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09/27/2018 ISSUE 39

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Indian Harbour Beach officials told Atlantis doctor’s ‘urgent’ message
sidewalk fix may be years away. to patients: See us for quick fix.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 | VOLUME 03, ISSUE 39 Dining review: Thai Thai II. P. 28

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Boutique-style inn slated for
beachside Melbourne parcel

Students at Coastal Community School, a private Christian school in Satellite Beach, practice violin. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT permit and council approval,
were briefly considered by
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT school in Palm Bay, but the drive from her In an area flush with high- the developer, 360 Hospital-
home in Indialantic didn’t help achieve her density hotels, a smaller, ity LLC of Cocoa Beach, but
Like many harried parents, Keturah goal of a slower pace. boutique-style inn hopes to eventually discarded.
Hughes was looking for a way to slow down attract its share of tourists.
the hectic cycle of school-homework- Last year she enrolled her kids in Coastal Some nearby residents were
activities for her three children. Community School. The private Christian A four-story Fairfield Inn surprised to learn of the new
school in Satellite Beach takes a unique & Suites by Marriott is slated project and wondered why a
She tried homeschooling, but didn’t find for construction on a piece of public hearing was not held
that to be a good fit. She also tried a private CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 vacant land at the corner of prior to the announcement.
A1A and Provincial Drive, just
south of The Jungle Organic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Restaurant & Market at 2450
N. Highway A1A. Robert Bowcock. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK

The site is beachside but ACTIVIST’S AIDE,
located in an area that belongs OFFICIALS MEET
to the city of Melbourne, ON WATER ISSUES
more commonly known as
beachside Melbourne. STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
[email protected]
Certified General Contract-
ors Inc. (CGC) of Melbourne Consumer advocate and
was awarded the contract to environmental activist Erin
build the 58,000-square-foot Brockovich and her water
prototype hotel, which will expert, Robert Bowcock,
have 90 suites, a pool and 93 having studied a wide array
parking spots. of claims of contamination
of groundwater near
Plans for a rooftop eat- Patrick Air Force Base, hope
ing area, which would have to find some solutions
required a conditional use in advance of a Satellite
Beach event happening
Restaurateur says town bullying him over sea turtle lighting
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
Sand on the Beach restaurant. STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT the Beach restaurant.
Well known locally for
PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK Melbourne Beach officials say
local restaurateur Djon Pepaj is in his longstanding culinary
violation of turtle lighting codes – investment in the community,
but he insists he isn’t. Pepaj also owns Djon’s Steak &
Lobster House in Melbourne
Pepaj has been slapped with a Beach, Copperhead Tavern in
$25-per-day fine after the town’s Indialantic, and by the end of
code enforcement board found the year is expected to open his
him non-compliant with a turtle
lighting ordinance at his Sand on CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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2 Thursday, September 27, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

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A1A SIDEWALK ‘GAP’ FIX MAY NOW BE YEARS AWAY

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER north to Volunteer Way sooner rather PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER ect,’’ she said in a Sept. 10 email.
[email protected] than later, but encountered issues DOT will design the sidewalk in
including drainage, right of way and
Indian Harbour Beach officials re- several anticipated utility conflicts, 2019 and update the cost estimate for
cently got the news that the fix for a said FDOT consultant project man- right of way acquisition.
gap in the sidewalk on the west side ager Megan Owens.
of State Road A1A may be years away A DOT scoping group is working
rather than tacked on to the current “I don’t have a timeline for when on a project right now “prepared to
resurfacing project nearing comple- this new project will begin, but I address the right of way, drainage
tion. wanted to let you know that although and utility components,” Owens said.
we can’t address the sidewalks now,
DOT officials had considered filling we are working on it for a future proj- In a separate project, completion
the gap from Eau Gallie Boulevard was scheduled this summer on a $10.3
Million FDOT resurfacing project on

NEW BEACHSIDE HOTEL vard to cross A1A to get to the beach.
Joe Pulvino. who lives on Rio Baya
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
N, about a mile west of the new hotel,

But Community Develop- worries about congestion from pedes-

ment Director Cindy Dittmer said trians crossing.

Melbourne city code does not require “This is not Cocoa Beach, we do not

a hearing for straight site plans. need another hotel especially one that

“Per the zoning code of the city is on the opposite side of a major thor-

of Melbourne, Florida, a hotel is a oughfare from the beach,” Pulvino

permitted use in the commercial said. “I believe it will be a very danger-

parkway zoning district of this ous pedestrian location.”

property,” Dittmer said. “There are no Jeffrey Brown has been a resident of

additional approvals required to allow Indialantic since 2011, and said that

this use within this

zoning district.”

Site plans over three

acres require board or

City Council approval.

This site plan was

below that threshold

and is ready to be

approved once a pre-

construction meeting

is held with the

developer/contractor.

Steve Seville lives

on Provincial Drive

and doesn’t want his

neighborhood to end

up commercialized

like Cocoa Beach or Site of planned boutique hotel at A1A and Provincial Drive. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER

Cape Canaveral.

“That type of area is why I settled in while he enjoys the quaintness of his

this more residential area,” Seville said. town, a little controlled growth in the

“The project changes the landscape, commercial area can’t hurt.

and while I understand there is to “Hotels and condos do have some

be no access from Provincial, I know impact on law enforcement and fire

there will be those who turn onto rescue service levels, but at the same

Provincial by mistake and have to time, provide revenue through hotel

drive all the way down to the end to bed taxes, property taxes and, just as

turnaround. I’m very disappointed in importantly, income to the great small

the city.” businesses that we support,” Brown

The city’s land development code said.

does require a 6-foot-tall opaque Adam Broadway is president and

fence in place where the hotel site chief executive officer of CGC and a

abuts residential property. Addition- resident of the unincorporated area of

ally, there are landscape areas and Indialantic himself. He said residents

building setback requirements sepa- shouldn’t have any concerns. In fact,

rating the hotel building from neigh- he thinks the new hotel will increase

boring property. nearby property values.

Currently there are no plans to add “It’s going to be a great project,”

a signal at the intersection or a foot- Broadway said. “We are excited about

bridge, so hotel guests will have to walk the project and it will be great to have

to the nearest signal at Paradise Boule- it in the beachside community.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, September 27, 2018 3

NEWS

SR A1A from Pineda Causeway south Palm Boulevard, Ellwood Avenue and with pedestrian signal improvements. occurred previously. On July 31 FDOT
to U.S. 192 in Indialantic. Grant Avenue), ADA-compliant curbs Additionally, Indian Harbour held a public hearing on potential
and bus access pads. mid-block crossings including one
The project includes updating Beach had expressed concerns near the Millennium Beach Park
pedestrian signals, six mid-block The project also includes marked about the design of a future SR A1A to replace the crossing at Atlantic
crossings (at Volunteer Way, Sunrise bike lanes and 13 new striped pedestrian crossings at Atlantic Boulevard. 
Avenue, Magellan Avenue, Royal crosswalk locations at intersections Boulevard where an accident had

4 Thursday, September 27, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

NEWS

PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK GROUNDWATER SOLUTIONS

Developer apologizes after hit with ‘Stop Work’ order CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT Massaro at 1809 Riverview Drive in terations to land take place, and work at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hate
Melbourne, after officials discovered along the water requires permission Worship Center next to Satellite Beach
An Indialantic developer said he he had removed vegetation and redis- from the state. City Hall.
regrets any damage caused from tributed soil, damaging the shoreline
working on his riverside land without and bluff, vital in preventing erosion. “I would like to apologize for what Bowcock, a California water
proper permits. happened with the city and state consultant who helps Brockovich
Massaro said he was just trying to on the river bank,” Massaro said. “It with a constant supply of similar
Last month, Melbourne code en- clean up the area, but city permits are wasn’t our intention to do anything cases nationwide, led a local week-
forcement posted a “Stop Work” required before construction or al- wrong.” long investigation including a
order on the land owned by Carlo closed-door meeting Sept. 17 at
The site was once home to the his- Satellite Beach City Hall with city
toric Elizabeth Eaton home before it officials. Bowcock has monitored our
burned down in 2016. local situation for about three years.

Cheryl Mall, spokeswoman for the “It’s one of those situations where
city of Melbourne, said the developer multiple issues have converged over
was given until Sept. 14 to put up bar- the years, and have overlapped and
riers to stop potential erosion along caused confusion for each other. I
the river’s shoreline. hope to be able to pull them apart
and try to get them solved as indi-
“The barriers have been placed, vidual problems,” Bowcock said last
and the respondents are working with Saturday. The overall contamina-
various agencies to ensure the shore- tion concerns involve groundwater,
line and bluff are restored,” Mall said. drinking water, wastewater and the
issue of degrading water quality in
An Italian native, Massaro who the Indian River Lagoon.
owns Massaro International Con-
struction in Indialantic, said he plans Bowcock confirmed that aerial
to build a European-style condo- photographs show military-related
minium on the land with imported dump sites north of Satellite Beach
material from Italy including tile and in unincorporated South Patrick
marble. Shores – the suspect area for con-
taminants. Satellite City officials de-
Community Development Director nied having knowledge of any such
for the City of Melbourne Cindy Dit- images.
tmer said the developer has complied
with the temporary measures the city He applauded growing efforts to
required to limit further damage from collect data on cancer victims from
occurring to the bluff line and the the area, but warned against placing
shoreline of the Indian River. importance on establishing an offi-
cial statistical “cancer cluster.”
“The developer is currently coor-
dinating with St. Johns River Water “It doesn’t really exist and it doesn’t
Management District to prepare a re-
mediation plan to restore these areas Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker at meeting
of damage,” Dittmer said.
with water expert Robert Bowcock. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK
“The remediation plan must be
reviewed by other state agencies get you anything,’’ he said.
and the developer will also need to Concerning the Indian River La-
receive remediation plan approval
from the city of Melbourne prior to goon, Bowcock said he is less con-
any additional work occurring on cerned about emergency discharges
site,” she added.  like during Hurricane Irma, because
of their lack of frequency, and more
concerned about getting all septic
tanks removed that are discharging
into the lagoon.

“My biggest fear in relation to the
Indian River Lagoon is septic sys-
tems. I think they are a bigger prob-
lem,’’ he said.

