County’s hard at work
A3 A8 B11More positive jobs numbers
Officers on the up and up A fulfilling mission
Sheriff Mascara promotes 10 Sarah’s Kitchen feeds needy
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 52 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017
FOR ST. LUCIE, HEAVY ACCENT ON ‘NEW’ IN EVENTFUL YEAR Still-high levels
at Lake O keep
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Corps on its toes
BY ADAM LATEN WILLSON | Correspondent
Property values are up. Un-
employment is down. Debt is As 2017 comes to a close, and
down. Florida is finally able to say good-
bye to a devastating hurricane
And the economy … “Things season, the lasting impacts of
are chugging along,” said Port Hurricane Irma still haunt south
St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec. Florida water management.
“The fundamentals are strong.”
Since Irma, the Army Corps
Oravec, looking back on 2017, of Engineers has been issuing
noted it was a year of the “new” periodic releases from Lake
– three new council members, Okeechobee, in an effort to al-
leviate precarious water levels
YEAR IN REVIEW at the lake. According to Army
Corps spokesperson John Camp-
new appointed city leaders. “We PICTURE THIS: OUR FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM 2017 bell, the releases have been ef-
had a new team coming togeth-
er,” he said. Staff photographer Mitch CONTINUED ON PAGE A10
Kloorfain was on the scene for
And with all the “new,” Port St. Lucie Voice readers through- ‘Join’ the Force in
St. Lucie continued moving for- out the year, capturing fun Citizens’ Academy
ward – the Strategic Plan was entertainment stories – like the
approved, the city retained its exploits of the True Crew Dance BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Safest Large City in Florida des- Company (and Nathan Block, [email protected]
ignation and, of course, Cross- 10) above – and inspirational
town Parkway’s extension broke human-interest stories – like Ever wonder what it’s really like
ground. heart transplant recipient to be part of the Port St. Lucie Po-
Adelia Harris letting Eleanor lice Department? You know, the
“That, to me, is probably the Kohen listen to the heart that department responsible for keep-
biggest story,” he said. used to be in grandson Joshua ing Port St. Lucie Florida’s “Largest
Schwabenbauer’s body before Safe City” safe? In January, you can
Still, in reviewing 2017, Ora- he died. For more of Kloorfain’s get that chance.
vec said it’s the small projects favorite photos from 20017, turn
that have the biggest impact. to Page 10. The Port St. Lucie Police Depart-
Such projects include the Side- ment’s Citizens’ Police Academy is
walks Master Plan, which has starting up Jan. 23. Because space
crews out throughout the city
building new sidewalks, and CONTINUED ON PAGE A3
the Utility Box wraps, paid for
through recycling revenue and
helping to beautify what would
otherwise be drab hunks of
metal sitting near street corners
“We have a lot to be thankful
for,” Oravec said of 2017.
So before we turn the page
on 2017, let’s revisit some of the
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CITIZENS’ POLICE ACADEMY Jobs report: Things ‘working’ out for county
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent St. Lucie and Martin counties form the The industry sectors that lost the most
Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Statistical area, jobs were leisure and hospitality, and gov-
is limited, residents interested in participat- St. Lucie County has a lot to celebrate on one of 24 in Florida. The area had about ernment. Both lost 600 jobs in the two
ing are encouraged to speak now or wait un- the jobs front. The last Florida Department 148,000 non-agricultural jobs in Novem- counties.
til the next academy. of Economic Opportunity jobs report for ber, up about 1,500 over the year. From
the year is enough to pop the corks over. November 2015 to 2016, the area gained Additionally, professional and business
“There’s so much and so many divisions,” about 2,000 jobs. services shed 400 jobs, and information
Assistant Police Chief Richard Del Toro said, As St. Lucie headed into the Christmas 100. The hurricane season likely contrib-
explaining that those who participate will season, unemployment was at 4.6 percent, From November last year to November uted greatly to the losses in leisure and
learn much more than they expect. not seasonally adjusted, in the November this year, the industry sector that gained hospitality.
report. The year before, it was at 5.5 per- the most jobs in the area was education
Classes will meet twice weekly, on Tuesday cent. The state was at 3.8 and the nation and health service, with 1,300. Manufac- St. Lucie County added about 500 in the
and Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3.9 percent not seasonally adjusted in No- turing picked up 800, while trade, trans- workforce from November 2016 to 2017,
Participation will not, however, lead to cer- vember. portation and utilities added 500. Other from about 136,000 to 136,500. At the same
tification or employment as a police officer. industries with job gains were mining, log- time, it increased the number employed
The county’s jobless rate edged up ging and construction with 300; other ser- from 128,500 to 130,300.
The first class is Jan. 23 and the last is slightly from October to November, going vices – which is a catch bag for various oc-
scheduled for March 15. Classes will be held form 4.2 percent unemployment to 4.6. cupations such as auto mechanics – added Nationally, the work force participation
at police headquarters, 121 SW Port St. Lucie While the nation held steady at 3.9, Flori- 200. Financial services added about 100. rate in November was 62.7 percent, which
Blvd., Building C. da also saw a slight increase in the jobless was unchanged from October. In Novem-
rate, going from 3.6 percent to 3.8 percent. ber 2016 the rate was 62.6.
Along with in-class sessions, students will
take a Saturday tour of the 911 call center and to open their eyes to how it all works. action they will ever have with police. Lucie residents ages 18 years or older. You
the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations They get to interact with agencies they For the department, it’s a matter of provid- can sign up by contacting Volunteer Coordi-
Center. “They want to know their tax dollars nator Thomas Andrew at 772-344-4052.
are being spent the right way,” Del Toro said. don’t normally come into contact with. And, ing professional, courteous service to every-
It’s a “peek behind the curtain a little bit.” they’ll also see how the police department is one – in an effort to stave off a bad reputa- The Citizens’ Academy is funded through
implementing its call to excellence in cus- tion. the police department’s general budget.
Not only do residents get to learn more tomer service. However, donations are always appreciat-
about their police force, but also the police “That doesn’t mean we roll out the red car- ed, according to Del Toro, to the PSL Police
force gets to know better the residents they Del Toro said that 95 percent of the calls pet for bad guys,” the assistant chief added. Foundation. The foundation is allowed to
serve. Del Toro said the academy helps to the department responds to are from your take donations on behalf of the department
serve as a relationship builder, a bridge, be- average, everyday resident, someone for There is no fee to attend the academy but and allocate the funds as needed.
tween police and citizens. whom this one call might be the only inter- space is limited, so early registration is en-
couraged. Applications are open to Port St.
And many of police department’s volun-
teers have joined because of their experience
in the academy, he added.
“We really encourage all to come to the
Citizens’ Academy,” he said, adding it helps
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most meaningful stories – in the areas of de-
velopment, business, crime and human in-
terest – covered by St. Lucie Voice in the past
Crosstown Parkway: The Crosstown Tradition Town Hall sold. Tradition Medical Center expands.
