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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 6 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020
ADOPTION-BASED LOVIN’ STYX Styx members Ricky Phillips and James ‘JY’ Young perform at Port St. Lucie’s Profuse praise
MODEL EYED FOR IN ST. LUCIE! and a raise for
RETAIL PET SALES MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center last Saturday. Styx was the opening city manager
corporated St. Lucie County sell
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer dogs and cats, records show. The concert for the 2020 We Love Lucie Concert Series. PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
[email protected] ordinance would not prohibit the [email protected]
sales of dogs and cats by licensed vec said he would like the city to Several local governments have
In an effort to cope with the breeders who follow state health follow suit. “I also support joining banned or restricted retail dog and Port St. Lucie City Manager
proliferation of stray and unwant- requirements. many other communities through- cat sales because of the health is- Russ Blackburn received glow-
ed pets, St. Lucie County commis- out the state of Florida in banning sues associated with animals pro- ing reviews from four city coun-
sioners are considering an adop- Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Ora- all retail sales, shutting down pup- duced by “puppy mills” and “kitten cilmembers for a banner year
tion-based business model for py mills,” Oravec said during the factories,” county records say. that included salvaging dicey eco-
retail sales of dogs and cats. Jan. 21 City Council meeting. nomic development projects in
CONTINUED ON PAGE A3 Tradition, but Mayor Greg Oravec
Pet retailers would be limited pushed Blackburn to do more.
to selling dogs and cats obtained
from an animal shelter or rescue Despite Oravec’s criticism, the
organization, under a proposed City Council voted unanimously
update to St. Lucie County’s “Ani- to award Blackburn a 3 percent
mals” ordinance. raise, hiking his salary to $211,292,
and a bonus of two weeks off.
The new county law would ban
the retail sale of dogs or cats pur- In his third year managing
chased directly from a commer- Florida’s seventh largest city,
cial breeder or indirectly through Blackburn sold the vacant Vac-
a broker, wholesaler or other in- cine & Gene Therapy Institute
termediary. “Hopefully we will be laboratory to Cleveland Clinic
banning puppy mill sales out of pet Florida, facilitated Florida Inter-
shops,” said Susan Parry, of United national University’s impending
For Animals, Fort Pierce. takeover of Torrey Pines Insti-
tute for Molecular Studies, and
County commissioners dis-
cussed the proposed ordinance CONTINUED ON PAGE A4
on Jan. 21 and scheduled a public
hearing for March 17.
Currently, no retailers in unin-
$3M project to widen I-95 off-ramps slated for 2022 MAN HELD IN NURSING HOME
SLAY BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
[email protected] William Hawkins. BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Several Port St. Lucie homeowners
praised plans to widen Interstate 95’s Police have arrested a
off-ramps at the Gatlin Boulevard/ 47-year-old man who is accused
Tradition Parkway interchange, but of murdering a man almost
panned the recent clearing of brush twice his age at the Tiffany Hall
buffering the highway. Nursing and Rehab Center in
Port St. Lucie – but the motive
Florida Department of Transporta- behind the killing remains, at
tion anticipates starting construction least to the public, unknown.
on the $3 million project in fall 2022
and finishing by summer 2024, records CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
Cars exit I-95 onto Tradition Parkway. PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN CONTINUED ON PAGE A3
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OBITUARIES A8 ARTS/PEOPLE B1-B9
HEALTH A10 PETS B10
GAMES B12-B14 REAL ESTATE A13-A24
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RETAIL PET SALES “We believe in legislation to reduce pet WIDENING OFF-RAMPS Wayne Phillips, said noise levels from the
population. We really still cannot adopt our traffic have topped 60 decibels in his back-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 yard since the buffer was cleared.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 way out of this. The only way is for man to
show. The off-ramp improvements will re- Port St. Lucie Traffic Manager Heath
stop the breeding and keep the animals out duce traffic backups at the Tradition Park- Stockton said the city would work with the
way exit when there are events at Tradition homeowners to seek state money for a new
St. Lucie County’s initiative was patterned of the shelters.” Square, such as concerts, fireworks and landscape buffer along the highway. Port St.
food trucks, officials and homeowners said. Lucie may also consider planting a buffer
after an ordinance Indian River County com- Andrea Nicholson, of Dogs and Cats For- along the city drainage pond between the
The new road capacity is also needed highway and the homes.
missioners adopted in June 2019, records ever, Fort Pierce, also pushed for new laws to handle growth in western Port St. Luc-
ie, where plans call for the development of FDOT’s project will increase the efficien-
show, but it goes further. to control dog and cat populations. 38,000 residences and 16 million square feet cy of the I-95 off-ramps onto Tradition Park-
of business space in the next three decades. way and Gatlin Boulevard, Stockton said.
Under St. Lucie’s pro-
Several southwest Port St. Lucie home- Southbound I-95 will be widened to pro-
posal, any dog or cat of- owners said the interchange improvements vide a 12-foot auxiliary lane leading to the
will make their travels easier. Tradition Parkway exit, records show. The
fered for sale must have a southbound off-ramp will be widened to
“Southbound, there are a lot of times add a right-turn lane and a left-turn lane.
current “certificate of vet- you can see traffic backed up trying to get
off during peak times,” said Bill Murbach, The I-95 northbound off-ramp to the
erinary inspection” and a of Alminar Street. “So this is going to help Gatlin Boulevard exit will be widened to add
that a lot.” a third left-turn lane, records show. Gatlin
“certificate of source” that Boulevard and Tradition Parkway will also
But Murbach and other homeowners be widened to handle three lanes from the
will be provided to the who attended a Jan. 28 public meeting off-ramps.
about the project said they were unhappy
buyer. FDOT cleared a vegetative buffer along the “It’s going to be a great safety improve-
highway, exposing their yards to harsher ment,” Stockton said. “Their goal was to
Dogs and cats must be sounds, brighter lights and less pleasant minimize any traffic backing up onto 95
views. because of traffic on the off-ramps. I think
at least eight weeks old and through the addition of these lanes they’re
“They came in and removed all the (Bra- going to accomplish that.”
receive a variety of immu- zilian) pepper trees,” said Gail Kleemann,
an Alminar Street homeowner. “We’ve been “It’s the gateway into the western part of
nizations before being of- asking nicely for two years to try to get a the city and all the development,” Stockton
buffer put back in place, just at least replace said about the Tradition Parkway exit. “It’s
fered for sale, the proposed what they took out.” going to be absolutely vital to get this done.
