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A PERFECT PICKER-UPPER ... Half-cent sales tax issue
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BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer they support, the half-cent sales
[email protected] tax would generate millions of
dollars in revenue for the City
Though the primary election of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie Coun-
is weeks away – the end of August ty, the City of Fort Pierce and St.
– Port St. Lucie city leaders are Lucie Village.
warily eying November’s general.
And not because there is a seat Estimated revenue over the
on the council that voters will de- 10-year period is $217 million
cide. Instead, their concern lies countywide. By the end of 10
in the proposed half-cent sales years, Port St. Lucie would col-
tax on the ballot. lect $88 million while the county
would receive $108 million. Fort
If approved, and which coun-
cil members have personally said CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
Crosstown bridge ahead of schedule
Anthony Oraczewski does his part during the local Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup at Veterans Park at Rivergate in Port St. Lucie last
Saturday. Oraczewski has a passion for keeping the river waters clean with his work at Solitude Lake Management. PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT
DRILLING DOWN ON DEBT REDUCTION ‘The Little Storms’ Progress continues on construction of the Crosstown Parkway bridge. PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent has special appeal BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent of the council’s recent annual
summer retreat, Wednesday, July
City budgets aren’t rocket science. They’re harder than that. BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer The Crosstown Parkway bridge 25. He said barring major disrup-
At least with rockets the numbers are agreed on and consistent. [email protected] is going good, and the project tions, council members and oth-
Gravity won’t change. The math of government budgeting and debt manager is looking forward to a ers may drive over the long-await-
isn’t like that. There are different proverbial bills and coffee cans The Little Storms will be taking quiet life sooner than expected. ed bridge a few months earlier
from which they’re paid. the field during games and half- than originally projected.
At the recent Port St. Lucie City Council Summer Retreat, a topic time at R.D. McCorkle Field. This “I want to finish early,” project
at once a point of pride and a new cheerleading crew will be of administrator George Denti told “I know that bridge will be
sore reminder of perceptions a special sort – consisting of those the Port St. Lucie City Council. “I done in the summer of next year,”
came up. The $1 billion debt. with differing physical and intel- want to retire early.”
Well, what was the slightly- lectual limitations. CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
more-than-$1 billion debt as Denti spoke on the first day
measured by the principle The idea to form the cheerlead-
back in 2010 when the city ing team came to Carissa Grone, a
was making huge econom- Port St. Lucie Athletic Association
ic-development dice rolls board member and cheerlead-
that didn’t pay off. Those ing coordinator, during a
failed economic-develop- cheerleading competition.
ment gambles weren’t the
CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
CONTINUED ON PAGE A4 City’s outstanding VGTI debt is about $53.3M.
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WORK UNDERWAY ON SCHOOL DISTRICT’S NEW DIGS
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer come later, when the building begins owned but decided buying a raw piece of COURTESY ST. LUCIE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
[email protected] to sprout out of the ground and go vertical. land near the emerging population center of
Port St. Lucie would be the better solution. to complete will proceed as planned.
Trees are felled. Brush grubbed. Dirt is The School District is using a combina- Located near Interstate 95 and the Florida Gillette said the District has benefited
on the move. In about a year, the St. Lucie tion of insurance proceeds and sales tax Turnpike, as well St. Lucie West Boulevard,
Public Schools District will have a brand- funds from the state to complete the nearly the property would be conveniently located greatly from the cooperation it has received
new administration building that will once $18 million project. for more employees district-wide. from numerous agencies while the various
again house all its various departments and departments have been displaced.
support staff. Hurricane Irma flooded the Orange Blos- Along with using proceeds from insur-
som Mall, where the School District’s ad- ance and monies earmarked specifically for Indian River State College, too, has
The District closed on the purchase of a ministrative offices had been housed, dis- capital projects from the state, the district stepped up, offering to house the District’s
10-acre site near Tutto Fresco Italian restau- placing 300 administrative personnel and plans to sell its portion of Orange Blossom Student Services department.
rant on Commerce Center Parkway in the forcing the district to split departments over Mall. It currently has an appraised value of
area of Interstate 95 and PGA Village. A five or six sites around the county. The ad- $4.1 million – with flooding issues mitigated, With the new school year quickly ap-
groundbreaking originally planned for June ministration office supports 41,000 students according to the District. proaching, though, the School District will
has since been pushed back and no date has and 6,000 employees district-wide. be temporarily relocating the department
been scheduled. Once sold, those proceeds are expected to to the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training
How much, exactly, the School District be used to offset the cost of construction of Complex, 4600 Kirby Loop Rd., Fort Pierce,
School officials are turning their focus to will get from its insurance policy remains the new administration building. to better accommodate the amount of traf-
the upcoming school year and expect to hold to be determined. The district is working fic the department anticipates. The depart-
all the pomp and circumstance of a ceremo- through the process and has, so far, re- Dr. Prince said that there will be no im- ment will be in the Frank & LeVan Fee Phys-
nial groundbreaking after school resumes in couped almost $1.3 million. pact to already programmed construction ical and High Liability Training Building,
August. “Our focus and priority is ensuring and improvement projects within the Dis- located off 35th Street near the IRSC main
a smooth kick-off for the new school year,” Cleaning up Orange Blossom and mov- trict’s five-year capital improvement plan. campus.
said Schools spokeswoman Kerry Padrick. ing back in was “almost a non-starter,” said All projects the District has had on the books
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince, add- The site will be open Aug. 1-13 from 8 a.m.
John Gillette, Director of Building Ser- ing that the building is almost uninsurable to 4 p.m.
vices and Projects, said they have received at this point, having sustained three 100-
and approved the architectural renderings year floods. “It is an investment,” Dr. Prince
for the three-story, 107,000-square-foot said of opting to build new. “An investment
building. “We are moving forward,” he said. in the future.”
Drivers in the area will see the dirt being He called the new administration build-
moved on the site as crews install under- ing the “face of the District” – the first im-
ground utilities as part of the second phase pression many potential employees will get.
of the three-step project. The next phase will
The District scouted properties it already
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‘PLAY’ DAY AT FIRST DATA FIELD
From left, Port St. Lucie City Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan takes her turn pitching
among several hundred youth during the “Play Ball” event at First Data Field in St. Lucie
West last Thursday; Donavin Canterbury, 8, hurls a fastball; and Noah Miles, 7, runs
during a timed drill. PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
DEBT REDUCTION certain payoff times, Snyder explained. He for the property. The deal hasn’t been fin- the Securities and Exchange Commission
added that when people look at their mort- ished. The city’s outstanding VGTI debt is against New Zealand developer Lily Zhong,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 gages they see the principle as their debt, about $53.3 million. former owner of much of the City Cen-
not principle and perspective interest. ter properties. Late last year the SEC had
only or even largest reason for the city’s debt, The other economic-development reached a settlement with Zhong and it gave
but they do get a lot of discussion. The outstanding debt resulting from debt-makers were Tradition Studios, Digital the greenlight to the court-appointed re-
failed economic-development projects, Domain, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecu- ceiver to sell the land. The city’s debt for City
“By the end of this year, we will have cut such as the Vaccine & Gene Institute of lar Studies, and the City Center. Center is about $20.7 million.