The challenge on the barrier is-
land involves stormwater and drain-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, September 27, 2018 5

NEWS

age issues in the same area where separate all the issues,’’ he said. “It’s almost exactly how it unfolds side. It always happens,” Bowcock
there are tidal and artesian water in- The Satellite Beach activism everywhere: All the in-fighting be- said.
fluences, he said. tween community groups happens
and response so far is typical, but all the time; you automatically have As for the Sept. 29 visit, “Erin
“They all need to be evaluated to Bowcock said the representation at the governmental officials putting and I will introduce the subject its
come to a universal fruition. It’s not the planning meeting was excellent up roadblocks, then they eventually multiple overlapping issues. Here’s
going to be expensive and it’s not with county, city, state and Patrick tear them down and come on our what they are and here’s what we can
going to be hard. You just have to Air Force Base officials. do to address them,’’ he said. 

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NEWS

COASTAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

approach to education, allowing Teacher Nancy Koch works with her fourth-grade cooking class at Coastal Community School on S Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER
students to attend classes three days a
week and work at home on the others. Wellspring or any other church. The and really just spend extra time with have the time or wherewithal to
curriculum is Christian-based. them,” said Hughes, whose kids are in homeschool.
“It’s made the peace level in our kindergarten, fourth grade and sixth
house just unbelievable,” Hughes Students attend academic classes grade. “It’s not what I would think of as a
said. “We’re able to let them play Little on Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday traditional home school where I have
League, sports, and it’s not a huge ‘Oh is an optional enrichment day, when “But they still go to school three days to devise the lesson plan and come up
my gosh, we have to get homework electives like foreign languages, violin, a week. They get to be with their friends with how to do it,” she said. “You can
done and shove food down our face art and cooking are offered. Students and I get a little break.” get creative with it but you don’t have
before we go.’” work at their own pace at home on to. The framework is there.”
Mondays and Fridays, following Assistant principal Nora Huggins
Principal Sarah Angrisani and her assignments from their teachers. There said the enrichment day is especially Students at Coastal are considered
husband started the school in 2014 is no homework other than any extra popular because of all the activities by the state to be full-time students, so
with 17 students and three teachers. It’s studying the student needs to do for a kids can do in one day. there is no need for parents to register
since grown to 90 students in grades test. with the district as homeschoolers
pre-kindergarten through sixth, and 19 “We’re giving them one place to go or submit an annual evaluation. The
staff members. Base tuition runs from “We really liked the idea of being at instead of them having to drive around school also offers bilingual Spanish
$3,150 to $4,050 per year, depending home on Mondays and Fridays, and to six or seven,” Huggins said. pre-kindergarten that is part of the
on grade level. really being able to spend time with state’s VPK program.
the kids and kind of see what they’re Hughes said it’s a good alternative
Many of the teachers and staff have thinking and what they’re learning for parents who want to be more A middle school is in the works as
students who attend the school, and involved in their children’s education well. 
several parents also volunteer their and schedules, but don’t necessarily
time.

“These families not only enjoy
the support of an experienced and
professional staff, but are able to grow
and nurture so many relationships
in the community of children and
parents,” Angrisani said.

Coastal is a nonprofit entity
registered with the state Department
of Education as a private school, and
is accredited by Christian Schools
International and Christian Schools of
Florida. Though the school rents space
from Trinity Wellspring Church on S.
Patrick Drive, it is nondenominational
and is not affiliated with Trinity

SEA TURTLE LIGHTING disoriented and head inland, where all requirements for turtle lighting “I care about sea turtles and would
they often die. and so we have done that from day never want to harm them,” Pepaj said.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 one, we have never deviated,” Pepaj “It’s insane to make such a fuss toward
Although notified of the violation, said. “Suddenly someone decided to a local business that has brought so
newest concept in Indialantic, Village Town Manager Robert Daniels said look at it another way, it’s more like much to the town, but if they want to
Market. Pepaj has not come into compliance harassment.” escalate this to a different level, we
within the timeframe allowed. can.”
Officials contend that some of the Pepaj said he purchased his lights
lighting outside Sand on the Beach But Pepaj said he feels “bullied” by through a company on the West The $25 per day fine will continue
is too bright for nesting turtles and the town. Coast that specializes in sea-turtle to accrue through Oct. 31. The
conflicts with the town rules. lighting, with no glare and the proper commission will revisit the issue in
“In 2009 when we opened this spectrum. November. 
Hatchlings can be drawn to bright establishment, we went through a
lights, causing them to become special exception process to meet

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Sound bath meditation
serves up peace
by the bowlful

8 Thursday, September 27, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

SEEN & SCENE

Sound bath meditation serves up peace by the bowlful

Anthony Profeta and Erin D’Elia of the Peace and Compassion Foundation. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER

STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT resonating from the bowls as he of-
[email protected] fered a final positive affirmation.

“To begin, there’s not much that you Gradually, he guided the class back
really need to do, other than maybe into their bodies, and the lights came
find a comfortable position.” back up in the room.

Anthony Profeta sat behind his fa- A delectable spread of vegetarian
mous healing bowls, a slight smile at dishes and desserts was unveiled, and
his lips as he prepared the class at the the silent auction was opened.
Yoga Arts Lounge in Satellite Beach for
a special World Peace Day Fundraiser The guests had come out to support
edition of his popular sound bath and learn more about Profeta’s new
meditation. nonprofit, the Peace and Compassion
Foundation, which he soon took the
“If you’re not a regular meditator,” floor to discuss.
he continued, “then just try to use the
sound of the bowls and the guidance Profeta, an 18-year student and
that will be given as your focal point.” teacher of meditation, along with
friend and cofounder Erin D’Elia,
The quartz crystal bowls of varying launched the foundation this sum-
sizes surrounding Profeta glowed orb- mer, with a primary goal of raising
like in soothing colors as he started to funds to put school teachers through
tap and rub them with wooden mal- mindfulness training programs.
lets, awakening their tonal voices.
Prompted by recent outbreaks of
Harmonic waves began to pulse school violence and hostility world-
and meander around the darkened wide, Profeta says he felt called to
room – relaxing and hypnotic, ethe- do something to facilitate positive
real and space-like. change in the world.

“We can never have peace in the “Meditation is an important prac-
outside world,” Profeta spoke softly, tice because it awakens us to our true
quoting the Dalai Lama, “until we nature,” he said. “I firmly believe there
have peace in ourselves.” is no better practice we can undertake
for our own transformation, and if
He went on to guide the closed-eyed more people would start meditating,
participants (some seated in rows of the world would become a better, hap-
chairs, others sitting or laying on yoga pier and more peaceful place.”
mats or on the floor) through a half-
hour meditation on inner and outer For more information on the founda-
peace. tion and upcoming meditation events,
please visit www.peaceandcompas-
“Love to all beings, happiness to all sionfoundation.org or www.anthony-
beings, peace to all beings,” his voice profeta.com 
seemed to intertwine with the sounds

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SEEN & SCENE

Nella Fusco. Catherine McCarthy and Mike Richter.
Allen Craft and Thays Melo. Andrea Nuzzi and David Pritzker.

Jen Archicolo and Diosa Figueroa.
Karen Wade and Jo Evans.

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SEEN & SCENE

Sea-glass collectors lured by ocean’s tiny treasures

Brenda Spetter. PHOTOS: JULIAN LEEK Ann Fisk.

STORY BY ANNETTE CLIFFORD CORRESPONDENT the scoured nuggets are members of whale conservation to fossil identifi- faith-based mission trips.
[email protected] Florida’s East Coast Sea Glass Club, cation and crafting techniques. Satellite Beach resident Brenda
gathering each month at the Mel-
Churning oceans can erode shore- bourne Beach Public Library to share The October meeting will feature Spletter, a retired software engineer,
lines, toss boats to the winds and de- their treasures and hunting tips. speaker Denice Cummings, who will is mostly motivated to collect sea
stroy dwellings. But they also tumble demonstrate drilling of sea glass for glass for the scientific part of it. “You
old refuse into tiny bits of beauty that “They’re purists, and don’t like the craft or jewelry purposes, so safety look for crushed up shell, because
entice collectors to the low-tide line. idea of artificially created sea glass,” glasses are suggested. sea glass is about the same weight
says Diana Watkins, the club’s presi- and when they tumble usually geo-
Such is the allure of genuine sea dent and founder. The club’s purpose Whether they create crafts or not, metric shapes [are formed], squares
glass, salt-etched pieces of broken is mostly educational, she explains, club members are in the sea-glass and rectangles.”
bottles and containers often strewn with monthly speakers expounding game out of sheer love of the pieces
across Space Coast beaches, espe- about all things East Florida-beach they find by the pounding waves. “Minerals in the glass interact
cially during periods of storm. related, from North Atlantic right Ann Fisk, a Melbourne Beach resi- with sea salt, changing the outside of
dent, picked up her passion for sea the glass chemically,” she says. She
Locally, many of those in thrall to glass during her career as a den- patrols the beach between Pelican
tal hygienist, when a client told her Park in Satellite Beach and the Atlan-
about the phenomenon. “It can be tic Plaza area.
there one day and not the next,” she
says. “It flows in because of a lot of Being a member of the Melbourne
things – waves, tides – in the little Beach club helps with research on
shell beds at the high-tide or low-tide different and unusual sea-glass
lines.” finds, Spletter says. She’s found lime
green pieces from Fresca bottles and
Fisk doesn’t sell her sea-glass cobalt blue and other colorful pieces
crafts but uses her finds to create from old Vaseline, Pepto Bismol or
mosaics or fill decorative display Vick’s Vapor Rub glass containers.
bottles, including pine-tree themed
ones for the Christmas season. The Some of her finds are embedded in
most common sea-glass color, she a bathroom counter she created with
jokes, is brown, coming from beer her husband.
bottles transformed by the actions of
the sea. It’s funny, and heartening, that old
junk can sometimes be turned into
Bernadette Skipper, a retired vet- art by the forces of nature and time.
eran and resident of Melbourne, got Just ask the sea-glass enthusiasts
into sea-glass collecting when her who roam Brevard County shores. 
college-bound daughter told her she
needed a hobby. “It’s a great way to UPCOMING EVENTS:
de-stress and decompress,” Skipper
says. Florida’s East Coast

She likes to search for sea glass on Sea Glass Club meeting
beaches near Patrick Air Force Base,
including Pineda Beach, and says 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 17
nor’easter storms bring in a mother-
lode of sea glass and shells. Chunky Melbourne Beach Public Library
pieces of old, green Coca-Cola bot-
tles make for gorgeous finds after 324 Ocean Ave.,
“getting cooked,” or tumbled, in the
surf for years. Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Fossilized ghost crabs as old as [email protected]
150,000 years are another favorite,
if rare, find, says Skipper, who uses Ocean Treasures and
proceeds from her decorative sea-
glass boxes to support friends on Sea Glass Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2019

