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03/08/2018 ISSUE 10


Costly big tickets. P4 Hard to beat. P28 Want to
know a
Indian Harbour Beach officials In treating heart failure, it’s wise ‘Secret’?
crunch numbers for 2 projects. to employ the ‘team’ approach.
A glimpse
behind the

scenes at
what makes

this Cocoa
musical so

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‘Everybody made it out, Port Canaveral
including the cats. I guess they cruisers may ‘sea’
only have eight lives left now.’ a parking fee hike

Firefighters battle an early-morning blaze in Georgia and Paul Germond’s Satellite Beach house. The Germonds and their pets escaped the two-alarm fire. See Story, Page 2. PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT
[email protected]

Passengers of Port Canaveral-
based cruiseships, who choose
to leave their cars at the port
while they’re at sea, may face
higher daily parking fees if a
new Brevard County ordinance
wins final approval, County
Commissioner John Tobia pre-
dicted last week.

Tobia, whose commission
district includes the county’s
south beach area, unsuccess-
fully sought to block an ordi-
nance requiring that any new
offsite parking lots be at least 3

Tobia said the 3-acre require-
ment would prevent owners
of 1- or 2-acre lots from devel-
oping their property as offsite
parking lots.

of short-term rentals
Delaura Middle, top, and Satellite High. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT A Disney cruise liner at Port Canaveral.
[email protected] A coach and teacher at Satellite High School is He referred to a study by his
floating an idea to merge the school with its neigh- staff, showing 3,041 proper-
Now that state legislators bor, Delaura Middle. ties within a 10-mile radius of
have apparently stalled on tak- Port Canaveral, whose owners
ing the lead on new rules for The proposal would create one school serving would lose those rights.
short-term rentals, beachside grades 7-12, much like the nearby Cocoa Beach Ju-
cities are planning their next nior/Senior High School. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
moves in the ongoing struggle
against the takeover by the “ho- Satellite High head football coach Ted Kimmey,
tels next door.’’ who is also as a physical education and English
teacher, circulated a letter on Facebook asking for
With the rise of popular rent- support after a town hall-style meeting last month
al websites like Vacation Rental between school staff, school board member Tina
Descovich and superintendent Desmond Black-
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STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER There were only a matter of minutes ers arrived. They fought the fire from Paul had the foresight to back the fam-
[email protected] to react for Georgia Germond, a Gram- the interior for about 20 minutes before ily’s two cars out of the garage to keep
my-nominated artist for Best Children’s deciding it was too dangerous to con- them from exploding because of the gas.
Georgia and Paul Germond – and album, who was already asleep when tinue, said Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satel-
eventually all three of their cats – es- the first smoke alarm went off at about lite Beach Fire Department. Assisting on As for the cats, the couple’s male cat
caped the early-morning March 1 fire 12:40 a.m. She saw flames on the back the two-alarm call was Indian Harbour was slightly burned and rescued by fire-
that consumed their home of more porch, yelled for her husband, who was Beach Volunteer Fire Department and fighters on the scene that night, singed
than 40 years at 698 Jamaica Blvd., Sat- in a separate bathroom, and by that Brevard County Fire Rescue. The cause and partially covered in soot. The sec-
ellite Beach, silencing for now the Lit- time all four fire alarms were going off. of the fire is still under investigation. ond cat came out with a fireman a day
tle House of Music, the name of ‘Miss later, soaking wet, prompting a healthy
G’s’ home-based business where hun- The fire originated on the back porch “I could see the flames on the patio. It and deserved cry of happiness among
dreds of beachside kids have learned near the spa and had been burning in didn’t take long at all. By the time I got friends, she said.
to play on her grand piano. the attic for some time when firefight- to the front door the black smoke was
there with me,’’ she said. Both cats were given treatment and
are expected to survive. The third cat,
As Georgia Germond fled the house, obviously also very much alive, has been


PARKING FEES With 700 to 1,000 cars coming onto
Merritt Island at once, he said, that
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 causes traffic jams.

“And with a loss of supply, the demand “There’s no impacts on (other prop-
goes up, and then the rates go up,” Tobia erty owners’) property rights,” he said.
said. “What we’re doing is protecting the safe-
ty of the citizens.”
Company literature shows Port Ca-
naveral currently charges $17 a day for Isnardi objected to the extra hoops the
parking on site, while offsite parking developers would have to jump through
goes for $10.95 a day at Park N Cruise under the proposal.
or Park Port Canaveral and $7 a day at
Cruisetime Parking. “Requiring everyone to get a traffic
study is a little bit overdoing it,” she said
The ordinance would create “over- after the meeting. “Those things go for
night commercial parking lot” as a new tens of thousands of dollars. And requir-
conditional use in certain commercial, ing everyone to get a conditional-use
business-park and heavy industrial ar- permit for a parking lot is a bit absurd, if
eas – if commissioners approve it on fi- you ask me.”
nal reading March 20.
County planners originally proposed
While Vice Chairwoman Kristine Is- that any new overnight lot be paved.
nardi of Palm Bay joined Tobia in op- But Pritchett argued that solid asphalt
posing the ordinance, it had the support surfaces would shed stormwater runoff
of Commissioner Jim Barfield of Merritt onto neighborhood yards.
Island, Chairwoman Rita Pritchett of Ti-
tusville and Commissioner Curt Smith of Merritt Island resident John Schant-
Viera. zen agreed, describing his neighbor-
hood as a flood-prone area where the
In addition to setting the new 3-acre existing cruise lots already shed water.
minimum size, the ordinance also would
require that a developer provide a traffic “Where does the water go? It goes on
study and get a conditional-use permit everyone else’s property,” he said.
from the county.
Pritchett suggested having grassy lots
Barfield said he proposed the ordi- or holes in the pavement to allow water
nance because current zoning laws don’t to drain on site.
adequately address the impacts of over-
night parking lots, such as increased After her colleagues agreed, county
traffic. Planning and Development Director Tad
Calkins responded by allowing for “alter-
native surfaces.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, March 8, 2018 3


seen and nearly caught and now is being from her music students and their par- she’s flabbergasted. Also going strong like this,’’ she said.
live-trapped at the home. ents, but also coming from complete to help the Germonds with expenses is The music lessons will resume in a
strangers who had just heard about the a web page (gofundme.
“Everybody made it out, including the devastating fire. com/germond-family-house-fire). couple weeks with a new piano in a con-
cats. I guess they only have eight lives do located nearby. “What I’ve learned
left now,’’ Dragon said. Georgia Germond said she is not just “Everyone has shown us love. I just through all this is I think all of us have
surprised about the more than 400 text get very tearful. It’s beautiful. It’s a too much stuff and that is not what mat-
The couple has been inundated with messages and phone calls since the fire, shame everybody can’t live together ters in life,’’ she said. 
well wishes and offers of help, many

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A crowd of about Mid Reach appeal SHORT-TERM RENTALS
50 gathered at Pelican
Beach on Feb. 24 to
show concern about by Owner (VRBO) and AirBnB, it is eas-
current and future ier to advertise and rent, causing an ex-
beach replenishment ponential rise over the last four years in
projects that some say the number of properties used as short-
will negatively affect term rentals in Florida.
the Mid Reach reef
ecosystem. Orga- However, the main concern for Bre-
nizer Matthew Fleming vard homeowners was a recent warn-
greeted participants ing by Satellite Beach officials and
over a bullhorn, laying others of outside firms contacting resi-
out part of his proposal dents to purchase their homes to add
to minimize impact on to their stock of vacation rentals. The
barrier island beaches homes would operate short-term rent-
and wildlife. “Our com- als full time, which could add to park-
munity is ready to see ing and traffic problems, cause noise
the beach managed complaints and threaten the balance
more responsibly,” of city services.
he said. 
“This is their gold mine to them.
Officials crunch numbers for two big-ticket projects They don’t care about your commu-
nity, your standards or the people that
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER water treatment be incorporated into tance is beyond the city’s financial ca- live next door. They care about making
[email protected] the police station project, enough pabilities, but something needs to be money,” said Melbourne Beach Town
for the building and some of the sur- done to help the environment, Ryan Manager Robert Daniels.
It’s going to take special effort for the rounding areas. said.
normally pay-as-you-go Indian Har- While the Legislature seeks but re-
bour Beach City Council to come up The city prides itself on being debt- Beyond reducing nutrients into the mains unsuccessful in taking over the
with nearly $14 million to cover two free and has maintained a strategy of lagoon, the dredging should improve authority to regulate short-term rentals,
projects – a new police station and pay as you go. In the case of the $4 mil- water quality, enliven now muck-cov- Florida cities fall into two categories:
a massive dredging project – which, lion police station, the city actually has ered sea grasses and help prevent fish those fortunate enough to have had an
combined, represent the largest capi- enough financial resources saved up kills, he said. ordinance in place prior to 2011 (Satel-
tal outlay request in city history. to pull it off. However, the City Coun- lite Beach, Indialantic), and those with-
cil still may consider a bank loan for a A $5.6 million request now being out specific regulations in place (Indian
City Manager Mark Ryan called for a portion of the construction costs, Ryan considered by the Save Our Indian Riv- Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach),
special workshop on the issue at 5:30 said. er Lagoon half-cent Sales Tax Citizens who in essence are left with very little
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at City Hall be- Oversight Committee. Other requests authority over short-term rentals.
fore its regular meeting. The proposed $9.6 million dredging have gone to the St. John’s River Water
project being considered for capital Management District program and an- Satellite Beach allows short-term
The needed 13,000-square-foot, es- outlay funding involves the removal other will be sent to the Florida Inland rentals, but only of over 30 days on the
timated $4 million police station (in- of 186,000 cubic yards of muck and Navigation District for funding engi- east side of SR A1A in all properties
cluding equipment and furnishings) 10,0000 pounds of nitrogen in the In- neering and permitting. zoned RM-3 (primarily condomini-
is to be built on 3.3 acres of city land dian Harbour Beach canals, the area ums).
on the east side of South Patrick Drive considered “ground zero” for the “It’s too early to tell how much we
south of Dollar General Store. The land emergency release of nearly 20 million need for the dredging project until Addressing concerns that those rules
was purchased at bankruptcy auction gallons of sewage discharge during we hear back. We do not have the fi- may not continue to be grandfathered
and initially intended for a stormwater and after Hurricane Irma in 2017. nancial capabilities for all of the com- in, the Satellite Beach City Council is
facility. bined $13.6 million in capital proj- working on including a referendum
The project without financial assis- ects,’’ Ryan said.  question on the November ballot to
A consultant proposed that storm- strengthen its position against vaca-
tion rentals.

