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05/11/2018 ISSUE 19

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A3 A12 B9Read it and sweep!
Housework good for health
Locals get Cuba invite Memorable b-day bash

Mets Select 14 to raise funds Main Street Fort Pierce turns 30

VOLUME 3, ISSUE 19 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

County’s 3 hospitals earn
passing grades for safety

PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Petry cautioned that the Leap-
[email protected] frog Group’s Safety Grade, issued
SURVEY SAYS: WE LOVE ‘LUCIE,’ BUT ... in the spring and fall of each year,
While not exactly stellar marks, is based on data that’s anywhere
the three St. Lucie County hospi- from 18 to 24 months old. If Leap-
tals have earned passing grades frog were to have used data taken
from the nation’s largest hospital today, Petry said he feels Tradition
safety survey group. would have received an A.

Tradition Medical Center and “We’ve had a huge focus on
St. Lucie Medical Center earned quality,” Petry said, not just at Tra-
B’s, while Lawnwood Regional re- dition Medical Center, but Martin
ceived a C. Health System-wide.

But those grades should be Tradition last year doubled its
taken with a grain of salt, accord- capacity and added more medi-
ing to Martin Health System’s cal services. When it opened a few
Fernando Petry, D.O., who serves years ago, it opened at capacity.
as the company’s senior vice Petry said staff started out trying
president and chief medical offi- to keep up with the demand.
cer. (Martin Health System owns
Tradition Medical Center.) CONTINUED ON PAGE A4

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent “I was fascinated only 57 percent say the city
has an overall positive image,” Mayor Gregory
About 80 percent of residents love living in Oravec told St. Lucie Voice.
Port St. Lucie. But, they’re not as convinced
others see it that way. The city recently got the While still a majority, the mayor said that giv-
results of the National Research Center’s 2018 en the 25-point spread between residents say-
National Citizen Survey. It showed that about 57 ing life is good in Port St. Lucie and that it has a
percent think that PSL has a good image.
CONTINUED ON PAGE A6

More higher-ranked players Popular regional tennis tourney PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN
like Denis Shapavalov may play is hoping to take a major step up
in the Mardy Fish tournament. OGRE ACTING Gary Williams as title character Shrek
BY RAY McNULTY | Staff Writer performs a scene with the Three
PHOTO: JOHN PEARSE Little Pigs – Kemari Cummings, Bernardo Ivens-Ferraz and Matthew
Professional tennis is changing its tournament structure Walcott – during the Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie West’s
next year, eliminating the entry-level circuit that includes a production at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. 
popular, long-running Treasure Coast event.
Heathcote Botanical
But organizers of the Vero Beach event – the Mardy Fish marks National Public
Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships – say the Gardens Day. Page B11
tournament’s future is not in jeopardy.

To the contrary, the tournament’s co-directors see the

CONTINUED ON PAGE A8

IN THIS ISSUE

LOCAL NEWS A1-A11

HEALTH A12-A15 ARTS/PEOPLE B1-B15

OBITUARIES A9 PETS B14

GAMES B16-B18 REAL ESTATE A17-A28

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ST. LUCIE METS SELECT 14 BASEBALLERS GET CUBA INVITE

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent son in my eye,” Boden said. Baseball has a long and storied history in entrenched that after the 1959 Cuban Rev-
The team has to raise about $25,000 to go. Cuba. It’s one of the most popular sports on olution, the communist government that
The St. Lucie Mets Select 14 and under The cup tourney will be from Aug. 10-13. the island nation south of Florida. Brothers rejected cultural influences from the Unit-
team is heading to Havana in August for the Nemesio and Ernesto Guillot founded the ed States upheld baseball’s venerated place
Summer Baseball Friendship Cup. In addition to getting to meet baseball play- first Cuban baseball team in the 1860s after in Cuba. “Baseball is a big deal over there,”
ers from another country, the players will learning the game while attending college in LeMond said.
Residents wishing to help send them on hear from Littell. The games will be at the the United States.
their way will have a chance on Thursday, indoor Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva. After the U.S. and Cuba started reestab-
May 17. The Tin Roof Bar and Grill in Fort Baseball gained popularity so quickly lishing diplomatic relations a few years ago,
Pierce is hosting a four-part bingo game “On top of baseball, every day we have an that Spanish authorities tried banning it for one of the first demonstrations of the rela-
with cash prizes to raise money for the base- excursion set up for the boys to learn about fear that the American game would replace tionship was exhibition baseball games.
ball players. the Cuban culture,” Boden said. Spanish sports. Cubans defiantly continued
to play baseball and formed a league in the The St. Lucie Mets Select program is just
“The whole idea of the program is to de- The players will tour Old Havana’s Colo- 1870s. By the turn of the 20th century, the that – select. Players have to do tryouts to
velop the kids and get them ready for col- nial Plazas and Obispo Street and visit the All Cubans team started playing tours in the earn a spot. “Every player has to make a
lege,” said Ron LeMond, director of the St. famed Almacenes San Jose market, along United States. The game became so deeply team,” LeMond said. “We don’t let them
Lucie Mets Select program. with a private baseball museum, among just play.”
other things.
The Cuba trip, he said, furthers that mis- There are three select teams – 10U, 11U
sion. “For life experience,” he said. “For them and 14U. Additionally, there is a scout
to be able to go there. How many people get team for high school players. LeMond said
the chance to go to Cuba?” players not only have to prove themselves
on the field, they have to meet other high
The team manager, Charlie Boden, has standards, such as maintaining a 3.0 GPA at
professional contacts with major league school. “It’s really trying to prepare them for
players, including a former World Series life after baseball,” LeMond said.
pitcher.
In addition to the bingo on May 17, folks
“Out of the blue, a former major league can help out the team by getting their cars
player, Mark Littell, contacted me,” Boden washed on Saturday, June 9. That fundraiser
said. “He called me up and said, ‘Charlie, I will be at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 571 NW Prima
see you have a baseball team.’” Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. The bingo games
will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Donors can also give
Boden affirmed that he did manage a at www.gofundme.com/55kh1bk.
youth team. “He said, ‘I have an opportunity
for you,’” Boden said. Tin Roof Bar and Grill is at 5701 Orange
Ave., in Fort Pierce. 
Then he told him about the friendship
cup series. Boden said he was immediately
sold. “This is an opportunity for a life les-

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ST. LUCIE MEDICAL CENTER
Owner: HCA
Spring 2018 Grade: B Fall 2017 Grade: A
Spring 2017 Grade: B Fall 2016 Grade: B
(Spring/Fall 2015 Grade: A)

Areas of Concern:
 Infections: MRSA infection, C. diff infection
 Surgery: Collapsed lung, serious breathing problems
 Preventing errors: None below average
 Safety problems: None below average
 Staff: Specially trained doctors care of ICU patients,
Communication with doctors. 

PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD

TRADITION MEDICAL CENTER LAWNWOOD REGIONAL
Owner: HCA
Owner: Martin Health Systems Spring 2018 Grade: C Fall 2017 Grade: C
Spring 2017 Grade: C Fall 2016 Grade: C
Spring 2018 Grade: B Fall 2017 Grade: C (Spring/Fall 2015 Grade: A)

Spring 2017 Grade: C Fall 2016 Grade: C Areas of Concern:
 Infections: C. diff infection, blood infection
Areas of Concern: PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN  Surgery: Collapsed lung, serious breathing prob-
 Infections: C. diff infection, surgical site infection lems, dangerous blood clot
 Surgery: Surgical wound splits open, collapsed  Preventing errors: Hand washing, communication
lung, serious breathing problems, accidental cuts and about medicines, communication about discharge
tears  Safety problems: None below average
 Preventing errors: Communication about medi-  Staff: Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients,
cines, communication about discharge Communication with doctors, communication with
 Safety problems: Dangerous bed sores nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff. 
 Staff: Communication with doctors, communication
with nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff. 

–­ SOURCE: LEAPFROG HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADE

HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADES hospital staff and with patients. “Those are release from Leapfrog noting that it was St. Lucie Medical was noted as having
things we need to focus on,” he said, adding one of about 830 hospitals in the nation to challenges pertaining to how it handles
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 that when you’ve got a full hospital, com- receive the highest marks. MRSA infections. And Tradition was cited
munication can sometimes slip. for dangerous bed sores.
“It’s hard to keep your head above water,” Of concern in this latest grading for all
he said. Attempts to reach representatives from three hospitals are issues pertaining to “You’re not looking at today,” Petry again
HCA-owned St. Lucie Medical Center and infections – particularly C.diff infections – cautioned about the Leapfrog findings.
The first grades from Leapfrog show Tra- Lawnwood Regional were unsuccessful. St. post-surgery issues of collapsed lungs and
dition started with a C – a grade it has had Lucie’s grade fell one letter since fall 2017; serious breathing problems, and commu- He said patients considering their hos-
until now. Lawnwood’s remained the same. nications with doctors. pital options should do their own research
and investigate the specialists and doctors
Even before the expansion, Petry said The first grades for St. Lucie Medical Each hospital has its own unique chal- who would be providing their care. Ask
Tradition has worked to address Leapfrog’s Center, released in 2015, were A’s. In 2016, lenges as well. questions, he said, and weigh the risks and
critiques. the grade slipped to a B, which remained a benefits.
B until fall 2017, when it rose to an A again. Among infections and communication
Still, Petry said the hospital needs to con- problems at Lawnwood, hand-washing was Healthcare is more complex than many
tinue improving communication among At the time, the hospital posted the press noted as a preventable error. realize, he said. 



