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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-07-12 13:46:51

07/12/2018 ISSUE 28


Proposed copay may not
curb ER overuse. P30
Slots of action at
‘Vegas Nights.’ P18
Westside Tennis Club

closed –probably for good. P10

Controversy erupts For breaking news visit
at Moorings over
beach path closure PSC: Vero got
price for utility

BY RAY MCNULTY Vero Beach Grady Whites approach Fort Pierce’s North Causeway Bridge en route to the Bahamas. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD BY LISA ZAHNER
Staff Writer Staff Writer
BY RAY MCNULTY boats from the Royal Palm Brian Cunningham, who led
Nearly 100 Moorings year- Staff Writer Pointe dealer – is celebrating the nautical conga line of 17 The Florida Public Service
round residents have signed an the 30th anniversary of its Grady Whites that departed Commission finally issued its
online petition “demanding a The Vero Marine Center’s first trip to the Bahamas in a Friday morning from Vero long-awaited Proposed Agen-
temporary path to the beach” “Grady Bunch” – a growing big way. Beach’s Memorial Island for cy Action order last week. The
be provided by the homeown- group of customers who a two-week island excursion document’s conclusion codi-
ers’ association, which closed purchased their GradyWhite “It’s a record-breaker,” fies the Commission’s 3-2 vote
off the community access to said Vero Marine co-owner CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 approving the sale of Vero Elec-
the sea a month and a half ago tric to Florida Power & Light,
while two tiki huts adjacent to but the dissenting opinion of
the entrance ramp are being PSC Chairman Art Graham
renovated. runs thick through 16 pages of
tortured explanations.
However, the president of
the Moorings Property Owners Typically, when the PSC
Association said the beach ac- staff recommends an action
cess was closed for safety rea- and commissioners align with
sons and will remain closed for that recommendation, the de-
at least a couple more weeks – tailed order formalizing and
and possibly through the end justifying the vote is relatively
of summer. streamlined. It says, here’s what
we did and why.
“We’re relying on our con-
tractor – licensed profession- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
als – and they’re telling us it’s
not safe to keep the beach Vero surgeon in drug
open while they’re doing the case to ‘die in prison’
work,” MPOA president Clint

Windsor Park Residences bring iconic FORTLAUDERDALE– Milling
island community closer to build-out around outside a federal
courtroom after Vero Beach
BY STEVEN M. THOMAS munity toward the northern surgeon Johnny Benjamin was
Staff Writer end of the island with ame- told he’d serve life in prison for
nities that range from its art the death of a young woman
With the completion of 12 gallery to its polo facilities – who took pills he illegally
new condo residences this moves one substantial step distributed, the woman’s
month, Windsor – an inter- closer to being built-out. family breathed a sigh of relief.
nationally known club com- But questions quickly followed.

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Vero summer getaway “We’ll also have a record number of just enjoy staying on their boats or going and potential customers how to get
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 first-timers,” he added, referring to the ashore on the islands,” Cunningham the most enjoyment from their Grady
five boaters who embarked on their said. “There’s something for everyone.” White boats.
with stops at five Bahamian ports of call. maiden voyage to the Bahamas.
“We’ve been averaging 10 or 12 boats The brainchild of Cunningham’s Cunningham said the group’s
The trip from Vero Beach to West former business partner, Bruce scheduled outings include jaunts
on these trips, but it’s been a big year End on Grand Bahama was expected McIntyre, the club was formed in to local eateries for lunch, day trips
for boating,” he added. “So not only do to take four to five hours. The group’s 1988 after McIntyre noticed that to Cocoa and Stuart, and multi-day
we have more boats going, but we also itinerary included stops at Marsh many customers who had purchased voyages to the Florida Keys, Florida’s
will have a record number of people.” Harbor and Elbow Cay in the Abaco Grady Whites where not using them gulf coast and the Bahamas.
Islands, and then Green Turtle Cay very much, if at all, because they
Cunningham, who has missed only before the fleet returns to Grand lacked the know-how and confidence “Doing the group thing, we act as
one of the club’s annual Bahamas Bahama, where it is scheduled to dock to undertake long cruises. tour guides and show them how to
cruises, said 64 of the boating club’s in Port Lucaya, a suburb of Freeport. have fun in their boats,”
more than 200 members signed up for The Grady Bunch arranges numerous
this year’s trip, “if you include those The boaters plan to return to Vero activities and cruises throughout the “We started this in 1988, and we’re
who fly in and fly out” because they Beach on July 19. year that enable experienced boaters still going strong,” Cunningham said.
can’t commit to the entire 14 days. to mentor people new to boating and “All of our functions are very popular,
“Some people are hard-core allows Cunningham to show customers but the Bahamas trip is our Super
fishermen, some like to go diving, some Bowl.” 

Moorings controversy

Black said. “They understand what
we’re going through, and they’re un-
der instruction to let me know when
it’s safe.

“People are complaining, and I un-
derstand why, but I can’t ignore their
advice,” he added. “The last thing we
want is for some kid to get a nail in his
foot or to have someone trip and get

Beach access at The Moorings has
been shut down since May 21, and
Black initially informed homeown-
ers in an email blast that the project
might not be completed until the
end of September – a timeframe that
prompted some to accuse him and
the rest of the MPOA’s board of having
an “apparent disregard for the year-
round residents.”

Some homeowners were especially
angered by the “No Trespassing”
signs, posted at the entrances to the
community’s beach, which contained
the warning: “This is a designated
construction site, and anyone who
trespasses on this property commits
a felony.”

More than one disgruntled resident,
confronted with such strong wording,
called the signs an “arrogant threat.”

Other homeowners complained
that closing the beach has taken a
financial toll, because they rented
their places to summer vacationers
who were expecting beach access.

“I advertise that my place is close
enough to the beach that they can
walk there,” said Colleen Rosenbaum,
who owns a home in the Oceanside
neighborhood and claims she didn’t
know the beach was closed until one
of her renters told her. “Then they
find out there’s no beach access and
they’re upset.

“I’ve had guests tell me, ‘I wouldn’t
have come if I had known the beach
was closed,’ so I’ve had to offer
refunds,” she added. “I’ve already

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 12, 2018 3


refunded more than $500, and I’ve Miller, who has lived at The Moorings the kids are back in school.” round resident, too, but can you
got more renters coming. since 1983, said she couldn’t remember Black’s response? imagine the uproar there’d be if we
the beach being closed for such a long “Right in the heart of hurricane sea- did this in February or March – closed
“The summer is the second-busiest period of time, adding,“I know it doesn’t the beach at the height of the season,
time of year here.” sound like much of a hardship to some son?” he said, adding “the board did when everyone is here?
people, but we pay a lot of money to live discuss when was the best time to do
The exasperated year-round resi- here.” this. The truth is, there is no good time “When you live on the beach, things
dents responded first with a Change. to do it.” eventually need to be repaired,” he add-
org petition, which had garnered 97 She said she talked to Black and ed. “This had to be done at some point,
signatures as of Sunday, then con- suggested that the project be done There is a bad time, however. and no matter when we did it, people
tacted Vero Beach 32963 in hopes from September to November, “after “You think it’s better to do it in
that publicizing their situation might February?” Black said. “I’m a year- CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
pressure Black and the MPOA board
to speed up the process and, in the Exclusively John’s Island
meantime, provide alternative access
to the beach. Nestled along picturesque fairways of the North Course is this desirable
3BR/3.5BA home. Indulge in gentle breezes and pristine golf course views
Bill Morton, president of The Moor- from the serene, lushly landscaped pool with spa. Sited on .49± acres,
ings’ Sea Mist Court Property Owners this 3,756± GSF home features a gracious living room with fireplace,
Association, said he was out of town bright kitchen, spacious family/dining room, generous master suite,
when the renovation project began, ample natural light throughout, wet bar, newer roof and a 2-car garage.
then “walked into a hornet’s nest” 520 Indian Harbor Road : $ 1,595,0000
upon his return. (Black is the head
of the umbrella HOA that covers the three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
entire 1,100-home Moorings commu- health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
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“I came back to find we couldn’t go to
the beach, people getting threatened
with felony arrests and a petition
going around,” Morton said. “People
kept calling me, asking what we can
do. A lot of people are unhappy.”

Morton, who owned 50 percent of
two housing/manufacturing companies
and has an extensive construction
background, believes the entire
controversy could have been avoided.

He said the renovation project
should not have taken more than a
month to complete.

“There’s no electricity, no plumbing,
no insulation, no walls,” Morton said.
“There are pilings, a roof and a floor.
The job should’ve taken three or four

He also said it should not have
been difficult to provide an alternate
entrance to the beach while the tiki
huts were being refurbished.

“We’re talking about a large piece
of property – more than an acre – and
the tiki huts take up only a small part,”
Morton said. “There was no reason to
shut down the entire beach.”

He then added: “This whole thing is
pretty ridiculous and very unfortunate.”

Morton said he has corresponded
with Black several times through
emails and texts, outlining “four or
five different ways” he could provide
alternate access to the beach. Each
time, though, his suggestions were

He said Black’s responses have been
“less than constructive” and sent an
unmistakable message that Morton’s
input wasn’t welcome or appreciated.

“Clint Black is acting dictatorial,”
Morton said.

Longtime Moorings resident Barbara
Miller agreed, saying Black unilaterally
decided – without a vote by the board –
to close the beach this summer.

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Moorings controversy regarded local contractor. I’m not
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 going to tell them how to do their
were going to be inconvenienced.” Dawn Morton, Barbara Miller and Colleen Rosenbaum at closed beach access. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
Black did concede the “No Tres- Besides, Black sent out another
email blast two weeks ago, when he in-
passing” signs threatening felony ar- formed homeowners that, barring se-
rests were “pretty heavy duty,” but he vere weather, the tiki-hut renovations
said that they were posted by the con- could be completed and the beach re-
tractor, Farrow Construction Corp., opened by the end of July.
and not by The Moorings association.
“We’re almost to the goal line,” Black
He also addressed complaints from said.
residents who contend that a larger,
more ambitious work crew could have “If we can finish by the end of the
finished the job sooner. month, that’s a lot sooner than the
worst-case scenario, which is what I in-
“I’ve heard from people who say cluded when I sent out that first email.
they’ve seen only two guys on the job
and they were just sitting around, not “I guess I could’ve been optimistic
doing anything, but maybe they were and said it would be done by the
waiting for materials,” Black said. middle of June, but I’d rather be
realistic – and even conservative – so
“All I know is that we hired a highly people don’t get upset if it takes longer
than we expect.” 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “The village is almost entirely built product that blends with Windsor’s old problems and try to address them
existing Anglo-Caribbean architecture better.
Founded in 1989, the 425-acre out and the south village is not far from can be assumed, based on the history
ocean-to-river community is mostly complete,” says Mark Justice,Windsor’s of the iconic club community. “I moved here in 1990 in order to
developed. A 47-acre parcel north of vice president of construction and work onWindsor – before construction
the new Windsor Park Residences is development. “The north property is “Windsor always aims high,” says had even begun – because it is an
the last remaining piece of raw land, the last area left to complete atWindsor. Scott Merrill of Merrill, Pastor and interesting model for how to use land
and the developer plans to start the We should be ready to close sales on Colgan Architects, who designed the in a state that expects so many new
entitlement process for that property that property in about 18 months.” 12 new homes that just came on the arrivals in coming years.”
market, priced between $1.8 million
Justice did not say what type of homes and $2.4 million. “They ask you to do Despite his long history with the
will be built on the north property, community, which is based on the