I’m glad FDOT had the foresight to do it now
ordinance says. Another Alminar Street homeowner, before the dire need.”
Parry and another top
animal advocate advised
St. Lucie County govern-
ments to undertake a vari-
ety of legislative measures
to control the increasing The county’s temporary animal shelter at Treasure Coast International Airport.
number of unwanted dogs
and cats because shelters and rescue orga- “Legislation is the key to success,” Nich-
nizations are being overwhelmed. olson said. “You can hand someone as much
The governments should consider a man- money as you want to; if you don’t have leg-
datory spay neuter ordinance to prevent islation to back it up to reduce population,
dogs and cats from reproducing, Parry said. they’re not going to make it. Nobody would.
“We don’t believe in expensive revolving There’s more coming in than anybody can
door sheltering,” Parry said. handle.”
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‘We’ve got to do this’: Mast advocates for Veterans History Project
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent them will be posted at www.mast.house. immediately knew he wanted to get every friend started talking about their military
gov/vhp. veteran’s story recorded for posterity. Staff at days. Kind realized he’d never heard many
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast did an interview in his office said he’d barely finished the inter- of his father’s military stories, so grabbed
December. Now he wants every veteran in The Veterans History Project started in view when he called in and said, “We’ve got a video camera and recorded the talking
his congressional district to do the same. His 2000. “The collection now numbers over to do this.” men.
office will host training sessions for volun- 110,000 individual accounts of U.S. vet-
teer interviewers and interview sessions for erans’ first-person experiences,” Monica Mast told St. Lucie Voice talking about his Kind figured there must be somewhere
veterans in February. Mohindra, head of program coordination military service to an interviewer made him he could submit a copy of the recording to
and communication, said in an emailed re- realize its importance. That, he said, can be be put on the then-growing Internet, so stu-
That December interview was for the Vet- sponse to inquiries. “Those veterans served a powerful antidote to a widely-acknowledge dents, historians and researches could see
erans History Project of the Library of Con- from WWI through the recent conflicts, and problem – the higher-than-average rate of it. He found none. The American Folklife
gress American Folklife Center. Mast is an the accounts are comprised of oral history deaths by suicide among veterans. The De- Center seemed the right place to start a col-
Army veteran who lost both legs in an enemy interviews, and/or original materials such partment of Veteran Affairs released its 2019 lection of veterans’ stories and documents,
attack while serving in support of Operation as original photographs, letters, manuscripts National Veteran Suicide Prevention Report so Kind filed a bill to make that happen. It
Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. including diaries, journals and memoirs and in September. It analyzed data from 2005 passed Congress with a unanimous vote by
documents.” to 2017, the last complete year of records, both houses.
“The Veterans History Project is not some- and found that the suicide rate for veterans
thing I was totally aware of in the past – until And it’s all online at www.loc.gov/vets. is about 1.5 times higher than it is for their The collection of veterans’ stories has
I participated in it,” said Mast, whose Con- “With the growing years and collections, non-veteran peers. grown from there.
gressional district includes St. Lucie County. VHP can now count over 850 published
books that cite the Veterans History Project “As we think about veteran suicide, any- Mast’s office hosted its first volunteer in-
The volunteer interviewer training session collections, and an increased understanding one’s suicide, it’s about a person’s (sense of) terviewer training on Jan. 18, and filming on
will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Okeechobee of the value not just in creating these lasting worth,” Mast said. “I think it’s important to Feb. 1. Both were in Martin County. He said
Branch Library, 5689 Okeechobee Blvd., West legacies, but that the users who work with show the worth of a person who put on the the response was startling.
Palm Beach, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The them give them even more life,” Mohindra uniform of this country.”
filming session will be on Saturday, Feb. 29, said in the email. “This is a snowball in exactly the way we
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Mast said he did an about 20-minute in- Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin proposed want it to snowball,” he said.
High School, 10600 Okeechobee Blvd., West terview for the Veterans History Project and creating the Veterans History Project after
Palm Beach. There will be more training and a family barbeque. His father and a family Mohindra said Mast’s Veteran History
filming sessions to come. Information about Project interview will be available to view
online by summer.
CITY MANAGER ership, to build a team of left three closings in Southern and credited him with “a job well done this
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 high-level professionals who Grove on the table,” Oravec
“I think you are an outstanding city
started selling land in the developer-aban- live by the city’s organiza- said. “I don’t ever want us to manager,” Morgan told Blackburn. “I think
doned Tradition Commerce Center. all other 411 cities out there should be very
tional values, understand take this special moment in jealous of who we have and don’t even
Blackburn also finished the $91 million think about coming and taking him away.”
Crosstown Parkway Bridge, started work why they are here and can time or our current opportu-
on road and sidewalk projects funded with Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo said
a 1/2 percent sales tax, and advanced sev- be trusted to meaningfully nities for granted. It’s not al- she gave Blackburn grades of “outstand-
eral projects in the new park under con- ing” or “exceeds job standards” in all per-
struction on Westmoreland Boulevard. advance our most important ways like this. We’re overdue formance categories.
