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03/30/2018 ISSUE 13


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Wachter retiring Cleveland Clinic
after 4 decades of may add Martin,
service at St. Ed’s St. Lucie to Vero

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer The Martin Medical Center campus in Stuart. PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]
Bruce Wachter, a longtime TAKE IF PUBLIX DEAL FALLS THROUGH In January, Cleveland Clinic’s
leader at St. Edward’s, and his chief strategy officer told Vero
wife Joanie are retiring after a re- hospital officials the health sys-
markable 85 years of combined tem wanted to add not just In-
service at the private barrier is- dian River Medical Center but a
land school. string of hospitals to its Florida
Bruce Wachter is retiring June
30 as Associate Head of School How soon?
“Last week, if it were under our
and Head of control,” she said.
Upper School Increasingly, it appears Cleve-
after 45 years land is getting control.
at St. Eds. Joan- With a letter of intent signed
ie Wachter is by Stuart-based Martin Health
retiring at the announced last Thursday, the
same time, af- world-renowned Cleveland Clin-
Bruce Wachter. ter 40 years at ic may be poised to add not only
the school – she
took five years off to have their CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
daughters – teaching in a variety
of elementary grades and serv- Prosecutor: State
ing for the past 22 years as the is not stalling on
Lower School technology coor- road-rage shooting
Bruce Wachter began work- By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer
ing at St. Ed’s in 1973, eight [email protected]

CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 State Attorney Bruce Colton
flatly denied growing speculation
INSIDE By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer that prosecutors have decided not
[email protected] to file criminal charges in a fatal
NEWS 1-10 PETS 18 road-rage shooting in Vero Beach
DINING B14 Publix representatives are sched- in November and are deliberately
HEALTH 13 GAMES B20 uled to make a presentation to the putting off an announcement in
CALENDAR B23 Orchid Town Council next Wednes- hopes the public will lose interest
REAL ESTATE 19 day, outlining plans for an upscale in the case.
B1 supermarket the company wants to
ARTS build on a seven-acre parcel of land “That’s not true,” Colton told
on the north side of State Road 510, Vero News last week, adding that
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 adjacent to historic Jungle Trail. he had discussed the case with
For circulation or where to pick up assistant state attorneys Steve
your issue call: 772-226-7925 Paying close attention to the Gosnell and Chris Taylor only days
proceedings will be the owners of earlier “to see where we are” more
the Village Beach Market, which Jason Keen, COO of Village Beach Market. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD than four months after the shoot-
has been doing business on State
Road A1A in Vero Beach since 1980. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
And not merely because the open-


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Vero Lake Estates man’s slay conviction to be revisited

By Beth Walton | Staff Writer Vose initially claimed he didn’t know why presented by law-enforcement. They were trial, said he didn’t follow the appellate pro-
Farruggio showed up at his doorstep, but unsuccessful in keeping improper evidence cess and declined to comment.
A Vero Lake Estates man convicted in a friend who was hiding upstairs when the and arguments from the jury. And, they de-
2014 of first degree murder and robbery with gunshots were fired said otherwise. clined to investigate and file a ‘Stand Your In her Jan. 29 order, Cox said an eviden-
a deadly weapon is getting a second chance Ground’ motion despite a legal strategy tiary hearing was necessary for the state to
to revisit his day in court. That man testified the two had invited of self-defense, writes King, a West Palm conclusively refute Vose’s claims.
Farruggio to sell them a quarter-pound of Beach lawyer, in the motion for post-con-
Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Cox last high-grade marijuana and that they intend- viction relief. To demonstrate ineffective assistance of
month affirmed her decision to grant Brad- ed to steal it before their plan went afoul. trial counsel, the defendant must show his
ford Vose’s request for an evidentiary hear- The defense was based on the theory Vose attorneys’ conduct fell outside the range of
ing in a motion for post-conviction relief, Vose repeatedly fired a .38-caliber revolv- was the victim of an attempted robbery in standard professional assistance and that
despite the objection of prosecutors. The er at the drug dealer, who died at the scene. his own home, and he shot the victim after there is a reasonable probability that the
parties were due in court again Thursday. Before calling 911, records show, the killer being viciously attacked, she claims. “But for outcome of the proceedings would have
first called his father and a friend. counsels’ deficient performance in failing been different had it not been for a deficient
The high profile 2010 shooting death of to present promised testimony or evidence, performance, she writes
Joseph Farruggio captured headlines for “He shot the victim four times, then put the outcome of the trial would have been
days throughout the three-day trial and the barrel of his gun right between the vic- different.” She defended her decision again Feb. 12
lengthy criminal investigation into two tim’s eyes and pulled the trigger, killing him,” after the state asked her to reconsider.
21-year-old Sebastian River High School Assistant State Attorney Chris Taylor told the Guttridge, who hesitated to speak about a
classmates and a botched drug deal that left jury according to media accounts. pending hearing where he will likely be sub- Prosecutors filed hundreds of pages of ev-
one of them dead. poenaed to testify, told Vero News that he idence and transcripts in attempt to prevent
The state prosecutor fired an empty re- and his co-counsel did the best they could the hearing.
Vose, 25 at the time of his conviction, was volver into a mannequin’s forehead in the in the long, convoluted case.
sentenced to life in prison. His appeal for a courtroom to make his point. Vose and his attorneys failed to establish
reversal was denied in 2016. “Unfortunately, we didn’t prevail,” he said. prejudice to meet the standard required
A post-conviction relief hearing is one of “Nobody is ever happy when that happens.” for a post-conviction relief hearing, argued
The defendant told investigators the vic- the final legal options open to defendants Assistant State Attorney Nikki Robinson in
tim burst into his house at the 8000 block who feel wronged by the justice system. At the time of the trial, Guttridge prom- her pleas to the judge. The jury rejected the
of 93rd Avenue in Vero Beach and began ised the jury he would prove there was nei- claim of self-defense, she said.
beating him. “Mr. Farruggio was a drug deal- Vose and his new attorney, Nellie King, al- ther murder nor robbery.
er who broke in Mr. Vose’s home,” defense lege he was denied his state and federal right “A hearing on this matter would simply
attorney Bobby Guttridge is quoted telling to effective assistance of counsel as guaran- Vose is following the process anyone would be a rehash of the evidence,” Robinson
the jury in media accounts from the time. teed by the U.S. and Florida constitutions. upon being convicted of a serious crime and writes. “The evidence is before the court
“Mr. Vose was the victim of a brutal, violent sentenced to life in prison, said Guttridge. “I in the form of the record. The state en-
attack. During the bloody attack, Mr. Vose They claim Vose’s trial lawyers, Guttridge don’t take anything personally. I always hope courages this court to read the record and
defended himself. Mr. Vose believed he was and Adam Chrzan, failed to prove their cli- the client will prevail in his appeals.” review the diagrams, photos and other
going to be killed.” ent’s innocence as promised to the jury. physical evidence that was entered into
Chrzan, who served second-chair at the evidence.” 
They didn’t call expert witnesses to dis-
credit ballistic and blood spatter evidence

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BREWERY DROPS CLEVELAND CLINIC ees had hired Stroudwater Associates to “This hospital has tripled in size since
LAWSUIT AGAINST help consider the hospital’s options for the I came to work here 20 years ago. And we
ONLINE REVIEWER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 future after dismal financial results were opened a new hospital that’s been remark-
reported. ably successful in Port St. Lucie.”
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer Indian River Medical Center but up to four
other coastal hospitals. In June 2017, Stroudwater reported that Lord said residents of Indian River
Michael Rechter, owner of American Icon “revenues were insufficient to address County “should be very proud” of their
Brewery, has dropped a defamation and li- After Boca Raton Regional Hospital IRMC’s strategic and investment needs.” hospital. “I know they’ve had challenges,
bel lawsuit against a disgruntled online crit- announced earlier this month that Cleve- That conclusion, along with predictions but it’s a fine hospital. It’s just going to be
ic, saying the suit was just a ‘shot across the land was a finalist in its partnering process, the hospital’s bond rating would plummet harder and harder as time goes on to do it
bow.” Martin Health revealed it was a step ahead to junk, triggered the decision to partner. all yourself.”
of that, opting to forgo a lengthy courtship
Rechter and his lawyer, Thomas Tierney phase with multiple suitors and focus sole- Martin Health CEO Rob Lord gave no Unlike Indian River, which visited two
of Rossway Swan in Vero Beach, dismissed ly on a Cleveland merger. inkling of similar financial distress at the hospitals operated by each of four finalist
the claim against Indian River County res- growing system he leads. “Patient reve- health systems, Martin Health has plunged
ident Marissa Tirro March 5 without ever Currently in the midst of due diligence, nues are solid,” he said. “We have consis- into talks with Cleveland without a lengthy
serving the online reviewer a summons. Martin officials say no timeline for nego- tently operated in the black from opera- consultant-led courtship involving multi-
tiations is included in the letter of intent. tions year after year, and then done really ple potential partners.
The move was a victory for Tirro, who At maximum, talks could lead to a merger well philanthropically as well.
would have faced legal fees if forced to de- that would add Martin Health’s three hos- CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
fended herself in court, and perhaps a wise pitals to the lone hospital Cleveland has
business decision for Rechter, who faced here now, in the southwest Broward Coun-
heat online for his decision to sue. ty community of Weston. That is a two-
hour drive from Vero Beach.
The allegations made it into the public
record, but never to Tirro’s doorstep, said Martin Health’s main campus is half that
Joseph Graves, an attorney with the Graves distance, tucked in a quiet neighborhood
Thomas Injury Law Group, a Vero Beach just beyond downtown Stuart. A second
firm that represented Tirro in the legal ac- smaller hospital is a 15-minute drive south
tion. “[American Icon] did the right thing,” in Port Salerno. The third and newest facil-
he said. ity is in Port St. Lucie, a position that would
give Cleveland Clinic a presence in St. Luc-
“They reassessed their position and they ie County.
did the right thing.”
Were a Cleveland Clinic logo to go up on
Tirro learned the suit had been filed from the recently expanded Tradition Medical
reports in the media, Graves explained. If a Center, it would be seen by throngs travel-
lawsuit is to go forward, a plaintiff has 120 ing I-95, a very visible gift tag on a ribbon
days to serve the summons, but American that could wrap from Vero Beach to Fort
Icon Brewery dropped the complaint before Lauderdale.
moving to that stage, he said.
“Cleveland has been telling us all along
It can be frustrating for clients to be sued that their plan was to move up the east
for something people assume is protected coast of Florida,” said Marybeth Cunning-
free speech, Graves explained. “People have ham, chairman of the Indian River County
the right to speak their mind and give their Hospital District board of trustees and the
opinion . . . The law was in our favor.” first to propose that Indian River Medical
Center consider a change in its indepen-
American Icon Brewery filed the civil dent status.
complaint in the 19th Judicial Circuit Nov.
14 alleging Tirro posted a negative review on “A strong Florida presence is good for
the brewery’s Facebook page that contained everyone, similar to what they built in
inaccurate information. Such lawsuits man- northeast Ohio,” Cunningham said. She
date a minimum of $15,000 in damages. added that “it should come as no surprise”
that Cleveland Clinic is in talks with other
“Defendant knew or should have known nearby hospitals. That is especially true for
that such false and libelous statements one reason: very few independent hospi-
would cause injury or harm to [American tals remain up for grabs.
Icon],” the complaint alleged.
Between Vero and Weston, there is only
Though Tirro’s Nov. 7 Facebook post was one stand-alone independent nonprofit
deleted, the lawsuit contended Tirro stated, hospital not in talks with Cleveland: Jupi-
among other things, that the brewery “abus- ter Medical Center. Jupiter says it intends
es its employees.” to remain independent, and insists it has
the financial wherewithal to do so, accord-
Even after American Icon responded that ing to Kathleen Ahern, the hospital’s direc-
the allegations were false, at least 14 oth- tor of marketing.
er people, thought to be the defendant’s
friends and family, wrote additional inaccu- Martin Health has been in talks with
rate reviews online, it said. “Few, if any of de- Cleveland Clinic for several years, officials
fendant’s friends and family members had say, most recently to firm up an affiliation
actually been to Plaintiff’s brewery . . . One with its cardiovascular program. Before
of the additional false reviews stated that the that, the two systems worked together to
‘owner is the rudest person I ever met.’” develop a clinically integrated network.