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ideas of New Urbanism, Merrill the project, in which four architects builder. Susan Schuyler Smith was the sociate Cindy O’Dare. “We have reg-
was not simply awarded the design competed and Merrill emerged as decorator for the common areas and a istered two clients with them who are
commission for the Windsor Park winner. model. very serious potential buyers and we
Residences. expect they will sell out quickly.”
He and half a dozen colleagues Island brokers love the finished
Instead, showing the developer’s began work on the design in 2014, project. “The homes are beautifully done,”
drive for innovation and excellence, and construction got underway in says Sally Daley, owner of Daley and
Windsor held a design competition for 2016 with Huryn Construction as “They hit it out of the park,” says
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Windsor Park Residences into their home was very appealing. looking down Savannah Drive, with Vero got ‘extraordinary’ deal
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 They chose their [particular unit] for beautiful sunset views.” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the sunset and river views.
Company Real Estate. “They offer a The six second-level residences But this time around, with Graham
great alternative for someone who “Another buyer looking for turnkey range in size from 2,738 square feet and Commissioner Donald Polmann
wants a property that lives like a living was most impressed by the to 3,282 square feet, and in price from staunchly opposed to FPL absorbing
single-family home but offers the architecture.They love the high ceilings, $1.82 million to $2.4 million. Three-, $116 million in costs that consultants
convenience of a condominium, with expansive windows and French doors four- and five-bedroom homes are said were in excess of the nuts-
a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave and the spacious floor plan, which they available, all with four and a half baths. and-bolts value of the Vero electric
lifestyle, along with all the available said, ‘feels like a house.’” system and its 34,000 customers, the
services and club amenities. In keeping with the ideals of PAA order clearly reflects both the
The Windsor Park Residences are New Urbanism, Windsor has many prevailing and the dissenting points
“For people who live in Windsor located riverside at the northwest different types of homes, including of view.
and love it, but are ready for a change, corner of the community in three- row houses, courtyard apartments,
these homes allow them to downsize story, Anglo-Caribbean buildings golf, tennis and lake cottages, and golf City Manager Jim O’Connor, a 40-
without downgrading. They also open with varied roof lines and beautifully and oceanfront estates. year veteran of local government
up the community to a whole new landscaped courtyards. and now a seven-year warrior in the
kind of buyer.” In addition to the undeveloped 47 effort to sell Vero electric, calls the
Lobbies, garages and storage space acres, about 22 lots remain, scattered vote and the order a win – even if it’s
As finishing touches are being unobtrusively occupy the first level, through different sections of the club, not a pretty one. “I look at the bottom
put on the 1.1-acre, multi-building with six second-story homes and six ranging from a 4,328-square-foot, line,” O’Connor said Monday. “We are
project, five of the 12 units have third-story homes above. Natural street-front lot in the village listed at good to go with the PSC endorsement
already sold, and buyers’ comments stone and hardwood finishes, top- $400,000 to a .8-acre oceanfront estate and no, nothing surprises me in this
echo Daley’s observations. quality appliances, luxury bath fix- home site offered for $3.4 million. process.”
tures and expansive balconies are
“Three of the buyers are existing found throughout. Besides the seven remaining The order is only proposed – not fi-
members at Windsor,” says sales Windsor Park residences, community nal – until the end of a 21-day review
associate Laurin Lott Pohl. “One Some homes have fireplaces and the developer Windsor Properties is period, utilities attorney Bruce May
couple looking to downsize from a third-floor homes have vaulted, wood currently offering custom South told Shores Town Manager Robbie
very large home was attracted to the paneled ceilings in many rooms. Village Golf Estates that start under Stabe and Mayor Tom Slater last week
turnkey lifestyle at the Windsor Park $3 million for lot and house, and in an email that stated: “As we’ve dis-
Residences. New construction, low- “All the residences sold so far are oceanfront home sites that start at cussed, this is a ‘proposed’ non-final
maintenance and the ease of access on the third floor,” according to $2.85 million. order and can be protested by a sub-
by elevator from the garage directly Pohl. The one third-level home that
remains, No. 301, is a three-bedroom, Resale homes currently listed in the
three and a half bath, 2,454-square- community range in price from $1.75
foot unit that “has southern exposure, million to $7.5 million. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 12, 2018 7


stantially interested person by filing a have a voice in the operation of the on the proposed order. I continue to said he was aware the PAA had finally
petition with the PSC by the close of City’s electric utility or in rate-setting follow the matter closely and eagerly been published, but that he had yet
business on Monday, July 23, 2018 (the decisions,” the order states. await the finalization of the PSC Order to analyze it or to formally brief the
‘Deadline’). If no such petition is filed and the final sale. When completed, it County Commission by memo.
by the Deadline, the PAA order will be- “This dissatisfaction has resulted in will be a positive benefit for the Town
come final.” years of controversy, repeated efforts and all others involved.” FPL Spokesperson Sarah Gatewood
to address issues through legislation, said FPL is working to set up open
The order says litigation between multiple filings with us (the PSC) and The Shores looks forward to a unified house events soon for FPL to welcome
Vero and the Shores, and numerous litigation between the Town of Indian electric system after the anticipated its soon-to-be customers and provide
petitions filed by Indian River County River Shores and Indian River County.” Oct. 1 closing, when all its residents information about all of FPL’s energy-
and the Shores against Vero, amount will be FPL customers. Due to the saving programs and services that
to “extraordinary circumstances” The Shores sued for breach of annexation more than a decade ago Vero customers will be eligible for
that justify FPL’s existing 4.9 million contract for unreasonable rates, of the portion of the town north of Old once the sale is complete. 
customers absorbing the $116 million among other counts, and the county Winter Beach Road, about 80 percent
built into the $185 million purchase petitioned to remove itself from Vero’s of the Shores is on Vero electric, Vero surgeon to ‘die in prison’
price for the Vero system. service territory when Vero’s electric paying about 37 percent higher rates CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
franchise agreement expired in 2017. than FPL customers, while about 20
The extra cash is necessary for Vero All those efforts were either thwarted percent of Shores residents already Family members asked Assistant
to untangle itself from the Florida or deflected from court to court and pay FPL rates, which are some of the U.S. Attorney John McMillan if it was
Municipal Power Agency at a cost of agency to agency like the political hot lowest in the state. possible Benjamin’s sentence could
$108 million, and from its wholesale potato the issue had become. be overturned on appeal and, if the
power contracts with Orlando Utilities Indian River County, too, is a sentence stood, whether he would
that carry an exit penalty of $20 million. The PSC staff made it clear in its territory divided, with residents in the ever see the light of freedom again.
Release from those contracts is needed order that high rates alone are not a Moorings and on the South Barrier
to close the sale and get Vero out of the sufficient reason to demand a different Island, as well as some central county McMillan, a confident prosecutor
electric business. A sale is needed to electric utility provider, and that the residents, businesses and the State who helped secure the harshest
end the tinderbox of disputes among $116 million accounting adjustment Road 60 corridor paying Vero rates, possible sentence for Benjamin – life
Vero and her neighbors, the customers approved by the PSC in this case has while Sebastian, Fellsmere, Wabasso on two counts with an additional 20
outside the city limits. “no precedential value,” meaning the and South Vero customers are already years on remaining charges – told the
decision addresses only the unique on the FPL system. family that, while Benjamin would
“Approximately 60 to 65 percent facts of the Vero case. most definitely file an appeal, his
of COVB’s customers reside outside The sale, plus a petition to redraw
the City’s municipal borders. For After reviewing the PSC document, FPL’s service territory, will unify the CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
many years, these customers have Slater said on behalf of the Shores, entire county under FPL. County At-
been frustrated by their inability to “The Town is very pleased with the torney Dylan Reingold on Monday
Commission’s majority vote ruling

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Vero surgeon to ‘die in prison’ explaining that no one else will now had to leave the courtroom during Reizenstein, who was brought on to
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 fall victim to Benjamin and his drugs. the prosecution’s display of photos the case 10 days before the sentencing
Without her death, he suspects that that showed Maggie’s body. hearing after Benjamin released his
chances of success were minimal. law enforcement would not have trial attorneys, argued that the court
“This was an extremely solid trial,” been “able to get the monster off the “I fight these memories by should not have proceeded with
streets.” remembering the little girl singing the hearing before he had time to
McMillan said. ‘Tomorrow’ over and over until I prepare.
Regarding the possibility of the “He took the best person in the couldn’t stand it.”
world,” Crowley said of his wife, He also disputed the federal court’s
disgraced doctor ever being released, holding back tears. “He deserves Other family members shared fond jurisdiction on the two counts that
McMillan said, “‘Life’ literally means worse.” memories of the young woman and resulted in the life sentence – partici-
‘life’.” He told family members they asked the judge for the maximum pating in a conspiracy to possess with
can expect Benjamin to die in prison Throughout the one-hour sentenc- sentence. intent to distribute furanyl fentanyl
unless the case is overturned. ing hearing, Benjamin sat stoically which resulted in death, and aiding
at the defense table, only speaking “To say Maggie’s death has broken and abetting the distribution of fura-
He commended Maggie Crowley’s when directly addressed by the judge. my heart is an understatement,” said nyl fentanyl which resulted in death.
family for being at Benjamin’s one of her cousins. “I still cry often.
sentencing Friday. “You all are heroes Even then, he limited his answers The grief hits so hard sometimes.” Benjamin was also convicted on
in my eyes,” he told them, noting that to “Yes, sir” and “No, sir.” charges of attempted possession with
Benjamin’s life sentence won’t bring Crowley’s father, Joseph DiVita, intent to distribute acetyl fentanyl,
her back or ease their pain. It did not appear anyone in the struggled to address the court. possession with intent to distribute
courtroom was there to support oxycodone, and conspiracy to possess
Crowley, 34, overdosed on furanyl Benjamin. He was given the chance to “We suffer her loss every day,” he said, with intent to distribute hydrocodone
fentanyl-laced pills that were ulti- address the court and say something adding that his pain is compounded and oxycodone.
mately traced back to Benjamin, who on his own behalf during the hearing, because he feels powerless to help his
prosecutors said was the kingpin in but did not do so. wife and three surviving children feel Judge Dimitrouleas overruled the
an illegal drug distribution organiza- better. objections.
tion. She left behind a husband, par- During the family’s testimony, Ben-
ents and siblings, and a host of other jamin turned his head toward them, He implored the judge to make Reizenstein had attempted to
family and friends who gathered in listening but not showing any out- Benjamin suffer as his family does, reframe Benjamin as a problem-
the courtroom to address Federal ward emotion. urging him to make sure Benjamin solver and community do-gooder, a
District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas “takes his last breath in a prison man who sponsored the Vero Beach
and Benjamin prior to sentencing. U.S. Attorney McMillan would lat- cell.” High Girls Lacrosse Team, paying for
er tell Crowley’s family outside the their championship rings year after
Crowley’s husband, Shaun Crowley, courtroom that Benjamin likely had “We have been given a life year, and who sent a bus full of kids
said after the hearing that he felt a been coached to show interest in sentence,” said John Sterople, her to a shoe store and bought them all
sense of relief. their testimony. brother-in-law, calling on the judge shoes because they were in need.
for Benjamin to serve a life sentence.
“Maggie didn’t die in vain,” he said, “He’s shown no remorse,” Maggie “Anything less than that devalues He mentioned several awards and
Crowley’s uncle and godfather, Louis Maggie’s life.”
DiVita, told the judge. He said he’d
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ceived from community groups such AFTER 32963 FINDS HE IS TARGET OF AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION
as the Gifford Youth Achievement
Center, Dollars for Scholars and Glen- BY MICHELLE GENZ by Vero Beach 32963, caused the and with our staff, is paramount.”
dale Elementary. Staff Writer board to rescind its job offer to Whole Family Health Center,
Crist, who had been scheduled to
“He saw a problem, he went out to The search for a new CEO is back start July 30. founded by Dr. Gerald Pierone as
fix it,” Reizenstein said of Benjamin. on at Whole Family Health Center. an AIDS clinic in 1995, has grown
In resuming its search, Whole to serve some 4,000 patients at its
It was a point on which Asst. U.S. The clinic’s first choice for the Family Health is hoping to find a two facilities. With the Indian River
Attorney McMillan and Reizenstein post, which had been announced leader with experience in managing Health Department having cut back
could agree – though for different to board members and staff, was a federally qualified health center. on adult primary care, Whole Fam-
reasons. nixed after he was found to be the FQHCs receive sizeable federal ily has become a significant source
target of an active investigation by grants. Here in Indian River County, of affordable healthcare in Vero
McMillan said it was obvious the West Virginia State Police for Treasure Coast Community Health Beach, offering adult primary, pe-
Benjamin was a problem-solver, but possible embezzlement. is an FQHC. diatric, mental health, dental and
the overriding problem he needed to orthopedic care.
solve was financial in nature, which Brian Crist, who in March re- Last fall, for the first time, Whole
led the doctor to get into the drug signed his post as CEO with Lincoln Family Health received its own Unlike the larger Treasure Coast
trade. Primary Care Center, a 16,000-pa- designation as a FQHC Look- Community Health, Whole Family
tient low-cost health system in alike, a notch below full FQHC; does not currently receive Hospital
Along with the heavy prison southeast West Virginia, told Whole it is not eligible for federal grants District funding.
time, Judge Dimitrouleas ordered Family officials about the investiga- but gets other benefits from the
Benjamin to pay a $25,000 fine and tion during the interview process, designation. District Executive Director Ann
more than $10,000 in restitution to minimizing its significance. Marie Suriano said that’s because
Crowley’s widower and her parents. “The FQHC world is relatively Whole Family has never applied for
Fifty percent of any wages Benjamin But he did not make clear the in- small,” said Trooboff last week. its help.
earns while in prison will go to satisfy vestigation was still open, accord- “Many of the community health
those obligations. ing to Whole Family board chair- centers vary widely in the way they “I am certain the District would
man Stephan Trooboff. work, so finding someone that will consider reimbursement on the
Benjamin has until July 20 to file an fit into our community, our practice same basis as others who apply,”
appeal. That news, reported last week she said. 

The two other men tied to the case,
Kevan Slater and Zachery Stewart,
are due in court later this month for

They are the informants who
helped DEA agents gather evidence
against Benjamin. 

