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10/26/2017 ISSUE 43


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BY RAY MCNULTY Top hospitals
among Indian
Vero trainer has treated River’s suitors
a ‘Who’s Who’ of tennis
For Gary Kitchell, there’s Staff Writer
something special about be-
ing one of the guys. Owners of some of the top

“When you do what I do for hospitals in the state – includ-
as long as I’ve been doing it, you
don’t just develop trust,” the ing Shands, Florida Hospital
Vero Beach seasonal resident
said last week in Lynchburg, Orlando, and Cleveland Clinic
Va., site of the PowerShares Se-
ries’ penultimate senior tennis – are represented among the
event for 2017. “You develop
friendships.” dozen suitors who have ex-

Many of these friends have pressed preliminary interest
been inducted into the Inter-
national Tennis Hall of Fame in partnering with the Indian
and Kitchell has worked with
19 players who were ranked River Medical Center.
No. 1 in the world.
The parent companies of
Two weeks ago, in fact,
Kitchell joined former Wim- three of the closest hospitals
bledon and U.S. Open cham-
pion John McEnroe at a char- End in sight for battle to get Vero out of electric business to IRMC – Sebastian River,

CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 Lawnwood in Fort Pierce and
Holmes in Melbourne – also
O’Malley believes
MLB will take over have stepped forward.
our Dodgertown
BY LISA ZAHNER The identities of the health
BY RUSTY CARTER Staff Writer systems that have signed
Staff Writer up were made public Oct.

There’s a certain urgency Nearly eight years after Flor- 18, heightening speculation
behind Peter O’Malley’s effort
to ensure Major League Base- ida Power & Light executives about whether Indian River
ball remains an integral part
of Historic Dodgertown. first opened discussions with will stick to its previously

“I turn 80 in December,” the Vero Beach City Council pledged preference to remain
O’Malley said when reached
at his Los Angeles office. “I about taking over Vero Elec- nonprofit, or affiliate with a
look at it as I’ve got 4-5 good
tric, the city’s 34,000 custom- for-profit system.
ers finally appear to be on the Seven of the expressions

precipice of rate relief, with of interest submitted thus far

the conclusion to an arduous come from nonprofit health

battle to get Vero out of the Attorney Doliner reviews sale documents with Councilman Sykes. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
electric business in sight.
Newark school run by monks seen possible model for Gifford
As of press time, city coun-
cil members had received

and reviewed more than 300

pages of documents outlin- BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
ing not only the basic terms of Staff Writer
the sale in FPL’s revised letter

of intent, but also tying up all A local education leader

the legal, financial and techni- wants to open a new high

cal loose ends – the multitude school in Gifford based on a

of things that need to happen school run by monks in tough,


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Dodgertown O’Malley said. “They’re doing their O’Malley, who led the group that in 2008, relocating its spring training
due diligence.” And what would Major rescued the failing facility in 2012 and operation to Arizona. That put Indian
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 League Baseball do with the sprawling now serves as president and CEO of River County in a quandary.
facility, with its five professional base- Dodgertown, has taken his case to
years ahead. I’m proud of what we’ve ball fields including a 6,500-seat histor- baseball’s highest level. He’s met at “We were running it,” Brown said of
done, but unless I can anticipate what ic stadium, along with five other fields least twice with MLB Commissioner Dodgertown. “That wasn’t the plan.”
is next I haven’t done it right.” for softball, football, soccer and other Rob Manfred in New York, and in July
sports, conference and training facili- of this year Manfred paid a visit to By 2009 Minor League Baseball had
The current “next” is securing an ties, dining hall and 89-room motel? Dodgertown. agreed to lease and operate Dodger-
agreement to have Major League Base- town as a training facility, but “they
ball take over programming at the 80- “Let the imagination run wild,” Indian River County Administrator had a bad experience,” Brown re-
acre site, where scores of sports teams O’Malley continued. “I’d think about Jason Brown confirmed the talks with called, noting that within two years
now train each year and thousands of how to use Dodgertown year-round. Major League Baseball and is hopeful the organization asked to get out of
youth players come for tournaments How about classes for umpires, per- the deal will come together. The coun- the arrangement.
and training, often under the tutelage haps aspiring executives? Maybe it ty invested $17 million in Dodgertown
of former Major League stars. is seminars. Why not a class to teach in 2001 and owns the property. That opened a door for O’Malley,
people how to be a baseball scout?” who had already spent much of his
“I truly believe it will happen,” The Dodgers leftVero Beach for good adult life as a key figure in the Dodg-
ers organization, including 28 years as
owner and nearly a decade as chair-
man of the board. O’Malley briefly
entertained seeking a second stint as
Dodgers owner in 2012, but ultimately
withdrew his bid.

Instead, O’Malley recruited his big
sister, Terry O’Malley Seidler, as well
as former Dodgers pitchers Chan Ho
Park and Hideo Nomo as investors in
a new business, transforming Dodger-
town into a multipurpose training and
tournament venue. They took over the
lease in 2012 and by 2016 had turned
a profit.

O’Malley feels confident about his
vision for the future of Historic Dodg-
ertown, but in the interim, he had an-
other matter requiring his presence.

“Tuesday night,” he said proudly,
“I’ll be in Dodger Stadium watching
Clayton Kershaw pitch Game 1 of the
World Series.” 

Electric sale


before the handoff.
Formal consideration of the $185

million deal – which is expected to
leave Vero with a $36 million windfall
– was set for a hearing, public com-
ment and a vote Tuesday in what was
likely to be an all-day session at City

Mayor Laura Moss, Vice Mayor
Harry Howle and Councilman Lange
Sykes have all pledged their support
for the terms that have been ham-
mered out over the past few months
and memorialized by transactional
attorney Nat Doliner of the Carlton
Fields law firm.

Howle brought Doliner’s name to
the table when the majority of the
council lost confidence in its former
attorney, Robert Scheffel “Schef”
Wright, citing Doliner’s key role in the
purchase of the Sebring electric trans-
mission system by Florida Power Cor-

“He’s the only guy who has done
this before,” Howle said at the time.

More importantly, Doliner arrived
laden with no baggage of being allied

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 26, 2017 3

with the Florida Municipal Electric “You hear the press over-use the Monday to go over the documents and to negotiate on the city’s behalf, that
Agency co-op or its members who still phrases ‘historical opportunity’ and clear up any questions they had before was done, and where there had to be
need to let Vero out so the FPL deal ‘once in a generation’ to describe mun- the meeting. compromises that had to be made,
can close. But he’s had the coopera- dane news events. However, in this that was done,” Sykes said. “I’m very
tion of FMPA officials so far, under the case, both of those terms apply to the Councilman Sykes emerged from confident in Nat Doliner’s ability and
leadership of the agency’s new CEO vote you five people will be taking,” Au- his session with Doliner saying he got willingness to advocate for the city’s
Jacob Williams. The elected bodies of waerter wrote in his prepared remarks all his questions and concerns an- best interest. All the parties involved
19 member cities still need to unani- to the council. swered and explained, and got assur- are putting their best foot forward.”
mously approve Vero’s final exit, in ances that the documents are legally
exchange for $108 million cash to the Most of the council members hud- sound. Sykes said he recognizes that there
FMPA. dled up with Doliner individually on
“Where there were opportunities CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
Howle said he’s very pleased with
the outcome of Doliner’s work prod- Exclusively John’s Island
uct after only seven months on the job.
“This contract is like a dozen roses on Showcasing endless, multiple fairway and water views of the South Course
a random Tuesday afternoon. FPL is an is this exceptional 4BR/5.5BA residence. The serene pool and outdoor living
outstanding partner, I appreciate their areas are surrounded by lush landscaping, creating the ultimate in privacy. It
resolve and loyalty, and I'm glad we ap- boasts 5,875± GSF, recessed lighting, living room with tray ceiling and fireplace,
pear to finally have a pro-sale majority dining area with cove lighting, gourmet island kitchen adjoining the family
with the common sense to vote in favor room with fireplace and lanai, master suite with private lanai, office and study.
of this deal,” Howle said on the eve of 280 Island Creek Drive : $2,550,000
what was set to be an historic vote.
three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
In addition to sorting out the minu- health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
tiae of disposing of a $100 million-per-
year utility enterprise, the documents 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
produced and delivered to the city last
week lay out terms for all the required
leases, easements, and even the street-
light arrangements.

There’s a 30-year franchise agree-
ment, a document changing FPL’s
service territory and a document by
which Vero would cancel its wholesale
power contract with the Orlando Utili-
ties Commission. Also wrapped into
the packet is a 52-page stop-gap mea-
sure of sorts, a contract to sell only the
Indian River Shores portion of Vero’s
system to FPL for $30 million should
something go awry and the full sale not
close by January 2019 or thereabouts.

All of those agreements, City Man-
ager Jim O’Connor said, were sched-
uled to be voted on in one fell swoop.
“They are all attachments to the con-
tract and the whole contract needs to
be approved,” he said.

Ample public comment was sched-
uled, including seven presentations
to the council by five members of the
city’s Finance Commission, and two
members of the Utilities Commission
including Chairman Bob Auwaerter,
who also serves as a councilman for
the Town of Indian River Shores. The
Shores has about 8.5 percent of Vero’s
ratepayers and but provides close to
10 percent of the electric utility’s an-
nual revenues.

Auwaerter, a retired industry analyst
who for decades studied market fac-
tors, companies, mergers and acquisi-
tions for Vanguard funds, has closely
looked at all facets of what FPL is of-
fering, based not only upon the risk to
Vero of continuing to operate an ag-
ing utility in an increasingly volatile
market, but also on FPL’s projected
revenues over the 30-year franchise
period. His conclusion: “Vero Beach
is getting a good to very good price,”
Auwaerter said.

4 Vero Beach 32963 / October 26, 2017 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™

Electric sale tion at the right time, with the right School run by monks the current public school system,”
partners, to make the sale happen. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 said Warrior, who wants to open a pri-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 “My power comes from the people, vate high school for boys in the Gifford
they recharge my batteries.” inner-city Newark, New Jersey, which community.
are still some important approvals is achieving a level of success that
pending but that “it’s very important Critics of the deal, and those opposed nearly defies comprehension, gradu- “You could argue we are talking
for this deal to move forward. The to selling the electric utility in general, ating 98 percent of its students and about re-segregating,” Warrior said,
FMPA has told us that they need a have complained that the council was seeing 87 percent go on to graduate “but the public schools haven’t truly
signed agreement and I’m ready to ad- ramming it through without adequate from college. integrated. Students of color and white
vocate moving forward so the domino vetting, and without a thorough analy- students lead a parallel existence, as
effect of all these other approvals can sis of how the city’s finances would Nearly 50 years have gone by since the grades and discipline data shows.
begin to happen.” shake out after nearly $6 million in an- Gifford High School closed in 1969 as
nual transfers from the electric utility to part of a federal desegregation order “If you listen to the community,
Though Moss, since her election last the general fund are gone. that is still in effect in Indian River they all talk about how they didn’t
fall, has attracted a great deal of criti- County, and black educators who want to leave Gifford High School
cism for her very direct and sometimes Councilmen Dick Winger and Tony went to that vanished school say black to go to Vero Beach High School. It
brash style of getting things done, she Young last week voted against a mo- students were better off then than ripped the heart out of the commu-
has led the city to this moment. tion by Moss that said no further ac- they are now. nity and took them out of the school
tion on the electric contract was re- where they felt safe and accom-
Moss admits that her tenure has quired from the Finance Commission Dr. Jacqueline Warrior, an educa- plished. The school we want to create
been quite a ride, being catapulted or the Utilities Commission. tion leader and advocate for parents will foster true community among di-
from chairwoman of the Utilities and students in the school district verse students, without turning away
Commission to mayor and the city’s In the politics of a contentious elec- and juvenile justice system, recently from social problems and pretending
FMPA representative in less than two tion season, former council member brought together a group of educators they don’t exist.”
weeks’ time, and for a time, Vero’s chief and once-again candidate Jay Kramer to discuss how to recreate the caring
negotiator in the electric sale. has accused the pro-sale majority of environment that enabled their gen- The school would be open to all stu-
having their votes bought and paid for eration’s academic and athletic suc- dents, not just students of color, but
She said she was told that the may- by FPL, because FPL has generously cesses and to look at a unique edu- it was persistently low African-Amer-
or has no power, that the position is funded political action committees to cation model that’s working wonders ican achievement in the Indian River
merely ceremonial, but she feels the support candidates who favor the sale. for inner-city black and Hispanic stu- district that spurred Warrior to look
office of mayor is what you make it dents in Newark. for better ways to educate students,
and she viewed her marching orders Even under the best-case scenario, and St. Benedict’s Preparatory School
from the citizens were to complete the the deal still needs to be approved by “I don’t think it’s possible to over- in Newark was the most promising
sale to FPL. several regulatory agencies, as well as come the problems black, Hispanic model she found.
the FMPA and its member cities. FPL and lower-socioeconomic students
“I will not stop until this is done,” has set a goal of closing the mammoth are experiencing by working within She invited Headmaster Father Ed-
Moss said Monday, adding that she’s deal sometime between October and ward Leahy and Louis Lainé, director of
been put in an unprecedented posi- December of 2018.  the school’s education-outreach arm –