American Icon Brewery’s Facebook page Cunningham said Cleveland Clinic – as
has more than 4,700 followers and 4,600 well as other health systems – first contact-
likes. Users have given it an average of 4.2 ed then-IRMC CEO Jeff Susi even before a
out of five stars. decision was made here to pursue a part-
Neither the developer nor his attorney re-
sponded to a request for comment.  A collaborative committee of members
of the hospital board and the District trust-

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CLEVELAND CLINIC ple organizations.” want to go to Weston or maybe even Cleve- Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland,
As to how Indian River and Mar- land. I would want access to that highly he watched doctors performing heart
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 specialized care. Our job is to figure out surgery on a fetus in utero, an experi-
tin Health might co-exist as neigh- how we put that system together.” ence that still makes him marvel.
Vero’s exhaustive search process may bors in the system, Lord was cau-
have had something to do with that. tious about specifics. Lord said when he visited Cleveland He was clear that his conversations
with Cleveland have only to do with
“The Martin Health Board of Directors “Each community that’s involved Martin Health. “I have an idea how
and its executive committee have watched in these discussions has in my things would work [in an integrated
closely as other hospitals in the area have opinion a right to expect that there Cleveland healthcare system] but I’m
sought opportunities for partnerships, and are certain things their hospitals are not considering what Indian River is
were aware of the various health systems going to do. Basic orthopaedics, or going to look like. I have to be careful
that were seeking to become partners with taking an appendix or gall bladder with that. Our decision has to be based
those hospitals,” said Scott Samples, Mar- out. If I lived in Vero or Stuart or on our considerations. We’re not conspiring
tin’s corporate communications director. Port St. Lucie, I would expect my hospital together to do something. It’s an individual
“The decision collectively was to focus on to do those sorts of things. entity. And if it doesn’t work with Cleveland,
seeking one potential partner, rather than there are other places.”
go through a selection process with multi- “Then there are certain things like heart “We are a strong organization. We are
transplants that are so expensive and com- a healthy organization. We could last for
plicated, so challenging, that you would years and years and years. But there’s an
opportunity that exists right now. Just be-
cause I’ve got an old car out there that
keeps running if I work on it doesn’t mean
I shouldn’t look at a new one if an opportu-
nity comes along.”
With a law degree from Stetson, Lord
started at Martin Memorial as chief legal
counsel. He oversaw much of the devel-
opment of Tradition Medical Center, more
than a decade in the making, which finally
opened in 2013. Lord was named COO the
following year. He was named president
and CEO in July 2016.
Tradition recently underwent an expan-
sion that doubled its number of beds to 177.
Martin Medical Center, formerly known
as Martin Memorial, remains in its origi-
nal 1939 location on the St. Lucie River
near downtown Stuart. Fundraising is un-
derway to renovate the 244-bed facility,
most of it built in the 1970s. Plans include
expanding and improving the crowded
emergency department.
The system’s third hospital was built in
1992 on Salerno Road in the southern end
of the county. Known as Martin Hospital
South, it has 100 beds and recently collab-
orated with Health South to open a rehab
facility on the campus.
Samples says part of the reason for Mar-
tin Health’s success is that as early as the
1980s, it began following an outpatient
model, an approach that experts say is in-
creasingly important today as healthcare
revenues shift away from overnight stays
and into alternative arenas like ambulato-
ry surgical centers and telemedicine.
Currently, the health system has a doz-
en non-hospital locations including phy-
sician offices, lab stations, imaging cen-
ters and a freestanding emergency room.
A new outpatient clinic is under construc-
tion on a 13-acre parcel on Kanner High-
way at Indian Street.
Of the system’s 500 physicians on staff, 150
are employed by Martin Health.
In all, Martin Health has three boards:
one for the system as a whole, another
for the Stuart hospital, and a third for the
foundation. Unlike Indian River, there is
no hospital district in Martin County, so
the system operates without taxpayer sup-
port, outside of Florida’s Government in
the Sunshine laws. 

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Expires 04-6-18 By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer ble to get over and we managed to do
Expires 04-6-18 [email protected] that. This is why people don’t take on
Expires 04-6-18 mammoth issues like this – because
The Florida Municipal Power it took nearly a decade of pounding
Agency unanimously approved Vero away at this deal from every financial,
Beach’s exit from the statewide elec- legal, political and regulatory angle to
tric co-op on March 21. Now the get it to this juncture.”
city needs the Florida Public Service
Commission to approve the sale of Now, as all eyes are on the PSC pro-
Vero’s electric utility to Florida Pow- cess, a new player has come into the
er & Light, so the deal can close as picture in the form of the Florida Of-
planned on Oct. 1. fice of Public Counsel (OPC), which
on March 13 filed paperwork to inter-
The PSC has not yet scheduled a vene in FPL’s petition for the PSC to
hearing to approve the sale or redraw approve the sale.
FPL’s territory to encompass Vero’s
34,000 customers. The OPC is the public’s legal rep-
resentation, and City Manager Jim
The PSC is tasked with making sure O’Connor said he fully expected them
the $185 million purchase price, plus to jump in as official intervenors to
all ancillary agreements and con- examine the deal at some point. “To
siderations, are fair and equitable to my knowledge, the Office of Public
FPL’s existing 4.9 million customers Counsel intervenes in about 90 per-
across Florida. cent of the matters before the PSC
that involve FPL,” O’Connor said.
To that end, it has conducted an au-
dit of the proposed transaction, and FPL Spokesperson Sarah Gatewood
now it appears PSC attorneys are dig- echoed O’Connor’s assessment that
ging into the side deal FPL made with the OPC intervention coming was no
the Orlando Utilities Commission, late-in-the-game surprise. “It’s not
agreeing to pay a reported $25 mil- unusual for the OPC to intervene at
lion extra to OUC to avoid a lawsuit any stage of the process, and at this
over Vero’s exit from a power-buying time we don’t expect their interven-
agreement. tion to delay the Oct. 1 closing,” Gate-
wood said on Monday afternoon.
OUC said Vero owed a $50 million
exit penalty to get out of a wholesale City and FPL officials had been
power contract but Vero and its at- hopeful the matter might get a final
torneys contended that the city only hearing before the PSC in late April,
owed $20 million. but that probably will not happen un-
til May.
Once that FPL-OUC side deal was
inked, FMPA leadership crisscrossed With regard to the 11th hour timing
the state to obtain approvals from of the OPC’s insertion into the case,
governing boards of 19 member cities O’Connor said it became apparent
who are partners with Vero in three after all 19 FMPA member cities ap-
power generation projects. Then the proved Vero’s exit that the sale had a
full board and executive committee very good chance of coming to fru-
of the FMPA voted on four resolutions ition; so it was time for OPC to take
– three of which relieved Vero of its the sale seriously. Without FMPA ap-
virtual ownership rights and respon- proval, the deal would have been a
sibilities in the Stanton 1, and Stan- non-starter like it was from 2013 to
ton 2 plants and the St. Lucie nuclear late 2016.
projects, and one that provided for
Vero’s general exit from FMPA mem- Mayor Harry Howle said he had
bership, contingent upon the sale. come to the same conclusion as
O’Connor. “This is not something that
Those measures were the obstacles is unexpected or out of the ordinary,
that for many years prevented Vero the OPC is a watchdog group for a
from getting out of the electric utility watchdog group, which is the PSC. It’s
business. just another layer of protection for the
current ratepayers of FPL to make sure
The final solution was costly – $108 they’re not going to be in a detrimental
million of the sale proceeds will go to position because of the sale,” he said.
make the remaining FMPA members
whole – but necessary to move the The City Council will have a com-
sale off center. plete status update on the sale, with
representatives from FPL and the FMPA
Utility activist Glenn Heran said present, at 9:30 a.m. on April 17. 
after the FMPA vote, “It was a hurdle
most people thought it was impossi-

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WACHTER RETIRING “I flew down and saw the place and was Bruce and Joannie Wachter. “The things that give me the great-
just astounded,” Wachter remembers, ex- est pleasure are the times that a student
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 plaining that not only were the class sizes Wachter wore many hats over the years comes back and wants to talk to you
smaller than in the large public schools – educator, coach, mentor, administrator about their time here,” says Wachter. “Or
years after the school was founded and he was used to, but the students all stood and even bus driver – all the while nur- the times when a student who’s current-
one year after the Upper School opened as a gesture of respect and said ‘good turing and befriending students, parents, ly enrolled trusts you enough to come in
its doors. He had just graduated from morning’ when he entered the room. fellow staff members and members of the and confide in you and ask for some guid-
the College of William and Mary and was community at large. ance or some help.”
barely older than some students when Benedict, who was Head of School
he arrived as a first-year teacher, along from 1971 to 1995, was a man of quick “This is not just a job to anybody. He has a scrapbook bursting with per-
with the school’s first senior class. decisions; after offering Wachter the po- There’s no one who comes here and feels sonal notes of gratitude from some of the
sition, he said he needed an answer the that they have to be here. They get to be thousands of students who have come
“The interesting thing is that members next day. It was a ‘yes’ –a decision Wach- here. That’s the way they all look at it. under his tutelage over the years, and
of that class are now, at the very least, ter has never regretted. That’s certainly the way my family feels.” regularly gets visits from alumni who
eligible for social security and many are drop by to “chitchat.” Wachter notes with
probably receiving it,” Wachter says. “We got married on a Saturday, gradu- He points out that he and Joanie were St. pride that he has taught generations of
“Which I think is kind of fun. I was 22 and ated on a Sunday, and . . . then we drove Edward’s parents as well as teachers – their students and also works alongside some
many of them were 18.” to Vero Beach in early June,” says Wachter. two daughters attended from kindergar- of his former students.
ten through high school. The eldest, Carrie
He credits his longevity at St. Ed’s to the Wachter has seen the school through Wachter Morris, PhD is now a professor Wachter plans to work a few hours a
enduring character of the school. “There’s good times and difficult times, including of counselor education at University of month with the advancement office, com-
never been a shift from the original core when it expanded too aggressively in the North Carolina, while second daughter municating with some of those alumni,
values – integrity, respect, character de- 1990s, a move that, combined with a sag- Amy Wachter Driggers is the founder and and he anticipates that Joanie will likely
velopment, solid academic classes, re- ging economy, triggered severe financial owner of Charleston-based Taxidermy, a be called in on occasion to work on proj-
taining of small classes.” problems. designer of high-end women’s accessories. ects at the Lower School. The couple looks
forward to doing some traveling at other
Wachter was working at the King’s “As history has taught us, we’re really times of year besides summer, “when the
Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg his not a school of 900 students,” Wachter rest of the planet travels,” and to visits with
last year of college when he happened to says. “We’re more a school of around 600. grandchildren Brennan, 6, and Laura 4 ½.
serve a Vero Beach couple and their son, a That’s what this community needs and
student at the fledgling school, and they can support.” “People ask over and over, ‘Are you go-
suggested he apply for a teaching posi- ing to move?’ Absolutely not; why would
tion. He adds that with the support of the anyone ever move from Vero Beach? We
community and a strong leadership team love Vero Beach and have no intention
After consulting with his then fiancée willing to make difficult decisions, the whatsoever of moving.”
Joanie, an elementary education major at school today is in better condition than
William and Mary, he flew down to inter- ever before. “It’s right-sized and fiscally Alumni from all classes are invited to
view with then Head of School Peter Ben- sound; we’ve got a great board of trustees; celebrate the retirement of Bruce and
edict for the position of middle school sci- we’ve got a dynamic head; we have excel- Joanie Wachter at the Alumni Reunion
ence teacher and varsity football coach. lent faculty and everybody really cares Party on June 9. 
about this place.”



