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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-05-16 16:58:48

05/16/2019 ISSUE 20


Oslo Road interchange will be
last I-95 project here. P10
Vero not budging on
reuse water rates. P10

Former Mayor Fletcher plans
‘stand your ground’ defense. P6

MY VERO For breaking news visit

BY RAY MCNULTY Vero’s beaches
to finally get
Hopefully, teachers will infusion of sand
not be packing guns here

Be grateful that our sher- FAU insider: Red ink led to grab for Harbor Branch funds BY LISA ZAHNER
iff and School Board mem-
bers possess the wisdom not BY FEDERICO MARTINEZ endowment because its own James Wilkie, who served Staff Writer
to embrace the governor’s Staff Writer research division had failed as Budget Director of the
wrongheaded decision last to recruit enough research- Division of Research and The City of Vero Beach’s
week to sign into law a bill al- Florida Atlantic Univer- ers bringing big grants with Assistant Vice President eroded shoreline will be get-
lowing Florida teachers to car- sity officials conspired to them and “was operating in of Budget Finance for the ting a major infusion of sand
ry guns in an effort to prevent take control of the Harbor the red,” according to a for- Division of Research until this fall – from Tracking Station
on-campus shootings. Branch Oceanographic Insti- mer top university adminis- February 2018, made the al- Park all the way to Castaway
tute Foundation’s $72 million trator. Cove – partially paid for by
Take pride in having elected CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 funds included in the $91.1 bil-
local public servants who pos- lion budget approved last week
sess the principles and cour- by the Florida Legislature.
age to put practicality above
politics, and not irrationally If Gov. Ron DeSantis does
grasp for a reckless remedy not veto the line item in the
that almost certainly will bring budget, County Administrator
unintended consequences and Jason Brown said the county
create the potential for more will receive $1,934,152 in state
problems than it solves. funding, which will help pay for
the engineers, biologists, min-
Rest assured that, when it ers and truckers needed to add
comes to school safety and sand to beaches and dunes all
protecting students in this along the city’s oceanfront.
community, our local law en-
forcement, governmental and Brown said FEMA has com-
educational leaders are far mitted $931,448.63 to the
smarter than the small think- project. The county will fund
ers in Tallahassee. the balance of the expected
$4.8 million cost.


Treasure Coast Community Health also School Board hires Susan Moxley as interim superintendent
trying to serve island patients in need
BY FEDERICO MARTINEZ Board Vice Chairman Tif-
BY MICHELLE GENZ ferent patient group in mind: Staff Writer fany Justice made the mo-
Staff Writer adults, including those living tion to hire Moxley, which
on Vero’s barrier island, who The Indian River County was seconded by board
Treasure Coast Community are either on Medicare and/ School Board voted unani- member Jacqueline Rosario.
Health Care, which as a fed- or have high deductible insur- mously to hire Susan Mox-
erally qualified health center ance. ley as the district’s interim “I think Dr. Moxley will do
serves low-income residents superintendent during a great things for us,” Rosario
throughout Indian River The spacious, newly reno- special board meeting on said. “I’m looking forward
County, has quietly opened a vated clinic, which began wel- Monday afternoon. to working with her.”
new clinic with a slightly dif- coming patients in December

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Beach replenishment from Windsor to John’s Island. The be closed or have limited access. Interim school superintendent
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Vero project has been delayed several Neighboring residents and busi- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
years due to lack of funding.
Vero is prohibited by charter from nesses will be notified of the approxi- Moxley served for a decade as a
using its own dollars for anything but Work on the beaches is slated to be- mate start date and duration of the Florida school superintendent before
emergency dune repair after a storm gin shortly after Oct. 1. construction a couple months prior retiring two years ago.
as a result of a referendum in the to rolling the trucks, according to
1980s. But the county collects bed tax Design and permitting can start pri- county officials. The board is expected to approve
money from hotels within the Vero city or to that date, but crews cannot place Moxley’s contract during its Tuesday
limits and uses part of those funds for equipment on the beach until Oct. 1, Mayor Val Zudans said the boost evening business meeting. Terms of
beach sand replenishment projects after the end of the sea turtle nesting for Vero’s beaches is important to the the contract already pre-approved by
up and down the island, including in season. local economy. the board include an annual salary of
Vero Beach. $161,000 – the same salary paid to Su-
County officials said several of Ve- “Think about our beachfront ho- perintendent Mark Rendell, who will
The last big erosion-control project ro’s public beach parks will be used tels, restaurants and quality of life officially step down on May 24.
completed in the county was roughly as construction staging areas, but the for local residents dependent on the
contractor – who should be on board quality of our beaches,” Zudans said. Board Chairman Laura Zorc said
by July or August – will determine the “This funding is good news for Vero Moxley will serve as the interim super-
schedule and which beaches might Beach – it’s in the town name.”  intendent for six to 12 months, which
will give the board time to launch an
extensive search for and hire a per-
manent superintendent. Moxley is ex-
pected to begin work at the district on
May 20, which will give her a few days
to become familiar with the district’s
operations before Rendell departs.

“I’m looking forward to working
with the School Board and everyone
in the district,” Moxley said after the
vote. “There has been a lot of [staff]
turnaround,” she added, referring to
the high number of teachers who have
left the district in recent years. “We
need to rebuild trust in the district,
develop better continuity and get ev-
eryone back on the same page.”

Moxley was one of 48 candidates
who applied for the interim position
which was posted for only one week.
The job attracted candidates from
around the country and the board
worked quickly and effectively to re-
view dozens of resumes and zero in on
the top candidates.

The need for an interim superinten-
dent became urgent after Rendell sub-
mitted his 30-day resignation notice
on April 24. Florida school districts
are required by state law to have an
interim or permanent superintendent
in place at all times.

Rendell, who served as superinten-
dent for four years, is leaving to become
the new principal at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr.
High School in Brevard County.

Strapped for time, the board met
with the Florida School Boards Asso-
ciation to help fast-track the process
for hiring an interim superintendent.

The high level of interest in the po-
sition was an unexpected, happy sur-
prise for board members and the FSBA,
which had earlier predicted the district
would likely receive only two or three
applications, due to the short deadline.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” said
Bill Vogel, a consultant for FSBA, who
noted that many excellent candidates
applied. “It just goes to show you how
attractive Indian River is as a county.”

Board members met Friday to se-
lect their three top candidates, which
turned out to be James Parma, Genelle

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 3


Zoratti Yost and Moxley, all of whom – into the chaos of an active-shooter was concerned about the possibil- happens if a deputy of police officer
have superintendent experience. The scenario in which there’s a real chance ity that, during an active-shooter in- confronts someone who is dressed in
three candidates were interviewed by they’ll do more harm than good. cident on campus, a law enforcement civilian clothes and who is armed?”
the board on Monday morning, lead- officer might mistakenly shoot an
ing up the vote to hire Moxley. There are simply too many disas- armed teacher. And nobody wants to see a teacher
ters waiting to happen, not the least accidentally shoot an innocent stu-
Moxley has been an educator for 35 of which is the possibility that armed “Our greatest concern is that you dent, or mistakenly shoot another
years, serving as principal at several teachers could fall victim to friendly fire. can’t identify the bad guy,” Flowers armed teacher. Nobody is talking
elementary and high schools, as an as- said at the time. “Deputies and police about what could happen if a troubled
sociate superintendent for the Orange Earlier this year, in fact, Loar reject- officers wear their uniforms on cam- student takes a gun from a teacher.
County Public Schools in Orlando, ed the armed-teacher proposal. pus. They’re easy to identify. But what
and as superintendent of Lake County CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
Schools in Central Florida from 2008 Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Flowers said Loar
to 2017, when she retired.
Exclusively John’s Island
Moxley told Vero Beach 32963 that
budgeting issues, improving student
achievement and developing a better
team atmosphere in the district are
her top three priorities.

Her goal for the first seven days is
to meet with the board as a whole and
individually, in part to review the dis-
trict’s current strategic plan and see
what is still relevant.

Also on her agenda are meetings
with administrators and community
leaders and visits to all of the district’s
schools. She plans to spend her eve-
nings studying reports that outline the
district’s finances, current academic
programs, and achievement levels.

Justice said she was impressed with
all three candidates, but preferred
someone with experience serving as a
superintendent in Florida.

She added that “[Moxley’s] willing-
ness to develop a transition plan for
the superintendent [who will succeed
her] really impressed me.” 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sunset views. Sited on 1.78± acres, this exquisitely crafted home impresses
with stately architectural details, soaring custom ceilings, spacious bedrooms,
Yes, these are difficult times for luxurious wood-paneled library and a family area opening to a sunroom with
America’s schools, where children con- floor to ceiling windows. A chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry, adjoining formal
tinue to die as heroes because adults dining room, pool-front cabana, 3-car garage and a dock are sure to enchant.
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But rather than work toward thought-
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that puts more firearms in classrooms.
772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
They give us teachers with guns,
expecting already stressed and usu-
ally underpaid educators to suddenly
transform themselves into Rambo at
the first sign of an armed attack.

“No, thank you,” says Sheriff Deryl
Loar – and the School Board, empow-
ered to make such decisions, appears
to agree.

We already have deputies and po-
lice officers assigned to every school
here, the result of a law passed by the
Florida Legislature in the wake of the
2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Mar-
jory Stoneman Douglas High School
in Parkland.

We don’t need to introduce gun-tot-
ing teachers – even if they’ve passed
extensive background checks and re-
ceived the requisite firearms training

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My Vero Not one board member expressed
even a hint of support for giving teach-

Nobody knows how a teacher with a “I don’t know what the other board
handgun will respond in a high-stress members think, but I believe we have
environment in which the gunman the best situation with school re-
might be armed with an AR-15. source officers (SROs) assigned to all
of our schools,” Zorc said. “If we didn’t
Proponents defend Florida’s new, have them there, maybe it would be
ill-conceived law by pointing out that something we’d need to consider.”
teachers who volunteer to serve as
“armed guardians” must undergo 140 The Sheriff’s Office has 26 SROs in 24
hours of firearms training and be test- schools (19 public, four charter and one
ed regularly for their proficiency with a private), with two deputies assigned to
gun. But as one longtime local law en- each of the county’s public high schools,
forcement officer told me: “Trained to while the Vero Beach Police Depart-
shoot is not the same as trained to kill.” ment has three SROs in three schools
(two public, one private) and Sebastian
It came as no surprise, then, that Police Department has SROs in three
when contacted over the weekend, schools (two public, one charter).
Flowers said Loar is still “against” arm-
ing teachers in this county. Likewise, Those officers also work with school
none of our School Board members officials to conduct active-shooter
was eager to endorse the policy as a drills for students and teachers.
means of preventing – and responding
to – on-campus shootings. “We have been blessed to have
strong relationships with law enforce-
First-year board member Mara ment and municipalities in this county
Schiff, an associate professor at Florida that have chosen to partner with us to
Atlantic University’s School of Crimi- ensure that our schools are manned by
nology and Criminal Justice, said she law enforcement officers,” Justice said,
was strongly opposed to the new law adding that she was grateful for “their
and wrote in a Facebook post that she commitment to sharing in the costs of
has “absolutely no intention” of sup- making sure our schools are safe learn-
porting any attempt to arm teachers. ing environments for our students.”

