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PROPERTY SITS VACANT
MY TAKE Island jolted by
BY RAY MCNULTY on Ocean Drive
Food, Wine and Music
festival winds up in red
Fe Domenech said she’s sell- Estate Jewelry of Orchid Island (left) was hit by a break-in during the wee hours on March 27. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD By Beth Walton | Staff Writer
ing her Pebble Bay home to pay
off the remaining $41,000 of the Several proposals for relocation of historic house Detectives on Monday were still
debt she incurred in creating, or- looking for suspects in two island
ganizing and operating the inau- By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer on the Environmental Learning Center’s Wabasso break-ins that rattled the nerves
gural Vero Beach Food, Wine and [email protected] campus, house foundation president Marie Stiefel of oceanside residents last week.
Music event in February. scheduled a public meeting to discuss options.
After a story in Vero News revealed the histor- An unknown person smashed
Not so she can skip town. ic, 108-year-old Laura Riding Jackson house was The meeting, which took place in March at the front display window of Estate
Nor is she planning to run facing a costly relocation from its current location the Laura Riding Jackson Writing Center on 14th Jewelry of Orchid Island around 3
away from her commitment to a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and
the six local charities named as Street, revealed widespread interest in made off with 25 pieces of sterling
the event’s beneficiaries, none the quaint house, which is one of the few silver jewelry, valued at around
of which received even a fraction authentic Florida Cracker homes still $4,000.
of the hoped-for proceeds they standing in the county.
were to share. The store is located at 3115
To the contrary, Domenech “We have felt alone – but we’re not,” Ocean Drive in the heart of the
said last week she plans to stay said Stiefel. upscale Central Beach shopping
here and make the fledgling, and dining district, across the
four-day festival even better next The house’s uncertain future came to street from the historic Driftwood
year – by changing the date to light last summer when house founda- Resort.
avoid Presidents Day weekend, tion board members met with ELC’s new
adjusting her advertising strate- leadership to discuss an ambitious mul- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
gies to reach more of her target timillion-dollar expansion plan the envi-
audience, and benefiting from ronmental center has undertaken. Any local buyer for the
not being a new, unknown event downtown Post Office?
on the local philanthropic com- They were told the ELC plans don’t
munity’s already-crowded winter include an ongoing role for Laura Rid- By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
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The Vero Beach City Council
INSIDE has a $1.2 million offer on the ta-
ble for the mid-Twentieth Centu-
NEWS 1-7 PETS 14 ry block structure that houses the
DINING B11 downtown U.S. Post Office, plus
HEALTH 8 GAMES B16 the parking lots on either side of
CALENDAR B19 the building, but not everyone
REAL ESTATE 15 wants to sell it.
ARTS The council announced re-
cently that a resolution declaring
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 the property surplus would be
For circulation or where to pick up on the April 17 agenda. Should a
your issue call: 772-226-7925 majority of the council approve,
City Manager Jim O’Connor said
Interior of historic Laura Riding Jackson house. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 that resolution gives city staff the
power to enter into a contract for
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. sale. He said the city may hire a
closing agent, but the potential
buyer has offered to cover the cost
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HISTORIC JACKSON HOUSE campus is very open and natural. Accessi- Area, 37.5 acres on the south side of County son house, could be relocated.
bility is not a problem. We have the space, Road 510 west of 66th Avenue. The county Built in 1910 among the citrus groves west
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and we’d be glad to host it.” recently and reluctantly demolished a hur-
ricane damaged Cracker home on the prop- of the railroad tracks in Wabasso, the small
ing Jackson’s one-time home. Stiefel said no Indian River County Conservation Land erty. Replacing it with the Jackson home, of frame house was purchased in 1940 by nota-
specific timeframe was provided for when Manager Beth Powell had ideas as well, sug- similar vintage, would maintain the histor- ble poet, essayist, anthologist and publish-
the structure would have to be moved, leav- gesting two sites under her department’s ical ambiance of the property and support er Laura Jackson, who was associated with
ing the board uncertain about how best to purview that could work well for both the one of the objectives of the Conservation many leading literary figures of the 20th cen-
proceed. foundation and the county. Lands program: “protection of historic and tury, and her husband, Time Magazine poet-
cultural resources.” ry critic Schuyler Jackson. The couple raised
At the March meeting, Indian River State She pointed out the benefits of combin- citrus organically and shipped it to northern
College Provost Casey Lunceford talked ing historical and environmental elements The South Prong Slough location, Pow- markets to support their work. The house is
about the possibility of moving the house to attract a wider demographic, appropriate ell explained, is close to the Jackson home’s one of the few local examples of true Flori-
to the college’s Vero Beach campus, which since Jackson was herself an environmen- original location, and the county is already da Cracker architecture still standing in the
offers a venue compatible with the home’s talist whose home was built of materials moving forward with plans for expanded county.
many historic and literary associations. from its surroundings and designed to make site access that could be “folded into [the
the most of wind, rain and natural light. house project] easily.” She said a county/ The structure was moved to its current
“It’s ideal,” Lunceford said. “We like the foundation partnership would create incen- location, an acre leased from the ELC for
educational aspect. The west side of our Powell said the house could be a good fit tive for the county to speed up work on the $2,100 a year, renewable every five years, in
for the South Prong Slough Conservation property. 1994. While on the campus it has been open
for tours and used for writing workshops
A second possibility, Powell said, is the and poetry festivals. The current lease ex-
59-acre Russell Grove site, off Roseland pires in December.
Road adjacent to the Boy Scout camp. While
the Slough property is on a flood plain, the When contacted by Vero Beach 32963
Roseland property is high and well-drained. in February, ELC leaders were ambiguous
about whether or when the house would
In either case, the nonprofit foundation have to be moved, but ELC Executive Direc-
would be responsible for the estimated tor Molly Steinwald said at the meeting that
$100,000 cost of moving the structure, but ELC’s expansion master plan would indeed
the county would do much of the site im- require all the campus’ acreage, edging out
provement work. And it was mentioned at the historic house. She also said there was
the meeting that an individual, currently no immediate deadline for removing the
unnamed, might assist the foundation by house.
footing the bill for the move.
House foundation secretary and Jack-
Other supportive proposals came from son’s personal attorney, Rene Van DeVoorde,
Indian River Land Trust Executive Director added that the Foundation has been in dis-
Ken Grudens, who said a location on Land cussion with the ELC, and “they have been
Trust property should be considered, and working with us.”
Vero Beach City Council Member Laura
Moss, who suggested a city park location, Two weeks after the meeting, Steinwald
and recommended the Foundation apply said ELC has offered to extend for one year
for Tourist Tax funding. the Foundation’s current 5-year lease and
that ELC and Foundation attorneys are cur-
House foundation treasurer Susan Boyd rently negotiating an agreement.
wondered whether the property on 20th
Avenue that housed the old county adminis- The Foundation’s ultimate goal is that the
tration building and the school board offices house continues to be “a gathering place for
might be repurposed as an “historic village,” readers, writers and literary enthusiasts of
onto which several of the county’s remain- all ages; a place of literary legacy and histo-
ing Cracker structures, including the Jack- ry, and a center for education and personal
growth through writing.”
ISLAND BREAK-INS turned over to police.
Indian River Shores Public Safety also is
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on the lookout for a brazen thief. Police say
Some of the jewelry was later found by an unknown suspect ransacked a Surf Lane
a maintenance worker on the grounds of residence March 26, the day before the jew-
the Driftwood, according to Estate Jewelry elry store robbery.
manager Tom Grimshaw.
The resident left his home in the morn-
“I feel bad this happened to this city, to ing and when he returned around 2 p.m.,
the town of Vero – not that it was just our he found a door pried open, said Officer
store – but that it happened here, because Rodney Grass. The victim waited outside
it doesn’t feel quite as safe now,” Grimshaw until officers came to the scene.
said. “It is upsetting that they would have
the audacity to do this to anybody on this The house had been torn apart and per-
street.” sonal items taken, Grass said. The resident
was still inventorying what is missing.
“Multiple officers responded to the jew-
elry store in an attempt to locate a suspect There were no security cameras at the
without success,” said officer Megan De- residence, he said. Police went up and
Witt, a spokeswoman for the Vero Beach down the street asking the neighbors if they
Police Department. heard or saw anything, but no one had ad-
The jewelry store had surveillance
cameras recording footage during the The Indian River Shores Department of
early-morning hours when the theft oc- Public Safety was reviewing footage from
curred, Grimshaw said, and the video was the town’s roadside cameras to see if there
was anything that might be connected to
the midday robbery, added Grass.
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Dodger Pines Country Club property remains vacant
By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer In addition, McGarry and his staff wanted Over the years, the old clubhouse was lev- Commission.
[email protected] larger setbacks to provide more of a buffer eled; Safari Pines Estates, the mobile home If Sunfield does follow through with its
between the development and the property park that was located near the club’s entry
More than 15 years have passed since the line along the city-county boundary. in the southeast corner of the property, was plans to develop the property, county of-
last round of golf was played at the Dodger removed; and some fencing was erected ficials will expect the company to at least
Pines Country Club, and still the property There were also density issues. by Orsi after residents of nearby neighbor- share in the cost of widening 26th Street be-
sits idle. “We did a wholesale review of the plan hoods complained about hogs roaming the tween 43rd and 58th avenues to accommo-
and there were just too many problems, so area. date the inevitable increase is traffic.
