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12/22/2017 ISSUE 51

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Taking a crack at coding

A3 B2 B13Teen Tech program at library
Bon voyage to local actor In gear for New Year’s

... but not before ‘Rat Pack’ gig Tradition preps for big bash

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 51 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017

JOY AND School District moves on new
TOYS TO $17M headquarters off I-95
THE KIDS
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer ly and physically challenged chil-
Jirehlie Miranda lets [email protected] dren.
Santa Claus know
she was a good girl The St. Lucie School District is Going back to Orange Blossom,
this year during the wasting no time as it continues to according to District Chief Finan-
annual gift giveaway recover from Hurricane Irma. A cial Officer Tim Bargeron, was an
to students through decision was made and staff was “option of last resort.”
the Port St. Lucie given orders – now the prep work
Police Athletic League for constructing a $17 million ad- He said the School Board gave
last Tuesday. Below, ministration building begins. staff direction to come up with op-
Floresta Elementa- tions – options that leaned heavily
ry School students The new building would re- on vacating Orange Blossom.
Assata Shakur and place the currently uninhabitable
Chloe Mazzetti, both administration office the School Bargeron said staff considered
8, open presents given District had at the former Orange potentially relocating to an exist-
to them.  Blossom mall in Fort Pierce. Or- ing building – Liberty Medical, the
ange Blossom flooded during Hur- former VGTI facility, and others –
ricane Irma, displacing not only but ultimately landed on building
the School District, but also the new. The administration building
Supervisor of Elections Office and is currently slated to be 107,000
PATCHES, the daycare for mental- square feet, based on what it had

CONTINUED ON PAGE A10

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
INTO GRUESOME PSL SLAY

PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
[email protected]
School fields now open to public in off hours JUSTINO CRUZ JR.
“I just killed my father,”
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer after-school recreational opportu- getting started, the school will be Justino Cruz Jr., told 911 by the bed,” Cruz told the 911 dis-
[email protected] nities for the public. open daily during daylight hours. dispatch Dec. 12. “He’s been patcher. “He’s completely dead.”
doing spiritual witchcraft
Good fences make good neigh- For the last couple weeks, The City of Port St. Lucie made against me, along with ev- Cruz left the home, located at
bors – and in the case of the City Bayshore Elementary’s soccer the announcement ahead of the erybody else.” the Club Apartments, 141 SW Palm
of Port St. Lucie and the St. Lucie field and playground have been break in hopes of encouraging Drive, before authorities could ar-
School District, good fences at open to residents on the week- residents to make use of the It’s as close to a motive as
Bayshore Elementary make for ends – and with Winter Break the Port St. Lucie Police De- CONTINUED ON PAGE A8
CONTINUED ON PAGE A4 partment has been able to
determine so far as they con-
tinue their investigation into
the first murder of the year.

Cruz Jr. was arrested in the
hours following his father’s death,
charged with murder. His father
was identified as 65-year-old Jus-

tino Cruz Sr. “He’s on the floor

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Youngsters take a crack at coding in Teen Tech program

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent ed coding is. “The shortest name was three letters and that’s that game. You have to look at it down to the pixel. That’s one
27 beads,” she said. For example, the lowercase “a” in binary piece of binary code. They were impressed with that.”
Yeah, Generation Z is pretty adept at using apps, but argu- is 01100001, which took eight beads. The group used clear
ably not many have opened the proverbial hoods on their beads to represent spaces between letters. Wilson said that during the next session Teen Tech attend-
electronic devices and seen how the engines work. That’s the ees will learn more about how that coding works on screens.
idea behind the Morningside Branch Library’s new Teen Tech Interestingly, the binary code that underlies the modern
program. computing revolution goes back arguably millennia. “Next season we’re going to build on that and take them to
the Creation Station for more coding,” she said.
“There was a TED talk done by Mitch Resnick, the guy who A German mathematician and philosopher, Gottfried Wil-
created Scratch Coding,” Jesse Wilson, digital specialist, said. helm, in the 17th century developed a system of stringing 1s The Creation Station is the library’s technology learning
“He made the comment you can hand a tablet (computer) and 0s together to represent information. He later discovered area. “We’re going to let them learn how to create things to
to a teenager and they can use it like it’s second nature. But the “I Ching,” which in Pinyin is “Yijing.” Wilhelm noted the hang in the Creation Station,” Wilson explained. “We’re also
if you ask how it works, they look at you like you’re speaking similarity of the ancient Chinese text’s system of stringing looking at having kids create book trailers.”
Greek.” positives and negatives together to represent natural phe-
nomena and his binary code approach to explaining the That is creating short videos about books that are quick
Scratch Coding is a free program for children to create Christian idea of creatio ex nihilo, creation from nothing. summaries aimed at highlighting exciting parts of the sto-
interactive stories and discuss them. TED (Technology, En- ries – just like movie trailers. Creating the trailers will involve
tertainment, Design) Talks produces conferences and videos Turning tech into a craft project was a hit, Wilson said. scripting, videography and editing. The videos will play on
with speakers discussing scientific and cultural ideas. “The kids loved it,” She said. “I said when you look at a library monitors.
computer game, think about how long it takes them to code
Wilson leads the library’s monthly Teen Tech program, “We’re going to make them famous,” Wilson said.
which is on the fourth Saturday of the month. The next series Registration isn’t needed for Teen Tech sessions, but
of sessions will start on Saturday, Jan. 27. The library is closed they’re highly recommended. Attendees don’t have to do
on Dec. 23 for the Christmas holiday. multiple sessions, but, again, it’s recommended.
Teens aren’t the only ones who’ll be learning about tech at
Resnick’s talk, Wilson said, got her thinking about how to Morningside next month. “We are going to be starting a huge
teach teens about the mechanics underlying the technology range of adult programs at the Creation Station,” Wilson said.
they use daily. Teen Tech started in October. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Morningside will host an adult pro-
gram for designing and producing logos with programs at
“We started with binary coding,” Wilson explained. “That’s the library. The adult tech education will continue on Friday,
the basic you can get to on a computer.” Jan. 12. “We’re going to show you how to use your Android
devices,” Wilson said.
Wilson taught attendees about coding with a craft project, The Morningside Branch Library is at 2410 SE Morning-
not computer keyboards. The youths learned about turning side Blvd., Port St. Lucie.
letters into the binary code computers use by spelling out More about the libraries and their activities is at www.st-
their names. The group used black and white beads to repre- lucieco.gov. Morningside’s phone number is 772-337-5632. 
sent the 1s and 0s of binary strings to make necklaces.