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ROAD RAGE KILLING fire” in self-defense. Hicks died at the scene. Hurricane Impact Doors
Sartori, who pulled into a parking lot & Impact Glass,
adjacent to the intersection and dialed 911
ing. The top prosecutor in Florida’s 19th Ju- to report the shooting, was interviewed by Transform Your Existing Door from
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ty are outraged by the frightening, head- fact that deputies didn’t find a gun in Hicks’
line-grabbing incident, in which the shoot- car.
er killed an unarmed man he claimed had
threatened him at a busy intersection on However, in an interview with Vero News
one of the county’s most heavily trafficked one week after the incident, Loar said he be-
roads. lieved “there should be some type of charge,
He’s also aware that some in the commu- possibly for recklessly discharging a firearm
nity have begun wondering why it’s taking in public.”
prosecutors so long to reach a decision, and
whether his office wants a difficult-to-win Detectives found that four of Sartori’s
case to quietly go away. bullets traveled across traffic lanes and
In fact, Colton, the four-county circuit’s struck a third vehicle in which a 3-year-old
state attorney since 1985, said he has been boy was a passenger. Neither the driver of
questioned by neighbors about the status that car, Michael Clemente, nor his young
of the case and the delay in determining son were injured.
whether the shooter should be charged.
“The public is very interested in this case, “It wasn’t like it was one or two or three
which, under the circumstances, is certain- rounds,” Loar said, referring to Sartori’s
ly reasonable,” Colton said. “And it bothers decision to shoot. “It was 10 to 15 rounds.
me, too, that a shooting like this happened He emptied the gun . . . We can’t condone
at a busy intersection, early in the evening. someone just discharging a weapon the way
“But we have to go by what the law dic- he did.”
tates, whether I like it or not, and whether
it’s popular with the public or not.” Colton said Loar’s public remarks “didn’t
According to sheriff’s reports, the shoot- help,” but he understands the sheriff’s feel-
ing occurred at about 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the ings, “which are shared by many others in
intersection of State Road 60 and 53rd Av- the community.”
enue, where a road-rage incident escalated
into deadly gunfire. Complicating the matter is an obvious
The reports said Dennis Wayne Hicks conflict between two Florida laws: One
became irate with an unidentified motorist that allows a person who believes his life or
while driving along 58th Avenue and began property is being threatened to stand his
angrily honking his horn at the driver while ground and, with no obligation to retreat
their vehicles were stopped at the traffic and avoid the potential danger, discharge
light at State Road 60. a firearm in public; and one that makes it
Hicks, 38, of Vero Beach, was stopped illegal to recklessly discharge a firearm in
again – this time, at the traffic light at 53rd public or from a vehicle within 1,000 feet
Avenue, in front of Applebee’s restaurant – of any person.
when he yelled over to the driver of the vehi-
cle in the next lane, the reports stated. Colton declined to comment on the mer-
Timothy Daniel Sartori, 29, of Sebastian, its and bounds of the stand-your-ground
told deputies that his window was down law, saying only that more shooters are cit-
when Hicks pulled up next to him, looked ing it in their self-defense arguments. He
over and said, “What’s your problem?” Sar- said his prosecutors will be in court this
tori replied, saying he didn’t have a problem. week in other counties for pretrial hearings
It was then, Sartori claimed, that Hicks on “stand your ground cases.”
verbally threatened to shoot him and ap-
peared to reach for something inside the In Sartori’s case, Colton said prosecutors
vehicle. In response to the alleged threat, must consider the shooter’s self-defense
Sartori said he grabbed his gun and “opened claim, even though there’s no way to verify
that Hicks actually threatened him, verbally
or by reaching for something in his vehicle,
since Hicks is dead and can’t tell his side of
the story.

“Was it a reasonable reaction under the
circumstances as we know them?” Colton
said. “That’s what we’re looking at, and we’re
reviewing it over and over. We’re going to
make the call.” 

10 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY TAKE the Village Beach Market, said he spoke “We’d focus more on the beach lifestyle “We’re anxious to hear their presenta-
to Orchid Town Manager Noah Powers and Jungle Trail, which is right there, and tion and see what they’ve come up with,”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 earlier this month and told him that his we would design the development so that Powers said. “But that’s just the begin-
company would like to build a grocery it fit with everything around it,” Keen ning of the process.”
ing of a Publix on the northern tier of the store on the same site if Publix’s plans fall said.
barrier island would put a dent in their through. Plans must be submitted. Public hear-
sales. “Whether you live in the nearby com- ings must be held. Votes must be taken.
“I know Publix is surveying the peo- munity or you come over to walk or bike Permits must be granted.
They, too, are interested in that piece ple in the town to see if they want a store along Jungle Trail, we want to offer the
of property, where they’d like to build a there,” Keen said. “But do the residents amenities people want,” he added. “We All of which means something could
cozy, town-center-type development – know there’s another option? I don’t want it to become a destination – a nice go wrong.
anchored by a larger version of the cur- think so.” place for people to come to have lunch,
rent Village Beach Market – that would get coffee, maybe some ice cream – not And if it does, Keen said the Village
blend in with Orchid’s beachside setting Keen’s plans include more than a gro- just a place to buy groceries.” Beach Market and its partners will be
and British West Indies architecture and cery store: He wants to build a retail and ready to step in, enter into a purchase
become a popular gathering spot for area dining complex that would include a Keen said a second Village Beach Mar- contract with Puttick and formally pres-
residents. small restaurant, hardware store and cof- ket would be significantly smaller than ent their plans to the town.
fee/ice cream shop alongside a 10,000- to the supermarket Publix would build on
Jason Keen, chief operating officer of 12,500-square-foot Village Beach Market. that site, located just outside the gates “We were looking at that piece of prop-
of the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, erty a year ago,” Keen said. “Ken asked us
which makes up virtually the entire town. if we were interested then, but the num-
bers weren’t working out.”
He believes a smaller, locally-based,
family-owned operation would be more That changed in December, when the
compatible with the Orchid community. Village Beach Market partnered with
SuperValu, one of the nation’s largest
And he might be right. wholesale suppliers for independent gro-
There’s only one problem: Publix, a cers, and gained the backing it needed to
Florida-based company founded in 1930 expand its operations.
and currently one of the 10 largest-volume
supermarket chains in America, already SuperValu is prepared to contribute
has a contract to purchase the property its design, development and marketing
from Orchid resident and longtime Vero resources to the project, and Keen has as-
Beach businessman Ken Puttick. sembled outside investors to provide the
Puttick could not be reached for com- financial backing.
ment, but Powers said Publix represen-
tatives approached him in early Febru- Before Keen could put all the pieces in
ary to discuss their interest in building place, however, Puttick agreed to sell the
a smaller Publix, more along the lines of property to Publix.
the chain’s newly redesigned GreenWise
markets . “We’ve been approached about several
Shortly after that meeting, Orchid locations in the past,” Keen said. “Some
Mayor Harold Ofstie sent a newsletter to were on the island, some not. This is the
the town’s 440-plus residents to inform only place we’re looking at now.
them of Publix’s interest. Both Ofstie and
Powers said the early response has been “We have the partners we need to
mostly positive. make this happen,” he added. “We would
Certainly, having a supermarket on the love to hear from the community to see if
northern part of the island would be con- they’d prefer to have us there.”
venient, especially for residents of John’s
Island, Sea Oaks and Windsor, as well as Keen recalled Publix’s attempt to put
Orchid. a store on the island at the south end of
The nearest grocery-store options now the county in the late 1980s, only to be re-
are two Publix stores miles away across buffed by Moorings residents who didn’t
the Wabasso Bridge on U.S. 1 – at Bar- want a supermarket in their community.
ber Street in Sebastian and 53rd Avenue
north of Vero Beach – or the Village Beach Some residents were so opposed to
Market. the project, in fact, that they killed Pub-
And from a legal standpoint, the prop- lix’s plans by chipping in and purchasing
erty on which Publix wants to build is the property for $1 million more than the
already zoned for commercial develop- previous buyer had paid. They then sold
ment. the land to a developer who built what is
That’s no small matter: Puttick has now Sea Mist Court.
tried and failed at least twice in the past
seven years to get the town’s approval for Don’t expect something similar to hap-
projects on his land. pen in Orchid.
In 2011, the town killed his proposal to
build 40 courtyard homes by refusing to If enough residents express opposition
rezone the property to allow residential to the Publix project, however – or if the
use. Then, in 2016, the town rejected his town’s demands are too great – it’s possi-
plans for an upscale senior living facility. ble the company might reconsider.
Could Orchid officials stop Publix?
That likely will depend on Publix’s “Are there enough year-round cus-
plans, which will need to adhere to the tomers to support a large-format grocery
town’s building code and architectural store? I don’t know,” said Keen, whose
demands, meet traffic flow requirements family has been in the grocery business
and address parking-lot lighting concerns. in this county since 1951. “We haven’t
done any demographic studies in that

“But based on what we’ve seen and
what we know about the community,
we can gauge how much business is up
there,” he added, “and we believe a small-
er, more local store would do better.”

Again, he might be right.
But he won’t get the chance to prove it
unless Publix punts. 

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Beach volleyball quickly gains foothold at Vero High

The inaugural Vero Beach High School beach volleyball team. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD

By Ron Holub | Correspondent Natalie Hauser. Aubrey Schlitt goes Lindsay Barkett.
[email protected] for the hit.
The scoring format is similar to doubles tain my volleyball skills. Sand is a lot easier
A brand new high school sport has burst tennis. Pairs are seeded one-through-five coaches, (varsity head coach) Sarah (Harp- on the knees than those hard floors.
upon the local scene with the same un- with the first to three the overall team win- er) and Wes (Hawkins). We are having a
tapped potential of lacrosse at the turn of the ner. The scheduling against other schools lot of fun out here and Coach Wes is really “We will try to be competitive against
century and rowing a decade ago. And like is somewhat fractious at this stage as the great. He is teaching us a lot and everyone some of the best teams in the state. Hope-
those two now established and flourishing fledgling sport gains traction, but the Fight- is learning really quickly. fully we can pick up a few wins at region-
sports, Vero Beach is on the cutting edge by ing Indians will likely receive a de facto bye als and make it to states. Then the younger
featuring a pool of dedicated young athletes through districts straight to the regionals. “I’ve had two knee surgeries and then I girls can build off of that for next year and
combined with the perfect showcase venue. hurt my ankle during the indoor season. I’m just keep getting better and better.”
“We’ve had a lot of interest in beach vol- starting to work my way back into it. I’ve de-
Vero Beach High School has taken indoor leyball,” freshman Natalie Hauser said. “I’ve cided to try to walk-on in college. Beach is Barkett can always say she was in on the
volleyball to the beach. Well, it’s not actually already played with a lot of my teammates really fun with the younger girls and a nice ground floor, in this case made with a ma-
the beach we are all familiar with. Instead, on the indoor JV team. It has been awesome way to get my stamina back up and main- terial much easier on the joints. 
everyone in the community is invited to for them to see what beach volleyball is like
check out the bank of sand volleyball courts from the school team experience.
the VBHS team calls home. The facility is lo-
cated behind the Jungle Club at 1060 6th Ave. “I have been doing beach volleyball
since seventh grade. I’ve definitely learned
“This is our first year with the beach pro- a lot and had a great time. In our first match
gram,” head coach Wes Hawkins told us. “It my partner Aubrey (Schlitt) and I were
only became a Florida sport sanctioned seeded No. 1. We played against a girl who
by the Sunshine State Athletic Conference is committed to UCLA. It was a struggle but
two years ago. This is an up-and-coming we kept with it. That was definitely a fun
sport that has already grown from 16 pub- learning experience.”
lic schools last year to 60 this year.
Senior Lindsay Barkett is the ideal can-
“Thankfully we have one of the better didate to steer these youngsters through a
locations for beach volleyball. It’s near our first-year growth spurt. The varsity volley-
school and we were able to start a team when ball and soccer player was well prepared
a lot of our young girls decided to come out.” and more than happy to join in.