That’s not likely to change anytime soon. we rejected it,” McGarry said. “They could’ve
“Obviously, we’re planning to develop it tried to go forward without our recommen- Other than that, not much else has been The county’s capital improvements plan
at some point,” said Jennifer Orsi, vice pres- dation, but they would’ve needed waivers to done. The once-popular, par-73 Dodger already includes the widening of 26th Street,
ident of Sunfield Homes Inc., the New Port get around our code. Pines golf course – which featured a rare, and the county has been purchasing the
Richey-based development and real-estate “They also could’ve addressed our issues par-6 hole that covered 670 yards – is now necessary right-of-way along the north side
company that owns the 222-acre property and re-submitted their plan, but we haven’t unrecognizable, grown-over and covered of the road for years. However, the project
adjacent to the Vero Beach Regional Airport. heard from them,” he added. “There’s noth- with weeds. continues to be pushed back because, with
“We put together a proposal a couple of ing on the books now, so if they do want the Dodger Pines property still undeveloped,
years ago, but the city had some issues with to do something, they’ll need to start over While Sunfield hopes to eventually devel- there isn’t yet a need to widen the road.
the plan, so we’ve put things on hold for again.” op the property and build a residential com-
now.” Orsi said her father, Michael, who owns munity there, McGarry said the company “If the developer decides to move for-
The issues, according to Vero Beach Plan- the company, is planning to make a trip to will need to address noise issues because of ward, they’d need to update their traffic
ning Director Tim McGarry, involved the de- Vero Beach next month to visit the property the land’s close proximity to the airport. study with the city and county,” County
sign of a proposed residential development and discuss his options with Carter Asso- Community Development Director Stan
of 780 single-family homes. ciates Inc., the local civil engineering and “They’re not in the high-noise area, but Boling said. “But to develop that property,
Sunfield wanted to build a more tradi- surveying firm he contracted after Sunfield they are within the noise impact area, so the road would need to be widened, and the
tional community with limited access and purchased the land in late 2013. they’ll need to meet noise-buffer standards developer is probably going to have to wid-
cul-de-sacs to put more homes on the prop- “Our intention is to do something there,” with insulation,” McGarry said. “They’ll also en it – with the county’s input.”
erty and, thus, generate greater profits. Orsi said. “We didn’t purchase the property have to sign a waiver acknowledging that
Under the city’s master plan, however, the to do nothing with it.” they’re building next to an airport, so they Even if the property remains undevel-
property is zoned for more “innovative land Four groups have owned the property can’t come back later and complain about oped, Boling said, the county eventually will
use,” McGarry said, citing a desire for “more since the Los Angeles Dodgers sold it to Vero the noise.” move forward with the widening project,
connectivity” within the development Beach developers Don Proctor and Jerry which would include improvements to the
through a grid-like street pattern and more Swanson in 2002. John Blum of Carter Associates said one intersections of 43rd and 58th avenues.
access roads into the community. of the previous owners, Southstar Develop-
ment Partners of Coral Gables, was required “We’ve been budgeting money with the
to take its plans to the Vero Beach Airport long-term goal of getting it done,” Boling
said. “It’s just a question of when.”
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Victims’ plea for leniency spares burglar long prison term
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer when they were out of town. He stole an es- cy justifies a deviation from the standard won’t be another gift.”
timated $9,000 worth of jewelry, fine cutlery punishment, Cox told the defendant and his Lockwood expressed remorse and told the
A plea for mercy by the victims of an In- and cash, pawning the items throughout the family at the sentencing hearing document-
dian River Shores home burglary has spared Treasure Coast and lying about their origins. ed in transcripts provided by the 19th Judi- judge he wished to extend his deepest apol-
their neighbor, a 33-year-old opioid addict, cial Circuit. ogies to the victims, people he calls friends.
from spending years of his life in prison. Cox in March adjudicated Lockwood
guilty on 11 felony counts for the crime, She told Lockwood he would not get a sec- “I have worked with them. I have gone
The Hon. Cynthia Cox sentenced Christo- which happened in the summer of 2017. The ond chance. fishing with them. Have gone to plays with
pher Lockwood to just one year in the coun- charges include burglary, giving false infor- them. And I did something that I know is
ty jail followed by two years of probation. He mation to a pawnbroker and dealing in sto- “Not only is this theft, but you stole from morally wrong,” he explained. “I wasn’t op-
had been facing between 4 and 125 years in len property. someone who was your friend, which to me erating in the right mind-frame. I promise
prison for his crime. is an all-time low,” Cox said. “You’re getting a going forward I’ll live a good life and I won’t
The negotiated plea is in the state’s best huge gift from the state and from the court. be back here ever again.”
Lockwood pled no contest in December to interest and the victims’ request for lenien- And hopefully you understand that there
burglarizing his neighbors’ Island Club home His testimony came after his parents
spoke on their son’s behalf. Peggy Lockwood
said her son had been addicted to pain pills
for more than a decade, a deadly habit that
started during his years as a student at Flori-
da Atlantic University.
Lockwood went to rehab in Boca Raton,
and had been attending self-help support
meetings, his mother explained. He relapsed
this past summer when his parents were out
of town. He wasn’t thinking correctly. He was
acting out of desperation, she said.
“This terrible crime he committed has
enabled the truth of the opioid addiction
he was hiding from us to come out into the
open,” Peggy Lockwood said. “[Christopher]
has told us he is ready to accept the profes-
sional addiction help he needs now and in
At the December plea hearing the judge
hesitated to accept the prosecution’s offer
for a reduced sentence, noting the defendant
had pled no contest to misdemeanor petty
theft in the past.
She wanted to make sure the victims, in
their request for leniency, were aware that
the burglary of their home was not an isolat-
The couple did not appear at the court-
house in February but wrote an email to the
judge reiterating their desire for Lockwood to
get a second chance.
Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman
read their statement out loud to the court.
“We continue to wish for a situation in
which Mr. Lockwood would be allowed to
receive treatment and rehabilitation and re-
enter society as a good citizen,” it said.
The couple left a key to their house with
Lockwood’s girlfriend, who was watching the
residence for the family while they were out-
Upon their return, they noticed the French
doors in the back of their island home were
left unlocked and a jewelry box in the closet
had been opened, a warrant for Lockwood’s
Initially, it didn’t appear anything was
missing, but weeks later while preparing to
host a dinner party, they realized their ster-
ling silver flatware was gone.
Later, the couple would discover two dia-
mond rings, an antique gold charm bracelet
and $1,000 in cash was also missing.
A sheriff’s deputy found items match-
ing the descriptions of what was stolen in a
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Study of Florida’s rail system could impact Brightline plans
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer which now runs between West Palm Beach about the train have increased due to mul- ly populated areas,” said County Attorney
and Fort Lauderdale and is slated to extend tiple collisions and fatalities since the com- Dylan Reingold in a statement.
Opponents of Brightline’s high-speed north to Cocoa and west to Orlando in the pany launched limited service in South
rail line, including the County Commis- next couple of years. Florida on Jan. 12. “The study should confirm that pedestri-
sion, hope an upcoming study of planned ans, children and vehicles are in danger at
and existing railroad operations in Florida Included in the $88.7 billion General Ap- All Aboard Florida’s proposed expansion many of the at-grade crossings.”
will give state officials second thoughts propriations Act, passed by the legislature would send an additional 30 high-speed
about allowing passenger trains to run and approved March 16 by Gov. Rick Scott, trains barreling through Indian River Coun- Indian River County has spent more than
north and south through Indian River is a directive for the Office of Program Pol- ty daily. This would quadruple the number $2 million to fight the rail project and has
County at 110 miles an hour. icy Analysis and Government Account- of locomotives coming through Vero Beach, partnered with Martin County and CARE-FL
ability to conduct an overview study of the dramatically altering the quality of life, train to challenge the railroad company in court.
The state currently has no laws or regu- Florida rail system. opponents say.
lations addressing the safety of high-speed Reingold recently thanked the governor,
trains like All Aboard Florida’s Brightline, That action comes as safety concerns More trains will mean more delays on Sen. Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne) and
Treasure Coast roadways and waterways, Rep. Erin Grall, (R-Vero Beach) for their com-
causing traffic and boat congestion and the mitment to the issue at a meeting of the Indi-
possible slowdown of crucial public services an River County Commission.
like emergency response, Bob Crandall, a
member of Citizens Against Rail Expansion Both legislators proposed bills this past
in Florida (CARE-FL) and the former CEO session related to Brightline. Mayfield’s
of American Airlines, said at a community would have allowed state regulation of the
meeting in Stuart earlier this year. company, while Grall’s would have required
All Aboard Florida to pay for safety upgrades
The Florida East Coast Railroad has seen to the tracks.
103 fatalities and 185 injuries between 2011
and 2017, Crandall reported. Those num- Indian River and Martin counties esti-
bers are going to get even worse if dozens mate a $15 million price tag for 60 grade
of new high-speed trains are added to the crossing safety updates if Brightline’s proj-
region’s tracks. “This is the most dangerous ect moves forward.
railroad in the United States,” he said.
Neither government has agreed to shoul-
The review ordered by the legislature will der the cost and it remains unclear who will
explore the regulatory authority of federal, pay for the improvements.
state and local governments, examine data
on injuries and fatalities and make recom- Though neither measure passed, a com-
mendations on how to improve rail safety. prehensive study will likely engage policy
The report is due to policy makers Nov. 1. makers more seriously in the state’s rail safe-
ty issues, Grall said in a statement to Vero
“This study will require the hiring of ex- News.
perts to take a hard look at the impacts of
high-speed rail in Florida and in areas that At least six people have been hit by the
never previously contemplated trains trav- high-speed trains in the first months of
eling at 110 miles per hour though dense- Brightline operations. Three of the accidents,
which often involved pedestrians and bicy-
clists ignoring safety warnings, were fatal.
