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12/26/2019 ISSUE 52

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What a croc! P4 Road to relief. P26 BEAUCOUP YUMMY!

Beachsiders still buzzing over Replacing tiny joints can Dining: Jacqueline’s Bakery. P. 29
rare sighting of massive reptile. yield immense benefits.

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LOCAL CADET LEADS WREATHS-FOR-FALLEN-HEROES DRIVE New chief is
familiar face
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT in Indialantic
[email protected]
STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT
On Dec. 19 more than 1,500 people PHOTO: COURTESY WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA [email protected]
gathered for a ceremony at Cape Canav-
eral National Cemetery to Logan Villar, with parents Lisa and Ron Surovec, helped lead a drive to place 8,000 Christmas wreaths on 8,000 grave markers. It was standing-room-only
honor and remember in Indialantic’s Town Hall on
fallen heroes by plac- more than 1,000 wreaths still needed working hard with the other cadets in Dec. 18, when Mike Connor
ing 8,000 Christmas sponsorship to reach the goal of 8,000. his unit to sell sponsorships for $15 a was sworn in as Indialantic’s
wreaths on 8,000 piece. But in December, with little time newest police chief before
grave markers. Florida Prep in Melbourne routinely remaining, they decided to ramp it up a large crowd that included
raises funds each year for the program, even more to meet their goal. family, friends and dozens of
It was all part and as a cadet there, 17-year-old Lo- fellow law-enforcement offi-
of Wreaths Across gan Villar of Indialantic was already CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 cers – past and present – who
America Day, a na- came to show their support.
tional movement
with the goal of pro- Conner, who has been with
viding a Christmas re- the department for over two
membrance wreath on decades, served as acting chief
the grave marker of every
veteran across the country.

Locally, it’s achieved through the ef-
forts of volunteer organizations, schools
and individuals, who raise funds to spon-
sor the wreaths. But in the weeks preced-
ing the ceremony at Cape Canaveral,

Homeowners worry Officials celebrate new service from Melbourne airport to Philadelphia. PHOTO: LEAH DUBOIS MELBOURNE AIRPORT Police Chief Mike Connor and wife Mary Ann.
about new bridge HEIGHTENS STATURE
for Virgin Trains WITH PHILLY FLIGHTS PHOTO COURTESY WENDY KLEEFISCH

STORY BY GEORGE ANDREASSI STAFF WRITER STORIES BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT since July, after the town’s pre-
[email protected] vious chief, Michael Casey,
Homeowners near the was named town manager. His
93-year-old St. Sebastian Riv- Satellite Beach condominium owners wife, Mary Ann, was given the
er Railroad Bridge fear pile Joyce Wooden and her daughter, Carley honor of pinning on his new
driving during the construc- Wooden, have flown to Philadelphia nu- badge as the crowd cheered.
tion of a new bridge for the merous times. It’s the closest airport to
Virgin Trains USA passenger their home in Burlington, N.J. “I want to thank everyone
rail project could damage for being here,” Connor said. “I
their homes. But Nov. 19 was different. They were want to thank the town coun-
among some 67 Brevard County residents cil, the mayor for being here,
“I’m worried about the to take American Airlines’ first nonstop fellow chiefs, fellow officers.”
foundation,” said Maria flight to Philadelphia from the Orlando
Melbourne International Airport. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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NEWS 1-6 GAMES 21-23 PEOPLE 7-10 Eager anticipation for two
ARTS 11-14 HEALTH 25-27 PETS 20 shows with National Ballet
BOOKS 21 INSIGHT 15-24 REAL ESTATE 33-40 Theatre of Odessa. Page 12
DINING 29 CALENDAR 32

2 Thursday, December 26, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

NEWS

NEW BRIDGE FOR VIRGIN TRAINS erations cause any structural damage. start in 2020 and last 30
“This is being done to protect the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 months, VTUSA officials
interests of property owners, Virgin
Leclair, whose small, concrete-block Trains and its contractors in the rare said last month.
home on 133rd Court in Roseland sits instance any damage may result from
about 100 feet from the train tracks. vibratory or impact driving of sheet Virgin Trains antici-
wall elements,” the letter says.
“My biggest concern is the house pates offering passenger
being shook and damaged,” Leclair But the letter did not explain what
said recently. “If they do cause dam- VTUSA intends to do if post-construc- rail service between Or-
age, are they going to fix our houses?” tion inspections find structural dam-
age in homes where there had been lando and Miami in late
Leclair was among the Roseland none previously.
homeowners who received a certified 2022 after completing
letter from Virgin Trains asking permis- Construction on the new $20
sion to inspect their house before and million-plus railroad bridge link- new railroad tracks from
after the railroad bridge construction ing southern Brevard and northern
to determine whether pile driving op- Indian River counties is expected to Orlando to West Palm

Beach.

Also known as Bright-

line, the company start-

ed service between West

Palm Beach and Fort

Lauderdale in January

2018 and added Miami The St. Sebastian River Railroad Bridge. PHOTO: GEORGE ANDREASSI

that May.

A new railroad bridge across the St. said during an interview at her seclud-

Sebastian River is needed to handle ed homestead on 83rd Avenue. “This is

the addition of 34 VTUSA passenger heaven on earth and they’re about to

trains per day to the tracks owned by destroy it one little bit at a time.”

Florida East Coast Railways. FECR op- “Can you imagine them all day long

erates about 20 freight trains per day. with the pounding from the pilings?”

The bridge project includes install- Hyden said. “I just remember when

ing sheet pile wall elements, the VTU- they put in the water tower; it was hor-

SA letter to homeowners says. Piles rible and that’s far away. It was non-

will also be driven into the riverbed stop (pounding).”

to anchor columns that will support VTUSA gave no warning work crews

a construction trestle, a new western would clear trees and brush along

bridge and a new eastern bridge. the railroad tracks next to their prop-

Neighbors along the railroad tracks erty, Hyden and Leclair said. With the

complained their houses were shaken woods gone, freight train rumblings

by a heavy roller used to compress the and horn blasts sound louder.

ground along the right-of-way after “I came home and front-end load-

earth-movers cleared the vegetation. ers were digging out the trees,” Hyden

“It was like an earthquake all day said. “They don’t seem to care any-

long,” said Kelly Follin, whose home- thing about the environment: Rip it

stead on 83rd Avenue abuts the railroad. out, tear it up.”

“My windows were shaking, my Hyden’s 1,040-square-foot wood-

doors were shaking, things were fall- frame house predates the circa 1926

ing off the walls. I was worried about railroad bridge by six years and has

my house, the foundation.” been handed down through three

The commotion from the land generations. The historic 1,625-foot-

clearing last week seemed like a har- long railroad bridge adds to the rustic

binger of the disruption to come. charm of the isolated Roseland neigh-

Pat Hyden said she fears the bridge borhood, Hyden said.

construction will wreak havoc on her “It is gorgeous,” Hyden said. “I love

family’s 99-year-old house and man- trains. It is stunning at night to watch

grove-lined backyard overlooking the the light come across the river when

river where the bridge touches down. the water is calm. I’ll miss my beauti-

“Notice the peace and quiet?” Hyden ful view.” 

WREATHS FOR GRAVESTONES In addition, Surovec was contacted
by the owners of Atlantic Pack and Par-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cel in Indialantic, who allowed Villar
to set up a sponsorship table, and of-
To help, Logan’s mother, Lisa Surovec, fered customers a discount if they pur-
decided to appeal to her neighbors in chased one.
Indialantic through the social media site
Nextdoor, and they quickly responded, “To everyone that reached out and
including Indialantic Mayor Dave Berk- helped my son and his unit, thank you
man. “Mayor Dave contacted us to see if again,” Surovec said. “All 8,000 graves
we wanted to set up a table at the town’s received a wreath.” In fact, Florida Prep
tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 6,” Sur- even exceeded its goal by 17 wreaths.
ovec said. “Logan and two other cadets
sold 50 sponsorships that night. It was In the last 10 years, theWreaths Across
non-stop support.” America program has placed over 1 mil-
lion wreaths on graves all around the
Berkman also put them in touch with United States of fallen veterans
the organizer of the Indialantic Car Show
so they could set up a table there – and “It’s a good thing to do for my school
they sold an additional 17 sponsorships. and country,” Villar said. “We reached
our goal and surpassed it.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 26, 2019 3

NEWS

Prospect of more SatBeach coastal flooding prompts climate policy action

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER and the East Central Florida Regional site, formerly the parking lot of the While the public works and fire sta-
[email protected] Planning Council. U.S. Post Office at 210 Jackson Ave., tion moves are brick-and-mortar proj-
starting with Public Works to be under ects reacting to flooding caused by
Expectations of increased coastal The project focused on the city’s construction in March with the fire climate change, the discussions of the
flooding in Satellite Beach – especially infrastructure by mapping expected station to be designed and built in a amendments to the comprehensive
at the city public works building and flooding levels on all critical city fa- couple of years, Barker said. plan are more philosophical discus-
fire station – have leaders developing cilities as it relates to climate change sions about overall policy than specific
climate change policy for the city’s and sea level rise including the David There have been discussions of changes to the plan, Barker said.
Comprehensive Plan. R. Schechter Community Center, Sat- making the former fire hall site into
ellite Beach City Hall, Satellite Beach a passive park as there is a city dock “We’re looking at very broad policies
On Dec. 18, the council unani- Fire Station, Satellite Beach Police there to ferry residents to Samsons as a way of setting the expectations for
mously approved proposed comp Department and Satellite Beach Pub- Island, but that decision has not been the public,” Barker said.
plan amendments for consideration lic Works. made, she said.
by the city’s Sustainability Board and As for possible comp plan changes
Planning Advisory Board. The amend- Of those, the first move toward high- The eventual expected impact from for coastal construction, expected
ments are expected to be back at the er ground will be for the Public Works sea level rise is not from the surf com- sea level rise already prompted the
council for a final vote next summer, facility currently at 530 Cinnamon Dr., ing over the dunes from the Atlantic City Council to change city code
said City Manager Courtney Barker. which flooded during Hurricane Irma Ocean, but water coming up from the building requirements an addition-
and was in overall bad shape. Second west from the Banana River and Indi- al 15 feet back from the beach. The
Satellite Beach has been work- in line is the fire station at 1390 South an River Lagoon. The current fire sta- council also supports the purchase
ing to address vulnerabilities to the Patrick Dr., which was surrounded by tion is shown in flood maps to be near rather than development of ocean-
impacts of climate change and sea flooded roads during Irma and other the areas to be first impacted by rising front properties, but the city doesn’t
level rise since 2009, with the latest flood events. waters, areas near canals and low-ly- have the money to buy the vulner-
effort being a three-year project with ing roadways, Barker said. able properties, Barker said. 
Stetson University, Florida Sea Grant Both are being moved to a 2-acre

FLIGHTS TO PHILADELPHIA Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan and Melbourne International Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan celebrate the The next goal will be to increase Phil-
adelphia flights to twice a day, Donovan
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 airport’s new service to Philadelphia with a high-five and some Philly cheesesteak. PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS said, and then add a new city, probably
Washington, D.C.
Every prior time, they said, they had weekends to once a day. here from other airports.”
to drive an hour to the Orlando Interna- “We had to prove this (daily) flight,” Donovan plans to capture more of Philadelphia will give local passen-
tional Airport. gers a chance to catch Phillies baseball
he said. “Philadelphia is our fourth-larg- that traffic, such as linking local busi- games, Eagles football games, tour In-
“This was so much easier,” said Car- est city. They see 100 passengers a day ness executives with their companies’ dependence Hall, eat cheesesteaks and
ley Wooden, 23. “One person was in line each way. But 89 percent of them leave Philadelphia markets. pretzels made on the spot in the city
ahead of us at the security desk when famous for them – and even follow in
we went through. In Orlando, it takes actor Sylvester Stallone’s 72 footsteps as
forever. There are tons of people and it’s boxer Rocky Balboa up to the Philadel-
crowded.” phia Art Museum.

“I love American,” Joyce Wooden, 54, Plus, airport officials said, Philadel-
added as she and her daughter grabbed phia also opens the way to 120 other
their carry-on baggage and headed for cities American Airlines serves.
Gate 5 to board the American Eagle
flight. The new flight’s pilot, Capt. William
Joachim, a six-year veteran of Ameri-
The Woodens had come to a “Philly- can, said he’d flown from Melbourne
style” party the airport staff threw to cel- to Philadelphia before – but had to go
ebrate the new daily service. through Charlotte, N.C.

The party featured the typical ribbon- Charlotte was Melbourne’s first non-
cutting by dignitaries. But in addition, stop city. Philadelphia joins it.
Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan sliced
a 2-foot Philly cheesesteak sandwich in He said his Brevard County passen-
half as airport Executive Director Greg gers would see snow on the ground
Donovan looked on. once in Philadelphia, but no airborne
precipitation to threaten a smooth
Donovan deferred to the mayor, landing.
doubting his own sandwich skills.
Airport spokesman Rob Himler said
“I consider this new flight a gift for American Eagle now departs Phila-
your holiday season,” Meehan told the delphia International Airport at 9:17
guests earlier. a.m. each day, arriving in Melbourne
at 11:54 a.m., and then departs Mel-
And Philly-bound passengers can bourne at 12:24 p.m., arriving back in
relax in Melbourne as they await their Philadelphia at 2:48 p.m.
flights, something hard to do in the
hustle-bustle of Orlando International, Passengers can book the new daily
Meehan said. flights by computer at AA.com.

