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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-05-03 12:09:13

05/03/2018 ISSUE 18


Sorensen brokerage among
top 500 in nation. P8
Lois Appleby gets
Pinnacle Award. P20

Police arrest suspect in
Shores jewelry theft. P9

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MY VERO Sebastian River gets failing grade for hospital safety Drug-dealing
doctor facing
BY RAY MCNULTY BY MICHELLE GENZ safety survey in the nation. into the score came from life in prison
Staff Writer According to Leapfrog, of 2014 and 2015, when the
How did tire theft scheme the 2,500 hospitals report- hospital was owned by Com- BY BETH WALTON
pass unnoticed by county? Sebastian River Medi- ing nationally, only 1 per- munity Health Systems, not Staff Writer
cal Center scored an “F” in cent got F ratings, and only its current owner, Steward
If now-retired Emergency the Leapfrog Group’s Safety two of those were in Florida. Health Care, which took over A federal magistrate was in-
Services Assistant Chief Brian Grade, the largest hospital troduced to two sides of Dr.
Burkeen did what sheriff’s Most of the data going CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Johnny Benjamin six months
detectives and state prosecu- ago as he contemplated wheth-
tors say he did – if he is found er the surgeon, facing felony
guilty of first-degree grand criminal drug charges, should
theft for charging nearly be granted pretrial release.
$300,000 worth of tires to the
county’s accounts and selling There was the Vero Beach
them for profit – then he de- physician held in high esteem
serves to spend some serious by his neighbors and peers, a
time in jail. respected community mem-
ber with no children of his own
That part is simple. who once offered to help pay
What’s a bit more compli- for a high school valedictorian’s
cated is this: If the allegations college education after hearing
are true, how was Burkeen about her financial struggle.
able to perpetrate a scheme
of this magnitude over a pe- And then there was the
riod of at least three and a half debt-stricken doctor who
years without anyone getting abused his privilege and pro-
suspicious? fession for personal and mon-
How did he get all those etary gain. This man took ad-
Goodyear invoices past his
boss, John King, the county’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
Emergency Services Chief,


With Vero electric utility sold, next Tom Slater rejoins
targets are water-sewer and trash Shores Town Council,
and becomes mayor
BY LISA ZAHNER It’s all about economies of
Staff Writer scale, Moorings resident Fa- BY LISA ZAHNER
herty and CPA and South Vero Staff Writer
Utility activists Dr. Stephen resident Heran say in a Power-
Faherty and Glenn Heran think Point presentation prepared for Shores Town Clerk Laura Aldrich swears in new Mayor Tom Slater. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD Moments after former
Vero should not only get out of the May 1 City Council meeting. councilman Tom Slater was
the electric business, but that the unanimously selected to
city should sell its water-sewer Councilman Val Zudans serve out the nearly three-
system to Indian River County sponsored putting the matter year balance of Mayor Bri-
and turn solid waste collection on the agenda. It’s his general
over to a private company. position that the city should CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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Shores new mayor that are important for all the residents Summit Construction for $797,000 to roughly two months, with AT&T a few
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 that I hope can be settled in the best in- complete the new 3,000-square-foot weeks behind in the process.
terest of all the Town,” he said. community center on the site where
an Barefoot’s term on the Indian River the old center was demolished over the News this week that cell provid-
Shores Town Council, he was elected to Outgoing Mayor Barefoot, who had past two weeks. ers Sprint and T-Mobile had reached
succeed Barefoot as mayor. said it was an opportune time to step terms to complete a merger means
down from the Council with the Vero The hope is to have the center ready that if the merger is approved, and the
A long-time John’s Island resident, electric sale in the home stretch and and open to serve as the Shores’ polling Shores is able to ink a lease with that
Slater served one term previously but the cell tower up, was honored for his place for the August 2018 primary elec- new, combined provider for space on
did not seek re-election in Novem- service in the unique Shores tradition, tion. The backup plan is to set up voting the tower, the vast majority of resi-
ber 2016 due to health issues. He was the presentation of a Shores Public booths in the adjacent fire station. dents will end up with much better
welcomed back with open arms last Safety fire helmet. Barefoot was a good phone reception, plus data coverage
Thursday. sport and donned the helmet, com- The council also got an update on the for their mobile devices. 
menting, “My grandkids will love this.” cell tower, in which the public was told
Slater said he looked forward to that the Shores now has contracts with My Vero
quickly getting up to speed on pending In one of its first official duties as a both Verizon and AT&T and that build-
matters. “There are a number of issues reconstituted group without Barefoot, ing permits are underway. Verizon cus- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the council approved a contract with tomers should see improved signal in

who was supposed to sign off on

How could County Administrator
Jason Brown and his predecessor, Joe
Baird, not notice the purchase of all
those tires and not get curious enough
to ask about them?

How did these expenditures not get
questioned by the county’s Office of
Management & Budget, or the coun-
ty’s independent external auditors, or
anyone in the offices of Jeff Smith, the
county’s Clerk of the Circuit Court,
which under Florida statutes serves
as the county’s comptroller and is re-
sponsible for reviewing the county’s

Clearly, the system set up to prevent
such shady dealings failed, and so did
the people manning that system – de-
spite the feeble attempt at spin we’re
getting from the county, which didn’t
notice anything unusual until this year,
when one of King’s assistants flagged
an excessive number of tires purchased
during the first weeks of 2018.

King, who retired Monday, alerted
the sheriff’s office on Feb. 27, and de-
tectives immediately launched an in-
vestigation that resulted in Burkeen’s
arrest on March 26.

“The county has numerous inter-
nal controls in place to ensure good
oversight of taxpayer dollars,” Brown
wrote last month in an emailed re-
sponse to this newspaper’s inquiries
regarding Burkeen’s alleged theft and
how the tire purchases went undetect-
ed for so long.

He wrote that such purchases re-
quire “multiple signature authority,”
adding that King also “had to sign off”
on them. Instead of assigning blame
to the chief, however, Brown seemed
to praise him. Not for doing anything
extraordinary, but for doing what he
should have done in that situation –
call the cops when he finally noticed
what was going on and suspected a
crime had been committed.

Brown continued to embrace that
do theme throughout his responses,
citing the required reviews of all in-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 3, 2018 3


voices by the county’s OMB and the Brown also wrote: “We will take ev- rest others who were in on the alleged the invoices provided “no informa-
finance division of the clerk’s office, as ery measure available to the county scheme, go after them, too. tion identifying the vehicle year,
well as the annual audits done by an to recover misappropriated taxpayer make or mileage.”
independent external firm hired by dollars.” As for Goodyear, the county on
the county. Monday hadn’t yet paid the $28,000 it In a follow-up letter on March 7,
That is a good thing – as long as the owes for that last batch of tires, citing King again disputed the invoices,
He stated that, in addition to the county goes after the right people. concerns about missing information which he called “improper,” and re-
law-enforcement investigation, the on the invoices. fused payment, writing that the com-
county staff, clerk’s office and inde- If Burkeen is guilty, go after him, pany could “challenge” his decision
pendent external auditors have con- even if it means taking his pension to In a Feb. 26 letter to the Goodyear by appealing to Brown.
ducted their own re-examination of make restitution. If sheriff’s detectives Auto Service Center on 58th Avenue,
the tire purchases. and state prosecutors identify and ar- King disputed the bill, writing that CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

“The auditors have informed staff Exclusively John’s Island
that they deem our internal controls
adequate.” Overlooking picturesque, serene views of Lake Reams is this beautifully
renovated 3BR/3.5BA retreat offering ample outdoor living areas with
Oh, really? custom brass landscape lighting. Architectural detailing & custom
Then how, if the allegations against finishes grace this gracious 3,983± GSF home featuring a welcoming
him are true, was Burkeen able to living room with gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling family room adjoining
steal $288,000 worth of tires from the the open kitchen with premium appliances and wet bar, plantation
county between June 2014 and Febru- shutters, generous master suite, and a newly resurfaced saltwater pool.
ary 2018 and sell them privately at a 285 Coconut Palm Road : $2,690,000
discount for cash?
How did those “internal controls” three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
not catch the $28,000 in tires Burkeen health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
allegedly purchased in a span of only
20 days earlier this year, or set off an 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
alarm when the funds the county had
designated to pay Goodyear in fiscal
2018, which runs through September,
were already depleted in January?
Why, despite all the internal reviews
of invoices and external audits of ex-
penditures, didn’t anyone notice that
many of the tires purchased from the
Vero Beach Goodyear stores weren’t the
right size to fit the vehicles in the Emer-
gency Services Department’s fleet?
Shouldn’t King have suspected
something was wrong sooner, know-
ing that the department didn’t need
all those tires?
And what about the people who
bought the allegedly ill-gotten tires
from Burkeen, particularly his cowork-
ers in the county’s Fire Rescue division?
Didn’t any of them wonder why he
was able to offer such bargains? Or
was it simply that they didn’t care, as
long as they were getting a deal?
Did any of them suspect something
was amiss but, fearing a backlash at
their workplace, choose to remain si-
lent – at least until the sheriff’s office
began investigating?
For the record: Detectives and pros-
ecutors said they have no reason to be-
lieve, at this point, that any of the buy-
ers knew the tires were stolen. Similarly,
they said they had found no evidence
that any Goodyear employees were
aware of Burkeen’s alleged scheme.
But State Attorney Bruce Colton
said the investigation is continuing
to “determine if other people are in-
volved in this case and if anyone else
is criminally culpable.”
Meanwhile, despite his defense of
current protocols, Brown said he and
his staff are reassessing the county’s
internal control procedures with the
purpose of making the improvements
necessary to prevent similar thefts in
the future.

