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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-01-03 16:01:22

01/04/2019 ISSUE 01


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Sebastian Inlet dredging yields sand for beach renourishment Piper Aircraft
sales soaring,
By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer hiring surges

Boaters and beachgoers in By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer
and around Sebastian Inlet will [email protected]
see dredge boats setting up and
workers running pipes south Piper Aircraft’s sales soared in
along the beach for the next few 2018, with deliveries of its air-
weeks as the Sebastian Inlet Dis- planes jumping nearly 50 percent,
trict undertakes scheduled chan- prompting a surge in hiring that
nel maintenance and beach re- has upped the workforce of the
nourishment projects. county’s largest private-sector
employer to more than 1,000.
Every four years or so, the dis-
trict must dredge sand from a 42- It was just 3 ½ years ago that
acre sand trap near the mouth of sagging sales and economic un-
the inlet to ensure safe navigation certainty in the global market-
for boaters and then pump the place forced Piper to eliminate
sand onto beaches to the south 115 full-time positions and reduce
to ease erosion. its payroll to 655 workers, some
of whom accepted transfers to
“The sand trap was blasted lower-paying jobs to remain em-
with dynamite in the 1970s,” In- ployed.
let District Administrator Marty
Smithson said. “The sand collects Since then, however, Piper’s
there by design and fills up the business has taken off: Aircraft de-
trap about every four years. You liveries climbed from 127 in 2016
can tell when it is full because the to 155 in 2017, with an even more
channel starts to shoal in.” dramatic jump in 2018.

The district’s contractor, Fer- Jackie Carlin, Piper‘s senior
reira Construction of Stuart, marketing director, said last week
will dredge 150,000 cubic yards the 2018 production numbers
from the sand trap, pumping

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REAL ESTATE 15 By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer
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© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. River Medical Center and Major League that need to be resolved, and opportunities  A plan for the development of the Vero
Baseball’s long-term lease with the county to that need to be explored across the next 12 Beach-owned, lagoon-front property at the
run Historic Dodgertown. months. intersection of 17th Street and Indian River
Boulevard, where the city – when it eventually
So 2019 has a tough act to follow. Here’s some of what I’d like to see happen
That said, there are more than a few is- locally in the coming year: CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
sues that still need to be addressed, problems

2 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

School District facing penalties for inflating number of kids bused

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer than a 5 percent variance from the prior explain that their reporting ... is [still] not intendent of Finances Carter Morrison
[email protected] year. Zorc said it is likely the DOE will with- correct. warned transportation audit findings
hold the rest of this school year’s transpor- would cost about $625,000.
The state Department of Education is tation funding, which was supposed to to- “I will forward to you the email docu-
likely to withhold $1.8 million in transpor- tal $3.7 million. menting the error from the DOE [Depart- He put the cost into the preliminary
tation funding from the Indian River Coun- ment of Education]. I am unaware of the budget. Shortly after Morrison’s warning,
ty School District for inflating the number The $1.8 million cost for incorrect trans- timing of the financial impact of this, but Superintendent Rendell sent Morrison
of kids carried to and from their classes portation numbers was revealed by hap- I know that it will be a large amount as the home, with pay, for supposed misconduct
each day on school buses, according to penstance, not by the School Board, dis- discrepancy indicates approximately one- on another financial matter. He accused
School Board Chairperson Laura Zorc. trict staff or Superintendent Mark Rendell. third of reported riders. him of transferring $2.3 million into 12
separate schools’ salary accounts without
Zorc said she got the $1.8 million figure Tracking a rumor that Pelletier had “Regarding the summer’s audit report, his permission.
from recently-resigned Finance Director sent board members a document detail- we did not pay the fine. ... I believe that
Julianne Pelletier. “I believe her numbers ing a number of financial problems at the this is roughly $600,000, and it was not in- Over the next five months, Rendell had
over anyone else’s,” Zorc said. school district before she resigned, Vero cluded in the budget book.” the absent Morrison investigated. At the
Beach 32963 requested all email exchang- conclusion of the investigation, Rendell
“Ultimately it will all come out of the es with board members from Dec. 4 to Dec. Rosario did not respond to a request for wanted to demote Morrison to “transpor-
general fund to make up for the shortfall 11. The part of the request that was fulfilled comment. tation coordinator,” burying it in the con-
in state funding,” Zorc said. “It’s a signifi- revealed the problem in an email string sent agenda at the first meeting of three
cant punch to the district’s general fund between Pelletier and new Board Member Zorc said there has been no public dis- new board members, Nov. 20. The board
balance.” Jacqueline Rosario cussion by the board of the transportation unburied the item and postponed action
reporting errors because “the board is not until Dec. 11, but by then Rendell had
About $600,000 of the holdback is for “I was told the transportation numbers being informed ... [although Juli Pelletier] changed his mind, reinstating Morrison
incorrectly counting or not counting rid- reported this fall semester 2018 were in- has brought several things to light in the to his old position. The next day Morrison
ers during the school year ending June 31, correct, as they were in the spring of 2018. last few months. and Pelletier resigned.
2017, as shown in the Auditor General’s ... Have we been notified that our numbers
September 2018 audit statement. Most of were incorrectly reported once again?” Ro- “Being we continuously have faulty re- The rumor was partially confirmed by
the remaining $1.2 million is for claiming sario asked. “Finally, did we ever pay the porting revealed through the audits, the the district’s public information officer,
2,350 more riders than actually rode buses fine for the last error found in the sum- obvious question becomes, ‘Why is the Su- Brenda Davis. She refused to fill part of
during the first part of the current school mer’s audit report? If not, where can I find perintendent allowing this to continue?’” 32963’s public record request, citing an
year, a discrepancy still being investigated this allocation in the budget book?” Zorc said. “I can assure you I will be revisit- exemption for documents related to an
by the Department of Education. ing this issue.” ongoing investigation, thereby confirming
Pelletier responded the next day, “Trans- such documents exist. 
The DOE surveys bus riders four times a portation did include me in a meeting to Part of the cost should come as no sur-
year and flags rider counts that show more prise to the School Board. During budget
talks last summer, then-Assistant Super-



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By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer Shepherd’s attorney, Robert Stone, told to obtain several credit cards. Detective Ken Barrett in an arrest affidavit.
Cox last month they needed a few weeks to Investigators say McGee and Shepherd She believed the nursing aides were pur-
Two healthcare aides charged with ex- review a Dec. 17 deposition the state attor-
ploiting an elderly John’s Island couple – ney’s office took from Michelina Martinel- “willfully conspired” to commit crimes, chasing supplies the couple needed with
spending more than $500,000 on such ex- li, one of the victims of the alleged fraud. and in addition to using the credit cards their own personal funds and required re-
penses as a stay at the Plaza Hotel in New According to court affidavits, McGee and for unauthorized expenses, “fraudulently” imbursement, Barrett explained. He said
York, rental of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and Shepherd, certified nursing assistants, obtained checks they used to buy high- she thought Shepherd and McGee were
shopping at Ralph Lauren and Nieman had been working for Michelina, 87, and end jewelry, clothing and a car engine, and “hard working girls and didn’t have that
Marcus – should be ready for the setting of her husband, Alfred Martinelli, 89, since at to pay for cosmetic dental work and plastic much money so she would pay them im-
a trial date by mid-January, their attorneys least 2017. surgery. mediately.”
told Judge Cynthia Cox.
Both Martinellis suffered from demen- The state attorney’s office on Dec. 20 re- During an interview with police, Shep-
Cox scheduled a Jan. 16 status hearing tia, cognitive impairment and poor health, leased a list of 29 businesses where McGee herd insisted on her innocence, but Bar-
for Vero Beach residents Chiquita McGee, according to reports from the Indian River and Shepherd are alleged to have made rett noted Shepherd was wearing a yellow
30, and Sophia Shepherd, 31, who both face Shores Department of Public Safety. purchases. diamond ring that matched one of the sus-
two felony charges – exploiting an elderly pected fraudulent purchases.
adult and scheming to defraud a financial The Martinellis filed a police report in During interviews with police, Mrs. Mar-
institution. If convicted, the women could January 2018 after suspicious family mem- tinelli said she didn’t remember authorizing Shepherd and McGee, who were arrest-
face up to 60 years in prison. bers discovered that the caregivers had such extravagant expenses. She “believed ed on March 13, 2018, have pleaded not
used the Martinellis’ personal information the suspects were buying her husband guilty to the charges, and remain free on
McGee’s attorney, Lydia Pittaway, and pants and shirts and things like that,” wrote bond. 

PIPER SALES SOAR During the past year, Piper announced when worldwide demand for Piper’s prod- our worldwide sales, visibility and efforts,
two large training-aircraft orders – one from ucts slowed – especially in the European, especially in the pilot-training realm,”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 China’s FanMei Flight School and the oth- Asian and Latin American markets – so Caldecott said last week.
er from the Jacksonville-based ATP Flight much that the company suffered back-to-
weren’t yet available, but she projected 229 School, which has training centers in 18 back quarters in which sales, deliveries and “As we look toward 2019, we are excited
deliveries – a whopping, 48 percent increase states. Combined, those orders are for 252 revenues all declined. about the growth in demand for aircraft
over the previous year. aircraft. trainers and the resulting contracts that we
As a result, Piper President and CEO Si- have been awarded, which has helped de-
Carlin said deliveries of Piper’s M-Class In addition, Carlin said Piper continues to mon Caldecott said at the time that the velop a backlog of orders,” he added.
line of business and personal single-en- fill its order book with new-aircraft sales to company needed to “better align produc-
gine, turboprop aircraft grew 35 percent a wide range of university-based and inde- tion with current market demand,” which “Additionally, working in concert with
from 2017 to 2018, and that the company, pendent flight schools in the United States. it did, reducing its payroll by more than 15 our full-service dealers, we look to continue
riding an increased demand for its smaller percent. to grow M-Class demand and sales.”
pilot-training aircraft, anticipates another She said the increase in demand for
strong showing in the coming year. Piper’s training aircraft can be “directly at- The company carried out reverse “align- Vero Beach Airport Director Eric Menger
tributed to a looming pilot shortage and the ment” during the past 12 months, this time said he and other local officials are excited
“While we aren’t announcing our planned resulting demand for pilots.” increasing its workforce and production. about Piper’s success and the impact it’s
2019 production at this time, we expect that having on the city-owned airport.
deliveries will grow at least 30 percent,” To meet its 2018 production demands, “Piper’s continued commitment to a lev-
Carlin said, adding, “All trainer aircraft are Piper hired workers for an array of positions el-loaded aircraft-production schedule has “As Piper grows, so grows the airport
sold for 2019 with a backlog into 2022.” throughout the year. allowed us to meet solid financial growth and its many very successful businesses,”
and performance goals, while expanding Menger said, “all of which contribute to our
That’s quite a turnaround from 2015, facility.” 