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MY Dilapidated Westside Tennis Club closed – probably for good

BY RAY MCNULTY The financial investment needed to Association bought it last September. property. They hear that Vero Beach
Staff Writer breathe new life into the worn-out fa- So why bother? is a tennis town. They hear that area is
cility, neglected in too many ways for Not only would paying the monthly growing, see all the new construction
The most recent efforts to revive the far too many years, is no longer worth and believe they can make it work.
long-struggling Westside Tennis Club what surely would be a disappointing bills be a challenge, but there’s proba-
were abandoned in May, when the Mi- and probably dismal return. bly no realistic chance to turn the kind “But there’s something they don’t
ami-based partnership that purchased of profit necessary to justify the initial know.”
the property eight months ago was dis- Even a conservative estimate investment.
solved and the sole remaining owner would put the cost of the overhaul They don’t know that Vero Beach,
finally – wisely – pulled the plug. the club needs at $500,000, and that “That’s the mistake made by the which has a lot of tennis players for
doesn’t include the purchase price of people from outside Vero Beach,” said a community of its size, doesn’t have
There’s no good reason for anyone the property, which sold for $575,000 Alain Mignolet, who has owned the enough players to adequately support
to try again. when Ramon Amilibia’s Sports World Twin Oaks Tennis Club on Sixth Avenue the clubs already here – particularly the
for 28 years. “They see this beautiful independent clubs on the mainland.

For years, in fact, Westside struggled
to compete with Twin Oaks, The Boule-
vard Tennis Club and especially theVero
Beach Tennis Club at Timber Ridge.

“The club hasn’t made money in 25
years,” Mignolet said.

Not much changed when Westside
was sold to the Amilibia partnership,
which included tennis pros Danilo
Zivanovic and Greg Levy.

The new owners didn’t significantly
improve the facility and eventually lost
more than a dozen members who com-
plained that the courts had become too
dangerous to play on.

“All we asked was that they give us
safe, playable courts, and they couldn’t
even do that,” said Dick Habeshian,
one of more than 20 former Westside
members now playing at the Vero
Beach Tennis Club. “They said all the
right things when they came in, but
they didn’t follow through.

“They were absentee managers, try-
ing to run the club from Miami,” he
added. “At the end, they had a very in-
different attitude.”

By then, though, Zivanovic and Levy
– Amilibia was the money man – surely
knew they had misjudged the Vero ten-
nis market. They knew Westside would
never become what they had deluded
themselves into believing.

They realized what many longtime
members of theVero Beach tennis com-
munity have known for years: There are
too many clubs and not enough players
to make all of them profitable.

And the recent resurgence of The
Boulevard, which was bought by a
new ownership group in January 2017
and has more than doubled its mem-
bership over the past 18 months, has
made the challenge even greater for
the mainland’s other clubs.

So Amilibia folded.
Even if you got it for free, I don’t
think you could make money there,”
Mignolet said.
So why bother?
Westside’s demise actually makes
the Vero Beach tennis community
healthier – because there’s still the
same number of players in town, but
one less club for them to join. 


Chelsea Rose, Karen Franke
and Kayla Provost

Vero’s fireworks spectacular: Booms with a view

Amanda Jiruska and Daniel LaBelle. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Kinley and Kaelyn Blake. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Kerrie and Chance Martin.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF cause they have limited funds and we the day was the fireworks, the girls re- recreation, and Tammy Bursick, city
Staff Writer want to help bring Vero an event on ally loved the pony rides. clerk.
the 4th of July, so people don’t have
All eyes were turned skyward last to leave town,” said Karen Franke, For those not grilling their own “Next year is the big one, the Cen-
Wednesday evening as Vero Beach station manager at Treasure & Space feasts, food trucks offered a variety tennial,” said Slezak.
boomed with patriotism, rolling out Coast Radio. of dining options and the Vero Beach
the red (white and blue) carpet to cele- Lifeguard Association sold beer to “We’ll have a longer festival with
brate 242 years of freedom at the Fam- While waiting for the grand fi- quench everyone’s thirst. double the fireworks, bands starting
ily Fun and Fireworks Spectacular at nale, families tailgated, lounged un- earlier and more vendors,” added Bur-
Riverside Park. Revelers flooded the der tents, on blankets and even RVs, A VIP tent sponsored by Indian Riv- sick.
park, many arriving early in the day watching as people played games, er Medical Center offered a shady spot
to lay claim to the perfect spot to view children took pony rides and met for sponsors and radio station contest The crowd grew steadily as after-
the evening’s grand show, sponsored farmyard critters from Sarah’s Petting winners to sit back and relish dinner noon gave way to night and sleepy-
by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. Zoo, bounded out excess energy in the from Carrabba’s, the Paella King and eyed children with sticky faces began
ubiquitous bounce houses, and took Sweet Creations. They also enjoyed a to slow down.
The family-friendly event was pre- dips in a pool of water at the end of the front-row seat for the evening’s musi-
sented by the City of Vero Beach Recre- waterslide. cal entertainment featuring Johnny In addition to Riverside, folks lined
ation Department, with support from and the Blaze, Leslie Cours Mather the bridges and nearby roadways or
Indian River County and Treasure and Teresa Blake said her family and JessLee Strong, a season 14 com- floated in watercraft in the lagoon, ev-
Space Coast Radio’s 93.7GYL and B94.7 watched the fireworks from the river petitor on “The Voice.” eryone stopping to watch as the night
Fresh Country. several years ago and decided to head sky burst with color and sound. Even
over to Riverside Park this year so their The City of Vero Beach has pre- Mother Nature threw in a few thun-
“We partner with the City of Vero 4-year-old twins could enjoy the full sented a 4th of July fireworks show derous booms and flashes of light-
Beach Recreation Department be- festival. While mom’s favorite part of for at least 25 years, according to Rob ning, adding her own touch to the fi-
Slezak, COVB director of parks and ery display of patriotism in honor of
our nation’s birthday. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 Nick Martinez and Monica Hernandez.
Drew and Kayla Sweeney. Sherry and Scott Corey.

Deni Gillespie and Lisa Gehin.

Rebecca Cousin with Alice. Brandi, Penelope and Eric Kogut.

Hannah Belliveau.

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American beauty: Sebastian revels in 4th festivities

BY KERRY FIRTH their smiling riders. cession to the delight of onlookers.
Correspondent As the parade neared Riverview “Sebastian knows how to celebrate

Park, four skydivers circled above the the birth of our country,” said Martin
crowd; the brilliant blue sky making Zickert of the Veterans Council, who
the perfect backdrop for their aerial summed up the day’s activities expres-
antics and colorful smoke trails. One sively. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a
proudly pulled a massive American more patriotic community. Just look
flag that swayed gently in the breeze around. Everyone is dressed in red,
as a symbol of American pride. One by white and blue; from the kids to grand-
one the skydivers approached a clear- ma and even the dog. I wouldn’t want
ing by the river, landing in perfect suc- to be anywhere else today.” 

Pareidolia Uke Choir. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD


Flags waved, bands played and Zaeda Volek, Officer Ashley Penn, and Brianna Baker.
families enjoyed quality time togeth-
er throughout the day at Sebastian’s crowds; the sincere shouts of thanks
46th annual Fourth of July Celebration and gratitude touching the hearts of
sponsored by the City of Sebastian and those who fought so hard for our free-
the Lions Club of Sebastian. Throngs dom. The same enthusiasm greeted
of red-white-and-blue-adorned resi- our very own protectors, including
dents and visitors lined the waterfront groups of law enforcement and first re-
to wave at parade participants, who sponders as they marched by.
proceeded south from Davis Street,
the 3-mile-long procession streaming “Sebastian loves America and this
along Indian River Drive and ending at day exemplifies small town Ameri-
Riverview Park. cana!” enthused Sebastian Mayor Jim
Hill, riding along in a trailered boat
Once at the park, revelers and partic- filled with family and friends. “We
ipants alike were treated to food, music have about 80 participants in the pa-
and myriad local vendors selling fes- rade and literally hundreds of our
tive attire, artwork and jewelry. Later community neighbors have come out
in the evening, the crowds returned to to enjoy the day.”
watch as fireworks lit the skies over the
lagoon. And, of course, the annual July 4th
Parade wouldn’t be complete with-
The action started earlier in the out the music of the Sebastian River
morning with a Freedom Run 5K to High School Marching Band, whose
support the LifeSkills Training Pro- members strutted in cadence and con-
gram, which is coordinated by the fidence as they performed patriotic
Substance Awareness Center of Indian songs.
River County. The program is taught
in all local middle schools and in six There were also plenty of politicians
elementary schools, its goal to prevent and candidates as well as seemingly
substance use and violence. endless floats, cars, motorcycles and
trucks, all decked out in patriotic col-
“We had over 100 runners out this ors and themes as they ferried along
morning enjoying the sunrise along
the Indian River Lagoon,” said volun-
teer Carrie Maynard-Lester.

Coldwell Banker Paradise employ-
ees led the parade, walking amongst
the crowd to distribute American flags
for everyone to wave.

“We’ve been doing this since the very
beginning and we are honored to hand
out this sacred emblem at the start of
each parade,” said Linda Schlitt Gon-
zalez. “We’ve handed out more than
165,000 flags over the years.”

Veterans from as far back as WWII
were welcomed by the cheering

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‘Yoga Art’ stretches the imagination at Raw Space

BY MARY SCHENKEL set in a circle surrounding a focal cen-
Staff Writer ter with crystals, the women spent an
hour and a half periodically dipping
Art takes many forms – and at Raw hands, feet and other body parts into
Space during last week’s First Friday vibrant paint colors as they employed
Gallery Stroll it took the form of self- their own uniquely individual yoga
expression, as nine local yoga teachers poses and techniques to create their
used their bodies to answer the ques- abstract works of art.
tion: ‘What does your yoga look like?’
The end results of their live-perfor-
Utilizing white canvas ‘yoga mats’ mance art pieces were sold that eve-

Erin Lanahan and Shelley Adelle. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Nikki Farrow.

ning in a silent auction. But even if you 100 local women of different ages, so-
missed watching their creation, you cial and cultural backgrounds, which
can still view the final products as the will eventually be made into a coffee
finished works will remain on the walls table book.
of the gallery during the month of July.
“I’m working with a collaborative
“We did it four years ago downtown of women; the working name is ‘The
and it was super popular; way more Woman’s Collective,’” said Hoots, not-
people came than we could ever have ing that the nonprofit ‘women by wom-
predicted,” said event organizer Me- en multi-disciplinary project’ hasn’t
gan Hoots, who holds a BFA from the yet settled on its official name. In ad-
Savannah College of Art and Design. dition to art, the group will focus on
global issues affecting today’s women
“This was all from Megan deciding and the role they play in society, in-
one day to see what her yoga looked cluding through an upcoming sympo-
like,” said Annabel Robertson. sium in January.

“I’m always making art; turning ev- “In the future, this 501(c)3 women’s
erything into art,” Hoots admitted. collective will be a think tank and sup-
port group to incubate women’s ini-
The previous event was a benefit for tiatives in Indian River County,” said
SafeSpace and this time proceeds were Hoots. “We’re moving forward with or
supporting a photographic project by without a name.”
Niurka Barroso called The Faces of Eve.
“Our mission statement is to inspire
“The Faces of Eve is my artist-in-resi- and support women in developing art
dence project at Raw Space. I was invit- and business ideas,” added Robertson.
ed by the Art Concept Alternative,” said “The goal is to create a community of
Barroso, a Cuban-born photographer women to mentor, support and inspire
who lived in Toronto before relocating each other.”
to Vero Beach.
“Clearly, we’re all about women,”
Her objective for the ‘Photographic said Hoots. 
Tribute to the Power of Women’ is to
capture the faces of a diverse group of

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Monica Ferrari is photographed by Niurka Barroso.

Durgaya Palmieri. Megan Hoots. Sara Mahoney.

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Slots of action at Riverside ‘Vegas Nights’ fundraiser


Heavy rain from thunderstorms Bob Schweid and Tony Patrignani. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Kara Killen.
outside couldn’t dampen the fun
indoors during Vegas Nights at camps at Riverside regardless of fi- ously, however, because the stakes raindrops to listen. On less inclem-
Riverside Theatre last Friday eve- nancial need.” were relatively low, with $10 buying ent Friday and Saturday nights, the
ning, where some of the enthusias- $20 worth of casino chips, and $20 Loop is bustling with activity as
tic gamers opted to test Lady Luck “I’m visiting a friend in Vero and buying $50 worth of chips. throngs of people listen and dance
at roulette and craps while others we were looking for something to do to the various live bands and enjoy
fiercely fed the clanging slot ma- on a rainy night,” said Kara Killen as When people were finished play- delicious food and beverages from
chines, hoping to win a jackpot pay- patrons gathered around the crap ing, their chips were exchanged for the Loop Grill and Bar.
off. table before she rolled the dice. “I’m chances to win a variety of prizes
not winning but I’m having fun. I generously donated by local mer- The next Comedy Zones, featur-
If the rain kept you home, Ve- was so excited playing craps for the chants. A number of the prizes are ing professional stand-up comedi-
gas Nights will continue to be held first time that I threw the dice and given away nightly, while the larger ans, are scheduled July 13-14 and
in the theater’s Orchid Lobby ev- they disappeared under the conces- prizes, with values over $500, will July 27-28. The Howl at the Moon
ery Friday and Saturday during the sion stand! Certainly, I rolled the be drawn at the end of the month dueling piano performances are
month of July prior to each Comedy lucky seven.” from all the entries. scheduled to take place July 20-21.
Zone and Howl at the Moon show.
Authentic casino-style game tables Cheers of jubilation arose when Outside, the Live in the Loop For tickets and information call
are staffed with professional deal- a nearby blackjack dealer busted outdoor stage featured the band the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or
ers from Orlando, Hollywood and after a patron doubled down on his Comfort Zone, playing their hearts visit 
Tampa, who travel throughout the hand. Nothing was taken too seri- out for the brave souls who dodged
southeast staging casino fundrais-
ing events and private parties.