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My Vero who placed the orders and picked up forming hospital in the nation had a “I’ve been with Steward in this role
the tires. rate of .397 per thousand patients dis- for two years, and we have almost al-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 charged; pre-Steward Sebastian’s rate ways been able to improve the qual-
It was King, the head of a high-pro- wasn’t much better: .320. The average ity of the hospitals we’ve acquired.”
Brown denied the appeal, saying file county agency, who signed off of rate was .022 per thousand.
Goodyear still hadn’t provided the re- the purchases without questioning The data for Sebastian River is “re-
quired information on the invoices, numbers that didn’t make sense. Indian River Medical Center’s rate markably low,” he said. “[But] a lot of
and the company was expected to ap- for the objects left in bodies post-sur- what Leapfrog looks at is in the rear-
peal Brown’s decision to the county It was the county administration, gery was also much higher than aver- view mirror. The data is important
commission at Tuesday’s meeting. along with the court clerk’s office, that age: .121 per thousand patients. from three or four or five years ago,
trusted the wrong man, failing to no- but really doesn’t reflect what the
“I have some questions about tice anything was wrong and allow- Indian River earned a C Leapfrog hospital looks like today.”
whether someone at the Goodyear ing these purchases to continue for at rating, down from a B last year.
store knows more than we’ve been least three and a half years.  “I wish the data were more current,”
told,” Brown said Monday. “The tires “Disappointing scores for both, said the Hospital District’s Jones.
we purchase for fire-rescue vehicles Sebastian River hospital though terrible for SRMC,” said Al-
are always mounted, because we don’t CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 len Jones, an elected Hospital Dis- Weinstein said all three hospitals
have the equipment to mount and trict trustee and a major proponent Steward Health acquired in Florida
balance them, [but] the tires in ques- in February 2017. of metrics as a tool to improve health last year – Sebastian River, Rockledge
tion were all loose tires. The failing grade, the lowest pos- care. Looking at the data, he noticed Regional and Melbourne Regional
that while Sebastian River had prob- hospitals – are making “significant
“Before we pay the bill, I need to be sible score, included the worst rate lems with patient outcomes, Indian progress” in safety with new strate-
satisfied that there wasn’t some in- of patient falls among the 2,500 hos- River did significantly better in that gies implemented under Steward.
volvement by someone at the Good- pitals surveyed – 1.767 falls per 1,000 arena. Both hospitals had problems Both Brevard hospitals saw their
year store, either on the purchasing or patients. The average hospital showed with inadequate nursing staff, com- Leapfrog scores go down in the cur-
mounting end.” .37 falls per thousand. munication with patients and leader- rent ranking, from C’s to D’s, based
ship to prevent errors. mainly on data prior to Steward’s
If detectives find that someone at It also showed a problem with dan- takeover.
Goodyear was involved in the alleged gerous bed sores, with a rate three Dr. Joseph Weinstein, Steward’s
theft, then that person should be ar- times the average. corporate-wide chief medical officer “When we acquired these hospi-
rested and prosecuted, too. But even if who is based at the company’s head- tals, we went through a lot of time
someone at Goodyear was connected And in a category of errors known quarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, and effort making sure these quality
to the alleged crime, the county must as “never” events – mistakes so hor- was optimistic about improvements measures are in place. I don’t want to
accept the bulk of the blame. rible they should never be made – Se- at Sebastian, based on the grades of say it wasn’t in place, but we have re-
bastian scored in the red zone on its the system’s nine Massachusetts hos- invigorated all the efforts.”
If law-enforcement accounts are incidence of dangerous objects being pitals: Three A’s, four B’s, one C, and
accurate, it was Burkeen, a high-rank- left in a patient’s body. The worst-per- one rural hospital that lacked the vol- Weinstein says Steward has already
ing, long-serving county employee, ume of data to be graded. seen reductions in the incidence of
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once a patient is admitted to the Weinstein, a cardiologist who has private hospital operator in the na- Another “milestone,” according to
three hospitals. “We have reduced worked in healthcare for 30 years, tion. Weinstein, is the pending implemen-
hospital acquired infections and hos- became Steward’s chief medical offi- tation of Meditech medical records
pital acquired conditions including cer around the time Sebastian River He said the current construction of software, that includes computerized
falls,” he said. “We’ve implemented and the two Brevard County hospitals a large patient tower with operating ordering of medications. The lack of
processes to increase the frequency were acquired. Since then, mergers rooms and private rooms at Sebas- that software earned Sebastian an-
of handwashing.” expanded the system to the largest tian River will contribute to better
safety scores in the years ahead. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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Sebastian River hospital Even Cleveland Clinic Florida, now safety is not without controversy, 50 percent increase over 2016 and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 in negotiations to take over IRMC, and old data is not the only problem. 2015.
saw a dip on its safety report card. Still, the issue of medical errors is an
other worst-in-nation grade. The Weston hospital scored a B, down urgent one, and clearly difficult to As the focus on safety has intensi-
Prescribing with software can au- from an A grade. wrangle. According to a widely cited fied, the number of survey compa-
2016 Johns Hopkins study, medi- nies like Leapfrog has expanded, and
tomatically check for dosage errors or Two other hospitals looking to cal error kills an estimated 250,000 inconsistencies in results have fueled
conflicts with other medications. Se- join Cleveland Clinic’s system, Mar- people a year, making it third in complaints from hospitals question-
bastian scored a dismal 5 in the area of tin Health and Boca Raton Regional adult causes of death after heart at- ing methodologies.
problems with prescription medicines; Hospital, both scored C’s. tacks and cancer. Johns Hopkins in-
the best hospital surveyed scored 100. vestigators have called the problem A 2015 academic study led by J.
The average score was 80.8. Holmes Regional Hospital, part “an underrecognized epidemic” that Matthew Austin of Johns Hopkins
of the Health First system, got a C goes beyond surgical errors and in- and published in Health Affairs
On the plus side, using more recent in the latest assessment, the same fections. looked at overlap among the top four
data collected mostly on Steward’s safety score it received in fall of 2017. consumer-targeted hospital rating
watch, Sebastian River got a perfect It earned a B in spring 2017. It last “It’s healthcare gone awry,” said Dr. services and found that out of 844
score – 100 – on efforts to track and earned an A in 2015. Martin Makary, professor of surgery hospitals surveyed, no single hospi-
reduce risks to patients. and health policy at Johns Hopkins tal scored at the top level in all four
Two other smaller Health First University School of Medicine and a national ratings.
That was just a few points higher hospitals in Brevard County earned lead author of the study.
than the average among respond- A safety grades: Viera Hospital, which Of those scored high-performing
ing hospitals – 97; the worst hospital has 85 beds, and Palm Bay, which has After decades of letting states try by one rating service, only 10 percent
score was 25. 155 beds. to curb the problem, the federal gov- were scored high-performing by any
ernment stepped in around 2012 and of the other rating services. The lack
The score measures hospital lead- Taken together, Florida’s hospitals built Medicare reimbursement pen- of agreement was “likely explained
ers’ efforts to learn from past mistakes, stayed about the same in the Leap- alties for bad safety scores into the by the fact that each system uses its
zeroing in on problem areas and tak- frog ratings, falling one notch in its Affordable Care Act. own rating methods, has a different
ing steps to prevent issues from re- state rankings, from 23rd to 24th, just focus to its ratings, and stresses dif-
curring including assessing risk zones below Pennsylvania. There was only This year, the Center for Medicare ferent measures of performance.”
and providing staff training. a fractional decrease in the number and Medicaid Services, known as
of Grade A hospitals in Florida – just CMS, cut the funding of 751 hospitals While complaints about both safe-
Other nearby Florida hospitals also over 30 percent. The states with the for having poor safety records. More ty and safety ratings continue, pa-
had less than stellar Leapfrog scores. largest number of hospitals scoring than 3,300 were examined by CMS. tient advocate groups laud changes
an A in safety were Hawaii, Idaho and that have taken place and say hospi-
In Fort Pierce, Lawnwood Regional Rhode Island. CMS penalized 47 Florida hospi- tal executives are addressing safety
Medical Center scored a C. That hos- tals for fiscal year 2017, a more than issues with greater intensity. 
pital is owned by HCA. The effort to grade hospitals on

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 3, 2018 7


Doctor faces life in prison which caused the death of 34-year-old lawyers made closing arguments, but ment’s commitment to ending the opi-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Maggie Crowley and other drug-relat- other than that he showed no remorse. oid crisis, McMillan continued. “The
ed crimes. jury’s verdict after listening to the evi-
vantage of America’s opioid addiction It was terribly sad hearing testimony dence clearly expresses their outrage
and supplied toxic painkillers to users Crowley’s 2016 death prompted a from the victim’s friends and family, with the conduct of a medical profes-
on the street with little regard for hu- year-long, undercover investigation led the juror explained. Benjamin’s refer- sional who abused his gift.”
man life. by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. ence to Crowley’s death in the record-
ing as just another “page in a large Benjamin stood silently between his
Benjamin had “guns galore” at his Fentanyl is a powerful, addictive stack” is heartbreaking, he said. lawyers as the verdict was read. Un-
island home on Painted Bunting Lane, narcotic often used as a cutting agent like during his detention hearing, the
federal prosecutors alleged, as the doc- by illicit drug dealers. Misuse and “I wouldn’t want him to be my doctor. doctor was now dressed in a pressed
tor stood across the courtroom from over-prescription of the synthetic opi- I wouldn’t want him to be my neighbor.” white collared shirt and navy jacket.
them weeks after his Oct. 12 arrest wear- oid has become a serious problem in The shackles, however, hidden under
ing blue prison scrubs and shackles. the United States resulting in tens of Jurors were shown hundreds of pieces his khaki pants, remained.
thousands of deaths. of evidence including a scale covered
A woman is dead because of this doc- in fentanyl found at a storage space the Throughout the trial, West Palm
tor’s poisonous trade, they said. He is too Agents worked with informants to doctor rented in Gifford. There were Beach defense attorney Donnie Murrell
dangerous to be allowed to go home. secretly record Benjamin discussing more than 20 guns, boxes of ammuni- reminded jurors of his client’s stature as
large purchases of “blues” and “trees,” tion, and pages and pages of documents. a medical professional and surgeon.
The judge, calling the case that day code words for oxycodone and mari-
one of the most tragic in his career, juana. The doctor was caught on tape The government’s case hinged on The informants, he said, were the
agreed, remanding Benjamin to the accepting thousands of counterfeit the testimony of Kevan Slater and real criminals. They are drug dealers.
custody of U.S. Marshals as his attor- oxycodone pills that he said he would Zachary Stewart, two DEA informants They are only here because they want
neys prepared for the long trial ahead. deliver to buyers in the northeast. who claimed to sell the doctor’s pills to avoid prison. “Lying is what drug
on the street. Both men pleaded guilty dealers do every day.”
Last Friday, a jury of 12 sealed Ben- When he was later stopped at the and testified for the prosecution at
jamin’s fate. At the federal courthouse Melbourne airport with the product, Benjamin’s trial. Benjamin’s head dropped as the
in Fort Lauderdale, jurors took less he claimed it was medication for his first guilty charge was read out loud.
than four hours to find Benjamin, 52, cancer. “These two individuals made ex- Rows behind him, members of Crow-
guilty of five of the seven felony counts tremely serious mistakes that resulted ley’s family gasped. They touched
brought against him. He faces 20 years “I felt that he lied,” said juror Shane in the tragic death of a young woman,” each other’s hands and pushed tears
to life in prison. Kelly, 26, as he walked out of the federal said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mc- from their eyes.
courthouse alongside another member Millan. “The difference is they have
The charges he was convicted of in- of the panel after the seven-day trial. fully acknowledged what they did and “I feel very happy,” said Shaun
clude conspiracy to possess and dis- tried to make amends and seek the Crowley, 38, after the trial. “I feel jus-
tribute the fentanyl-laced painkiller Benjamin said it wasn’t his voice on mercy of the court.” tice was served.”
the recorded line, Kelly recalled. His
testimony wavered. He cried as the This case shows the U.S. govern- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Sorensen brokerage ranked among top 500 in nation

BY STEVEN M. THOMAS er, RE/MAX or some other coast-to- company’s combined sales in Indian around Vero Beach, $204 million in Bre-
Staff Writer coast organization – coming in at No. River, Brevard and St. Lucie counties. vard and a small amount in St. Lucie.
128 nationwide and No. 6 in Florida. Sorensen’s agents sold more than $435
For the second year in a row, Dale million in residential property in and Both Real Trends and Real Estate
Sorensen Real Estate ranks among the All of the rankings are based on Magazine demand detailed documen-
top 500 real estate brokerages in the tation and third-party verification of
United States, based on sales of $643 numbers that are submitted by com-
million in residential property in 2017. panies on the list.

“That is pretty amazing when you RIS Media, publisher of Real Estate
consider the size of our market and the magazine, requires brokers to provide
fact that there are more than 86,000 transactional records signed by an ac-
brokers in the U.S.,” says managing countant, according to Online Manag-
partner Dale Sorensen Jr. ing Editor Beth McGuire.

The recently released Real Trends Scott Wright, an executive with Real
500, the longest running and most Trends, told Vero Beach 32963 his com-
recognized ranking of real estate per- pany requires similar documentation,
formance, names Sorensen No. 437 in with a CPA or accountant verified state-
the nation. ment of “gross commission income for
2017. We plug that number into a for-
A separate list, put out by Real Es- mula we have on our end that outputs
tate magazine, has the company as the a ranking number that we can confirm.”
401st largest brokerage in the United
States with sales of $669 million. Sales reports are also reviewed by
the local board of realtors.
“We are higher on the Real Estate
magazine list because they include “I look at the reports to make sure
commercial sales,” says Sorensen. “Real they were run from our MLS,” says
Trends only counts residential sales.” Carol Hawk, CEO of REALTOR Asso-
ciation of Indian River County.
The company ranks even higher
among independent brokerages – those A family firm started four decades
that aren’t franchises of Coldwell Bank- ago by Dale Sr. and Matilde Sorensen
in what Matilde Sorensen calls “a teeny,

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 3, 2018 9


tiny office on Beachland Boulevard,” “So far this year, our sales in Brevard
the company has grown dramatically are up 83 percent compared to the
over the past decade, from $121 million same period in 2017,” Sorensen says.
in sales in 2009 to nearly $670 million
in 2017, including commercial sales. Dale Sorensen Jr. says the Vero and
Brevard markets are in good shape,
It has expanded to 12 offices, in- with steady price increases in many
cluding development sales offices and areas but little of the speculative
one under construction in Sebastian, excess that preceded the 2007 real
staffed by about 180 agents assisted by estate retreat, and he expects the
35 support staff. good times to continue rolling for
the next couple of years. “I am very
Growth has been especially strong encouraged and optimistic that we
in the past year or two in Brevard will achieve our ninth straight year
County, where Sorensen opened its of sales growth in a row in 2018,” he
first office in 2013 and now has three says. 
full-service locations.