Indialantic allows vacation rentals in
its tourist district, on the east side of SR
A1A. Rentals on the west side of A1A are
prohibited from short-term rentals and
can face fines of up to $250 per day, said


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Indialantic Town Manager Christopher after them,’’ he said. also is waiting to see what the state Leg- less it is in a multi-family district, and
Chinault. Indian Harbour Beach had intended islature will come up with before ad- that’s where something like that should
dressing the issue on a local level, said be, instead of in a single-family district
“We have people that we’ve noti- to pass an ordinance to identify and Town Manager Robert Daniels. The where people pay good money for their
fied. They’ve complained but they regulate short-term rentals, but that town currently allows rentals but only homes there. A few years ago, nobody
have come into compliance. People effort was put on hold pending consid- in its multi-family districts. ever heard of vacation rentals being this
will point them out as being promoted eration of the issue by the state Legis- popular,” Daniels said. 
as a vacation rental and we have to go lature. Melbourne Beach Town Council “It is a violation of our zoning un-

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SCHOOL MERGER IDEA voice your support behind this initiative researching that now.” no neighborhood boundaries, and the
and call them to action.” Descovich, the School Board member entire student body is chosen based on
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 an application and lottery system.
Both school and district officials, who represents the district that includes
met with Superintendent Blackburn however, say no such plan was initiated, Satellite and Delaura, confirmed the In his letter, Kimmey mentioned
and Board Member Mrs. Descovich and and they are not considering it in any idea was mentioned at the meeting but sports, academics and extracurricular
initiated the proposal to combine De- way. said there was no further discussion. activities as advantages to combining
laura Middle School and Satellite High Delaura and Satellite.
School into a Jr/Sr High School with De- “There is no initiative by the district Delaura Principal Bobby Pruett also
laura serving as a 7th & 8th Grade Cen- or School Board to merge Satellite High confirmed merging the two schools was Each of the existing junior/senior
ter. We are truly in the infancy stages of and Delaura Middle School,” Brevard not under consideration. schools is set up slightly differently, but
this (it will take time), but I cannot stress Public Schools spokesperson Matt Reed in general they have one principal and
the amount of momentum we could said. “The idea has circulated among There are currently five junior/senior staff for the entire school, and share the
drive from the faculty, coach, parent some parents on social media, and one high schools in Brevard County – Cocoa same campus. Seventh- and eighth-
and community voice,” Kimmey’s let- faculty member broached the subject to Beach, Cocoa, Westshore in Melbourne, graders are allowed to participate in
ter states. “I ask you and anyone in your Superintendent Blackburn and Board Edgewood in Merritt Island and Space most high school sports and other ex-
close circle to reach out to the district to Member Tina Descovich during a recent Coast in Cocoa. tracurricular activities, although some
visit and listening session. But BPS is not are separate.
Westshore and Edgewood are
“schools of choice,” meaning they have Middle-school-age students also have
more opportunities to take high school
classes in the junior/senior model.

Dozens of parents took to social me-
dia to express their views, both for and
against, on merging the schools.

“There’s a big difference between a
7th/8th grader and 12th grader. Not sure
how I feel about this.”

“I love the idea of the same hours and
the sports availability for Jr. high.”

“I am not sure if I would be for or
against the idea of a jr/sr high. I do know
that DeLaura sports teams are really

Stephanie Soliven, assistant super-
intendent for secondary leading and
learning, said the existing junior/senior
high schools were created because there
were not enough students to support
a separate middle and high school in
those areas.

“Each of the schools became 7-12
schools as a result of capacity planning,
typically indicating that the enrollment
of either or both sites was under capac-
ity and combining the programs would
increase efficiencies,” Soliven said.

The junior/senior high schools are
still the smallest in Brevard County. Co-
coa Beach, Edgewood and West Shore
each have about 1,000 students, which
also puts them among the smallest pub-
lic high schools in the state. Space Coast
and Cocoa each have around 1,400 stu-

By contrast, Delaura alone has 808
students, while Satellite has about 1,300.
A combination of the two schools would
have roughly 2,100 students. That would
put it on par with the two largest high
schools in the county, Melbourne and
Viera, which each have more than 2,000

The large student body that could re-
sult from a Delaura/Satellite merger has
some parents concerned.

“It would make our school one of the
biggest schools, if not the biggest school,
in the county,” said Devon Vann, who
has a seventh-grader at Delaura.

Vann is a vice president of the school’s
Parent Teacher Organization, but said
she was sharing her personal opinion
and not speaking for the PTO or school
in general. 

Alan Ross, Mike Nash of Southern
Drawl Band and Sebastian Surf and
Sport owner John Robson.

Party vibe prevails at
Rotary Club’s lagoon benefit

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Party vibe prevails at Rotary Club’s lagoon benefit

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cial haul for the two groups. Southern Drawl Band.
Sebastian Inlet Surf and Sport The party was set to last until 10
could arguably be the most comfort-
able surf shop in the state. Built in the p.m. and by 6:10 p.m., the band was
Florida Vernacular style and offering onstage in front of about 200 people.
a wide, covered porch dotted with Southern Drawl Band hails from
wicker chairs, the shop invites visi- Knoxville and Nashville and delivers
tors to have a seat and relax. Inside Southern rock, country rock and trop
are games and more comfy places rock or, as they like to say, “Southern
to sit amid the surfboards, bathing rockin’ country music with a twist
suits, bikes and T-shirts. of lime distilled in the backwoods of
Last Saturday night, though, the
action was out back in the Inlet Oaks Raising money is a necessary fact
Event Center, a setting carved from of life for researchers but education
the heavy brush and oaks so familiar is their passion. The value of this
in the South Beaches. evening is not seen in dollars alone.
Community awareness and getting
The Melbourne Beach Rotary Club residents to engage in the restoration
brought in a band, barbecue and beer of their lagoon is the ultimate goal.
for one relaxed evening to benefit the
Indian River Lagoon Research Insti-
tute at Florida Institute of Technol-
ogy and the Sebastian Inlet Chapter
of Surfrider, which covers Indian Riv-
er County through Patrick Air Force

“A lot of our club members know
about Surfrider because they live in
Melbourne Beach and one of our club
members was aware of the work the
IRLRI was doing,” said Amy Sullivan,
president of the Melbourne Beach

“We talked with the Marine Re-
sources Council and discovered they
were also working with the IRLRI, so
the board voted to go with them and
Surfrider Foundation. We’re on a bar-
rier island, surrounded by the lagoon
on one side and the ocean on the
other, and these are both very worthy
organizations,” she said while taking
a short break from traffic direction

Rotary Members were in the party
zone out back, running the bar with
Intracoastal Brewing Company’s
craft beers and bringing in a finan-

To that end, Dr. Robert Weaver and Hunsucker, a research assistant
Dr. Kelli Hunsucker tooled up in their professor at FIT and the IRLRI’s out-
impressive research lab on wheels, reach coordinator, was asked: Is there
dubbed the Science Bus. They parked hope for the lagoon?
just behind the surf shop and next to
the irresistible Charlie & Jake’s bar- “We can do a lot to help restore the
becue tent and opened up business lagoon but there are so many people
for the curious and committed. that live around it that if they’re not
helping as well, the efforts will be
“The mission of the institute is to in vain. So I think the more people
develop science-based engineering know, the more they realize what
solutions to improve coastal water they’re doing and how they can
quality,” said Weaver, associate pro- change what they’re doing. So yes, I
fessor of ocean engineering and the think there is hope for the lagoon.”
director of the research institute.
Said Weaver: “In addition to hav-
“The education and outreach com- ing events on campus, we want to get
ponent is a considerable part of what out into the community and trying
we do but we also do a lot of cutting- to make sure they understand the is-
edge research from a science and en- sues. If they don’t know what’s going
gineering standpoint,” he said. on, they should.” 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, March 8, 2018 9


Joanna Walters, Mary Lou Church and April Dennis of Rotary Club. Eric Schwarze and Shannon Shneyder of Surfrider Sebastian Inlet Chapter. Glorice Phoebus, Katy Coleman, John Stimpson and Amy Sullivan.

Glen and Scott Hadley.

Kelli Hunsucker and Robet Weaver.

Patti and Bill Bogan.

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Inspiring women have their say at ‘Speak Out’ event

Speak Out Brevard President Tess Martin. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER

Bob Mellon, Renna Ferrell, Marianne Carter and Don Bailey. Kendall Doran, Joyce Beauchamp and Samantha Kostner. Linda Stasik, Susan Martin, Phil Stasik,
Candy Green, Vicki Impoco and Bonnie Ida.


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MARCH 13th @ 6:00 PM STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT mental human rights women have
[email protected] gained in this country, while rec-
Melbourne Beach Library ognizing there is more to be done.”
324 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL The weather was picture per- says Speak Out Brevard President
fect as supporters of gender equal- Tess Martin.
• Turning 65? • In Open Enrollment? • About to retire? ity and women’s rights gathered
• Unhappy with your current insurance? Saturday afternoon in Eau Gallie “We want equal pay, freedom
Square for Speak Out Brevard’s “A from discrimination, and the right
• You NEED to understand ALL of your Medicare options! Day of Equality and Hope.” to decide if and when to have a
• An Uneducated Decision Could Be Costly $$$! child,” she says.
Held in honor of International
“I didn’t realize I had so many options. Women’s Day (March 8), the after- “We want women in all parts of
Thank you for educating me.” noon included inspiring speeches the world to have the same access
by activists and elected officials to education, health and freedom
-Richard L., Melbourne Beach who aim to create social aware- from violence that men do.”
ness regarding civil liberties, edu-
“Very informative. I learned so much!” cation and the environment. For more information on Speak
Out Brevard and upcoming events,
-Katie W., Melbourne Beach “The event celebrates the funda- visit 

Questions: Please Call Or Text:
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This is not a Sales Presentation.