4 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY TAKE Drive to dine, drink and shop, or to go to preciate the importance of being a good  The City Council approve the “urban
the beach.) neighbor.) market” plan proposed by Lakeland-based
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 builder Mark Hulbert and Vero Beach res-
 Our School Board, particularly the  Serious discussions between Vero ident Terry Borcheller, who want to buy
relocates its Wastewater Treatment Plant – recently elected members, take their over- Beach Regional Airport Director Eric and develop the 35 acres that once con-
has a wonderful opportunity to transform sight responsibilities seriously and stand Menger and a second commercial airline tained the Dodgertown Golf Club. (The
this prime real estate into another popular up to Superintendent Mark Rendell, leav- to complement the passenger service of- hard truth is, the city needs the ongoing
gathering place for social, commercial and ing no doubt that he works for them by fered by Elite Airways. (Flights connecting tax revenue more than it needs another
recreational activity. holding him accountable and publicly our community to markets in the Midwest park.)
questioning his decisions and recommen- might be very popular.)
 The Vero Beach City Council finally dations.  Local law enforcement – with call-
show some courage, stop procrastinating  Major League Baseball fully and in help from the public – crack down on a
and get serious about the Central Beach  The Orchid Town Council abide by enthusiastically embrace its long-term worsening road-rage problem, which al-
business district’s parking situation, which the will of the people when it decides the commitment to Historic Dodgertown – ready has resulted in one deadly shooting
will only worsen with all the new residen- fate of Publix’s plan to build a supermar- especially the much-needed renovation that prosecutors here said was legally jus-
tial development on the mainland. (Lots of ket-anchored shopping center on a 7-acre of Holman Stadium – using its clout to tified under Florida’s recklessly rewritten
newcomers are buying homes west of 43rd parcel in the southeast corner of the town, bring at least one Grapefruit League game “Stand Your Ground” law.
Avenue, but they find their way to Ocean even if it means putting the issue to a ref- to Vero Beach each year. (We’d pack the
erendum. (The council also needs to ap- place.)  Something to cause Virgin Trains
USA to abandon its plan to expand its
high-speed passenger rail service from
West Palm Beach to Orlando, via the Trea-
sure Coast and through the Vero Beach
community. (That’s probably not going to
happen, but at least there’s no talk of put-
ting a station here.)

 The Vero Beach Lifeguard Associa-
tion raise the $250,000 it needs to build an
oceanfront headquarters – an L-shaped,
600-square-foot observation tower and
command center at Humiston Park – that
would allow lifeguards to see more of the
city’s shoreline.

 The county succeed in its efforts to
protect public access to local beaches by
winning its recently filed lawsuit target-
ing a 2,000-foot stretch of beach in the
Summerplace subdivision, north of Wa-
basso Beach. (The action was in response
to a new Florida statute that prevents lo-
cal governments from simply declaring
beaches public through the “customary
use doctrine” and requiring such disputes
to be decided in court.)

 The City Council find the right
tenant willing to pay the right price to
lease the city marina and make the re-
pairs and improvements needed for it to
become a first-class mooring, fueling and
storage facility – an asset Vero Beach can
be proud of.

 The owner of the Indian River Mall
find new ways to attract customers and
keep the shopping area financially viable
at a time when an increasing number of
people are opting to shop online.

 The United States Golf Association,
encouraged by the overwhelming success
of the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion-
ship at John’s Island and the 2018 U.S. Se-
nior Women’s Amateur Championship at
Orchid Island, award another of its major
tournaments to our community – possibly
Quail Valley, which has a course worthy of
such an honor.

 The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission use its legal authority to
more quickly remove derelict vessels from
our lagoon and recover from the boats’
owners all costs associated with the re-

In closing: Let’s refuse to settle for mere-
ly keeping Vero Vero in 2019 and, instead,
keep trying to make Vero better.

Like we did in 2018. 

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Hospital District shifts focus to ‘population health’ as it seeks to upgrade Gifford clinic

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer county residents. With the two bidders Gifford expansion dovetails with its new- million a year in tax revenue currently ex-
[email protected] using significantly different numbers, it ly focused mission of working to address pended by the district.
was impossible to compare the proposals underlying causes of ill health in the
Two proposals for expanding services at they presented last month, Hospital Dis- county. And that wasn’t the only good news for
the Gifford Health Center are on hold until trict Treasurer Allen Jones told the board the district as it mulls its post-Cleveland
ater this month after the Hospital District last week. Those causes, including limited access Clinic takeover role in the community. As
discovered that competing cost projec- to medical care and behaviors like smok- it turns out, the hospital is now led by a
tions provided by the county’s Health De- Jones proposed scheduling a special ing and overeating, are increasingly being population health expert: Dr. Greg Rosen-
partment and Treasure Coast Community meeting after the numbers are corrected dealt with under a discipline known as crance, newly named president of what is
Health Center were based on different pa- to go over the proposals, with the hope of population health. Last week, the Hospi- now Cleveland Clinic Indian River.
tient-visit numbers. giving the go-ahead to one of the two or- tal District board heard strategic planning
ganizations by mid-to-late January. consultant Michael Felix brief them on the He previously ran Cleveland Clinic’s
Those numbers – estimates of total pa- evolution of this concept, which is driving Medicine Institute in Cleveland, a sys-
tient visits – are the basis for calculating The snag hasn’t stopped the Hospital a global trend in healthcare. tem-wide division includes internal and
the cost of delivering health services to District from contemplating how the family medicine, preventative medicine,
“It focuses on inter-related factors geriatric medicine and hospital medi-
TRAVEL EXPO 2 19 [known as health status indicators] that cine. The Medicine Institute also claims
influence the health of a population. It’s to be a “laboratory for innovation around
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM both about health factors and the system the care delivery model,” according to
itself – that’s really the difference in popu- its website, and is charged with leading
Intergenerational Recreation Center lation health. the Cleveland Clinic health system in the
transition to population health manage-
1590 9th Street (Oslo Road)  Vero Beach “It’s not just about a hospital, or the ment in line with health care reforms.
people who provide the services. It’s also
the human services providers and the Population health management
philanthropic and faith communities. It’s evolved from insurance company pro-
really putting together these broad-based grams intended to reduce insurance pay-
public-private strategies that allow people ments to healthcare providers.
to play an appropriate role in the health
process.” Insurance companies used data from
claims to identify high-risk people in
With Cleveland Clinic this week taking group plans and then alerted employers
over the hospital the district originally was who created incentives to get those peo-
created to run, the health of every resident ple to quit smoking, to exercise and to lose
of Indian River County – not just patients weight. If successful, the employers were
at the hospital – has become the clear pri- charged lower premiums. Those methods
ority of the Hospital District board, which eventually maxed out in terms of effec-
recently debated changing its name to In- tiveness, and slowly, care management
dian River County Health District. by insurers shifted to population health
management by providers.
At what was its final Chairman’s meet-
ing of the year in December, the Hospi- Today, the areas covered by the term
tal District’s elected trustees heard the population health mirror the concerns of
broadest view yet of where the county’s public health. Longer, healthier lives de-
overall health measures stand, and where pend not only on medical care but con-
the board’s evolving mission lies – square- scious choices by individuals and institu-
ly within the parameters of population tions.
Unlike many European countries which
The Hospital District will eventually be apply public health principals to manag-
relieved of the burden of reimbursing the ing chronic disease, the U.S. relies on doc-
hospital for care of the county’s medically tors’ visits. Yet, according to Health Cata-
indigent patients, its main function up till lyst, clinical care accounts for only a fifth
now. Cleveland Clinic has committed to of the factors that determine health – with
absorbing those costs within three years. the other factors ranging from behaviors
That will free up for other uses some $7 like smoking and sex, to environmental

