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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-09-27 16:05:39

09/14/2018 ISSUE 37


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TAKE Vero Council race;
4 candidates left
Former Dodgertown Golf Course property (foreground) key to county deal with Major League Baseball. PHOTO: BRUCE CADY
By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer But it’s not worth the risk. Thus, the City Council no longer can [email protected]
[email protected] The city must sell the land to the county – afford to sell those 35 acres to Hulbert, no
because the county needs the old nine-hole matter how much he might raise his offer, Two of the six people who filed
I’ve gotta admit: I was more than a little golf course to back Peter O’Malley’s pitch to which he already increased from $2.1 mil- to run for Vero Beach City Coun-
intrigued by Lakeland-based developer Mark Major League Baseball, which he hopes will lion to $2.43 million. cil were disqualified Tuesday,
Hulbert’s “urban village” plan for the former take over his Historic Dodgertown. He be- leaving four candidates compet-
Dodgertown Golf Course property – a for- lieves a deal between MLB and the county The city can’t, in good conscience, sell ing for the three seats.
ward-thinking concept that would be new to may be only weeks away. the long-idle parcel to any other developer,
Vero Beach. But only one seat is now likely
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 to change in November, as two
popular incumbents are on the
INSIDE Not too many iguanas are roaming around here – yet ballot.

NEWS 1-6 PETS 10 By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer Vice Mayor Lange Sykes, the
DINING B9 other incumbent, did not file for
HEALTH 8 GAMES B13 Miniature green dinosaurs aren’t re-election after serving just one
CALENDAR B16 exactly overrunning Vero Beach, but term.
REAL ESTATE 11 when one of these colorful, non-na-
B1 tive iguanas takes up residence in On the Nov. 6 ballot will be
ARTS your yard – doing its business on the inMoss, plus newcomers Robert
patio or devouring your ornamentals McCabe and Robert Brackett.
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 – it can seem like a bad Jurassic Park
For circulation or where to pick up dream. Former councilman Brian
your issue call: 772-226-7925 Heady and newcomer Linda Hill-
Jenna Featherstone, who lives just
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. Iguana next to pool of Vero Beach home. PHOTO: VICTORIA FEATHERSTONE south of the 17th Street Bridge on the CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
oceanside of A1A, chose to just look
the other way when a 3 ½-footer be- CAREGIVER CHARGED

By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer

A 36-year-old Vero Beach
woman is facing charges of
stealing at least $26,000 from
an elderly Marbrisa woman she
was hired to care for, allegedly
racking up personal charges on
the victim’s credit card, forging
her name and altering the dollar
amount of checks.

Fabiola Palominos, 1445 17th
Court, was arrested on Aug. 29
and charged with “exploitation
of elderly or disabled adult of
$20,000 or more, but less than
$100,000,” according to her ar-
rest warrant.

Palominos, a certified nurse’s
assistant, insists that she is in-


2 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY TAKE a guarantee is to buy the land, which the its from the venture in the business, which The county also could use a large part of
city has been trying to sell for years. The finally began making money two years ago. the property for a much-needed park on
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 county, which owns the Historic Dodger- the west side of Vero Beach – something
town property, last week offered to pur- “I’m happy with what we’ve done the many residents want.
either, even if the proposed project prom- chase the adjacent parcel from the city for last five or six years, getting this place to
ises to generate much-needed tax revenue. $2.4 million. where it is now,” O’Malley said of Histor- If the sides do reach an agreement,
ic Dodgertown, which operates as a year- O’Malley said, Major League Baseball
“I’m 80 years old, and I need a plan for “That piece of property is important to round training facility for sports teams of probably would “keep our core business”
succession,” said O’Malley, former owner both the city and the county,” O’Malley all ages and levels, as well as a site for tour- and bring in some of its own, including
of the Los Angeles Dodgers and, for the said. “But it’s especially important to the naments, meetings, concerts and festivals. marquee events that would attract large
past six-plus years the chief executive of- county, which probably needs to own it to crowds.
ficer of Historic Dodgertown. “That’s why protect what it already owns.” “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to con-
I’ve been talking to Major League Baseball, tinue to have a positive impact on the local Those events and crowds, however,
which is looking for a facility it can call its O’Malley warned that, if he and the economy,” he added. “And I’m proud that would require the county to provide over-
own to host some of its flagship events. county can’t strike a deal with MLB to run we’ve been able to preserve the history of flow parking on the former golf-course
the place, the future of Historic Dodger- what has been a very special place for a lot property, just as the Dodgers did before
“This is a way for Major League Baseball town could be in jeopardy – along with of people. moving their spring-training headquar-
to get that facility, one that also has so much all the tourism and sales-tax revenues the ters to Arizona in 2008.
history and tradition,” he added. “And I be- facility’s operations generate – because he “I’ve always believed Dodgertown was
lieve that would be the best next chapter for doesn’t know what will happen after he’s worth saving – that’s why I raised my hand In fact, O’Malley said the Dodgers reg-
Dodgertown.” gone. six years ago, when it was about to be shut- ularly used that property as an auxiliary
tered again – but now I want to see it go to parking lot for Grapefruit League games –
For that transition to happen, though, Remember: The once-celebrated com- the next level.” while it was still a golf course.
the county must purchase the property, plex, deserted by the Dodgers in 2008 and
which Major League Baseball would need reopened by Minor League Baseball in He is certain Major League Baseball can “We’d close the course and use the fair-
to accommodate overflow parking for 2009, was about to be shuttered for a sec- make that happen. ways for parking,” he said. “We needed the
big-crowd events at Holman Stadium or ond time in 2011. extra space.”
elsewhere on the nostalgia-filled grounds, “The county owns the land, but respon-
where the Dodgers, from Brooklyn to Los That’s when Minor League Baseball, sibility for operating and maintaining the So will Major League Baseball.
Angeles, conducted spring training for 61 citing heavy financial losses, planned to facility would transfer from me to Major So does the county.
mostly wonderful years. abandon its attempts to grow its business League Baseball,” O’Malley said. “Major “I don’t want to say the county must buy
in Vero Beach and close the facility. League Baseball would inherit the lease, it,” O’Malley said, “but it certainly makes
O’Malley said MLB has a “keen interest” then negotiate a new one. sense for the county to own it.”
in Historic Dodgertown, and he believes That’s also when O’Malley, with his af- The City Council delayed any decision
the takeover “is going to happen,” but only fection for our community and especially “It’s an ideal situation for both the coun- on selling the golf-course property until its
if the county can assure Baseball Com- Dodgertown, rode to the rescue, heading ty and Major League Baseball.” Oct. 2 meeting – a move that could prompt
missioner Rob Manfred and his staff that a five-way partnership that rebranded the Hulbert, who showed up in Vero Beach
the golf-course property will be available all-sports training and tournament facili- County Commissioner Peter O’Bryan with the right plan at the wrong time, to
when needed. ty as “Historic Dodgertown” and re-ener- echoed O’Malley’s optimism and justified withdraw his offer.
gized the place. the county’s investment, saying at last That’s a loss, but losing Dodgertown
The only way the county can make such week’s City Council meeting: “The eco- would be worse. 
He also committed to reinvest any prof- nomic benefit will explode when we bring
in MLB.”



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Jill Jaynes’ acupuncture clinic open, but is she involved?

By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer “They’ll figure it out,” Pegg responded. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE ing so many customers because she was
Jaynes’ clinic employs several other li- waiving patient co-pays – essentially of-
The once-booming acupuncture clin- censed acupuncturists and an office man- Neither Jaynes nor Butler have respond- fering them free services, while billing the
ic Absolute Integrated Medicine remains ager who oversees day-to-day operations. ed to phone calls or emails since the bond county and Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield,
open for business, although it’s not clear Jaynes also has at least one family member hearing. which insures county employees, for $1.5
if owner Jill Jaynes, who is facing multiple who is employed at the clinic. It’s not known million.
charges of fraud and racketeering in con- whether they are working independently of Jaynes’ troubles began in December
nection with its operation, is still involved. Jaynes or still reporting to her, or if the cur- 2016 when Suzanne Boyll, the county’s hu- Jaynes’ office was raided last October as
rent situation violates the terms of Jaynes’ man resources director, noticed the coun- part of a state investigation requested by
When Jaynes was let out on $455,000 bond. ty’s health-insurance plan paid out more the county. She was arrested at her office
bond three weeks ago, Judge Robert Pegg “My bond settings have not changed than $1.1 million to one local acupuncture on Aug. 22 on charges that she conspired
made it a condition of her release that she since I set them,” Pegg said in a terse state- practice – Jaynes’ Absolute Integrated Med- with others to defraud an insurance com-
“not practice acupuncture . . . not return to ment to Vero Beach 32963 when queried icine – from October 2015 through Septem- pany by submitting false or incomplete
Absolute Integrated Medicine . . . [and not] about the matter. ber 2016. The money paid to Absolute was information, illegally waived patient co-
be in the acupuncture business.” far more than to any other non-hospital payments and deductibles, and unlaw-
healthcare provider during that period. fully paid others who referred patients for
Despite that order, the business is oper- treatments.
ating and Jaynes’ name is still on the busi- County officials said Jaynes was attract-
ness license at Vero Beach City Hall. Butler has called the allegations “inflated
and exaggerated,” and said she plans to
“We are still open for business,” an em- enter a not-guilty plea. Jaynes is scheduled
ployee at Absolute Integrated Medicine to be arraigned Sept. 26. If convicted, she
confirmed in a phone call. The employee, could face a maximum of 135 years in pris-
who would not give her name, directed all on and millions in fines, officials said.
further questions to attorney Brooke Butler,
who is representing Jaynes. After her arrest, Jaynes sat in jail for three
days while her attorney attempted to get
Butler previously said she believed Pegg’s her initial $955,000 bail, set by County Cir-
release conditions would require Jaynes to cuit Judge David C. Morgan, reduced. Pegg
shut down her practice. When she asked for agreed to lower Jaynes’ bail to $455,000, but
clarification at the Aug. 24 bond hearing, added several more conditions, requiring
Pegg told her that Jaynes is “not to be in the Jaynes to give up her passport, wear a GPS
acupuncture business, period.” monitor and “not be in the acupuncture
business.” 
“What about calls to patients?” Butler
asked, noting that Jaynes needed to wrap
things up at her practice.