“Vegas Nights has become a sum-
mer tradition,” said Jon Moses, Riv-
erside’s managing director. “People
love the novelty and variety of this
event and the fact that they are help-
ing children in the community find
their inner star. In the past we’ve
raised about $10,000 with this fund-
raiser. When we combine it with our
annual Festival of Trees event, we
are able to give in excess of $35,000
in scholarships to the Riverside
Theatre for Kids’ Discount Tuition
Program, allowing every child the
opportunity to attend classes and

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Howard White and Carol Knapstein. Donna Sheperd.

Karen James, Adrian Lewis and Tanis James. Estelle Panagakos spins and wins! Lorrie Null, Kelsey Aycock, Sofia Tosches and Jolene Soothwick.

Jon Moses, Annamarie Labella and Jessalyn Kilgour. Ned and Lorry Gartner. Greg and Andrea Stanley with Gerri and Ron LeClerc.

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St. Ed’s star Klinsport ready for ‘lift’ off to Indiana

BY RON HOLUB Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ties – particularly sports – are the
Correspondent located in west-central Indiana near In-
dianapolis and Bloomington. essence of that plotline.
Edward Klinsport was a rock-solid
fixture for St. Ed’s football and weight- Klinsport was a lifer at St. Ed’s and “Sports have always been a
lifting programs over the past six years, will depart for the Hoosier state with a
and if all goes according to plan, the next figurative scrapbook full of memories. part of my life since I was really
phase in college will look very much the This is also prime time for adding a few
same. In a few weeks he will be playing more, as those with deeper historical young,” Klinsport said. “I was
football and studying engineering at chronology can certainly attest. More
often than not, extracurricular activi- trying just about everything in

intramurals at school and with

the rec department. I decided to

stop playing rec in seventh grade

and mostly focus on playing for

St. Ed’s.

“I was on the middle school

football team at the time and my

coach, Mr. (Les) Rogers, talked to

me about starting weight train-

ing. There was no middle school

weightlifting team, so he said

I should come out and join the Edward Klinsport, right. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD

high school varsity team. At that

point I just stuck with those two sports.” to play for the varsity at the end of the

Rogers was the also the head coach season. I was a bit nervous and one day

of the weightlifting team, and Klinsport at practice I went up against this big

was his first lifter ever to be on the var- stocky guy, Jad Shalhoub (Class of 2014).

sity team for six years. A year later Klin- I believe he could bench press around

sport was introduced to varsity football 300 pounds. I did a head-to-head drill

head coach Bill Motta. Those coach- against him and when the whistle blew

player relationships would thrive for I got knocked about 20 feet backwards.”

all concerned until the day Klinsport That might have been the impetus

graduated. to spend an extra few minutes in the

Weightlifting is synergistic cross- weight room. As a senior Klinsport lift-

training for football, and as Klinsport ed a combined (bench plus clean & jerk)

matured physically he was making 435 pounds at the district tournament.

steady gains in the weight room. He That was good enough to qualify for re-

would also become a standout two- gionals, however this entire postseason

way lineman for the Pirates football unfolded in strange, but memorable

team. Overall, this was top-notch, ways.

year-round training that will be ex- “The whole journey from districts to

tremely valuable as preparation for regionals was kind of a funny one. At

what is coming next. the conclusion of the district tourna-

“I got introduced to Rose-Hulman ment I was originally announced as

through Coach Motta. He talked about being the final qualifier for regionals

its outstanding engineering program in my weight class. Then due to a video

and how they really have good post- review technicality another lifter was

graduate job placement. That was very placed ahead of me. So I ended up get-

important for me to look forward to. ting my medal taken away.

“I had an official visit back in De- “The following Monday Coach Rog-

cember and the school was absolutely ers told me there was another miscal-

amazing. I bunked with a former Ber- culation with the totals and, as it turned

ean Christian QB who I played against out, I actually made it and was going to

last year. We rehashed the game (won regionals.

by St. Ed’s, 35-26). He had a couple of “The night before the regional tour-

good plays against me and I kind of ate nament I asked Coach Rogers to help

some dirt at a few points, but I sacked me shave my head. I went six-for-six on

him a couple of times as well. all of my lifts and got some personal re-

“The Rose-Hulman football program cords, which was awesome. When they

is amazing and I’m really looking for- were announcing all of the medalists

ward to playing there.” they called my name for the last spot.

That college visit brought a high “Coach Rogers told me another lifter

school memory back to life, so we asked tied me for the last spot, but I weighed

about others that he might wish to three-tenths-of-a pound less than him.

share. He cited his favorites from foot- So I won the medal at regionals and I

ball and weightlifting, and both qualify have it at home. That did not qualify

for the championship of the offbeat di- me for states, but it was till an amazing

vision. journey.

“My fondest memory in football was “And shaving my head really

in eighth grade when I got a chance helped.” 


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Sculptor Sembler preserves, creates timeless treasures

BY KERRY FIRTH ers and fishermen that it was hard
Correspondent for them to survive and I wanted to
make a difference,” he explains, add-
Mention the name Charlie Sembler Charlie Sembler. ing the experience taught him many
and people are apt to describe him as a life lessons.
businessman, commercial fisherman, PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
environmentalist, former state legisla- “I learned how to read people, the
tor or tax collector. They are all correct. County, so we art of persuasion and the value of in-
But for the past several years he has measure our tegrity.”
been recognized for the larger-than- Florida roots
life, eclectic art sculptures dotting his in centuries,” Quickly advancing up the legislative
Sebastian riverfront property on Indi- says the Flori- ladder, he became an appropriations
an River Drive. da native. “We chairman at age 33, handling multibil-
wasted abso- lion-dollar budgets.
Sembler transforms pieces of drift- lutely nothing.
wood, shells, scrap metal and in- “I loved inviting big-city politicians
dustrial materials into looming sea down to meet me at the Sembler fishing
creatures, mermaids and, his latest,
a 7,000-pound, 21-foot-long alligator docks. They’d pull up and see all the
made from recycled battleship chain forklifts and guys in white rubber
and excavator track. Quite the Renais- boots and they wouldn’t get out
sance man, he also makes custom fur- of the car,” he says with a
niture and home décor items, writes laugh. “Then they
short stories and poetry, and paints. realized I

For generations, his family support- Literally every- was one of those guys, we
ed itself through fishing and farming thing was saved and recycled and would meet right there; me in
and, having limited means, repur- used time and time again. I remember my white boots and them in their blue
posed out of necessity. my grandfather giving us wooden toys suits with their prepared presentations.
carved from driftwood for Christmas What they saw in Sebastian was real old
“My family was in Indian River and, while I didn’t realize the senti- Florida, not the foreign cars, Gucci loaf-
County before it was Indian River mental value they would have in the ers and Polo shirts that are more com-
years to come, I still cherish them as monplace today.”
an adult.” When his legislative term
was up, he
Similarly, Sembler often hand-crafts still wanted
gifts, enjoying the emotional response
evoked from items made with some- to make a dif-
thing from the recipient’s past. Old ference on the
barn wood and a chain salvaged from political front,
the demolition of a local pioneer fam- but also wanted
ily’s boathouse were recently used to to spend more time
create a frame with a photograph of the with his family. He served
former boathouse. eight years as Indian River
County Tax Collector be-
“I reach into the past, pull that piece fore stepping back to what
to the present and preserve it for the he loved – working with his
future. What may have been per- hands.
ceived as a piece of worthless material
destined for the trash pile ultimately “I was raised in a family
becomes a treasured heirloom with a that earned a living by the
back story,” he says. sweat of your brow, the bend
of your back and the strength
His own creative gift began to of your hands. I wanted to
emerge when he and wife Beth were get back to the independent
newly married with a house to furnish. and self-reliant work that’s
After building furniture from drift- ingrained in me,” he says.
wood and other natural materials, he
was soon asked to craft items for family
and friends.

“It kind of took on a life of its own,”
says Sembler, who with Beth now mar-
kets his work through Victoria-William

At the age of 25, Sembler was elected
to the state Legislature and served 10

“There were so many regulations
being implemented at an unprec-
edented rate on landowners, farm-

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As he entered his mid-40s, Sembler marine life, including the 8-foot-tall for old Florida and nature has given stainless-steel sculpture, a driftwood
says the county was changing, with seahorse with brilliant red eyes that us the opportunity to do something table, a shell mirror or cypress lamp;
cow pastures and groves being cleared found a home at a gulf-front resort in meaningful and lasting. Each and it’s one of kind. It’s art in its purest
for developments and water quality in Surfside, Texas. every piece he makes, whether it’s a form, the way nature intended.” 
the lagoon deteriorating.
“The new owners even renamed
“I realized I came from a time and their restaurant after the piece and
place that no longer existed. The nos- have a signature drink on their menu
talgia and things that made this coun- called the ‘Red-eyed Seahorse,’” Sem-
ty iconic were being forever lost,” he bler says with pride.
says ruefully.
They also acquired several oth-
He tapped into his creative side to er pieces – a stainless-steel mullet
create things that would last forever – jumping out of the lagoon, a large
from sculptures to poetry – that would sawfish sculpture fashioned after
tell the story of old Florida. one Sembler’s father caught in the
river as a child, a 7-foot-long flying
Sembler has visited scrap yards all fish crafted as a working weather
around the state, collecting stainless vane, and two dragonfly sculptures.
steel, old chains from elevators and Now part of the Texas landscape, the
ships, tractor parts and pieces of old pieces have survived a hurricane and
appliances. a snow storm.

“I can walk into the junk yard and The works on display at his commer-
pieces of material catch my eye. I en- cial aquaculture dock, with its unique
driftwood railings, are a popular photo
vision the sculpture, stop for visitors and residents. The mas-
down to the smallest sive alligator he and son Charlie created
detail,” he explains. has become a real traffic stopper.
“Some of
Sembler also crafts piec-
the scrap stainless es on commission,
steel I pick up is military and food but only after he
grade, which is the highest quality determines
you can get. It may have been spe- the buyers
cial-ordered by NASA or the govern- ‘nostalgic soft
ment and it was originally very ex- spot.’ The
pensive, but since it’s now destined process is
for the recycling plant, I can pick it documented
up for a couple of hundred dollars. from the first
Whatever comes to life from this conversation to
material will literally last for many
lifetimes.” the final construction
Having grown up on the water, and is presented to the
most of Sembler’s creations are owner, becoming their
story to tell to future

“Everyone loves a

story; it’s human na-
ture,” beams Sembler. “But the true gift
is to make the story their own. I want
them to be ecstatic and feel like they’ve
acquired something authentic that will
make their heart full.”

The couple exudes an inner peace
that only comes from doing what
they love.

“We have reached a point in our
lives where we want to protect and
preserve the past, while still planning
for the future” said Beth.

“The combination of Charlie’s in-
credible gift of creativity, combined
with his deep knowledge and love

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Coming Up: You bet a great time is in the cards at Riverside

BY SAM ROHLFING BAITA 4 Belinda Davids at King Center this Friday. Ellington, Basie, Mancini, Monk, Mill-
Staff Writer er, Williams. And if you’d like a little
dance with your song, you’re in luck:
1 What happens at Vegas Nights New Zealand dance whiz and Disney
stays at Vegas Nights. Unless, of World choreographer Joanne Collins
pairs with fellow Disney cast member
course, you have a blast and tell all Brett Gunio to bring you several dance
numbers with the orchestra. Show
your friends. Vegas Nights continues time, 3 p.m. Tickets: $25. 855-252-7276.

through July at Riverside Theatre’s

year-round themed weekend series.