Hawkins is in his second year as JV coach “This is a new thing going on, and it was
and varsity assistant for VBHS indoor vol- talked about during our indoor season,”
leyball. A majority of the dozen or so on Barkett explained. “ I really liked our new
the beach team are freshmen from the JV
team. The season is moving along quickly
and VBHS is prepared to host the regional
tournament April 6-7.

“Our first match of the season was against
a fairly established Merritt Island High
School team with a bunch of seniors,” Haw-
kins said. “It was a tough match but it was a
good eye-opener for us. Our girls got to see
what they could become if they work at it.

“We’ve had a great time so far. The girls
love it. It a little less by the book than indoor
and the players have more freedom. You’re
outside, you’re in the sand, and your shoes
are off. Of course it’s going to be a little more
enjoyable. It’s also a new sport for most of
them, but they are using the same skills they
already have. This has piqued their interest
and they are having a lot of fun with it.”



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Team Chavez consumed with chronic care management

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Healthcare Research and Quality found pertension, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, diabe- As Dr. Edgard Chavez explains of his
[email protected] that people who have multiple chronic con- tes and osteoporosis are some of them. current practice, “we have patients with
ditions are prescribed more than 14 times chronic diseases who take at least 10 or
According to the New York Times, a mere the amount of medication versus those that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Ser- more medications … when they start to
5 percent of this country’s population ac- did not have chronic conditions,” and, it vices (CMS) estimates that nationwide, 70 have problems, for whatever reason, that’s
counts for nearly half the nation’s health- says, those patients require eight times the percent of Medicare beneficiaries – roughly when they come into our office and we
care spending. number of doctor visits and are five times 35 million people – have two or more chronic handle [their problems] here and we don’t
more likely to be admitted to hospitals conditions. have to send them to the hospital.”
It’s not the patients’ fault, and it’s their than those who do not suffer from multiple
doctors’ fault, either. The problem is the chronic conditions. Here on the Treasure Coast, the husband That alone is a massive savings for Medi-
growing number of Americans with two or and wife team of Dr. Edgard and Dr. Katiusca care.
more chronic conditions. What are these “chronic conditions? Chavez of the Sebastian Medical Group put
Take your pick – dementia, asthma, atrial that figure even higher. However, as the American College of Phy-
According to iSalus Healthcare, a cloud- fibrillation, cancer, depression, COPD, hy- sicians points out, to officially participate
based electronic health records service, There is, however, some good news. in the CCM program, physicians must not
“data from the United States Agency for Modern Healthcare reports that “a CMS only offer “face-to- face encounters” – the
experiment [started in 2015] that compen- CMS definition of an office visit – but also
sates doctors to improve care for the sick- 24-hour accessibility by phone or online.
est Medicare beneficiaries called ‘Chronic
Care Management’ or CMM, is showing Indeed, having “electronic care plans” al-
signs of both saving money and improving ready in place is a key component for partic-
quality.” ipation in CCM.
Good as that sounds, though, physicians
say there are flaws in the program that need Dr. Katiusca Chavez says to meet that
to be overcome. requirement, “we’d need to add staff” just
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16 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 It’s not the chronic New research may tilt
debate over PSA screening
billing system that, quite frankly, can be care or the patients
something of a roll of the dice from a finan- By Maria Canfield | Correspondent screening for
cial and business point of view. that’s the problem. [email protected]
Dr. Raul Storey.
In fact, Dr. Edgard Chavez candidly says The problem is how The debate going on in the medical com-
the new system can be “a pain in the neck.” munity about whether prostate-specific PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
[CMS] created this antigen (PSA) screening reduces the risk of
“It’s not the chronic care or the patients death from prostate cancer has no easy or
that’s the problem,” he explains. “The system. clear-cut answer, according to Dr. Raul Sto-
problem is how [CMS] created this sys- rey, a medical oncologist affiliated with Se-
tem. We finish our jobs at 5 p.m. now, but – Dr. Edgard Chavez bastian River Medical Center.
we don’t go home until 8 to 8:30 p.m. Every
single day.” Meeting all the CCM require- fice nationwide.” In fact, it projects that “by PSA screening, well-known to men of a
ments would require even more hours in the year 2020, 157 million Americans will certain age, is the most common method
the office for team Chavez. have multiple chronic health conditions.” used to diagnose prostate cancer. It as-
sesses the levels of an antigen (a protein)
How many more? Edgard Chavez rolls his Those patients, just like today’s, include produced by the cells in the prostate
eyes at the question, suggesting it would be “veterans with disabilities, grandparents gland; the levels are expressed as “nano-
many more. with Alzheimer’s, young women with lu- grams per milliliter.”
pus, kidney transplant recipients and fac-
Adding two or three more fulltime staff tory workers with cancers that rage through However, PSA tests can yield “false
members while simultaneously increasing rounds of chemo. Three-fourths are white, positive” results, as there are health
their own office hours makes full partici- two-thirds are women and half are over 65,” conditions other than prostate can-
pation in CCM an “iffy” proposition for according to the New York Times. cer that can raise a man’s PSA levels
many primary care practices, especially – including an enlarged or infected
when the “reward” is only $50 a month in One way or another, the Chavez team will prostate and the presence of a uri-
reimbursements for each patient with mul- be here to treat their share of those patients. nary tract infection. In light of this,
tiple chronic conditions. the United States Preventive Services
Drs. Edgard and Katiusca Chavez’s offices Task Force (USPSTF) states that “there
Still, it’s clear this bilingual pair of in- are at 705 Sebastian Blvd. The phone number is convincing evidence that PSA-based
ternal medicine specialists will do what- is 772-388-9066. 
ever they have to do to keep building their
relationships with – and caring for – their
chronically ill patients. And that’s a very
good thing.

As the trade journal Medical Econom-
ics points out, “the increasing prevalence
of chronic diseases will continue to be felt
acutely in every primary care physician’s of-

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH March 30, 2018 17

10.” And a PSA test may help detect prostate symptoms during their lifetimes. These
cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to men are considered to be “overdiagnosed”;
treat and more likely to be cured. having cancer that’s not likely to cause poor
health or to present a risk of death.
Dr. Storey says that some studies have
shown that men over 70 do not reduce their The message Dr. Storey wants to share
risk of dying from prostate cancer by getting with the men of our community is this:
their PSA levels tested. But, in keeping with “There is no specific recommendation
the complexity of this issue, he stresses that about PSA screening that will apply to all
this is not a definite conclusion. men. There are too many variables for that
to be possible. It is important that men over
While the Mayo Clinic has not weighed the age of 50 have a discussion with their
in on this debate, it does provide notes of primary care physician or urologist about
caution about the reliability of PSA testing. whether PSA screening is right for them,
In addition to the false positives that lead to based on their individual circumstances.”
further testing and (perhaps) unnecessary
treatment, the Mayo Clinic website states Dr. Storey’s private practice is part of Florida
that between 23 percent and 42 percent of Cancer Specialists, with locations at 1880 37th
men with prostate cancer detected by PSA St. in Vero Beach: 772-589-0879; and 13060
tests have tumors that wouldn’t result in U.S. 1, Suite A, in Sebastian: 772-228-3381. 

There is no specific recommendation about PSA
screening that will apply to all men. There are

too many variables for that to be possible.
– Dr. Raul Storey

prostate cancer results in considerable ed evidence of a significant reduction in pros-
overtreatment and its associated harms.” tate cancer death as a result of PSA screening.

The Task Force actually goes one step Back to Sebastian’s Dr. Storey. He says
further, recommending against PSA-based whether or not to screen for PSA levels is a
screening, saying that existing studies controversial and complicated topic, and
have demonstrated only a “very small” de- suggests the research out of Seattle may
crease in deaths from prostate cancer as a be somewhat oversimplified, saying, “if a
result of the test. screening test shows a high PSA level, addi-
tional tests are done, which are not without
However, a new review, conducted by re- risk and side effects, and can cause anxiety.
searchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer And not every case of prostate cancer is the
Research Center in Seattle, concludes that same. Some are slow-growing and some
PSA screening is in fact linked with a con- are aggressive. So the life expectancy of the
siderable reduction in the risk of prostate man, based on his age and overall health,
cancer death, and suggests that the Task has to be taken into account.”
Force guidelines may need to be reviewed.
One thing that is clear is the association
The researchers, led by Ruth Etzioni, Ph.D., between PSA levels and the risk of develop-
recently reported their results in the Annals of ing prostate cancer. Dr. Storey says “men
Internal Medicine. They re-examined the two with a PSA level under 4 have a 15 percent
studies on which the Task Force guidelines chance of developing prostate cancer in the
were based, using a mathematical model to next 10 years. That percentage goes up to 30
account for differences in how each study was or 35 percent if the PSA level is between 4
conducted. In doing so, Etzioni and her col- and 10, and 67 percent if the PSA level is over
leagues found that both studies demonstrat-

18 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Hurricane survivor Andy’s one plucky pooch

Hi Dog Buddies! PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Andy protect us animals. And they DID! I was
Official Spokespooch. Me an my assis-
Woof! Some of you pooches sure have up. I really miss him, but I know they’re ta- days. Then Dad taught me how to sing.” tant, Lynn, went into a buncha Led-jus-
dramatic tails to tell. Like Andy Morgan. kin’ good care of him. So, one day a buncha “No Woof!” Just then, Andy’s Dad walked laters’ offices and had a Press Confrunce
Andy got caught in that hurrycane in Puer- us were playin’ in the Humane So-ci-uh- in an started singing “How Much Is That (you talk to a human holding a stick with
to Rico last year and hadda be rescued, dee Play Group, just when Mom and Dad Doggy in the Window?” Right after “Win- a liddle ball on top). Then we stayed in a
like a whole buncha of other pooches. He’s were there, lookin’ for The Right Dog. We dow” he pointed to Andy, and Andy made fancy, pooch-frenly hotel with a big, com-
been with his Forever Famly for about sev- spotted each other. It was Serendibiddy. growly noises. And they kept singin’ back fy bed. We got to go cuzza a group called
en weeks now. We had a Meet-n-Greet, an innerviewed an forth. When they finished, Andy said, the ASPCA.
each other. I started a bran new, pawsome “Dad thinks ‘Doggy in the Window’ is my
Andy’s middle-sized, auburn and white life the very next day! favorite, but it’s ackshully ‘Some Enchant- “Majorly Cool Kibbles!”
with lotsa polka dots. His ears stick out to ed Evening.’ I’m workin’ on my upper “I KNOW, right? Me an Mom an Dad an
the sides with a liddle flop at the ends. (I “I’d NEVER had my own STUFF. Like my range.” some frens watched the Super Bowl on TV.
wish mine did that.) I thought he’d speak L.L. BEAN COMferder! An food an water “Pawsome! Any pooch pals?” It was just humans runnin’ around, crash-
Spanish, but he doesn’t. in ackshual BOWLS. Since I’d never been “There’s a Black Lab rescue and a liddle in’ into each other an fallin’ over in heaps,
inna house, I didn’t know where to go pot- Westie on my daily leash walk. I’d never an I never saw ANY bowls, but I got lotsa
“I’m real happy to meet you, Mr. Bonzo. ty. There wasn’t any grass or dirt, so I tried a hadda leash or collar, an it was kind scary pats an tummy rubs. I get along great with
This is my Mom Betsy. My Dad Howard’s few spots. They were NOT The Right Ones. till Marcel (a human from the Humane So- everybuddy. Except bunnies. Bunnies
around here somewhere.” Mom an Dad weren’t mad, though. They ci-uh-dee) made a doghousecall an gave make me Barkin’ Nuts! When there’s bun-
unnerstood.” us some Valuable Tips. nies in the yard, I chase ’em. They’re super
Andy hopped on the couch next to his “An guess what? While I was at the shel- quick, which is a good thing, cuz if I ack-
Mom. “Mom an Dad say I’m related to “Woof! Your whole life is totally differ- ter, I got to go to Tallahassee for Humane shully caught one, I’d probly eat it, an then
a juh-RAFF cuzza my spots, but I think ent!” Lobby Day, to ask Important Humans I’d feel really guilty. An naw-shus.”
they’re teasing.” called Led-jus-laters to make laws that “Whaddya like to eat?”
“Totally! I couldn’t buh-lieve it was really “In Puerto Rico, I did lotsa Dumpster
“I do, too.” I opened my notebook. “So, real. Like, if I closed my eyes, it’d disappear. DON’T BE SHY Divin.’ I’d score the occasional leftover
Andy, you’ve really been through a lot, ha- The first time Mom an Dad went Out For McDonald’s hamburger. But not any
ven’t you? Tell me about it.” the Evening after I moved in, they put me We are always looking for pets more. I’ve discovered fish an scrambled
on the screen porch. I thought they were with interesting stories. eggs, an I get haffa slice of coldcuts or
“OK. After the hurrycane, there were Gone Forever. So I ate part of the porch. A chiggen or roast beast with my kibbles.
dozens of us pooches wanderin’ around pretty large part. I’m told it was a Manifes- To set up an interview, email It’s WUNNERful!
the streets in San Juan. It wasn’t just us tation of Major Separation Anxiety. It was [email protected]. “Mom’s teachin’ me how to Snuggle. Me
pooches who were homeless, either. Lot- also a Big Mess. So now I stay in my comfy an Dad do Guy Stuff. Every morning he
sa humans were, too. Me an my pooch paI crate when they go out. comes down, an sees my ears stickin’ up
Ho-zay stuck together, lookin’ for food an over the couch, so he knows I’m ready for
water. Finally some humans rescued us “Also, I didn’t make a peep for 10 whole breakfast. We go for walks an car rides, and
an took us to a kennel. Then, other hu- hang out on the beach. It’s a long way from
mans from the Vero Beach Humane So-ci- bein’ a street mutt in San Juan. I’m sure
uh-dee came all the way to San Juan and lucky the Humane So-ci-uh-dee rescued
took as many of us as they could onna big me!”
airplane, back to their place. It was kinda Heading home, I was thinking how won-
scary cuz we didn’t know what was hap- derful it is that so many humans reach out
pening. We were inna truck, then the ken- to help Pooches In Need. I wonder wheth-
nel, then another truck, then the plane, er humans help each other like that.
then another truck, then the shelter. We Till next time,
were POOPED. A pooch doctor checked us
out and the shelter humans got us ready to The Bonz
be aDOPted. They wanted me an Ho-zay
to be adopted together cuz we were pals,
but Ho-zay has Health Issues so he can’t be
adopted. After 8 weeks, they hadda split us