Parkway Extension will connect drivers from
Crosstown at Manth Lane across Floresta units ranging in size from studios to three least 100 new jobs for people willing to brave Flying Panda opens.
Drive and the North Fork to U.S. 1 at Village bedrooms. The complex will sit on more than grocery stores for those who are unable, un-
Green Drive. More than 12 years ago, the 26 acres south of Tradition Parkway, between willing or just too busy to get to the store. ily-owned electrical wholesale business that
city’s voters overwhelmingly approved a spe- Community Boulevard and Village Parkway. Instacart is partners with Publix, ABC Fine provides personalized service and support
cial tax they would be assessed in order to Wines & Spirits, Petco, and BJ’s. for customers in the residential, commercial,
fund the Crosstown Parkway extension. The Townplace at St. Lucie West: New Jersey and industrial marketplace. The company’s
six-lane divided highway will provide for a developer Center Star Property Group is Tradition Medical Center: This fall, Tradi- United States network spans 28 states, with
third major east-west corridor that is expect- building what it describes as a “mini-down- tion Medical Center opened its $110 million over 440 branches.
ed to ease traffic congestion as well as pro- town” complete with apartments, offices, re- expansion, which increased the capacity to
vide another emergency evacuation route. tail shops and restaurants on a 16-acre site 180 beds, including 10 more in the ICU and CRIME/PUBLIC SAFETY
Residents curious to see the progress can go on SW Fountainview Boulevard. The first the creation of a 12-bed Progressive Care
to www.CrosstownExtension.com and get a of several are due to be ready for office and Unit. The new PCU helps transition patients Smart Water: The Port St. Lucie Police
bird’s-eye view from a web camera posted 52 retail tenants sometime this coming spring. from ICU to the traditional medical-surgi- Department enlisted SmartWater CSI as
feet above the construction site. The next buildings will be ready by spring of cal unit. Along with expanding the ICU and a partner to help deter property thefts.
2019 and the apartments will be ready by late creating the Progressive Care Unit, Tradition SmartWater is a chemical that is dabbed
Tradition Town Hall: In June, Christ Fami- 2019 or early 2020. Medical Center has renovated and expand- onto personal items – and linked with a
ly Church purchased Tradition Town Hall, lo- ed the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – or unique signature to the rightful owner of
cated at 10799 SW Civic Lane, for $1.7 million. BUSINESS NICU. This is the second of three phases of
The church previously held services there expansion at Tradition Medical Center. The CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
and continues to do so. The 9,000-square- Flying Panda: The Flying Panda is the an- first was completed December 2016, which
foot facility has previously been used as a swer for those who believe there is just noth- included an interventional lab for cardiac
community center, open to those who wish ing for the youth to do – the indoor so-much- catheterizations, interventional radiology
to meet there. Under the church’s ownership, more-than-a-trampoline park – opened in and vascular procedures, an 18-bed obser-
that is expected to continue. May to rave reviews from squealing kids, vation unit designed to improve the flow of
teens and adults alike. “Flyers” get to har- emergency patients who require an extend-
Hilton hotel: A new 114-room hotel will ness their inner Cirque du Soleil performer ed or overnight stay, and a 14-bed post-an-
soon be coming to The Promenade of St. by trying out the aerial silks, pretend to be esthesia care unit. The third and final phase
Lucie West. Developer Amin Gulamali ex- Michael Jordan or LeBron James by spring- will include a pediatrics unit and is expected
pects to break ground on the four-story ing off the trampoline to dunk the basketball to be completed in spring 2019.
Home2 Suites by Hilton in early 2018 and, if on one of two courts, or reimagine childhood
all goes according to plan, travelers can book days playing Dodgeball in a screened room City Electric: Project Bourbon had noth-
rooms sometime in the first quarter of 2019. on massive trampoline floors. Flying Panda ing to do with alcohol and everything to do
The Promenade of St. Lucie West is home to is located at 440 NW Peacock Blvd., across with manufacturing. It was the code name
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, which was built as from First Data Field, in St. Lucie West. for City Electric Supply, which was looking
the first of three phases. A second restau- for a new home that would allow it to consol-
rant is planned as part of the third and final Instacart: Instacart brought the grocery idate space and yet still expand. Ultimately,
phase. The 65,822-square-foot Home2 Suites store to customers with online shopping and it decided to move to the Tradition Center
is the second phase and will be located along personal delivery to residents throughout for Commerce so it can double its building
SW Fountainview Boulevard. much of the Treasure Coast this year, includ- space to 400,000 square feet and hire nearly
ing St. Lucie West. The expansion led to at 50 more employees. The company is a fam-
The Springs atTradition: A 304-unit apart-
ment complex is planned for Tradition and is
expected to be ready for renters in 2018. The
Springs at Tradition offers townhome-style
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The History of New Years Celebration
The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new
year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in
mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and
Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.
Early Roman Calendar: March 1st Rings in the New Year
The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. That the
new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months. September through December,
our ninth through twelfth months, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months (septem is Latin for “seven,”
octo is “eight,” novem is “nine,” and decem is “ten.
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The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. (In fact, the month of January did not even exist
until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February.) The new year
was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly elected Roman
consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this new year date was not always strictly
and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.
Julian Calendar: January 1st Officially Instituted as the New Year
In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which
was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the new year would occur
with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1 became the consistently observed start of the new year.
Middle Ages: January 1st Abolished
In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered pagan and un-
christian like, and in 567 the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year. At various
times and in various places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec.
25, the birth of Jesus; March 1; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter.
Gregorian Calendar: January 1st Restored
In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as new year’s day. Although most Catholic
countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among
Protestant countries. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until
then, the British Empire —and their American colonies— still celebrated the new year in March.
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those items. If thieves steal the items and New home for Raymond Concepcion. True Crew Dance Company wins.
the items are recovered, authorities can
build a stronger case for an arrest as well as arrested, accused of robbing LSO and three HUMAN INTEREST team ranging in age from 4 to 17 danced
return the items to the owner. The agency other jewelers around the state. against the best from the around the world,
used forfeiture funds to purchase equip- Veteran gets a home: Coast Guard Petty including those from Canada, China and
ment and 75 SmartWater kits. Those kits Uber carjacking: An Indiana man was Officer Raymond Concepcion and his fami- Australia, to name a few. Their production
have been given to construction and land- arrested, accused of carjacking an Uber ly finally moved into their new home on SE of “Jungle Crew” earned them a place in the
scaping companies so they can tag their driver and then robbing – at gunpoint – an Walters Terrace, which they won in the city’s Final Top 5, and 4th Overall World Dance
equipment, which is often a target of theft. ATM customer. The carjacking occurred inaugural Home for a Hero program drawing. Champions in the Advanced Grand Line
in the Cashmere Corner Plaza when the “Thank you for making this possible,” Officer category. The number’s choreography also
Rolex faker: An accused criminal was suspect pulled out a gun and ordered the Concepcion said during the Key Ceremony. netted studio owner Toni (Pressimone) Sz-
arrested in an undercover sting trying to driver to get out. Neither the woman who He said he doesn’t always feel like a hero – paraga the World Dance Champion Chore-
sell knock-off Rolexes for hundreds of hailed the Uber nor the driver was injured. he’s just a man doing his job, one that he ography Award.