“I am not uninformed about this is- Board members are scheduled
sue,” wrote Schiff, who has spent near- to meet with local law enforcement
ly three decades as a scholar specializ- representatives June 11 in a closed
ing in criminal justice and education, session at which they will review the
and who teaches a “Crime in Schools” results of the safety and security mea-
class at FAU. sures recommended by Undersheriff
Jim Harpring and implemented after
“Teachers are trained to teach stu- the Parkland shooting.
dents, not to decide when and how to
shoot them,” she added. “I do not be- Sure to be discussed are the three
lieve the answer to the problem of gun incidents that occurred in the past
violence in our schools is to put even month, when the Sheriff’s Office ar-
more guns in our schools.” rested three teenagers – seventh-grad-
ers at Imagine School South Vero and
Schiff said her Facebook post reflect- Storm Grove Middle School, and an
ed her opinion as a “knowledgeable 18-year-old Vero Beach High School
private citizen,” not as a School Board student – who made social-media
member. However, she also wrote that threats to kill at their schools.
she values the relationships the board
enjoys with local law enforcement agen- The threats were uncovered and
cies, adding that any relevant board de- thwarted by deputies and detectives
cision on school safety will be made in before any harm was done.
“close collaboration” with them.
Flowers said deputies rely heavily
School Board Chairman Laura Zorc, on information provided to SROs on
Vice Chairman Tiffany Justice and first- campus, as well as through tips com-
year member Teri Barenborg shared municated through social media, the
Schiff’s sentiments regarding the dis- Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous-tip hot-
trict’s partnership with local law en- line and the FortifyFL suspicious ac-
forcement. Of the three, however, only tivity reporting app.
Zorc said specifically that she doesn’t
support arming teachers. “We’ll take the information any
way we can get it, but having school
Barenborg said she didn’t have “all of resource officers on campus is huge,”
the facts I need to make an informed Flowers said. “They’re at the schools
decision yet,” and she wanted more in- every day, so they’re able to build re-
formation from local law enforcement. lationships with kids who know they
Justice avoided a direct response to the can come forward with information.
armed-teacher question, choosing to
focus on her support for having a po- “We’re blessed that we live in a
lice presence in every school. Jackie smaller community where you hear
Rosario, another rookie board mem- things,” he added. “And when we hear
ber, didn’t respond to a text message. about a threat, we take it seriously. You
never really know anybody’s intent, so
we follow up on everything.” 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 5


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healthcare, is located in a medical of- the Barber Bridge – was opened with to make ends meet with a sudden drop little there is inside,” Soule said.
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Fletcher charged with aggravated assault Treasure Coast Health
BY LISA ZAHNER depositions in this case and prepar- ers off his property and that he didn’t
Staff Writer ing for a potential ‘stand your ground’ know who Bouchlas was or why he ers and their income is cut in half, they
hearing and trial.” was banging on his door. are finding themselves in the very un-
State Attorney Bruce Colton’s office comfortable dilemma of having to sell
has filed a formal information docu- Fletcher is accused of answering the Bouchlas and his business partner the house in order to make [life] more
ment with the court charging former front door of his McAnsh Park home say Bouchlas ran off the porch in re- affordable,” Soule said in the agency’s
Vero Beach mayor A. Craig Fletcher with a revolver and pointing it at a land- sponse to Fletcher’s alleged actions biannual presentation to the Hospital
with aggravated assault with a firearm, scaping contractor, who had knocked and obscenity-laced verbal threats. No District Board.
a third-degree felony, but Fletcher on the door. The alleged victim, Soterios bullets were fired and by the time po-
maintains he’s done nothing wrong, Bouchlas, is a partner in the landscap- lice arrived, Fletcher had returned the Healthcare, particularly preventive
and his lawyer says he’ll prove the al- ing company that had been working at firearm to a bedroom in his home. or chronic care, can be one of the first
leged incident was justified under Fletcher’s next-door neighbor’s home things to fall by the wayside.
Florida law. when a dispute arose, with Fletcher ac- Exactly who felt most threatened,
cusing the landscape workers of dam- scared or unsafe – 77-year-old Fletch- Offering a low-cost alternative to
Fletcher was arrested and charged aging flowers on his property. er in his home with his wife Arlene in such seniors – TCCH waives Medicare
by police with felony aggravated as- the house, or Bouchlas standing on deductibles – and in a setting indistin-
sault on March 29. The formal infor- The state’s charging document, the Fletchers’ front porch – may turn guishable from private practice physi-
mation document means the State signed by Assistant State Attorney Mi- out to be the big question in the case cian offices, can mean economically
Attorney’s office has reviewed the chelle McCarter, alleges that Fletcher if Metcalf does pursue a “stand your stressed seniors getting care in the
merits of the case and believes there is “did intentionally and unlawfully ground” defense. same neighborhood where they have
enough evidence to bring Fletcher to threaten by word or act to do violence long come to doctors.
trial and convict him. to the person of Soterios Bouchlas,” What’s commonly referred to as
and “did an act which created a well- the stand your ground law is Florida It is also meant to be respectful of
“We have entered a plea of not founded fear in Soterios Bouchlas that Statute Chapter 766 entitled “Justifi- prideful patients who are uncomfort-
guilty in the case,” Andrew Metcalf, such violence was about to take place,” able Use of Force,” which describes able using public health services. The
Fletcher’s Vero Beach-based defense adding that a firearm was involved. in detail situations in which a person 787 building is at the back of a larger,
counsel, said on Monday. “Over the accused of threatening or harming an- busier medical office complex built in
next several months we will be setting According to records, Fletcher told other can claim he or she acted in self- 1980 that fronts 37th Avenue.
police he simply wanted the work- defense. 
“Having both my in-laws and my par-
ents live by us in their last years, I under-
stand the difficulty in getting primary
care once you turn 65,” Soule said. “Not

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 7


that we don’t have very good doctors two more slated to start in July; five mary care, and health navigation ser- part of 2016, Dr. Flynn and I discussed
here, but some of our seniors don’t have psychiatrists; nine physician assis- vices. TCCH also offers gynecological that revenues were not sufficient to
very good prescription coverage. tants and advanced-practice nurses; surgery services at Steward Sebastian cover Division of Research expenses,
11 dentists; and three pharmacists. River Medical Center. and that the Division of Research was
“They may have Medicare for doctors’ deficit spending, meaning the Division
visits, but they don’t have prescription TCCH has its roots in Fellsmere, All clinics take nearly all major pri- of Research was operating in the red.
coverage so they don’t take their medi- where, in 1993, three medical provid- vate insurances plus Medicare and
cations because they’re too expensive. ers opened the Fellsmere Community Medicaid. For the uninsured, TCCH “In late 2016, and early 2017, Dr. Fly-
Then they end up in the ER and then Health Coalition. offers treatment on a sliding fee scale nn told me that he wanted more control
go to a specialist and get more medica- or tries to qualify patients for Hospital over the Harbor Branch Foundation’s
tions.” The clinic won Federally Qualified District reimbursement.  funds so that they could be deployed to
Health Center status in 1995 when help Dr. Flynn achieve the $100 million
Another targeted adult population is it became Treasure Coast Commu- Harbor Branch goal faster,” Wilkie wrote.
military veterans. In March, TCCH be- nity Health Care, and it remains the
gan seeing behavioral health patients only such clinic in the county, though CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Dr. Flynn told me he intended to
with prior authorization from the Vet- Whole Family Health Center is pursu- have the President of the Harbor Branch
erans Administration. It has just won ing that designation. Full FQHC status legation in an affidavit added to Har- Foundation removed, because she was
approval to begin medical care as well. allows clinics to receive federal grants bor Branch Foundation’s two-year-old a barrier to his ability to get to the Foun-
as well as discounted pharmaceuticals. lawsuit against FAU on May 5. dation’s funding. Dr. Flynn also said he
Altogether, TCCH expects to see intended to remove the Harbor Branch
more than 22,000 patients this year in Today TCCH has two offices in Fells- According to Wilkie’s affidavit, Daniel Foundation’s attorney, since he viewed
its seven clinics – eight clinics if it wins mere which together offer medical, Flynn, FAU’s Vice President of Research, the attorney as someone who would
Hospital District approval to open a dental and behavioral health services began plotting to take control of the keep the Foundation independent
new clinic in Gifford in October. to that largely rural population. In Se- Foundation in late 2016 because the from FAU . . . and to have the Founda-
bastian, it offers adult and pediatric University’s research division was los- tion’s administrative and accounting
At TCCH’s six other existing clinics, medical and behavioral health. ing money, and was not going to reach functions transferred to FAU.”
pediatric patients make up more than its goal of hiring researchers who could
a third of the 21,000 patients seen an- In Vero, it has a medical and behav- bring with them $100 million in federal, At the time, Flynn claimed his take-
nually. At the busiest locations, includ- ioral health clinic in the K-mart plaza. state, local and private research grants. over move was motivated by a desire
ing in Vero’s K-Mart plaza, parents The clinic on Oslo Road offers medi- to reduce accounting, legal and other
bring sick children trailed by a sibling cal and dental services. And a stand- “As a result of the failure to hire re- administrative costs, resulting in a
or two to waiting rooms where space is alone dental clinic is in downtown searchers, the Division of Research was projected annual savings of $416,000.
at a premium. Vero along State Road 60. not achieving its budgeted revenue
stream,” Wilke wrote. “During the latter “FAU does a fine job proving staff-
Of the 250 people employed by the The new 787 office in Vero is offer- ing and services to its other ... [Direct
growing system, there are 14 medical ing women’s health and gynecological
and pediatric physicians on staff, with services, behavioral healthcare, pri- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Harbor Branch Foundation],” he wrote in an email. board meeting, Dr. Flynn announced cant cost reductions in the next budget,
When Harbor Branch administra- that all the Foundation’s administrative but he did not provide any specifics.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 functions would be transferred to FAU.
tors and board members resisted his Two months later, after failed arbi-
Service Operations], some of which efforts, Flynn tried to achieve his goal This included the Foundation’s legal, tration, the Harbor Branch Founda-
are far more complex than . . . [Har- as a fait accompli, according to the audit and accounting, development, tion filed its lawsuit to stop Flynn’s
bor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s lawsuit: communications and clerical support. hostile takeover effort, which it char-
Dr. Flynn said this would result in signifi- acterized as “a brazen power play.”
“At a January 24, 2017 Foundation

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 9


The Foundation’s legal argument subsidiary of Florida Atlantic Univer- Since its inception in the 1970s, Har- The Foundation carefully vets re-
rests on the Memorandum of Under- sity . . . the current Harbor Branch en- bor Branch has been devoted to marine search and program grant applications
standing that laid out details of Harbor dowment will remain with the HBOI mammal and oceanographic research and monitors grant compliance, ac-
Branch Oceanographic Institute’s 2007 Foundation . . . [and] HBOI Founda- and education. and the Foundation of- cording to the lawsuit, but if FAU takes
merger with FAU. tion distributions will be made in the ficials fear that mission will be diluted over the endowment, “the Foundation’s
sole discretion of the HBOI Founda- or diverted if Flynn gains unrestricted grant functions would be controlled by
That Memorandum states that “the tion Board of Directors.” access to the $72 million endowment.
HBOI Foundation will not become a CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

10 Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Harbor Branch pending litigation,” Galardi said. “But Oslo Road interchange: Last big I-95 project here
I think Mr. Wilkie’s words speak for
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 themselves.” BY GEORGE ANDREASSI County won’t require any more major
Staff Writer work for about two decades.
the very entity that receives the grants, Attorney Richard Mitchell, who is
raising inevitable conflicts of interest representing FAU, said he isn’t yet Interstate 95 will remain three “We’re not anticipating any need to
and the appearance of self-dealing.” able to specifically address Wilkie’s lanes in each direction in Indian River widen I-95 in Indian River County,”
affidavit, but characterized the over- County through at least 2045 because said FDOT consultant Eric Penfield,
Katha Kissman, Harbor Branch all lawsuit filed by Harbor Branch as traffic projections show no need for of RS&H of Fort Lauderdale. “It should
Foundation president and CEO, de- “meritless.” widening, state transportation offi- work pretty well through 2045.”
clined comment and referred ques- cials said last week.
tions about Wilke’s explosive affidavit Mitchell, who works for Orlando- About 45,000 vehicles per day travel
to Attorney Joseph Galardi, whose based law firm Gray-Robinson, P.A., And once FDOT completes the $45 on I-95 in Indian River County, state
West Palm Beach-based law firm, said the firm will be submitting a writ- million Oslo Road Interchange, esti- records show.
Beasley & Galardi, P.A., represents the ten response to the affidavit by May mated for 2027, I-95 in Indian River
foundation. 28, a deadline imposed by the court. FDOT anticipates widening I-95 to
eight lanes the entire length of Martin
“We normally don’t comment on Flynn could not be reached for com- County north to Okeechobee Road/
ment.  State Road 70 in St. Lucie County, re-
cords show.

I-95 is already eight lanes between
Okeechobee and Indrio roads in St.
Lucie County. 

Vero not budging on reuse
water rates for the Shores

Staff Writer

In one of his first official duties after
being selected Vero Beach city man-
ager by a unanimous vote of the City
Council, Monte Falls politely rebuffed
Indian River Shores’ demand for lower
reuse water rates.