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‘Secret Garden’ reveals itself to be ‘a beautiful show’

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH Correspondent From the left: Ian Cook (lighting designer), Joseph Lark-Riley lives,” said assistant director Wendy
(scenic designer), Sheryl Koby (scenic painter). discuss the set Bernier. “The garden comes to life and
The Big Reveal. for “The Secret Garden”. helps bring them together.”
That’s the plot-driven “ta da” mo- PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
ment in a show when something stun- Crase says the moment will be unfor-
ning happens. In “The Secret Garden,” Mary (Katie Hjortsberg) is suddenly uncle Archibald Craven (Jason Reich- gettable for audiences.
it comes in the second act when a once- orphaned by a cholera outbreak. She man) and his invalid son, Colin (Ti-
fallow garden springs to life. is sent to Misselthwaite Manor in tus Fyffe). “Oh my goodness gracious,” he said.
It’s both a thematically and aes- Yorkshire, England, to live with her “Joseph and (scenic painter) Sheryl
thetically rich moment. And as so, With the help of a friendly robin, Koby and her assistant Joseph Cox have
that must be carefully considered worked so hard. These vines are expan-
when designing it. sive and you see them first as dead then
Scenic designer Joseph Lark-Riley see them come to life before your very
has done just that for his work on the eyes. It is going to be a breathtaking
musical “The Secret Garden,” running thing for our audience to experience.”
through March 25 at Cocoa Village
Playhouse. To get to this moment, Lark-Riley
“It’s spring breaking through,” Lark- has created images to be projected
Riley said. “The idea is just to have color onto the set and has also turned to his
bursting everywhere.” parents, Theresa and Kevin Riley. They
Ironically, to prepare for that mo- own the 58-year-old nursery Rockledge
ment, he has to create another world, Gardens, the area’s prime hub for gar-
which is barren and bleak. This is the dening ideas, abundant greenery and
world where the character Mary Len- colorful blooms.
nox enters.
The musical, with book and lyr- Working this show has been espe-
ics by Marsha Norman and music by cially meaningful for Lark-Riley be-
Lucy Simon, is an adaptation of the cause he recently lost his grandmother,
1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Bur- Mary Witte, who founded Rockledge
nett. The story begins in India where Gardens with her husband, the late
Harry Witte.

“My grandmother died while I was
designing the show,” Lark-Riley said.

From left: Katie Hjortsberg (as Mary), Kelli
Folse (as Martha), Titus Fyffe (as Colin)

and Jason Crase ( as Dickon).

Mary discovers a key to a secret garden, “I started it and she got sick, was in the
walled off from the world. She befriends hospital. She was 97. She got sick near
her maid, Martha (Kelli Folse), and the beginning of design process, and
Martha’s brother, Dickon (Jason Crase), that put her in the forefront of my mind.
who help her reclaim the garden. Her name is Mary, which is name of
little girl. And she started the garden
Norman won the 1991 Tony and center and had an undying optimism to
Drama Desk Award for best book of her, saw the best in everyone. So getting
a musical. Unlike the novel, however, my head into this show and this design
Norman brings the dead to ghostly life was very easy because she was with me
in her libretto, especially that of Ar- through the whole thing.”
chibald’s late wife, Lily Craven (Cathy
Moubray), who sings the love ballad Additionally, his grandfather, Harry,
“How Could I Know.” painted watercolors of flowers, which
Lark-Riley has embedded into his pro-
The ultimate theme is rebirth. jection designs.
“It’s life coming back to a dark
household and a dark family, charac- Interestingly, Lark-Riley says that
ters who have had dark, painful, sad first, the absence of the lush garden is

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, March 8, 2018 13

Cathy Moubray (as Lily Katie Hjortsberg, Jason ARTS & THEATRE
Craven) and Jason Reichman Reichman and Titus Fyffe.

(as Archibald Craven).

Katie Hjortsberg Actual Staged Homes
and Jason Crase.
crucial for the pay-off. Audience will see but when you get in Martha and Dick-
Misselthwaite first in earth tones and on’s characters, you get this folk rock.” Coastal Interior &
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When she first goes into it, we’re using
these images I’ve created digitally. The Lark-Riley has created two staircases Differentiate your home in a competitive housing market by having
next time is at night, and the garden is that rise from center stage and go off your home professionally staged. Properties listed with the Gunter
done with projection. The third time is right and left. He kept them at different Group include professional staging by Coastal Interior at ZERO
the big reveal where we use a combina- heights to suggest a state of imbalance. COST to you. Staged homes standout compared to neighboring
tion of projection and the entire stage properties. Let the Gunter Group help make your home standout.
is filled with flowers – actual and pro- “It disrupts the space,” he said. According to the National Association of Realtors, not only do
jected flowers. There are blossoms ev- The actors have to go around it, over staged homes sell faster than homes not staged, they also sell for more
erywhere and they are existing within it, under the staircases, using them money. Most people decide if they want to “walk through” based on
the structure we’ve been seeing in the in multiple manners. They become pictures online because 90% of potential home buyers search online
entire show. It will completely trans- limbs of a tree, vines covered with ros- first. Professional home staging is an important step in attracting
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“Everything comes together the sometimes it’s just a job. But this is a
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sees the garden for the first time since
his wife died.” “The Secret Garden” runs through
March 25 at Cocoa Village Playhouse,
Also part of that moment is the mu- 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $16
sic, said Mike Law, music director and to $24. Call 321-636-5050 or visit Co-
conductor of the 14-piece pit orchestra. 

“I love that moment,” he said. “It just
builds, becoming this crescendo, a glo-
rious moment.”

One of his musicians, Michelle
Scheen, plays 11 instruments in the
show. She uses a recorder to represent
the robin. To set the stage for the magi-
cal moment, Law said, the orchestra
plays a percussive piece called “Come
Spirit, Come Charm,” which entreats
the spirits to heal Colin.

Simon’s lush melodies have a wide
range, Crase said.

“Lucy Simon is the older sister of
Carly Simon,” he said. “So you have this
beautiful classic feeling and melodies

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“We love “ Coming Up: No question …
this place! you’ll dig the Spizzwinks(?)

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER 1 The Yale Spizzwinks (?) at First
[email protected] United Methodist March 14.

1 The Yale Spizzwinks(?) are com-
ing to town next Wednesday.

Whether you’re thinking “Say whaat?”

or “Terrific! I’ll be there!” you’ll total-

ly enjoy this free, unique evening of

music presented by the Space Coast

Symphony Orchestra at First United

Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach

March 14. The Spizzwinks(?) are said

to be America’s oldest underclassman cast” of George Burns and Gracie Allen
discussing the impending “Royal Wed-
a cappella group, having been a cap- ding” of (then) Princess Elizabeth. The
star of this event, however, won’t be on
pella-ing since 1914. And their story is a stage. Or even in the building. Instead,
it will remain tucked away in a nearby
good one. Back in 1913, four Yale frosh mini-storage unit. You see, the evening
is a fundraiser for P.O.P.S. (Pipe Organ
were hanging out at Mory’s trying to Project Suntree), an effort to restore
and install in the church sanctuary a
decide on a name for their new (a cap- Hook and Hastings pipe organ. This
1920s-era musical treasure is currently
pella) singing group, which they were resting in thousands of parts, big and
small, awaiting new life. Playing for
launching as a light-hearted alternative the film and radio night will be pro-
fessional organist, director, composer
to the Whiffenpoofs, Yale’s older, all-se- and accompanist Tom Taylor, who
has served Protestant and Catholic
nior a cappella group, which Wikipedia churches for more than 45 years and
has been Suntree’s organist for a de-
MARCH CALL OR VISIT describes as “known as much for their cade. Happily (and not coincidentally)
for P.O.P.S., Taylor possesses a resume
stodginess as for their musical excel- that includes pipe organ construction.
Show time is 7 p.m. 305-978-2920.
SPECIALS US TODAY FOR lence.” One of the four, a young man

MORE DETAILS from Iowa, suggested they name them-

selves after a mysterious, invisible crea-

321.253.7440 ture which, according to legend, was

responsible for the Great Iowa Corn

Blight of 1906 – the Spizzwink. The

editor of the school paper wasn’t sure

of the spelling, so, in the article about

the new group, he included (?) after the

name. The newly minted Spizzwinks

liked the way it looked, and made it an

official part of their name henceforth.

The Spizzwinks(?), usually in tie-and-

tails, perform over 100 concerts a year, 3 The U.S. Army Field Band and
Soldiers Chorus will perform
nationally and internationally, includ-

ing performances in Madison Square a powerful and diverse program of

Garden, Carnegie Hall, the U.S. State heart-stirring marches and patriotic

Department, Disney World, the White selections, overtures, popular music,

House, professional sports events and and instrumental and vocal solos this

numerous other venues. Being en- Monday at the Eau Gallie High School

tirely self-funded, they sell lots of CDs auditorium. As the musical ambassa-

and other merch. With their balanced dors of the U.S. Army, this group of

blend of great harmony and tongue-in- musicians and vocalists travels many

cheek humor, the Spizzwinks(?) sing thousands of miles within the U.S.

their own arrangements of music from The Army Field Band was founded

Gershwin to Bernstein to the Beatles to in 1946 and has performed in all 50

Adele. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are states, more than 30 countries and

COTTAGES • INDEPENDENT LIVING free and required. 855-252-7276. four continents. The Soldiers Cho-
rus, a 29–member mixed choral en-
7300 Watersong Lane • Melbourne, FL 32940 2 The free “Puttin’ on the Ritz Clas- semble, was founded in 1957 as the
sic Film and Radio Event” this
AL#11595 vocal complement of the United

Friday at Suntree United Methodist States Army Field Band. Local con-

Church sounds like a lot of fun, not to nection: Melbourne’s own Col. Hal

mention an upbeat way to conclude Gibson (USA Ret.) was commander of

the work week. It’s billed as “an evening the organization from 1968 to 1974.

that harkens back to the Golden Age of The concert is free, but tickets are re-

cinema and radio,” historically cor- quired. If you have not purchased ad-

rect organ accompaniment to Charlie vance tickets, doors will open to the

Chaplin’s 1921 comedy classic short public at 7:20 p.m. Concert starts at

film “The Idle Class,” and a “broad- 7:30 p.m. 321-724-0555. 