BY LISA ZAHNER the home and played with her dog
and their dog.
Staff Writer
According to court records, the
A tip from a Central Beach resi- woman asked questions about the
dent led to the capture and arrest of a neighborhood, saying she might buy
woman accused of stealing more than a house nearby, and mentioned some
$21,000 worth of jewelry from the Belle recent break-ins in Central Beach.
Cose store in the Village Shops, and it
turns out that she’s wanted in Califor- “It was really strange, she knew a lot
nia on other criminal charges, accord- of details about the break-ins,” the tip-
ing to court records and police reports. ster told police.

As of press time Monday, 55-year- After getting the tip, Shores police con-
old Dawn Jeannine Van Dorne, who tacted theVero Beach Police Department
had been living in her parent’s home for assistance in locating the woman on
at 610 Flamevine Drive, was being Flamevine, and a Vero detective recog-
held at the Indian River County Jail nized the woman from calls for service
without bond on a Felony Fugitive of to 610 Flamevine Drive in October 2017
Justice warrant from California. and identified her as Van Dorne.

Locally, she is facing third-degree Police then determined thatVan Dorne
grand theft charges for allegedly lift- had open warrants for her arrest from law
ing two pink tourmaline and diamond enforcement agencies in California.
rings, valued at $15,000 and $6,100,
from the top of a display case at the The white Jeep registered to Van
Belle Cose boutique on March 27 dur- Dorne was also captured on the Shores
ing a trunk show. license plate cameras entering and
leaving the town on March 27, the date
After Shores police put out a be on of the theft at the Belle Cose shop and
the lookout notice on social media during the time frame of the incident.
with a brief description of the theft
and a very clear surveillance cam- Shores police on April 25 presented a
era image of the yet-unidentified Van photo lineup to a store employee who
Dorne, a Club Drive resident called to positively identified Van Dorne as the
say she recognized the blonde woman woman he observed in the store look-
from an odd encounter in that resi- ing at jewelry. Based upon all of that,
dent’s front yard and driveway. plus various witness statements and
the surveillance footage showing the
The tipster who called police on disappearing jewelry, police served
April 17 said about two weeks prior, a search warrant on 610 Flamevine
she and her husband saw a woman Drive on April 26, recovered the stolen
with a small dog, off-leash on their jewelry and arrested Van Dorne.
property and briefly spoke to her. The
woman said she lived on Flamevine, Van Dorne, who police say also goes
west of A1A in her father’s house. The by Dawn Jeanine Lake, and who on
reason why the encounter stood out her booking sheet listed her occupa-
to the tipster and her husband was be- tion as “retired,” is set to be arraigned
cause the woman came right up into on May 23 before Judge Cynthia Cox.
their driveway near the front door of As of press time, no private defense at-
torney or public defender is listed as
counsel for the accused. 

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Vero water-sewage utility because – much as Central Beach resi- On the trash side, Faherty and Heran which sent an email blast to its mem-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 dents want the sewer plant off the riv- say Vero should liquidate its manual bers and to the media about renewed
erfront – a pricey “optimization study” trash collection trucks, shut down its efforts to dispose of the means to pro-
take a hard look at all of its enterprises performed by GAI Consultants showed solid waste building and fleet services vide city services, as well as recent pro-
and activities to seek greater efficien- that Vero’s wastewater treatment plant and use the savings to pay down the posals involving the city marina.
cies, possible partnerships or even on the river had another dozen good employee pension fund. Since the sol-
privatization of services if that makes years to function before it was past its id waste department has no debt, Her- “These are all valuable assets which
sense for taxpayers. useful lifespan. an and Faherty say it could be a clean have enhanced the ability of the City to
break, and Vero could simply piggy- retain a small town charm with excellent
Selling the water-sewer utility is an old More than half of that dozen years back on the deal Indian River County services, zoning that protects low heights
idea that cropped up around 2009-2010 – which seemed an eternity in 2011 struck two years ago with Waste Man- and densities and a low tax rate. It is a
but was rejected, in part because then- when the study was performed – has agement for automated trash collec- concern that these matters have come
Mayor Jay Kramer led the charge against now passed, and in just five years, Big tion and recycling services. forward with almost no public aware-
the sale, saying that the $48 million price Blue and the electric substation will be ness,” said IRNA Board Chair Honey
the county was offering was akin to high- off the riverfront and the sewer plant At press time, the presentation had Minuse. Minuse took exception to the
way robbery of the city’s assets. will stick out like even more of an eye- not even been made yet but had already presentation not being vetted through or
sore. Some, like Zudans, want the plant drawn major opposition from the In- even mentioned at an April meeting of
The deal also failed to gain traction moved off the river sooner than later. dian River Neighborhood Association, the city’s Finance Commission. 

Doctor faces life in prison

Crowley said his wife hurt her back
at a country music concert and was
prescribed oxycodone for pain relief.

When the family moved to Florida
years later at the height of the state’s pill
mill epidemic, however, she had trouble
filling her prescription, he explained.

She then started getting pain pills
from Slater, her coworker at an Out-
back Steakhouse restaurant.

Slater, who called Cowley “a beau-
tiful soul,” spoke somberly as he de-
scribed accidently selling his friend
the fatal dose. “I thought she needed
them for pain relief,” he said. “I be-
lieved she was in pain.”

Slater testified Stewart had given
him the pills to test out a new market,
research price points and find cus-
tomers. Stewart, he said, was working
for a doctor in Vero Beach.

“[Benjamin] was using humans as
guinea pigs,” said Louis DiVita, Mag-
gie Crowley’s uncle, who traveled from
Stuart to Fort Lauderdale for the trial.

“There are no words,” he said after the
verdict. “She’s dead. He’s going to jail.”

Benjamin was acquitted of two gun-
related crimes.

It wasn’t clear he used the weapons
to bolster his drug sales, jurors said af-
terward. That he committed a serious
crime, however, was never in doubt.

“All the jurors came to the same
conclusion,” Kelly remarked.

Benjamin’s mother and sisters sat
quietly behind the defense table on
the final day of the trial. They quickly
excited the courthouse after the ver-
dict was read.

Members of his legal team declined
to comment on the specifics of the case,
or to say if they intend to file an appeal.
A sentencing hearing is set for July.

“We’re obviously happy with the
two not guilty verdicts,” attorney An-
drew Metcalf said. “We’re disappoint-
ed with the verdict on the remaining
counts.” 


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Horse gratitude at Special Equestrians’ glitzy gala

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Vinnie Parentela, Bethany Gilman and Diane Parentela. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 As slides played in the back-
Staff Writer ground, Gilman shared that Aurora
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE has shown an overall improvement
Donors ponied up for Special in core strength, balance, vocaliza-
Equestrians of the Treasure Coast Dr. Richard Penly, Michelle Penly and Vickie Penly, with Lauren and Tyler MacFarland. tion and cognitive awareness.
last Saturday night at the Denim &
Diamonds Gala at the Vero Beach the brain and delayed physical de- huge jump in her progress. “She’s “Now when we pull in she knows
Country Club, sponsored by the velopment. gone from needing full support on where we are; she starts smiling and
Bernard Egan Foundation and the horse to supporting herself in a babbling immediately. She’s excited
George E. Warren Corporation. Aurora began riding in January few short months.” to see Elsa,” said Gilman, referenc-
and Gilman said they have seen a ing one of SETC’s gentle horses. “Her
Outfitted in cowboy hats, boots, core strength and her balance have
bolo ties, glittery belt buckles, di- improved tremendously. I think her
amond-covered jeans and denim time with Special Equestrians has
jackets, guests strutted their stuff sped up her progress by at least a
“Like a Rhinestone Cowboy” while year or two.”
David Goodman strummed his
guitar in front of a faux barn, com- That progress has also carried
plete with hitching posts and wagon over into other areas. Once told
wheels, lending an air of authentic- that her daughter would never walk,
ity to the theme. Gilman reported through tears of
emotion that Aurora has taken sev-
Guests sipped on a special eral steps on her own at home. She
pony punch and nibbled on hors attributes Aurora’s ability to an in-
d’oeuvres as they perused a variety crease in stamina and confidence.
of horse-centric silent-auction items “We are so thankful for the Special
to support the nonprofit’s mission Equestrians. I wish everyone could
of bringing the healing power of do this.”
horses to children and adults with
physical, emotional and intellec- “This is why we do what we do;
tual disabilities through equine as- for riders like Aurora and her mom,”
sisted activities and therapy. said Vinnie Parentela, SETC board
president. “We couldn’t do this
Before dinner, Bethany Gilman without the support of everyone in
shared the improvements made by this room and the community.”
her daughter Aurora through her
therapeutic equine encounters. “There are more than 3,000 chil-
Aurora is one of only 200 people di- dren recognized as needing adap-
agnosed with DDX3X Syndrome, a tive school programs in Indian Riv-
rare spontaneous mutation at con- er County,” said Vickie Penly, SETC
ception that presents with intellec- treasurer and program director, of
tual disabilities, seizures, autism, the huge need for their services.
low muscle tone, abnormalities of
For more information, visit speci- 

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Greg and Angela Nelson with Karen Egan and Anne and Paul Sinnott.

Amanda Jiruska and Daniel LaBelle Glenn and Julie Risedorf. Helen and Jim Crockett.

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Catherine Prillaman, Joan Swiderski and Barb Butts.

Michael and Arlene Sluchak with Patti Eckerd and Chris Harris.

Al Kettell and Nicki Sarett. Betty and Dale Jacobs. Michael Wagner and Cheryl Ernst.

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Fish Foundation’s Pro-Am Party makes the best of it

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Joe Pappalardo and Michelle Miller with Tom and Sally Fish. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE nament is to support children that
Staff Writer we feel need to be in motion,” said
Association Pro Circuit, and con- was also a good deal of conversa- Joe Pappalardo, MFCF board mem-
Stormy weather last Monday eve- sidered one of the best entry-level tion among guests about the much- ber. “We have over 120 volunteers
ning forced a change of plans at a professional tennis tournaments in anticipated pairing of this year’s that are helping us grow the foun-
Pro-Am Party to kick off the 2018 the world. hometown players, 2018 King of the dation. They are all ambassadors
Mardy Fish Children’s Founda- Hill Champion Michael Alford and and have a love for children, not just
tion Tennis Championships at the After a weekend of qualifiers, the runner-up Robert Kowalczyk. their own.”
Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club. competition began last Tuesday
With the courts a total wash-out, with 10 world-ranked players. There “The main objective of this tour- The MFCF was founded in 2007
pros turned their considerable tal- by Mardy Fish, a former top 10 ten-
ents away from the evening’s sched- nis player and 2004 Olympic silver
uled exhibition matches to engage medalist, to promote healthy bod-
in some rousing indoor table tennis ies and minds, character and team-
matches. work, as well as Mardy’s Six Healthy
Habits: Get Sleep, Drink Water,
The enjoyable evening of revelry Exercise Daily, Eat Healthy, Brush
also featured entertainment by the and Floss, Make Friends. Today, the
Riptide band, spirited bidding on foundation provides funding for af-
silent-auction items and the pur- terschool exercise, nutritional and
chase of chances for some tremen- enrichment programs to more than
dous raffle items. 2,100 students from kindergarten
through eighth grade.
“This is a celebration of tennis,”
said Randy Walker, co-director of “Tonight is about thanking ev-
the MFCF Tennis Championships. erybody for supporting the tourna-
ment; sponsors, donors and play-
Two years ago, the MFCF took ers. We have literally one of the best
over management of the “Futures” tournaments in the world,” said
tennis tournament, one of the lon- Tom Fish, MFCF chairman. “We are
gest running on the U.S. Tennis

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Irina Fernandez, Marika Hepburn and Kate Antle. Kit and Lundy Fields with Debbie Barnes. Katie Oess with Joe and Annie Marcelle.