Brevard County Barrier Island Center

8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne

Beach, FL 32951

‘African Wax Prints’:
More fabulous fabrics at Funk

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ARTS & THEATRE

‘African Wax Prints’: More fabulous fabrics at Funk

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER

STORY BY ELLEN FISCHER COLUMNIST ber, with a form-fitting top and a long, of the U.S. in 2016 and is booked into Or, according to Benson, “say a very
straight skirt with flared hems or side 2021, was curated for Exhibits USA by important person, like Barack Obama,
An exhibition that runs through pleats that allow for ease of movement. Dr. Gifty Benson of Tulsa, Oklahoma. visits your village. One of the women
Dec. 15 brings the colorful print fab- Rosettes, swags, ruffles and smocking A native of Ghana, Benson inherited will take a piece of the fabric and put
ric beloved of West and Central Afri- of the same material are used for deco- some of the material on display from it on the ground for him to walk on. It
can women to the galleries of Florida rative effects. her mother. The Beatrice Benson Col- serves as a red carpet.”
Tech’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile lection is now the property of African
Arts in Melbourne. The names of the patterns are as Hospitals Foundation in Tulsa, a non- Now for the spoiler: African wax-
colorful as the prints themselves. One profit organization founded by Dr. printed fabric did not originate on
Organized by Exhibits USA/Mid- dress features plump hens encircled Benson to help African hospitals in that continent. Imported from Eu-
America Arts Alliance, “Wandering by chicks and eggs; that one is called rural areas obtain equipment and sup- rope from the mid-19th century to the
Spirit: African Wax Prints” features “Happy Family.” The non-productive plies. AHF kindly lent that collection dawn of the 21st, African wax prints
myriad examples of the cloth. Al- member of the household, the roost- to FIT to expand the basic traveling were made exclusively in the Nether-
though you don’t have to sew to en- er, is represented only by his head, exhibition for the Ruth Funk Center’s lands and England.
joy this show, those for whom a fabric and that appears close to the fabric’s galleries.
shop is a candy store will take especial selvages. He is seen down low, at the Today a Dutch company, Vlisco, is
delight in the wealth of fabric on dis- skirt’s hem. Benson attests to the popularity of the last European manufacturer of the
play. wax prints in the countries of Western material still in business. According to
Make no mistake; these fabrics are Africa, especially on its western coast, Benson, Vlisco exports about a half-
In addition to the samples that hang all about women. They speak to wom- from Senegal southward to Nigeria, billion dollars’ worth of cloth every
from dowels in neat ranks throughout en and – through colors and printed and inland in Mali, Burkina Faso and year, with all but 5 percent of it going
the exhibition, a celebratory patch- designs – speak for women. Another Niger, among others. to Africa.
work of material covers the walls in the dress boasts the “King’s Chair” de-
central part of the gallery. Within that sign of overlapping, truncated cones “We love this fabric. We crave it. We “Vlisco puts out new limited-edition
environment, 11 traditional dresses in blue, gold, red and white. In addi- use it for special occasions and every fabrics every three months. You wait
show off as many fabric designs to tion to its bold elegance, in Africa the day,” she says. for them,” says Benson.
their best advantage: on the womanly pattern sends a non-verbal message:
form. “Come, let’s sit and talk for a while.” In addition to dresses, women use The last English manufacturer, ABC
the material for head wraps, as shawls Wax, was purchased in 1992 by the Cha
The basic dress is a two-piece num- The exhibition, which began its tour and as baby slings. Group, a Chinese conglomerate. Today
the Cha Group boasts that, with a pro-

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duction facility in Ghana, it holds the Benson notes, “Dutch trading was zanne”) – can be seen in the exhibi- are well represented by “Wandering
major share of the wax print market. the first exposure to Indonesian fab- tion, along with the print that inspired Sprit,” says Benson.
rics. The second was war.” the show’s title.
Why, then, does a fabric so much a “Little birds – they fly to America,
part of African society have its origin To help keep its Asian territories “Wandering Spirit” is a calico print they fly to Europe. The spirits do not
in Europe? under control, between 1837 and 1872 of stylized birds and flowers. stay in one place; they wander from
the Dutch crown recruited men from place to place.” 
The short answer is colonialism. Ghana and Nigeria into the Royal The story of African wax prints is
The Dutch East Indies was a terri- Netherlands East Indies Army. Those one of long-distance, somewhat im-
tory in Asia that, from 1800, was ad- stationed in Java eventually returned probable, cultural contacts. These
ministered by the Dutch government. home to Africa with batik fabric, which continuing international influences
The territory included Sumatra, Bata- they distributed among family and
via, Java, the Moluccas and, after 1920, friends. As a result, the African taste
Borneo, the Celebes and the western for cloth with Indonesian designs and
half of New Guinea. In the aftermath colors was cultivated.
of World War II, the Dutch East Indies
became the independent nation of In- By the early 20th century, the fabric
donesia. then known as “wax hollandaise” was
In colonial times, Dutch trade with being designed and produced in Eu-
Java included the acquisition of batik rope, with its African audiences spe-
cloth. cifically in mind.
Javanese batik involved the labori-
ous process of drawing traditional de- Recalling the days when Ghana was
signs onto cotton cloth with hot wax. a British colony, Benson says, “when
This was poured from a reed-handled Princess Elizabeth became Queen
tjanting, a small brass cup with a fine Elizabeth, they made a special fabric
spout. The cooled wax thus applied edition for her. When Ghana was made
formed a resist for the color, primarily independent in 1957, a fabric was made
indigo, with which the cloth was dyed. to mark that occasion.”
By removing the wax, reapplying it
over the previously dyed part of the In the exhibition, a pre-Op Art de-
design and dying the cloth in a differ- sign named in honor of Ghana’s first
ent hue, an intricate pattern of several president after its independence was
colors could gradually be achieved. introduced by Vlisco in 1961. “Kwame
Back home in the Netherlands, the Nkrumah’s Pencil” features rows of
entrepreneurial Dutch found the pro- narrow lozenges (the ‘pencils’). Two
cess too time consuming to be profit- examples of the design are in the ex-
able until 1854, when a Belgian textile hibition; one on an electric pink back-
manufacturer refitted a machine to ground and one on azure.
mass-produce prints that resembled
batik. Intended for export, the fabric To celebrate the election of Ameri-
– with designs based on the Javanese ca’s first African-American President,
originals – did not pass muster with its Vlisco released the “Heart of Barack”
intended Asian audience. The Dutch design. President and Mrs. Obama’s
then used the cloth as an item of trade subsequent visits to Africa were cele-
in Africa. brated by, among other Vlisco designs,
“Michelle Obama’s Handbag” of 2008
and “Michelle’s Shoes” of 2011.

These and many other designs –
including the intriguingly named
“Peeled Orange,” “Water Well,” “Hand-
cuffs” and “Cow Manure” (aka “Su-

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Coming Up: Basia brings brilliant jazz fusion to King

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER bounce house; and the ubiquitous
vendors. Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ad-
1 International jazz fusion vocalist mission: free. 772-952-3443.
Basia brings her unique jazzy pop

style to the King Center stage this Fri- 4 September’s being ushered out
with music and dance at Orlan-
day, Sept. 28. Born in Poland, Barbara

Trzetrzelewska, aka Basia, according do’s Dr. Phillips Center, offering sev-

to Wikipedia, first gained recognition eral diverse weekend choices. Here

as a member of the hit-making Brit- are a couple: this Friday, Sept. 28,

ish “sophisti-pop” trio Matt Bianco, it’s “David Byrne: American Utopia

then established a solo recording ca- Tour.” Wikipedia says Scottish-Amer-

reer with Latin jazz-pop crossover ican singer, songwriter, musician,

songs. She’s sold millions of records artist, writer, actor, filmmaker Byrne

worldwide, including the Top 30 pop was a founding member (songwriter,

hit “Time and Tide.” Like other artists lead singer and guitarist) of the New

of her ilk, such as Sade and Michael Wave band Talking Heads. Over his

Franks, says the show promo, Basia’s impressive career, Byrne (who has de-

albums often come out “after a long scribed himself as “a peculiar young

hiatus, yet always meet instant success 1 Basia at the King Center Friday. man – borderline Aspergers, I would
2 Ron Teixeira Trio at Heidi’s Jazz Club Friday and Saturday nights.
due to her passionate fan-base and guess”) has accumulated Oscars,

exceptional artistry.” Her first solo al- Grammys and Golden Globes and is a

bum in nine years, “Butterflies,” writ- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

ten with long-time collaborator Danny Byrne, backed by a 12-piece band, will

White, is a “sparkling set of originals,” perform new songs and old familiar

including the bossa nova tempo single tunes. Of his tour, Byrne says it’s the

“Matteo,” which tells the story of how “most ambitious show I’ve done since

“the birth of a child named Matteo the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop

changed their lives.” Show time: 8 p.m. Making Sense,’ (a 1984 concert film)

Tickets: start a $55. 321-242-2219. so – fingers crossed.” Catch the tour

now, because it’ll soon be heading

2 Hot and cool, it’s all that jazz. Jazz for the British Isles. Show time: 8 p.m.
lovers and jazz musicians hang
Tickets: start at $54.50. 844-513-2014.

out at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach,

where they know they’ll find their mu-

sic, live each and every Wednesday

through Sunday. This Friday, Sept. 28,

Steve Kirsner (and Friends) bring the

music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when the

Ron Teixeira Trio takes over, 8:30 p.m.

till the witching hour. Saturday night

brings international jazz chanteuse

Hella Ayelet Gal, joined by the Ron Teix-

eira Trio, 8 p.m. to midnight. Sunday, 7 5 “Casa de Mexico” Gala at
Dr. Phillips Center Saturday.
p.m. to 11 p.m., go for the very popular

open jam session, to end (or start) your

week on a musical high note. Hella,

writer and singer from Israel, is a Heid’s 5 Celebrate Mexican culture with
swirls of color, vibrant music and
regular with a wide, truly global reper-

toire. She started performing at 18 while dance at the Dr. Phillips Center Walt

fulfilling her mandatory Israeli Defense Disney Theatre this Saturday, Sept.