One was ruled an attempted suicide.
BUYER FOR POST OFFICE? master has questioned the need for the
Downtown Post Office with the fairly new
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 post office on U.S. 1 having the capacity to
serve the whole area, so it could be a good
of that agent and other expenses related to time for the city to make an exit. The post-
the closing. al service can get out of the lease with one
Members of the public questioned why
the city would want to “lose control” of the “If something happens with that lease,
property and what it might become down we’re going to be stuck with a property
the road should the postal service ever worth about $300,000,” Howle said, refer-
move out, but Mayor Harry Howle is in fa- ring to the base value of the property with-
vor of the sale for several reasons. out the lease income.
“The city doesn’t have the best history O’Connor said an analysis of the deal
when it comes to being a landlord,” he said. showed that the $1.2 million offered com-
pensates the city up-front for more than a
Right now, the city is responsible for re- decade of $110,000-per-year rent revenue.
pairing the aging building and major things That could be used to pay down debt or in-
could need fixing, with no money in the vested to accrue interest, without the cost
budget to do so. of upkeep on the aging building and paved
Howle said the potential buyer has not
requested any information on zoning re- The city has not received any competing
strictions on the property like a developer offers in writing since the discussion two
would, because Cedarhurst, N.Y.-based Na- weeks ago, but O’Connor said his office is
tionwide Postal Management is a company open to proposals up to the April 17 hear-
that owns about 700 similar buildings in 46 ing date. He said the proposals could be for
states as an investment in real estate with more than $1.2 million, or even the same
a revenue stream from long-term leases. amount if the buyer offered deal points at-
“This is what they do,” he said. tractive to the city.
It’s been widely reported that the Post-
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MY TAKE and we haven’t seen anything,” he contin- “Fe took on a lot,” she added. “The end “So, as someone who has been plan-
ued. “She spun this as a three-year com- result was not the same as her initial vision, ning and doing events my whole life, I
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 mitment, saying it would take that long to but you have to start somewhere. Anytime wanted to do something different – some-
see any real money, but a percentage of anyone is willing to put that kind of energy thing where we could help several chari-
calendar. She said she passionately be- the ticket sales was supposed to go to the into a project to further a mission, I’m very ties without having to do multiple events
lieves the event will overcome its growing charities. That hasn’t happened. appreciative of that. And I think we saw a and it would be a win-win for everybody,”
pains and eventually become an estab- glimmer of what this event can be. she added.
lished island happening, and she won’t al- “I don’t know what happened, but a lot
low herself to be discouraged by the first- of this doesn’t make sense,” he added. “It “I’m certainly not going to criticize “That’s how I came up with this con-
year losses, which, she added, forced her wasn’t a good experience.” someone for trying.” cept.”
to reach into her own pocket.
Annabel Robertson, executive director Domenech admits to some miscal- Domenech said she spoke with others
She said she emptied her savings ac- of United Against Poverty’s Vero Beach culations, including the inability to get who had organized similar events and
count – all $25,000 – to cover expenses. campus, said her organization, like the discount rates at local hotels during Vero was told that it would take three to five
other charities, helped promote the event Beach’s busy season, particularly on a hol- years to get firmly established in the com-
“I put up my own money, everything and supported it by providing volunteers. iday weekend, and relying too heavily on munity and generate significant revenues.
I had saved,” said Domenech, who sev- the Internet and social media to promote
en years ago moved from Miami to Vero For that contribution, she received no the event. “They told me: The first year you lose
Beach, where The Event Firm Internation- money – only a thank-you email. your shirt,” she said. “Then you spend
al, the boutique events-planning compa- “That type of advertising works well the second year trying to make up for the
ny she launched in 2006, is now based. “As a nonprofit executive, you’re account- from Stuart south, but not as much here,” first year. By the third year, though, you’re
able to your volunteer board, and I need to she said. “Too many people I spoke with breaking even and maybe getting some
“I’m in the red, but the fact that I lost report back to them and explain what hap- afterwards said, ‘Bocelli was here? We revenue to share.
money is just part of the process,” she pened,” Robertson said. “So I’m seeking an didn’t know . . .’ So we’ll change that for
added. “I’m not doing this to make a prof- understanding, one way or another, and I next year.” “The fourth and fifth years, you’re es-
it. Not only did I not take a salary, but I have a staff member working on it. tablished,” she added. “The sponsors
put my own work on hold to make this She also admits to being warned by know what they’re getting. It’s easier to get
happen because I love Vero Beach and “But this has put us all in a difficult po- friends and peers who knew it would be the chefs and entertainment, and you get
I believe this will be a great thing for our sition with our boards.” difficult for her to create from scratch, or- them for free or at a lower rate because
community.” ganize and manage a large, multi-faceted, they want the exposure.
Robertson said she was never told there four-day event in such a small town.
With the help of sponsorships, Dome- would be no proceeds this year – that it “And you’re able to give significant
nech raised enough cash to bring in celeb- would be three years before she saw any “A lot of people thought I was nuts to money to the charities, so everybody is
rity chefs Graham Elliott, Shaun O’Neale, money – and her organization almost cer- do it, because it was too big and would happy.”
Alex Thomopoulos and Christi Ferretti, as tainly will not participate in the event next require too much work,” Domenech said.
well as vocalist Matteo Bocelli, son of ac- year. “But over the past seven years, I heard Despite the dismal financial numbers
claimed Italian singer-songwriter Andrea from different charities that told me there from February’s event – despite losing her
Bocelli. Domenech, though, said she was up- were too many events going on every year, life savings and having to put her home
front about the slim chances of the event that the same doors get knocked on, that on the market to pay off her debts – Do-
And the event drew positive reviews. making enough money in its first year to it’s always the same conversation but in a menech said her vision and commitment
So what went wrong? share proceeds with the six charities. different form. haven’t changed.
“Our costs were about where I thought
they’d be, but we didn’t raise anywhere “I was very, very candid in my meetings But her address might.
near what I thought we would,” Dome- with the charities,” she said. “I told them
nech said, admitting that her initial pro- I didn’t know what the returns would be
jections were overly optimistic for putting – because it’s a first-year event – but that
on a first-time event of such magnitude in their involvement would give their orga-
Vero Beach. nizations exposure and they’d be proud of
“We fell more than $100,000 short of being a part of what we’re doing.”
our sponsorship goals, and our ticket sales
were less than half of what we had hoped She said she explained that it might
they’d be,” she added. “So we lost a lot be three years before the event gained
more money than I thought we would. enough traction in the community to
“But we had a good event: The sponsors write substantial checks to the charities,
were happy, and I thought the charities from whom she requested only “minimal
were happy, too.” support.”
Most of them were.
Representatives from the local HALO She said “everyone I spoke to afterwards
Rescue no-kill animal shelter, Indian Riv- was really happy,” and that she followed
er Lagoon National Estuary Program, Hi- up with two emails – one on March 1 to
biscus Children’s Center and American thank the charities for their participation,
Cancer Society all praised Domenech’s another on March 8 to share a financial re-
efforts, congratulated her on getting the port on the festival.
event started, encouraged her to look be-
yond the poor first-year financials and ex- That’s why she was stunned to learn
pressed their continued support. that a couple of the charities were ques-
The directors of the other two charities, tioning her handling of the event.
however, said they were so disappointed
with Domenech’s failure to deliver any “I’m hurt and upset to hear this,” Do-
money – and disillusioned by the experi- menech said. “I tried to do right, do some-
ence – that they probably would not con- thing good for the community, even put-
tinue their affiliation with the event. ting in my own money.
“I probably won’t do it again, if they even
do it again next year,” said Tony Zorbaugh, “Now this?”
executive director of The Source, a Chris- For the record: Theresa Woodson, se-
tian outreach ministry that serves the poor nior marketing manager for the American
and homeless in the Vero Beach area. Cancer Society’s Treasure Coast chapter,
“We put in a lot of time and staffing, said Domenech never misled her and that
it would be wrong to criticize her well-in-
“She was truthful with us,” Woodson
said. “She told us she didn’t know what to
expect the first year. All she promised was
that if we came on board for the first year,
she’d give us the opportunity to stay on for
the first three years.
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IRMC at heart of program to cut hospital readmissions
By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer an earlier initiative. body in the hospital, diagnose a heart at- Dr. Seth Baker.
[email protected] In 2015, IRMC was one of 35 U.S. hospi- tack, get [the patient] though the cath lab,
put in a stent, say, ‘Take two of these and PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
Indian River Medical Center and its tals selected to participate in the ACC’s first call me in the morning,’ and kick them out.
Welsh Heart Center are once again mov- heart navigator program, which aimed to These are complicated patients and they get reduce] … myocardial infarction readmis-
ing into some elite territory, thanks to the reduce hospital readmissions in the initial more complicated all the time.” sions for patients nationally.”
American College of Cardiology’s latest 30-day period after a patient is discharged.
plan to reduce hospital readmission rates This time the American College of Cardiolo- Heart attack patients may also have dia- That said, reducing hospital readmission
for heart patients, and cardiologist Dr. Seth gy is setting its sights higher. betes, hypertension, COPD and may be us- rates isn’t entirely altruistic.