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AutoHaus billed as ‘the Mercedes of storage units’

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer Vic Lombardi, Jodah Bittle, Joe Schulke, Willaim Stoddard and Geoff Barkett. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD square feet and will be grouped in six
[email protected] buildings. More than one unit can be pur-
chased, specifying the intervening wall be
A fancy new storage facility, which will left out, to gain up to 7,000 square feet.
be built like Fort Knox on the outside and
finished as lavishly as desired inside, with All the units will have 20-foot-high ceil-
big doors, high ceilings and wide turning ings and wide, 14-foot-high insulated ga-
lanes is likely to attract large-item collec- rage doors, which Schulke said “are very
tors living on the island who want close- hard to find. Most commercial storage
by, anytime access. units have 10-foot-high doors.”

A group of longtime friends, some of The door and ceiling height will allow
them partners in a local engineering firm for storage of big boats and RVs. Stoddard
and one a building contractor, were seek- said the tall walls will also allow collectors
ing the perfect space to store their collect- to “lift and stack” cars, or build a mezza-
able cars and boats. When they discov- nine, “which can be outfitted as a man
ered no such facility existed in the area, cave, were you can escape and ride out a
designing and building one was the next hurricane.”
logical step.
The steel-reinforced, poured concrete
Finding there was pent-up demand for buildings are much stronger than concrete
high-end storage, they enlarged the scope block construction, designed to withstand
of the plan beyond their personal needs a 170-mile wind.
and spread out the cost of the investment
by making the project a commercial con- “It’s ‘tilt-wall’ construction,” Stoddard
dominium. said, “which isn’t feasible unless you’re
building over 40,000 square feet,” about
William Stoddard, Jodah Bittle, Geoff the size of the AutoHaus facility.
Barkett and Joe Schulke of the local en-
gineering firm Schulke, Bittle & Stod- After the concrete floor is poured, the
dard, and Vic Lombardi, owner of local 7.5-inch thick walls are framed, poured
contracting firm Water’s Edge Estates, and cured, and then lifted by crane into
are building AutoHaus, which Stoddard place. “The mobilization required to do
described as “The Mercedes of storage the job is costly,” Stoddard added.
The ceilings, too, are poured concrete
The partners bought 2.8 acres of vacant over steel, forming “a secure bunker,”
land at 950 12th St. last summer, paying Schulke said.
$420,000. They chose the location because
of its proximity to the 17th Street Bridge, The complex will have three security
making it a quick hop for wealthy island gates, enough security cameras to chal-
collectors, their primary market. lenge Ocean’s Eleven, and a 67-foot-wide
“turning drive,” providing plenty of room
The parcel was the most island-adja- for maneuvering large vehicles and trail-
cent suitable land with industrial zoning, a ers.
designation needed to build storage units
larger than 300 square feet. “We are prohibiting commercial occu-
pancy,” Schulke said. “People will be stor-
The 37 units will range from 800 to 1,320 ing valuable assets and they won’t want
to be bothered with people coming and

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going. It’s in a good location – secure, ex- Artist rendering.
clusive, safe, strong and multi-use – but no
commercial.” “That’s enough electricity for a good month and covers property damage and ing, cleaning and future repairs.
size house, enough to lift a car or to con- liability insurance, water and sewer bills, The project is slated to break ground in
The ownership structure will be “com- nect an RV,” Lombardi said. gate and camera security, fire-alarm sys-
mercial condominium,” and once all the tem, two common bathrooms, landscap- April and will probably be completed by
units are sold, the AutoHaus developers The condominium fee will be $120 a November 2018. 
expect owners will likely make friends and
want to hold group social events, such as FEATURES FOR VERO AUTOHAUS, 950 12TH ST.
car shows.
Pre-construction prices are $168 to $171 Near 17th Street Bridge, just beyond the train tracks on the right hand side on 12th Street
a square foot, making the units range from
$139,900 to $249,900. Lot size: 2.8 acres
Units: 37 units ranging in size from 800 sq. ft. to 1,320 sq. ft., although more than one unit may
“We know we’ve hit the right price be purchased to gain up to 7,000 sq. ft. by leaving out interior walls. Ceilings are 20 feet high.
point,” Schulke said, “because we have
eight contracts and six are pending out Construction: Steel-reinforced, poured concrete, including roof
of 37 units. And that doesn’t include part- Additional features: Garage doors are 14’ by 14’ and are insulated, as is the roof. Interiors may
ner-purchased units.” include a mezzanine floor within the 20-foot-high unit. Plumbing may include a full bath. All units

Stoddard owns a 1997 Porsche 911 and wired for air conditioning. A common bathroom will be available onsite.
plans to lay out his inherited antique Ownership: Commercial condominium, pre-construction-price units at $168 to $171 a square
train set on the mezzanine. Schulke owns
1964 and 1978 Corvettes, a 1965 Pontiac 2 foot, prices ranging from $139,900 to $249,900
+ 2 and a 2004 BMW M3. Lombardi shook Owners: Vero AutoHaus, 772-696-4287
his head and said, “Not me. I have kids in

“Several contracts are boat and RV own-
ers,” Schulke said, “but one is an artist and
will use the space as his studio. Another
owns several homes and rents them fur-
nished and unfurnished and needs ready
access to store or retrieve furniture.”

How extensively the interior is finished
is up to the owner. It will be “ready for
climate control – to bring AC in,” Stod-
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Another solid week of activity had mainland real estate agents cheering, as 34 single-family residences
and lots changed hands from March 19-23 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 6680 3rd Place SW. First listed last September
for $1,375,000, the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 4.950-square-foot house sold for $1,120,000 on March 20.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the residence at 123 Columbus Street. First listed in June 2017 for
$399,990, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 3,021-square-foot abode fetched the asking price on March 19.


VERO BEACH 6680 3RD PLACE SW 9/15/2017 $1,375,000 3/20/2018 $547,500
VERO BEACH 6565 CAICOS COURT 12/15/2017 $574,800 3/22/2018 $485,000
VERO BEACH 660 45TH COURT SW 8/28/2017 $539,000 3/20/2018 $455,000
VERO BEACH 1325 55TH COURT SW 1/7/2018 $479,900 3/23/2018 $435,000
VERO BEACH 1320 55TH COURT SW 2/9/2018 $449,900 3/20/2018 $399,990
SEBASTIAN 123 COLUMBUS STREET 6/30/2017 $399,990 3/19/2018 $363,000
VERO BEACH 5149 FORMOSA CIRCLE 2/1/2018 $371,500 3/19/2018 $330,000
VERO BEACH 5223 ELEUTHRA CIRCLE 10/11/2017 $379,900 3/19/2018 $265,000
SEBASTIAN 6027 RIVER RUN DRIVE UNIT#6027 2/12/2018 $279,900 3/19/2018 $242,000
VERO BEACH 5540 45TH AVENUE 12/11/2017 $250,000 3/23/2018 $211,000
VERO BEACH 4765 47TH COURT 10/31/2017 $215,000 3/19/2018 $189,900
VERO BEACH 434 22ND PLACE SE 1/18/2018 $189,900 3/20/2018 $182,000
VERO BEACH 360 VISTA COURT 1/11/2018 $199,000 3/23/2018 $180,000
VERO BEACH 3123 ANTHEM WAY 1/7/2018 $174,900 3/23/2018

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Listing Date: 12/15/2017 Listing Date: 8/28/2017
Original Price: $574,800 Original Price: $539,000
Sold: 3/22/2018 Sold: 3/20/2018
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Coming Up! ‘Buyer & Cellar’: Swept away in
Barbra’s basement PAGE B2
By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 The strong, creative and joy-
ful choreographic artistry
we’ve come to expect from Ballet
Vero Beach will again fill the stage
as the young company brings its
fifth season to a close next Friday
and Saturday, April 6-7, at the VBHS
Performing Arts Center with Pro-
gram 3, “Circle of Influence.” The
title refers to the influence the late
choreographer Samuel Kurkjian
had on the creative life of Ballet Ve-
ro’s Artistic Director Ada Schnell.
Kurkjian was himself trained and
influenced by the great George
Balanchine and was Boston Bal-
let’s founding choreographer.
Schnell was among Kurkjian’s (Mr.
K’s) students at Walnut Hill School
for the Arts outside Boston. “Circle
of Influence” will include Kurkji-
an’s “Debussy Suite” and “Chopin
Variations,” and Schnell’s “Pas
de Cinq Russe.” The show promo
prompts us to expect “sparkling


B2 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

‘Buyer & Cellar’: Swept away in Barbra’s basement

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent Remy Germinario as Alex More.
[email protected]

There are more characters on the Waxlax
Stage at Riverside Theatre in Jonathan To-
lins’ one-man play, “Buyer & Cellar,” than you
might expect.

In the hands of actor Remy Germinario, we
see a struggling actor named Alex More as he
becomes an unlikely cast – from his boyfriend
and a supercilious boss to celebrated Holly-
wood couple James Brolin and his wife, Barbra.

If you have to ask “Barbra who?” then per-
haps you’ll want to skip this play. But the rest
of you should get to Riverside Theatre right
away to see something witty and engaging
and surprising as can be.

Here’s the dizzying secret … and don’t wor-
ry, you find this out in the first few moments:
Barbra has amassed SO much over her years
of singing and directing and acting that she
rivals Oprah in her possessions. (Or maybe
that’s the other way around.)

Not wanting to part with a thing, she has
turned the basement of her Malibu estate into
her own private shopping mall, made to re-
semble a “quiet French arcade.”

