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FOOD AND WINE
SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO CLUB FETES NEW HOME B7
10LESSEN HOLIDAY STRESS
MY TAKE School Board told
three local charters
BY RAY MCNULTY ignore deseg order
Text messages cast new By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer
light on Flowers’ probe
While the Indian River County
Text messages obtained by Vero
News raise doubts about Sheriff’s School District has begun working
Maj. Eric Flowers’ claim earlier this
year that his friendship with School closely with the NAACP to comply
Board member Tiffany Justice
didn’t fuel his decision to launch with a 52-year-old federal deseg-
what proved to be a questionable
investigation of a school district regation order, three local charter
schools reportedly are ignoring
In fact, the texts indicate that
Flowers led the charge to unmask the order and acting as if it does
the employee, Vicki Sidles, who
was suspended with pay for five not exist.
months despite being cleared by
a Sheriff’s Office detective of any Chris Taylor, the school district’s
director of assessment and ac-
Relying on two anonymous,
non-threatening, social-media countability, told the School Board
posts that Justice said caused her
“substantial emotional distress” – and the NAACP that three of the five
which, coincidentally, is one of the
elements necessary to establish area charters have refused to sub-
a criminal cyber-stalking charge
– Flowers convinced the State At- mit required reports to his office.
torney’s Office in January to issue a
subpoena requiring Twitter to dis- Those reports are supposed to
close Sidles’ identity.
outline what efforts the schools are
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taking to improve African-Amer-
As usual, Santa Claus played a starring role in Vero Beach’s annual Christmas parade down Ocean Drive. PHOTO: KAILA JONES ican student academic achieve-
ment, retention and graduation
Hospital sees openness with patients key to improvement rates and the hiring of more Afri-
can-American teachers, and what
results they are getting from the ef-
By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer cal incontinence, has dropped at women’s health at Cleveland Clin- forts. “Most of them have ignored
[email protected] the Vero hospital from 18 percent ic Indian River, talking about un- my requests for information,” Tay-
As Cleveland Clinic Indian River to around 7.8 percent. The nation- blinding the data. “Let’s just let lor said at a recent School Board
Hospital’s foundation kicks off a al goal, as established by hospital each other know how we’re doing meeting. “If they continue to re-
$12.5 million maternity ward ren- safety and quality organization The as practitioners – Dr. X or Dr. Y are fuse to comply, we could take steps
ovation campaign, the hospital’s Leapfrog Group, is 5 percent. providing X number of episioto- to have their charters revoked.”
medical leaders are taking a hard “Everyone’s competitive, right?” mies – so you know.” The School Board has not dis-
INSIDE look at quality measures in mater- said Megan McFall, director of CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
NEWS 1-5 PETS 12 nal and child health. SUPPORT GROWS FOR PRESERVING ‘BIG BLUE’
DINING B7 That laser focus, as they call it,
HEALTH 6 GAMES B13
CALENDAR B16 includes attaching doctors’ names
REAL ESTATE 11
B1 to patient data; previously such
ARTS tracking was “blinded” – with pro- By Nicole Rodriguez | Staff Writer
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 viders lumped together anony- When they toured Vero’s now shuttered electric
For circulation or where to pick up
your issue call: 772-226-7925 mously in the hospital’s reporting. plant last week, members of the Centennial Place
Unmasking individual doctor’s steering committee were wowed by the massive
performance proved dramatical- industrial building and some now are thinking
ly helpful in lowering the rate of seriously about preserving the history-rich struc-
episiotomies, a once-common ture, which is woven into the fabric of Vero Beach.
practice of surgically widening the Committee Chairwoman Vicki Gould was im-
perineum as the baby first emerges pressed by the sheer enormity of the building and
during childbirth. the development possibilities it presents.
That procedure, now seen as Council and committee members tour old Vero power plant. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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MY TAKE tunities for him to attend civic, political and first mentioned Sidles’ Twitter posts in a text days. “OK, I get that in the grand scheme of
educational gatherings throughout Indian to Flowers: “Just had to have a conversation things my issue is nothing,” Justice wrote.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 River County. with my daughter who saw the horrible “But my family is everything to me and this
tweets about me.” person is trying to hurt my family.”
Flowers also obtained a court order pro- “I think you are great for IRC,” Justice
hibiting Twitter from informing Sidles of the wrote in a text in January. “I will do what I can “I’m so sorry,” Flowers replied, adding, Flowers, the third-highest-ranking mem-
subpoena. to help when I can. You deserve it.” “I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. I have ber of the Sheriff’s Office, replied that her
some ideas I want to run by you tomorrow if case was “at the top of my list.”
He then handed the case to Sheriff’s De- “Thank you!!!” Flowers replied. “I am hon- you have time.”
tective Aaron Scranton, who confronted Si- ored to have your support.” Flowers also rode to Justice’s rescue in late
dles with the tweets, which implied Justice In his supplemental report that accom- February, when he asked an on-site deputy
was engaged in an inappropriate relation- She then responded: “I am thankful that panied the findings of the Sheriff’s Office to check out a man whose looks she didn’t
ship with former School District Superin- good people like you still want to be a part investigation of Sidles’ tweets, Flowers ac- like attending a School Board meeting.
tendent Mark Rendell, who has since left the of the governance process ... If I feel that I knowledged that Justice had contacted him
district under a cloud and now is a principal have been able to make a positive difference, about “ongoing harassment from a Twitter Justice texted Flowers a surveillance-video
in Cocoa Beach. I may run again.” account” as far back as last December. photograph of the man, accompanied by a
message that read: “Not loving this tonight.”
After a four-month investigation, Scran- To which Flowers replied: “I will support “Specifically, she referenced the allega-
ton was unable to build a case strong enough you either way. I know the toll that it takes tions of sexual misconduct which were seen Flowers texted back, informing Justice
for the State Attorney’s Office to prosecute. on a family. I’m fortunate that my little guy by her daughter,” he wrote, adding that Jus- that School District Public Information Of-
is small and my wife is 100 percent on board tice said the allegations were “all lies being ficer Cristen Maddux already had sent him
Still, when asked about the text exchang- with my dream. spread about her.” photos of the man and that the deputy as-
es, which covered January through March, signed to the meeting would run his auto-
Flowers insisted that neither his friendship “When the time comes, a bunch of people Flowers wrote in his report that Justice mobile tag number.
with Justice nor her public endorsement of are going to jump out and think they ‘de- told him she feared for her safety and that of
his campaign for sheriff in 2020 influenced serve’ the position but none of them have or her family “because the account was an un- “I feel so vulnerable sitting up there,” Jus-
his actions. Just as he had in May. will work as hard as I can and do.” known user,” and in late January requested tice responded.
an investigation into the account. He told
“I didn’t do anything extraordinary be- In one March text message, Justice re- her he would discuss the matter with the Asked about the incident, Flowers said
cause of our friendship,” Flowers said last minded Flowers to attend a gathering at State Attorney’s Office. the deputy approached the man, who was
week. “What I did for her, I would do for John’s Island and warned that Fellsmere Po- wearing military boots and carrying a pock-
anybody.” Certainly, that’s what we want to lice Chief Keith Touchberry had mentioned In the text exchanges that followed, Jus- et knife, who alternated between sitting and
believe, but the text messages between Flow- to officials from The Learning Alliance that tice continued to ask whether Twitter had standing and occasionally walked in and out
ers and Justice include many exchanges in he planned to run for sheriff. complied with the subpoena and identified of the chamber.
which both public servants appeared to be the account holder, and Flowers kept her up-
overly eager to help each other – her with “I want you to be around as much as pos- dated. “I truly appreciate you handling all of “We were a little uncomfortable,” Maddux
his campaign, him with her desire to out the sible,” Justice wrote, “so we can make that this,” Justice wrote. said, “because nobody knew who he was.”
anonymous tweeter. difficult.”
“Glad to help,” Flowers replied. As it turned out, the visitor was affiliated
Justice’s support for Flowers’ campaign Throughout their exchanges, Flowers ex- At one point, Flowers had to explain to her with the Communication Workers of Amer-
was obvious as she would alert him to oppor- pressed his appreciation for Justice’s help. that crime analysts were busy working on ica – the union that represents the school
On a few occasions, the pair sent messages homicides that had occurred on consecutive district’s support staff – and was in town for a
with thumbs-ups and heart symbols. meeting the next day. We can only wonder if
he knows his tag was run.