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the next few crete homes and sheet-metal shacks AKENA DUBANGA, WHO dents frequently clashed with police.
months, the where water arrives via communal OWNS A CAR WASH IN One day in 1986, seven young black ac-
faucets of Cape Town, South Africa taps, each shared by about 200 peo- GUGULETHU, SAYS IT tivists were killed by security forces in
could run dry, the result of a protract- ple. So far, it’s still flowing – most of NOW USES BUCKETS Gugulethu, a landmark moment in the
ed drought and a government failure the time. RATHER THAN HOSES struggle against apartheid.
to provide an alternative water source TO USE LESS WATER
to this city of 4 million. “If the water stops, what can we do? PER CAR. Even after the end of apartheid and
In modern history, no city in the the election of Nelson Mandela, the
developed world has ever run out of A WORKER DRILLS A neighborhood remained poor and
water. Cape Town’s experience, then, BOREHOLE AT A HOME neglected. The public water taps were
may be a Hobbesian test of the way among the scant examples of govern-
people on opposite ends of the 21st IN CONSTANTIA. ment assistance, and even they leaked
century’s income gap access the most much of the time.
basic resources in the most dire times. We’ll eat less, I guess, and we’ll find a
Now, residents are scrambling to find way to buy bottles,” she said. “I don’t know what we’ll do if they
their own private solutions. stop flowing,” said Richard Ndabezitha,
For the wealthy, that means hiring Settlements such as Gugulethu have 60, who is living on a $200-per-month
companies to dig boreholes and wells. long been marginalized. During de- government pension.
It means buying truckloads of bottled cades of white-minority rule, blacks
water, even at inflated prices. were forcibly relocated there, and resi- In other parts of the city, the wa-
It means ordering desalination ma- ter shortage has prompted a surge of
chines to make groundwater drink- spending, families investing millions
able – or safe enough to fill a swim- of dollars to insulate themselves from
ming pool. the drought.
For the poor, it means waiting to see
what the government comes up with, For $6,000, a borehole can be dug,
and contemplating whether you can tapping into underwater reservoirs.
afford to cut back on food to be able to For $2,000, a company sells a machine
buy water. that claims to turn moisture in the air
“Inequity plays out in water very ob- into potable water. For $400, people
viously, and what we’re seeing in Cape can buying special washing machines
Town risks becoming an example of that use small quantities of water. In
that,” said Giulio Boccaletti, the global upscale parts of the city, bottled water
managing director for water with the has been sold out for days at a time.
Nature Conservancy. “The social con-
tract breaks down, if the rich find their “The lesson here is that you can’t
own solution and leave the rest to fend trust the government to provide water
for themselves.” for you,” said Gabby De Wet, whose
A few miles from the city’s glitter- family owns De Wet’s Wellpoints and
ing coastline, Portia Ngqulana, 33, sat Boreholes. The company now puts
in her home in the Gugulethu settle- new clients on a waiting list and says it
ment, an agglomeration of small con- may not get to their requests until Sep-
tember. “People are taking things into
their own hands.”

Last year, the World Bank surveyed
154 countries and determined the
South Africa had the world’s highest

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Gini coefficient, a common measure she added, informal settlements will spond in a democratic way, opening would use the water to fill the pool or
of inequality. According to Anna Or- receive water as long it is available, up natural springs at the base of Table to water his garden. Mostly, it was a
thofer, a professor at South Africa’s to prevent disease from spreading Mountain to anyone with a water jug. fail-safe in case the water situation de-
Stellenbosch University, 10 percent through densely populated areas. On a recent afternoon, people of differ- teriorated.
of the population owns more than 90 ent races and economic backgrounds
percent of the country’s wealth. Cape Town was originally expect- formed lines to fill up. “In the long term, there’s no other
ed to run out of water in April; now, solution,” he said.
Cape Town is a remarkable illus- thanks to conservation, that poten- But those springs are miles away
tration of those statistics. Last year, a tial “Day Zero” has been pushed back from the city’s informal settlements, Doug Cloete, a 48-year-old IT con-
handful of homes overlooking the At- to July, officials say. and there is no available public trans- sultant, grew up in a poor family, cau-
lantic Ocean sold for around $10 mil- portation. tious enough about the cost of water
lion each. A new luxury hotel opened In the United States and Europe, that he and his two brothers took
in a renovated grain silo, offering its until the early 20th century, clean “How are we going to get there?” turns bathing in the same bath water
penthouse suite for $10,000 a night. water was largely supplied to homes Ndabezitha asked. before draining it.
Fifteen minutes away, in the settlement by private wells or utilities, and poor
of Khayelitsha, the per capita income is residents often had less access to it. For some of the city’s poorest resi- “Now I would categorize us as mid-
less than $2,000 per year. The result was frequent outbreaks of dents, the other stark reminder of in- dle-class,” he said. “We have resourc-
disease, such as cholera, in places with equality relates to the way water is es that most people don’t. Now, we’re
Inequality here is often racialized, poor sanitation. In the early 1900s, ur- used. When Andiswa Maxakata, an un- able to stockpile water.”
with whites concentrated in the city’s ban planners began to consider water employed resident of Gugulethu, trav-
wealthiest enclaves. The government as a public good, distributed without els through the city’s wealthy suburbs, As the drought deepened last year,
says the poor, informal settlements will regard for economic status and funded she sees pools and golf courses. and people began to talk about the
be prioritized in its emergency water by a broad tax base. When water runs possibility of a water shortage, Cloete
distribution plan, making them among out, that system and its underlying “They’re using water to fill their bought 250 liters of bottled water for
the last places to lose water. So far, be- philosophy could be weakened. pools!” she exclaimed. “That’s why we about $65, filling a room in his home
cause of the shortages, the city has im- don’t have any left.” in the Bothasig suburb. He also in-
posed a daily consumption limit of 50 The water shortage is far from the stalled a wellpoint to extract water
liters per person. only example of how Cape Town’s poor- Still, she added: “If I had a pool, I from deep underground.
est communities have struggled for ba- guess I’d be filling it, too.”
“The city is very aware of the need sic services. Just over half of the homes He had always been conscious of
to be sensitive to the vulnerable and in Gugulethu, for example, have toilets, About 10 miles away from Gugu- his relative privilege. With the water
poor,” said Xanthea Limberg, the according to the country’s census. But lethu, in the suburb of Table View, crisis looming, that awareness grew
member of Cape Town’s city coun- the current crisis has underscored the Carsten Hensel, 31, was having a well- more acute.
cil in charge of water and waste ser- stakes of the city’s wealth gap. point installed in his back yard, next
vices. Under the city’s disaster plan, to his swimming pool. “There’s a massive section of the
Cape Town officials have tried to re- community that doesn’t have this dis-
It cost $700. posable income,” he said. “They can’t
“Actually pretty cheap,” he remarked. afford to prepare for the worst.” 
Hensel wasn’t sure yet whether he

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During your annual physical, your physician or- overall evaluation of your heart health.  How well ongoing heart disease treatment,
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An EP study is a test to see if there is a prob-
Potassium, magnesium, and other chemicals TESTS TO DIAGNOSE ELECTRICAL lem with your heartbeat (heart rhythm). The
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also performed if you present with chest pain, formation about your heart’s electrical activity.
Another blood test, not yet recommended by and as follow-up. Your doctor can tell what kind of heart rhythm
the American Heart Association as a screen- problems you have and where those problems
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The nation’s founders were readers. along with its library Palace of the American People.” films to the Library, adding to its grow-
They relied on books to an extraordi- during the War of The Library continued to expand ing store of them. In return, Hollywood
nary degree when creating a new gov- 1812 – an act fierce- lovingly portrayed the Library’s opulent
ernment. Yet talk of a national library ly denounced by its mission and reported for duty in interiors in movies such as “Mr. Smith
started only after the 1790 agreement Thomas Jefferson as times of war, too. Librarian of Con- Goes to Washington,” “All the Presi-
to locate the nation’s new capital in an “British Vandalism” gress Herbert Putnam furnished books dent’s Men” and “National Treasure.”
unremarkable town on the Potomac, a – Congress agreed for Doughboys in the First World War,
place without libraries or bookstores. to make a new start firmly committed, as he was, “to the The Library continued to add pro-
Accordingly, a Library of Congress was Library’s role as a protector of democ- grams and services: In 1897, a reading
proposed. In the sumptuously illustrat- with the purchase racy.” Poet Archibald MacLeish, ap- room for the blind; in 1928 the Archive
ed “America’s Greatest Library,” John Y. of Jefferson’s poly- pointed librarian on the eve of the of American Folk Song (later directed
Cole, the official historian of the Library mathic library on Second World War, took custody of the by renowned folklorist Alan Lomax); in
of Congress, offers a new look at its in- the grounds that Lincoln Cathedral copy of the Magna 1938, the position of Consultant in Po-
spiring but sometimes troubled history. “there is in fact no Carta from the British during the Battle etry (later Poet Laureate). In 1944, the
subject to which a of Britain. Just days after Pearl Harbor, Library’s Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Like many American institutions, the member of Con- MacLeish secretly moved it, along with Fund commissioned Martha Graham’s
Library claims modest beginnings. In the United States Constitution, Decla- ballet “Appalachian Spring,” composed
1800, John Adams, then America’s sec- gress may not ration of Independence and other trea- by Aaron Copland. In 2001, the Library
ond president, saw to it that an allow- have occasion to sures, to Fort Knox for safekeeping dur- launched its enormously popular Na-
ance was made for a library for use by refer.” Cole ex- ing the war. MacLeish roused his fellow tional Book Festival, which now draws
congressmen, basically a law library. plains that this librarians by telling them they “must more than 100,000 participants each
After British soldiers burned the Capitol decision would become active and not passive agents year. Beginning in 1980, the library in-
have a lasting ef- of the democratic process.” troduced a computer filing system, and
fect on the iden- in the 1990s became an early adopter
Amid sober timetables and budget of the Internet. It boasts popular Twit-
tity of the fledg- figures, stories of individual librarians ter and YouTube accounts and keeps an
ling institution, and donors shine out in this book. Afri- eye fully trained on future technological
as Jefferson’s can American historian Daniel Alexan- expansions.
“concept of universality” der Payne Murray, an assistant librarian
became the rationale for its “compre- at the Library of Congress, published In 2016, Carla Hayden became the
hensive collecting policies.” his “Preliminary List of books and Pam- 14th Librarian of Congress, the first
While the Library was first meant to phlets by Negro Authors for Paris Expo- woman and the first African American
serve at the pleasure of Congress – its ac- sition and Library of Congress” in 1900, to hold the post. In her foreword to this
cess limited to members along with the believing that “the true test of the prog- volume, she assures us that “there never
president and vice president – in time ress of a people is to be found in their lit- has been a library – or an institution –
it came to broaden its role as a “reposi- erature.” Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert quite like it.” Indeed, from meager be-
tory of knowledge for the entire coun- deposited his father’s papers with the ginnings with only 152 titles, the Library
try.” For the first half of the 19th century, Library in 1923, asking that they remain has grown to a collection of 110 million
that role was severely limited. Funding sealed for 21 years after his death, lead- items of all kinds today, and it has sur-
was likewise tentative, being frequently ing scholars to anticipate prodigious vived fires and wars, fights for funding
subject to congressional indifference. It revelations (none were forthcoming). and a severe identity crisis to assume 
is only in the Gilded Age that the Library V. Valta Parma, the first rare-book cura-
undertook a growth that paralleled that tor at the Library, set about preserving AMERICA’S GREATEST LIBRARY
of the rest of the nation. This was ac- dime novels and children’s literature, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF
complished under the guiding hand of while also taking the trouble to acquire THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Ainsworth Rand Spofford, whose ambi- a Gutenberg Bible. In 1937, Rockwell
tion to transform it into a truly national Kent designed the Library’s stately By John Y. Cole
library was fulfilled in 1897, when the bookplate, and in 1946, Mary Pickford Giles. 256 pp. $39.95
collection moved into its own building, donated her personal collection of Review by Ernest Hilbert
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Bonz says Stella barks (and runs) up the right tree