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CITIZENS SURVEY ing in January. “It’s done across the coun- television. While 82 percent said they’ve
voted in local elections, only 22 percent
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 try, which is great,” Oravec said. “It gives said they’ve campaigned for a local issue
or candidate. Fewer still, 17 percent, said
“Your Full-Service good overall image, it shows something of you not only scientifically valid results they’ve contacted a city elected official.
Salon” a collective post-traumatic shyness stem-
ming from failed economic-development from your community, but allows you to Oravec said Port St. Lucie does have a
failures going back a decade, such as the problem with people feeling like they’re
former Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute compare and benchmark against others
facility at 9801 SW Discovery Way. a part of a community that
across the country.” goes back to its design. Un-
“I think we’re still bothered, we haven’t like other communities that
let go of the past,” Oravec said. For example, Port St. Lucie residents grew over time with a sense
of historic identity, Port St.
The city guaranteed about $64 million were less likely to say their Lucie was largely built in one
in bonds for the nonprofit medical re- fell swoop by General Devel-
searcher VGTI to construct the building city had a good overall image opment Corporation in the
in 2010, making Port St Lucie its largest 1960s.
creditor. In 2015, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed than the national average.
a state grant the Legislature approved for “They platted 80,000 quar-
the financially-strapped researcher and it Also eye-catching in the ter-acre lots,” Oravec said.
filed for bankruptcy protections. The city “They just cleared the Flor-
New Client now has and is marketing the facility as survey’s local results was an ida wilderness and put in
Specials the Florida Center for Bio-Sciences. the minimum infrastructure.
apparent lack of economic Our original neighborhoods
More than 5,000 took the citizen survey, never had names or a sense of communi-
the first the city has done since 2009. The optimism despite the county ty, and that’s what you’re seeing.”
survey was sent to 1,500 randomly-select- The city is aiming to undo that with its
ed addresses in February. Additionally, it having some of its strongest Neighborhood Improvement and Com-
was placed online for anyone to complete. munity Engagement program. Neighbor-
Balayage Color $75 employment in a decade. hoods are voting to name themselves.
Oravec pointed out that while 57 per- “We encourage neighborhood block par-
cent responding that the city had a good The county’s not-seasonal- ties and neighborhood watches,” Oravec
overall image points to a problem, it does said.
Keratin Special $99 show significant improvement over the ly-adjusted unemployment The mayor said he aims to repeat the
2009 survey. That year only 40 percent survey annually.
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THE CELEBRATION OF TENNIS TOURNAMENT ning $15,000 event on the circuit – and they
LIFE STARTS HERE wanted to give us the first option.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
AYCOCK AT TRADITION LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER USTA officials say the tournament,
International Tennis Federation’s collabo- which has been played in Vero Beach since
• Celebration of Life ration with the men’s ATP World Tour and 1995, had become one of the circuit’s most
• Tradition Funerals women’s WTA World Tour to revamp the successful stops – one that has been wildly
• SpAneucnifoarglesttaObleccasion Celebrations professional game as an opportunity to popular with players, who praise the com-
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Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce 772-461-8912 circuit to the men’s and women’s world tels and probably need to take over more
tours. of the club at Grand Harbor, and that’s eas-
Transition Tour events will have 32-play- ier to do in May,” Walker said. “Also, having
er singles draws and offer prize money of a Challenger in mid-May helps from the
$15,000 or $25,000. The $25,000 tourna- standpoint of getting players.
ments will continue to award professional
tennis rankings points, but only to finalists “They can come to Vero Beach to play
and semifinalists – and only for 2019. on the clay here, then go to Orlando, get on
In 2020, pro rankings points will be a plane to Paris and play the French Open
awarded only at Challenger-level tourna- qualifying,” also on clay.
ment and above.
According to Randy Walker, a former Fish said the Futures tournament
USTA press officer and part-time Moorings brought about $500,000 annually into the
resident who serves as the local tourna- local economy. He projected a Challenger
ment’s co-director, Vero Beach already has would generate three times that amount.
been offered a date on the Transition Tour’s
2019 schedule. In addition, Walker said all Challengers
“They’ve invited us to be a $25,000 are televised online, which would pro-
tournament the week of April 29th, and vide increased exposure for Vero Beach,
they’ve offered to subsidize a portion of the Fish foundation and the tournament’s
the increase in prize money,” Walker said. sponsors.
“They know the history and reputation of
the tournament here – it’s the longest-run- “A Challenger here certainly is possible,”
Fish said. “This tournament has a great
reputation on the Pro Circuit, and they
want to keep it going here. We have a lot
of ideas, and we have some time to look at
things.”

Ultimately, though, money will be the
deciding factor. 

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IN LOVING MEMORY

CARL E. MILLER, 97 Domenic was an active member in his Treasure Coast Hospice
St. Lucie West community, he was a humble man, and Has Grown to Become
those who knew him say he always acted
Carl Easkel Miller, 97, of St. Lucie West in with honesty and integrity. Treasure Health!
Port St. Lucie passed away April 28. Carl was
born in Claremont, Va., to the late Clarence He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 Treasure Coast Hospice has always treasured life. Now,
and Hulda Miller. years, Nancy; his children, Jennifer, Mat- we’re offering an expanded family of services, including
thew and Michael; grandchildren and
He worked for many years at Norfolk Naval great-grandchild; and his sisters, Marie, Glo- palliative care, pediatric care and grief support, to
Air Station in Virginia as a jet electrician. In ryann, and Linda. better meet the needs of our community.
2013, he relocated from Claremont to Florida
to be closer to family. Carl enjoyed gardening LeROY F. MacDONALD, 77 Licensed since 1982.
and being a handy man fixing things around Port St. Lucie
the house. Treasuring Life | To learn more,
LeRoy F. MacDonald, 77, of Port St. Lucie visit TreasureHealth.org or call 866.999.4550
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Polly passed away Tuesday, May 1, in Fort Pierce.
Miller; son, Ben (Roberta) Miller of Manito- LeRoy was born May 22, 1940, in Elyria, Ohio,
ba, Canada; daughters, Judy (Larry) Cam- to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton and Lucille MacDon-
pagnola of Port St. Lucie, and Patricia (Rob- ald. He moved to Port Saint Lucie in 1977,
ert) Snoots of Leesburg, Fla.; grandchildren, coming from Ohio.
Julie, Laura, Michelle, Michelle Ann, Angela,
and Paul; great-grandchildren, Daniel and LeRoy proudly served his country in the
Michael; and sister, Hazel Williams. United States Navy. He played Santa for local
nursing homes, schools and daycares.
DOMENIC MONTEMURRO, 68
Port St. Lucie Survivors include his wife of 52 years, San-
dra (Grasse) MacDonald; son, Lee (Tara) A.
Domenic Montemurro, 68, of PGA Golf MacDonald of Port St. Lucie; daughters, Lori
Club in Port St. Lucie passed away on April (Peter) Dohan of Tampa, Fla., and Lynn (Mi-
29. He was born in Utica, N.Y., Dec. 26, 1949, chael) Green of Fort Pierce; grandchildren,
one of four children to late Gloria and Ed- Ian Dohan, Rylee Green, Ryan Langevin and
ward Montemurro. He was a graduate of Syr- Reyanna Langevin; great-grandchild, Skye-
acuse University. Domenic worked for and lyn Cherry; brother, Dennis (Sandra) Mac-
retired from Welch’s after 25 years. Donald of Valparaiso, Fla.; and sister, Linda
(Rene) Truxall of Grafton, Ohio.