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called The Vox Institute – to inform Vero collar and middle-class white immi- The school closed for a year to re- monks called “The Rule” to school
educators about the school’s methods. grants until 1971, but race riots and think its mission and then reopened operations.
white flight changed the student base to serve the new students, mostly
St. Benedict Abbey, in downtown in the late 1960s and early ’70s, and young black males from the sur- The new experimental education
Newark, has run St. Benedict’s Prep for school leaders revamped their meth- rounding inner-city neighborhoods, model divided the monks. Father
150 years. It was the college prepara- ods in response. applying St. Benedict’s guidelines for Leahy was among the half-dozen out
tory school of choice for sons of blue-

6 Vero Beach 32963 / October 26, 2017 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™

School run by monks plined home. Warrior hopes for a struck by the school hours posted on IRMC suitors
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 similar residence for students needing the door. Their students would never
wrap-around support at the Gifford put up with that, they said. St. Bene- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
of more than 20 who remained. “They school she proposes. dict’s students, rightfully, feel they
were terrified . . . [the black communi- own the school, and it’s open 24 hours systems. The other five are from for-
ty] would do to us what . . . [the white “Academic problems are not aca- a day. profit operations. The deadline to sub-
community] had done to them,” Lea- demic,” Leahy said. “Many are so an- mit proposals is Nov. 10. Up to six final-
hy said. “We monks are not immune to gry – usually over an absent dad –they There are no security guards, no stu- ists will be chosen the following week.
racism.” are acting out or acting in by failing dent resource officers, no locks on the
classes. There is so much emotional doors or lockers. Finalizing an agreement that will en-
St. Benedict’s Rule focuses on the noise they can’t concentrate. You deal able the hospital to survive and thrive
heart and spirit. Similarly, the school with that and then the academics St. Benedict’s academic success de- is likely a year away – and that’s if the
seeks to heal students traumatized by come right up. Most public schools are fies Newark’s public high school statis- process goes smoothly. Indian River
broken families, drug addiction, gang attributing everything to intellect.” tics, although its students come from needs a well-capitalized partner of
violence and crime. There is a heavy the same high-poverty, low-education some kind to overcome recent finan-
emphasis on counseling. Just as the monks run the mon- neighborhoods, with the same high cial losses and remain competitive in a
astery, the students run the school. crime and drug abuse statistics. changing healthcare environment.
A psychologist and counselor with “These kids never get to lead. They
Ph.D.s and other licensed professional need the experience and opportunity,” The public high schools have a 32 So far, leadership at IRMC has been
counselors and doctoral candidates Leahy said. The phrase, “Never do for a percent pass rate, while St. Benedict’s steadfast in wanting to remain non-
serve the school, providing individual student what he can do for himself,” is is 98 percent and nearly all go to col- profit, a position endorsed by both the
as well as group counseling. a tenet of the school. lege – with 87 percent graduating from publicly elected Hospital District Board,
college – blowing the doors off the 56 which owns the hospital buildings, and
Specific problems have spawned The students are grouped into teams percent national college graduation the 17-member Board of Directors,
specific groups, each with about 30 led by older students with developed rate for all males. which is in charge of hospital operations.
students. “The Unknown Sons” is for leadership skills, ensuring none fall
boys with missing fathers, “The Blues between the cracks. The students take Warrior would love to open a high Still, when asked whether IRMC
Brothers” for depressives and Al Anon attendance, maintain order, clean the school that could achieve similar would give serious consideration to a
for those with drug-addicted family school, investigate absenteeism, and success for students in Indian River for-profit health system, Hospital Dis-
members, to name a few. generally take care of each other. County. She’s looking for support, do- trict Trustee Allen Jones suggested the
nors and a building to use temporarily door to that possibility is open.
The strongest intervention tool is “What hurts my brother hurts me,” in Gifford.
“Leahy House,” where students at is the school motto. “A for-profit might make us an offer
greatest risk live, getting intensive “After 50 years of low achievement, we can’t refuse,” Jones said.
counseling and a caring but disci- Father Leahy and Lainé took a tour I want to save some kids now, not wait
of what was once Gifford High School, on the public schools to save them. No matter which health system is
now Gifford Middle School, and were Let’s try something that’s working.”  chosen, IRMC likely faces some seri-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 26, 2017 7

ous belt-tightening. Over the last two Florida, including a major hospital in HCA is one of the country’s largest Mats Wilander, Michael Chang, Andy
fiscal years the hospital has lost $4 mil- Weston. healthcare providers. It has 46 hospi- Roddick and Ivan Lendl.
lion on operations and a key factor in UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HEALTH – This tals across Florida including Lawn-
any partnership is an infusion of cash. medical network includes Shands wood Regional Medical Center in Fort “Mats has stayed at my house,” Kitch-
Hospital, one of Florida’s leading aca- Pierce, a level II trauma center. ell said.
IRMC is looking for approximately demic medical centers. RCCH HEALTHCARE PARTNERS – 16 fa-
$185 million, which it plans to use on HEALTH FIRST – Has four hospitals in cilities spread among 13 states, with The list of champions he has treated
remodeling patient rooms, a new out- Brevard County, among them Holmes, no presence in Florida. or trained reads like a Who’s Who in
patient surgery center, new technol- which is a level II trauma center. STEWARD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM – 36 tennis.
ogy and upgrades in its physical plant. ORLANDO HEALTH – More than 100 fa- hospitals across 10 states. Three in
cilities spread across the center of the Florida that it acquired a few months In addition to the names already
As for potential partners, two sourc- state, including the highly regarded ago as part of a rapid expansion: Se- mentioned, Kitchell has worked with
es told 32963 earlier this week that Orlando Regional Medical Center and bastian River Medical Center in Se- Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Martina
Health First, one of the nonprofit enti- the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Chil- bastian, and Wuestoff Medical Center Navratilova, Monica Seles, Tracy Austin,
ties, appears to be a strong contend- dren. in Rockledge and Melbourne. Gabriela Sabatini and Jana Novotna.
er. Health First has four hospitals in MARTIN HEALTH SYSTEM – Has rough- UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES – An-
neighboring Brevard County, among ly 70 facilities, including Martin Me- other huge health system. Twenty fa- He served as the trainer for two of
them Holmes Regional Medical Cen- morial Hospital in Stuart. cilities in Florida alone. More than 100 Roger Federer’s exhibition events at
ter in Melbourne. TRINITY HEALTH – A Catholic health- nationwide, plus Puerto Rico and U.S. New York’s Madison Square Garden.
care system, it has a number of hospi- Virgin Islands.  Locally, he has worked with former
Here’s a glance at each of the sys- tals in Central and South Florida. top-10 player Mardy Fish, who grew
tems vying for a partnership with In- My Vero up in Vero Beach, and Mikael Pernfors,
dian River Medical Center. FOR-PROFIT the 1986 French Open finalist who has
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 lived here for more than a decade.
already has an affiliation with the ity golf event in New Jersey, where the By his count, Kitchell has treated more
ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM – This faith- Duke University Health System longtime physical therapist and ath- than 400 different players on the men’s
based system has 46 facilities spread through its Welsh Heart Center and letic trainer spends his summers. and women’s pro tours and worked at all
among nine states, a majority of them Scully-Welsh Cancer Center. Howev- four Grand Slam tournaments.
in Florida. These include the highly re- er, Duke LifePoint’s for-profit status He has hung out with the Grand
garded Florida Hospital Orlando, one goes against Indian River’s nonprofit Slam winners Jimmy Connors, Pete “Sometimes, it was for a week; other
of the most comprehensive hospitals preference. Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, times, it was for an extended peri-
in the region. HCA HEALTHCARE – Nashville-based od,” he said. “And there are a few I’ve
CLEVELAND CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM – worked with, on an on-and-off basis,
This offshoot of the world-renowned for years. They’d call when they need-
Cleveland Clinic has eight facilities in ed help, and I’d take care of them.

“A majority of the time,” he added,


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My Vero his playing career, which ended when and he just knows his stuff so well.” on the court,” he added. “That’s what
chronic back pain forced him to retire Courier, who was suffering from Gary does for us.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 at age 34 after the 1994 season.
a nagging arm injury when he first When he embarked on his new
“the players came to me with injuries “I don’t know that I decided he would sought Kitchell’s help in 1989, offered profession in 1981, the field of sports
others couldn’t fix.” be my therapist; it just turned out that an equally glowing reference, calling medicine just starting to emerge.
way,” Lendl said. “We got to know each him the “best in the business.”
That, Lendl said, is what makes Kitch- other, became friends, and he took “By 1994, I had the fifth-largest
ell so good at his job. care of me whenever I needed help.” He said Kitchell has a “wealth of expe- physical therapy practice in the United
rience dealing with all types of injuries” States,” Kitchell said. “We had 37 em-
“The key to good treatment is good Perhaps unwittingly, Lendl took and “his diagnostic skills are fantastic.” ployees, saw 550 athletes a week and the
diagnosis,” said Lendl, an eight-time care of Kitchell, too: He put him on the Wall Street Journal had written about us.
Grand Slam champion who lives at tennis map. It was Courier, the founder and driv-
Windsor. “Gary does that very well.” ing force behind the 13-year-old Pow- But after 13 years, having working 80
Working with Lendl gave Kitchell erShares Series, who recruited Kitchell hours per week his last two years, Kitch-
Lendl learned firsthand of Kitchell’s credibility with other players on both for the senior circuit. ell decided to sell the practice in 1994
ability to diagnose injury and prescribe the men’s and women’s tours. He also and retire – at age 41 – to Vero Beach.
the proper treatment at the 1989 Lipton got calls from major champions on Kitchell, who said he has worked
International Tennis Championships in the PGA Tour, including Payne Stewart more than 180 PowerShares events, He had visited Vero Beach often
Key Biscayne, where Kitchell was work- and Jose Maria Olazabal. was in Los Angeles for Sunday’s 2017 throughout his life and bought a con-
ing as a volunteer physical therapist. series finale. dominium at Sea Oaks in 1986.
“When you work with a champion of
“Ivan was having back issues, and Ivan’s stature, people notice,” Kitchell “I’m responsible for all health-relat- “We’d come down three or four
the treatments he was getting from the said. “They figure, ‘If he’s good enough for ed issues – pre-match, post-match and times a year and just fell in love with
ATP Tour’s trainers weren’t helping,” Lendl, he’s good enough for me.’ I was set.” sometimes during the match if a play- Vero Beach,” Kitchell said. “So in 1994,
Kitchell recalled. “I was a certified er has a problem,” said Kitchell, who is we bought our first house here, at In-
spine therapist, and I was listening to Among those who noticed Kitchell’s also a certified tennis teaching pro. “I dian Trails.”
them as they treated him. I kept think- successes with Lendl were Courier and help with everything from stretching
ing: They’re treating the wrong thing. Chang. to warm-ups to cool-downs, including A Quail Valley Golf Club founding
treating injuries.” member, he now owns a lagoon-front
“The next day, Ivan came in and I “I was in the latter stages of my ca- home in Castaway Cove and is affili-
was there,” he continued. “He saw me reer, and I had some aches and pains “He loves tennis and he knows the ated with Mind, Body & Sport Weight
and asked, ‘What do you do?’ I told that I wanted to keep under wraps,” body,” said McEnroe, who, at 58, is the Loss in Vero Beach.
him I was a spine therapist. He said, Chang said at the Lynchburg Power- oldest player in the PowerShares Se-
‘OK, get over here and help me.’ So I Shares event. ries. “He knows what we need, specifi- “Believe me, I know how lucky I’ve
worked on him and he felt better.” cally for tennis. To have a guy like Gary been,” Kitchell said. “You’re talking to
“On the tour, the little things can around is very important for the guys a blue-collar boy from a zinc-mining
As fate would have it, the Czech na- make a big difference,” he added. “If on this tour. town in New Jersey who got to see the
tive would move to Vero Beach and you’re only 90 percent healthy, it can world – a guy who came from humble
Kitchell would treat him for the rest of be the difference between winning and “When you’re playing senior ten- beginnings and was given the oppor-
losing. So I knew Gary through Ivan, nis, sometimes you need help to stay tunity to meet presidents and kings. 