For real. Indeed, she was quoted in Harp-
er’s Bazaar as saying, “Instead of just storing
my things in my basement, I can make a street
of shops and display them.”

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picks up her book, “My Passion for Design,” where’s the game in that? More then comes
which is a self-congratulatory coffee table up with an exorbitant price tag and Barbra
book about Barbra’s Malibu compound … walks away. It’s the game that catches her eye
with photos by Barbra. and results in what he believes is a friendship
between the two.
With Brennan’s adroit direction and Germi-
nario’s stage ease and utter likability, the play He thinks she likes him and sees a human
zips by. As he interacts with the audience and connection. After all, she says, “being on the
fights with his boyfriend, you end up feeling mountaintop makes the rest of life go by so
as if you have spent nearly two entertaining slowly.”
hours in the actor’s Los Angeles apartment,
re-living his astounding gig, the jaw-dropping This is a smart, engaging play written with
reality that Barbra has a French arcade in her affection and “a passion for Barbra.” Both
basement, and his unexpected relationship those who adore the legend and those who
with the legend. deplore the legend should enjoy this play.

Especially fun is the sequence in which “Buyer & Cellar” runs through April 8 on the
More fascinates Barbra with his improvised Waxlax Stage at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riv-
story behind a particular doll. She offers to erside Drive, Vero Beach. Tickets are $55. Call
buy it. Yes, she already actually owns it, but 772-231-6990 or visit 

There’s the doll shop, the clothes shop with his scenic designer Richard Crowell, who
gorgeous gowns she’s worn in films, the gift keeps the actor’s living room suitably spare,
shoppe, an antiques shop, the popcorn shop, giving space and imagination to the massive
the frozen yogurt shop … cellar and numerous spaces into which Ger-
minario brings you.
And in the play, which is pure fiction,
there’s the shop attendant, More. Having lost A trio of large screens is the clean back-
his job as a costumed character at Disneyland drop onto which projections of Barbra’s es-
and desperate for employment, he takes the tate, architectural drawings and quirky cam-
job as cellar shop attendant, who spends his eos pop up.
hours waiting for the one customer to venture
downstairs. The action begins in the dark, with the ac-
tor sitting in a comfy chair and listening to
Director James Brennan is well served by Barbra’s recording of “Memories.” He quickly

B4 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

App-reciation for techno chic at ‘Coded Couture’ exhibit

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Coded Couture exhibition. A resident of Melbourne, Mathews has
[email protected] volunteered as a docent at the Funk Cen-
PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER ter for the past three years. Of the shows
Mostly not ready for “ready to wear,” she has led visitors through during that
the Coded Couture exhibition at the Ruth museum to host the exhibition after its time Coded Couture tops her list.
Funk Center for Textile Arts on the cam- 2016 début at Pratt. It came to Melbourne
pus of Florida Institute of Technology set from Oklahoma City, where it was shown “Any show that challenges me to have to
its sights on the future intersection of be- at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Cen- learn so that I can explain; those rate high-
spoke clothing and technology. ter. Prior to that, the exhibition was seen in est in my world,” she says.
Massachusetts at Tufts University Art Gal-
The statement at the entrance to the ex- lery and in Kansas at Wichita State Univer- Despite the plentiful didactic signage
hibition explains the meaning behind the sity’s Ulrich Museum of Art. in the show, a docent-led tour is a must for
show’s title. “To code is to convert a piece of those who may not understand the com-
information into another form,” while Cou- The tie-in to educational institutions is puterized underpinnings of the work on
ture is the idea of customized wearables, apt: Today’s university students are digi- display.
tailor-made to the measurements and taste tally primed to understand and appreci-
of a specific individual. Coded Couture is ate the marriage of technology and art. That the art here is wearable makes
what results when a designer uses coding it that much more intriguing – not only
“to convert a consumer’s personal informa- The FIT technology students who visit to the technologically savvy, but also to
tion into a custom garment.” the show “love it,” says gallery docent Ber-
nadette Mathews. “You can see their eyes
By itself, the word couture evokes an in- light up, they get very sparked by this.”
sular world of privilege and luxury. Coded
Couture proposes that, equipped with com-
puterized coding technology, anyone with
an iPhone can design a wardrobe based not
only on personalized measurements, but
also on an individual’s psychological make-
up and the quality – and quantity – of their
interactions with others.

Walking into Coded Couture feels a little
like entering an electronics clean room, a
medical laboratory, or a high-end cosmetics
boutique. The techno-chic décor features
silver vinyl circuit board traces affixed to
the gallery’s white walls that underscores
the experimental nature of the show. The
clothing and footwear designs at the heart
of each of the gallery’s eleven display areas
is generally executed in prototype black or
white, and is accompanied by viewer inter-
active videos, touchscreens, dials and but-
tons, as well as informative text.

Coded Couture was organized in Brook-
lyn, New York, at Pratt Institute’s Depart-
ment of Exhibitions by the independent
curatorial team of Ginger Gregg Duggan of
Orlando and Judith Hoos Fox of Boston.

The Ruth Funk Center is the fourth art


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those of us who are digitally challenged. ing the exhibit’s technology. raised by biotech beautification.
After all, who wouldn’t want to wear a On her iPhone, anxiety tweets overlaid There is one garment on display that
garment designed to light up when you
are happily excited, sway enticingly when the garment with a design that took the has been worn in real time. It is a pleated
someone looks at you, or detect – and blur form of a boxy covering for the head, a cape white “iMiniskirt” with embedded LEDs
– the image of a camera surreptitiously over the shoulders and raindrops falling that light up the skirt’s surface with tweet-
pointed your way? down around the garment. ed words, images or moving light shows
in brilliant colors, depending on how you
On the other hand (or foot, as the case A video accompanying that display gives program it (there is an app for that). A skirt
may be), some of the clothing designs are an idea of the designs that may be pro- like it was worn onstage by Katy Perry in
based, in whole or in part, on your sexu- duced on other users’ phones. For exam- London’s iTunes Festival 2013.
al activity (or lack of it), your heartrate, or ple, aggressive tweets might take the form
your tendency to fudge the truth (a dress of snarling animals that sprout from the The iMini was designed by Lon-
that gives the wearer who dissembles an garment’s neck. don-based fashion house CuteCircuit; but it
electric shock). With this new technolo- is not available for purchase at this time. In-
gy, a person can be nakedly vulnerable to British designer Amy Congdon shows stead, you can order a clutch purse from the
others while fully clothed. some jewelry designs based on the idea company sporting white LEDs that display
of growing living tissue in a lab on lacy animations and messages: all for £1,600 (a
The first display in the gallery features a structures of silk or synthetic material. little over $2,200 U.S.).
neoprene poncho with iOS application by Pearls, glass crystals and other materials,
the French design collective, NORMALS. embedded into the tissue, would account Technophobes, take heart: There is a dis-
for the bling of this jewelry, which (theo- play in the exhibition for you “that’s very
“You have to pay for the app to under- retically) would be grafted directly onto easy to do,” says Mathews.
stand this one,” says Mathews. the wearer’s skin.
The D.dress by Mary Huang of Brooklyn
Once the visitor meets that requirement The jewelry on display contains no liv- includes a touchscreen on which you can
they can connect through their smart- ing tissue and was created for visualiza- design your own “little black dress.” Mere-
phones to the garment on display. After tion purposes only. These are the same ly swipe a finger over the picture of a fe-
this, their device will overlay the garment pieces shown in photographs of female male model to create a dress in silhouette.
with virtual imagery based on the visitor’s models wearing the jewelry, which, for When you are finished drawing, you can
social activity; these visuals change over display purposes, is attached to their choose to save the design, email the file to
time with the type and quantity of activity bodies by a more benign technique – yourself and view or share it later. What do
the visitor produces. Vaseline jelly, perhaps? So far as Cong- you have to lose?
don’s research is concerned, no one has
“When the show opened I was a little ner- had tissue-cultured jewelry grafted to Coded Couture continues at the Ruth Funk
vous about this display,” says Mathews. their skin yet. But the concept has stimu- Center for Textile Art through April 28, 2018.
lated discussion about the lengths people The Center is located on the Campus of Flori-
To understand what it could do, she may someday go to transform and adorn da Institute of Technology at 150 W. Universi-
opened a private Twitter account (she their bodies, and the ethical questions ty Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida. 
was her only follower) into which she
tweeted her uncertainty about explain-

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2ND ANNUAL 1 Ballet Vero Beach performance April 6 and 7 at VBHS Performing Arts Center.

DOWNTOWN CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 4 “Firebrands and Passions” aptly de-
MELBOURNE scribes the music you’ll hear next
costumes and crystalline choreography.” Thursday when the Atlantic Classical Or-
Festival of Curtain is 8 p.m. April 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. chestra presents its Masterworks 4 concert
the Arts April 7. Tickets are $10 to $75. 772-564-5537. at St. Edward’s Waxlax Center. You’ll be in no danger of nodding off as this popular
An Outdoor Art Festival orchestra plays commissioned work by the
on New Haven Avenue 2 Another opportunity to leave your 2018 Rappaport Prize recipient composer
work week behind and soak in some Hannah Lash; Prokofiev’s Piano Concer-
Mar. 31st – Apr. 1st live music under the starry sky at the beau- to No. 3, op. 26, C major, with soloist Alon
Sat./Sun. tiful Sebastian Inlet is this Saturday, as the Goldstein; and Brahms’ (cheery, almost
10am – 5pm Sebastian Inlet State Park hosts another pastoral) Symphony No. 2, op. 73, D major.
Night Sounds concert. Providing the plein Each year, the Bruce and Ruth Rappaport
Free Admission air tunes will be Diamond Dixxie, a country Foundation in Tel Aviv awards a grant to an
twosome from Orlando who’ve performed established, young Israeli artist, encourag-
NO PETS ALLOWED throughout the state: sisters Gabriela (gui- ing artists to inject contemporary work with
tar and mandolin) and Bianca (guitar and innovative ideas. The concert begins at 7:30
East New Haven Avenue banjo) LeDuc, described by gigmaster. p.m. Tickets are $40-$60. 772-460-0850.
in Downtown Melbourne com as “Miranda Lambert meets Taylor
Swift with a touch of the Band Perry.” Their 5 If you haven’t treated yourself to an brother, Ronnie, backs them on drums as hour or two at the Vero Beach Mu-
they perform covers and original music. seum of Art in a while, now’s a really good
A Howard Alan Event The concerts take place on the south side time to go. The exhibitions are excellent (as
(561) 746-6615 of Sebastian Inlet, in the Coconut Point always) and diverse. Especially eye-catch-
pavilions, and are free with regular park ing is “Medieval To Metal: The Art and Evo-
entry fees. Show time is 7 p.m. (ish). 321- lution of the Guitar,” but don’t be tempted
984-4852. to strum or pluck; enjoy the wonderful work
of photographer Paul Outerbridge, known
3 Picture this: a pair of identical twins for his early use of, an experiments in, col-
who look and sound like a wide, di- or photography, “New Color Photographs
verse array of superstars. It’s true, they do. from Mexico and California, 1948-1955”;
And they’ll be delighting the audience in and see what the artist saw in “Shadow and
“Swinging with the Stars” at the Emerson Light: The Etchings of Martin Lewis.” If you
Center this Sunday, April 1, a benefit for the have time to spend, grab a bite in the muse-
Healthy Start Coalition. Anthony and Eddie um’s cafe and browse the delicious wares in
Edwards were born in 1965 in Burbank, Ca- the gift shop. The sculpture gardens in front
lif., and grew up in a house just across the and back are always great for strolling. 
street from the NBC-TV studios. No sur-
prise, the kids would sneak into the studio 5 “Medieval To Metal: The Art and
to watch the celebs tape their shows, then Evolution of the Guitar.”
spend hours mimicking the stars and their
routines. When Carol Burnett saw them, she
immediately recognized their talent and
urged them to put a show together. Happily
for audiences everywhere, they took her ad-
vice. The show is presented by Dancing with
the Vero Stars contestant David Thomas.
Tickets are $55 and $75. Show time is 7 p.m.