Sheriff’s Office says helicopters
are not flying more than usual

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer called out to assist road patrols during traf-
[email protected] fic stops gone wrong, high-speed chases,
pursuit of fleeing suspects and other situa-
Local residents on Facebook – specifi- tions when an eye in the sky is needed.
cally, followers of the increasingly popular
“Vero Beach Eyes and Ears Neighborhood In addition, the Aviation Unit, which
Cyber Watch” page – might’ve noticed a Rich said was launched in the mid-1990s by
growing buzz about more frequent sight- former sheriff Gary Wheeler, occasionally is
ings of Sheriff’s Office helicopters patrolling requested to respond to nautical emergen-
the county. cies, such as stranded, capsized or sinking
boats in the ocean, lagoon and other local
But is there really more of a chopper bodies of water, as well as lost swimmers.
buzz in the air?
“There are often times when they’re up
“It’s probably more perception than any- for 15 or 20 minutes, then back down,” Rich
thing else,” said Lt. Lonnie Rich, head of the said. “They could go up five or six times in
Sheriff’s Special Operations Section, which a day, depending on what’s happening, but
includes the Aviation Unit. “I monitor the they’re flying for a total of only two hours.”
hours, and we’re at 10 to 14 hours of flight
time per week, unless we’re called out to as- Many of the Facebook posts, though,
sist road patrols. report sightings of the sheriff’s chopper at
night, often between 10 p.m. and midnight,
“That hasn’t changed in the six months prompting the residents to wonder if a
that I’ve been in charge here.” crime has been committed and a suspect is
still at large in their neighborhoods.
Rich said any increase in reported sight-
ings by residents likely can be attributed to Sometimes, Rich said, those night flights
the times of day the sheriff’s helicopters pa- are in response to possible criminal ac-
trol the county, usually during the evening tivity. Many times, however – particularly
rush hour, when more people are outdoors during the summer months – they’re part
or on the road. of normal, once-per-day sky patrols that

The helicopters also can be seen and CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
heard throughout the day when they’re

4 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

IGUANAS owner’s comfort. The animals multiplied rapidly and a valid estimate of the number of green
While iguana populations are now well there now are “many hundreds of thou- iguanas in Florida. But the number would
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sands” of the scary-looking lizards en- be gigantic,” Richard Engeman, a biologist
established in Miami-Dade and Broward joying a relaxed Florida lifestyle in and for the National Wildlife Research Center,
came her unwelcome tenant and boldly counties and the Keys, where they have around Miami and Fort Lauderdale, where told the Sun Sentinel. “You could put any
lounged by her swimming pool. “We just become a major nuisance, most of the they cause a range of serious problems. number of zeros behind a number, and I
put up with it,” Featherstone wrote in a animals found in Indian River County would believe it.”
Facebook post. “I thought it may have are believed to be abandoned pets – their “Out of control iguanas infesting South
been someone’s pet who escaped or some- numbers kept in check by cooler tempera- Florida,” was the title of a June article in The Vero population had begun to in-
thing. Either way, I don’t bother him.” tures they cannot withstand. According to the Sun Sentinel newspaper, which report- crease by the early 2000s, but then Mother
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ed that “packs of green iguanas are swarm- Nature intervened.
Featherstone is probably correct that Commission, green iguanas are native to ing seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and
the nuisance lounge lizard either escaped Central and South America and the east- leaving a path of destruction and filth in Indian River County Animal Control
from its owner’s home or was let go on ern Caribbean, and were first spotted in their wake. manager Jason Ogilvie says his team used
purpose when it grew too large for the Miami-Dade County in the 1960s. to be called out to deal with rogue lizards
“There’s no real way to come up with “once or twice a week. But the 2010 [cold
snap] kind of like wiped them out. The
calls went down drastically . . . It’s a mild
thing for us now,” with only about one call
a month.

Vero Beach Animal Control Officer Scott
Lee agrees that iguanas are not a big prob-
lem here at present. He has only respond-
ed to about half a dozen calls in the 2 ½
years he’s been on the job, and has caught
a grand total of two.

“The last one I caught, I could tell she
belonged to someone, because she was a
5-footer and I could go right up to her and
pick her up,” Lee said.

Currently, he’s tracking an escapee in
the Riomar Drive-Painted Bunting Lane
area of the island. “Every time I get the call
and I go there, it’s nowhere to be seen,” he

Iguanas are vegetarian, feasting on a
wide variety of trees, bushes and flowers.
Besides chewing up landscaping, they
damage public infrastructure such as side-
walks and seawalls by digging burrows be-
neath them, and cause power outages by
chewing through cable. In South Florida,
they are the second-largest animal cause
of blackouts.

They also pose a health hazard because
they can transmit salmonella through
their feces. On the plus side, they’re not
typically aggressive towards people and
usually flee when approached.

Releasing a pet iguana into the wild is
not only damaging to the environment,
but illegal. The FWC advises turning un-
wanted pets in through its Exotic Pet
Amnesty Program where they will be re-
homed, regardless of whether they were
kept legally or illegally.

The agency’s tips for deterring iguanas
and other non-native lizards from settling
on your property include: Do not feed
them or leave pet food outside; protect
gardens with cages or screened enclosures;
create a wire fence barrier along seawalls
to prevent digging; and engage in humane
hazing such as spraying them with a gar-
den hose to drive them away.

If these measures don’t work, you are
legally entitled to euthanize the animals
humanely, or call Animal Control or a li-
censed wildlife trapper to remove them.

If you decide to call Animal Control, Lee
says you’ll make his job easier if you don’t
approach the intruder, but instead keep an
eye on it from a distance.

He’ll get there as soon as he can and
capture it with a net. 

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Ocean Drive parking kiosk idea draws scant support

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer to pay to do so, at least for those spaces. And osks along Ocean Drive earlier this year, but whole beach business district, or at least all
[email protected] instead of a three-hour time limit, you can O’Connor said revenues generated by such of Ocean Drive, the vendor is not going to
park there for as long as you pay for, which systems rarely cover the expense. make the initial investment.”
An Oceanside Business Association board will be up to the merchants. “We’re just get-
member said it’s unlikely more than a hand- ting started, so there’s a lot to still be worked Both he and Mistretta said no vendor Said O’Connor: “The merchants prob-
ful of Ocean Drive merchants will invest in out,” he added. “We don’t know how many would embrace Padgett’s plan unless most, ably will have to buy the equipment from
street-side kiosks and charge for parking in merchants will want to do it.” if not all, of the Ocean Drive merchants the vendor and then pay for a maintenance
front of their stores. agreed to participate. contract. I think when they see the costs,
O’Connor said he knew of no other com- they’ll reconsider, because it’s going to be
“I doubt if more than one or two retailers munity with such a piecemeal paid-parking “No parking company is going to do it expensive.”
will do it,” J.M. Stringer Gallery owner Cae- approach, but he sees no problem with al- for only a handful of stores, or for even just
sar Mistretta said last weekend. “I’ve already lowing merchants to try it. “They’re looking one block,” Mistretta said. “If it’s not the However, OBA Treasurer and local realtor
spoken to some of the other retailers about for a solution, and this isn’t going to cost the Al Benkert believes Ocean Drive merchants
it, and their response was, ‘What are you, city anything.” could make the kiosk plan work. In fact, he
crazy?’ said the OBA’s board is expected to discuss
Padgett, one of many Ocean Drive retail- the possibility at its meeting this week.
“It’s a ridiculous idea,” he added. “I pay ers frustrated by the congested parking situ-
taxes. I pay a lot in rent. This shouldn’t be my ation in the Central Beach business district “The Oceanside village is a tremendous
responsibility. The whole thing doesn’t make during Vero’s busy season, complained that asset for this community – not just for those
sense. For something like this to work, you the spaces in front of her store are often oc- who live on the island – so keeping those re-
have to do it throughout the Central Beach cupied by beachgoers and hotel employees. tailers alive and profitable is a benefit to all
business district – or at least all along Ocean of us. And this may be a way to help,” Ben-
Drive – or don’t do it at all. The city explored the possibility of con- kert said.
tracting with a vendor to install parking ki-
“And if we’re going to do something like “All this does is give individual retailers
this, the city should do it.” the option of reserving the spaces in front of
their stores for their customers.”
Cathy Padgett, owner of the Veranda jew-
elry store on Ocean Drive, asked the City If nothing else, he added, the kiosks
Council at last week’s meeting to allow in- would discourage hotel and restaurant em-
dividual beachside retailers to acquire and ployees from parking in the on-street spaces
install paid-parking kiosks for the spaces in along Ocean Drive.
front of their buildings.
“They’re not going to park in the paid
The council informally approved the con- spots,” Benkert said, “especially if the price
cept without a vote, instructing interested is high enough to make parking there for
merchants to work with City Manager Jim several hours a significant expense.” 
O’Connor and his staff.

O’Connor said the council “wants to ac-
commodate the merchants,” who would
be required to sign agreements with the
city, which would not bear any of the costs
connected to Padgett’s idea, except for Vero
Beach police ticketing vehicles parked be-
yond the time the drivers paid for.

“The spaces still belong to the city and
they’re not restricted,” O’Connor said. “Any-
one can park there. You’re just going to have

HELICOPTERS quests from road patrols and crime activ-
ity,” Rich said. “If they’re up there for two
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 hours, they can cover a lot of ground.”

were postponed because of bad weather. The Sheriff’s Office operates three he-
“This time of year, we get a lot of late-af- licopters and has five pilots, one who re-
cently joined the unit and still is “becoming
ternoon and early-evening thunderstorms, familiar with our aircraft, learning how to
and they can’t go up when there’s rain and operate their systems and qualifying for
lightning, so we push it back until later in night-vision flights,” Rich said. “It takes
the night,” Rich said. “The pilots are very time and experience.”
safety-conscious, and they’re aware of the
weather conditions at all times.” He said it can take up to three years for
pilots to get all the Federal Aviation Admin-
When flying at night, the crew is istration certifications needed to do the job.
equipped with night-vision technology, The unit also includes a deputized mainte-
which explains why residents see the heli- nance director and a civilian aviation me-
copters patrolling without a spotlight. chanic.

As for where the helicopters patrol, that’s The choppers are parked at a hangar at
up to the pilots, who Rich said each have the Sheriff’s Office campus – located on
“areas they like to frequent,” though their 41st Street, just east of 43rd Avenue – which
routes usually take them over the barrier is also equipped with a lighted heliport.
island, Interstate 95, and both ends of the
county. Rich said it is “incredibly rare” for the
unit to have more than one helicopter in
“A lot also depends on intelligence we’ve the air, adding “we don’t normally have pi-
gathered, complaints from the public, re- lots available to fly two at a time.” 