“It’s not easy to build a new air ser- The most important thing passen-
vice,” Donovan told the crowd. “This is gers can do now, Donovan said, is tell
a huge economic investment.” their friends and neighbors all about
the daily flights. “Tell people about this
He said the Melbourne Airport Au- new service,” he told the crowd. “And
thority had been working since Febru- we’ll get to two flights a day.” 
ary to expand the American Eagle non-
stop flights to Philadelphia from just

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NEW POLICE CHIEF and say, hey, I’m thinking about doing Connor’s knowledge and ability.” Indialantic’s police department has
this or that. It just makes my transition Addressing the audience on Dec. 18, grown consistently over time and now
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 so much smoother.” consists of 17 full-time and five part-
Casey spoke about the modern state of time employees.
He also noted that there were three Casey, who swore Conner in, said police work and the increase in stress-
former police chiefs he previously he believes the new chief “will lead the ors felt by officers everywhere, citing a In 2012, the department received
worked for in the room, including for- men and women of the department to distinct change in attitude toward law 3,471 calls for service. In 2017 that
mer Indialantic Police Chief Jesse Gei- a better future,” and joked “he’ll be tak- enforcement following the Sept. 11, number jumped to 8,341, a 140-per-
ger, former Satellite Beach Police Chief ing over from another chief, who was a 2001, terror attacks, when it was over- cent increase. Compared with that
Lionel Cote, and Casey – whom he ad- great chief, I heard.” whelmingly positive, to today’s more same year, some of the largest increas-
dressed personally. critical views. es in calls came from traffic crashes (up
“Chief Michael Connor has over 25 25 percent), disturbances (up 36 per-
“I worked with him, and worked for years of law enforcement experience “It’s a stressful job. Whether you work cent) and assists (up 47 percent).
him, the last three years, and it has tru- and has been with the Town of Indi- at a small agency or a large agency, you
ly been a pleasure working under Mike. alantic Police Department for over 21 still have to deal with all those stress- Assists take place when a local po-
He’s been very forward-thinking, very years. During his career he has served es, so I do appreciate you all coming,” lice department responds to calls for
good for the agency, the morale has in almost every capacity within the po- Casey said. “I see a lot of law enforce- assistance from other nearby law en-
been through the roof,” Connor said. lice department,” Casey said. ment brothers here, and sisters, former forcement agencies, a practice Connor
“It’s really nice that we have this good and current. It’s nice to see you sup- clearly intends to continue.
relationship beforehand, because now “Chief Connor is respected by the porting him and I hope you’ll support
he’s still my boss and I can go to him citizens and employees of the Town of him in the future.” “I look forward to working with each
Indialantic. I have confidence in Chief agency here,” Connor said. “I don’t

BEACHSIDERS BUZZING ABOUT SIGHTING OF RARE CROC

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Amerian crocodile.. has decided to explore their northern range,
[email protected] which could be expanding with warmer
where the species is native to South Florida and the weather.
If you were one of those who spotted an Keys, American crocodiles were federally listed as
American crocodile in Satellite Beach canals an endangered species in 1975. Now they are con- Crocodiles also can be found inland in
this month, consider yourself lucky because, sidered a recovering threatened species and have freshwater habitats in south Florida’s exten-
although crocodiles are making a comeback, rebounded from a few hundred individuals to as sive canal system, but are more often seen
a close look at one remains a rare – and dan- many as 2,000 adult crocodiles, according to FWC. in Florida in brackish and saltwater habitats,
gerous – occurrence not likely to repeat here such as ponds, coves and tidal creeks lined
anytime soon, according to experts with the At a reported 8- to 10-feet in length, the visiting with mangroves, which could explain how
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com- croc is apparently one of those 2,000 adults who the croc got this far north. In 2006, there was
mission in Ocala. a confirmed report of an American crocodile
in Titusville.
“It’s not common for an American croco-
dile to occur that far north. American croco- The experts agree that residents were cor-
diles typically are transient and don’t estab- rect in being cautious with the local canal
lish residence in these northern extremes. I croc as the species can sometimes turn sur-
was told it’s unlikely there other crocodiles in prisingly aggressive and behave differently
the Satellite Beach area,” said FWC spokes- than alligators.
man Greg Workman.
“The American crocodile is shy and reclu-
The initial sighting in the Berkeley Street neigh- sive. Conflicts between them and people are ex-
borhood in the St. George Canal was reported to tremely rare in Florida. However, people should use
FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement Dec. 16. There caution when near them. We take public safety very
quickly was a related social-media storm includ- seriously and administer a program designed to be
ing several photos and long-lens close-ups, many proactive and responsive,’’ Workman said.
showing a notable difference from an alligator as
the large reptile warmed in the sun on a dock. To report a sighting of an American crocodile, call
866-392-4286 (866-FWC-GATOR). 
Once numbering only in the hundreds in Florida,

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want to just be a spot on the map any- from those of you who have been on Connor will do a great job; he is well hint, whispering, “Your wife.”
more for Indialantic. I want to make the clock a little longer than I have.” liked by our residents and all the offi- Connor referred to his wife of over 20
sure we are out and working with you cers have the utmost respect for him.”
guys and you can call us anytime you Indialantic Mayor Dave Berkman years, Mary Ann, as his “rock.”
need for anything and I will certainly said he’s “very happy” with Casey’s In his closing speech, following the “When I started here, we had been
pick up the phone and call you because choice for chief. swearing-in ceremony, Connor admit-
I’m not afraid to ask for help or advice ted to feeling as if he was “forgetting married for a year,” he said. “She has
“He was also unanimously selected something” – to which Casey offered a lived the cop life every much as I have.
by the board,” Berkman said. “Chief She is the reason I’m standing here.” 

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Academy of Fine Arts opens exciting new doors for ninth-graders

STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT Students who are upcoming ninth-
graders and are considering the SAFA
Satellite Beach High School’s Academy program need to fill out an application
of Fine Arts (SAFA) hosted an informa- and prepare for auditions. Applications
tion night for incoming ninth-graders for the SAFA program will begin on Jan.
interested in attending the fine arts pro- 6 and continue to be accepted through
gram recently in the school’s theater. Feb. 28. If students are zoned for Satel-
lite High School, they will need to fill out
Satellite Beach High School is one of a paper application; students not zoned
only three fine arts academies in Brevard for the high school will need to apply to
County. Such academies incorporate arts the program online. Audition require-
education into the core academic curric- ments can be found along with the ap-
ulum. Students who attended the infor- plication.
mational night were able to talk to acad-
emy teachers and students, and learn Davinroy-Gray urged students who are
about the academy and how to apply to considering applying to the fine arts de-
the program. partment to “follow your passion and be
willing to take risks, safe risks, ones that
The academy offers courses in digital challenge you to learn and move forward.
media, fashion design, instrumental mu- Experience all that you can at Satellite.”
sic, technical design, theater, visual arts
and vocal music. Some of the courses also PHOTO: TIM WIRTH For students interested in applying,
offer professional certifications. For in-
stance, in the fashion design course stu- course can earn their SafeServ Certification, which applications and more information about the fine
dents can earn certification in Adobe Illustrator.
is a requirement for working with food. arts academy can be found by going to the Satellite
“Students learn basic sewing skills initially,
learning a CAD program, and Adobe Illustrator “This is a small, personalized learning com- Beach High School webpage and clicking on the
certifications,” said Janet Davinroy-Gray, Fashion
Design teacher at Satellite Beach High School. munity within Satellite High. SAFA draws on the link to the SAFA page.

Courses in the academy also focus on preparing students’ interest in learning about the arts and Satellite Beach High School’s webpage can be
students to be ready for entry-level employment.
Students in the Food Science and Preparation integrates arts-specific curriculum and instruc- found at www.brevardschools.org/SatelliteHS;

tion into core academic curriculum,” Davinroy- Brevard Public Schools website is at www.brevard-

Gray said. schools.org. 

Shops step up
with ‘Spring Forward

for Autism’ drive P. 9

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Lions Club’s holiday food boxes pack punch for needy locals

Ed Farnsworth, Curt Black and Durant Abernethy. PHOTOS: TIMOTHY WIRTH Alan Boleware.

STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT Cheif Jeff M. Pearson and Pete Dunn. pending on the organization to which
[email protected] they are delivered. Some organizations
es. Eleven members took only 40 min- of Jenkins. do not have the capacity for perish-
They worked with efficiency and utes to pack all the boxes for delivery. As boxes continued to stack up, the able foods; instead they receive items
swiftness packing 120 boxes full of Perhaps this is the outcome of working which do not require refrigeration.
food for locals who need a little help on a project for 29 years. jokes and camaraderie did as well. Most boxes contain a ham, margarine,
this season. The Lions Club of Satellite It was plain to see why this tradition milk, boxed mashed potatoes, des-
Beach was a well-oiled machine work- “I’ve been here every year for a long was so successful – it was the mem- sert, rolls, canned vegetables and other
ing assembly-line style, ensuring each time,” Myrna Jenkins said while mak- bers. They not only packed boxes dinner items, as well as food to make
box got the right amount of food and ing a pile of discarded cardboard easi- with laughs, but also with care as they sandwiches with. This way the family
then placing the box for delivery on the er to maneuver around. double-checked each box and order has more than one meal to look for-
driveway of Frank Armitage, treasurer to make sure everyone had what they ward to after the holidays.
for the Satellite Beach Lions Club, who “We need two members to replace needed.
began this tradition 29 years ago. me,” Jenkins joked. Boxes, which were earmarked for
Boxes contain different items de- specific families by donors, each re-
The Lions Club first began the tra- “We will need three,” Boleware said ceived a letter inside the box explain-
dition using actual baskets, but as the ing where their box came from and
years went on the baskets were unable who donated it. The Lions Club uses
to hold the increases in food. They then the proceeds from purchased boxes to
switched to cardboard boxes which turn around and purchase food for the
hold more food. boxes.

“Every time we get the word out, it The Lions Club also allocates from
grows,” said Curt Black, Lions Club its yearly budget for the food boxes.
member. Members in the past have also hosted
parties and donated all the proceeds to
This year the boxes will be divided this project.
up among a variety of locations; Grace
United Methodist Church, St. Vincent “I’m a Lion,” Jenkins said. Her en-
De Paul of Holy Name of Jesus, Satellite thusiasm radiated and was shared by
Beach Cares, Veteran’s Health Admin- all. It is the Satellite Beach Lions Club’s
istration, to name a few. The boxes will dedication and pride in serving the
go to 10 different locations in Brevard community which brings such joy to
County. others.

Julie Boleware, public relations The local community is impacted
chairperson for the Satellite Beach by the generosity of the Lions Club.
Lions Club, explained that Armitage Satellite Beach Chief of Police Jeff M.
begins ordering the items from Aldi Pearson said in the past he has helped
and the supplies are picked up by Li- deliver the food boxes to families; he
ons Club members. The morning the has been assisting with the boxes for
boxes are packed, volunteers pick up the last 10 years. “To see the effect, it
the perishables. This year it took two has on the community and to see the
minivans to pick up just the perish- happy surprised faces which now get
ables alone. to eat for Christmas,” he said in refer-
ence to delivering boxes, is incredible
“It’s a multi-day process. It takes a lot and impactful.
of time, around four days,” said Durant
Abernathy, Lions Club member. If you would like to make an impact
with the Satellite Beach Lions Club, visit
The shopping for 120 families may their Facebook page or call 321-773-
take up to four days, but Lions Club 3607. 
members made up the time with the
speed with which they packed the box-

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Shops step up with ‘Spring Forward for Autism’ drive

STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT Kaori Mead, Susan Belcher and Lokelani Sarazen. PHOTOS: TIMOTHY WIRTH party I do something and give back,”
[email protected] said Stefania Colucciello, owner of
ses. Belcher is hoping to help allevi- Applied Behavior Therapy at $150 an Coastal Bloom.
On Dec. 14, two shops on Fifth Ave- ate those costs for families in Brevard hour, $83,295 seems to go very quickly.
nue in Indialantic hosted a fundraiser County. Stationed right behind Colucciello’s
for Spring Forward for Autism. Partic- Coastal Bloom, a boutique store also shop was a coffee-themed food truck,
ipants came out and got their fitness Belcher said Spring Forward for located at the Shops on Fifth, donated Espresso Yourself. Shoppers could
on with a Zumba class at Fitness on Autism gives each family $2,000 to part of their proceeds to Spring For- grab a gourmet cup of joe and stroll
Fifth followed by a cup of coffee from use for anything from Speech and ward for Autism. Every party Coastal through shops looking for the perfect
Espresso Yourself, a locally owned Occupational Therapy to vocational Bloom hosts, they pick a good cause to Christmas gift. On their way out of the
food truck. training. In 2018, $83,295 was given donate to. shop, guests were offered homemade
to 40 families. With average costs for delicacies to complement their coffee.
Susan Belcher, founder of Spring “Every event we are donating; every
Forward for Autism, owner of Fitness Raffles were offered with themed
on Fifth and Blue Water Global En- baskets overflowing with a variety of
terprises, was full of positive energy services from the community as well
and glee – despite an intense Zumba as natural foods and products. Belcher
session which had just ended – as she credits the success of the fundraiser
spoke about her organization which and raffle gift baskets to her “gener-
assists families with the financial bur- ous friends,” and the 51 volunteers.
dens associated with the diagnosis of
autism. In offering grants to relieve finan-
cial burdens on families, Belcher
Belcher, who has a son with autism, hopes the impact can lead to the chil-
started Spring Forward for Autism as dren they assist in growing up and
a way to assist families with the high becoming “adults and figure out their
cost of raising a child with autism. Ac- jobs and become viable members of
cording to their website, the estimat- our community.”
ed lifetime cost of a person diagnosed
with autism ranges from $3 million Belcher’s son, Zane, 10, was di-
to $7 million. These costs are due to agnosed with autism when he was
therapy, medical care and diagno-
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STORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 crucial to the healthy development of sistance for their child with autism. “Generous friends,” she said as she
autistic children.” Belcher estimated they had raised smiled and held the donation in her
around 3. Zane and Belcher received approximately $600, but not all dona- hand.
a lot of help from organizations in the Spring Forward for Autism and tions had been tallied and were still
community and as a result she “felt Coastal Bloom set a goal of $2,000 coming in. In fact, a donor popped If you are interested in finding out
compelled to help other families re- for the event. The $2,000 will provide in to donate on her way to her car, as more about Spring Forward for Au-
ceive the vital treatments and services a grant for one more family in Bre- Belcher was estimating. tism, visit their webpage at www.
vard County who needs financial as- springforwardforautism.org. 