This Friday and Saturday, you can

enjoy free live music and plenty of 4 A powerful tribute to the leg-
endary Whitney Houston, “The
food and beverages outside Live On

the Loop, then head inside for the Greatest Love of All – The Whitney

Comedy Zone show. Friday night Houston Show,” comes to the King

the music’s by the Jerzi Olivia, a self- Center in Melbourne this Friday.

taught vocalist and ukulele player Presented by Showtime Australia,

whose repertoire conveys a variety the show has toured worldwide, and

of genres. At 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., stars South Africa native Belinda

the Comedy Zone presents Uncle Davids, whose breathtaking voice

Lar,’ aka Larry Reeb, described is his often misguided observations into July 31. 772-202-2810. is a fitting tribute to the incompa-
comedy genius.
website as “the wise-cracking black rable and tragic star. According to

sheep, politically incorrect rela- 3 If I say “It don’t mean a thing if the Guinness Book of World Re-
it ain’t got that swing,” you say
tive everyone knows.” His shtick is, 2 Tucked away on 14th Avenue cords, Houston is “the most award-
in historic downtown Vero’s
like any concerned (wise-cracking, …. (all together now) “Doo wah, doo ed female act of all time” and, adds

blacksheep) relative, Uncle Lar’ Art District is a charming little spot, wah, doo wah, doo wah doo wah, doo Wikipedia, “one of the best-selling

wants to help. So he offers “tips” on Flametree Clay Art Gallery, which wah, doo wah, doo wah.” If Big Band music artists of all time, with 200

everything from marriage to lot- features the inspired, unique and is how you roll, the Space Coast Sym- million records sold worldwide.”

teries to children. Always adding, always clay-centric works of local phony Orchestra Jazz Orchestra has Davids’ stunning voice, backed by a

“That’s a tip from your Uncle Lar.’” clay artists. Currently on display is a swinging summer concert for you – live band, vocalists, choreographed

The Live On the Loop music Satur- a very summer-themed exhibition, “Big Band Sound” – this Sunday, July dancers, state-of-the-art sound,

day is by singer/songwriter Abbey Red White Blue, showcasing pieces 15, at Community Church. Wielding lighting and special effects, is spot-

Owens, who, according to her Face- by the gallery’s exhibiting and resi- the baton will be Frank Wosar, Valen- on Houston, and the two-hour pro-

book page, loves Brussels sprouts. dent artists, interpreted through pa- cia College jazz trombone professor. duction, says the show promo, is

Her musical style is Americana. triotic colors and themes. Flametree Wosar’s musical creds are lengthy and a heartfelt journey through Hous-

Saturday’s comedy comes by way of hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednes- impressive: “He’s played in Grammy- ton’s greatest hits, among them “I

Brian Thomas who, says the show day and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. winning groups and personally won Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna

promo, uses his sarcastic, silly style Friday; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. four Downbeat Awards and interna- Dance With Somebody,” “One Mo-

to talk about his experiences “as a If you have an hour or so, explore tional recognition for his jazz solos,” ment in Time,” “Didn’t We Almost

fat, bald guy, still living with his par- along and around 14th. Check out says SCSO conductor and artistic di- Have It All,” “Greatest Love of All,”

ents (and grandmother), and the sor- the various galleries, quirky and fun rector Aaron Collins. The concert pro- and “Queen of the Night” and many

did state of his dating life.” Watch as little shops, pubs and restaurants. mo promises “Florida’s finest jazz mu- more. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets

he turns his own shortcomings and Red White Blue continues through sicians” performing works by Herman, start at $29. 321-242-2219. 

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Forces on patrol.
Men rest near a wall
tagged with spray
paint in Zinjibar. The
city was under AQAP
control until it was
liberated in 2014.

JAAR, Yemen AQAP waged a fierce battle to defend Hota but eventually melted away Shabwani Elite Forces
after a month of hiding and deploying snipers. fighters in Azzan dis-
The land mines had been planted. As play the flag of South
hundreds of U.S.-backed forces ap- Pentagon officials have said this ef- weathered this pounding and remains Yemen.
proached in pickup trucks mounted fort is successfully a fierce opponent.
with machine guns, the al-Qaeda mil- rolling back al-Qaeda’s franchise in dozen
itants watched and waited in their re- Yemen, considered to be the militant In recent months, militants have militants,
doubt, tucked into the jagged moun- group’s most lethal affiliate. pressed their campaign of hit-and-run witnesses said.
tains of southern Yemen. attacks and strategic retreats, and have
But while the militants have been carried out a wave of bombings and Five local fighters
The first explosion shattered one ve- expelled from some of their strong- assassinations, targeting government died and 19 were injured, ac-
hicle, but the convoy pushed forward. holds,Yemeni forces acknowledge that officials, security forces and others. cording to hospital officials. Four
Then came a second blast. Within min- their recent gains against al-Qaeda are militants were killed. The rest escaped
utes, five trucks were destroyed and precarious. Yemeni fighters combating The intense clashes that lasted two after they left behind two snipers on a
the militants began firing with heavy the group in the hinterlands of Shabwa days in the eastern Al Khabr moun- suicide mission to fend off their enemies.
weapons from their perches, recalled and Abyan provinces say al-Qaeda has tains of Abyan province in May pitted
five witnesses to the ambush. some 500 local fighters against three Al-Qaeda has lost about half the Ye-
meni territory it controlled at the peak
“There were many traps,” said in late 2015, several security analysts
Raoof Salim Ahmed, 28, a fighter who said. But the militants remain active
was shot by an al-Qaeda sniper in the in portions of at least seven provinces,
thigh and testicles, and spoke from a including Shabwa, Abyan, Al Bayda
hospital bed. “They weren’t afraid. If and Hadramawt, according to anti-al-
they were, they wouldn’t have fought Qaeda fighters, and at times operate
so ferociously.” elsewhere in the south of the country.

Over the past year, the shadow “Now they are more dangerous,” said
war between al-Qaeda and local Ye- Rami Ali, 25, an anti-al-Qaeda fighter
meni fighters has intensified, largely who participated in the battle. “They
out of sight and out of the headlines. are not located in one specific place or
While much attention has been paid area, so it is difficult to find them. And
to a separate Yemeni civil war pitting they try to find any opportunity to car-
northern rebels against the interna- ry out their attacks.”
tionally recognized government, the
battle being waged by U.S.-backed The winding road from eastern Aby-
Yemeni forces against al-Qaeda mili- an to Shabwa is peppered with signs
tants has escalated. glorifying al-Qaeda. Graffiti praises
Osama bin Laden and urges rule by
In the first year of President Trump’s Islamic sharia law. Near a green-and-
term, the United States conducted far cream-colored mosque, a message is
more airstrikes against al-Qaeda mili- scrawled on a wall: “Jihad is the solu-
tants in Yemen than it had in previous tion.” On a craggy mountainside flies a
years. While the pace so far this year black-and-white al-Qaeda banner.
has slowed significantly, it remains
well above the rate of President Barack For nearly a decade, U.S. intelli-
Obama’s administration.

U.S. Special Forces are on the ground
here advising the anti-al-Qaeda fight-
ers and calling in American airstrikes,
a role that has grown as the air cam-
paign has escalated.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 12, 2018 27


Raoof Salim Ahmed,
recovers at the mili-
tary hospital in Jaar.
He was shot by an
al-Qaeda sniper.

Mohammed Salim An explosives-dis-
al-Buhar, commander posal specialist kneels
of the Shabwani Elite near devices made by
Forces, walks outside al-Qaeda militants.
a grocery store in
liberated Azzan.

Jaar was liberated in
2014, but there are
still a number of sym-
pathizers in the area.

gence officials porting the Shiite rebels. AQAP exploited Against this backdrop, the Trump targeted AQAP,
have considered al-Qaeda’s the vacuum created by the civil war to administration has given the U.S. mil- although 13 of the air-
Yemen branch, known as al-Qaeda in seize territory, weapons and money. itary more latitude to launch air and strikes were against the nascent
the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP, as the ground attacks without White House Islamic State affiliate. So far this year,
most dangerous of all its affiliates. In Al-Qaeda militants retook con- approval. The week after Trump’s in- there have been at least 30 airstrikes,
2009, AQAP tried to bomb an airliner trol over Jaar and Abyan’s provincial auguration, a U.S. Navy SEAL was all but one targeting AQAP.
headed to Detroit and send parcel capital, Zinjibar, and swept into Mu- killed in a botched raid north of Abyan In December, Army Lt. Col. Earl
bombs via cargo planes to Chicago the kalla, Yemen’s fifth-largest city and a that was anticipated by al-Qaeda. Brown, a spokesman for the Penta-
following year. AQAP also took credit major port. Meanwhile, over the past gon’s Central Command, said U.S.
for the 2015 assault on the Paris of- four years, the rival Islamic State has Last year, the U.S. military car- counterterrorism efforts had degrad-
fice of the French satirical newspaper spawned its own modest affiliate in Ye- ried out 131 airstrikes, more than six ed AQAP’s propaganda apparatus, en-
Charlie Hebdo that killed 11 people. men with at most a few hundred mem- times the tally in 2016, according to hanced intelligence gathering about
bers, mostly al-Qaeda defectors. the Pentagon’s data. The vast majority the group and improved the target-
In 2011, AQAP took advantage of the ing of militants. AQAP’s footprint and
political chaos that followed the Arab influence was “diminished,” and the
Spring populist revolt that eventually goal now was to prevent the Islamic
ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. State from “filling the vacuum.”
Within months, AQAP seized large While the airstrikes have helped
swaths of southern Yemen. U.S.-backed Yemeni forces and their al-
lies from the UAE regain territory, some
A U.S.-backed Yemeni government 4,000 AQAP fighters remain in Yemen,
offensive in the middle of 2012 drove according to a study by the Council on
the militants from many towns. Foreign Relations earlier this year.
At the eastern entrance to the town
But three years later, the civil war of Azzan, which al-Qaeda once ruled,
erupted, drawing in a U.S.-backed Sun- buildings are pocked with shell cra-
ni regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia ters the size of cantaloupes, and graf-
and the United Arab Emirates that is try- fiti glorifying the extremists remains.
ing to restore the government and weak- The battle for Azzan last August be-
en the influence of Iran, which is sup- gan with airstrikes, driving out many of
the militants, witnesses recalled. When
U.S. and Emirati-backed Yemeni forces
entered the town three days later, the
remaining AQAP fighters put up little


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resistance. Two al-Qaeda snipers sta- cial Forces soldiers are there to call in run by Ibrahim al-Asiri, AQAP’s infa- For those who battled al-Qaeda fight-
tioned at the entrance to Azzan fired airstrikes that he requests. mous bomb maker, who has eluded ers in the Al Khabr mountains in May,
away until their deaths. The rest fled. U.S. airstrikes for years. there was a suspicion that they had
“There’s usually a group of four or five been betrayed, quite possibly by people
“That’s how they fight,” said Mo- Americans in armored vehicles at the “The traps they plant for us, and they knew.
hammed Salim al-Buhar, the slender back,” Buhar said. the ambushes, are the most difficult
31-year-old commander of the anti- obstacles we face,” he said. “They use “They expected our attack because
AQAP forces that now control Az- When asked about the U.S. role on explosives in dangerous and innova- there are people that feed them intel-
zan and Hota, once another militant the ground, Capt. Bill Urban, a spokes- tive ways.” ligence,” said Yasser Saleh, an anti-
stronghold. “They try to prevent you man for the Pentagon’s Central Com- al-Qaeda fighter who took part in the
from moving forward, to buy time for mand, said he could not provide spe- During the year that the militants battle. “And so they were ready.”
their fighters to escape.” cifics due to “operational security and controlled Zinjibar and Jaar, they set up
the safety of our forces” in Yemen. what they dubbed the “Islamic Emir- Both Abyan and Shabwa provinces
The militants adopted a similar strat- ate of Waqar.” They ran the courts and have long been breeding grounds for
egy when Emirati and Yemeni forces Today, Buhar’s men stand guard at the police, apprehended thieves and anti¬American sentiment. The United
retook Mukalla in 2016, withdrawing dozens of checkpoints and outposts meted out swift justice, and provided States’ support for Israel, as well as its
without bloodshed. AQAP waged a in former AQAP strongholds. But large services in ways that the country’s weak wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have fu-
fierce 72-hour battle in trying to defend contingents of al-Qaeda fighters still and fractured government seldom did. eled anger and resentment, as have al-
Hota but eventually melted away after a control four remote districts where legations of hundreds of civilian deaths
month of hiding and deploying snipers. mountains and caves serve as hideouts In the towns of Azzan and Hota, resi- in attacks by U.S. drones and fighter
or training camps and maintain sleep- dents said that the militants targeted planes over the past decade.
Buhar nearly died in the battle for er cells inside “liberated” areas. government employees but treated the
Hota after snipers shot him twice in the rest of the population well. “There are people who sympathize
hip. Dozens of his men perished in the The militants’ use of mines and with al-Qaeda and support them,”
fighting. sophisticated explosives has slowed In rural Yemen, the largely conserva- Saleh continued. “They don’t like
Buhar’s efforts to pursue AQAP. In one tive population became a source of re- Americans. And they don’t like any of
Buhar, who wears camouflage and house in Hota, Buhar’s fighters found cruits and sympathizers. Hundreds, if the forces working with them.”
a scarf around his neck, leads the 80 bombs and C4 explosives. It was a not thousands, of AQAP fighters hailed
Shabwani Elite Forces, a homegrown lab that Buhar thinks may have been from local tribes and families. Nasser al-Hassani, 26, understands.
provincial militia that claims to have He was an al-Qaeda member in Az-
more than 3,000 fighters. zan. But he became disillusioned with
the militants and fled to Jaar, where he
Inside a spacious carpeted tent on joined the local tribal forces fighting
his miliary base hangs a large portrait AQAP. In his native town, his family and
of the UAE’s leader, Sheikh Khalifa bin neighbors disowned him.
Zayed al-Nahyan. The UAE supplies
Buhar’s men with weapons, training “I can’t go back to my village,” Has-
and salaries. While UAE troops fight sani said. “To them, I am a non-Muslim
alongside his men, he said, U.S. Spe- because I defected.”