Forces service. She was discovered by a 29. Come in costume if you’d like, and

music producer and has performed in- embrace the diversity, ethnicity and

ternationally ever since, moving to the history of our neighbors to the south

states in 2012. 321-783-4559. at the 15th Annual Gala “Casa de Mex-

ico.” Special guests, according to the

3 First Friday by the (Palm) Bay: show promo, will be Mariachi Cobre,
There’s nothing like a little, good
the band which, for 35 years, has pre-

ol’ Southern Rock to get your week- sented traditional Mexican music to

end jump-started, and you’ll get an thousands upon thousands of Epcot

evening-full at Palm Bay’s monthly visitors; and the world-famous Ballet

First Friday by the Bay free concert 4 David Byrne at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center this Friday. Mexico Folklorico of Guadalajara, per-

this coming Friday, Oct. 5. Bringing forming a rainbow of beautiful, tradi-

the music and kickin’ up the dust at tional dances in “Jalisco Mexico.” This

Celebration Square will be Buckshot, shot has “risen from that wonderfully ously having a good time at it.” Along certainly promises to be a rare treat
talented soup that is the Brevard mu- with the musical main course will be
a country, blues, Southern Rock five- sic scene, and launched into the fray” side dishes: DJ ,5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; food for eyes and ears. Doors open: 6 p.m.
with professional musicians “obvi- trucks; beer; wine; Kid Zone with
piece band, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Says the Show time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: from $30.

First Friday by the Bay promo, Buck- 844-513-2014. 



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When Yemeni soldiers freed the Some regions are battlefields, lost even decisively assert his authority in viding military assistance to an Arab
whitewashed port city of Mukalla from to violence. The rule of law has been the areas his government nominally military coalition fighting the rebels on
the grip of Al-Qaeda in 2016, it was eclipsed in other places by the authori- controls. Hadi’s behalf.
hailed as a signal moment in the gov- ty of militias, gangs and assassins. Most
ernment’s effort to reunite a nation of the country – from cities like Mukal- The United States has been con- The coalition’s two leading mem-
splintered by civil war. la to rural hamlets – is ill-equipped to cerned that Yemen’s disarray will em- bers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
fend for itself. power Al Qaeda in the Arabia Penin- Emirates, have also hedged their bets,
But nearly two years after Al-Qae- sula, one of the extremist group’s most forming alliances with local political
da’s retreat, Yemen’s government is The fragmentation of Yemen has dangerous franchises. figures and sponsoring proxy forces.
still absent. The local governor, Faraj highlighted the challenges facing the
al-Bahsani, relies on local revenues policy of the United States, which has “Yemen, as a state, has all but ceased Efforts at peace talks have repeat-
rather than state contributions for strongly supported the internation- to exist,” a United Nations expert pan- edly failed over the last three years.
his budget. He courts international ally recognized central government of el wrote earlier this year. “Instead of a And as the fighting continues, a sense
investors to fix the region’s crumbling President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi single State there are warring statelets, of national cohesion is evaporating.
infrastructure. His main security part- as he tries to reunify the country. and no one side has either the political
ner is a foreign government, the Unit- support or the military strength to re- The old Yemen “will never come
ed Arab Emirates, that pays salaries to But Hadi, who has spent most of the unite the country or achieve victory on back,” said Badr Baslmah, a former Ye-
a portion of the most powerful local conflict exiled in Saudi Arabia after the battlefield.” meni transport minister who lives in
military force. his government was ousted by a rebel Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt, Ye-
group known as the Houthis, is widely U.S. officials say they are pushing men’s largest province. The central state
If Mukalla has become a model of re- seen – including by American offi- the combatants toward a negotiated was being replaced by regional auton-
silience during Yemen’s four-year civil cials – as too weak and unpopular to end to the war, which Secretary of State omy, and the most pressing question
war, the city is also a warning about accomplish that task. His forces have Mike Pompeo recently called “a na- now is: “How do you settle [upon] the
how the country is being pulled apart. been unable to dislodge the rebels or tional security priority.” But the U.S. is new Yemen,” he said.
far from a neutral party; it is also pro-
When Bahsani, the governor, talks

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about the solution to the civil war, his public and a protectorate of the UAE, sues of accountability. “There is no clear with a rifle butt, he said. Desperation
focus is not on Yemen’s unity but rath- which has built several military bases policy,” the official said. Across southern had brought him and hundreds of oth-
er a settlement that “assures the rights in the province. Yemen, similar security units supported er people to the streets. “Prices are very
of regions,” as he put it in an interview by the Saudi-led coalition have sprung high, and our salaries are very low,” he
earlier this month. Bahsani, who holds the rank of ma- up, including some who have openly said. The value of his salary working in
jor general, helped lead the military fought against Hadi’s forces. a local tuna canning factory had been
Yemenis have long debated whether unit, known as the Hadrami Elite forc- halved in a matter of matter of weeks.
some kind of division would be a boon es, that retook Mukalla. He still com- The question of who controls the Local officials said they were powerless
to a country long seen as too highly mands that force, which is responsible regions has become more urgent as to do anything about it, he added.
centralized — a federal system, per- for counterterrorism in the region. the hardships caused by the war have
haps, or a split between the north and rippled across the country, leaving Ye- For business owners, the central gov-
south, which had long been separate Residents have praised the elite forc- menis, from frustrated business own- ernment’s absence has set off a frustrat-
countries until they merged in 1990. es for maintaining a level of security ers to working class factory workers, ing scramble to navigate the confusion
But the divisions unfolding now are not unusual for Yemen, even in the best of unsure where to turn for help. of Yemen’s overlapping authorities.
negotiated or planned, like the peace- times. Among their accomplishments,
ful split of the former Czechoslovakia, they have made Mukalla a weapons- Mukalla has fared better than other One businessman in Mukalla, an
for example. free zone, requiring visitors to the city places. It is far from Yemen’s bloodiest importer of foodstuffs, said that he
to leave their firearms at checkpoints battlefields, has access to the port and was required to seek permission from
Rather, Yemen recalls Libya in the before entering. sits in a region rich with oil. the Saudi-led coalition in Riyadh, the
years after its dictator was toppled in Saudi capital, in order to receive ship-
2011: fractured, increasingly violent and Human rights groups, however, have But the governor’s push to go it alone ments at the Mukalla port. The system
a source of alarm beyond its borders. accused the force of torturing suspects has not succeeded in making Mukalla was well established and seemed to
during anti-terror operations. Local self-reliant. The revenues he had been work smoothly, he said.
The push by Bahsani and his allies officials deny the allegations. able to collect, from taxes and customs
to stabilize Mukalla came after Al-Qa- at the port, “cannot cover the basic So he was surprised when he was
eda’s occupation of the city for more One segment of the force receives needs,” he said. “We have very difficult recently told that additional clearance
than a year, beginning in the spring of salaries from the UAE and another from circumstances.” was required from “Riyan airport” – a
2015. The militants had easily routed the Yemeni government, raising ques- reference to the military base oper-
Yemeni troops in the city and wrung tions about the soldiers’ loyalties. The Nor has he been able to insulate ated by the UAE. Officials in Mukalla
Mukalla for profit, looting the central payments have also led to concerns the city from the wider economic cri- denied that additional permissions
bank and siphoning money from the about friction within the ranks, since sis buffeting Yemen. For several days were required.
port. They retreated after Yemeni forc- the soldiers paid by the government re- this month, the city was shut down by
es trained and led by the UAE stormed ceive far less than their colleagues. demonstrators angered at the plunging The businessmen said he went to
the city in April 2016. value of the national currency, which the governor’s office and received a
A local official said that the part of the has fueled inflation. promise that officials would negoti-
But the region never really returned force loyal to the UAE has frequently ate with the people at the airport.
to the national fold, emerging instead carried out military activities without In the hospital after one protest, An-
as a cross between an independent re- coordinating with the national govern- war Ali, 40, sat with a bandage wrapped “Nothing happened,” the business-
ment, causing confusion and raising is- around his head, after a soldier hit him men said. 

CATHETER ABLATION The procedure uses energy to create small scars in your heart tis-
sue to prevent abnormal electrical signals from moving through
Last time we learned that cardiac electrophysiology is a branch your heart. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation uses high-energy, lo-
of cardiology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cally delivered RF signals to make scars. Cryoablation uses ex-
heart rhythm disorders. tremely cold temperatures to produce scars. Sometimes, laser
light energy is used.
If you have an irregular heartbeat that doesn’t improve with
medication or lifestyle changes, your cardiologist may refer you An X-ray imaging method called fluoroscopy lets your doctor
to an electrophysiologist – a doctor who has had an extra one or see the catheters as they are moved into the heart. Some cath-
two-years of training in electrophysiology. eters have wire electrodes that record and locate the source of
abnormal heartbeats. He or she aims the tip of a special cath-
He or she will likely perform an electrophysiology study. eter at the small area of heart tissue.

Electrophysiology studies are tests that help doctors understand A machine sends either RF waves, extremely cold tempera-
the nature of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). These stud- tures, or laser light through the catheter to create a scar called
ies test the electrical activity of your heart to find where an ar- the ablation line. This scar forms a barrier that prevents elec-
rhythmia is coming from. Results can help you and your doctor trical impulses from crossing between the damaged heart tis-
decide whether you need medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable sue to the surrounding healthy tissue. This stops abnormal
cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery. electrical signals from traveling to the rest of the heart and
eliminates the arrhythmia.
The most common arrhythmia problem is atrial fibrillation (A-
Fib), in which the two upper chambers (the atria) of the heart In addition to treating A-Fib, catheter ablation is used to treat
quiver rather than coordinate their contractions. People with ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib). V-Fib is a dangerous fluttering of
A-Fib are at an increased risk for heart-related problems and the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart muscle
stroke. If medication and lifestyle changes don’t help, an elec- that precludes them from pumping blood. It results in cardiac
trophysiologist might perform an ablation to disconnect the arrest with loss of consciousness and no pulse. If CPR and/or
electrical pathways that aren’t working properly. defibrillation is not administered, the patient cannot survive.

Catheter ablation is performed in a hospital’s electrophysiology Next time, we’ll discuss how cardiac devices such as pacemak-
lab or cardiac catheterization lab. ers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) work. 