Falls’ letter said nothing the Shores
hadn’t already been told by former
city manager Jim O’Connor and Vero
water-sewer director Rob Bolton. His
May 10 letter just says “no” to the de-
mand for lower rates in a more nicely
worded fashion, emphasizing how the
City of Vero Beach “has every desire to
fulfill the letter of our franchise agree-
ment and maintain good relations
with the town.”


Like O’Connor, Falls is waiting for
the results of a rate study unilaterally
commissioned by the city to deter-
mine what to charge the Shores for
reuse water.

This newVero rate study, the city says,
is designed to determine Vero’s cost of
bringing reuse water to the Shores, but
the Shores says that information is im-
material because the water agreement
between the city and the town says the
city will match county reuse water rates.

Indian River County Utilities on
March 1 lowered county rates from 67
cents per 1,000 gallons to 21 cents per
1,000 gallons.

The difference between the 67 cents
and the 21 cents amounts to more than
a quarter-million dollars a year, which
will either go to Vero utilities or stay in
the Shores. 

Martha Redner and
Glenn Tremml, M.D.


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Shimmy some love! Vero’s dancing ‘Stars’ raise their game

Andrea Berry and Kyle Atkins. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE & KAILA JONES Karen and John Franke. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Norman Wells and Dr. Deborah Brown.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Horrocks oversaw the voting. said, “You danced like a 20-year-old sizzled in a Salsa/Cha-Cha with part-
“I am honored to represent Indian tonight.” ner Marianella Tobar to “Billy Jean”
Staff Writer and “Smooth Criminal.” Sheathed
River County Healthy Start Coali- Golf professional Bela Nagy teed in gold lamé, the duo’s quick turns,
The Indian River County Healthy tion and the mothers and babies and things up for partner Yvonne Miller in flashy movements, lifts and moonwalk
Start Coalition shook things up last families that we serve. These amazing a cheeky musical theater number to racked up a perfect 30. “Hey, hey what
Saturday evening at Riverside Theatre dancers have stepped outside of their “All That Jazz” and “Hot Honey Rag” do you say; this doer came to slay,” said
with a star-studded lineup during the comfort zone to support our mission,” that earned a 25. “Not many grown Foster.
11th annual Dancing with Vero Stars said Andrea Berry, executive director, men would want to do the things she
to support a system of care for all local before introducing an HSC client to asked you to do on this stage,” said White Orchid Spa owner Kelly Dono-
mothers, babies and their families. share her emotional story. Rose-Imbro. van showed her flair for the dramatic,
twirling around the stage with Rob-
Robby Rivas and Marianella Tobar Christine Walker, owner of Studio OBGYN physician Dr. Deni Malave- ert Scott in a nightclub two-step to
won the Grand Prize, taking home the Gabriel Salon Spa and Boutique, and Huertas delivered a stellar perfor- the beat of “Bring It On,” earning a 26
Mirror Ball Trophy, and Martha Red- Joe Wynes started the show with a sul- mance with Amy Trammell in a Latin in what was a new dance style to the
ner, with partner Dr. Glenn Tremml, try Cha-Cha/Rumba to “Black Magic fusion routine to “Despacito” that siz- judges.
was the top fundraiser in the event’s Woman,” dancing across the stage in a zled with lifts, spins and flips, earning
history, raising $132,000. Overall, flurry of purple and black feathers and a perfect 30. Foster said, “This was fun, For more information, visit
dancers raised a record $495,000, a scoring a 23 with a dance Stein said spice and everything nice.” 
considerable increase from the roughly was “magic.”
$40,000 raised at the first event in 2009. Landscape architect Mark Sartain PRIZE WINNERS:
Realtor Hollie Billero Buldo and Bri- and Mary Margaret Hatch brought mu-
John Moore got the mirror ball roll- an Spector’s fancy footwork, leaps and sical theater characters to life dancing TOP ONLINE CONTRIBUTIONS:
ing as he chatted with dancers on the quick turns in a jazz number to “Let’s to “Get me to the Church on Time” and Kelly Donovan
red carpet before they headed back- Be Bad” earned a score of 26. Rose-Im- earning 25 points. “Who knew there
stage to put on their dancin’ shoes and bro said, “Honey, but you weren’t bad was so much talent in Vero Beach,” said HIGHEST DANCE SCORE:
the crowd moved inside to mingle over at all. You were just fine.” Stein. Tied between Robby Rivas/Marianella
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and pe- Tobar and Dr. Deni Malave-Huertas/
ruse silent-auction items. Citrus Three owner Curtis Carpen- Wearing a gossamer gown and tiara,
ter and Karren Walter earned a solid 27 Martha Redner, Quail Valley director Amy Trammell
As the auditorium lights were dancing a romantic Viennese Waltz to of membership and marketing, and
dimmed, emcee Tiffany Corr charged “Perfect.” “This was full of content and partner Dr. Glenn Tremml (who had TOP FUNDRAISER:
the audience with the task of hav- structure and at times simply breath- graciously stepped in to replace her Martha Redner
ing fun and cheering on the dancers taking,” said Foster. pro) told a “tale as old as time” with
before introducing the judges: Chris a Foxtrot to “Beauty and the Beast,” FIRST RUNNER-UP:
Foster, owner of FW Productions, Dee Fitness guru Pamela Dechellis had earning a 24 for what Stein called a Kelly Donovan and Robert Scott
Rose-Imbro, Vero Beach High School no trouble keeping up with Nicholas “dreamy dance.”
drama teacher, and Brad Stein, Broad- Dimitrov in a fiery Argentinian Tango SECOND RUNNER-UP :
way dancer and teacher. CPA Christine and Salsa to “Santa Maria” and “Fire- Indian River County lifeguard, en- Pamela Dechellis and Nicholas Dimitrov
ball,” which earned a 29. Rose-Imbro gineer and fire medic Robby Rivas,

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Martha Redner and Dr. Glenn Tremml.
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Hollie Billero Buldo and Brian Spector. Mark Sartain and Mary Margaret Hatch. Pamela Dechellis and Nicholas Dimitrov.

Robert Scott and Kelly Donovan. Dr. Deni Malave-Huertas and Amy Trammell. Robby Rivas and Marianella Tobar. Bela Nagy and Yvonne Miller.

Joe Wynes and Christine Walker.

Karren Walter and Curtis Carpenter.

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‘Dimes’ collects dollars at March for Babies fundraiser

Staff Writer

Babies got a boost at the recent In- Chelsea Platas and Melanie Johnson. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Vicki Hurley, Michelle Funnell and Christina Jones.
dian River County March for Babies,
a 2.5-mile walk/run at Riverside the pre-walk Super Hero Sprint.
Park to raise money to fund March Event chair Todd Racine,
of Dimes programs and research
toward the prevention of birth de- principal of Sebastian River Middle
fects, infant mortality and prema- School, said he got involved with
ture birth. the March of Dimes nearly 20 years
ago after the premature birth of his
In addition to championing son, who was assisted by surfactant
friends and family members who therapy (helps prevent immature
have experienced prematurity, lungs from collapsing), a MOD
supporters were helping to fund funded breakthrough introduced in
programs that assist mothers and
babies from preconception to post-
delivery, with the ultimate goal of
sparing other families the difficul-
ties associated with prematurity or
the devastating loss of a child.

Enthusiastic members of the
Sebastian Elementary School
Sea Turtles helped build up the
momentum with assorted cheers
as walkers began to gather, and
adorable youngsters in purple capes
excitedly waited their turn to run in

Todd Racine and Brooke Flood. Kirk Funnell and Kat Redner.

1990. He said that one of the biggest she is only here because of the March
challenges for parents with a of Dimes,” said Rachel Carroll, not-
premature baby is the unknown. ing that London’s underdeveloped
lungs also required surfactant. “The
“While your child is in the NICU March of Dimes are here with us and
(newborn intensive care unit), you are paving the way to help babies
are awaiting different tests to find who are born prematurely and to
out if there’s an infection or if there help babies who are born with con-
are going to be any birth defects as genital defects. Prematurity contin-
you’re moving along,” said Racine. ues to be the No. 1 cause of infant
“So you’re constantly in a wait- mortality, so today we stand with
ing game. And it’s not just the six you to walk together, so more babies
or eight weeks they might be in the like London can have a chance.”
hospital; it’s for the first 10 years of
their life and even beyond.” Assisted by the Carroll family,
Brooke Flood, school readiness co-
Addressing the crowd prior to the ordinator for the School District of
walk, Racine said, “I’m honored to IRC, presided over the touching Lei
chair this event because like all of Ceremony, presenting purple leis to
you, I want to live in a world in which families whose children were born
healthy moms and strong babies are prematurely or with birth defects,
a priority for us all.” and white leis of remembrance to
families who have lost a child.
Rachel and Tim Carroll shared a
little about their emotional jour- “We hope these leis will bring to
ney with daughter London, who light the magnitude of the mission
was born four months premature, of the March of Dimes,” said Flood.
weighing in at just 1 pound, 3 ounc-
es. For more information, visit mar- 
“She’s going to be 4 in October and

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Lesley Matranga, Dep. Rob Martinez and Lucrece Davis. Jimmy, Trace, Caleb and Savannah York. Kaylee Renee Delisa, Hanna Walker, Vicky Picard.

London, Tim and Rachel Carroll.

Taelor Beatty and Aaliyah Oliver. Pam Neal and Guthrie Paca.

Owen Williams races to the finish line. Meredith Sihombing.

18 Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Hole-y moly! Golf-A-Thon
pros tee it up to help VNA

Emily Sherwood, Beverly Smith, Lundy Fields and Kathie Pierce. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

BY MARY SCHENKEL 1990 with four pros who played 100
holes and made $20,000. And here we
Staff Writer are 29 years later and it’s turned into
this phenomenal event,” said Finck.
Lightning storms curtailed some of
the action but none of the enthusiasm “So we’re thrilled for the VNA. The
at the 29th annual Golf-A-Thon to ben- Golf-A-Thon hit its banner year of funds
efit the VNA & Hospice Foundation last raised, with $365,000 to date, and we
Monday at the Orchid Island Golf Club, have more funds coming in. Last year
co-chaired by Robbie Saxton, Cath- was $345,000. We have done really well
erine Reichert and Mo Reilly. and it all goes to a good cause. The pros
love it; they have their camaraderie,
Each year, skilled pros from local but they also know this is a give-back
clubs donate their time to play in a day- to the community. It’s just a win-win
long golf game and are joined at the situation all the way around.”
end of the day by VNA board members
and volunteers for a celebratory cock- She said this year’s 12 pros were right
tail reception. on target to play 135 holes, until light-
ning shortened play to 89 holes. They
This year Rich Waage, Orchid Island were, however, able to get in the shoot-
director of golf, hosted fellow pros: Don out at the end of the day, which was
Meadows, Quail Valley Golf Club; Steve won by Joe Kerns. Sal Spallone took
Hudson, John’s Island Golf Club; Steve top honors otherwise with, according
Lupcho, Pointe West Country Club; to Waage, well over 20 birdies and a
Matthew Challenor, Windsor Club; number of skins (competitions among
Andy Nelson, Riomar Country Club; players).
Sal Spallone, Bent Pine Golf Club; Ran-
dy Hedgecock, Vero Beach Country “Everybody looks forward to this
Club; Ian Killen, Indian River Club; Joe one day of the year to see these amaz-
Kern, Grand Harbor Club; Bela Nagy, ing pros do their thing, and the shoot-
Sandridge Golf Club; and Bob Gruber, out is always so much fun to watch,”
The Moorings Club. said Lundy Fields, VNA president/CEO.

“It was great. I think everyone en- “Collaborating as a team, we pro-
joyed it,” said Waage, crediting the suc- vide excellent patient care to patients
cess to the volunteers as well as Orchid and families with four things,” said
and VNA staffers. Lundy, adding that VNA staff deliv-
ers care with integrity, compassion,
“Orchid is a very challenging golf knowledge and love. “We do all that
course,” said Waage, describing the because we want our patients to ex-
course, which has 17 holes with wa- perience optimal quality of life at all
ter, a lot of elevated greens and sizable times.”
distances between cart paths and tee-
boxes, as “humongous.” Thanking Golf-A-Thon partici-
pants, donors and sponsors, he said
The day was particularly special for they are only able to do that because
VNA board member and Orchid resi- of the collective commitment of the
dent Carole Finck, who was the liaison community.
between the board and the event com-
mittee. For more information, visit vnatc.
com. 
“We held the very first one here in

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 19


Catherine Reichart, Mo Reilly and Robbie Saxton. Patty Gaede and Carole Finck. Rich Waage, Rob Tench and Steve McKeever.