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Three-mendous! ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ helps nonprofits

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer Linda Scott, Jack Liddle, Elizabeth Thomason and Mary Weiss. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE B8 gram: individual donations and our golf
[email protected] outing charity event,” explained Ed Per-
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE ry, grant review facilitator.
Indian River Club residents use their
heads, hearts and hands to effect change ments being made on behalf of the resi- learn responsibility through sports, and The Indian River Club has distributed
in our community through charitable dents had merit. assisting the unemployed and homeless roughly $350,000 in grants since its in-
giving and works, paying it forward to obtain employment through job train- ception, increasing its funding from an
those less fortunate. At a poolside Grant Grant recipients run the gamut and ing and placement programs. inaugural $40,000 to more than $133,000
Award Ceremony last Friday afternoon, included giving educational support to this year.
the Indian River Club Foundation ex- young children, helping seniors living in “These 15 organizations have an op-
tended a helping hand to 15 communi- low-income housing, children needing portunity to grow, expand and serve “You are the human foundation for
ty nonprofit agencies through its Head, physical therapy to overcome physical, our community even better with these Indian River County. What you do goes
Heart and Hands Community Outreach occupational and speech difficulties, grants. There are only two sources of above and beyond the expectations of
Program, formed by residents in 2013. providing at-risk teens an opportunity to money that come into our grant pro- any community I’ve ever been in,” said
Perry, speaking to the agency represen-
“We have an outstanding speaker se- tatives.
ries and that’s the head,” said Marybeth
Cunningham, board chairman. “We As the representatives each gave a
have a fabulous foundation and that’s brief presentation to outline their or-
our heart, and we have an amazing ganizations’ mission and share details
group of people that volunteer; that’s about the programs the grants will fund,
our hands.” their appreciation for the support was
effusive. Likewise, one grant committee
The Indian River Community Foun- member after another offered thanks
dation assisted their grant review com- to the nonprofit representatives for the
mittee to develop the proposal request, work done on behalf of others.
process the applications and evaluate
the submissions. The proposal request “If you look at all of the organizations
was sent out to more than 100 local non- that we have donated to today and all of
profits, and of the more than 30 appli- the organizations that are serving this
cations they received, 15 earned grants community, I think we can be comfort-
this year. The nine-member grant re- able that tomorrow is going to be bet-
view team reviewed all the proposals ter than it was yesterday,” said Perry.
and made site visits to ensure the invest- “These organizations really deserve our
support and our thanks.” 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE B7 Tom Lincoln, Felix Cruz, Kim Prado, Cindy Kelley and Sheryl Overcash.
Maureen Archer, Lynne House, Tony Zorbaugh, Kevin McCormack and Joe Eriksen.

Annabel Robertson, Shannon Bowman, Kim Lorimier and Debbie Hawley. Cathy De Schouwer, Jim Weiss, Deb Lockwood and Elizabeth Thomason.

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Marybeth Cunningham, Ed Perry and Yamilet Cendejas. Grants were awarded to: Big Broth- Orchestra, Hibiscus Children’s
Nancy McCurry, Steve Corrick and Angela Davis-Green. ers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs Center, St. Francis Manor, Sun-
of IRC, Childcare Resources of IR, shine Physical Therapy Clinic, The
Children’s Home Society, Cross- Source, United Against Poverty IR,
over Mission, Economic Opportu- Vero Beach Museum of Art, and
nities Council of IRC, Education Youth Guidance Mentoring & Ac-
Foundation of IRC, Gifford Youth tivities Program. 

B10 March 30, 2018 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

‘Whatever it takes’: Super support for Answer to Cancer

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Terry Leggett, Lori McCormick, Dr. Stephen Patterson, Carole Casey and Mary Cleworth. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL “It means so much to the community,
[email protected] what you do,” said Casey, before introduc-
cently it funded the introduction of Digni- assists patients and families throughout ing Sandy Webster, the “nurse navigator
Grand Harbor residents and friends Caps, which cool hair follicles to help the complicated cancer process. This year supreme” who assisted her during her
packed the Grand Harbor Golf Club last chemo patients keep their hair. Funding funding will also be used to purchase Ac- husband’s illness.
Monday evening for another sold-out An- last year and again this year supports the cuVein technology, to enable accurate ve-
swer to Cancer event, which since 2005 Patient Care Navigation Program, which nipuncture for chemotherapy patients. “Navigation is really just an opportuni-
has raised and donated close to $600,000 ty for us to get in front of the patient when
to fund projects and equipment through newly diagnosed so that you have some-
the Indian River Medical Center Founda- one with you to educate you, answer ques-
tion to what is now the Scully-Welsh Can- tions, navigate through your continual
cer Center. care,” said Webster. “We just help people
get through that and stand by their side
The annual day-long fundraiser, which from diagnosis to cure; diagnosis to the
features a gorgeous day on the links fol- end, whatever it takes for them.”
lowed by cocktails, auctions, raffles and
a gourmet buffet dinner, was originally “You really have had a marked impact
founded by Carole Plante and the late Don on our ability to help patients within the
Casey, whose wife Carole picked up the cancer center. You are helping to support
standard last year. With her characteris- programs that make a difference in the
tic indomitable spirit, she continued this quality of life of our patients,” said Dr.
year with co-chair Terry Leggett. James Grichnik, Scully-Welsh medical
director. “We really do appreciate all the
“This doesn’t happen without a huge work that you do on behalf of our patients
army of people,” said Casey, thanking as we try to help people get through some
generous sponsors, the hard-working very challenging times.”
committee, Grand Harbor staff and the
many attendees who continue to support Dr. Stephen Patterson, the oncologist
efforts to assist individuals coping with who treated Don Casey, said that as care-
the devastating disease, honor survivors givers they see the impact the money
and remember those who lost their battle. raised makes on lives of patients coping
with a cancer diagnosis. “All of us really
The initial money raised was used to appreciate your efforts,” he said. 
improve patient care facilities. More re-

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Ken Penrose and Barbara Cosgrove with Linda and Mel Teetz. Helen Collings and Henriette Churney. Myra Burns, Susanne Sweeny and Liz Bruner.

Paul and Toni Teresi with Armund and Marie Ek. Dr. John Lindsey and Tom Kennedy. Sheila Iodice, Edel Levermore and Debbie Bierworth.

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In kids cancer fight, ‘Brave the Shave’ is a cut above

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer ing it all on the stage,” as their lovely
[email protected] locks were shorn by clipper-wielding,
volunteer barbers who performed a
More than 100 men, women and chil- symphony of sweet buzzing music,
dren took up the challenge to Brave the much to the delight of the enthusiastic
Shave last Saturday afternoon at Capt. crowd.
Hiram’s at the sixth annual St. Baldrick’s
fundraiser. A trifecta of goodwill, the The message shavees sent to their
event raises funds for childhood can- pint-sized friends – bald is beautiful!
cer research, raises awareness, and is a For most, having one’s head shaved is a
statement to the children and families daunting undertaking. But for children
suffering from the debilitating disease with cancer, it’s just one of the many
that “we’ve got your back.” obstacles they must face during their
fight against the frightening disease.
Shavees gave new meaning to “leav-

Roger Dion, Suzy Dupuis, Joey Richter, Anthony Dekker and Kyler Harley-Oppel. PHOTOS: STEPHANIE LABAFF

Although much has been accom- drick’s a child was diagnosed every three
plished since the 1950s when nearly all minutes. Now a child is diagnosed ev-
children diagnosed with cancer died, ery two minutes,” shared Missy Elward,
more children are still lost to cancer in event co-chair with Frank ‘Cookie’ Man-
the U.S. each year than any other dis- nino. “There’s no money for pediatric
ease. Alarmingly, one in 285 children is cancer research. The American Cancer
diagnosed with cancer before they reach Society gives .01 percent to kids and only
the age of 20. 4 percent of U.S. federal funding is dedi-
cated to childhood cancer research.”
“When we first started with St. Bal-

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Alison Sutton, Andrew Hamel and Missy Elward. Sabre King, Troy King, Kiersten King, Douglas King and Frank Mannino. Joe Hahn, Aidan King and Jack King (front);
Albert Alvarez Jr., John King and Albert Alvarez (back).
Jayme and Val Bryan with children Princeton,
Ireland, Sparrow and Ocean. Shirley Hall and Jody Smith. Brave the Shave and other St. Bal- Businesses, firefighters, civic organi-
drick’s events around the country fund zations and individuals from all walks
much-needed research grants and ad- of life volunteered to brave the shave
vocacy efforts. Saturday, in the process raising more
than $100,000 to help fund childhood
“One in five loses the battle. Two out cancer research.
of those five suffer long-term side ef-
fects from the treatment, from the can- St. Baldrick’s has funded $234 mil-
cer or the cancer comes back. We need lion in research grant funding since
to save 100 percent of the kids, 20 per- 2005, all in an effort to fulfill its mission
cent is not enough,” stressed Elward. to find cures for childhood cancers and
to give survivors long and healthy lives.
The day was filled with emotion as
parents shared their children’s touch- As 6-year-old cancer survivor Will
ing stories; offering testimonials from Alvey succinctly summed it up, “I hate
some whose children were lost to can- cancer. It hurts kids and I want to get rid
cer, others who are fighting the disease of it.”
and even those now labeled NED (no
evidence of disease). For more information, visit stbal- 

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Trattoria Dario: Simply superb for Italian cuisine

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Crème Brûlée, Tagliolini with Porcini
[email protected] Pistacchio Cheescake and Mushrooms and Shaved

On a night when you are craving Italian Fondant au Chocolat. Fresh Truffle.
cuisine, Vero offers many fine choices.
Branzino alla Griglia. Ink Pasta with Shrimp
Near the top of the list is Trattoria Dario and Swordfish.
on Vero’s South Beach, and our visit last PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
Thursday evening could not possibly have Hours:
been more of a success. Grilled Caesar Wedge. Daily 4:30 pm to 1 am
Beverages: Full Bar
Proprietor Dario Bordoli, as usual, was steaks, veal chops and ossobuco. I welcome your comments, and encour-
at the front door to greet us, and while on In its sixth year, this trattoria has be- age you to send feedback to me at tina@ Address:
our previous visits we had opted for a table 1555 Ocean Drive,
in the red dining room, on this evening we come a favorite of many Vero Beach resi-
decided to dine out on the enclosed sea- dents. The reason, in my view, lies in the The reviewer dines anonymously at Vero Beach
side patio. sumptuous simplicity of its many fine restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach Phone:
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Even before we placed our wine order, (772) 231-1818
our veteran server Bernardo brought us a
basket of hot bread out of the oven and a
dish of olive oil and herbs.

For an appetizer on this evening, we
decided to share an order of pepata clams
($15). These peppered steamed clams
were sauteed with garlic, and served in a
luscious light broth that included heirloom
cherry tomatoes. A wonderful start.

We then enjoyed the very nice house
salads included with meals.

For entrées, I chose one of the day’s pas-
ta specials, the tagliolini porcini ($36), and
my husband opted for a special seafood
dish, the grilled whole branzino ($44).

These two dishes turned out to be an
affirmation of my belief that the simplest
dishes – when done well – are frequently
the best.

My pasta dish consisted of fresh home-
made thin fettuccine pasta, tossed with
porcini mushrooms and shaved fresh truf-
fles. This was exceptionally dish, just load-
ed with porcinis, all with a wonderful truf-
fle flavor. Simple, but perfectly executed.

And my husband’s branzino, a Europe-
an sea bass starting to gain popularity in
the U.S., also benefited from a very simple
preparation – a fresh fish grilled in extra
virgin olive oil.

Brought from the kitchen whole, it was
fileted and deboned tableside, and plated
beautifully. Tender and juicy, and served
alongside tasty veggies, the branzino trans-
ported the flavors of the Mediterranean to
the table.

For dessert, we had a crème brulee
($10), and finished our meal with a double
espresso ($7).