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Feds take over drug case against Dr. Johnny Benjamin

BY BETH WALTON using unique markings etched into the edly killed by his pills was just another in navy prison garb awaiting his first
drugs left behind at the crime scene. “page in a large stack.” appearance in front of U.S. Magis-
Staff Writer trate Judge James Hopkins, rarely took
Both defendants agreed to work Later, hours after agents observed his eyes from his wife. The woman,
The Vero Beach surgeon whose with the DEA in exchange for consid- Benjamin engage in an illegal drug trans- dressed as if she was headed to church,
high-profile drug trafficking arrest ear- eration of cooperation at sentencing. action behind his clinic, the informant sniffled and blinked back tears as she
lier this month shocked the communi- The distributor then began a series of warned the doctor the new batch of pills sat alone in the courtroom pews.
ty appeared shackled and handcuffed recorded meetings and conversations was no good; the drugs were causing
in a federal courthouse last week. with Benjamin while working as an people to go to the hospital. Benjamin Moments before he was taken out-
undercover informant. said he would tell his distributors, and side, he looked her in the eye and
Dr. Johnny Benjamin Jr. of the Pro told the informant not to deal the bad mouthed, “love you.”
Spine Center was transferred to the Buemi’s Oct. 13 complaint describes drugs locally, according to court records.
custody of U.S. Marshals Oct. 18 after the physician telling the DEA infor- Benjamin is expected to be formally
the Drug Enforcement Agency filed a mant that the West Palm woman alleg- In court last week, Benjamin, dressed arraigned in November. 
complaint detailing a yearlong investi-
gation into alleged drug dealing by the

At court in West Palm on Friday,
federal prosecutor John McMillan told
the judge his office planned to seek
pretrial detention, a motion common-
ly made when a defendant is thought
to be a danger to the community or a
flight risk. A hearing on the issue was
set for Oct. 25.

Benjamin, 51, is a registered con-
trolled substance prescriber in Indian
River County and holds staff privileges
at the Indian River Medical Center, ac-
cording to the Department of Health.

He has been incarcerated since Oct.
12 when Indian River County Sheriff’s
Office deputies quickly arrested him
after he allegedly became suspicious
of a DEA undercover informant and
seized his cellphone.

Assistant State Attorney Ryan Butler
also filed paperwork that day charg-
ing the doctor with attempted drug
trafficking involving fentanyl, a felony
offense. The DEA has now assumed
responsibility for the case and Butler
said with Benjamin in federal custody,
his office planned to drop its charges.

Fentanyl is a powerful, addictive
narcotic often used as a cutting agent
by illicit drug dealers. Misuse and over-
prescription of the drug has become a
serious problem in the United States,
resulting in thousands of deaths.

Federal prosecutors have charged
Benjamin with two felonies: conspir-
acy to possess with intent to distrib-
ute a controlled substance resulting
in death, and attempted possession of
a controlled substance with intent to
distribute. The doctor could face life in
prison if convicted for the first offense.

The federal complaint, written by
Special Agent Michael Buemi with the
DEA, alleges Benjamin was involved in a
cross-country counterfeit drug traffick-
ing operation and provided the fentanyl-
laced oxycodone which led to the 2016
overdose death of a Palm Beach woman.

As investigators looked to see how
the victim was able to access the dead-
ly pills, they were able to track down
her dealer, and that person’s supplier,

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Judge denies convicted murderer’s plea for new trial

BY BETH WALTON side the walls of a men’s prison. Dort The man accused of commissioning was because he was the only one with
Staff Writer was convicted in 2013 for his role as his father-in-law’s death, Daniel Duffy, a valid driver’s license.
the getaway driver in the murder of lived a brash, luxurious lifestyle.
A man convicted of first-degree John Torres, a Sebastian businessman He said he and his brother didn’t hear
murder saw a ray of light when Judge whom prosecutors say was killed after Two of the defendants in the 2009 slay- the gunshots because they were inside
Cynthia Cox allowed him a hearing to his son-in-law hired three Palm Bay ing – Brian Smith, the accused shooter, the car at the time of the murder play-
plead for a new trial on Oct. 13, but the hitmen to shoot him. and Dort’s brother, Marciano Dort – pled ing loud music with the windows up.
glimmer was extinguished five days guilty to murder in the second-degree
later when Cox denied his request. The men’s trials, rife with salacious and conspiracy. But Lucian Dort, the That defense didn’t sit well with a
details, grabbed local headlines for youngest of the trio, fought the charges. jury. Dort, then 28, was convicted of
The hearing came one year after days. News reports mentioned a prosti- first-degree murder and sentenced to
Lucian Dort filed a handwritten mo- tute, an affair, a secret abortion and al- He was outside flirting with girls life in prison. His brother and their ac-
tion for post-conviction relief from in- legations of drug use and piles of cash. while the crime was planned, he said. quaintance, who both pled guilty, got
The only reason he was driving the car lesser sentences.

Dort lost his appeal in Florida’s
Fourth Circuit in 2015. He then ap-
pealed to the Florida State Supreme
Court before asking the 19th Circuit
for post-conviction relief.

Post-conviction relief is a one of the
final legal recourses available to de-
fendants who believe they are wrongly
convicted. It requires the defendant
to prove that his attorney was so de-
ficient it deprived them of a fair trial.

Dort submitted the hand-written
motion a year ago, acting as his own
attorney from the Santa Rosa Correc-
tional Institution, a men’s prison lo-
cated northeast of Pensacola, and Cox
scheduled an Oct. 13 hearing on the

Dort said his lawyer failed to inves-
tigate, depose and call two witnesses
on his behalf. He argued that their tes-
timony would have shown the court
“the heinous motive” of the shooter
whose testimony helped convict him.

Even the prosecution seemed baf-
fled as to why witnesses were never
called. In a response to Dort’s motion,
Assistant State Attorney Nikki Rob-
inson conceded that an evidentiary
hearing was necessary on that matter.

But less than a week after the hear-
ing, Cox denied Dort’s request for a
new trial. In an Oct. 18 ruling, she
found that his attorney was deficient
for failing to present the witnesses,
but that their testimony wouldn’t have
changed the outcome of the trial.

The allegations wouldn’t be enough to
sway the jury, Cox said. Limited informa-
tion was presented and both witnesses
could have been impeached because
of their prior felony convictions. “These
facts were insufficient to rebut the spe-
cific and detailed facts testified to by
Smith at trial concerning the defendant’s
month-long role in the planning and ex-
ecution of the homicide,” she said.

After the hearing, the prosecutor said
the judge made the right decision.

Dort’s legal challenges, however, still
might not be over. The defendant has
30 days to appeal Cox’s ruling. “That’s
the problem with the criminal justice
system,” said Robinson “It’s never fi-
nal. There are still other options.” 

Teagan Cavanagh with Elsa.


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Pooches play dress-up at Howl-O-Ween Pawrade


3 45 5 6

From fancy to fanciful, T-rex to 11
Tinkerbelle, hot-diggity dogs to
super dogs and fairy hounds –
Vero’s four-legged friends strutted
their stuff last Saturday afternoon
at the 16th annual Howl-O-Ween
Dog Costume Pawrade at the
Dogs for Life Off-Leash Dog Park.
Vero Beach 32963’s very own
Bonzo was there to woof with his
pooch pals and report back on the
day’s very best costumes (see page
44). The lighthearted event raises
awareness of the specialized
assistance dog training programs
7 8 offered by Dogs for Life to military
veterans and others with a variety
of needs, including hearing,
mobility and/or emotional
impairments. 

1. Diana Flores and Chanel with Isabella Myers 12
and Freddie. 2. Eileen Snowburger with Posh.
3. Marianne Doherty with Daisy and Holly.
4. Connor Burnett with Bella. 5. Corina Turner
with Heidi. 6. Kate Hoffmann with Nina.
7. Harry Taylor with Lil’ Sis. 8. Kevin Carel
with daughter Maria and Hot Dog Hannah.
9. Maria Jackson with Casey. 10. Wanda
Travis with Cookie. 11. Mark and Lindsey
Eaker with children Jace and Whitney and
dog Shadow. 12. Marcia Adache with Kai.


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Can’t ‘Masque’ the fun at annual Exchange Club Ball

BY CHRISTINA TASCON Guests had been encouraged to business and casual attire for tux-
Correspondent dress in black-and-white attire, aug- edos and gowns.
mented with extravagant masks in a
The Exchange Club of Indian River Patricia and Mark Ashdown. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE nod to Halloween. Among the many “I think it is wonderful because you
Foundation’s Black and White Mas- attendees who had added flamboy- don’t get to see people dress up any-
querade Ball was the hottest ticket in ant touches, George Blythe was the more. It is so nice seeing everyone so
town last Saturday night, as a sold- talk of the party, sporting flashing chic and fancy,” said Kim Taylor.
out crowd converged on the exqui- neon sneakers.
sitely decorated Vero Beach Country The 47-year-old Indian River chap-
Club for the third annual fundraiser. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious ter is one of several Exchange Clubs
buffet, dance music by DJ Fuzzy in the area, which includes two other
To ensure its success the commit- and a dazzling live and silent auc- chapters in Vero Beach and one each
tee, chaired by Jessica Hawkins, be- tion, which included items such as in Sebastian and Fellsmere.
gan planning for the event immedi- a Flight Package, a full bar cooler
ately after the 2016 ball, which raised and a tour of the Flight Tower at Vero “I think the best way to describe
roughly $11,000. The funds enabled Beach Regional Airport. And for the our group is that we all enjoy being
the club to award grants to its vari- ladies, a stunning pair of $3,000 dia- together to support the mission we
ous community partners, such as mond earrings designed by Victoria have,” said Jonathan Rose, club presi-
the Children’s Hibiscus Center and Kerkela was donated by John Mi- dent. “The time we get to spend to-
others who support the organiza- chael Matthews Fine Jewelry. gether socially is just a bonus to the
tion’s primary mission of preventing time we get to work on our mission.”
child abuse. Bidding for the fabulous items was
fueled to a frenzy by guest auctioneer “We do lots of social events to
“There are eight people on the IRC Commissioner Peter O’Bryan, raise money but our next big one is a
committee,” said Jaime Klekamp. still sporting pink hair as a Real Men cornhole tournament March 10th at
“Every year we brainstorm on what Wear Pink participant in the morn- Walking Tree Brewery,” said Nancy
worked the year before and what ing’s Making Strides Against Breast Gollnick, president-elect. The club
we can do to make the event better Cancer walk. also partners with the April 21-22
to help the children who need our Vero Beach Air Show, which features
help.” The elegant affair was a treat for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
guests who enjoyed trading their
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Opey Angelone with Michael and Kathy Catalano. Peter and Susan O’Bryan with Erin Grall and Mike Bielecki. Margie Miller with her son, Courtney Miller.

Pam and Gene O’Donnell. Victoria Kerkela and John Michael Matthews.

Valerie Esposito, Jamie Klekamp, Kimberly Taylor and Jessica Hawkins.

Bonnie and Greg Brown. Robin Sarcinello and Marc Tomberg.

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Cowpokes party for pooches at H.A.L.O. Hoedown

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF hoedown horseshoes will be used to volunteers prepared for the arrival 2
Staff Writer waive adoption fees during their De- of 70 animals from the hurricane-
cember H.A.L.O. Home for the Holi- ravaged island. After health and tem-
The Ag Pavilion at the Indian River days campaign. perament assessments, the animals
County Fairgrounds provided the will spend time in foster homes to be
perfect backdrop for a hootenanny for “We just broke the 10,000 lives socialized and ultimately adopted.
the hounds last Saturday night, where saved mark,” announced Jacque Pe-
more than 200 guests kicked up their tron, who founded the organization For more information, visit halores-
heels at the H.A.L.O. Hoedown fall in 2006. “Last year we made it a point 
fundraiser to benefit the H.A.L.O. No- to be open admission for Indian River
Kill Rescue, whose mission is to cre- County, increasing our save rate by 37 1
ate a safe haven for abused and aban- percent. We didn’t turn animals away
doned animals. for lack of space; we just got more cre-
ative. By waiving adoption fees, hold-
The toe-tapping Hunter and the ing special events and having more
Real Country Band were a-pickin’ and foster families, we were able to take
a-grinnin’ as they lured cowpokes to in more animals. We found barns for
the dance floor for some line dancing feral cats and had trainers rehab dogs
and down-home promenades. Their that didn’t come in adoptable. This
boots broken in, guests refueled with year we will be well over 2,000 lives
barbecue from the Saussie Pig and saved.”
bellied up to the bar to whet their
whistles. Petrone eventually hopes to build
an enrichment center for dogs and
As the evening wore on, kisses were cats needing behavioral and emotion-
stolen at the Old West Kissing Booth, al training prior to adoption.
live- and silent-auction items drew
spirited bidding, and H.A.L.O. pooch- Partnering with Professional Title,
es got photographed with their sup- H.A.L.O. organized the delivery of
porters. Funds raised from the sale of thousands of pounds of much-needed
supplies to Puerto Rico, and last week

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1. Jacque Petrone and Margaret Wall. 2. Kaitline
Holland and Lindsey Chapman with Kaoz.
3. Sue Hunt and Kerry Firth. 4. Bill and Henriette
Churney with Virginia and Bill Yunker. 5. Amanda
Chilberg and Carol Knapstein. 6. Pam Harmon
and Barbara Butts. 7. Marina Harvey and Ike, with
Laura and Dr. Nick Rendon. 8. Pipi. 9. Kalisto
Bolling. 10. Susan Kamer, Amanda Jess and Jan
Howington. 11. Anthony and Lori Borzello. 12. Jon

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Salutes served up at Veterans and Family Picnic

Curtis Paulisin, Rev. Dr. Sylvester McIntosh and Marty Zickert. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Matt Boyle, David Sweat and Scott Emmert.

