so successful, porting fundamental research,” Zhao
because the effects of any drug being counterparts. According to U.S. agen- the program has almost overachieved.” said in an interview at his lab. He ex-
tested could be traced to the treat- cies, China’s military and intelligence plained that the United States may still
ment, not differences in genes. agencies also stole research from key The program has brought more than lead in education and research, but for
U.S. technology companies and sectors. 7,000 scientists and entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs like him, China now of-
Chinese leaders recently unveiled China, the government says. They are fers not just low start-up costs but also of-
plans to become the world leader in ar- In 2015, Li Keqiang, the Chinese pre- given a $160,000 signing bonus, and the ten money that can be pumped in from
tificial intelligence, aiming to turn the mier, announced “Made in China 2025,” government often guarantees research state research institutes.
field into a $150 billion industry by 2030. a plan to boost aviation, robotics and funding for years to come. Foreign-born
Already, China’s artificial intelligence other high-tech industries. It recently be- scientists often get additional perks, like Between 2000 and 2015, research
boom has led to advanced facial recogni- came a flash point in the trade tensions subsidies for housing, meals, relocation, spending in the United States increased
tion. At a KFC restaurant in the eastern between the United States and China, additional bonuses from their provincial an average of 4 percent annually. China
city of Hangzhou, for example, custom- when the Trump administration pro- government, guaranteed jobs for spous- during that time ratcheted up its spend-
ers can now pay for their fried chicken posed tariffs that target such industries. es and regular trips back home. ing by an average of 18 percent each year.
using a machine that scans their faces.
Baidu, China’s search-engine giant, Within the scientific community, one China’s growing attraction for schol- While U.S. and Chinese experts say
plans to partner with an airport to roll of China’s most successful plans has ars was clear when Duke University de- the country’s scientific community still
been an aggressive recruiting program cided to open a new joint graduate and struggles with significant hurdles, Chi-
na’s trajectory is clear. 

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IMMUNIZATION, PART II smallpox vaccine, Edward Jenner, an English maintenance programs.
physician and scientist who inoculated an eight-
Last time we learned the difference between year-old boy with cowpox pustule liquid recov- As of 2000, measles was eliminated in the U.S., fol-
vaccination and immunization. Vaccination is ered from the hand of a milkmaid. Fast forward lowing eradication campaigns that began in 1967.
when a vaccine is administered to you, usually by to 1949, when the last case of smallpox in the
injection. Immunization is what happens in your U.S. was reported. Within the next two decades, Vaccinations for some diseases, such as yellow
body after you have the vaccination – your im- the disease was eradicated globally. fever, need to be administered only once in a
mune system becomes fortified against an agent, lifetime. On the other hand, since the flu bug
known as the immunogen. In 1879, Louis Pasteur developed the rabies vac- tends to mutate and the vaccine needs to be
cine, using dessicated brain tissue inactivated adjusted every year, you need to be vaccinated
ONE OF THE “10 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN with formaldehyde. with a flu shot every fall. (If you didn’t get this
THE UNITED STATES” year’s flu shot yet, get one ASAP!)
According to the Centers for Disease Control In 1888, the diphtheria toxin was discovered by
(CDC), the use of vaccinations to treat devastat- Emile Roux; in 1896, cholera and typhoid vac- ON THE HORIZON
ing infectious diseases was one of the 10 great- cines were first developed. New scientific discoveries and technologies are
est achievements in the United States in the 20th leading to rapid advances in virology, molecular
century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a victim of polio, biology and vaccinology. Scientists are currently
founded the National Foundation for Infantile striving to develop effective vaccines against:
Before the introduction of vaccines, people could Paralysis, later known as the March of Dimes, in  Cancer
only become immune to an infectious disease by 1938. The worst recorded polio epidemic in U.S.  Eboli
contracting the disease and surviving it. history occurred in 1952 with 57,628 reported  HIV/AIDS
cases. That year, Dr. Jonas Salk created the first  Nicotine (NicVAX)
IT STARTED WITH EDWARD JENNER’S polio vaccine. Several years later, Dr. Albert Sabin  Obesity (hormone ghrelin)
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we currently have 25 effective vaccinations/im- ease Control website: www.cdc.gov.
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INSIGHT BOOKS

Some TV com- first “gave the show soul”) and alterna- ter meeting as freshmen. (Another
edies provide glori- tive cartoonist turned mainstream mogul alum, Harvard Law graduate Dan
ous lore about their Matt Groening, as well as director David Silverman. Greaney, also wrote for a rival stu-
stars’ warring egos ● ●Just who says “no” to doing a guest shot on dent publication opposite future
or wacky backstage the show. William Shatner was the first celebrity to president Barack Obama before be-
hijinks – from the il- refuse – he would not do self-parody – and Bruce coming one of the best “Simpsons”
licit goings-on of the Springsteen also remains a holdout. Prince and writers.)
original “Saturday George Lucas declined once they looked at the roles
Night Live” creatives written for them. And no sitting American president Although Reiss shares personal
in the ’70s to Chevy has provided a guest voice, though the show has details, including the fact that he
Chase’s more recent come close. grew “morbidly obese” once he be-
series, “Community.”  ●Speaking of higher office: Reiss recounts how, came showrunner – an intense job
in an episode from 2000 – in which Lisa Simpson he likens to “crawling nude over
And then there becomes the first straight female president – the broken glass in hell” – he’s wise
is “The Simpsons,” phrase “President Trump” was intended as an ab- enough to know that the Simpsons
the animated sitcom surd punchline. characters must come first. And
that this past April  ●Speaking of straight: Reiss illuminates a range that’s where some of the real “con-
passed “Gunsmoke” of character inspirations and origins, including how fidential” faux-tawdry tidbits come
for the most prime- Smithers, Mr. Burns’ right-hand man, went from into this memoir. Only the diehar-
time scripted episodes black to white – and from straight to gay – in the diest fans are likely to know, for instance, that every
(635 was the record) beginning. member of the Simpsons nuclear family has done
broadcast on American TV. For the vast majority  ●And Reiss reveals secrets behind the opening- time behind bars.
of the show’s three-decades run – once co-creator title “couch gags” and chalkboard wordings; points Reiss also deftly addresses two of the issues that
Sam Simon made his early exit – “The Simpsons” out how many Oscar winners have voiced the rarely often hang over the show.
has relied on affable comic wizards who avoid nas- speaking baby Maggie; and explains the art of pad- The first is that of the character Apu, the Indian
ty altercations. So it is upon a workplace of mostly ding a show that must run 20 minutes, 20 seconds immigrant whose accented portrayal by Hank Az-
mild-mannered comedy professionals that former on the dot. aria has increasingly come under criticism. Reiss
“Simpsons” showrunner Mike Reiss pulls back the Elsewhere, the contributions of SNL veterans Phil says he believes that the show has always attempted
curtain in his new book, cheekily titled “Springfield Hartman and Conan O’Brien are recalled with extra to write Apu with depth and dignity, yet he seriously
Confidential.” Cheeky, because as a behind-the- warmth. And Reiss spotlights the show’s early talent weighs the idea that it is perhaps time to say fare-
scenes peek at a long-running Hollywood produc- pipeline from the Harvard Lampoon, where he and well to the character.
tion, this is no kiss-and-tell tome. Even at its most current “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean worked af- Reiss fires back at the complaint that the show
dishy, it is closer to a sketch-and-kvetch. isn’t as funny as it was in Season 10 or Season 7 or
Season whatever – and he gets deliciously smart-al-
Yet don’t let that dissuade you, because “Spring- ecky about being asked how much longer the show
field Confidential” – a title that nods, of course, can go on.
to the Simpsons’ unmappable home town – of- “The Simpsons” endures because at its core it re-
fers a wealth of great anecdotes, all peppered with mains about “family and folly,” he writes. He gives
punchlines that make Reiss’ memoir as hilarious the last word on the matter to director-producer
as whichever season of “The Simpsons” you recall Judd Apatow: “You can debate seasons and epi-
most fondly. sodes, but it’s as funny as anything being made right
now. … Suddenly there was a moment when the
Reiss, who also wrote for such comedians as world decided, ‘No. We’re never getting rid of this.’”
Johnny Carson and Garry Shandling, knows how to With that, the author has the last laugh. 
keep many narrative plates spinning, whether re-
vealing a character’s secret origin or answering the SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL
most common questions from fans.
JOKES, SECRETS, AND OUTRIGHT LIES FROM A LIFETIME
Some of the best details include:
 ●How the primordial series concept – in trans- WRITING FOR ‘THE SIMPSONS’
ferring from “Tracey Ullman Show” cartoon shorts
to full half-hour episodes in 1989 – was nearly can- BY MIKE REISS | DEY STREET. 320 PP. $27.99
celed. Reiss spreads the game-saving credit to many, REVIEW BY MICHAEL CAVNA, THE WASHINGTON POST
including co-creators Simon, James L. Brooks (who