It was on the night of Jan. 22 that Justice
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While it might be difficult to fault Flowers vestigation, Rendell’s henchmen concocted
for erring on the side of safety at that School a couple of bogus administrative charges
Board meeting, it’s easy to understand why and recommended that Sidles be suspended
Sidles is convinced his friendship with Jus- for a week without pay, but she left to take a
tice contributed mightily to the Sheriff’s Of- job in the private sector.
fice invading her privacy.
Sidles said she has moved on with her life,
“She could’ve gone to the Vero Beach Po- but she’ll never forget how Justice tried to
lice Department,” Sidles said, “but she knew have her arrested and fired, or how Flowers
she had a friend at the Sheriff’s Office.” was a more-than-willing accomplice.
Sidles, who said Flowers and Justice “I already knew she was endorsing him
“abused their power and position” and and helping with his campaign, so I can’t
invaded her privacy by forcing Twitter to say I’m surprised by what was in the texts,”
disclose her identity, filed a complaint Sidles said. “What did surprise me was find-
with the Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs ing out that if you know somebody at the
Division, which cleared Flowers of any Sheriff’s Office, you can get someone inves-
wrongdoing. tigated without any evidence or probable
After the school district’s five-month in-
IGNORING DESEG ORDER are enrolled in the 6th-8th grade school,
including approximately 25 African-Amer-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ican students.
cussed possible revocation but members “I think our small size really makes a dif-
have made it clear they believe charter ference,” Dobbs said. “Many public schools
schools should be making an effort to com- have gotten so large – which is good and
ply with the court order, since they are part bad. They can offer a lot of programs, like
of the district. band, that we don’t.
Taylor’s job is to assist schools and make “But our staff gets a chance to really know
sure they are in compliance with various students and their families. We work closely
rules and regulations, including the deseg- with students and we have high expecta-
regation order. tions and hold our students accountable.”
Five charter schools currently operate Dobbs said Sebastian Charter Jr. High
in Indian River County – Imagine South has doubled its African-American student
Vero, Sebastian Charter Jr. High, Indian enrollment in one year because school of-
River Charter High, North County Charter ficials have stepped up recruiting efforts in
Elementary and St. Peter’s Academy. A sixth Gifford and other neighborhoods with large
charter, Somerset Academy, is scheduled to African-American student populations.
open for the 2020-21 school year. The school also provides free busing.
School administrators at Imagine South One challenge the school continues to
Vero, Indian River Charter High and St. Pe- struggle with is hiring more African-Ameri-
ter’s Academy did not respond to phone can teachers, Dobbs said. Only one out of 15
calls or emails from Vero News seeking teachers at the school is African American.
comment about non-compliance.
“Our challenge is we don’t have a high
By contrast, Taylor and NAACP President turnover rate,” Dobbs said. “We also don’t
Tony Brown praised North County Charter have a retirement plan.
Elementary and Sebastian Charter Jr. High
for their compliance efforts. “We do try to recruit, but to be honest,
most 22-year-olds are looking to go some-
“We filed our first report last year,” said where bigger, like Orlando. Vero Beach is
William Dodds, principal at Sebastian a nice place to raise a family or retire, but
Charter Jr. High. “Our goal is to make sure there’s not much to do for a young profes-
our demographics reflect the community sional.”
and make sure we’re meeting the needs for
all our students, in all our classes.” North County Charter Elementary also
provides free busing to students and active-
The school’s efforts seem to be paying ly recruits African-American students, said
off. It received an “A” proficiency rating Principal Jessica Keaton.
from the State of Florida for the 2018-19
school year. Like Dobbs, Keaton credits small class
sizes and more individualized attention for
While the school district as a whole is the school’s success. “NCCS takes pride in
struggling to close a longtime 30 percent educating all of our students to the best of
proficiency gap between African-American their potentials,” Keaton said. “We focus on
students and white students in math and traditional academics, with a ‘back to ba-
reading, student performance at Sebastian sics’ approach, and creating a school family
Charter Jr. High is much more equitable. – both of which we have found to be crucial
for improving student achievement.”
African-American students at the school
are reading at a 68 percent proficiency Although not yet open, Somerset Acad-
rate, compared with 72 percent for white emy outlined specific strategies for how it
students, Dodds said. In math, the profi- plans to recruit African-American students
ciency rate for African-American students and teachers as part of its application to
is 71 percent versus 73 percent for white open a school here. According to the appli-
students. cation, the school will target recruiting at
African-American colleges and implement
Dobbs credits the school’s small size as a curriculum that stresses diversity and Af-
a reason for its success. Only 265 students rican American culture.
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HOSPITAL PROMOTES OPENNESS ning an estimated $3,000 more than vaginal feed the baby with your body,” said Berry, high at 35.2 percent.
births. whose organization sees new mothers in the That overall rate includes women, both
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Considered major surgery, C-sections put home. low and high risk, who were residents of the
Along with episiotomies, unblinding the a woman at greater risk of delivery compli- county, regardless of where they delivered.
data will apply to c-sections “in the near fu- cations including site infection and hemor- “It’s a weird thing that we don’t give the Of the 1,294 births in the county, 1,064 were
ture,” said Indian River marketing director rhage. reverence to that surgery that we should and at Cleveland Clinic Indian River; 220 women
Angela Dickens. give that mother the time it takes to heal.” delivered elsewhere.
“There’s no doubt it contributes to issues
“If they would do that with cesareans, I like maternal morbidity,” said Berry. Twenty years ago, the overall national Healthcare rating organizations and
would be very happy,” said an enthusiastic C-section rate was 22 percent – and that was government agencies also track the rate of
Andrea Berry, CEO of Indian River Healthy Even when everything goes well, C-sec- considered high. The World Health Organi- C-sections among various subsets of pa-
Start Coalition, which will have offices in the tions require a much longer recovery period zation believes a rate of between 10 percent tients, including low-risk women.
renovated maternity ward. than vaginal delivery at a time when most and 15 percent would be appropriate with-
women are facing physical and emotional out compromising maternal or infant health, The low-risk C-section rate, increasingly
C-sections are a staggeringly common exhaustion. but the national rate in the U.S. today is 31.9 recognized as a more meaningful statistic
and increasing problem. Not counting cat- percent. than the overall rate, was 25.9 percent na-
aract removal, they are the most common “If you had different major surgery, you tionally and 30.6 percent at Cleveland Clinic
surgery American women undergo. They would be kept in the hospital and you would In Florida, the rate is even higher, one of Indian River.
also contribute to higher medical costs, run- be cared for. But when you’re home with a the worst in the nation at 36.8 percent.
new baby, you’re expected to snap out of it The Joint Commission, an independent,
and take care of the baby, and oh by the way, The Indian River County rate is nearly as nonprofit healthcare watchdog known for its
rigorous hospital accreditation process, re-
cently announced it will begin flagging hos-
pitals with a rate higher than 30 percent on
its Quality Check website next year.
In addition to her duties at the hospital,
McFall, who grew up in Vero, oversees Part-
ners in Women’s Health, an OB-GYN prac-
tice funded by the Hospital District and
staffed with Cleveland Clinic-employed
doctors. Because Partners delivers three-
fourths of the babies in the county – there
are two private practice physicians as well –
the clinic is in a unique position to improve
McFall is widely recognized for her efforts
at the hospital and with the county’s agen-
cies involved in maternal health; Berry called
her a “visionary” whose ability to pick up on
trends in maternal and child health makes
things “better for every mom.”
Allen Jones, a Hospital District trust-
ee deeply involved in maternal and infant
health issues, called McFall “a terrific re-
source for Partners,” and “an expert in pro-
viding and managing care at the hospital.”
There are currently six Partners doctors.
With one set to go on maternity leave in Feb-
ruary and another working part-time, Mc-
Fall says the clinic expects to replace those
positions with three midwives – a move that
could help lower C-section rates at CCIR.
A study published last month analyzing
23,000 deliveries found that mothers using
midwives had a 30 percent to 40 percent
drop in C-sections, when compared to wom-
en who went through labor under an obste-
trician. That improvement could be due to
the education and psychological support
midwives give women as they approach de-
Research has shown mothers aren’t as
concerned about C-section rates as public
health experts are. Pregnant women tend to
choose a doctor first; the hospital is typically
default choice – wherever the doctor likes to
deliver. In the case of Cleveland Clinic Indi-
an River, it is the only hospital in the county
with maternity services.