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School District expected to close on property for new digs soon COUNTY: PLEASE DON’T
STACK ROCKS ON BEACH

Recent winds and tides have been

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer architect can start sketching. washing an abundance of coquina rock
[email protected] “We’re not settled,” Gillette said on what
onto the beaches of Hutchinson Island.
Plans for the new St. Lucie County the building will look like. He said that the
School District administration building are building’s style will be influenced by St. Residents and/or visitors have been stack-
moving along though the district has yet to Lucie West, the community in which it will
close on the purchase of the property. That be located. “We want to look like part of the ing these rocks in intricate towers along
is expected to happen soon, according to neighborhood.”
district officials. the sandy shores, inadvertently creating
The board has hired Donadio and As-
Next week, the plat for the property sociates, of Vero Beach, to provide the ar- unnecessary obstacle courses and haz-
should be approved, clearing the way for chitectural services and Jacquin & Sons
the nearly $2 million purchase of about 10 of Fort Pierce to serve as the construction ards for sea turtles.
acres near Tutto Fresco Italian restaurant manager.
on Commerce Center Parkway in the area While these impromptu sculptures are
of Interstate 95 and PGA Village. The School District previously approved
$17 million for the construction of the ad- fun to build and look at, St. Lucie County’s
“We are on track,” School District ministration building – a price tag that does
spokeswoman Kerry Padrick said. not include the land buy or the outfitting of Code Compliance and sea turtle monitors
furniture and the like. The building will re-
John Gillette, the district’s director of place the currently uninhabitable adminis- urge beachgoers to leave the rocks undis-
building services and maintenance, said tration office the School District had at the
after the sale closes, it’s just a matter of per- former Orange Blossom mall in Fort Pierce. turbed. Stacking these rocks can cause
mitting and programming before the offi- Orange Blossom flooded during Hurricane
cial groundbreaking in June. Irma. The district considered the possi- injury to both beachgoers and turtles. Ad-
bility of relocating to an existing building,
Gillette said staff is working with the var- including Liberty Medical and VGTI, but ditionally, they create additional naviga-
ious administrative departments to ensure decided to build new, instead.
the floor plans will accommodate everyone tional hazards for sea turtles trying to nest,
and everything needed to make the district The new building will have an expected
operate smoothly. $1.8 million for the property but that price lifespan of 50 years and will be centrally lo- as well as hatchlings making their way to
tag might tick up slightly, according to Gil- cated for the bulk of St. Lucie County resi-
The district anticipates a grand opening lette. The district is working with the prop- dents – and easily accessible via the Turn- the water.
by spring or summer 2019. “We need to get erty owner, the Kolter Group, to partner on pike, I-95 and St. Lucie West Boulevard. 
our ducks in a row,” Gillette said. building a road on the property to service St. Lucie County takes marine turtle pro-
the administration building. That, accord-
The district had expected to pay about ing to Gillette, could increase the purchase tection seriously and was recently found to
price a bit.
have one of the lowest hatchling disorien-
Not much more is known about the
future administration building. It will be tation rates in the state. Please do not han-
three stories tall and about 107,000 square
feet in size, sitting on 10 acres. dle marine turtles, their hatchlings or their

Gillette said no architectural renderings eggs. Disturbing marine turtles or their
are available as of yet due to the shifting
floor plans; once those are finalized, the nests is a violation of State and Federal

laws and carries criminal penalties.

To report marine turtle nest poaching,

hatchling disorientations, harassment or

dead marine turtles, please call the Flori-

da Fish and Wildlife hotline at 1-888-404-

FWCC.  ­– CONTRIBUTED

PRUITT WINS LEADERSHIP AWARD

Ken Pruitt, who has served St. Lucie in 2009 after serving two years as Senate

County as a state senator, state represen- President. He was elected as the county’s

tative and property appraiser, was pre- property appraiser in 2010 and re-elected

sented with the prestigious Pete Hegener in 2012. In 2014, the appraiser’s office won

Leadership Award by the Economic De- the Distinguished Assessment Jurisdic-

velopment Council of St. Lucie County tion Award, earned by only one of 7,000

(EDC) at its 6th annual leadership dinner assessment offices in the world. Pruitt is

on April 26. currently the president of the P5 Group.

The award is presented annually to a “Ken spent the majority of his profes-

dedicated business leader who sional life, and the entirety of his

has made significant contri- elected life, tirelessly working to

butions to St. Lucie County’s create well-paying jobs, elevate

economy and quality of life. The our quality of life, and build a bet-

annual dinner and celebration, ter community in St. Lucie Coun-

held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & ty. His collaborative leadership

Country Club, and attended by paved the way for the very eco-

more than 200, was sponsored nomic success we enjoy today,”

by Florida Power & Light. said Edwin Massey, Ph.D., presi-

Mike Adams, the son of last dent of Indian River State College
year’s Hegener Award recipient, Ken Pruitt. (IRSC) in his nomination of Pruitt.

the late Alto “Bud” Adams Jr., Among Pruitt’s accomplish-

presented the award to Pruitt. “It is hard ment, Massey noted Florida’s Bright Fu-

to imagine a better choice for this award,” tures program, $232 million of state in-

said Adams. “I know if my father could vestment in IRSC facilities for workforce

have been with us tonight that he would training, securing the future of Harbor

be in wholehearted agreement. Ken has Branch Oceanographic Institute with the

earned this recognition many times over.” support of Florida Atlantic University,

Pruitt represented St. Lucie County in and championing infrastructure improve-

the Florida House from 1990-2000 and ments across the Treasure Coast which

in the Florida Senate from 2000-2009, laid the foundation for the economic de-

attaining the top leadership positions velopment we are experiencing today. 

in both chambers, leaving Tallahassee ­– CONTRIBUTED

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WALKING AND ROLLING TO TACKLE ATAXIA

SWING SHIFT ... BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent at any age, although Cole said approaching and entering
middle age seems to be a common time for symptoms to
PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN The inaugural Treasure Coast Walk n’ Roll to Cure Ataxia become obvious. The symptoms often mimic intoxication,
will be at Tradition Square on Saturday, May 19. Organizer such as slurring speech.
Amanda Ruiz gets a hit for Treasure Coast High School Lisa Cole said the event is a fundraiser, but more important-
during the 2-9A Regional quarterfinals against visiting ly an awareness raiser. Cole said in addition to her degenerating walk, she no-
Alonso High School of Tampa. Treasure Coast was ticed another common ataxia clue over the years. “Your
eliminated while being held scoreless in a 6-0 loss.  “There is no cure, but there are things we can do in the handwriting, because it’s your cerebellum,” she said. “My
meantime to help slow it down,” she said. “They’re doing a handwriting was starting to get worse.”
lot of clinical trials, so things are looking good.”
Cole was 46 when she was diagnosed in 2013. The condi-
Ataxia is a degenerative condition with several causes tion has worsened since then. “I can’t ride a bicycle or walk
that affects the nervous system. It diminishes people’s vol- more than 15 minutes,” she said.
untary muscle control. Like many neuro-muscular condi-
tions, ataxia affects people differently. Some with it must use Additionally, she must use a cane to walk. Cole, however,
wheelchairs. Others don’t. Some can drive. Others can’t. The said she’s working hard to remain ambulatory. She does pi-
condition is usually progressive. lates and has a personal trainer working with her with gym
machines regularly. “Exercise is helping me a lot,” Cole said.
Cole said she was showing signs of ataxia for many years
before her diagnosis. The former motocross racer was run- Free registration for the walk will open at 7 a.m. The walk
ning an accounting business. But, increasingly, a seemingly around Lake Tradition will start at 8 a.m. “We have an in-
small thing was getting her attention. Something about her structor who’s going to help with stretching before and after
gait was odd. the walk,” Cole said. After the walk there’ll be music, a silent
action, and more. “I have a clown that’s coming,” Cole said.
“I complained about it for over 10 years – that I was walk- “He’s going to be walking around.”
ing funny,” she said. The odd walk was worsening. “(I was)
walking into doorframes a lot and walls,” Cole said. There will be free T-shirts, too. While the walk and shirts
are free, Cole said the event is a fundraiser to benefit the Na-
But concern was mixed with denial. “In the early part tional Ataxia Foundation. Donations are urged.
of 2013 I did a stress test and almost fell over,” Cole said.
“I blamed it on my knees. I went to an orthopedist, and he The event will end at noon. Tradition Square is by Tradi-
said, ‘No it’s not your knees,’ and he sent me to a neurolo- tion Town Hall, 10799 SW Civic Lane in Tradition.
gist.”
Cole is also a local support group leader.
That started Cole toward getting a diagnosis of ataxia.
“There are many types of ataxia and I have the hereditary More about ataxia is at www.ataxia.org. Cole is at lisa-
type,” she said. The National Ataxia Foundation reports that [email protected] Early registration is available, but
about 150,000 Americans have the various forms of ataxia. not necessary, at www.ataxia.donorpages.com/WalknRoll-
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Read it and sweep: Housework is good for your health