That’s when, Wilson said, many realized how complicat-

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HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Clockwise from right, Rabbi Shlomo Uminer, Port
St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec and members of the
Chabad Jewish Center of Martin & St. Lucie Counties
dance around the dreidel mascot on the first night of
Hanukkah Dec. 12 at Tradition Square; children prepare
for the Hanukkah gelt drop from a drone prior to the be-
ginning of the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights;
Danielle Palumbo and son Cameron, 11, sing songs
celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. 

PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN

SCHOOL FIELDS ties – given that taxpayers are the ones who meaning that any time there’s an opportuni- accesses the campus proper when school
ultimately pay for said facilities. ty for partnership and cross-use, they should is not in session. There will be no staff sta-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 pursue it. tioned at the school after hours – instead,
Marty Sanders, the School District’s exec- the city’s roving park patrol will do drive-
public access between Christmas and New utive director of growth management, land Already, the city has used district indoor bys and will be responsible for locking and
Year’s. acquisition, inter-governmental relations, basketball courts for youth basketball pro- unlocking the gates. They’ll also take care
facilities and maintenance, said the new- grams. Sanders said there is little difference of trash collection and visually inspect the
“It’s been a very good relationship over est agreement with the city only builds on between district recreational facilities and public areas to make sure the area is safe for
many years,” said Parks and Recreation what the School Board has directed staff to city facilities. the schoolchildren.
Director Brad Keen of the city and School accomplish. “They’ve always preached to us”
District. For years, both governments have that the community doesn’t have the luxu- To get Bayshore Elementary prepared While other school districts and local
enjoyed reciprocal use of each other’s facili- ry to duplicate expensive facilities, he said, for public use after hours, the city has paid
for some fencing that will ensure no one CONTINUED ON PAGE A7



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SCHOOL FIELDS

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A4

governments may have had issues trying DIGGIN’ THIS NEW
to come up with a way to share facilities, PROJECT AT McCARTY
St. Lucie’s district has taken a different ap-
proach. State Rep. Gayle Harrell, Port St. Lucie City Council member Jolene Caraballo along with other state, county and city officials

“We seek solutions, not problems,” joined with the students of the Marine Oceanographic Academy Prep program at Forrest Grove Middle School during ground-
Sanders said, adding that he understands
other districts might have concerns with li- breaking ceremonies at McCarty Ranch Extension’s Water Quality Project on Dec. 12.  PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN
ability and the like. However, when tasked
with a policy from the School Board to all goes well, it won’t be the only one. Oaks Middle School on St. James Drive if Residents making use of the property are
share and share alike, staff fell in line and “We’ll give it at least a few months,” said Bayshore is deemed a success. expected to abide by City Parks rules – no
got the attorneys and risk management to dogs, no alcohol, no abusive language or be-
sign off. “It’s the right thing to do for the Sanders of testing out Bayshore before ex- Sanders said what will make the pilot pro- havior. Because the “park” is on school prop-
public,” he said. panding the program. The School District gram a success is if, after a few months, there erty, smoking or use of tobacco products is
wants to open Palm Pointe Educational have been few or no incidents – i.e., vandal- not allowed. 
“It’s a good feeling,” Keen said of knowing Research School in Tradition and Southern ism, misbehavior and the like.
the relationship between the two entities
is strong enough to allow for shared use of
their respective facilities. He noted that while
the city makes use of basketball courts and
other facilities, the School District has been
allowed to use city parks without charge for
class picnics and other functions.

Bayshore Elementary’s open field, play-
ground, tot playground, and basketball
courts are open for public use on school days
from 6 p.m. to sunset, and on non-school
days from 8 a.m. to sunset. However, due to
how early the sun sets this time of year, the fa-
cility won’t be open weeknights – at least not
until spring, when the time changes again.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 investigators to corroborate the informa-
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Cruz told dispatch. “He’s still trying to be been issued for him in the past. One time,
NOW OPEN a part of me but he’s dying off.” he was found in North Carolina.

WHEN YOU PLAN AHEAD Cruz Jr., 36, told dispatch that the knife Cruz’s 911 call came in shortly before
he allegedly used to kill his father was a 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. A couple hours later,
CrSeWekStWoanyy knife his father gave him the day before. a female customer at the nearby Publix
SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. He also said the knife had been placed in called 911 to report seeing a man who re-
SW Hartwick Dr. a dresser drawer after he killed his father. sembled Cruz.

“I’m not a liar,” Cruz said. “He kind of creeped me out a little bit,”
However, police did not find the knife the caller told dispatch. She described
in a dresser drawer. Instead, it was recov- Cruz as being sweaty and clammy. She
ered from a retention pond behind the said he circled her three times inside the
apartment building, according to Port St. store and that he was lurking.
Lucie police.
“I did it in the name of the Lord,” Cruz The woman told dispatch that he left
told dispatch, adding that he’s on medi- the store and continued walking out to
cation. “They say I’m Schizo-affected, but Crosstown Parkway, staying on the side-
I’m not.” walk and heading west toward Tradition.
Police said family members have in-
dicated that Cruz has a long history of Police responded and found the man
mental issues but investigators have not she had described. It was Cruz Jr.
yet been able to obtain any of his medical
records to corroborate their claims. “He was cooperative,” Det. Sgt. Norkus
Cruz urged the 911 dispatcher to send said of Cruz, later adding that the wom-
police quickly and, just before he hung an’s alertness helped authorities to appre-
up, he said, “This is not a joke.” hend a murder suspect.