Baker is thrilled at the opportunity. ing inhalers or have CPAP machines – and
This new program aims to slash readmis- now they’re walking out with five-to-12 new Five years ago, Medicare introduced a
IRMC is one of only 15 hospitals in the sions for a full 90 days after discharge, with medicines. That alone, Baker says, “can be new fine structure for hospitals with “exces-
country selected to participate in a pro- a primary focus on myocardial infarction or overwhelming.” sive” coronary readmissions that mandated
gram called “Patient Navigator Program: heart attack patients. lower reimbursement payments for those
Focus MI,” that builds on the success of The goal now, he continues, “is to meet hospitals. To give those fines more teeth,
Baker says “it’s not enough to meet some- with them and review their discharge med- the lower reimbursements apply to every
ications. [We] have a meeting with the pa- Medicare patient a hospital treats, not just
tient, their caregiver, their family, their care the cardio patients.
team and establish what the plan is. Write it
down. Reinforce. Educate.” In 2015 that meant a $430 million reduc-
tion in Medicare reimbursements nation-
By eliminating confusion about medica- wide and affected three-quarters of U.S.
tions and ongoing treatment, he says, the hospitals.
odds of long-term survival increase dra-
matically. IRMC has clearly benefited from its par-
ticipation in that first navigator program: Its
Clicking into a high gear, Baker says, “ev- Medicare readmission fines are now among
ery time you get admitted to the hospital, the lowest in the state, despite Vero’s high-
you have a higher risk of being readmitted er-than-average-age demographic.
and a higher risk of dying. Every time some-
one gets admitted to a hospital that risk And while lower Medicare reimburse-
escalates, and we’ve got to do the best we ments may be tough on hospitals, Baker
can to stop that. Part of it has been lack of points out “readmissions are economi-
education and lack of the means to get to a cally, socially and physically devastating
place quickly to minimize that risk of read- to the patient and to the family. They’re a
mission.” huge burden.”
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s vice CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
president, Rod Wooten, backs up Baker’s
claim. “The progress from the initial ACC
Patient Navigator Program,” he says, “has
provided great evidence into the impor-
tance of putting programs in place to ad-
dress transition of care for patients follow-
ing a heart attack.”
And AstraZeneca is putting its money
where its mouth is.
The company provided $10 million to
help fund that initial navigator program,
and Wooten says “as hospitals continue to
seek evidence-based strategies to improve
quality of care, our hope is that providing
continued support to the Patient Naviga-
tor Program: Focus MI will help [further
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 colleagues, saying “nobody leaves this hos- Venomous fish actually pose
pital now without [scheduling a follow-up greater danger than sharks
“We have improved,” Baker says. “We visit within a week] in our office if they’ve
have learned. That’s a big part of the focus of come in with a myocardial infarction and By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer
this next phase: to develop a ‘best practice’ an acute coronary syndrome or heart fail- [email protected]
and help mentor and educate patients – and ure. This is now the standard that every-
it can’t just be here in this small-town hos- body should be trying to achieve.” With the return of warm weather, Vero
pital. It’s got to be everywhere. And if you beaches are about to get crowded – and,
look at the initial 35 hospitals, and the 15 The aim of the new Patient Navigator sometimes, downright dangerous, accord-
subsequently chosen [for the new navigator Program: Focus MI is to supply the 50,000- ing to Dr. Peter Marzano, a hospitalist with
program], it’s all shapes and sizes. It’s large plus physicians, nurses, healthcare provid- the Indian River Medical Center.
university teaching hospitals, small com- ers and educators of the American College
munity hospitals, rural hospitals and urban of Cardiology with important new data to But he says it’s not sharks people should
hospitals.” further save and improve the lives of all worry about. He knows firsthand there are
heart patients nationwide by cutting those scarier – albeit smaller – creatures in Flori-
Baker lavishes praise on the hospital’s readmission rates. da’s waters.
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times life-threatening experience. then you have the toxin – it’s a neuro toxin,” Finally, Florida has its fair share of jel- beaches. As the Sun-Sentinel reported, “in
Let’s start with stingrays. As a Washing- meaning it attacks the body’s nervous system. lyfish – though the most feared and best Delray Beach, most of the 358 minor medi-
known isn’t a jellyfish at all. The Portuguese cal incidents on the beach so far this month
ton Post “Health and Science” advisory Next on Marzano’s list of marine enven- man-of-war, according to the National Oce- have been Portuguese man-of-war stings.”
reports, signs posted along some Florida omation culprits are the scorpion fish, the anic and Atmospheric Administration, “is
beaches and estuaries advising waders to lionfish and the stonefish. Two of the three actually a species of siphonophore.” According to National Geographic, “a
do the “stingray shuffle” instead of normal are “illegal aliens,” or invasive species. The man-of-war sting is excruciatingly painful,
foot-up, foot-down walking in shallow wa- least venomous is the scorpion fish, which Back in mid-February, hundreds of these but rarely deadly. But beware – even dead
ter is “not a ploy to make tourists look silly.” is indigenous to Florida. creatures washed up onto south Florida man-of-wars washed up on shore can deliv-
er a sting.”
“Shuffling carefully, one foot at a time,” The National Institutes of Health claims
says the Post, “creates gentle vibrations that “stonefish are one of the most venomous Scared? That’s not what Marzano wants.
alert stingrays to your presence.” fish in the world with potential fatal local What he does want is for people to know
and systemic toxicity effects to human.” what’s out there and how to best cope with
That’s important because “startling or Even if treated promptly, recovery from a any marine envenomation that might come
stepping on a stingray,” according to the jab of a stonefish barb or quill “usually takes their way.
Post, “can trigger its self-defense mecha- about 24 to 48 hours.”
nism. In many species, that’s [a strike from] a Websites for organizations such as the
nasty, serrated, venom-injecting tail.” Originally native to the waters off Austra- American Academy of Underwater Scienc-
lia, the stonefish can now be found through- es, NIH and NOAH are an excellent place
Some 1,500 people are speared by those out Florida waters and the Caribbean. to start.
stingray tails in Florida each year.
Lionfish also are native to the South Pa-
The National Center for Emergency Care cific and Indian oceans but have been intro-
Information bluntly describes the result as duced to this area. Their range appears to
“immediate, local, intense pain, edema of soft be spreading. They have been reported from
tissue and a variable amount of bleeding. The Florida to North Carolina and as far north
pain peaks after 30 to 60 minutes, may radiate Long Island, New York, in waters as shallow
centrally and can last up to 48 hours.” as 1 foot and as deep as 300 feet.
Marzano, who – when on dry land – has
also served as the spring training team doc-
tor for major league baseball’s Washington
Nationals, is quick to add, “We have plenty
of stingrays here. The one everyone steps on
here is the Atlantic stingray.
“They spend a lot of their juvenile time in
the Indian River and again there’s venom in
the barb,” Marzano continues. “You get two
issues with that. You’ve got the puncture
wound, usually in the lower extremities, and
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Bonz quickly jibes with Jake (from State Farm)
real kind. But my Dad wasn’t Graves Foun-DA-shun, to always
Hi Dog Buddies! there. Then I found out he hadda remember my Dad, who was real-
I admit, this week, I needed a buncha boat accident an went to Heaven.” ly great at lotsa sports, espeshully
clee-nexes when I was innerviewing AN
writing my column. It’s about one of the “Woof. Jake. I’m so sorry.” I FOOTball. An I’M foun-DA-shun
handsome-est liddle poocheroos I’ve ever
met: Jake (from State Farm) Graves Thom- wiped my paw across my eyes. Spokespooch. We’ve hadda lotta
as. He’s a long-haired, mini-dachshund
with the coolest pattern on his face, an a “I know you lost your Mom, Mr. free events for kids, a concert, an
terrific personality. I mean, this pooch has
got it Goin’ ON! Bonzo, so you unnerstand.” even a football camp, with a Very
He graciously invited me an my assis- I put my paw on his paw, an we Famous Football Person, who won
tant in an, following the Wag-an-Sniff, in-
nerduced us to his Mom, Katie (his Dad, sat there for a liddle while, not sa- this Big Trophy. I can’t remember
Matthew, was workin’).
yin’ anything, just havin’ our own what the trophy’s called, but he
“Follow me,” he said, heading into the
livin’ room with this Totally Cool Kibbles thoughts. was a really nice human an he
strut, like he was All That, Anna Bag of Pup-
peroni. Finally he said, “I wondered if I’d hadda funny name – Flutie.
I inconspicuously fluffed my ruff. “I’ve haffta go away, but I DIDN’T. I was “Anyway, our foundation
gotta say, Jake, you look like you’re ready
for Westminster. Who’s your groomer?” a Very Lucky Dog. See, my Dad’s bought ballfields right by the high
“Thank you, Mr. Bonzo. I do have one, dad is Grampa Joe (he’s my buddy). school, which the cow-nee was
but for this innerview, Mom gave me a
bath, blow-dry an comb-out. It feels great! An he has a Business Partner, Mat- gonna sell. My Dad ackshully
So, should I tell you my story now?”
thew. (I already knew him an Katie played on ’em. We have what my
“Absolutely. Take your time.” I opened
my notebook. pretty well.) An they aDOPted me, Grampa Joe calls a Vision for it: a
“I guess you can tell, I’m a purebred. But Thank Lassie. They’re teachin’ me track (that’s a kinda road, where
I’m not a SNOBnose or anything. AN, even
though lotsa dachshunds are STUBB-earn, stuff, too. Like how to do ‘PAW.’ See!” humans run an sometimes jump
I’m not. Mom an Dad taught me to be puh-
LIGHT. I have lotsa frens: pooches an hu- Up went his fluffy liddle paw. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Jake over stuff), an parking an a
mans. “Cool Dog Biscuits, Jake!” building.”
“I don’t know if you knew, but this is ack- “I KNOW! I have the Potty Thing Jake showed me DRAWings.
shully my second famly. I’ve been here a
liddle over a year.” down, too. If I hafta GO, I sit on the It’s PAWsome.