Excitement builds for
‘Swan Lake’ collaboration

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Excitement builds for ‘Swan Lake’ collaboration

PHOTOS BY
VIKTOR SOBKO

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT “This ballet school (is) in very good The Melbourne City Ballet Theatre the orchestra’s timing tightly in tune
condition and they can do something was founded in 2017 by married couple with the choreography.
Something unusual is about to hap- professional,” he said. Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova
pen in “Swan Lake,” the ballet per- and Artem Yachmennikov. A video was also sent to Artem. And
formed by the touring professional In all, 80 students from the Mel- since the production uses the classic
company National Ballet Theatre bourne company will perform along- Artem graduated from the Vaganova Marius Petipa choreography, which
of Odessa from Ukraine. The famed side 55 professionals touring with the Academy and was a soloist at the Bol- is well known by dancers from the Va-
group will welcome into its produc- Odessa company. While many of the shoi Theatre in Moscow and with the ganova Academy and by those who have
tion students from the Melbourne Melbourne students are young and ap- Mariinsky Theater at the Kirov in St. Pe- danced for the Mariinsky and Bolshoi
City Ballet Theatre. pear together in sweet roles like baby tersburg, Russia. He was also a principal ballets, his students are well prepared.
swans, there are 12 older students who dancer at the Dutch National Ballet and
In addition, the Tchaikovsky score will dance in featured roles in the Corps the San Francisco Ballet. Artem held the auditions four months
will be performed live by the Satel- de Ballet and eight solo dances. ago. About 100 auditioned. He chose 80.
lite Symphony Orchestra led by Satel- Ekaterina is a graduate of the Mos- From those, he chose a dozen for the
lite High School band and orchestra The production is expected to be a cow University of Culture and grand- featured roles.
teacher Patrick Phillips. big and full one, complete with dazzling daughter of dancer Agrippina Vagan-
costumes and scenery. The Melbourne ova, after whom the ballet Academy is “I see them in classes and try to pick
“We are so happy working with company spent $20,000 on just their named. She is an international cham- who can take on more difficult parts,”
them,” said Igor Levin, president of costumes, most of which were con- pion in ballroom dance and choreo- he said. “It’s a lifetime experience, es-
the tour’s management company. “It structed by the Mariinsky Theatre. graphed the Russian version of “So You pecially for our small town. They learn
is so interesting.” Think You Can Dance.” from (the professionals) and for sure it
The classic ballet will tell the story inspires them.”
Levin said this year is only the sec- of a prince who falls in love with a be- Although they had both barely
ond time collaborating like this. The witched maiden, Odette, who turns into formed the Melbourne City Ballet The- In addition to regular classes, the
first time was last December when the a swan. Enter Odile, the evil look-a-like atre, Ekaterina approached the National dancers have been rehearsing for four
dancers produced “Sleeping Beauty” to- who captures the prince’s heart. The Ballet Theatre of Odessa from Ukraine months. The younger students rehearse
gether, delighting audiences at the King two characters are typically danced by with the idea about collaborating. once a week. The older girls rehearse
Center for the Performing Arts. the same ballerina. three or four times a week in addition to
“This is a unique four-month collabo- their classes.
Levin said the experience succeeds In 2010, the famous ballet found its ration with our theater,” she said. “They
because the Melbourne City Ballet The- way into a big Hollywood movie “The have about 70 shows in Canada and the Both groups – the orchestra and
atre is run by professionals with deep Black Swan,” when Natalie Portman U.S. They perform independently from the dancers from the Melbourne City
training at the legendary Vaganova Bal- portrayed a young woman who dances other companies.” Ballet Theatre – will gather Friday
let Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. the role of Odette/Odile. morning for a company class. The
The Vaganova Academy is the associate So, to make the collaboration work, ballet mistress from the National Bal-
school of the Mariinsky Ballet. But fear not. The ballet is pure roman- the Odessa company sent Phillips video let Theatre of Odessa holds the class,
tic fairy tale, not psychological thriller. of the production so he’ll be able to keep taking the dancers through pliés, ten-

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dus, jetés and more. COMING UP! ‘Harry Potter’ magic’s in the air
“She’s really nice, but incredibly in-
STORY BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA STAFF WRITER “a self-organized tribe of people who
tense,” said Bailey Hetzel, one of the found each other at the group’s live
featured Melbourne dancers. “There’s 1 As usual, Take heed, Harry Pot- events,” according to the band’s bio,
yelling involved.” ter fans: You will definitely want which also notes that “The Buffalo”
draws musical influences that range
Hetzel performed in last year’s pro- to catch this exciting CineConcert pro- (pun intended?) “from country and
duction of “Sleeping Beauty” and will rock and roll, to bluegrass and old-time
perform in the Corps de Ballet and also duction. This Saturday and Sunday, fiddle, as well as Cajun and Zydeco,”
appear as a soloist in the Neapolitan and their lyrics are often about “hu-
Dance in “Swan Lake.” She said that at Dec. 28-29, at the Dr. Phillips Center man potential, songs of the human
the company class last year, the ballet spirit, and an incredibly tight relation-
mistress, who speaks Ukranian, would for the Performing Arts Walt Disney ship with their fans.” According to the
chastise the professional dancers if they King promo, Donna the Buffalo has
did something wrong. Theatre, you can return to the Wiz- played thousands of shows and fes-
tivals including Bonnaroo, the New-
“If their arm is up too high, she’ll slap arding World for what the Dr. Phillips port Folk Festival, Telluride, the Austin
it and put it down,” Hetzel said. “The City Limits Festival, Merle Fest and
company class helps our muscles stay promo calls “an evening of music and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Time: 8
warm throughout the day and through p.m. Tickets: $44.50. 321-242-2219.
rehearsals and the shows.” magic.” “Harry Potter and the Goblet

After the Friday morning class, the of Fire,” the fourth novel in J.K. Row- Orlando Health. The gallery quotes a
Melbourne dancers and musicians story in Florida Today about the pro-
have only a few hours to rehearse with ling’s phenomenal series, will soar gram, which explains that art – both
the touring group. An hour before the creating and simply viewing it – “has
7 p.m. performance, everyone is sent across the big screen in high-def, ac- been proven to be beneficial for the
to do some touchups on makeup and psychological wellbeing of cancer pa-
hair, grab a protein bar and get ready companied – live – by the outstand- tients and their families.” Breast can-
to perform. cer survivor and exhibition planner
ing Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Lolly Walton is quoted as saying, “My
The following day is pretty much the art journey has helped me take one
same, except that the show is a 2 p.m. under the baton of Nicholas Buc, per- day at a time … (it) keeps me focused
matinee instead of in the evening. and free of outside noises, issues and
forming Patrick Doyle’s “unforgettable changes.” “Art Meets Medicine” will
“It’s definitely really, really exciting,” run through Jan 31. Gallery Hours:
Hetzel said. “But it’s incredibly hard. score.” Not that you need a reminder, Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to
We have to quickly adapt. It’s incredibly 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
challenging but at the same time such but Wikipedia sums up the Goblet of 3 What is sure to be a power- closed Sunday: 321-253-5553. 
an incredible learning opportunity.” ful, moving, and enlightening
Fire plot, which follows Harry, now a
For the orchestra, Phillips chooses
mostly students from Satellite High wizard in his fourth year at Hogwarts exhibition – “Art Meets Medicine: I
School. Principal parts are played by
college music majors and professionals. School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hope You Dance” – opens this com-

Phillips, who studied music at Florida “and the mystery surrounding the en- ing Friday, Jan. 3, at the Eau Gallery
State University, met Artem and Ekat-
erina at a fundraiser. He expressed a try of Harry’s name into the Triwizard in Melbourne. All 30 art pieces in this
desire to have his symphony orchestra
perform and they brought up the idea of Tournament, in which he is forced to unique collection have been created
playing for a ballet.
compete.” Buc, a composer, conduc- by cancer patients and their caregiv-
“We said sure, let’s try it,” Phillips
said. “We put together ‘Sleeping Beau- tor, arranger, violinist and pianist, has ers, through a program developed by
ty’ last year. And it was a wonder-
ful success. It was a performance of conducted live-in-concert premiers in-
a lifetime for them. With the success
of that, we talked about doing ‘Swan cluding John Williams’ “Close Encoun-
Lake’ this year.”
ters of the Third Kind,”,Alan Menken’s
Ekaterina said this is a rare opportu-
nity for a community to see such a col- “Beauty and the Beast” and another
laboration.
piece of Pottery, Nicholas Hooper’s
“We stay in touch with the National
Ballet Theatre of Odessa the whole time “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
to make sure all the puzzles meet,” she
said. “We are so happy that we are able Prince,” plus such live film concerts as
to bring our passion and artistic vision
to the community on such a high level “Star Trek,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,”
production.”
“Back to the Future,” “Casino Royale”
‘Swan Lake‘ will be performed by the
National Ballet Theatre of Odessa from and lots more. Expect to be transport-
Ukraine, in collaboration with the Mel-
bourne City Ballet Theatre and the Sat- ed. And impressed. Time: Saturday
ellite Symphonic Orchestra. Curtain is 7
p.m. Friday (Dec. 27) and 2 p.m. Satur- and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets:
day (Dec. 28) at the King Center for the
Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., from $45.50. 844-513-2014.
Melbourne. Tickets start at $25.50. Call
321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.  2 Roots rock: “a style of rock music
that draws material from various

American traditions including coun-

try, blues and folk.” This coming Fri-

day, Jan 3, the King Center brings to

its Studio Theatre Donna the Buffalo,

a roots band from Trumansburg, New

York, that performs both originals

and covers, says Wikipedia. The King

promo tells us this band offers every-

thing we want in a roots band: “songs

that matter, a groove that makes you

dance, an audience that spans genera-

tions, and a musical voice that evokes a

sense of community.” And where in the

world did that very-interesting-but-

makes-no-sense name come from, you

might wonder. Wikipedia explains that

a musician friend suggested “Dawn of

the Buffalo” as a cool name. However,

as the story goes, “it was misheard as

‘Donna the Buffalo,’ and more than 20

years later they’re still ‘Donna the Buf-

falo.’” Their fans are called The Herd,





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Venezuelan opposition
leader Juan Guaidó speaks
to a crowd of some 250
supporters in eastern
Caracas this month.
Earlier this year, Guaidó
commanded masses to
the streets to demonstrate
against the government of
President Nicolás Maduro.
He’s now struggling to hold
the movement together.

It was sunset in the Venezuelan On an electric afternoon in January, most dangerous moment of Guaidó’s Earlier that day, Guaidó’s bulletproof
capital, and Juan Guaidó, the 36-year- Guaidó lit a flame of hope. Standing nearly miraculous political arc. gray Explorer edged forward through
old industrial engineer anointed ear- before the masses on a broad avenue the traffic of eastern Caracas. Since ris-
lier this year as the would-be savior in eastern Caracas, the head of Vene- Sensing his weakness, the socialist ing at daybreak in the borrowed apart-
of a troubled nation, leaped out of his zuela’s opposition-controlled National government’s shadowy security appa- ment he shares with his wife and their
unmarked Ford Explorer and into a Assembly declared President Nicolás ratus has begun to close in – deploying 2-year-old daughter, he had chugged
middle-class Caracas neighborhood Maduro a “usurper” and invoked ar- bribes, intimidation and repression to three mugs of coffee. The flat, in a non-
of mid-rise apartments. ticles of the constitution that he said snuff his movement out. descript apartment block in the capi-
made him the nation’s rightful leader. tal, is stocked with half-filled suitcases
“Viva Guaidó!” exclaimed one of Perhaps more ominously, Guaidó is and 14 statues of the Virgin Mary.
the most fervent among the 250 or so He vowed to free the people from po- suddenly confronting revelations of
neighbors who had ventured out to lice state repression and reverse a disas- corruption and plots against him from He was en route to his makeshift
hear him speak. It was a far cry from trous economic collapse – and quickly within his own ranks, tarnishing his “presidential palace” – a floor of offices
the mass marches he commanded won recognition from the United States movement and threatening to unravel in a high-rise business district pocked
earlier in the year. and dozens of other countries. the opposition’s hard-won unity. with burned-out lightbulbs. A plastic
lectern bearing the official seal of Ven-
Vegetable vendors at a nearby mar- Yet nearly a year later, Maduro – far Yet Guaidó’s biggest challenge lies ezuela lies tucked away in one corner.
ket, unmoved, continued to hawk wilier and more resilient than his op- in the exhausted eyes of everyday Ven-
their wilted remainders. Some in the ponents calculated – is still comfort- ezuelans – such as the smattering of The government knows where
crowd tried to stir a chorus of Guaidó’s ably ensconced in the presidential pal- supporters who gathered to hear him Guaidó lives and works but has thus
trademark (if borrowed) slogan: “¡Sí, ace. And the Venezuelans Guaidó once speak on this unseasonably warm Ca- far not risked the international back-
se puede!” “Yes, we can!” inspired are losing faith – in the op- racas night. lash that could come from detaining
position he leads, in its backers in the him. Yet as his popularity slips – some
But the chant quickly fizzled out – Trump administration and, for some, He spoke tenderly to the group. polls now show him below 40 percent,
just as the historic movement Guaidó in Guaidó himself. “I know,” he said. “I know that you down from 65 percent in the spring –
launched at the beginning of the year feel mentally tired.” his adversaries are growing bolder.
is in danger of doing. Their crisis of conviction comes at the “We’re losing hope,” cried out one
woman behind him.