6 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

Hospital District board declines to fund school anti-violence program

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer little hope that board would show enough in- – with three people leaving and three new District. I understand that it’s a mental health
[email protected] terest to keep the idea alive. people coming on board – I was hoping to issue, but I need more information to see
fund this for the first year and then see if the how it’s the District’s responsibility,” Zudans
Last February, one day after the Marjorie “I just think the funding should come from School Board would fund it,” said Cunning- said in July. In her mind, the School Board,
Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in the School Board,” said Trustee Tracey Zu- ham after the August meeting. which levies a tax just as the District does,
Parkland, Indian River County Hospital Dis- dans. Four others on the seven-member Hos- should be responsible for the mental health
trict trustees asked the director of the Mental pital Board appeared to agree. She said trustees had raised several ques- of students on their watch.
Health Association, a service they fund, what tions during the meeting, asking first, wheth-
they could do together to help prevent simi- “The School Board’s a mess,” said District er the School Board was even aware of the MHA officials included the School Dis-
lar events. Board chairwoman Marybeth Cunning- program. If they are, are they not funding it trict’s director of student services, Lillian
ham, shaking her head in frustration. It was because there are no funds available, or be- Torres-Martinez, EdD, in the development of
Then, just three days after the late August she and fellow trustee Ann Marie McCrystal cause they were told the Hospital District the proposed program. But Torres-Martinez
mass shooting in Jacksonville, the same trust- who had given the directive to the MHA six would probably fund it? told the Hospital District board last week she
ees listened to the MHA’s three-tiered pro- months ago to develop a program. had not spoken of the program to the School
posal: a violence prevention program for the Zudans first questioned whether the un- Board, which approves School District expen-
county’s ninth-graders, an intervention com- This Thursday evening in the County Com- dertaking fit with the mission of the Hospital ditures. So far, she said, Indian River County
ponent if a student shows warning signs of vi- mission chambers, the Hospital District trust- District at the July District Chairman’s Meet- has chosen to spend some $500,000 allocated
olent intentions, and a protocol to deal with ees were to hold a public hearing on the 2019 ing, after the MHA’s executive director Dr. to it for student mental health in the state’s
the aftermath of so-called critical events. budget. By then, Cunningham and McCrystal, Robert Brugnoli and clinical director Jeanne last legislative session by hiring four full-time
who were scheduled to meet with the School Shepherd outlined what they had in mind. social workers plus a part-timer, and a men-
But after hearing the MHA proposal, five of Board on Tuesday, will know whether the tal health services coordinator. 
the seven Hospital District trustees chose to School Board supports the MHA plan or not. “It’s a curriculum-based program in a
punt the program to the School Board, with school environment, and we’re the Hospital
“While the School Board is in such flux

VERO COUNCIL ELECTION and Brian Heady did not qualify for the and now Rep. Erin Grall. She can be bossy and hypercritical. This
election.” In the nearly two years he’s served, approach has not worn well with her col-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 leagues, Mayor Harry Howle and Council-
Supervisor of Elections Leslie Swan said Sykes has delivered on his campaign man Val Zudans, and Moss may have lost
man filed incomplete paperwork and on the ballot had already been sent to the promise to push for the Vero Beach elec- some support from the more conservative
Tuesday afternoon were deemed unqual- printer, but that she was working to have tric sale, while advocating that Vero be Tea Party constituency of Vero.
ified by the City of Vero Beach. On the final Heady and Hillman’s names removed. more proactive on Indian River Lagoon
page of the residency certification, Hill- issues. Overall, Sykes brought a calm, In recent months, she has begun to
If they remained on the ballot, a notice reasoned and pragmatic approach to the overtly reach out to people concerned
NEWS ANALYSIS would have had to go out with every ab- council at times when rhetoric got heat- about growth issues and to the “Keep Vero
sentee, early and election day ballot ex- ed and tempers flared. His demeanor was Vero” crowd that has backed former may-
man neither printed her name nor signed plaining that Heady and Hillman were no always professional and courteous, but ors Dick Winger, Jay Kramer and their co-
her name attesting to her residency, and longer in the election. when a discussion had gone off the rails, horts. Showing she’s a true politician, Moss
Heady printed his name but then did not he had a way of matter-of-factly getting will surely benefit from this ideological
sign on the line designated for candidate Sykes said he’s backing three of the four the council back on task. hedge in November.
signature. people that are now running for seats on
the council. “I’ll be supporting Robbie “I am proud of the work we completed The last two candidates are new to Vero
After a city voter pointed out that signa- Brackett, Laura Moss and Tony Young. I in two years on the City Council, and I look municipal races, Robert McCabe and Rob-
tures were missing from both Heady and know they will make sure the electric sale forward to staying involved,” Sykes said. ert “Robbie” Brackett. McCabe was hired
Hillman’s scanned qualifying papers post- is completed should the closing date ex- in 2016 as President and CEO of the Vero
ed by City Clerk Tammy Bursick on the city tend past the Nov. 6 election,” Sykes said Young, grandson of Vero’s first mayor, is Beach Chamber of Commerce founded
website, where all elections documents on Monday. in charge of the city’s 2019 centennial and by former Vero councilman Charlie Wil-
and financial reports are posted for the it would be a major upset for him not to son. Before moving to Vero, McCabe ran
public, City Manager Jim O’Connor asked Not running for re-election was a long- be on the City Council to preside over the the Genesee County (Ohio) Chamber of
City Attorney Wayne Coment’s office to re- planned move, as Sykes founded a new 100-year birthday celebrations. Commerce for a county of 415,000 people,
view the paperwork and to opine. company this year, Riomar Shoes, and and had a 32-year career in the New York-
said he promised his business partners A decorated Army colonel and combat based treasurer’s office of General Motors
Assistant City Attorney Kira Honse and investors he would bow out of his City veteran, a Vero native and a dedicated Corporation.
wrote a memo laying out the rules in the Council job. community servant, Young does an ex-
city charter and declaring “Linda Hillman cellent job representing what might be The Brackett name is almost synony-
Sykes was elected to the Council in 2016 referred to as “Old Vero.” Supported by mous with Vero Beach itself. Candidate
after losing the Republican primary for veterans groups, the public safety unions, Brackett’s parents Robert and Sandy
Florida House District 54 to Vero attorney and long-time residents on the mainland have long been pillars of the Vero Beach
and barrier island alike, Young will be in- business community, in a variety of real
credibly tough to beat in November. estate and insurance businesses, and in
the past two decades have set the bar in
Moss, who was elected in large part due terms of philanthropic impact in Indian
to her pro-sale stance on electric issues, River County. Brackett brings with him
made a name for herself in her one-year immense knowledge of the community,
term as Vero’s ceremonial mayor by doing its infrastructure, its needs and its resi-
retail politics at every possible community dents.
event or meeting, including “Coffee with
the Mayor” events. As a candidate, she City Council candidates run at large, so
has used the town hall format to build her the top three vote-getters will gain seats
name and face recognition, and reach any on the governing body. If Young and Moss
voters that she’d not already met since be- hold onto their seats as seems likely, that
ing elected in 2016. will leave McCabe and Brackett in conten-
tion for the third seat.
Having worked hard to bring the Florida
Municipal Power Agency to the negotiat- With his community connections,
ing table to move the sale to Florida Power Brackett will be tough to beat for Sykes’ va-
& Light forward, Moss often takes credit cated spot. 
for making the sale happen.

8 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MARBRISA CAREGIVER appear to be as dramatic, although the Church subsequently told police she ceries for herself while shopping for Ms.
charges against her are serious and had additional evidence that Palominos, Church,” according to police reports.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 growing. who she described as her “driver and
assistant,” had forged or altered sever- Palominos stated that after shopping,
nocent and says she plans to enter a “not Palominos was initially arrested in al checks and had used her credit card she delivers Church’s groceries, giving
guilty” plea when she appears before early August and charged with stealing at Sam’s Club without authorization or back her credit card at the same time.
Judge Cynthia Cox on Oct. 2. less than $5,000 after the alleged victim, consent.
Wendy Church, 78, of 100 Carmel Court, Palominos also told investigators that
“All anybody has to do is look at my and a Merrill Lynch fraud investigator She turned over bank and credit card she only purchases “non-perishable
record and they can see that I’m inno- contacted police about concerns that documents to investigators to back up products” on the weekends when she’s
cent,” Palominos said. “I’ve never been Church’s caregiver was stealing from her. her allegations, and pointed out that not working.
in trouble before. I’ve received glowing Police found her suspicions credible and check amounts were printed, but that
recommendations from previous cli- took Palominos into custody. she only uses cursive when filling out When confronted with video showing
ents. Nobody has ever made a complaint checks. She also pointed out that her her buying slabs of ribs, skirt steaks, bags
about me.” Detective Ken Barrett, Indian River signature differed from the ones on the of chicken wings, orange juice and bags
Shores Public Safety Department, said a allegedly forged checks. of avocados on weekend days, Palomi-
This is the second case in recent years second warrant was issued in late August nos stopped answering questions about
in which a caretaker has been accused of and new charges filed after investiga- Police said it was “obvious” in sever- credit card purchases.
stealing money from an elderly resident tors continued to find more evidence of al instances that the amounts written
in Marbrisa, a small north island subdi- wrongdoing by Palominos. on checks paid to Palominos had been When asked about the alleged forged
vision that is home to a number of retir- altered to higher amounts, and Church or altered checks, Palominos blamed it
ees. “As we continued to investigate, we showed police charges on her credit card on Church’s poor penmanship.
discovered there was more money in- for purchases she had no reason to make.
In 2013, George May, 81, who suffered volved,” said Barrett. “That total may go “(Church) writes so bad, you can’t even
from dementia, was found dead after his higher as our investigation continues. For example, Church’s credit card was understand,” Palominos told police.
caregiver ignored signs of dehydration used to buy a large bag of dog food, even
and starvation. “I don’t know how she can claim she is though Church does not own any pets. During a 40-minute phone interview
innocent. We have bank documents and with Vero Beach 32963, Palominos re-
Police say Gina Albrecht, 36, of Vero video as evidence. It is what it is.” When Palominos was questioned by iterated her innocence, but did not ad-
Beach looted May’s finances to the tune investigators on July 30, she initially dress the charges or explain the incon-
of $200,000, moved her family into his According to written reports provided claimed she was never allowed to use sistencies in her story. She blamed her
home and enticed him to change his by Indian River Shores Public Safety, the Church’s credit card unless Church was troubles on Church, who she claims is
will and make her his beneficiary before department was first contacted on July 2 present. often moody and confused because of
leaving him to die a slow death. by Dan Peterson, a fraud investigator for prescribed medication she takes.
Merrill Lynch. When police showed Palominos store
She was convicted of manslaughter, video footage of her purchasing dog food “She gets very confused . . . that’s why
crimes against the elderly, forgery and Peterson told police he had evidence and other items during weekend shop- nobody else wants to help her,” Palomi-
fraud and is currently serving a 30-year of fraudulent activity involving Church’s ping trips when Church was not present, nos said.
sentence at Lowell Annex, a correctional checking account,. And provided police Palominos changed her story and told
facility in Marion County. copies of checks that appeared to be al- investigators that “it was common for “It hurts me because I’ve gone above
tered or forged to the tune of thousands Ms. Church to allow her to purchase gro- and beyond to try and help her. It’s like
The case involving Palominos doesn’t of dollars. now she’s trying to destroy my life.”

Church did not return phone calls
seeking comment. 



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10 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Cancer patients can count on Scully-Welsh support groups

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Dr. Paul Pagnini and Scott Duncan.
[email protected]
While there is little evidence-based data
showing that “cancer support groups” pro-
long the lives of cancer patients, the Scul-
ly-Welsh Cancer Center’s volunteer coor-
dinator, Scott Duncan, still marshals his
team on the last Tuesday of the month to
host support groups for those with breast,
prostate and other cancers at the Vero
Beach facility.