25 percent off the city’s debt,” Mayor Greg Florida, stands at about $120 million.
Oravec said at the retreat. The city guaranteed about $64 million in In the case of Digital Domain, the city was Snyder told the council economic-devel-
bonds for the nonprofit medical research- also a creditor to a business that flopped in- opment debts will be paid off by 2043.
Jeff Snyder, the city’s director of the office er to construct and furnish the building – stead of creating high-paying jobs. The city,
of management and budget, gave the coun- located at 9801 SW Discovery Way, Tradi- which again was a large creditor, got and sold The largest slice of the city’s debt pie is
cil an update about the debt at the first day tion – in 2010. VGTI declared bankruptcy Tradition Studios. Christ Fellowship Church related to utility and storm-water projects
of the three-day retreat, last Wednesday, July in 2015, leaving the city – as VGTI’s largest gave the city $13 million for that property in done to accommodate rapid growth. From
25. He told the council that the principle on creditor – with an expensive, highly-spe- 2015. The city’s outstanding debt for Digital 1980 to 2010 the city grew from about 14,700
the city’s total debts will be down to $785 cialized building to sell. Domain is about $19.8 million. residents to about 164,000. Utility payments
million by the end of the year. are the largest revenue for repaying the
On June 27, the City Council had a special In the case of City Center, the city didn’t needed projects. That debt is about $384
However, the mayor and others bitterly meeting at which it gave a unanimous nod prop up a perspective employer. It paid for million. It, too, should be paid off by 2043.
complained that some media reporting still to moving forward with a proposed sale to infrastructure to encourage development
portrays the debt at $1 billion. That counts RER Ventures, which offered $14.5 million that hasn’t yet happened. That development “The city has made huge strides,” Oravec
principle and perspective interest assuming stagnation is due in part to legal actions by remarked at the meeting.
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“Your Full-Service CROSSTOWN PROGRESS there have been no surprises, which is
Salon” great news. The 90-foot pilings have to go
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 60 feet into the ground.
Specials he told the meeting. The construction “The piling driving has been extremely
contract calls for completion by the fall of consistent,” Denti told the council. “We
Balayage Color $75 2019. have a real good feel these pilings are go-
ing to do their jobs.”
Keratin Special $99 The bridge is the centerpiece of the
about two-mile Crosstown Parkway ex- Additionally, crews have gotten to an-
Retouch & Accent Foils $80 tension that started with utilities mov- other critical phase: pouring decks. Next
ing in early 2017. There was a ceremonial to the pilings, that’s one of the most criti-
Extension $65 groundbreaking a couple months later. cal parts of bridge-building. It’s also a part
(Call for details) When done, the extension will add a third of bridge-building that’s extremely sensi-
PSL route over the St. Lucie River’s North tive to climate and traffic. Builders have
Perm $50 Fork. It will be the only direct route from PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT to know that the about 50 truckloads of
Olaplex Treatment $25 Tradition to Federal Highway. concrete needed for each deck will arrive
Facial Wax 3 areas $25 enjoy teaching people about bridge build- on a precision schedule, and the concrete
The 4,100-foot bridge will be Denti’s ing – went into intricate detail about cur- won’t dry too fast. “If that rate is too great,
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398.8300 in Stuart in the early 1990s. Denti’s last “This is construction,” Denti started. ting done at night. One reason is to keep
large bridge project was the Veterans Me- “Exciting stuff.” concrete trucks from getting traffic delays.
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end of 2013. He said crews have completed driv- “Night allows the trucks to have a steady
ing 310 of 366 pilings. That’s arguably the flow of concrete,” Denti said.
The Crosstown extension goes along the loudest and most environmentally intru-
existing West Virginia Drive on the western sive part of bridge building. Denti said The other reason: “During the day, it’s
side of the St. Lucie River. On the eastern impossible to get an acceptable evapora-
side, the bridge will connect to a roadway tion rate,” Denti said.
that will meet Federal Highway at Village
Green Drive. If the concrete dries too fast, it can be
left vulnerable to cracking. Once cracking
The project has been proposed and starts, all is lost.
discussed for almost four decades. In the
early 2000s, voters approved a special tax “The kiss of death on a concrete bridge
to fund the project. The cost will be about is cracking,” Denti said.
When done, Denti said the Crosstown
At the meeting, Denti – who seems to extension bridge will be a reliable fixture of
Port St. Lucie’s life for several generations.
“I call these bridges we’re building today
100-year bridges,’ Denti said.
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HALF-CENT SALES TAX The City of Port St. Lucie has ponied up CHEERLEADERS The new squad will be co-ed, based on
$40,000 from its general fund budget to the interest of both girls and boys who
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 help cover the costs associated with edu- CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 want to cheer. To start, the squad will be
cational materials – a city website, www. limited to 10 cheerleaders.
Pierce would get $21 million and St. Lucie pslhalfcent.com, brochures and hand- During that competition, a special needs
Village would get $300,000. outs, to name a few. cheer squad from Palm Beach County “We want to make sure it’s a well-run
performed. program,” Grone said of the initial cap on
If it doesn’t get the voters’ approval, In all, $100,000 countywide has been participation. A wait-list will be formed in
however, long-sought improvement proj- budgeted for the educational campaign, “There’s nothing like that here,” Grone the event more than 10 kids wish to join.
ects will remain just that – long-sought. with Fort Pierce and the county splitting said, recalling her thoughts during the
the remaining $60,000 cost. exhibition. Grone reached out to Special The crew, named the Little Storms, will
“It is a very fine line,” said Interim City Olympics to find out how the Port St. Luc- don purple and white cheer uniforms.