“In the quest for continual improve- strategic priorities without for a recession.” “In relationship with the community,
ment, we can never rest on last year’s lau- he has done an excellent job,” Caraballo
rels,” Oravec told Blackburn. “This year, your day to day attention,” The other four council said. “He’s outstanding with organization-
for the first time since we’ve been working al management. I couldn’t ask for a better
together, I didn’t see a more reflective and Oravec said. members took turns prais- chief executive officer to work with.”
critical evaluation of opportunities for im-
provement in 2020.” “I don’t think you can do it ing Blackburn’s performance Councilman John Carvelli called Black-
burn’s performance “outstanding.”
“I’ve been waiting and wanting you, all by yourself Russ.” Russ Blackburn. without the slightest hint of
Russ, to shift into a higher gear of lead- “We are doing quite well as a city,”
In addition to beefing up criticism. Carvelli said. “A lot of good stuff happened
this year and last year.”
the executive leadership team, Blackburn “It’s been a great year,” said Vice Mayor
must improve his project management Shannon Martin.
and push to complete land sales in Tradi- “We’ve gotten many things accom-
tion Commerce Center and City Center, plished, more things than I expected. I’m
Oravec said. very proud of how everyone is working to-
“I don’t want us to find ourselves in the gether and stepping up to the plate.”
next recession lamenting that we didn’t Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan said
push on City Center harder, or that we she was “honored” to work with Blackburn
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NURSING HOME HOMICIDE Parks and Rec latest cyber attack victim Her conversation with Hawkins was re-
dacted fully from the arrest report and no
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 Just as the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s “At this time, the City has no reason summation was given.
Office resumes most of its normal oper-
The suspect’s sister, who offered her as- ations following a ransomware cyber at- to believe that any personal or financial Morell had been admitted into Tiffany
sistance in the case, suggested money might tack, the City of Port St. Lucie’s Parks and Hall in September 2019 following the im-
have been a reason behind her accused Recreation Department was exposed to information was at risk,” Blackburn said plantation of a feeding tube. He had used
brother’s murderous act. Authorities have malware. all of his 100-day benefit with Medicare and
not released details on what caused William in a prepared statement. He said the city Bostinto had assumed the payment of keep-
Hawkins to allegedly smother to death Rob- The city has not released much infor- ing Morell there as a private patient until she
ert Morell on Jan. 5. mation about the incident and has not doesn’t expect any negative impacts to was able to bring him home to their condo in
explained how the exposure occurred. Fort Pierce.
What has been released appears to be a The Port St. Lucie Police Department is services or residents.
sort of love triangle – at the center of which investigating the incident. At the time of the murder, Port St. Lucie
was Morell’s girlfriend, Angeline Bostinto, Sarah Prohaska, a spokeswoman for police said there was no danger to the public;
who was also in a relationship with Hawkins. The malware exposure occurred last it was considered an isolated incident.
Hawkins and Morell knew each other from Wednesday, Jan. 29, and only affected a the city, said all parks and rec “operations
before the nursing home, according to the minimal amount of information, accord- On Jan. 6, the day after the murder, Haw-
arrest report, and Hawkins had logged sever- ing to City Manager Russ Blackburn. continued without hindrance and no in- kins was arrested on a charge of grand theft
al visits to the home prior to the murder. auto and trespassing. According to the re-
terruption of public services was experi- port, he had stolen Bostinto’s car on Jan. 4
In the days leading up to the murder, and crashed it into a canal on Jan. 5, where
Bostinto later told investigators, she became enced.” it was discovered around 7 a.m. On Jan. 6,
uneasy with Hawkins. He had made multi- the Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious
ple comments about how Bostinto could kill Blackburn said that the city would persons call in Fort Pierce and discovered
Morell by injecting Morell’s feeding tube with Hawkins sleeping on a couch inside a shed
the insulin she gives her cat. not release more information currently located on his aunt’s property.
Bostinto relayed to investigators that she as the exposure is still under investiga- Bostinto’s car was found a half-mile away
rejected Hawkins’ suggestions, but did have from the shed, the report noted.
a “gut feeling” that something might happen. tion. – DEBBIE CARSON
Hawkins told authorities that he was cold
Those comments led her to call the Tiffany about the rejection of Hawkins as a visitor, Hawkins’ sister came forward and offered and needed a place to stay, so he broke into
Hall facility on Jan. 4, to invoke her power of it remains unclear in the arrest report how her help in getting Hawkins to talk about the shed. At that time, he was charged with
attorney on Morell’s behest, and told the staff Hawkins got into Morell’s room. Policy, ac- what happened. Hawkins was arrested on burglary of an occupied dwelling, larceny/
she did not want Hawkins being allowed for cording to what the facility administrator Jan. 6 in connection with other crimes and petit theft, vehicle theft, trespassing, and
a visit. According to arrest records, Bostinto told police, is that family has 24/7 access to was in jail. She told investigators that, as his criminal mischief – property damage.
did not tell staff why and that, simply, she the patient and checks in at the desk. Others, little sister, she could get him to open up.
was in a rush. too, must be checked in. And those visiting Since his arrest on those charges on Jan. 6,
after 8 p.m. must ring the doorbell and wait “She went to tell me the reason she felt Hawkins has been held at the St. Lucie Coun-
Though a note was made in Morell’s file for staff to let them in. the suspect committed the murder had to ty jail. He now faces a first-degree premedi-
do with money,” the investigator wrote in the tated murder charge.
According to the arrest report, those on report. “She said when her father died, they
staff that night did not recall allowing Haw- were supposed to get a large inheritance and
kins in. Staff working that night were able to they didn’t. (The sister) said when she read
identify Hawkins in a photo lineup, which the articles about the murder, she immedi-
led investigators to pursue him as a suspect. ately believed it had to do with the victim’s
Following media coverage of the murder,
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IN LOVING MEMORY EAGLE-EYED CITIZEN ASSISTS
COPS IN BASS PRO SHOP CASE
MARIE LaROSE, 88 mother, stepmother, grandma and memaw.