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PETS

As pooch pals go, Bonz thinks Skye’s the limit

Hi Dog Buddies! She decided to have the Puppy Pre-

This week, I met a young mother, view at the store during the Sunset
Skye Walker (nope, her name has ab-
solutely nothing to do with that mov- Stretch event.”
ie. It was just a coincidence). Skye is a
2-year-old Lab with a pretty soft yel- “The what?”
low coat, real femuh-nun. Me an my
assistant met her at her Mom’s busi- “Sunset Stretch. Ladies put on
ness over on the beach. It’s called a
SPA, which is a place where humans comftubble clothes and get in all sort-
(ladies mostly) go to get all spiffed
up. Since Skye doesn’t ackshully work sa funny positions an breath through
there herself, me an my assistant an
Skye’s Mom and her fren got settled their noses. I think it’s called Yogurt.
in to wait for Skye’s human sister to
bring her over. One of the positions is the Downward

Soon as they walked in, Skye came Dog! Can you buh-LIEVE it? Anyway,
right up for the Wag-an-Sniff, then
gave my assistant some frenly slurps. a buncha ladies came to do Yogurt
“Welcome! Welcome, Mr. Bonzo an
Mr. Bonzo’s Assistant. Have you met and see the puppies. Even without any
my Mommy, Christine, an her fren
Tonya? She helps Mommy with PR, practice, they behaved beautifully. Me
that’s Pooch Relations. This is my sis-
ter Nicki. My other sisters are Katie an an Marshall were so proud!”
Jen.”
Skye pawsed an wiped her eyes.
“I appreciate your time, Skye,” I told
her. “I expect you’re relaxing after all “I’m happy our liddle muffins all got
those puppies. So tell me how it all
came about. I understand you’re from good homes, but It was Soggy Dog Bis-
Ocala.”
cuits sayin’ goodbye. It felt so empty
“That’s right. Mommy was On Line
lookin’ for a Yellow Lab, an she found and quiet when they were all gone.
a litter in Ocala. My litter. She came
over to check us out an, of course, she Honestly, Mr. Bonzo, poor Marshall is
picked ME cuz I was the adorable-est.
An yellow. But me an my best fren having a harder time with Empty Nest
Marshall (he’s a Chocolate) didn’t
wanna be separated. We stuck togeth- than me.
er like burrs on fur. He was also su-
per adorable. Thank Lassie, Mommy “I told him, soon as the puppies are
came home with both of us.
old enough, we’re gonna have a re-
“Our puppyhood was fun! We
jumped in the pool right away, being union at the Dog Park, an we’ll get to
reTREEvers an all. An we still really
enjoy doggie day care. We don’t get see how much they’ve grown. I can’t
homesick at all when we’re there, an
we’ve got a ton of pooch pals. Some- wait. We’re bringing Kleenex.”
times we have play dates with Grand-
ma Phyllis and Nicholas, he’s a shih I felt sad for her an changed the sub-
tzu. That’s always Cool Kibbles. I’m a
major Lizard Fanatic. Can’t resist the ject. “What kinda food and snacks do
thrill of the chase. Mommy hunts for
sea glass an I hunt lizards, an Marshall you prefer?”
just goes along for the ride. He thinks
I’m silly. He’s way more reserved than “We get kibbles in Maze Bowls. They
me. When Mommy’s at work, we watch
Dog TV. Once, when Mommy forgot to curve around like a maze to keep us
turn it on, I accidently ate the remote.
I was just tryin’ to locate the ‘on’ but- from gobbling. Mommy’s teachin’ us
ton.
to fold our paws an bow our heads be-
“Mommy started us in school pretty
early to learn Behavior Around Hu- fore meals. We’re not quite there yet.
mans and Fellow Animals; O-bee-
Skye. My most favorite snack is Pig Ears.
Marshall’s cool with Milk Bones, but

PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD just gimme a nice Pig Ear!”

“Are you woofin’?”

“Nope! Wanna try one?”