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factors like clean air and water, to cultural mary Stroke Center since 2007, and with Add beauty and
determinants like income and education. the recent addition of a team of interven- natural light to your
tional neurologists, the hospital hopes to EXISTING entryway
All that is beginning to change. become accredited as a Comprehensive
Population health management now Stroke Center, a rare honor for a small in about an hour!
goes beyond providers to include schools, community hospital.
churches, parks departments, planning • Glass patterns • Patio & Sliding
and zoning departments, and code en- “The hospital’s going to run with this for every style Glass Doors
forcement agencies, grocery store chains one, obviously,” said Rick Van Lith, Cleve- and budget
and restaurants, even law enforcement. land Clinic Indian River’s vice-president • Framed /
Gifford Health Center is not the only of strategic planning. “And it won’t just be • Customize to Frameless
Hospital District project that falls under around interventional clot-removal avail- your style Shower Units
population health; the district’s post-Park- able around the clock. It’ll be [assessing]
land school violence prevention initiative risk factors and healthy living and seeking • Impact Glass • Etching
to increase mental health services in In- care immediately – a three-point empha- • Wood Interior/ • Schlage & Emtek
dian River County schools would be con- sis. We’re just starting with this.”
sidered population health management. Exterior Doors Hardware
So would many of the services offered by Another bit of data caught the hospital’s • Fiberglass • Mirror Wraps
the pre- and post-natal care organization eye: the high rate of skin cancer, which is
Healthy Start. more than double the statewide rate, ac- Doors
Healthy Start, which is run through the cording to Van Lith.
Health Department at the Gifford Health
Center, collaborates with the Partners in “Fortunately, we’ve got Dr. Jim Grichnik,
Women’s Health program at Cleveland he’s an expert in early diagnosis and skin
Clinic Indian River. Both receive district cancer. This is going to turn into some-
funds and both were credited for fall- thing like the lung cancer issue where it’s
ing prenatal mortality rates in the latest not about the procedure, it’s about mak-
bi-annual Community Health Needs As- ing sure you don’t have a problem. And
sessment. we’ve got a lot of work to do with that.
Two years ago, what was then Indian We’re lucky to have him on board.”
River Medical Center began a screening
program for lung cancer after a collabora- As part of the assessment exercise, an
tive research effort known as the Commu- advisory team of local healthcare agency
nity Health Needs Assessment discovered leaders generated a prioritization list. At
an unusually high rate of lung cancer in the top: access to healthcare. Now, the Vis-
the county – accounting for 30 percent of iting Nurse Association is slated to lead the
all cancer deaths. effort to improve access and has already
Last week, the needs assessment presented an ambitious plan to reach out
showed a decline in the lung cancer death to medically underserved neighborhoods
rate, from 140 per 100,000 in 2016 to 123 with its mobile unit.
last year. Earlier detection may have
played a role in that, said Jennifer Fred- The district funded a trial run of theVNA
erick, program liaison for the Hospital program with an expectation that data will
District, who presented the community’s show whether it is worth funding further.
updated numbers to the board. Among its first forays into the community
Another statistic generated by the as- is a Saturday stop at Gifford Health Center,
sessment pointed to positive impact where its nurse practitioner can provide
from a hospital effort: Stroke mortality primary care to patients who work during
rates from 2014 to 2016 were lower than the center’s weekday hours.
the state and the U.S. rates, at 29.1 per
100,000. Indian River Medical Center has Also on the priorities list: healthy eating
had a Joint Commission-accredited Pri- and exercise. The county’s Health Depart-
ment will be leading an effort to improve
nutrition and increase physical activity in
the hopes of slimming down county resi-
dents, more than 60 percent of whom are
overweight. 

SEBASTIAN INLET district foots the balance. 463-6500
Beach renourishment will be closely Regency Square
monitored by local, state and federal agen- 2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart
about 120,000 cubic yards of the material cies and Florida Institute of Technology to
through pipes that will stretch two miles ensure protection of sea grass and hard Licensed & Insured
south along the beach to a restoration site bottom habitat and the creatures they har-
north of the McLarty Treasure Museum. bor, such as manatees, sea turtles, shore-
birds and sawfish.
Bulldozers will till and grade the new-
ly-deposited sand. The remaining 30,000 The district says 10 years of monitoring
cubic yards of dredged sand will be stock- so far has shown no ill effects from its proj-
piled in the Inlet District’s storage area just ects.
north of the inlet for emergency beach fill
and dune repair. Work is expected to wrap “The [Sebastian Inlet District] Commis-
up in mid-April prior to the start of the sea sion takes seriously its commitment to
turtle nesting season, which begins May 1. preserving natural resources and protect-
ing important habitats and wildlife around
The total project cost is $2,945,000, the inlet,” said Smithson.
with the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection expected to kick in 75 More than 2.5 million cubic yards of
percent, or about $2.2 million, while the sand have been dredged from the inlet
and used to restore county beaches since
the district was created in 1919. 

8 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Scully-Welsh doc: ‘Exciting
time’ to be an oncologist

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer ical doctors?
[email protected] Yes they are. But in today’s sophisticated

Dr. Alice Cintra, one of the newest phy- world of cancer treatment, there are three
sicians at Vero Beach’s Scully-Welsh Can- recognized oncology sub-specialties: med-
cer Center, is a medical oncologist – but ical oncologists, radiation oncologists and
wait a minute, aren’t all oncologists med- surgical oncologists. And while Memorial

Dr. Alice Cintra.


Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH January 4, 2019 9

Sloan Kettering says “medical oncologists Mayo Clinic continues. “Since microscopic
usually serve as treatment team leaders,” cancer cells can travel through the blood-
Cintra shies away from claiming a leader- stream to other organs and hide until they
ship role after only about a month at the decide to multiply, many patients will require
Vero cancer facility. more than just surgery in order to eradicate
the cancer completely.”
“I like to collaborate,” she says quietly,
“and I think most oncologists would say the That’s where the supportive care medical
same thing. I mean, honestly, with cancer, oncologists provide becomes especially im-
you have to work as a team. It’s not one doctor portant.
or another, right? It’s really a multi-specialty
approach that has to happen.” Whatever cancer a patient is fighting, Cin-
tra has one important piece of advice.
She points out that besides the three
recognized oncology fields involved in “Don’t compare yourself to others. Try not
cancer treatments, pathologists, radiolo- to. It’s very hard, but try not to compare your-
gists, gastroenterologists and otolaryngol- self with so-and-so that you know who may
ogists or ENT doctors all play important have breast cancer. Maybe the characteris-
roles, too. tics of their cancer are different than yours.
Because, really, breast cancer, lung cancer,
Still, the National Cancer Institute they all come in different shapes. Maybe
echoes Memorial Sloan Kettering’s stance, there are different molecular markers. There
saying medical oncologists usually are “the are all kinds of things makes everybody’s
main healthcare provider for someone who cancer unique.
has cancer,” while also giving supportive
care and coordinating the treatments pre- “I tell patients all the time: ‘You’re not a
scribed by other specialists. And Cintra number. You’re you. There’s nobody else in
does agree that medical oncologists “tend the world like you. How you respond to ther-
to be the ones that kind of guide things a apy may not be the same as another person.’”
little bit in cancer care,” adding that “of-
tentimes we are the ones that follow the pa- Cintra concludes by saying “it is a very
tient the longest.” exciting time” to be a medical oncologist be-
cause people are living longer with cancer.
Unfortunately for Cintra, medical on- “They are living better lives with cancer, and
cologists also are thought of as the doc- new ways of actually curing their cancers are
tors responsible for prescribing and ad- being developed all the time.”
ministering chemotherapy, and she says
“the word chemotherapy is terrifying,” to Dr. Alice Cintra is with the Scully-Welsh
most people. Cancer Center at 3555 10th Court in Vero
Beach. Her phone number is 772-226-4810. 
“People [about to undergo chemotherapy]
think they are going to be miserable, with effective treatment for patients with certain
hair loss, nausea and vomiting.” Cintra said. types of cancer that have been resistant to
Sometimes they are, but Cintra adds that to- chemotherapy and radiation treatment, in-
day’s chemo drugs “tend to be better tolerat- cluding melanoma.”
ed” than those of just a few years ago.
Cintra has a personal history with cancer
Despite that improvement, Cintra says, and special reasons to help lead a team that
“any time I get to do something that is not fights it.
chemotherapy, that’s exciting.”
“My own mother had breast cancer,” she
An alternate treatment she is excited about says. “I lost her to breast cancer. And I went
is immunotherapy, which she calls “the hot- through a cancer journey, myself.”
test thing right now in oncology.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, “most wom-
The American Cancer Society describes en with breast cancer need some type of
immunotherapy as “stimulating a patient’s surgery – either lumpectomy or mastectomy
own immune system to work harder and – [and] most patients believe that their treat-
smarter to attack cancer cells.” ment is completed after their tumors are re-
moved with surgery.”
Not all cancer patients are candidates for
immunotherapy, but, according to Cancer- Unfortunately, that belief often is mistak-, “immunotherapy has been an en: “Breast cancer is very aggressive,” the

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for children.
The Food and Drug Administration last
month approved a drug for a wide range of In 2017 the agency, for the first time,
cancers based on a shared mutation, rath- approved an immunotherapy drug for
er than the tumors’ locations – an advance tumors with a specific genetic signature,
for the sometimes controversial field of regardless of where they originated in the
“precision medicine.” body. But that treatment had been cleared
for several cancers, including advanced
The medication, called Vitrakvi, is the melanoma.
second treatment to receive FDA clearance
based on a common biomarker found in The drug approved last week is for pa-
an array of cancers. The drug, also called tients with advanced solid tumors con-
larotrectinib, was approved simultane- taining what’s called an NTRK gene fusion,

a hybrid of two genes that can promote un- who would experience severe complica-
controlled cell growth. Cancers of the thy- tions by undergoing surgery and have no
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as part of a clinical trial, and her tumors
disappeared. Now 14, Briana is a freshman
in high school and dreaming of becoming
a fashion designer.

“This was lifesaving for her,” said The-
odore Laetsch, a pediatric oncologist at
University of Texas Southwestern and
Children’s Health in Dallas who was in-
volved in her treatment.

The FDA said the efficacy of the drug was
studied in three clinical trials involving 55
children and adults. The patients had a 75
percent overall response rate across differ-
ent types of solid tumors, with almost all
the responses lasting six months and 39
percent lasting a year or more. Common
side effects included fatigue, nausea and
dizziness. 