Charlie Piermarini, Jamie Thorsen, and Warren Hepburn. Lori Ford with Phil and Barb Schwin. Leslie London, Lynn Southerly and Heather MacIntyre.

Kathy Fennell and Marion de Vogel. Sheryl Herrema and Janel Griffin.

reaching more kids because we are acter building.”
investing our money and our donors’ During the 2017/2018 school year,
money in the most efficient way.”
$70,000 was awarded to afterschool
“The sponsors and donors to- programs focused on exercise, nutri-
night are investors who believe in tional and enrichment at the Gifford
our mission to provide a superior Youth Achievement Center, Boys and
afterschool experience to children Girls Club of Indian River County,
too often denied,” explained Pap- Dasie Hope Bridgewater Center, In-
palardo. He added that their vision dian River Golf Foundation, Middle
is to provide “children of those less School Club Tennis, LOTA Sports
advantaged the opportunities befit- afterschool tennis programs, the
ting their talents and ambitions; a Sebastian Elementary Cheer Team,
foundation funding programs that Treasure Coast Gardening Club and
are blending the lessons of tennis Glendale Art Club.
and many other sports with the les-
sons of fitness, nutrition and char- For more information, visit 

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Charity Shooters aim high for Education Foundation

BY KERRY FIRTH Sean Seevers and Quentin Walker. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD dation executive director. “We have
Correspondent 50 people reserved for our barbeque
the Education Foundation,” said Nicky also has personal experience with the lunch and 39 shooters. We are so grate-
Whether they brought their own Szapary, Windsor Gun Club director Education Foundation. “My own three ful to Nicky Szapary for welcoming us
guns or borrowed loaners, partici- since 2002, who was on hand to orches- children went to school in this county back year after year and helping us or-
pants were all fired up last Saturday for trate the competition. and they participated in the science ganize this exciting skeet shoot.”
the 18th annual Education Foundation fair that the foundation sponsors every
Charity Shoot held at the Windsor Gun Szapary knows a thing or two about year.” Falardeau said that the event
Club. Shooters gathered at the range to shooting, having competed in the 1980 typically nets between $15,000 and
test their skill at hitting clay pigeons in Olympics in Moscow and the 1984 “This event sells out every year” said $20,000, with all proceeds benefiting
a friendly team competition, while at Olympic games in Los Angeles, but Cynthia Falardeau, Education Foun- foundation programs to boost student
the same time supporting the various abilities from kindergarten readiness
programs of the Education Foundation all the way through high school.
of Indian River County.
“The Education Foundation is an
Participants were comprised of sea- incredible partner,” said School Super-
soned shooters and first-timers so to intendent Mark Rendell, thanking the
keep things fair, teams of three were participants for their support. “Some-
chosen at random. All shooters com- times our children don’t have all the
peted in two disciplines – driven game resources they need to be successful,
simulation and quadruple tree stand – and the foundation provides addition-
with scores from both added together al support to cover all the programs
for the final team result. This year’s and services necessary.”
winning team was comprised of Gor-
don Calder, Phil Barth and George Fet- The nonprofit Education Founda-
terolf. tion operates both as a funding source
and as a service provider for the school
“We are happy to be part of this community. Their goal is to enhance
wonderful charity event and proud to the community’s investment in local
support all the programs offered by schools, thereby achieving excellence
for students and educators. 

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Deke Welles, Dr. Alastair Kennedy and Gordon Calder. Cynthia Falardeau, Cathy Filusch and Nicky Szapary. Andrew Hemmer, Esperanza Ortiz and Dexter Purcell.

Mark Bondy and Grayson Gilbert. Mike Curley and John Rush. Gail Kinney, Ed Filusch and Joe Olekszyk.

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‘Legend’ has it: Appleby honored with Pinnacle Award

Staff Writer

Friends and colleagues gathered Lois Appleby, David Osgood and Alma Lee Loy. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Sam Block and Scott Alexander.
in the dining room of the Quail Val-
ley River Club last Tuesday to honor colades or honors or so her profes- late Barbara Bush: “You don’t luck 1980s Time Magazine ad campaign.
Lois Appleby as the 2018 Pinnacle sional resume looked good,” said into things as much as you’d like to “When women finally broke the
Award recipient at the 11th annual Bartlett. “She did it for her clients, think you do. You build them step
Pinnacle Award Breakfast. who were interested in strengthen- by step, whether it’s friendships or glass ceiling in ’86, Lois was already
ing support to the causes they cared opportunities.” looking down on the glass ceiling,”
The annual award is presented most about. And probably most im- said Segura. “She was orbiting the
by the Indian River Estate Plan- portantly, because she knew our Tompkins noted that while Ap- Earth at that point and the others
ning Council and Planned Giving local nonprofits, as well as count- pleby might say she was lucky in her were still trying to take off at Cape
Council of Indian River to honor less others throughout the country, career, her success was no accident. Kennedy.”
professional advisors for their out- would need the sustainable, long-
standing voluntary service to local term funding that bequests, chari- A pioneer in the securities indus- Appleby graciously accepted the
nonprofits in promoting charitable table remainder trusts, IRA benefi- try, Appleby was the first woman in award from last year’s recipient Mi-
giving through estate and gift plan- ciaries and charitable gift annuities the Merrill Lynch Executive Club, chael Kmetz, saying, “It is a great
ning. could provide.” President’s Club and Chairman’s honor for me to accept this special
Club, and was a charter member of Pinnacle Award from such a most
“Tradition has been broken at “She’s a legend,” said Tom Segura, its Million Dollar Producers Circle prestigious group of professionals.
the 2018 Pinnacle Award and it’s Merrill Lynch senior vice president. of Excellence. She was held in such I’ve been watching the growth of
not surprising to me that Lois Ap- high regard by senior management philanthropy in Vero Beach since
pleby is the reason,” shared Kerry Sue Tompkins, Merrill Lynch vice that the firm featured her alongside my arrival in 1964 and I think that’s
Bartlett, VNA & Hospice Founda- president, shared a quote by the Madam Curie and Sally Ride in their longer than some of you are old.” 
tion vice president, who nominated
Appleby for the award.

“Lois has been breaking tradition,
the rules and the glass ceiling for
years. Lois will be the first retired
estate planning professional to re-
ceive the Pinnacle Award. All of us
who work in this space, in this sec-
tor in our community, are building
on the legacy Lois Appleby started
back in 1969 when she joined Mer-
rill Lynch.”

Bartlett credited Appleby with
laying the groundwork from which
the community will reap dividends
for generations to come.

“Lois did this work not for the ac-

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Mark Ashdown, Priscilla Reilly and Bob Bauchman. Jeff Petersen, Joseph Fessler, Sue Tompkins and Greg Brown. Shannon Bowman, Liz Bruner and Christy Northfield.

Jim Beindorf, Kathryn Barton and Ryan Cobb. Mary Johnston and Charles Garris. Kerry Bartlett, Lois Appleby and Sue Tompkins.

Ray Oglethorpe, Bob Burr and Jeff Pickering. Jim Schorner, Gloria Nicely, Ken Walker, Sally Fusco and Dennis Bartholomew. Carol Kanarek, Kathie Pierce and Kathy Orton.

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DuBose artifacts, traditions add glitter to Pioneer Dinner

BY KERRY FIRTH Mary Jane Stewart, Judy Roberts and Janie Gould. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD worked side jobs as a carpenter and
Correspondent watchmaker. When his wife became
dren in tow, to settle in Worthington DuBose legacy. gravely ill during childbirth, he be-
The 1923 Fordson tractor parked Springs, Florida. As fate would have James Calvin, known simply as came a Baptist preacher and moved
outside the Heritage Center last Sat- it, their eldest son, James Isaiah Du- his family to Fort Pierce in 1911.
urday evening was a clear indication Bose, did serve in the Confederate J.C., graduated from high school in
that something special was happen- army. After the war, he married Ma- 1898 and received his teaching cer- “He was only preaching every
ing inside. Roughly 40 descendants halie Frances Pinkston and they had tificate. After meeting his future two weeks, so he would travel from
of Dr. J.C. DuBose were joined by 12 children. It was their fifth child, wife Alice Eleanor Jones, who was Fort Pierce to Sebastian, Wabasso
friends and longtime Vero Beach James Calvin DuBose, born in 1878, also pursuing a teaching degree, and Quay to do ministry work,”
residents at the annual Pioneer Din- who would begin the Vero Beach they wed in 1899. J.C. took a teaching said great grandson Mike DuBose.
ner to benefit Vero Heritage Inc., job at Pine Grove for $25 a month and “He’d travel by bicycle on sandy dirt
which manages the Heritage Center roads, but he always said it was bet-
and adjacent Citrus Museum. ter than walking! To supplement his
income, he did watch repair, carpen-
Guests were treated to a trip down try and opened a quality used cloth-
memory lane featuring a museum- ing store. He started the First Baptist
quality display of antique clocks, Church in Vero in 1915, moved his
watches, eyeglasses, photos and oth- family to Vero in 1917 and preached
er artifacts collected and preserved until 1922.”
by six generations of the DuBose
clan. Because eyeglasses were then sold
in jewelry stores, J.C. became an op-
The DuBose family has Florida tometrist, opening his first store in
roots dating as far back as 1860, the Seminole building in 1919 and
when Ezekiel Dossy DuBose and passed down a legacy of entrepre-
wife Cassie Ann Thompson, hop- neurship and community activism
ing to escape the Civil War, left their to subsequent generations.
South Carolina home and took a six-
week-long journey by wagon, chil- “All six of my siblings worked in
the family business into the ’90s,”

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Carole Jean Jordan and Chris Sexton. Emily and Pat DuBose and Dawn Woods. Mike DuBose and Heather Stapleton.

Sandy, Mike, Todd and John DuBose.

Phyllis Waddell Horner and Morgan Horner Cullen. James and Rob DuBose.

said Mike DuBose, a fourth-genera- Bose Jewelers,” said Chris Sexton.
tion jeweler. “We had seven stores at “We got our wedding rings at Du-
one time, but as the economy slowed
and we got older, all retired but me. Bose in 1968,” interjected Carole
I’ll continue for a bit, then let my son Jean Jordon. “And I’m wearing this
Todd carry on the tradition.” bracelet my husband had made at
DuBose on our third wedding anni-
Amid the chatter and laughter, versary.”
loving stories were shared about the
enduring impact the DuBose family It was obvious to all that the cus-
has had on the community. tom jewelry crafted by the DuBose
family over the years has created
“I got my ‘Sweet 16’ bracelet at Du- lifetimes of lasting impressions. 