“I’d love to, Skye, really, but, er …

dee-ence; an what stuff we should paws-on Dad. He’d play and snuggle Oh, wouldja look at the time. It’s been
Never Do Under Any Circumstances.
We practiced Manners by being Offi- with ’em, let ’em climb all over him. great yappin’ with you.” I rose.
cial Mascots an Greeters at Mommy’s
other place, Katwalk. Honestly, I don't Those eight weeks went by so fast, Skye laughed. “No worries, Mr. Bon-
understand that name: there’s lotsa
clothes an stuff but I NEVER saw a then it was time to find the Best, Most zo. They are an acquired taste.”
CAT in there, walkin’ or sittin’ or nap-
pin’ or anything. Personally, I wudda Loving Forever Homes for our pup- Heading home, I was wonderin’
called it ‘Dogwalk,’ you know?”
pies. what it’d be like to be a Dad, have my
“I see what you’re sayin.’”
“Anyway, we were progressing nice- “We thought an thought, an finally own puppies to snuggle an tumble
ly in our classes when we found out
me an Marshall were gonna have pup- came up with a Super Cool Dog Bis- around with and share pooch wis-
pies. So I hadda drop out of school.
Mommy got a Dog Nanny, Kelly, for cuits plan: We’d have a Puppy Preview dom. But, no complaints. I’m a happy
me while we waited for the puppies
and then, after, to take us to our ap- so we could meet the humans an they bachelor with a great job, meeting all
pointments. She was so nice. Our pup-
pies were born in April, seven wiggly could meet us an our puppies. Then you fellow pooches, and cats, an shar-
liddle muffins: five girls an two boys,
in Basic Lab Colors: chocolate, black we’d donate all the puppy money to ing your stories. 
an yellow. They were even MODELS
in Portfolio Magazine!” the Vero Dog Park, which me an Mar-
“Pawsome!” I commented.
“My Marshall was a wunnerful, -The Bonzshall an all our pooch pals just love,

and Mommy’s on the Board.”
“Woof, Skye, that’s brilliant,” I ex-

claimed.
“I KNOW. Mommy thought so, too.

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INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE

NORTH

SUIT-PREFERENCE SIGNALS THE SUIT QJ4

By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist A983

Amy Lowell, a poet who died in 1925, said, “In science, read by preference the newest KQJ
works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.”
A 10 2
That sounds reasonable. At the bridge table, we have a preference that comes up in this
deal. First, though, look at the East hand. What should he bid after South opens one WEST EAST
spade, West passes, and North responds three no-trump to show 4-3-3-3 distribution, 852
three spades and 15-17 high-card points? Then, where does the preference occur? K76542 3
3
North’s three-no-trump response is an unusual agreement these days, but was textbook 764 —
50 years ago. (Nowadays, North would probably respond two clubs, which would leave
East in a quandary. He might make a three-diamond weak jump overcall.) A 10 9 7 6 2

Over three no-trump, East should intervene with four no-trump, showing at least 5-5 in KJ9853
the minors. South would probably double because his hand does not suggest a slam in
spades. West will run to five clubs, and North will double. SOUTH

Against five clubs doubled, North might lead the ace and another club, which would A K 10 9 7 6
result in down one. Better here would be the club-two lead. If declarer misguesses, he
goes down two (or three if South shifts to a low spade at trick two). Q J 10

However, suppose North rebids five spades. Then West will lead his singleton diamond. 854
East wins with the ace and returns the diamond 10, his highest-remaining diamond, as
a suit-preference signal for the higher-ranking of the other two side suits (hearts and Q
clubs). West ruffs and gives his partner a heart ruff to defeat the contract.
Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

The Bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades Pass 3NT ??
LEAD:
3 Diamonds

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10 Domestic science (4,9) 5 Paddocks (7)
11 Salsa-like sauce (6) 6 Explanation (5)
13 Evaluate (6) 7 Sandy ridges (5)
17 Digs (13) 12 University discussion (7)
20 Sea (5) 14 Version (7)
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22 Fan (7) 16 Agree (6)
23 Wash lightly (5) 17 Fragrance (5)
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INSIGHT GAMES

ACROSS familiarly 9 Baseball great 81 Forest The Washington Post
1 “How tasty!” 79 Pot for pods Gibson 82 Space org.
4 “Hogwash!” 80 Pluto’s tail?
9 Notorious traitor 81 Way to address a 10 At the usual level abroad
14 Greek isle where 11 Doo-dah prelude 84 David who
guru 12 Decked out
Pythagoras was 83 Dallas nickname 13 Lip played Rhoda’s
born 86 Flame Trees of 14 Card-game husband Joe on
19 Mouth prefix Rhoda
20 Florida city Thika authority John 85 Slanderous one
21 Martha or Norma author Huxley 15 Acid opposite 87 “Do” preceders
22 The Hollywood 89 Soviet provinces 16 With 48 Down, 88 Joe ___ from
Bow 90 Dream, in Reims Kokomo
23 Hairy singers? 93 Crack ___ harried 91 Bug’s cousin
26 City of rubber (do some hairy one’s 92 Earth goddess
27 Rice or Tyler deciphering) lament? 96 Sporting-goods
28 London district 94 Kobe robe 17 Cortes’s loot store
29 Religious accessory 18 Dirty Harry’s city, 97 A, to Otto
commune 95 Hairy Steinbeck part 1 98 Criticizes
31 “___ Kentucky novel? 24 Ile ___ cité severely
Home” 100 Munich medic 25 Asia Minor folks, 99 Donkey
33 Landing site, 104 Hairy diet once 101 Singer Brewer
1969 maven? 30 Buscaglia 102 Where Branson,
35 Fork over 109 Pepper reaction welcome Mo., is
37 Open with a key 110 ___ bender 32 Units of force 103 Danger hue
40 With 44 Across, 111 Serpico author 33 Dallas dribbler 105 Crucifix letters
hairy spinster’s 112 Beginning 34 Unshutters, 106 Faulkner’s ___
fate? 113 Swaps poetically Dying
43 Japanese tea- 115 ___ side (song 36 Philippine native 107 Journalist Bly
and-sympathy No. 2 on an old 38 Hairy cousin of 108 Emits vapor
girl 45) Jack 114 Singer James
44 See 40 Across 117 Vex Benny? 116 Alters, as pants
46 Ice, to Weiss 118 Down-to-earth 39 Top 40 guy 118 Hogwarts bird
47 The Wild Duck color Casey 119 With “sox,” a
playwright 120 Health store 41 Faxed team, for short
50 Word heard on for hairy 42 Brit. honors 121 Greek letter
New Year’s Eve vegetarians? 45 When Brigitte 122 Outspoken
51 Car salesman’s 126 Type of broom hits the beach 1960s madame
motto 127 Indian pole 47 “Everybody 123 Yak, yak, yak
55 ___ the rear 128 “___ a dream ...” knows that,” in 124 Eggs
(heads for the 129 Tell’s had to be hairy terms? 125 It’s not your bus.
back seats) true 48 See 16 Down
57 Fast planes 130 Kudrow and Ling 49 Sweating setting KING KONG SCHOOL By Merl Reagle
60 Prime-time time 131 Make ___ at (hit 52 Part of a slope
61 Meat-rating dept. on) ratio FULL-SERVICE
62 Great American 132 Big horns 53 Grunted opinions
Smoke-Out mo. 133 Proposition 54 ___ Na Na CLEANING MENLBOOWURINNE!
65 Being from position 55 Silent runner,
Melmac sometimes
67 Top Iranians, DOWN 56 Can. province
once 1 Exclamation 58 Income outgo
68 A sheep remark 59 Did in
69 Instrument heard that’s almost a 63 Resistance unit
in The Third Man cellist 64 Predicate part
72 Persian king 2 A compound of 66 Backward
74 Scratch (out) a element 92 69 Animal houses
living 3 Gilligan’s boat 70 “Life ___ fair”
76 Spinning toys or 4 ___ favor 71 Crossing-home
Greek snacks 5 Bot. or chem. credit, briefly
78 Hazel’s boss, 6 March or Roach 73 Jaguar model
7 Everything 75 Bible ending
8 Apologized 77 Stephen of Angie
80 TV oldie, ___
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Can she coax longtime friend out of her angry place?