dollars. Authorities got wise to the activ- The ATM customer, too, was uninjured. dreamed of doing since he was a child. With
ity after seeing a social media post by the The suspect was arrested near the Fort the house, he knows his family will be stable, Fab 5: Five slobbering, loving dogs are re-
suspect: “Why pay more when you can pay Pierce Jai-Alai. which will make his two- and three-month covering from neglect, malnutrition and mis-
less n look the same?” An officer arranged deployments a bit easier. treatment at the Humane Society of St. Lucie
to meet the suspect at the St. Lucie West Doggie-door burglar: The doggie-door is County while their so-called owner is out of
Walmart parking to make the purchase. meant for exactly that – dogs, not burglars. True Crew Dance Company: St. Lucie jail on $25,000 bail awaiting her day in court.
But, instead of getting cash, the suspect got However, the Port St. Lucie Police Depart- West-based True Crew Dance Company’s Sissy, Nala, Moose, Chaos and Danny – or the
a pair of handcuffs. ment says that’s exactly how a burglar en- competition team dominated the World Fab 5, as the Humane Society calls them –
tered a woman’s home and made off with her Championship held at the Meadowlands are dealing with a host of medical ailments.
Brazen jewelry heist: In April, perhaps property. Though the suspect lived nearby, Expo Center in New Jersey this summer, They are gaining weight and loving the atten-
one of the most brazen robberies occurred he eluded officers for several months. Ac- bringing home several titles. The 45-strong tion they’re receiving, and are expected to be
in St. Lucie West. Three men donned long- cording to court records, an arrest warrant ready soon for new, caring forever homes.
haired wigs, heavy makeup or masks, and was finally served to him in August.
jumpsuits and entered LSO Jewelers just
after the owner and an employee opened
the store. The men held guns to the wom-
en’s heads, demanding keys to the safe,
and ransacked the jewelry cases. An
off-duty deputy saw what was happening
and called it in, according to the incident
report. Several months later, all four were
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BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent explosive devices. “He’s also a member of
The St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office promot- our agency’s SWAT team and has served
ed 10 sergeants, lieutenants and captains as a backup chaplain,” Mascara said.
at one ceremony – the most at one time It turned out that making captain cost
in its history. Cicio $100. He’d bet against himself get-
“I know this road has been very hard,” ting the promotion.
FERNHILL MEMORIAL GARDENS Sheriff Ken Mascara told the promoted at “When the Sheriff called me in and
the ceremony on last Wednesday. told me I was being promoted to captain,
Among the promoted were two in the I literally looked at him and questioned
St. Lucie Voice coverage area. St. Lucie
West resident Matt Briglia made sergeant
after 17 years with the department. Tra-
dition’s Chris Cicio is now a captain. He
HILLCREST MEMORIAL GARDENS, FORT PIERCE started with the department in 1993.
At the ceremony, Briglia reminded
folks of one of his qualities.
“As many of you know, I’m a man of
few words,” he said.
And Briglia was true to the statement.
He spent about a minute thanking his
family and co-workers for their help.
Briglia added that there was much more
WHEN YOU PLAN AHEAD work ahead for him. his decision,” Cicio told the promotion
CrSeWekStWoanyy “I know it’s not a time to sit back and ceremony attendees.
SW Tradition Lakes Blvd.
SW Hartwick Dr. relax,” he said. Among Briglia’s many Cicio said he was more impressed by
honors is a recognition from Mothers his peers than himself. “I can tell you it’s
Against Drunk Drivers for arresting more been a team effort,” he said.
than 100 intoxicated drivers. Addition- Port St. Lucie’s Brian Hester was also
ally, Briglia has been named among the promoted to captain. Four made lieu-
American Legion’s law enforcement offi- tenant: Brian Buchko; Petri Hayes; Ja-
cers of the year. mie Willis; and John Parow. Three others
Cicio has served in numerous posi- made sergeant: Keith Pearson; Denetta
An unforgettable tions at the Sheriff’s Office, including Johnson; and Rob Barton.
memorial leading the school resource officer pro- The 10 have among them 177 years
takes planning. gram. Cicio was integral in developing of service to the Sheriff’s Office. The de-
the county’s school safety protocol Code partment has 700 employees, counting
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SW Stony Creek Way SW Keating Dr. Charge(s): Felony Smuggling controlled partment; Charge(s): Felony Burglary of un-
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IN LOVING MEMORY
JEAN CHERRYHOLMES, 76 kind spirited, giving nature. He loved and Treasure Coast Hospice
Port St. Lucie protected those close to him, especially Has Grown to Become
his wife and children. He was a wonderful
Jean Cherryholmes, 76, of Port St. Lucie friend to many. Treasure Health!
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chael, Natalie, Valerie, Keyan and Jonathan; grandchildren, Michael Cuomo, Joseph (Di- better meet the needs of our community.
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Carlos Eduardo Fuertes, 53, of Port St.
PASQUALE M. DIMINNO, 87 Lucie passed away on Dec. 18. Carlos was
Port St. Lucie born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has been a resi-
dent of Florida for the past 20 years.
Pasquale Michael “Pat” Diminno, 87, of
Port St. Lucie passed away Dec. 17. Pat was He worked for Marble of the World as
born in Bronx, N.Y., to the late Domenick a forklift operator. Carlos was a kind and
and Vicenza Diminno. generous soul. He loved bringing people to-
gether and making them happy. Family was
He relocated in 1993 from New Rochelle, of the utmost importance to him.
N.Y. Pat worked for many years as a sales-
man for hosieries. He retired from Liberty Carlos was the devoted son of Doris Rivera
Medical where he worked in sales up to just Correa and the late Carlos Eduardo Fuertes;
a few years ago. Pat served in the U.S. Ma- beloved brother of Brenda Shivers, Shirley
rine Corp during the Korean War. He was a Robles, Miguel Angel Robles, Charley Fuertes,
member of the American Legion. Jose Fuertes and Jackie Fuertes; and adored
uncle of Chasity, Kayleigh, Cisco, Amanda,
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OUR FAVORITE PHOTOS OF 2017 ... LAKE O WATER LEVELS
Clockwise from above: Tim Tebow put fannies in the CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
seats at First Data Field in St. Lucie West. Photographing
Tebow and the activity that surrounded him on the fective, and are currently being phased
ballfield was exciting for minor league-level baseball, out. “We’ve seen very nice recession over
considering that most of the fans calling out his name this past month,” says Campbell. “Our
were not even born when he was earning the national concern is that (the water level) is still
title as a University of Florida quarterback; Javiar Ibar high, not just for this time of year, but in
high-steps the padding during the Eagle Football Camp general. In the past, when we’ve been at
at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. The camp is these levels in late December, we’ve had
run through the Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation to do releases in the first six months of the
Department through July; underwater safety Instructors following year.”