“I didn’t know.” couch or by the door with my ears “It’s gonna be a place for the
“Yep. My original name was Jake Graves.
My first Dad, Jimmy, was young, 15 in peo- perked to get Mom an Dad’s attention. It’s ju-NEDDIC. I burrow under the covers, whole co-MMUNIDDY, called the Jimmy
ple years, an I was a pupster, too. My Dad
was real POP-ular, an he loved sports! We Then I give ’em The Look.” or under the furniture to hide bones an Graves Sports Complex,” Jake continued.
had the BEST time! Then, in December
2016, everything changed. Alluva sudden, “We all know how important THAT is. By stuff. When Dad’s in the pool, he pretends “Grampa Joe talked to a Consulting Firm
different humans were takin’ care of me.
They were frens and famly, an they were the way, how did you get that cool name – he’s In Distress, so I jump onto my floaty an a Construction Person, an he says we’re
Jake (from State Farm)?” mat and go SAVE him. When I reach him, I gonna have a Capiddle Cam-PAIN. I don’t
He laughed and stood up. “Because – see just jump on his head. I know how to swim, unnerstand what any of that means, but
– it looks like I’m wearin’ khakis. You know, but I’d rather float around on my mat. I Grampa Joe says hopefully the track’ll be
like that guy on TV.” also love drivin’ in the car, with the wind in ready for kids to use when their school
It was true, all four legs were khaki color. my ears, tastin’ the air. starts in 2020. (That’s 14 years in dog, but
“That’s paw-LARRY-us! So, what’s life like “But I don’t just play. My family job is only 2 in people.) All I know is I’m gonna
now? Any favorite toys, for example?” to bark an alarm when there’s a knock or be the Best Spokespooch Ever, for my first
“There’s this thing I get in the mail every noise or something like that. But here’s Dad.”
month called A Bark Box!” my biggest job, Mr. Bonzo: See, when my Heading home, I was thinking about my
“Whatsa a Bark Box?” first Dad went to Heaven, my Grampa Mom, an Jake’s Dad, an how much pooch-
“It’s a package stuffed full of pooch toys Joe and Gramma Carole made the Jimmy es an their people enrich each other’s lives,
an treats. It’s Cool Kibbles!” in lotsa ways.
“No Woof!” DON’T BE SHY And wonderin’ who I should talk to
“Mom says I’m a liddle lazy. I think I’m about getting’ on that Bark Box list.
Laid Back. Sometimes, to get me to play We are always looking for pets Till next time,
catch, Mom has to lure me with squeaky with interesting stories.
toys. Snugglin’ with Mom an Dad’s probly The Bonz
my favorite thing. Sometimes, when Dad To set up an interview, email
wakes up, there I am, nose-to-nose, with [email protected].
my head on the pillow. I’m a Burrower, too.
Route 60 retail center will feature
restaurants, shops and hotel
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Route 60 retail center will feature restaurants, shops, hotel
By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer The center will have approximately
[email protected] 30,000 square feet of retail space in four
buildings slated to include restaurants, an
While thousands of square feet of retail auto parts store, a gas station/convenience
space go begging at Indian River Mall, site store and additional shops. The back of the
work for a nearly 10-acre shopping cen- property will be occupied by a three-story,
ter called Vero Beach Square is underway 71,000-square-foot, 110-room chain hotel.
nearby, on the south side of State Route 60
at 53rd Avenue, reflecting a national trend Konover South Development Corpora-
of malls emptying out while new strip cen- tion of Deerfield Beach got the property
ters attract tenants and customers. rezoned to allow a planned development
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non-mall Class A product [neighborhood/ firm Kimley-Horn and Associates. Island
community strip centers] to continue out- Design, Inc. of West Palm Beach is the
performing the rest of the marketplace,” project architect.
the company reported.
According to the company website,
Konover South’s demographic profile Konover South LLC, founded in 1959, is a
for the Vero Beach Square site shows that fully-integrated real estate “acquisition,
41,398 people live within three miles and development and management company
that 66,500 cars pass by daily on Route 60. operating throughout the southeastern
There are 17,664 households with an av- United States,” which has developed 15
erage income of $64,719 within the three- million square feet of retail space, along
mile radius. with 20,000 apartment units and 4,000 ho-
The location benefits from being in
the county’s top retail area, close to the The website profiles 26 Konover-devel-
Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Office Depot, oped shopping centers, most of them on
Lowe’s, Home Depot, dozens of restau- Florida’s east coast. Seven are under devel-
rants and the Indian River Mall. opment, including five in Broward Coun-
ty, one in Martin County and Vero Beach
Engineering for the project was done by Square in Indian River County.
the local office of the national engineering
and secured approval of a conditional site with drive-through facility.” Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned
plan last August. The company, which CEO Coppa said he expects the first stores to and operated independent agency. Located in the
David Coppa said specializes in shopping CenterState Bank Building, just off of Miracle Mile
centers in Florida, closed on its purchase open January 2019. The store spaces will and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach.
of the parcel in November, paying $2.51 be leased, not sold, he said. “We like to
million for 9.66 wooded acres between hang on to our shopping centers.” Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years!
Sonny’s Barbeque and Applebee’s Restau- All lines of commercial or personal insurance available.
rant, just east of Walmart. Bulldozers re- The project will include two storm-wa-
cently cleared the site and infrastructure ter retention ponds at the back of the
work is underway. property, adjacent to the county’s main re-
lief canal that runs behind the parcel, and
Coppa said he couldn’t reveal who the a road connection behind Applebee’s that
tenants will be at this time, but accord- will connect the center’s 359-space park-
ing to the company website, most of the ing lot with 53rd Avenue, allowing easy ac-
proposed stores and the hotel have lease cess to Walmart and Sam’s Club.
agreements under negotiation, leaving
just four open slots for prospective busi- Konover will also improve State Route 60
nesses. by extending eastbound and westbound
turn lanes at 53rd Avenue, in anticipation
Still available are a one-acre combina- of increased traffic.
tion gas station and convenience store,
a .8-acre fast-food restaurant with drive- Covered-mall space continues to emp-
through, a 2,400-square-foot store and ty nationwide, with the steady growth
4,250-square-foot store. of e-commerce and a shift in consumer
tastes away from traditional department
Construction will take place in three stores toward value-priced retailers, but
phases, according to county documents. newly-built open-air shopping centers like
“Phase I will include the auto parts store, Vero Beach Square have high occupancy
the multi-tenant strip building and all rates, with Florida leading the national
the common area infrastructure. Phase II trend, according to the latest quarterly re-
will consist of the 110-room hotel [and] ... port from Cushman & Wakefield, a leading
Phase III will include a stand-alone restau- global real estate services firm.
rant and a stand-alone fast food restaurant
“Although we see the tenant pool con-
tinuing to shrink going forward, we expect
Contact any one of our professional agents for a quote!
Melissa and Ryan Weaver, 855 21st Street
Agency Owners CenterState Bank Building
2nd Floor – Vero Beach
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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: MAR. 26 THROUGH MAR. 30
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
A massively busy week on the mainland real estate market saw 67 single-family residences and
lots sell from March 26-30 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 21 Seahorse Lane. First listed in Janu-
ary for $650,000, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2,201-square-foot house sold for $635,000 on
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the residence at 629 Yearling Trail. The 4-bedroom, 3-bath-
room, 2,427-square-foot house fetched the $428,900 asking price on March 27.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
VERO BEACH 21 SEAHORSE LANE 1/8/2018 $650,000 3/29/2018 $610,000
VERO BEACH 5795 GLEN EAGLE LANE 12/19/2017 $625,000 3/29/2018 $562,000
VERO BEACH 505 STONEY BROOK FARM COURT 1/7/2018 $599,000 3/30/2018 $475,000
VERO BEACH 1355 20TH AVENUE 8/3/2017 $499,900 3/28/2018 $450,000
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VERO GIRLS SOFTBALL B9 B4 B11‘POETRY & BBQ’
TEAM GLITTERS ATTRACTS TOP TALENTS
RIVERSIDE PUTS Perfect Ten-or: White wins Adam Schnell.
ON A MUST-SEE Voigt Vocal Competition PAGE B2
‘MAMMA MIA!’ PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
1 I’ll wager you know the lyr-
ics to at least a couple of the
irresistible ABBA songs from one of
Broadway’s longest-running musi-
cals (5,773 performances) – “Mam-
ma Mia!” – which opens at Riverside
Theatre this coming Tuesday, April
10. The jukebox musical phenom
that sprang from a collection of the
Swedish pop group’s mega-hits has
been seen, says the theatre promo,
by more than 60 million people in
50 countries since opening in Lon-
don’s West End in 1999. This joy-
ful musical is, of course, the story
of Sophie, a young woman whose
mom Donna, a single parent, has
raised her on an idyllic Greek is-
land, where she runs a picturesque
but dilapidated old resort. When
Sophie becomes engaged to the
handsome and charming Sky, she
dreams of having her dad walk
her down the aisle, but Donna has
never disclosed his identity. When
CONTINUED ON PAGE B5
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Perfect Ten-or: White wins Voigt Vocal Competition
By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer Masamane C. Rangwansha, Abigail Levis, Matthew White, Anne Marie Stanley, Helena Brown, Ariana Wehr, Betsy Diaz and Anne Maguire.
VBO “was extremely important to me as a been the presence of world-renowned so- layed again and again. Finally, on the morning
Excitement and anticipation informed the young singer. They believed in me and de- prano and self-dubbed “down-to-earth diva” of the concert, word finally came that Voigt
audience buzz March 24 at the Vero Beach buted my first small role in a professional Deborah Voigt herself, starring that Wednes- wouldn’t be able to make it.