BY CAROLYN HAX alone and get to it: “I’m worried about you. You’re coaxing her out of this angry, defensive place.
Washington Post one of the best people I know, yet you’re so openly You may still hurt her and the friendship, of
rough on Husband that it’s almost like you’re pos-
Hi, Carolyn: sessed by someone else. Are you OK? Is there any- course. However, turning a blind eye to abuse just
My best friend from college is thing I can do?” to preserve your comfort zone is not a choice that
one of the most honest and loyal withstands moral scrutiny.
people you could ever meet. She’s If she’s under stress and dumping it all on him,
an amazing attorney, a devoted which is what your description suggests and is Even if you weren’t close but still haven’t dis-
mom, a very good friend … and a also quite common – though it’s abuse, make no tanced yourself – if, say, you were a colleague or
really mean wife. She and her husband are visiting mistake – then compassion is your best chance of neighbor or some other acquaintance of proxim-
me right now and it’s painful to hear the scathing ity with limited options for walking away, or if you
tone she uses with her husband and the constant believed there was enough good in her to give her
stream of criticism and orders she directs at him. a chance – then you’d still have a bystander’s ob-
It seems to be all about control and putting him ligation to come forward. Saying something light
down, right in front of me and my partner. Her in the moment – like, “Wow, tell us how you really
husband is annoying and has his own faults, but feel” – can both break the tension and send the
no one deserves to be treated this way. message that her tone has crossed a line.
I love my friend, but this has concerned me for
a long time; they’ve been married four years. I’m It can help just to be openly nice to a victim, too
convinced that if I bring it up I will hurt her and (especially true with kids). “Here, let me help you
risk the relationship. But it also feels wrong to be a with that” or “Tell me about your new job.” Cast
silent witness – and if I can’t talk to her about this, your lot with humanity.
who will? What should I do, and how should I do
it? If this all seems frustratingly careful, that’s be-
– Conflict-Averse but Concerned Friend cause it is. Abusers use isolation to their advan-
tage, so while there’s always a point where princi-
Conflict-Averse but Concerned Friend: You’ve ple demands cutting ties, there’s value in walking
answered half of your own question (thank you, a line until then, one that keeps you involved
by the way): without enabling.

If you can’t say something, then who will? Plus, people in the gray area between mensch
“Best” friend means you voice your concern – and monster – the ones with histories of warmth
and you make it about her. Take a walk with her and decency who have lately veered into anger –
need more loving people in their lives, not fewer.
More people to help carry what’s weighing them
down. At least give her this chance to recall the
person you’ve known her to be. 

Clinical trial yields positive
result on bladder cancer

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YOUR HEALTH

Clinical trial yields positive result on bladder cancer

BY TOM LLOYD
Staff Writer

Depending on which source you Andrew Prestianni, PA, with Dr. Robin Atwell. the course of his 30-year career. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
look to, bladder cancer ranks as the He seems particularly inspired
fifth, seventh or eighth most com- On the plus side, Atwell says he sponsiveness. Her bladder had be-
monly diagnosed cancer in the has seen treatments for bladder by an ongoing clinical trial being come contracted and she started
United States. cancer evolve exponentially over conducted by medical oncologist to, again, develop persistent carci-
Dr. Stephen Patterson at the Scully- noma in situ.”
The American Cancer Society es- Welsh Cancer Center that already
timates about 82,000 new cases of has benefited one of Atwell’s pa- After “staving off” the patient’s
bladder cancer will be identified tients. tumor for over a decade, and with
this year. The Center for Disease her now in her 90s, her immune
Control and Prevention puts that This particular patient, Atwell system had become less able to rec-
figure at 72,000, and the Mayo Clin- recalls, first came to him in 2006 at ognize and fight the tumor in her
ic’s estimate is 68,000. the age of 79. bladder.

Dr. Robin Atwell at Vero Urology, “She presented with blood in her Something had to change.
however, is clearly more concerned urine [the most common symptom The woman had not been treated
with cures than he is with head- of bladder cancer], which is called with radiation because, as Atwell
counts. hematuria, and we found a high- puts it, “with bladder cancer, radia-
grade transitional cell carcinoma. tion is more palliative than it is cu-
Given the demographics of Vero rative. In other words, it will shrink
Beach, that’s a good thing, since all “It was a large tumor and how we these tumors down, but removing
the above sources agree that blad- treated those tumors historically, the tumor is the most important
der cancer occurs mainly in older when they’re not invasive into the thing.”
adults. muscle wall, is by resecting them Happily, once Atwell’s patient en-
and then starting patients on im- rolled in the clinical trial at Scully
Roughly nine in 10 of those diag- munotherapy with BCG,” or bacil- Welsh that involves the Roche Phar-
nosed with this disease are over the lus calmette-guerin, a germ related maceutical drug Tecentriq, her situ-
age of 55 and the average age at the to the one that causes tuberculosis. ation improved.
time of diagnosis is 73. By November of last year, her
“It’s an attenuated live bacteria bladder biopsies showed no sign
Experience the fusion of and it tricks the bladder into think- of cancer for the first time in more
traditional values and ing there’s a bacteria that it needs to than a decade.
make an immune response to. The “I last looked in her bladder a week
modern dentistry. immune response that results from and a half or two weeks ago and she
the BCG in the bladder also builds still has no cancer,” says Atwell.
Collins & Montz an immune response to treat blad- The results experienced by one
der cancer cells.” patient in a clinical trial involving
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YOUR HEALTH

Arthritis is catch-all term for wide range of conditions

BY FRED CICETTI flammation. And then there are the sue and is found in foods. Most people with gout are able to
DMARDs (disease-modifying anti- Often, gout affects joints in the control their symptoms with treat-
Columnist rheumatic drugs), which can often ment. The most common treat-
slow the disease. lower part of the body such as the ments are high doses of oral non-
Q. It seems to me that arthritis is a ankles, heels, knees, and especial- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
catch-all term for all kinds of aches Gout ly the big toes. The disease is more or corticosteroids, which are taken
and pains. What exactly is arthritis? Gout usually attacks at night. common in men. Early attacks usu- by mouth or injected into the af-
Stress, alcohol, drugs or an illness ally subside within 3 to 10 days, even fected joint. Patients often begin to
Arthritis, which comes in more can trigger gout. It’s caused by a without treatment, and the next at- improve within a few hours of treat-
than 100 different forms, is inflam- build-up of crystals of uric acid in a tack may not occur for months or ment. 
mation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, joint. Uric acid is in all human tis- even years.
rheumatoid arthritis and gout are
the three most common forms of ar-
thritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis
is the most prevalent. None is conta-
gious.