Carlos Tavares, Josh and Tim Granada work with Yvon
Paiement, medic with the St. Lucie County Fire District, Soon after the storm, pulse releases
on how to properly release from an inverted position in into the St. Lucie canal were flowing at
case of a submerged crash during a training session at about 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs),
the Indian River State College swim facility; former and by last week they had been reduced to
Barefoot Waterski competitor Joe Pressendo skis around 500 cfs. The Corps expects to cut
barefoot on the C-24 canal along Oak Hammock Park off releases into the canal entirely by the
as part of his morning workout. end of the year.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MITCH KLOORFAIN After Irma, the lake’s elevation stood at
17.2 feet above sea level, the highest De-
cember record since 2004. Typically when
the lake gets that high, dike seepage be-
comes a major concern for management
Campbell says that since September,
regular inspections have discovered no
evidence of dike failure. Though with the
current level at about 15.5 feet, the Corps
can hardly rest easy. It would much rather
see the lake at 12.5 feet. In order to remove
just 1 inch of height from the massive
body of water, billions of gallons must be
In 2012, 2014 and 2015, the lake level
was also high in December. Consequently,
in January 2013 and 2016, maximal releas-
es (at 4,000 cfs and greater) helped con-
tribute to disastrous toxic algae outbreaks
all over the St. Lucie waterway, having
a deep impact on local economies and
quality of health in the Treasure Coast.
The lake levels are only one of the many
factors that plague the Okeechobee water-
way. Decades of irrigation and agricultural
development and an elaborate flood con-
trol system have nearly destroyed the nat-
ural habitat of the Everglades, overturned
Florida Bay’s delicate ecological balance,
led to high levels of phosphorus and nitro-
gen in the lake, and thrown South Florida
Water Management headlong into a pe-
rennial cycle of crisis.
The general consensus among many
scientists and activists is that better in-
frastructure is needed to store and treat
stormwater runoff and convey it south-
ward through the River of Grass. Current-
ly, a combination of diminished convey-
ance capacity throughout the Everglades
Agricultural Area (EAA) and interfering
private-owned land have prevented expe-
dited movement on this plan.
To move the water southward would
constitute a major infrastructural over-
haul and a complicated campaign of
Moving the water south is a major
component of CEPP (Central Everglades
Planning Project), a prioritized schedule
for Everglades restoration which was ap-
proved by Congress in December 2016.
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Since then, a few national and local politi- Joe Negron (R-Stuart) and signed into law through lease terminations and negotia- is still in its embryonic stage, most of the
cians have sought to expedite the timeline by the governor in May. One of the core tions. energy now being devoted to implemen-
on CEPP, since it is such a massive suite of components of the bill is to deepen one tation approvals from the Army Corps of
programs, with many moving parts and of South Florida Water Management Dis- The ultimate goal is to provide 240,000 Engineers and contacting land-owners
much logistical red tape. trict’s (SFWMD) water features south of acre-feet of storage, which would drasti- who may be interested in selling parcels
the lake, a 14,000 acre FEB (Flow Equal- cally reduce the billions of gallons of water to the district. In January, the SFWMD will
A major victory occurred this year with ization Basin), as well as acquire addition- that right now are being released in emer- need to present a detailed plan for reser-
Senate Bill 10, a comprehensive directive al land for water storage and treatment gency measures from Lake Okeechobee. voir construction to the state Senate.
championed by Florida Senate President
Movement on Senate Bill 10’s directive
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‘Gut’ news as study finds more omega-3 benefits
BY MARIA CANFIELD | Correspondent ‘I am very interested in seeing are household names; chia seeds and flax-
the results of additional seeds are also high in omega-3s).
Research from the UK has added to the studies, as the gut
well-known list of benefits provided by ome- microbiome plays There are also widely-available omega-3
ga-3s: more bacterial diversity in the gut. such an important supplements, about which Lynch sounds a
part in preventing note of caution: “Before popping an omega-3
We have nearly 40 trillion bacteria in our disease and in our supplement, talk to your doctor or contact a
gut and it’s been known for a long time that overall health.’ registered dietitian who can review your med-
having diversity among these bacteria has ical history and the medications and sup-
many health benefits. Samantha Lynch, MS, – SAMANTHA LYNCH plements you are taking. There are possible
RDN, LDN, a registered dietitian and nutri- interactions between omega-3 supplements
tionist with a private practice in Vero Beach, ation between omega-3 intake and the diver- PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE and certain medications, such as anticoag-
says, “In addition to helping with the absorp- sity of gut bacteria. ulants, which must be avoided.” She adds
tion and digestion of food and keeping our omega-3 were associated with high levels of that a healthcare professional will be able to
immune system strong, having diversified In a test group of 876 middle-aged and NCG, a compound that has been shown to provide a recommendation of particular food
gut bacteria lowers the risk of diabetes, obe- senior women, the research team set out to reduce oxidative stress in the gut. (Oxidative sources or omega-3 supplements that are ap-
sity, and inflammatory bowel disease.” study the link between blood levels of ome- stress is a complicated topic; suffice it to say propriate for your specific situation.
ga-3 and the diversity of gut bacteria. Lead to that it can cause cells to prematurely age
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids with a researcher Dr. Ana Valdes summarized the and become dysfunctional.) Lynch says, “The UK study had a number
wide range of health benefits. They are not findings by saying that high blood levels of of strengths, including its large size and the
produced by the body; the only way to get omega-3 “were strongly associated with the The study was published in the journal number of data points it evaluated. It had
them is from dietary sources. A diet rich in diversity and number of species of healthy Scientific Reports. some limitations, however – the researchers
omega-3s lowers “bad” cholesterol and re- bacteria in the gut. relied on self-reported food questionnaires
duces blood pressure and triglycerides – re- One of the best sources of omega-3s is for dietary omega-3 intake, and there were
ducing the risk of heart disease and improv- “Our study is the largest to date to examine oily-fleshed, cold water fish such as wild no males in the study.” She adds, “I am very
ing overall cardiovascular health. the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids Alaskan salmon, Atlantic mackerel, cod, had- interested in seeing the results of additional
and the composition of the gut microbiome.” dock, trout, whitefish, herring, tinned sar- studies, as the gut microbiome plays such an
Studies have suggested that omega-3s can dines and canned light tuna. There are also important part in preventing disease and in
also reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthri- The team also found that high levels of non-fish sources of omega 3s; walnuts are by our overall health.”
tis, improve bone strength, protect against far richest source (at least among foods that
age-related cognitive decline and dementia, Samantha Lynch’s office is located at 4445
and reduce inflammation. Hwy A1A, Suite 239, in Vero Beach. She can
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‘SHING’-ING ITS PRAISES: NEW
VACCINE IS ULTRA-EFFECTIVE
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer Group at Sebastian River Medical Center
When the FDA approved GlaxoSmith- Field. She tempers her enthusiasm by add-
Kline’s new Shingrix vaccine for shingles last ing, “I think it boils down to a little bit about
month, it also took the extraordinary step of how cautious you are about adopting early
recommending it replace the existing Zos- things and how much risk you personally
tavax shingles vaccine. feel you are at for shingles.