Port St. Lucie Survivors include her stepdaughter, Di- BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Marie “Mary” M. LaRose (nee Lonergan), ane (Mike) Murray of Tequesta, Fla.; Wil-
88, of Port St. Lucie passed to her eternal re- liam James (Amy) Enriquez of West Palm An alert citizen sitting in a vehicle in a
ward in January at Delray Medical Center. Beach; foster children, Robert Morales of nearby parking lot knew something was
Fort Pierce, Caitlyn McMinn of Vero Beach, amiss when a U-Haul box truck pulled
She resided in the Delray Beach and Port Jason Fox of Manhattan, N.Y., Matthew Fox up in front of the Tradition-area Bass Pro
St. Lucie areas for the past 30 years. of Port St. Lucie and Daniel Fox of West Palm Shop shortly after midnight on Jan. 30.
Beach; grandchildren, Madeline Murray of
Marie was born in East Dedham, Mass., Tequesta, Meagan Murray of Tequesta, Mi- That citizen called police – and au-
Jan. 28, 1932, to Francis and Blanche Levan- chael Murray of Tequesta, Rose Morales of thorities from the Port St. Lucie and Fort
gie. She grew up in East Dedham and Ports- Fort Pierce, Matthew Murray of Tequesta, Pierce police departments and the St.
mouth, N.H.; it was there that she met her Emma Ives of Fort Pierce, Violette Morales Lucie County Sheriff’s Office responded.
first husband, William Lonergan, whom she of Fort Pierce and Miles Murray of Tequesta.
predeceased by 38 years. The U-Haul was backed into the glass
JOSEPHINE BERRIOS, 92 doors of the store, allowing the eight
Marie then met Marcel LaRose and was St. Lucie West people in the truck to quickly gain ac-
remarried. She lived happily with him for cess. They grabbed a dozen rifles and
over 20 years in Wallingford, Conn., and Josephine Berrios, 92, of St. Lucie West in two hard rubber training firearms and
then Port St. Lucie. Port St. Lucie, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. fled in the truck, leaving the pull-down
14 at Saint Lucie Rehabilitation and Health- door open.
SUSAN DURANTE COX, 61 care in Port St. Lucie. Born in Ponce, Puerto
Port St. Lucie Rico, she had been a Florida resident for six A responding Port St. Lucie Police of-
years, coming from New York. ficer spotted the U-Haul heading north-
Susan Durante Cox, 61, of Port St. Lucie bound on Interstate 95 and requested
passed away peacefully on Jan. 20 in Stuart, She was a nurse’s aide in New York prior additional officers for assistance. The St.
Fla. Susan was born on Sept. 27, 1958, in to her retirement. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office responded
Horn Lake, Miss., and then found her forev- as the truck exited onto Midway Road,
er home in Port St. Lucie. Survivors include four sons, Alex Berrios headed to Fort Pierce.
(wife, Kathy) of Port St. Lucie, Randy Berrios
She was married to Travis for six won- (wife, Nivea) of Palm City, Fla., Joseph Ortiz The Sheriff’s Office stopped the truck,
derful years and he was the love of her life. (wife, Julie) of Virginia and Victor Berrios of but the suspects fled on foot. The Sher-
Susan was an animal lover, loved fairies, Port St. Lucie; 10 grandchildren; and eight iff’s Air and K-9 units were deployed.
Tinkerbell and dreamcatchers. She was a great-grandchildren.
compassionate person, a beloved foster The Fort Pierce Police Department
also responded, and between all three
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Clearly, vaping can kill – but no one’s sure exactly why
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer pods or custom containers ly banned by the FDA, but black-market
manufacturers continue to produce the
One of the most talked about – yet least with propylene glycol and products.
understood – emergency lung problems
in the U.S. today seems to be directly tied glycerol, as well as assorted Meanwhile e-cigarettes aren’t just used
to something that didn’t even exist just 20 as a nicotine or fruit-flavor delivery system
years ago. flavor additives that create anymore.
Vaping. the vapor to be inhaled. Instead, they have become a popular
Dr. Andrei Yankovich, a pulmonologist, delivery system for THC, the psychoactive
knows more about the impact of vaping THC and other drugs are component of the marijuana plant.
than most any layperson but even he admits
that no one can identify with certainty the included in the vapor-pro- The CDC reports that 82 percent of the
precise cause of the current crisis. lung patients hospitalized after vaping re-
What crisis? ducing liquid in some cases. ported using THC-containing products.
According to the New York Times, the
Centers for Disease Control and a range of Yale Medicine says the That number makes it seem as if THC is
state health agencies reported more than the chief culprit in the outbreak of lung in-
2,600 vaping-related lung injury cases in Au- mysterious lung illnesses fections, but Yankovich says there is much
gust 2019 that were so severe they required that’s still unknown about the cause of the
hospitalization. the CDC is investigating crisis.
Of those 2,600-plus cases in a single
month, at least 59 resulted in death. have been dubbed “EVALI,” “It could be related to cannabinoids,” he
Figuring out why vaping is killing people says, but quickly adds “it could be related
is complicated, in part because there are so an acronym for “e-cigarette to nicotine. It could be also related to some
many chemicals involved and because vap- of the oils used as additives [in vaping com-
ing products are produced via unregulated or vaping product use-as- pounds], including vitamin E acetate.”