Attorney Jim Stokes, referencing the City Currently, the sales tax rate in St. Luc- ie Athletic Association could establish its The goal, in part, is to “make them feel
Council’s role to educate the public, but ie County is 6.5 percent. If the referen- own team. “We had to find just the right like normal kids,” Perez said.
not to advocate for or against ballot mea- dum were to pass, the rate would go to 7 person,” Grone said, someone who “figu-
sures. percent – matching that of neighboring ratively fell out of the sky.” Special Olympics is covering the costs
counties. for registration and other costs associat-
His office has been involved in creating That right person is Kila Perez, who is ed with the squad. “Special Olympics is
published materials and other informa- The sales tax would be assessed on already a cheer coach and mother of a amazing,” Grone said.
tional items, ensuring the city stays on purchases up to $5,000. special needs child. “I’m really really ex-
the right side of that line. cited about this,” she said. “I feel kind of As more volunteers step forward to
A government-appointed citizen board privileged.” support the Little Storms and additional
Mayor Gregory Oravec said during a would be tasked with overseeing the half- coaches are identified, PSLAA plans to
meeting last month that elected officials cent revenues, ensuring that the proceeds She explained she had been at a con- split the crew into age groups.
are allowed their private speech and can would be used for identified projects. ference for special needs families in
advocate individually, but not on behalf Orlando and heard a story from a wom- For Perez, she only wishes she had
of the city or with the city’s money. Such projects include building side- an with special needs who had been known about special needs cheerleading
walks along neighborhood streets, re- shunned and left out of activities. sooner. “I would’ve jumped on this a long
“The plan is critical,” he said of making building roads and improving traffic flow time ago!” she said.
sure the word gets out. “And we’re run- on other roadways. “When I went home, she stuck in my
ning out of time.” head,” Perez said, adding that she knows As with all Special Olympics sports
To that end, St. Lucie West could ben- coaching a special needs cheer squad is training, registration is free to partici-
City officials plan to meet with vari- efit greatly from the sales tax increase. exactly what she wants to do. pants. If interested, register at https://spe-
ous homeowners associations and other Plans call for widening California Bou- cialolympicsflorida.org/st-lucie/sports.
organizations to discuss the ballot refer- levard between St. Lucie West Boulevard Though she’s coached cheerleading Registration is limited to 10 athletes at this
endum and address their questions. But and Del Rio Boulevard. squads before, this is her first time han- time, but a waiting list will be created.
scheduling those meetings has proven dling a group of cheerleaders with special
challenging as many HOAs are home to Southbound right turn and thru lanes needs. “Anything’s a challenge,” Perez PSLAA is a recreational youth football
seasonal residents. could be added to the intersection at said. And she’s up for it. and cheerleading program dedicated to
Bayshore Boulevard. And other improve- training athletes from ages 4-16, with a
“If we were playing golf, we’d say, ‘we’re ments could be made to the intersections history of 34 years in the community.
running out of holes to get that score at Peacock Boulevard, at California, and
(down),’” said Councilman John Carvelli. at Cashmere.
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IN LOVING MEMORY
RICHARD ARANGO JR., 58 ing people laugh. He attended Fort Pierce
Port St. Lucie Central and the ARC of St. Lucie County.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Richard Arango Jr., 58, of Port St. Lucie
passed away on July 24 at Treasure Coast He is survived by his mom, Joanne; his
Hospice. Born in Weirton, W.Va., Richard dad, Gary; his father, George; his brother
moved to the Port St. Lucie area over 30 George (wife, Aprile) Brand; his grand-
years ago. mother; and many loving aunts, uncles
Richard retired eight years ago from
the Martin County Sheriff’s Department CARMELA DUCA, 87
where he served on the Marine Unit, a Port St. Lucie
job he truly loved. Known affectionately
as “Wildman,” Richard loved to hunt and Carmela Duca (nee Cecere), 87, of Port
travel. St. Lucie passed away peacefully on Friday,
July 27 at the Hospice House in Fort Pierce.
He played a mean guitar and loved be-
ing in the West Virginian mountains. Carmela was predeceased by her hus-
band, Vincent Duca.
Richard is survived by his wife of 32
years, Lauren Arango; his daughters, Survivors include her daughter, Antoi-
Stephanie Lovechio (Anthony) of Port St. nette Duca Watson (husband, Edward);
Lucie and Vanessa Arango of Port St. Lucie; her adoring grandchildren, Jason, Amy,
brother, Troy Arango (Kathy) of West Vir- David, Amanda, Linda and Frank; cher-
ginia; sister, Lisa Arango of West Virginia; ished great-grandchildren, Cain, Chloe,
and nephews, Justin Arango and Mathew David, Denise, Kimberly and Vincent;
Gonzalez, both of West Virginia. along with several nieces and nephews.
JOSEPH D. BRAND, 30 ROBERT HANNON, 94
Port St. Lucie Port St. Lucie
Joseph Daniel Brand, 30, of Port St. Luc- Robert “Bob” Hannon, 94, of Port St.
ie passed away peacefully surrounded by Lucie passed away on July 22 in Fort Pierce.
his family on Sunday, July 15. Bob was born on June 4, 1924, in Brooklyn,
N.Y. to John and Gertrude Hannon.
Joey loved music, the water and mak-
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BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer washing my hands, I heard a nurse in the next Discretion being the better part of valor, people,” says Ferraro, “and I had to jump in
his car and stop him from backing over them
Hospital security guards are often de- room say, ‘Oh my God’ and then kind of just a Ferraro immediately set off to get one of the and leaving.
scribed in online ads as “someone who does
not provide treatment to patients, but is a coughing – almost like a gargling sound. hospital’s paramedics to come check out the “It was a man who was leaving under the
very visible hospital employee, often greet- influence AMA (against medical advice),”
ing patients when they enter the facility. “I thought maybe she was talking on the now not-choking ER nurse. Ferraro explains. “We were trying to find him
Their main duty is to protect people, prop- a ride and I guess he was reluctant to wait.
erty and information as well as the hospital’s phone at first, or something. Maybe arguing Almost blushing, Ferraro adds, “I was But he was really stumbling on his way out so
reputation.” I followed him. He fell on the way to his truck
or joking with somebody and laughing. But afraid that maybe I hurt her, or if what I did and then he got back to his feet.
Sebastian River Medical Center security
guard Matt Ferraro more than lives up to that when I walked out, she was all red in the face didn’t work, so but apparently it did.” “So I’m just following him to make sure
description, especially the part about pro- he doesn’t get in his truck, but he does, and
tecting people. and pushing things all over the place. There Ferraro was able to help the nurse be- then starts it. And then I hear one of the nurse
supervisors say, ‘Get his keys.’ [But] he backs
In the span of less than a month, Ferraro was coffee all over the floor and on her shirt. cause he had taken a Basic Lifesaving out really fast.”
hopped onto a moving truck to prevent a
medically impaired driver from running over She had tried to flush whatever it was that Course before being hired by the hospital. At the same time, two people were walk-
two nurses in the parking lot and, a few weeks ing across the lot, in the path of the impaired
later, leapt into action in a hospital break was lodged in her throat, but because it According to the American Heart Associ- man’s vehicle.
room to prevent an emergency room nurse
from choking to death, using training he paid blocked it, all the coffee just came out of ation, the BLS course “trains people to “I jumped on the step of his truck and cut
for out of his own pocket. the wheel and hit the brakes and took his
her mouth. promptly recognize life-threatening keys,” Ferraro says.