Hi Dog Buddies!

This week I saw something I’ve never Stella
seen before. I’d always thought it was
an Old Dog’s Tail. Stella Bologna (buh- PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER
LONE-yuh) is a rescue pooch with an
innersting story and an uh-MAZ-ing “How do you even DO that?” “An inneresting theory,” I mused. the squirrels in the afternoon. Great ex-
talent. “I dunno. When I first got here, there
were all these nice trees, and mobs “I also usta chase geese, but I didn’t ercise. See, here’s a pickshure of Vinnie.”
Me an my assistant drove up the of squirrels. Then one day I was cha-
coast to meet Stella. We pulled up un- sin’ one, an I REE-lized – I was up inna demonstrate sufficient self-control, an it Yep. There he was. A vulture, sittin’ on
der a buncha oaks, in the nice, big yard. TREE, onna BRANCH. The squirrel was
Her Mom was standing there, holdin’ a as surprised as me.” got a liddle feathery. Now I hafta wear a a pole by the pool.
leash. With no pooch attached. “I’ll bet,” I said. “So, let’s start at the
beginning.” We got comftubble in the bell, so they can get a head start.” “Mom an Dad think I’m stubborn,”
She waved, then hollared, “STELLLL- grass, an Stella began.
UH!” “It was in North Carolina. I was a “Makes sense,” I observed, absently Stella continued. “I say I’m an Indepen-
puppy, only 3 pounds, alone in a ditch.
Well, from I don’t know where, this Terrified. Then this big car stopped, an petooie-ing imaginary feathers out of dent Thinker. I do what I want when I’m
golden flash zoomed up an gave my a liddle human got out an gently picked
assistant several waggy, wiggly nose me up. Her an her Mom an Dad drove my mouth. In The Mood. I’m just Not Motivated By
bumps and kisses. Then she zipped to the place they were stayin,’ with lotsa
right past me, stood behind her Mom, boats, a muh-REEN-uh, an they put a “I have lotsa pooch pals: We go to the Food, like other pooches. I don’t wanna
an peeped out. No wags or wiggles for pickshure of me on the muh-REEN-uh
me. website. My human sister Cathryn saw beach; an to the The Wetlands Wildlife always eat, eat, eat, like most dogs do,
it an convinced Mom an Dad to adopt
“Good morning. I’m Bonzo the Col- me. (They go up there every year.) When Preserve, where there’s lotsa birds. An like they’re never going to see another
umnist an this is my Assistant. We’re I got over bein’ scared, they took me to
happy to make your acquaintance.” the vet to get all spiffed up. If that liddle alligators. One time Dixie Weller got dog biscuit ever again! I do enjoy the oc-
girl hadn’t spotted me in that ditch, I
Stella was about my height, but slen- woulda been a GONER.” in trouble cuz she was concentratin’ casional bagel, an, from time to time, a
der. Long legs, pretty face. Wearin’ a I nodded.
pink collar with a big pink flower. She “Then,” Stella continued, “they did a on chasin’ a bird, and ran smack into plain McDonald’s cheeseburger. All in
scowled at me, looked up at her Mom, DNA test, an found out I was a Shar-Pei
then back at me, still scowlin.’ (but without those big wrinkly wrin- the water with the alligators. That was all, I’m an outdoor girl. I sleep outside,
kles), with some terrier stirred in.”
“It’s OK, Stella,” her Mom said. “He’s a “Cool Kibbles! Whaddya do for fun? a close one. Then there’s Marley Carr; in my liddle garden. I love Mom an Dad,
journalist.” Any pooch pals?”
“In North Carolina, I run all over the Marley Erwin; an Sophie Banghart. We but I’m not super snuggly, you know? I
Stella pawsed, then stepped carefully mountains. Mom an Dad think I started
forward. “Well, I guess you look OK. A climbin’ trees cuz there’s not as much all grew up together. They attended my guess I’m a Free Spirit.”
girl can’t be too careful.” space down here, so I hadda ‘go verti-
cal.’” first birthday party last May. It was Cool “I believe you are, Miss Stella.”
“I totally unnerstand, Miss Stella. I’m
looking forward to hearing your story.” Dog Biscuits! Headin’ home, I was thinkin’ about

“This is my Mom, Lisa. My Dad’s Sal. “There’s a couple more, I guess you fearless, independent, tree-climbin’
My step-cats are Midnight, Simba, Mad-
eline, Misty an Sabrina. I really am ex- could call ’em Frenemies, like the squir- Miss Stella. Maybe I could invite her out
cited you’re gonna write my …”
rels: Vinnie an Little Mo, they’re vul- for a cheeseburger one of these days.
Just then, there was rustling in the
tree branches, an Stella took off like she tures. They …”
was shot out of a cannon. I looked all
around the yard. Where’d she go? “Um, ’scuse me. Vultures?”

“Hey, Mr. Bonzo!” -The Bonz“Yep. Been here since they were
“Miss Stella?”
“Up here!” hatchlings. They get fed, so, every day,
I looked up and there, standin’ way they hang out by the pool an bop on the
out on a high branch of that big ol’ oak slider. I chase ’em in the morning, an
tree like it was solid ground, was Stella!
“Wha-aat? How did you …? Are you Don’t be shy!
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kin’ out. She wasn’t.
“I love chasin’ squirrels,” Stella
called, blithely leaping around that
tree like it was the most normal thing
in the world. I was getting Shaky Paws
just watching.
She jumped gracefully down, sans
squirrel, an trotted up as I was pickin’
my notebook off the ground.
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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist AQ54

We have all heard the expression: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 98632
But I did not know that this is an example of antimetabole: a repetition of words in
successive clauses, but in transposed order. WEST Q7
In this week’s deal, South is in four spades. What should declarer do after West leads 863
the diamond king to South’s bare ace? K Q J 10 7
South starts with nine top tricks: seven spades, one heart and one diamond. There are K J 10 9 7
four chances for a 10th winner: no spade loser, the heart finesse working, a club trick
being established, or a club ruff on the board. 754

The major-suit finesses are unlikely to be winning. If West had the club ace and king, K 10 6 4
surely he would have led that suit in preference to the diamond king. So, the best shot is
a club ruff in the dummy. SOUTH

Anyone who went only that far would immediately lead a low club to dummy’s queen. A Q J 10 9 6 5 2
But East would take that trick and shift to his trump. South could win with his ace and
play another club, but West would win with his nine and cash the spade king. The 2
contract would have to fail.
Declarer must either keep East off the lead (to avoid that spade switch) or make it too
expensive for him to win a trick. J83

South plays a heart to dummy’s ace, then leads the club seven. If East rises with his Dealer: West; Vulnerable: East-West
king, declarer will get a club trick. If East plays low, West takes South’s jack with his ace
but cannot safely lead a trump. Declarer ruffs the second diamond and plays another The Bidding:
club. East wins and leads his trump, but South wins and ruffs his last club on the board.
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ACROSS 72 ___ A to Z 3 A Clockwork or Bangkok The Washington Post
1 Scarred skipper 73 Leveled parts of Orange’s 59 Rodgers and
5 Buying binge, main character LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD By Merl Reagle
a meal? Hart tune,
e.g. 77 She sailed in 4 Trifecta, for one “Ten Cents ___”
10 Little we know? 5 Silkwood 60 French award,
14 Quits abruptly 1492 the ___ of Honor
19 River of shadoofs 78 Did a cobbler’s portrayer 61 Monet’s money
20 Surface-___ 6 Grapefruit 63 Canner?
job 7 Her Nick of Time 64 Charm-
missile 80 Dannay and challenged fairy-
21 Say that again album won four tale beings
22 Say good night to Lee’s sleuth Grammys 67 On ___ with
81 Charles in 8 Beethoven’s one 70 Fashion I.D.s
her 9 Would-be 27th 72 Took off
23 Leveled 1984 Charge star Amdt. 73 Knot in cloth (or
82 Fails, in a leveled 10 Vacation location a noted singer-
sci-fi film? 11 In an unkind way actor’s first
25 Anna’s adopted way? 12 African nation name)
84 Contemptible 13 Certain 74 Zip, to Zapata
land assignments 75 God, to Godard
26 S.F. player ones 14 Man’s shoe 76 Bust out laughing
27 Chi players 85 Golden Fleece 15 Te Kanawa 78 Airplane!, e.g.
28 Faces in the ring recordings 79 Type of test
29 Leveled co-conspirator 16 Mardi Gras 80 Type of test
86 Type units follower 83 Company that
engineering 87 Broke ground, 17 Vulnerable joint, makes the Etch-
wonder? in sports A-Sketch
31 Upriver spawner in a way 18 Herzegovina 84 Lloyd Webber hit
32 Peer group? 88 It holds water hardliner 85 Passover food
33 Algonquin Hotel 89 Leveled capital of 24 Tube honors 88 Ground-corn
regulars, once 29 .38s and .45s flour
34 Leveled Cooper Malaysia? 30 On the brisk side 89 African coffee
character? 91 Utah park 31 Handles the 90 Helpless
37 Took off 92 Gerald or Patrick wheel 91 African country
38 Kachina doll 32 Taunt 92 ___ Attraction
maker preceder 34 Almost here 93 Like Mr. Spock’s
39 A gender: abbr. 93 Word on a john 35 Paris landmark blood
42 Lake Indians 36 Get ideas, to 94 Love god
43 1976 pop hit, door Muggsy? 95 Domesticate
“___ Gone” 94 In level terms, 37 “Stop pouring 96 Type of test
44 Leveled now” 97 A Deadly Sin
celebration? what “the 38 ___-Hoop 98 Florence’s river
46 Teen tormentor problems of three 39 Phony 99 Bakker’s Jessica
47 Dinner downer little people” don’t companies, often 100 Navy foe?
49 Prolix do “in this crazy 40 Piano pieces 101 Charon’s river
50 Dissipated one woild”? 41 “I can’t believe 104 Mason’s prop
51 Leveled driver? 98 Ball marrier ___!” 105 Sticky stuff
53 Casual greeting 99 Possesses 43 Pool member
54 My Darling 102 Arnold’s mate 44 Doctor’s order
Clementine star 103 Aware of 45 East of Eden twin
55 Simple fellow 104 Leveled utterer 47 Actor M. ___
56 Fountain order of 94 Across (in a Walsh
57 Homer or Moses 1942 classic)? 48 Lady of Spain, I
59 TV alien 106 Syndicated seer do this to you
62 Leveled presiding 107 With -tine, a drink 49 They’re high and
officer? 108 Barry Lyndon low
65 Steam sound lead 52 Popcorn-carrier’s
66 Adenauer’s 109 “Goodness!” path
nickname 110 Rented again 53 Boring
68 Tender 111 Michelle Pfeiffer 54 Catch and throw
promises? in Batman 56 Didn’t run
69 Question Returns, Selina 57 Blender setting
relentlessly ___ 58 Born in Baghdad
71 Flabbergasted 112 “No man is an
island” author
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How to approach your square peg from the right angle