Vaping involves using a device – usually sociated lung injury.” Most Vitamin E acetate, a substance com-
called an e-cigarette or vape pen – that elec- monly found in topical skin care products,
tronically heats up a small amount of liquid, of these severe and some- showed up in the lungs of 94 percent of
turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. EVALI patients surveyed in the CDC’s inves-
Most vaping liquids are sold in cartridges, times-fatal lung infections tigation, and Yankovich says the substance
is “the leading candidate, in my opinion,
have occurred in otherwise but it’s really hard to say exactly what the
cause is now.”
healthy individuals. Dr. Andrei Yankovich. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
The CDC says the most recent laboratory
“As more details emerged,
doctors and researchers discovered that all accent from his native Belarus, “who come
these patients shared at least one common in and say, ‘Oh, I’m trying to quit smoking.
risk: All reported they had recently used That’s why I’m doing vapes.’ But I am trying
e-cigarette or vaping products,” according to convince them not to do that.”
to Yale Medicine. What sparks an angrier reaction from
The irony here is that vaping products Yankovich is a New England Journal of Med-
were initially promoted as a “healthier icine article from October 2019 that reports
way” for cigarette smokers to get the nico- 20 percent of high school students have
tine they craved. tried vaping, often using products with fruit-
Yankovich knows that story well. “I still or bubble gum-flavored liquids.
have patients,” he says with just a hint of an Flavored vaping liquid was recent-
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data show that vitamin E acetate is “close- “informal sources” – meaning friends, street or medical dispensaries or vape or smoke And it might also possibly save your life.
ly associated” with EVALI but, as of now, it dealers or by going online instead of going shops and stores.
cannot say it is the actual root cause of these through licensed dispensaries. Dr. Andrei Yankovich is with Riverside Pul-
pulmonary emergencies and deaths. If you vape – or ever have – and start to monary and Internal Medicine and the Stew-
Indeed, only 16 percent of patients with experience any kind of breathing problems, ard Health Group. His offices are at 12920
That’s in no small part because about 80 these lung infections reported acquiring consult your primary care physician or a U.S. 1, Suite A in Sebastian where the phone
percent of vaping product users report buy- their vaping products exclusively from com- pulmonologist like Yankovich immediately. number is 772-388-8323.
ing their supplies from what the CDC calls mercial sources such as recreational and/
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TARGETING MEDICAL MARIJUANA’S
MANY ‘MYTHS’ AT UPCOMING TALK
Winter Special Includes Exam, BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent Dr. Jessica McCain.
$59 Xray, Cleaning SLV Dr. Jessica McCain brings science into na. “Then I talk about the science of can-
the marijuana discussion. nabis,” McCain said.
NEW PATIENTS SC (0150)
(0272) (1110) McCain, a physician at Southern Com- And, she said, there is a lot of science
fort Marijuana Clinic in St. Lucie West, about how different delivery methods
Expires 02/29/20 will speak on “Debunking the Marijuana work for various conditions. Last March
Insurance Accepted Myths” at the Brennity at Tradition, Thurs- the Florida Legislature and Gov. Ron De-
day, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Santis overturned a previous ban on smok-
New Patient Special ing medical marijuana signed into law by
BEST “I just sum it up that there is plenty of his predecessor, now Sen. Rick Scott.
.00 research,” she said.
$PRICE ON SLV “Inhalation is a medically viable way to
Florida voters made clear they didn’t use (marijuana),” McCain said.
985CROWNS buy into decades-old negative claims
SC (2950) (2750) • Expires 02/29/20 • Insurance Accepted about marijuana. In the 2016 general elec- Some prefer vaporizing rather than di-
tion, voters approved the Florida Medical rectly lighting up marijuana. There are al-
NEW PATIENTS Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amend- ternatives to either.
FREE Dental Consultation ment 2, with 71 percent of the vote. The
/ Second Opinion referendum amended the Florida Consti- “The next most popular method is the
SLV tution, Article X, to allow “the medical use drops that go under the tongue,” McCain
of marijuana by a qualifying patient.” said. “The other way you can use cannabis
Including: X-ray (0220) • Exam (0140) • Expires 02/29/20 is swallowing it, but that has to go through
The state constitutional amendment the liver and can take two hours to kick in.”
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! doesn’t negate federal laws prohibiting
marijuana. Marijuana doesn’t have to get one high
The patient and any other person responsible for payment have the right to refuse to pay, cancel, to deliver medicinal benefit. Indeed, heat
or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed Outlandish claims weren’t and aren’t lim- activates the compounds responsible for
as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to this advertisement for the free or reduced fee ited to those who oppose marijuana use. To the pot high. Eating marijuana raw won’t
hear some medical marijuana evangelists get a person intoxicated.
service, examination, or treatment. tell it, pot cures every nameable ill. The ref-
erendum was, and the Florida Constitution “I actually have someone who’s a pain
Call Now for 772-344-3300 is, more specific about when physicians patient and that’s the only way he uses it –
Appointment 1707 N.W. St Lucie West Blvd. can certify that a patient may benefit from eating it raw,” McCain said.
Suite 126 • St Lucie West and get marijuana for medicinal purposes.
(next to Tropical Smoothie) The general term in the Constitution is “de- Marijuana comes in creams and rubs.
bilitating medical condition.” “Even suppositories,” McCain said. “I have
men and women who use suppositories.”
The state Constitution specifically
names: “cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, pos- Southern Comfort Marijuana Clinic
itive status for human immunodeficiency doesn’t sell marijuana. Dr. Nick Lezama
virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency and McCain consult with patients about
syndrome (AIDS), post‐traumatic stress whether or not marijuana can help their
disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral scle- conditions. If one of the physicians certi-
rosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s fies a need and benefit, the patients can
disease, multiple sclerosis, or other de- then apply for medical marijuana cards to
bilitating medical conditions of the same visit dispensaries.
kind or class as or comparable to those
enumerated, and for which a physician To reserve seats for the talk, email or call
believes that the medical use of marijuana Karey Graham at [email protected]
would likely outweigh the potential health com and 772-345-2700. Brennity at Tradi-
risks for a patient.” tion is located at 10685 SW Stony Creek Way.
In other words, Florida law isn’t a pot The Southern Comfort clinic is in St. Lucie
free-for-all. But, how did we get to the West at 540 NW University Blvd., unit 202.
place of needing a constitutional referen- Visit online at www.socommjclinic.com.
dum to allow people to use marijuana and
derivatives for medicinal reasons? How did
it come to be in the most restricted class of
drugs alongside heroin, LSD, methaqua-
lone and other so-called “hard drugs” not
considered to have medicinal value?
“I like to start out the conversation with
the history of cannabis,” McCain said.