BY MARIA CANFIELD | Correspondent includes gardening, house- study used objective data,
hold repairs, food shopping,
A new study out of Germany has good making doctor appoint- and indicated that the risk of
news for older men and women about a ments, managing budgets,
topic they likely don’t give much thought paying bills, organizing in- mortality fell by 12 percent
– housework. surance information, buy-
ing presents for family and for every 30 minutes of daily
The study was led by Nicholas Adjei and friends, arranging holiday
Tilman Brand of the University of Bremen get-togethers, and planning light physical activity.
in Germany and was designed to get a bet- vacations.
ter idea of how adults spend their time in Andrea LaCroix, Ph.D., a
later life, and how certain everyday activ- Study co-leader Adjei says
ities impact their health. The results were “the percentage of those professor in the Department
recently published in the journal BMC aged 65 years and above is
Public Health. increasing globally due to of Family Medicine and Pub-
higher life expectancy. It is
The researchers found that people over important to understand lic Health, is the lead author
age 65 who spend between at least 3 hours how older adults spend their
each day on housework were 25 percent time in these later years and of the University of California
more likely to report good health, com- the possible positive and
pared to those who engage in those activi- negative implications for study. She says “we don’t have
ties for less than 2 hours each day. their health.”
to be running marathons to
These results make sense to Sharon Pax- To reach their conclusion about the
ton, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with health benefits of housework, Adjei and stay healthy. The paradigm
a private practice in Vero Beach. She says Brand analyzed data from the Multina-
“housework chores – such as dusting, vac- tional Time Use Study (MTUS), which pro- needs to shift when we think
uuming, loading the dishwasher, and do- vided information on how people aged 65
ing laundry – improve our core strength, and older spent their time. The MTUS was about being active. Every
which in turn improves our balance and first put together by researchers from the
stability. Good core strength also provides University of Oxford in the United King- movement counts. A lot of
protection for our spinal cord and internal dom, and included data on over 15,000
organs.” men and 20,000 women living across a what we do on a daily basis

As defined by the study, housework goes is improving our health, such
well beyond cleaning and cooking; it also
Sharon Paxton. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE as walking to the mail box,
strolling around the neigh-

borhood, folding clothes, and

number of countries, including the United straightening up the house.”

States, the U.K., Italy and Germany. Paxton adds, “Research shows that the

An earlier study from the University of risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular dis-

California-San Diego School of Medicine ease, high blood pressure, and accidental

reported on the health benefits of “light falls increase fractures can be life-chang-

physical activity,” a category that much ing events. Daily chores such as cooking

housework falls into. While the Universi- and housework break up sedentary time,

ty of Bremen study drew its conclusions and walking reduces the risk of osteopo-

from the self-reporting of MTUS partic- rosis for both women and men. The more

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Ear, nose and throat doc hails new ETD procedure

BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer Dr. Jeffrey Livingston. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE medical treatment options were limited to what Liv-
ingston calls “topical nasal steroid sprays like Flonase
Eustachian tube dysfunction, or ETD, is a com- loon, it compresses the mucosa and causes it to resurface or or Nasacort,” or topical decongestants, like Afrin, Su-
mon and annoying condition that some people may reline. That causes [the lining] to flatten and helps the tube dafed or Neo-Synephrine, or inserting tubes into the
have had for years without even knowing it. become more open.” ear. But those solutions were – at best – temporary.
And sometimes downright annoying.
The Eustachian tubes are small channels that run “I had a patient recently,” Livingston continues, “who told
between the middle ear and the upper throat. Their me that her ears had felt full for 30 years. We did this proce- Livingston says that inserting artificial tubes
job is to equalize ear pressure and drain fluid from dure and now her ears feel perfect. She was really thankful sometimes “made the ear sound echo-y,” a condition
the middle ear. When they’re not functioning prop- and I was thankful that I had something I could offer her. Last called autophony, but the new treatment does not
erly, they can cause dulled hearing and a feeling of year or two years ago I’d have had to say, ‘I’m sorry. There’s have that side effect.
pressure or fullness that can last for days, months or not much I can do about this.
even years. Duke Health backs up Livingston’s high opinion
“It’s great to have something that’s minimally invasive and of the newly-approved procedure. It says “inserting
Vero Beach Otolaryngologist Dr. Jeffrey Livingston low-risk that can actually solve a problem. It’s a home run in a small, balloon-like device in a blocked Eustachian
says victims of the condition commonly experience my book.” tube may bring lasting relief to the millions of chil-
“fullness or congestion or popping in their ears, or dren and adults who suffer from chronic Eustachian
have something called baro-challenge, which is dif- Before this balloon dilation system became available, tube dysfunction each year. Duke ear nose and throat
ficulty clearing their ears in certain situations like on doctors … say it has the potential to significantly re-
an airplane flight or when scuba diving. duce the need for ear tubes and other ear surgeries.”
Meanwhile, ENT Today, a publication of the Triological
“There’s a large number of people,” Livingston Society of American and the American College of Surgeons,
continues, “who may have had it their entire life … [and until says “a study of 100 Eustachian tube dilations with follow-ups
recently] we didn’t have a good solution for that problem.” over two years showed a 70-percent success rate.”
“I’m excited about this ear procedure,” says the gener-
That’s the bad news about ETD. al and pediatric ear, nose and throat and endoscopic sinus
The good news is a new and effective treatment has been surgery specialist. “There’s nothing better. All I want to do is
approved by the FDA. It’s called the Eustachian tube balloon have my patients do well, minimize the degree of risk and
dilation system and Dr. Livingston is excited about it. maximize the degree of success. Those are things that I love
“This is first time we have a procedure to fix the Eusta- doing.”
chian tube,” the ear, nose and throat specialist says, “and this
can be a permanent fix as opposed to just temporizing by Dr. Jeffery Livingston is with Vero ENT at 1325 36th Street,
ventilating the ears.” Suite A in Vero Beach. The phone number is 772-563-0015. 
Giving the CliffsNotes version of the new procedure, Liv-
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has “a kind of cartilaginous lining. When we inflate this bal-

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2 NIGHTS
®

Elegance and then some in
Townpark at Tradition home

11295 SW Vanderbilt Circle in Townpark at Tradition: 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 3,653-square-foot home offered for $537,000 by
AnnMarie Napolitano, 954-675-2804 of Keller Williams Realty of Port St. Lucie

Happy Mother’s Day LANGREALTY Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
2018
$30,583,616
Information based
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for PGA Village, Verano, RE/MAX
Tradition & St. Lucie West Masterpiece
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$4,858,588 $5,031,000
$4,121,766

Call the leading sales specialists at Lang Realty. (772) 467-1299

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Hurricane Impact Doors Elegance and then some in
& Impact Glass, Townpark at Tradition home
We Have It All!
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist foyer. There is a den or office, 11 feet by 14
[email protected] feet, and powder room for guests. The liv-
ing room is 14-by-14 and the formal dining
Every house of the week is special, but it’s room 12-by-13; with an open concept, the
not every house where I can envision hav- area feels open and spacious. Columns and
ing a small wedding. The gazebo at the rear archways between the rooms add elegance.
of the house at 11295 SW Vanderbilt Circle There is a huge family room, 22-by-17, that
in the Townpark section of Tradition is so opens onto the lanai and patio, and would
lovely, with its lake views, that I could see

Transform Your Existing Door from a couple exchanging vows. If course, it’s a be ideal for entertaining as guests could
Boring to Beautiful! charming place for anyone to relax and is a come inside and out at will. The kitchen is
perfect ending to a delightful home. stunning, with 42-inch cabinets, granite
■ Glass patterns for every style & budget countertops, a stone backsplash and break-
■ Customize to your style Inside, this model home is elegant and fast bar. There is a charming nook where the
■ Impact Glass & Impact Doors warm at the same time. The elegance is en- granite countertops extends to a little desk
■ Wood Interior/Exterior Doors hanced by volume ceilings, crown molding, area with a chair. It’s ideal for cookbooks,
■ Fiberglass Doors archways, columns, custom window treat- recipes or a laptop. There is a dining area
■ Patio & Sliding Glass Doors ments and lighting. The warmth comes that also overlooks the backyard.
■ Framed/Frameless Shower Units from the hickory wood flooring found
■ Etching throughout the main living areas and from The master bedroom is a spacious 15-by-
■ Schlage Hardware the natural lighting that gives an open, 17, and is an oasis in a house that is itself a
■ Mirror Wraps bright feeling. retreat. It has a delightful ceiling design that
is echoed on the wall. The master suite has
Regency Square This house has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 two walk-in closets and the master bath is,
baths, so it is perfect for any size family or in a word, stunning. It has a frameless show-
2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart • Licensed & Insured for retirees or snowbirds who entertain a er, soaker tub and dual sinks. The other bed-
great deal. You enter the house into a lovely
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rooms are 11-by-12 and 13-by-13, and are FEATURES FOR 11295 SW VANDERBILT CIRCLE Upstairs, there is an entertainment area
perfect for kids, guests or when an aging that has a wet bar as well as the bedroom
parent comes to live, as four are downstairs Neighborhood: Townpark at Tradition and bath. It could easily be a play area for
and one upstairs. The number of bedrooms Year built: 2008 • Construction: CBS kids or a crafts area. The possibilities are
and bathrooms give immense flexibility Square footage: 3,653 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 5,159 endless.
when it comes to how the house will best Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 4.5 • Flooring: carpet, tile, wood
suit the family’s needs. Security: Manned gate, owner system Back outside, is the screened enclosed
Additional features: Lake views, hurricane impact windows,
plantation shutters, barrel tile roof, paver driveway, volume CONTINUED ON PAGE 25
ceilings, custom drapes, triple split floor plan, gazebo
Community amenities: basketball, biking and jogging, billiards,
business center, cabana, clubhouse, community room, exercise
room, game room, spa/hot tub, pool, tennis
Listing brokerage: Keller Williams Realty of Port St. Lucie
Listing agent: AnnMarie Napolitano, 954-675-2804