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Home, sweet homey feeling at St. Francis Manor bash

BY MARY SCHENKEL above, a place where they can live in-
Staff Writer dependently in an “attractive, safe and
socially supportive environment.”
There was a particularly celebra-
tory mood at last Saturday evening’s The buzz Saturday centered on the
annual All American Country BBQ successful completion of a $2.025 mil-
& Bash to benefit St. Francis Manor. lion Capital Campaign which has en-
A lovely little hidden gem, St. Francis abled the construction of 18 new units,
Manor was founded in 1974 to provide bringing their total number to 116 rent-
limited-income seniors, ages 62 and als. The one-bedroom units, built by
Barth Construction, are geared for the

Joe Simmens, Joey, Ashley, Joe and Andrew Simmens, and Susan Simmens. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL

Robin Pelensky and Wendy McFarland.

first time toward couples. campaign, he added, “It’s a testament
“The challenge will be getting the to the community that we had a broad
base of support. So we’re really happy
word out that we have availability for about that.”
couples,” said Louis Schacht, cam-
paign co-chair. “But it will get around, Sunrise Rotary members did all the
because affordable housing for seniors heavy lifting at Saturday’s BBQ – pre-
is really a need, and it is only going to paring and serving a delicious spread
grow. The manor is a unique place for that included pulled pork, hamburgers
that in Vero Beach.” and hot dogs, and all the fixings, man-
ning the liquid libations and presiding
Indian River County is home to an over raffles and silent-auction items –
aging population of residents who are while attendees mingled with St. Fran-
in no shape to actually retire. They are cis Manor residents and enjoyed the
typically individuals who have served toe-tapping music and refreshments.
the community well in underpaid po-
sitions such as teachers, service indus- “I’m still pinching myself that I’m
try personnel, independent workers retired and living in Florida at St.
without a pension, or those who may Francis Manor,” said resident Elyne
have previously been well-off but have Strauss, commenting on the many
seen savings depleted due to unex- services and activities available to
pected medical expenses. Many would them.
find themselves homeless if not for St.
Francis Manor where rents, well below Sal Taschetta, invited to attend by
market rates, range from roughly $350 a co-worker who serves on the board,
to $550 per month. said he was unaware of the facility,
despite having driven past it numer-
“That’s our mission – to keep it af- ous times.
fordable. Because if you’re spending
more than one-third of your income on “It’s really awesome; it’s just what it
your housing, you are behind the eight- needs to be,” said Taschetta. “We re-
ball,” said Schacht. Of the successful ally need more of this. Not only here;
this is what the world needs.” 

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Children’s Art Festival at Museum: Paint we got fun!

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF creation of a community museum and
Staff Writer the annual event has since evolved
into a spectacular sensory shindig
The Vero Beach Museum of Art was that today attracts nearly 4,000 chil-
a beehive of activity last Saturday as dren and families.
little ones buzzed from one creative
experience to the next at the 37th an- Boys and girls moved happily from
nual Children’s Art Festival. studio to studio dotted with creative
badges of honor – paint-smeared
The inaugural 1981 festival served cheeks from easel painting, inky fin-
as a catalyst to elicit interest in the gers from printmaking, and finger-

Gina Wickel with Gabrielle, Spurgeon and Karl Wickel. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned nails showing bits of clay from sculpt- overwhelming, but these activities
and operated independent agency. Located in the ing pottery masterpieces. help everyone feel more comfortable,”
CenterState Bank Building, just off of Miracle Mile said Dorvee. “A lot of the people here
and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach. As one youngster announced to today don’t usually come to the muse-
no one in particular, “This is so awe- um. They don’t have the wherewithal,
Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years! some!” so having a free family day allows ev-
All lines of commercial or personal insurance available. eryone to experience art.”
Others were busy painting tiles or
pouring paint on a giant guitar while “We tried to spread the activities
sporting bandanas they had screen- out and organize them in a way that
printed themselves. Children enjoy- people get to experience everything:
ing the recently opened Art Zone – a making art, looking at art and seeing
multi-sensory, hands-on experience the performances,” said Pamela Som-
– jumped with glee as they watched mers, VBMA youth and family pro-
their creations come to life in the grams manager.
Sketch Aquarium.
“I was trying to engage kids in look-
In addition to artwork on display in ing at art and thinking creatively. A
the 2018 Indian River County Juried lot of the activities are very participa-
Student Exhibition (through May 20), tory and child-friendly for whole body
there were entertaining performances learning. We have props and tools that
of music, dance, karate, singing, baton children and families can use to look
and theater. at art and view art and be participat-
ing in art.”
“Art is so important for everyone,
from age 2 to 100. You don’t have to be Some of those tools were employed
wealthy to enjoy it; everybody can do for people to enjoy the museum’s cur-
it,” said event chair Barb Dorvee. “You rent exhibits – Medieval to Metal: The
can take a cup of paint and pour it and Art & Evolution of the Guitar, through
actually make art.” May 6; Paul Outerbridge: New Color
Photographs from Mexico and Cali-
The focus of the Children’s Art Fes- fornia, 1948-1955, through June 3; and
tival has always been to make the mu- Shadow & Light: The Etchings of Mar-
seum accessible to everyone. tin Lewis, through May 13. 

“When you walk into a museum
and see all these paintings it can be

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Barb Dorvee and Lou Caterina. Cairi Infanzon and Isyss Cherenfant.

Kayla Lambert and Alexia Ruffo. Logan Rosellen and Pamela Sommers. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
Christine Thomas.

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Joshua Stott and Matt Stott. Vera York and Hattie York.
Olivia Weisman.



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At Foosaner, timeless photography with a ‘French Twist’


If you could time travel to an era “French Twist: Masterworks of
in art history and meet its principle Photography” exhibition.
players, which one would it be?
From now through May 19, Florida
Institute of Technology’s Foosaner would not have their cachet but for
Museum of Art makes a good case for Man Ray’s contributions. A friend
what it calls the golden age of French and collaborator of both Marcel Du-
photography, from 1900 to 1940, with champ and Francis Picabia, Man
the show “French Twist: Masterworks Ray’s work was included in the first
of Photography.” The lion’s share of group exhibition of Surrealism in
the 100 black-and-white photographs Paris in 1925, along with that of Hans
on display were taken of all things Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst,
French: people, places and ideas. Paul Klee, André Masson, Joan Miró,
Pablo Picasso and Pierre Roy.
The Gallic stars of photography
are here: Eugène Atget, documenter In the current show, stunning por-
of the medieval streets and struc- traits of gorgeous females represent
tures of a rapidly modernizing Par- the milieu in which May Ray moved.
is; prodigy Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Here are his lovers, the exotically
whose photos of the wealthy at play maquillaged cabaret singer Kiki de
were taken between his six and 16th Montparnasse in 1923, and fellow
birthdays; Henri Cartier Bresson, the expat Lee Miller with a “friend,”
father of the “decisive moment” in
street photography; and Laure Albin
Guillot, photographer of creative ce-
lebrities such as Jean Cocteau, whose
1934 portrait is included in this show.

For many foreigners, France
means “Paris.” In the early 20th cen-
tury, Paris was the place to be for art-
ists of every nationality who longed
to be free of the social mores that
fettered free expression back home.
Also represented in this exhibition
are photographers who found their
voice in Paris: Hungarians Bras-
saï and André Kertész; German Ilse
Bing, Austrian Lisette Model, Rus-
sian Dora Maar; and Americans Lee
Miller (who was a fashion model in
New York before she arrived in Paris)
and Man Ray (born Emmanuel Rad-
nitsky in South Philadelphia).

Of the latter artist, it could be ar-
gued that the supremely French
movements of Dada and Surrealism

circa 1930. Another favorite model, is the subject of a May Ray portrait
Jacqueline Goddard, is shown in a created in 1936, the year before she
1930 portrait with her blond hair inspired Picasso to paint “Weeping
backlit and streaming from her face Woman.” At the Foosaner, Maar’s
as though electrically charged. Also own photographic works are hung
here is a famous image from Man not far from May Ray’s.
Ray’s “Erotique Voilée” series that
reveals artist Meret Oppenheim Rounding out Man Ray’s aid to the
wearing little more than printing cause of French photography, the
ink smudges on her raised palm and show displays examples of the photo-
forearm. Photographer Dora Maar gram (or as Man Ray called them, ray-
ograms) and a print from a solarized

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ageless woman” covered in jewelry: “a will see at the Foosaner. In the wake
veritable Christmas tree of garlands, of Florida Institute of Technology’s
of glittering stars.” Also on view is his administrative decision to eventually
1933 nighttime “View of Paris” where close the museum and sell its build-
we see the glittering city from the van- ing, FIT President Dwayne McCay
tage of a gargoyle atop Notre Dame. said that museum operations will be
“economized” until July 2021 when,
A fine grouping by Henri Cartier- unless financial support is found,
Bresson includes a number of his Melbourne’s community museum
most famous images, among them will close forever.
a decisive moment arrested in 1932.
The place was the seaside town of “Over time, it’s just become an un-
“Hyères,” where the arcing sweep of tenable situation to continue to pour
a stair case is echoed by a speeding money (into the Foosaner) with very
bicyclist in the street below. little outside support. We hope that the
community will step up to preserve
“French Twist” may be the last trav- this community asset,” he said. 
eling exhibition of its quality that we

negative. In the former technique, spouse, linguist Judith “Judy” Hoch-
objects are placed on photographi- berg. The couple began collecting in
cally sensitized paper, exposed to the early 1980s, when they were Ph.D.
light and chemically developed to students at Stanford University. After
create semi-abstract compositions. graduating, Mattis was the Enrico Fer-
In the latter, a negative is said to be mi fellow at the University of Chicago;
“solarized” when the dark and light from 1989 he was the J. Robert Oppen-
areas of an image exposed onto film heimer fellow at Los Alamos National
are partially reversed through re-ex- Laboratories, where he did research
posure to light during development. in particle theory. Hochberg worked
The effect was rediscovered by Lee there also, performing research on
Miller, who accidently switched on speech recognition and computer se-
a light while developing film in Man curity. In 2000 the couple left science
Ray’s darkroom. Man Ray developed to pursue full-time careers as curators
the technique for use in his own for their mushrooming collection.
work. The show includes Man Ray’s
solarized self-portrait from 1932. History and technology, however,
will take you only so far in the ap-
With its focus on early 20th century preciation of “French Twist.” The aes-
photography, “French Twist” is made thetic beauty of the pictures on dis-
to order for Florida Institute of Tech- play and their intriguing, sometime
nology. For one, the pictures in the challenging, subject matter is purely
show are historical artifacts, printed l’art pour l’art.
by the artists themselves close to the
time they were taken. Technological- The show is divided into six over-
ly speaking, these objects represent a lapping categories: “The Life of the
period of time when tripod-mounted Street”; “Diversions”; “The Lower
view cameras and box cameras with Classes”; “Paris at Night”; “Art for
limited shutters speeds were sup- Art’s Sake”; and “The Figure.”
planted by successively smaller and
faster hand-held cameras. The Leica Brassaï’s work, for example, is
35 mm camera was developed dur- seen in “Diversions” with a dizzying
ing this time, and became the cam- view of performers resting against
era of choice for documentary street stage scenery at the Folies-Bergères;
photographers like Bing (known as in “The Lower Classes” he is repre-
“Queen of the Leica”), Brassaï, and sented by two scowling street toughs
Cartier-Bresson. who appear to be around 15 years
old; “Paris at Night” comprises sever-
Technology did not create the idea al of Brassaï’s brothel scenes. Among
of photography as an art form, but them is a circa 1932 print that shows
it did democratize it, put it within the foyer in one such maison where
reach of young artists who, in an age three nudes stand cheek to cheek
of innovation, used the medium to before a customer. The tableau is fa-
expand the boundaries of art. miliar from comparable scenes by
Degas and Lautrec.
Another technological tie-in: The
photos on display are from the ex- Other astounding Brassai prints on
tensive photographic collection of re- display include 1932’s “Madame Bijou
tired physicist Michael Mattis, and his in the Bar de la Lune, Montmartre”
whose subject, Brassaï noted, was “an

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Speed read: Motor racing legend Hobbs pens memoir

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Association cars, Trans-Ams, Can-
Ams, Formula Ones, Formula 5000s,
Staff Writer Group Cs and NASCAR.