Victor Diaz, Dep. Jonathan Lozada and Frank Alber. Marvin Ross and Ben Jenkins. Doy Demsick, Patrick Williamson and Nicole Moran.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF ily Picnic, wafting about the sounds Indian River County, the family picnic Rev. Dr. Sylvester McIntosh. “We de-
Staff Writer of children playing while adults held evolved out of a conversation among cided rather than everybody scattered
good-natured debates about which veterans who had observed a discon- everywhere, let’s start working togeth-
The aromatic scent of grilled chick- branch of the military is “the best.” nect among the community’s various er under one common goal -- bringing
en filled the air at Victor Hart Park in veterans groups. people together.”
Gifford last Saturday afternoon during Hosted by the Veterans Council of
the third annual Veterans and Fam- Indian River County, American Legion “We all served our country. Regard- The day kicked off with the Presen-
Post 181 and the Vietnam Veterans of less of what different post we had,” said tation of Colors by the Sebastian Honor

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Tony Young and Kryse Manson.

Joe Brown and Jody Idlette.

Guard and a rousing rendition of “The
Star-Spangled Banner.”

“We have veterans across this great
nation, but in Indian River County we
have the greatest veterans that God
could ever provide,” said IRC Commis-
sion Chairman Joe Flescher. “They’ve
already served by defending our free
nation and now they are serving within
the community; providing great days
like today so that we can all meet our
veterans and join forces here in Indian
River County.”

“This is our way of thanking the
community,” said Curtis Paulisin, Vet-
erans Council of IRC first vice presi-
dent. “Indian River County is very gen-
erous with everything they do for our

Folks spent the afternoon as one big
happy family, relishing good food and
helping the little ones tire themselves
out by decorating cupcakes, play-
ing assorted games, jumping in the
bounce house and slipping down the
water slide.

Throughout the day, there was a
clear consensus that the community is
as proud of its veterans as they are of it.

The Veterans Council of IRC will host
its annual Veterans Day Ceremony be-
ginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 on Veterans
Memorial Island Sanctuary. 

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‘Pink’ walkers raise lots of
green at ‘Making Strides’

Sheila Marshall, Rory Ellison, Melissa Ellison and Jeanne Bresett. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

BY MARY SCHENKEL shade of pink imaginable, with many
Staff Writer also accenting their outfits with su-
perhero capes and angel wings to play
With pink positivity, hundreds of off of the Hope Hero theme, throw-
men, women and children gathered ing in pink tutus and even hot pink
at Riverside Park Saturday morning to handlebar mustaches for good mea-
take part in the American Cancer So- sure. As with all ACS events, survivors
ciety’s annual Making Strides Against were celebrated and loved ones who
Breast Cancer walk. More than 70 lost their battle were remembered
teams signed up to participate in this as walkers optimistically confirmed
year’s walk, which was presented by their resolve to put an end to the dis-
Florida Cancer Specialists and Florida ease.
Healthcare Specialists. Even before the
rosy-hued crowd took their first steps, Millions of walkers nationwide par-
organizers related that the $120,000 ticipate in MSABC, the only American
fundraising goal had been met. Of that, Cancer Society event where funds
more than $30,000 was thanks to the raised are specifically dedicated to
fundraising efforts of the 17 prominent help fight breast cancer through re-
local men who had joined the Real Men search, education, prevention and
Wear Pink campaign. early detection, and to support com-
prehensive programs for patients and
Walkers came dressed in every their families.

Nicole Kleinle and Lisa Murdock. Slate Kirk with Palmer.

Kelly Legler, Fenia Hiaasen and Lila Legler. Shannon Purvis, Karen Conklin and Ashley Bishop.

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Theresa Woodson and Lauren Connolly. Tommy Snider and McKensie Roeller. Zoe Tomberg, Suzannah Kelly and Isabel Poulitsas. Dr. Daniela Shapiro with Gabriela Shapiro.

Dr. Patrick Ottuso, Dunya Deiner, Naomi Ottuso and Dr. Ralph Rosato. Dr. Raul Storey, Dr. Hugo Davila and Dr. Nicholas Coppola Back: Rhonda James, Courtney Clark and Tamaron Boles.
Front: Daisy and Marvin Stevenson.


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Soup’s on! Potters dish up art for ‘Bowl’ jubilee

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF Sharon Sexton. PHOTOS BY: DENISE RITCHIE Sean Clinton on Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. Fish,
Staff Writer pelicans, octopuses and mushrooms
going to be beautiful; there are just so medium that allows them to showcase also make an appearance in designs
In honor of the Samaritan Center’s many different interpretations of what their talents and verve for life. The re- ranging from simple to sophisticated,
25th Annual Soup Bowl, organizers in a soup tureen is. Some of them are very sults, taken together in the museum’s and traditional to unconventional.
collaboration with the Vero Beach Mu- traditional. Then there are some that exhibit, form a spectacular display, with
seum of Art have cooked up Serving Up look like a sculpture and you don’t even many so beautiful it’s hard to imagine Glenda Taylor was teaching ceram-
Kindness: A Show of Tureens in honor realize that there is a lid on it.” using them as they are supposed to be ic classes at the museum when the
of the Soup Bowl’s silver jubilee. used – for soup. Soup Bowl began. “When the museum
Fired up with enthusiasm, the art- opened in ’86, I think there were only
While countless potters have been ists have designed functional works of The tureens range from Lisa Lugo’s two potters in town. We’ve homegrown
throwing soup bowls for the fund- art that embody their personality in a stylized horse to Rae Marie Crisel’s take a whole community of potters through
raiser, a dozen clay artists volunteered the museum and the Soup Bowl. It even
their time and talent for the challenge attracted other potters to move to the
of creating contemporary soup tu- area as well.”
reens. This select group of potters in-
cludes Walford Campbell, Sean Clin- Taylor has created some half-dozen
ton, Joan Cortright, Rae Marie Crisel, tureens over the years. “It stretches
Karen “Keko” Ekonomou, Heidi Hill, you as an artist every year because you
Lisa Lugo, Gustaf and Janvier Miller, want to come up with something spe-
Sean Sexton, Sharon Sexton, Maria cial for the Samaritan Center.”
Sparsis and Glenda Taylor.
She says the Soup Bowl artists benefit
It’s the 10th year that tureens have as a community by working on some-
been raffled off to raise even more thing together. “Artists are isolated in
money for the cause of the homeless. their studios usually and have this qui-
et one-on-one with whatever they are
“Because it’s the 25th year, the muse- working on. To be able to get together at
um has decided to participate, not only the museum and see what each other is
as a workshop partner but as a venue up to and catch up, it’s really fun.”
sponsor and will be serving soup,” says
organizer and potter Shotsi Lajoie. “It’s Coming from a family of scientists, it
was only natural for Taylor to think of

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primordial soup. “It’s kind of a seawater Artist colors the ‘Other Side of Memory’
soup of proteins and amino acids that
they think started life on earth,” she ex- BY ELLEN FISCHER Maria’s compositions are a mix of el- of the paintings on display. “Carnaval
plains of her tureen interpretation. The emental depictions of the human form 1864” depicts a rainbow-colored ani-
primordial soup bowl is edged with a Columnist inspired by the ancient petroglyphs mal with a Saul Steinberg profile and
DNA helix, fish, starfish and free-float- of Colombia and more recently of the long spindly legs; “Gigantonas” features
ing proteins with ocean waves lapping The current solo exhibition at Raw Southwestern U.S.; the frenzy of Car- a bird’s head atop a blocky, armless red
at the base. Space Gallery in downtown Vero fea- nival revelers in Latin America; and the torso. “Universo sin sol” – perhaps the
tures the works of Colombian painter beings that inhabit the mythologies of most memorable work in the exhibi-
Sean Sexton, Vero’s own Renaissance Alejo Santa Maria, whose background Colombia’s native peoples. tion – is the only painting here whose
man who ranches and writes poetry in is as intriguing as his art. composition holds a lone protagonist.
addition to making art, has thrown his And then there are the animals – spe- That creature is a stout, hairy abomina-
considerable talents into creating a tu- The Colombian artist contacted Silvia cifically, the bird-like and lizard-like
reen fit for King Neptune. A native of In- Medina, curator of exhibitions for Raw creatures that take center stage in three CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
dian River County, he decided to work Space, two years ago because he want-
with a subject he knows well. “I envi- ed to promote his work in U.S.
sioned fish,” says Sexton of his fourth
Soup Bowl tureen. Santa Maria has shown mainly in
Colombia, where he keeps a home and
“It’s sort of a wonderful inconve- studio on an avocado plantation in
nience, this whole project, because we Rionegro. The small city is located in
get to find out a lot more about the me- the central mountain range of the An-
dium every time we do things in it.” des in eastern Antioquia, a governmen-
tal department of Colombia. Apart from
His wife, Sharon Sexton, well-known his international travels, the 71-year
locally in her own right, decided it old artist has spent his life in that rug-
would be fun to approach the project gedly picturesque region. Santa Maria’s
from a different perspective with a tu- record of solo exhibitions in Colombia
reen for two. Embracing her love of goes back to 1973. Examples of his work
nature, she captured the beauty of a have been included in several group
purple gallinule and her chick graced shows in Europe.
by a lotus seed pod and water lilies. “My
work is always drawn from nature,” she The show at Raw Space, on view
says. “This is such a labor of love. I love through Oct. 28, features a colorful dis-
the whole idea of the Samaritan Center play of large, wall-mounted paintings,
and that the whole community gets to- free-hanging banners, and painted
gether on this.” mixed-media sculptures.

Two of Vero’s most respected artists, Titled “On the Other Side of Memory,”
Gustaf and Janvier Miller, collaborated Santa Maria’s Raw Space exhibition
on their pelican tureen, inspired in highlights paintings from his Carna-
part by their love of fish chowder. “We val Series. Created in 2014 and 2015,
thought soup tureen, which led us to the works are executed on bright white
seafood chowder and fish. And pelicans canvases flooded, here and there, with
eat fish,” says Janvier Miller. grainy graphite washes. Their ethereal
grays are bounded by translucent areas
Serving Up Kindness: A Show of Tu- of intense pure color; both are overlaid
reens opens in the Vero Beach Museum with significant passages of pen and
of Art atrium on Oct. 26. The tureens will ink drawing. The viewer who examines
be on display through the Soup Bowl the paintings at length will find light
on Nov. 2. Raffle tickets for a chance at touches of pencil that appear – like se-
winning a soup tureen will be available cret messages —among agitated con-
for $1 and can be purchased at any of tour lines and passionate splashes of
the Soup Bowl locations on Nov. 2. pigment.

On that day, soup from 90 restaurants The figures that populate Santa
will be sold at more than 40 locations for
$5 per bowl from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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generated banners was Highly influenced by French Im-
produced in a small edi-
Gigantona. tion. Santa Maria says that pressionism, Andrés de Santa Ma- La-noche-de-las-siete-lunas.
he originally intended
tion with a set of pliers for jaws and four the banners to be used as ria brought the techniques and sub-
overlong legs that terminate in tiny bul- decorative throws or wall
bous feet. It is shown tottering along in a hangings; their current ject matter of that movement back
barren landscape whose acid sky holds installation at Raw Space
a single, strangely segmented form. is the first time a group of to Colombia after years of personal
them have been displayed
Also on display are a couple of small in a spatial configuration. success abroad.
works on paper, along with two figural
sculptures that look as though they Santa Maria was born Unlike Andrés, Alejo Santa Ma-
could have stepped out of one of the in Medellín, Colombia,
paintings in the show. But that’s not all; to a family attuned to the ria’s work is primarily influenced by
in the southeast corner of the room six beauties of science and
vertical banners digitally printed with art. Its members included the art and lore of his native Colom-
details from the paintings hang freely his father Roberto, who
from the ceiling trusses to the floor; a was “an excellent photographer,” says bia, especially of those native peo-
seventh textile print is casually draped Santa Maria.
over an armchair in the center of the “He guided me in the world of the vi- ples who remain on reservations in
room. Each of the photographically- sual image, especially black and white
photography and the magic of the pho- Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa
tographic laboratory.”
From his uncle, a painter also named Marta mountain range. Also influ-
Alejo, Santa Maria “learned the world of
color, shades, tones and how to prepare ential to his art are the rich cultural
Santa Maria’s extended relations objects and sites left behind by
include artist Andrés de Santa Maria
(1860-1945), one of the best-known Co- the pre-Columbian cultures of the
lombian painters of his time. Andrés
eschewed the banking career that his Americas.
well-connected father envisioned for
him in favor of studying art in Paris. That is not to say that Santa Maria

scorns the art of the Western world.

The pictures in the current exhibi-

tion bear traces of European mod-

ernism à la Picasso and Miró, with

a pinch of Dalí thrown in (those

spindle-shanked beasts). Universo-sin-Sol.
Santa Maria’s love for the vibrant

natural world of Colombia began in


As a teenager, he attended sec-

ondary school at the San José School

in Medellín. Founded by the De La

Salle Brothers, a Catholic teaching

order, the school boasted “one of

the best” natural science museums

in the country, according the Santa

Maria. It also had Brother Daniel de

la Inmaculada, a noted Colombian

scientist, intellectual and educator,

on staff.