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Through the summer, Guaidó trav- ers, uniting a long-divided opposition of information or bad advice,” said Guaidó’s decision to enter into ne-
eled the country relatively freely. But to oppose Maduro. María Corina Machado, an opposi- gotiations with the government bro-
during a campaign stop at Venezuela’s tion hard-liner. “The opposition keeps kered by Norway – he offered to resign
Margarita Island two months ago, the For a time, Guaidó seemed poised making the same mistakes again and if Maduro also stepped down – suc-
government shut down the hotel and to join a shortlist of global figures who again. And that has brought distrust.” ceeded mostly in buying the govern-
seized the cars he used. He has limited have almost single-handedly changed ment time to consolidate its position.
his travels ever since. their nation’s history. In January, af- Allegations of sedition within Guaidó’s Since the talks broke down in Sep-
ter Maduro claimed victory in tainted ranks run deeper than bribes. In recent tember, Maduro has divided and con-
More and harsher stories against him elections, Guaidó dared to do what months, his ambassador to Colombia, quered, launching new negotiations
and his family are appearing on social previous opposition leaders in his po- Humberto Calderón, held unofficial – boycotted by Guaidó – with smaller
media and pro-government websites. sition had feared: He publicly claimed meetings with emissaries of Maduro’s opposition parties more amenable to
One talks of his brother’s alleged Swiss the presidency himself. defense minister, Vladimir Padrino Maduro’s lead.
bank accounts. López, and the head of Venezuela’s su-
The following month, he spirited preme court, Maikel Moreno, according “I think we underestimated the dic-
“Fake news,” Guaidó said. “They over the Colombian border to join a to three people familiar with the talks. tatorship and the harm it is willing to
have launched a psychological war to deadly showdown to push humanitari- do,” Guaidó told The Post. “We have
create negative public opinion.” an aid into Venezuela against Maduro’s Guaidó fired Calderón last month. to improve our relationship with the
military blockade. He expected sol- “Guaidó needs to renovate his in- armed forces.”
Other messages from Maduro are diers to defect and join the cause, but ner circle, because the people he has
less subtle. Last month, ahead of a na- few did. The effort ended with at least around him are not the best,” Calde- Maduro has managed to withstand
tional protest – the largest Guaidó had seven dead and 300 injured, much of rón told The Washington Post. “He tough U.S. sanctions – including an
managed to call since spring – gov- the aid burned, and the opposition needs competence and transparency. embargo on Venezuelan oil, the life-
ernment forces raided the offices of struggling to recapture momentum. If you do not set a good example, peo- blood of its economy – by running gold
his political party, Voluntad Popular. ple won’t believe in you.” and gems from the mineral-rich south
A week ago, motorcycle-riding pro- Then, in the predawn hours of April to Turkey and Russia in exchange for
government “colectivos” followed his Before Guaidó arrived at the eve- cash. Russia and, to a lesser extent,
wife’s car as she dropped their daugh- 30, Guaidó appeared at La Carlota air ning rally – the kind of small neigh- China remain solid benefactors.
ter off at day care. base in eastern Caracas with a handful borhood gathering that has largely
of soldiers and called for the military supplanted the massive marches U.S. officials held high-level meet-
Guaidó said his movement is funded to rise up against Maduro. Venezu- he once convened – currents of an- ings last week to reassess their ap-
byVenezuelans both inside and outside elans poured into the streets for what ger and frustration ran through the proach on Venezuela and consider
the country. He said gathering contri- appeared to be a turning point in the crowd. As the year closes out, it has more provocative steps. U.S. officials
butions remained “a constant struggle” opposition struggle. become clear Guaidó did not so this month identified six state-owned
that had become “harder with time.” much promise as over-promise. vessels they said were shipping oil to
But images of a triumphant Guaidó, Cuba – and are weighing a blockade to
In Caracas, the government’s recent cheered on by his backers in Wash- Guaidó and his American allies prevent them from reaching the island.
easing of import, price and currency ington, soon gave way to word that have underestimated Maduro. The
controls has created the impression of the co-conspirators close to Maduro armed forces, whose leaders enjoy “Tougher options are being
economic improvement.There are more and within the military whom Guaidó lucrative business deals under the weighed, and some of them will be
items on store shelves, more Christmas had counted on had declined to follow current arrangements, still back the put into effect,” said a senior admin-
decorations in the streets. That’s led through with a carefully laid but pre- 57-year-old socialist. istration official, who spoke on the
some caraqueños to feel less anxious. maturely sprung plot. condition of anonymity to discuss
Channels remain open with senior internal deliberations. “There are no
But the capital is a bubble in a na- Security forces moved against the government and military officials, ac- debates about the policy – backing
tion falling apart. By the end of 2019, uprising, killing at least four people, cording to people familiar with those Guaidó and pressing for a transition
at least 4.5 million Venezuelans – 15 wounding scores and sending opposi- dealings. But a tipping point, they to democracy – but there are discus-
percent of the population – will have tion leaders into hiding. The movement say, does not feel imminent. Some of sions about how to make the policy
fled the country in just three years. has flailed ever since, moving into fruit- them are already calling the April 30 more effective. So steps will be taken,
This year, the outflow has included less and now-frozen negotiations with plot Venezuela’s Bay of Pigs – an op- probably after Christmas.”
many who once took to the streets. the government, and losing steam. portunity, now lost, that might never
In an oil-rich economy that was once come around again. Yet some Guiadó supporters blame
South America’s richest per capita, the “I think Guaidó has made mistakes, him for a U.S. policy they believe has
water system and power grid are fail- and I’m not sure if it is because of lack failed. U.S. economic sanctions, some
ing. Crumbling hospitals and short- argue, are hurting an economy already
ages of basic medicines have left mil- on life support. Others complain that
lions without treatment. Nationwide, President Trump raised their hopes by
untold numbers of Venezuelans are threatening U.S. military action that
going hungry every night. now appears to have always been a bluff.

“The people are tired of protesting “I’m mad,” said Emperatriz Mach-
and not obtaining what they ask for,” ado, a 41-year-old veterinarian who
Guaidó concedes. “But the country came to hear Guaidó. “A U.S. interven-
wants a transition.” tion was a dream, and nothing more.”

A year ago, the vast majority of Ven- Polls show Guaidó is still the na-
ezuelans had never heard of Guaidó, tion’s most popular leader – far more
the sinewy engineer-turned-politician popular than Maduro. But analyst say
from the coastal city of La Guaira. In he is in danger of losing that lead, par-
December 2018, he rose to the top of ticularly as Venezuelans smart over al-
the National Assembly – widely viewed legations of opposition corruption.
as the last democratic institution left
in Venezuela – largely by default. It was “I used to march in the street loyal-
his party’s turn to lead, but its head, ly,” said Guillermo Sosa, a 20-year-old
Leopoldo López, was under detention. industrial engineering student who
Its No. 2 had sought sanctuary inside came to hear Guaidó speak.
the Chilean Embassy. Its No. 3 was in
exile in the United States. “I’m here to get an explanation of why
the government is still in power, about
It was precisely Guaidó’s outsider why there are corrupt lawmakers in the
status that allowed him to sidestep the opposition,” he said. “I don’t know who
personal rivalries between party lead- or what to believe in anymore.” 

LOOKING BACK AT THE Visiting a military camp outside of Boston in ear- federal level. Furthermore, some members of © 2019 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
1918-1919 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC ly September 1918, tramping between congest- the public didn’t comply and even circumvented
ed makeshift hospital units and an overflowing government mandates by (for example) using a
As we approach flu season, it is worth noting that morgue, Vaughan stated that bodies were being backdoor to enter a “closed” saloon, attending
this year is the 101st anniversary of the deadliest stacked about “like cordwood.” More American football “practices” since games were canceled,
flu epidemic in history. soldiers and sailors in WWI died from influenza etc. Some regulations were modified as a result
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 infected and pneumonia than in battle. of public pushback.
an estimated 500 million people worldwide –
about one-third of the earth’s population – and HOW CITIES COPED Guidelines included:
killed 20 to 50 million people, including 675,000  Staggering hours/closing public places (busi-
Americans. In 2007, public health epidemiologists with the nesses, schools, churches, theaters, dance
Spain was the first country to publicly report the Minnesota Department of Health researched halls)
health crisis and the term “Spanish Influenza” and reported on how the Twin Cities – Minne-  Isolating individual cases
became a popular phrase, even though some apolis and St. Paul – handled the 1918-1919 flu  Leaving streetcar windows open until tem-
researchers believe the flu endemic actually crisis. Although World War I was winding down, perature dropped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit
originated in Kansas. many physicians and nurses were still in Europe.  Not allowing use of elevators in buildings with
In addition to not having enough healthcare fewer than six stories to minimize congestion
HOW FLU SPREAD professionals to care for the overwhelming de-  Recommending use of gauze masks which
mand, methods to keep the medical profession- were to be boiled for 10 minutes and disin-
The flu was first observed in the United States, als healthy while caring for influenza patients fected every day
Europe and parts of Asia in the spring of 1918, were not working. Many healthcare providers  Sterilizing dishes and cups in restaurants.
and it spread swiftly around the world. Dr. Victor became ill; some died.
Clarence Vaughan, advisor to the U.S. Surgeon At least two flu vaccines were administered in the
General during WWI, said that influenza had “… PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES Twin Cities but they were found to be ineffective.
encircled the world, visited the remotest cor-
ners, taking toll of the most robust, sparing nei- Since the flu was highly contagious, citizens – To be continued –
ther soldier nor civilian, and flaunting its red flag were encouraged to avoid close contact and
in the face of science.” to get plenty of fresh air. One of the most dif- Your comments and suggestions for future topics are al-
ficult problems that faced Minneapolis and St. ways welcome. Email us at [email protected]
Paul, and likely many cities across the country,
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Thanks to mod- nomics professor, found ple in the highest income group were found to be
the same U in response almost twice as likely as people in the lowest group
ern medicine, the to the question “If you to describe themselves as “very happy.”
were to consider your life
lifespan of the av- in general, how happy or But given the variables among people’s experi-
unhappy would you say ences, it is impossible to meaningfully apply the
erage adult has you are, on the whole.” curve found in large data sets to an individual. An
In another data set of unhappy 60-year-old who was more content at 30
increased by more or 40 could find the conclusions irrelevant. The
305,000 people in Brit- U-curve, Rauch cautions, “is not an inevitability;
than a decade and ain, the U bottomed at it’s a tendency.” But it’s a tendency that drives the
age 49, which is also 218 pages of text, which become somewhat redun-
will probably ex- when stress and anxiety dant once the curve is substantially established.
peaked. Similarly, interviews Rauch conducted, sprinkled
pand even more in throughout the book, sometimes detract from the
In a paper Blanch- far more compelling scholarship. Many of the in-
years to come. If that flower co-authored terviewees are introduced by only a first name and
with British colleague occupation that serve to underscore their obscu-
isn’t enough of a sil- Andrew Oswald, they rity. At times Rauch chronicles the trajectory of his
wrote: “We show that own life, presumably to show that it tracks with the
ver lining, journalist wellbeing reaches its book’s central premise.
minimum around the
Jonathan Rauch of- middle of life. The “In my own forties,” he writes, “my life satisfac-
regularity is intrigu- tion was low, and much lower than I thought it
fers even more good should be.” Like the other personal stories, the re-
ing. The U shape is flection seems immaterial given the range of expe-
news about aging in similar for males and riences that contribute to one’s personal content-
females, and for each ment at a given age. The utility of the anecdotes is
his book “The Happi- side of the Atlantic further undermined by Rauch himself, who writes
Ocean.” Analysis of that the happiness curve “shows up more clearly
ness Curve: Why Life the Gallup World and consistently after filtering out people’s life cir-
Poll of 99 percent cumstances than before.” For instance, while un-
Gets Better After 50.” of the world’s adult employment substantially affects life satisfaction,
population between 2010 and Blanchflower and Oswald found that going from
The optimistic, 2012 also showed that people got happier over time. age 20 to 45 “decreases life satisfaction by about
In a study of the data of 1 million Britons between a third as much as becoming unemployed.” And
breezy title could the ages of 16 and 70, scholars found that the prob- the World Values Survey, which polls people in 150
ability of depression peaked in the mid-40s. In yet countries about their life satisfaction, found that
easily be dismissed another study of two states in the United States, the social interaction was among the factors that most
highest probability of consuming antidepressants contributed to wellbeing.
as wishful thinking. occurred between ages 45 and 49. So, contrary to
popular perceptions, depression is less common The strength of the book, then, is less the personal
However, Rauch’s rosy among the elderly than the middle-aged. anecdotes than what appears to be overwhelming evi-
And the U is not unique to humans; it is also dence of a happiness curve after 50 that could inspire
projection is based less found in apes, according to a 2012 study by Oswald; a societal reassessment of later-life planning. 
Alex Weis, a comparative psychologist; and several
on new-age optimism collaborators. The study, “Evidence for a Midlife GOLIATH
Crisis in Great Apes Consistent with the U-Shape in
than a review of a se- Human Wellbeing,” says the U “may lie partly in the THE 100-YEAR WAR BETWEEN MONOPOLY
biology we share with closely related great apes.”
ries of multi-country, Not all of the research cited by Rauch is surpris- POWER AND DEMOCRACY
ing. Research on wisdom, for example, suggests its
big-data studies on correlation with age, and in the United States, peo- BY MATT STOLLER | 588 PP. $29.99
REVIEW BY BENJAMIN C. WATERHOUSE, THE WASHINGTON POST
happiness conducted

over the past few de-

cades. The findings by

scholars from a range of

disciplines consistently show that life

satisfaction is U-shaped, with contentment high in

the 20s, plunging at mid-age and taking a turn for

the better after 50.