High School Performing Arts Center. Out company.” He adds that a “stamp of approval day in a glittering “Evening with the Diva Con-
front, opera buffs perused their programs, at this level moves others to follow suit and cert” and serving as a judge. Panic did not ensue; theVBO crew switched
while backstage, eight of opera’s most gifted can provide many more opportunities.” into show-must-go-on mode. Soprano Meryl
young performers prepared to bring their But that didn’t quite happen. Voigt had Dominguez, third-place winner in the first
A-game as they faced off in the finals of the But, before the finals’ night drama, Vero flown back to the states after a concert in Abu Deborah Voigt competition in 2016, was to
DeborahVoigtVero Beach Opera Foundation’s Beach Opera leadership found themselves Dhabi, but snow storms delayed her flight have sung with Voigt. Now she would step
second International Vocal Competition. facing a different kind of drama. The high- south. Still, everyone figured she would make into the spotlight, but needed someone to
light of the three-day competition was to have it in time for the concert. But flights were de- sing with – a tenor.
There was plenty of drama; the eight having
sung their way into the finals though a field of
101 applicants representing nine countries.
Ultimately, from 30 vocalists in the prelims,
to 15 in the semis, only eight remained: seven
sopranos and a tenor.
When the smoke cleared, the winner of
the $10,000 first-place award, from the Klein-
schmidt Family Foundation, was the soli-
tary man, Matthew White, whose wonderful
voice was matched by an engaging delivery
and ability to connect. White compelled the
audience to feel what he was feeling as he
immersed himself in the words and the char-
acter they portrayed. It was, he says, “my first
major vocal competition win.”
White says the Vero Beach Opera and the
competition have been “instrumental land-
marks in my development as an artist.” The
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From left: first-place winner Matthew White, second-place winner Abigail Levis and third-place winner Helena Brown. Judges Eva Franchi and Matthew Principe. he was cocky,” said Franchi. “When you’re
singing a love song, you’re so busy being tall
VBO Artistic Director Roman Ortega-Cow- cert was a great success, with the performers chi, internationally acclaimed Italian-Ameri- and good looking, what are you doing? You
an drew from his numerous connections in receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation, can tenor and multimedia star. After Sergio’s should sing to her, not to the sky. Matthew, he
the opera world’s upper echelons and rang VBO president Joan Ortega-Cowan reported. death, Eva Franchi created a foundation in reached everyone.”
up Manny Perez, a sought-after voice teacher his name to award scholarships to talented
with a Miami studio and access to excellent On Saturday, before the finals began, jury young singers. To date, she says, $1.3 million Winner of the second place, $5,000 award
singers. Ortega-Cowan needed a tenor im- president Matthew Principe read the audi- has been awarded, representing 980 grants from Windsor was mezzo soprano Abigail Le-
mediately, a quick study, to sing with Domin- ence a letter from Voigt, expressing “great and scholarships. vis; third place, $3,000 from the Sergio Franchi
guez, who was madly flipping through her regret” that she couldn’t be present. She ex- Music Foundation, went to soprano Hele-
repertoire for appropriate pieces to sing with plained that the snow delay “was compound- At this level, every contestant is technical- na Brown. Receiving $1,000 encouragement
an as-yet unknown tenor – that night. ed by a recurrence of an illness that had me ly excellent, so the judges assess other vital awards: Anne Maguire from Juliet Dykstra;
hospitalized for a week over the summer.With qualities; musicianship, role interpretation Ariana Wehr from Louis Lawson; Betsy Diaz
Even the impossible didn’t take long; Perez doctor’s orders I have returned to my home for and diction are also vital. “You can have all the from Shay/Webster; Anne Marie Stanley from
had just the tenor. Roy Hage, who had a voice treatments.” As a former competition winner (technical skill) in the world but you must also Tommy and Simonetta Steyer; and Masamane
complementary to Dominguez’s was avail- herself, Voigt said she knows well how much master the art,” said one. “You must sing the Rangwansha, a $1,500 award from Jeffrey Pe-
able. Turns out, Hage and Dominguez knew these awards help “in such a crucial time in a music as it was intended.” tersen, Segura/Molloy/Petersen Group, Merrill
each other from their days at the Oberlin Con- young artist’s journey.” Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc.
servatory. Says Ortega-Cowan, “Hage rented a Franchi, who absolutely glows with her
car and drove to Vero Beach, arriving 20 min- After the eight competitors had given it love of opera and her passion for helping Dominguez, who will make her profession-
utes before the performance,” just in time to their all, the distinguished jury deliberated: young artists, agrees that a good voice alone al debut as Lucia with the Knoxville Opera this
change and get on stage. Principe, associate producer for Met Live in is not enough. fall, says VBO’s competition is special because
HD and Radio; Roman Ortega-Cowan, in for of the support they show the singers. “VBO
Although one diva shy, theWednesday con- Voigt; and Eva Franchi, widow of Sergio Fran- “You must let the voice out like a bird to fly goes above and beyond to show the singers
to the sky. One tenor had a good voice, but they care throughout the whole process, with
the homestay program, and the very generous
prizes that all finalists receive. I was absolutely
thrilled to be invited to come sing during the
competition week this year.”
Roman Ortega-Cowan said that although
the local competition conflicted with a Met-
ropolitan Opera regional audition in New Or-
leans, the quality of applicants they attracted
was outstanding. Comparing it to the four
previous competitions staged by the VBO he
added, “In my opinion, this event surpassed
the others as talent goes.”
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Sexton helps ‘Poetry & BBQ’ attract three top talents
By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer seal the deal. This year’s headliner, Naomi every road to her house. It looked completely Sean Sexton.
[email protected] Shihab Nye, whose Vero connections include flooded. She had gotten the worst of it.”
designer Gretchen Rose and children’s author PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
If there is time between readings at the Debra Frazier, will be staying with Charlotte Raised in Laredo and San Antonio, Sote-
April 15 annual Poetry and Barbecue to ben- Terry, a founder of the Laura Riding Jackson lo has referred to herself as a “south Texan literary foundation to discuss a permanent
efit the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, Foundation. Persephone.” Many of her poems have ref- location for the modest wood-frame house.
host Sean Sexton can always pull something erences to ancient mythology, but they can Its current home at the ELC may have to be
out of his back pocket. He’s got a freshly pub- Nye, an Arab-American living in San include stinging references to modern myths used for that group’s planned expansion. The
lished chapbook, “Descent.” Antonio, first came to Sexton’s attention 20 of ethnicity and gender with titles like “Trau- house, which was moved from its original lo-
years ago when her husband, Michael Nye, ma with White Agnostic Male” and “Do You cation in Wabasso in 1994, may have to be re-
Serving as Indian River County’s inaugu- a fine art photographer, had a nationally Speak Virgin?” located again. Sexton says Indian River State
ral poet laureate has had an unexpected ben- touring exhibition of his work in the Indian College is a real possibility and that its repre-
efit: His latest poems were published after River Mall. “I just hit it off with Michael so The third voice scheduled is that of Peggy sentatives were very encouraging. To date, it
the honorific caught the ear of a publisher at well,” says Sexton, who invited Nye to his Ann Tartt, whose 2002 collection “Among appears the ELC will let the house remain for
an October poetry reading. “Descent” is now ranch west of Vero. Bones” was published by Lotus Press, a pub- another year.
part of a series of chapbooks by poets laure- lisher of black poets. Tartt was nominated for
ate published by Yellowjacket Press. “You should meet my wife,” Nye told him. a Pushcart Prize the previous year. She and If the barbecue leaves no time for Sexton
“She’s a lot more famous than I am.” Sexton have yet to meet, but they’ve spent read from his new book, his fans have anoth-
The Tampa event included Peter Meinke, hours on the phone. “She is very engaging, I er chance to hear him read – at his own hand-
Florida’s poet laureate and a past luminary Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, just love her,” he says. Tartt was recommend- built house on Treasure Hammock Ranch.
at one of the Vero barbecues. He and oth- Mo. With an American mother and Palestin- ed by Claude Wilkinson, who read his own An Evening of Readings and Spirits is part of
ers are part of a web of writers Sexton has ian father, Naomi spent her high school years poetry at the 2015 barbecue. a poetry-themed basket to be raffled at $10 a
strengthened over the years as he criss- in Ramallah and Jerusalem – as well as San ticket. The basket includes books by all of this
crosses the state, and on occasion the na- Antonio, Texas. With 11 published collections As for the weekend’s workshops, Pushcart year’s poets. Raffle tickets are available at
tion, to perform at poetry readings and at- of poems, she has accumulated top prizes for Prize-winning poet Alice Friman is returning the foundation’s downtown office, which is
tend poetry conferences. her poetry including four Pushcart prizes to lead the Saturday adult writing workshop open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through
and a Guggenheim fellowship. From 2010 to April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friman Thursday.