Because as the American Society of Clin-
ical Oncology says, “support groups help
many people cope with the emotional as-
pects of cancer by providing a safe place to
share their feelings and challenges. They
also allow people to learn from others fac-
ing similar situations.”
The Mayo Clinic shares that view, saying
“for many people, a health-related support
group may fill a gap between medical treat-
ment and the need for emotional support.
“A person’s relationship with a doctor or
other medical personnel may not provide
adequate emotional support and a person’s
family and friends may not understand the
impact of a disease or treatment. A support
group among people with shared experi-
ences may function as a bridge between

medical and emotional needs.” allow people to kind of work through their
Scully-Welsh radiation oncologist Dr. feelings about those options.”

Paul Pagnini, an occasional speaker at Dun- Pagnini then adds, “some of the patients
can’s support group, agrees. “There have may have just been diagnosed and maybe
been some studies that the National Can- they haven’t had a therapy. They just had a
cer Institute published – at least in abstract positive biopsy and they may come to the
form – that cancer support groups have support group to find out what was it like for
shown … [a positive] impact on patients’ those who have been treated with surgery
quality of life.” versus radiation.”

Scully-Welsh currently offers four support IRMC’s cancer support groups actually
sub-groups: one for breast cancer patients, pre-date the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center.
one for prostate cancer, one for general can-
cer and one for caregivers, though both Dun- “We started with the prostate cancer
can and Pagnini appear eager to add a lung support group before the building was
cancer group to the mix as well. completed,” says Duncan. “So, we held it
over in the physicians’ dining room of the
According to Duncan, who “facilitates” or hospital back in 2015.”
leads the prostate cancer group, “at 6 p.m. we
all get together and we have our speaker. The The National Comprehensive Cancer
speaker could be a nutritionist, it could be a Network sees considerable merit in can-
doctor, or someone to talk about exercise … It cer support groups. It says: “Each cancer
can pretty much be on anything. Then at 6:30 diagnosis begins a unique experience and
we break out into our groups.” the path through treatment is a unique
journey; sometimes a lonely one. If you or
Joining Duncan at these group meetings someone you love is coping with cancer,
are a social worker as well as a team of reg- many experts suggest that you may find
istered nurses. comfort and strength through support
groups where you can discuss and share
Of course, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ your feelings and experiences with oth-
when it comes to cancer treatment. ers who are facing or have faced common
Pagnini agrees it’s entirely possible for
two patients diagnosed with the same type At Scully-Welsh, the cancer support
of cancer to have very different treatment groups meet on the last Tuesday of the month
plans based on a variety of factors, and he – except for December, when there is no
sees that as a plus. meeting due to the holidays.

“There are different curative therapies For more information, patients and family
and there are different side effects associat- members can call 772-563-4673 and ask about
ed with those therapies,” Pagnini explains. the cancer support group program. 
These support groups “allow conversations
about all of the options available and they

12 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

The kids are all right: Pediatric doc works to make it so

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Dr. Katrina Leshanski.
[email protected]
For someone who spends the bulk of her
days working with a very small cadre of ‘ ... ultimately our goal
colleagues – helping very small people get is always to provide the
well – Dr. Katrina Leshanski has big hopes. best care for the child.’

Leshanski, a Navy veteran and mother, is – Dr. Katrina
one of only three pediatric hospitalists cur- Leshanski
rently contracted to the Indian River Med-
ical Center from Nemours, the world-re- ents will try to interrupt and I’ll say, ‘Sorry,
nowned children’s hospital system with Mom, but Johnny is my patient. I’m going
centers in Wilmington, Delaware, as well to talk to him first. As soon as I’m done with
as Jacksonville, Pensacola and Orlando. my questions, I’ll ask you.’ Most of the time,
parents are OK with that.”
Like all pediatric hospitalists, Leshanski
and her two colleagues, who are employed Most parents, she says, know their chil-
by Nemours but work at IRMC, are special- dren are likely to be bewildered and con-
ly trained to care for children in a wide va-
riety of hospital settings.

Depending on the hospital, that might
include a separate pediatric ward, labor and
delivery rooms, a newborn nursery, a special
emergency department, a neonatal intensive
care unit or a pediatric intensive care unit.

The problem is, IRMC doesn’t have a
designated pediatric ward. Or a neonatal
intensive care unit. Or a pediatric intensive
care unit.

Children admitted to IRMC are typically
interspersed within the adult patient pop-
ulation – which is where Leshanski’s high

hopes come in.
Under repeated questioning, she admits

she’d like to see an entire pediatric floor at
the Vero hospital someday.

Whether that’s in the cards or not, one
thing that’s clear is that treating children
isn’t like treating a 65- or 75-year-old hip
replacement patient. For starters, it’s un-
likely a 75-year-old’s parents would be
there in the room, but the parents of Le-
shanski’s patients usually are present.

Nonetheless, Leshanski says, “I tend to
walk into a room and speak directly to the
child, if they’re of an age where I can speak
to them. Newborns aren’t, but if I have a kid
who’s 4, 5, 6 or 7, I’ll talk to them first before
I talk to their parents.”

Leshanski admits that sometimes “par-

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fused by unfamiliar hospital surroundings, Heartburn common among elderly and should be treated
including all the unfamiliar faces around
them, and if the child is in pain that adds a By Fred Cicetti | Columnist hoarseness, weight loss. For infrequent episodes of heartburn,
whole other dimension of stress. You can control infrequent heartburn by take antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer and Ro-
Q. Do you get more heartburn when you laids. Or, you can take an H2 blocker such as
“We need to work very much together,” are older? changing your habits and using over-the- Pepcid and Zantac. 
Leshanski continues. “I know it can look like counter medicines.
I’m hurting their child [drawing blood, for ex- More than 60 million Americans experi- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
ample], but I’m doing it to help them get bet- ence heartburn at least once a month and For example, you should avoid heart-
ter. I just constantly reassure parents that I’m more than 15 million Americans experi- burn-producers such as chocolate, coffee,
doing everything I can to get [them and their ence heartburn daily. Heartburn is more peppermint, tomato products, alcoholic
child] out of here as fast as I can and that the common among the elderly. beverages, greasy or spicy dishes. Quit
children are the one driving the care.” smoking because tobacco inhibits saliva
Heartburn two or more times weekly may that helps with digestion. Tobacco may
Pausing briefly, Leshanski adds, “you be caused by gastroesophageal reflux dis- also stimulate acid production and relax
have to be good at handholding with kids ease, or GERD. See a doctor if you have heart- the esophageal valve. Lose weight. And,
and adults in pediatrics.” burn too often. The doctor can test for GERD. don’t eat two hours before you go to sleep.

Listening, she says, is even more import- In the upper GI series, you swallow a
ant. liquid barium mixture. Then a radiolo-
gist watches the barium as it travels down
“Parents know their children better than your esophagus and into the stomach.
anyone.” says Leshanski, “If they’re telling Another test is an endoscopy, in which a
me something is wrong, I would not be do- small lighted flexible tube is inserted into
ing my job if I didn’t listen and hear what the esophagus and stomach. And there are
they’re telling me.” other tests.

Now approaching her second anniversa- GERD makes stomach acid flow up into
ry at IRMC, Leshanski points out, “My first your esophagus. There is a valve at the low-
day here was Oct. 2, 2016. I got out of the er end of the esophagus that is designed
Navy the last day of September, traveled to keep acid in the stomach. In GERD, the
here and started Oct. 2.” valve relaxes too frequently, which allows
acid to reflux, or flow backward.
And that decision wasn’t based on a de-
sire for cushy hours after a demanding mil- A hiatal hernia may contribute to GERD.
itary career. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part
of the stomach is above the diaphragm,
“There are three of us [pediatric hospital- which is the muscle wall separating the
ists], total. So we do anywhere from five to stomach from the chest. The diaphragm
seven days on at a time and we’re on for the helps the valve keep acid from coming up
whole time. We [also] take calls from home, into the esophagus.
so if we’re not immediately in the house, I’m
available by phone 24 hours and I can get When GERD is not treated, you can suf-
here within 10 minutes.” fer from severe chest pain, narrowing or
obstruction of the esophagus, bleeding,
That’s in no small part because babies or a pre-malignant change in the lining of
about to be born don’t have wrist watch- the esophagus. One study showed that pa-
es. They arrive when they want to arrive, tients with chronic, untreated heartburn
not when it’s convenient and, as Leshanski were at substantially greater risk of devel-
points out, “we do, I would say, 98 to 99 per- oping esophageal cancer.
cent of newborns here. We do all the deliv-
eries that aren’t covered by the two private The following are some symptoms that
pediatricians that see patients here.” may mean there has been damage to your
esophagus: difficulty swallowing, a feel-
Despite personal tragedy – her daugh- ing that food is trapped behind the breast
ter drowned back in January – Leshanski bone, bleeding, black bowel movements,
remains buoyantly optimistic about the choking, shortness of breath, coughing,
pediatric care she and her colleagues have
been able to provide here.

Whether or not she eventually gets a pedi-
atric floor at IRMC, she says, “ultimately our
goal is always to provide the best care of the
child.” 

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14 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Beagle-lovin’ Bonzo wins Dixie’s friendship

guess I’m a Daddy’s Girl. An I always

Hi Dog Buddies! hafta know where Mom an Dad are.

This week I innerviewed Dixie May They hafta keep the doors open so I
Kennedy, a super cute, three-color Bee-
gull. She looks like the Bee-gull that hu- can see ’em both. Then I feel Safe an
man ardist, Norman Rockwell, put in lot-
sa his pickshures. Dixie May’s a purebred, Secure.
with PAYpers an evrything, but she’s not a
Snobnose. She’s got a great dog-onality an “I have tons of pooch pals I see
real nice posture, also.
at the Bark Park or on walks or play
Soon as my assistant knocked,
there was a big, kinda startling ‘Ahh- dates. My BFF is Ava Walker, she’s a
hh-ROOOOOOooo.’ But, when the door
opened an there was this perky liddle Cavalier King Charles. She loves to
pooch, I’m like, ‘How did that big voice
come out of that liddle lady?’ dress up. Has lotsa outfits. But not

She trotted up for the Wag-an-Sniff, an I ME. I have a boyfriend, Max, he’s a
introduced myself an my assistant.
Mix. We put our front paws on each
“You’re even more hansome in the fur
than in your pickshur,” she said. other shoulders an dance.” She

I grinned like a doof, an mumbled thank sighed.
“An I have playdates with The
“This is my Mom, Cheryl an my Dad, Pat.
My pooch fren Laci was in your column an Dixie May Boyz: Sam, Cosmo an Willie Trotta.
it was way Cool Kibbles, so I Woofmailed, They’re like my brothers. I keep up
an here you are. See, I’m wearin’ my beaui-
ful red collar so I look my best, Mr Bonzo.” PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE with ’em, too, cuz I’m real strong.