“Patient and staff safety are our No. 1 pri-
ority at Sebastian River Medical Center,” says “She was really, really red and emergencies and give high-quality That was another good decision, accord-
hospital president Kelly Enriquez. “On two ing to Jason Redding, the hospital’s director
separate occasions, Matt’s expert skills and panicking, so for a second I thought chest compressions,” like cardiopul- of emergency services. “Matt took immedi-
quick responsiveness saved lives. We are ap- ate and decisive actions to prevent an in-
preciative to have him on our team.” maybe I should get a paramedic monary resuscitation (CPR) and the toxicated person from running over an el-
derly pedestrian and a staff member,” says
Like most emergencies, the choking inci- from the emergency room but then Heimlich maneuver. Redding. “Matt was able to detain the driver
dent came when it was least expected. until police arrival. The pedestrian credited
I remembered that I was BLS (basic Ferraro, it seems, was a good stu- Matt’s actions with saving her from being
“I went into the break room to use the hit by the vehicle.”
bathroom,” Ferraro recalls. “While I was life support) certified so I figured dent. “I actually paid for that [course]
I would just do it and get a before I came here,” Ferraro ex-
paramedic after.” plains. “The job actually didn’t
It was a good decision. require that but I got it on my
“I made sure I got own accord. It was a $35 in-
one proper thrust and I vestment that paid off.”
managed to dislodge it. A few weeks earlier, this
It didn’t come out but it young native New York-
did dislodge and she was er had to take on what
able to swallow whatev- may have been an even
er it was she was choking scarier task in the hos-
on. And she looked up and Matt Ferraro. pital parking lot. “A man
said, ‘I’m OK.’” almost backed over two
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Square footage: 2,671 sq. ft.
The house boasts three bedrooms and a den. The master Total square footage: 3,765 CONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
A solid week on the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate front saw 15 single-family residenc-
es and lots change hands from July 23-27 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the home at 10840 Kimberfyld Lane. First listed last November for
$669,000, this 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, 5,460-square-foot house sold for $590,000.
The seller of the property was represented by Kay A. Rodriguez of Lang Realty. The purchaser
was represented by Lauren Trubey of One Sotheby’s International Realty.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $590,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10840 KIMBERFYLD LANE 11/28/2017 $669,000 7/25/2018 $280,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8105 ALISTER PLACE 3/15/2018 $489,000 7/25/2018 $245,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11820 SW CRESTWOOD CIRCLE 3/29/2018 $300,000 7/27/2018 $232,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 276 NW TOSCANE TRAIL 3/12/2018 $289,000 7/26/2018 $230,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9812 SW GLENBROOK DRIVE 5/27/2018 $234,999 7/23/2018 $220,250
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6230 NW TOPAZ WAY 4/26/2018 $239,888 7/25/2018 $218,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6908 NW KOWAL COURT 3/28/2018 $249,000 7/26/2018 $213,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 517 NW LAMBRUSCO DRIVE 4/27/2018 $229,000 7/27/2018 $210,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5792 NW ESAU AVENUE 5/31/2018 $219,500 7/24/2018 $185,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10931 SW DARDANELLE DRIVE 4/22/2018 $214,900 7/23/2018 $179,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8170 MULLIGAN CIRCLE 5/11/2018 $209,900 7/25/2018 $176,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1234 NW SUN TERRACE CIRCLE C 5/4/2018 $184,600 7/27/2018
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1613 SW HARBOUR ISLES CIRCLE 42 3/9/2018 $199,888 7/27/2018
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8105 Alister Place, Port Saint Lucie 11820 SW Crestwood Circle, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 3/15/2018 Listing Date: 3/29/2018
Original Price: $489,000 Original Price: $300,000
Sold: 7/25/2018 Sold: 7/27/2018
Selling Price: $455,000 Selling Price: $280,000
Listing Agent: Kay Rodriguez Listing Agent: Cesar Trujillo
Selling Agent: Lang Realty Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty
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276 NW Toscane Trail, Port Saint Lucie 9812 SW Glenbrook Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 3/12/2018 Listing Date: 5/27/2018
Original Price: $289,000 Original Price: $234,999
Sold: 7/26/2018 Sold: 7/23/2018
Selling Price: $245,000 Selling Price: $232,000
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 furnishings, details and view,” Napolitano said.
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1 Historic Downtown Stu-
art’s beautiful waterfront
is the perfect venue for Rock’n
Riverwalk, a very popular, free,
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of vendors. This Sunday, Aug. 5,
music will be by the high-ener-
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Soul Band, who perform all over
the Treasure Coast and South
Florida. Their diverse reper-
toire includes funk, blues, jazz,
oldies, soul, Top 40 and pop. To
prevent parking stress, the event
sponsor Downtown Business
Association of Stuart suggests
you consider riding the free
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Sailfish or Kiwanis Park. Time:
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2 This Friday, Aug. 3, Terra
Fermata is bringing to its
outdoor music venue a musi-
cian it calls “one of South Flor-
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SUNRISE BENEFITS FROM ENGINEER’S ‘SOUND’ JUDGMENT
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer the artist. I typically (knock on wood) don’t get a Johnny Mathis poses with Sunrise Theatre sound engineer Eric Hatcher. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC HATCHER
[email protected] lot of complaints.”
Talk about a challenge. Hatcher has an additional gig that came about
The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce has a differ- through his work at the Sunrise. A famous artist
ent act every night, which means sound engineer came through and was impressed by Hatcher’s
Eric Hatcher has to be prepared for everything work.
from rock musicians to comedians to ballet.
Hatcher described his job as being two-fold. “I work for Johnny Mathis when he’s on tour,”
“I maintain all of the audio being heard and also he said proudly. “I go with him. He’s a gentlemen.”
what the artist is hearing,” he said. “The artist has
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It’s just like there’s a PA for the audience. I do both.” the sound for musicals, comedy and rock.
Hatcher described himself as a “musician by
heart.” “You have to mix for the room and the audi-
“I started out in church,” he said. “I used to DJ ence,” he said. “The most challenging musician
on weekends and a mentor got me into the pro- is the one that knows about sound. I’ve had a
fessional side of sound reinforcement. What I do is few that have been difficult. They’ve hooked up a
reinforcing the sound.” home theater and think they know sound.”