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by his cherished wife and children. Don was his home. Tom was born Aug. 9, 1949, in Treasure Coast Hospice has always treasured life. Now,
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He is survived by his wife, Janet Shel- palliative care, pediatric care and grief support, to
He resided in Warwick, R.I., before coming ton; daughter, Sara Charlene Hart of better meet the needs of our community.
to Port St. Lucie 13 years ago. Don enjoyed Clermont; stepchildren Jennifer Good-
many things throughout his life but most of man and Bill Palmer of Jensen; brother, Licensed since 1982.
all enjoyed spending time with his family. Charles L. Shelton of Chula Vista, Calif.;
sisters, Sandra Shelton-Clark of Altamon- Treasuring Life | To learn more,
Don retired from General Dynamics as a te Springs, and Brenda Mynes of Orlando; visit TreasureHealth.org or call 866.999.4550
Marine Pipefitter, prior to that position he grandchildren Tommy, Layla, Roxy and
worked for many years as a union construc- Winter; and many nieces, nephews and
tion laborer. He was a U.S. veteran serving in cousins.
the Marine Corps during the Korean War era
as an MP. He was a member of the FOP and He is preceded in death by his parents,
the Kentish Guards; he was also a Boy Scout Allene and Charles Shelton, of Orlando.
leader and volunteer of the SPREAD program
at St. Rita’s Church,where he also served as a He owned his own electrical contract-
Eucharistic Minister and lector. ing company for many years and recently
retired with his wife and soulmate, Janet.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 They married Aug. 1, 2004, and lived in St.
years, Marjorie Elaine Izzo (Amitrano); son, Cloud until 2017.
Gaetano Donald “Donny” (Lisa) Izzo Jr. of
Warwick, R.I.; daughters, Cheryl Ann (James Tom was a devoted husband, father,
W. Murphy III) Murphy of Saunderstown, brother and papa, and looked forward
R.I., Lori Ann Izzo of Coventry, R.I., and to many years of traveling and spending
Marjorie Elaine (Fred Burdick) Sinclair of time with his family. He traveled all over
Warwick, R.I.; and numerous grandchildren, the U.S., and also lived in Oklahoma City,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. where his daughter was born; and Hous-
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age in infrastructure and communication lines. gram and finish their certificate on time. The Fort Pierce. It is an association of communi-
Despite the devastation, the PRPI Laser and students will be working for local fiber optics
Photonics Certificate program courses restarted companies to gain valuable hands-on experi- ty and state colleges, universities, K-12 schools
merely a month later, in October. The Institute, ence and help restore the telecommunication
however, struggled with placing students in the systems of Puerto Rico. The stipends will cover and technical centers, trade associations, and
Industry Technical Internship program due to students’ wages, cost of living, and transporta-
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island.
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LASER-TEC, with the support of the Nation- tion Advanced Technological Education Center
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please contact Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, execu-

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SCHOOL ADMIN. BUILDING Centre Drive on the northwest quadrant of Bargeron said. The $1.8 million proper- what it calls “revenue anticipation notes.”
Interstate 95 close to PGA Village. ty is expected to close this coming spring. Such notes are essentially short-term loans
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 The delay in securing the property is not held by a single entity.
Sanders lauded the location, noting that stopping the School District from pushing
recently been using at Orange Blossom, and based on expected future growth in the forward on getting the architect and a con- It’s the same process the School District
is expected to be at least two stories, if not county, the nexus of I-95 and St. Lucie West struction manager on board. used to cover the $13-or-so million heating,
three. Boulevard is the best place to be. ventilation and air-conditioning renovation
The board recently inked contracts with at Port St. Lucie High School about six years
Marty Sanders, the School District’s exec- He said it’s convenient to the Florida Donadio and Associates, of Vero Beach, to ago. Five years later, the note was paid off.
utive director of growth management, land Turnpike, the interstate and, of course, St. provide the architectural services and Jac-
acquisition, inter-governmental relations, Lucie West Boulevard. It’s also along a pub- quin & Sons, of Fort Pierce, to serve as the District staff said they are working as
and facilities and maintenance, said the new lic transportation route and has a bus stop construction manager. quickly as possible to bring about a new
building will have a 50-year life expectancy nearby. building so all the departments can again be
and will be built with operational and capi- The School District is using insurance housed under the same roof.
tal costs in mind. Before settling on the property near Tut- money to cover the cost of retrofitting and
to Fresco, however, the School District’s renting space at Indian River State College “It’s really hard to operate under these
But where will the administration build- staff considered properties already in their to consolidate some of its office space. conditions,” Bargeron said of having the
ing be built? Bargeron said the district is un- possession – properties targeted for future district’s numerous departments scattered
der contract to purchase a 10-acre site near schools. Staff ultimately decided that it But construction of the new administra- throughout the county – a by-product of va-
the Tutto Fresco restaurant along Commerce would not do for them to take away a large tion building will be funded through what cating Orange Blossom. “We’re very eager to
parcel planned for a future high school, cash the district has on hand and through get everyone back together.” 

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‘BONE HEALTH EMERGENCY’

BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer performing everyday activities. Kristy Losapio, ARNP, and Julie Ann Klucar, PA-C.
The Surgeon General’s office states that by 2020,
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but osteo-
porosis can kill you. half of all Americans over the age of 50 will be at risk
for fractures from osteoporosis.
Just ask certified physician assistant Julie Klucar
and advanced registered nurse practitioner Kristy So what are Klucar, Losapio and the Coastal Frac-
Losapio at the Coastal Fracture Prevention Center in ture Prevention Center doing to help older patients in
Sebastian. Indian River County avoid fractures and live a longer,
healthier, broken bone-free life?
Right off the bat Losapio points out “75 percent of
hip fractures occur in women,” but then adds, “men Plenty.
are at a higher risk of death following the hip fracture – This particular duo can rattle off a laundry list
25 percent of men die in the first six months following of things seniors can and should be doing to avoid
a hip fracture.” life-changing and potentially life-threatening broken
bones.
Klucar and Losapio are backed up in their claims by Since the disease is alarmingly under-diagnosed,
the American Orthopedic Association which bluntly having a DEXA or bone density test would be a logical
states that “almost one quarter of seniors [men and first step. Losapio happily points out if your bone den-
women] who suffer a hip fracture will die within one sity is low, there are now new medications like Tymlos
year.” which, she says, “have been shown to actually build
new and good quality bone.”
That’s a lot of seniors. The next step might be taking a closer look at your
The National Osteoporosis Foundation says that diet. As Klucar points out, “you can get [all your need-
upwards of 10.3 million American adults have osteo- ed] vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet,
porosis and that an incredible 43.3 million more have that’s optimal. I mean, I think that everybody would
low bone mass that also can lead to broken bones. agree with that.”
Osteoporosis is a disease that “causes bones to be- She then adds that seniors need sunlight, too.
come weak and brittle – so brittle that a fall or even “We’re afraid of the sun now, you know, but you’ve got
mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause to be outside for at least 15 minutes a day. And no sun-
a fracture,” according to the Mayo Clinic. screen,” because even a low SPF 15 drastically reduces
In fact, a huge percentage of the broken bones oste- the vitamin D – an essential element for healthy bones
oporosis causes come from those “low trauma” events
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And then there’s balance. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
As we age and become at less active than
BY AMBY BURFOOT | The Washington Post ed to the new research, Francisco Lo- been troubled by their reliance on self-re-
we used to be, we may lose our natural sense pez-Jimenez, said, “Both papers show porting, which is notoriously inaccurate.
of balance. As if you needed another reason to very important findings. When we assess When asked how much they eat or exer-
make fitness your New Year’s resolution: the protective effects of physical activity cise, respondents reply in the expected
“If you’re not demanding balance, you’re Two recent mortality studies have pro- and exercise using objective methods, the direction. In other words, they “fudge” a
not going to have balance,” Losapio says. duced evidence that even light activity benefit is larger than we had thought.” Lo- bit, generally under-reporting their food
“You have to make that a part of your daily such as vacuuming or walking the dog has pez-Jimenez is chair of the division of pre- consumption and over-reporting their ex-
routines. Standing on one leg brushing your major health benefits. ventive cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in ercise habits.
teeth, I mean, little things. Standing at your Rochester, Minn., where he’s also research
kitchen doing dishes. Tilting from one leg to The studies are among the first wave of director of the Dan Abraham Healthy Liv- However, the situation has improved
another. You know, little things, that you can epidemiological papers based on objec- ing Center. for exercise epidemiologists, thanks to
work in.” tive measures of physical activity, rather the development of lightweight, wearable
than self-reported responses. As such, Diet and exercise studies have long accelerometers (think Fitbit). These allow
And while they’ll never make it into a Vic- they are considered more accurate. scientists to collect objective activity data
toria’s Secret catalog, there are even under- – such as how much they sit, how much
garments specifically designed to absorb the The new investigations were performed they move – on large numbers of people.
impact of a fall, especially in the hip area. by researchers at Harvard University and
the renowned Karolinska Institute in Indeed, I-Min Lee and her Harvard col-
Although the National Library of Medi- Stockholm. They found that the most ac- leagues mailed accelerometers to more
cine at NIH found only “a marginally signifi- tive subjects had a 50 percent to 70 per- than 16,000 U.S. women, who wore them
cant reduction in hip fracture risk,” for those cent decline in mortality during a defined for 15 hours a day on four or more days.
while wearing this “impact wear” clothing, follow-up period compared with the least The researchers then followed the women
for someone with severe osteoporosis, any active, most sedentary participants. Previ- for an average of 2.3 years to determine
reduction in risk might well be worth con- ous self-report research had pegged this their mortality data. The Swedes gave
sidering. benefit at about 20 percent to 35 percent. similar devices to 851 subjects, including
almost 400 men, who wore them for 14 or
Klucar and Losapio say they are eager to “We were somewhat surprised by the more hours on four or more days. These
share their knowledge, expertise, tips and strong association between light activi- subjects were tracked for 14.2 years.
skills in what they call this “bone health ty and mortality,” said Ing-Mari Dohrn,
emergency.” first author of the Swedish paper. “It was a “What’s new and important is the
strong factor for reductions in cancer and strength of the association we discovered
When it comes to preventing or fighting cardiovascular deaths, as well as for all- with the more precise measurements,”
back if osteoporosis does set in, says Losap- cause mortality.”
io, “the Coastal Fracture Prevention Center CONTINUED ON PAGE A15
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LIGHT EXERCISE reported remarkably similar measurements
for time sitting, time in light activity (i.e.,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A13 folding the laundry, walking slowly, etc.),
and time in moderate-to-vigorous activi-
said Lee, an exercise epidemiologist. “Our ty (vacuuming, walking briskly or playing
most active women had a 60 to 70 percent sports). It appears that both Americans and
decline in mortality, which compares favor- Swedes spend an average of about 500 min-
ably to the 50 percent difference you would utes a day sitting, 350 minutes in light activ-
see between non-smokers and smokers. ity and 30 minutes in moderate to vigorous
This is why the public should pay more at- activity.
tention to being physically active.”
Few adults engage in a large amount of
In addition, the Swedish team found that moderate to vigorous activity, but those
individuals who sit fewer than six hours a minutes give a big boost to health and lon-
day have a 66 percent lower mortality risk gevity. “The message should remain, as it
than those who sit more than 10 hours a day. has been, that 30 minutes or more of mod-
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent windows that let in additional light. Even
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natural lighting. That’s also helped by the
The house at 9700 Fairwood Court in the presence of architectural niches in the walls
Fairway Landings section of PGA Village is that open rooms up to light.
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TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

A solid week on the real estate front saw 19 single-family residences and lots change hands in
Tradition and St. Lucie West from Dec. 11-15 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the home at 7948 Plantation Lakes Drive. First listed in August for
$569,000, this 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,772-square-foot house sold for $528,000 on Dec. 11.
The week’s next-best sale was the residence at 816 SW Saint Julien Court. Originally on the
market in October for $449,900, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,692-square-foot abode fetched
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$528,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7948 PLANTATION LAKES DRIVE 8/28/2017 $569,000 12/11/2017 $445,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 816 SW SAINT JULIEN COURT 10/16/2017 $449,900 12/11/2017 $420,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 18503 KITTY HAWK COURT 10/25/2017 $450,000 12/14/2017 $390,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11245 SW SPRINGTREE TER 9/12/2017 $429,000 12/13/2017 $340,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 440 NW SHOREVIEW DRIVE 10/30/2017 $349,900 12/13/2017 $290,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 18504 TRANQUILITY BASE LANE 9/3/2016 $350,000 12/14/2017 $270,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 733 SW MYAKKA RIVER TRACE 8/25/2017 $279,900 12/12/2017 $263,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 135 NW MAGNOLIA LAKES BLVD 8/21/2017 $273,900 12/11/2017 $255,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7062 MAIDSTONE DRIVE 4/10/2017 $269,000 12/13/2017 $245,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 408 NW SUNVIEW WAY 10/30/2017 $259,900 12/12/2017 $212,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 442 SW JEFFERSON CIRCLE 10/10/2017 $225,000 12/15/2017 $173,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7610 WINGED FOOT COURT 8/7/2017 $199,900 12/13/2017 $169,050
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McKee Botanical Garden, in Vero
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ty’s true treasures, will be open to
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and you, young and young-at-
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teer, vocalist Claudia Ball. The
following Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, the beloved Garden will
host Nights of Lights, a wonderful
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surrounded by the peace and har-

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Before shipping off, ‘Rat Pack New Year’s’ beckons for Woods