She had brown an white polka-dot knee- walked by, there I still was, an since they Then there’s Champ. We call him
sox, a white-tipped black tail, an big bright never stayed long, I didn’t get my hopes up.
eyes. I guess I was just standin’ there with By the sixth month, they were feelin’ real right over. One time, I got a nice big The Baconator. You can probly guess why.
a goofy smile cuz she said, “Did you wanna sorry for me, cuz obviously nobody want-
ask me some questions, Mr. Bonzo?” ed me. So Dad made the pet store guy an piece of ice an buried it in the couch for Oh, an Chase, he’s my new neighbor, a
offer. They did that back-an-forth thing for
“Right! Yes! Absolutely! So, Miss Dixie a while, till Dad finally won, thank Lassie.” later. But when I went back to get it, it was 10-week-old Golden Retriever puppy. He
May, how did you find your Forever Fam-
ily?” “Woof, Dixie May. They were lucky to get gone. I still don’t know what happened to looks like a liddle teddy bear.”
you. I mean, you’re a PUREbred. With PAY-
“Honestly, I almost didn’t. I was on sale pers. And you’ve got such a great dog-on- it. I searched everywhere.” “Do you like travlin’?”
inna pet shop at the Melbourne Mall, but ality.”
nobody was innersted, for some reason. “I noticed what a Big Bark you have,” I “Just to the Bark Park. I Barf in the car.
Meanwhile, once a month, Mom an Dad “Yes, I ’spose that’s true. But I’m lucky,
had this roo-teen: They’d go to dinner at too. I mean, what if Mom an Dad’d liked commented, tryin’ not to laugh. It’s embarrassing.”
the Chinese restrunt in the Melbourne Italian food? At first I was sorta nervous,
Mall, then walk around the Mall after. They so I chewed stuff. Mom kept track. I totally “Oh, that. See, I’m a hound, so bay- “I see you have a nice pool,” I changed
had noticed me in the pet shop when I was chewed up the hall runner; two bathmats;
just a liddle puppy. They’d paws, but they two indoor/outdoor rugs; Mom’s (very) in’ comes natchrull – now – but since my the subject.
weren’t thinking about getting a dog. Well, special pillow; and Dad’s flip-flops. Mom
for the next five months, evry time they still has to rescue her shoes sometimes. pooch Mom didn’t have a chance to teach “When I first got here, I accidently fell in.
But I learned the Rools About Doing My
Doody; an I can Sit an Give Paw an Stay me, I didn’t bark at all till I’d been here for It scared the kibbles out of me. Now I just
two months. One day, there was a knock at do laps around it. I chase birds an lizards,
“I admit I still like to hide stuff: shoes
or sox or bone chews. I bury ’em, usually the door. As I ran to check it out I heard this but Mom an Dad say not to ackshully catch
in the couch. Then I can refer to ’em later,
you know?” Big Loud Howl. It scared me and I hid un- ’em. I usta eat bugs. (Don’t tell, OK?) Mom

“Yup, I do.” der the couch. Then I heard Mom an Dad an Dad say No Bugs! They look so duh-li-
“I also love chewin’ ice. Whenever I hear
Mom getting’ ice out of the fridge, I run laughin,’ and I ree-lized – it was ME. It was cius, they’re hard to resist, but they make

my First Official Bay.” me throw up, so I guess I should quit, don-

“What’s your typical day like?” I queried. cha think?”

“I get two daily walks cuzza havin’ lots of “Abso–woofin’–lutely Miss Dixie May.

energy. When me an Mom get back, Dad’s No More Bugs!”

waitin’ for us, and I zoom right to him. I Headin’ home, I was thinkin’ about Miss

Dixie May and her polka-dot kneesox, an

DON’T BE SHY bouncy liddle trot. An how glad I was she’d
stopped eatin’ bugs. An wondrin’ if I was

We are always looking for pets too old to learn to dance.

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Ranchette near town perfect for seclusion or entertaining

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer “That’s good for the next owner who may when it finally rotted away. We still have shelving will please traditionalists. The
[email protected] be moving from a homeowner association, great-horned owls and red foxes.” open floor plan in the common rooms, with
who doesn’t have equipment,” Berkshire large off-white porcelain tile laid on the di-
The Youngs are appropriately named, Hathaway Home Services listing agent Dee- The home is close to town, just west of agonal ,ushers in modern, easy living.
looking nothing like recent retirees and na Dick said. “It will make the transition eas- 58th Avenue, yet it offers the freedom of
empty nesters, yet they are, and they want ier.” The 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,500-square- country life. “You could have horses and “It’s a large flexible living space,” Dick
to downsize from their affectionately nick- foot home also has an attached 2-car garage. chickens,” Dick said. “Or you could plant said, the dining, living and entertainment
named “Ponderosa” ranchette to some- a big garden. A lot of people like to grow areas open to interpretation.
thing smaller. Tall, widely-spaced whispering pines their own food.”
scent the air and offer shade. “We cut down The floor-to ceiling fieldstone fireplace
They have spruced up the 1976 ranch- 60 to 75 trees to make the yard,” LadellYoung The stained-glass front door in a transi- surround, with a glass and brass hearth
style brick house that sits on a 4.2-acre lot at said, ensuring none were near the house. “A tional pattern is the perfect announcement front, however, will hold pride of place in
5850 45th St., with new carpeting and inte- family of pileated woodpeckers moved into to the traditional-modern interior. The any room arrangement.
rior paint, their latest touches after a slew of a lightning-struck tree, but they moved on crown molding, chair-rail trim, bead-board
upgrades over 18 years of ownership. wainscoting and carved custom-wood The kitchen is also open, with a long count-
er ending in a circular peninsula, the wire and
Winding down the front paved drive basket stools and hanging lamps recalling the
the eye takes refreshment from an emer- sleek sophistication of the “Rat Pack” aesthet-
ald green lawn. A well and irrigation sys- ic, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis in their
tem makes it easy to maintain. There is a wraparound shades slipping in from the pool
stand-alone, single-car garage at the end to mix another batch of martinis.
of the curving driveway, out of sight and
filled with lawn equipment that conveys The kitchen cooks with gas – good for heat-
with the property. ing up canapés – provided by a propane tank.

If new owners want to keep the look,

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End of Add beauty and
Clearance! natural light to your
EXISTING entryway
the Youngs will sell the house furnished. in about an hour!
The pool, also the Youngs’ addition, has a
who insist on working. A full bath next door, • Glass patterns • Patio & Sliding
long covered-porch area for the sun shy and Dick said, would make this room easy to for every style Glass Doors
an expansive screened lanai area, maximiz- convert into a fourth bedroom. and budget
ing outdoor living. The spa-fountain “makes • Framed /
a lovely, restful sound,” Dick said. The formal dining room with its large • Customize to Frameless
nearly whole-wall window could be put your style Shower Units
The master bedroom has a door to the la- to other uses, too, she said, such as a play
nai, but the lady of the house will probably room for children. • Impact Glass • Etching
hang out in the lovely lounge-like walk-in • Wood Interior/ • Schlage & Fusion
closet admiring her shoes, custom cubbies The laundry room has storage and a
able to accommodate 100 pairs. sink, placed next to the capacious two-car Exterior Doors Hardware
garage, making beach cleanup easy before • Fiberglass • Mirror Wraps
The large walk-in shower, with glass- entering the house.
block surround, and the jetted tub also Doors
encourage languor. His and her vanities “We’ll miss the space and privacy,” Ladell
with carved Victorian-style wood cabinets said, “and also the ability to host large gath-
have oversized porcelain sinks that could erings without having to worry about noise
be classed as sculpture. or parking.” 

The two guest bedrooms are almost as
nice, sharing a bath with another glass-
block walk-in shower. One has a walk-in
closet with custom shelving; the other has
two closets on either side of a charming
window seat.

There is an office with two built-in desks
forming a “U” with shelving above for those


Year built: 1976 • Construction: Frame with brick face
Home size: 2,504 square feet • Lot size: 4.2 acres
Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3

Additional features: Irrigation system on well water, free-
standing second garage, totally renovated, open floor plan,
security system, propane tank for gas cooking, large, screened
-in pool, big kitchen, custom built-in shelving and desks, crown
molding, wainscoting, chair rail, new carpeting, new paint,

recessed lighting
Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Listing agent: Deena Dick, 772-925-9844
Listing price: $550,000

Regency Square

2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart

Licensed & Insured

18 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE



The mainland real estate market saw only modest activity during the first full week of September,
with 21 single-family residences and lots changing hands from Sept. 3-7 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the residence at 6780 49th Street – first listed
in June for $1,149,000 – sold for $975,000 on Sept. 4.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Deborah D. Ray of Ray’s Real Estate Services
Inc. Representing the purchaser was agent Kelly C. Spence of Berkshire Hathaway Florida.


VERO BEACH 6780 49TH STREET 6/27/2018 $1,149,000 9/4/2018 $360,000
VERO BEACH 2805 GRAND ISLE WAY SW 6/6/2018 $385,000 9/5/2018 $286,000
VERO BEACH 1913 NEWMARK CIRCLE 5/14/2018 $297,000 9/4/2018 $279,900
VERO BEACH 330 W FOREST TRAIL 7/7/2018 $279,000 9/4/2018 $275,000
SEBASTIAN 100 DRAKE WAY 6/12/2018 $319,900 9/6/2018 $265,000
VERO BEACH 1440 BUNKER COURT 6/1/2018 $299,900 9/6/2018 $263,000
SEBASTIAN 1581 ESTERBROOK LANE 7/27/2018 $265,000 9/7/2018 $262,500
SEBASTIAN 252 BARBOSSA DRIVE 6/26/2018 $269,900 9/4/2018 $261,000
VERO BEACH 1876 34TH AVENUE 5/8/2018 $279,900 9/7/2018 $240,000
VERO BEACH 1635 20TH PLACE SW 4/23/2018 $279,000 9/6/2018 $237,000
VERO BEACH 6223 THAMES PLACE 5/16/2018 $239,900 9/6/2018 $230,000
VERO BEACH 9846 E VERONA CIRCLE 6/20/2018 $243,000 9/7/2018 $229,900
VERO BEACH 5920 SPICEWOOD LANE 1/16/2018 $229,900 9/5/2018 $227,900
VERO BEACH 3561 DIAMOND LEAF DRIVE 2/26/2018 $234,900 9/4/2018

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2805 Grand Isle Way SW, Vero Beach 1913 Newmark Circle, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 6/6/2018 Listing Date: 5/14/2018
Original Price: $385,000 Original Price: $297,000
Sold: 9/5/2018 Sold: 9/4/2018
Selling Price: $360,000 Selling Price: $286,000
Listing Agent: Kathryn Worth Listing Agent: Sam Robbins

Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Peter Marini III David Decker

Coldwell Banker Paradise Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

330 W Forest Trail, Vero Beach 100 Drake Way, Sebastian

Listing Date: 7/7/2018 Listing Date: 6/12/2018
Original Price: $279,000 Original Price: $319,900
Sold: 9/4/2018 Sold: 9/6/2018
Selling Price: $279,900 Selling Price: $275,000
Listing Agent: Earle Beasley Listing Agent: Chris Junker

Selling Agent: The Alexander Group Realty Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty

Shane Reynolds Jennifer Bailey

Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.