Flexible tubes, or catheters, are placed inside the heart via Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always
a blood vessel (usually in the groin). The electrophysiologist welcome. Email us at [email protected]
threads a series of catheters through the blood vessel to the
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When you have a tour guide as engaging was priority No. 1 for the ten/ And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and
as Eric Idle, you’ll gladly go wherever he Pythons. Acting played sec- sing.”)
takes you. The writer and comedian best ond fiddle to the scripts
known as a member of the British sketch they sweated over. This Between the long hours of prepping for films and
troupe Monty Python has curated an in- section could have ben- his mockumentary “The Rutles,” which brilliantly
timate journey of what it was like to be a efited from deeper dives satirized Beatlemania, Idle’s rock-star status had
writer who suddenly found himself a mas- into how certain sketches him befriending the likes of Mick Jagger and Robin
sively famous actor. came to be, although Idle Williams, whom Idle so vividly captures, you can
does reveal the origin story behind the classic “wink practically smell the comedian’s sweat as he der-
Idle, who lives in Los Angeles, doesn’t just pro- wink nudge nudge say no more” bit. vishes into routine after routine.
vide a detailed account of his days with John Cleese, The more inside-baseball sections pull us into the
Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin and grimy filming experience that was “Monty Python The Python road to fame might have looked
Terry Gilliam; Idle’s relationships with celebrities and the Holy Grail,” where the terrible weather and smooth, but Idle writes on how painful it was to
such as Robin Williams, Mike Nichols and Steve Chapman’s alcoholism marred the shoot. Python endure Chapman’s death in 1989. Ever the jokers,
Martin also give readers a nuanced look into talent- nerds learn which hilarious scenes were shot in one the troupe still found a way to poke fun at this grief
ed Americans whose love of what they do enriched take and why they replaced a medieval soundtrack in several gags too shocking to spoil here.
Idle’s path to stardom. with “cliché music from a film library.”
The stories of how “Life of Brian” and “The Mean- Then along came financial challenges when a
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” begins ing of Life” came to be are just as enthralling, the “Holy Grail” producer sued the comedians after
with Idle introducing us to his easygoing British former more so due to the decision by former Beatle he saw the wild success Idle enjoyed with the Tony
childhood and education at Cambridge, before he George Harrison – a longtime friend of Idle’s – to Award-winning musical “Spamalot.” You can feel
segues to how he met the future Python members bankroll the film. the vitriol in Idle’s veins when he writes how this
during TV writing stints. The memoir’s title refers to the finale song dur- lawsuit forced the Pythons to reunite for several
ing “Life of Brian,” which became Idle’s calling-card London shows. That anger gives way to a blueprint
Their first BBC show, “Monty Python’s Flying Cir- hit and ended up on the London Olympics stage. for how to direct a reunion show swirling with so
cus,” featured a structure as loose as you’d expect: If you’ve ever wondered how Idle created such a many moving parts, it practically became its own
“We tried discussing what it should be about, but cheery tune for a chorus of crucified characters, the flying circus.
failed hopelessly,” Idle writes. “So we just went reveal will be as entertaining as the lyrics. (“If life You don’t need to know every line to the “Dead
ahead and wrote what we felt like and then came seems jolly rotten/ There’s something you’ve forgot- Parrot” sketch or “Every Sperm is Sacred to appreci-
together at Jonesy’s house in Camberwell and read ate Idle’s hilarious memoir. His lessons on the craft
out our sketches.” go beyond Python sketches and extend into dissect-
ing what makes a joke memorable. He also answers
Idle touches on his love of comedy writing, which the question: What’s the turn you need to make that
good character great?
Thanks to his many witticisms, acting as asides
to more informative memories, “Always” is a breezy
read. He’ll open a chapter with the kind of humor
that just feels oh so Python: “I have met many peo-
ple in my life and, sadly, many of them were not fa-
mous. I agree it’s not their fault, though they might
have tried harder.”
It’s also the kind of book you’ll want to read twice
– once when the genius of Python sketches are fresh
in your memory, and once when those scenes have
faded so you can be reminded how these comedy
rebels shook up an art form that was due for a dose
of surreal silliness. 

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

A SORTABIOGRAPHY

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PETS

Bonz salutes blind bud Captain’s outlook on life

Hi Dog Buddies!

There’s absolutely No Way I’ll The Captain. big, safe
EVER get bored in this job. This
week I innerviewed a very suave “I’m thinkin’ it place to play. I creep “Really? Cool Catnip!”
young dude, Capt. Oculess Prime Ye- wasn’t ‘Mama’ or ‘Daddy.’”
atts. (Everybody calls him The Cap- way around the edge on my quiet liddle “An how about that interesting
tain.) He’s a frenly, slender, totally “It was ‘Kitkat!’ Mom an Dad were
black cat. An he’s blind. As a bat. But like ‘Wha-at?’” cat feet an slip in behind the couch. Me name?”
you wouldn’t notice it at first.
“I’ll bet.” an Bodhi like to listen to ‘Little Ein- “Mom an Dad named me for one of
Soon as The Captain’s Mom opened “I also have two pooch brothers, res-
the door and we’d stepped in, I sat cues, like me. Thomas is a Staffordshire steins’ on TV. We’re learning a lotta those Transformers from the movies,
down politely, the way I had learned Terrier, he’s about 10; an Dexter, he’s
in my handbook, “Basic Cat for Dum- 8-ish, he’s an American Bulldog. They stuff about nature an liddle humans in Optimus Prime. He’s one tough dude,
mies.” As Rule 1 instructs, I let the cat kinda adopted me, too. We play all the
come to me. (If any of you pooches in- time. An snuggle. Sometimes I sneak places way far away. like me. So, ‘oculus’ means something
nerface with cats at all, you should get their kibbles, but they’re cool with that.
this book. It’s great. Mine’s dog-eared An, when I hadda have my other eye “I also have a buncha Crinkle Balls. like an eye an, since I don’t have any
already.) So I said, “Good afternoon. I’m out, they were puh-lite an concerned.
Bonzo. It’s a pleasure.” I bounced back pretty quick from that, They are Totally Cool Fish Sticks! Dad eyes, it’s ocuLESS. Get it?”
cuz I’m tough.”
The Captain wasn’t nervous a bit. He “Woof, Captain, you sure are! I think throws ’em an I chase ’em. I always “Woof! That’s, like, the coolest name
walked right up for the Sniff-and-Size you’re uh-MAY-zing. What do you eat,
Up. (Rule 4: Cats don’t do the Wag-and- other than the occasional dog kibble?” know exactly where they’re going by ever. You seem like one happy cat.”
Sniff.) “Welcome to our home,” he said. “Just regular cat food, an yummy
“Just call me Captain. This is my Dad, catnip treats. And to drink, I prefer run- that crinkly sound. I could bop ’em an “I am, Bonzo. I have a wunnerful
Brian, my Mom, Amy, an my liddle hu- ning water, so I usta flip my bowl over
man brother, Bodhi, whose still havin’ with my paw. Which I learned was not a chase ’em for hours. famly. I always wanna be wherever they
his dinner. He’s my best bud. We’re good idea. Finally, Mom bought me this
about the same age – 2-ish.” (Bodhi was cat fountain. I can’t knock it over and I “An I just made up this fun new game. are.”
sittin’ in one of those tall chairs with the don’t haff to anyway, cuz the water’s al-
tray thingy in front, clutching a spoon.) ways movin.’” I hide silently under the bed an pretend Heading home, I closed my eyes an
“So, what’s your day like?”
The Captain led the way to a nice “I’m a totally indoor cat. I mostly play I’m the Boogiecat. When somebody imagined how I would feel to never
bright porch. He totally knew his way with Bodhi an Thomas an Dexter. An eat.
around. You’d never know he was blind. An nap. I have a comfy bed with pom- walks by, I POUNCE an bop ’em with know what the world looks like. The
He paused for some chin tickles from poms on it. I grab the pom-poms an
my assistant. I got my notebook out. drag my bed to wherever I want to nap. my paw. I’m great at pouncing.’ An nib- Captain’s never seen anything: trees,
“So, tell me how you found your Forever Mom an Dad put baby fences around
Family.” the front room so Bodhi has a nice blin’ toes. Also, I don’t speak Meow.” fire hydrants, fellow animals. But

“I first met Mom when me an a fellow “Whaddya mean? What’s Meow?” I he finds joy in the same things that
kitten got dropped off at the Vero Beach
Humane Society where Mom works. asked. make the rest of us happy: toys, a
(She’s a vet tech.) Before we could get
Forever Families, we hadda get Spiffed “Meow is the lang-wudge cats use to comfy bed, good food – and a home
Up an Checked Out: Pretty quick, the
humans looked at my eyes an said I was talk to humans. But I am a Stealth Cat.” with a loving famly. I think I would
‘blind.’ I didn’t know what that meant,
cuz my eyes never did work. I always “You do have a very mysterious look, feel just the same. 
figure stuff out by hearin’ an smellin.’
(I have, like, The Best Sniffer an Ears -The Bonzwith your black coat, an long legs an
EVER. I can hear a bug tip-toein’ across
the porch.) Anyway. I got the No-Kittens tail,” I observed. “Like those royal Egyp-
procedure, of course, plus, I hadda have tian cats who hung out with the Fair-
an operation to take out one eye. Mom Os.”
an Dad had sorta already decided they
wanted to adopt me, when I was ready, Don’t be shy!
an they did!” We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
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“Cool Catnip!” I exclaimed.
“I know! Right? I learned my way
around the house right away. The min-
ute I met Bodhi, I knew we were gonna
be Best Pals. Mom an Dad showed him
how to give me liddle soft pats an to not
pull my tail too hard. He was just learn-
ing to talk, an guess what his First Word
was?”