“Brother Daniel’s recount of the

latter Cenozoic Era, and those beings experience of working from an office in

that lived on this planet, may have been the world of business.”

Join us for the the start of my exuberant imagination,” Unlike his famous relative Andrés,
57th Season of the
says Santa Maria. Santa Maria’s parents were supportive
A.E. Backus
Museum & Gallery Santa Maria entered Medellín’s pres- of their son’s decision to quit school to

with The Best of the Best tigious EAFIT University in 1967 to travel and paint.
Annual Juried Art Show
Through November 17, 2017 study business administration. His ca- “They probably understood that busi-
Sponsored by Seacoast Bank
reer as a student ended after he spent ness was not my thing,” he says.

some time as an exchange student in Santa Maria found his métier in the

England. mid-1980s when he worked as an artist

“I made the following reflection: my for Corporación Murundúa, a non-gov-

real passion is in creating and in the ernmental organization in Colombia

world of art. My teachers shall be the that sought to assist the native Kankua-

museums of Europe, rather than the mo people of Colombia’s Santa Marta

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mountains in their struggle to keep Coming Up: ‘Leo’ will charm the kids
their ancient culture alive.
BY SAMANTHA BAITA accidentally scares them instead, so 2 This Halloween weekend, River-
In addition to focusing on the man- Staff Writer he leaves home to see the world. That’s side Theatre’s super popular, in-
agement of natural resources in the when he meets Jane, who has a terrific
people’s sacred homeland, the orga- ‘Leo, A Ghost Story.’ imagination. They become friends teractive, music-, food- and fun-filled
nization helped stimulate the revival and the adventures begin. The show
of traditional Kankuamo music and includes nine original songs written Howl at the Moon Experience includes
handicrafts. by Riverside Theatre’s resident Music
Director Ken Clifton, who also wrote a dash of October gemutlichkeit. In ad-
Santa Maria, who worked with the the libretto with Ian Thomson. Tick-
project for 10 years, gained first-hand ets are $10 and include the post-show dition to a couple of skilled musical en-
experience of the culture and cosmog- KIDspot activity area.
raphy of that isolated people, “in partic- tertainers facing off on the Waxlax stage
ular with the shamans,” from whom he
learned about sacred beings and sym- over dueling pianos – Brian Wilke and
bols, especially birds. A few years later
Santa Maria went on to produce and Ken Gustafson – there’s a free pre-show
film a documentary video, “Songs and
Stories of Sacred Birds,” that recorded concert, Live in the Loop, with food and
the lore af another mountain people,

His most recent research has taken 1 “Leo, A Ghost Story” is a charm-
Santa Maria to the Kykotsmovi village ing new musical you and your
in Northern Arizona, whose Hopi elders
shared with him their traditions and kids can share, and even if you’re kid-
stories. He also visited Hotevilla, sacred
to the ancient Anasazi, who painted free, you’ll enjoy this sweet tale. River-
and etched thousands of glyphs onto
the rocky landscape. side Theatre’s Professional Apprentice

“They have inspired me to create Program concludes the run of “Leo, A
these imaginary characters that inhabit
my exhibition in Vero Beach,” he notes. Ghost Story” at Riverside Children’s

Raw Space Gallery is at 1795 Old Dixie Theatre this Friday and Saturday at
Highway. 
1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Based

on a popular book, it’s the story of Leo,

your typical kid. He likes drawing and

he can put together really yummy

snacks. Problem is, he’s a ghost. Since

nobody can see him, he’s lonely and

sad. When a new family moves into his

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full bar, starting at 6 p.m. Get your oom- maritan Center is an inter-faith tem- Capt. Scott Kelly.
pah on with Oktoberfest beers served in porary shelter for homeless families
steins, pretzel rolls, sausages and sides, in Indian River County, and its annu-
and an Oktoberfest band. The Duel- al Soup Bowl fundraiser serves soup
ing Pianos shows get under way Friday in handmade bowls in various venues
and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. throughout the county. The bowls, by
Tickets start at $12. local artists, are always very much
in demand and sell quickly and, this
3 A collection of beautiful and year, the tureens have been added.
Tureen drawing tickets are available
imaginative, one-of-a-kind at the display venues, and the draw-
ing and artist reception will be Nov.
soup tureens created by local potters 4 at Walking Tree Brewery. You can
view these lovely functional works
is on display through Nov. 2 at the of art at the Museum until Nov. 2. On
Nov. 3 they’ll be displayed during the
Vero Beach Museum of Art. These ex- Gallery Walk in downtown Vero, at
Tiger Lily Art Studios and Flametree
quisite pieces represent a new aspect Clay Art Gallery, for one final look.
Purchase tickets at the display loca-
of the annual Samaritan Center Soup Samaritan Center Soup Bowl. tions up until the Nov. 4 drawing. 5 Astronaut and retired U.S. Navy
Capt. Scott Kelly will talk about the
Bowl, now in its 25th year. The Sa-

year he spent in space as Commander

of the International Space Station when

he comes to St. Edward’s School this

Wednesday. According to Wikipedia,

Kelly’s experiences in space included

piloting the space shuttle Discovery in

4 Who doesn’t love the music, 1999 on an 8-day mission to service the
food and family fun of a street
Hubble telescope. He and twin brother

party? This Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mark, also a former astronaut, are the

Main Street Vero Beach hosts its free, only siblings to have traveled in space.

monthly Downtown Friday Street Par- Kelly is in town on a tour to launch his

ty on the main drag, 14th Avenue, right book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, A

through Vero’s Historic Downtown Lifetime of Discovery.” Saint Edward’s

District. Appropriate to the season, the School and Vero Beach Book Center are

music will be by Port St. Lucie-based co-hosting the event, which gets under

Category 5 and the Storm Horns, rock- way at 7 p.m., with a brief meet-and-

in’ R&B. It’s dog-friendly too, so bring greet to follow. One book and one ticket,

the family pooch. $35; one book and two tickets $40. 


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Call to ‘arms’: Doc adamant about flu shots for kids

BY TOM LLOYD Dr. Marza Penny.
Staff Writer
The “flu season” is here again and
local pediatrician Dr. Marza Penny
makes no bones about her top prior-
ity this time of year.

She wants every child she treats
over the age of 6 months to get a flu

In fact, she insists on it.
For Penny, now entering her 20th
year of treating the Treasure Coast’s
youngest patients, flu shots and oth-
er childhood vaccinations are pretty
much non-negotiable. Her reasoning
is simple.
For a child, influenza can be a kill-
“The flu virus,” Penny explains, “is
very tricky.” That’s in part because in-
fluenza viruses are constantly evolv-
ing. Even with a flu shot, children – as
well as adults – can still experience a
few days of feeling downright awful.
But as Penny points out, “It’s better to
have a chance of having some immu-
nity than to have none at all.”

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / October 26, 2017 31


Think about it. this and said, ‘Look. If you don’t im- til anti-vaccine parents stopped get- Quad,” which Penney says “is mea-
A child’s immune system is at a munize [your children] then I’m not ting their children vaccinated. sles, mumps, rubella and varicella.
distinct disadvantage compared to going to care for [them].’ I follow the Measles, mumps, rubella and chick-
an adult’s. “A big reason why,” Penny recommendations of the American In fact, a study just released by the en pox all in one vaccine.”
continues, “is because they’re new Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Journal of the American Medical As-
to the world. Their immune system Committee on Immunization Prac- sociation says that of the 1,789 cases She adds, “We have a lot of combi-
hasn’t been exposed to certain an- tices and the CDC. I don’t know about of measles which have been report- nation vaccines. We have [another]
tigens. They have to be exposed to these blogs and what [those parents ed over the past 14 years, 99 percent one called Pentacel. It has five com-
[them] and fight the illness and then are] reading but it’s just not appropri- were in people who had not received ponents. It’s diphtheria, tetanus, per-
they become somewhat immune to ate to get your child’s treatment ad- the vaccine, and as the Washington tussis, polio and haemophilus influ-
some of those organisms.” vice off the Internet.” Post reported that same day, “babies enza B. You get five in one poke.”
Put even more bluntly, a child who and toddlers have the least protec-
does not get a shot this year might not The plain fact is that immuniza- tion.” Dr. Marza Penny is at Penny Pediat-
even be here next year. tions work. Diseases such as measles rics at 8005 Bay Street, Suite 4 across
Just let that sink in. – which once claimed thousands The good news, according to Pen- from the Sebastian River Medical
Your child or grandchild might well of children’s lives each year in this ny, is there are now vaccines that help Center. The phone number is 772-581-
be the brightest, best-looking, cutest country – were largely eradicated un- build immunity to multiple diseases 0300. 
kid in the neighborhood, but accord- with just one shot such as the “Pro-
ing to the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention, young children
are among those at the highest risk
for developing serious complications
– including pneumonia, sepsis and
septic shock – from the influenza vi-
rus each year.
Any of which can be a death sen-
tence for a child.
The American Thoracic Society, for
example, reports that “pneumonia
is the world’s leading cause of death
among children under 5 years of
age, accounting for 15 percent of all
deaths of children under 5.”
An estimated 935,000 pneumonia
deaths are reported worldwide in
that age group annually, and in the
United States pneumonia is the sin-
gle largest reason children are admit-
ted to hospitals.
Sepsis is no better. The National
Institutes of Health points out that
“the people at highest risk [for sepsis]
are infants, children and the elderly”
and the triggers for sepsis are most
commonly various forms of bacteria,
fungi and viruses – including the in-
fluenza virus.
Sepsis, says NIH, “strikes more
than a million Americans each year”
and when it does, blood pressure
can drop precipitously, the heart can
weaken and multiple organs includ-
ing the lungs, kidneys and liver can
quickly fail.
Compare those potential outcomes
to the momentary sting of a hypoder-
mic needle and – for most intelligent
parents – getting their child a flu shot
is a no-brainer. A flu shot can’t guar-
antee your child will avoid the flu or
its potential side-effects, but it can
exponentially tilt the odds in your
child’s favor.
Pediatricians like Penny are pain-
fully aware of the anti-vaccination
voices that have sprouted up online
in recent years, and this easy-going
doctor with the wide smile and easy
laugh turns almost somber when that
topic is broached.
“Oh, boy. It’s difficult,” says Penny.
“I have kind of dropped the ax on

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The many reasons you should pump iron into your diet

BY CASEY SEIDENBERG especially iron, that they need. gen. Immune function and the abil- iron when exercising to the extreme.
Why iron? ity to ward off colds are also affected Women need more dietary iron than
The Washington Post Iron equals energy. Iron’s main job is when a body doesn’t have enough iron.
men because they lose some through
Every now and then, my teenage to help carry oxygen from the lungs to Iron is integral to many enzyme blood loss during menstruation. And
boys acknowledge my nutrition edu- every cell in the body. When you do not functions, helping us digest foods and anyone sticking to a vegetarian or veg-
cation, admit that I might actually get enough oxygen to your cells, you absorb nutrients. When we are able to an diet should focus on iron intake be-
know something they don’t and ask are left feeling exhausted and weak — access all of the protein, fats and carbo- cause vegetarian sources of iron are ab-
me for advice. This week, they were sound familiar, boys? Low iron is the hydrates from our meals, we have more sorbed into the body differently. Heme
complaining of being utterly exhaust- most common nutrient deficiency in energy and are healthier. Iron helps iron, found in animal foods such as
ed, beaten up by the hours of forceful the United States. Even if my guys are balance hormone levels, essential for meat, poultry, fish, clams and eggs, is
football practice and the first month not actually iron deficient, giving their any teenager. Iron also helps regulate two to three times as usable as the non-
back at school. They found themselves cells a little more oxygen certainly can- metabolism and creates healthy skin, heme iron found in plant foods such as
doubting they possessed enough ener- not hurt. nails and hair. beans, leafy green vegetables and nuts.
gy to finish all of that evening’s study- If you are a vegetarian, the optimal
ing, let alone hit repeat the next day. Think about it: Getting oxygen to Although low iron can contribute to way to get your iron is to combine leafy
our brains, muscles and heart surely bruising, I am going to stick to the as- greens, beans and a food with vitamin
Of course, there is no elixir that I sounds like it would help energize each sumption that the countless bruises C such as tomatoes or citrus. Vitamin C
can whip up to magically give them a of these body parts. In fact, if our cells on my boys’ bodies are the result of too aids in all iron absorption.
second wind or make them feel as re- do not get the oxygen they require, many football tackles and not a lack of
freshed as after a good night’s sleep. I they start dying. spinach. The recommended daily amount of
might offer my children natural rem- iron is:
edies they often think are wacky, but I Oxygen in the brain greatly affects Kids and adults who drink caffeine
am no witch doctor. cognitive output; if the brain isn’t get- may be depleting their bodies of iron.  Children ages 4-8: 10 mg. (This age
ting enough oxygen, it certainly isn’t Caffeine inhibits iron absorption, group often experiences rapid growth
I did suggest that they make certain going to be as sharp as it could. In fact, making it hard for the essential min- and requires more iron than older
they eat well during these long, tiring the brain uses 20 percent of all the oxy- eral to get to our cells to work its magic. kids.)
days and nights. I hinted that perhaps gen in the body, so iron’s delivery job is Digestive distress can also inhibit the
their choice to sleepwalk through vital. absorption of iron. Excess exercise can  Children ages 9-13: 8 mg.
breakfast, talk to their friends through damage red blood cells, the cells that  Boys ages 14-19: 11 mg.
lunch and rush through dinner might Athletic performance is also affected carry the oxygen throughout our bod-  Girls ages 14-19: 15 mg.
leave them without all of the nutrients, when kids do not get enough iron, as ies, so the body may need even more  Women ages 19-50: 18 mg.
muscles, too, require boatloads of oxy-  Men ages 19-50: 8 mg. 