Teryl Viner, Pam MacMannis, Meg Briggs. Barbara Crosby, Laura Shucart, Myra Webber and Marilyn Kinsella. Bob Gruber, Ian Killen and Bela Nagy.

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RT Star’s B-day bash spotlights theater’s summer fun

BY MARY SCHENKEL Anna Maria, Katherine and Alexandra Rose Keshtmand. Revue performed by Little Rascals groups to visit shows at Riverside.
Staff Writer and Junior Rascals, as well as other “We’re for every kid. We do so
There was also information about campers who will be in staged per-
Youngsters were the focus of the the numerous Riverside Theatre for formances of “Shrek the Musical” much for the entire community; all
recent RT Star’s Big Birthday Party Kids summer camp options for stu- and “Matilda the Musical.” kids of all ages and of all experience
on the campus of Riverside Theatre, dents of all ages and abilities, from levels,” said Quillinan. He added
a free family day that featured per- the new RT’s Little Stars perfor- Additionally, students in the In- that there is sometimes a miscon-
formances, children’s games and mance-based camps to the Rascals tensive Summer Dance Study, pre- ception that they are looking for the
activities, hot dogs and snow cones. sented by Riverside Theatre and next superstar or that they cater to
The hardest decision was determin- Ballet Vero Beach, will perform students hoping to become theater
ing what to do first. onstage at the Riverside Dance Fes- professionals.
tival Aug. 4, the same date of RT’s
There were performances Back to School Bash, which is host- “And that’s not the case at all.
throughout the day on the out- ed in partnership with the Educa- Kids who have done a lot of the-
door stage that included some of tion Foundation of IRC. ater can get a whole lot out of it, but
the high-energy students of River- so can the kid who’s never done a
side Theatre’s education programs “Since we do so much outreach thing; the shy kid, the quiet kid,”
showcasing their multiple talents now, we reach upwards of 10,000 said Quillinan.
with previews of the upcoming pro- students throughout the year,” said
duction “Junie B. Jones” the Musi- Kevin Quillinan, director of theatre “That’s our overall message. And
cal,” taking place May 30 through education. “Students throughout it’s not just for those with means.
June 1 on the Stark Main Stage. the community are reached in one We have scholarships. We have a va-
form or another through all our dif- riety of ways that we can reach all
“She loves it; it’s her life,” said ferent programs.” kids. So, whatever barriers people
Brenda Lloyd, pointing out her think there are to doing things here,
12-year-old granddaughter Chloe, He noted that in addition to after- I want to remove that. Everyone is
one of the “Junie B. Jones” performers. school classes and summer camps, welcome here; the more the mer-
“She was maybe 5 years old when she their Touring Shows take the show rier.”
first tried out for a play. I took her to on the road to local schools, and
her first play when she was 3.” their School Field Trip program For more information, visit river-
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Winnie Wilcox. Mariah Cypress and Adren Johnson. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Laine and Emmy Kazmerowski.

Kelise and Willow Pelletier. Ethan Schoepf. Aiva and Eden Raath. Kevin and Flynn Quillinan.

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Champions of cultural community earn Laurel Awards

BY MARY SCHENKEL PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 just finished raising all the money for anything good that has come from
Staff Writer their Children’s Garden,” said Smith. that endeavor is only so because of the
Dr. Alan and Roxanne Durkin. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE “Under the direction of Christine Ho- reciprocal nature of this community,”
At the 2019 Laurel Awards Celebra- bart, our fabulous executive director, said Craig.
tion last Wednesday evening at River- san Schuyler Smith and Suzan Phillips we raised $5 million for the Children’s
side Theatre, the Cultural Council of by Diana Stark and Jon Moses, River- Garden and another $2 million for the The John J. Schumann Jr. Award for
Indian River County honored several side Theatre managing director/COO. endowment fund. That’s thanks to all Business Leadership was presented
individuals who have demonstrated of you.” on his behalf by former award winner
exceptional support of the arts through Moses said Smith and Phillips emu- Keith Kite, to Dr. Alan and Roxanne
philanthropy, volunteerism, education lated the late Mr. Stark’s talent for rec- Former award winners Don Croteau Durkin, owners of Ocean Drive Plastic
and leadership. ognizing a need and rallying people to and Susan Grandpierre presented, on Surgery and Med Spa, for their sup-
get things done, noting that they “liter- her behalf, the Alma Lee Loy Award for port of Under the Oaks and other Vero
Guests gathered in the lobby for a ally dug in; they got dirty. They were Volunteer Leadership to Carol Ludwig, Beach Art Club shows, the Cultural
VIP wine reception to mingle with fel- instrumental in the preservation of Center for Spiritual Care founder. Council and the Vero Beach Museum
low arts aficionados, nibble on deli- McKee Jungle Gardens and its restora- of Art.
cious hors d’oeuvres by Wild Thyme tion as McKee Botanical Gardens.” “Carol is an amazing resource and
Catering and peruse an extensive Lob- catalyst for the local community,” said “We do know that art is one of the
by Art Gallery Exhibit of 150 pieces of “I have the privilege of letting the Croteau. Since 2000 the Center has real stalwarts of what makes life worth
work, curated by Alicia Quinn and her community know that McKee has promoted and celebrated local artists living,” said Dr. Durkin. “And we know
committee. while also allowing people to strength- that we have an amazing arts commu-
en their inner beings. nity, and that’s what makes Vero truly
“What a great evening to be with you an amazing place to live.”
and to be celebrating our marvelous “I accept this award tonight on the
cultural arts community here in Vero shoulders of many others,” said Lud- Former award winner Mark Wygon-
Beach and Indian River County,” said wig. “Integrating body, mind, spirit ik directed a showcase of Visual Arts
event emcee John Moore, after being and creativity became the hallmark of Performances on the Stark Stage, inter-
introduced by Barbara Hoffman, Cul- the Center and we really haven’t looked spersed between presentations.
tural Council executive director. back or questioned or doubted that
commitment.” Performances included the OPUS
The Richard A. Stark Award for Cul- Student Orchestra featuring students
tural Leadership was presented to Su- The Willie C. Reagan Award for from Oslo and Storm Grove Middle
Educational Arts Leadership was pre- Schools, directed by Richard Ballinger;
sented by Reagan and wife Don to Ja- Vero Classical Ballet dancers Rylee
cob Craig, director of Music and Arts Green and Barry Trammell dancing
at First Presbyterian Church, and Pipe Prokofiev’s Cinderella Pas de Deux;
Major of Vero Beach Pipes and Drums. and Mickey Freeman, accompanied by
Craig, singing a selection of jazz num-
Reagan said Craig has “demonstrat- bers.
ed musical excellence and enormous
vision” in a wide variety of local arts Craig also played a solo composi-
education venues, and has “inspired tion and another remarkably creative
and trained hundreds of middle and piece, accompanied by David Israel,
high school students to pursue their Leif Clark, Andrew Miller and Thomas
passion for music.” An accomplished Miller who ‘played’ the inside of the pi-
pianist, organist, bagpiper and cho- ano, plucking wires and rhythmically
ral director, Craig has collaborated on thumping its sides. The final perfor-
numerous other programs to provide mance showcased Flamenco guitarist
musical opportunities for amateur and Greg Reiter, accompanied by violinist
professional musicians of all ages. Samuel Bormett and Ryan Nietz on
“I would like to view this award as
being shared, for while I have a great For more information, visit cultural-
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Christine Hobart, Susan Schuyler Smith, Suzan Phillips and Diana Stark. Cree Scudder with Carol Ludwig and Warren Obluck.
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‘Scene’ is believing at top-notch Riverside Theatre for Kids

BY PAM HARBAUGH As the commercial might say, “This Riverside staffing helps out so much
Correspondent is not your grandfather’s children’s more and allows me, and other teach-
theater.” ers and directors, to focus on that side
Children’s theater often means of thing. It’s great.”
cardboard scenery propped up in liv- The group does such fine work that
ing rooms, school classrooms or rec it typically wins awards at the annual That assistance allows directors to
centers. But in Vero Beach, children’s Junior Theatre Festival, sponsored by make the shows as polished as can be.
theater goes big-time at Riverside The- huge names in American musical the-
atre for Kids. ater – Playbill, Disney Musicals and “We have great quality,” says Quil-
Music Theatre International. linan. “We hold a high bar and high
Take a look at “Junie B. Jones,” the standard for our kids which they al-
next show opening May 30. Although “We’re getting national recognition ways meet.”
performed by students, it will be pre- for the quality and reach of what we
sented on Riverside’s fabulous Stark do,” says Kevin Quillinan, director of Oscar Sales, Riverside’s marketing
Stage, the mainstage home to lavish theater education. “Being a part of Riv- director and a father of two, says the
professional musicals. erside Theatre means we have so much program is singular in the way it treats
available to us, so many resources.” both the young performers and their
Indeed, Riverside Theatre for Kids audiences.
plumbs all the facilities, staff and gen- The shows are all fully produced and
erous resources of the well-heeled, last about an hour in length. Some are Audiences, mostly families with
acclaimed Riverside Theatre. Its pro- productions of workshops and others children, enjoy the experience of the
ductions, by and for the young, have productions of months-long classes. comfortable surrounds of the Stark
grown so popular that they had to They typically feature casts of young Stage auditorium, where they are
move shows out of the Agnes Wahl- performers, ages 8 to 17 years. Still greeted by professional ushers who
strom Youth Playhouse and into the others are shows starring early career show them to their seats. And when
larger auditorium. professionals just out of college. the lights go down and the curtain
goes up to reveal the splendid scenery,
Of course, at Riverside, that trans- “They have such an energy and en- the excitement of being in a real the-
lates into grander scenery, flashier thusiasm for performing,” Quillinan ater becomes “palpable.”
lighting, better acoustics and cos- says. “We get a great mix, from those
tumes … all designed by talented pro- who have never done anything before “It’s bigger, grander,” Sales says.
fessionals. to those who have performed a lot.” “The audiences love it. They say this
really feels like a big show.”
THROUGH THE E Y E OF THE CAMERA Quillinan has a background in chil-
dren’s theater from Massachusetts and And, of course, the performers are
Annual Juried Photography Exhibition Virginia, where he had to design and inspired to work on the same stage
May 10 - June 21, 2019 create the all production values such as the professional equity actors who
as lighting, scenery and costumes on perform mainstage musicals and
Opening exhIBItIoN SPoNSoRed BY: his own. Now though, at Riverside, he plays.
Reception has hit the sweet spot.
“The first time we had a student
May 17 “Being here, I don’t have to focus on show on the Stark Stage, you could see
6-8pm all that stuff so intently,” he says. “The it in their eyes,” Sales says. “It’s rar-
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22-24: This is the musical adaptation the popular Broadway musical com-
of the television Christmas classic. It edy is set in 1922 Manhattan. It follows
revolves around young Charlie Brown courageous Millie Dillmount, who
as he tries to get his friends to see past has moved to New York City to find a
the materialism of Christmas. wealthy husband. This production is a
fundraiser for the Junior Theatre Fes-
Frozen Jr., Dec. 5-7: The enchant- tival.
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to life on stage, with award-winning Show tickets are $10. For more infor-
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explores the love between two argu- tions, call 772-234-0852.
ing sisters, Princess Elisa and Princess
Anna and, with magic, adventure and Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside
humor, will teach you all to “Let It Go.” Drive, Vero Beach. To reach the box of-
fice, call 772-231-6990 or visit Riverside-
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Jan. 
4, 2020: This one-hour adaptation of

In fact, this season, when the River- Fiona. The nutty characters also in-
side Theatre for Kids presents its pro- clude the wicked Lord Farquuad, the
duction of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread
Junior,” they will be performing it on Man. The musical is by two Broadway
the same stage on which the pros will notables known for their serious work
present “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” – librettist and lyricist David Lindsay-
Both shows take place in January 2020. Abaire, who wrote “Rabbit Hole,” and
composer Jeanine Tesori, who won a
While “Junie B. Jones” closes the Tony for her music to “Fun Home.”
2018/2019 Riverside Theatre for Kids
season, the 2019/2020 season begins Matilda the Musical, July 19-20:
about three weeks later. This will be the Treasure Coast’s pre-
miere of the award-winning musical.
On the schedule so far: Based on the 1988 Roald Dahl classic
Junie B. Jones, May 30 to June 1: The children’s story, it tells the story of an
musical is the area premiere of the extraordinary girl who stands up to
show based on four of Barbara Park’s harsh authoritarians. The dark, deli-
best-selling children’s books, about cious and satisfying musical was cre-
the adventures of plucky Junie B. as ated by the Royal Shakespeare Com-
she enters first grade. It is designed to pany and the book by Dennis Kelly,
be fun, silly and a delight for the whole who wraps everything up with sur-
family. prising twists.
Shrek the Musical Jr., June 21-22:
This musical brings to life the hys- Polkadots the Cool Kids Musical,
terical and much loved animated Oct. 3-5: This production stars recent
film about a grumpy ogre, Shrek, who college theater graduates on their way
lives in an enchanted forest filled to professional lives in the theater. The
with fractured fairy tale creatures. He musical follows Lily Polkadot, who
begrudgingly becomes friends with tries to gain acceptance from her bul-
Donkey and helps rescue Princess lying peers.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Nov.