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer ‘EVERYONE as assistant artistic director for the Broadway The-
[email protected] IN MY LIFE atre Project. Through that work, he came in touch
KNEW IT WAS with Robert Hertenstein, a senior executive with
Nicky Woods was home-schooled. He had his A MATTER OF Norwegian Cruise Lines Entertainment.
first classroom experience when he was 14 and TIME BEFORE
began studying at IRSC, from which he earned I TOOK A LEAP “I’m young, a good part of my students loans
an associate degree. He then went on to the Uni- are paid off and I had decided I was really ready
versity of Central Florida, where he earned a B.A. OF FAITH for this life change,” Wood said. When the oppor-
in theater studies, with an emphasis on direction AND LEFT MY tunity came to join Norwegian, Woods jumped at
and choreography. For the past two years, he has HOMETOWN.’ the chance.
worked as a choreographer at Stuart’s StarStruck
Theatre and Academy and over the years, has di- – Nicky Woods “I’m assistant to all productions,” he said. “Nor-
rected some 10 productions at the Barn Theatre. wegian owns several cruise lines and has many
He is now 22. PHOTO COURTESY OF THEATRE UCF different shows. Many ships have two, three or
four shows on one ship. It’s an exciting and rare
Woods has just accepted a job with Norwegian opportunity to learn how the organization works
Cruise Lines with the goal of becoming a show from all departments. My pursuit in mind is be-
director. Before he leaves home for the first time, coming a show director. It’s a rare opportunity to
he will be staging a very special show at the Barn work with different people in different countries.
Theatre from Dec. 28-31. “The Rat Pack New Norwegian does all productions in-house. Cruise
Year’s Concert” is a musical revue that brings ships were once looked down upon, but now it’s
together Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn very lucrative, you get a lot of experience and you
Monroe, Judy Garland and more for the ultimate see the world.”
New Year’s concert. Woods, who stars as Sina-
tra, talked about the show and the new, exciting The conversation turned to the upcoming show.
phase of his life. “I’m really excited to come back to the Barn,”
Woods said “This is my 10th show as produce/di-
“Everyone in my life knew it was a matter of rector. It’s more like being in my childhood play-
time before I took a leap of faith and left my home- ground. I got to explore and invent. ‘The Rat Pack
town,” he said. ”I’m fortunate to have grown up in New Year’s Concert’ is a total homage and tribute
a hometown I love and I’d love to settle down in, to the great works of what I think are the greatest
but I can’t at 22. I have to see the world.” entertainers that ever lived. They sang so many

Woods has spent the last five summers working CONTINUED ON PAGE B4

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NICKY WOODS “Getting ready to be Frank Sinatra is one Woods said there would be Rat Pack ban- Our audiences will walk away knowing
of the hardest things I’ve had to perform,” ter and joking between the songs. these characters better than they ever did.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B2 he said. “I’m playing a character the audi-
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‘Million Dollar Quartet’: A hit ‘four’ sure

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer nominated for three Tony Awards includ- Phillips decided that only way he was Jason Laughlin.
[email protected] ing Best Musical. going to bring this sound to a white audi-
ence was to have white artists who could PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE
Oh, what a night. On Dec. 4, 1956, Carl The Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach create the sound.
Perkins was recording at the fabled Sun presents “Million Dollar Quarter” Jan. 2-21. story line,” he said. “We have some great
Records in Memphis. Working as his pia- Jason Loughlin, who plays Sam Phillips, “He found Elvis in ’54,” Loughlin said. songs, like ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Great
nist was an unknown who had just start- was seen last season as the male lead in “He had a beautiful voice, but Phillips Balls of Fire’ and ‘Walk the Line.’ There
ed working at Sun, a young guy named “Private Lives.” He spoke recently about thought he could only sing ballads. A are great songs from the mid to late
Jerry Lee Lewis. The two were working playing a man he describes as a “visionary.” year later, he brought him back and said, 1950s, the early rock ’n’ roll years. I love
on their recording when Elvis Presley ‘I want to hear you.’ That was the rock this music. My musical tastes are early
dropped by to see Sam Phillips, who ran “He grew up in a small town in Ala- ’n’ roll movement. He had already found rock ’n’ roll and R&B.”
the company. Presley loved the Perkins/ bama,” Loughlin said. “He was a part of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee
Lewis sound and joined in for an im- the church choir. There was a black fellow Lewis. They created a sound that was not Loughlin said he is pleased to be re-
promptu jam session. who had worked for them who lived with part of white people’s sound. He melded turning to the Riverside.
the family to live out his days. He took the two sounds into the great sound we
That would be some trio, but it wasn’t Sam to his church. There were two differ- now call rock ’n’ roll.” “I’m a big fan of (producing artistic di-
the end. Johnny Cash turned up to dis- ent worlds of music. One was filled with rector) Allen Cornell,” he said. “He puts
cuss his contract and he joined in as vibrancy and rhythm and the other was Loughlin said that Phillips sacrificed a out really great work. Last year, anything
they sang gospel, pop hits and tradi- boring white people’s music.” lot to make his dream a reality. He worked we needed, we got. I think this show is
tional songs. Phillips knew a good thing at a radio station and then spent hours in going to be fun for us and fun for the au-
and called the Memphis paper to cover Phillips started in radio at a time when the recording studio, often getting only dience.”
and photograph the session. The article there were stations that played “race mu- four hours of sleep. The ugliness of rac-
appeared under the headline: “Million sic,” or the music of black artists. ism also took its toll as he was accused of “Million Dollar Quartet” will be pre-
Dollar Quartet.” For contractual reasons, making “race music.” sented at the Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riv-
the recordings the sound engineer made “He realized the sounds were new and erside Park Drive, Vero Beach Jan. 2-21.
were unable to be released in the United could be huge,” Loughlin said. “He started “He had this idea and wasn’t going to Call 772-231-6990 or visit www.riverside-
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That’s the back story. In 2001, Floyd where.’ He was very charismatic. Without said. “He saw no reason why (the music)
Mutrux and Colin Escott began working that, none of it would have happened. He all shouldn’t be one.”
on a musical about that evening. The had an idea and believed in it. B.B. King
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in Daytona Beach in 2006 and made its Turner was in a band that recorded ‘Rock- is a recording session, the music comes
way to Broadway in 2010, where it was et 88.’ It was a huge success on black sta- out of the story.
tions and garnered the notice of whites.”
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Happy New Year
BY MICHELLE GENZ | Staff Writer started thinking about Vero and what would
From our True Crew
Dance Co. Family to Yours “The Nutcracker” is big business; of that be unique to it and it turned into this pro-