Each artist has a different way of working and
Hatcher has to be prepared for anything. Some Hatcher said that technology has changed
performers bring their own equipment and some- sound engineering.
times the theater has to rent it for them and then
set it up to the artist’s specifications. “Technology has come so far in the type and sys-
Before any performance, there is a sound check tem and speakers,” he said. “The new technology
with the performer and the sound engineer work- is trying to make more speakers in different sizes
ing together to get the best sound for the artist and to tailor to the size of the room. If I go into a room
the audience. of a certain size, it should work in every room that
“We check everything to make sure it’s working size. We use equations and algorithms to see what
properly for both,” Hatcher said. “The sound en- I need to make this work.”
gineer gets more complaints than lighting. If you
can see the artist, it’s cool, but they come to hear Using more speakers is not the answer, Hatcher
“Sometimes less is more. Certain companies
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tems that can work in different spaces. I want to
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Shining a light on electrician who helps make the magic at Riverside
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Riverside Theatre’s master At the Riverside, each show has a light- Elliott works on adult and children’s
[email protected] electrician Sarah Elliott served ing designer, someone well-known in the shows and said that children’s shows can
as the lighting designer for field, who is brought in for the project. sometimes be more difficult because kids
When Sarah Elliott, master electrician at this past season’s “The Mystery “Prior to coming in, they send you a light- have shorter attention spans and they have
Vero Beach’s Riverside Theatre, was asked of Edwin Drood.” ing plot,” Elliott said. “It’s based on the di- to work faster.
about giving an interview going “behind- rector’s vision and what the set designer
the-scenes,” she said, “I put others in the PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE has for a ground plan for how it feels in “I love children’s theater and teach-
spotlight.” the Riverside. I figure out how to hang the ing kids,” she said. “It’s one of my favor-
they want the lights and the electrician lights: what is safe, how to plug them in, get ite things and I’m passionate about it.
Elliott works with the lighting designer for implements it,” she said. “The electri- it well-organized and give it to my team (of The Riverside has a professional program
each show to create the mood that tells the cian hangs the lights, works the program four others). The designer comes in. Each where the kids are treated with kindness
story. She has also been the lighting design- boards and makes sure the designer’s vi- light has a specific space and we spend the and compassion, but treated professional-
er for several shows, including “The Mystery sion (is what is on stage). Technology has day putting each light in place.” ly because they are being trained as artists
of Edwin Drood” and “Buyer and Cellar,” as made some aspects easier, but the tech- and having fun while they do it.”
well as Riverside’s children’s shows. nology changes every day. It moves so fast
that you always have to learn something Elliott said that the breadth of program-
Elliott studied theater at the University and you’re always bettering yourself. It’s ming at the Riverside keeps her job inter-
of Tennessee in Knoxville and decided she been amazing in the last 10 years. The esting.
wanted to work behind the scenes. computerized boards get bigger and bet-
ter every year. We’re also changing from “I like that we have so much going on,”
“It was a lot more fun to create magic incandescent to LED.” she said. “We have something for everyone.
from that side,” she said. “I went into light- There is so much different stuff to do. I love
ing first. I liked the way you could affect how wonderful the theater community and
the mood and the audience without their the Vero Beach community are. That’s not
knowing they’re being affected (because) found in a lot of places. It’s a wonderful
it feels so natural. You can sculpt the body place to be.”
While during the season Elliott and her
After college, Elliott served an internship team are working on one show and plan-
at Phillips Exeter Academy and followed ning another, in the summer she is the only
that with an internship at a theater in Bal- one in electrics. That suits her fine. Years
timore, learning from their designer. She ago, she thought she would prefer to be a
served as an electrician at the theater. She lighting designer, but that’s changed
came to the Riverside in 2015.
“I really enjoy being the master electrician
Elliott explained that the lighting designer and figuring out the puzzle, putting the piec-
and electrician have complementary roles. es together,” she said. “I love the art of it.”
“The lighting designer decides where
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COMING UP Celebrating a ‘Christmas miracle’ for PSL
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rock guitarists.” The Johan Danno Trio BY KERRY FIRTH | Correspondent Bookended by City Council members and an off-duty Santa Claus, Mayor Gregory Oravec presented a certificate of
(aka JDT) will be laying down originals
and covers – current, ’90s and classics. Kyle G’s Prime Seafood and Steaks was appreciation to JW Salveson and Jerome Sangalli during a special ‘Christmas in July’ event celebrating the Port St. Lucie
The trio’s website describes its style as magically transformed into a holiday won-
“a cocktail of sounds and good vibes ‘on derland for “Christmas in July,” celebrating Christmas House’s inclusion in an ABC Christmas special. PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
the rocks,’ with folk rock, a dash of reg- the Port St. Lucie Christmas House’s inclu-
gae and soul funk.” Time: 7 p.m. Doors sion in ABC’s 2018 “Great Christmas Light terschool, summer and outreach program- three-day cruise to the Bahamas, courtesy
open: 6 p.m. Ages: 21 and up. Next: Sat- Fight.” ming. The Great Christmas Light Fight will of Cruises, Tours and More.
urday night always rocks at Terra Ferma- bring invaluable awareness to our cause.”
ta: this Saturday, Aug. 4, it’s courtesy of Guests who queued up to enter the elab- Be sure to watch the Dec. 3. episode of
the Midnite Johnny Band. The promo orately decorated restaurant were treated Christmas cheer spread throughout the “Great Christmas Light Fight” at 9 p.m.
calls Midnite Johnny “one of South Flor- to Christmas carols performed by the be- the evening with guests bidding on opu- on ABC to see your friends and neighbors
ida’s most powerful blues and rock gui- dazzled singing and dance team from the lent silent-auction baskets and gifts, while supporting the Port St. Lucie Christmas
tarists,” with a style reminiscent of Eric Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County. sampling delectable hors d’oeuvres and li- House. Port St. Lucie will shine as it shows
Clapton, Carlos Santana, Freddie King Community leaders, hundreds of guests, bations. Christmas even came a little early the world a little bit of Florida-style Christ-
and Buddy Guy, and his band has a fan and hosts JW Salveson and Jerome Sangal- for Jami Rosen, who won the drawing for a mas magic!
following through the U.S. and Europe. li turned on the holiday spirit as ABC film
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 pm. Cover $5. It is said crews filmed the event as part of the show 2018
that no two nights are alike at Terra Fer- to be broadcast nationally on Dec. 3.