Coming Up! Firefighter Wiles blazes trail Adam Schnell.
as fine art photographer PAGE B2

By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Two of Ottorino Respighi’s
most glorious, soaring sonic
masterworks, “Roman Festivals”
and “Pines of Rome,” will launch
the Space Coast Symphony Or-
chestra’s 10th Anniversary sea-
son this Sunday, Sept. 16. The full,
90-piece orchestra is pulling out
all the stops in this ambitious, not-
to-be-missed concert at the VBHS
Performing Arts Center. These two
marvelous pieces conjure fantastic
images, distant sounds and an-
cient grandeur, and, together with
Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,”
make up what became known as
“The Roman Trilogy.” According
to, Respighi was
drawn to the sensual, decadent
climate of the Rome depicted by
the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio,
and wrote big, colorful, brash
works about his beloved city. In
his suite, “Pini di Roma”/“Pines
of Rome”(1923-24), a breathtaking
ode to nature and the iconic land-
scapes of the Eternal City, Respighi


B2 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

Firefighter Wiles blazes trail as fine art photographer

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Rusty Wiles. PHOTO: MARYANN KETCHUM a thing – it all made sense. It’s like, this is
[email protected] everything I’ve always seen.”

The slow month of September is usually An artist needs a public setting in which
when staff at the A.E. Backus Museum and to show his work; for him, that venue is Ins-
Gallery in Fort Pierce closes to the public to tagram. Wiles uploaded his first photos there
rehang the permanent collection and attend during Instagram’s infancy in 2013 and now
to the myriad details concerning the upcom- has an audience of 49,000 people following
ing season, which begins in October with its his work.
“Best of the Best” competitive exhibition.
In addition to sharing images in friendly
This year is different. Director J. Marshall rivalry with other photographers on Insta-
Adams is reopening in mid-September for gram, art dealers have come a-calling via
a preseason exhibition of fine art photogra- the digital medium. Wiles has been work-
phy by Rusty Wiles, a native of Fort Pierce ing with a company called Social Media
who also happens to be a firefighter and Art Gallery, whose director has included
paramedic with the St. Lucie County Fire his Instagram photos in group shows in
District’s Central Station in Fort Pierce. Hamburg, Germany (where the company
is based), and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wiles’ photographic imagery features For both exhibitions his images were made
close-up details of Florida’s coastal archi- into prints for real-time viewing; from the
tecture, rendered in intense color against latter, two of Wiles’ prints were sold.
flawless blue skies. With works like these,
“First Response: The Photographs of Rusty Wiles did not see those shows in person
Wiles” promises to be a four-alarm show. and has never seen his images made into
prints, until now.
An imaginative sense for color and com-
position comes naturally to Wiles, for whom “I feel honored to have my first solo show
a brief foray into abstraction in a high school here at the Backus Museum in my home-
art class was second nature. Still is. town,” says Wiles, confiding that he and wife,
Melanie – known by many as the director of
“I’ve always seen in lines and angles and St. Lucie County’s Boys and Girls Club – held
planes, so when I got into photographic their wedding reception at the museum
minimalism – which I didn’t even know was

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some 10 years ago. will play host to the museum the beach where it was all bright colors and on thin metal substrates with a reflective
“First Response” will open in the museum’s audience for his photographs. shadows.” coating that will make the images glow as
though on a computer screen writ large, but
south gallery on Sept. 14-15. Also on those Wiles’ show in the Back- He was especially attracted to the Ron Jon without electricity.
days, the unrelated Firefighter Combat Chal- us Museum will continue on Surf Shop, a neo-deco, baby-blue behemoth
lenge will be held in the city parking lot ad- Sunday, Sept. 15, and be open with yellow trim. Wiles marvels that “before meeting Paul
joining the museum. Sponsored by 3M Scott, again on the following two and Emily, I was just using the Instagram set-
a major manufacturer of firefighters’ respira- weekends. Sunday, Sept. 30 is Wiles took all his photos with his cell- ting on my phone. I would add a little con-
tory equipment, the Combat Challenge will the show’s final day. phone, using it exclusively for about three trast, saturation, maybe brightness, maybe
showcase the strength and endurance skills of years before he got his “real” camera, a Can- sharpen it, and that was it; I would put it out
firefighting teams from all over the U.S. Director Adams sounds ex- on digital SLR. on Instagram.”
ultant about this opportunity
Wiles anticipates bouncing back and to show Wiles’ work. People were his first subject matter. Now he’s shooting large, five-megabyte
forth between the events on those days. Sometimes he would sit in his truck, wait- images on his Canon, and able to enlarge the
Outside, he will be in the Combat Challenge “It feels like Rusty’s on the ing for someone to walk in front of a colorful image without losing detail. “Like, man, I can
audience, cheering for his buddies on the St. edge of something big,” he says. wall or window, to inject some life into an make this thing the size of a wall now!” he says.
Lucie County Fire District team; inside, he otherwise rigidly architectural scene.
Adams explains that when he “There had to be some sort of composi- While he is understandably nervous about
first met Wiles and saw his im- tion in the background, and maybe some- the reception for his work from his home-
ages last spring, he immediately body wearing a big hat or whatever,” he says, town fans, Wiles is excited about the doors
wanted to exhibit them at the adding that the cellphone made it easy to his photography has opened him. Remem-
museum. There was one stick- photograph people without spooking them, ber Social Media Art Gallery, which sold his
ing point. or feeling bashful himself, about taking can- work overseas? In conjunction with that
did pictures. He complains that his Canon gallery, on Sept. 30 Wiles will be in New York
“I already had the next year’s camera is too big and obvious for comfort. City for a live meet and greet with some of his
schedule blocked out and couldn’t fit another “People look at you weird when you are Instagram fans.
feature show in.” taking pictures. ‘What is this guy doing?’” he
asks in mock horror. Does our local scene have to worry about
When a city official alerted the muse- His “real” camera, however, is absolute- losing Wiles to the big time? If some gallery
um that the Firefighters Combat Challenge ly necessary now that Wiles wants to have bigwig comes up to Wiles at that event and
would use the adjoining parking lot in his images enlarged to gallery-size prints. says, ‘Rusty, I can make you an art star in
mid-September, Adams did not envision an To help him learn the technology behind New York City – but you’ll have to give up
inconvenience. He saw a timely tie-in for a digital printmaking, Adams directed Wiles your career in Fort Pierce,’ would he do it?
firefighting photographer’s fine art show. to Paul and Emily Kubica, the owner-man-
agers of Laserchrome Technologies in Mel- After a pause Wiles says, “I don’t know. I
Five years ago, Wiles was a firefighter in bourne. Their company, which specializes don’t think I could give up being a fireman
Brevard County when he began to take pic- in Cibachrome printing, is doing all the right now. I’m fortunate. I have one of those
tures in his off-duty hours. prints for Wiles’ show. Some of his prints are jobs where I get up in the morning and I look
forward to going to work. I enjoy my photog-
“I was up on Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach raphy, too. I’m very blessed.” 
area – right there on the water. My shift
change was at 7 a.m. When I would get off of
work, a lot of times I would drive right over to

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 1 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra season starts Sunday.

“sought to convey the subtlety and color 2 At Flametree Gallery through Sept. 30. 4 Joanne Shaw Taylor at
of the poet’s imagination.” It is the Ital- King Center this Friday.
ian composer’s tribute to scenes around Bay, playing top-of-the-charts covers – pop, 3 At Capt. Hiram’s this Friday.
his country’s capital, some contemporary rock, country, blues – and even jazz. On covered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics
and some recalling the glory of the Ro- Monday, Sept. 17, guitar man and vocalist Brit from the Black Country of England is, and, shortly thereafter, the British publi-
man Empire, and has become Respighi’s Kevin McCullers plays classic and contem- heralds the show promo, “set to rock the cation “Blues Matters” dubbed her “the
most frequently performed work. Also on porary country rock starting at 6 p.m. Look house.” According to Wikipedia, Taylor new face of the blues.” As lead guitar in
the concert program is a one-movement for singer/songwriter Alex Rodriguez on was inspired to play the blues after hear- Annie Lennox’s band at the Queen’s 2012
concerto for English Horn by Kenneth Wednesday at 6 p.m., easing you through ing Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham
Fuchs, “Eventide,” performed by the or- Hump Day with soft rock and soul. Friday Albert Collins. The 16-year-old was dis- Palace, before a crowd of thousands, Shaw
chestra’s English horn principal player the 21st, get ready for Iris, a top 40 rock and had an equipment malfunction, causing a
Kristin Naigus. Inspiration for this pas- pop country duo from Melbourne. A 7:30 “much cleaner guitar sound than usual.”
toral piece came from spirituals such as p.m. it’s Hypersona, a “full throttle rock The misfortune turned to gold, however,
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Orchestra band” who promises no style is off limits – if when Taylor learned that Stevie Wonder
conductor and artistic director Aaron T. you can think of it, they can play it. had loved her “clean, bluesy, understated
Collins comments that “Respighi’s abili- tone.” Her albums have hit the Billboard
ty to translate his memories and visions 4 Blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Top 10 in the U.S. and she was named
into music creates what we might today Taylor is coming to the King Center Songwriter of the Year for two years run-
consider a soundtrack.” The orchestra for in Melbourne this Friday, Sept. 14, with ning at the British Blues Awards. Taylor
this concert, he explained, is “noticeably special guest JD Simo. The whiskey-voiced resides in Detroit and London. A guitar-
larger, to best perform these incredible, ist, singer-songwriter and solo perform-
four-movement tone poems.” Time: 7 er, Chicago native Simo started playing
p.m. General admission: $25, 18 and un- guitar at 5, says Wikipedia, and by 15 he’d
der: free. 855-252-7276. already formed a band and released a live
EP, which sold 5,000 copies. Show time:
2 When is a pot not a pot? Often, when 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27. 321-242-2219. 
it resides at the Flametree Gallery,
where you will usually discover one-of-a-
kind clay pieces from the hands, wheels,
kilns and imaginations of area potters. The
current exhibition, now through Sept. 30,
is entitled “Fun,” and the pieces you’ll find,
created by both resident and guest artists,
are variously described as wacky, whimsi-
cal, weird, funky. Flametree is one of sev-
eral galleries in downtown Vero’s 14th Av-
enue art district, a pleasant place to spend
a bit of time, stroll, grab a bite, poke about
in the shops and, of course, enjoy the art.