Listing price: $537,000

Tom Cann Tom Cann PROVEN RESULTS AND EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
OF THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 15 YEARS
Broker, PGA Life Member

772.485.1222
Melinda Cann

Broker, Co-Owner

772.215.8178

PGA VERANO PGA VILLAGE PGA VERANO PGA VERANO

NEW LISTING 9202 World Cup Way PRICE REDUCED! 17007 SW Sapri Way,
3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Dulce Model
10716 SW Visconti Way 1 Car Garage, Furnished. 9515 SW Nuova Way 3 BD, 3.5 BA W/Den Lakefront Home. 2555 Sq. Ft. 3 Car
Isabella, 1827 a/c sq. ft. Devon Model $205,000 Large Estate Home 2 BD,
2BR, 2BA, Den, 2 Car Large Screened Patio Over 2.5 BA, Den, Formal Living, Family Room Garage with $85K Pool, Security Cameras, Surround System
Looking Long Lake View, Plantation Shutters & PGA VERANO Formal Dining, Pool & Spa w/ Private Lake View
Gorgeous Kitchen. All Impact Glass $354,900 2761 Sq. Ft. All Impact Glass $424,900 All Impact Glass $599,000
SALE PENDING
PGA VILLAGE PGA VERANO FLORIDA CLUB PGA VERANO

SALE PENDING UNDER CONTRACT SOLD

7740 Greenbrier Circle 9481 S.W. 10744 S.W. Visconti 1069 SW Balmoral 20008 Morolo Way
On Golf Course! Nuova Way Way Wide Lake Views! Trace, Stuart, FL 3181 Sq. ft. 3BD,
3 BD, 2.5 BA, 2157 Sq. ft. On the 4th hole of Dye Golf 2BD, 2.5 BA, Den with 3BD, 2.5 BA, Great Room, Den and Formal 2BR, 2BA, 2 Car with screened patio 3.5 BA, Den Formal
Murphy Bed, Open Concept Great Room Dining 2263 sq. ft. Wide Lake Views All Living & Family Room, On Lake, Built 2017,
Course Priced Reduced $379,000 Pool home with Private Lake Views, 2047 Sq. Beautiful golf course and water views. with All Impact Glass $495,000
Ft.All Impact Glass $382,900 Impact Glass $382,000 $274,900

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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

An impressive, active week on the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate front saw 23 sin-
gle-family residences and lots sell from April 30-May 4 (some shown below).

The top sale of the week was the residence at 8717 Bally Bunion Road. First listed last October for
$549,500, the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,187-square-foot house sold for $480,000 on May 1.

The week’s next-best sale was the home at 9319 Scarborough Court. First listed last August for
$550,000, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,428-square-foot abode fetched $470,000 on May 2.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
ORIGINAL PRICE

TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $480,000
$470,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8717 BALLY BUNION ROAD 10/1/2017 $549,500 5/1/2018 $470,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9319 SCARBOROUGH COURT 8/19/2017 $550,000 5/2/2018 $387,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7917 SADDLEBROOK DRIVE 10/12/2017 $565,000 5/4/2018 $375,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1719 SW MOCKINGBIRD DRIVE 2/12/2018 $429,000 4/30/2018 $355,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5955 NW BRENDA CIRCLE 3/18/2018 $399,000 5/3/2018 $345,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11327 SW WYNDHAM WAY 3/7/2018 $369,900 4/30/2018 $255,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1257 SW CEDAR COVE 1/20/2018 $354,900 5/2/2018 $251,380
PORT SAINT LUCIE 190 NW PLEASANT GROVE WAY 3/20/2018 $269,900 5/1/2018 $240,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5854 NW JOPPA 4/7/2018 $254,380 4/29/2018 $229,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 409 SW FAIRWAY LANDING 3/25/2018 $235,000 4/30/2018 $224,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10282 SW REGGIANI ROAD 3/26/2018 $229,900 5/3/2018 $215,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 466 SW TALQUIN LANE 4/2/2018 $223,900 5/4/2018
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10499 SW SOUTHGATE COURT 1/27/2018 $224,900 4/30/2018

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732 SW Rocky Bayou

Pride Of Ownership Shows In Every Way!!! This 2/2/2 Plus Den Has
Been Completely Upgraded With New Tile Wood Floors, Granite
Kitchen And Granite In Both Baths, New Appliances, New Front Door,
Newer Ac And Water Heater Just 2 Years Old. Extended Patio Has The
Most Serene Preserve Views And Extended In Both Directions. This
One Has Nothing To Fix And Is A Must See! $234,900
Lake Forest HOA $153 a month gets you lawn care and cable plus 2 pools, clubhouse and fitness center

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

9319 Scarborough Court, Port Saint Lucie 7917 Saddlebrook Drive, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 8/19/2017 Listing Date: 10/12/2017
Original Price: $550,000 Original Price: $565,000
Sold: 5/2/2018 Sold: 5/4/2018
Selling Price: $470,000 Selling Price: $470,000
Listing Agent: Mary Feistel Listing Agent: AnnMarie Napolitano

Selling Agent: Illustrated Properties Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

Kay Rodriguez Kevin Mecabe

Lang Realty Florida Coastal Living Inc

1719 SW Mockingbird Drive, Port Saint Lucie 5955 NW Brenda Circle, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 2/12/2018 Listing Date: 3/18/2018
Original Price: $429,000 Original Price: $399,000
Sold: 4/30/2018 Sold: 5/3/2018
Selling Price: $387,000 Selling Price: $375,000
Listing Agent: Cindy Capwell Listing Agent: Amanda Kelly

Selling Agent: One Sotheby’s International Selling Agent: The Keyes Company

Stephanie Gray Terry Main

Premier Realty Group Inc Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty

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view. Popular ‘’Berkeley Model’’ features 3 BR’s, Den,
2.5 BA’s & 2 CG. Design colors, detail wood work, appliances, granite counters, a walk in pantry & a large breakfast area that overlooks the pool & yard.
open Eat in Kitchen with cream wood cabinets, SS RX-10395761 $349,900
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Call AnnMarie Today! [email protected]

954.675.2804 (Cell) www.annmarienapolitano.kw.com
9700 Reserve Blvd. SLW
772-236-5700 (office)

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 “It has a triple split floor plan and fabu-
lous layout,” she said. “It’s a tastefully done
lanai and covered patio with the view of the home with a stunning eat-in kitchen. The
lake. Then there is that gazebo with open screen-enclosed lanai, covered patio and
patio area and little nooks where you can sit gazebo offer a tranquil and inviting lake
with a book and relax. view setting. They’ll never want to leave.”

AnnMarie Napolitano, agent with Keller I still think it would be a beautiful place
Williams, agreed with me that this is an ex- for a wedding. 
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PGA VILLAGE $319,900 PGA VILLAGE $287,000 SINGER ISLAND $474,900

BEAUTIFUL SERENE JUST REDUCED! NEW LISTING!
LAKE VIEW
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Meticulously cared for and “FAIRVIEW” MODEL PANORAMIC
beautifully updated t/o, 3BR, WATER VIEWS!
2BA, 2CG. SS appliances, granite in kitchen & This Bright & Cheery home
baths, wood look tile flooring, frameless shower in is a true 3BR, 2BA, vaulted Seagrape Towers - 10th floor, 2BR, 2BA
master bath, screened lanai. ceilings, tile & engineered wood flooring t/o, up- corner condo, granite, marble floors throughout,
RX-10418292 7240 Marsh Terrace graded kitchen w/quartz counters, SS appliances, impact glass, wrap around balconies with
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RX-10422564 9104 Short Chip Cir. RX-10427175 5460 N Ocean Drive #10-D

COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES $449,900 PGA VILLAGE $348,500 PGA VILLAGE $599,000

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PGA VILLAGE $375,000 PGA VILLAGE $349,900 PGA / VERANO $284,900

IMPRESSIVE POOL UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT
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‘EVENING OF FLOYD’ Olive Madison and neatnik Florence Unger in StarStruck Academy
AT SUNRISE THEATRE and Theatre’s production of “The Female Odd Couple.” At left,
Michael Stern (as Oscar Madison) and Ryan McNevin (as Felix
BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer Unger) take center stage in the male version of “The Odd Couple.” 