Now a Vero Beach resident, David Hobbs won the 1971 U.S. Formula
Hobbs spent nearly 30 years racing 5000 championship and the 1983
through life. The Motorsports Hall of Trans-Am championships, and has
Famer began his love affair with speed participated in the Indianapolis 500,
at age 16, tooling around the back- the 24 Hours of Daytona, and made 20
roads of Warwickshire, England on a starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Lambretta motor scooter with “Mags,”
his then girlfriend and now wife of 56 He says racing was one of those things
years, on the back. you could do in the “old” days. He had
the added advantage of access to his fa-
Following a few inauspicious mis- ther’s auto shop, where his father, an en-
adventures – blowing the engine of gineering inventor, had devised an auto-
his mother’s 7-year-old Morris Oxford matic gearbox that was way ahead of its
‘shopping car’ and rolling his father’s time. But, while racing costs were con-
sporty Jaguar SK140 – his racing ca- siderably less, so were safety measures.
reer took off at age 18 when he began
driving a Lotus Elite sports car. “I started in the golden era. Things
were much simpler and inexpensive,
By 1969 Hobbs made the FIA (Fed- but it was a very dangerous time,”
eration International Automobile) list Hobbs recalls.
of graded drivers, a group of 27 rac-
ers rated by their achievements as the Noting the similarities to other
best in the world. sports, he says, “You need endurance,
quick reactions, good eyesight and you
“I have driven more cars than any- need to be fairly confident and brave. As
body else, except maybe Mario An- you get older, you lose a lot of that stuff.”
dretti,” says Hobbs, who has driven
endurance sports cars, touring cars, Even after he finally took off his rac-
Indy cars, International Motor Sports ing gloves, Hobbs lived and breathed
the sport. He changed gears to become

David Hobbs.


a race analyst and color com- much as he thought
mentator, endearing himself to he would, thanks to his work as a com-
race fans with anecdotes from mentator. “So I got my fix without actu-
his own experiences in the ally having to get all hot and sweaty and
driver’s seat. risk my life.”

“I got on the TV in 1973 Although he may have downshifted,
for CBS and I never missed his life is still filled with fast cars. Hobbs
a race for CBS for the next 20 served recently as a judge and panelist
years until I left in 1996,” said at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,
Hobbs of the start of a 40- he emcees the Race Car Hall of Fame
year career as a flag-to-flag induction ceremony at the Daytona
commentator on American television Speedway each year, and he regularly
for CBS, ESPN, NBC, NBC Sports Speed- makes public appearances.
vision and the Speed Channel.
His latest adventure is again taking
His quick wit, knowledge and posh him on the road, to publicize his new
British accent also opened the door to autobiography, “Hobbo: The Autobi-
Hollywood, parlaying roles as a race
announcer in the 1983 comedy “Stro-
ker Ace” and in 2011 as the voice of
David Hobbscap, a 1963 Jaguar, in the
movie “Cars 2,” when Lightning Mc-
Queen races in the World Grand Prix.

“You don’t get as hot driving the cam-
era as you do driving the car. Every-
body says you have to be so brave to be
a driver, but you’re not brave so much as
confident in your ability,” says Hobbs.
He adds that he doesn’t miss racing as

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ography of David Hobbs: Motor Racer, trademark comedic insights, from a David and Margaret Hobbs. ing his time on the racing circuit. The
Motor Mouth.” childhood in England during World afterword, written by his wife, adds
War II, to firsts on the tracks, changes drew Marriott, who Hobbs met when he a level of validity shared by someone
At just over 300 pages, the book is in the racing industry and his time as a first started club racing. who has been there from the start.
chockfull of photographs and stories color commentator.
about international racing from a per- “I don’t know if my stories will fall “It was David’s way of becoming his
spective only someone previously be- Hobbs admits that he didn’t speed flat in print, but I gave it a go anyway. favorite cartoon character: ‘Dan Dare,
hind the wheel can give. through the writing of the book, a 10- Whether it’s as good as my verbal stories, Pilot of the Future,’” says Mags Hobbs,
year journey that began with his re- I don’t know. The jury’s out on that.” of her husband’s entry into racing.
Written with the skill of a natural- cording stories and was revived by An-
born storyteller, Hobbs weaves in his The book even includes a section on She admits that waiting by the
places they lived over the years, favor- phone for news after each race was at
ite restaurants and hotels visited dur- times worrisome, but says the excite-
ment overshadowed it.

“With the energy and innocence of
youth, you do not dwell on the bad things
that can happen,” she says, adding that
knowing her husband was a “thinking
driver” put her mind at ease, realizing
that he wouldn’t take unnecessary risks.
“We were so young when he started rac-
ing. Right at the beginning, I was cheer-
ing him on. Go David, faster, faster. I was
right in there with him. I guess it’s the
ignorance of youth. It takes quite a while
for you to sort of get a bit mature and
think, ‘Hang on, this is mad.’”

“Every time I left she didn’t know if
she’d ever see me again. I don’t know
how she did it,” says Hobbs.

The Vero Beach Book Center will host
Hobbs at 4 p.m. on May 10 for a Book Talk
and signing of his book, “Hobbo: The Au-
tobiography of David Hobbs: Motor Racer,
Motor Mouth.” 

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Coming Up: Try to remember … ‘Fantasticks’ starts soon

BY SAMANTHA BAITA What they don’t know is that their ing that elusive, perfect shot. Flowers
Staff Writer dads are actually good friends and and waterfront scenes in soft pastels
have hatched a plan, with the aid of reflect retired architect Pillorge’s
1 Opening May 10 at the Vero a mystical, roving side-show and its skills in drafting and presentation, as
Beach Theatre Guild: “The Fan- mysterious ring master, to get the well as his colorful, brush-free per-
lovebirds down the aisle. But – be sonal style. The galleries are located
tasticks.” The original off-Broadway careful what you wish for because “to throughout the First Pres campus.
bring these families together, they Gallery hours are: noon to 3 p.m.,
production ran a total of 42 years and must first be torn apart.” The show Monday through Thursday. Guided
has played throughout the U.S. and tours are available Wednesdays, 3
17,162 performances, making it, to in 67 foreign countries, and about p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
250 new productions still run on re-
this day, the world’s longest-running gional, community and high school
stages each year. (The original in-
musical. Even if you’ve never seen vestors have earned 240 times their
original investments.) At the helm of
this delightful, allegorical show, you the VBTG production is award-win-
ning actor/director Clara McCarthy.
are sure to be familiar with at least Show times: Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fri-
days, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.;
one of its songs, the wistful and beau- 3 Lift your spirits and welcome
spring with wonderful music
tiful “Try to Remember.” With book 1 Opening May 10 at VB Theatre Guild.

by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom next Thursday, May 10, when the tal-

Jones, “The Fantasticks,” according ented young men and women of the

to IMDb, is the tale of two teens, Lu- Saturday, May 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Indian River Charter High School
Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $30.
isa and Matt, who live on neighboring 772-562-8300. Choral Program present their annu-

farms and are carefully hiding their al Spring Choral Concert. The show

romance from their feuding fathers. will take place at St. John of the Cross

2 Art lovers will find an hour or Catholic Church, and is part of the
so wandering among the col-
church’s Fine Arts Series. Always a

lections in the stylish “Galleries at family-friendly evening, the concert

First Pres” time well spent. Vero’s will be a mix of classical and folk mu-

First Presbyterian Church opened sic and Broadway tunes, concluding

its quarterly rotation Spring 2018 with a medley of Disney songs you’ll

gallery exhibition last month with be humming as you head home. The

works by three local artists and, if by Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s

chance, you’re not yet aware of the Ensemble and Show Choir will per-

rich abundance of artistic talent on form under the direction of Gary

your doorstep, do take this opportu- Miller, director of choral activities at

nity. This quarter’s artists are Suze IRCHS and director of the music min-

Lavender, Keith Mills and George Pil- istry at First United Methodist Church

lorgé. Lavender’s ebullient personal- of Vero Beach, with 32 years in music

ity and love of the sea are apparent education to his credit. In collabora-

in the bright colors and textures she tion with the Vero Beach Choral So-

employs. Mills’ serene watercolors ciety, this chorus has been invited to

and exquisite photographic works perform at Carnegie Hall next March.

speak of his love of nature and great The music begins at 7 p.m. Admission

patience, a requirement when seek- is free to all. 



ServiceMaster By Glenn’s

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lexander Brangman finds com- call in U.S. history began, Honda says installed in Hondas that have up to a 50 model vehicles to complete recalls, now
fort in remembering how long there are more than 60,000 vehicles percent chance they will explode on im- that has proved a difficult challenge.”
his daughter lived – 26 years, 11 on the nation’s roads equipped with pact. The 62,307 people still driving with
months, 9 hours and 15 minutes –“ what experts have called a “ticking time them, many in older-model cars that The 2001 Honda Civic that Brang-
rather than the horrible and needless bomb” – defective air bags like the one may have changed hands several times, man was driving came from Sunset
way she died. that killed Brangman. The air bags, either have ignored the recall warnings Car Rentals, a small agency that had
Jewel Brangman, an academic all- which sit about a foot from a driver’s or never received them, Honda said. bought the vehicle at auction almost
American in high school, about to pur- chest, have a 50-50 chance of exploding three years earlier, after it had been
sue a PhD at Stanford, had no need to in a fender bender. With the number of deaths and dis- involved in a crash and was issued a
know much about the rental car she figurements continuing to climb – the salvage title. Though it had been un-
drove north toward Los Angeles on a They are the most deadly air bags last fatality was in January – automak- der recall since 2009, Honda said it had
sunny September Sunday almost four remaining in the recall involving more ers and federal regulators have rewrit- mailed four recall notices without get-
years ago. than 37 million vehicles built by 19 au- ten the rule book in their outreach ting any response.
Then came a relatively minor crash tomakers. At least 22 people worldwide efforts, including deploying teams to
– she rear-ended a minivan – and her have been killed and hundreds more knock on doors of Honda owners who Brangman’s crash was the epitome
air bag exploded with a spray of razor- permanently disfigured when the air have not responded to recall notices. of a fender bender: She struck a mini-
sharp metal shards that severed her bags that deployed to protect them in- van from behind, damaging its bum-
carotid artery. stead exploded and sprayed shrapnel. “We’re good at repairing vehicles,” per and that of the car she was driving,
Ten years after the biggest safety re- said Rick Schostek, executive vice presi- and buckling the hood of her car.
The worst among the bad bags are dent of Honda North America,“but find-
known as Alphas, driver-side air bags ing and convincing customers of older “There was minimal damage,” her
father said. “It was highly questionable

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if the air bag should have deployed at The massive recall of air bag inflat- automaker recall completion rates are the daily temperature. That a car may
all. It was something Jewel should have ers made by Takata – which allegedly all over the place – and millions are still change hands three or four times dur-
walked away from.” suppressed tests revealing the flaw waiting for replacement air bags.” ing a 10-year period has made the recall
and where three key executives are un- more difficult, with notices from the car
Instead, “I walked in the USC trau- der federal indictment – is well known NHTSA has been without an admin- dealer or automaker discarded by peo-
ma unit and what I saw was horrific: to Congress and millions of Americans istrator in the 15 months since Donald ple who sold the vehicle years earlier.
Here’s the beautiful, angelic human who have been touched by it. But tens Trump entered the White House. The
being that was my daughter hooked of thousands of drivers most at risk president recently proposed elevating While most Takata inflaters go bad
up to this monstrous life support sys- remain oblivious to the efforts of au- acting director Heidi King to lead the over time when exposed to tempera-
tem,” Brangman said. tomakers and the National Highway agency. King, whose nomination will ture changes and humidity, the Alpha
Traffic Safety Administration. require Senate confirmation, told the inflaters experienced high humidity at
The doctors told him she was brain Commerce Committee last month that a Takata factory in Monclova, Mexico,
dead. “Our last hearing on the ongoing car companies have “made progress” before they were installed.
Takata fiasco is just further evidence on the Takata recall.
Brangman later learned that for that NHTSA is just rudderless,” said Sen. In a 2015 response to Congress
three weeks, his daughter had been Bill Nelson of Florida, ranking Demo- “But the progress is uneven,” she marked “confidential,” Takata acknowl-
driving a rental car with a factory- crat on the Committee on Commerce, said. “Overall completion rates are not edged that the propellant that triggers
equipped air bag that during the recall Science and Transportation. “The latest where we want them to be.” the air bags had “been left in work sta-
would come to be known as the Alpha data the committee has received from tions during a prolonged shutdown of
model. A quirk in the manufacturing the automakers shows that individual Takata air-bag inflaters degrade over the assembly line, exposing them to hu-
process caused the Alpha inflaters to time as they are exposed to humid- midity inside the plant.”
be the most deadly of the lot. ity and repeated wide fluctuation in