mata. Might as well check it out for your- Kane Carnival
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ies coming. “The Greatest Show- to be featured in Florida” exclaimed San- Singer Safia Valines | Magic by Julian
man,” a terrific, relatively new musical galli, who owns the home with his partner Have Your Fortune Read by the Psychic Yenta
film about the iconic showman P.T. Bar- Salveson. “We’ve been doing this for 11
num, starring the charming actor/song- years to help local children and animals. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
and-dance man Hugh Jackman, will be We usually start decorating in September 11 AM to 3 PM
screened at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort and have it finished by Thanksgiving. It’s
Pierce this coming Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 just the two of us doing it, but it brings $10 Kane Members | $12 Kane Club & Non-Members
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and the musical numbers are absolutely
joyful. Popcorn (a movie necessity in my The Port St. Lucie Christmas House, lo- Purchase tickets at kanecenter.org or call 772.223.7800.
opinion) and other concessions will be cated at 716 SE Waters Terrace, will be open
available. 772-461-4775. for public viewing Dec. 4-18 from 6 p.m. to Sponsored by:
9 p.m. Seventy-three trees will be metic-
4 If war films are your cuppa joe, ulously-decorated and more than 75,000 900 SE Salerno Road
check out “Black Hawk Down,” twinkling lights will be strung. Admission Stuart, FL 34997
one of the pair of free summer flicks is granted by bringing an unwrapped toy
showing at the Lyric this Saturday at 3 worth $10 or more, or by purchasing a raf-
p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. This action/ fle ticket for a seven-night cruise on a Nor-
drama is based on a best-seller, the true wegian ship for $10 per ticket or six for $50.
story of a near-disastrous mission in So- All the toys will be donated to the Boys and
malia on Oct. 3, 1993, when the U.S. sent Girls Club of St. Lucie County and the pro-
in special forces to destabilize the gov- ceeds from the cruise raffle will go to Dogs
ernment and bring food and humani- and Cats Forever, a no-kill animal rescue.
tarian aid to the starving population.
As soldiers were being lowered to the “Christmas is a state of mind,” said
ground from the Black Hawk choppers, Salveson. “We believe every child de-
Somalian forces attacked unexpectedly serves a present Christmas morning and
and brought two of them down. Rid- last year we collected nearly 15,000 toys
ley Scott directed “Black Hawk Down,” for children in our community. During the
which scored two Academy Awards. The filming for this year’s broadcast we invit-
second film is a war movie of different ed the Treasure Coast High School band
ilk and era – “Good Morning, Vietnam,” to march down our residential street. I’m
screening at 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 proud to say I am leading the band even
p.m. Sunday. It’s a 1987 comedy-dra- though they said I may never walk again
ma set in Saigon in 1965 and starring, after a devastating car accident and a
I’m sure you remember, the inimitable spinal cord injury a year and half ago. To
Robin Williams. It’s loosely based on the share this moment with a million people
experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian around the globe watching the show is
Cronauer, who, says the movie promo, truly a Christmas miracle!”
“proves hugely popular with the troops,
but infuriates his superiors with what Will Armstead, CEO of the Boys and
they call his irreverent tendency.” Tick- Girls Club of St. Lucie County, was on hand
ets are free, limited to four per person to support the dynamic Christmas House
and only available at the Box Office. duo. “We are honored to be the beneficia-
772-286-7827. ries of this year’s Christmas House, espe-
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cast nationally. The exposure will help put
Port St. Lucie on the map. We have 19 dif-
ferent clubs and serve about 7,000 young
boys and girls in St. Lucie County with af-
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AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, STEVIE IS A WONDERFUL NEW PET
Stevie Nicks came to visit and decided to superstition is very much in the Pirate lore said that if a black there is one) in the U.K. has designated Oct.
belief system of the beholder. cat walked toward someone, it 27 Black Cat Day. It’s something the Brits
stay. No, I’m not delusional and haven’t had was bad luck, especially if it were would do and it is to celebrate black cats and
Scots supposedly believe that a pirate, I guess. If it walked away, encourage their adoption.
a call from the Fleetwood Mac rocker. Stevie the arrival of a strange black cat that was good luck. In the U.K.,
signals prosperity. If that is so, where they also drive on the Now back to Stevie. It was only a few days
Nicks, known as Stevie, please leave checks under the mat wrong side of the road, it’s the when he was out of the closet (quite literally)
outside. Black cats are considered Stevie. opposite. If the cat walked toward and into the office, where I had isolated him
SHELLEY is the newest addition to good luck in Britain and Japan. In you, it was good luck and if it walked away, until he got used to things. Initially I did not
KOPPEL the Koppel household. some cultures, it is believed that a woman it was bad luck. If a black cat walked onto introduce him to Boo, who needed to know
MY TAKE He is a 7-month-old who owns a black cat will have many suitors. a ship and then walked off, the ship would he was still King of the Hill, but a few days
black cat – and therein The line forms to the right, guys. Clearly, I sink, which only shows that black cats aren’t later Boo and Stevie were best friends and, so
have decided that if I am going to be super- fools. If you’re confused already, consider the far, everything’s great.
lies the tail. (Yes, dear stitious, it might as well be good for me. tradition in Germany. Some people believe
that black cats crossing the path from right When I stopped by the vet to play with
editor, that was intentional.) In much of Europe, black cats were con- to left are bad luck but from left to right are another black cat that was living there, I
sidered bad luck because they were thought good. How can you remember that, and if learned he’d been adopted by a woman
I adopted Stevie from the vet where my to be the familiars of witches or actually you’re walking, which way is left and right? who’d lost a family member. People think we
shape-shifting witches. Of course, to believe Whose left and right? give so much to the animals we adopt. They
dear cat Boo is being treated for cancer. that, you have to believe in witches, too. It The Cats Protection Organization (yes, give so much more to us in love. Now there
begins to get very complicated, but there’s are two black cats with forever homes, and
Stevie was very shy and didn’t “show” well more. that’s the best luck of all.
because he was always hiding. In addition,
he was black, and apparently lots of people
won’t adopt black cats. Shelters do report a
lower rate of adoption for black cats.