3 What’s cookin’ on the Sand Bar at
Capt. Hiram’s this week? This Friday,
Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m., Kings County, out of
Orlando, will kick up the sand with high-en-
ergy party rock and alternative/modern.
Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Jeff Marquis, a one-
man band, takes your faves and gives them
a reggae twist. At 7:30 p.m. Lua Pearl takes
the stage: four guys and a gal out of Palm


1. French Exit 1. The Russia Hoax 1. A Land Remembered: The


2. Beneath a Scarlet Sky 2. The Restless Wave ANDRE FRATTINO

BY MARK SULLIVAN BY JOHN MCCAIN 2. Children of Blood and Bone

3. The Sunflower Girl 3. Aware BY DANIEL J. SIEGEL, MD BY TOMI ADEYEMI
4. Assume the Worst
BY ROSANNA CHIOFALO 3. Fox the Tiger (I Can Read)
4. The Other Woman BY COREY R. TABOR
5. House of Trump, House of

5. Murder at Ochre Court SOPHIE BLACKALL



presents presents

Northwestern University Press
Practical Actions for a
Sustainable Future Wednesday, Sept 26th at 4 pm 392 Miracle Mile (21st Street), Vero Beach | 772.569.2050 |

Friday, Sept 21st at 3 pm

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There’s a will and a ‘Way’ among Day of Caring volunteers

Jessica and Ed Decker with Katie Kirk. Vero Beach High School Varsity Cheerleaders. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL Kip and Mary Jacoby with Randy Riley.

ant because it represents hope, and that “Hopefully, with everyone’s help, we’ll
hope represents the help that we can af- be able to achieve that, because please
ford the community.” dear Lord, we really need to,” said Jaco-
by. “It’s more than just a number; it’s a
To introduce the goal with thunder- community. It’s Indian River County
ous spirit, members of the Vero Beach and we know that with wonderful people
High School Varsity Cheerleaders took like you, we will achieve this goal and we
to the stage, inviting the crowd to join will Live United.”
them in an upbeat cheer: “Y-E-L-L every-
body yell, Let’s Live United!” Before volunteers departed for their
various assignments, members of the
Following several other cheers and Vero Beach High School Fighting Indians
routines, ten young ladies overturned Band galvanized the crowd with yet more
cards indicating that this year’s goal was spirited numbers. 
a whopping $2,970,000.

Toni Kouns, IRCSO Deputy Teddy Floyd, Maj. Eric Flowers, Miranda Hawker and Tom Manwaring.

Mary Cone, Freddie Woolfork and Georgia Irish. “We have more than 75 projects, in- Rick Hahn, Elizabeth and Chuck Gerrald, Daphne Gerrald, Susan Chenault Hahn, Andy White and Colene Israel.
cluding the schools,” said Tracey Segal,
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer UWIRC Campaign director. She said
[email protected] that 13 elementary schools and all mid-
dle and high schools had students par-
More than 1,300 volunteers took the ticipating, including many helping to
message of the United Way of Indian assemble 1,000 homeless care kits.
River County to heart Saturday, joining
together to Live United at the annual “We had people calling yesterday to
Day of Caring. Fully half that number register another 50,” said Katie Kirk,
gathered early in the morning at the Day of Caring chair, who with co-chair
First Presbyterian Church for a rousing Michelle Dion led an industrious com-
kickoff. mittee. “So I’m excited; maybe we’ll get
to 2,000 next year.”
Participants were fortified by a boun-
tiful breakfast spread donated by Mc- “Make sure you take lots of pictures
Donald’s, before individuals and teams, and then share them on social media.
children and adults spread out across We want to celebrate Day of Caring with
the county to help spruce up the homes our community,” encouraged Michael
of fellow residents in need, churches, Kint, UWIRC CEO. Relating that the
schools and nonprofit facilities. 2018/19 Campaign co-chairs are Kip
and Mary Jacoby, and Randy and Marge
Riley, he added, “this is not an honorary
position; this is a lot of work.”

“We’ve all worked at United Way for
a number of years to support all the
wonderful things that United Way does
through people like you,” said Mary
Jacoby. She particularly thanked Publix
for consistently being the largest single
contributor to United Way, and also not-
ed the generous contributions of Torch-
bearers and Elite Sponsors.

“The first step in the campaign is de-
termining what our goal is going to be,”
said Jacoby. “The number is very import-

B6 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Tunnel to Towers 5K: Inspiration fuels fired-up runners

Vivian McFall, John O’Connor and Megan McFall. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Craig Lopes, Chris Manning, Tasha Cruz and Craig Weyandt.

Bridget Nelson, Hailey Rhymes and Catalina Pratt. Firefighter Stacey Zedak and Cynthia Falardeau with Dep. Shane Joerger, Cynthia Ryan, Det. Rob Ryan,
(back) Sharon Stewart, Arleen Alter and Floyd Blackwill. Dep. Ryan Eggers and Shelby Plumb.

Furniture • Home Décor • Art • Glass • Jewelry • Gifts & MUCH MORE! By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer The sidewalk at the north end of Riv-
[email protected] erside Park was lined with images of the
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of somber reflection before Dustin Haw- the events of that day, the Stephen Siller
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Batt. Chief Ron Angelone and Gina Kempf. Overall winner Joseph Granberg.

Dr. Geoff Wolf with Rev, Emma Wolf and Sarah Wolf. Barry Segal and Flynn Fidgeon. Donny Stefani, Jenny Grima and Trevor Giordano.

Chief David Currey and Sgt. Frank Adamski. Eng. John Cobb, Lt. Rich Carter, Batt. Chief Joe
Kovaleski and Ret. FDNY Joe Kovaleski.

Jenny Grima, Donny Stefani and Trevor Giordano.

B8 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | DINING

The Wave at Costa d’Este: A paella for every palate

Squid Ink Paella.

ions and squash.

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Between the
[email protected]
five of these, on
If you have a hanker-
ing for paella, and no trip Thursday nights
to Spain is in the immediate
offing, what you need to know there’s a paella for every
is that Thursday is “Paella Night” at
Costa d’Este. palate. The other nights

Right from the time it opened a decade of the week, two of these are
ago, Gloria Estefan’s attractive hotel on Ve-
ro’s Beach has featured paella as well as a offered: the paella mixta and the
wide variety of American, Cuban and Lat-
in dishes. vegetable paella.

But under current executive chef Ar- But Wave has something for everyone
mando Galeas, the Wave Kitchen & Bar has
taken paella to the next level, offering each rizo (which seven nights a week – even on paella night.
Thursday a choice of five variations on this I love) not over-
traditional Valencian dish. ($6). A Caesar whelming the other compo- Thinking fresh seafood? There usu-
salad is an excellent complement for pa- nents. While the rice could have stood a
On our most recent visit, our party of ella. The Wave’s regular salads would be smidgen more saffron, it was very flavor- ally are at least three different local fish
three sampled two of the paellas. I or- too large, but a side Caesar was perfect. ful. All in all, an excellent paella!
dered the paella mixta ($32 for one, $54 The squid ink paella also drew raves, to choose from. Craving steak? From five
for two), and my husband and our com- My paella mixta, when it arrived, was the ink adding a rich black color to the
panion decided to try the squid a beautiful combination of paella Valen- rice while giving a slightly salty taste choices, you’d have trouble topping the
ink paella ($31 for one, ciana and paella de marisco, containing to the shrimp, squid, bay scallops and
$52 for two). clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, scallops, clams. dry-aged New York strip. And if you are of
Spanish chorizo, chicken, sweet peppers There were three other paellas on the
While the paellas and cheese. menu that night: chicken and chorizo pa- a mind for Cuban, there are the tradition-
were being prepared, the ella; lobster paella (I was sorely tempted by
three of us enjoyed the The seafood was all cooked perfectly, that one); and vegetable paella, which has al dishes from the Estefan Kitchen menu.
Wave’s small side and this paella was deliciously light – the no seafood, no chicken and no sausage,
Caesar salads taste of the cho- but contains asparagus, This restaurant has really come into its
mushrooms, piquillo
peppers, green beans, own in the past couple of years, and now
peas, artichokes, to-
has the best hotel dining in town with
matoes, pearl on-
fresh seafood, excellent steaks, and inter-

esting Cuban dishes. And if you are like

me a paella lover, give the Wave a try on

Thursday. You won’t be sorry.

I welcome your comments, and encour-
age you to send feedback to me at tina@

The reviewer dines anonymously at
restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
32963. 

Paella Mixta. Hours:
5:30 pm to 10 pm nightly

Beverages: Full Bar

3244 Ocean Drive


Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | DINING September 14, 2018 B9

A Modern Diner with fresh local ingredients

A Roger Lord and Chuck Arnold Restaurant

The Best Food In South County!

reservations strongly suggested

2950 9th St. S.W. #105 Open Tues.-Sun. 5pm-9pm
Vero Beach

Available Daily 4:30 - 5:30
$5 House Wine and Well Drinks

Choice of Tides’ House Salad,
Caesar Salad or BLT Iceberg Wedge

Carolina BBQ Pork, Chicken, Scottish
Salmon, Steak Au Poivre, Rigatoni Bolognese

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Wine Spectator Award Open 7 Days
2002 – 2017
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wednesday | steak night early-bird
a la carte specialty steak menu
sunday - thursday
thursday | paella night 5 - 6 pm

selection of paella dishes three courses
$22 per person
mojito monday

$8 flavored mojitos

happy 1/2 off appetizers
hour $4 draft beer
$5 house wine
4 - 6 pm daily $6 house cocktails

sunday brunch

a la carte brunch menu
11:30 am - 3 pm

call 772.410.0100 for more information 


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Thai & Japanese Cuisine Live Music and Jazz
Tues – Thurs, 6 pm - 9 pm
Beer, Wine, Sake & Fri & Sat, 6 pm - 10 pm
Full Liquor Bar
$2 Off Martini Tuesdays
Dine in & Take Out

Mon - Sat 11:30am - 3 pm


Nightly 4:30 pm -10 pm

713 17th Street|(17th Shoppes Center)

Eva’s Real Home CookiAnvga&ilaWbBilneeeer
for Lunch & Dinner
Polish Kitchen

Fresh & Healthy Daily specials with specialty sides

Authentic & Homemade Spicy Polish dishes

Traditional Polish dishes available on request

Pierogis, Keilbasa, Stuffed Cabbage


Shop at our Deli for imported items and meals to go.
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Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | GAMES September 14, 2018 B13

K983 J52 10 7 6
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist J 10 9 7 643 82
8 K 10 5 4 9763
Fred Allen, a comedian who died in 1956, said, “I always have trouble remembering three AK54 762 Q 10 8 3
things: faces, names and — I can’t remember what the third thing is.”
So far, we have looked at similar deals in three no-trump. In one case, declarer had to AQ4
choose between line A and line B; in another, he could try line A and, if it failed, fall back AKQ5
on line B. Today’s deal is a third variation. Against three no-trump, West leads the club AQJ2
ace, under which East signals enthusiastically with the 10. West continues with the club J9
four (in case his partner has only queen-third of clubs). East wins with the queen, returns
the club three and takes the fourth trick with his club eight. (South discards the spade four Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both
and a high diamond.) Then East shifts to a spade. What should South do?
The Bidding:
South showed a balanced hand with a good 22-24 points. North tried for the lucrative
vulnerable game bonus. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
2 Clubs Pass 2 Diamonds Pass
How should South play? The spade finesse is 50-50, and a 3-3 heart split is only a 35.53 2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass LEAD:
percent shot. But there is a third, more complicated, line C. If a defender has four hearts A Clubs
and the spade king, he can be squeezed — that dreaded word!