We are still accepting Registration through Adam Schnell is certain. When he undertook posal, ‘Nutcracker on the Indian River.’
January for our June, end of season
creating the original version for Ballet Vero “I got a decent grade on the project,”
performance, come on in and join our family!
Beach that debuts this weekend, he did it in he says. “And I mentioned to the board,
Lyrical
Ballet/Pointe part to ensure the company’s survival. wouldn’t this be nice for our five-year anni-
Contemporary
Hip Hop, Jazz With its first two performances Friday versary?”
Musical Theater
Modern,Tap, and Saturday, “The Nutcracker on the Indi- “We started slowly but surely putting the
Acrobatics, Zumba
and Belly Dancing an River” joins the close to 1,000 Nutcracker blocks in place,” recalls Schnell. Approach-

Look for information regarding our upcoming open productions reeling in audiences nation- ing local donors, they considered whether
workshop with FLOW 40 direct from Los Angeles!
wide. Already, the reception has been be- they might target such a production. And
Call Artistic Director, Toni Szparaga or
go Online for more information yond Schnell’s expectations, with 750 seats they began to write grant applications with

For dancers interested please check out our webpage at sold by last week, far more than it
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The Nutcracker has been called

“the engine that drives the machine,”

with good reason: Ballet companies

reap about half of their annual rev-

enues from the Christmastime story

ballet.

So key is the production to Mi-

ami City Ballet’s bottom line that it

just spent $1 million to “re-imagine”

its Nutcracker. And that was just for

costumes and sets.

This weekend, as Miami City Ballet

debuts its freshened-up production

in West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center,

Schnell will be rushing around back-

stage with the ballet’s requisite cast

of children. Those young dancers are

key to the ballet’s success. Not only Adam Schnell.
does it inspire them to take their
PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE

own children when they grow up,

ensuing generations of Nutcracker

audiences, but it also brings in schoolmates, the future production in mind.

parents, grandparents and, yes, neighbors. Schnell says there was no more con-

Miami’s pricey upgrade was co-commis- structive process than the Impact 100 grant

sioned by Los Angeles’ Music Center, where competition last spring. That organization,

the world premiere was staged in November. which gives out four $100,000 grants per

In Vero Beach, Schnell has had to go it year, involves an arduous application pro-

alone in terms of fundraising, though he cess. Ballet Vero Beach was the first arts or-

did have the local chapter of the Land Trust ganization to ever apply. As it turns out, the

lending him moral support. Or more pre- ballet didn’t get the large grant, though they

cisely, ethical support. The Land Trust’s did get a merit award of $13,000. But there

partnership lent the magical Land of Sweets was also a less tangible reward.

an environmental conscience; Schnell’s bal- For Schnell, the application and its re-

let sets it on the Indian River Lagoon. The quired oral presentation to the board forced

ballet opens in New York City in 1919, with a him to think through aspects he might not

family headed to Vero Beach for a Christmas have. “It made myself and my board of di-

vacation. On the train ride, little Marie doz- rectors think about ‘The Nutcracker’ in a dif-

es, and dreams of dancing shore birds and ferent way. How is this going to impact the

marine life at her destination. community besides being a good, pretty fun

“The planning for this project started ballet?”

with the formation of the company,” Schnell That answer was already embedded in

says. “We knew we were going to want to the lagoon concept. “We had always had

do our own Nutcracker. It just so happened plans to bring in an environmental partner

around the time the company was forming, with the Land Trust. And we had planned

I was doing my graduate work and one of to use outreach kids on stage from the first.

the first assignments was to come up with a But going through that (Impact 100) process

proposal for an arts project.” made us think about that. OK, you can’t just

Since he and his partner Camilo Ro- put up some information about the lagoon

driguez, Ballet Vero Beach’s ballet master, and put some kids on stage, and that’s a

had already formed the Ballet Vero Beach, partnership.”

Schnell turned his focus to the Nutcracker. “I CONTINUED ON PAGE B9

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‘NUTCRACKER’ Grudens also thought to include cast tion donations, we really had to think about portable and long-lasting.”
members in the annual Land Trust benefit where we were going to make up that price Costumes cost another $75,000, with just
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B6 at Rock City Nursery. “That got Land Trust tag in a credible way.”
patrons excited about this partnership,” says the materials alone for the tutus costing
It was Land Trust executive director Ken Schnell. “If you’re going to do a partnership, That meant slowly and deliberately cross- $52,000.
Grudens who told him it would be better to it has to benefit both organizations. We got ing off a long list of imperatives. Profession-
inspire the kids in the cast than just the au- to show them we’re not just saving acres, al designers had to be found and their fees “The intention was to have something the
dience. So all 50 kids, age 6 to 18, outreach we’re putting this message out there in a negotiated within the newly limited budget. community can really get behind: a locally
and otherwise, went out to the Tony Robin- completely off-beat way.” The scenery ended up costing $100,000, de- produced but high-quality production that
son Waterfront Trail, a Land Trust property signed by Joseph Rawda of Fort Lauderdale will be an enduring holiday classic. People
on the lagoon. There, they sat with journals, There was still the major hole in the bud- and built by an Orlando firm, Bungalow Sce- have already embraced that and it has sur-
writing and thinking about the fragile water- get left when the ballet lost out on the Im- nic Studios. passed my expectations. Now I just have to
way. “Those kids who are playing dolphins pact 100 grant. “That was a major hiccup,” deliver.”
and sea turtles and pelicans may not experi- says Schnell. “It was probably the biggest Bungalow is turning out exactly what the
ence the outdoors that way. To get them out road block we had. We had to ask ourselves, production needs if it intends to tour region- “The Nutcracker on the Indian River” pre-
with Land Trust scientists was totally trans- can we go forward with this? But everything ally, which is Schnell’s ultimate goal. mieres Friday at 8 p.m. with a second perfor-
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer levels,” he said. “Kids like it on one level and cause of me. The story line starts off on land,
[email protected] adults on another.” looking for a crew. That would be the audience.
When we do bring some youngsters up, they
Avast! Aarrrgh! OK, I’ve spoken all the pi- The award-winning Bundy and Morgan become part of the crew and we teach them
rate I know. You and your favorite young lads have appeared at Six Flags, Great Adventures little pirate lessons and give them a pirate hat.
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“Skullduggery: A Magical Pirate Adventure.” The four-person cast goes on adventures things happen as we go from one location to
It stars magician John Bundy and his partner, and the show is different from a magic show. another. We keep it moving for the young ones.
Morgan, as they take the audience on a wild The adults will be interested too. There’s some-
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Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24.
Friday, December 29th Tradition’s Christ Fellowship will have
5-7pm “The cutability factor is off the chart,” Christmas services starting on Saturday,
Eric Seibenick, family faith formation di- Dec. 23. Those services will be at 4 p.m.
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“We’ll get probably 6,000 people that
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Rowley said folks from West Palm Beach
to Vero Beach make their ways to the annu-

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Bonzo has ‘Inu’ buddy, Leo from Long Island

and Nanny a coupla times, so

I wasn’t worried when they

Hi Dog Buddies! ’dopted me.”
“Was it hard to get used to
Florida?” I wondered.