BY CAROLYN HAX charming/fortunate people out there somewhere,
Washington Post but it can torment us to feel nth-best in our own
Dear Carolyn: One of my chil-
That is, if we think about it that way.
dren has a challenging personality. The healthiest way to teach your son not to think
that way is for you not to think that way.
Within my family, we are aware of That’s why I reeled off those other challenges.
Maybe this son has the hardest path relative to your
it, and deal with it, and love him other children, but your sample size doesn’t have
to be that small and might not serve your son that
oh-so-much. As he is getting older, way. Instead, look around at how normal his chal-
lenges are. We all have ours; he has his. Treating him
I can see how the outside world as typical is itself a form of support and validation.
Typical kids have areas where they need extra
(teachers, coaches, neighbors) favors him less than my help. Make sure he gets what he needs – screenings,
tutoring, social-skills training, etc. His teachers
others. He’s not as socially adept, athletic, comfortable might have ideas.
Once any needs are being met, then consciously
around adults, etc. I don’t even know what my ques- shift to his strengths. Society might fawn over X and
Y, but he’s got Z. Z is interesting. Identify Z, support
tion is, really … but suggestions on how to support it, play to it, celebrate it. Teach him to cultivate it.
Think of ways you’re better for having Z in the fam-
him? I know he will become aware of this, if he isn’t ily. Even if Z itself is challenging, be mindful of how
Z makes you … less complacent? More empathetic?
already. Slower to judge?
Kids who are by nature socially adept, athletic and
– Anonymous comfortable around adults can make you look like a
great parent, but the ones who aren’t are where great
Anonymous: He knows it, or will soon – just as than others.” parents are made.
everyone does who has traits outside the favored I’m not reeling these off to minimize the chal- Your son will see himself through your eyes, not
bounds. Ask a poor student in a wealthy district, or just society’s. The warmth you reflect will warm him
a person of color where the color of power is white. lenge your son faces or you face in raising him to to the task of finding his way. 
Ask short men about the humanity-negating effect be comfortable in his own skin. To be emotionally
of women who cite “I can’t wear heels!” as grounds well-adjusted can be an adult’s most precious asset,
to reject them. Ask a beanstalky kid what it’s like in and building confidence in childhood is where that
the fifth-grade hallways where disappearing into starts.
the crowd is a sacred mission. Ask fat people how
warmly embraced they feel by 21st-century Amer- And, yes, the biggest obstacles to it are often
ica. Ask people on the autism spectrum, or their next to us at the dinner table. We accept that there
families. are smarter, prettier and more athletic/talented/

People who don’t check some preferred box can
make a childhood’s work – a life’s work, even – of
navigating an outside world that “favors them less

In treating heart failure,
hard to beat ‘team’ approach

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In treating heart failure, hard to beat ‘team’ approach

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER timated to exceed $31 billion annually. Dr. Richard Moore.
[email protected] But those figures represent the past
If you had taken a snapshot of heart and Moore is barely able to contain his
failure in America just a couple of enthusiasm about the present – and
years ago, it wouldn’t have been a pret- the future – as he talks first about the
ty picture. pharmaceutical good news for those at
risk for heart failure.
But according to Indian River Medi-
cal Center cardiologist Dr. Richard “In terms of treatment,” Moore says
Moore, a snapshot taken today would excitedly, “there has been the develop-
offer a much brighter image. ment of one drug – which I would call a
blockbuster – called Entresto.”
He cites a new “blockbuster” heart
drug, a new emphasis on early preven- According to Moore, Entresto re-
tion, a less-than-one-month-old discov- duces the need for hospitalization due
ery of a previously unrecognized cause- to heart failure and, as he puts it, “will
and-effect relationship between heart actually improve overall survival.”
disease and certain cancer treatments,
and – in Vero Beach – a “team” approach The gregarious Moore then stops
to treating heart failure. himself before getting too technical
about “neprilysin inhibitors” and “the
The Centers for Disease Control renin-angiotensin system,” and points,
says 5.2 million U.S. adults have con- instead, to what he sees as perhaps the
gestive heart failure resulting in more sole drawback to Entresto. “The only
than 610,000 deaths annually. Another thing that has slowed its penetration
500,000 new cases are diagnosed each into the market is that it’s not generic,
year. It is the leading cause of hospital- so it does have a [high] cost.”
ization in people over 65 nationwide.
Skipping ahead to that previously
“One in every nine deaths in this unrecognized cause-and-effect rela-
country,” the CDC continues, “in- tionship between heart disease and
cludes heart failure as a contributing certain cancer treatments, Moore
cause,” and the financial burden is es- cites a study released in February by

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American Heart Association. YOUR HEALTH
In summary, the study found that
food stuffs to stay away from.” terms of how they can change the pro-
lifesaving therapies for breast and oth- Finally, Moore calls the treatment of gression of coronary disease.”
er cancers – including chemotherapy
and radiation – can cause heart failure unrecognized hypertension the big- Still, Moore’s enthusiasm returns as
and other serious cardiac problems gest “bang for our buck” possible in he concludes by saying, “I want to see
long after the initial cancer treatments today’s cardio care. us transform the treatment of heart
are completed. failure. I want to bring a more contem-
Better detecting and properly treat- porary approach. I think we’re seeing
The report says breast cancer sur- ing hypertension in “30-, 40- and 50- that this is where medicine is evolving.
vivors age 65 and older are now far year olds,” says Moore, “would make
more likely to die from cardiovascular the greatest impact in dealing with “To be honest, we want to be on the
disease than from cancer, and it urges heart failure in later years.” front end of this. We want this sleepy lit-
cancer patients to “discuss the poten- tle Vero Beach community to be offered
tial effects on the heart of any cancer In a brief f lash of frustration, Moore be- the absolutely latest in cardiac care.”
treatments they’re considering.” moans a phenomenon today that’s most
easily explained as “statin-bashing” on Dr. Richard Moore is with Indian Riv-
Moore understands the dilemma various nline blogs and web posts. er Medical Center Cardiology. His offic-
this information presents to patients. es are at 3450 11th Court in Vero Beach.
Moore insists those claims are false. The phone number is 772-778-8687. 
“If I told you I had something for breast “History,” he says, “will prove that
cancer but it had side effects, [most peo- statins are much like penicillin in
ple] wouldn’t care. There’s something
about cancer that gets people’s attention
that cardiovascular disease does not,”
yet the AHA report points out that radia-
tion treatments can narrow a patient’s
arteries, leading to blockages later in
life, while some cancer drugs can lead
to abnormal heart rhythms and artery
spasms which can induce heart attacks.

That’s where the new, innovative
team approach comes into play.

Moore is now heading a new IRMC
cardio-oncology group. “Cardiolo-
gists,” he explains, “have to learn to
understand the mechanisms of these
various [cancer] drugs and understand
how the heart is affected or damaged
and we have to learn how to collabo-
rate with the oncologists to allow pa-
tients to get their treatment – which
is lifesaving – and yet work through
these issues to try to protect the heart
as best we can.”

And while the cardio-oncology group
is new, for Moore, collaboration is not.

For his “several hundred” patients
Moore might enlist an electrophysi-
ologist to deal with arrhythmias, a
surgeon to implant a defibrillator, a
nephrologist to deal with kidney func-
tion, a pharmacist to guide the patient
through drug interactions and side ef-
fects, an endocrinologist if diabetes is
a problem, and even a dietician to help
the patient better understand “what

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Doc sounds alarm on risk of overmedication for seniors

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER she prefers to focus intently on each as
[email protected] patient, getting to really know what it
makes them tick. is
Dr. Raman Ashta is hardly the first with
person to move south in order to spend And that’s not always easy. Ash-
her time doing what she loves. Retirees “I look at what cultural backgrounds ta.
have been doing it for a century. patients are from; what is going on psy-
chologically around them; what medi- Ac-
That said, Ashta didn’t move all that cations they’re on because medication cord-
far south and she’s still very much work- – a lot of time – can also cause problems. ing to
ing full time. Then I make my recommendations that NIH,
are individualized to that patient, in-
A family practice physician who stead of one size fits all.” Dr. Raman Ashta.
has an office in Vero Beach but works Medications, by the way, are one of
for Sebastian River Medical Center, Ashta’s chief concerns. And for good PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
her southward trek only took her from reason.
Melbay Healthcare in Melbourne to a Saying she regularly meets
fountain-facing office on 11th Circle, patients who are taking 20
off 37th Street. or more different drugs, she
points out that most of them
The move has not changed the fact “are sick of that.”
that Ashta is, as she says, “passionate And sometimes even sick be-
about health maintenance and the pre- cause of that.
vention of lifestyle-related diseases such Many patients, according to Ash-
as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. ta, tell her “I don’t want to be taking
these pills for breakfast, lunch and
“I want to do primary care,” she says. dinner. I want less pills.”
“I’ve experimented a little bit with dif- The excessive use of prescription drugs
ferent styles of practice and this is what I –especiallyamongseniors–isashotatop-
started with, this is what I’m good at, and ic with the National Institutes of Health
this is what I’m going to stick to.”