Osteoarthritis
You get osteoarthritis when carti-
lage – the cushioning tissue within
the joints – wears down. This pro-
duces stiffness and pain. The disease
affects both men and women. By age
65, more than 50 percent of us have
osteoarthritis in at least one joint.
You can get osteoarthritis in any
joint, but it usually strikes those that
support weight. Common signs of os-
teoarthritis include joint pain, swell-
ing, and tenderness. However, only
a third of people whose x-rays show
osteoarthritis report any symptoms.
Treatments for osteoarthritis in-
clude exercise, joint care, dieting,
medicines and surgery. For pain re-
lief, doctors usually start with acet-
aminophen, the medicine in Tylenol,
because the side effects are minimal.
If acetaminophen does not relieve
pain, then non-steroidal anti-inflam-
matory drugs such as ibuprofen and
naproxen may be used.
The dietary supplements glucos-
amine and chondroitin sulfate are
used by many who say the supple-
ments can relieve the symptoms of
osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis, which is
characterized by inflammation of
the joint lining, is very different from
osteoarthritis. It occurs when the im-
mune system turns against the body.
It not only affects the joints, but may
also attack other parts of the body
such as the lungs and eyes. People
with rheumatoid arthritis may feel
sick.
There’s symmetry to rheumatoid
arthritis. For example, if the right
knee is affected, it’s likely the left
knee will suffer, too. Women are
much more likely than men to get
rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatments for rheumatoid arthri-
tis include exercise, medication and
surgery. Reducing stress is important.
Some drugs for rheumatoid ar-
thritis relieve pain. Some reduce in-

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YOUR HEALTH

‘Tick’ tock: Lyme disease grows as threat here

BY TOM LLOYD Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr. “The current testing is pretty inac-
curate early on, unfortunately, be-
Staff Writer PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE cause it’s an antibody test,” she con-
tinues.
You can’t hide from Lyme disease in
Florida anymore. In other words, the test looks for an-
tibodies that your body will eventu-
While most people think of the dis- ally produce in reaction to the bacte-
ease in connection with the northeast, rium, but by the time that happens, it
Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr at Sebastian may already be too late.
Infectious Disease Care and Stew-
ard Health says the number of cases In its earliest stages, Lyme disease
of this tick-borne illness are likely to can be stopped – quickly, easily and
double in the Sunshine State this year. effectively – with antibiotics, but some
insurers won’t pay for those antibiot-
And while doubling might seem ics until antibodies in your blood are
bad, the Centers for Disease Control detected.
and Prevention recently increased its
projections for the total number of And that’s the problem. People need
Americans who will contract Lyme to be treated earlier. As Thomas-St.
Disease nationwide this year by a fac- Cyr says, “the best time to treat you is
tor of 10: from 30,000 to 300,000 – or early. Before the disease has a chance
more. to spread to your nervous system, your
bones, your joints.”
The Florida Lyme Disease Asso-
ciation says the disease is “about 10 Anticipating the next question,
times more common than previously Thomas-St. Cyr quickly adds that the
reported” in this state, as well. best thing to do if you’ve been bitten
by a tick is to go see your doctor right
The mismatch exists mainly be- away. Even if your insurer balks, the
cause it is one of the most difficult dis- out-of-pocket cost for antibiotics that
eases to accurately diagnose – which will prevent serious problems later in
is a big problem, since it can become life can be as little as $15.
painfully debilitating if left untreated.
She also reminds everyone to bring
The website for the education, re- a complete and updated list of all their
search and advocacy group, lyme- current prescriptions and supple-
disease.org, says “if Lyme disease is ments in order to avoid any medica-
not diagnosed and treated early, it tion conflicts.
can spread and may go into hiding
in different parts of the body. Weeks, About 85 percent of those bitten
months or even years later, patients by Lyme disease-carrying ticks will
may develop problems with the brain quickly develop a “bullseye” rash at
and nervous system, muscles and the site of the bite, and if you develop
joints, heart and circulation, diges- such a rash, your doctor can advise
tion, reproductive system and skin.” you on the best course of action.

Not scary enough? Try this: The Na- Ticks, whether we like it or not, are
tional Institutes of Health says that everywhere. They can hitch a ride
the quality of life for Lyme patients is into your home on your pet. They can
“consistently worse” than for patients latch onto you unnoticed while you’re
with congestive heart failure, with hunting, fishing, walking on a nature
pain levels that are “similar to post- trail along the Indian River lagoon or
surgical patients” and consistent fa- even on a well-manicured golf course.
tigue problems “on par with that seen
in multiple sclerosis patients.” And, as Thomas-St. Cyr points out,
it’s not just Lyme disease that can be
Strangely, Lyme disease is a relative- transmitted by blood-sucking ticks.
ly “new” disease. It was first officially “There’s about four or five other
diagnosed in the United States in 1977 things you can get from the same tick.
in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. So, even if you don’t find Lyme’s, you
Originally thought to be limited to the have to think of the co-infections.”
northeast and upper Midwest, Lyme
disease now presents itself in nearly All that said, Lyme disease is not a
every state in the union, as well as in crisis in Florida – at least not yet.
Europe and Asia.
Thomas-St. Cyr simply urges cau-
Lyme disease is caused by the bac- tion, watchfulness and, of course,
terium “Borrelia burgdorferi” which seeking your doctor’s advice if you
is transmitted to humans through the think you’ve been bitten by a tick.
bite of infected black-legged ticks, also
known as deer ticks. Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr is at Sebas-
tian ID Care at 7955 Bay Street, Suite
“It’s a spirochete. It’s like a cousin of 2 directly south of the Sebastian River
syphilis,” says Thomas-St. Cyr. “That’s Medical Center. The phone is 772-388-
why it goes to the nervous system.” 9155. 