Oncology, Inc., and its partner Bayer, an- covers some genetic testing, private insur-
nounced that the wholesale acquisition ers are much less likely to pay for it.
cost will be $32,800 for a 30-day supply of
capsules for adults. The cost for the liquid Precision medicine – the tailoring of
formulation for children will be based on medical treatment to a patient’s individual
the patient’s surface area but will start at characteristics, including genetic makeup
$11,000 per month. – in recent years has generated immense
enthusiasm. But it also has spurred skep-
The companies said that they expected ticism, in part because both the drugs and
most insurers to cover the drug and pa- tests tend to be expensive.
tients’ out-of-pocket costs to be $20 or less
per month. Bayer said it would offer pay- “Patient affordability is one of the big
ment assistance to patients who need it and barriers to precision medicine right now,”
would refund the cost of the drug to payers said Carolyn Presley, a geriatric oncologist
and patients if the drug doesn’t provide at Ohio State University Comprehensive
clinical benefit in the first three months. Cancer Center. “Show me the money – how
are you going to pay for it?”
Loxo now faces the challenge of finding
patients who might benefit. Only an estimat- But Elizabeth Jaffee, an oncologist at
ed 2,000 to 3,000 people a year in the United Johns Hopkins, said that the cost of se-
States develop NTRK-related cancers. quencing has been falling and that preci-
sion medicine “is going to be the way to
“The million-dollar question is: How treat cancer in the future.” And David Hy-
do you know you have the fusion that the man, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Ket-
drug treats?” said Josh Bilenker, the chief tering Cancer Center who led pivotal trials
executive of Loxo. The mutation occurs of larotrectinib, said: “There’s no way that
in less than 1 percent of most solid tumor in five to 10 years we will be taking care of
types, but is common in malignancies patients with cancer and not trying to un-
such as adult salivary cancer and infantile derstand their genetic situation.”
When Briana Ayala of El Paso began
The only way to find the mutation is having severe back pain at 11, she was
through much broader genetic tumor test- diagnosed with a sarcoma – a soft-tissue
ing. But while patients at academic medi- tumor – that was wrapped partly around
cal centers with advanced cancer typically her aorta. The growth was removed two
are tested, many people do not undergo years ago in a high-risk operation, but it
genetic tumor testing in the community returned in her spine, prompting doctors
settings where 80 percent of cancer pa- to test her tumors. When NTRK alterations
tients receive care. And while Medicare turned up, she began taking larotrectinib

12 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | HEALTHY SENIOR

Chronic tiredness can be a symptom of sleep apnea

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist About
18 million
Q. I’m tired most days and I never feel Americans
rested. Could I have sleep apnea? have sleep

I urge you to get to a doctor for a diag- apnea.
nosis because sleep apnea can be a serious
disorder. High blood pressure is common sary to remove tonsils or extra tissue from
in sleep apnea. Sudden drops in blood ox- the throat.
ygen levels that occur during sleep stop-
pages increase blood pressure and strain These are some self-help techniques:
the cardiovascular system, raising the risk • Sleep on your side instead of your
of heart failure and stroke. back. Sleeping on your back can cause
your tongue and soft palate to rest against
About 18 million Americans have sleep the back of your throat and block your air-
apnea. It’s much more common in older way.
adults and men. Apnea is Greek for “with- • Eliminate alcoholic beverages and
out breath.” sleep medicines, which relax the muscles
in your throat.
People with sleep apnea stop breathing • Quit smoking. Nicotine is a stimulant
for as long as 30 seconds at a time. These and can interfere with sleep. Smoke is an
interruptions can happen hundreds of irritant to nose, throat and lungs.
times a night. The breathing cessations • Lose weight. A fat neck tends to nar-
may wake you and prevent you from get- row the airway in your throat.
ting a good night’s sleep. These awaken- (Note: In my research, I often seem to run
ings usually are so brief that you don’t re- into warnings against alcohol, tobacco and
call them. fat. Might be something to it.)
When you go to a doctor for a diagnosis,
There are two kinds of sleep apnea: cen- he or she may refer you to a sleep disorder
tral and obstructive. center. You may be asked to undergo over-
night monitoring of your breathing and
If you have central sleep apnea, there’s other body functions during sleep. You
a communication breakdown between may also be referred to an ear, nose and
throat doctor to rule out any blockage in
the breathing muscles and your brain. It’s your nose or throat. 

About 90 percent of sleep-apnea victims
have obstructive apnea, which is caused
by a blockage in the windpipe. Obstruc-
tive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles
in the back of your throat relax.

These muscles support the soft palate,
tonsils, tongue and uvula – that doohick-
ey that hangs in the back of your mouth.
When the muscles relax, your airway
is narrowed and breathing is cut off. A
blockage can also be caused by a lot of fat-
ty tissue in the throat.

The most common symptoms of sleep
apnea include:

• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Loud snoring
• Observed episodes of breathing stop-
pages during sleep
• Abrupt awakenings with shortness of
• Awakening with a dry mouth or sore
• Morning headache
• Problems associated with sleep depri-
vation such as forgetfulness and mood
A common treatment for sleep apnea
that helps most sufferers is Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). You sleep
with a special mask that adds pressure to
the air you breathe. Mild cases of apnea
can be treated with dental devices that
move your jaw forward to make breathing
easier. In very few cases, surgery is neces-

14 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Bonz meets cool Codie, a rescue that rescues others

Hi Dog Buddies! Pilot Patricia Picornell. PHOTO BY JULIAN LEEK “Absolutely, ladies.” liddle brownish gray tabby cat was lookin’
We paused atta big fenced-in up at me.
Woof, did I ever have a Crispy Dog Bis- they went back to munchin.’ area with a roomy, covered shed.
cuits adventure this week, yappin’ with a “So, Codie, I unnerstand you fly!” We talked A bunch of chiggens were runnin’ Codie obliged. “Bonzo, meet Miss
rescue Australian Shepherd mix, Codie Pi- as he gave me a liddle tour. around, an there were goats anna Squirt.”
cornell, an his pals. coupla dogs also, just hangin’ out.
“Mom an Dad are PIE-lutts. They’re inna Nobody seemed upset. Nobody “Delighted,” I told her, congratulating
Codie lives onna 1.5-acre ranch, an he’s Cool Dog Biscuits group called PIE-lutts was chasin’ anybody. Codie musta myself on how suavely I had reacted to a
– wait for it – a CO-pie-lutt for a pooch res- for Paws. They fly all over inna Rockwell noticed my surprise. cat rubbing against my legs, since (I real-
cue. I KNOW! Commander 114, pickin’ up rescue pooch- “Yeah, we all get along here. ized) it was the first time I’d ever actually
es an deliverin’ ’em to groups who find ’em We’re totally post-species. When a touched a cat.
Me an my assistant parked along the Forever Families. That’s how we met, back new foster arrives, the rest of The
road cuz the gate was latched. Codie, a lady, in 2015. I was in one of the litters they res- Pack (that’s all of us) help ’em feel Just then, their Mom’s phone beeped. A
an a skinny red merle shepherd-lookin’ cued in Alabama, an flew down to a shel- comfubble and not scared. Some- conversation ensued. “Well,” said Codie,
pooch greeted us, and let us in through a ter in South Florida. Mom ’specially likes times they’ve gone through Diffi- “Looks like we’ll be heading out tomorrow.
side gate. Shepherdy pooches, an also liked how cool cult Times, and we help ’em relax, Pickin’ up 15 or 20 pupsters in Valdosta. Fl-
an laid-back I was, even as a fluffmuffin fit in. yin’ ’em down to Palm Beach, probly.”
“Welcome! We keep the big gate closed puppy. Soon as I got all checked out (an got “The other day, the chiggens were actin’
on accounta the sheep are out. Just come the No Puppies Procedure), Mom an Dad goofy, havin’ a Major Cluckfest, circlin’ the “You sure have an excitin’ life.”
on through. I’m Codie. This is my pal, adopted me an another Shepherdy pooch, wagons, so to speak. The goats were pacin’ “It is that. I just feel so grateful to be able
Hunter. He’s been sick but he’s gettin’ Parker.” around, too, an us pooches smelled bob- to give back. I know what it’s like to be a
much better. This is our Mom, Pat. Our cat. So Mom put Parker an Birdie (he’s the rescue. An it isn’t only dogs. We’ve also re-
Dad Kiko’s workin’ onna Special Project.” I was takin’ notes like crazy. Codie blue merle over there) in the pen so that ol’ cued cats. Even guinea pigs.”
stopped at a shady, fenced area to inner- bobcat would pick up The Dog Scent and “Are you woofin’?”
“Great to meet you all. This is some Cool duce a coupla pals. A donkey anna mini have the good sense to skedaddle. We’ve “Nope. If a domestic animal needs to
Kibbles place you have here!” horse came up to the fence, an looked me had a few chiggens Buy the Henhouse. You be rescued, and they can fit in our planes,
an my assistant up and down. can’t be too careful.” we’re there.”
There was a house an a couple of neat an By then, the goats had come over to the I was getting more impressed by the
tidy smaller buildings, a grassy lawn with “Bonzo, meet Poppy, she’s the donkey, fence to check us out an nibble my Assis- second. “Where do you sleep? Any special
tall, skinny pine trees, an lotsa roomy pens an this young lady is Daisy.” tant’s satchel. pals? Toys?”
an stalls, each area with a nice horse fence. “Hi, I’m Jeff. These doofs are Billy, Buddy “I mostly sleep with Mom an Dad. My
Three sheep, two white an one black, were Like the others, the pretty pair extended an Boo. Billy, you KNOW we don’t nibble BFFs are a coupla Goldens rescued from
munchin’ grass. It was as close as I’d ever nose bumps through the fence. “Are you humans’ Stuff.” China, I believe: Echo an Djin. Echo’s total-
been to sheep. gonna mention us in your column, Mr. “Mmphff! Sorry. My baaad. It’s just so ly deaf. That’s why we’re all wearin’ bells, so
Bozo?” Poppy asked. INNERsting.” He gave the satchel a final we won’t startle her.”
“Hey, guys,” Codie hollered. “Come slurp. My assistant laughed and patted his “I had noticed the bells. That is So Cool
meet Bonzo. He’s innerviewin’ me for the “Oh, silly,” said Daisy. “It’s BONzo, not head. Kibbles.”
PAY-per.” Bozo. Are you, Mr. Bonzo? Gonna mention “Hey, Codie, aren’tcha gonna innerduce “True. As for toys, we’ve got tons. You
us? ME?” came a liddle voice. I felt a small shoulda seen our Christmas stockings!
The plump, woolly trio trotted over an nudge against my legs. I looked down. A Currently, my favorite’s a long fluffy some-
nose-bumped my Assistant, who immedi- thing-or-other. They tend not to last too
ately started pattin’ their heads. I wasn’t fa- DON’T BE SHY long, for some reason. I might be a liddle
miliar with dog-sheep protocol, but I was over-enthusiastic.”
fairly sure it didn’t involve a wag-and-sniff. We are always looking for pets Heading home, I was thinkin’ about
with interesting stories. Codie flyin’ around, rescuin’ other pets the
“Bonz, meet BaaBaa, Chewy an Ajax,” way he’d been rescued. An about all those
Codie said. To set up an interview, email animals living together in harmony. That’s
[email protected]. really something to think about.
“Lovely to meet you, Mr. Bonzo,” said Till next time,
BaaBaa. “If you wanna practice a liddle
herding, we’re always up for it, aren’t we, The Bonz