A tsunami of good press “I think if the immunity
promptly followed. The New [from Shringrix] holds up so
York Times quoted Dr. Rafa- that maybe we can vacci-
el Harpaz, a veteran shingles nate people once or twice in
researcher at the Centers for their senior years – like from
Disease Control, as saying say 60 and up – I think that
“this really is a sea change” would be fabulous,” but, as
in the prevention of shin- of now, that is still an un-
The Washington Post Ever the pragmatist, Field
added, “Shingrix is 97 per- continues by explaining,
cent effective against shin- “How much capital I’m go-
gles for those 50 to 59 years Dr. Brenda Field. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER ing to expend trying to push
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Attention to detail makes
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent es. The upgraded wood cabinetry has un-
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opens onto the great room, a super-sized
The house at 7624 Greenbrier Circle, on 18-8-by-24-4. It is large enough that it also
a cul-de-sac in the Greenbrier section of has a dining area, so there are choices as to
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and charming. Isabelle Pollock, the agent
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house’s design. you have a great deal of flexibility,” Pollock
said. “The space could be a dining area, or
“It has a very open floor plan,” she said. there could be a desk. It has 10-foot pock-
“It’s a very flexible plan so you can make it eting sliders that open all the way. You can
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
Business picked up as the calendar edged toward the holidays, as 16 single-family residences
and lots sold in the Tradition and St. Lucie West area from Dec. 18-22 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Port St. Lucie was the home at 8071 Kiawah Trace. First listed in Au-
gust for $510,000, the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,049-square-foot residence sold for $472,500
on Dec. 18.
The week’s next-best sale was the house at 11210 SW Apple Blossom Trail. Originally listed in
August for $379,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,276-square-foot abode sold for $366,000
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BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer insanely talented. Talking to Jarrod Spector new show, “Jukebox Life.” We spoke recently
1 The Kravis will present the [email protected] should be intimidating, but it’s like catch- about why this show is really personal.
brilliant, music-filled “Sa- ing up with a cousin you haven’t spoken to
lute to Vienna” New Year’s Eve Sure he starred on Broadway as Frankie in a while. “Last year’s show was inspired by the
concert, with the Strauss Sym- Valli in “Jersey Boys.” Yeah, he got a Tony time while I was with ‘Jersey Boys.’” he said.
phony of America, conducted by nomination for playing Barry Mann in Spector, whose show “With a Little Help “If you look and sing a certain way, you are
Matthias Fletzberger of Vienna. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” So from My Friends” was a hit at the Lyric last one thing and that’s how everyone sees you.
A West Palm Beach tradition for he’s the real deal: handsome, charismatic, season, returns to the theater Jan. 18 with his
22 years, The Dreyfoos Hall will CONTINUED ON PAGE B5
again be filled with “the spirited
romance of operetta, the glamour
of ballroom dance, and the deli-
cate beauty of ballet.” A feast for
the eyes and the ears, this brilliant
and colorful cultural celebration
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to the music. With gorgeous cos-
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Viennese singers Iva Schell, so-
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Europaballett St.Pölten of Austria;
and a full orchestra will perform
beloved Strauss waltzes and op-
eretta favorites. It is, promises the
show promo, “a toast to life itself.”
So, let’s party like it’s 1899! Show-
time is 8 p.m. Tickets from $29.
2 It’s time to get the Led out.
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QUARTET BRINGS DOO-WOP TO ‘MODERN’ CROWD
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Brian enjoys performing with his brother.
“I’m older, although I look younger,” he said.
It wasn’t easy getting hold of Brian Brigham,
one of the four singers who make up the Mod- “We’ve always sung together, even before we
ern Gentlemen. They were getting ready to fly to
New Jersey to do a PBS special on the doo-wop joined with Frankie. Nothing blends better then
era. He sent back an email that he could talk to
me … Now. When the talent speaks, I answer, so family members. If you get along and can sing,
I phoned him and missed him. He called right
back. He’d been walking his dog. See, celebri- there’s nothing better. In school, we were in a
ties. They’re just like us.
touring group and he followed me along. He’s
Actually, the Modern Gentlemen ran under
the radar for many years. The group, which still following me.”
consist of Brigham, his brother Brandon, Todd
Fournier and Landon Beard, had been backup Brigham was singing at Disneyland in a vocal
singers and dancers for Frankie Valli for years.
It was Valli who suggested they go out on their group when he reconnected with a friend who
own, and several years ago they did, deter-
mined to carve a niche for themselves. knew that Valli was holding auditions. He audi-
Brigham said that the music of that era had tioned or Valli’s musical director first and then
appeal to a new generation.
the finalists went to Valli’s house and sat around
“I think musicals like ‘Jersey Boys’ appealed
to a younger audience,” he said. “The music is the piano. “It was a fun journey to be with him
timeless and has good lyrics. It could go on for another 50
years and a lot of the music of today won’t be. It takes you before ‘Jersey Boys’ and then these days. We tour
back to memories of being a kid, of going to a dance.”
all over the world.”
The group has a wide variety of music from which to
draw. The group has performed at the Royal Albert
“We have a lot of fun and energy and we sing a lot of our Hall in London and for the Capitol Fourth cel-
favorite music from five decades,” he said. “We do the mu-
ebration. They’ve done the PBS specials before.
“It’s with Frankie and my brother and a big
group of acts like Little Anthony, Bowser from
Sha Na Na and a tribute to the Skyliners. They
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MODERN GENTLEMEN lost their lead singer and we sing ‘Since I don’t
sic of groups we performed on stage with, from Motown, Have You’ to them. It’s fun for us. We join some new doo-
the Beach Boys, Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire. There’s a wop groups and are bringing some younger talent.”
little bit if everything for everybody. We have fun we banter They can do that. They have talent to spare.
and make fun of ourselves, I hope it shows.”