On a previous visit, I also enjoyed the ci-
oppino introduced here by Chef Gregorio
Silipo, who took over the kitchen at Dario’s
a year and a half ago.

There are many versions of this mar-
itime stew. Chef Silipo’s cioppino is an
array of calamari, shrimp, diver scallops,
mussels, clams, cherry tomatoes and car-
rots, served in a light broth. The seafood is
very fresh and tender, and the broth is well
seasoned and extremely flavorful.

In addition to wonderful seafood and
pasta entrées, Dario’s also offers excellent

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ACROSS repay you?” 7 Yvette Mimieux’s 66 Jack of Barney The Washington Post
69 Recently clan in The Time Miller
1 Relatives at a 70 Word in a Clancy Machine THE BOTHERS OF INVENTION By Merl Reagle
reunión 67 The real thing
title 8 Declaimed 70 Dead language
5 Handled pourer 71 With 99 Across, extravagantly
9 Meter feed of Italy
14 1966 Michael an invention’s 9 “Show me” type 72 Hair chore
third stage 10 Huge film format 73 British bog
Caine role 75 Oh golly, a 11 Skirt length or 74 Kid’s guessing
19 Sometime in the molding
76 Had seconds French noon game
past 77 Game result 12 Actor Cook Jr. 78 Conductance unit
20 Hotelero’s 78 Global Village 13 Indochina 79 Actress Lili St. ___
conceptualist 80 Word for an
vacancy 81 W.C. Fields watchdog,
21 “Boy, he hit that classic, ___ Gift 1954-70 ostrich or
83 Does what 14 Bulletin board Greenland
one ___!” 49 Across do abbr. 82 Jolson gem of
22 Formal wear 87 Major hotels 15 Secular 1933, Hallelujah,
23 The “wearing 88 Old name of 16 Guys on 24-hour I’m ___
Tokyo alert 84 Actor Estevez et
down” war 89 ___ Mawr 17 Irlande is one al.
25 Goodrich or 91 Russian space 18 Female finale 85 Sentras
station 24 Mineral ender 86 ___ get a word in
Goodyear goodies 92 Hockey great 26 Chaps, hose, etc. edgewise
27 An invention’s first 93 Actor Holm 28 ___ few words 88 Main dish
95 Motion to start (comment) 90 Change again,
stage, according 96 Birthplace of St. 33 With “bucket,” a as copy
to adventurer- Francis raucous style of 94 Worry and
statesman 99 Continuation of 71 jazz children, e.g.
Alexander von Across 34 G.I. watchdogs 95 Short, imaginative
Humboldt 106 People do it in 36 Brass is one story
29 Shortly, shortly Düsseldorf 37 Trois squared 96 Fred Astaire’s
30 Van Gogh’s loss 108 Mad conditions 38 Unrestricted, as sister
31 Word with road or 109 Gunk like glue betting 97 Roget entry: abbr.
sweat 110 Scream, sneeze, 39 Sat on a low heat 98 “___ as a seal
32 Producer of Many or swerve 41 Starts upon thine heart”
Great Musicals 111 The forceful type, 42 Caesar fan (Song of
35 Poet’s contraction briefly (and, apropos Solomon)
36 Mike and Morley’s 112 Europe’s ___ of nothing, an 100 Like Cheerios
droll pal Blanc anagram of EL 101 Eisenhower and
38 Top secret grp. 113 They might get on SALVADOR) Turner
40 Get smart your case: abbr. 44 Poured forth 102 Muscat’s land
43 Late great 114 Feeling 45 Get by and then 103 Pouches
pitcher-turned- 115 Noxious weed of some 104 ___ carotene
sportscaster the 46 Choreographer 105 World War II
47 Mine, to Mimi Bible Alvin newsmaker
49 Complex people? 116 Exxon’s old name 48 Errs in putting Bradley
50 French soldier of forth 106 Mud bather’s
WWI DOWN 49 Rare bill mecca
51 G. Lucas’s special 1 Flattered 53 Like some 107 Card players can
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52 Cry like crazy fawningly 54 OPEC VIP,
53 An invention’s 2 Chanter variantly
second stage 3 Premium-rate 55 Unsophisticated
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the Dodgers computer? 57 “___ the Judge”
63 Big name in 4 A bunch of Slavs 58 Before
hypnosis 5 Renaissance 59 Theban queen
64 Characteristic who was turned
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65 Charles Nelson 6 Little Orphan 60 Worker who winds
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66 X-shaped heraldic Annie, e.g. 61 Manicure abrasive
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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist Q96

The second-most prolific author of bridge books is Ron Klinger from Australia. He is Q75
known for packing a lot of material into a small space. His latest book is “Defending
Doubled Contracts” (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). WEST Q5
The complexity of the deals is variable, as are the levels of the contracts (the one-level A842
to the seven-level) and the sizes of the available penalties (from down one to down six). 4 AJ974
All the deals occurred at the table; Klinger composed none himself. K J 10 7 6 3
In this deal, how did East-West defend against five diamonds doubled after West led
the spade king? K8

Many Souths would have opened three diamonds with the seven-card suit, hoping that A984
a good heart fit did not exist. This South tried to catch up on the next round. If West
had not doubled, maybe East would have bid six no-trump, which would have failed on SOUTH
a non-diamond lead; or six clubs, which could have been made; or, best of all, five no-
trump pick a slam. 5

Sitting East-West were two Australian internationals, Ted Chadwick and David J 10 7 5
Beauchamp. Under West’s spade king, East dropped the nine, a suit-preference signal
for hearts. (He wondered if West had led a singleton and thought it highly likely that A J 10 9 6 3 2
West had the heart ace.)
West shifted to the heart deuce. East won with his king, returned the suit and received a
ruff. Then he underled his club ace to give partner the lead for a fourth round of hearts, Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither
East overruffing dummy’s diamond queen with his king.
The Bidding:
Have you been counting? That was the first six tricks for East-West, resulting in down
2 Diamonds 3 Clubs 3 Diamonds 3 Spades
5 Diamonds Dbl. All Pass LEAD:
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ONGOING 1 Swinging with the Stars, 7 p.m. at the Em- or Festival pass and popcorn $15/$20. ba Berry-Mc Laren, author of “Space Station
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MARCH 772-643-6782 7 Moonshot Family Literacy Festival – The 7 Rock & Brew, 8 p.m. at Vero Beach Muse-
Power of our Stories, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at um of Art, highlighting Medieval to Metal
29 Vero Beach Easter Parade, 6 p.m. on 5 Atlantic Classical Orchestra presents com- Gifford Middle School, with guest reader Tashe- Guitar exhibition with music by Souljam and
Ocean Drive preceded by 4:30 p.m. missioned work by 2018 Rappaport Prize
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and other activities at winner Hannah Lash, Prokofiev’s Concerto No.
Humiston Park and 5:30 p.m. Bonnets & Bow Tie 3 with soloist Alon Goldstein, and Brahms’ Sec-
Contest. $50 per cart to support Boys & Girls Clubs ond Symphony, 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s Wax-
of IRC; no charge for other activities. 772-231-4712 lax Center. 772-460-0850

29 Emerson Center’s Humanities Series 6|7 Ballet Vero Beach presents Circle
presents journalist Janie Gould on of Influence, a tribute to the late
Global Events that Touched Florida: Great De- choreographer Samuel Kurkjian, 8 p.m. Fri. and
pression through Cold War, 7 p.m. at Emerson 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat. at VBHS Performing Arts
Center. Free. 772-778-5249 Center. $10 - $75. 772-564-5537

30 Live from Vero Beach presents singer/ 6-21 French Film Festival at and
songwriter John Sebastian of The Lovin’ around Florida Institute of
Spoonful, 7 p.m. at Emerson Center. 800-595-4849 Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum opens 6
p.m. Apr. 6 in Eau Gallie Square with Parisian
30 Diamond Dixie at Sebastian Inlet State Street Festival and free presentation of Visag-
Park Night Sounds concert series, 7 es Villages (“Faces Places”). Continues with 2
p.m. at Coconut Point pavilions. Free with park screenings/week at Foosaner, $5/film at door
entry fee. 772-388-2750
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benefit Habitat for Humanity – 7:30 a.m. Bunny 7 KITS 3 ANIMAL
Hop for Kids; 8 a.m. 5K. 772-562-9860 ext.220 8 INVALIDATE 4 YEASTY
31 Vero Beach Volunteer Fire Depart- 12 ELEPHANTINE 6 STOP
ment 51st Annual Fish Fry, 10:30 13 OTTER 10 MERE
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Rescue Station #2 (Barber 15 SWEET 11 SETTLEMENT
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Walking Tree brews to benefit VBMA Art for 13-15 HO Model Train Display,
Health’s Sake Program. $35. 772-231-0707 x 145 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. &
Sat.; Noon to 4 p.m. Sun. at McKee Botanical
7|8 Hibiscus Festival hosted by Main Garden - replicas of Union Pacific’s Big Boy
Street Vero Beach along 14th Ave- and Norfolk and Western’s Y6B trains pre-
nue in Downtown Vero Beach, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. sented by the HO Group. Standard admission.
Sat., to 4 p.m. Sun. with arts, activities and en- 772-794-0601
tertainment. 772-643-6782
14 Indian River STEAM Fest 2018 hosted
8 Vero Beach Choral Society Songs of the by IRC Rec. Dept., 10 a.m. at Inter-
Soul Spring Concert, features trombonist generational Recreation Center, with Science,
and VBHS senior Lance Lunceford, 2018 VBCS Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math hands-
scholarship award winner, 4 p.m. at Community on experiences, demos and activities for K-12
Church of Vero Beach. $20. 772-494-5011 students and families. $5.

9 Place of Hope Treasure Coast’s inaugural April 5 | Miss Hibiscus Pageant Executive Center to benefit Indian River County 14 Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents
State of the State Address, 8 a.m. at Vero 4-H Foundation, with appetizers and open bar, the Vero Beach High School Jazz Trio
Beach Country Club with Rep. Erin Grall giving a 12 VNA Caregiver Conference, 9 a.m. at entertainment, raffle, silent and live auctions. at 11:30 a.m. followed by the John DePaola
post-session update. $30. 561-775-7195 First Presbyterian Church spotlighting $50. 772-226-4330 Quintet at 12:30 p.m. at The Plaza. 772-234-
healthcare and human services available in our 4600
9 International Lecture Series presents Lon- community. Free but RSVP required. 772-978- 12 Vero Beach High School Performing
nie Bunch, founding director, National 5515 Arts Dept. presents Petite Master- 14 Freedom Fund Banquet hosted by IRC
Museum of African American History and Cul- pieces Chamber Concert, 7 p.m. at VBHS PAC. NAACP, 6:30 p.m. at Gifford Commu-
ture/Smithsonian Institution, 4:30 p.m. at Vero 12 Wine and Wickets, 5 p.m. at John’s 772-564-5497 nity Center, with guest speaker Rev. Gil Ford and
Beach Museum of Art. 772-231-0707 Island West Course Croquet Lawn to music by James Broxton. $45. 404-771-3575
benefit Education Foundation of IRC; instruc- 13 Sebastian River Area Chamber of
10-29 Riverside Theatre presents tion (4:30 p.m.) and equipment provided. $100. Commerce Concerts in the Park pres- 14|15 Indian River Nautical Flea
the musical Mamma Mia 772-564-0034 ents Ladies of Soul & the L.O.S. Band, 5:30 to 8 Market and Fishing Show,
featuring the music of the band ABBA, on the p.m. at Riverview Park. Free. 772-589-5969 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Indian River Fairgrounds. FL-
Stark Stage. 772-231-6990 12 Mint Juleps & Big Hats Cocktail Party
and Auction, 7 p.m. at Courthouse
11 Play the New Mah Jong Card, 10 a.m. 15 Chimpathon 16K Walk/Run takes
luncheon and mah jong at Bent Pine runners through 150-acre Save the
Country Club to benefit American Association Chimps Sanctuary, home to roughly 250 res-
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