His encounters have immeasurably en- 2015, she served as chancellor for the Acade- was the featured poet two years ago when
riched the literary scene in Vero Beach as his my of American Poets. A songwriter, she has the lineup was themed “Three Daughters of Poetry and Barbecue takes place April 15
contacts make their way here year after year. also written children’s books and novels. Eve.” The teen workshop, April 14 from 1 p.m. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the ELC, 255 Live Oak
Sponsored by the Vero literary group the Lau- to 4 p.m., will be led by Nye. “They’re in for a Drive. Tickets are $25. For more information
ra (Riding) Jackson Foundation, the gather- Also scheduled to read next Sunday is An- treat,” says Sexton. visit lauraridingjackson.com.
ings, now in their eighth year, are held under alicia Sotelo, a 31-year-old Houston-based
a white tent on Sunday afternoons in April, poet who is Mexican American; Sexton calls Those workshops will be held at the Lau-
when the crush of season has ebbed and her “one of the hottest things going in the po- ra Riding Jackson Foundation’s new writing
Vero’s arts supporters can finally take a few etry world.” center at 1914 14th Avenue in downtown Vero.
hours for themselves. Readings are followed That center, the first official location for the
a bluegrass band, beer and smoked-on-site Sotelo was suggested by Tony Hoagland, foundation now 22 years old, marks a “grow-
barbecue in the natural beauty of the Envi- one of last year’s barbecue poets. She recently ing up,” to use Sexton’s phrase.
ronmental Learning Center off the Wabasso had her first volume of poetry, titled “Virgin,”
Causeway. published by Milkweed Editions, a long-es- The downtown space will be used for
tablished imprint known for publishing new the foundation’s 25 workshops as well as
This year’s barbecue features three wom- writers, and, as Sexton puts it, “a national its efforts to find a permanent location for
en poets of different ethnic backgrounds publisher to die for.” In April 2016, Sotelo’s its raison d’etre, the Cracker-style former
reading on the theme “Beyond Water and poem “Death Wish” was published in the home of the late renowned poet Laura Rid-
Walls.” New Yorker magazine; other poems have ap- ing Jackson.
peared in Kenyon Review and Boston Review.
Sexton’s lineups typically evolve from new Until now, the historic house has been
friendships with poets he meets. “I badger “I called her during Hurricane Harvey,” the lone structure representing the founda-
them to come pray at the church of poetry recalls Sexton. “It was just hitting the coast. tion. Last month, an informational meet-
for our paltry $500 honorarium.” But he also Two days later, I looked at her address on ing brought together some 30 professionals,
manages to include enough temptations to MapQuest and there were red barriers on government officials and supporters of the
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1 Coming to Riverside Theatre April 10. as they try to adjust and to reach out. New
York Times critic Charles Isherwood praises
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 by providing educational opportunities, the play, and its author’s “dauntless convic- 4 Coming to Henegar Center
both of which will be clear in this uplifting tion, as she confronts an achingly topical starting Thursday, to April 15.
Sophie discovers her mom’s diary, from spring presentation. Music begins at 4 p.m. issue with hardheaded honesty and admi-
her wild girl-band days, she learns that her Tickets are $20. 772-494-5011. rable compassion.” Ferrentino’s also hard-
dad could be one of three men, and decides, headed and determined Jess endures pain
unbeknown to Donna, to invite them all 3 If you’re in the mood to rock your Fri- and setbacks with grit and gallows humor,
to the wedding, believing she’ll recognize day night in a fun home-town way, and, concludes Isherwood, will likely “find
her real Dad immediately. They all accept. with live music in a beautiful park right on a way to hold her own, and then some.”
With Donna’s two bandmates and Sophie’s the Indian River, circle Friday, April 13, on Show trivia: The creepy title comes from a
two besties providing advice and an island your calendar. Sebastian River Area Cham- quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “Beauty
full of wedding guests, locals, the potential ber of Commerce’s Concerts in the Park se- is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone. Beauty
dads, who returned to the island they had ries has been rockin’ certain Friday evenings dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.”
last visited two decades ago – and great for 19 years now, with a variety of musical Show times are: Thursdays, Fridays and
ABBA tunes “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing genres from popular area talent. Bring your Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. through
You,” “Waterloo,” “Money, Money, Money,” chairs or blankets to Riverview Park on the April 15. Tickets, $16 to $26. 321 723 8698.
“The Winner Takes It All,” “Mamma Mia” 13th and enjoy the upbeat music of Ladies of
and over a dozen more – this one’s an abso- Soul and their Ladies of Soul Band. This ebul-
lute Must-See. “Mamma Mia!” runs through lient group is guaranteed to perk the work-
April 29. Tickets start at $35. 772-231-6990. week-weary crowd right up. Food (New York
Nick’s Hot Dogs, Woody’s BBQ, Louie G’s
2 A gifted young musician with a “fer- Italian Ice, and Lions Club of Sebastian pop-
vent love for the trombone,” VBHS corn) and bevs are also available, and there’s
senior Lance Lunceford will be featured most always a raffle. Admission, sunset and
in the Vero Beach Choral Society’s “Songs river breezes are free. Concert time: 5:30 p.m.
of the Soul Spring Concert” this Sunday at to 8 p.m.
Community Church of Vero Beach. The So-
ciety’s Artistic Director Jason Hobratschk 4 A searing drama is currently on stage,
describes Lunceford as demonstrating Upstairs at the Henegar Center in
maturity of musicianship, sensitivity in his Melbourne. Lindsey Ferrentino’s “Ugly Lies
playing and prodigious technical ability the Bone” is the story of Jess, a young soldier
that is “remarkable to see in a young mu- who returns to her Florida home, severely
sician.” These characteristics led to Lunc- wounded after her third tour in Afghanistan
eford being awarded the Choral Society’s and trying to put her life back together. To
annual scholarship, first in a field of 12 out- that end, she receives virtual reality therapy.
standing applicants. “Songs for the Soul” Donning goggles (that cause her pain), Jess
was composed (but not named) by Mozart is encouraged to move her arms and legs
in 1780 for liturgical use in Salzburg. The as she watches an avatar move through a
second work on the program is the folk snowy wilderness, the lotion she has cho-
song cycle “The Sprig of Thyme” by John sen, finding it soothing. “Ugly Lies the Bone”
Rutter. Throughout its existence, the Cho- also explores how such a traumatic event
ral Society has dedicated itself to enriching can also greatly impact family and friends,
the community through performances and
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United Way celebration: Thanks a million (or three)!
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer with three months left in the 2017-2018
[email protected] campaign, they have reached 97 per-
cent of the $3,040,000 goal.
Thank you, gracias, merci, grazie,
arigato, danke, spasiba and mahalo – The amount is a far cry from the
the message came through loud and $41,000 raised in the first campaign
clear at the United Way of Indian Riv- 57 years ago which supported nine
er County Thank You Celebration last agencies in a county with a popula-
Wednesday evening at the Quail Valley tion of 26,000. Today the local United
River Club. Way serves a population of more than
151,000 through 30 traditional fund-
With much to celebrate, Team Marine ed partners and six initiatives. Overall
co-chairs Mary Cone, Georgia Irish, Bill it has raised more than $60 million to
Penney and Kim Prado announced that
Kim Prado, Georgia Irish, Mariner Pete, Mary Cone, and Bill Penney. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
help fund agencies that serve the com- who donated a collective $1 million.
mu n it y. “Tonight is our opportunity to pay
Stars were scattered about the tables tribute to all of you who give, who ad-
highlighting community contributions vocate and who volunteer on behalf
and hammering home the message that of your community and United Way.
Team Marine had “a little help from Thank you for living United,” said
their friends,” including the 17 Torch- UWIRC CEO Michael Kint. “Tonight we
bearers, 18 Elite Campaign Sponsors celebrate a successful and a fulfilling
and 72 Alexis de Tocqueville members year of mobilizing the caring power of
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To Be or Not To Be?
Kip and Mary Jacoby with Randy Riley.
At this free and informative seminar,
a local attorney will discuss:
• Pros/Cons of Florida Residency/Homestead
• Explanation of Florida Tax Structure and
Contrast to “Income Taxing States”
• Florida Residency Process
• Estate Planning Strategies
Barbara and Voltaire Pearce. Randy and Sandy Rolf. This Seminar may benefit persons who are considering
Florida Residency or who recently became Florida residents
our community.” “Volunteers who serve on our Vision
He noted that they are focusing their Councils and Citizens Review Panel, This Seminar is most beneficial to those persons
evaluate these needs, examine existing required to file a Federal Tax Return
key efforts in the areas of education, services, study best practices and look
health and financial stability by “bring- at the strengths and weaknesses of our Hosted By: James P. Covey, Esq.
ing people together; fostering partner- system and ultimately make funding
ships and collaborations that strength- recommendations,” said Schlitt. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
en and improve conditions throughout Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
the community.” Additionally, their Volunteer Assis-
tance Income Tax program has made a Tuesday, March 27, 2018, • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Rather than focus on the dollar significant impact on local taxpayers’
amount of the campaign (locally the “bottom line.” He said that since Janu- Limited Seating
third largest), Penney said, “I want to ary, 21 volunteers have prepared almost
talk about something that’s much more 800 tax returns and collectively will Please Call 772-770-6160
important and less numerical, and bring over $1 million back to local tax-
that’s the people. People, groups, or- payers. For Seminar Location and to Reserve a Seat
ganizations and community members
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inf luence with the United Way to make 30, when the campaign officially ends.
our community a better place.” To help them cross the finish line join VERO BEACH OFFICE STUART OFFICE
United Way supporters at the fifth an-
Team Marine co-chairs noted that nual Jackie Robinson Celebration game 1575 Indian River Blvd, Suite C-120 2207 South Kanner Highway
team members gave presentations at on April 15 or the May 5 Citrus Classic Vero Beach, FL 32960 Stuart, FL 34994
114 workplaces and stuffed thousands golf tournament. Telephone: 772.770.6160 Telephone: 772.286.5820
of letters in direct mail campaigns. Facsimile: 772.770.6074 Facsimile: 772.286.1505
Publix continues to set the bar high, Kint also announced and introduced
raising a record $587,482. the 2018-2019 campaign co-chairs, The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.
Randy and Marge Riley with Kip and Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualications and experience.
Jeff Schlitt, UW board chair-elect, Mary Jacoby.
said that the $3 million raised provides
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for local residents. wayirc.org.