Each of the four can sing lead vocals and they take turns The Modern Gentlemen come to the Lyric Theatre, 59 SW
in the limelight, with the others singing back up. They Flagler Ave., Stuart, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Call 772-286-7827 or
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Kane Center’s all aboard(walk) with the Atlantic City Boys
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KANE CENTER
The Atlantic City Boys got their start singing acapella doo-
wop in front of Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Orlando. A power-
that-be heard them and asked them to put together a 15-minute
program as part of a Broadway Revue. Someone suggested that
the quartet needed to put together a whole show. That was eight
years ago, and they’re still going strong.
You can hear the group at the Kane Center in Stuart Jan. 12
as part of the Center’s concert series. Jeremy James, one of the
singers, spoke to me about their music.
“We go back to the roots of the Drifters and the Tokens, which
is really fun,” he said. The ages of the guys in the group are from
the 20s to 40s. Everywhere we perform, they say, ‘You guys are
too young to do this music.’”
James said that the music doesn’t only appeal to nostalgia
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“With ‘Jersey Boys,’ they rediscovered Frankie Valli. We get fans
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young people discovering his music. I’m such a fan of harmony
and it’s great to sing with friends and do songs that range from
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dads playing it.”
James has first-hand experience with that.
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harmonies behind it, it can be jaw-drop- JARROD SPECTOR doesn’t feel that he was made to do any- can do anything,” he said.”
ping when you really nail it,” he said. “You thing he didn’t want to do. Of the Lyric show, he said that the mu-
don’t hear them so much these days. It was a CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1
unique sound. When you heard it (then), you “You can’t make a 2 ½-year-old learn sic is “fantastic.”
knew it was a Four Seasons tune.” It was about proving it and disproving it, a song,” he said. “They have to be willing “I sing Bobby Darin, songs from ‘Rent,’
that you’re not in the tiny little box every- and able to do it. I was certainly singing
James aid that technology has made a big one sees you in. This show is a lot more and on TV before I could Frankie Valli, Bruno Mars, Carole King,
difference in sound. personal. Having played Frankie and make conscious choices. ‘Les Mis,’ Springsteen,
Barry for so long, the great majority of It’s not bad or good. I’m the Righteous Broth-
“The benefit of technology is that anyone my adult professional life, I had a woman grateful (my parents) ers and the Animals,”
can get a decent recording and get it on You- come up to me and say ‘You’re so won- did it with me. The plus he said. “There’s a lit-
Tube,” he said. “There are only a few super- derful. What’s it like for you to have this side is I haven’t had stage tle musical theater be-
stars where you can identify the sound and incredible jukebox life?’” fright in 30 years.” cause I met my wife do-
even fewer that had a pioneering sound, like ing ‘Piece of my Heart.’
James Brown or Prince. Music, like fashion, is In theater-speak, a jukebox musical Spector did have a I’m also obsessed with
cyclical. It’s coming back around.” is one which uses music that’s already time when he felt burned ‘The Last Five Years.’
written to tell the story. Both “Jersey out, when he was 16. “I Kelli was my shiksa
The group tours the country, often per- Boys” and “Beautiful” fit that definition. went to Princeton and goddess.
forming on cruise ships, and they are fixtures However, Spector said that his “jukebox got burned out by eco- I’ll tell how these
at theme parks. life” began long before he played Frankie nomics,” he said with a songs were part of
Valli. laugh. my life. They’re all a
“I’m happy to be able to make music with soundtrack of my life
my friends and travel,” he said. “It’s what “This show will have home videos I’ve Spector returned to and work.”
Frankie always did and still does. We’re in- never shown,” he said. “The first song I entertainment, his first
teractive and there’s an excitement to each sang on ‘Star Search,’ when I was 6, was love, but he said it’s not a career for ev- Spector said that the show is intended
show because it’s individualized that way.” ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.’ That eryone. for everyone.
was also the first song in ‘Jersey Boys.’
James said that the music is the star of the There are parallels between the music I “It’s an everyday struggle,” he said. “If you want to zone out and listen to
show. sing in shows and real life. I’m going to “By all measures we (wife Kelli Barrett is the music, you’ll have a great night,” he
talk about things like that. I have my very on the Netflix series ‘The Punisher’) are said. “The band is incredible. If you want
“It’s the charm of the music,” he said. first audition tape when I was 2 ½. Vid- successful, but we deal with rejection. to dive in with me, it takes it to another
“Older folks all remember it and enjoy lis- eos from when I was a kid give the idea of There’s a non-linear, nonsensical career level. I’d like to be able to offer everyone
tening to us. They’re our biggest fans. People what my ‘Jukebox Life’ really is.” path.” everything.”
stand up and we see smiles. We do a meet-
and-greet after and they tell us how great it is Spector said that he can’t speak as a Having been nominated for a Tony Jarrod Spector appears in “Jukebox
to be transported back. It’s a sing-along, and father, but he is an uncle and godfather helps with theater auditions, Spector Life” at the Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler
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Abstract abounds in artist’s ‘Soulful Search’ exhibit
BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist
In the brief space of five years, Re-
gan Kenyon’s second career as an ab-
stract painter has developed by leaps
and bounds. Starting off with baby
steps in a beginner’s class at the Vero
Museum of Art School in 2012 and
striding off with an award from the
A.E. Backus Museum’s “Best of the
Best” show earlier this year, Regan
is now ready to go the distance with
his first solo exhibition at the Center
for Spiritual Care in Vero. Opening on
Jan. 5 with a public reception, “The
Art of Regan: A Soulful Search” will be
on view through Jan. 29.
The exhibition’s curator, Warren
Obluck, notes that ringing in 2018 Regan Kenyon and two
with Regan Kenyon’s paintings “is of his abstract paintings.
part of our new emphasis at the Cen-
PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
ter on providing opportunities for
lesser-known promising artists, as well as that to truly appreciate one of their paint- elapsed before he found himself in a stu- After he “got up enough nerve” to study
dio class at the Vero Beach Museum of Art under her, Kenyon worked with Gooch in
for more established figures.” ings – I find this also happens with Monet’s School. Taught by Regina Stark, the class fo- her museum class for about a year. During
cused on abstract painting. that time he met Tim Sanchez, a well-known
While Kenyon may be a new arrival to waterlilies – you have to get up very close to Vero painter and good friend of Gooch who
It was she who convinced Kenyon to put would drop in on her classes to say hello.