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, September 27, 2018 21

INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE

NORTH

CHOOSING BETWEEN LINE A AND LINE B KQ743

By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist AQ

Christopher Hitchens, an English author who lived the last 30 years of his life in the United K85
States, said, “Beautiful sentences pop into my head. Beautiful sentences that aren’t
always absolutely accurate. Then, I have to choose between the beautiful sentence and A Q 10
being absolutely accurate. It can be a difficult choice.”
WEST EAST
At the bridge table, you try to find the accurate line of play or defense. If it is also beautiful, —
that’s an added bonus, giving you a story for dinner companions and grandchildren. You ?872 96
are teaching your grandchildren to play bridge, aren’t you? 9643
?8652 ? 10 9 5 4
South is in seven spades. What should he do after West leads a low heart?
J 10 2
Yes, this is the same deal as yesterday’s. Then, though, North bid more circumspectly by
using a second dose of Blackwood to learn that two kings were missing; he stopped in six ?73
spades. Now, though, he just plunged into the grand slam. Let’s charitably assume that it
was the last board of a total-point match in which North-South had to make a grand slam SOUTH
to win.
A J 10 8 5 2
South has 11 top tricks: six spades, one heart, three diamonds and one club. He has
finesses available in each rounded suit that could generate an extra winner or two. 63

The declarer should realize that even if the heart finesse wins, he will also need the club AQ7
finesse to work. But if the club king is well placed, it gives South three tricks in that suit
and 13 in all. J4

South should win with the heart ace, draw trumps and run the club jack. Assuming it Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both
wins, declarer plays a club to dummy’s queen, discards his last heart on the club ace
and claims. The Bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades Pass 4 NT Pass
5 Hearts Pass 7 Spades All Pass LEAD:
2 Hearts

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INSIGHT GAMES

ACROSS DOWN
1 She lives in 11 (3) 1 Swoops downhill (4)
3 Ward (off) (4) 2 Cunning (4)
5 Member of Lords (4) 3 Part of hand (10)
8 Sicilian, e.g. (8) 4 Sewing implement (6)
10 Sicilian landmark (4) 6 Whole (8)
11 Animal pen (3) 7 Motorway madness? (4,4)
13 Drier (5) 9 Was situated (5)
14 Supernanny? (9) 12 Criminal planner (10)
16 Fuss (3) 14 Organised criminal (8)
17 Working boat (3) 15 Liable to erupt (8)
19 Perfect example (9) 18 Higher (5)
21 Italian designer (5) 20 Place of entertainment (6)
22 Useful insect (3) 22 Beach --, group (4)
24 Incline; cultivate (4) 23 1815 novel (4)
25 Med resort (8)
The Telegraph 26 Brighton sweet? (4)
27 Desert grit (4)
28 Caspian, e.g. (3)

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

ACROSS 107 ___ matrix printer 59 Law, to La Salle The Washington Post
1 TYpe of salad? 109 Frequently 61 Baracas and co.
5 Half of an African capital 110 Thanksgiving noise 62 Freudian concepts MY TAX DAY FILM GUIDE By Merl Reagle
10 Bouquet holder 63 List total, often
14 Composer Berg makers? 64 Middle East gulf
19 Like a Studs Terkel history 112 Org. overseeing the skies 65 1935 Errol Flynn classic
20 Della Street’s favorite 115 Where it all began? 67 Fancy dresser
117 Not tucked in 69 Seeker of secrets, perhaps
subatomic particle? 118 1959 Roger Corman flick 71 Fuss
21 Very top 124 Pond sound 73 Where the Ducks play
22 “The truth” 126 1982 Stallone opus 74 Wall Street name
23 Earthbound phobia 128 “Yes ___?” 75 With less fat
24 1987 Van Damme ninja flick 129 Sand-castle site 78 Chapfallen
26 Buoyant body bar 130 Actress Falco 83 Call me on it: abbr.
27 Kurosawa’s Macbeth, 1957 131 Hartford-based firm 85 Surfing mecca accessory
29 Price-earnings, for one 132 Mr. Big, to the Norse 86 Camera pioneer
31 “Nuts” 133 Hot, spicy drink 88 Shut up in a mausoleum
32 It’s a little possessive 134 Tawdry tabloids 91 Oozy specimens
33 Flower or color 135 State anew 93 Old car
36 Name of many a theater 136 Lavish love (upon) 95 Tiny carpenter
39 Card player’s cry 96 New York city
42 Show at the front? DOWN 97 Tax-form I.D.
44 Willing one’s words 1 Turn or trench follower 98 Jazz job
45 Reversal of Fortune star 2 ELO, for one 99 In the past
46 1979 John Huston film 3 Roseanne of Roseanne 100 Honey hoarders
50 Worn-down end 4 1948 Mitchum drama 101 Makes less dangerous
51 Vergil’s escort 5 “Waves of grain” color 104 On the train
52 Vodka brand 6 Fit in 105 Gumby creator Art
53 Mo. of the squeezed 7 Beginning 108 Connie Stevens-Dean Jones
8 Nincompoop
wallet 9 Relative of comedy, ___ Guillotine
54 Take-off time, approx. 111 Allude
56 Word in many Bugs “witness ye” 113 Pose
10 Vicks product 114 Mogul emperor
Bunny titles 11 “... peas in ___” 116 The time ___
58 Revenuer’s find 12 Indian weight 118 Jail for McHale
13 Spare 119 Battlefield Robt.
60 Matching towels, etc. 14 Making headlines, as a 120 Little ones
64 Adept person 121 Latin word on a dollar bill
66 Clumsy person couple 122 “Step ___!”
68 Writer Anita 15 Affectionate 123 Over with
70 Paine’s ___ of Reason 16 1941 Tyrone Power movie 124 Zone of Ark.
71 Rib donor 17 People blow it all the time 125 Greek letter
72 1984 Coen Brothers film 18 Napoleon’s field marshal 127 Theatrical Princess
76 By and by 25 Old French moolah
77 Unseat 28 Mid-Atlantic state?
79 Ballot abbr. 30 Enthusiastic
80 A vote 33 Solve word searches
81 Pt.-scoring passes 34 Land bird
82 Chipped beef ___ 35 Johnny Gray
84 Baretta costar 36 Contract offer
87 Part of ABA: abbr. 37 Tax-time acct.
89 Common connector 38 Garfield’s “owner”
90 Type of bagel 40 ___ Jima
92 Find out 41 Quick drinks
94 Gets within spittin’ 43 Ski event
47 Barfly
distance 48 Hex
98 Cheerful, mon cheri 49 Ball, for one
100 1979 Audrey Hepburn pic 52 Ring out
102 Bennett and Curtis 54 Country S of Eritrea: abbr.
103 Paderewski’s first 55 1973 Vincent Price thriller
106 Person 57 Clothing for Pierre?

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INSIGHT BACK PAGE

She feels that saving for the future comes with a price

BY CAROLYN HAX lives to be affordable on one of their salaries alone, to
Washington Post hedge against a future illness, injury, job loss, breakup
or miscellaneous salary-erasing emergency.
Hi, Carolyn:
But not everyone can do that, and some who
Dear Carolyn: Over a decade, my technically can perhaps shouldn’t – again, not if it
involves sacrifices that cost more than they’re worth,
salary has tripled (I’m quite well- even to quality of life. And it’s hard to see how savings
on the margins are going to pay off when they add to
paid now), my work hours and re- the workload of someone already working too much.

sponsibilities have increased, and So here’s what I suggest: First, and everywhere, look
for passive savings – meaning, you leave your lifestyle
– because I’m so frequently tired or unchanged and simply pay less for it. Refinancing a
mortgage is the classic example. Also check your
short on time – my “outsourcing” has increased, too. credit cards for recurring charges you’ve forgotten
about and subscriptions you’d barely miss.
Think: frequent takeout, a dog-walker, cabs instead
Your husband, as chief downsizer, can research
of buses and a whole lot of shelling out money in ex- money-tracking apps that automatically flag those
recurring charges and subscriptions for him and
change for convenience or time. coupon-tracking apps that find savings automati-
cally, no clipping or habit-changing required.
Now my husband and I want to look toward a fu-
Every nickel you two save this way, divert to a sav-
ture where we’re working less, which will also mean ings account through payroll deductions.

living on less. He wants us to prepare for that future by Look to cut material luxuries next if needed, to
keep your time and convenience luxuries intact. Bet-
living on less now. I get why that’s smart, but I’m hav- ter even to pay for cheaper outsourcing than to cut
the outsourcing itself. Teenage dog-walker, simpler
ing trouble in practice. I’m quite sure I’d have the en- takeout.

ergy to cook and coupon-clip if I got home from work If you’ve been there, tried these, and if in your hus-
band’s eyes they’re insufficient, then it’s time to draw
at 4-5, but I just don’t when I get home at 9. Do you the line. You work till 9. So, no. You’ll cook, clip, ride,
walk and downsize when your earning time is up. 
have any suggestions for how to pre-downsize before

we actually downsize?

– Downsizing a Life

Downsizing a Life: When does he get home? If he’s These expenses buy you rest, and rest is not a luxury.
You are well compensated to produce good work, and
cooking, coupon-clipping and dog-walking, then you will not work as well if you’re up late stirring a pot
of resentment (freeze it to dine on all week!). The big
the savings will confer to you as a couple just as if salary now is far more valuable to your downsized-
later than small or even moderate savings.
you were doing them.
Your husband’s idea isn’t an unreasonable one; it’s a
And if he works late, too, then presumably he financial-advisory staple for couples to structure their

won’t have any trouble seeing why these preemp-

tive “savings” might drain more from you and your

earning power than they’re worth.

Atlantis doc’s ‘urgent’ message:
See us for quick fix

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YOUR HEALTH

Atlantis doc’s ‘urgent’ message: See us for quick fix

STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT brought the little guy into the office in
a jar and proceeded to unscrew the lid,
Doctors often say they have seen terrifying the front-office staff.
it all, but for Dr. Bjorn Dimberg this
saying rings particularly true. As a child growing up in Sweden,
Dimberg never expected to move to
As the owner and medical director of Florida or to become a business own-
Atlantis Urgent Care in Indian Harbour er. But all that changed after he spent
Beach, Dr. Dimberg’s patients come to his senior year of high school as an ex-
him for everything from a school physi- change student in Florida.
cal to some more unusual maladies,
certainly not for the faint of heart. “I fell in love with surfing and the
Florida lifestyle and returned to go to
Take,forexample,thepatientwhohad college and medical school at Univer-
been treated for an abscess at multiple sity of South Florida in Tampa,” Dim-
hospitals without improvement. On berg said.
further questioning, it was revealed
the patient had recently traveled to the The fast pace and excitement of the
jungles of Central America. emergency department appealed to
him, and he chose emergency medi-
Upon surgically opening the abscess, cine as his specialty. After complet-
the physician saw movement inside the ing three years of specialty training at
wound. busy trauma centers in New York, he
returned to Florida to work as an emer-
“After further exploration we found gency physician.
and removed an inch-long bot-fly lar-
va, a parasite living under the patient’s “A few years into my career it became
skin,” Dimberg said. “It was like a scene obvious that a large portion of patients
from the movie Alien.” presenting to the emergency depart-
ment could have been treated more
Another time, a snake-bite victim quickly, more efficiently, more comfort-
showed up in the lobby with a live ven- ably, and for significantly less money in a
omous coral snake in a bucket – with no different setting,” Dimberg said. “At the
lid. And then there was another patient
who had a Black Widow spider bite. He

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HEALTHY SENIOR

time, urgent care clinics existed mainly ‘We want to continue to be the go-to place care, not just for the beach community
as small ‘doc-in-a-box’ practices, but my for quick, competent and friendly care ...’ but for the entire area,” Dimberg said.
goal was to expand the services offered “The positive feedback from our pa-
to more closely approximate the minor – Dr. Bjorn Dimberg tients and their families is our main
care area of an ER.” motivation. We are proud to have
times challenging to be on your own in vices that would typically require an ap- earned the trust of the community and
That meant recruiting physicians the healthcare market, we feel that our pointment, including work-related inju- will continue to work hard to keep it.”
trained in emergency medicine and a independence is worth it and that it helps ries, drug screening and immunizations.
staff with emergency room experience, our relationship with our patients.” Dr. Bjorn Dimberg is the owner and
so they could treat, diagnose and stabi- “We want to continue to be the go-to medical director of Atlantis Urgent Care.
lize more complex patients. He also recently began offering ser- place for quick, competent and friendly His facility is located at 2254 Highway
A1A in Indian Harbor Beach. Hours of
Dimberg opened Atlantis Urgent operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to
Care in 2003. His staff includes three 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and
board-certified emergency physicians Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone
and five advanced healthcare prac- number is 321-777-2273. 
titioners. He also employs certified
medical scribes and uses paramedics
with emergency room and ambulance
experience for patient care.