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The Alpha bags were installed in GM’s air-bag supplier had been the exploded in Alabama in 2004, Takata Takata shut down the testing and told
more than 1 million Honda and Acu- Swedish company Autoliv, but Autoliv assured Honda that the incident was technicians to wipe the data from their
ra cars between 2001 and 2003. They dropped out of the competition pre- an anomaly. But at the same time Taka- computers, the New York Times report-
caused 11 of the 15 U.S. fatalities when sented by Takata because it declined ta began testing 50 air-bag inflaters it ed. The company denied to Congress
their Takata inflaters ruptured. to use the volatile ammonium nitrate. had collected from junkyards. Even that it had ever done the testing.
though two of them malfunctioned,
Although there had been inklings After a 2002 Honda Accord air bag Years later, NHTSA said Takata was not
that Takata air bags could be deadly – “being forthcoming with information”
with fatal explosions in 2003 and 2004 or cooperating with the “investigation of
– the first U.S. recall was initiated by a potentially serious safety defect.”
Honda in 2008.
The Justice Department fined Taka-
The 10 years that followed have been ta $1 billion for that failure.
replete with allegations that Takata cut
corners in a rush to fill orders and that “Takata has admitted to a scheme
the company sought to cover up tests to defraud its customers by manipu-
that revealed the severity of the problem. lating test data regarding the perfor-
mance of its air-bag inflaters,” Barbara
The genesis of the massive recall McQuade, U.S. attorney for the East-
came when Takata, then a seat-belt ern District of Michigan, said in an-
supplier but a minor player in the air- nouncing the fine last year. “They fal-
bag industry, came up with a cost-cut- sified and manipulated data because
ting way to make air bags. Just a few they wanted to make profits.”
years after the 1995 Oklahoma City
bombing, they used the same material McQuade also unsealed indict-
that caused that explosion – ammoni- ments against three Takata executives
um nitrate – to trigger the air-bag inflat- who were charged with manipulating
ers when vehicles collide. test data to deceive the automakers
they supplied about the safety of their
Ammonium nitrate – unlike the rel- air bags. The indictment said the three
atively stable chemical tetrazole used had known as early as 2000 that their
by other manufacturers – can become air bags could explode.
unstable, particularly when it is ex-
posed to moisture. All three of the men indicted – Shin-
ichiTanaka, 59; Hideo Nakajima, 65; and
Takata found a ready market for its Tsuneo Chikaraishi, 61 – are Japanese
cheaper air bags, expanding rapidly to citizens and have not been extradited to
meet the demand of newly enticed au- the United States. Faced with spiraling
tomakers, including General Motors. debts estimated at more than $9 billion

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as a result of the air-bag scandal, Takata the Alpha bags as a grenade that could ment . . . and much work to be done.” hibiting ammonium nitrate being
declared bankruptcy last year. devastate a car – and its occupants – as if Alexander Brangman flew to Wash- used in these bags in sinful. Unethical
a bomb had exploded inside it. behavior is the underlying theme. For
Under a consent order signed by ington last month for the committee a life to be taken when something is
Takata and NHTSA, John D. Buretta, a “There has been, I’m glad to say, hearing. preventable is unconscionable to me.
former Justice Department prosecutor, marked improvement,” he told the Sen- They should find a way to stop using
was named to prod the recall process. ate Commerce Committee last month. “Jewel was the eighth victim at these vehicles, period.” 
Buretta’s report last November described “There is still much room for improve- the time; now worldwide there’s 22,”
Brangman said afterward. “Not pro-

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Are you addicted to social media? Ask atic and dangerous, such as checking are focused on their required tasks and gambling industry. Why can’t we apply
yourself these six simple questions: social media while driving. activities. Many schools ban the use of it to social networking sites as well?
smartphones in the classroom. Prohibi-
 Do you spend a lot of time, when While the majority of our behaviors tion in other contexts such as workplace For the small number of individuals
you’re not on-line, thinking about around social media may be annoying settings (where practical) is also justified. who are genuinely addicted to social
social media or planning to use rather than dangerous, they are none- media, treatment is warranted but un-
social media? theless indicative of a societal prob- Some restaurants are now provid- likely to be funded by health insurance
 Do you feel urges to use social lem. Steps need to be taken now, while ing discounts to customers who refrain because the disorder hasn’t been for-
media more and more over time? the number of social media addicts is from using their smartphones during mally recognized. Consequently, those
 Do you use social media to forget still small. We shouldn’t wait to see if it a meal. More positive reinforcement who need treatment are likely to need
about personal problems? becomes an epidemic. strategies like these may well be the the services of specialist treatment cen-
 Do you often try to reduce your use way forward in trying to decrease time ters such as reSTART, a facility outside
of social media, without success? Governments and organizations can spent checking social media and to in- Seattle that aids young people addicted
 Do you become restless or trou- help minimize and, in some cases, pro- crease time spent engaging in real life. to the Internet, video games, social me-
bled if you are unable to use hibit the use of mobile devices. Some dia and more.
social media? such steps – such as banning smart- Still, more digital literacy and aware-
 Do you use social media so much phone use while driving – are in place ness of the effects of excessive social The goal of treatment for this type of
that it has had a negative impact in many countries already. But what media use need to be embedded in our addiction, unlike for many other addic-
on your job, relationship or studies? about daily practices that impact our work and educational institutions. tions, should be controlled use rather
If you answered “yes” to most or all mental health, even if they don’t place than abstinence. In the connected
of these questions, then you may have us in the way of direct bodily harm? More controversially, social media world we live in, it is simply not feasible
or be developing an actual addiction operators like Facebook could start to prohibit someone from accessing all
to using social media. Given the loss of productivity in both using their behavioral data to identify smart devices.
Like any psychological disorder or the workplace and educational settings, excessive users and provide strategies
condition, the only way to confirm employers, schools and colleges need to limit time spent on their products. The most successful type of treat-
this is through a formal diagnosis better policies to ensure that people This is already being used in the online ment for online addictions appears to
from a clinical psychologist or psy- be traditional cognitive behavioral ther-
chiatrist. apy, although there are relatively few
Back in 2011, the first academics to published studies examining its efficacy
systematically review the scientific lit- in relation to social media addiction.We
erature on excessive social media use need more research, so that we can de-
found that for a small minority of indi- velop more and better solutions to what
viduals, social media had a significant is likely to be a growing problem.
detrimental effect on many aspects of
life including relationships, work and There is no magic bullet. Individu-
academic achievement. als are ultimately responsible for their
Such signs are indicative of addiction own social media use. But policymak-
similar to what people experience with ers, social media operators, employers,
alcohol or drugs. researchers, health care providers and
Years later, “smartphone addiction” educational establishments all need
and “screen addiction” – closely tied to play their part in reducing excessive
to social media addiction – have be- use of social media, the “opiate for the
come fairly common concepts. masses.” 
It results in behavior that is problem-
This column by Mark Griffiths and
Daria Kuss for The Washington Post
does not necessarily reflect the views of
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INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE, PARTIII plications such as massive bleeding and acute dilation of the
colon, called “toxic megacolon,” can lead to an opening in the
Ulcerative Colitis bowel wall. Complications sometimes require surgery. Due to the
chronic nature of this type of ulcerative colitis, patients have a
While Crohn’s disease can appear anywhere in the digestive tract, higher chance of developing colon cancer.
ulcerative colitis is usually limited to the innermost layers of the lin- Not all cases of ulcerative colitis fall neatly into one of the above men-
ing of the colon (large bowel) and rectum. It does not affect the small tioned broad categories. If you are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis,
intestine or the rest of the digestive tract. And Inflammation is con- ask your gastroenterologist exactly where in the colon your inflamma-
tinuous throughout the parts of the colon that are affected. tion is located. Symptoms, complications and treatment vary accord-
ing to location, type and extent of disease.
TYPES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS Additional symptoms of ulcerative colitis include anemia and fatigue.

According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the main types of DIAGNOSIS
ulcerative colitis are:
 Ulcerative Proctitis Your diagnosis will be based on your medical history, general health,
Ulcerative proctitis, which is limited to the rectum, is the mildest diet, family history, environment and a series of testing. A relatively
form of ulcerative colitis and causes fewer complications than new type of stool sample test called fecal calprotectin will help differ-
more widespread disease. entiate whether your problem is irritable bowel syndrome (a less seri-
 Proctosigmoiditis ous problem) or inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis
Proctosigmoiditis affects the sigmoid colon (the area just above and Crohn’s). If your doctor suspects ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s, you
the rectum) and the rectum. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, will need to be tested for both. In addition to ascertaining whether
cramps and tenesmus (a strong urge to use the bathroom without diarrhea is due to infection, other tests, including a sigmoidoscopy
necessarily having a bowel movement). Patients usually suffer or total colonoscopy, will help determine if you have ulcerative colitis
moderate pain in the lower left side of their abdomen. and the type of ulcerative colitis you have.
 Left-sided Colitis Next time we’ll discuss treatment for ulcerative colitis, and conclude
This type of ulcerative colitis involves a continuous inflammation this series on inflammatory bowel disease with a review of differences
that begins in the rectum and extends up near the spleen to a bend between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. 
in the colon called the splenic flexure. Symptoms include loss of Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always welcome.
appetites, diarrhea, weight loss, severe pain on the left side of the Email us at [email protected].
abdomen and bleeding.
 Pan-ulcerative (total) Colitis (“Pancolitis”) © 2018 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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internal lining of the colon. Patients experience diarrhea, severe
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Sen. Strom Thurmond of of their skin but by the content of small-bore, but by its conclusion the book becomes
South Carolina was debating their character. a case study in the curious ways in which history
the satirist Harry Golden at Vir- evolves.
ginia Tech University when a King’s dream of racial harmony
dean interrupted the proceed- is just part of his legacy, albeit In the years before his death, King reached a cross-
ings with the horrible news that the part that has allowed him to roads in black America. Many young leaders were
Martin Luther King Jr. had been become one of the most lion- impatient with his strategy of nonviolent protest and
assassinated. Stunned students ized figures in American history. his continued push for integration, and some ob-
groaned in despair, prompting The more controversial aspects servers saw him as a leader with a diminishing fol-
Golden to offer an impromptu of King’s worldview – his op- lowing. “The verdict was that Martin was finished,”
tribute, calling April 4, 1968, “a wrote David Levering Lewis, one of King’s early biog-
sad day for the world.” position to the Vietnam War, raphers.
his embrace of what Sokol calls
But Thurmond used the occa- democratic socialism, his de- But King’s death changed that. No doubt, his assas-
sion to denounce the slain civil termination to force the nation sination triggered an outpouring of grief, and untold
rights leader. “I disagree with Mr. to attack poverty, his statement millions were inspired by his leadership. But at the
Golden’s estimate of Dr. King,” that “a society that has done same time, King’s murder sparked anger in many
Thurmond said. “He was an agi- parts of black America while unleashing an under-
tator, an outside agitator, bent on something special against the current of hateful bile from some whites.
stirring people up, making every- Negro for hundreds of years
one dissatisfied.” must now do something spe- As word of King’s assassination spread, black stu-
cial for him” and his call for the dents and their sympathizers protested on college
It was a bizarre verdict, but one “reconstruction of the entire campuses, and riots broke out in hundreds of cit-
not confined to rabid segregationists like Thurmond. society” – made him a lightning rod. King was ies across the country. Sokol argues that the assas-
University of New Hampshire historian Jason Sokol’s awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, but a 1966 poll sination added fuel to the Black Power movement
revealing new book, “The Heavens Might Crack,” found that 72 percent of white Americans had an un- because for many black Americans, King’s death re-
makes clear that the opinion was shared by millions favorable view of him. vealed the irrational hate that even an avowed man
of white Americans. While those broad outlines of King’s story are well of peace could unleash.
chronicled and fairly well known, the real punch in
It may seem inconceivable now, but only one Sokol’s book comes as it drives home the depth of It would take decades for King’s legacy to become
Southern senator or congressman attended King’s the animus stirred by King and how it lingered in the hollowed one we all know now. For a long time,
Atlanta funeral: Georgia’s Rep. Fletcher Thompson, the months and years after his assassination. Sokol even the simplest, most symbolic gestures to com-
a Republican. As President Lyndon Johnson, who by argues that King achieved universal hero status only memorate King could be fraught. Sokol traces some
then was not on speaking terms with King, consid- after his legacy was scrubbed, stretched and softened of the surprisingly pitched battles to rename streets
ered going to Atlanta for the service, Tennessee Gov. to the point that it became elastic enough to support in King’s honor.
Buford Ellington said that “the president has done both sides of many divisive issues. King has been cit-
enough for this man. … His going very likely would ed by both opponents and proponents of affirmative The fight to establish a national holiday in honor
cause serious white backlash.” In the end, Johnson action, by supporters and critics of the Black Lives of King was similarly difficult. Then-Rep. John Cony-
skipped King’s funeral after attending an earlier me- Matter movement, and even by those in opposing ers (D-Mich.) offered a bill to make King’s birthday
morial service for King at Washington National Ca- camps on the national anthem protests launched by a national holiday just days after the assassination.
thedral. former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kae- But the first King national holiday would not be cel-
pernick. As King’s message has been diluted, his pop- ebrated until 18 years later, as many in Congress op-
Sokol mines oral histories, books and contem- ularity has risen. These days, opinion polls find King posed it for stated reasons ranging from the cost of a
poraneous news stories to pull together an account to be among the most revered Americans. holiday to suggestions that King had consorted with
that reminds us that King was a radical who ignited Sokol closely examines some of the controversies communists. 
passions both good and bad. The King memorialized that arose after King’s death to make plain that King’s
on the Mall, and in the many hundreds of schools current place as an American icon is a far cry from THE HEAVENS MIGHT CRACK
and streets around the world that bear his name, is where he stood a half-century ago. In places, the an-
far more complicated than the unthreatening leader ecdotes that animate “The Heavens Might Crack” feel The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
who sought to have people judged not by the color