The ample scholarship on the “happiness curve”

debunks many long-standing beliefs about aging

and happiness and shows that contrary to being

over the hill, people over 50 are generally happier

than they were during their 30s and 40s.

For example, the Office of National Statistics in

England surveyed more than 300,000 people of dif-

ferent ages in 2014 and 2015 and asked, “Overall,

how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?” Like

other studies cited by Rauch, the results showed

that life satisfaction was high between 20 and 34

and hit its lowest point around 49 or 50, then began

to rise, peaking in the mid-60s.

Similarly, research on data sets from 37 countries

by David Blanchflower, a Dartmouth College eco-

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PETS

You ‘herd’ it right: Bonz meets his first goats!

Hi Dog Buddies! never mind walking across it. Now look

My final 2019 column was another how clear it is becoming.”
first for me. I’ve innerviewed hundreds
of dogs, cats, a rabbit, a parrot, even I was impressed.
a zebra. But this was the first time I’d
ever innerviewed – a goat. I KNOW! “Come, meet the rest of the herd,”
Right?
said Nuby. A couple of black-an-tan
A fellow reporter old me about a
herd of goats working on an Important goats wandered up. “These are Phoe-
Cown-ty Project, an I thought, what
the Woof! It sounds interesting. Can’t nix an Victor. They’re San Clemente
hurt to ask.
Island goats. And cousins.”
After a few calls, I scored an innerv-
iew with Nuby Slatem, a Nubian Goat, “Afternoon, Dude,” said Victor.
a liddle more than 1 year old in human.
(I Googled and found out that’s a liddle “Were you aware,” Phoenix asked,
over 5 in goat.) We met at his jobsite, an
Undisclosed Location in the Boonies, “that, unlike other goats’ cheese, OUR
a former citrus grove, where he’s in
charge of nine fellow goats. Knowing PHOTO: KAILA JONES San Clemente goat cheese melts? Cool,
basically zilch about Goat Etiquette, I
was a liddle nervous. Papa Steve raised us from the bottle. right?”
Myself an Lamone shared a bottle,
Me an my assistant parked under but Enano was always preferring to “Why, YES, ab-so-LUTE-
some trees an met a nice lady named have his own. My job title is Fence
Beth, who is in charge of the cown- Stress-Tester-in-Chief, principally be- LY!”
ty project. She led us to the fenced-in cause I can clear 4-foot-high fences
work area, about 5 acres, with a big with great ease, an because I’m the Nuby next introduced
pile of branches and a buncha mostly most adventurous, an strongest, which
munched-on trees and bushes. A sign is why I’m the buck herd’s Lead Buck, Estaban, a brown, black
on the fence said “CAUTION, GOATS a quite prominent position, which on
AT WORK.” An there WERE: all sorts of occasion Lamone wishes to challenge.” an white bottle baby
goats, lotsa different colors, some with
curvy horns. An all busy munchin’ on Lamone, of similar color but more buckling too shy to speak,
the vegetation. A goat with a soft gold- white splotches, turned from a green
en coat, light colored floppy ears and a leafy branch on which he was snack- but he gave me a little
white patch on the tummy approached ing. “So says you,” he addressed Nuby,
us. in a teasing sorta way. “You know we bump; then came Multi-
can go head to head any day of the
“Good afternoon. You, I assume, are week.” cojo an his liddle brother
Bonzo-the-Dog, yes?”
“Bring it on, Lamone-head,” replied Beeleebro, from a ranch
“Yes,” I replied, relieved he spoke a Nuby. They bumped and nudged each
dialect I could understand. “And you other briefly. in Missouri. “We were
must be Nuby. It’s my pleasure to meet
you.” “We’re best frens,” Nuby explained. driving 1,000 miles to
“Keep each other on our hooves.”
“The pleasure is mine,” he replied. get these guys,” Nuby
“Oh, an here is coming our goatherd, “Tell me about your job,” I suggested.
Papa Steve.” “This land we are calling a conserva- explained.
tion area, with wetlands and uplands,
A tall man came tromping across where native plants enjoy living. As Bruno, a Spaniard,
the muddy stubblefield, an all 10 you might be knowing, certain plants
goats ran up to him joyfully, greeting that come here from far-away places had a Crispy Dog Bis-
him with bumps and head butts. He do not play well with the natives.
hugged them, picked them up, patted “They are Brazilian Pepper, Peruvi- cuits black, cream an
their heads and tumbled around on an Primrose Willow, Turks’ Turban and
the ground with them, by way of greet- other equally tough, rude plants, who white coat and a face
ing, I assumed. After all the greeting an are very greedy and taking over the na-
tumbling about concluded, Nuby trot- tive plants’ space an food. that I thought looked
ted back. “What would you be wanting “Then things are getting out of the
to know, Bonzo-the-Dog?” natural balance.” like a star, with two
A stocky blue/gray an white goat
“First, where you’re from, what your hopped gracefully from atop the hugh pointy horns, ears
job’s all about.” pile of sticks. “That’s where we come
in, right Nuby?” that stuck out to the
“I am being one of the three original “Exactly, Kozi.” Nuby turned to me.
goats of our company, InvasErad: my- “This is Kozimodrak, the fourth buck side and a nice pointy
self, Lamone an Enano. Papa Steve res- in our herd. He’s a Spaniard from the
cued us when we were baby bucklings, Devil’s River bloodline. Very rare.” B o n z o - t h e - D o g , nose. Super cool.
2 weeks old an without our Mother. Kozi gave me a frenly bump. “Hey,
did you know Kozimodrak means One goat really stood out, with a sil-

‘blue goat’ in Czech?” very gray coat that looked bunny soft.

“Why no. No I didn’t.” Nuby saw me staring. “This is Silvio

“So,” Nuby continued, “we got hired Azulado,” he said. “He also has the

for an Important Pilot Project. Miss Devil’s River bloodline.”

Beth an the cown-ty wanna find out “Yo, Dog, whatcha lookin’ at?”

whether us goats can gobble up enough Oops. “I was just admiring your very

of these x-odd-ick species to save the handsome coat,” I quickly replied.

native plants. Nuby whispered, “The very first day

“They buh-leeve it’s better than put- Silvio joined the herd, he battled it out

tin’ a buncha chemi-culls all over the with the lead bucks, an held his own.

place or havin’ lotsa humans mow for Earned their respect right away.”

hours when they could be doin’ other Heading home, I was still excited

stuff. We’re tryin’ to, you know, think that I’d ackshully met a herd of goats. I

outside the box.” hope their project’s a big success. Who

“Makes sense. So, how’s it goin’?” knew goats were so Cool Kibbles?

“Check it out,” said Koz, lookin’

-The Bonzaround at the goats munchin’ away.

“We’ve been munchin’ our sox off since
August. This place used to be wall-to-
wall x-odd-icks, so thick with Brazilian

Peppers you couldn’t be seeing across,

Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected]

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THE BIDDING GIVES A PERFECT MAP WEST NORTH EAST
— J 10 4 KQ97652
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gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to
the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.” SOUTH
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It is a well-known risk in bridge — if you make a bid but do not buy the contract, you might A 10 5
have helped an opponent to make his contract. A74
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This deal is a good example. How should South proceed in three no-trump after West leads
the diamond queen? Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Both

East’s opening bid showed a respectable seven-card suit and some 6-10 high-card points. The Bidding:
South, assuming his partner had some values, took a shot at three no-trump.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
The opening lead made it plain that the spades were 7-0, and that East had not put a club 3 NT Pass Pass 3 Spades
among his spades! Even so, South still had only eight top tricks: one spade, one heart, two Pass LEAD:
diamonds and four clubs. From where was a ninth winner coming? Q Diamonds

The answer was spades, but only if declarer could first extract all of East’s cards in the other
three suits.

South ducked the first trick, took the diamond continuation on the board and led a heart.
When East played the queen, declarer ducked again. West overtook with his king and led
a third diamond. However, declarer won with his ace, cashed the heart ace and ran the
clubs, bringing everyone down to three cards. North, East and South all had spades. When
dummy’s jack was led, East covered with the queen, and South played low from his hand to
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ACROSS DOWN
1 Type of cheese (7) 1 Yuletide (9,4)
5 Textile (5) 2 Mistake (5)
8 Of the countryside (5) 3 Predicament (7)
9 Small table mat (7) 4 Break or alcove (6)
10 Small crustaceans (7) 5 Lesson (5)
11 Beach (5) 6 Result (7)
12 Lose (6) 7 Conker (5,8)
14 Oration (6) 13 Genuine (7)
17 Spanish“Mr”(5) 15 Crepe (7)
19 Sets alight (7) 16 Circus tent (3,3)
21 Approximate (7) 18 All set (5)
22 Decorate (5) 20 Treasure stash (5)
23 Adversary (5)
24 Gift (7)

The Telegraph

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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
square.

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ACROSS 98 Dead Sea killer? 43 Nabokov novel The Washington Post
101 Big Apple sch. 45 Gift, to Gide
1 Gives birth to 103 Flower with hips 47 Case of puppy love COLORIZATION By Merl Reagle
4 Deep breathers? 105 Nogales shout 49 Texas A&M player
9 Creator 106 Cagney classic, 1949 50 Defy openly
14 Trumpeter in the park? 110 Fitting quality 51 On edge
18 Hitchcock’s first 113 Day of anticipation 53 “A ___ make an old man
114 Sound in body
talkie, 1929 115 Cleverly effective young” (Tennyson)
20 1,760 yards 118 Prelude to dad 54 Certain massage
21 “Yikes!” 55 Towels off
22 Bela Lugosi or dah 56 Anniversary celebration
119 Prelude to Na Na 58 Place
chiller, 1932 120 A Merry Man 63 Willing recipients?
23 Wolfe et al. 122 Word not appearing in this 65 Enlist
24 Candidate for AA 67 Scratched (out),
25 Make a goof puzzle?
26 ___ Jima 124 Karloff-Lugosi as a living
27 “Look what ___!” 68 South American
29 Colorful fish thriller, 1934
31 Wine container 127 TV commercial award constrictor
32 “Brevity is ___ of wit” 128 Lash of westerns 69 Desert hills
34 Whitmore drama, 1964 129 Colorization booster who 70 Icy downpour
37 Sweetish drink 72 Makes, as socks
38 Founder of New York’s Public thought it was going to be a 73 “___ stun”
TRUE TREND
Theatre 130 Linden and Roach (Kirk order)
41 Abe’s paramour, allegedly 131 Lauder of cosmetics 76 At midnight or so
42 Actress Russo 132 “Long time” followup 79 Wartime president
43 Feel ___ in the air 133 Front or back of a fly 82 Trailblazer Daniel
44 After-shower powder 84 ___ consequence (trivial)
46 Disney subsidiary DOWN 86 Comes together
48 It has a chilling effect 1 Clock parts 87 Resort condo, often
52 Outlawed pesticides 2 Certifies 88 Pilot’s heading: abbr.
53 Glenn Ford drama, 1955 3 Frankie, not Johnny 90 Quite bold
4 “Act your age!” 91 Y. Berra, for one
(with The) 5 Sacrifice 92 Agreeing-to-meet comment
57 Home of St. Francis 6 Retriever, for short 99 Likely
59 “___ partridge ... ” 7 Fvll deck plvs one 100 As ___ a tree
60 The Maharishi, e.g. 8 Word after bob 102 Salt Lake player
61 Austrian artist Schiele 104 The pre-WWI era, La belle
62 “Why me?” sound or dog
64 Slangy private eyes 9 Philippine island ___
66 Finlandia composer 10 L’___ (French for 106 Go and get
68 Words from our sponsors 107 Soft palate projection
71 Fellini film, 1951 32 Across) 108 C.S. Forester’s C
74 Sweltering saison 11 Baryshnikov’s company, 109 Breakable muscle
75 Alert of a sort 111 A series of engagements
77 Impulse once 112 Waited comfortably
78 Did in, as Abel 12 He can’t wait to be 116 Kin of FYI
80 Perfect for the other 117 Teddy alternative
married 121 Lights-out punches
48 Across 13 Middleman’s transaction 123 Chalk it up?
81 “Dewey Defeats Truman” 14 Piglet’s parent 125 Mag. staffers
15 Word not appearing in this 126 Member of the
paper
83 Bible preposition puzzle? under-the-hill gang
85 Orders from headquarters 16 Per ___
89 Chester Morris 17 Zero people
19 Singer Pinza
mystery-comedy, 1941 22 Dog or cat
93 Lane in Metropolis 28 “___ little confused”
94 Moving about 30 Nirvana seeker
95 ___ sauce 33 Bacterial invasion
96 Brigitte’s bridge 35 Take out of the sack
97 Ditto 36 Nut part
39 Big bear?
40 Pedestal base