Being of an enquiring bent, I decided
to find out more about the superstitions
surrounding black cats. I discovered that
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Bonz bedazzled by Branco, the Portie Water Dog
Hi Dog Buddies! before me, both AKC champs. Buh-lieeve “No woof! They’d Branco. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
me, I had big paws to fill. BIG! Bacchus, my swim in circles around
This week I yapped with Branco Cham- half brother, won so many trophies an rib- the fish an ackshully she also teaches people. She’s what’s called
bers, a han-some, athletic Portuguese Wa- bons an medals you can’t even count ’em. herd ’em toward the a Special Ed teacher, an her students have
ter Dog who comes from a line of champi- boats. So that’s kinda Difficult Circumstances. So she thought
ons and followed in their pawsteps. But he “After he went to Dog Heaven, an Mom what we do in our wa- I might be able to help ’em by lettin’ ’em
isn’t a Snobnose at all. finally felt up to it, she wanted a puppy ter competitions, ex- read stories to me. Some other dogs do
from the same pooch dad. Well, there’s this cept the herdin’ part: it, Mom told me, and since I am well-be-
Branco an his liddle step-brother Jaeg- innersting thing humans figured out how we don’t use ackshull haved and frenly, an I love liddle humans,
ger came up for Wag-an-Sniffs. Then we all to do: they saved special puppy-making fishing boats, tho. The I agreed. Well, Bonz, it was wunnerful!
settled in. stuff from our Dad an used it to make more trainer (Mom) rows us The kids sat in a circle around me, an
puppies. So that’s how I came along. That out in the water on a you wouldn’t buh-LEAVE how many pats
“It’s great to meet you Bonz. May I call was 12 years ago.” liddle boaty/rafty thing an tummy rubs I got. They were laughing
you Bonz? I feel like I know you cuz we al- and another boaty/ and all happy. They took turns readin’ to
ways read your column.” “Woof! I never heard of that! That’s Ma- rafty thing goes out me and showing me the picksures, even.
jorly Cool Dog Biscuits!” I exclaimed. with just humans. Mom Sometimes they’d hold my paw. I coulda
“Well, thanks, Branco. Sure, Bonz is throws a pouch into the spent the whole day with ’em. They even
fine.” “I KNOW! Right? Anyway, I guess I got all water and, when I get wrote letters to me later. There was this
the Portie skills my Dad an Bacchus had, the signal, I take a fly- one liddle girl who had never, ever, ever
He introduced his Mom, Lori, an Jaeg- cuz, with Mom’s training, I’ve done pretty ing leap off the boaty/ read in the circle. Not even one word. But
ger, a mix who was totally rockin’ a man well.” rafty thing and swim to one day, when it was her turn and Mom
bun.”Me an Jaegger are best frens,” Branco it, grab it, an swim to gently passed the book to her, she put her
said. “I always protect my liddle bro. He’s “You’re not Woofin’ about that! So tell the other boaty/rafty hand on my fluffy paw. And began to read.
just three anna half. He’d be lost without me about the competitions.” thing and one of the Honestly, Bonz, just thinkin’ I had helped
me. An, dog, can he swim. He thinks he’s a humans takes it. Then I a liddle human have con-fuh-dunce is
Portie, too.” “As you probly know, Porties are in the swim back to Mom. We better than the best blue ribbon I ever got,
Workin’ Group. We always HAFTA have a hafta show we’re eager, you know?”
I opened my notebook. “I can’t wait to job. Our ancestors worked for Portuguese intense, pawsome swim-
hear about your competition background fishermen, guarding the boats an nets in mers and retrievers. I always pretend I’m “I think I do, Branco.” I wiped my eyes
an your histry.” port, retrievin’ stuff that fell overboard, on a Portuguese fishing boat dog, way out with my paw. “I think I do.”
and carryin’ messages from boat to boat. in the ocean, swimmin’ fearlessly through
“Stop me if I yap too fast. Mom’s been They’d leap off the boats and swim, swim, the wind an waves, carryin’ a real import- Till next time,
training Porties for a long time. She taught swim. They hadda be strong an fearless. ant message that HAS to be delivered or
me evrything I know. She had two Porties Plus, they also herded fish.” it’ll be curtains for the free world.” The Bonz
“Shut the doghouse door! Are you woof- “Woof, Branco, you sure do get into it.” DON’T BE SHY!
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BY TINA RONDEAU | Columnist Bacon Gorgonzola Encrusted Ribeye. HOURS: Wed.-Mon. tile fish ($27), and my husband ordered
(closed Tue.) 11 a.m. to the evening’s fresh catch, swordfish ($25).
After almost a decade, most every sea- Sushi Grade Wahoo. 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.)
food lover within a 30-mile radius of the My husband’s thick piece of swordfish
12A Buoy knows that the little shack on the PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD BEVERAGES: Beer and Wine was grilled perfectly, and was served with
edge of Fisherman’s Wharf in Fort Pierce is ADDRESS: 21 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort a large baked potato and asparagus. His
the place to go. al. But we arrived late (8:15 – they close at Pierce view is that when it comes to preparing
9) so we got a table pretty quickly. PHONE: 772-672-4524. fresh seafood, simple is better.
Never mind that the wait for a table –
the 12A doesn’t take reservations – is fre- For starters on this visit, I decided to Forgoing the steamed clams was a tough But the 12A always has a couple of in-
quently as long or longer than the drive for pass up one of my favorite appetizers, the choice because they are always wonderful novative preparations on the menu, and
those who don’t live in Fort Pierce. steamed clams, and instead try the 12A’s – steamed in a garlic herbed butter and sometimes these are great as well. My
cold gazpacho ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl). sherry sauce, and served with a chunk of golden tile was served over a wild mush-
You put your name in when you arrive, grilled bread perfect for mopping. But the room risotto, and was topped with a crab
12A’s rendition of gazpacho – a cold soup imperial sauce and wilted spinach. A won-
DINING grab a glass of wine or made of raw, blended vegetables – turned derful dish.
a craft beer at the bar out to be an excellent riff on this classic of
Spanish cuisine. You can always count on finding fresh
REVIEW – the 12A doesn’t serve ocean fish on the menu here. If not sword-
SPECIAL cocktails – and join the My husband stuck with one of his favor- fish, it might be wahoo or snapper. If not
ites – the creamy, clam-filled New England golden tile, it could well be cobia or grou-
throng hanging around clam chowder ($5 for a cup, $8 for a bowl) per. And the 12A’s plump, juicy scallops are
outside the front door waiting for the text – which he insists is the best around. also one of my favorites. Pan-seared medi-
on your cellphone that a table is ready. um rare, they just melt in your mouth.
Then for entrées, I went for one of the
Best that you go, though, on a night evening’s specials, the blackened golden For dessert, there are three homemade
when they are not expecting rain. The in- choices: a key lime pie, a peanut butter pie,
side of the 12A – which has kind of a dive and a fudge brownie a la mode. We con-
bar vibe; no white tablecloths here – is cluded this most recent visit with a slice of
relatively cramped and noisy. And the aw- the mile-high key lime ($5).
nings that cover the outside deck, a spa-
cious area where you can enjoy your meal If you really like fresh seafood, this is
al fresco, are more effective at shielding the place. The 12A Buoy is the best in our
diners from the sun than from showers. area.