“Totally,” said Codie. “But Bonzo’s on the

“Thanks, fellas,” I called after them as

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Courtyard home makes the most of outdoor living

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer Indian River Club’s community-outreach courtyard, the interfacing sliding-glass with crown molding, the upper cabinets
[email protected] organization. doors opening the house to the outdoors. with glass fronts. The large composite sink
is under-mounted, leaving a clean line
Jill Landes and Lewis Strauss, who wrote They also partake of water aerobics, The back of the house, corresponding to that emphasizes the beauty of the gran-
and produced for “60 Minutes” and CNN, cards, mahjong, movie and book clubs, the the top of the C, faces the 11th fairway of ite counters. A breakfast bar is perfect
chose Vero Beach as their retirement spot “Let’s Eat Out” club and art outings. “It’s a the private, Ron Garl-designed golf course, for lingering over coffee or cocktails. The
after discovering its charms while visiting very social community,” Strauss said. “If the back wall comprised of sliding glass glass-block back splash complements the
friends, picking Indian River Club to set- you’re new, they make sure you get inte- doors opening onto a screened-in back

tle in. They are now selling their courtyard grated quickly.” porch, recently redone in travertine pavers counters, picking out the scotch and gin
home at 964 Carolina Circle SW, in the “Or not,” Landes said. “You don’t have in the French pattern. colors.
popular golfing community, but plan to
stay in the neighborhood, having a large to. But it’s there if you want it.” “The house is wonderful for parties,” The kitchen is a good command post. “I
social network they love. What attracted them to their courtyard Landes said. “We entertained 30 people can be at the sink and watch television and
here. It’s one big continuous space.” the golf course,” Landes said.
home was its openness and versatility.

Indian River Club is known for its Audu- There are no windows facing the street, The open floor plan also means “you The cabana bedroom and bath are in
bon Signature Sanctuary golf course, a making the house feel set apart from the can reconfigure the rooms,” Landes said a separate building next to the pool, cur-
combination of wildlife refuge and culti- world. With the courtyard design, the front – dining, family and living rooms are inter- rently configured as an office with a dou-
vated nature, which attracted Strauss, the louvered doors leads not to the home’s interior changeable. The large ceramic tile consis- ble-bed fold-out couch. It too has a sliding
golfer in the family. “I run the Friday golf but into an enchanting screened area that in- tent throughout the common rooms adds glass door onto the courtyard that extends
club, which is about 40 guys,” he said. cludes a pool, plantings and a covered porch. to the sense of openness. the living area outside.

Landes teaches fifth-grade reading The couple recently redid the pool skirt, The recently remodeled kitchen is at the The second guest room is near the front
twice a week at Indian River Academy el- replacing the concrete with taupe pavers center of the common rooms. The cabi- of the house, with a courtyard view. It also
ementary school nearby, one of 75 volun- in a basket-weave design that matches the nets are in the Shaker style, painted white, has its own bath.
teers who have adopted the school, which driveway they replaced a few years earlier.
is the main focus of Head Heart and Hands, FEATURES FOR 964 CAROLINA CIRCLE SW
The house forms a “C” around the

Neighborhood: Indian River Club
Year built: 2000 • Lot size: 60’ x 130’, .18 acres
Home size: 2,339 sq. ft. under air, courtyard and covered patio

1,200 sq. ft., back patio 250 sq. ft.

Construction: Concrete block with stucco
Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 4

Additional features: Golf-course views, courtyard design,
cabana, master with his-and-her baths, new roof, pool with

solar heating, screened back patio paved in travertine, granite

counters, crown molding, recessed lighting throughout house,

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The master bedroom suite is at the end of After Landes broke her leg and Strauss The garage has a side entrance and fits roof, with solar panels installed to heat the
house, with a view of the golf course and the had a hip replacement, they were grate- two cars, the floor recently redone in epoxy, pool. The pool surface was redone, as was
courtyard. The his-and-her bathrooms were ful for the low thresholds and large doors looking very like a terrazzo floor. The inner the brick-paver skirt and driveway. The
recently renovated. They are interconnected throughout the house, particularly in the door from the garage to the house leads to back covered golfer porch was redone in
by a large walk-in shower with two shower shower, which made recovery easier. “You the laundry room, the large sink good for sumptuous travertine. The water heater is
heads and frameless glass doors. Her side never think about these things until they cleaning up golf shoes before going inside. new and the house was painted inside and
has a large soaking tub and makeup vanity. happen,” Landes said, “but I came here to out about a year ago. The hurricane shut-
Both sides have walk-in closets. recover, not our home up north.” Besides the kitchen and master bath- ters are also new. 
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The mainland real estate market closed out 2018 with 27 transactions of single-family residences and lots in
the final week of December (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the residence at 3490 Marsha Lane – originally listed in
December 2016 for $1,495,000 – sold for $1,100,000 on Dec. 27.
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VERO BEACH 3490 MARSHA LANE 12/8/2016 $1,495,000 12/27/2018 $749,000
VERO BEACH 7695 S POLO GROUNDS LANE 6/11/2018 $799,000 12/28/2018 $490,000
VERO BEACH 1425 43RD COURT 3/10/2018 $650,000 12/28/2018 $420,000
VERO BEACH 800 SARINA TERRACE 10/11/2018 $435,000 12/26/2018 $385,000
VERO BEACH 2125 BUENA VISTA BOULEVARD 8/29/2018 $439,000 12/27/2018 $370,000
VERO BEACH 5354 ANTIGUA CIRCLE 8/10/2018 $419,900 12/27/2018 $340,000
VERO BEACH 4654 ASHLEY LAKE CIRCLE 10/26/2018 $345,000 12/26/2018 $320,000
VERO BEACH 755 N OCRACOKE SQUARE SW 10/10/2018 $349,900 12/24/2018 $244,000
VERO BEACH 428 N TANGERINE SQUARE SW 11/9/2018 $253,900 12/27/2018 $242,000
VERO BEACH 1651 VICTORIA CIRCLE 12/27/2018 $242,000 12/26/2018 $237,900
VERO BEACH 7552 15TH STREET 10/12/2018 $239,900 12/28/2018 $230,000
VERO BEACH 2276 20TH AVE SW 11/21/2018 $239,000 12/28/2018 $226,000
VERO BEACH 2725 1ST STREET 11/1/2018 $229,900 12/27/2018 $225,800
VERO BEACH 4734 51ST COURT 9/14/2018 $248,000 12/27/2018 $225,000
SEBASTIAN 1510 POLYNESIAN LANE 11/10/2018 $229,900 12/28/2018 $225,000
SEBASTIAN 771 BROOKEDGE TERRACE 11/9/2018 $244,900 12/27/2018 $196,000
SEBASTIAN 841 CARNATION DRIVE 11/7/2018 $197,000 12/27/2018 $196,000
SEBASTIAN 1361 CLEARBROOK STREET 12/13/2018 $199,995 12/28/2018 $182,500
SEBASTIAN 107 LA PLAYA LANE 11/17/2018 $209,000 12/28/2018 $169,400
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Coming Up! All about ‘Eve’: Vero resonates
with artist Barroso PAGE B2AdamSchnell.