This week, I learned about another “Ackshully, it wasn’t. Papa

breed I’d never heard of. I like learnin’ John an Nanny love me to

new stuff, don’t you? Anyway, Leo pieces an I have zillions of

Devine’s his name, an he’s a Shiba Inu toys to play with. (When I

(Shee-buh Eee-new), one of those cool was liddle, I usta hide their

Japanese breeds. Sorta liddle, real good shoes. I never ate ’em, but I’d

posture, short coat, nice happy face, dark just put ’em in secret places.

eyes an pointy ears that make him look Now I hide my toys instead,

like he’s always payin’ attention. Sorta re- which is much better, cuz

mains me of a fox, ’cept foxes don’t have Papa John an Nanny don’t

big ol’ grins like Leo does. hafta find ’em before they go

He trotted right up for the Wag and out like they do with shoes.)

Sniff. “Welcome, Mr. Bonzo. I’d like to in- “But toys aren’t my to-

troduce my grandmom and granddad, tally favorite thing! Me an Leo Devine.
Papa John an Nanny. Come’on in.” Papa John’s Totally Favorite
Thing in The Whole World is PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
“Delighted to meet you all,” I said.

We got settled. “Did you ackshully – FISHIN’! I didn’t even know

come from Japan?” I asked Leo. what a fish WAS ’til Papa John I get So Excited! I get all Barky and Boun- Nanny to get the duck. She buys LOTS.
But what I really enjoy is sharin’ Papa
“Oh, no. I came from Long Island. See, taught me. They don’t have FEET! Didja cy. The fish flops around, an I nose bop it John’s food: like coldcuts-an-cheese, an
French Dip and hamburger from Bob-
Papa John an Nanny’s son Anthony got know that? An they can hold their breath a liddle, just playin,’ but I would NEVER by’s. Pawsome! I guess I’m a liddle fussy.

me up there as a present for his daughter, forEVER! Ever since I saw ’em swimmin’ bite it. Papa John says we Catch an Re- “As far as sleepin,’ I get to sleep with
Papa John an Nanny, but NOT on Nan-
Alexandra. Us Shiba Inus are kinda rare, around in all that water, I always check lease, which means we throw it back in ny’s side. EVER. If she comes in an I ac-
cidently happen to be snoozin’ on her
so we’re pretty SPEN-sive. But I was the my water bowl just in case. the water so it can go home. I always bark pillow, she gives me The Look, which
says ‘YOU’RE on MY pillow?’ You better
runt of my litter so I was on SPESH-shull. “Me an Papa John go fishin’ up in Long goodbye. buh-lieve I’m off that bed in a Long Is-
land Minute!”
I was havin’ lotsa fun but, then, Alexandra Island, on Montauk. It’s Way Cool Kib- “I also love playin’ on the beach. Up
I laughed. “So, do you enjoy travel?”
GRAD-choo-ated. I had met Papa John bles! Whenever Papa John catches a fish, there, there’s lotsa baby lobsters runnin’ “I hafta say I’m not crazy about it. I
don’t care for ridin’ in the car. Now if I
EXTENDED GROOMING HOURS! around. They’re fun to play with, too. could DRIVE, that’d be A Different Dog
They’re real quick liddle guys.” Biscuit. But I do like the places an the
Mon,Tues,Wed, Fri until 6pm, Saturday - until 3pm people the car takes us to. Like Montauk.
“Do you swim?” An I LOVE motels. They’re fun to explore.
“Woof, no! I don’t like getting’ my paws “You know Mr. Bonzo, when Papa John
an Nanny first brought me here, I thought
wet! I just run around on the shore. We to myself, ‘I hope I’m gonna be happy in
my new home.’ Well, I totally am! Papa
gotta lotta friends up there. Down here, John an Nanny take good care of me. An
me and Papa John are Besties: I’m good
too. They’re always askin’ Papa John if I’m for him an he’s good for me.”
Heading Home, I was thinking about
a fox! I guess I do look like a fox kinda, the strong bonds that can form between
pooches an their humans. I had one like
but, I mean, come ON! Foxes have that that with my Mom. I was also wonderin’
if Grandma and Grandpa might bring me
sly, sneaky look, whereas I have a big ol’ some French Dip one of these evenings.

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Farmworker Career Development staffers earn statewide props