“How there was such propaganda about
She said while the United States had
fiercely enforced laws against marijuana
that curtailed research on its medicinal
uses, other countries were more open to
allowing the studies. As a result, McCain
said, there is a large body of international
research detailing the benefits of marijua-
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist darker gorgeous custom cabinets with a for the family to eat or to enjoy a cup of cof- screened and covered lanai with a built-in
[email protected] matching built-in refrigerator, lighter gran- fee while enjoying the view. There is also a summer kitchen, pool and spa. You and
ite countertops and decorative backsplash. den (12-by-12) that could serve as an office your guests will love relaxing poolside with
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the courtyard entrance way, this house has
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and step onto the travertine tile with dec-
orative inlay to the formal dining room (13
feet by 12 feet) and the living room, a spa-
cious 21-by-17. The latter has simply lovely
views of the lake beyond.
The adjacent kitchen, an enviable 17-
by-12, is truly the heart of this home, with
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FEATURES FOR 9884 SW TORRIENTE LANE
caterers and also for cooking classes. There Neighborhood: PGA Verano • Year built: 2007 • Construction: Block areas, crown molding, surround-sound
is a billiards room, an arts and crafts room, Square footage: 2,944 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 3,502 speakers and designer woodwork. All are
card rooms for men and women, an indoor Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 4.5 • Security: manned gate extra touches that truly add to the elegance
heated pool with lanes, locker rooms with Flooring: Travertine tile in all common areas of this home. Outside, there is a wonderful
saunas and a massage room, an exercise Additional features: pool, lake views, crown molding, sur- screened and covered lanai with built-in
room for classes like Zumba and yoga, and round-sound system, designer woodwork, new fridge 2018, summer kitchen, a pool and spa and exten-
a fitness center to rival many commercial sive lake views. This home truly has it all.”
centers. Outside, there are grills for pool glass cook top 2018, stainless-steel kitchen sink 2019, buried
parties, covered cabanas, a large heated
pool with walk-down to make it easier for propane runs pool and gas grill
little ones, bocce ball, tennis and basketball.
There are classes and special interest groups Community amenities: basketball, clubhouse, community
for painters, foodies, game lovers, crafters room, exercise room, game room, library, pool, tennis
and just about anything else you can name.
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Listing agent: Kay Rodriguez, 772-486-2126
Listing price: $689,000
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
An impressive 14 transactions of single-family residences and lots were reported last week in
the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate market (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the residence at 11429 SW Lake Park Drive. First listed last March
for $316,890, this 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home sold for $301,890 on Jan. 27.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Lisa Crovato of the Keyes Company. Repre-
senting the buyer was agent Corinne Lexer of Keller Williams Realty of Port St. Lucie.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11429 SW LAKE PARK DRIVE 3/27/2019 $316,890 1/27/2020 $285,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1518 SW MOCKINGBIRD CIRCLE 7/18/2019 $299,000 1/29/2020 $265,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10191 SW DOLCE ROAD 9/14/2019 $299,900 1/29/2020 $260,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 19026 SW POSITANO WAY 11/13/2019 $299,000 1/30/2020 $255,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5812 NW BREEZY BROOK COURT 11/4/2019 $269,999 1/27/2020 $237,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 193 NW BENTLEY CIRCLE 4/22/2019 $259,900 1/31/2020 $228,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 633 NW VENETTO COURT 11/20/2019 $235,000 1/31/2020 $222,800
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5862 NW CULLOM CIRCLE 11/25/2019 $222,800 1/28/2020 $211,250
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5090 NW FIDDLE LEAF CT 8/1/2019 $219,900 1/27/2020 $209,888
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7068 TORREY PINES CIRCLE 10/30/2019 $219,888 1/31/2020 $205,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10672 SW GINGERMILL DRIVE 11/20/2019 $209,900 1/31/2020 $171,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9651 SW GLENBROOK DRIVE 6/21/2019 $183,995 1/27/2020 $168,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 978 NW TUSCANY DRIVE 12/21/2019 $169,900 1/30/2020
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back porch, tile roof, paver driveway and Lanai, upgraded tile split bedrooms, and patio door from the master bedroom. This home
floors and granite countertops throughout including Laundry. includes pool with water feature, screen enclosure and travertine pavers
Backsplash in kitchen and SS GE Profile appliances including on patio and pool decking area. Additional highlights include, porcelain
wall ovens, dishwasher, microwave cooktop and French door tile throughout, quartz countertops, 36” natural gas cooktop, wall
refrigerator. Garage includes workshop. HOA is $155/month and oven including convection & microwave, crown molding, LED under-
includes lawn maintenance. LAST opportunity in Community. cabinet lighting, vented stainless hood and double full lite entry doors.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
1518 SW Mockingbird Circle, Port Saint Lucie 10191 SW Dolce Road, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 7/18/2019 Listing Date: 9/14/2019
Original Price: $299,000 Original Price: $299,900
Sold: 1/29/2020 Sold: 1/29/2020
Selling Price: $285,000 Selling Price: $265,000
Listing Agent: William Eggeling Listing Agent: Deborah Williams-Nolte
Selling Agent: RE/MAX 100 Riverside Inc Selling Agent: Bex Realty, LLC
Edward Mark Iris Walters
Robert Slack LLC Keller Williams Realty
19026 SW Positano Way, Port Saint Lucie 5812 NW Breezy Brook Court, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 11/13/2019 Listing Date: 11/4/2019