1 “An Evening of Floyd,” a PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN
musical, multi-media show
that celebrates the English pro-
gressive, psychedelic rock band
Pink Floyd, comes to the Sunrise
Theatre next Friday, May 18. In
today’s competitive market, a suc-
cessful tribute band has to put on
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and remain faithful to the orig-
inal group’s sound down to the
last nuanced note. “An Evening
of Floyd, A Tribute – the Ultimate
Pink Floyd Experience” looks like
it’ll do just that. Floyd comes to
town with a 90-minute produc-
tion of what they bill as “precise
musical renditions of some of
Pink Floyd’s signature songs,”
supported by a light show that
includes complex synchronized
lighting movements, multiple
laser displays, and an overhead,
high-def video wall. The 10-mem-
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that were critical to Pink Floyd’s
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Trio D’Anches. PHOTO COURTESY A.C.T. STUDIO THEATRE
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America, and gigging with all kinds of orchestras. with a work by Mr. Pfeil.
Bassoonist Janet Harris comes from a family of musi- Harris spent eight years as second bassoon for the Sara- “The first half is serious pieces,” Harris said. “The sec-
cians and music educators. Her mother played the eupho-
nium and her father was a bassoonist; she says that she sota Orchestra and taught for a year at Lynn University. She ond half we’ll do a wardrobe change and it will be pops.
grew up in the band room. While she studied the piano and is principal bassoonist with the Atlantic Classical Orches- We’re ending with a four-movement trio, written by a living
the violin and can play all of the instruments at a beginning tra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra of Punta Gorda and composer, Luke Pfeil. It’s tonal, with beautiful, dance-like
level, she loved the bassoon. Playing it had a practical value, the Lakeside Chamber Players. movements, I performed it in Cuba and people loved it. It’s
as well. a rocking ending.
The first half of the upcoming program will include the
“My father didn’t want to pay for college,” she said. “He Concert Champetre by Henri Tomasi, Trio in B flat Major by The final concert of the Treasure Coast Chamber Music
knew that if you were a bassoon, oboe or viola player, you Gordon Jacob, and Sonatina by Michal Spisak. After the in- Series will be presented May 26 at A.C.T. Studio Theatre, 2399
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Harris said her mother tried to teach her the trumpet, Girl from Ipanema,” arranged by Luke Pfeil. It will conclude
but she didn’t like the feel of metal on her lips.

“I got a bassoon and I excelled at it,” she said. “All I ever
wanted to do was play the bassoon. I heard my father
practicing, I grew up listening to recordings and loved the
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Harris is the founder of the Lakeside Chamber Players. A
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May 26 at the A.C.T. Studio Theatre in Stuart. The group also
includes Marco Key-Navarrete on the oboe and clarinetist
Peter Wright.

Harris loved practicing so much that in her last year of
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orchestra and bassoon classes. She later transferred to
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Mark Kirby. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD MARK KIRBY’S ‘SOUTHERN EXPOSURE’
EXHIBIT IS ADDITION BY ABSTRACTION

BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist them his girlfriend, pastel artist Dawn Miller. “Vero’s
been like a second home, really,” Kirby says.
To prepare you for the upcoming sturm und drang
of summer in Florida, an exhibition of gestural, emo- Even those who have come to know his work think
tion-filled paintings (in addition to coolly rational col- of him as being of longer duration here; a polestar in its
lages) is on display at Vero Beach’s Center for Spiritual art firmament.
Care. “Southern Exposure: Works by Mark Kirby” are
abstracts inspired equally by New York School paint- In reality, Kirby has been finding himself in abstract
ings of the mid-20th century and the dark side of na- painting for only six years, part of that time under the
ture. The 30 works in the exhibition – roughly half of tutelage of his sister, whose advice he would seek over
them paintings and the other half smaller works in col- the phone when he lived up north. In addition to want-
lage – will be on display through May 31. ing to be warmer (and closer to those he holds dear),
Kirby came to Florida for his art’s sake.
A recent transplant from Michigan, Mark Kirby
mused about the aesthetic dictum that black does not “As far as abstraction goes, it’s not a big thing in
exist in nature. Michigan. Pictures of Lake Michigan, realism sells.”

“Florida is always depicted as a bright place, but Mark’s foray into art began in 2004, when he was laid
people forget that these huge thunderstorms roll off up, and laid off, from his 15-year career as the district
the ocean that are black. The streetlights will come on manager and a columnist for the Muskegon Chronicle.
because they are tricked into thinking it’s nighttime.”
After breaking his back in a fall at work, Kirby went
His Blue Cypress series, for example, was based through a few agonizing years of rehabilitation, first
on one of Kirby’s favorite spots. Represented by three from the injury and then from a failed back surgery.
paintings in the show, the series does not depict the Bored and unable to do more physical activities, Kirby
cypress trees or alligator-packed waters of Indian River began to carve lifelike fish decoys with gently curved
County’s largest lake. Instead, Kirby took as his subject tails from scraps of basswood.
the shadow colors of the woods that surround the lake
as well as its tannin-stained depths. Ice spearfishing is done on the frozen lakes of Mich-
igan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and upstate New York,
Kirby settled there 18 months ago, but he is no strang- where pike are hunted using a decoy that is lowered
er to the area. His sister, painter Deborah Gooch, and through a hole cut in lake ice. An angler will jig (wiggle)
her husband Jim have been in Vero for three decades. the lure with one hand while holding a multipronged
Kirby visited them often in recent years. His sister intro- spear, its barbs beneath the water’s surface, with the
duced Kirby to a lot of people in Vero’s art scene, among other. The goal is to impale a pike that mistakes the

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Kirby next turned to “weird folk-art paint- gle he turned to collage, cutting up plates
ings.” from books on architecture, snipping frag-
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of the group that produced “an incredible
spectrum of music over nearly 50 years.”
Considered one of the most commercially
successful and influential groups in pop
music history, Pink Floyd was inducted into
the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1996 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in
2005, and had sold more than 250 million
records worldwide by 2013. Show time, 8
p.m. Tickets, $35, $55, $65. 772-461-4775.

2 If you’d rather not be overly serious Dr. Mickey Thomas Terry.
this Saturday night, head to the Sun-
rise Theatre’s Black Box for a triple dose of ful and is still touring. The central faces,
Not Serious: L.A. Hardy, Lindsay Glazer voices and songwriters of the group for the
and P-Mac. Hardy is the evening’s headlin- four decades were Stevie Nicks and Lindsey
er and, says the promo, is sometimes de- Buckingham, who joined the band when
scribed as the Black Dr. Phil, with the ability they were a folk duo. NEWS FLASH: Buck-
to make audiences laugh and reflect at the ingham, it was just announced, is out of
same time. He’s done and still does a ton the band, with no reason given. He’d left
of TV and, as a member of the Comics on Fleetwood Mac once before, in 1987. True
Duty Tour, was part of the second non-mil- Rumours plans to take its Lyric audience
itary group to visit Iraq in late 2003. Hardy on a “Fleetwood Mac journey,” and we’re in
has traveled with, and performed for, the for a night of great Fleetwood Mac songs,
U.S. military in more than 35 countries, including “Don’t Stop,” “Dreams” “The
and says simply, “I do it for the people.” Chain” and “Gold Dust Woman.” Via sever-
With a Midwest, blue-collar background, al YouTube videos, it looks like this will be a
featured comic Glazer practiced criminal good, solid show. Show time is 7 p.m. Tick-
law in what she delicately describes as “the ets are $35. 772-286-7827.
liberal-elitist hellhole paradise that is South
Florida.” No surprise, she herself warns that 4 Renowned classical organist Dr.
no one is safe when she’s onstage. She calls Mickey Thomas Terry, former fea-
it Equal Opportunity Comedy. Better batten tured artist at the Kennedy Center in Wash-
down your hatch for this one. The second ington, D.C., and Georgetown University
featured comic is P-Mac. Comedy’s in his faculty member, will appear in concert at
blood, so he says, and he can’t wait for the the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr.
chance to make you laugh. Well, bring it on. Playhouse in West Palm this Saturday. Terry
In case you’re a Comedy Corner newbie: All has appeared on Public Radio Internation-
Comedy Corner shows have full bar, snacks, al’s “Pipedreams,” and is currently a lectur-
free popcorn and ticket giveaways to Sun- er at Howard University and music director
rise Theatre events. The laughs begin at 8:30 at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill. He will put
p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the his considerable skills to bear at the George
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3 Another tribute show, this one at built for the Kravis Center. The concert be-
the Lyric next Thursday, May 17: it’s gins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. 561-832-
“True Rumours, A Fleetwood Mac Tribute.” 7469. 
Fleetwood Mac is, of course, the Brit/Yank
pop band founded in London in the late
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Main Street Fort Pierce party was ‘30’ something else!