By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Definitely for your “Do Not
Miss This One” list: one of
Broadway’s greatest musicals, Tim
Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s
1979, seven Tony-winning smash
hit “Evita,” opens on Riverside
Theatre’s Stark Stage this Tues-
day, Jan. 8. This is a show you can
see for the first time, or again and
again, and feel the same exhila-
ration and excitement. Of course,
“Evita” tells the story of Eva Peron,
one of the most fascinating wom-
en in history who, says the the-
atre promo, used her charm and
charisma to rise from her penni-
less origins to political power as
the first lady of Argentina at the
age of 27. “Acclaimed and adored
as a champion of the people, Eva
used her position as first lady to
fight for causes she believed in, in-
cluding women’s suffrage and im-
proving the lives of the poor. Her
glamour, power and greed ended
with her heart-breaking death


B2 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

All about ‘Eve’: Vero resonates with artist Barroso

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist PHOTOS BY LEIGH GREEN here as well (including the writer of this ar- bigger by 10 adjunct programs – lectures,
[email protected] ticle), not only in the photo mural, but also workshops, yoga classes and even a “Battle
ing the artwork of 43 women. in an exhibition in the second largest of Raw of the Sexes” fine art game (co-presented
“She asked me not to show her face. I Among the faces in Barroso’s mural are Space’s three gallery spaces. Some of those by this writer) offered throughout January.
thought of this as a symbol of diversity. She is women, whose faces the visitor can match to There will also be an evening reception at
a symbol of someone who has no voice,” says those of former Vero Beach Museum of Art their art, include Jan Miller, Emily Tremml, Lila the gallery on Jan. 11 that promises to be
Niurka Barroso. She is speaking of the wom- executive director Lucinda Gedeon; Vero’s be- Blakeslee, Deborah Gooch, Jill Kerwick, Lou packed with special presentations. If the
an in her “Faces of Eve” photo project, whose loved Alma Lee Loy; Sharon Smith Theobald, Mullan, Quentin Walter, Maria Sparsis, Minak- mobbed Dec. 14 opening night party is any
back-of-the-head “portrait” features a sleek president/CEO of Art Appraisals Internation- shi De, Suzy Mellott and Barbara Landry. indication, you’ll want to get there early.
brunette head sporting a long, loose braid. al; Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival found-
er/executive director Jerusha Stewart; and It is a big show, and a big project made According to Barroso, the “Faces of Eve”
On display at Raw Space in Vero Beach 32963’s own society editor Mary Schenkel.
through Jan. 29, the 140 headshots show
women of all ages and from all walks of life. A number of local artists are represented
They are arranged in a mural-sized format 13
½-feet-high and a little under 16-feet-wide;
20 heads long, seven rows high. The visages of
all but that one anonymous woman confront
the viewer from the wall opposite the gallery’s
main entrance.

The portraits include those of Neli San-
tamarina, businesswoman, art patron and
owner of the shopping plaza in which Raw
Space is located, and Silvia Medina, the ex-
perimental gallery’s curator.

With Barroso, Medina co-directs Art Con-
cept Alternative, a business that represents
a group of international artists. While none
of their faces are included in the photo mu-
ral, some of them have works on display
alongside “Faces of Eve” in the concomitant
“Women by Women” art exhibition, featur-

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Allan I. Teger and Barbara Krupp. Marylou Mullen and Niurka Barroso. Patty Wright, Maria Sparsis and Beverly Swatt. Space mailing list; so all of those women
were bringing in the next subjects and then
project had its inception about a year ago, ing the residents of the Pima Maricopa Res- really matter who you are. Everybody looks the next. Everything grew naturally, organi-
during her extended period of travel in Europe. ervation, as well as Arizona’s biker subculture. the same.” cally. That was the beauty of it.”

Something of a rolling stone, Barroso was In 2005 Barroso emigrated to Canada, If that is true, how were these women in At one point Barroso began to include cer-
born in Cuba and enjoyed the early part of where she established a studio and was lat- particular selected for the project? In short, tain women of standing in the community,
her professional career there. After receiving er employed as a photojournalist for a travel the answer is word of mouth. because without them, a collective portrait
a degree in Ancient Languages from Havana magazine, happily indulging her love of the of Vero’s women would not be complete.
University in the mid-1980s, Barroso wrote open road. “First of all, I invited women from the Raw
copy for an Italian news service before taking “I would like to make my home here in
a job in with Fondo Cubano de Bienes Cul- She alighted in Vero a year ago, after an Vero,” she says, wistfully.
turales (Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets). initial visit about eight years ago, when she
exhibited her work at the short-lived Intrep- “But this project, ‘Faces of Eve,’ is an itin-
“I was director of publicity. So I started to id Gallery in Pelican Plaza. erant project. I don’t know yet where I will do
work with photographers,” she says. it next. It has to be a place that resonates with
“I fell in love with this town then. It reso- me. Every time I photograph someone it has
“One of them asked me, ‘Why don’t you nates with me,” she says. to resonate.” 
write about photography? We need people
who write about photography.’” During recent rambles through Spain,
Portugal and Italy, Barroso found the topic of
Soon afterward, Barroso began her re- gender came up frequently in conversation.
search on the Cuban Photographic Club
(1935-1962), a slice of Cuban history about “I came to Vero connected with that
which no literature existed. She eventual- subject. When Silvia asked me to be an art-
ly uncovered some 50,000 negatives buried ist-in-residence at Raw Space, I wanted to
away in drawers and dusty cabinets in peo- do something about the community; some-
ple’s homes, offices and forgotten storage thing about the women here. And so the
nooks. The negatives are now archived at Ha- project ‘Faces of Eve’ was born. I created the
vana’s Cuban Fototech, a museum dedicated ‘Women by Women’ aspect of the show, as
to photography. well.”

The same photographer who set her on Setting up her camera and lights in the
her research task, Adelberto Roque, taught smallest gallery at Raw Space, she photo-
Barroso how to use a camera and develop graphed women from Labor Day through
film. After a year under his mentorship, Bar- mid-November. Barroso shot her subjects at
roso was selected for a position with Agence uncomfortably close range, using a ring light
France-Presse (AFP) as a photojournalist. that cast a form-flattening brightness across
each face (you can see twin reflections of the
“I worked for them for 12 years,” she says. circular light in the women’s eyes). A uni-
During that time she took pictures of poli- form black background isolates each head in
ticians and celebrities at home and abroad, its own strict precinct; the effect of the whole
and for the first half of her tenure was the is like a chart of celestial bodies captured by
only woman AFP photographer in Cuba. an astrophotographer’s lens.

Photojournalism strongly influenced the The portraits are arranged in no partic-
photos she began to take as an independent ular order, save one dictated by the artist’s
artist. These included visual essays about sense of visual balance. The aim was to pres-
child patients in a Cuban hospital’s oncol- ent all the women as equals, says Barroso,
ogy ward, and Cuban subcultures, includ- who notes that she attempted to represent
ing hippies (also known as “frikis,” or freaks) area women of all social and cultural back-
and transvestites. Barroso was also part of a grounds, ethnicities and ages – the youngest
U.S.-Cuba cultural exchange, in which she is 18 years old and the oldest is over 90.
spent months in Phoenix, Ariz., photograph-
In the long run, asserts Barroso, “it doesn’t

B4 January 4, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 intimate rather than epic storytelling,” lowing the audience to relate to Eva “with along and around Vero’s “Main Street”
she says. Dodge’s goal is to “illuminate wonder, fascination, excitement, dan- (aka 14th Avenue), between 19th Street
from cancer in 1952 at the age of 33, one Eva’s motives, in an empathetic way,” al- ger and passion.” “Evita” runs through and 23rd Street, open their doors in “a
month after her husband’s second inau- Jan. 27. Curtain: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, lively gallery reception atmosphere.” En-
guration. She was given a funeral fit for Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, Sat- joy refreshments and chat up the artists
a head of state. “Evita” blows audiences urdays, Sundays and Jan. 17, 2 p.m.; Fri- always happy to discuss their work. Each
away with its “electrifying score of pop, days and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Tickets: start month, the galleries and several business-
jazz and Latin influences, including the at $35. 772-231-6990. es exhibit new artwork for you to check
unforgettable grand anthem, ‘Don’t Cry out, and be sure to drop by the Main Street
for Me Argentina.’” To direct and choreo- 2 On the heels (read ‘toes’) of Ballet Vero Beach Studio and Gallery. Linger lon-
graph this exciting theatre event, River- Vero Beach’s original Christmas ex- ger and make an evening of it at one of
side’s Producing Artistic Director/CEO travaganza, “Nutcracker on the Indian Riv- the downtown’s excellent eateries. Time:
Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/ er,” comes Program 2, “Premiers,” taking 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
COO Jon R. Moses have brought back to the VBHS Performing Arts Center stage this
Riverside Tony Award- and Drama Desk Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5. According 4 Or – perhaps a change of pace (no
Award-nominated theatre director and to the Ballet Vero Beach promo, the apt- music, no singing, no dancing, just
choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge. ly named program includes the company lots of laughing) is an appealing way to
“When I work on revivals, I dig into the premiere of Matthew Carter’s lush and ro- launch the new year. For instance: Coming
characters and relationships resulting in mantic “French Songs,” staged to Joseph to the King Center in Melbourne next Fri-
Canteloube’s “Songs of the Auvergne”; a day, Jan. 4, is a very, very, very well known
world premiere by Ballet Vero Beach Bal- TV late night talk show host, stand-up
let Master Camilo A. Rodriguez; and the comic, best-selling children’s book author
acquisition of Ariel Grossman’s exquisitely (who knew?), corporate speaker, TV and
crafted “Ori,” which garnered raves at the film voice-over artist, philanthropist etc.,
2017 Riverside Dance Festival. Curtain: etc., etc. Guessed who yet? Right! It’s Jay
Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Leno. Leno was Top Dog in the cutthroat
Tickets: $10 to $75. 772-905-2651 or info@ world of late night TV for a couple of de- cades, and survived to tell the tale and
enjoy the spoils. He’s also a bona fide and
3 Shift down from the often-frenetic brilliant Car Nut, and has his own Em-
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this Friday, Jan. 4, and enjoy the friendly rage,” to prove it. This will be one enter-
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Atlantic Classical Orchestra: New season, new home