From left: Jim Haugli, Senior Educational Program Director for the statewide FDCP; Sandra Zavala, IRSC FCDP Program Special- The Farmworker Career Development personalized training and educational plans,
ist for IRC; Betty Guerrero, IRSC FCDP Program Specialist for St. Lucie County; and Gloria Spradley-Brown, FDOE Bureau Chief. Program (FCDP) at Indian River State Col- assist with job placement at completion of
lege recently earned statewide recognition the program, and provide ongoing support
with two IRSC employees named Staff Mem- and follow-up for a year post employment.
bers of the Year for the statewide FCDP. Betty
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of Vero Beach were honored for their out- ning staff members at the state level is quite a
standing dedication to providing career ser- testament of their exceptional performance
vices and training that leads to year-round on behalf of these underserved students,
employment for eligible migrant and sea- many of whom are entering college for the
sonal farmworkers. first time,” said Dr. Daniel Bird, director of
the IRSC FCPD. “They relentlessly pursue
The FCDP at IRSC annually serves more life-changing outcomes for every student
than 150 unemployed or underemployed who walks through our doors, and they serve
farmworker families in St. Lucie, Martin, our community with passion and pride.”
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1 Mr. Z of Wars prog. 4 Reason to call 63 Bolívar liberated
PALINDROMANIA By Merl Reagle
Hollywood 66 Out-of-it kitties? 911: abbr. it
6 South Seas 70 Quarters with a 5 Utmost, briefly 64 Mark of the
6 Romance
souvenir no. vampire?
9 Low, low opera 71 Go for the gold language 65 Stella of cookie
73 The downbeat is speakers
voice 7 Classic Lotus fame
14 FDR’s dog usually on it sports car model 67 Fill
18 Shopping area 74 Act like a Hun 8 Homelessness, 68 Acted like Lorelei
76 Gray ___ drug 69 “You’ve cut me to
next to the 77 Flan critic’s abuse, etc.
Camel Lot? 9 Cousin of “mac” the quick!”
20 Attorney, at times outburst? 10 In the past 72 Come across
21 “___ written ...” 83 Cheeks describer 11 Wd. ending
22 Mask shop 84 Deletes 12 Vietnam’s region: with the dough
inventory? 85 Old German coin abbr. 75 Salty state
23 Ugly Stepsister’s 86 Teddy, to John Jr. 13 Daniel and 78 Record again,
problem? 89 Captain Kirk’s Humberto
25 Ripening agent 14 Marching-band captain-style
26 Hair care successor, flute 79 Exhausts
products Jean-___ Picard 15 Very sorry 80 I or II Bible bk.
28 Stretch inning 90 Screw up individual 81 Guns the engine
29 Lola in Damn 91 Act like Lisa, not 16 Ray of 82 Attracted
Yankees Bart GoodFellas 87 The truth
31 Production 92 Warning sign at a 17 “And strange ___ 88 Used, as a
construction porcupine farm? may sound ...”
33 Buster Brown’s 97 Stomping 19 Just prayer rug
dog grounds: abbr. 20 On a caravel 91 Type of shower
34 Homer’s H 99 Compass dir. 24 Head off 92 Bombing raid
35 Blueprint details: 100 Surprised cries 27 Respect 93 The Big Bang,
abbr. 101 Actor Carroll 30 Kiangs and
38 Ingrid, in 102 Actress Joanne onagers for one
Casablanca 103 Actress Bonet 32 Recruit 94 27 Down, to a
40 Song of 105 Sells (for) 33 Sung syllables
celebration sung 107 Editorialized 35 Mil. class on mademoiselle
by Noah? 110 Assignment campus 95 Keep one’s ___
43 Without shame 114 “The ___” 36 Movie-rating org.
45 Life in France? (bathroom 37 Nickels? the grindstone
47 ___ bad time edition of Silas 39 Lemmon film set 96 Fox steps?
48 Letters on some Marner, etc.?) in Italy 98 Mournful poeme
Indy cars 118 Proselytize on 41 Of a heart part 104 “Thereby hangs
49 Emulated the islands? 42 “... fetch ___ of
Petruchio 120 1963 role for water” ___”
50 1985 film with a Shirley 44 Hawaiian goose 106 “When I was ___
Neanderthal 121 A real pain in the 46 Pianist
sense of ear Pogorelich ...”
humor 122 Nickname for a 50 Cured with salt 108 Don Juan’s mom
52 Deputy or A.D.C. crook 51 Talk-a-thon 109 Tag info
56 “___ or just no who’s easy to 53 Hamlet’s 111 One mo’ time
good?” (Geraldo track? comment at 112 Nunn and Spade
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Adam and Eve?) follower 54 Hiking of a
59 Actress Rigg 124 A dynamite football place
60 War zone of personality 55 Like lemon 115 Freedom of
January 1991 125 Zuider ___ meringue
61 TV’s Maude or 126 Irritable partner? 57 Intersect mvmt.?
Dorothy DOWN 58 “You ___ like a 116 Resident’s
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A STANDARD RULE IN ANOTHER SETTING NORTH
K92
Charles M. Schwab said, “All successful employers are stalking men who will do the WEST K J 10 EAST
unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected Q 10 8 7 4 J874 AJ
of them.” A92 KQ5 653
52 10 9 6 3
Successful bridge players stalk tricks, which occasionally requires doing the unusual — 863 SOUTH 10 9 7 4
as in today’s deal. South is in three no-trump. West leads a fourth-highest spade seven. 653
What should happen after that? Q874
AKQ
This is the single most common bidding sequence. South assumes that North will cover AJ2
the spade suit, and North assumes that South will coast home easily with a combined
28-30 points between them. Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both

South starts with seven top tricks: four diamonds and three clubs. He can easily The Bidding:
establish three more winners in hearts. His only concern is the spade suit. Well, there is
no hurry to put up dummy’s king. That can wait until the second round of the suit. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
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Now the spotlight falls on East. He knows that when the lead is fourth-highest, he LEAD:
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This would tempt some Easts to win the first trick with the jack — irreparably blocking
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overtake with the queen to drive out dummy’s king. Then, when West gets in with his
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CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF LONG GREENSIDE BUNKER SHOT Kevin’s
Kures
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most challenging in all of golf. Some of V-shaped swing. A V-shaped swing is best long, full rhythmical swig, feel a shallow his website at www.kevinperkinsgolfacad-
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out of divot, a pitch shot from just off the the backswing and on the downswing follow-through.
green in heavy rough, and the one which should enter the sand the same way: long
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bunker shot. and deep. Your left arm must pull and sional. He operates his Golf Academy at The
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this difficult shot: you know, a normal bunker shot should
strike the sand 4 inches behind the ball.
1. Club Selection. The long greenside However, a long bunker shot requires 1 to
bunker shot may be struck with a pitch- 2 inches of sand only, resulting in a much
ing wedge, gap wedge or sand wedge. smaller margin of error. If you hit 3 inches
Please avoid using a lob wedge. The sand behind the ball, the ball will finish con-
wedge or gap wedge would be my recom- siderable short of the flagstick; if you it the
mendation. The pitching wedge might be ball with no sand, it carries well over the
the best choice on a shot of 120 feet or lon- green. The small margin of error is why
ger. this shot must be practiced often. Again,
taking a small amount of sand is vital.
2 Size of Swing. Your backswing and
follow-through must be long and full. 5. Clubface and Address Positions.
One of the most common mistakes is that Your clubface position should be square
players fail to have enough motion and for this shot, not open. This will encour-
movement. Picture a full swing with your age a shallow angle of attack and discour-
7-iron. Hall of Famer Vijay Singh comes to age adding too much loft. Your stance
mind. Singh is one of the best long green- should be square as well, and at times it
side bunker players I have ever seen, and may serve you well to be slightly closed.
it is because his regular swing is long and Ball position should be approximately 1
full, and well-suited for this shot.

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