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Long before the winds of Hurricane nomic decline and potentially accel- Politicians, meanwhile, are weigh- ment could suffer a shutdown by the
Maria reached Puerto Rico, another erating a vicious cycle. ing the potentially significant elec- end of the month.
disaster had been wrenching and scat- toral consequences of a wave of mi-
tering the lives of island residents. “We are watching a real live demo- grants expected to lean Democratic Prolonged bouts of economic de-
graphic and population collapse on a – especially in Florida. The swing state cline and depopulation have afflicted
During the decade before Maria, monumental scale,” according to Ly- already boasts half a million Puerto parts of the United States before. Dur-
economic decline and depopula- man Stone, an independent migration Rican-born residents, and more are ing seven years in the 1950s, the num-
tion, a slower-moving catastrophe, researcher and economist at the Ag- expected in Maria’s aftermath. ber of people living in West Virginia
had been taking a staggering toll: The riculture Department. The hurricane dropped by 8 percent. New York lost 4
number of residents had plunged by hit “might just be the kick in the pants Indeed, at a news conference last percent of its population in the 1970s.
11 percent, the economy had shrunk Puerto Rico needs to really fall off this week, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Ros- And during one stretch in the 1950s,
by 15 percent, and the government demographic cliff into total epochal- selló warned that without significant Arkansas shed a whopping 11 percent
had become unable to pay its bills. level demographic disaster.” help, “millions” could leave for the U.S. of its people.
It already ranked among the worst Whatever happens with Puerto But in depth, the cycle of economic
cycles of economic decline and de- Rico, moreover, will have far-reach- “You’re not going to get hundreds decline and depopulation on the is-
population in postwar American his- ing effects, because while the disaster of thousands of Puerto Ricans mov- land of 3.4 million people may prove
tory, and projections indicated that is felt most keenly on the island, the ing to the States – you’re going to get the most punishing.
the island’s slide could continue for accelerated exodus is already being millions,” Rosselló said. “You’re going
years. felt on the mainland. to get millions, creating a devastating “Even before Maria, you had what
demographic shift for us here in Puerto looked like a death spiral going on,”
Then came Maria. Cities popular with Puerto Ricans, Rico.” said Gregory Makoff, a bond research-
Now, even as officials in Washing- such as Orlando, Hartford, Conn., and er who worked on the Treasury De-
ton and Puerto Rico undertake the Springfield Mass., are bracing for more Puerto Rico Treasury Secretary Raúl partment’s Puerto Rico team and now
recovery, residents are expected to students, many of whom come from Maldonado has warned, meanwhile, is a senior fellow at the Center for In-
leave en masse, fueling more eco- families living below the poverty level. that without more aid, the govern- ternational Governance Innovation.

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“Now it’s no longer theoretical. In a more rapidly than the rest of the econ- work. By contrast, the U.S. figure for has provoked a congressionally man-
week’s time, they’ve lost another huge omy, affected not just by the lost tax what economists call “labor force par- dated oversight board and a new fiscal
chunk of the population.” break but also by global competition. ticipation” is about 63 percent. plan that calls for efforts to raise taxes
and significant cuts to the govern-
For years before the economic slide, Only about 40 percent of people in Finally, the government’s inability to ment. Even with optimistic assump-
companies such as Merck, Johnson & Puerto Rico are employed or seeking pay off more than $70 billion in debt tions, that plan predicted continuing
Johnson and PepsiCo had collectively shrinkage of the economy.
saved $2 billion or more annually un-
der a key tax break that gave U.S. com- As a result, for Washington and Puer-
panies an incentive to set up opera- to Rican officials planning a recovery,
tions on the island. the ongoing exodus poses a multifac-
eted dilemma
But in 2006, the tax break was elimi-
nated, taking away a key incentive for “They’ve got to start from the
companies to operate there. It was one ground up,” Makoff said of any new
of many factors blamed for the island’s plan for the island.
In the short term, at least, the island
Among the others: The island’s elec- is likely to see an economic boost; re-
trical power system is outdated and building after a hurricane often injects
saddles islanders with bills roughly a jolt of spending into local economies.
double what they are on the mainland;
an exodus of doctors has opened holes But according to recent research
in the health-care system; and the of 90 years of natural disasters in the
economy’s most critical sector, manu- United States, published as a National
facturing, has been shrinking even Bureau of Economic Research work-


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 spread lack of electricity – a return to
economic life as it was before the storm
ing paper, major natural disasters also is untenable.
have unfavorable effects: They increase
out-migration, lower home prices and Take Frank Joseph Sugden, 51, the
raise poverty rates. owner of an established family tux-
edo and gown business in Bayamon.
Like many on the island, Sergio M. His company, Top Hat, once had three
Marxuach, policy director for the Cen- stores but now has just one. With the
ter for a New Economy, a San Juan- reductions over the years, he’s had to
based think tank, said a massive federal lay off 10 employees.
investment is necessary.
Now, after Maria, weddings and other
“We’re going to need some signifi- formal parties have been largely can-
cant government intervention – essen- celed through December, so his store
tially a big rescue package, not only to is closed. Two of his remaining eight
rebuild the economy but get it grow- employees are considering leaving for
ing,” he said. “People are saying, ‘I don’t good. His wife wants him to leave, too.
want my children to grow up in a place To make up for the lost business, he’s
where the economy is going to be dev- started to do insurance work on the side.
astated for the next 10 years.’ If enough
people think that way, it’s going to be a He worries whether Puerto Rico is in
self-reinforcing downward spiral.” a death spiral.

In addressing complaints about on- “I think so, yes, and I’m not too sure
going struggles on the island, Presi- we’re going to come out of it,” Sugden
dent Trump noted this week that the said. “We’ve just been kind of shrink-
disaster in Puerto Rico in many ways ing, shrinking, shrinking, and this is
had begun years ago. kind of a lethal blow.”

Puerto Rico “was in very poor shape Leo Aldridge, a lawyer with offices in
before the hurricanes ever hit. Their San Juan and New York, described the
electrical grid was destroyed before the post-Maria migration from the island
hurricanes got there. It was in very bad as the “Jet Blue revolution. People are
shape, was not working, was in bank- buying a ticket and getting the hell out.”
But the trouble began long before
Indeed, interviews with Puerto Ri- the storm. After a law class he teach-
can businesspeople indicated that es at the University of Puerto Rico, he
even if the obstacles left by Maria can said, his students frequently ask how
be overcome – most notably the wide-

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they can arrange a bar exam and job leaving and leaving and leaving.” medik, a telehealth company that em- sure when they will be coming back.
on the mainland. Even those who evince optimism ploys about 400 people. “People are getting frustrated and

“All the time, kids come up to me acknowledge that more difficult times But he said that about 10 percent depressed,” Fernández Quintero said.
to say, ‘What do I have to do to get off lie ahead. of the employees in his Mayaguez “A lot of small and medium compa-
the island? What bar review do I have office will move to the States in nies will be closing because they can-
to take?’ ” Aldridge said. “This was all “We will move forward better than the coming weeks, several of them not maintain their operations. It will
before the hurricane. . . . People are we were before,” said Joaquín Fernán- “high-level” employees. And he’s not be a complicated process.” 
dez Quintero, the president of Tele-

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Vote ‘No’ on lengthening Vero City Council terms

In addition to hopefully casting longer terms in 1987 and most recent- In an unusual moment of candor, the tions is the stupidest thing of all.
a vote for Harry Howle on the Vero ly in 2003. ad the City Council ran announcing the According to this plan, one year out
Beach City Council ballot Nov. 7th Nov. 7 referendum lists as an argument
(see last week’s endorsement edito- You would think voters killing this for voting “yes” that longer terms would of every three, there would be no Coun-
rial), city residents will be faced with twice by three-to-one margins would “lessen the burden on candidates of run- cil election. So three council members
a referendum question. have given politicians the hint. But no. ning for office every other year.” would be elected to three-year terms in
The current City Council decided that 2018, two in 2019, but no seats would
Once again, voters are being asked maybe a third try would be the charm. We would guess the burden they be up for election in 2020 – a presiden-
to approve an amendment to the Vero are talking about is being account- tial election year when record numbers
Beach Charter extending the term of Why do council members keep try- able to the voters. That by itself is all of Vero residents seem likely to vote.
City Council members from the cur- ing to lengthen their terms? the reason you need to vote “No.”
rent two years to three years. This is a totally one-sided proposal
The answer is that a lot of people like But the schedule that passage of – good for politicians and bad for vot-
This is a terrible idea, and Vero the idea of serving on the City Council, this referendum would establish for ers. We urge you to reject it. A far bet-
Beach voters overwhelmingly rejected but few like the process of campaign- future Vero Beach City Council elec- ter idea would be term limits. 
ing for it.

PORSCHE’S PASSPORT TO THE NEW MOBILITY The former could be easily done in the
smallest electric car that can fit a child
BY NATHANIEL BULLARD | BLOOMBERG ability to swap at any time; Porsche will The Passport program seems quite seat; the latter all but demands a sta-
deliver, clean and insure the cars as upfront about who its potential cus- tion wagon or SUV with enough room
Porsche will soon be giving subscrib- well. Consider it the hotel room of cars. tomers are. While many Porsche own- for family things and enough ground
ers access to a suite of its vehicles on ers imagine themselves in a Carrera, clearance for rough country roads. At
demand. At first glance, the app-based The plans obviously aren’t cheap, but what they actually buy are SUVs. the right price point, I would be happy
Passport program – which will charge it doesn’t take much creativity to see how to meet each need with two different
$2,000 to $3,000 a month and initially a wealthy driver who only needs one ve- Porsche has become an SUV com- vehicles, neither of which I own or lease.
be offered in Atlanta – seems to be just hicle at a time could justify the spend. pany that also happens to have a small
an expensive way to get around. sedan business and steadily shrinking Porsche’s Passport, and programs
Imagine a well-off retiree living out relative sales of sports coupes. like it, address the inherent compro-
But beneath the surface, it might be his or her all-Porsche, all-the-time mises most car buyers or lessees make.
more than a rich person’s toy. Cars on dreams by summoning a Carrera Cab- These are the numbers that make We want the supercar; we need the
demand, or Porsche as a service, might riolet for weekend driving, a Panamera me think Passport-style plans could SUV. For almost everyone, the need is
be about getting jobs done in a high- for around-town shopping, and a Cay- make sense far beyond Porsche. superior to the want.
end way. enne for trips to the country.
My personal auto-use case is a good Two American academics recently
First, the numbers. Passport’s The monthly cost to lease each car example. Most of my uses are toddler- published a thoughtful analysis on why
Launch tier gives subscribers a choice individually would exceed $3,500 per related, with the primary ones being a car ownership may no longer be a good
of four vehicles; the more expensive month before insurance, servicing, daily commute to daycare and work, deal. After accounting for lost time,
Accelerate tier gives users access to cleaning and garaging. Having all those then weekends of shopping and visit- stress and financial resources devoted
more. Both allow subscribers access options would cost significantly less ing distant relatives. One is 50 miles to an asset that sits idle 96 percent of
to a car, for as long as desired, with the than leasing each of those cars individ- every workweek; the other is 300 miles the time, owning a car doesn’t really
ually, only to have them sit mostly idle. per weekend road trip. sound like a good deal.

Perhaps that’s the real need that Pass-
port and its peer programs fulfills: the
flexibility of not owning a car at all. 