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Humane Society ensures
every dog has its ‘play’
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Marcel Goncalves. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Expires 04-13-18 sex, to introduce them to as wide an ar-
Expires 04-13-18 The front yard of the Humane Society ray of canine personalities as possible.
Expires 04-13-18 of Vero Beach and Indian River County
has quite literally gone to the dogs with “We couldn’t have done this with-
the introduction of a canine play yard out our volunteers,” says Goncalves. “If
for their Play Dogs Play program. we had to run this only with staff, we
wouldn’t be able to afford it.”
“The main goal is to increase adop-
tions and create behavior modifications; Volunteers undergo extensive training
put the dogs together and socialize and have various duties, such as moving
them,” says Marcel Goncalves, the shel- the dogs from their kennels to the play
ter’s pet behavior and enrichment man- yard, recording notes on their behavior,
ager. The Brazilian-born Goncalves, photographing them and assisting in
who has a degree in Animal Science, was the play yard. Volunteers and staff in the
employed at West Palm Beach Animal yard wear holsters holding a squirt bot-
Control before being hired here eight tle, a small air horn and a shaker bottle
months ago. to correct any inappropriate behavior.
He also trained with Aimee Sadler, Goncalves introduces new dogs to
founder of Dogs Playing for Life, who in- stable ‘base dogs’ that he already knows
troduces canine enrichment and assess- are good communicators and that can
ment programs to shelters nationwide. teach other dogs how to play safely.
Goncalves says the goal is to identify “Those dogs are going to do the job by
dog personalities and behaviors in play themselves,” he says. “They are so stable
groups, promote behavior modifications they’re going to let me know if there is
and improve dogs’ social skills as a way something wrong with a dog.”
to increase adoptions.
If the base dog can’t fix the problem,
“It not only increases adoptions, but using ‘dog language’ Goncalves will in-
makes them last because the behavior tervene, but he says, “most of the time,
issues are already worked out,” adds they will do their job. They know how to
Sara Smith, development director. communicate. They know how to tell the
dog to slow down or to come out of their
Goncalves says that at most shelters, shell and play.”
especially open-door shelters like the
Humane Society, there is often a lack of Bleachers are set up in front of the play
information about the animals. Now, yard where potential adoptees, school
thanks to Play Dogs Play, they can better groups and the general public can watch
assess the dogs’ behavior, which has led the dogs play and socialize.
to a lower return rate.
“Every day is different; every day is a
Staff has always evaluated the dogs challenge,” says Goncalves. “It’s fasci-
that come into receiving, but the pro- nating.”
gram gives the behavioral team a pow-
erful evaluation tool.
“We see these dogs every single day;
it’s not just one 15-minute evaluation,”
says Goncalves, noting that dogs are
taken out for two hours a day, five days
“We’re able to look at a dog, as Marcel
says, and really see over time what their
strengths and weaknesses are,” adds
Goncalves explains that play groups
enable dogs to be evaluated in the most
natural environment possible.
“So now they have an opportunity
to show their best. When you see a dog
running and playing, you see the smile;
you see the happiness,” he says. “The
same dog in a kennel, behind bars, you
don’t see that behavior. We have had
many, many dogs adopted straight from
the yard; it’s very rewarding.”
On average 10 dogs at a time are in the
yard, rotated in and out depending on
factors such as size, temperament and
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hit a game. That has really helped us open themselves, but I try to tell them that they
up our offense and score some runs. are doing well and everything will be fine.
“I have three pitchers carrying the load. “We want to at least get past the region-
Sophomore Kirsten Pulvermacher leads the al semifinals. We always seem to stop there
way. Then we can put junior Shayne Hewitt every year. I believe we can go a lot farther
and senior Caitlin Woodby in there if the this year.”
other team is getting the hang of Kirsten.
We will mix things up because all three have It may be a little small ball that turns the
specific talents.” trick in an elimination game.
Pulvermacher is the workhorse on the “They call the ninth spot in the batting or-
staff with 10 starts over 12 outings for the der the second leadoff hitter,” Matheny said.
11-1 Fighting Indians. She provides some “I’m known for getting on base to get back
pop with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings. Hewitt to the top of the lineup. I’m pretty quick and
started twice and Woodby has been used my OBP this year is good (.438, exactly the
solely in relief. team average). I get little baby hits that I can
beat out with my speed. The key for me is
“We can bring in Shayne and Caitlin and just putting the ball in play. I can see that
rely on all three of them,” Wood added. there is drive in these girls. We have a pretty
“Shayne has some nice movement on the ball decent chance of doing well in the playoffs.”
and is a totally different pitcher than Kirsten.
Caitlin throws a nice change-up. Those three “We have gone to the regional playoffs
have done a really phenomenal job.” eight years in row,” saidWood. “We’ve tough-
ened up our schedule to get ready for the
A typical starting line-up will look like district tournament. The girls have worked
this: Alexandra Jugenheimer CF, Alaina Terry really hard to stay disciplined at the plate,
C, Shayne Hewitt SS, Kirsten Pulvermacher but it will come down to who has the best
P, Madi Veres LF, Ebony McMillan DP (Des- pitching for seven innings.”
ignated Player for Abigail Hofer 1B), Jada
Grant 3B, Summer Washburn 2B, and Kylie
Offensively through 11 games the team
was batting at a .347 clip, with an OBP of
.438. Jugenheimer, Terry and McMillan were
hitting over .500. Jugenheimer, McMillan
and Hewitt each have a round-tripper.
The schedule resumes this week with dis-
trict games against Centennial and Treasure
Coast. Vero was already 4-0 in the district
and will likely be the top seed and favorite
in the postseason district tournament. But
they certainly don’t want to stop there.
“We have really been taking those district
games seriously,” Wood explained. “The girls
have performed well and we have been able
to score a lot of runs. But the hard thing is
that it’s difficult to beat teams multiple
times. We play them twice and then we get
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Michael’s Table: A talented chef continues to tease
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Once upon a time, there was a fine-din- are hoping to see the full talents of Lander Hours:
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chael’s Table. Crabcake. still find space one of these days for a full-
sized restaurant. 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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paired with the brewery’s artisanal IPAs.
But for those who savor fine dining, this
While Lander, a very talented chef, en- Michael’s Table is simply a teaser. If you
couraged us to hope this was simply a pre-
lude to a full-fledged return to the Vero
dining scene, a year later he is still teasing
us with a small sampling of his dishes.
Two Saturdays ago, our party of two
stopped in, and our server – after taking
our drink order (not beer, but a couple
of glasses of a nice Napa Chardonnay) –
brought the menus and told us about the
For starters, I decided to try the soup of
the day, beef barley ($3), and my husband
opted for the chicken liver mousse ($9).
The home-style soup was very tasty, and
the mousse – served along with jam and
gastrique for the crostinis – was rich and
On this evening, Michael’s was offering
only one entrée – chicken and dumplings
($15). I quickly claimed that, so my hus-
band decided to have the jumbo lump crab
cake off the appetizer menu ($20).
The chicken and dumplings – a dish I
have not had in many years – was classic
comfort food, full of old-fashioned home-
made goodness. The lump crab cake,
served with a Creole mustard sauce, also
We finished with a very nice slice of
blueberry cheesecake ($8).
On previous occasions, we had tried
the Prince Edward Island mussels ($15)
and various salads off the appetizer menu,
as well as Lander’s lobster martini ($20),
which was a mainstay on the menu of the
old Michael’s Table – butter poached lob-
ster in a beurre blanc sauce.
On any given weekend night, you might
also find a fish of the day as an entrée. At
the old Michael’s Table, there were always
seafood dishes, and you could be confi-
dent it was going to be an excellent piece
But one of the problems with dining at
this mini-version of Michael’s Table is you
can’t be confident of what you are going to
find to eat on any given evening.
Offering only one real entrée – the
chicken and dumplings – on a Saturday
evening simply doesn’t make this a viable
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The opening lead on this deal would be easy for an expert, but missed by many less-
experienced players. Look at the West hand and the auction. What should he lead Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Neither
against four hearts?
West’s negative double showed exactly four spades and six-plus points. His three-
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hearts. One moment, he passed over two hearts; the next, he jumped to game after no 1 Diamonds
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and he could ruff his diamond losers on the board.
To cut down those ruffs, West must lead his trump. (Note that dummy rates to have only
three hearts. With four and a diamond shortage, he would have bid three hearts over
Then East must play his part, leading another round of hearts when in with a high
diamond. South will lose one spade, one heart and two diamonds.
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ONGOING 7 Vero Beach High School Golden Grads 7|8 35th annual Vero Beach Spring Boat 8 Vero Beach Choral Society Songs of the
picnic at Indian River County Fairgrounds Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. Soul Spring Concert, features trombonist
Riverside Theatre – Buyer & Cellar, relation- Ag Building for 50-year plus graduates of VBHS, to 4 p.m. Sun. at Riverside Park, featuring local and VBHS senior Lance Lunceford, 2018 VBCS
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nie Bunch, founding director, National Mu- Market and Fishing Show,
seum of African American History and Culture/ 13 Sebastian River Area Chamber of Com- erational Recreation Center, with Science, Tech- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Indian River Fairgrounds. FL-
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the musical Mamma Mia 13-15 HO Model Train Display, 10 14 Treasure Coast Jazz Society presents Chimps Sanctuary, home to roughly 250 rescued
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and equipment provided. $100. 772-564-0034 15 Laura (Riding) Jackson presents Voices:
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Dept. presents Petite Masterpieces Cham- Widor, Elgar, Franck and Dupré. Free will offer-
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