Despite that relative lack of concern
among expectant mothers, hospitals are
realizing that paying attention to maternal
quality improvement measures can have
marketing benefits – it reflects not only
openness with patients but the urge to do
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‘BIG BLUE’ opment concepts for the prime
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 riverfront site that the public
“It just makes your creative juices flow can choose from, ranging from
and makes you think of what it could be,”
Gould said, adding she wants to hear what a mostly undeveloped site to a
the community thinks about preserving
“Big Blue” before coming to a conclusion fully developed area that incor-
about the building’s fate.
porates the wishes of immediate
The plant was abandoned roughly a year
ago after Florida Power & Light Co. bought site neighbors, the greater Vero
the city’s electric system for $185 million.
The 12-member steering committee was Beach population and elected
formed last month by the city of Vero
Beach to help organize community input officials.
on the redevelopment of the 30-plus-acre
site now occupied by the shuttered power The council plans to present
plant and current wastewater treatment
facility. the public with a final plan or
The city earlier this year hired world-re- two and then put the issue on the
nowned urban planning firm DPZ CoDe-
sign to help guide the planning process ballot during the 2020 election
and come up with a final plan for the river-
front property, which flanks the 17th Street so voters can choose what they
bridge on the mainland side.
want done with the site. The city
DPZ co-founder Andrés Martin Duany
is an admirer of the defunct power plant’s charter prohibits a change in the
architecture and believes it should some-
how be incorporated into final plans for use of the property unless voters
several key reasons.
“There are aspects of the building, such
as the control room and some of the ma- Structurally, the plant, built in
chinery, that is basically industrial art of
historical significance and it should be the 1960s, is reminiscent of Bru-
preserved,” Duany said. “Certain rooms
talist architecture, a style marked
by its monolithic and blocky ap-
pearance with a rigid geometric
PHOTO: KAILA JONES style that flourished from the
need to be preserved.” built so tall,” Duany said. “As a vantage 1950s to the mid-1970s. The pale green
Repurposing the building would be en-
point for citizens ... it is a precious space control room with vintage analog controls
vironmentally friendly, given its proximity
to the Indian River Lagoon, Duany added. because city height limits will not allow evokes the early days of the space age.
Another reason for making a trans- anything remotely like it to ever be built.” At the same time, Duany has said that
formed Big Blue part of the overall redevel-
opment project is its height, which lends The planning process is anticipated to the scale of the building reminds him of
itself to some kind of observation deck or
other rooftop amenity. last six months and includes time to ana- medieval cathedrals.
“The roof of the building is the only lyze the site, garner input online, formu- Public tours are scheduled for Jan. 18
place in Vero where you can see the city
as a whole. There will never be a building late a public survey, hold a series of public and Jan. 25. The public can learn about
meetings in late January and present a fi- the tours and share ideas for the redevel-
nal report to the city council summarizing opment project by going to speakupver-
the community’s wishes in May. obeach.com – a website created by DPZ to
DPZ plans to formulate five redevel- garner public input on the project.
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Surgical procedure brings hope to lung disease patients
By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer
Veteran Cleveland Clinic Indian River
Hospital pulmonary and critical care spe-
cialist Dr. Diego Maldonado clearly has a
new spring in his step these days. If you ask
him why he’ll likely say, “ELVR.”
ELVR stands for “endoscopic lung vol-
ume reduction,” a newly approved surgi-
cal procedure which, in Maldonado’s eyes,
will be a game-changer for many people
with advanced chronic obstructive pul-
monary disease (COPD).
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines COPD
as “a group of lung diseases that can inter-
fere with normal breathing. According to
the American Lung Association, more than
16 million Americans suffer from COPD. It is
the third leading cause of death in the U.S.”
The two most common forms of COPD
are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
As Maldonado starkly states, “emphysema
means the destruction of the lung tissue.”
The National Heart, Lung and Blood In-
stitute at the National Institutes of Health
adds that both emphysema and chronic
bronchitis are progressive diseases – left
untreated they only get worse.
‘... endoscopic lung volume
reduction has been shown to
improve lung function, quality
of life, and exercise tolerance.’
– National Institutes of Health
Until recently, according to Dr. Albert Dr. Diego Maldonado.
Rizzo, chief medical officer of the Amer-
ican Lung Association, treatments for PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
advanced COPD were largely limited to
inhaled corticosteroids, oral steroids like
prednisone or hydrocortisone, antibiotics,
oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehab classes
and, in the most severe cases, a risky form
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ing that patients with advanced COPD have of tests to see if the patient qualifies.”
spent years with severe shortness of breath COPD patients should consult their pul-
from just minimal exertion. They cannot
stand up from a chair and take few steps monologist or primary care physician for
without huffing and puffing and in many information about this new procedure,
cases they are tied to an oxygen tank. which is now covered by Medicare, to see if
That said, Maldonado is quick to point
out that – for now, anyway – ELVR is not for Finally, when asked if ELVR might not
everyone with COPD. have been available to local residents for
months or even years had the Cleveland
There is a screening process to identify Clinic not taken over the Indian River
good candidates for the procedure. hospital, Maldonado offers a simple reply.
“Correct. Correct. You’re very right.”
As Maldonado explains, “we know that
patients who are candidates for this proce- Dr. Diego Maldonado is director of pul-
dure are stage three or four – severe or very monary services at the Cleveland Clinic
severe – but not everyone within that cate- Indian River Hospital. His office is at 3450
gory is a candidate. 11th Court, Suite 306. The phone number is
“We do a series of studies once we think
a patient is a candidate and order a series
of “open-lung” surgery. their bloodstream and trouble exhaling
But the status quo changed last year fully to get carbon dioxide out of their bod-
ies. That is true in part because the disease
when ELVR garnered FDA approval and causes the lungs to increase in size, mak-
Cleveland Clinic launched a program for ing them too large for the chest cavity and
the new procedure at its Weston hospital. that severely restricts the patients’ ability to
take deep breaths.
It worked so well there, the program was
brought to Cleveland’s Indian River hospital. The ELVR procedure deflates the most
seriously damaged sections of the lungs
Maldonado practically beams when he by inserting tiny Zephyr valves through a
says, “so far we’ve done three [here in Vero] bronchoscope, which allows the healthier
and tomorrow we’re going to do our fourth lobes to function better.
procedure. Cleveland Clinic at Weston, I
think, has done 15 cases already.” And it’s a minimally invasive procedure
which means shorter hospital stays and
Only a handful of hospitals nationwide less risk of infection.
currently offer this advanced treatment,
but if the results from Weston and Vero But if you ask Maldonado, he might say
continue, it will doubtless be introduced the best thing about ELVR is the smiles he’s
to more and more medical facilities. gotten already.
As NIH states, “endoscopic lung volume He recalls one of his first ELVR patients
reduction has been shown to improve lung walking the hospital halls just two days after
function, quality of life, and exercise tol- the procedure and, with a wide grin, telling
erance,” in patients with severe COPD in- him, “‘I feel better. I don’t know if it’s normal
cluding emphysema. that I feel this much better this fast, but I do.’”
Patients with advanced emphysema That grin was natural enough, consider-
have difficulty getting fresh oxygen into
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Kegel exercises can help seniors with incontinence
By Fred Cicetti examples of “pelvic-floor disorders.” rassed by pelvic-floor disorders, they
Others include constipation, rectal underreport them.
Q. I’m a 61-year-old woman and I’ve pain, vaginal prolapse, rectal prolapse,
been experiencing some incontinence pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. In It should be noted that men can suf-
lately. A friend told me there are exercis- medicine, prolapse means that an organ fer from pelvic-floor disorders, but they
es I can do to help the situation. Do you has slipped out of place. are much more common in women.
know what she’s talking about?
The pelvic floor is a network of mus- In severe cases of pelvic dysfunc-
First, talk to your doctor about the cles, ligaments and other tissues that tion, women feel pressure or a pull in
incontinence. Don’t begin any exercise hold up the pelvic organs – the vagina, the vagina or lower back. The open-
program without a check-up. rectum, uterus and bladder. When this ing of the uterus may stick out from
network – often described as a ham- the vagina.
Your friend is probably referring to mock – weakens, the organs can shift
“Kegel exercises,” which were devel- and create disorders. There are many ways to treat pel-
oped 60 years ago by Dr. Arnold Kegel vic-floor problems.
to control incontinence in women af- Women who delivered several chil-
ter childbirth. These exercises are now dren vaginally and suffered tissue dam- Some women relieve their symp-
recommended for both women and men age during childbirth are at higher risk toms with Kegel exercises – tight-
who experience urinary or fecal incon- for pelvic-floor disorders. Another risk ening and relaxing the pelvic floor
tinence. factor is obesity, because added weight muscles a certain number of times
strains the pelvic floor. A predisposition each day.