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent orchestral conducting. He has led the Phil- Amado says this “seminal and amazing piece” School, has won multiple awards. The Win-
[email protected] adelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los broke the mold for classical music and paved ston-Salem Journal hailed his performance
Angeles Philharmonic, New World Sympho- the way for Beethoven to create his most well- of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto as “grip-
Good things often come in smaller pack- ny and several others. In addition to the ACO, known work, the Fifth Symphony. ping and moving.”
ages – think diamond rings and the keys to a Amado serves as music director of the Dela-
new Mercedes. ware Symphony Orchestra. “It’s two symphonies,” Amado says. “It’s Community Church of Vero Beach is lo-
gigantic. It has this mammoth funeral march cated at 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach. The
Or, when it comes to orchestras, the Atlantic Despite those lofty credentials and the in its slow music. The degree of emotional Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State
Classical Orchestra certainly fits the bill. move into a larger venue, the Atlantic Classi- scope had never been explored like this be- College is at 11051 Campus Dr., Palm Beach
cal Orchestra will continue to deliver an inti- fore; ever. The Fifth Symphony couldn’t have Gardens. The Lyric Theatre is at 59 SW
While large 100-member symphonic or- mate music experience, Roden says. “We are happened with the ‘Eroica.’” Flagler Ave., Stuart.
chestras, replete with dozens upon dozens a true chamber orchestra. And David (Ama-
of strings, woodwinds, brass and percus- do) loves to choose pieces that are made for “Love’s Blossom: Masterworks II” will be Masterworks single tickets range from $30
sion instruments may be better equipped a chamber orchestra.” performed Feb. 12 to 15. The program be- to $60 at the Community Church and the
to turn out the drama of Tchaikovsky or gins with Aaron Copland’s majestic “Appa- Eissey Campus Theatre; and are $40 to $65 at
Brahms, a more nimble and nuanced cham- Amado says this coming season, especially, lachian Spring Suite.” Amado is especially the Lyric Theatre. Subscription tickets are $90
ber orchestra is better able to send you into “has turned out absolutely beautifully (with) a excited to be performing the Copland with to $200 at the Community Church and the
Beethoven heaven. wonderful breadth to it.” a 13-piece orchestra. Eissey Campus Theatre, and are $120 to $220
at the Lyric Theatre.
Audiences experience a higher degree of You can hear that scope when the Atlan- “That makes me super happy,” he says.“The
“intimacy and energy” from a smaller, “leaner” tic Classical Orchestra begins its 29th season piece is so fragile … The aesthetic comes from The ACO also presents a Masterworks Din-
orchestra, says Maestro David Amado, music this January. Each Masterworks Series con- what you can do with 13 instruments.” ner Series at various locations, inviting pa-
director of the 45-member ACO. cert has four performances: 7:30 p.m. at the trons to meet the Maestro and guest artists.
Community Church of Vero Beach, 7:30 p.m. That piece is followed, with full orches- Tickets are $250 for the whole four-dinner
“It’s like driving a sports car,” he says. at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach tra, by the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto with series or $75 for single tickets.
“There’s more maneuverability.” Stage College, and at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the soloist Tessa Lark, who Amado describes as
Lyric Theatre in Stuart. “amazing, amazing,” and it ends with the Additionally, the ACO presents a
And speaking of maneuverability, audiences Schumann Symphony No. 1. In addition to three-concert Chamber Series, with concerts
will now have to get used to the fact that the At- “Romance & Revolution: Masterworks I,” annually performing a work by Beethoven, held at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey
lantic Classical Orchestra’s Vero Beach perfor- a big concert designed to electrify and delight, who is always an audience favorite, Amado Road, Stuart, free admission; and the Vero
mances are making the move this season from will be performed Jan. 15 to 18. is also determined to perform all four Robert Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Park
theWaxlax Center for the Performing Arts at St. Schumann symphonies. Drive, Vero Beach, where tickets are $30
Edward’s School to the Community Church of The concert begins with “Dark Mountains,” to $50 and include a post-concert wine &
Vero Beach. The move was necessary to enable a 2011 composition by Robert Paterson, which “Reflections & Impressions: Masterworks cheese reception with the musicians.
the orchestra to grow its programming, which tells a story of a nighttime drive through the III” will be performed March 13 to 15. It in-
in turn, requires more stage space, says ACO mountains of Vermont. Amado calls the work cludes Gioachino Rossini’s “Overture to L’Ital- This year’s Chamber Series concerts are:
general manager Cindy Roden. “picturesque music” with sounds of nature iana in Algeri,” Manuel de Falla’s “El amor bru- “Contrast Duo” with pianist Darren Ma-
and even the Doppler effects of passing cars. jo: Ballet Suite,” which Amado says has plenty tias and violinist Yasa Poletaeva, 11 a.m.
It will also give them the opportunity to of “smoldering Iberian energy,” and Georges Feb. 2 at the Blake Library and 3 p.m. Feb.
present grand works on the piano or bring in “It’s extremely well written,” he says. “I think Bizet’s Symphony in C. 3 at the VBMA;
choirs for requiems. audiences uninitiated to new music expect it “High & Low of It” with flutist Tina Apel-
to be bristle, off-putting, hard to listen to. This That concert features Flamenco dancer Eva gren, bassoonist Janet Harris and pianist Tao
The move is not surprising, given the growth piece is easy to listen to, approachable.” Conti, who is also a French horn player, and Lin, 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Blake Library and 3
of the ACO over the past three decades. mezzo-soprano Tara Curtis. p.m. Feb. 24 at the VBMA;
Then, French pianist Philippe Bianconi “Two Dramatic Piano Trios” with violinist
The orchestra had its start in 1989, when will perform the Edvard Grieg Piano Concer- “Strength & Providence: Masterworks Aleksandr Zhuk, cellist Chris Glansdorp and
founder and Music Director Laureate Andrew to. A Silver Medal-winner of the ultra-pres- IV” will be performed April 2 to 5 and fea- pianist Catherine Lan, 11 a.m. April 6 at the
McMullen had faith that the area would sup- tigious Van Cliburn International Competi- tures Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Blake Library and 3 p.m. April 7 at the VBMA.
port a classical orchestra. Distinguished Con- tion, Bianconi has performed on the biggest Couperin,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Con-
ductor Emeritus Stewart Robertson led the stages and under some of the headiest ba- certo No. 1 with soloist Julian Schwarz, and For more information, call 772-460-0850 or
orchestra from 2005 until 2016, when Amado tons in the industry. ends with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony visit 
took the baton. No. 5 “Reformation.”
Finally, the orchestra will perform Ludwig
The grandson of famed violist Lillian van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Schwarz, who attended the Juilliard
Fuchs, Amado is a graduate of the Juilliard
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ELC was the place to be for
‘WinterGreen Night Lights’

By Kerry Firth | Staff Writer hold starfish and sea urchins and learn
[email protected] about the marine life living in our diverse
Indian River Lagoon. In the room next
The Environmental Learning Center door, youngsters enjoyed making their
opened its 64-acre campus to visitors for a own greeting cards and ornaments, div-
nighttime walk on the wild side, complete ing into a pile of Florida ‘snow’ construct-
with bonfires, hikes, canoe tours, hands- ed from recycled newspaper, and tossing
on arts and crafts, touch tank experi- snowballs of recycled plastic.
ences and sunset pontoon boat rides, all
enhanced by thousands of holiday lights The more adventurous types were treat-
and luminaries to illuminate the way. The ed to a unique nighttime hike through the
annual WinterGreen Night Lights Festival mangrove forest, with no artificial lights at
was expanded to three nights this year all. Walking in darkness and silence, ex-
due to the enormous popularity of the plorers listened intently for the soft sounds
event. of nature and kept their eyes peeled for the
elusive bioluminescent beetle that lives in
Entering the Visitors Center, guests mud burrows beneath the mangroves. As if
were treated to a “Recycled Plastics – on cue, a few of the lady beetles showed off
Mixed Media” art show created by Vero their distinctive green glow, to the delight
Beach Art Club members that featured of the hikers.
artwork created from recycled plastics.
“The girls glow to attract a mate,” whis-
“Plastic is free, and there is an endless pered naturalist guide Sara Piotter. “Since
supply,” explained artist Leigh Bennett. there are three or four of them flashing
“Working with plastic is a tedious task, be- right in this area, there must be a male
cause it is three-dimensional and requires nearby and the competition is fierce. Lucky
cutting, painting, gluing and piecing to- for us, we get to see the show.”
gether an art form. But the end result is
pleasing and it keeps the plastic out of the While hundreds enjoyed the family ac-
landfill and away from the wildlife.” tivities on land, others were happily explor-
ing nature on the water. The sunset pon-
Bells were ringing thanks to 10 mem- toon boat tours sold out quickly as did the
bers of the First United Methodist Church canoe excursions, where paddlers had the
Hand Bell Choir, who entertained visitors added pleasure of gliding through man-
and put everyone in the holiday mood. grove tunnels lined with holiday lights.

Outside, many followed the path to While the WinterGreen Night Lights
the Children’s Nature Playscape, weav- Festival happens only once a year, the En-
ing through the twig trail and walking vironmental Learning Center is open Tues-
through a stand of life-size bamboo wind day through Sunday, and regularly hosts
chimes making their own music. Visitors events, boat tours, hikes, lectures and
could also hold imaginary tea parties in classes, connecting people with nature
the fairy garden, or roast S’mores while and empowering them to become active
swapping stories around a roaring bon- stewards of the environment.
For more information, visit www.discov-
Others ran to the Discovery Station and 
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Bistro Fourchette: Fabulous French fare ... très bien!

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Dijon Herb Crusted Faroe Island
[email protected] Rack of Lamb. Salmon.

Things just seem to get better
and better at Bistro Four-

Now in its fourth
year, this restaurant
in the heart of Ve-
ro’s old downtown
has emerged as
the outpost of
French gastrono-
my our communi-
ty has been missing
the disappearance of
landmark Café du Soir
more than a decade ago.