Ashta says she has no intention of
“running around seeing 100 patients
a day,” in her new location. Instead

“older patients are particularly suscep- physicians in this country over the next
tible to medication-related problems five to seven years, noting that, “as the
associated with polypharmacy and U.S. population ages, so too does the
multiple prescribing physicians.” physician workforce.”

In fact, NIH insists that – at a mini- According to the AAMC, more than
mum – seniors should have an annual one-third of today’s primary care physi-
review of the medications they’re tak- cians are now rapidly approaching their
ing. own retirement years.

That should also include drugs pre- Still, Ashta is not a “seniors only” doc-
scribed by dentists, dermatologists tor.
and any other healthcare provider as
well as any over-the-counter drugs or As she puts it, “I see everybody, from
supplements. ages 5 and up, and every age has its own
charm. When I’m here in the room with
Failure to do so can be catastrophic, kids, it just reminds me of my own kids
even fatal. and it’s mostly a fun encounter.

Ashta says she undertakes just that “I guess I can relate to people at all
kind of review of her patients’ medica- ages. A lot of the patient population here
tions to see what’s really necessary, what is 50 and older and they have rich experi-
can be used on an “as needed basis,” and ences and fun stories.”
what can be gotten rid of altogether.
“I want to do what I love to do, and I’m
Finding a primary care physician – es- excited to be here,” Ashta says.
pecially one with a dedication to getting
to know the patient as a person as well Dr. Raman Ashta is with Steward
as regularly reviewing that patient’s pre- Healthcare’s Sebastian River Medical Cen-
scriptions – is getting harder all the time. ter. Her offices are directly across the street
from the Indian River Medical Center’s
Just last year the Association of campus at 3745 11th Circle. The phone
American Medical Colleges projected a number is 772-564-2485. 
shortage of almost 36,000 primary care

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Rib City: Some of the best ribs and pulled pork around

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Driving south from Melbourne on
U.S. 1, we have remarked several times
on how a new restaurant has taken
over the old Grant general store – a his-
toric landmark which had been there
since the 1890s.

Last week, we decided to stop at
what is now called Historic Grant Sta-
tion and give Rib City, a 70-seat barbe-
cue restaurant, a try.

The first surprise we had was that
at 7:45 on a Tuesday night, the foyer
of the restaurant was still filled with
people waiting for a table. Hmm.

Fortunately, there was room for
two at the bar, and we only had a
15-minute wait over wine before a
table opened up for us on the far side
of the eclectic room. (During season,
you are probably always looking at a
wait; Rib City does not take reserva-

While waiting for our table, how-
ever, we studied the menu and were
struck by the promise: “If you have to
pick up a knife to eat our baby back
ribs, we will pick up your meal.”

So my husband and I both ordered
Rib City combos. I chose the rib and

Pulled Pork

Grandmother’s Baby Back Ribs.
Southern Pecan Pie.

rib combo ($17.99) – a plate of baby lone East Coast outpost of a group of BBQ beef and pork and smoked turkey RESTAURANT HOURS
backs and St. Louis ribs – and my hus- family owned rib joints by the same breast – and we will definitely be stop- 11 am to 9 pm (10 pm on Fri-
band went for Tony’s combo ($17.99), a name over on the Gulf Coast of Florida ping by again to see if these measure
full rack of baby backs and a ¼ pound – serves great flavorful ribs, and my up to the pulled pork and ribs. days and Saturdays)
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19 TOWERBLOCKS 14 IOTA ists from around the country, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Night from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1432 S. Har-
21 SPAT 16 EMOTION Riverside Park. Free. bor City Blvd, presented by The Avenue Viera
23 TERRAFIRMA 17 BEIRUT and Melbourne BMW, benefiting St. Baldrick’s
24 RIPE 18 ABOARD 10 Portraits for a Cause to benefit Aloha Foundation! With each ticket, players receive
25 RATED 20 OTTER Adoptions. Professional family or pet $500 in casino chips, hors-d’oeuvres provided
26 NEAT 22 PAIN portrait sittings (30 minutes) at Gleason Park by Pizza Gallery and Grill, one free drink ticket
for $50, with half the proceeds benefiting local to the open cash bar, and the chance to partici-
Sudoku Page 2664 Sudoku PPaaggee 2675 CrosswordPPaage 6246 animal rescue. Call (407) 494-8596 to schedule. pate in a high-end auction. The preferred attire
is denim. Bow ties are an added and appreciated
10 Annual Floridana Beach community bonus! Tickets are $100 on or
bazaar and market on Saturday, March $125 at the door.
10, 2018, 10AM to 4PM, 6635 S A1A, Melbourne
Beach (6 miles south of the Driftwood Plaza Pub- 10 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Flori-
lix). The bazaar, hosted by the Floridana Beach da 24th Annual Cooking from the Heart,
Civic Association, will feature mosaics, paintings, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium. Tick-
ets are $75 per person or a table of eight for $750,
Crossword Page 6275 (OKTOBERFEST) which includes dinner, beverages, entertainment,
dancing and a silent auction. This year’s theme is
Mentoring Rocks! with attendees invited to come
dressed as their favorite rock star. www.brevard-

11 The Easter portion of George Frideric
Handel’s Messiah will be performed
at 3:30 p.m. at Riverside Presbyterian Church in
Cocoa Beach, as part of the 2017-18 Dr. Vernon
Boushell Concert Series at 3400 N. Atlantic Av-
enue (A1A). A ticket for the free performance
is required and can be reserved online at www. or by calling 321-525-7825.
Arrive early for best seating.


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Contact Will Gardner, 407-361-2150 [email protected].

MelBeach pool home
offers ideal beach lifestyle

607 Hibiscus Trail in Melbourne Beach: 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,518-square-foot pool home on a large lot
offered for $419,900 by Coldwell Banker Paradise listing agents Sue and Tom Holt: 321-848-1728

34 Thursday, March 8, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


MelBeach pool home offers ideal beach lifestyle


The swimming pool at 607 Hibiscus
Trail in Melbourne Beach is no small
kidney-shaped splasher. Instead it is
grand 30-foot by 15-foot pool that is
long enough to swim laps and large
enough to hold a crowd for a game of
water volleyball.

Surrounded by a deck and expan-
sive lanai, the pool is encased in a
screen room. Outside the screen
room is a large, landscaped, fenced-
in backyard with plenty of lawn area
for dogs to run and children to play.
The screen room includes a conve-
nient doggie door.

The 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,518-square-
foot home with its awesome pool, locat-
ed on a third-of-an-acre corner lot in a
classic beach neighborhood, is listed for

You can get lost in the roomy 1968
Spanish-style home. The entrance
is from an arched front porch into a
foyer featuring a large closet. Turn
left into a long living room with great
space and a northern exposure. From
the living room, step up through an
archway to the dining room that has
sliding glass doors out to the lanai
and pool.

An abundance of space in the din-
ing room allows for a china buffet as
well as a sideboard. Engineered bam-
boo flooring enhances this room and
the living room.

The kitchen is the heart of this
home, placed in the center and fea-
turing black appliances that include a
large side-by-side Samsung refrigera-
tor and a Whirlpool dishwasher.

Off-white cupboards set off the
black appliances and the mainte-
nance-free Corain countertops. A
niche allows dining in the kitchen
while overlooking the swimming

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, March 8, 2018 35




The family room, also providing ances and sink with counter space Florida, maintenance-free Terraz- Year Built: 1968
pool access, can accommodate tele- and plenty of storage. The size easily zo flooring, are large and will wel- Architecture:
vision viewing with ample space for allows room to add a large closet and come queen or king beds. A smaller
game tables, if desired. Nearby is the more shelving. bedroom has access to the pool and Concrete block/stucco
laundry room with stackable appli- would make an ideal home office Home size: 2,518 square feet
The four bedrooms, most with old
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Additional features: Two-car
garage, 30-foot by 15-foot pool,
old Florida Terrazzo flooring,
sprinkler on well, ceiling fans,
new roof in 2016, pet-friendly
fenced backyard, corner lot with
front parking horseshoe drive
Listing agency:
Coldwell Banker Paradise,

Listing agents:
Sue and Tom Holt:
[email protected]
Listing price: $419,900

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with large closet storage and lots of roof. Ceiling fans and window treat- gles and there is a young family next This lovely home is only minutes
sunlight. ments come with the home. door,” said Sue Holt, listing agent for from the beach, a community boat
the property and a nearby neighbor. launch, Ryckman Park, a golf course,
The master bedroom, with walk-in The neighborhood is quiet and “Lots of dogs make it friendly too. the local library and A-rated schools.
closet, has plenty of space for a large friendly. Neighbors get together often and es- Restaurants and grocery shopping
bed and a seating area. pecially gather once a month on a Fri- are just minutes away, making for a
“There is a mixture of residents, day night.” convenient beach lifestyle. 
Both bathrooms in the home have including couples of all ages, middle
been updated. The guest bath, with age and younger with children, sin-
twin double sinks, tiled tub/shower
and tile flooring, has a door leading
out to the lanai and pool. The master
bath has Corian countertops, tiled
tub/shower and sliders opening to
the pool.