Vero’s art scene, he began gathering inspi- it, to find out what they were actually doing, one of his first paintings into the museum
school’s student exhibition. In that untitled Two and two came together when Ken-
ration for his art long before now. Kenyon the process they used in painting the work.” work, brushy shapes in primary colors are yon realized that Sanchez was the creator
positioned amid a stream of warm white of the painting he had admired when it was
and his wife Mary moved to Vero Beach in As for process, Kenyon notes that many and pale blue currents that cascade from on display (a recent permanent collection
top to the bottom of the vertical composi- acquisition) in the art museum’s Holmen
2011 after he retired as president of Second- people think that expressionistic abstract tion. The canvas is not completely covered Hall.
by the flow; Regan left a thin, white-primed
ary School Admission Test Board, an edu- painting is the result of a happy – or not margin around the composition’s edges. One of Kenyon’s finest moments as a new
painter came during that class, when San-
cational testing service based in Princeton, so happy – collision between a frenzied, The device of a white border to separate chez mistook several of his paintings for an
the artist’s painted reality and the objective experimental series by Gooch. Set to rights
New Jersey. Little did he know then that his paint-splattering artist and an unsuspect- world around it is one that Kenyon has used by Gooch, Sanchez became an appreciative
often. Sometimes he will mask out the bor- mentor to Kenyon.
27 years with the company would creatively ing canvas. ders with tape before he begins to paint, but
he has been known to paint a white border Sanchez’s best advice to him: “You’ve got
prepare him for his new vocation as an ab- “It’s not happenstance,” Kenyon insists. around a composition that he previously to paint more often – paint all the time.”
had pushed to the canvas’s edges.
stract painter. “It’s deliberate, but it’s not overthought.” Kenyon chuckles.
Kenyon graduated from his beginning “When I would have difficulty he’d say,
“I’ve always loved abstract painting,” Before his retirement Kenyon tried his class with Stark to an advanced class taught just paint through it. Just paint.”
by Deborah Gooch. Kenyon says he ad- That is exactly what Kenyon did.
Kenyon says, with an emphasis on the word hand at painting with a beginner’s set of oil mired Gooch’s own contemporary abstract
work so much that he hesitated to bring his The Center for Spiritual Care is located at
“always.” paints and a portable easel. An avid fly-fish- neophyte’s skills into her class. 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach. The Jan. 5 re-
ception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
His job, which required him to travel as erman, Kenyon intended to indulge both
much as 150 days a year, took him across his creative side and the outdoorsman in
the U.S., Europe and Asia. He says he found him by painting en plein air.
inspiration for the painting he does today in “But I never was able to get into painting
the great museums he visited on his travels. until I stopped working,” he says, adding
Close to home in Princeton, the Museum that if you want to get good at it, painting
of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA) was requires a generous amount of unstruc-
a favorite haunt. There he would commune tured time.
for hours with the work of his Abstract Ex- Regan Kenyon wanted to be good at
pressionists heroes Jackson Pollack, Willem painting.
de Kooning and Franz Kline. After the Kenyons moved into their early
“The thing that amazes me about them is Peter Moore-designed home in 2011, a year
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to serve these people no matter where.”
Lucie and Martin counties last year. PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH’S KITCHEN OF THE TREASURE COAST All Villages Presbyterian Church’s Ken Edger-
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when he lived in Maine. After getting all the who help Sarah’s Kitchen of the Treasure Coast
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Turned out that there was enough food left cleanup crew afterwards.”
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Thousands of glimmering lights set Mc-
Kee Botanical Garden aglow last Wednesday In the Royal Palm Grove, the Imagine
evening during the annual Holidays at Mc- School at South Vero Tangerines set the
Kee members-only preview, giving them a mood playing holiday songs on their xylo-
sneak peek at the festively decorated 18-acre phones. And a Christmas miracle brought
enclave, where lights continued to sparkle snow to town, with flurries falling near the
through last Saturday. Hall of Giants, while indoors guests peered
over the holiday village display.
“We are so excited about this year’s Hol-
idays at McKee and Nights PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
of Lights Celebration. In
addition to our traditional “We love hosting these annual events each
favorites we have added en- year, as it welcomes in the holidays for those
hanced, professional LED who come from near and far and affords us
lighting, which showcases the opportunity to make the holidays bright-
the true beauty of the Garden er for all of those who attend,” said Hobart.
in a whole new light,” said
McKee’s executive director, If you missed Holidays at McKee, you have
Christine Hobart. another chance to enjoy the “nightlife” in
the garden, including the lights, vintage or-
Instead of just frolick- gan and model railroad display at Nights of
ing among the bamboo, an Lights from Dec. 28-30.
embarrassment of pandas
stepped up their game this
year, taking to the water and
paddling upstream in a kay-
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zip-lining through the tree-
tops. Other lighted creatures
could be seen along the lu-
men-lit pathways, including
snowmen, flamingos, koi
After strolling through the
garden, visitors listened to
the 1924 Wurlitzer vintage
band organ, watched the model train chug-
ging down the tri-level tracks, and took pho-
tos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Suzan Phillips, who played at McKee as a
child and was instrumental in the garden’s
preservation, watched as children mesmer-
ized by the train display pointed out various
buildings and animals to their parents. “I’ve
been here every year since the beginning,”
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Bonz says Milo and Morgan are a coupla cuties
Hi Dog Buddies! decided to get a smaller size so fell asleep an pretty much napped ’til we Morgan and Milo.
it could fly in the human sec- got to my Forever Home. I was still shaky,
I had a fun yap with a coupla Cava- tion. They had Morgan already and hopin’ my new Dad an big sister would PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN
lier King Charles Spaniels this week, Milo so they were checkin’ out like me. WELL we got to the house, an Mom
Niemczyk (NIM-zick) an his (step) sister puppy pickshurs online. See, set me down. The instant I spotted Morgan “Things go much smoother when humans
Morgan, both with those totally adorable, even though we were officially I was like, ‘OH, WOW! This is GREAT!’ She think they’re in charge.”
puppy-sweet King Charles faces an frenly hunting dogs, us Cavalier King looked like my Mom an all my brothers and
dispositions. Milo’s 2, and he was born in Charleses are SO CUTE that, a sisters an cousins. And I knew I was HOME!! They nodded.
Ireland, then went to a kennel in Georgia, long time ago, Royal Humans “Since you’re Spaniels, I assume you
so I was wonderin’ if he’d be like, “Top o’ the made us pets, ’specially the “Morgan wanted to be sure I unnerstood swim?”
morning,’ ya’ll.” But he spoke just plain ol’ fancy ladies, an they had POR- that she owns the house, an that was Totally “Oh, Milo, you gotta tell Mr. Bonzo about
dog, no accent or anything. trutts painted with us in their Cool Kibbles with me. She’s the BEST! She your swimming pool adventure,” Morgan
LAPS. taught me everything I know.” said.