Kegel exercises strengthen the mus- to have weak connective tissue can add
cles of the pelvic floor. The exercises to the problem. Eliminating caffeine – a diuret-
improve the functioning of both the ic – can help. Eating more fiber can
urethral and rectal sphincters. Aging and menopause contribute to improve bowel function. Pessaries,
disorders. More than half of women age plastic devices that come in many
The muscles that are developed 55 and older suffer a pelvic-floor dys- sizes and shapes, can be inserted
through the Kegel program are the ones function. into the vagina to support pelvic or-
you feel when you try to stop the flow of gans.
urine. After about eight weeks of exer- About one in three women in the U.S.
cising, you usually see results, such as will have one of these dysfunctions in And then there is surgery, which
less frequent urine leakage. her lifetime. One in nine women will can be done vaginally or through the
have corrective surgery for one of these abdomen. The surgical method is
Urinary and fecal incontinence are problems. Because women are embar- determined by the type of problem.
More than 200,000 American women
have corrective surgery annually.
NEW PATIENT SPECIALS DR. EVA NAPOLES, DDS
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Angst for the holidays? Simple tips to minimize stress
By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer strained finances, unreasonably high expec- for coping with holiday stress. Anne Posey.
[email protected] tations and intra-family conflicts to that mix “I think the first thing to do,” says Posey,
and it’s clear “the most wonderful time of the PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
While December ’tis the season to be jolly year” can be anything but wonderful. “is to look at why people feel stressed. We
… it’s also the season of extra stress and that all have our normal stuff: We have our work you should exceed your pre-set limit, Posey’s
is not a good thing for your mental or your Psychology Today goes even further by stress. We have what’s going on in our fam- advice is, “Get a driver or an Uber, because
physical health. saying holiday stress and anxiety can “lead ilies. We may have money trouble. All those one of the worst things that can happen
us all to behave in ways we’re sure to regret things exist all year round and we’re dealing during the holidays is to get a DUI on top of
Indeed, according to a December 2016 later.” with them all year round. But during the holi- all your normal holiday stress.”
study published in Circulation, a journal of days we get some added ‘bonus’ stresses. Our
the American Heart Association, “the winter Anne Posey, a licensed mental health to-do lists grow like Santa’s belly.” And while Posey’s next suggestion is
holiday season is considered a risk factor for counselor and the administrative director something you won’t see in those classic
both cardiac and non-cardiac deaths.” of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospi- “I looked at my [own] calendar this Hollywood Christmas movies that flood the
tal’s Behavioral Health Center in Vero Beach, month,” Posey continues, “and I have sev- airwaves this time of year, this mental health
Add lapses in diets and good eating habits, agrees and offers some observations and tips eral functions that I wouldn’t normally expert reminds everyone that you can “take
increased alcohol consumption, seasonally have during my normal work week. There’s a break from family. That’s OK to do. Take a
shopping to be done. There are meals to be solo shopping trip. Or go with a friend.”
cooked. There’s family that comes in. And we
don’t tend to eat and drink normally during And, Posey contends, getting a little out-
the holidays. There are always goodies every- side help can’t hurt, either.
Instead of climbing ladders to put up dec-
The American Heart Association echoes orations or getting boxes out of the attic, it’s
that thought, saying “every year, during the OK to hire someone to do that for you. Better
Christmas/New Year’s holiday season, mil- safe than sorry.
lions of Americans abruptly change their
patterns of traveling, eating, drinking, ex- And remember, Posey says, when it comes
ercising, working and vacationing,” and the to all those Christmas cookies and sugary
Mayo Clinic adds, “during this time of year, treats, “when you eat a lot of carbs and sim-
people often resort to bad habits – they may ple sugars, then you get the mood swings that
cave into sugar cravings, go for the booze and come along with that.”
overdose on caffeine.”
But most of all Posey’s advice goes back to
The first step in dealing with holiday her first step. “Manage your expectations,”
stress, in Posey’s view, is to “manage your ex- because real life is not the Hallmark Channel.
Anne Posey is the administrative director of
We need to understand that the holidays the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s
don’t have to be perfect. Or just like last year. Behavioral Health Center at 1190 37th Street in
Or the year before. Vero Beach. The center’s phone number is 772-
Families change. Traditions and rituals
also change. Be open to creating new ones
and remember, you may very well not get
along with everyone in your extended family.
“People that, generally, you could avoid
during the year, you may not be able to avoid
over the holidays,” Posey points out. It reduc-
es stress to simply recognize that and accept
it rather than worrying about it or bemoan-
ing the fact.
“And if you’re going to go somewhere
where there’s food and drink being served,
have a plan before you go on how many
drinks you’re going to have,” Posey advises. If
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Marina-front courtyard home in Grand Harbor is light, bright
By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer en times since they’ve been together. Pre- said, chuckling. The home features a casita with one bed-
[email protected] viously, they’ve called Palm Beach Gardens The couple moved to Grand Harbor room and one bath. A pocket door separates
and Islamorada home – each time for a the sleeping quarters from the living room,
Sunlight floods in through large win- span of three years. originally because they needed a place which has views of the unit’s private pool. The
dows and glass doors at 5450 W. Harbor Vil- where they could dock their boat. The casita would serve as a great place for visiting
lage in the marina neighborhood of Grand “Looks like three years is my limit,” she property comes with a 60-foot boat slip. guests or could be used as an in-law suite,
Harbor. The light reflects off the volume But over time, they realized they weren’t providing privacy for both guests and hosts.
ceilings, lending the attached courtyard using the boat enough to justify the main-
home on the waterfront a bright, optimis- tenance and upkeep and so they sold it. Inside the home, attractive architectural
tic ambiance that suits the environment. details include arched niches for display-
They’ve stayed in their home overlooking ing art as well as graceful columns that
Claudine and David Wright have called the picturesque harbor, though, in part be- lend a sophisticated air.
Marina Village at Grand Harbor their cause of the beauty of the surrounding scene.
home for three years, during which they The open floor plan includes a large
have updated and upgraded the courtyard “I love the outdoors and nature,” Clau- dining and living area between the kitchen
villa built in 2002. dine said, something Marina Village at and marina-front deck. There is space to
Grand Harbor has been able to provide. spare for an eat-in kitchen setup near slid-
Away went the dark tint on the glass ing doors out to the pool.
panes of the doors fronting the courtyard Often, dolphins frolic in the waters off
pool. In went more clear glass panes in any their deck, coming close enough Clau- The master suite has hardwood flooring
exterior door that didn’t have them. dine has heard them take a breath before and an expansive picture window over-
submerging. Manatees also come into the looking the marina, along with two large
Brick pavers went in the courtyard, con- marina, but they tend to stay farther out, walk-in closets.
necting the 1-bed/1-bath casita to the main nearer the boats, which are beautiful, too.
house. The kitchen got a makeover as well,
with new counters, repainted cabinets and
a glass-paned door for one cupboard.
The guiding principle was to bring in
the light. And so they did.
And now that they have everything
as they want it, they’re packing up and
heading to Colorado, where they recently
closed on a large home in Monument.
“I like change,” Claudine said, noting
that she and David have moved six or sev-
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A pocket door separates the bedroom lized as an in-home gym but could easily be kayaks and other such equipment. Grand Harbor’s magnificent club-
from the master bath, which includes a turned into a guest room should the need Claudine said the level of activity in the house offers a full array of activities and
garden tub, a large glass-enclosed shower, arise. A sliding glass door leads out to the is equipped with just about any amenity
double vanity and a water closet. There’s courtyard, providing ample natural light. neighborhood varies based on the time of you’d want. There’s no requirement to be
also a pool door out to the courtyard, pro- year. “In the summer, it’s really quiet,” she a member of the club – but if you are, you
viding easy access. The deck has plenty of space for seating said, explaining many of her neighbors are have access to a host of social and educa-
and grilling and also has a tall, enclosed seasonal residents. tional events, two full golf courses, and the
The spare room is currently being uti- storage space the Wrights used to store beach club on the barrier island.
“People are very friendly,” Claudine
added. “And it is a very safe community.”
FEATURES FOR 5450 W. HARBOR VILLAGE
Neighborhood: Marina Village at Grand Harbor
Construction: Concrete block and stucco • Year built: 2002
Size: 2,300 square feet under air • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3
Additional features: Waterfront courtyard attached home with
1/1 casita and pool; 60-foot dock slip; tile and wood flooring;
volume ceilings and crown molding; recessed lighting; covered
deck overlooking picturesque marina; upgraded kitchen and
windows; community center with full amenities including beach
club on the island, two full golf courses and social events.