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FINE & CASUAL DINING

Dining roadtrip: The Big Easy, and the Great Brees-y

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Gumbo. conversation,” my son said. What?? Fried Bread
[email protected] “When I spilled my gumbo,” my son Pudding.
Sheepshead with
Some people are natural wanderers Farm-Fresh responded. “I went to the bathroom RESTAURANT HOURS
who seem to glide from place to place Vegetables. and he was standing there washing his 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday
effortlessly. My son and I are the other hands. He said, ‘Hi,’ and I said ‘Hi.’ I
type. Murphy typically tags along as an that Number 9 had 7 p.m. reservations. asked if he was that football player and BEVERAGES
uninvited third wheel. A jersey number that low had to be the he said he was. That was it. I was pretty Full Bar
cool about it.”
Earlier this month I was scheduled to quarterback. I took out my phone and ADDRESS
go on vacation, but I got sent to Tallahas- sure enough, we were going to be dining So sometimes, when life gives you a 3000 S. Carrolton Ave
see on assignment for our sister publi- about 6 feet from Drew Brees. broken-down bus, the last rental pickup New Orleans, Louisiana
cation, Vero Beach 32963. My son went truck in Tallahassee, and some spilled
with me, and I decided it would be “fun” Brees walked in and people descended gumbo, you get to chat up a legendary PHONE
to take a Greyhound bus from Tallahas- upon him immediately, shaking hands NFL quarterback in the men’s room. And (504) 866-3683
see to New Orleans. We brought travel and taking pictures as the man desper- enjoy a fantastic dinner at a New Orleans
Jenga, playing cards, dominoes, puzzle ately tried to wind his way back to the re- dining institution.
books and snacks to keep us busy on the stroom. As I was watching the fan frenzy,
11-hour bus ride. Go ahead, laugh. my son spilled his gumbo on his clothes We encourage you to send feedback to
and excused himself. [email protected]
Well, after schlepping our bags four
blocks by foot to the Tallahassee Grey- Eventually, Brees settled in at the table The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
hound station, we found out our bus had and began a pretty intense conversation dines anonymously at restaurants at the
broken down on the way from Orlando. with a companion. I told my son it would expense of this newspaper. 
So we began searching for an auto rental, be wrong to bother them. Surprisingly,
and finally got the very last vehicle avail- my son seemed content with that.
able in Tallahassee – a Ford F150 pickup
truck that had just been returned. Two days later, I mentioned it was a
shame we did not actually get to meet
Everything is meant to be, Grandma Drew Brees. “Oh, I met him. We had a
always said, and I truly believe that. We
took our time getting to New Orleans,
pulling off the highway to see the coast-
line at Pascagoula and to replenish my
supply of strong, black coffee somewhere
in Alabama.

When we arrived in New Orleans, I
wanted to find the apartment we’d rent-
ed while it was still daylight, so we post-
poned dinner.

On our way to the apartment from
I-10, I spotted a charming restaurant
on the side of the road with white table
linens peeking through the windows. I
noted the name, College something, and
knew it was near the Tulane University
stadium. I was confident I would be able
to find it online to get directions from the
apartment.

Nothing on Google maps in that area.
Couldn’t find it on Facebook either. But I
was determined. We got back on I-10 for
one exit, then off, then back on and off
again to retrace our way in. Found it – Ye
Olde College Inn.

It was everything I expected and
more. Beautiful 85-year-old building,
just formal enough. Nicely set tables and
professionally dressed staff. Sumptuous
aromas coming from the kitchen. A gar-
den covering half a block that produces
everything from the greens and vegeta-
bles, to the flowers for the tables and the
chickens for the eggs. A true farm-to-ta-
ble experience in the midst of an Uptown
New Orleans neighborhood.

We were seated at the next to last open
table downstairs, and the friendly server
mentioned that someone very special
was coming. He asked if we liked foot-
ball. Then he leaned over and whispered

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WINE COLUMN

What is the wild weather doing to the 2018 vintage?

STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE trast, damage from the late spring frost The rain, however, could still be an and the fruit is just beginning to set in
The Washington Post in 2017 was widespread – not just across issue. Rain during flowering can in- the Santa Lucia Highlands, he said. That
Bordeaux but throughout much of Eu- crease disease pressure throughout the means harvest should begin in mid-
Mother Nature seems to be playing rope. If there’s a shortage of claret from season by giving fungi a foothold. So September, a more normal time than the
her usual tricks this spring. The news the 2018 vintage, it won’t be because of far, however, the rain just has vintners past five years, when harvest started in
reports have been alarming, especially this spring storm. contending with weeds. some places in August.
in Europe.
Here in the U.S., in New York’s Finger “All in all, so far so good,” Deimel says. That’s good news for a state that saw
On May 26, a long swath of vineyards Lakes region, “it’s been a relatively unin- “Nothing drastic to complain about yet.” wildfires threaten or damage vineyards
north of Bordeaux was “devastated” by teresting spring, and that’s a good thing,” in Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma
“hailstones the size of pigeon’s eggs,” the said August Deimel, winemaker at Keuka The season is off to a better start in counties last year, and is coming off an
Telegraph reported, as anxious Brits wor- Spring Vineyards in Penn Yan. Flowering California. “The spring weather here extended drought.
ried about their beloved claret. The next is still a few weeks away, as a cool spring was pretty much everything I could have
day, another fierce storm struck vine- delayed the vines’ growth. Recent years hoped for,” said Adam Lee, co-founder of Lee even tossed aside the vintner’s
yards in Champagne. That led the Tele- have been warmer, causing early bud Siduri and Clarice wineries. Lee makes typical pessimism and reluctance to pre-
graph to do some frantic math: “Eight break and a risk of frost, but this year pinot noir from vineyards throughout dict the weather.
million bottles’ worth of Champagne frost was not a problem. California and Oregon.
grapes wiped out by freak hailstorms,” “All in all, I’m stoked about the vintage
the headline wailed, figuring in losses A cool, wet March delayed flowering, at this point,” he said. 
from earlier storms in April.

And on May 28, torrential rain and
hail struck vineyards in Portugal’s Dou-
ro Valley. That’s our entire dinner, from
champagne toast to Port with dessert,
struck over a long weekend.

Hail storms make for great Chicken
Little headlines, as the sky really seems
to be falling. But their damage is typi-
cally localized. A storm can rip through
a vineyard and leave the neighboring
one unscathed.

According to British writer and wine-
maker Gavin Quinney, writing on the
wine marketing website Liv-Ex.com, the
May 26 hail began south of Bordeaux
near the town of Pessac, then moved
northeast through the city, nicking the
southernmost part of the Left Bank be-
fore crossing the Gironde Estuary into
the areas of Bourg and Blaye and head-
ing off to strike Cognac.

“It’s a case of the unlucky few, and
phew for everyone else,” Quinney wrote.
The storm hit only about 6 percent of
the Bordeaux region’s vineyards. In con-