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Coming Up: Chillax under the stars at Night Sounds concert

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. school, college and theater – were adjectives for this play, which Dra-
Staff Writer It’s Riverside Theatre’s wildly popu- comical. So he tried stand up, loved maworks calls “surrealistic, heart-
lar, free Live on the Loop concert, this it (as did the audiences) and hasn’t breaking and hilarious.” The action
1 Live music under the moon, be- week with a Boots and Brew-theme, stopped yet. Charles is a 30-some- takes place in 1965 when Pope Paul
neath the stars, on the ocean. paired with the (wild, untamed, hi- thing “with a penchant for big ideas visited New York City. This is relevant
larious) Comedy Zone. The Live on the and broken relationships,” has, says because “The House of Blue Leaves”,
Always an excellent choice on a Sat- Loop motto is “hang out, rock out, chill his bio, performed in major comedy explains, is about a
out.” Wise advice. More wise advice: clubs and “brings his own signature Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper and
urday night. The Florida Department BYO chairs. There are lots set up, but brand of slacker-chic mentality” to his failed singer-songwriter who hopes a
just in case. However, don’t BYO pets act. He shares his tale of “lost love and blessing from the pope will help him
of Environmental Protection’s Sebas- or any beverages or food. Even water. new hope through self-deprecating achieve his dream of going to Hol-
Not a buzz kill, because you can get all introspection and high-octane revela- lywood with his girlfriend, Bunny,
tian Inlet State Park brings you its next kinds of food and bevs at the full-ser- tions.” Times: Live on the Loop con- “hopefully to find fame, fortune, and
vice bar and grill inside. Bringing the cert: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Comedy Zone: favor” from his best friend, Billy, a
Night Sounds concert this Saturday, boot-stomping music Friday will be 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: Com- Hollywood director, while sending
Crooked Creek, with top country hits edy Zone: side seats, $12; table seating, his totally Loony-Tunes wife, Banan-
May 18. With a different band and mu- from Urban, Chesney, Owen, Aldean, $14-$18; private special occasion VIP as, to an institution with trees with
Bryan, McGraw and more. Saturday, booth, $36/person. Live in the Loop blue leaves. The chaos is exacerbated
sic genre each time, this month the live country tunes will be provided entertainment: free. 772-231-6990. by Banana and Artie’s son, Ronnie,
by another favorite, the Casey Raines AWOL from the Army and attempt-
popular Penny Creek Band returns Band, with its high-energy, non-stop ing to assassinate the pope. Soon the
classic rock, country and pop. Inside, family’s evening is further disrupted
with its special brand of “heart-felt, at the Comedy Zone, the laughs will by three nuns and Billy’s deaf actress-
be plentiful: Bringing this weekend’s girlfriend. Artie’s songs provide musi-
hard driving bluegrass.” Regular park helping of funny will be Ron Feingold cal elements. Curtain: Fridays, 8 p.m.;
and John Charles. Feingold, says his Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays,
admission applies. The concert takes bio, has been on stage since age 10. 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30
Through the years, he realized that p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Tickets:
place under the night sky at the pa- most of his roles – grade school, high start at $25. 561-514-4042. 

vilions on Coconut Point, 9700 South

A1A Melbourne Beach. Bring chairs or

blankets. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Park

admission: $8 per vehicle, multiple oc- 3 Mad. Funny. Very Funny. The
laughter is manic. The world is
cupants up to 8; $4, single occupant;

$2, pedestrians, bicycles, extra vehicle awry: critics praised the Obie Award-

passengers. 772-388-2750 or 321-984- winning dark comedy “The House of

4852. Blue Leaves” in such a way, not sur-

prising in the least from a John Guare

2 Grab your boots and give your work. When you see it at Palm Beach
weekend a kick-start with mu-
Drama Works (May 17 through June

sic, a brew or two and a lot of comedy 2), you will certainly find your own

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AUTO BODY SHOP IN MIAMI. HE USED TO REFURBISH to concussions and torn knee liga-
When the NFL draft was held re- AND SELL CLASSIC CARS TO ATHLETES AND EVENTUALLY ments. John Elway, Eric Dickerson and
cently, a new group of athletes gradu- NOTICED THEY WERE GETTING BAD FINANCIAL ADVICE. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are among the
ated to collecting six- and seven-figure marquee names that have been shak-
paychecks; odds are, at least a few of FORMER WASHINGTON FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK en down.
them will end up getting ripped off CLINTON PORTIS CLAIMS TO HAVE LOST MILLIONS
during their careers. BECAUSE OF BAD FINANCIAL ADVICE. Last year alone, retired NBA player
Kevin Garnett sued his advisers for al-
That’s where Chase Carlson comes legedly pilfering $77 million. The ad-
in. The 34-year-old Miami attorney viser for Dennis Rodman, Ricky Wil-
has carved out an unusual niche in the liams and two other retired athletes
sports world: He’s the guy athletes hire received a 10-year federal prison sen-
to find their money when the people tence for pocketing nearly $6 million.
they’ve trusted to watch that money
instead have made it disappear. Some advisers steer their clients
toward foolish investments. Others
Over the past half-decade, Chase straight-up steal. Some do both. A 2018
has represented more than 30 athletes report from the financial firm Ernst
– such as Miami Heat forward Udonis & Young estimated that from 2004
Haslem and retired NFL cornerback through 2017, athletes across all sports
Asante Samuel – who have lost fortunes alleged fraud-related losses of nearly
by trusting inept or crooked advisers. $500 million.
He has recovered, he says, nearly $9
million on behalf of his clients. Carlson, who tracks cases on a
spreadsheet of his own, believes the
Some of these settlements and judg- actual total exceeds $1 billion, adding
ments (including that of Samuel, who that defrauded athletes often either
could not be reached for comment) are too embarrassed to pursue litiga-
have been publicly reported; others tion or simply don’t bother because
have not; and still other cases (includ- there’s nothing left to recover.
ing that of Haslem, who declined to
comment) are ongoing. “That happens two-thirds of the
time,” he explains. “The player takes a
Along the way, Carlson has seen ath- tax write-off, the scammer gets away
letes get bamboozled by smooth talk- with it, and then they can go on and
ers and trust-me charmers, pouring do it again.”
cash into shady start-ups, bogus secu-
rities, an ill-conceived electronic bin- While attending law school at Flori-
go casino and an ill-fated nightclub da International University in the late
that was run by the financial adviser 2000s, Carlson sold a 1975 Caprice
who recommended the investment. convertible to Cincinnati Bengals re-
ceiver Glenn Holt. Holt, who is African
He has become an expert on how American, grew up in inner-city Miami.
and why athletes get duped. Carlson, who looks a bit like a shorter

For athletes, financial fraud is prac-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 33


version of Boston Celtics player Gordon football.” So Delmas went along with over a three-year period. And Delmas tried to create a club-affiliated Miami
Hayward, was raised in relatively well- Parthemer’s suggestion that he invest never thought to ask for them. Bikini Team in order to, in Parthemer’s
to-do Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. in Club Play, a Miami Beach night- words, “meet girls,” according to de-
club; he even let Parthemer decide the Nor did he think to question why positions taken as part of investiga-
Nevertheless, the two became close. amount of money. Parthemer bought a boat to promote tions by regulators.
“Chase sold me a really, really nice car!” Club Play; why he fronted money for
Holt says with a laugh. “That’s easy to According to Delmas, Parthemer promotional expenses like securing Delmas was stunned to learn from
get ripped off on. He was a good dude.” never offered to show him the club’s fi- a hotel room for Tommy Lee and Pa- investigators that Parthemer had
nancial statements, which would have mela Anderson when the Super Bowl transferred $200,000 from his bank
Carlson got to know Holt’s friends, revealed roughly $3 million in losses was held in Miami in 2010; and why he account into accounts connected to
too, many of them NFL players. They Club Play and a prospective strip club.
asked him about where they should CARLSON IN A MIAMI AUTO BODY SHOP WITH HAROLD
be putting their money. Carlson had COQMARD, CENTER, AND FORMER CINCINNATI BENGALS Former NFL player and Carlson cli-
an epiphany. “It seemed like guys were RECEIVER GLENN HOLT. COQMARD USED TO OWN A BODY ent Antwan Barnes tells a similar story.
inviting in scammers, or had no clue SHOP, NOW TORN DOWN, WHERE CARLSON SPENT LOTS He invested in Club Play on Parthem-
about what they were investing in,” he OF TIME AS A TEEN. CARLSON ONCE SOLD HOLT A CAR AND er’s recommendation, and had no idea
says. “I started to see that they needed GOT TO KNOW HIS FRIENDS, MANY OF THEM NFL PLAYERS. the venue was bleeding cash. Barnes
help.” ultimately lost about $200,000 – yet
RETIRED BOSTON CELTICS FORWARD when he realized Parthemer had mis-
From Bernie Madoff to Theranos to KEVIN GARNETT IN 2012. LAST YEAR HE managed his finances, he was dis-
the epically fraudulent Fyre Festival, traught about more than just money.
scams are hardly unique to sports. SUED HIS ADVISERS FOR ALLEGEDLY
Still, certain factors set athletes apart PILFERING $77 MILLION. “I signed with Aaron because he felt
from other victims and make them in- warm, like home,” Barnes says. “I had
viting targets. CARLSON AND HOLT AT BUTCHER SHOP IN MIAMI’S grown to know Aaron over the years. I
WYNWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. HOLT SAYS CARLSON knew his mom and brother. I met his
First, they’re much younger than the WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO ASK HIM WHY HE wife and kid. It felt like a betrayal of
typical person with significant income. WOULD INVEST IN HIGH-RISK VENTURES. trust.”
In the NBA, for instance, the average
annual salary is $6.5 million. But the Many athletes come from disadvan-
average player is only 26.4 years old. taged backgrounds, which can make
them more likely to find tangible in-
“When an adviser says to a 52-year- vestments such as nightclubs alluring,
old businessman, ‘I recommend you even though they’re far riskier than,
buy X, Y and Z,’ just through experi- say, boring index funds.
ence they’re aware of what a stock is,
what a bond is, the difference between Case in point: Between 2008 and 2010,
municipal and corporate bonds, and 31 NFL players including Ray Lewis and
what the relative risks of each are,” says Terrell Owens lost a combined $40 mil-
Curtis Carlson, Chase’s father and a lion investing in a failed Alabama elec-
longtime securities fraud litigator with tronic bingo casino recommended and
his own practice. partially owned by adviser Jeff Rubin,
who later was barred from the securi-
‘IF THEY’LL STEAL FROM ties industry by regulators.
SAYS, ‘THEY’LL STEAL “I went from the inner city to mak-
ing about $10,000 a week,” Holt says.
FROM ANYONE.’ “There were so many things that peo-
ple asked me to invest in, like opening a
“But a 22-year-old NFL rookie nightclub. I didn’t have any knowledge
doesn’t know whether something is a about the liquor business. But you’re
reasonable recommendation or not. looking at the girls, thinking, ‘Maybe
He doesn’t know that an adviser who I can get free bottles or something.’
says, ‘Meet me at the nightclub,’ is Chase was the first one who asked me,
probably not someone you want guid- ‘Why are you going high-risk?’ ”
ing you.”
It was talking with Holt that led Carl-
And athletes often use advisers son to a second epiphany: Maybe he
for more than just guidance. Aaron should become an adviser, the better
Parthemer, a South Florida-based to help athletes avoid getting hood-
adviser who worked with roughly 40 winked. He got his securities licenses
athletes before a major financial regu- and reached out to NFL players and
latory body barred him in 2015, once likely draftees. Who are you investing
described himself as being in the “fi- with? he asked. Do you trust them?
nancial concierge business.” It’s not
unusual for athlete advisers to set up His pitch fell flat. “A lot of guys were
monthly budgets, handle mortgage really interested, but they were like,
and car payments, and essentially ‘Chase is the same age as us!’ ” Holt
babysit their clients’ financial lives. says. “People were afraid of that.”