Listing agency: ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Listing agent: Caroline Sanders, 772-532-8884
Listing price: $685,000
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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: DEC. 2 THROUGH DEC. 6
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
December kicked off with a busy week in the mainland real estate market, as 39 single-family
residences and lots changed hands from Dec. 2-6 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom ranch at 6900
45th Street – first listed in July for $1,575,000 – sold for $1,300,000 on Dec. 4.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Tom Snowberger of Independence Realty of
America. Representing the buyer was agent Laurie M. Blakelock of Keller Williams Realty.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
VERO BEACH 6900 45TH ST 7/24/2019 $1,575,000 12/4/2019 $1,167,000
VERO BEACH 7195 65TH ST 9/23/2019 $1,250,000 12/2/2019 $475,000
VERO BEACH 24 SEAHORSE LN 3/4/2019 $569,000 12/4/2019 $412,000
VERO BEACH 6530 36TH PL 9/20/2019 $425,000 12/6/2019 $390,000
VERO BEACH 382 11TH SQ SW 9/27/2019 $410,000 12/6/2019 $370,000
VERO BEACH 5463 BARBADOS SQ 4/24/2019 $389,400 12/6/2019 $370,000
VERO BEACH 2620 HERON BAY LN SW 6/25/2019 $400,000 12/2/2019 $362,000
VERO BEACH 8136 25TH ST 7/26/2019 $389,732 12/4/2019 $349,000
SEBASTIAN 685 GOSSAMER WING WAY 9/24/2019 $364,900 12/4/2019 $325,000
SEBASTIAN 686 BRUSH FOOT DR 8/15/2019 $339,000 12/3/2019 $325,000
VERO BEACH 8333 PALADIN SQ 9/19/2019 $360,000 12/3/2019 $282,000
VERO BEACH 703 HONEYBELL CT SW 9/20/2019 $287,900 12/2/2019 $282,000
SEBASTIAN 750 TUXEDO TERR 11/5/2019 $289,900 12/6/2019 $279,000
VERO BEACH 7835 14TH LN 8/23/2019 $279,000 12/4/2019
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.
7195 65th St, Vero Beach 24 Seahorse Ln, Vero Beach
Listing Date: 9/23/2019 Listing Date: 3/4/2019
Original Price: $1,250,000 Original Price: $569,000
Sold: 12/2/2019 Sold: 12/4/2019
Selling Price: $1,167,000 Selling Price: $475,000
Listing Agent: Megan Raasveldt Listing Agent: Brad Shearer
Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s Int’l Realty
Ashley Fletcher Tina Carone
Sea Turtle Real Estate LLC Alex MacWilliam, Inc.
6530 36th Pl, Vero Beach 382 11th Sq SW, Vero Beach
Listing Date: 9/20/2019 Listing Date: 9/27/2019
Original Price: $425,000 Original Price: $410,000
Sold: 12/6/2019 Sold: 12/6/2019
Selling Price: $412,000 Selling Price: $390,000
Listing Agent: Bill Lynch Listing Agent: Bill Baysura
Selling Agent: Alex MacWilliam, Inc. Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.
Mary Pat Slater Michael Kanehl
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Laurel Agency, Inc.
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HOLIDAY STRESS WITH LUNG DISEASE RIVER TWIST
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
IT’S A HOLLY, JOLLY, Words on birds: Author ‘exposes’
JAZZY CHRISTMAS Florida’s feathered fliers PAGE B2
AT WAXLAX CENTER
By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
1 Put a little cool in your Yule:
Oh, yeah. This Sunday, Dec.
15, at the Waxlax Center in Vero
Beach, the cool jazz sounds of pi-
traordinaire Duke Ellington and
the jazz hot talents of the Space
Coast Symphony Jazz Orches-
tra come together to bring you a
swinging version of a holiday clas-
sic: “Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker
and a New Orleans Christmas.”
Those of you familiar with the
SCS Jazz Orchestra know you’re
going to hear “Central Florida’s
top jazz musicians,” grooving –
holiday style – under the direc-
tion of trombone professor Frank
Wosar. Here’s a bit of backstory,
related by the show promo: In
1960, Ellington’s colleague Billy
Strayhorn suggested doing a jazz
arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s
beloved masterpiece. Done and
done. So “The Dance of the Sugar
Plum Fairy” becomes the swing-
CONTINUED ON PAGE B5
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Words on birds: Author ‘exposes’ Florida’s feathered fliers
Juanita Baker, Ph.D.
PHOTOS: KAILA JONES
By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer tography Club a decade ago. Considered
[email protected] by many to be the “mother hen” of bird-
ing photography in Indian River County,
Juanita Baker, Ph.D., is proof positive Baker wanted a way to share her love of
of the old adage: “Birds of a feather flock birds and photography with others – to
together.” To best illustrate her avian promote the important role birds play in
affinity, she has compiled a captivating our lives, as well as to demonstrate the
book that captures the beauty of some of sheer joy of watching them.
Florida’s finest feathered friends.
Baker had taken the group to the Se-
“Florida Birds Exposed” is a compi- bastian Inlet early one morning during
lation of ‘Bird Photo of the Month’ sub- low tide. After that field trip, Baker be-
missions to the Pelican Island Audubon came inundated with photos of birds,
Society from 2009 to 2019. Each is accom- as the photographers became more and
panied by poems and essays describing more adept at capturing the fascinating
the unique attributes of the featured creatures on film. It didn’t take long for
birds. a little birdie to whisper in her ear that
a Florida Bird Photo of the Month was in
The book evolved out of an Introduc- order, with photos published in the PIAS
tion to Birdwatching talk and field trip
Baker had given to the Indian River Pho-
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newsletter the Peli- gram. state home or visit as snowbirds during “I hope people will appreciate this – by way of Pakistan.
“This book is important,” says Baker. the winter months; whether staying or book and let the birds inspire them to “It was mosquitoes that brought us to
“We have some really wonderful birds, just stopping over on their way further make changes. I want them to see that
and everyone needs to know how pre- south. these birds are really special,” says Bak- Vero Beach,” she explains. “My husband
cious our birds are. What’s happening to er, who migrated to Florida from Illinois Richard is a mosquito geneticist, and that
the birds tells us what’s happening to us. She used the Cornell Laboratory of Or-
If the birds go, we will go, too. We’ll be in nithology’s ‘All About Birds’ website as a CONTINUED ON PAGE B4
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 She attributes her adventurous ex- merous artifacts she has collected during [an observer interested in contributing
ploits to her parents, who, she explains, extensive travels, and she is equally adept toward the collective bird knowledge]
has taken us around the world. During allowed her to fly freely – exploring na- at writing prose and scientific literature. or a twitcher [someone whose goal is to
the Vietnam War, the State Department ture. rack up the number of rare birds they
got very interested in what diseases the A professor emeritus at Florida Insti- have seen], “Florida Birds Exposed” is an
troops could contract and bring back to “I was so interested in the world,” says tute of Technology, Baker holds a Ph.D. invaluable resource.
America. So, they wanted to set up five Baker. “I’m a curious person by nature. in clinical psychology and draws paral-
research centers in tropical regions, and My mother was an artist and read philos- lels between birds and humans. Proceeds from book sales help sup-
we ended up in Pakistan, where we lived ophy. She was quite a woman; she gave port the Pelican Island Audubon Society.
for 13 years.” me the art influence. I’ve loved art all my “When I was going through graduate They can be purchased for $29.95 at the
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Today, the couple is so comfortable of the key studies that helped enlighten Center or online.
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that they built their own “nest” along all demonstrate her passions for travel, birds and rats. Behavior is what psychol- For more information, visit pelicanis-
the Sebastian River in a home that is photography and the environment. Her ogy is about,” says Baker. landaudubon.org.
somewhat akin to a treehouse. Even the paintings are interspersed among nu-
unique PIAS headquarters on Oslo Road Whether you’re a serious birdwatcher
was made to look like a birdhouse.
She points to their outdoor deck,
where a painted bunting had just flown
to one of their bird feeders, and half-jok-
ingly says, “That’s my office.”
Baker says her fascination with feath-
ered creatures goes back much further,
initially taking hold when she began col-
lecting birds’ nests as a young girl.
“As a child, I wouldn’t sleep during
nap time at school. Instead, I’d lie there
and listen to a cardinal sing. I can still re-
member; it was so beautiful.”