The double-car garage exits onto a
side street while a horseshoe drive-
way off Hibiscus Trail serves as park-
ing for visitors at the front of the

Easy-to-clean epoxy coats the dou-
ble-car garage floor. An over-sized
efficient Trane air conditioner cools
the home. A new electrical panel has
been installed, and in 2016, a new


STORY BY TIM SAVOY WASHINGTON POST For example, falls are a leading the same community that you are dispense all medications that need to
cause of death for adults 65 and older. used to. Many who choose to age in be taken at once.
According to AARP, almost 90 per- Fall alert devices have been around place want to keep an active lifestyle
cent of seniors would like to stay in for many years but are now improved. for as long as possible.  Sensors and design: Many se-
their home as they age. This idea This simple technology can auto- niors who are aging in place do not
of aging in place – growing older matically alert 911 or a close family As mobility becomes difficult, it may have the ability to completely rede-
where you already live, instead of in a member the moment a senior falls. In be tedious to make it to the doctor’s of- sign their existing home to properly
healthcare environment – continues fice. Many doctor’s offices now offer fit the best recommendations for ag-
to be a popular choice among seniors aging-in-place situations where stairs ing in place. However, there are tech-
able to live without a lot of assistance. may be present, these are invaluable video consultation for those who cannot nologies designed for the home that
devices that can be lifesaving. come in for an appointment. This tech- can enhance aging in place.
However, as this population ages in nology is ideal for those aging in place
homes that were not designed for their Besides falls, health data can be and suffering from minor ailments that Activity sensors through the house
lifestyles, there are considerable risks collected through wearable technol- do not require an in-person visit. are becoming more and more popu-
to elderly people’s health and safety. ogies like smartwatches. Heart rate lar to monitor loved ones who are
Accidents and falls are a major con- and step exercise can be checked at Moreover, medication regimens living unassisted at home. These
cern for people living alone, and many any time – features that are useful for can be difficult to follow and misuse sensors can be placed in many dis-
seniors aging in place may not have active seniors. of a prescription can lead to negative creet locations around the house:
access to caretakers or healthcare health outcomes. One technology on doors, cabinets, windows, beds, etc.
professionals on a day-to-day basis.  Healthy technologies bring the the rise, especially for seniors without They can track movement around
doctor to you: One of the big advan- assistance in the home, are pill coun- the house and report back to a care-
Happily, a new technology trend tages of aging in place is living within ters designed to alert and properly taker or a loved one. If these sensors
called gerotechnology can help se- haven’t tracked movement in several
niors live in their homes with ease days, alerts can be set up to ensure
and safety. the proper person is notified to check
in on the elderly person.
Here are a few new technologies
designed to foster aging in place: The bedroom is another place
where small tweaks can be made for
 Wearable tech monitors your comfort. Adjustable beds and mat-
movements: Devices that monitor tresses can provide comfort but also
and track your health are becoming reduce symptoms of many pains.
more popular among all age popu- For arthritis, firm beds and memo-
lations. However, for seniors aging ry foam can provide comfort while
in place, especially those without a sleeping. Sleep apnea, acid reflux and
caretaker in the home, these technol-
ogies can be lifesaving.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, March 8, 2018 37


circulation can be improved with No end in sight to rising fixed mortgage rates
an adjustable bed.
STORY BY KATHY ORTON WASHINGTON POST raise interest rates at a slow and steady half of the experts it surveyed say
 Traditional smart home tech- pace. Most observers expect the next rates will rise in the coming week.
nology: Finally, the technology boom According to the latest data re- increase to come later this month.
for seniors and aging in place isn’t leased last Thursday by Freddie “Until inflation concerns subside,
limited only to the market that spe- Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average “The new Fed Chairperson Je- there will be an upward bias to bond
cializes in older living. With smart climbed to 4.43 percent with an aver- rome H. Powell’s first testimony to yields and mortgage rates,” said Greg
home systems, which are popular age 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to the Congress was more bullish than McBride, chief financial analyst at
with all age groups, most devices a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan expected,” said Shashank Shephard,
and systems in the home can be run amount.) It was 4.40 percent a week chief executive of Arcus Lending. “He
through applications on a phone, ago and 4.10 percent a year ago. was very upbeat about the economy Meanwhile, mortgage applications
and while there may be a slight learn- and concerned about the rising infla- picked up last week, according to the
ing curve, this technology should be The 15-year fixed-rate average rose tion, both of which will trigger more latest data from the Mortgage Bankers
embraced to enhance aging in place. to 3.90 percent with an average 0.5 Fed rate hikes this year.” Association (MBA). The market com-
point. It was 3.85 percent a week ago posite index – a measure of total loan
Common smart-home technolo- and 3.32 percent a year ago. The five- Although the Fed doesn’t set mort- application volume – increased 2.7
gies that can be used by seniors year adjustable rate average slipped gage rates, its decisions influence them. percent from a week earlier. The refi-
include smart lights for hassle-free to 3.62 percent with an average 0.4 Investor expectations tend to have a nance index slipped 1 percent, while
professional lighting; smart secu- point. It was 3.65 percent a week ago greater effect on home loan rates. Good the purchase index grew 6 percent.
rity cameras that can be placed in and 3.14 percent a year ago. economic news tends to be bad for
the home for monitoring by care- mortgage rates because a strong econo- The refinance share of mortgage
givers; and personal assistance de- “The 30-year rate has been on a my raises fears about inflation. activity accounted for 41.8 percent of
vices like Amazon Alexa and Google tear in 2018, climbing 48 basis points all applications.
Home that have features helpful to since the start of the year and increas- Higher mortgage rates combined
seniors, such as reminders to take ing for eight consecutive weeks,” Len with rising home prices and the loss of “After accounting for the [Presi-
medications. These emerging tech- Kiefer, deputy chief economist at tax breaks for some homeowners are dents’ Day] holiday, purchase appli-
nologies retrofit around existing Freddie Mac, said in a statement. A having a damping effect on the hous- cations increased 6 percent last week,
finishes to create a more comfort- basis point is 0.01 percentage point. ing market. New-home sales and pend- while refinance activity decreased
able living environment. ing home sales slumped in January. over 1 percent,” said Joel Kan, an MBA
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome economist. “The refinance share of
As the population continues to H. Powell appeared before Congress It doesn’t appear mortgage rates’ all applications dropped to 41.8 per-
age, these technologies will continue this week, painting an optimistic pic- ascent will soon abate. Bankrate. cent, its lowest share since May 2017
to evolve and be even more helpful ture of the U.S. economy. He reiterated com, which puts out a weekly mort- as we move further into a purchase-
and important to older Americans that the central bank will continue to gage rate trend index, found almost dominated market.” 
who want to continue living inde-
pendently in their own homes. 

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Feb. 23 to March 1

The real estate market came roaring to life following Presidents Day in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903
and 32937. Melbourne Beach reported an astonishing 19 sales, closely followed Satellite Beach with 15.
Indialantic and Indian Harbour Beach each reported 7.
Our featured sale of the week is of a home with a spectacular view of the lagoon in Indialantic. The
residence at 847 Malibu Lane was placed on the market June 3, 2017, for $1.95 million. The asking price
was subsequently reduced to $1.399 million. The sale closed Feb. 28 for $1.2 million.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Anthony Scaramouche of Coldwell Banker Paradise. The
purchaser was represented by David Curri of Curri Kirschner Real Estate Group.



VILLAS AT SUNSET POI 408 PENTLAND DR 1/15/2018 $1,299,000 $1,299,000 2/23/2018 $750,000
OCEAN BREEZE AT AQUARINA 180 WHALER DR 12/21/2017 $759,000 $759,000 2/23/2018 $590,000
OCEAN DUNES AQUAR P2 130 WARSTEINER WAY 704 1/25/2018 $644,900 $644,900 2/26/2018


THE CLOISTERS P3B 397 SOUTHAMPTON DR 7/29/2017 $769,000 $729,000 2/28/2018 $715,000
TOPAZ OCEANFRONT CON 735 N HIGHWAY A1A 202 1/11/2018 $545,000 $525,000 2/28/2018 $525,000
CLOISTER TERRACE 153 OXFORD CT 12/7/2017 $464,500 $464,500 2/27/2018 $450,000


LEASING ISLAND PH2 214 LANSING ISLAND DR 5/22/2017 $1,450,000 $1,350,000 2/28/2018 $1,300,000
FOUNTAINS UNIT 2 TH 685 FOUNTAIN BLVD 2/2/2018 $699,000 $699,000 2/23/2018 $624,000
CRESTHAVEN SAT BCH 2 380 CHERRY CT 11/28/2017 $429,900 $426,900 2/23/2018 $420,000

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Villas At Sunset Poi, Address: 408 Pentland Dr Subdivision: Ocean Breeze at Aquarina, Address: 180 Whaler Dr

Listing Date: 1/15/2018 Listing Date: 12/21/2017
Original Price: $1,299,000 Original Price: $759,000
Recent Price: $1,299,000 Recent Price: $759,000
Sold: 2/23/2018 Sold: 2/23/2018
Selling Price: $1,299,000 Selling Price: $750,000
Listing Agent: Amanda Gonnella Listing Agent: Renee Winkler
& Carola Mayerhoeffer
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Alternative Realty Selling Agent:
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Aaron James
Susan Williammee
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Subdivision: Opus 21 Townhouse Co, Address: 2947 S Highway A1A 10 Subdivision: Hawks Nest at Aquari, Address: 721 Spanish Moss Ct

Listing Date: 2/7/2018 Listing Date: 12/26/2017
Original Price: $510,000 Original Price: $429,000
Recent Price: $510,000 Recent Price: $429,000
Sold: 2/23/2018 Sold: 3/1/2018
Selling Price: $499,000 Selling Price: $409,500
Listing Agent: Gibbs Baum Listing Agent: Susan Williammee

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Bridget Sentz & Carolyn Smith Susan Williammee

RE/MAX Elite Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Subdivision: Island Shores of Mel, Address: 403 Hibiscus Trl

Listing Date: 1/29/2018
Original Price: $529,000
Recent Price: $529,000
Sold: 2/28/2018
Selling Price: $529,000
Listing Agent: Gibbs Baum

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Amanda Gonnella

RE/MAX Alternative Realty

Subdivision: Leasing Island PH2, Address: 214 Lansing Island Dr

Listing Date: 5/22/2017
Original Price: $1,450,000
Recent Price: $1,350,000
Sold: 2/28/2018
Selling Price: $1,300,000
Listing Agent: DeWayne Carpenter
& Kirk Kessel
Selling Agent:
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Karen Nierenberg

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc





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