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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 10 4

Neil Kimelman’s book “The Right Bid at the Right Time” (Master Point Press) contains AJ98732
more than 80 tough bidding problems, both constructive and competitive. After the
reader decides what he would do, Kimelman analyzes the pros and cons of each WEST A6
possible call, sometimes gives the original full deal and has “lessons to learn.” In A 10 9 2 EAST
general, the advice is sound, but a few times he makes debatable recommendations. 53
10 Q854
I found one deal where he said that a penalty double of three spades led to minus 730. KQ7542
He did not describe the play, though, because declarer had a two-way guess for the AJ9762
club jack that he must have gotten right. If either defender had held the club 10, they
would have been plus 200 for a nice score. (To be honest, the setting was a team game, Q6
not a pair event, when a close double into game should be avoided.)
In this week’s deal, taken from a team event, what should North rebid over one no-
trump? SOUTH

While you are considering that, “Out of Hand, Out of Mind” by Bill Buttle (Master Point J76
Press) is a book containing 141 color cartoons with bridge themes, some funnier than
others, of course. KQ8

Back to the deal, North ought to rebid three diamonds (although three no-trump is K54
feasible). This says that North is trying to get to three no-trump, but would like South to
have some help in the suit and, preferably, hearts well held — as he does here. J 10 8 3

Finally, yes, I probably would have responded two no-trump, not one, with that suitable Dealer: North; Vulnerable: East-West
South hand, and hoped for the best in the black suits.
The Bidding:

1 NT Pass 1 Diamonds 1 Hearts
?? LEAD:
5 Hearts

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The Telegraph ACROSS DOWN
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4 Well ventilated (4) 3 Subtlety (6)
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9 Smoker’s box (5,4) 5 Set free (6)
11 Young farm animals (6) 6 Regions (9)
13 Ocean-dweller (7) 7 Appends (4)
15 Profession (6) 10 From Japan, say (7)
16 Racial (6) 12 Radio operator’s word for‘E’(4)
18 The rest (6) 13 Big band (9)
20 Buddy (6) 14 Ripping (7)
22 Little ones (7) 17 Secret language (4)
23 Crazy (6) 19 Atishoo! (6)
25 Toff (9) 20 Element (6)
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ACROSS (fleeing) DOWN 57 “___ big girl now The Washington Post
1 Of a Mongolian 68 Even the 1 Yippie Hoffman ...”
2 Loamy deposit B MOVIES By Merl Reagle
mountain range slightest 3 Characteristic 58 Vocal selection
7 Companion of 70 Thirty-two oz. 4 “... some kind 59 Later BRADLEY H. REINER, DMD
73 Meal ingredient 62 Dorothy Parker
coeur 74 Solemn assent of ___?” HAGEN V. HASTINGS, DMD
10 Run the ___ 76 Jets’ home 5 Addams Family remark
15 Air rifle ammo 78 Studio 65 Casablanca’s Family, Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry
18 1950 Joan cousin Caring Dentistry for the Entire Family
apartment, 6 Most coquettish land: abbr.
Fontaine drama essentially 7 Gave up the 67 Give temporarily
21 Bell burg in a 79 Nurses fresh out 69 Born
of sch. throne: abbr. 71 Charlotte’s home
book 80 1972 horror 8 1993 John 72 Barrie baddie
22 Sushi candidate spoof directed by 75 Reside
23 1946 Cocteau Larry Hagman Goodman 77 Like ___
83 SST heading, comedy featuring
fantasy maybe “AromaVision” (cold and quiet)
25 Bother 84 Hate 9 Old English 78 On the creaky
26 “What time ___?” 86 January, to Juan letters
27 It’s two after 87 A king of 10 Yak side
England: abbr. 11 Summer relief 79 Glasgow
epsilon 88 Hatchet relative pitcher?
28 Sad ending? 89 Gluck’s ___ ed 12 Novelist Peter hoosegow
29 Verb on a freak- Euridice 13 Oust 80 Guy, for short
90 Mr. Chaney 14 A thunderbird 81 Taylor of The
show sign 91 Angie Dickinson tops it
30 Salt Lake player flick, Big Bad ___ 15 With 45 Down, a Nanny
31 Built or begun: 94 Type of oil 1949 82 Bongo whackers
95 Ungraceful type Betty Grable 85 Greek mountain
abbr. 96 1980 comedy comedy
32 School of city-life (with The) 16 1951 Ronald chain where
100 Cottonwood, to Reagan Hercules is said
painters Carlos comedy to have died
34 Typing sound 102 It gives golfers a 17 ___ gin 88 Hirt and others
37 Violin VIP little boost 19 Come clean? 92 Offer ___ (use
39 1975 Bergen- 103 Group of nine 20 Legislators, at money to get
104 Church chair times evidence)
Hackman 107 Letters on old 24 Cutting remark? 93 Pt. of a three-day
western pennies 32 ___ for “apple” weekend
42 Ohio or Peru city 108 Funny 33 Tongue- 94 California fort
44 Certain degs. 110 Uncooked depressing that became
46 Hosea, in the 112 Apr. collectors sounds a university
Douay 113 Sophia’s “so 35 Pond scum 96 California bay
47 Rodeo attendee long” 36 Hugh’s mag where
48 Yield the floor 114 Feeling of 38 Billy Baldwin’s The Birds was
49 House of hay “whoa!” brother filmed
50 Hub of activity: 115 1965 surf movie 39 Halt order 97 Bosnian ___
abbr. 120 Like most 40 “___ ever 98 Start of a toast
52 Sticks around lifeguards tasted!” 99 ___ north
54 Country great 121 Ice house 41 Lanchester and (heading)
Roy 122 1964 Tony Maxwell 101 Major fuel brand
55 Blood letters Randall comedy 43 Doggie 104 A Ford or a horse
56 1970 William (with The) rejoinders 105 A colonel has a
Friedkin 123 Chaplin’s brother 44 1941 Mickey and silver one
drama (with The) 124 Singer Frankie Judy musical 106 Romanced
60 Word that 125 Byrd or Dewey: 45 See 15 Down 107 Boiling vessels
Spanish abbr. 48 Kirk, to Michael 109 Flamboyant
alphabetizers 126 Played with a 49 Getaway isle painter
ignore Duncan 50 Francis or Mack 111 Goya’s duchess
61 Actors Jack and 51 Cobb and Hardin 113 Chaplin’s ___
son Chris 53 Beat the tar out Lights
63 Mrs. with a ghost of 116 Against
64 Yogi, in Yucatan 56 N.Y.C. subdiv. 117 It cuts dirt?
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abbr. land
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Party crashes when RSVP ‘yes’ really means ‘no-show’

BY CAROLYN HAX RSVP and don’t go, people ask to bring other guests, When you want to entertain more formally, short-
Washington Post people bring other guests without asking. What the en your guest list to people you trust to show up. In-
what. vest in them beyond entertaining.
Dear Carolyn:
My family recently celebrated our I do not have any answers for you that don’t in- Get clever with your menus so leftovers aren’t
son’s birthday. We had a number of volve some form of surrender to this rude world or- wasted; serve things you can prepare in batches, or
guests RSVP “yes” to our invitation der, so I have only bad answers, which I try not to freeze for later, or donate, or otherwise repurpose.
who not only didn’t show, but also give on purpose, but here goes:
didn’t even have the decency to con- To readers mentally composing responses to me
tact us to let us know. It’s been a week since the party. Lower your expectations. Be mentally prepared about how terrible these suggestions are: Be as-
This left us with far too much cake, food, money for a guest yield of 25 percent or 125 percent. sured, I agree. Terrible. And I have more.
spent and time wasted wondering if/when these peo-
ple would show and what happened, instead of being Entertain as casually as you can get away with If you use some form of e-invitation, employ ev-
settled and enjoying the party with the guests who did while not becoming rude yourself. ery reminder offered.
We will be seeing these non-attendees in the future Don’t take no-shows and extra-shows personally. If you think e-invitations are the problem, then
and I’m not sure how to behave. I would have pre- It is happening to everyone, unless you are exploit- don’t use them – or go belt-and-suspenders and use
ferred a definite “no” and planned accordingly. able – as in, so connected that people see you as an both e- and in-person or on-paper.
My spouse and I have already discussed not invit- opportunity they won’t let themselves miss.
ing those who didn’t contact us to future parties, but I When you see people out and about beforehand,
worry this may happen again regardless, as it has be- say, “See you Saturday!” Unless they’re standing
come far too easy to click “going” on an invite whether next to someone you didn’t invite. Or your party is
or not one actually shows up. Sunday.

– The End of Etiquette When you see people out and about after they
just no-showed you, stick to a cheerful, “We missed
The End of Etiquette: you Saturday.” I anticipate roughly an 80 percent
You’re right, and I’m sorry you’re right. Judging expression-of-horror-because-you-utterly-fell-off-
both from my own and readers’ experiences, party their-radar rate.
manners aren’t just in decline. They’re in flaming,
disintegrating free fall into a bottomless pit of mud I used zero science in that prediction, but still: In-
and extra cake. People go and don’t RSVP, people hale, exhale, release “didn’t even have the decency”
judgments. You’re not wrong, any disregard for the
generosity of one’s host is indecent – but it’s too big
a cultural change for that to make universal practi-
cal sense.

Is a mass breakdown in attention span a matter of
intent? I could argue “yes,” but you’ll like your world
better if you choose “no.” 


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