Original Price: $299,000 Original Price: $269,999
Sold: 1/30/2020 Sold: 1/27/2020
Selling Price: $260,000 Selling Price: $255,000
Listing Agent: Kay Rodriguez Listing Agent: Abnelle Belliard
Selling Agent: Lang Realty Selling Agent: Real Estate Solutions Today
Kay Rodriguez Richard Thayer
Lang Realty Florida Capital Realty
OPEN HOUSE This Week’s
Sunday, February 9th 12:Noon – 3:PM FEATURED LISTING
TRADITION - VITALIA PGA VILLAGE
9624 SW Royal Poinciana Dr 10121 Crosby Place
IMPRESSIVE ‘VANDERBILT’ MODEL OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, FEB. 9TH 1:pm-4:pm
This meticulously maintained contemporary style ‘’Vanderbilt’’ model in vibrant 55+ Vitalia NOT YOUR AVERAGE 3BEDROOM, 3BATHROOM,
at Tradition is a must see! Smart home features include a Nest thermostat, doorbell and an DEN WITH OVERSIZED GARAGE:
LG smart refrigerator. The gourmet kitchen also boasts 42’’ cabinets, dbl. wall ovens, a cook’s
island, drop-in gas cooktop, under cabinet lighting, beautiful white cabinets w/crown molding, Curb appeal extraordinaire • Freshly painted inside 12.27.19 • Painted exterior August 2016
a walk-in pantry, and a breakfast nook. The spacious great room with tray ceiling overlooks the • Oversized paver driveway • Whole house generator June 2018 • Accordion
extended screened lanai & lushly landscaped garden. Other features include full impact win- Shutters outside • Plantation Shutters inside • Crown molding• Custom closets
dows & doors, keyless garage entry, barrel tile roof, owner’s entry stop & drop, finished laundry
room with sink, remote controlled privacy blinds, new carpet and more. Come join the fun in • Cypress wainscoting in den and dining room • Huge screen enclosed salt-water pool
• Spa-Hot Tub • Gas lit stone fireplace on lanai • Viking outdoor kitchen $449,900
Vitalia’s 24,000 sf clubhouse. We have it all! RX-10571092 $334,900
The Reagan Team Ryan Reagan Tony Reagan David Paladino Sara Burnett Sloan
561-308-0807 772-333-0025 561-574-6490
NEW CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST 772 -618 -34 74
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Jim Insinga 772-233-2500
“Come to the Cascades!”
The best kept secret in Port St Lucie
The Cascades in Port St Lucie, Florida, is an active, resort-style, gated adult
community. Many homes have water views or views of natural preserved land.
This 55+ community is gated and features:
Rated the #1 value by 55Places.com in Florida
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Can walk to shops, grocery, restaurants & doctors
HOA with large reserves
INCLUDED in your home at Cascades for only $326/mth. - no increase in 3 years
Xfinity Fiber Optic expanded TV Cable, hi-speed internet, Wi-Fi; monitored home security
26,000 sf newly renovated clubhouse w/ballroom, 3 card rooms, 4 billiard tables , Media
room, Arts & Crafts Studio, Library, Kitchen
Sports complex featuring 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, 9 hole golf course, full time tennis pro,
gym, Yoga and Dance studio, Bocce Ball, Two New Pickleball courts
Lawn maintenance; twice weekly garbage removal
24/7 manned security & management office on-site
Spacious outdoor pool (heated and cooled) with spa
Tiki Bar for gatherings and special Sunday cocktail hours
Men’s and Women’s steam rooms
“Tricia O’Meara is the Cascades
Call Tricia at 772.618.3444 to view all inventory
37 years of sales experience and experience counts!
Quality Service Award Winner; Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Tricia O’Meara – Realtor 1082 SW Bayshore Blvd.
Port St Lucie, FL 34983
• 2019 Top Producer
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12890 HIGHWAY A1A 2666 SW CADET CIRCLE SW, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
VERO BEACH, FL NEW LISTING!
NEW LUXURY LISTING! This home has a large extended circular driveway & is beautifully landscaped. Enter into a comfortable front-screened
Pristine 5-bedroom beachfront getaway on the porch & beautiful double glass front doors. Well-maintained spacious Pool home-4 Bedroom, 2 bath split plan. Master
ocean sold turnkey. Enjoy the sunrise with your
coffee over the Atlantic Ocean from your 2nd suite has walk-in shower & roman tub. 2nd bath/cabana leads to pool area. Entertain family & friends in large formal
story balcony. And sip a glass of vino as you living area & comfortable dining room. Enjoy the privacy of your pool in a fully screened back patio with a fully fenced
watch the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway.
yard. The Kitchen offers a breakfast area, granite counters & Stainless appliances. Offered at $339,900.
A rare find to have both! Can also be used as
a successful vacation rental -- $100K in rental
income this past year! Nestled in Vero Beach
& just ranked 4th happiest beach town in the
US and known as the gateway to the tropics.
Surrounded by Florida’s best fishing, nature
preserves, surfing, and culture. An easy drive to
attractions/airports. A slice of secluded beach
paradise that’s close to anything you need, &
can generate income when you’re not there!
Offered at $1,850,000
217 SW WHITEWOOD DRIVE, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL – NEW LISTING! 2566 SE OAKLYN STREET, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL
Florida Living! Enter this spacious home & you’ll be greeted by the views of your solar heated pool
overlooking an 8 mile lake perfect for fishing, boating or watching the birds. This fabulous home includes Double lot home with fenced yard. This home is less than quarter mile from C-24 Canal park with
an oversized family room w/ vaulted ceilings, fully renovated large kitchen with top of the line solid wood
boat ramp and short ride to Jessica Clinton Park. 3 bedroom home includes: Formal living room and
soft close cabinets, granite, & stainless appliances is perfect for entertaining. Lots of space including
a formal dining room w/ plantation shutters, formal living room which can easily be converted to an dining area, Kitchen opens to family room with wood fireplace and enclosed sunroom with spa hot
office/den plus 4 bedrooms. Tile and laminate throughout the home. NO CARPET! Mature landscaping
tub. Shed on property for extra storage. 2 car garage with laundry. Owner installed impact windows,
including fruit trees. Hurricane accordion shutters are a nice upgrade too! Offered at $329,900.
doors and garage door. Come see this home and make it yours! Offered at $232,500.