Baker credits her soaring interest in
ornithology to the encouragement of
an eighth-grade science teacher. Later,
while spending time in India during col-
lege, she became a shutterbug, chron-
icling the people and animals she en-
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1 Sunday at the Waxlax Center.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 you, and performed by two piano players Says the park promo, “With a perfect blend Performing Arts Department’s symphonic
this week – Rhoda Johnson and Ken Gus- of soulful guitar,and powerful vocals,” Hot and jazz bands, chorus and orchestras will
ing “Sugar Rum Cherry”; “The Dance tafson – facing off on twin 88s in Dueling Pink delivers songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, most certainly make your season bright
of the Reed Pipes” transforms into the Pianos, playing virtually any song you “from Stevie Wonder to Elton John, from with their annual winter concert, “Winter
sassy “Toot Toot Tootie Toot”; and the can come up with, all backed by a guest Soul to Rock and Roll.” Night Sounds con- Wonderland.” Time: Sunday, 2 p.m.; Mon-
divine “Waltz of the Flowers” becomes drummer. There is always food available certs take place at the pavilions on Coconut day, 78 p.m. Tickets: orchestra, $15; mez-
a glitzy Vegas showstopper, “Dance of at the grill, and two full bars. (No BYOs.) If Point, on the south side of Sebastian Inlet, zanine, $10. 772-564-5537. www.IndianRi-
the Floreadores.” To make absolutely you aren’t crowned King or Queen of Ugly and they’re free with regular park entry fees. verSchools.Tix.com.
certain this holiday jazz evening is the Sweaters, there are also doors prizes. Out- Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. park admission: $8
jazziest, Wosar and the orchestra will side, Live in the Loop, the music is free: per vehicle, limit 8 people per vehicle; $4, 5 Here’s a wonderful Christmas sea-
also perform “holiday favorites with a On Friday, it’ll be Big Coque, a classic rock single occupant vehicle; $2, pedestrians, bi- son experience created for kids that
New Orleans twist.” Time: 3 p.m. Tick- cover band; and Saturday, it’s Doo Wop cyclists, extra passengers. 772-388-2750 or will totally delight grown-ups as well. This
ets: adults, $25 through SpaceCoast- City, an oldies rock ’n’ roll band. Times: Sebastian Inlet State Park. Saturday, Dec. 14, the terrific Space Coast
Symphony.org or at Marine Bank and Howl, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Loop: 6 p.m. Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quartet
Trust, beachside and mainland; at the to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: Howl, side seats, $12; 4 Among the most joyful and satis- will bring to life the beloved holiday clas-
door, $30; 18 and under or with student table, you can reserve a table in advance, fying musical offerings during the sic, “The Night Before Christmas,” at one
ID, free. 855-252-7276. $16 to $22. 772-231-6990. holiday season are the concerts present- of the area’s most magical places, McKee
ed by the talented young musicians of our Botanical Garden. This special treat is part
2 Riverside Theatre cordially invites 3 Eschew red and green for a couple of local schools. This Sunday and Monday, of the SCSO’s “Once Upon an Orchestra”
you to root through the back of your holiday season hours and opt for Hot Dec. 15-16, the Vero Beach High School series, this musical adventure teaching
closet for your most horrendous, ghastly, Pink. This eclectic rock band will be bring- kids about the woodwind family. After the
hideous, awful Christmas sweater, gather ing the live music this Saturday, Dec. 14, at program, there’ll be even more fun: The
up your similarly adorned posse and head one of the most unique and beautiful ven- kids will have a chance to try out wood-
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Riverside puts it this way: “The uglier the very popular series hosted by the Friends of cian in the symphonic photo booth” and
better, because your crime against fashion Sebastian Inlet State Park “under the moon even color in their very own “Once Upon
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‘Dream’ home’s a reality for Fellsmere Boys & Girls Club
Judy and Bill Munn with Elizabeth Thomason. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Robert Auwaerter, Fellsmere Mayor Joel Tyson and Fellsmere Police Chief Keith Touchberry.
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Architects Logan Dritenbas and John Binkley. Karen and Larry Mulder. Of the wonderful new facility, Munn
[email protected] said, “We’ve incorporated everything we
about four years ago, while riding past the world is to write a check for this place. The could possibly think of in here. And we’ve
Supporters of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Old Fellsmere School. He soon began vol- toughest thing is what they do every day; to also allowed for expansion.”
Indian River County recently celebrated the unteering with a group of middle school come here every day and spend time with
opening of a bright and airy 8,000-square- boys, now fondly referred to as “The Mulder these young kids who need help badly.” Elizabeth Thomason, BGCIRC execu-
foot facility adjacent to the historic Old Dozen.” tive director, said that the Fellsmere club
Fellsmere School building, home to the The couple is also involved in Boys & currently has 156 members, an average
Fellsmere City Hall complex and, since Larry Mulder spoke enthusiastically of Girls Clubs in Michigan, their primary res- daily attendance of about 115 and a wait
2010, the Fellsmere Boys & Girls Club. Fellsmere Club staff, led by its director, Kei- idence. list of 38 children, which they can now ac-
sha Rainey. commodate.
“Just earlier this year, Larry and Karen “Our passion is to help children realize
Mulder came to us with a proposal to build “These are great, giving people. They their potential. These are beautiful kids With a $2.2 million annual budget to
a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club. They just give everything to these kids and I who have so much potential; they’re such run the Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fells-
had a vision for the children and asked us to love that,” he said. “The easiest thing in the nice kids,” said Karen Mulder. mere clubs, continued funding and addi-
help them achieve our common goals,” said tional staffing are their greatest challeng-
Bill Munn, BGCIRC board co-chair with es. Parents are charged minimal amounts
Dan Somers, welcoming the crowd. of $30 for one child, $50 for two and noth-
ing more for additional children. With an
“It’s hard to believe that this project was average household income of less than
a dream less than one year ago and here $25,000 for participants, some can’t even
we stand with our dream realized. We had afford that.
a hard-working board committee to help
with raising the necessary funds,” added “Countywide, 82 percent of our kids are
Munn. The project was overseen by archi- on free and reduced lunch and almost 100
tects Edlund Dritenbas and Binkley, Proc- percent of the Fellsmere kids are on free
tor Construction and Carter and Associates and reduced lunch,” said Thomason.
Thomason said the new facility was
In addition to the Mulders’ lead gift of $1 built to enable diverse programming,
million, Munn said they had 100 percent from computers and enhanced technol-
board participation and generous gifts ogy, to books and creative space for bud-
from the community. ding artists, a multi-purpose room and an
outdoor covered patio with tables.
Earlier Larry Mulder, an avid cyclist,
said he first discovered the Fellsmere Club For more information, visit bgcirc.org.
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First Bites: River Twist Food and Wine on 17th Street
By Tina Rondeau | Columnist Seeared Shrimp Seeared Lollypop
[email protected]63.com and Soppresata. Lambchops.
Chef Michael Amaral, whom we first Goat Cheese previously criticized this practice wherev-
encountered a half dozen years ago when Crostini. er we have found it. This restaurant is good
he was executive chef at Costa d’Este, has enough smaller parties may soon find it
built out and opened a restaurant of his Chicken Livers. Scallops Over tough to get a table.
own on 17th Street – and the early signs are Wilted Spinach.
very promising. edgeable and attentive, and Lorraine also I welcome your comments, and encourage
checked in from time to time to make sure nights a week, River Twist serves lunch you to send feedback to me at [email protected]
Headline news: River Twist Food and all was well. Tuesday through Friday, and brunch from ach32963.com.
Wine is located two doors down from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Sumo House, about a half mile west of the Prices: River Twist’s appetizers range The reviewer is a beachside resident who
17th Street bridge, in a strip mall on the from $8 for the chicken livers to $15 for the Initial impressions: The Amarals have dines anonymously at restaurants at the ex-
south side just east of US 1. A first tasting lump crab cake. Entrées are mostly in the clearly put a lot of work into launching this pense of Vero Beach 32963.
of the offerings of Chef Michael – ranging high-teens and low $20s. Two flatbreads restaurant, and Chef Michael is preparing
from creative starters to very good entrées were also on the menu at $10 and $11. some very creative and tasty dishes. Tomato Mozzarella
– suggest this restaurant is likely to quickly Stack.
develop a following. Also of note: In addition to dinner four Our single caveat is they only take reser-
vations for parties of five or more. We have Hours:
Look & Feel: The décor of the main dining Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
area, with several types of chandeliers hang-
ing from the exposed ceiling, might best be Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
described as industrial chic. A half dozen red Beverages: Beer & Wine
booths line the walls, with a large high-top Address:
share table set in the middle of the room. At
the rear of the dining area is a large open bar. 717 17th Street, Vero Beach
Food: Last week, our party of four sampled
an assortment of appetizers and entrées.