Take Louis Delmas, a Carlson cli- And that wasn’t all. Unlike Rubin,
ent who lost money with Parthemer. Carlson didn’t drive a high-end Mer-
When Delmas was drafted by the De- cedes. He didn’t wear fancy suits. He
troit Lions in 2009, he later told federal promised safe, long-term portfolio
investigators, he wanted to “focus on growth.

By contrast, Carlson recalls one of
Holt’s teammates, a defensive line-
man, telling him in 2011 that his advis-
er was recommending government-
backed securities that were nearly


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risk-free – and delivering a whopping REDSKINS TIGHT END VERNON DAVIS. thority, or Finra, a nongovernmental Trade notes were bogus, part of a Ponzi
14 percent return. organization that oversees the broker- scheme orchestrated by company head
tion appeared dire, a toxic mix of too dealer part of the securities industry. Fuad Ahmed, an acquaintance and for-
Carlson was dumbfounded. “At the much debt, too little income and more (Finra handles only civil cases and mer co-worker of Brahmbhatt’s at Strat-
time, government-backed securities than $100,000 in unpaid state and fed- can’t send people to jail, but it does re- ton Oakmont, the brokerage featured
were paying 2, 3 percent,” he says. eral taxes. fer cases to federal prosecutors.) in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“It didn’t add up.” Convinced that he
couldn’t compete with unscrupulous Carlson also found that Brahmbhatt He also sent a six-page letter – along Before Finra’s ban, Brahmbhatt told
advisers, Carlson changed career had settled an arbitration case with a with 69 pages of supporting docu- Getlin – then a reporter with Yahoo
paths, joining his father’s firm. And he former NFL player who had accused ments – to the Securities and Exchange Sports – that while he steered athletes to
began taking a closer look at the NFL him of mismanaging nearly $1 million, Commission. buy the Success Trade notes, he was un-
lineman’s investment. and that Brahmbhatt and two other aware of the scheme and believed that
Jade employees had failed their finan- In 2013, Finra barred Brahmbhatt they were legitimate because Ahmed
Hodge Brahmbhatt seemed cred- cial licensing exams multiple times. from the securities industry for life. “never missed a damn payment.”
ible. He told athletes he would put their The next year, it found that the Success
savings into “ultraconservative” invest- In 2013, Carlson called in a tip to But last year, the SEC fined him near-
ments, the better to create wealth for the Financial Industry Regulatory Au- ly $1.6 million for failing to tell clients
“their kids and grandchildren.” that Jade had received more than $1.2
million from Success Trade in a “quid
But something was amiss. Between pro quo” for peddling the notes to a
2009 and 2013, his McLean, Va.-based large group of athletes – a group that
advisory firm, Jade Wealth Manage- included Redskins tight end Vernon
ment, was recommending that clients Davis, former NBA player Sam Young
buy promissory notes from Success and current Cleveland Cavaliers guard
Trade Securities, a Washington bro- Brandon Knight.
kerage firm, and CFP Group, a McLean
company that specialized in fire pro- (Ahmed disputes Finra’s claim that
tection for government buildings. he ran a Ponzi scheme and tells me
that Success Trade was “a legitimate
So, Carlson did some digging. Work- business. I fought Finra as far as I could
ing with journalist Rand Getlin, he dis- go. I feel Finra discriminated against
covered that CFP Group was located Success Trade because it was run by a
one floor above Brahmbhatt’s firm; Muslim American.”)
that it had been fined by the Depart-
ment of Justice for lying to obtain a Carlson ultimately represented 11
federal contract; and that contrary to athletes who bought notes through
the sunny picture being painted by Brahmbhatt. “Not one of my clients
Jade, the company’s financial situa- was made whole or even close,” Carl-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 16, 2019 35


son says. “There was no money there.” athletes about budgeting, investments family. Don’t assume that playing in the it’s too late. Only that seems unlikely.
In March 2018, Carlson stood on a and, well, fraud. NFL will scare off con artists. “If they’ll “Do the math,” Carlson says. “Across
steal from Mike Tyson,” he said, “they’ll
stage in the ballroom of a beachfront Noting that Mike Tyson, Charles Bar- steal from anyone.” the major sports, there’s always going
resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., watch- kley and National Hockey League player to be about 4,000 young guys making
ing about 30 NFL players and their Dany Heatley all had alleged or suffered Carlson is aware of the irony: If money. And there will always be people
families eat breakfast. He was there scamming by their agents or advis- athletes truly take his lessons to taking advantage of them. Guys like
for the league’s Personal Finance Boot ers, Carlson offered advice. Be careful heart, they’ll pick better advisers me, we can do what we can to prevent
Camp, a three-day event that educates whom you trust, including friends and and recognize the bad ones before
this. But there will always be more.” 

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Will the 737 Max join the Chevy Corvair and Ford Pinto?

Boeing Co.’s 737 Max may be des- analyst Rajeev Lalwani said last week. Bargain-hunting consumers in the analyst with Teal Group, in weighing
tined to join the list of brands that were Rebuilding consumer confidence is Internet age quickly forgot their aver- short-term liability costs versus the risk
unable to come back from ignominy. sion to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner after of long-term brand damage. “Just ex-
an urgent priority, as the Chicago-based battery fires grounded it in 2013. plain what went wrong with the subsys-
Analysts are digging into decades-old company works with airlines to prepare tem, and explain everything about it.
safety scares for clues to the future of resuming flights of the 737 model over “The consumer has a very short at- Make this as transparent as possible.”
the jetliner. There’s the Chevrolet Cor- the next few months. Boeing must also tention span,” said George Ferguson, an
vair rollovers that launched Ralph Nad- win over pilots, flight attendants and analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. He Compounding its dilemma, Boeing
er as a consumer advocate in the 1960s, fractious regulators. pointed to United Continental Holdings revealed a separate problem with a
gas-tank explosions that sank Ford Mo- Inc.’s rebound from social-media furor cockpit warning light in late April. The
tor Co.’s Pinto in the 1970s, and the Ty- Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mui- after one of its passengers was dragged company followed that up last week
lenol poisonings of 1982 that spurred lenburg and commercial-airplane chief off a plane. with an admission that it had known
tamper-proof packaging. Kevin McAllister have been hosting reg- about the problem but waited about a
ular conference calls with airline execu- But Boeing is struggling against deep year to tell airlines or the Federal Avia-
But there’s little precedent for the tives. And the company has invited Max damage to its reputation as a safety- tion Administration.
tangle of safety, regulatory and finan- operators and lessors to a half-dozen conscious designer of aircraft. Cun-
cial issues buffeting a workhorse jet sessions around the world to discuss ningham pointed to General Motors “We have a number of areas where we
that’s vital to sustaining the surge in the specifics of the software changes, Co.’s Chevy Corvair and the Ford Pinto know we need to improve, and trans-
global air travel. After two crashes of along with the logistics of taking planes as cautionary tales. parency is one of them,” said Johndroe,
the aircraft model in five months and out of storage. the Boeing spokesman.
a grounding that’s nearing the two- “Obviously GM and Ford survived
month mark, some nervous passen- “It’s a multifaceted approach to taking the issues, but the Corvair and Pinto At stake is not just the manufactur-
gers are vowing to avoid the Max. the steps necessary to preserve the fleet, brands didn’t,” he said. “The cases are er’s image, but the vitality of the jet that
return it to service safely and restore still remembered 40 or 50 years later.” accounts for about one-third of Boe-
Longtime Boeing watcher Nick Cun- any lost confidence that pilots, regula- ing’s profit and has added 4,625 un-
ningham said he’s starting to wonder if tors and the traveling public have had Those scandals helped spawn safety filled orders to the company’s backlog.
“this has become too serious and too in the Max,” Boeing spokesman Gordon regulations that transformed the auto If demand fades because of jittery con-
protracted for the Max to escape un- Johndroe said. industry. Boeing’s travails could spur a sumers, airlines could postpone deliv-
scathed.” The accidents in Indonesia similar review of airplane certification eries or force Boeing into a pattern of
and Ethiopia killed 346 people. Nader’s U.S. President Donald Trump has and oversight. deeper discounts that erode its profit
own grand niece was among the victims. even weighed in with advice on how to and cash, Aboulafia said.
rehabilitate the largest U.S. export, sug- The Tylenol poisonings are remem-
The longer the crisis drags on, the gesting that Boeing re-brand its mar- bered today in part because Johnson & Investors are counting on the furor
greater the risk that the cumulative ef- quee single-aisle jet. Johnson’s reaction became a case study dying down as global regulators sign off
fect “will have acted to permanently in effective crisis management – a feat on new software Boeing is finalizing.
lock it into people’s memories,” said There’s been“no discussion” of a name that has so far eluded Boeing. But 44% of travelers in North America
Cunningham, founding partner at change, Johndroe said, including drop- and Europe say they would wait a year
Agency Partners. ping “Max” and referring to the jet family The planemaker worsened its own or more to fly the Max, according to a
by product numbers such as 737-8. plight by waiting months to explain survey of 1,756 fliers by Barclays Plc.
Boeing is finalizing an update to soft- publicly how a software subsystem
ware linked to both crashes, which it will Commercial jetliner programs have known as MCAS repeatedly shoved the “I don’t know,” said David Strauss, a
submit to the Federal Aviation Admin- recovered time and again from hor- nose of the doomed jets down, eventu- Barclays analyst. “It feels different to
istration in a crucial step toward get- rific accidents. The trend started at the ally overwhelming pilots. Facing $1 bil-
ting the plane back in the air. A May 23 dawn of the jet age with de Havilland lion or more in potential liability from me this time.” 
summit of global regulators “may lay out Comets that blew apart due to a win- lawsuits, the company has been careful
a path towards certifying fixes and re- dow-design flaw. A redesigned version not to admit its approach was flawed. This column by Julie Johnsson first
moving the grounding,” Morgan Stanley was never a hot seller, but flew for the appeared on Bloomberg. It does not
U.K. military until 2011. “They made the wrong calculation,” necessarily reflect the views of Vero
said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace Beach 32963.


MELANOMA Melanomas fall into four basic categories – superficial spread-
ing melanoma, lentigo maligna, acral lentiginous melanoma and
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. nodular melanoma – but other types also exist.
People may think all melanomas arise from existing moles on Three of the four may begin “in situ”– noninvasive, limited to the
a person’s body but that’s not the case. Only 20 to 30% are top layers of the skin. However, they may become invasive. The
found in moles; 60 to 70% are detected in regular skin. While fourth type, nodular melanoma, is invasive from the start which
the majority of lesions are black or brown, they can also be skin- means it is more likely to spread to other areas of the body.
colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white.
Melanomas develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells  Superficial spreading melanoma
triggers mutations/genetic defects. The mutated skin cells then
multiply and form malignant tumors. About 70% of all melanomas are superficial spreading mela-
A study in the United Kingdom found that about 86% of mela- noma. This type of melanoma may be most associated with
nomas can be traced to skin damage caused by intense expo- sunburn. Most often seen in younger people, these lesions
sure to UV radiation from the sun. Tanning beds also cause can be found almost anywhere on the body but are most fre-
melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. quently seen on the trunks of men, the legs of women and the
upper backs of both genders. They may first appear as a flat
M ELAN 9O6,4M80AnIeNwUca.Sse.s(ESTIMATES FOR 2019) or slightly raised discolored patch with irregular borders and a
slightly asymmetrical shape. Colors vary. Superficial spreading
� 57,220 men melanoma may occur in a previously benign mole or develop
as a new lesion.
 �7, 2 3309,w2i6ll0dwieofmroemn melanoma
 Lentigo maligna
� 4,740 men
� 2,490 women Relatively common in Florida, this type often occurs in fair-skinned
individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun. It’s found most
Source: American Cancer Society ( often on chronic sun-exposed skin on the face, ears, arms and
upper trunk. Lesions usually appear as flat mottled tan, brown or
The good news is melanoma is almost always curable if diag- dark brown discolored areas and may look just slightly different
nosed and treated early. If it spreads to other parts of the body, from other sun-damaged benign skin lesions such as solar lentigi-
however, it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. nes or flat seborrheic keratoses. Lentigo maligna may remain in
situ for a long period of time before it becomes invasive. Once it
becomes invasive, it is called lentigo maligna melanoma.
Next time we’ll cover the other two types of melanoma. 

Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always welcome. Email us at [email protected].

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Imagine a world without the Moving to San Di- the other gems surrounding it.
Lorax, the Grinch, the delicacy ego, Geisel pivoted Pranks and jokes invigorated Geisel when he was
of green eggs and ham, and the to children’s books
word “nerd.” To be deprived of partly for financial bored; he once slathered paint onto a canvas and
the imagination of children’s reasons, but also convinced an art-loving friend it was the work of a
book trailblazer Dr. Seuss, born because of a long- “great Mexican modernist.” The man paid $500 for
Theodor Seuss Geisel, would held frustration: the slapdash work, but Helen convinced Geisel to re-
leave readers without the time- “Dick and Jane” turn the collector’s money.
less tales and iconic characters
that remain embedded in our books talked down When Jones turns to the amusing origin stories be-
collective psyche more than 80 to kids and never hind “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole
years after the first Dr. Seuss challenged them, Christmas,” the book picks up in pace and intrigue.
book was published. Geisel complained The section on Geisel’s idea for “The Lorax” could
more than once. It be the most relevant today. Jones writes that Geisel
But who’s the man behind the was time to enter- came up with “The Lorax” as a response to watch-
crafty couplets? Brian Jay Jones tain and educate ing condo development envelop San Diego’s pristine
comprehensively answers that coastlines. “It’s one of the few things I set out to do
question in a nearly 500-page young readers, he that was straight propaganda,” Geisel says of his en-
biography. Credit either Geisel’s thought, while vironmentally friendly anti-greed book.
amusing personality or Jones’ wrapping the sto-
breezy writing, but “Becoming Dr. ries in playful lan- Jones also addresses a few problematic pages
Seuss” never feels like a slog; rath- guage and invent- found in Dr. Seuss’ earlier work: Geisel has been criti-
er, pages fly by, acquainting read- ed words. (Geisel cized for using the derogatory term “Chinaman” in
ers with Geisel’s work ethic, fre- coined the term “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” and
quent pranks and core belief that “nerd” in 1950 in 50 years after the book’s publication Geisel admit-
children’s books should never be ted such a phrase was in poor taste. His statement,
condescending or overly simplistic. his book “If I Ran though, wouldn’t nullify the controversy of a 2017
the Zoo.”) “Mulberry Street” mural at the Dr. Seuss museum in
Born in Springfield, Mass., to Springfield.
German parents, Geisel read voraciously in his The more
youth, claiming he read Jonathan Swift and Charles compelling portions of the book focus Profiling cultural empires and their instigators is
Dickens at 6 years old. Later though, his childhood on Geisel’s tense relationship with his publisher familiar territory for Jones, who also wrote “Jim Hen-
was marred by anti-German sentiment during World Random House, whose editors appointed the author son: The Biography” and “George Lucas: A Life.” It’s
War I, and in that era of xenophobia he would some- the president of their new Beginner Books imprint. clear that Jones is experienced in extracting details
times flee from high school with coals bouncing off Geisel not only had issue with the “word list” – the from the most innocuous letter or interview, flesh-
his head. His fury at this kind of hate would form the 200 or so unique words authors were limited to using ing out the lives of cultural groundbreakers we’ve
backbone of his story “The Sneetches.” – but also publication choices. His arguments with long admired. As all successful biographers should
Random House brass over which books to launch do, Jones doesn’t cheerlead his own writing style by
At Dartmouth College, Geisel found his footing were particularly telling, showing how passionate adding unnecessary flourishes or similes; he lets
penning cartoons for the college’s satire magazine Geisel had become about advancing children’s litera- the subject’s actions and quotes energize the book.
Jacko, and his art was used in everything from house ture. Thankfully, Geisel is a hilarious and insightful char-
ads to column filler. He knew he had talent, Jones What will undoubtedly satisfy Seussian scholars acter whose love of literature is almost as infectious
writes, but he also needed to make a living post-col- and casual readers alike is a portrait of his work as his timeless rhymes. 
lege. Geisel brought his artistic skills to advertising, schedule, which Jones chronicles as being so rigid
most notably for Standard Oil and the bug spray Flit. his first wife Helen often had to pull the author out BECOMING DR. SEUSS
In this section, we’re treated to Jones’ impressive de- of his basement and into dinner parties where he
tails of how certain ad illustrations featured several would reluctantly socialize over cocktails. Don’t THEODOR GEISEL AND THE MAKING OF
creatures resembling the distinct characters any Dr. think children’s books are any easier to write than
Seuss fan would recognize. adult prose, Jones stresses. Geisel could spend days AN AMERICAN IMAGINATION
perfecting a single rhyme, lest it shine duller than


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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist A 10 9 6 3 2

Shelley Winters, who won two Oscars, said, “I did a picture in England one winter and it K5
was so cold I almost got married.”
Presumably she had become used to Los Angeles temperatures, although she was born in A 10 9 8 EAST
Saint Louis and raised in Brooklyn, where it can get much colder than England. —
Q 10 8 3 QJ2
Top bridge players picture where the missing key cards might be located. They assume the J 10 9 6 5
worst and try to find a line of play or defense to end the deal without frostbite. QJ7

What should South have done in this deal after West led the club jack? J64

North used a Texas transfer to make his partner the declarer in four hearts. (A Texas transfer 7432
announces either game-only or serious-slam interest. With a slam-invitational hand and at
least a six-card major, North would have transferred at the two-level, then jumped to game.) SOUTH
Note that in this deal, the transfer did its job. Four hearts by North is defeated if East leads
the spade queen, which would have been his most likely start. K63

South won the first trick and cashed the heart king, expecting to be playing for an overtrick. K854
West’s club discard was a blow. Could declarer survive if East did not have the spade ace?
South pictured one possibility. He drew a second round of trumps, cashed the diamond
king, played a diamond to his ace, ruffed a diamond, returned to his hand with a club and AQ
led his last diamond. When West followed suit, declarer did not ruff; instead, he discarded
a spade from the dummy. West then had either to lead away from his spade ace or to Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West
concede a ruff-and-sluff.
The Bidding:

1 NT Pass 4 Diamonds Pass
4 Hearts Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
J Clubs

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ACROSS 99 Old French coin 56 Diesels, e.g. The Washington Post
100 Bristles, in biology 58 Horned chargers
1 John Wayne’s world 102 Spill catcher 59 Old Buick import, the Opel
8 Salt Lake athletes 103 “Better you ___”
12 Distinctive “fish” shape 105 A single time ___
16 STURGEON ___ 107 BASS ___ 60 Environmental prefix
19 Shirley’s hooker, 1963
20 TROUT ___ 111 Over again 62 Near the kidneys
22 Big man on campus 112 KIPPER ___ 64 Burden
23 Humphrey’s “kid” 113 It rhymes with “fire” in “Light
24 Metric or morphic prefix 65 History, in a way
25 Long March participant My Fire” 66 Old palindrome, “Able was
27 Request 114 Actress Arlene
28 Singer Pinza 115 Snip ___
29 Shed I saw Elba”
31 HADDOCK ___ DOWN 69 Prop for Huck
33 Rival 1 Royal divorcee 70 The Naked Maja actress
34 Mr. Potato Head’s voice in 2 First few bars, often 71 Dapper dude
3 Site of a Samson slaughter
Toy Story 4 Wilbur’s pet 72 CARP ___
37 Like a TV Squad 5 Kirk, to Michael 74 Having an “I” problem
38 Philosopher’s conclusion 6 Bullring shout 78 Orlops and poops
39 Rings around the collar? 7 Sluggo’s victim on early SNL 80 Mouthlike opening

40 Al Unser, for one shows 81 More covered with
42 OK for kids 8 Doing bryophytes
45 Cake toppings 9 Horse’s hoof
48 With the racy parts intact 10 Big name in art deco 82 Pay ending
49 Procrustes had one 11 Loud person 84 ___ room
50 Diarist Anaïs 12 Lorna Luft’s dad 85 Base, litmus-wise
51 Sub sounding 13 SHARK ___ 86 Tool by the woodpile
52 Americas alliance: abbr. 14 Gather 87 Elect. day
54 Functions 15 Superiors may pull it 89 Theme or pattern
56 Quote from Julius Caesar 16 Hunter S. Thompson’s 91 Raise in relief
57 SALMON ___ 92 Superficial appearance
61 Revolutionary Allen journalism style 93 “___ about you, darling!”
63 TURBOT ___ 17 Part of EST 94 Fishing platform
67 Muttered mot 18 Soup alternative 95 Quest of cartoons
68 SOLE ___ 20 Heritable piece 96 Aug. follower
70 Burt’s Batman co-star 98 Approval
73 Daredevil’s need of land 99 Dial or Tone
75 Olympic boycotter, 1980 21 Romeo and Juliet queen 101 Sicilian volcano
76 First month, 102 Cabaret singer Jacques
26 Hector dies in it 103 Abbr. of a common name
to Fernando 29 Trisha Yearwood’s label 104 Annual toy truck brand
77 A moving subject? 30 Passes in the newsroom? 106 Lady of the lea
108 “Disgusting!”
78 Vito Corleone, for one 32 Diner sign 109 TV monitoring grp.
79 Element elements 34 Slangy toddlers 110 Three-colored dog, for short
82 1985 Hanks film, The Man 35 April org.
36 Pocket, in biology FINNY BUSINESS By Merl Reagle
with ___ Shoe 37 “Get ___ the
83 Guitarist Segovia church ...” UGLY ROOF?
85 Explosive, briefly 39 Same letters, different word
86 Interstate guide 41 Shore bird
88 Dry, in Napa 42 Do a blacksmith’s job
89 My, in Bordeaux 43 Morse sound
90 Like budding or fission 44 White-bearded galloper
92 Red-carpet arrival 45 “This ___ test ...”
46 Meeting: abbr.
95 MACKEREL ___ 47 Asian prefix
(would apologizing for this 48 Backup military grp.
one do any good? no) 49 “You ___!” (“Sure!”)
52 Steinbeck’s
97 Peter Pan character
98 Somewhat East ___
53 Gimlet’s cousin
55 Certain punches






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A boyfriend who dumps on you needs to be dumped

BY CAROLYN HAX Do you see what I didn’t do there? I said noth-
Washington Post ing about how he feels about you, whether he
loves you, whether he wants you. Because those
Hi, Carolyn: I have been with are his to manage, they’re ultimately unknowable
for you anyway, and they’re exactly where you’re
my boyfriend for a year now, but stuck: “I feel like he is losing interest in me”; “it
makes me feel like … he no longer wants to be
lately I feel like he is losing inter- in the relationship”; “I ask him if … he loves me.”

est in me and the relationship. You have handed your power over to him, en-
tirely. And he’s abusing that power.
He’s making unnecessary rude
So stop. Deep breath. Turn 180 degrees:
comments and belittling me. Are you losing interest in him?
Do you want to be in the relationship?
He also is constantly commenting about other Do you love him?
That is all your business, and it’s all knowable.
girls and wanting to be with them. I know it’s nat- (At least as much as anything is in one’s own
mind, but that’s not important right now.)
ural for people to look, but he does it a lot and he So claim your own power. Take direction from
your own experience, please: He’s unkind to you,
knows it bothers me. When I try to tell him not to he’s dismissive of your feelings and his behavior
has hurt your confidence. Again, this is abuse.
make the comments, he laughs and says he’s joking What more are you sticking around to find out?
End this and any relationship with someone
and that I get offended too easily or I’m too sensitive. who isn’t kind to you. Shore yourself up with
counseling if needed. Any pressure he applies for
I’ll admit I’m not the most confident person and you to stay – expect it – is about his needs, not
I may be taking some of his comments to heart, but Meaning, forget about his taking you seriously
– take yourself seriously. Being good to yourself
it makes me feel like I’m not good enough or that he is how you learn to recognize the sensation of
someone being good to you. 
no longer wants to be in the relationship. He also

makes comments about my appearance or the way

I dress.