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CALENDAR

Please send calendar information JULY
at least two weeks prior to your
4 City of Melbourne Fourth of July Celebra-
event to tion, with fireworks at 9 p.m. over the In-
dian River Lagoon. Attendees are encouraged to
[email protected] park at the Melbourne Auditorium on Hibiscus
Boulevard and take the free shuttle to Front
ONGOING Street Park. Air Sports Parachute Team will again
be a part of the celebration this year. For more
New Neighbors of South Brevard Beaches information, go to www.playmelbournefl.org
plays MAHJONGG at Papagallo’s in Satellite
Beach each Monday at 12:15 pm. For informa- 12 Free Summer Youth Band Concert un-
tion on joining the club contact Toni Hanussey der the direction of Swingtime Con-
at [email protected] ductor Art Martin and featuring the graduates
of the Melbourne Municipal Band Summer Pro-
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 gram, 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901. Tickets
not required. Go to www.melbournemunicipal-
Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- June 30 | Tour of Hubbs Sea World facility Melbourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue. band.org
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, Call Vanita Gagliani at (321)432-5573 for de-
Melbourne Beach. www.melbeachrotary.org Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra’s free tails. 13 New member coffee, hosted by New
America’s Heroes convert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Neighbors of South Brevard Beaches,
JUNE the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy 28 Family Night Out at Satellite High Pool, a ladies social club for residents of the Beach-
Trinity Episcopal Academy (5625 Holy Trinity Drive use the diving board, lap swim and side (Merritt Island south of 520 and the Pineda
23 Shark in the Park 5k, 7:30 a.m. at Glea- in north Melbourne, 32940), and at 3:30 p.m. bring your inflatables from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Causeway south to Sebastian Inlet). For infor-
son Park in Indian Harbour Beach to Sunday in conjunction with the Space Coast Sym- through July 26 for $5 per family. A parent must mation on joining the club and/or attending the
benefit the Indian Harbour Beach Recreation phony Chorus at Riverside Presbyterian Church stay with children at pool. coffee, contact Toni Hanussey at newneighbor-
Department programs. Fee is $25 for adults, in Cocoa Beach. America’s Heroes will showcase [email protected]
$15 for kids (add $5 on race day), Guaranteed our national heritage as conductor and artistic di- 30 Tour of Hubbs Sea World facility with
T-shirt if registered by June 9. Teams must have rector Aaron T. Collins directs the wind orchestra Megan Stolen, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet 17 New Neighbors of South Brevard
at least 5 members and must be co-ed. Prizes, with music by John Williams, Richard Rodgers, at Sebastian Inlet State Park Hammock Trail Beaches monthly meeting and lun-
free breakfast for entrants and free snow cones Lee Greenwood, and marches from “The March (about a half mile north of inlet) for a walk on the cheon at the Doubtree Indialantic. Members
for kids. King,” John Philip Sousa. Tickets are required for trail, followed by lunch at New England Eatery at $19, non-members $22. Reservations required.
the free concert and can be reserved online at 11:45 a.m. and tour of Hubbs Sea World Institute Call Phyllis (321) 777-9370
23 Bacon Beer Bash 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org. For more infor- (across from Juan Ponce de Leon Park in Mel-
at Intracoastal Brewing Company, 652 mation, call toll free to 855-252-7276. bourne Beach) at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Florida 18-19 Music to Cool You Off, a free
West Eau Gallie Blvd. Master Naturalist Program, Space Coast Chapter. Swingyime concert by the
27 US-TOO Prostate Cancer Support Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com. Melbourne Municipal Band, a free Swingtime
23-24 Wear red, white & blue and Group meets from 6:15 to 7:45 concert, 6:30 PM. Doors open at 5:30. Mel-
wave the flag during the p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the bourne AuditoRium. Tickets not required

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holding their 30th Annual Festival, “Taste of Je-
rusalem,” November 11, 2018 at the Wickham
Park Community Center.

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Aquarina home features
ocean to river views

7617 Kiawah Way in Aquarina Beach and Country Club: 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3,309-square-foot pool
home with ocean views offered for $889,900 by Treasure Coast Sotheby’s
listing agents Renee Winkler and Carola Mayerhoeffer: 321-704-9769

34 Thursday, June 21, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

Aquarina pool home features ocean to river views

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
[email protected]

An energy-efficient, custom-built,
4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with high-
end features, multiple fire places and
spectacular ocean views is now avail-
able at 7617 Kiawah Way in the Mari-
time Hammock subdivision at Aqua-
rina Beach and Country Club, 7500
State Road A1A.

The 3,309-square-foot, open-floor-
plan home comes equipped with solar
panels that provide full electric pow-
er when the sun shines and greatly re-
duce the overall amount of electricity
that needs to be purchased.

Architecturally distinctive, the
home has a modern Mediterranean
feel highlighted by decorative ex-
posed beams and dark-wood floors
contrasting with light walls through-
out, said co-listing agent Carola May-
erhoeffer.

Another reoccurring design theme
is keyed to the multiple fireplaces and
corresponding sitting areas located
throughout the house, culminating with
a fireplace on a covered area on the third-
floor master bedroom suite balcony.

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floors of the home – the second floor have all these great spaces,” Mayer-
SOLD SOLD consisting of three bedrooms and hoeffer said, adding that the outdoor
a full bathroom – offer panoramic areas are continually bathed in cool
Indialantic By The Sea - $378,500 Convenient Melbourne Beach - $905,000 views that sweep from the Atlantic ocean breezes.
Ocean in the east, across the exten-
Representing Both Buyers and Sellers With Their Best Interest in Mind sive Aquarina development and golf The eat-in kitchen features an is-
course, to the Indian River lagoon in land, granite countertops, a walk-in
the west. pantry and a breakfast bar, along
with high-end appliances. Next to it
The ground floor of the home sets is a combination living/dining room.
the tone as a great outdoor living
space with a screened enclosed pool Amenities in the home include an
with waterfall, spa, summer kitchen, elevator, two wet bars equipped with
fire pit, full bathroom with dry sauna, small refrigerators and wine coolers,
and fully functional summer kitchen. custom exterior lighting, a fully auto-
mated security system with cameras,
“It was a family home and they and a full house vacuum system. All

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 21, 2018 35

REAL ESTATE VITAL STATISTICS
7617 KIAWAH WAY IN AQUARINA

BEACH AND COUNTRY CLUB

Neighborhood:
Maritime Hammock subdivision

Year built: 2008
Construction:
Concrete and wood frame
Lot size: quarter-acre lot
Home size: 3,309 square feet
under air, 3,795 square feet

under roof
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3 full baths, 1 half-bath
Additional features: Country
club community, Wet bars, eat-
in island kitchen with breakfast
bar, elevator, walk-in pantry,
vacuum system, fireplaces, out-
door fire pit, summer kitchen,
custom exterior lighting,
shuttered or high-impact glass

windows.
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty,

Listing agents:
Carola Mayerhoeffer,

321 704-9769 and
Renee Winkler, 321-302-1049

Listing price: $889,900

36 Thursday, June 21, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

windows are either shuttered or made and fireplace area which is accessed north of the Sebastian Inlet. boat ramp and fishing pier on the In-
with high-impact double-pane glass. by double doors. The master bath- As a members of the Aquarina com- dian River.
room features an oversized jetted
The entire third floor of the home tub as well as walk-in shower, double munity, homeowners have discount- “It’s the only beachside community
is occupied by the master bedroom vanity sinks and walk-in closets. ed access to all that Aquarina Beach we have in Brevard that offers golf
suite with several windows making and Country Club offers, which in- and tennis along with ocean and river
the area light and airy while letting Maritime Hammock at Aquarina is cludes an 18-hole golf course, tennis access,” Mayerhoeffer said.
in those expansive ocean vistas. The located seven miles south of Publix at courts, a modern beach clubhouse, a
bedroom is focused on the balcony Driftwood Plaza and is just five miles community center with gym, and a The home is being listed at
$889,900. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, June 21, 2018 37