But while we were waiting for our wine
selections, Chef Michael’s wife Lorraine
came by the table with a plate for us to
share of homemade crostini with goat
cheese, golden raisins and caramelized
onions with a little drizzle of organic
honey. This was not on the menu but
it should be. As one of our companions
remarked, a fantastic mix of flavors.
For appetizers, we tried the seared
shrimp and soppresata ($10), the fresh
tomato mozzarella stack ($12), and the
salt and pepper fried chicken livers ($8).
The salads were both excellent, and
beautifully presented. But I cannot tell you
how excited my husband was to see the
chicken livers, which were served with a
caramelized onion jam and gochujang ai-
oli. Gochujang is a Korean chili paste that
nicely offset the sweeter jam and gave the
dish a bit of a kick. A definite winner
For entrées, we sampled the seared lol-
lypop lamb chops ($23), the Portuguese
spiced pork loin ($17), the herb seared
chicken breast ($15), and the evening’s spe-
cial, pumpkin seed encrusted sea scallops
over wilted spinach ($31).
The lamb chops, alas, which should
have been medium rare, were tasty but
close to well done – and the chicken and
pork loin also were tasty but a bit dry. The
best dish of the four was the sea scallops,
three beautiful, perfectly seared scallops
that any chef would have been proud of.
While River Twist serves a variety of
tempting house-made desserts, we were
full by this point and decided to pass.
Drink: River Twist has an impressive
wine list, offering a variety of excellent
wines by both the bottle and glass.
Service: Our server Stacey was knowl-
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Five tips to help you celebrate with sparkling wine
By Dave McIntyre complexity and aging ability as the great
The Washington Post Bordeaux and Burgundies.
The holidays are for celebration. With If you get hooked on champagne, you
joy in our hearts and our smiles, we raise can spend some glorious days divin-
our glasses to toast friendships old and ing the terroir nuances of the Cotes des
new, the accomplishments of the year Blancs, where the vibrant fruit of char-
now ending, and the possibilities that lie donnay reigns supreme, or the more min-
ahead. erally wines of the Montagnes de Reims,
based on pinot noir and pinot meunier.
Our glasses most likely contain liquid Or the wines of the Marne Valley, where
joy, a wine that sparkles with promise, its the sandier soils have their own softer ex-
bubbles lifting our spirits as they climb pression. If you want to explore the region,
steadily, inexorably from the bottom of the start with Peter Liem’s masterful work,
glass. Nothing can keep them down. As the “Champagne” (complete with topograph-
famous Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon ical maps). And then check your bank ac-
exclaimed while enjoying his own cham- count – this will be expensive research.
pagne, “I’m drinking stars!”
Here are five things to know about spar- they are carbonated under pressure with similar to what’s used in making sherry or 4. Because it’s not just about the bub-
kling wine as you prepare to toast your carbon dioxide in large tanks. This is obvi- aged tawny Port. A solera is a blend of sev- bles, it’s not just about toasting.
loved ones. ously cheaper. Prosecco is made this way, eral vintages; each year, a portion is used
and can be quite good. to add complexity and an aged character “Bubbles go with everything” is my man-
1. It ain’t champagne unless it comes to the new blend, while some fresh wine is tra. (Well, one of them.) Sparkling wine is
from Champagne. 2. Vintage isn’t (always) important. added. It’s rather like a sourdough levain extremely food-friendly, because the bub-
Many sparkling wines do not carry a for bread. bles and acidity refresh your palate. A rich
Those of us of a certain age tend to call vintage date on the label. They are “non- champagne can accompany a fancy meal,
any bubbly champagne, the way we used vintage” wines, or as some producers pre- Vintage-dated sparkling wines are from while a lighter Spanish cava pairs well with
to call any cola Coke or any copier a Xerox fer, “multi-vintage,” blending wines from better years, or more consistent climates. tapas and appetizers.
machine. But true champagne comes from several harvests. Vintage champagnes are aged longer to
the Champagne region of northern France, The multi-vintage blending practice de- give the complexity that reserve wines Bubbles also have an affinity for fat, salt
where producers have been zealous about veloped as a hedge against Champagne’s add to a multi-vintage blend. They are and crunch. Fried chicken, french fries and
protecting their brand. uncertain northern climate, but also be- priced accordingly. even popcorn. If you want to be truly dec-
cause producers wanted to develop a con- adent, in a wine geek way, try champagne
What makes champagne the world’s top sistent house style. By blending reserve 3. Wine is the noun, sparkling is the with a Popeye’s chicken sandwich.
sparkling wine? Marketing is the cynical wines from older vintages with the new modifier.
answer. We’ve all seen those Belle Epo- harvest, they could guard against the ex- 5. Don’t drink it in a coupe.
que-era posters showing champagne as cessive ripeness of a hot year or the more We tend to value sparkling wines for Does anyone have coupes today? These
the luxurious drink of the upper class. anemic wines of a rainy vintage. their bubbles and the celebrations they are the wide, shallow glasses in those Belle
Some producers use a solera system, mark. But bubbly is – first and foremost – Epoque posters. Tall, narrow glasses called
Winemaking is important, too. In the wine. This is especially true of the finest flutes are more common now. Flutes chan-
champagne method, now more common- champagnes, which show as much depth, nel the bubbles directly to the top. They’re
ly called the traditional method (because great for toasting, but if you want to enjoy
“champagne method” allows other regions your sparkling wine as wine (see above,
to link their wines with champagne), the Nos. 3 and 4), use a tulip-shaped glass.
bubbles are formed during a second fer- With these points in mind, I hope you
mentation in the bottle. have a wonderful, bubbly holiday season.
Other sparkling wines are made in the
Charmat, or bulk, method. Essentially,
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Bonz bonds with bud Benji, a peppy Papillon
Mommy first got me.” Benji ple hours, just to be on the safe
Hi Dog Buddies! “So, Benji, how DID side. Now I’m older (I’m gonna
The minute I spotted the doormat at you an your Mom get be 3 in Feb-you-arry) so I Do My
Benji Fulford’s apartment, I knew it was
gonna be a fun innerview: it said “WOOF!” together.” Duty outside only. Here, If I hafta
in great big letters. PAWsome!
“Well, I was born go, an Mommy’s on the com-
There was lotsa barkin’ soon as we rang.
When the door opened, Benji anna lady near Mon-tree-ALL puter, I lick her feet to remind
were right there to greet us, Benji uttering
a few more barks, while peeping out from (which is inna big her. In Canada, I just stand in
behind the lady’s legs. He’s an ex-treemly
hansome, ex-treemly amiable snowbird- place called CAN- the hall an bark. Me an Mommy
dog: a Papillon, brown an white, with a
small, charming triangular face decorat- NA-duh). I’m a pure- leash walk around the pond ev-
ed with a scattering of freckles, a tail that
looks like a waterfall, and those amazin’ bred with a buncha of ery evening. I have a BFF, Pippa,
really long wavy ears that stick up, an then
flow down like budderfly wings. (I found fancy, champion an- who lives across the street. She’s
out Papillon is French for “budderfly.” Cool
Kibbles, right?) cestors. My Mommy an a Papillon like me. When she
Soon as his Mom assured him that we Daddy have those long, comes over, we chase each oth-
were from The Newspaper and, thus, OK,
Benji stepped forward. “WELL-come, Mr. weird kennel names but er all around the apartment.”
Bonzo! I’m always cautious of you Big Dogs
at first. No offense. This is my Mommy, Jut- everybuddy calls ’em “What kinda food do you
ta. Let’s go sit over by the couch, OK?”
Quiz an Boss. Mommy like?”
Benji’s Mom, me an my assistant did so.