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Jann Wenner doesn’t like the way a eration, is “51 percent good.” and after publication – he had “read Springsteen and, of course, the Beatles
new biography of him turned out. He’s He tells, for example, of Wenner’s the story and thought it was great,” and the Stones.
called the book “deeply flawed and as Hagan tells it. In fact, the way the
tawdry.” journalistic leadership in covering that magazine handled it represented an Along the way, Wenner’s character
nightmare of craven stupidity and vio- utter failure of journalistic standards – ever self-interested, ever calculat-
Maybe that’s because that’s a pret- lent death that was the Altamont Free and practices. And when U-Va. associ- ing – comes under the microscope. So
ty good description of Wenner’s life, Concert in northern California. ate dean Nicole Eramo’s suit came to does his personal life, as he struggled
which the author, Joe Hagan, explores trial, Wenner made things even worse to hide his homosexuality for many
in great (sometimes too great) detail, On Dec. 6, 1969 (less than four as he addressed her directly: “I’m very, years, partly through a lengthy mar-
and with apparent honesty and alle- months after Woodstock’s peace, love very sorry. Believe me, I’ve suffered as riage to a woman. His own drug use,
giance to the truth. That’s quite a bit and hallucinogens in bucolic Upstate much as you have.” and that of Rolling Stone’s contribu-
more than Wenner’s magazine did New York), the Rolling Stones played tors, is part of the story, hardly a sur-
when it committed egregious journal- a set including “Sympathy for the “It turned out to be a costly line,” prise given the era.
istic sins in 2014’s “A Rape on Campus,” Devil” as a Hells Angels member fa- writes Hagan. A federal jury awarded
the debunked story of a gang rape at the tally stabbed a fan who approached the $3 million in damages. Yet earlier this month, Hagan’s invi-
University of Virginia. stage with a gun. (By some accounts, tation to appear on stage with Wenner
the Stones had hired the bikers as se- The shameful chapter was espe- at a November event in Manhattan
In “Sticky Fingers,” Hagan, once a curity and paid them with $500 worth cially painful because the magazine was withdrawn, and the New York
Rolling Stone intern, portrays Wenner of beer.) It was one of four deaths that had done so much daring and much- Post described the mogul as “fum-
– who co-founded Rolling Stone in night, the others accidental. imitated journalism – not only ing” over what he read, saying that the
1967 – as a driven visionary: wildly Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo adven- book dwelled too much on drug use
ambitious, conflicted, arrogant and For Wenner, then 23, this was a make- tures on the campaign trail but also and his sexuality.
insecure. Although he is sometimes or-break moment. Michael Hastings’ unveiling of U.S.
tough on Wenner, Hagan is more than Army General Stanley McChrystal’s Whatever his flaws, Wenner emerges
fair. Ultimately, he seems to agree “If Rolling Stone was a professional demeaning comments about then- here as major cultural influence be-
with former Rolling Stone editor Will newspaper about rock and roll, the mo- Vice President Joe Biden, and Matt cause of his brilliant creation: a pub-
Dana that Wenner, though torn be- ment of truth was nigh,” as Hagan tells Taibbi’s blistering takedowns of the lication that changed journalism and
tween the virtues and vices of his gen- it. Until that point, Wenner had been banking industry after the financial captured the zeitgeist.
something of a dilettante publisher, meltdown a decade ago.
and the publication he had started with “At one time,” Hagan writes, pick-
music critic Ralph Gleason was mostly Just last month, Wenner, 71, said he ing up a copy of Rolling Stone was “like
a worshipful fanzine. He glorified the would sell his controlling share of Roll- holding a piece of hot shrapnel from the
icons of rock, especially the Beatles and ing Stone, thus ending the era that be- cultural explosion of the 1960s while it
the Rolling Stones, profited from exalt- gan in a San Francisco loft in the fall of still glowed with feeling and meaning.”
ing them in his pages and lived to rub 1967 when the first issue came off the
elbows with them in person. presses – the brainchild of this preco- The Age of Aquarius has long passed,
cious 21-year-old Berkeley dropout with and Rolling Stone is no longer revo-
Wenner had no wish to cross Mick bell-bottom pants and a big idea. lutionary – or nearly as relevant as in
Jagger, whose reputation was at stake in its heyday. But Hagan not only helps
the Altamont disaster. But under pres- Hagan, now a contributing editor of us understand how terribly much it
sure from more journalistically minded New York magazine, had Wenner’s full seemed to matter, once upon a time. He
colleagues, Wenner rose to the occa- cooperation – and had in fact been in- also, through his nuanced portrait of
sion. He summoned his editors: “We’re vited to take on the project. But Hagan, Wenner, shows us how thoroughly the
gonna cover this story from top to bot- to his credit, approached the book not publication reflected its founder, warts
tom and we’re going to lay the blame.” as a rose-tinted “authorized biogra- and all. 
phy” but as a serious work of narrative
A high point – one of many. There journalism. As such, it largely succeeds, STICKY FINGERS
would be low points, too, none worse wending its way through the decades, The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and
than the journalistic debacle of the the music and the personalities – from
University of Virginia rape expose. singer Marianne Faithfull and pho- Rolling Stone Magazine
The story disintegrated and three li- tographer Annie Leibovitz to Bruce By Joe Hagan
bel suits followed. The great Wenner,
though, was clueless, both before Knopf. 560 pp. $29.95
Review by Margaret Sullivan

The Washington Post


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Jonathan’s Court at the Epic Missions Center. SPORTS


Friends of Jonathan’s take the first shots on the new court.

Jonathan’s Court honors special young man’s legacy

BY RON HOLUB enough to know and understand him. Anna had cap- TJhorneaetwhiatnts. confusion, Jonathan and
Correspondent The ceremony was held at Epic Mis- tured the hearts Roosevelt Franklin helped
of all of our staff. rescue Rousseau and three
Jonathan’s Court was dedicated on sions where Alyssa Munsie, commu- others fighting the surf for
the afternoon of Oct. 20 as an endur- nity outreach director, shared some When he passed their lives.
ing monument to a charismatic young thoughts and memories of Jonathan.
man who reached out to so many oth- away that truly “We saved everybody
ers with pure joy in his heart until his “Jonathan and his sister Anna had else but I couldn’t save
life was taken in the waters off Jaycee been in and out of the state’s care since rocked our world my best friend,” Frank-
Park in March 2015. The newly con- they were 2 years old,” Munsie told lin said. “We were really
structed outdoor basketball court was us. “Their family lost custody of them here. We decided close and his death has
the fulfillment of his dream to bring as and they were both up for adoption for
much happiness to as many as he pos- years. They resided at Hibiscus House, the best way to hon- affected me for a long
sibly could. and even though they lacked family, time. It shook my faith
as some say, they made up for it by the or Jonathan was to because he was such a
By all objective measures the odds way they treated each other. They lived good person. You don’t expect
were stacked against Jonathan Three- in separate houses but made sure to make his basketball something like that to happen to some-
witts, but he did not let tough circum- meet up and have dinner every night. I body like that.”
stances keep him down. I did not per- have never seen siblings that close, and court happen. This Jonathan’s flamboyance and zest for
sonally have the honor of meeting him, I have three older brothers. life attracted a gathering of local poli-
but I truly wish I had. He died at age 17 is the safe space that ticians, philanthropists, first respond-
but he lives on forever in the fond re- “The basketball court was Jonathan’s ers and dozens of young people to the
flections of those who were privileged birth child. He said kids in the commu- Jonathan wanted.” dedication of his court.
nity needed a place to play basketball Anna Threewitts assisted in the rib-
that was safe and fun. Jonathan and We had a chance to bon cutting after several speakers –
including Vero Beach High football
talk with two of Jonathan’s friends who coach Lenny Jankowski – paid tribute
to her brother. She said, “He was really
were with him at the beach on a dread- a fun and energetic person. He would
get along with everybody. He was just
ful day that began so innocently. a loving soul. He would make the best
of every situation and that’s what I re-
“Everybody was bored at the house so member about him the most.”
Jonathan played football at VBHS
I suggested we all go to the beach,” Ken- and loved to play basketball as well. He
would often be seen shooting hoops off
nel Rousseau recalled. “Nobody really a rickety backboard at Epic Missions.
He would surely have enjoyed playing
wanted to go at first until they heard on his new court with friends both old
and new.
that some girls were going. Everybody He was a straight-A student and
wanted to be a neurologist. Some of us
suddenly changed their minds, so we know him a little better now. 

packed up and went.

“It was one of the best days, too. We

were in the water having a good time.

We got out and took pictures and hung

out for a little bit. We got back in the

water, went a little deeper, and I don’t

know where this rip current came

from. Not everybody was deep and

they didn’t have any trouble. But some

of us did.

“Jonathan pushed me toward the

shore out of the current and then the

current grabbed him. I saw Jonathan

sinking and yelling for help and I tried

to get to him and grab him, but the last

thing I saw was his hand and then he

went down. He saved my life.”

Even through all of the torment and

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Bonz digs dogs’ amazing Howl-o-ween costumes

Hi Dog Buddies! Two pretty pooch pals, Ivy, a Mini ender fairy wings. “Mr. Bonzo, I love the back, an he was prancin’ around,
Goldendoodle, an Stella, an English your column!” Her liddle human sister, really workin’ it. Then he admitted, “I
A few times a year, I get to cover a Cream Golden Retriever, were dressed Teagan Cavanagh, also had lavender didn’t wanna wear this goofy costume
pooch-related special uh-VENT. One of like baseball umpires, with those black- wings an a fluffy liddle skirt. “Teagan’s at first, but a buncha other pooches
my favorites is the Dogs-for-Life Howl- and-white stripey shirts. I myself came my best friend. She’s just 2 people years. have been tellin’ me they like it, so I’m
o-ween Paw-rade, which was this past dressed as a Famous Journal- We share her Cheerios. This is our feelin’ much better.”
Saturday over at the Dogs-for-Life off- ist.
leash park and training facility. Dogs- Mom, Jen,” Shadow Eaker is one of those Service
for-Life does a lotta significant stuff, es- This bee-utiful curlee- Dogs we all admire: a good-
pecially training pooches to be Service haired black Standard Poo- ToTo. PHOTO GORDON RADFORD lookin’ poocheroo, big, sturdy
Dogs for human military veterans – a dle with legs up to there was said Elsa. black lab. He was chillin’ with
Very Important Job. My pal Sunny Fer- rockin’ a stylish red Devil Girl his Dad, Mark, an his Mom,
ger an his Mom, Shelly, are in charge. costume. “I’m Margo Snow- “A pleasure, Miss Elsa,” I said. “Those Lindsey, and Woof! did he have
berger, this is my big sister lavender wings are lovely against your a nifty costume. He wasn’t
So anyway, the 16th Annual Paw- Posh and our Mom, Eileen,” white coat.”
rade was Totally Cool Dog Biscuits! she told me. Posh was a long- wearing extra clothes or a hat or
Lotsa humans were there, most of ’em haired chihuahua wearin’ a I introduced myself to a coupla liddle anything. His Mom had painted
with pooches, and some just cuz it’s al- satiny purple-with-black- poocheroos wearin’ bright ruffly red, white spots all over his shiny
ways a fun time. There were veterans lace ballerina dress with yellow and green clown outfits with black coat. Easy Peasy. “I’m a re-
with their Service Dogs, too. We all got black dangly things. “I’m pointy hats. Pawsome. Holly and Daisy verse Dalmatian,” he said. “Am I
real serious an stood still an quiet when a bug!” she said firmly. I Doherty were hangin’ out with their cool or what?”
some veterans brought in the American think it was a spider. Mom Marianne and her friend, Sylvia “Totally, Dude!” I said.
Flag and everybody said the Pledge. Fenn. “I’m a Maltese. I’m 8,” Holly said. “Mr. Bonzo. Lookit ME. I’m a hot
“I’m not really into “Daisy’s my older sister, she a Cocka- dog. See!” I looked down an there
There were drawings an prizes, an a dressin’ up, an looks like poo. She’s 11.” was this liddle bitty fluffy gold-
human named Hobo Jim was singing you’re not either, Bonz,” colored pooch wearin’ a hot dog
and playin’ music. He did this one song said Andaleigh Leroi Bo- When I told Rusty D’Auria, a Mini costume, with mustard, even. “I’m
called “Why Don’t You Love Me Like gin, a snazzy little shep- Pinscher-Rat Terrier mix, that I thought Cookie Travis. I’m a Yorkie-Pom.
My Dog Does?” which all the humans herd-lookin’ pooch. “I’m his outfit was Cool Dog Biscuits, he This is my Mom, Wanda. Lookee, see
were laughin’ at, but I thought it was an Aussie and I know how to thanked me an introduced his Mom, my hairbows? One’s red for catchup
pretty good advice. herd sheep. This is my Mom and Dad, Susan. Rusty was dressed like a dino- an one’s green for relish!”
Wenda and Mike.” saur, one of those Stegosauruses, with Heading home, I was thinking
The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit pooches an two rows of sticky-uppy things down about the fun time I had at the Howl-
their human partners did some real When I explained I was, in fact, clev- O-Ween event, an wishin’ I’d had
impressive demonstrations. Those erly disguised as a Famous Journalist, time to yap with all you cool pooch-
pooches are uhMAZing, and they’re Andaleigh just laughed. I gave her my eroos who were there. My Official
in Great Shape. It makes me wanna go card. Photografur got lotsa great picksures,
home and work out. Almost. which you can check out in our Peo-
“Do you like my witch costume? I’m ple section.
There were, like, at least a hundred a Tibetan Spaniel. Me an my Mom
pooches wearin’ all kindsa costumes. match. See, I even have green hair an The Bonz
I saw pooches dressed up like bees an I’m keepin’ my hat on, too,” said Heidi
witches an bats, skeletons, a race horse Turner, all in one breath. Heidi an her Don’t Be Shy
with a jockey, that Taco Bell Chihua- Mom Corina were both in purple. Very
hua, a shark, a Jack-O-Lantern. One Cool Kibbles, I told her. We are always looking for pets
pooch, her name was Nina, I think, was with interesting stories.
dressed as a Chinese acupuncturist. I Chihuahua Chanel Flores was super
KNOW! Right? cute in her black and yellow Bat Dog To set up an interview, email
costume, an she even got her humans [email protected].
Nathan Cote and Diana Flores to dress
up as Batman and Bat Girl. Spiffy!