REAL ESTATE

Mortgage shoppers may gain from lenders’ profit pains

STORY BY KENNETH R. HARNEY WASHINGTON POST business, tells me that shoppers for that while lenders in the auto-loan, cants for “jumbo” loans ($453,100 and
home loans are receiving significantly student-loan and bank credit-card up) with cream-puff credit.
Could lenders’ pain be your gain if more offers on average through its lend- sectors are tightening up on terms to
you’re shopping for a home mortgage? er network compared with a year ago. applicants, mortgage lenders appear Here’s what you might find these
Maybe. to be easing. Lenders seeking higher days:
“It’s getting very competitive,” said loan production are willing to take on
Although it hasn’t been in the head- LendingTree chief economist Tendayi slightly more risk. M● ore flexibility on debt-to-income
lines, mortgage companies are having Kapfidze, and “lenders are expanding ratios (DTIs). Investors Fannie Mae
a challenging year. Not only have total their credit box” to pull in more bor- So how does this translate for you in and Freddie Mac are allowing lenders
originations of new loans declined as rowers. Some may not even be fully practical terms as a home buyer think- to say yes to creditworthy buyers with
the refinance market shrinks because passing along recent rate increases, he ing about applying for a mortgage this DTIs as high as 50 percent – up from
of rising interest rates, but many lend- added. summer? the previous 45-percent limit. Paul
ers also could be staring at red ink and Skeens, president of Colonial Mortgage
staff layoffs. Another indicator: Lenders appear to More competition among lenders Group in Waldorf, Md., says the flex-
be offering deals that are slightly more is always good for consumers, so you ibility “really helps” in qualifying buy-
Michael Fratantoni, chief economist attractive. The Mortgage Bankers As- should be shopping among multiple ers with high debt burdens because of
for the Mortgage Bankers Association, sociation’s mortgage credit availability lenders and getting competing offers. student loans, medical bills, alimony
the industry’s largest trade group, says index – which monitors credit-score But don’t expect mortgage companies payments and similar burdens. FHA is
the typical lender in the United States requirements, down payments and or banks to give away the store. allowing DTIs of 56 percent-plus.
may “not be profitable” when the other key underwriting terms at major
books are closed on the first quarter of lenders – improved by 1.9 percent for The easing underway is modest, the H● eavier use of 3-percent-down loans
2018. Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade conventional (nongovernment) mort- capital market cost of money is broad- through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
publication, reports that originations gages in April. This suggests that post- ly the same for most lenders, and the programs aimed at qualifying more
“tanked” during the first three months ed mortgage terms were slightly more mortgages they close generally must be buyers with moderate incomes. Gene
of 2018, hitting their lowest level in favorable to consumers than they had acceptable under “ability to repay” and Mundt, regional manager for Ameri-
three years. been previously. other standard federal rules adopted can Portfolio Mortgage south of Chica-
after the financial crisis. The easing go, says first-time buyers who qualify
Possibly as a result, competition for Still another sign: The latest quar- more likely will be felt at the margins of on income and credit scores “are the
new home-purchase loan applications terly Default Risk Index, compiled by the market – first-time purchasers and real winners” this summer.
is on the upswing. One bellwether: credit bureau TransUnion and credit borrowers whose debt levels or lack of
LendingTree, the popular online mar- score developer VantageScore Solu- down-payment cash made them tough B● ottom line: Shop aggressively or
ketplace where banks and mortgage tions and released last week, found to approve in the past, as well as appli- miss out on the opportunities for bet-
companies compete for borrowers’ ter deals. 

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REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: June 8 to June 14

The real estate market in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937 had another good week. Satellite Beach
led the way with 9 sales, followed by Indialantic with 5, Melbourne Beach with 4, and 3 for Indian Harbour
Beach.
Our featured sale this week is of a home next to the community pier in Wingate in Melbourne Beach. The
residence at 270 Seaglass Drive was placed on the market Jan. 8 with an asking price of $485,000. The price
was subsequently lowered to $450,000. The sale closed June 14 for $445,000.
Both the seller and the purchaser in the transaction were represented by Sylvia Cooney of Coldwell Banker
Paradise.

SALES FOR 32951

SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
$359,000
$293,387
FLORIDANA BEACH 2ND 155 FLORES ST 1/17/2018 $434,000 $349,000 6/11/2018 $259,500
THE PRESERVE AT COCO 107 SABAL RIDGE LN 2/12/2018 $335,000 $300,000 6/12/2018
SPOONBILL VILLAS AT 139 AQUARINA BLVD 3/21/2018 $259,500 $259,500 6/8/2018 $467,500
$440,000
SALES FOR 32903 $430,000

OCEAN SD VIL P3 RPLT 3499 POSEIDON WAY 4/20/2018 $479,000 $479,000 6/12/2018 $705,000
INDIALANTIC BY SEA 315 TAMPA AVE 11/9/2017 $495,000 $459,900 6/12/2018 $565,000
CLOISTER TERRACE 143 OXFORD CT 1/8/2018 $495,000 $449,000 6/11/2018 $495,000

SALES FOR 32937

THE OCEANS CONDOMINI 1085 HIGHWAY A1A 1202 3/23/2018 $735,000 $729,000 6/14/2018
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2065 HIGHWAY A1A AVE 1304 1/2/2018 $639,000 $599,000 6/14/2018
OCEAN DUNES SUBD 1919 HIGHWAY A1A 303 3/22/2018 $524,900 $524,900 6/11/2018

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REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Spoonbill Villas At, Address: 139 Aquarina Blvd Subdivision: Indialantic by Sea, Address: 315 Tampa Ave

Listing Date: 3/21/2018 Listing Date: 11/9/2017
Original Price: $259,500 Original Price: $495,000
Recent Price: $259,500 Recent Price: $459,900
Sold: 6/8/2018 Sold: 6/12/2018
Selling Price: $259,500 Selling Price: $440,000
Listing Agent: Sarah Munkacsy Listing Agent: Ginger Shoemaker
& William DiOrio
Selling Agent: Selling Agent: RE/MAX Aerospace Realty
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Jennifer Deal
Not Provided
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Not Provided

Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2065 Highway A1A 1304 Subdivision: The Oceans Condomini, Address: 1085 Highway A1A 1202

Listing Date: 1/2/2018 Listing Date: 3/23/2018
Original Price: $639,000 Original Price: $735,000
Recent Price: $599,000 Recent Price: $729,000
Sold: 6/14/2018 Sold: 6/14/2018
Selling Price: $565,000 Selling Price: $705,000
Listing Agent: Mary Gowenlock, P.A. Listing Agent: Vanna Rickard

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite Selling Agent: Florida Peninsula Property Mgmt LLC

Barbara Schluraff Jan Petersen

CENTURY 21 Ocean Luxury Real Estate Florida

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PERMIT #785
STUART, FL

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