Benji, however, took the scenic route. At a has Japanese an Swed- “I eat Orijen kibbles from
gallop. He flew from the front door, shot
down the hall, through living room and ish ancestors and Daddy CANNA-duh. An Mommy
kitchen, made a coupla loops, then skid-
ded to a stop. His Mom tossed a ball down has Russian an Polish.” PHOTO: KAILA JONES cooks me chicken, liver an
the hall a coupla times, prompting Benji to
sail after it, execute a 4-point skid-turn, an “Woof! So you’re some hamburger. I very much enjoy
zoom back. At one point, I noticed he now
had a yellow rubber chicken in his mouth. kinda Innernational Dog the occasional bok choy stem,
“Mayg yourselbbs add hobe,” he said, of Mystery,” I said. though it’s a long way, 26 hours, Mommy which Mommy cuts in into teeny piec-
slinging the chicken around with such en-
thusiasm I thought his ears (or the chick- “Naw. Not me. I don’t do those fancy says. When we make The Big Drive, we stop es. I am also a fan of Arugula. An coconut
en’s face) would fly off.
shows or anything. But I do speak French, overnight at this nice pooch-frenly place. I flakes. An cheese. For special treats, I get
“Don’t those amazing ears get kinda
heavy?” since that’s all I heard till I was 12 weeks have my own cozy liddle carrier. I still ride duh-lishus liver-an-berry crisps. Wouldja
Benji petooied the chicken out. “You just old. You see, Mommy hadda Papillon pre- in it and even sleep in. I have my bunny like to try one?”
hafta get used to ’em. When I was a puppy,
before my ears got so fluffy, I looked sorta me – Gigi. When she went to Dog Heaven rabbit, too. It makes me feel suh-CURE! I They sounded tasty. “Don’t mind if I do.”
like baby Yoda. I was only 3 pounds when
at 16, Mommy wanted another girl, just gotta admit, though, when Mommy gets They were tasty.
like Gigi. She went back to the breeder, my carrier out for a regular ride, I’m a lid- Post-snack, I asked, “Where do you
who had a new litter: two boys, including dle hezzah-tunt cuz it usually means a trip sleep?”
me, anna grrrl. Mommy woulda picked the to the doctor or the groomer, which are “In the kitchen.”
grrrl ’cept somebody’d already called dibs, the opposite of my favrite places. I know “The kitchen?”
lucky for me. Now Mommy’s glad, cuz I’m they’re For My Own Good, but still. Any- “Well, see, when I’m in Mommy’s room,
so bouncy an frenly an smart an cute an way, the groomer just clips my nails and I wake her up a lot when it isn’t the right
cuddly, you know, all those things humans gives me a dumb ol’ bath. I’m pretty much time. I’m not exactly sure why. But, in the
love. Well, sometimes Mommy calls me a a wash-and-wear kinda pooch, so it’s not kitchen, I’m totally fine. I just curl up in my
Scatterbrain, but I prefer to think of myself that bad. cozy carrier with my Bunny Rabbit and go
as having a Healthy Curiosity.” “Down here’s nice cuz I don’t hafta wear to sleep.”
I nodded. Suddenly, something behind clothes or boots. Mommy paper-trained Heading home, I was thinkin’ about en-
the chair caught Benji’s attention. “’Scuse me at first, AN took me outside every cou- ergetic liddle Benji, butterfly ears swing-
me,” he said. He ran to the chair, an came ing side to side, shaking the daylights out
back dragging a munched-on, green DON’T BE SHY of his rubber chicken. An wonderin’ if I’d
have the nerve to try bok choy. Whatever
stuffed shark almost as big as him.
“Ib’s by FAY-brut!” he explained, rolling We are always looking for pets it is. Or maybe ask about getting some of
with interesting stories. those liver-an-berry crisps.
around on the floor with the shark.
“Do you like it down here? What’s the To set up an interview, email The Bonz
trip like?” I inquired.
Benji petooied the shark. “I really
like ridin’ in the car with Mommy, even
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A WRONG DOES NOT ALWAYS DO BADLY WEST NORTH EAST
A97 KJ53 864
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 8 10 5 2 9643
8753 A J 10 2 Q64
Thomas C. Haliburton, a Nova Scotian politician, judge and author who died in 1865, said, A J 10 7 6 82 K93
“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.”
Some bridge players who get cross with partner are guilty, adopting the “offense is the best Q 10 2
defense” policy. In contrast, sometimes making the “wrong” bid or play does not cost. In AKQJ7
today’s deal, critique the auction. K9
South might have opened one no-trump; the heart suit was a plus value, but the black-suit
holdings were minuses. If he had, though, maybe three no-trump would have been the final Dealer: North; Vulnerable: North-South
contract. After West led the club jack (or seven), that would have gone down two.
North might have responded two clubs, Reverse Drury, showing three-plus heart support
and a maximum pass. Then South would have insisted on game, reaching four hearts one SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
way or another. Pass Pass
1 Hearts Pass 2 Hearts Pass LEAD:
Finally, South was aggressive in going straight to game. Two no-trump would have been a 4 Hearts Pass Pass Pass 8 Hearts
better rebid, but North would have jumped to four hearts.
West did well to lead a trump. How should South have played?
He immediately cashed the diamond king and played his nine to dummy’s 10. However, East
took that trick and shifted to clubs for down one.
South would have done better first to try for a club ruff on the board: heart 10, club two. If
East rose with the king and returned a trump, South would have next led the club queen.
Here, that would have worked nicely. But if the defenders could have denuded dummy’s
trumps, the diamond finesse was still available.
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7 Abstract beings (anagram of 102 Carport stain 55 “___ victory!”
104 Solver’s cry 56 Weapon for Bogie
EAT IN) 105 Periodic chart info: abbr. 58 It means “race”
12 B flat’s alter ego 107 Flag-thrower 60 Of a certain fraternal order
109 Early years 64 Comings and goings
18 Seeks the highest bidder 111 Coal vessel 65 What the saver’s savings did
21 Suborder of lizards 112 Staccato’s opposite 66 1979 Clayburgh-Reynolds
22 Has a hole in one’s mitt? 114 Metric measures, briefly
23 Rapid, in music 117 Hash (it out again) film
25 Please, to Klaus 119 Skilled type 68 Nova
26 Aliens, briefly 120 ___ Man in Havana
27 Propyl ending 122 CD followup? 70 Bach works, to Bach
28 House sitter? 123 Marcel Marceau’s everyman 74 Mr. Mickelson
29 Back-wall markings at a 124 Money of India 75 Approvals
127 Great score for a duffer 77 Of the dawn
lineup: abbr. 129 Peachy pact 79 Zero
30 Make soda water, e.g. 132 Mighty serious 80 Rejected, slangily
32 Fats Waller tune, “Your 133 Why the starlet’s brother 86 English elevators
87 Palm fruit
___ Too Big” became a movie producer? 89 Slippery little fellow
34 Good name for a tennis (5 wds.) 92 Peregrination
134 Player transactions 93 Danse Macabre, for one
player? 135 Gets hooked on? 95 Johnny Carson predecessor
36 Do a Consumer Reports job 136 Walked-on welcomer 96 “Now I see!”
38 Trigger puller 137 Regret 97 767 deviation
40 Intro to Na Na 99 Long scarf
42 Parks and Ponselle DOWN 103 Believer’s suffix
43 Mr. Lilly 1 Poe’s foot? 105 Brenner Pass locale
44 It keeps an eye on finance 2 D halved, minus 48 106 Like Cheech and Chong
cos. 3 On cloud nine characters
45 Pinocchio’s downfall 4 Third Reich architect 108 History-making deeds
48 Confident solver’s medium 5 Skating ratings: abbr. 110 Remarque or Segal
6 Essenes, e.g. 111 Drink noisily
50 Menace to mice 7 Newt’s friends? 113 Bizarre
51 Flora from Tucson 8 Football div. 115 Deficient in
53 Not licked yet 9 Giggle 116 Last letter
57 Trav. path 10 Castle or Cara 118 “I swear I use no ___ all”
59 Pitching power 11 Things of value
61 Max Schreck in Batman 12 Quickly, quickly (Hamlet)
13 Hair care lair 121 Bread types
Returns 14 Grain machine 123 Mayo-topped sandwiches
62 “Call ___ taxi!” 15 “You ___ here ...” 125 Beige
63 Not at home, to a Scot 16 Plays the superhero 126 Sermon addition
64 Kitchen meas. 17 Sum before tax is added 128 Longoria or Mendes
67 Prop ending 19 Ms. Lauder 130 Charley horse site
69 Wolf food? 20 Horse opera 131 Arms assn.
71 Unknown ordinal 24 Psych finish
72 Repetition 31 Ship direction
73 Causing leaks 32 Optional item
76 Blowouts 33 Ignoble knife
77 Actor Richard 35 A number’s homophone
78 Saver’s option 36 ___ room
79 Common sentence starter 37 In the style of
81 “Fancy that!” 39 Director Kazan
82 European capital 41 Make move, as Mickey
83 According to
84 Sit or stand ending
85 Tristan’s love
88 Jetsam in 1773
90 Take a loge
91 1946 Abbott and Costello
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