After the Wag-an-Sniff, we got all com- “It’s kinda embarrassing, but here goes:
ftubble, an Milo introduced me to his Mom “Anyway, Mom an Dad Morgan chimed in. “Yes I did. We bond- my first full day here, I was lookin’ at every-
an Dad, Carolyn an Leo. “Happy to met you picked ME! So Mom got up at ed right away. He was a fun liddle pupster. thing, checkin’ stuff out, real excited. So I
all,” I said. “So, Milo, do you remember any- 4 a.m. an flew to Atlanta, cuz I He’s a smarty, but mostly I hadda protect see this kinda shiny big thing, an it looked
thing about Ireland?” was in Lula, Georgia, an planes him from himself. He’s curious about EV- like it’d be a nice place for runnin’ around.
don’t go there. The kennel lady ERYthing!” So I jumped. Well, first thing I know, I’m all
“Not really, Mr. Bonzo. I was only a lid- was gonna bring me to the air- wet and coughin.’ It was like this big wa-
dle furball. I do remember seein’ lotsa fluffy port, then her an Mom were “Mom bought me a buncha toys an I ate ter bowl. So I starting franickly movin’ my
funny-lookin’ white animals on the ride to gonna do a Hand-off. Of me. It ’em!” Milo declared happily. “But that was legs. Mom said, ‘’Oh, look, Milo’s not do-
the airport. I thought they were some kinda was rainin,’ an me an the ken- when I was liddle. NOW I’m much more ing a Dog Paddle, he’s doing an Australian
dogs, but I found out they were cheeps.” nel lady were late, so Mom grabbed me (she neat and tidy. When we go outside, I wait Crawl. He instinctively knows what to do in
was wearing those funny lady shoes called patiently in my crate (we love our crates) ’til the water cuz he’s a Spaniel.’ But Dad said,
“Cheeps? Oh, right! I gotcha.” heels an I was in liddle bag, shakin’ cuz of Mom an Morgan are ready. An I always Do ‘NO WAY, he jumped in cuz he thought it
“Anyway, Mom an Dad have always been bein’ nervous) an we were bookin’ though My Doodie in the Same Spot. was a solid surface. He didn’t have a CLUE.’
a Spaniel Family. Springers like you, an Brit- the airport to catch the plane to Florida.” Dad was right. I was Totally Freaked Out
tanys. “We do leash walks, of course, but, Dog! and was just tryin’ to get my soggy caboose
“They had Oscar, Nelson an Brutus. “Woof!” I exclaimed. “That’s a lotta ex- I love to run! Dad says that’s my spaniel in- outta there. Never went near that pool, or
Then, when they were low on spaniels, they citement!” stinks coming out. An we both can’t wait to any pool, ever again. I don’t care if I AM a
go to PetSmart. Talk about Dog Frenly!” Spaniel.”
“Totes! I was seein’’ new stuff, hearin’ “Do you have those big, long kennel
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Alan Bennett, an English playwright and actor, said, “We started trying to set up a small WEST K74 EAST
anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules.” A Q 10 8 7 2 QJ92 43
10 6 5 Q J 10 8 AQJ32
The defenders have a much harder job than declarer. To try to balance the books, the 83 10 5
defenders make the opening lead. Often that can make a difference of one trick, but 63 SOUTH K754
occasionally the number is surprisingly high. KJ9
Look only at the West hand. You open two spades, a weak two-bid. After two passes, AK764
South balances with two no-trump, and North raises to three no-trump. What would you A92
Dealer: West; Vulnerable: Neither
We all know about fourth-highest from the longest and strongest, and that might work
well, if partner has two spades, gets in before declarer has taken nine tricks and pushes The Bidding:
his remaining spade through declarer’s holding.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
Here, though, it is a disaster. South wins with his low spade, plays a diamond to the 2 NT 2 Spades Pass Pass
board, takes two club finesses and collects the first nine tricks via one spade, five Pass 3 NT All Pass LEAD:
diamonds and three clubs. ??
Now let’s go back and have West deduce that dummy does not have four or more
hearts, because he made no attempt to uncover a heart fit. If West leads the heart five,
how many tricks can East-West take?
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trick seven give the defenders five hearts and six spades for down seven!
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HUSTLE AND TUSSLE principle to implement in golf. Let’s look at warm up properly and also be in a relaxed me is very simple. If you normally shoot
what your plan should be, and how to im- frame of mind? Proper pre-round prepa- 96 on your home course, where par is 71
Treasure Coast High School’s Sydney plement your program with the following ration must include time for at least 20- and your goal is to shoot 89, do you know
Gardner (10) wins control of the ball “Kures”: 30 full-swing shots, a half dozen bunker what you would need to score on each hole
from Kate Hassell of Vero Beach High shots, pitches and chips, and 5-10 minutes to shoot 89? Well, that is easy -- a bogey on
School during a match Dec. 19 at 1. Tracking. You should have a re- of putting. Or are you the typical “weekend each hole. So again, each shot must be hit
South County Stadium in St. Lucie cord-keeping system for your golf results. warrior” who has an 8:52 a.m. tee time and one at a time, but play each hole conserva-
West. The Treasure Coast Titans lost I would recommend an excel spreadsheet comes roaring in at 8:49 going a thousand tively to reach your goal. Break your round
the game, 7-2, to the undefeated Vero or, for you non-computer types, a notebook mph and can’t figure out why you shoot 52 into 18 smaller goals. I know you will love
Beach team. with columns tracking: 1. Putts per round on the front nine and 39 on the back nine? the simplicity and clarity this mental ap-
2. Fairways hit 3. Greens in regulation 4. Remember, golf is a game of grace, rhythm proach brings!
Bunkers, chips and pitching saves. After and balance. You cannot display these
you review the results you will be able to traits if you are in a rushed, tense and hur- Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Profession-
see the weaknesses of your game and where ried state. al. He operates his Golf Academy at The Ev-
should concentrate your practice time. Too ergreen Club, has hosted and produced his
many of my students have no measurable 3. Target Score. The player must have a own television and radio shows, and has au-
way to see how they’re doing, and of course target score, which will keep you in emo- thored the golf instructional book “Golf Ev-
this leads to an inappropriate allocation of tional balance, force you to plan each shot, eryone,” published by Hunter Textbooks. Per-
their practice time. I don’t know how many and play within yourself. I very much be- kins may be reached at 561-301-3783. Email:
times I have had a student come to me for a lieve in playing one shot at a time, but the [email protected] or visit his website at
driving lesson. After I press them for infor- one shot that you are making an attempt to www.kevinperkinsgolfacademy.com.
mation regarding their putting, they con- hit will be determined by your overall goal
fess reluctantly that they average 40 putts of what your 18-hole target score is. I was
per round. Obviously, they need to spend always amazed at Tiger Woods’ post-major
a couple hours per week practicing their win news Conferences, when he’d say “Ste-
putting, which will begin to shave strokes vie (Williams, his caddie) and I thought -5
off their game immediately. So, track your would be the winning score, so we felt we
results and spend your time working on the needed par here, birdie there,” etc.. Well,
areas of your game that need the most im- all their strategy was predicated on what
provement. they thought would win. Yes, of course Ti-
ger played each shot one at a time, but each
2. Pre-Round Preparation. How to you shot was hit and executed within his over-
prepare for a round? Do you come to the all goal.
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