When we arrived at the 12A a couple of The reviewer dines anonymously at
weeks ago, we found the deck had been restaurants at the expense of this newspa-
closed for the evening in anticipation of a per.
downpour, so the wait for an inside table
that night had been a bit longer than usu-
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5 Gloss (5) 2 Makes a catty noise (6)
8 Contribution (5) 3 Rabble (4-4)
9 Husks (5) 4 Shocks (6)
10 Home sharers (9) 5 Flower’s stick (4)
11 Do needlework (3) 6 Thrilled (6)
12 Glitzy (event) (4-7) 7 Tidings (4)
15 Text checker (5-6) 13 Ebbing current (8)
19 Wriggly fish (3) 14 Chumps (8)
20 Wedding recorder (9) 16 Parts of the body (6)
22 Private educator (5) 17 Brussels lawmaker (4,2)
23 Soup from Louisiana (5) 18 Lease (6)
24 Sticky stuff (5) 20 Frolic (4)
25 Flows upward; small city (5) 21 Oracle; herb (4)
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ACROSS 67 Mystery writers’ organs from 62 Not right now The Washington Post
1 Hard to award 123 Secretaries, at 64 “Easy ___!”
65 Put your clothes
pronounce 68 Consequently times
9 “Bones” on the 70 Withered woman DOWN on
71 Witness, in the 1 Movie promo 66 Fall off
Enterprise 2 Tear anew 69 Cut a little, again
14 Landing-in-fog Bible 3 Semiprecious 74 ___ patterns
72 Israel’s Shimon stone
aid 73 Bakery workers 4 Presidential (eye art)
19 Make lawful 75 Soda can nickname 76 Crawlers in a
20 Chicago hub 5 Introduction to a
21 Where features maniac? can, for example
77 Banking 6 Phony-baloney 78 “___ bleu!”
Ambrose Bierce 7 Astronomer’s 81 Air show
disappeared conveniences, projections
22 Creator of commonly 8 “Open 24 Hours” attractions
Rosemary 79 Too much, to 9 Soccer ___ 82 Long-distance
Woodhouse Toulouse 10 Mind game
23 Southwestern 80 Alert of a sort 11 Hermosillo home number
sights 81 Top ___ (star) 12 C source 83 Greenland settler
24 Like a short play 84 Game show 13 Response to 85 Slightly wet
25 Fruit stone prize “Will you take out 88 Secluded valley
26 Govt.-run oil 86 “May ___ the trash?” 89 Home of Lamb
agency excused?” 14 Oscar de la ___
of 21 Across 87 TV cop on 15 Budget cutter? and Woolf
28 Baseball field, wheels 16 Mitsubishi model 91 The Simpsons
in the city 90 How Oz appears 17 He takes the
30 ___ culpa in the 1939 film, prize disco guy
31 It’s in the bog as opposed to 18 Certain muscles 94 Prize for the wall
33 Pigmented eye Kansas 21 Pastoral sound 96 Almost never
layers 91 British gun 27 Desertlike 98 “For sale by ___”
35 1989 auto debut 92 Liven (up) 29 Knowledge 100 Rib
36 Get used (to) 93 Beddy-bye time 32 Mr. Vigoda 102 Bonn’s river
38 Straw hats 95 Actor Peter of 34 State in NE India 103 Assertive one,
40 Stiller’s long-time A Shock to the 37 Bewitched
partner System co-star perhaps
42 “What am I 97 Prop for Rogers 39 32 Down, for one 106 Fool
getting ___?” 99 Certain paper 40 Magoo and 107 Makes deletions
43 In a position (to) size: abbr. others 109 Make deletions
46 Suzanne on 100 Electricity wizard 41 Tennis score 111 Actress Harper
Three’s 101 Distinctive 43 Usher’s domain
Company appearance 44 Chuck Berry of Tender
48 One who goes 104 Outstanding classic, Mercies
over copy 105 Former “Johnny ___” 113 Part of a Latin
50 “This is as far as 60 Minutes guy 45 Bar with conjugation
___” 108 Snuffy Smith comfortable 115 The Red or the
51 Abrupt speech young’un chairs White
patterns 110 White House 47 Grocers of old 117 Chop (off)
53 They work on monogram 49 Cockney of the
comics 112 ___ land comics CHOICE WORDS By Merl Reagle
54 Old French coin (battle zone) 51 Peloponnesus
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56 Dispirited regularly 52 IHOP
57 Racing’s 118 He played Mingo dispenserful
“Brickyard,” on 57 In the form of a
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58 The ___ the law 119 Bonkers 59 Places for fuel
61 Printed again 120 The Devil’s 60 Unit of
63 Perform some disciples capacitance
alpine or Opry 121 Madrid mister
music 122 Remove certain
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FUN TO BLUFF TO SAVE A LOSER WEST NORTH EAST
J92 AQ743 10 5
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 4 J85 Q 10 9
AQ852 J96 10 7 4 3
Tori Amos, a singer-songwriter, said, “I’m not like a poker player. I’m not into bluff. My 9875 AJ 6432
way is to look someone in the eye and tell them the way I’m intending to go. My cards
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At the bridge table, you occasionally have to bluff, keeping your cards close to your AK7632
chest. How should South try to make six hearts in this deal after West leads the club K
nine? K Q 10
When North raised hearts, South decided to keep his spade support up his sleeve, Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Neither
which worked to his advantage in the play. He jumped immediately into Blackwood.
If West had led the diamond ace, it would have killed the slam; but that was not obvious.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
Declarer won the first trick with dummy’s club ace and dropped his queen under it. Then 1 Spades Pass
he took his two top trumps to learn that he had a loser there. How could he also avoid 2 Hearts Pass 3 Hearts Pass OPENING
conceding a diamond? 4 NT Pass 5 Hearts Pass
6 Hearts Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
In theory, South had to find East with three or four spades. But, as you can see, he 9 Clubs
had only a doubleton. Declarer spotted a ruse. He played a spade to dummy’s queen,
feigning the finesse, cashed the spade ace and continued with a third spade. To East, it
looked as though South was about to ruff, so that he did not need to “waste” his trump
trick. However, after East discarded, South produced the spade king from his back
pocket, overtook the club 10 with dummy’s jack and pitched his diamond king on the
East probably should not have fallen for declarer’s deception, but it was delightfully deft.
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THE ‘THIN’ LINE BETWEEN A GOOD SHOT AND A MIS-HIT KEVIN’S
I would like to talk about a common miss really bladed that shot.” Specifically, this ing shot is poor distance control and an in- simply think of striking
we call the thin shot. There are varying de- means that you’re contacting the ball on its correct trajectory for the shot at hand. On the tee under the ball.
grees and descriptions of this mis-hit. When high side or above the center of the ball, and full shots, for example, the shot’s trajectory
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