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Even inside the militias fighting al- nymity and of not being photographed Among those glad to see the militants the hospital bed, as long as southern
Qaeda, there is a fear of double agents because he feared being assassinated. gone, there’s a fear that the country’s Yemen’s tangled loyalties to AQAP per-
who routinely tip off the militants. One political vacuum would open the way sist, a military victory over the mili-
senior leader arrived for an interview “We caught many of the double for their return. “If the government sta- tants could prove elusive.
wearing a pistol on his right hip and car- agents, but there are still some around,” bilizes, they can’t come back,” said You-
rying an AK-47 rifle for added protec- said the leader, who was wiry with a thin nous Ajudum, a shopkeeper in Hota. “If we are all working together, we
tion. He spoke on the condition of ano- mustache. “Only Allah knows what’s in can get rid of al-Qaeda,” Ahmed said.
a man’s heart.” For Ahmed, the wounded fighter in “But until now, we are not together.” 

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BY MICHELLE GENZ | STAFF WRITER her team “did not find any effect of this around us to keep people out, it’s time of privately insured patients because
policy on ED visits. to recognize the incredible value of this they tend to be in poorer health. They
The Hospital District has given Indi- model of medicine that people need.” also have trouble finding primary care
an River Medical Center the go-ahead “In general, payment policies are since Medicaid pays those doctors less
to decide on the amount of a copay for complicated for enrollees to understand The article cited a report by Health per visit. On top of that, Pew reports,
indigent patients seeking care at the and challenging for providers to follow,” Policy Alternatives, which found that Medicaid patients have transportation
emergency room for non-emergency she added. “efforts by policymakers and health issues, and typically work for hourly
treatment, hoping a fee will cut down insurance plans to drive Medicaid wages, making it a financial burden to
on the number of people using the ER At the same time, the problem that patients out of emergency departments take time off to go the doctor. The ER
for routine care. inspired the current idea for a copay at and into primary care are not working,” by contrast, is open 24/7.
IRMC is pressing. Emergency room vis- in part because wait-times at primary
The copay for indigents – those its continue to climb, in part because care practices could be two weeks or The worst nightmare of healthcare
making no more than 150 percent of of long waits to get appointments with more. That leaves Medicaid patients officials could come true if patients
federal poverty guidelines – is similar primary care doctors. with “few options other than the trying to avoid copay opt out of going
to one that has been imposed on emergency department,” according to to the hospital for a real emergency.
Medicaid patients, who pay up to $15. In Vero, that may soon change with Orlee Panitch, a Maryland ER doctor A 2013 study published in the Journal
Cleveland Clinic likely to take over the quoted in the article. of the American Medical Association,
Proponents believe such patients hospital in a matter of months. Since or JAMA quotes a Philadelphia emer-
need “skin in the game” to assume re- 2008, Cleveland Clinic has offered “In addition, states with punitive gency room physician and co-director
sponsibility for choosing unwarranted same-day visits; more than a million policies toward Medicaid patients of the Center for Emergency Care Re-
emergency care when other low-cost patients took advantage of that pro- in the ER may be discouraging low- search at the University of Pennsyl-
care is available through community gram last year alone. income patients with serious medical vania, Dr. Zachary Meisel, as saying
clinics and primary care doctors. conditions from seeking necessary copays will “inevitably lead to people
The decision to start the same-day care, which is dangerous and wrong.” who should have gone to the ER dying
But a number of studies show a program reflects the patient-first phi- instead.”
copay for the poor is not an effective losophy of the Cleveland Clinic. It was Indian River Medical Center’s inter-
tool to reduce emergency room hard to assess over the phone whether im CEO, Karen Davis, made her case After Washington State was sued by
overcrowding and may stop patients a patient could wait weeks or months for a copay last month at the Hospital emergency medicine physicians for
who do need emergency care from for an appointment, or needed to be District monthly meeting. Using sta- limiting Medicaid non-emergent visits
seeking treatment. seen right away, “so we decided to leave tistics from fiscal year 2015, Davis said to three, and creating a list of symp-
it up to them, in terms of determining 70 percent of indigent patient visits to toms it deemed “non-emergent,” the
“When you add copay you obstruct their own urgency,” said Chief Medical the ER were for non-emergencies, with state instead created a multi-pronged
access to care for both emergency and Operations Officer Robert Wyllie, quot- only 30 percent true threats to life and solution: setting up primary care visits
non-emergency care,” said Dr. Peter ed in a U.S. News article in January. limb, the hospital’s definition of emer- for frequent users within 96 hours of
Viccellio, vice chairman of emergency gency. The figures were reversed in the a trip to the ER; a 24/7 hotline staffed
medicine at SUNY-Stonybrook Medi- Emergency Rooms are getting busier non-indigent population. by nurses to help callers determine
cal Center. and busier despite an increase in ur- whether their condition is an emergen-
gent care centers, clinics and telemedi- “Our goal is to give (indigent pa- cy; and an education program to teach
“In general, I don’t think it is a healthy cine. And patients are as sick or sicker tients) the initiative to go someplace people the difference between non-
policy,” said Dr. Karoline Mortensen, an than ever, according to ER doctors. else for primary care,” Davis told the emergency and emergency conditions.
associate professor in health sector board. “I don’t want it to be punitive.
management at the University of Mi- “The reliance on emergency care re- That’s not our goal. But in our minds, In the first year of the program, use of
ami Business School. mains stronger than ever,” said Dr. Mi- (the cost) has to be equal or greater the ER by Medicaid patients declined
chael Gerardi, former president of the than what it would be to go to primary by 9.9 percent and the rate of frequent
In an unpublished study, Mortensen American College of Emergency Phy- care, in order to be effective.” users fell by 10.7 percent. Those drops
and her colleagues looked at ER visits sicians in an article on the organiza- netted a savings of $33.6 million. 
in Florida during a time that the state tion’s website. “It’s the only place that’s A Pew study noted that Medicaid
capped the number of visits at six in open 24/7, and we never turn anyone patients use the ER at twice the rate
a given year. Mortensen said she and away. Rather than trying to put a moat


CAUSES OF STROKE (continued) Silent cerebral infarction (SCI), commonly known as a silent
stroke, is an injury to the brain that is likely caused as a
Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, result of a blood clot that limits blood flow. While there are
increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or no apparent signs, a silent stroke may show up as an unex-
death. pected finding on a brain CT scan or brain MRI done for an-
Last time we learned there are two types of stroke – isch- other reason. These tests can also distinguish whether the
emic and hemorrhagic. Today, we’ll continue with more in- stroke occurred in the past or is recent. Silent strokes are
formation about ischemic strokes. common among older people and cause varying degrees
Blood clots can originate within the brain or develop some- of cognitive dysfunction and neurological deficits, some of
where else in the body and then travel to the brain. Blood which are serious. Once you have a silent stroke, it’s very
clots that begin outside the brain most commonly come likely you’ll have another stroke which will result in brain
from the heart, neck or upper chest. damage over time.

Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is an irregular or “racing” heartbeat
that can cause blood to collect in the upper chambers (the Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are different than the oth-
atria) of the heart. If the blood forms a clot, it can travel er types of strokes because the restriction of blood flow
to the brain and cause a stroke. According to the National is temporary. Considered “mini-strokes,” TIAs occur sud-
Stroke Association, A-Fib raises a person’s risk for stroke by denly and last for only a few minutes. If circulation and vital
500 percent. Twenty (20) percent of strokes are related to oxygen supply are quickly restored, lasting brain damage is
A-Fib. This type of ischemic stroke is severe, causing longer usually avoided. Most symptoms disappear within an hour,
hospital stays and more deaths than other strokes. although they may persist for up to 24 hours.
Many patients do not know he or she has A-Fib until the The prevelance of a TIA increases with age. After experi-
stroke occurs. Your doctor can detect A-Fib by carefully encing a TIA, your chances of having a future stroke es-
checking your pulse to analyze the rhythm and steadiness calates. About 33 percent of people who have a TIA will
of your heartbeat. Treatments options for A-Fib include have a major stroke within the next year if they don’t go for
blood thinners, beta blockers, electrical shock (cardiover- evaluation and treatment. As with any stroke, if the inter-
sion) and/or minimally invasive surgery (ablation). ruption of blood flow lasts long enough to kill brain cells, a
TIA can produce irreversible damage. 
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Down in the toe of the runs to tens of shapes the narrative; it ends with the daughter’s
Italian boot, in rustic Ca- billions of dirty tearful farewell at a massive 2013 rally in the moth-
labria, a criminal subcul- euros. But Perry, er’s memory.
ture thrives: The ’Ndrang- while never lax
heta, it’s called. If the word about the book- Still, “The Good Mothers” is casting a wider net,
seems unpronounceable, keeping, keeps indicting an entire pestilent culture. Another pro-
that’s in keeping with this the emphasis on tagonist is the magistrate and investigator Alessan-
gang’s shadowy ways. In matters of heart dra Cerreti, southern Italian herself, with a lifelong
“The Good Mothers: The dedication to fighting the Mafia. Like the others, she
True Story of the Women and conscience: benefits from Perry’s deep research, so that a couple
Who Took On the World’s the risks tak- of the episodes featuring her have the moment-to-
Most Powerful Mafia,” Alex en by a brave moment intensity of Garofalo’s final night alive.
Perry takes care to sound few Calabrian
out the name: “un-drung- women. At The same is true of events involving a pair of oth-
get-a.” The term derives great personal er ’Ndrangheta women. These are Maria Concetta
from the Greek, the original cost – the ul- Cacciola, an abused wife who can’t take any more,
tongue in what Perry calls and Giuseppina Pesce, who’s something else again;
a land of “hard beauty.” It timate cost, a character worthy of Elena Ferrante, Pesce has got-
means “society of men of in two cases – ten her own hands dirty (though not bloody), yet
honor and valor.” these women while fearless about mob work, she’s a jelly donut
took down vi- when it comes to her kids.
Perry’s book, however – cious clans
an essential addition to the and shattered The children, for all three “good mothers,” afford
growing library on organized the myth of leverage for the bad guys. The women don’t do well
crime – puts the women, not Mafia invul- under state protection; in a motel up north, with
the men, at the center of a sto- no one but cops for company, the old crowd down
ry that is both harrowing and nerability. south starts to look appealing. The kids especially
heartening. One of suffer, and one by one the women cave, recanting
their testimony and falling back into ’Ndrangheta
Calabria, when Perry begins the women, clutches. The results aren’t always fatal, thanks in
his tale at the turn of the 21st Lea Garo- particular to Cerreti, but the sorry pattern creates
century, remains “bandit coun- falo, has a problem for the book, a touch of the predictable.
try,” in the grip of the same achieved The same quality sometimes afflicts the closing
mob families who ruled at the the status courtroom sequences.
end of the 19th century. The of martyr in
machismo is deeply ingrained. Wives and moth- Italy; there’s Yet it’s good to go step by step, as Perry does,
ers have nothing like the influence enjoyed by the even a movie about her. Garofalo through the destruction of these clans. It’s good to
fictional Carmela Soprano, whose husband’s asso- first denounced her mobster husband, as well as linger over the women’s triumph, since theirs is but
ciates have ties to Calabria. Rather, “the severity of others, in 1996, then spent a dozen difficult years one battle in the war against what Perry calls a “glob-
the misogyny,” Perry writes, “prompted some pros- in witness protection with her daughter, Denise. In al mafia.” So his book celebrates how a few heroes
ecutors to compare the ’Ndrangheta with Islamic the end the state let her down, failing to deliver on made a significant change for the better – in a “dis-
militants. Like ISIS or Boko Haram, ’Ndranghetisti a better life, and Garofalo attempted a rapproche- play of adamant and unyielding femininity.”. 
routinely terrorized their women” in the service of ment with her old crowd. This ended in her disap-
“an immutable code.” pearance – a lupara bianca, a “white shotgun,” in THE GOOD MOTHERS
local parlance, although in her case it was strangu-
Mountains of illicit cash, largely from drugs, ex- lation and a bonfire (a change of plans from a vat of THE TRUE STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO TOOK
tortion and weapons smuggling, sustained the acid). Lea’s vanishing provides “The Good Mothers”
code. The economics of the syndicate are spelled with a suspenseful kickoff, her last days alive as ob- ON THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MAFIA
out in the opening chapters, a grim accounting that served by a teenage Denise. The mystery’s solution
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9865 K72 J 10 3
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist J 10 2 A843 Q7
10 9 8 6 54 AK72
In last week’s deal, South had to visualize an end-position in which he could make an J4 K653 Q 10 9 8
apparently unavoidable loser evaporate when he forced an opponent to concede a ruff-and-
sluff. That deal did not require any luck. This week, though, not only must declarer visualize SOUTH
a winning distribution of the opposing hands, but he must also get lucky because that AQ4
distribution is a priori unlikely. However, as Seal, an English singer-songwriter, said, “The K965
harder you work ... and visualize something, the luckier you get.” QJ3
South is in four hearts. West leads the diamond 10. East takes two tricks in the suit, then
shifts to the spade jack. How should declarer continue? Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither

Strangely, three no-trump and four hearts are comparable contracts in that both can be The Bidding:
made unless West leads a club at trick one.
Even after the diamond start, declarer seems to have four unavoidable losers: one heart 1 NT Pass 2 Clubs Pass
(assuming the suit is splitting 3-2; if it is 4-1, the contract has no chance), two diamonds 2 Hearts Pass 4 Hearts All Pass LEAD:
and one club. South cannot do anything about the red suits; how can he eliminate that club 10 Diamonds

Declarer needs the defender with three trumps to have at most two clubs. There might be
a little guesswork involved, but not here. South takes the third trick, draws two rounds of
trumps, then cashes the diamond queen (discarding a club from the board) and the black-
suit winners. Finally, he casts adrift with a trump.