They call every patient the day after
they’re seen to check up on them.

“I wanted to have a relationship with
my patients and their families and to
have their trust and confidence that
they would be treated the way I would
want my own family to be treated,”
Dimberg said. “The business of medi-
cine has changed the relationship be-
tween patients and their family doctor.”

According to the Urgent Care Associ-
ation (UCA), urgent care medicine is an
$18 billion industry. With the current
shortage of primary care physicians,
the allure of extended hours, walk-in
service and access to specialized care
as well as most of the same services that
you would find in a primary care office,
it’s a sector that is expected to continue
experiencing dramatic growth.

“Primary care doctors and special-
ists have to be fully booked in order to
survive, which makes it exceedingly dif-
ficult to get booked in for an urgent visit
for an injury or illness,” Dimberg said.
“As an alternative to going to the ER and
waiting for hours to see a provider you
don’t know and cannot continue to fol-
low your condition through, the urgent
care can be ideal. You can get X-rays,
wound care, IV fluids and antibiotics to
keep you out of the hospital.”

But although an urgent care facil-
ity is prepared to handle a plethora of
issues, Dimberg said they shouldn’t
be used for every situation, including
a suspected stroke or heart attack, or
treatment for major trauma and illness.

“Our local emergency departments
are staffed with skilled and compas-
sionate doctors and nurses,” Dimberg
said. “However, we want to fill the gap
for the ‘in between’ conditions that are
not life-threatening, but your primary
doctor is not prepared to handle at a mo-
ment’s notice.”

As a completely independent facility,
Atlantis Urgent Care does not belong to
a hospital system or a multi-specialty
practice group.

“We have no incentive to refer patients
to specialists, hospitals and services oth-
er than what is in the patient’s best in-
terest,” Dimberg said. “While it is some-

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FINE & CASUAL DINING

Thai Thai II: Sumptuous sushi ... and so much more

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER My steak teriyaki with brown rice Yum Goong
[email protected] ($12.95) was excellent, and the (Spicy Shrimp Salad).
best part was that my steak was
Last year, my son wanted to share cooked medium-rare and PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
his school lunchtime with me at least a tender.
couple times per month, but this year
he says it’s uncool for parents to bring For our sharable se-
lunch and eat with their (pre-teen) lections for our at-
kiddos. But he made an exception school sushi party,
last week for Thai food and sushi. We we also ordered the
even enlisted his homeroom teacher Triple Roll Combo
to partake in our sushi day dining ($13.95) which I
adventure. would highly rec-
ommend if you’re
I’d heard great things about Thai Thai trying to please a
II in Indialantic, so we had high hopes. group, or are may-
be not too familiar
I found Thai Thai II to be a very with sushi and want
friendly and efficiently run place, to sample a few differ-
with great service. The restaurant is ent rolls. The Triple Roll
obviously an older place, and looks
pretty dated inside, but I’m not turned
off by that because, as
restaurants come
and go in

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beachside lunch special con- Rainbow Roll with Tom Kha Gai
Brevard, Thai sists of five pieces Salmon Sashimi. (Coconut Shrimp Soup).
Thai II’s longevity of Spicy Krab
shows how long they’ve been Roll, five piec- Sushi/Thai day has been declared the RESTAURANT HOURS
serving hungry island customers. es of Spicy exception to the pre-teen rule, so I can Monday-Thursday:
Tuna Roll and bring Thai Thai II to school anytime. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our order was ready on time five pieces of 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
and everything was very carefully Shrimp Tem- We encourage you to send feedback to Friday and Saturday:
packaged. Sometimes you lose the pura Roll. We [email protected] 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
attractive presentation with takeout also enjoyed 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
dining, but when we unpacked our a Sea of Love The reviewer is a Brevard resident who Sunday:
lunch, all we could say was “Wow!” Roll, which is dines anonymously at restaurants at the Noon to 3 p.m.
Everything looked as amazing as it a terrific, flavor- expense of this newspaper.  4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
tasted. Even more importantly, the ful blend of raw and BEVERAGES
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sprinkled lightly with sea salt, one of another classmate and his mom who
our favorite snacks; and a bowl of miso were also doing the “uncool” eating
soup ($2.50), which was very tasty. lunch with the parent thing and they
agreed it was delicious.
The Thai fried rice with beef and
chicken ($8.95) was really great, it
was well-seasoned, had just the right
amount of egg, was served with veg-
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CALENDAR

Please send calendar information 7 Brevard Library Con comicon event, noon
at least two weeks prior to your to 4 p.m. at Satellite Beach Public Library.
Get ready to geek out at your library! Brevard
event to County Libraries will host a FREE mini comic
convention featuring comics, cosplay, gaming,
[email protected] and more in this family-friendly event. Follow
@BrevLibraryCon on Twitter and @Brevardli-
ONGOING brarycon on Instagram. Supporting partners
are Satellite Beach Recreation Dept, Satellite
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 Beach Police Athletic League (PAL), and Fa-
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park mous Faces & Funnies.

Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- 8 New Neighbors of South Brevard Beaches
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, plays MAHJONGG at Papagallo’s in Satellite
Melbourne Beach. www.melbeachrotary.org Beach each Monday at 12:15 pm. For informa-
tion on joining the club contact Toni Hanussey at
Bingo 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays at Veterans of Foreign October 5-7 | 5atellite High 1968 50th Class Reunion. [email protected]
Wars Post 4643, 1252 Hwy A1A, Satellite Beach.
10-11 “Name That Tune” free
SEPTEMBER Voice.com. Call (321)339-7705 or email auxilia- 5 Eau Gallie Arts District Dog Days, rescheduled concert by Swingtime, a 20
[email protected] http://www. from August, 6 to 10 p.m. in the Eau Gallie piece Big Band, 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne
27 Designer Bag & Bling Bingo ladies‘ melbournemunicipalband.org Square and on Highland Ave. Bring the gang down Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne,
night out, 6 to 10 p.m. at Holy Name for fun, dog contests with prizes and ribbons, mu- FL 32901. Admission is free, doors open at 6:30
of Jesus Catholic Church. Come dressed as 28-29 Space Coast Pride Festival sic, food, beer, vendors and Camp Bow Wow activi- p.m. Tickets not required. For more informa-
your dream night out, occupation, in pajamas events kick off on Friday ties for the dog and kids. Free and open to the pub- tion, go to www.melbournemunicipalband.org
or bring your own idea. The $40 entry buys all with the Rainbow Run family run/walk 5k at 6:30 lic, and donations accepted. www.EGADlife.com
rounds of Bingo, a raffle ticket, coffee and des- p.m. at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne 12 Cardboard Box Car Night Rev Up for
sert. Proceeds benefit the Maker Space at Holy and then the annual gay pride parade and festi- 5-7 5atellite High 1968 50th Class Re- Movie Night at the D.R. Schechter Rec-
Name of Jesus School. val from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, also at and around union, The Endless Summer. All reation Center. Come to the Teen Zone 6-8pm to
the Eau Gallie Civic Center. Go to www.space- classes invited [email protected] decorate your cardboard car in preparation for
28 “Sock Hop”, a dance with music by the coastpride.org for more information. our Food Trucks & Movie on the Green. Bring an
Rock and Roll Revue, Dance to music of 6 Brevard Public Schools 13th annual “Par- empty cardboard box to make and decorate your
the 50s and 60s provided by an 8-piece combo OCTOBER enting in Today’s World” workshop. Free car. Decorating supplies will be provided (paper
with a male vocalist and a Doo-Wop trio, 7 to workship from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brevard plate wheels and steering wheels, tin foil mirrors
10 p.m. at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hi- 1-31 Coasters Pub’s Oktoberfest fea- Schools headquarters in Viera. Keynote speaker and windshields etc)! Bring your own design
biscus Blvd. Tickets $10 available at door or any turing 20+ taps of German bier will be Emily Tonn on the topic, “Nurture Yourself, ideas or we will provide some examples and in-
Swingtime or Melbourne Municipal Band event. and German food specials all month, Coast- Empower Your Family” for parents of children structions. Parents must stay with their children.
BYOB. Snacks, soft drinks and ice available for ers Pub & Biergarten, 971 East Eau Gallie Blvd. ages 3-18. Free continental breakfast, breakout Bring your car back Oct 19 for a “car show” at
purchase. Dance Instruction available 6-7 pm for www.coasterspub.com. sessions and giveaways. Contact Joy Palatucci at 7pm and “drive in” movie of Cars 3 at dusk! Lo-
$5.00 payable to Laura Beers, www.ADancers- 321-633-1000 ext.319 for details or to register. cation: 1089 S. Patrick Dr. Satellite Beach

Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN 13 Rotary Golftoberfest. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in September 20, 2018 Edition 1 CHAPPIE 1 CHAOS at Aquarina Beach and Country Club.
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10 SKIPPER 5 KINGDOM dates” Q&A with state and local candi-
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12 TRENDY 7 SUSPECT Hill Rd. Viera, 32940. Free, call (321)751-6771.
14 IMPART 12 TITBITS
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19 AUSTERE 15 AVERAGE Beaches annual charity benefit Auc-
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24 SADLY 20 SLANG cost is for members and $22 for non-mem-
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Awesome Merritt Island
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4645 S. Tropical Trail on Merritt Island: 8-bedroom, 8.5-bath, 13,313-square-foot waterfront pool home on
8-acre lot offered for $7 million by Dale Sorensen Real Estate agent Eva McMillan: 321-327-6761

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Awesome Merritt Island estate awash in water views

STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT

High on a hill, 33 feet above sea level,
the $7 million home at 4645 S. Tropical
Trail on Merritt Island takes in views
of the Indian and Banana Rivers and
Honeymoon Lake. Follow the traver-
tine-tiled driveway through a security
gate and climb to the hilltop house. A
large bubbling fountain and unique
summer house grace the expansive

Todd Ostrander Top 1% of Brevard front lawn and circular driveway. els expand the water view. Aquariums
“Door to the East Shore” ® County Agents A glass and iron-accented double filled with fish swimming among live
321.749.8405 corals flank the living room’s custom
Over 150 Million door entrance, flanked by beveled gas fireplace. Hardwood floors seen
glass sidelights, opens into a trav- here flow throughout the home.
SOLD! ertine tiled four-pillar foyer on the
second floor of the three-level home. What also makes this house spe-
Hall of Fame Hanging from the 12-foot ceiling is a cial is the precision design of the
Producer striking crystal and iron chandelier. floorplan, which creates a cohesive
and charming home while still of-
www.DoorToTheEastShore.com Immediately to the left of the main fering distinct living spaces. A wide
[email protected] entrance is the luxurious dining room doorway welcomes family from the
with bayfront window, hand-carved living room into the eat-in Europe-
Opening Doors To the Beaches & More! crown molding, trim and ceiling, and an-designed kitchen with generous
hardwood floors. On the other side of marble island, marble countertops
the foyer is a curving marble stairway. in neutral beige and brown and slick
hardwood cupboards. All the usual
The lavish designer living room appliances are found here with the
has French doors that opens onto a addition of a second dishwasher. A
travertine-tiled balcony overlooking Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer takes
Honeymoon Lake and the Indian Riv-
er. Clear impact-resistant railing pan-

“Deep Water”Indian Riverfront - $795,000 Spectacular NE Corner Unit - $419,000

Convenient Satellite Beach - $319,000 A Short Walk to the Beach- $275,000

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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, September 27, 2018 33

REAL ESTATE VITAL STATISTICS
4645 S. TROPICAL TRAIL,

MERRITT ISLAND

Year built: 1998
Architecture:
Concrete block/stucco
Lot size: 8 acres
Home Size: 20,152 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms:
7 full baths, 3 half-baths
Additional features: 5-car
garage, generator for power
outage, resort-size pool, hurri-
cane impact glass windows and
doors, multiple gas fireplaces,
outdoor grilling kitchen, sepa-
rate summer kitchen, two boat
docks, boat lift, island in Honey-
moon Lake.
Listing agency:
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Listing agent:
Eva McMillan, 321-327-6761 or
[email protected]
Listing price: $7 million

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up half a kitchen wall. Appliances large capacity washer and dryer fea- into a half-bath with two sinks. plush reclining seats for at least 10.
are gas and a grill and large gas turing counters that provide ample A nearby guest master suite could Many more chairs could be added to
cooktop is found on the island. A space to fold clothes and an abun- accommodate a large crowd. French
built-in coffee/cappuccino maker is dance of upper and lower cupboards be used for a live-in housekeeper. It doors open to the balcony with a lake
a real treat. for storage. A mudroom transformed offers a generous bedroom, living area view. In this wing is a large room used
to dog room is completely outfitted and large bathroom, all completely as the owner’s office that could make
Off the kitchen is a second stair- with dog beds and storage cupboards private and away from the family side an excellent library.
way for easy access to the other holding foods and treats. Another of the home.
floors. Also adjacent are a huge walk- door off the kitchen hallway opens The master bedroom is found here
in pantry and a laundry room with On the other side of the living room with yet another custom gas fireplace
is a phenomenal media room with and seating area. This room, too,
faces the lake and Indian River with
views through a set of French doors.
Large pendants shed light for read-
ing on either side of the king-size bed
in the room with 12-foot ceilings and
white carpet. The room includes a re-
frigerator and wet bar found on the
way to the master bathroom.

The shower features floor-to-ceil-
ing clear glass window/panels with

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REAL ESTATE

a view of the front garden. With the tine patios and lanais and resort-size and large bathroom with French door sauna also is found on this level.
flick of a switch you get frosted glass swimming pool. The family room access to the patios and pool. The pool was resurfaced with tile
where once there was clear if privacy has another gas fireplace and mar-
is preferred. The shower rain spray ble flooring along with a lavish fit- The immense resort-size swim- and a new roof placed on the home in
senses when someone is present and ness room/gymnasium and a grand ming pool has a swim-up bar with 2017. Full house speakers offer sound
automatically turns on the water. restaurant-size full-service bar with water seating. There is a grill kitchen to the outside pool/lanai areas.
Further treats are to be discovered. marble counter and seating for a complete with work space and eat-in
crowd. A second guest suite on this area. A separate summer kitchen has To view this spectacular property,
Continuing to the top level, third- level includes living space, bedroom a small refrigerator, dishwasher and contact Dale Sorensen Real Estate
floor bedrooms have walk-in closets counter space for meal preparation. A luxury waterfront specialist Eva
with drawer space, their own bath- McMillan at 321-327-6761. 
rooms with one or two sinks and
room for king beds and additional
furniture. All told, the home has eight
bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and
three half-baths.

The first floor has the access to the
outside amenities and includes the
family room and game area featur-
ing cypress ceiling rafters. French
doors once again exit to the traver-

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Sept. 14 to Sept. 20

The real estate market had a solid week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Melbourne Beach
led the way with 8 transactions, followed by Satellite Beach and Indialantic with 6 sales each, and Indian
Harbour Beach with 3.
The top sale of the week was of a riverfront home in Melbourne Beach. The residence at 807 Riverside
Drive was placed on the market July 20 with an asking price of $1,075,000. The sale closed Sept. 14 for
$1,026,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Eva McMillan and George Gagniuk of Dale Sorensen Real
Estate. The purchaser was represented by Dawn Clough of Dreyer & Associates Real Estate Group.

SALES FOR 32951

SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
$800,000
$575,000
SUNSET BAY SUBD 601 PINE ST 8/10/2018 $794,000 $794,000 9/14/2018 $500,000
INDIAN LANDING PH2 403 PENTLAND DR 12/24/2017 $699,000 $600,000 9/17/2018
ISLAND SHORES OF MEL 312 HIBISCUS TRL 7/26/2018 $525,000 $525,000 9/18/2018 $581,000
$537,000
SALES FOR 32903 $354,000

SANCTUARY PHASE 3 T 852 SANDERLING DR 8/7/2018 $599,000 $599,000 9/14/2018 $512,500
THE DUNES AT OCEANSI 3709 POSEIDON WAY 6/28/2018 $544,900 $544,900 9/17/2018 $417,000
RIO MAR FIRST ADDITI 370 RIO LN 6/4/2018 $399,000 $375,000 9/17/2018 $336,672

SALES FOR 32937

WAKEFIELD 102 WAKEFIELD DR 7/19/2018 $550,000 $530,000 9/17/2018
MONTECITO PHASE 1A 405 POINT LOBOS DR 3/5/2018 $460,000 $435,000 9/14/2018
MONTECITO PHASE 1B 71 REDONDO DR 5/7/2018 $322,567 $322,567 9/14/2018

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REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Allans Subd, Address: 145 Allan Ln Subdivision: Sanctuary Phase 3 T, Address: 852 Sanderling Dr

Listing Date: 9/17/2018 Listing Date: 8/7/2018
Original Price: $325,000 Original Price: $599,000
Recent Price: $325,000 Recent Price: $599,000
Sold: 9/18/2018 Sold: 9/14/2018
Selling Price: $325,000 Selling Price: $581,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Anthony Romero

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

David Settgast Cindy Walker

Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Subdivision: Wakefield, Address: 102 Wakefield Dr Subdivision: Indian Landing Ph2, Address: 403 Pentland Dr

Listing Date: 7/19/2018 Listing Date: 12/24/2017
Original Price: $550,000 Original Price: $699,000
Recent Price: $530,000 Recent Price: $600,000
Sold: 9/17/2018 Sold: 9/17/2018
Selling Price: $512,500 Selling Price: $575,000
Listing Agent: Corinna Daninger Listing Agent: Laura Dowling Roy

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Premier Properties Real Estate

Joan Berrios Walter Tymeson

National Realty of Brevard RE/MAX Aerospace Realty

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Sunset Bay Subd, Address: 601 Pine St Subdivision: Island Shores of Mel, Address: 312 Hibiscus Trl

Listing Date: 8/10/2018 Listing Date: 7/26/2018
Original Price: $794,000 Original Price: $525,000
Recent Price: $794,000 Recent Price: $525,000
Sold: 9/14/2018 Sold: 9/18/2018
Selling Price: $800,000 Selling Price: $500,000
Listing Agent: Dawn Clough Listing Agent: Ricardo Alonso

Selling Agent: Dreyer & Associates R.E. Grp. Selling Agent: Hoven Real Estate

Anthony Romero Christina Rezvan

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc RE/MAX Elite

JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: Ocean Dunes Aquar P3, Address: 110 Warsteiner Way 202

Waterfrontbrevard.com Listing Date: 1/9/2018
Original Price: $469,000
THE HOUSING MARKET IS MOVING FAST - DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND. Recent Price: $439,000
Sold: 9/17/2018
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $415,000
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Clifford Howes & Paulina Hill

10320 & 10330 S TROPICAL TRAIL • MERRITT ISLAND, FL 32952 Selling Agent: Aquarina Properties

JUST LISTED! BEING OFFERED AT $1,050,000 Paulina Hill & Clifford Howes
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON S TROPICAL TRAIL!
Aquarina Properties
RIVER VIEWS AND WATER ACCESS
FROM FRONT & BACK OF YOUR HOME! Subdivision: The Dunes at Oceanside, Address: 3709 Poseidon Way
HAVE BOATS ON BOTH SIDES OF PROPERTY!
RIVER-TO-RIVER • 1.67 ACRES • 2 PARCELS COMBINED Listing Date: 6/28/2018
125 FT ON INDIAN RIVER • 95FT ON BANANA RIVER Original Price: $544,900
Recent Price: $544,900
David Curri Sold: 9/17/2018
Selling Price: $537,000
Broker/Owner Listing Agent: Christina Rezvan

[email protected] Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite

321.890.9911 Milly Akins

Coldwell Banker Res. R.E.

Subdivision: Montecito Phase 1A, Address: 405 Point Lobos Dr

Listing Date: 3/5/2018
Original Price: $460,000
Recent Price: $435,000
Sold: 9/14/2018
Selling Price: $417,000
Listing Agent: Lisa Osgood & Leonor Kryla

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

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