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Wife’s at a loss over her chubby hubby’s attitude

BY CAROLYN HAX weight, I support him 100 percent. It’s clear, though, Talking in Circles:
Washington Post he’s unhappy with his situation, but also doesn’t The short answer: boundaries. Your husband
want to do much about it. I’m at a loss. I’ve talked to doesn’t have good ones and he needs them.
Dear Carolyn: My husband is him, but we end up talking in circles. It always gets Yours sound healthy, which means you prob-
overweight. Fine. I still find him put back on me, that he can’t lose weight because I ably already know there’s not a lot you can do
attractive and have no issue with won’t work out with him, so I don’t engage when he that you haven’t already tried. He is, as you said,
his weight if he’s healthy. talks about it anymore. What do I do? a grown man, no matter how creative he gets in
trying to shed his responsibility.
My problem is with his attitude –Talking in Circles You can, of course, buy different foods when
toward his weight. He doesn’t like it’s your turn to shop. You can research fitness-
being heavy. Fine. He wants to lose weight. Fine. He support apps.
says he needs to find ways to work out. Fine. You can also walk and bike without him. It’s
He says those ways NEED to include me or he good for you anyway, but also lays the ground-
won’t be successful, that he won’t do it. He needs work for two possible futures: the one where he
someone to work out with or he won’t feel inclined finally goes with you and the one where you get
to do it. Can you see where this is going? used to moving independently. It’s tough stuff,
I am not overweight, though I could certainly be but if his choices now limit his mobility later,
in better shape, so I have offered to join a gym with then you may be forced to choose someday:
him. He doesn’t like gyms; they’re too expensive. I of- couch-bound with him or out and active without
fer to go on walks. His knee hurts. I suggest he go for him. You’ll be glad for any foresight.
a bike ride, but there’s always some reason he can’t. You can also encourage him to go to therapy.
I’ve tried to offer support and encouragement, but The boundaries alone are worth treatment with
at some point he needs to take responsibility for his someone reputable, but the secret eating and
own weight loss. the mismatch of words and deeds suggest this is
He also has an eating issue. I don’t monitor what pain-relief behavior.
he eats, he’s a grown man, but I have noticed that If so, then “doesn’t want to do much about it”
food mysteriously goes missing overnight and I can is unfair.
only assume it has been consumed by my husband. It’s OK to tell him his weight doesn’t worry you;
Or we have an unseen houseguest taking care of our his unhappiness and emotional paralysis do. Of-
leftovers, snacks and cereal for us. fer to make appointments. Then invite him on a
What can I do here? If he wants to lose weight, I walk and go regardless. 
support him 100 percent. If he’s fine at his current

Replacing tiny joints can yield
immense benefits

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YOUR HEALTH

Replacing tiny joints can yield immense benefits

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER call those procedures “life-chang-
[email protected] ing.”

The odds are good you know some- Evans continues by saying “joint
one who’s had a hip or knee joint re- replacement surgery is an effective
placed. way to eliminate joint pain, correct a
deformity and improve limited mo-
It’s far less likely you know some- tion” in the upper extremities, just as
one with a high-tech elbow, wrist or hip and knee replacements do in the
finger joint replacement, and that’s lower extremities.
not altogether surprising.
Forest, who is board-certified by
According to Harvard Medical the American Board of Orthopedic
School, “joint replacements in the Surgery and fellowship-trained in
hand are less common than surgery hand and upper extremity surgery as
to replace a knee or hip joint, partly well as microvascular surgery, has yet
because the intricate bone structure another upper extremity ace up her
and small size of the hand make the surgical sleeve.
procedure more challenging.”
Reconstruction.
However, the challenge has been “The most common joint recon-
taken up by physicians like Dr. Erin struction that we do,” Forest explains,
Forest at Vero Orthopaedics & Neu- “is not even a replacement; it’s actual-
rology, and today hand, elbow, finger ly a reconstruction of the thumb base.
and wrist procedures are becoming A lot of people will come in saying
more commonplace. that they’ve got wrist pain or they’ve
got thumb pain with pinching, grasp-
According to Cleveland Clinic, if ing, opening jars or doors. And that’s
you have stiff and painful elbows, very commonplace for us to do a re-
wrists or fingers, “joint replacement construction.
surgery may offer relief for you.” “There’s a lot of different ways to
reconstruct that joint, but the most
Indeed, Dr. Peter Evans, an upper
extremity surgeon at the Ohio Cleve-
land Clinic campus, goes so far as to

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common way in a recent survey of all ‘The most common join of silicone, polyethylene, titanium
hand surgeons in the country is to do reconstruction that we do is or pyrocarbon, which are less likely
a joint arthroplasty with the patient’s not even a replacement; it’s to degrade or loosen over time while
own tissue. We borrow [the] tendon actually a reconstruction of the providing improved range of motion
that bends the wrist and we use that and greater stability.
to reconstruct the ligaments that thumb base.’
hold the thumb in the right position. If pain in your hands, wrist or el-
What’s left of the tendon goes into the – Dr. Erin Forest bow is keeping you from living the life
space where there was bone on bone. you want to lead, talk to your primary
So there’s no more bone rubbing on care physician or an orthopedic spe-
bone and we’ve got the patient’s own cialist. Medicare and most private in-
tissue, so it’s less likely to wear out surers will likely help pick up the cost.
over time. I’m doing probably two a
week, on average” of that procedure. Dr. Erin Forest is with Vero Ortho-
paedics & Neurology at 1155 35th Lane,
How successful are these recon- Suite 100 in Vero Beach. The phone
structions? number is 772-569-2330. 

Forest says it’s hard to tell – but for a
positive reason. “It actually holds up so
well,” she says, “it’s hard to get people
back [into the office] to do the follow-
ups” needed for outcome studies.

That said, whether a patient has re-
placement or reconstruction surgery,
the recovery time isn’t short.

“Patients,” says Forest, “still have
some therapy and some splints to
deal with. Even though bony healing
can take five or six weeks in the hand,
for the soft tissue and ligament re-
construction procedures, we have to
be careful with them for about three
months. So it’s not necessarily some-
thing like a knee or hip where we have
them up and walking the next day.”

Pausing briefly, she adds, “luck-
ily people don’t put weight on their
hands or their wrists right away and
so we’ll have them in a splint and
work with therapy and gradually work
on their range of motion as things are
healing up.”

Most commonly doctors recom-
mend joint replacement for patients
who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis or significant deformity and
dysfunction. Harvard Medical says
more than 20 million Americans –
most of them women – have osteoar-
thritis and 2 million more, 70 percent
of whom are women, have rheuma-
toid arthritis.

For all those people it is good news
that safe and effective treatments for
their conditions have steadily evolved
since they were first introduced in
1959.

Indeed, the National Institutes of
Health admits that those early en-
deavors in small joint arthroplasty
“were not particularly auspicious, re-
sulting from poor implant design, in-
effective [implant] materials and an
incomplete understanding of small
joint mechanics.”

Today, NIH says, “advances in small
joint arthroplasty have revolution-
ized the care of patients with trauma,
arthritis, stiffness and instability” in
upper extremity joints.

For instance, instead of the all-steel
prosthetics of the late 1950s, today’s
versions are more likely to be made

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Fatigue, while common, may also be sign of a health issue

STORY BY EMILY SOHN out if there is one. You can still be productive while tired. tough to get up in the morning if the
The Washington Post Sleepiness is a need for sleep that Whatever you call it, it’s common. alarm rings during a deep stage of sleep.
In a 2014 survey by the nonprofit Na- That grogginess should wear off within
Tired? Join the club. makes it difficult to stay awake, even tional Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of half an hour of pushing through it.
Feeling tired or fatigued is a common while driving, working or watching a adults said they had been affected by
experience. Yet healthcare providers of- movie, and even after ingesting caffeine. poor sleep or not enough sleep in the Also normal are occasional rough
ten dismiss complaints about tiredness previous week. As many as 20 percent nights because of stress or sleep inter-
– both because the symptom is uni- Fatigue, on the other hand, is a deeper of people report excessive sleepiness on ruptions. And even if you get a good
versal and because it can be challeng- sort of an inability, either physical or a regular basis. And, a National Safety night’s rest, you may experience a
ing to evaluate medically, says Michael mental, to do what you want to do, such Council survey reported in 2017 that 76 midafternoon bout of sleepiness as a re-
Grandner, director of the University of as get to the grocery store. percent of people felt tired at work. sult of ordinary circadian rhythms.
Arizona’s Sleep & Health Research Pro- If you’re bothered by how tired you
gram in Tucson. Somewhere in the middle is tired- feel, there might be some simple expla- Age is something else to keep in mind,
And while tiredness is often tem- ness, a desire to rest that is less debilitat- nations, including the most basic – not though the evidence there is somewhat
porary, treatable or nothing to worry ing than fatigue and less dramatic than enough sleep. A third of Americans don’t counterintuitive. Studies show that, as
about, experts say that tiredness that sleepiness. get the recommended seven or more people get older, sleep patterns tend to
suddenly worsens or prevents you from hours a night, according to the Centers change in predictable ways. It may start
doing what you want can be a sign of a for Disease Control and Prevention. And taking longer to fall asleep. You may
health problem or sleep disorder. because needs vary widely, even seven wake up more often and spend more
“Sleep seems to be a canary in the coal hours isn’t enough for many people. time awake in the night. And bedtimes
mine, where it’s sensitive to all these “If you’re routinely getting five or six and mornings may shift earlier. Meno-
things going on in your body,” Grandner hours of sleep and you’re feeling tired,” pause is another common cause of in-
says. “So, when it starts changing, you Grandner says, “that’s an easy thing to terrupted sleep.
want to ask, ‘Well, what’s going on?’” check off the list in terms of figuring out
Sleepiness, fatigue, tiredness: In what the problem is.” But sleep satisfaction doesn’t nec-
conversation, people use the terms Sleep deprivation is not just a nui- essarily drop with age. Studies by
interchangeably. But medically, their sance. It raises the risk for car accidents Grandner and others have found that
definitions differ. Understanding the and has been linked with health con- complaints about sleep and tiredness
differences is an important first step to- cerns such as Type 2 diabetes, cardio- actually decline with age after a peak
ward tackling the problem – or figuring vascular disease and depression. in early adulthood. In other words, you
Lack of sleep can also affect mood should not blame aging if you find your-
and relationships in ways that even caf- self struggling with tiredness.
feine can’t remedy, says Nathaniel Wat-
son, director of the Harborview Sleep “Aging is associated with sleep that is
Clinic at the University of Washington a little shallower and a little more bro-
in Seattle. “There is no substitute for ken up, but not less satisfying,” Grand-
sleep,” he says. ner says. “If you’re an older person and
Beware the temptation to lie down you’re really unhappy with your sleep,
exactly seven hours before your alarm is that’s actually an issue.”
set to go off. Nobody sleeps 100 percent
of the time that they’re in bed, Watson For people of any age, if tiredness is
says, so it might take eight hours of pil- making it hard for you to get through
low time to get seven hours of sleep. most days or otherwise getting in your
The physiology of sleep might also be way, experts suggest visiting a prima-
getting in your way, if only temporar- ry-care clinic first to be evaluated for
ily. A phenomenon called sleep inertia, common causes of fatigue or tiredness,
for example, is what helps you fall back including depression, autoimmune dis-
asleep after ordinary night wakings, eases, vitamin levels and thyroid issues.
which typically happen multiple times
a night, Grandner says. One warning: The appointment
But sleep inertia will also make it might be frustrating. Many doctors lack
training in sleep medicine, Watson says.
Primary-care physicians don’t routine-
ly ask patients about sleep, Grandner
adds. They also often miss the signs of
insomnia or they suggest ineffective
treatments for it, a 2017 study found.

If nothing turns up in the regular
clinic, it’s worth seeing a sleep special-
ist, whose evaluation is likely to include
screening for sleep apnea. The disor-
der, which causes people to periodical-
ly stop breathing in their sleep, affects
up to 10 percent of adults – with rates
higher for people who are overweight.
Most don’t know they have it. About 85
percent of people who have sleep apnea
are undiagnosed and untreated, Wat-
son says.

Bottom line, experts say: Being tired
is worth paying attention to – and the
good news is that causes are often
treatable. 

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FINE & CASUAL DINING

Jacqueline’s Bakery: Not just croissants and baguettes

Warm BLT Quiche and Warm Quiche Choux.