West wins and must return a spade or a diamond. Declarer ruffs in one hand and sluffs the
remaining club from the other..

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4 Go away! (4) 2 Carrying a weapon (5)
8 Creature (6) 3 Flogged (4)
9 Misery (6) 5 Half rum (anag.) (7)
10 Sword (5) 6 Smell (5)
11 Carry out (7) 7 Elements; views (7)
13 Tots up (4) 12 Put forward (7)
15 Healthy (3) 14 Parts of the year (7)
16 Deficiency (4) 17 Rushed; attacked (7)
18 Held up (7) 19 Incident (5)
20 Inexpensive (5) 21 Useful (5)
23 Take away (6) 22 Leave out (4)
24 Run (6)
25 Trial (4)
26 Remained (6)

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ACROSS to resist 12 Odist’s word The Washington Post
1 A god of love 67 Boarded grasslands 70 Letter from
5 Dances a sexy 68 Liberal arts deg. INITIAL REACTION By Merl Reagle
69 Chronicler of the 13 Concerning London?
dance 14 2018 Super Bowl 71 Tic-tac-toe line
11 767, to an air Corleones 73 “Hizzoner”
72 Comedy units losers 74 Itty-bitty bit of
traffic 73 Copier need 15 Spokes
controller 74 Salami 16 Brother of Julia goo
15 Design all over 77 Carpet type
again salesrooms Roberts 78 Erma Bombeck’s
19 City NW of Los 75 N.Y. securities 17 Desperate
Angeles, 18 Schwarzenegger’s long-running
___ Valley market column,
20 Individually 76 Manipulate bodybuilding “At ___”
21 Glinda in The Wiz 77 Cobbler’s stock nickname, 79 Word on a
22 Lakmé’s “Bell 78 Ultimate “the Austrian parking-garage
Song,” for ___” ticket machine
example confrontation 24 Author Gardner 82 Black, to Bardot
23 PITH 79 Madrid museum and film director 83 Drunks
26 Actor Bogarde 80 See 20 Across Kenton 84 Once around the
27 OHMS 81 Delilah portrayer 25 Media blitz of a clock
29 Darjeeling, for sort 85 “___ thou our
one opposite Victor, 28 Like Tarzan’s God?”
30 Former St. Louis 1949 transit system (II Chron. 20:7)
player 82 Pen point 33 Talks out of 86 Backstabber
31 Elect 83 Agent 86 34 Christmas tree 87 Times of
32 The unthinkable 86 Bread spread 35 Longtime House reckoning
78 Across 87 Part of a j speaker 88 Young spy
33 Patron saint of 88 To drink, as vin 36 Shorten, as a sail chronicled in The
France 89 Inc. or GQ, e.g. 37 Nick Adams’s Falcon and the
34 “A pox on you!” 92 DADS character in the Snowman,
35 Nuclear 98 Pounds, in old TV oldie The Christopher ___
instrument ending London Rebel 89 Dancer Shearer
37 Brandenburg 99 YAMS 38 Valentino role 90 Ball’s guy
Concertos 100 Wrist-to-elbow 39 Stock 91 Flying wedge
composer: inits. part alternatives members
40 Record holders? 101 Just 40 Worked (up) 92 Ennui-inducing
43 Code word? 102 “___ meet you” 41 George’s lyricist 93 Where to find a
44 Godliness 103 Major times 42 Home run soul on ice
45 Palindromic cry 104 Types 43 Sets off 94 Words to Nanette
46 Another god of 105 Rogers and Clark 44 Break new 95 Appropriately
love 106 Cutting and ground? 96 Bradbury’s
47 Color ’twixt red forming kit 47 Fugard’s A Fahrenheit
and green 107 Test for a mouse Lesson from ___ number times II
50 Montagnes de la DOWN 48 Actress Adams 97 “Thar hills”
France 1 In ___ (stuck) of Bond movie preceder
51 Not now 2 Pooh’s creator fame 98 On the ___ vive
52 Greek T’s 3 City near Council 49 Brand of candy
53 Milk at a French Bluffs 50 Hangout for
café 4 Krispy grain Socrates
54 Make ___ (err) 5 New Zealand’s 51 Rip to shreds
55 National Velvet discoverer 54 When some
author Bagnold 6 House of wax? nightly news
56 ROOT 7 Black-clad comes on
59 Disciplines, as a Japanese 57 Secret org.
brat warriors 58 Lean on or
61 BOATS 8 “___ while toward
63 ___ a doornail they’re hot!” 59 “Ignore
65 HAND 9 New York Times correction” marks
66 It might be hard boss, once 60 “Bean limousine”
10 Make sure 62 Certain act div.
11 Sanctified, in the 63 Excavated
Bible 64 Wipe out
67 Encouraging

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Kindness is given the right way, and taken the wrong way

BY CAROLYN HAX M and, honestly, M has additional step- and half- sponsibility for the decision on himself instead of
Washington Post letting you carry it, though “doesn’t care what her
siblings in her mother’s household and this obliga- mother says” is a path that tends not to lead any-
Hi, Carolyn: where good.
Dear Carolyn: My son-in-law tion could be never-ending.
has a 10-year-old daughter, “M,” You can legitimately change nothing in response
from a previous relationship. He What is your advice? Not only for this situation but to this new development. You are at arm’s length
and my daughter also have a and managing your part with compassion and fair-
5-year-old daughter, “L,” together. I in the future? Summer camp, vacations, etc. ness, not to mention the autonomy that spending
have always been careful to treat both girls the same your own money affords you.
in terms of gifts, activities, special occasions, etc. I – Limited
had a step-grandmother who made an obvious show Given the complexities, costs and the impres-
of preferring her “real” grandchildren to us. I know Limited: I appreciate the mother’s concern for sionable ages of these children, though, it might
how it feels. fairness, if not her grasp of it. help for you to shift your approach to such gifts
Last year, I offered to pay for both girls to partici- – ever so slightly. Instead of arranging the lessons
pate in one extracurricular activity of their choice – It’s also thoughtful of you to take such care not to yourself, figure out the cost in advance and make a
dance, music, sports, etc. They both chose gymnastics repeat your step-grandmother’s mistakes. gift of that money to your daughter and son-in-law.
lessons and have been enthusiastically participating This takes you out of this family’s decisions entirely.
ever since. And your son-in-law was right to take the re-
M also has a younger stepsister, “B,” in her mother’s Assuming they’d want that, of course. Your in-
family. M’s mother has decided that unless I can also volvement might provide your son-in-law cover for
provide this other sister, whom I’ve never met, with sibling M to have things sibling B doesn’t; if the gift
lessons, M can no longer participate because it isn’t comes from a third party who is related legally to M
fair to B. but utterly unrelated to B, then any expectation that
I understand Mom’s point of view, I really do, which B receive the same strains logic, no matter what B’s
is why I found gymnastics lessons for M that were on mother says.
the days she was living with her dad. Neither of these
families can afford any special treats. I can, but I am B herself will be able to see this someday, and
retired and there are limits. that’s the key to all of this – how B feels about
M’s father says he doesn’t care what her mother herself and her opportunities. She’s probably too
says, M will continue with the lessons as long as she young now, but when she’s old enough to under-
wants to. I want to do the right thing for both L and stand all the connections, there will be no direct fa-
milial connection between her and the source of a
gift she did not receive. If the adults involved have
compassion and boundaries – big “if,” alas – then
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Heart disease: How to survive America’s No. 1 killer

BY TOM LLOYD Dr. Alan Rosenbaum of the Indian
Staff Writer River Medical Center is a five-star-rat-
ed cardiologist on
Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer who is very familiar with the symp-
in the U.S. toms and complexities of heart dis-
ease – along with preventive actions
The National Center for Health Sta- and treatment regimens that can save
tistics reports that some 633,482 lives tens of thousands of lives a year.
were lost to heart disease last year and
the Centers for Disease Control now Let’s start with heart attacks. Ac-
says one in every four deaths in this cording to the American Heart As-
country will be tied to heart disease. sociation, “your heart muscle needs

Dr. Alan Rosenbaum.


oxygen to survive. A heart attack oc- away with rest.
curs when the blood flow that brings “Women,” Rosenbaum continues,
oxygen to the heart muscle is severely
reduced or cut off completely.” “are much more variable in how their
symptoms present. For example, in
That severe reduction or complete my training I saw a woman who came
cutoff occurs when the coronary ar- in with right elbow pain. I had another
teries become too narrow due to a lady who had a left anterior descend-
buildup of fat, cholesterol and plaque: ing artery blockage, but her pain was
a process is known as atherosclerosis. like a necklace: right around her neck
and that was it. That’s the only pain
When plaque in a coronary artery that she had with exertion.”
breaks away, a blood clot can form
and shut off the blood flow to the heart Assuming patients get prompt med-
muscle, leading to a heart attack or, in ical attention and survive their first
doctors’ parlance, a myocardial in- heart attack, the preventive actions
farction. It’s incredibly commonplace. and treatment regimens to avoid a
second heart attack, says Rosenbaum,
In fact, the AHA says, “every 40 sec- start with aspirin. “I would recom-
onds, someone in the United States mend 81 milligrams [because] there’s
has a myocardial infarction.” really no evidence that 325 mg does
any better than 81 mg.
It’s here where Rosenbaum makes
a vitally important observation: Men Rosenbaum says beta blockers
and women often have strikingly dif- should be considered too, because
ferent heart attack symptoms. they “have been shown in trials to de-
crease a second heart attack from oc-
For men, he says, “there’s a typical curring.”
30 to 40 minutes of chest pain radiat-
ing down the left arm [with] some pain Beta blockers – drugs like Acebuto-
in the jaw and shortness of breath, lol (Sectral) and Metoprolol (Lopres-
nausea, diaphoresis – or sweating – sor) – cause the heart to beat “more
that occurs with exertion and goes

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 12, 2018 41


slowly and with less force, thereby Bliss is best: Spats with spouse worsen chronic pain
reducing blood pressure. Beta block-
ers also help blood vessels open up to BY MARIA CANFIELD Lisa Terry, a licensed clinical social used data from two groups of partici-
improve blood flow,” according to the Correspondent worker (LCSW) in Vero Beach, con- pants: one group of 145 people with
Mayo Clinic. firms the study results. In her own osteoarthritis in the knee; another
Most people don’t like to argue with practice, she often sees a connection of 129 people with type 2 diabetes.
“If the patient is hypertensive [has their spouse for general reasons of between spousal tension and the wors- All participants kept daily diaries for
high blood pressure], ACE inhibi- happiness and harmony at home. Now ening of health-related symptoms, al- about three weeks on their mood,
tors or ARBs are also recommended,” it turns out there are physiological though it’s can be a bit of a chicken and how severe their symptoms were, and
Rosenbaum adds. reasons as well for older people with egg thing. “The illness can affect the whether their interactions with their
certain chronic conditions to keep the relationship as much as the relation- spouse were positive or negative.
But cardiac care doesn’t stop there peace, according to new research from ship can affect the illness,” she says.
and patients have to take responsi- Penn State Center for Healthy Aging. The researchers found that within
bility for their own care, even as they In their study, the Penn State team
rely on their doctors for guidance and CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

The plain truth is neither doctors
or their electronic medical records
are infallible. Patients need to keep
better track of all the medications,
vitamins and supplements they take
and share that information with ev-
ery physician they see. Every time
they see them.

“My strong recommendation to my
patients is they make a list of their
medications [whether they’re for heart
disease or something else, entirely].
Every a time a medication change
is made or added, change it on your
list or make a new list. It’s laborious I
know, but it keeps the record straight.
And it’s a good habit to present this list
to each doctor your see and say, ‘Am I
on all these medications according to
your records?’”

Is that really a big deal? You bet your
life it is.

Say you have heart disease, but
another doctor prescribes an antibi-
otic for something totally unrelated
to your heart. Odds are you won’t see
a conflict there, but for cardiologists
like Rosenbaum that could be a huge
red flag.

“The erythromycin family of anti-
biotics,” explains Rosenbaum, “can
be challenging from an electrical per-
spective.” Certain patients can devel-
op arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
or even complete cardiovascular col-
lapse from antibiotics when they’re
combined with heart medications like
beta blockers.

Of course, the best medicine is pre-
ventive medicine. Things like getting
adequate exercise, eating a healthy
diet, reducing stress and getting regu-
lar checkups.

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart
disease or have a family history of it,
talk to your primary care physician.
He or she may refer you to a highly
qualified cardiologist like Rosenbaum
who will fully explain the best way
or ways for you to avoid being one of
those 633,482 people who lose their
lives to heart disease each year.