A week ago, we went there
on a busy night and were
seated in the side
room which,
like the

main din- Salade Maison. Salade D’endive.

ing room, could be the best this side of the Atlantic.
Becht and his wife Loretta, who runs the
has been very at- Grilled Florida
Pompano. front of the house, have done a tremendous
tractively redone and deco- job in transforming the old Melody Inn into
Foie Gras. their Bistro Fourchette. It did not happen
rated. Our server Jon quickly took our drink medium overnight, but now this restaurant seems
and quite Crepe Suzettes. on a roll. If you haven’t tried it, you should.
order, and returned with a basket of bread. possibly medium well. He prob-
ably should have tried it, be- change from night to night, you I welcome your comments, and encour-
For starters on this evening, I decided to cause we saw an order going may want to call ahead if there age you to send feedback to me at tina@
to another table and it looked are particular French dishes that
have the salade d’endive ($11), our compan- luscious. Oh, well. you crave. And the heavenly souffles
he makes on Friday and Saturday nights The reviewer dines anonymously at
ion chose the salade maison ($10), and my But my rack of lamb restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
came to the table medium 32963. 
husband went for the foie gras ($19). rare – perfection! – accom-
panied by Dauphnois po- Hours:
My salad was a very attractive mix of en- tatoes and mixed veggies. Tuesday through Saturday,
Our companion’s Faroe Is-
dive, sliced pears, walnuts and Roquefort land salmon was topped by 5 pm to 8:30 pm
mushrooms and served with Beverages: Beer & Wine
cheese, with a Champagne dressing and a quinoa in a Riesling cream sauce.
And my husband’s pompano Address:
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lightful crunch by crispy potato strips, and At the conclusion of
the meal, we learned (to
dressed in a Dijon mustard vinaigrette. my husband’s dismay)
that the raspberry souffles
But my husband’s foie gras was extraor- had all been taken. But any
disappointment vanished when
dinary. The subtle bitterness of the fatty we were served excellent crepe suzettes
($12) and espresso ($3) – a great end to a
duck liver was wonderfully counterbal- great meal.

anced by a sweet berry compote. And of- Chef Stephane Becht is clearly one of
the best in this area. Since the specials
fered a choice of three wines to pair with

the foie gras, he picked a Meeker Zinfandel,

which turned out to work perfectly.

Then for entrées, I chose the Dijon herb

crusted rack of lamb ($35), and our com-

panion opted for the pan seared salmon

“souffle” ($28). My husband, after some

back and forth with the waiter, wound up

with the grilled Florida pompano ($34).

My husband’s first choice would have

been the Beef Wellington, but longtime

readers of this column will recall that he

orders all beef rare. He was willing to go to

medium rare on the Beef Wellington, but

the server told him it would more likely be

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | WINE January 4, 2019 B9

The envelope, please: Here are the top 10 wines of 2018

By Elin McCoy

My year-end wine review found me leaf-
ing through notes on the 4,000 or so wines I
tasted in 2018 to select my “best of the best.”

This year, my picks range from a Cham-
pagne-quality blanc de blancs sparkler
from New Zealand to a cult syrah from
Washington state to an unusual bargain
from the remote island of Pantelleria, along
with a grand, sweet wine that’s one of the
world’s best values.

Overlooked grapes, undervalued clas-
sics, dry wines from sweet wine regions,
and new sparkling wines will help shape
what we drink in 2019.

2016 Marco de Bartoli Integer Zibibbo
On my first-ever visit to the remote Ital-
ian island of Pantelleria, I found my bar-
gain of the year: this fragrant, powerful, dry
white, with citrus and chamomile flavors.
It’s made from native grape zibibbo, used
only for the island’s famous sweet passito
wine until Sicilian winemaker Marco de
Bartoli saw its dry-style potential. It’s one
more example of how sweet wine regions
(think Tokaji) are making dry wines from
their grapes.

2007 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance complexity of the best northern Rhône bles with a silk and velvet texture, aromas tion, with amazing floral aromas and layers
This opulent, apricot-colored nectar reds. Washington state wines should be
from South Africa is one of the world’s more widely loved! of truffles, and enormous complexity. of opulent, savory fruit.
great sweet wines, prized by Napoleon and
Queen Victoria. I’d never tasted this superb 2015 Bonny Doon Vineyard Popelou- 2015 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 1846 Old Sercial Madeira
vintage until it was served at a small dinner chum Grenache Romanée-Conti I was one of few people to witness the
at Pomerol’s Château Clinet, alongside the recorking of a demijohn of this 19th cen-
great 2007 Château d’Yquem. This delicious grenache was an excit- For a Burgundy aficionado such as my- tury Madeira and later to sample it at a
ing taste of the future: an experimental self, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s an- pre-auction tasting at Christie’s. Dry,
NV No. 1 Family Estate No. 1 Reserve first vintage from winemaker-pundit nual pre-release tasting is special, a rare tangy, rich, and salty, with piercing acidi-
My surprise of the year was a brilliant Randall Grahm’s new project on Cali- chance to compare the same vintage of ty, this was a taste from another time – 172
sparkling wine discovered on a weeks-long fornia’s Central Coast. The ambitious all the domaine’s eight wines, each from years old – with a violets-and-vanilla aro-
tasting tour of New Zealand. The crisp blanc idea behind his Popelouchum (Pop-loh- a grand cru vineyard. 2015 was a perfect ma that lingered, even in an empty glass.
de blancs has deep lemony fruit and toasty shoom) estate is to create an American year. This one, from the Domaine’s tiny Ro- Madeira is immortal. 
notes; like fabulous, impossible-to-find grand cru – a unique, great wine that re- manée-Conti vineyard, was vinous perfec-
luxury cuvées Virginie and Adele, it rivals flects American terroir.
Champagne quality. A Modern Diner with fresh local ingredients
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teau Smith Haut Lafitte, Florence and The Best Food In South County!
I attended half a dozen retrospectives Daniel Cathiard, invited me to a vertical
of California cabernets this year, but the tasting of their red – eight vintages that reservations strongly suggested
one that most stood out was at Mount end in the number seven, from a barrel
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Last summer, I lunched with visionary
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Walla Walla Valley ims. We sampled several grand vintages
of Cristal Champagne, including the 1995
At Matter of Taste, a wine weekend put Cristal Vinotheque, a new, further-aged
on in New York by Robert M. Parker’s The version first released last year. It’s wonder-
Wine Advocate, Washington state vigneron fully seductive, combining ultra-fine bub-
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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 7532

Ambrose Bierce, author of “The Devil’s Dictionary,” claimed: “Calamities are of two kinds: AQ85
misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”
In this deal, there are two possible defenses against four spades, but neither will work if
declarer plays correctly. What are those defenses, and how can South survive? WEST EAST
East might have opened one no-trump, adding a point for his good five-card suit. (The QJ A2
Kaplan-Rubens method evaluates the hand at 16.2 points because it likes strong five- J 10 9 4
card suits, aces and kings.) Then, maybe South would have overcalled three spades, but J8532 A K 10 9 8
the lack of a singleton would have been a tad worrying. If South had passed, North would
presumably have doubled in the fourth position, and South would have bid two or three (or K63
four!) spades.
After East preferred to open one heart, South overcalled three spades to show a good
seven-card suit and some 5-9 high-card points. North bid game, hoping for the best. SOUTH

West leads the heart queen. East might overtake this, cash the heart ace and continue with K Q 10 9 8 5 4
the heart 10, hoping West can gain a trump promotion. But South ruffs high and plays a
spade to the jack. Declarer ruffs the next heart high, draws trumps and claims, discarding his 64
diamond loser on dummy’s third club.
Alternatively, East lets his partner take the first two tricks, then West shifts to the diamond
jack. South, realizing that the finesse is doomed, wins with dummy’s ace and immediately 10 9
takes the club winners to sluff his second diamond. Then he concedes one trump trick.
Dealer: East; Vulnerable: East-West

The Bidding:

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7 Blackens 90 Women’s links org. 48 Some beginners have it
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22 Missile type 55 Oscar-winning musical
23 Love Menzel 56 Anne, John, and Liv
24 Some oil ministers 96 Sharpens 58 “The ___ St. Agnes”
25 It has a driver stuck in its 97 Norma, for one 59 Easy-to-make dessert
98 Mull ___ 62 First name of California’s
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28 The two character 64 Fall for a tear-jerker
30 Go on and on 102 Put to work 66 Sap
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32 Stickum of a sort 68 Singer Vikki
33 Horseshoe spike off-key, perhaps 70 Cart with detachable sides
34 Critical opening? 105 Exceedingly 72 Grieg’s Peer Gynt, for one
35 Time in office 106 Pitcher’s concern 74 Joey’s mom
36 Damn Yankees role 107 Deodorant features 75 Ray Charles No. 1 single,
37 Acrylic fabric 108 Percussion instruments
39 Vietnamese money 109 Things that go beep in the “I ___ Loving You”
40 Certain sandwiches 76 Smashes
43 Farthest point night 77 Like some lions
45 Mexican salamander 78 Pizza alternative
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52 Regarding, in the Bible 3 Regard 85 Like a type of skiing
53 Hockey maneuver 4 Sufficient sum, 86 Slangy nose
57 Smart guy 87 Way out
58 Newspaper aside old-style 88 Warty ones
60 Actor Ron 5 What “two” meant to 91 Storehouses
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62 Before, in Biarritz Paul Revere 95 Hits the wrong button
63 Tennyson’s Arden 6 Kind of sampling 96 Building annex
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married Mike Nichols 18 Attended
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interlocking hands 39 Shrinks and vets
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