Declarer can win trick five with his spade ace and run the diamonds, pitching his spade
queen. Dummy retains the spade jack and three hearts; South has four hearts. Here, West
cannot keep both the spade king and four hearts. He is squeezed.

Note that South does not need to count anything — he looks only for the spade king. If
that card has not appeared by trick 10, declarer hopes to run the hearts.

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The Telegraph ACROSS DOWN
1 Remain (4) 2 Hike (4)
4 Male animal (4) 3 Over there (6)
8 Looks at (4) 4 Bats in the -- (6)
9 Not rich (9) 5 Reduce (6)
11 Tempestuous (6) 6 Tiny hoard (anag.) (9)
13 Novice (7) 7 Crikey! (1,3)
15 Close (6) 10 Layer (7)
16 French city (6) 12 Rebuff (4)
18 Important person (6) 13 Ridiculous (9)
20 Uproar (6) 14 Shorten (7)
22 Bouncer (7) 17 Look for (4)
23 Rings (6) 19 Chitchat (6)
25 Very important (9) 2 China (6)
26 What shops do (4) 21 Baby’s toy (6)
27 King Edward, e.g. (4) 23 Price (4)
28 Simple (4) 24 Fish; male voice (4)

How to do Sudoku:

Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three

Sturgis The Telegraph

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ACROSS 94 Ocean liner, familiarly 38 Murphy Brown colleague The Washington Post
1 Sphere starter 95 Milk-truck puller Frank
5 Debunks? 96 Up to this point and others HOUSE CAT By Merl Reagle
10 “Amo, amas, I love ___” 97 Dickensian exclamations,
15 House cat’s favorite violinist? 39 Before, once
19 “Back ___?” or a homophone 40 Picketer’s bane
21 What the house cat uses on of a Dickensian pseudonym 42 Concerning
98 How the house cat finds 43 “___ see it ...”
Chelsea? mouse burgers? 44 Actor and crossword fan Ely
23 House coat? 101 Wt. losses 45 Org. of “seven dirty words”
24 Michael Tucker in Diner 103 Chrysler product
25 Adding insult to injury 105 Rich soil fame
26 Tías, to Tom 106 Have to cough up 47 Bike-wheel features
28 It starts at g1, on a 108 Stick in the mud? 52 Chief, in Hawaiian
112 Organ with a drum 53 Former Mexican political
chessboard 113 In two places at once?
29 Toe the line 115 Rigg who hosted Mystery! leader Adolfo de la ___
30 Nicosia’s isl. 1989-2003 55 Erin of Happy Days
31 Newsroom unit 118 Frequenter of Café 59 Milk shake kin
32 Mbr. of “OAS” Nervosa, on TV 60 H’wood release
34 Losing line of a game 119 Zaire neighbor 61 Sometimes twisted joints
36 Something the house cat 121 House cat’s favorite 63 Zip a Ziploc
trading place? 65 In the past
practices? 124 Show up and tell 67 Believer’s ending
41 Word with rest or restricted 125 House cat’s second 68 Continues
43 Sandy says it favorite president? 70 House cat’s electric
46 Chicago trains 126 Actor Lew
48 Memento ___ 127 “The ___ falling!” treatment?
49 Fission commission, once: 128 Upbeat 71 Apr. addressee
72 How replicas are built
abbr. DOWN 73 House cat’s favorite native
50 Escapee emergs. 1 ___ of the times
51 House cat’s favorite music 2 Holy city? American?
3 Middle of the 15th century 76 Bausch’s buddy
maker? 4 Go-aheads 77 Abby and Ann, e.g.
54 It retains water 5 Summaries or 80 Hold your horses
56 Nth: abbr. 82 Nora Charles portrayer
57 Peru people, once some tires 83 Jessica Lange’s biggest
58 Dislodge, as from 6 Rankles
7 TV programming vacancy co-star
the sack 8 David Copperfield girl 84 Flight from D.C.
59 Hotbed of heavy breathing 9 ___ Tomé and Principe 87 “Lettuce”
62 Third largest island 10 Helping hand: abbr. 88 A. Bell ringer
64 Compound microscope 11 “___ luck!” 89 Top cops, Soviet-style
12 Tempe sch. 91 Compass pt.
inventor Robert 13 House cat’s parting gift to 93 Tree nut
66 Intending 94 Iran city
69 Receipt, in Rouen Millie? 99 “K-K-K” girl and Jurado
70 House cat’s favorite 14 House cat’s reaction to 100 Powdered inks
102 Mavericks
expression? (coined by one French fries? 104 San Diego player
of his movie-star buddies) 15 Silo occupant, briefly 107 Like some floss
73 Prefix in acoustics 16 Dweller along the 118 Down 109 In a pallid manner
74 Sphere starter 17 Economy-size equine 110 Otto Preminger’s producer
75 A Fistful of Dollars director 18 Mystery writer Marsh
76 Boys in the ’hood, e.g. 20 Wayne’s word brother (M*A*S*H, etc.)
78 Fool 22 “Distasteful” desert plant? 111 Will of The Waltons
79 Lock of hair 27 Like a jaybird? 112 Make a boo-boo
81 “Unhappily ...” 30 Scorsese’s The ___ Money 114 Buttram and butter
85 Diminutive ending, 31 Greek letter 115 Berth place
as for “hill” 33 Lamb’s commentary 116 Like raw eggs, to kids
86 Like Steinbeck’s Lenny 35 Kisses, in love letters 117 Japan electronics giant
88 House cat’s favorite mythical 37 Andy’s pal 118 Bangkok’s river, ___ Phraya
beast? 120 Hide/hair insert
90 Some semi stops: abbr. 122 “___ your old man!”
92 Coiling killer 123 Atlanta’s CDC, e.g.

The Telegraph

B16 September 14, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | CALENDAR

ONGOING 15 Starry Night at GYAC, 6:30 p.m. at p.m. at ELC will present report by MRC and US p.m. Sun. with historical reenactments, vendors
Gifford Youth Achievement Center to EPA National Estuary Program & Applied Ecolo- and displays, games, kid’s zone and live enter-
Vero Beach Theatre Guild: Yankee Tavern, a benefit its expansion fund, with 14 Bones BBQ gy, examining 20 years of lagoon water quality tainment.
9/11 conspiracy-theory thriller thru Sept. 23. dinner and dancing under the stars to music by data. Free; registration required.
772-562-8300 Ladies of Soul. $50. 772-794-1005 22 Ruck March, a 6-mile march with partic-
18-28 USPA 2018 National Para- ipants carrying packs filled with 15 to 30
Vero Beach Museum of Art - Astronomy Pho- 15 Twilight 2-Mile, presented by Run Vero, chuting Championships pounds of non-perishables, 8 a.m. near Veterans
tographer of the Year exhibition thru Sept. 16; 6:30 p.m. from Beachland Elementary hosted by Skydive Sebastian, with athletes from Memorial Island to raise funds for Iraq/Afghani-
Post-War Impressions: Printmaking in the Unit- through Vero Beach neighborhoods, with 7:10 around the world competing in various disci- stan monument, Upward American Veterans and
ed States after WWII thru Sept. 23; 150 Years of p.m. free kids run followed by ice cream sundae plines. food for Food Pantry IRC. 772-584-5157.
Painting & Sculpture from the Permanent Col- bar and entertainment. 772-643-7010
lection thru Jan. 13. 19 Shoe Guy Reveal Kick-off Party in antici- 22 Screening of documentary, “Angst:
15|16 Vero Beach Bridal Show pating of Wine Women & Shoes event to Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,”
SEPTEMBER and Tour from Heritage benefit Humane Society of VB & IRC, 5:30 p.m. at 9 a.m. at Emerson Center hosted by IndiFlex
Center, with VIP venue tour, bridal fashion Rosner Motorsports in Vero Beach. 772-388-3826 Foundation and Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach, fol-
14 Sebastian River Area Chamber of show, raffle and grooms lounge. 772-770-2263 lowed by mental health panel discussion. Free.
Commerce 25th annual Lifestyle & 21 Opioid Crisis Summit presented by
Media Auction, 6 p.m. at Pareidolia Brewing 15|16 Sebastian Inlet Regular Joe Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, 1 22 Super Fly Dance Off to benefit Feed the
Company. $20; members $10. 772-589-5969 Surf Festival, a ‘contest for p.m. at Sebastian City Council Chambers, to in- Lambs Enrichment Program, 6 p.m. at
the rest of us’ at Sebastian Inlet State Park. Se- crease awareness and connect the public with Courthouse Executive Center, with unlimited ap-
14|15 Riverside Theatre Howl resources toward prevention/treatment of opi- petizers, cash bar and DJ Lisa playing music from
at the Moon Experience oid/prescription drug abuse. 772-589-5969 60’s & 70’s. $60; $100 for two. 772-501-2617
– Glow Party, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., with free 16 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra fea-
Live on the Loop entertainment at 6:30 p.m. tures the Respighi masterpiece “Pines 21|22 Riverside Theatre Come- 22 The Ladies of Soul and LOS Band at Se-
772-231-6990 of Rome,” plus Roman Festival and English Horn dy Zone Experience, 7:30 bastian Inlet State Park Night Sounds
Concerto, 3 p.m. at Vero Beach High School p.m. & 9:30 p.m., with Live on the Loop free en- concert series, 7 p.m. at Coconut Point pavil-
PAC. 855-252-7276 tertainment at 6:30 p.m. 772-231-6990 ions. Free with park entry fee. 772-388-2750

15 Ocean Conservancy’s International 18 Indian River County Lagoon Health 21-23 Vero Beach Pirate Festival 28 Main Street Vero Beach’s Downtown
Coastal Cleanup, 9 a.m. to Noon at Update, hosted by Marine Resources at Riverside Park, 2 to 7 Friday Street Party, 6 to 9 p.m. on 14th
locations throughout the county. Keepindian- Council and Environmental Learning Center, 6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. to 4 Avenue. Free. 772-643-6782
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
15 National Estuaries Day Celebration, 9 in September 7, 2018 Edition 1 BUSINESS 1 BUCK
a.m. to Noon at Environmental Learning 5 CLOD 2 STADIUM
Center, with dip netting & seining, canoe trips, ac- 9 CHARGER 3 NIGHTCLOTHES
tivity, craft & informational booths and more. $5; 10 PANIC 4 SPRITE
$3 children ages 2 to 11. 772-589-5050 11 DICTATORSHIP 6 LUNCH
15 Yarn Lounge, free day focused on fiber 14 ACTIVE 8 APPRECIATIVE
crafters and indi-dyed yarns, 2 p.m. at 17 QUESTIONABLE 12 FREQUENT
Walking Tree Brewery. 20 EXUDE 15 ILLEGAL

15 Inaugural First Responders Fall Cook- Sudoku Page B13 Sudoku Page B14 Crossword Page B13 Crossword Page B14 (GANG OF FOURS)
off, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Indian River
County Fairgrounds, with live music, home-
made barbecue, vendors, games and cook-off
contest. $25; kids under 12 free.


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