BY KERRY FIRTH | Correspondent Theatre from 1997-2006, and the restoration of the

What better way for Main Street Fort Pierce to cel- Platts/Backus House in the mid-2000s. People from
ebrate its 30th anniversary than with a festive street
party thrown in their imitable style! all walks of life converged downtown for the month-

Live jazz by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society ly Friday Fest street party, the Sights and Sounds of
beckoned guests to join the fun in the front courtyard
of the historic Platts/Backus House. Once inside, they 2nd Street festival, Stars over St. Lucie 4th of July
were treated to craft brew tasting by Sailfish Brewery,
cider tasting by Pierced Ciderworks, and a plethora of celebration, ghost walks and many historic events.
food donated by numerous downtown restaurants.
Lively chatter and laughter permeated the air as the In 2011 Main Street Fort Pierce was awarded the
attendees swapped stories of Fort Pierce before and
after Main Street. highest award Main Street America offers, the cov-
Many boarded the
trolley for a historic eted Great American Main Street Award.
tour of downtown
while others mean- “Our partnership with Main Street has been
dered through the
Platts/Backus House, wonderful” said Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson
former home and
studio of famed land- as she awarded a proclamation to Main Street offi-
scape artist ‘Bean’ Jann Wildermer and Doris Tillman.
Backus and current cers. “Main Street
office for Main Street.
has done so much
“It’s hard to believe that Main Street is now 30 years
old,” said Doris Tillman, Main Street manager, said of the PHOTOS: KERRY FIRTH to transform Fort
organization. “We’ve come a long way since its inception
in 1988. Our goal is to preserve, promote and build on the front community, and while we’ve accom- Pierce and it’s al-
historic and natural treasures of our downtown water-
plished so much, we still have a lot of plans ways been fun. Fort

in the works.” Pierce is on the

In the first few years Main Street was de- verge of some really

voted to organizing events to bring people good things with the

back to downtown and community beauti- development of the

fication. Then, in 1990, Main Street stepped John Davis, Ed Cochron and Marshall Adams. King property, the

in to help preserve and restore the Historic port and the new

City Hall with a grant awarded to the City of Fort Pierce and Causeway Cove marina. A lot of people and businesses

managed by Main Street. Through the years more large- have discovered Fort Pierce due to the ongoing efforts of

scale projects followed, with each leading to further revi- Main Street.”

talization of downtown. In the late 1990s Main Street was Through all the growth and development Fort Pierce

instrumental in the construction of the Manatee Obser- has maintained its charm and small-town appeal, making

vation Center, the restoration of the historic 1923 Sunrise it a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. 

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VETERANS BREAKFAST: A GRIDDLE LOVE FOR HONOR FLIGHT

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent shortly after the World War II Memorial was PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT flight for veterans unable to fly. The virtual
opened on the National Mall and Memorial flight featured hours of video footage shot
Harbor Place at Port St. Lucie is throwing Parks in 2004. The goal was to get as many World War II veterans, and the remainder of and edited by students at Suncoast Commu-
a breakfast fundraiser for Southeast Florida World War II veterans to the nation’s capital the 82 were Korean War,” Sreehan said. “On nity High School in Riviera Beach. About 20
Honor Flight. The local Honor Flight hub is to see their memorial as possible. our May 19 flight, we have 15 World War II veterans participated.
at once pushing to get the remaining World veterans and the rest are Koran War.”
War II veterans to Washington, D.C. as it As the population of World War II veterans World War II ended on Sept. 2, 1945, when
transitions to taking Korean War veterans. diminished over the last decade, many local Southeastern Florida Honor Flight takes a Japanese delegation boarded the U.S.S.
Honor Flight hubs throughout the nation about 80 veterans on the D.C. trips four Missouri to sign surrender documents. That
“They’ve done this for a few years,” said shifted to taking veterans from other wars times a year. It has two spring flights and means the youngest World War II veterans
Kathy Sreehan, the local Honor Flight’s to the National Mall and other locations two fall flights. The hub now gets about 10 are past their 80s. Wayne Teegardin, manag-
spokeswoman. “They’re organizing it and it around Washington, D.C., too. Southeast percent of its applications from World War II er of the county’s veteran services, said it’s
benefits our (hub).” started taking Korean War veterans in 2016. veterans. About 85 percent are from Korean likely impossible to get a good figuring on St.
War veterans and another 5 percent from Lucie’s population of World War II veterans.
The Veterans Breakfast will be on Wednes- “On our April (14) flight, we had about 25 Vietnam War veterans. But, he said, they’re around.
day, May 16, at Harbor Place, 3700 SE Jen-
nings Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and In January it had the first virtual honor “We’re seeing them in their 90s, the ones
will feature a full breakfast buffet with pan- that do come in,” he said. “We did have a
cake station. Shannon Boklan-Parlin, sales 101-year-old (World War II) veteran who
manager at Harbor Place, said the cost is $8 drove himself to the office.” But “it’s less and
a person, and the breakfast will come with a less, for sure,” Teegardin added.
heaping side of education.
By war’s end, about 16 million American
“We’ll have a representative here from men and women served in uniform. Today
Southeast Florida Honor Flight,” Boklan- the Department of Veteran Affairs and oth-
Parlin said. “She’ll have brochures and ap- ers figure there are about 500,000 to 550,000
plications.” remaining World War II veterans. The Flor-
ida Department of Veteran Affairs figures
The applications will be for veterans and about 66,000 live in the Sunshine State.
guardians. Additionally, the representative
will speak during the breakfast. Guardians Boklan-Parlin said all the proceeds raised
are volunteers who pay to fly with and care at the breakfast will go to Southeast Florida
for veterans when Honor Flight takes them Honor Flight.
to Washington, D.C.
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Heathcote’s your home for National Public Gardens festivities

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free admission to the lush gardens and
shop the vast array of propagated plants
available for purchase. Experts will help
you select native plants for your garden
and give tips on how to keep your plants
healthy.

National Public Gardens Day was
created in 2009 in an effort to create
exposure to the importance of building
vibrant, relevant gardens committed to
community enrichment and engage-
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place the Friday before Mother’s Day
weekend with the goal of bringing fam-
ilies to visit and see how important the
role the gardens play in the community
and the world.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens has
educated, inspired and connected the
community about the importance of
conserving urban green space for over 30
years. Its five-acre campus is home to nu-
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Reflection Garden, Children’s Garden,
Herb Garden, Palm and Cycad Walk. It
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ing the historic Heathcote House and a
replica of an 1870s Pioneer Home from
the Adams/Peterson Pioneer Settlement.

Free admission continues for moms of
all ages on Mother’s Day, so do more than
just say it with flowers …s how her your
love by taking her to a garden! Be sure to
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of your appreciation and affection.

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Bonzo says Boo-Boo is one special poocheroo

“Dog,” I thought to my- derful Mom, who I’d stuck
to like glue, when she left,
self, “I’m glad he has a I thought I’d never see her
again. So, when I got to the
Hi Dog Buddies! sense of humor.” nurse’s house, I was scared
to bits. I didn’t know these
This week I innerviewed a pooch with “Boo-Boo”, I said, humans. Or their two dogs.
an unusual, sad an happy tail. I just sat by the door an
“you are one Super Cool cried like a puppy.”
Boo-Boo Seguin is definitely a mix, but
of what it’s hard to say. He looks like he was Poocheroo.” “Oh, Boo.” I wiped my
put together by a committee that didn’t nose with my paw. Boo
discuss it first, but don’t get me wrong, he’s “About that name,” he continued.
super cool lookin.’ (In fact, I’m thinkin’ of
getting’ some hair gel and tryin’ a mohawk said. “Boo-Boo’s my giv- “NOW I know they
myself.) were helpin’ me, but back
en name, but Mom an THEN, I just wanted my
Boo-Boo greeted me an my Assistant Mom. So, when they let
very puh-lightly, innerduced us to his Dad call me Boo-Man, me out to potty, I made a
Mom an Dad, Kim an Jim, an got us situ- break for it. I shimmied up
ated. Boo-Cephus, Boo-Man- the 5-foot fence and took off. I HAD to find
her. The nurse chased me, but I was too
His coat was mostly brown an black Chu, and Mom calls me fast. Just not fast enough to catch Mom. I
brindle, very on-trend. His feet an face had searched for hours but finally, I had to give
longer kinda curly grayish, white-ish fur, her Boo-Buddy. But you up. I was hungry and tired, so I found my
sticking up in all directions. An then there way back to the nurse’s house. (Mom al-
was the beard, an the eyebrows. know what, Bonz, between ways said I have “street smarts.”)
“The rest of the weekend was awful. I
I guess I was staring, cuz Boo-Boo said, us, how ’bout just call me Boo-Boo. kept tryin’ to run away, even though the
smiling, “Yeah, I know. I have Andy Rooney Boo.” nurse an her huzz-bun were only bein’
eyebrows. I don’t have a clue who he is, but PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD nice to me. Finally, when my Mom got
Mom an Dad’s frens think it’s hilarious. “Works for me, Boo.” back, I couldn’t stop givin’ her kisses.”
The mohawk’s natch-rull. At the dog park, Boo paused an sniffed. “Then Mom got
they say I look like a mix between a tiger “I think I’m about 10,”
and a VERY brave Schnauzer.”
he began. “But there’s a lot I don’t remem- an was so nice an kind.”
We laughed.
ber, so that’s just a guess. Anyway, I grew “Awww,” I said, writing like mad.

up in Georgia, an my first human (no way “We were so happy for a coupla years,

I’d call her Mom) wasn’t that fond of dogs. but then Mom got sick. Really bad sick. She

She kept me in a liddle cat carrier on the hadda go to the hos-piddle a lot, an she

porch, an let me out once a day to Do My hadda nurse, but she wasn’t getting better.