When I ask him if he wants to be in this relation- minded yourself of that, but I suspect it has.
What aren’t fine here are your relationship and
ship or if he loves me, he says he does. But I fear he’s
the way your boyfriend is treating you. Belittling?
not being honest. Openly lusting for others? Just, no. This is abuse.
And what “rude comments” are ever necessary?
Am I being too sensitive or am I just holding on to
These are all easy to fix, though, by ending the
a failing relationship? relationship – or, if not easy, then at least straight-
forward: “I don’t like how you treat me. We had
– Not Taken Seriously some good times, but fewer and fewer lately, so
it’s time for me to move on.”
Not Taken Seriously: You are not being “too”
anything. You are you, and you are fine as you are.

I hope it hasn’t been a long time since you re-



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Shedding light on yet another weight-loss procedure

Staff Writer

The world has been looking for safe,
effective weight-loss surgeries for a long,
long time.

At the very least that quest dates back
to Spain in the 10th century when King
Sancho of Leon – also known as Sancho
the Fat – lost his throne when he gained
so much weight he could no longer walk.
His nobles revolted and replaced him
with his cousin.

In desperation, Sancho sought out a
draconian solution.

He had his lips sewn shut, forcing
him onto an all-liquid diet. And while
Sancho did eventually regain his throne
after losing half his body weight, today
there are infinitely safer, faster, far more
effective and less gruesome procedures

Just ask Dr. Patrick Domkowski at
Sebastian’s Riverside Surgical & Weight
Loss Center.

Domkowski just marked his 10-year
anniversary of performing modern bar-
iatric surgeries at the Steward Health
Group’s Sebastian River Medical Center,

Dr. Jason Radecke, Bariatric Director Jessica Miller, Dr. Patrick Domkowski
and certified bariatric nurse Barbara Allen. PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE

‘We are one of six places in the
entire state that has obtained
a healthgrades’ five-star rating
five years in a row. Those grades
are given by patients, and that ...
speaks unbelievable volumes.’

– Dr. Jason Radecke

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and earlier this year the American Soci- is no laser procedure done in this world” certain cancers – the current data seem
ety of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery that can have the impact on obesity that to suggest they could make that promise
(ASMBS) gave him a present. bariatric surgery does. if they wanted to.

Sort of. He points to two patients he operated With new procedures and new tech-
The ASMBS approved a new proce- on the day before who were taking three niques coming into play all the time,
dure known as the “Single Anastomo- injections of insulin every day for their people with serious weight problems
sis Duodenal Ileostomy” (SADI), which diabetic neuropathy. “Today they can clearly have much better options than
adds one more clinically proven tool to say their diabetes is in remission. They King Sancho of Leon did. They just need
Domkowski’s tool belt – a belt that also require no shots. They will go home to consult a bariatric physician.
includes sleeve gastrectomies, duodenal on no medicine for their diabetes in 24
switch procedures, lap bands or gastric hours – 24 hours.” Dr. Patrick Domkowski is at Riverside
banding, gastric balloons and gastric Surgical & Weight Loss Center and is the
bypasses. And while neither Domkowski nor surgical chief at the Steward Medical
But Domkowski gives more credit for Radecke will promise remission from Group’s Sebastian River Medical Center.
Riverside’s success to the people around diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol His office is at 14430 U.S. 1 in Sebastian.
him than to any individual procedure – problems or sleep apnea – let alone de- The phone is 772-581-8003. 
successes that include being designated creasing the risk of cardiac disease or
a “Bariatric Center of Excellence” and
garnering a five-star patient rating on for a fifth consecutive
Those people include his partner, Dr.
Jason Radecke, a fellowship-trained bar-
iatric and minimally invasive surgeon;
Barbara Allen, a certified bariatric nurse
practitioner; and, Domkowski contin-
ues, “a great team in the office. These
are people who have been with us a long
time, and I think that speaks to the cul-
ture we have been able to grow. They
want to stay with us.
“We’re very blessed to have this great
Radecke echoes his partner’s sen-
timents and then points back to that
healthgrades’ five-star rating: “We are
one of six places in the entire state that
has obtained a healthgrades’ five-star
rating five years in a row.
“Those grades are given by patients,”
Radecke continues, “and that, to me,
speaks unbelievable volumes because
nobody’s out there trying to coax them.
This is an anonymous thing where
people go [online] and vote for you. Five
stars is really hard to get [let alone for]
five years in a row.”
When pressed on whether the “laser”
weight-loss procedures that seem to
dominate local TV screens these days
are a viable alternative to bariatric sur-
gery, Domkowski tactfully says, “we
wouldn’t consider those medical weight-
loss procedures. Two words that we re-
ally love to use in bariatric surgery – be-
cause that’s what works – are durable
and sustainable.
“A lot of people think if they go get this
laser thing done at a plastic surgeon’s of-
fice, they’re going to lose their weight.
But when you’re talking about people
who are 80 to 100 pounds overweight –
and have a lot of other diseases includ-
ing diabetes as a result of their obesity
– those lasers are not going to help.”
That said, Radecke adds, “we do not
discourage these plastic surgeries after
bariatric surgery because [those pa-
tients who have been obese for a long
time] have certainly earned the ability
to do that.”
At the same time, he reiterates, “there

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Medical translators: No pill for that – but there’s a tablet

BY TOM LLOYD cial source for travel planning, market- translators for dozens of lan-
Staff Writer ing and tourism, says some 10.7 million
overseas visitors come to the Sunshine guages on hand isn’t easy – and
Imagine. You’re in a foreign coun- State each year. Inevitably, some of
try. You suffer a medical emergency. them fall ill or suffer accidents while there isn’t a pill that will solve
Even assuming you can find your way they are here and need medical care.
to the nearest hospital, it’s possible no the problem.
one there will speak English fluently That’s one reason state and federal
enough for you to explain what’s wrong. authorities, including the Centers for But there is a tablet.
Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS),
It happens. Overseas and here in have mandated that Florida hospi- Specifically, there’s the iPad.
Florida, too. tals have certified medical translators
available. But keeping medical-grade And the Steward Medical
In fact, Visit Florida, the state’s offi-
Group’s Sebastian River Medi-

cal Center has just added 13 of

them, mounted on poles with

wheels that allow them to be

taken anywhere in the hospital

so that patients whose first lan-

guage isn’t English can explain

– in their native tongue and in

real time – what their symp-

toms are to someone who not

only is fluent in that language Med/Surg Director Janice Meadows with the Stratus Video
but also is a certified medical Remote Interpreting system.


The service, called “video remote in- personal service,” she says, because

terpretation,” comes from a company “there’s a lot of communication that’s

called Stratus Video of Clearwater, Flor- not verbal. This captures communica-

ida, which currently provides onscreen tion through body language, tone of

translations for 27 different languages. voice and facial expressions.”

Stratus Video is the largest video Nurse leader Janice Meadows agrees.

remote interpreting company in the In just a short time “it’s been very suc-

world, with more than 1,500 hospitals cessful,” she says.

and thousands of clinics using its ser- “We’ve had them about three weeks

vice, which is available for emergency and have had the opportunity to use it

situations, complex diagnosis descrip- in a couple different settings,” Mead-

tions, psychological assessments and ows explains. “I have the orthopedic

even regularly scheduled doctor’s ap- service line here and we had a gentle-

pointments. man who was Spanish-speaking who

SRMC’s education director Amy Col- needed an interpreter so we could tell

letti says the hospital’s registration desk whether he understood everything” he

is “a big area that needs” the translation was being told.

service, and points out it’s also used in Equally to the point, Meadows con-

the diagnostic center, emergency de- tinues, “his wife and family were so ap-

partment and elsewhere. preciative” because they were able to

The idea is not an entirely new one. more fully understand the situation.

Translation services have been avail-

able by telephone for years, but the ad- Sebastian River Medical Center, a 154-

dition of real-time video, in Colletti’s bed hospital at 13695 U.S. 1 near the In-

eyes, is a game-changer. dian River County/Brevard County line,

“To have someone face-to-face like is part of the Steward Medical Group.

that on video conferencing is a lot bet- The main number at the hospital is 772-

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Young Vero rowers ‘crews’ to victory at Florida Regatta

Staff Writer

Vero Beach Rowing’s Boys Junior 4+ a second. But it was enough. Boys Junior 8+ was 4th, only 0.45 secs This past weekend, Colgan and four
crew powered to victory at the Florida “Beautiful, aggressive rowing,” from a bronze medal, our Girls Junior Vero Beach Rowing youth crews, in-
Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep 4+ was 8th, and our Boys Lightweight cluding Boys Junior 4+, headed to Oak
Rowing Championship Regatta at Na- raved Colgan. “And a joy to watch. 4+ was 9th.” Ridge, Tenn., to compete in the U.S.
than Benderson Park in Sarasota April Our other crews also did well: Our Rowing Southeast Regional Champion-
27-28. ship Regatta. The top three places score
an invite to the Youth Nationals June
The 5-man crew that left the other 18 8-9 in Sarasota.
in its wake consisted of Josh Navarro,
stroke; Nick O’Neill; Eddie Pines; Evan Colgan mentioned that Vero Beach
Losey, bow; Sam Buckley, coxswain. Rowing will host a free event on Na-
O’Neill and Buckley are VBHS sopho- tional Learn to Row Day, June 1, 10
mores; Pines is a junior at St. Ed’s; Losey a.m. to 2 p.m., for all ages, “12 to 80
attends the Freshman Learning Center; and beyond.”
and Navarro is a sophomore at Indian
River Charter High School. Vero Beach Rowing is a 501(c)3 com-
munity organization with a mission
After the Junior 4+ crew took a “to promote and teach the sport of
bronze in its category at Sculling States rowing to the community in order
earlier in the month, “it was no secret to develop physical fitness, personal
going into the regatta that these guys character, and an ethic of cooperation
were our best chance at a medal,” said through competitive and recreational
coach Brian Colgan, the club’s direc- opportunities.”
tor of rowing, adding with pride, “They
went for it!” It began as the Vero Beach Rowing
Club in 2008 at Fellsmere’s C-54 Canal,
Colgan described the action and and moved to the Indian River Lagoon
some of the strategy the crew put into in 2013, then to its current location at
play in taking the championship: From MacWilliam Park by the boat ramps
the first heat of the 1,500-meter com- directly across the basin from the Dog
petition, the Vero crew flawlessly em- Park. The club is open to all ages; the
ployed the start technique they had youth program welcomes ages 13 to 19.
mastered during hours of practice: Go
when the flag moves instead of focusing For more information, visit vero-
on the starter’s command (“light being 
faster than sound,” reasoned Colgan).
It was certainly the secret sauce as the
five blasted off the line in their heat,
semifinal and final races, pulled to a
length or so lead, and played defense
from there on.

Rowing against Berkeley Prep in the
first heat, Vero held at 34 (strokes per
minute) most of the way and took the
win with a 10-second lead.

The semis, against Sebastian River
High School, didn’t quite go as planned.
Said Colgan, “I advised them to row at a
36 for longer, and, at 500 (meters) to go,
hopefully there’d be a big gap between
third and fourth so the three qualifiers
could cruise into the finish.”

Solid strategy except Sebastian High
had other ideas, and sprinted furiously.
It was time for Plan B.

Colgan continued, “as we had talked
about and practiced bowman commu-
nication, Evan warned Sam, and we
started a late sprint, holding them off by
a mere 2-tenths of a second.”

The final, again rowing against Se-
bastian, was another nail-biter. Vero
pulled to almost a length ahead at the
start, held at a strong 36 until, at 400 to
go, power sprinted to above 40 at the
end, holding off the hard-charging Se-
bastian crew by a squeaker, 3-tenths of

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