Elsa Cavanagh, a white English bull-
dog, trotted over. She was wearin’ lav-

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Doug Larson, a columnist and editor, said, “If people concentrated on the really WEST K 10 6 5 EAST
important things in life, there’d be a shortage of ...” what? A87 A 10 8 6 10 9 6 3
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Sometimes you seem to be in a contract with a shortage of trumps. Then, after 94 Q532
assuming that partner misbid again, you must decide whether it is better to play on K64 SOUTH A 10
trumps to reduce the number of tricks the opponents can take in the suit, or to try to KQJ52
score as many ruffing tricks as you can. 7
Which approach is better for South in this two-spade contract after West leads the 9752
diamond nine?
Dealer: East; Vulnerable: East-West
Unusually, the auction looks perfect! Yes, East is stronger than he might have been, but
to double two spades would have been dangerous. Here, it would have left West the The Bidding:
unpleasant choice between minus 470 (two spades doubled and made) and minus 500
(three hearts doubled down two; surely North would have doubled). SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
South took East’s diamond queen (a silly play that did not cost) with the king and played Pass 1 Hearts Pass 2 Hearts LEAD:
his heart. West won with the ace and led his second diamond. Declarer put up dummy’s 2 Spades Pass Pass Pass 9 Diamonds
ace and played a spade to the king and ace. The defenders continued with a club to
the ace, a diamond ruff, the club king, a club ruff and a fourth diamond, which promoted
another trump trick for down two.

With winners outside spades and reasonably strong trumps, South should have played
on spades. After three rounds, he could have attacked clubs and eventually lost only
two spades, one heart and two clubs.

Larson said that there would be a shortage of fishing poles!

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ACROSS comedy Variations 82 A Pep Boy The Washington Post
83 NYSE listings 3 Used a fuse 85 Astound
1 Beauty and the 84 American mer 4 Rawls and Reed 87 Greek letter
Beast’s 86 Victory goddess 5 Mr. Rubik 89 Taxi meter info
beauty (1991) 87 Confident solver’s 6 Do Little work 90 Peter’s A Shot in
7 Man or woman’s
6 Paris suburb tool the Dark costar
10 Afterthought No. 2 88 Social order? nickname 91 Wax, in Oaxaca
13 “Buy Me Love” 93 Order member 8 Part of CBS: abbr. 92 Broadcast again
94 Noodle warmer 9 “___ my special 98 Fiero or Fiesta
beginner 95 Oat or piece
17 A Begley or a angel ...” filler
follower 10 Glass lab-tube 101 Honked off
Chaney 96 Spanking support 11 Sub- or super-, 103 Against
18 Clinic or spread 97 Cleaning cloth 105 Made like a bird
19 Tiny tax shelter 99 Country drs., often e.g. 107 Educ. confab
20 Wahine’s ta-ta 100 “Can ___? Can I? 12 Rani wrap 109 Deceit metaphor
22 Apple-pie order? 13 Docket load 110 “___ the rear”
25 Sir, if you’re under Huh? Please?” 14 In the style of 111 Olympics
102 Bout endings, 15 Back order?
a punkah 16 Money order? preemptor of the
26 Bach’s “Little briefly 17 Slop 1940s
104 Brit. flyers 21 First fatality 112 “Just follow ___”
Fugue ___ Minor” 23 Pearl Harbor 113 George and T.S.
27 Stack film 106 Jolt with juice 114 Black-clad martial
28 Numerical order? 108 Pretoria’s land: attack artist
authorizer 115 Pseudonyms,
30 Peking addition abbr. 24 Yellowstone and briefly
31 Bean town? 109 Let the emotions Yosemite: abbr. 116 Resided
33 Free-form concert 29 Large container 118 Wage-watching
35 Q-U filling flow 32 Colorful hangings agcy.
36 Light into 110 New World 34 Skeptic’s outburst 123 Airline to Israel
38 Pecking order? 37 Sellout sign 124 Big cheese in
42 Hambletonian Order? 39 Org. or cigarette Athens
115 Pine spine brand 125 Continental
pace 117 Type of boss or 40 Loathsome ones combiner
45 Retireemobiles 41 Trudge 127 Had the answer to
46 Conformist’s bull 43 It’s long and 128 To be on the
119 Uncensored lonesome Riviera?
adverb 120 Touchstone’s play: 44 Discover’s pop 131 Short sentence
47 Long fellow of the cousin 133 Hawaiian shirt
abbr. 48 Actor-turned- accessory
sea 121 “Free will” envoy John 134 One of the
48 Euclid’s love: 49 Parasite empires: abbr.
preceder 50 Mormon letters
abbr. 122 Alphabetical 51 Edelweiss GAG ORDERS By Merl Reagle
49 True-blue environs
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54 Stash of cash 126 Spear kin 53 Mail order? AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!
56 Littler guy with the 129 Ending for Car, 55 Japan’s legislature
57 Out of Africa
Force Tom, or Ober author
58 Starting stake 130 15th century date 59 Sony prods.
60 Dr. Leary’s 132 Restraining order? 63 Car or truck: abbr.
135 Shoe leather 64 Airport abbr.
prescription 136 Spoiled one’s 67 Missile type: abbr.
61 Witness-stand 71 Actor Holm
dinner 73 Embattled French
no-no 137 Charlie Brown’s river of WWI
62 Suborder? 75 Henri’s here
65 “Tipperary” tune “kite 76 Wallops
eater” 77 Wear and tear
start 138 Typo list 78 Bartlett, for one
66 Beetle and Zero: 139 Stepped 80 Farm femmes
140 The prince or the
abbr. pauper
68 Teeter-totter half 141 Egg-shaped
69 Something to pick 142 Dandelion and
70 Alien, Aliens, etc. darnel
72 Hop on Pop
penner 1 Spinning top?
74 Side order? 2 Elgar’s ___
79 Anita Hill inquisitor
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‘Involved’ in-laws should make themselves obsolete

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST though, that I suspect you haven’t achieved. essarily suspect it here but must be thorough.
For one thing, you cite a financial arrangement Please see how your opinion has jumped into
Hi, Carolyn: Our son-in-law
recently lodged a complaint that as a defense for an emotional one, and it doesn’t their finances, too, and withdraw it; whether you
our daughter shared: that we work that way. Ask anyone rearing aloof teenagers: think renting is “wasteful” is irrelevant. Maybe
are “far too involved” in their They can depend on you utterly and break bread rent money would be extremely well-spent to-
personal business. It makes him with you daily and keep you thoroughly, exqui- ward their health and independence as adults,
uncomfortable to know his wife sitely shut out of their inner emotional lives, if they spouses and parents.
talks to her parents about much so choose. Being enmeshed on one front doesn’t
of their lives. guarantee it on others. And maybe charging them rent, which you then
save for them, would help set them free? Just one
We understand and would Nor does being in control on the financial front idea toward a larger point: Hereafter, contribute
happily step back but are not entitle you to control on another. only toward making yourselves obsolete. It’s a
sure how to accomplish that considering they live parent’s most precious gift. 
rent-free in a home we own – this arrangement There is intimacy in child care, granted, espe-
was supposed to last a year, but has stretched to cially since kids are so gleefully unfiltered when
three – and receive free child care from us two days it comes to dishing on their parents. But you can
a week. We are not choosing to be so intimately in- still opt not to close that circuit, easily: 1. Don’t
volved in their daily lives, but do not see how it’s circulate what your daughter shares with you; 2.
avoidable when they are so reliant on us. Don’t circulate what the kids burble to you, unless
They are not in a position to buy a home yet, and it’s utterly superficial or utterly serious; 3. Don’t
it would be wasteful for them to start renting just give them unsolicited advice, rearrange their
to have more independence from us. No one wants cupboards, correct their parenting techniques. If
to end the babysitting arrangement, although asked for advice, answer only minimally, leaving
this is largely what’s leading to our son-in-law’s room for follow-up questions.
discomfort. Also, I am not sure our daughter was
supposed to share her husband’s comment. We are You can start applying these best practices on
feeling awkward, underappreciated and a little bit this very topic, since the oversharing issue isn’t
hurt. What should we do? about you, it’s strictly between husband and wife.
Say so when your daughter brings it up: “We’ll
– Washington, D.C. be mindful not to butt in, starting now: You two
need to work it out on your own.”
Washington, D.C.: You could step back to admire
how beautifully your daughter just made his point, I’ll flag one thing that I hope doesn’t sabotage
by oversharing his concern about oversharing. this advice.

That would require a level of detachment, Abusers often isolate partners by demanding
“privacy” – eavesdropping on calls, say, and try-
ing to clamp down on what’s shared. I don’t nec-

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The dos and don’ts of wearing leopard print

The Telegraph

Leopard print gets a bad rap. I know, to wear: pair anything mid-calf or cheap unless they’ve got a good tex- almost as a neutral in your wardrobe.
of course – over the decades, it’s be- longer with black ankle boots, and ture, which rules out most of what Muted brown versions will work with
come a uniform for the immoral wom- anything shorter with a knee high you’ll find on the high street - though denim, shades of burgundy, navy
an, the temptress, the provocatrice. pair (and no gap showing). A leopard if you’ve got a bigger budget, there and khaki. For something a little
print blouse, tucked into black trou- are some lovely ponyskin options. bolder, leopard print and yellow are
Which is, to some extent, why I like sers or jeans, is also a good option, Otherwise, try a scarf. a brilliant combination.
it so much. Why should ‘sexy’ be a but personally I’d steer clear of leop-
curse word? Few of us will ever don ard print trousers. Of course, it’s not only black that However you dress it up or down,
a leather bustier and thigh-highs (at you can wear with leopard print. though, leopard will never entirely
least in public), but a leopard print I’d also avoid leopard print acces- Depending on the shade (brighter lose its naughtiness – and thank
coat? That’s just the right amount of sories. Sorry, but I think they look equals brassier: leopard print can act goodness for that. 
femme fatale for me – a statement, but
not one I’d be embarrassed to wear to
the supermarket.

The key to wearing animal print
is all in the silhouette – avoid mini
skirts or dresses, as anything too
short (or tight) veers into dodgy ter-
ritory. A leopard coat will elevate an
all-black outfit, or dress up jeans.
I invested in a spotted ponyskin a
few years ago, and it’s my go-to for
days when I want to be comfortable
– it pretends at effort, when I haven’t
made any.

Flowing silk skirts and dresses that
fall just below the knee are both easy

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What to wear for Halloween if you don’t like dressing up

BY OLIVIA BUXTON SMITH For those of you who have a pen- ever, that it’s shed its mystic connota-
The Telegraph chant for wearing all black, now is tions. Even in shades like blush-pink,
your chance. Wearing black is, for midnight-blue and emerald-green, it
For some, Halloween offers a wel- some, a real passion, and one that conjures images of crystal balls and
come opportunity to explore the is usually based in the fact that it’s tarot cards.
realms of fancy dress. If you’re some- flattering, slimming and grants the
one who relishes delving through piles wearer a sort of off-duty-model-esque A velvet maxi or wrap dress is the
of costumes in party shops, or piecing edge. And while on every other day of perfect piece for a Halloween-themed
together clever, witty or spooky outfits the year, we’d encourage you to incor- evening – allowing you to acknowledge
with a collage of eBay purchases, then porate color into your look, Halloween the occasion but dodge the face paint.
the idea that others approach Oct. 31 welcomes dark hues.
with a degree of trepidation will seem Amp up the glamour
alien to you. If black isn’t for you, either because
you suit warmer colors and therefore
But if pulling out all the stops for it’s too harsh against your skin, or just
this ghoulish celebration doesn’t because wearing black makes you feel
come naturally to you, rather than as though you’re going to a funeral,
locking the doors, turning the lights opt for dark shades purple, red and
off and waiting for the trick-or-treat- green instead.
ers to retreat from your doorstep, why
not get involved in a way that suits Wear something velvet
your every day wardrobe, that will en-
Whatever your Halloween plans sure you err on the right side of scary.
might be – a trip around the neighbor-
hood with little ones, a themed din- Seize the opportunity to don top-
ner party, a cobweb-infused drinks to-toe black
do, or just an night on the tiles – there
are varying degrees to which you can
embrace the dress code.

Here are some nips and tucks for

Vernon Velvet – previously reserved for the Halloween marks the first of a
Scott festive period – has experienced a re- string of wintry occasions with a dress
naissance, and is now a fabric suitable code. Similarly to how events that fall
reSort WeAr for all manner of occasions, whatever in the festive period warrant a touch
the season. This doesn’t mean, how-
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