Dr. Alan Rosenbaum is with the In-
dian River Medical Center. His office
is in the hospital’s Health and Wellness
building at 3450 11th Court, Suite 102.
The phone number is 772-778-8687. 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 Lisa Terry. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE ing from a condition they have to live on health, the researchers believe
with for a long period of time.” there is value in creating interventions
both groups, the study participants Martire says, “this almost starts to specifically targeted to couples who
were in a worse mood and had greater suggest a cycle where your marital in- On the flip side, Terry says people are dealing with a chronic disease.
pain or more severe symptoms on days teractions are more tense, you feel like who deal well with adversity are likely
when the tension between them and your symptoms are more severe, and to take extra steps, such as practicing Terry offers this advice on how to
their spouses was higher than usual. the next day you have more marital deep breathing or meditation, to re- keep relationships on an even keel
tension again.” main calm and centered when faced when dealing with an illness. “The
The Penn State team says that while with a chronic illness. most important thing is for the person
previous studies have shown a connec- Terry describes a pattern she often with the illness to have good self-care.
tion between satisfying marriages and sees that takes Martire’s observation The study results were recently pub- Controlling what you can control
better health, there’s been a lack of re- one step further: “Chronic illness can lished in the journal Annals of Behav- makes you feel like less of a victim and
search into how day-to-day experienc- exacerbate a person’s natural tenden- ioral Medicine. In light of their conclu- makes it less likely that you will place
es impact those with chronic illness. cies. Someone who often gets agitated sion that the overall quality of spousal blame on your spouse for how he or
when healthy is likely to be even more relationships may have some impact she is reacting to your situation.”
Study lead Lynn Martire, professor of easily agitated when they are suffer-
human development and family stud- She adds that couples – even those
ies, says “other studies have looked without health issues – should never
at the quality of someone’s marriage talk about anything serious late in the
right now. But we wanted to drill down evening. “It’s hard to communicate ef-
and examine how positive or negative fectively when you’re tired. And when
interactions with your spouse affect it gets dark early, people tend to shut
your health from day to day.” down even more.”

She adds: “It was exciting that we If you feel a visit with a therapist
were able to see this association in could help your relationship with
two different data sets – two groups of your spouse, Terry suggests that you
people with two different diseases. The plan ahead so that you can talk about
findings gave us insight into how mar- specifics, as it’s much easier to work
riage might affect health, which is im- through a specific issue rather than a
portant for people dealing with chron- general feeling of discontent.
ic conditions like arthritis or diabetes.”
The Terry Mindfulness Center is lo-
The researchers also found that cated at 333 17th Street, Suite 2T in Vero
when the people in the arthritis group Beach. The phone number is 772. 564.
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greater tension with their spouse.

Of the arthritis group, Penn State’s

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Style Vero Beach 32963 / July 12, 2018 43

How we fell back in love with dressing up

The Telegraph

A quick scroll through Net-A-Porter’s Erin O’Connor. Lady Amelia Yasmine Le Bon. Bianca Jagger.
“new in” section reveals the latest it- Windsor.
erations: designer fanny packs (up to
$1,400) and bubble-soled sneakers have, especially if you’re looking to derstated shades of blush and navy – These are not clothes that pretend
($1000). But they’re outnumbered by dust off an often-worn favorite dress, were a lesson in refinement, while at effortlessness – they are beautiful,
ladylike top-handle bags and ankle- or step up for an evening event. Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller looked pin-precise, thoughtful. That’s the
strap stiletto sandals. The bubble- back at the wardrobe that founder joy of really dressing up: there’s noth-
sole has burst. Net-A-Porter might sell For those who find florals a bit too Hubert de Givenchy’s designed for ing to be sniffed at in trying just a
those designer sneakers – but it’s sell- chintzy, the return of black lace to the Audrey Hepburn. little too hard. 
ing more high heels. From January to shops should appeal: Yasmin Le Bon,
March, searches for sneakers on global Alexa Chung and Adwoa Aboah all
fashion search platform Lyst outnum- wore different takes, cut to the ankle,
bered those for heels two to one. But at the Serpentine summer party, suc-
since April, heels have come out on ceeding in looking smart, but still ef-
top; and there are four times as many fortless. All three wore matching high
searches for dresses as jeans. The sum- heels, rather than offset that smart-
mer season is naturally more dressed ness with a more casual shoe.
up, but while last year’s occasionwear
staples were jewelled flat sandals and There are so many dress variations
smart party coats layered over jeans or that even staunch trouser-wearers are
cigarette pants, this summer calls for giving them a go – especially as the
more bells and whistles. heatwave renders everything else a
bit sticky. Looser, floatier silhouettes
Dress codes are too easily misin- and natural fabrics are more practical
terpreted: one woman’s nod to ef- choices in the heat.
fortless French style is another wom-
an’s scruffy. A more casual approach Even our TV screens compel us to
may come across as rude – better to make that extra effort. Showtime’s
be overdressed than risk offending “Patrick Melrose” shows us Jennifer
your host. Jason Leigh, Indira Varma and Holli-
day Grainger in the late 1960s, dressing
Another factor is the rise and rise for dinner in jewel-colored, feather-
of the dress, with a focus on modest trimmed silk gowns, or going for a drive
necklines and longer lengths, led by in printed silk headscarves neatly knot-
The Vampire’s Wife, Emilia Wickstead ted under the chin. While the second
and Erdem, putting elegance back into series of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” confirms
occasionwear. Thanks to their influ- the power of good clothes in changing
ence, it’s now easier to find an elegant how others see you; and the cast of TV
dress at any price point. The Modist’s Land’s “Younger’s” dedication to glam-
own brand, Layeur, may be designed ming up each evening gave me pause
for a Middle Eastern customer, but it to consider: perhaps my two-day-old
will appeal to any woman who prefers blow-dry and unpainted fingernails
not to show her knees or upper arms. aren’t showing me at my best.

Another factor is the rise and rise The final nail in the casual coffin
of the dress, with a focus on modest was hammered in Paris last week. For
necklines and longer lengths. resort 2019, Miuccia Prada showed
satin evening dresses trimmed with
Occasionwear-focused labels, like crystals and paired with elbow-
Needle & Thread and Self-Portrait, length gloves. Dior’s couture gowns
have built their businesses on our want – ornately embroidered, yet in un-
for properly smart dresses – and even
our casualwear has become smarter,
with dresses from Rixo and Ganni
making bold floral prints and colorful
silks wearable for every day.

Matching your accessories to your
outfit hasn’t been the done thing, with
catwalks championing clashing in-
stead – but do we really want our out-
fits to clash? The Queen has matched
her handbag to her shoes for decades,
and never looked inappropriate.

It seems last summer’s trend for
wearing oversized earrings and no
other jewelry is on the wane, too. Bi-
anca Jagger’s matching set here re-
minded us of the impact they can

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Make chinos your summer weekend style solution, a la Jackie

BY VICTORIA MOSS over the bottoms a couple of times to Following her Zara jacket debacle
get a nice turn-up. Adding polka dots, (featuring the slogan: I don’t care
The Telegraph a shirt with a twist or an elegantly do you? The reaction to which is
oversized earring will keep you on best summed up as, awkward) Mrs.
I am a recent convert to a chino. the right side of fashion history. Trump seems keen to get back on
When it’s as hot as this summer has less emotive wardrobing territory.
turned out to be, the idea of pull- TRACKING THE TREND Enter a pure white chino: as Ameri-
ing on a pair of jeans makes me feel Effortless Grace ... 1954 can as the right to bear arms. 
quite ill. Imagine the horror of a
lightweight wool? That’s no life. Chi- This season’s update is a loose-leg As a poster girl for East Coast Wasp
nos fashioned from a serviceable but chino. There are some very wide ones style, of course Grace Kelly wore chi-
crisp cotton? Ideal. knocking around, but I would coun- nos. Look at that sleeveless polo neck
sel caution – too much crisp cotton combination! The perfectly coiffed
It’s the answer to so many heat- doesn’t hang well. Look for slightly bob and scant make up. Modern day
based wardrobe issues. You need tailored and cropped styles. It’s best off-duty A-listers really could try
to look smart at work? Chino. You to not mess with a classic. This is harder.
want to do Jackie Kennedy in Hyan- good news if you have a pair in the
nis Port, even though you’re only off back of the wardrobe. A faded, lived- The trouser politic ... 1997
to your local garden centre? Chino. in chino is quite the thing – just roll In wearing chinos, accessorized
You’ve made a grave error of accept- with her trusty Tod’s loafers and a
ing an invitation to play baseball in concerned expression, Princess Di-
the park? Chino. Church fete on a ana solved the head scratching di-
windy day? Chino. Fashion might be lemma of what the modern, thinking
in the throes of a borderline-addic- woman should wear to a demilita-
tive obsession with The Dress, but it rized war zone. Compassion never
seems that no one has thought about looked so stylish.
what happens when an errant gust of Making Melania great again ... 2018
wind catches you out. Thankfully, for
you, I have. Guess what? Chino.

With its natural hues being khaki
and camel, it’s unsurprising that the
chino has a military background. My
research tells me that its first refer-
ence was back in 1898, in the Philip-
pines during the Spanish-American
War: the Americans’ uniforms were
made from Chinese twill cotton.
(“Chino” comes from the Spanish
name for China.)

This laid-back but serviceable five-
pocket trouser became a bedrock of
wholesome Americana: it’s relaxed-
yet-smart bent provided the perfect
sartorial base for the quintessential
preppy look – for men and women.
Chinos were Ivy League. Chinos
made America Great. It’s no wonder
that the current first lady has been
spotted exiting Air Force One wear-
ing them.

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All the show-stopping looks from Paris Haute Couture

SCHIAPARELLI The AW18 Couture shows kicked off in
VALENTINO Paris last week and with it we saw a
plethora of stunning, intricate gowns from
the likes of Christian Dior, Ralph & Russo
and Chanel. Here are some of the best

looks from some of the designers.


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First Bites: The Braford Steakhouse in Fort Pierce

BY TINA RONDEAU 40-ounce Porterhouse.
While Florida is home to three of
the largest cattle ranches in the United
States, relatively few steak houses in this
area feature Florida beef. Most of the fi-
lets and ribeyes you get in Florida chop
houses come from beef cattle raised and
processed in the Midwest or far West.

But now, the Braford Steakhouse has
opened in downtown Fort Pierce fea-
turing all-natural beef from cattle bred,
born and raised by the Adams family,
whose Adams Ranch is headquartered
straight out Orange Avenue fewer than
20 miles from the restaurant. The Bra-
ford cattle – a breed developed to fit
the Florida climate, the land and the
feed grown on it – get no antibiotics, no
growth hormones and no steroids.

The steakhouse is a joint venture be-
tween Adams Ranch and the developer
of the Galleria, where the restaurant
is housed – next to a sister restaurant,
Rooster in the Garden – at the south-
east corner of Orange Avenue and Sec-
ond Street.

Chateaubriand. Heirloom and Diver
Beefsteak Tomatoes. Scallops.

Look & Feel: The Braford Steak- 20-ounce dry-aged bone-in ribeye ($50) to be running very smoothly. Hours:
house has a unique décor reflective and my husband chose the 16-ounce Thursday through Saturday,
of Florida’s cowboy culture, yet is as dry-aged bone-in filet mignon ($65). Prices: You could save a few dollars on
classy as any chop house you would steaks by not ordering dry-aged beef, but 5 p.m. to closing
find in Palm Beach or Orlando. And Neither of us opted for sauces on our the least expensive cut is the 9-ounce fi- Beverages: Full Bar
the ambiance is perfect for a steak steaks – an add-on that ranged from $2 let ($39) and the beef tops out at $79 for
house: You don’t see men in cowboy for a Bernaise up to $7 for au poivre and the dry-aged porterhouse. There’s also Address:
hats being seated across from smartly $11 for an Oscar – but we did add a couple Colorado rack of lamb or Berkshire dou- 100 S. 2nd Street,
dressed women in most restaurants. of sides, a baked potato we shared for $4, ble pork chop (each $42), and seafood
and sautéed crimini mushrooms for $5. (which varies from night to night). Fort Pierce
Food: For starters, I ordered the Phone:
sliced heirloom and beefsteak toma- Our steaks, ordered Pittsburgh style Initial impressions: We were very
toes ($12) and my husband had the blue (charred on the outside, rare on the impressed by the Braford. Our ques- (772) 882-9786
bibb salad ($10). The thinly sliced toma- inside), were cooked perfectly, and we tion would be whether these prices are
toes were served with shaved Peruvian found the Braford beef every bit as juicy too high for this market. Management
red onions, feta cheese and balsamic and flavorful as we had hoped. might take the edge off a bit by not
vinaigrette. My husband’s bibb lettuce charging extra for steak sauces.
was topped with Neuskeles bacon, blue Drink: The Braford has a very at-
cheese, and grape tomatoes. tractive bar against its south wall, and I welcome your comments, and en-
offers a nice selection of reasonably courage you to send feedback to me at
All entrées, it turns out, also come priced wines, beer and cocktails. [email protected].
with a small house salad or a bowl of
soup, so we sampled their lobster bisque. Service: Our server, Bill, was both The reviewer dines anonymously at
attentive and knowledgeable. And restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
Then for entrées, we decided to try even though the Braford had only 32963. .
two of their best steaks. I went for the been open for two weeks, it appeared

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