Ham Baguette
Sandwich.

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER got hungry Assorted Macarons. French Peche
[email protected] again and Melba Sundae.
ordered a
A few weeks ago while strolling His- Ham Ba- Mini Fruit RESTAURANT HOURS
toric Downtown Melbourne, we saw Jac- guette sand- Tart. 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri.;
queline’s Bakery but did not stop in. wich ($9.56), 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
thick slices carved orange juice and coffee. Why two kinds
Since then, my son had been craving off the ham bone, on a of bread? Why not? BEVERAGES
macarons. Delicious, fresh, real French flaky baguette with lettuce, Coffees, Teas, Hot Chocolate
macarons. And I’ve been curious about tomato, onion, Swiss cheese and a Jacqueline’s is a special treat, a bit pric-
what other French goodies might lie in- pickle. It looked, smelled and tasted ey but absolutely worth it to have a Grand and bottled soft drinks
side Jacqueline’s bakery case. wonderful. Diploma culinary and pastry graduate ADDRESS
of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and Certified
We returned last week to pick up a The macarons were boxed up Artisan Bread Baker from the culinary 906 E. New Haven Ave.
half-dozen of the delectable macarons nicely for us, but they never made it school Ferrandi bake for you. Historic Downtown Melbourne
($15.45) from the bakery case, but in the home. Exceptionally fresh and fla-
process we discovered so much more. vorful, they melted in our mouths. I welcome your comments, and en- PHONE
courage you to send feedback to me at 321-312-6594
Kilwin’s used to be a frequent haunt Too full for ice cream on our first [email protected]
of ours for ice cream and chocolates, but visit, we went back two days later for a
we had not been to this “new” (to us – French Peche Melba Sundae ($9.71) and The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
opened in 2016) place in the old Kilwin’s some Raspberry-Lemon Italian Ice ($7.51 dines anonymously at restaurants at the
location. It’s not just a bakery, but an ice for three scoops). expense of this newspaper. 
cream shop with specialty chocolates
and a full cafe menu for breakfast, lunch My sundae started with creamy
and dinner until 8:30 p.m. French Vanilla ice cream, topped with
fresh peach slices and raspberry sauce,
We spotted a Mini Fruit Tart ($6.43) and finished with sweet, hand-whipped
and a golden Croissant ($3.19) in the case Chantilly cream – wow.
and I could not pass up the BLT (bleu
cheese, leek and tomato) Quiche ($7.83) The Italian ice was very good, too.
and a big mug of American coffee ($2.21, Fruity and refreshing but not overly
free refill). sweet. We also split a delicious Quiche
Choux loaded with bacon, kale, Swiss
The fruit tart disappeared immedi- cheese, caramelized onions.
ately from the plate; its yummy French
patisserie cream, delicate crust and juicy Next visit, I want to sample Jacque-
fresh fruit were just lovely. The Croissant line’s Continental Breakfast ($10.64),
was excellent, the coffee nice and strong which consists of a Tartine, which is a de-
and the quiche was fantastic, fluffy and mi-baguette, sliced lengthwise and but-
savory with a tender crust. tered, plus a Croissant, fresh-squeezed

Catching a whiff of my quiche, my son

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WINE COLUMN

Want a wine from Leonardo da Vinci’s bombed vineyard?

STORY BY NICK SQUIRES An archive photo of the vineyard before it was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in the Second World War. “I thought to myself, how is it possible
The Telegraph that this vineyard existed in the center
was known as Candia under centuries “It’s dry, aromatic and very particu- of Milan, yet no one knows anything
To the long list of dazzling cultural of Venetian rule – and was brought by lar,” said Giovannella Fugazza, who pro- about it?” said Maroni.
treasures that Leonardo da Vinci be- merchants to Venice, from there spread- duced the wine at the estate she owns
queathed to humanity can now be add- ing to other parts of Italy. south of Milan, the Castello di Luzzano. “The vineyard had been covered in
ed another marvel – wine. rubble from the Second World War but
The variety is still grown in Italy today “We made it using the techniques of when we dug down we found the re-
He may be best known as the Renais- and vines were brought from the hills the past, including terracotta ampho- mains of the vines. We analyzed them
sance polymath who gave the world the around Piacenza, in the Emilia-Romag- rae. It is exactly the wine that Leonardo with DNA testing and were able to iden-
Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man and blue- na region south of Milan. would have known 500 years ago.” tify the exact same variety. Malvasia di
prints for war machines, parachutes and Candia is very aromatic, with the fra-
helicopters, but Leonardo was also pas- The first grapes were harvested last The wine has been produced in the grance of fruits and flowers.”
sionate about wine, which he described year and the wine, called simply La Vi- year in which Italy and France have
as “the divine liquor of the grape.” gna di Milano, or the Vineyard of Milan, been commemorating the 500th an- Leonardo was a passionate wine-lov-
is now ready and bottled. niversary of the Renaissance genius’ er. “He was born in the village of Vinci
Five centuries on, a team of experts death in 1519. in Tuscany, where wine was made, and
has resurrected a vineyard that he once But wine buffs hoping it might turn his father” had 50 acres of vines, said
owned in the middle of Milan, from up on the shelves of their local liquor The quest to resurrect the vineyard Maroni.
which they have produced the first, rar- store will be disappointed. took years. It started more than a decade
efied batch of a white wine that would ago when Luca Maroni, a renowned oe- The first vines were planted in 2015.
have been familiar to Leonardo. Only a tiny quantity has been pro- nologist and editor of wine guides, be- The vineyard is located inside a walled
duced – just 330 bottles – and they are gan to wonder if any of the roots had garden attached to a palazzo, the Casa
The vineyard was given to him by to be sold at auction, although the date survived after so many centuries. degli Atellani.
Lodovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, as and location are, for now, under wraps.
payment for the Last Supper, which he The scientific aspect of the project
painted on the walls of the refectory of was led by Professor Attilio Scienza, an
the nearby Convent of Santa Maria delle Italian expert on the DNA of vines.
Grazie between 1495 and 1497.
“We had to dig deep down beneath
The little vineyard survived for cen- the rubble and then the soil to find
turies but was all but obliterated by an the stumps of the original vines,” said
incendiary bomb dropped by the Allies Scienza, a professor at the Università
in 1943. degli Studi in Milan. “They had been
preserved by the ash and rubble. We’ve
It has been reborn by a team of scien- managed to exactly recreate the vine-
tists and wine enthusiasts who dug be- yard from maps that Leonardo drew. It’s
neath the rubble and, amazingly, found been an extraordinary experience.”
the remains of the original vines.
For those lucky enough to get hold of
They subjected the remnant vines to a case or two, there will be the chance
DNA testing and found that they were to taste the “divine liquor” that gave in-
from a variety of grape called Malvasia spiration to one of the world’s most re-
di Candia Aromatica. markable minds. 

It is originally from Crete – the island

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FINE & CASUAL DINING

CHEERS! THE 12 BEST BARGAIN WINES OF THE YEAR

STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE tures that style without carrying the 4. Fiorini Becco Rosso Lambrusco
The Washington Post price. Exquisitely balanced, it’s brim- Grasparossa 2017 Italy, $14
ming with flavors of citrus and peach
Here is our third annual list of the that seem to reach for the sky, and a This is not your grandmother’s
greatest values of the year – a case of taut stoniness that keeps it grounded. lambrusco, that fizzy, slightly sweet
12 wines, each under $20 a bottle, that The importer is now selling the 2018, red wine she kept in the refrigerator
I awarded the great value label. and the price has gone up because of door for a nip after grandpa went to
the U.S. tariffs. ABV: 13 percent. bed. This dry sparkling red wine, red-
My usual caveat: Some of these olent of dried fruit and wild herbs, is
wines have moved to the next vin- 8. Lab Rosé 2018 Lisbon, Portugal; a traditional Italian partner to salumi
tage. Use these recommendations as $10 for a bottle, $25 for three-liter box and is ideal for barbecue and pizza,
a guide to look for other wines from especially pies featuring pepperoni
these producers. Where possible, I If you’re stocking up for a backyard and sausage. Affirmation that life is,
have updated the store lists to reflect neighborhood barbecue, look for this indeed, good. ABV: 11.5 percent.
the distributors’ assessment of current charmer in the three-liter box. It’s a
availability. steal and is rich in bright red berry 3. Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec-Bonar-
fruit and sunny fun. Warning: My bot- da 2018 Mendoza, Argentina, $13
12. La Closerie des Lys Pinot Noir tle seemed to spring a leak, because
2017 Pays d’Oc, France, $17 it sure emptied mighty fast! ABV: 12.5 If you enjoy your red wines chilled,
percent. and jam-packed with fruit rather
Wow, this delicious pinot noir seems than laden with wood, here’s one for
to defy gravity: Its color, body and fla- 7. Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc you. The best word to describe this
vors leave an impression of weight- 2018/2019 Stellenbosch, South Africa, wine is “joyful.” The first sip ignites
lessness. There’s no obvious power to $12 a party. And if your party is outdoors,
this wine, yet its essence reverberates it comes in cans, too. Stock up on this
like an echo in the mountains. Abso- When I recommended this wine in for your house red. Alcohol by vol-
lutely delightful. Alcohol by volume: February, I wrote: “Here’s a strategy: ume: 13 percent.
13 percent. Buy a case, then drink one bottle a
month and enjoy its evolution. By the 2. Laroque Cabernet Franc tariffs, but this is still a fantastic value.
11. Charles & Charles Rosé 2018 Co- time you’re done, the 2019 vintage 2017/2018 Cite de Carcassonne, France, ABV: 13.5 percent.
lumbia Valley, Wash., $14 will be here.” $12/$13
1. Impero Collection Premium Pi-
Here’s an all-American, juicy rosé, Well, the 2019 is now on sale, and it Here was my review of the 2017: not Grigio Trebbiano 2018 Terre di
right down to the flag motif on the is every bit as good as previous vin- “Wow! Here’s where we need a ‘Run, Chieti, Italy, $10
label. Don’t think of it just for sum- tages. Chenin blanc may claim the don’t walk to your wine store’ emoji.
mer – it has heft to match the heartier Loire Valley as its spiritual homeland, This is a bargain-priced red, made This wine greets you with a smile
foods of winter. The blend is based on but South Africa does it best (at least entirely of cabernet franc, that com- and prompts one at first sip. It’s a
syrah and cabernet sauvignon, which in its dry version). Ken Forrester is bines some Bordeaux style with the lovely inexpensive white, perfect for
give a bold palate of fruit flavors with one South Africa’s maestros with this freshness and fruitiness of wines from sipping by itself before dinner or with
the bracing acidity and dry finish we grape. ABV: 13 percent. France’s Mediterranean coast. Look lighter first courses and salads – a
expect from a fine rosé. The wine is for the dark cherry flavors and white great everyday house white. There
a partnership of French winemaker 6. Barnard Griffin Riesling 2017 Co- pepper spice characteristic of the are also two reds under the Impero
Charles Bieler of Bieler Père & Fils and lumbia Valley, Wash., $12 grape. Open it at least an hour before Collection label at the same price,
Washington State winemaker Charles dinner and serve it slightly chilled.” bottled as a private label for the dis-
Smith, perhaps best known for Kung Washington’s Columbia Valley The distributor is now on the 2018, and tributor. I hope they made a lot. ABV:
Fu Girl Riesling. ABV: 12.6 percent. tends to showcase a ripe, fruity profile you will pay a bit more because of U.S. 12.5 percent. 
of riesling. This lovely bottling from
10. J. Lohr South Ridge Syrah 2016 Barnard Griffin is exemplary, offering Fine Dining, Elevated
Paso Robles, Calif., $16 peach and even a hint of mango, with
some lime and orange zest to lend Exciting Innovative Cuisine
During a tasting last March in the tension and keep the wine in balance. Award Winning Wine List
District of the Rhone Rangers, a group Bravo! ABV: 12.2 percent.
of U.S. wineries that make Rhone Unparalleled Service
Valley-style wines, the J. Lohr Syr- 5. Domaine Antugnac Chardon-
ah impressed the audience with its nay 2018 Haute Vallée de L’Aude, Reservations Highly Recommended  Proper Attire Appreciated
easy-drinking, uncomplicated style France, $14
and its rich flavors of blueberries and Zagat Rated (772) 234-3966  tidesofvero.com  Open 7 Days
blackberries, buttressed by American We don’t expect to find chardonnay 2013 - 2017 3103 Cardinal Drive , Vero Beach, FL
oak. But when Steve Lohr, the family- grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees Wine Spectator Award
owned winery’s CEO, said it retails for Mountains in the western reaches 2002 – 2017
“about $15,” the audience was amazed. of Languedoc, but brothers-in-law
This is a terrific value and one to keep Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc
on hand for burger night. ABV: 13.5 Terrier are chardonnay experts in the
percent. Macon region of Burgundy. They are
among several Burgundian producers
9. Famille Brocard Margote Chardon- who are exploring less expensive land
nay 2017/2018 France, $13/$15 in the south of France in an effort to
produce great value wines. They have
Wow. This is simply one of the best succeeded with this beautiful char-
chardonnays under $15 I’ve tasted in a donnay, bursting with flavors of fresh
long time. The Brocard family makes fruit and flowers, with a filigree of
wine in Chablis. Sourced from outside minerality. ABV: 13 percent.
the Chablis demarcation, this cap-

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CALENDAR

Please send calendar information Indian Harbour Beach Recreation Center. Starts at
at least two weeks prior to your 9:30 a.m. Contact Linda Kuhl at [email protected]
gmail.com or 908-892-4426 for further information.
event to
[email protected] 15|16 “Big Band Classics” a free
Concert by Swingtime,
ONGOING 7:30, Melbourne Auditorium. Pre-show to start
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mation call 321-724-0555.

Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 5 Dec. 30 | Swingtime presents a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance. 16 “Remember Then” jukebox hits of the
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31 Swingtime presents a New Year’s 4 Huge Indoor Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 by Dave DeLuca, 3 to 4 p.m. at the Melbourne
Melbourne Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Eve Gala Dinner and Dance from p.m. Eau Gallie Civic Center with more Beach Public Library on the corner of A1A and
the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Oceanside 7:30 pm to 12:30 am at the Hilton Rialto, 200 than 90 vendors. Free admission. Vendors call Ocean Drive. Free and open to the public, pre-
Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave., Suite 6, Melbourne Beach. Rialto Place, Melbourne. Music will be provid- 321-608-7400 for details. sented by Friends of the Melbourne Beach Li-
ed by a 22-member with vocalists Sally Hart brary. For details call 321-956-5642.
Space Coast Lightfest 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Len Fallen. Tickets are $125 and more 7 Free lecture at the Melbourne Beach Li-
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Runs from January1-31. Proceeds to benefit the and Bruce Morgan, plus historical photographs, com or visit www.spacecoastcrew.org. exhibition “100% Pure Florida” at 5:30
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call Lolly Watson 321-652-7115. ner of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at the 13 Rescheduled lecture, “Marine Resourc-
es Council-Making the Indian River La-
DECEMBER goon Healthy Again and Right Whale on the Brink
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30 Fifth Avenue Art Gallery will be host- bert, at Sebastian Inlet State Park, park admission
ing Florida artist Brett Pigon through required. For more information visit www.sitd.us.
February 1 as the featured solo artist. Journey in
Landscapes is a body of work based on Brett’s re- 19|20 Concert for Staci Ros-
cent travels. The exhibit will open on December bury’s tenth season as
30 with a First Friday Opening Reception on Jan. conductor of the Melbourne Municipal Band.
3, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. For more information call 321-724-0555.

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REAL ESTATE

Riverfront townhouse features
wonderful views and
upgrades

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER you step through the front door into
[email protected] the foyer and see the expansive liv-
ing room/dining room area with its
The spacious three-bedroom, soaring ceiling, which is filled with
three-bath, two-story townhouse natural light from two floors worth
available at 404 La Costa St. in Mel- of windows. A staircase to the master
bourne Beach features soaring ceil- bedroom suite goes up along the op-
ings with skylights, expansive win- posing wall.
dows and spacious balconies that
highlight exhilarating views the In- The eat-in kitchen with breakfast
dian River. bar and breakfast nook has new high-
end appliances including a double
The split-floor-plan residence, dishwasher. A screened and covered
which includes 2,557 square feet of lanai adds to the living space and
air-conditioned living space, with connects to a round patio surround-
2,977 square feet under roof, is part ed by landscaping. A path made of
of Majorca, a small complex of only 14 stepping stones leads from the patio
units nestled among mature live oak to the back yard and community fish-
trees that were spared during con- ing pier
struction of the complex in 1988.
Also on the first floor is a large
The Mediterranean architectural room with attached bathroom and
style is evident in arches, balconies riverfront views currently arranged
and soaring ceilings with high-end as a den could be used as a second
touches throughout, including fine master bedroom. There is another
millwork, plantation shutters, vault- bedroom with full bathroom on the
ed and tray ceilings, custom light- ground floor as well.
ing, chandeliers and skylights. The
high-quality cabinetry comes with The master bedroom suite on the
plenty of storage and built-in shelf second floor features a private sitting
systems. room, large windows and access out
to an oversized balcony located un-
A dramatic view greats you when

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VITAL STATISTICS
404 LA COSTA ST.
MELBOURNE BEACH

der the shade of a live oak tree. and walk-in closets. ing room and across to several win- Neighborhood: Majorca
The large master bathroom suite The second floor also has an over- dows that take in the riverfront vista. Year built: 1988
Bedrooms: 3
with a high-end feel features an sized loft located above the kitchen The townhouse with attached two-
oversized jetted bathtub, shower with a balcony that looks over the liv- Bathrooms: 3 full bathrooms
CONTINUED ON PAGE 39 Construction:

Wood frame with stucco
Home size:

2,557 square feet under air,
2,977 square feet under roof

Interior Features:
Eat-in kitchen with new high-
end appliances, breakfast bar
and breakfast nook; wet bar;
cathedral ceilings; skylights;

plantation shutters; master
bathroom with double vanity
sinks, oversized jetted bathtub
and shower; walk-in closets;

fireplace
Exterior Features:

Screened lanai,
screened balcony, patio

Listing agency:
ONE Sotheby’s International

Realty
Listing agent:
Claudine Sloms, 321-446-9222
Listing price: $575,000

36 Thursday, December 26, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19

The real estate market turned in a solid week in ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Melbourne Beach led
the way with seven transactions, followed by Satellite Beach and Indialantic with six transactions each.
Indian Harbour Beach reported four.
Our featured sale this week was of a newly constructed home in the heart of Melbourne Beach. The
residence at 404 Ocean Avenue was first listed March 5, 2018, for $729,900. The price was subsequently
raised to $769,000, and the sale closed on Dec. 13 for the full asking price.
Both the seller and the purchaser in the transaction were represented by Carola Mayerhoeffer and Renee
Winkler of ONE Sotheby’s International.

SALES FOR 32951

SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE


NONE 8165 S HIGHWAY A1A HWY 8/6/2019 $1,995,000 $1,995,000 12/17/2019 $1,800,000
TURTLE BAY 237 LOGGERHEAD DR 7/2/2019 $1,195,000 $1,050,000 12/17/2019 $925,000
NEW MELBOURNE BEACH 5035 S HIGHWAY A1A 9/10/2019 $895,000 $875,000 12/17/2019 $830,000
BEACH WOODS STAGE 9 3182 RICKS WAY 9/17/2019 $300,000 $300,000 12/17/2019 $290,000
MELBOURNE SHORES SUB 330 PELICAN DR 11/11/2019 $325,000 $275,000 12/16/2019 $275,000
MELBOURNE SHORES 2ND 150 IBIS DR 9/25/2019 $350,000 $335,000 12/13/2019 $250,000

SALES FOR 32903

INDIALANTIC BY SEA 300 2ND AVE 6/3/2019 $795,000 $789,900 12/19/2019 $765,000
SANCTUARY PHASE 3 T 505 SANDERLING DR 11/8/2019 $635,000 $635,000 12/18/2019 $600,000
OCEAN SD VIL P1 B8P7 355 BARNACLE LN 7/18/2019 $419,000 $388,500 12/17/2019 $380,000
ASPINWALL 3510 TITANIC CIR 81 8/2/2019 $275,000 $265,000 12/16/2019 $252,000
THE DUNES AT OCEANSI 74 PINAFORE PL 11/8/2019 $210,000 $210,000 12/13/2019 $199,000
BEACH CLUB CONDOMINI 1801 ISLAND CLUB DR 86 11/13/2019 $138,000 $129,500 12/17/2019 $121,000

SALES FOR 32937

HARBOUR LIGHTS PH1 131 ISLAND VIEW DR 6/27/2019 $789,000 $689,000 12/19/2019 $675,000
DE SOTO PARK UNIT 2 490 KINGSTON RD 11/17/2019 $379,900 $379,900 12/17/2019 $379,900
GLEASONS REPLAT OF A 2206 PARKSIDE PL 2206 9/6/2019 $304,900 $304,900 12/19/2019 $295,000
EAU GALLIE SHORES 545 JACKSON AVE A 3/26/2019 $309,000 $299,000 12/17/2019 $292,000
WATERWAY TWNHMS 2B10 437 DOVE LN 7/17/2019 $289,000 $283,999 12/17/2019 $265,000
OCEANUS CONDO 199 HIGHWAY A1A D203 10/23/2019 $179,900 $179,900 12/13/2019 $178,500
DESOTO CONDO 110 DESOTO PKWY 3 11/15/2019 $160,000 $160,000 12/16/2019 $147,000
THE JAMESTOWN CONDO 930 S COLONIAL CT 119 4/21/2019 $159,900 $139,900 12/17/2019 $130,000
CNDO INDN HRBR P2 402 SCHOOL RD 46 7/30/2019 $144,900 $132,000 12/18/2019 $125,200
SOUTH PATRICK APTS C 55 SEA PARK BLVD 204 11/8/2019 $120,000 $120,000 12/17/2019 $115,000

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 26, 2019 37

REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: New Melbourne Beach, Address: 5035 S Highway A1A Subdivision: None, Address: 8165 S Highway A1A Hwy

Listing Date: 9/10/2019 Listing Date: 8/6/2019
Original Price: $895,000 Original Price: $1,995,000
Recent Price: $875,000 Recent Price: $1,995,000
Sold: 12/17/2019 Sold: 12/17/2019
Selling Price: $830,000 Selling Price: $1,800,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Tracy Warren &
Angela Garrison
Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s International Selling Agent:
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc
Not Provided
Laura Dowling Roy
Not Provided
Premier Properties Real Estate

Subdivision: Sanctuary Phase 3 T, Address: 505 Sanderling Dr Subdivision: Eau Gallie Shores, Address: 545 Jackson Ave A

Listing Date: 11/8/2019 Listing Date: 3/26/2019
Original Price: $635,000 Original Price: $309,000
Recent Price: $635,000 Recent Price: $299,000
Sold: 12/18/2019 Sold: 12/17/2019
Selling Price: $600,000 Selling Price: $292,000
Listing Agent: Sheri Hufnagel & David Curri Listing Agent: Gibbs Baum &
Gregory Zimmerman
Selling Agent: Curri Kirschner R. E. Grp. LLC Selling Agent:
ONE Sotheby’s International
Stephane Gregory
Michael Swanson
Clear Realty, LLC.
Sand Dollar Realty of Brevard

38 Thursday, December 26, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly

REAL ESTATE

Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Melbourne Shores Sub, Address: 330 Pelican Dr Subdivision: Turtle Bay, Address: 237 Loggerhead Dr

Listing Date: 11/11/2019 Listing Date: 7/2/2019
Original Price: $325,000 Original Price: $1,195,000
Recent Price: $275,000 Recent Price: $1,050,000
Sold: 12/16/2019 Sold: 12/17/2019
Selling Price: $275,000 Selling Price: $925,000
Listing Agent: Karen Coville Listing Agent: Brenda Teter

Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

Michael Rogers Nicholas Rahal

RE/MAX Aerospace Realty Rahal Real Estate LLC

WATERFRONTBREVARD.COM Subdivision: Indialantic by the Sea, Address: 300 2nd Ave
JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS!

Merry Christmas Listing Date: 6/3/2019
Original Price: $795,000
from Curri Kirschner Real Estate Group! Recent Price: $789,900
Sold: 12/19/2019
Selling Price: $765,000
Listing Agent: Misty Morrison

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Alternative Realty

Misty Morrison

RE/MAX Alternative Realty

Subdivision: Harbour Lights Ph1, Address: 131 Island View Dr

ACTIVE LISTINGS UNDER CONTRACT Listing Date: 6/27/2019
Original Price: $789,000
1105 Pine Tree Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, Recent Price: $689,000
$325,000 · 2,063 SF Sold: 12/19/2019
Selling Price: $675,000
204 N Emerald Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, Listing Agent: Joel Ludlow
$259,000 · 1,788 SF
Selling Agent: Curri Properties
258 Lansing Island Dr, Satellite Beach, 177 ATLANTIC AVE, INDIALANTIC
$745,000 · .81 Acres of Vacant Land Brenda Burton
JUST SOLD
0 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, Ellingson Properties
$549,000 · .72 Acres of Vacant Land $600,000
Subdivision: De Soto Park Unit 2, Address: 490 Kingston Rd
200 First Ave, Indialantic,
$365,000 · .29 Acre Corner Lot

135 Waters Edge Ln, Indialantic, Listing Date: 11/17/2019
$449,000 · 1,785 SF Original Price: $379,900
Recent Price: $379,900
505 SANDERLING DR, INDIALANTIC Sold: 12/17/2019
Selling Price: $379,900
David Curri Broker/Owner Listing Agent: Anthony Scaramouche

321.890.9911 Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise

davidcurri.com Benjamin Glover

[email protected] National Realty of Brevard

2 Offices to Serve You!
• 325 Fifth Ave, Indialantic
• Downtown Eau Gallie Arts District

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car garage has two new air-condi-
tioning units, high-impact windows,
and a new roof that was put on in
2017. The home’s exterior was painted
in 2017 as well.

Majorca residents have a deeded
beach access, use of tennis courts,
and a new community dock/fish-
ing pier which happens to be per-
fectly oriented to the view from the
townhouse. The well-maintained
grounds feature established land-
scaping with a bike and jogging trail.

The complex is located about three
miles south of Melbourne Beach
shopping and two miles north of
Driftwood Plaza and Publix.

The townhouse is being offered by
Claudine Sloms of ONE Sotheby’s In-
ternational Realty for $575,000. 

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