Duty. When Mom’s human daughter hadda lid-

“One day a neighbor lady came by when dle baby human, Mom wanted to go see

I was out on my daily potty break. She saw them before it was Too Late. Mom’s nurse

how weak an wobbly I was, an asked my said she’d take care of me the weekend

human if she could have me. Thank Lass- Mom was away.

ie, she said OK, so my second human was “Well, Bonz, I hafta admit, after my bad

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me if anything happened to her. Well, St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to an- As a team, they were required to create a and work together. They learn to accept and
Bonz, here’s the part that’s amazin’ to me, nounce that Morningside Elementary’s team-operated vehicle. Judging was based
even now: The nurse never told Mom how (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team is advanc- on the creativity and uniqueness of the ve- build on each other’s answers to solve for an
much trouble I’d been. She told Mom not ing to the World Finals competition slated hicle’s propulsion and steering systems. The
to worry, that she’d do it. for May 23-26 in Ames, Iowa. Morningside’s team then used the vehicle to complete three open-ended solution.”
team will convene with approximately 850 tasks: curling, tracking and jousting – all
“My Mom went to Heaven pretty soon other teams for what is deemed to be the while telling an original and humorous sto- Melrose said the team is also in the midst
after that. I’m ashamed to say, I kept hidin’ largest creative problem-solving competi- ry. Their solution incorporated creative use
from everybody, and just being a poop for tion. of recycled materials, team-choreographed of fundraising to support travel, room and
a long time. The nurse tried real hard to song and dance, and a uniquely powered ve-
find a good home for me but who’d want Julie Moore is an instructor at MSE and hicle that was successful in all three areas of board for eight people and their props from
a dog that was scared of everything an hid coach for the MSE Odyssey of the Mind competition. At the World Finals, teams will
under stuff an didn’t eat an was gloomy all Team. “This is a fantastic group of students. be judged on three different areas: their long- Port St. Lucie to Ames, Iowa. “This can be a
the time? The nurse’s huzz-bun even set Each brings a unique gift to the team,” said term problem, their spontaneous problem,
a 30-day deadline before I hadda go to a Moore. Team members Addison Moore, 5th and overall style of their solution. daunting task. The team and their families
shelter.” grade; Derek Boyer, 5thgrade; Josh Caron,
5th grade; Tyler McDonald, 4th grade; Ethan When asked about the school’s team, are working tirelessly to raise money so that
“So, how’d you finally find this wonder- Moore, 3rd grade; Alexis Allen, 3rd grade; Principal Kathleen Melrose said “the stu-
ful forever family, Boo?” I asked. and Amy Alfonso; 3rd grade completed the dents learn more than just engineering and all team members are able to attend. The
Triathlon Travels problem. performance arts, they learn to cooperate
“This is my favorite part, Bonz. My For- cost per team member is over $1,400.” MSE
ever Family had been there all along.”
is sponsoring car washes, bake sales and oth-
He’d been sittin’ on the couch leanin’
against his Mom. “See, my Mom’s a nurse.” er fundraisers to help cover some of this cost
She patted his furry head. An, Woof! it hit
me. His MOM was THE nurse. I put my for the team.
notebook down.
The Education Foundation has set up a
“Even though I was a big mess, they
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a liddle slurp. “The 30 days passed, an
turned into weeks, then months, an, one on the “donate now” button, select “apply to”
day, it’s like the sun came back out. Now I
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21 Ill-tempered sort 76 Big event on 9 Have orchestra
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23 Greatest campus seats, e.g. 79 Russian ballet
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star 82 Kid’s car game beer 81 Tenuous
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27 One type of 12 Taj Mahal site in old movie
knowledge liquor 13 Interrogate theaters
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mountains, to an 92 Actor Werner 94 Org. that looks
Austrian 93 Prized flower indicates, pencil- for
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37 Gore’s guy- 96 Species of wheat 16 The Dead Zone folks
turned-gal 98 Brain, in Spain star 97 Ishi was the last
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McDonald’s vice versa” (diet 18 Sprays Nikola
freewheeling motto) 20 Word after land 104 Iditarod vehicles
reporter 103 Ancient art? or robber 106 Competed
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district 110 Make ___ (get 31 The Carol Giuseppe
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the 1960s 112 “Nasty” of tennis Mr. Handsome 115 Name from
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greeting Memorandum Conquistador 117 Ethyl or methyl
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Murphy-Nolte of 42 Steals
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TEACHER’S MANUALS FOR STUDENT TEXTS WEST NORTH EAST
A Q 10 7 6 4 2 3 J8
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist ?4 A J 10 ?9653
10 8 Q9764 AJ52
Barbara Seagram and David Bird published “Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand” in 95 J642 87
2009. Now Jonathan Shute has written two teacher’s manuals to go with that book,
“Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand — Teacher’s Manual for Part 1/Part 2” (all Master SOUTH
Point Press). The teacher uses Shute’s book, and the pupils buy the original. Each book K95
contains six two-hour classes aimed at intermediate or slightly weaker players. The K72
deals are excellent. K3
A K Q 10 3
In this deal, how should South plan the play in three no-trump after West leads his
fourth-highest spade, and declarer takes East’s jack with his king? Dealer: West; Vulnerable: Neither

West has a textbook pre-emptive opening bid (although he would prefer a singleton The Bidding:
somewhere). South, assuming his partner has 6 or 7 points, gambles on three no-trump.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
Of course, if you or I had been sitting West, we would have led the diamond 10 and 3 NT 3 Spades Pass Pass
defeated the contract by four tricks. Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
7 Spades
South starts with eight top tricks: one spade (the first trick), two hearts and five clubs.
He does not have time to play a diamond, because the defenders will take that trick
and run the spades. (There is no reason to assume that West has an eight-card suit.)
Instead, declarer must take three heart tricks, which involves finding the queen.

It is not guaranteed, but South should use the “empty spaces” principle. West has
seven spades and two clubs, so only four spaces for the heart queen. In contrast, East
has only two spades and two clubs; therefore, he has nine spaces for the heart queen. It
is more than 2-to-1 in favor of finessing through East.

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‘ROUGH’ IDEAS ON HOW TO ESCAPE THE LONG GRASS Kevin’s
Kures
I know it is probably hard to imagine, on the grass, leaving a large amount of you must be careful not to swing too low
but the straightest drivers on the PGA “air” under the ball. Some are just the and pass the club under the ball, causing with a slightly abbreviated finish. Again,
and LPGA tours miss at least 25 per- opposite, where the ball sits down on it to either pop up very high or, heaven the hold-off finish will aid in your wrist
cent of their fairways. Hitting a great the ground, leaving a great deal of grass forbid, almost have the club move entire- being able to stabilize against the rigors
percentage of second shots from out of behind and around all sides of the ball. ly under the ball. Stay level and possibly of the long, thick grass.
the rough challenges even the straight- even a touch high as you move through
est drivers in the world. I find that most 2. Assess what is between you and the ball. You can usually anticipate a Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Profes-
of my students don’t have an adequate the green: If your lie is a very difficult very solid and long shot if executed well sional and operates his Golf Academy at
amount of knowledge and skill to han- one and you have a lake between you from this type of lie. When the ball is 76 Golf World in Stuart. Kevin has au-
dle this difficult approach shot. The and the green that requires 120 yards or sitting down and the grass is thick, you thored the golf instructional book Golf
following are some “Kures” to help im- more of carry, you will have to consider should choose a more lofted club. Hy- Everyone, published by Hunter Text-
prove your approach shots from out of laying up short with a wedge. It is im- brids, for example, are especially good books. Kevin may be reached at 561-301-
the rough: portant to consider all the obstacles in for this type of lie. The swing itself must 3783, email: [email protected], or visit
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1. Read Your Lie: Almost every shot ing the smartest shot. cal in nature, than a normal swing. This cademy.com. 
from out of the rough has a unique lie. will minimize the negative effect the
Please get right over your ball and look 3. Choose your shot, execution and long grass will have on the club and ball
very closely at your lie. It may also be swing: Because of the aforementioned contact. Also, set up with the clubface
a good idea to gently ground your club description of the various lies, here are slightly more open. Make sure as you go
behind the ball, to really get a good idea the recommended things to do during through the shot that both wrists, and
and accurate assessment on how the your swing. If the ball is high on the especially the left wrist, are firmer to en-
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some lies in the rough sit up very high be careful not to cause the ball to move
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