10497 SW STRATTON DRIVE, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 5716 BIRCH DRIVE, FORT PIERCE, FL – NEW LISTING!
Desirable INDIAN RIVER ESTATES close to Preserve, Lagoon and beaches! Inside was remodeled in 2017.
MOVE IN READY - 2/2/2 Divosta Capri home w/ quiet peaceful garden view. Immaculate home in desirable Kitchen has gorgeous granite counters & beautiful back splash! Newer Tile flooring thruout. Master w/ large
walk-in closet & beautifully remodeled bath. Large Living Room, Living Room and Dining area have Lovely
Tradition, features a spacious open floor plan with two master suites. Screened patio area; central vacuum
paddle fans. Laundry room w/ plenty of storage. Outside has NEW SIDING, GUTTERS and NEW PAINT.
system, laundry room w/sink, newer appliances. HOA fee includes 24 her manned guard gate. basic Storm Panels included. Garage converted to 3rd bedroom. Fenced in back yard w/shed. Space to store RV
cable, internet, clubhouse, and all lawn maintenance. 2 heated pools, tennis, basketball, pickle ball, gym, or Boat in back yard w/double wide gate. No mandatory HOA. Offered at $189,000.
clubhouse, playground and so much more. Enjoy all Tradition has to offer. Offered at $220,000.
Elise Danielian Ingrid Hewitt Isabelle Pollock
772-418-2992 772-203-7800 772-713-3221
[email protected] [email protected]
PGA VILLAGE $499,900 KING’S ISLE $220,000 PGA VERANO $494,500 LAKE CHARLES $309,900
NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING!
3 CAR GARAGE HOME IN PGA FSrPesOhlTy LpaEinStSedH2BORM+DEenI/N2BKA/I2NCGG’hSomISeLwEit!h FORMER MODEL HOME LOADED PRIVACY ABOUNDS - COURTYARD
VILLAGE W/ DOUBLE FAIRWAY 3WBR//2U.5PBAG/2RCGApDooElSan!d spa home on quiet street w/ WPOell OmaLintHainOedM3BER!/3BA/2CG courtyard plan in Lake
LVoIviEngWly Sm!aintained 4BR/3BA/3CG POOL & SPA garden views in the Isle of Madeira. Tile and Charles. Expanded kitchen with white cabinetry, granite
laminate flooring throughout, accordion shutters, lake views. Numerous upgrades including custom wood counters, center island and SS appliances. Neutral tile
home with updated kitchen, gas fireplace, pocketing screened & partially covered lanai and open work t/o, beautiful tiling, IMPACT GLASS windows & t/o main living areas and crown molding. Cabana suite
slider doors and tray ceilings. Other special features living spaces. Fantastic community with plentiful doors and vanishing edge pool. Gourmet kitchen perfect is perfect for guests or in-laws. Great opportunity in a
include accordion shutters, new ACs (2018), new water amenities and activities. Centrally located to all for entertaining. Call today! wonderful community.
heater (2018), central vacuum and more. Call today! SLW has to offer. RX-10589277 17104 SW Ambrose Way RX-10588264 809 SW St. Andrew’s Cove
RX-10596353 8116 Kiawah Trace RX-10597209 877 NW Sarria Court
PGA VERANO $664,900 PGA VERANO $649,900 PGA VILLAGE $519,900 PGA VERANO $595,000
JUST REDUCED! JUST REDUCED! JUST REDUCED!
ONE OF A KIND STUNNER W/ HIGHLY UPGRADED POOL HOME GORGEOUS KINGSLEY FLOOR STUNNING GOLF & WATER VIEWS
SGophOisticLatedF& e&leganWt homAe oTn arEguaRbly thVe beIstElotWin allSof V!e!rano. This 3 BR +DEN/3BA/3CG – GORGEOUS LAKE VIEW PLAN IN PGA VILLAGE! Meticulously maintained “Collina” floor plan. 4BR, 3.5BA,
‘Biella’ floor plan will CAPTIVATE you! Beautiful wood flooring, crown molding & custom This ‘Bellacerra’ floor plan has 3BR, PLUS Den, This 3BR+Den/2.5BA/2CG home features golf & 2.5CG home features elegant finishes T/O, a chef’s dream
woodwork t/o. Upgraded light fixtures & ceiling fans, Hunter Douglas blinds. Gourmet kitchen 3.5BA, 3CG, and beautiful finishes throughout, Chef’s water views. Recently updated WHITE KITCHEN kitchen w/butler’s pantry, beautifully upgraded master-suite
has white 42’ level 5 cabinetry, Bianco Carrera Quartz counters, GE profile SS appliances, under kitchen, the lanai is an entertainer’s dream with w/ QUARTZ counters, stainless appliances, 42” with frameless glass shower. The expanded & screened
cabinet lighting & breakfast nook! Master Suite features 3 walk-in closets, luxurious en-suite summer kitchen, stunning heated pool & spa, picture wood cabinetry, chef ’s island, spacious pantry lanai is a wonderful spot to relax & enjoy the views.
w/ claw foot tub, frameless glass shower, separate vanities w/ marble tops & designer lighting. frame screen design allows to maximize the views. and undermount sink. Plantation shutters, tile RX-10544165 10143 SW Visconti Way
RX-10556917 10114 SW Nuova Way RX-10565581 20090 SW Matera Way throughout, beautiful views and oversized lanai.
RX-10578926 9306 Briarcliff Trace
TRADITION $319,000 PGA VERANO $595,000 PGA VILLAGE $359,000 PGA VILLAGE $314,900
NEW LISTING! PICTURE PERFECT COLLINA PLAN JUST REDUCED! JUST REDUCED!
AMAZING LONG LAKE VIEWS IN Stunning 3BR+Den/4.5BA/2CG home with numerous upgrades t/o. FAIRVIEW MODEL WITH POOL BEAUTIFUL LAKE VIEW HOME IN
TOWNPARK! Impact glass windows & doors! Spacious, bright kitchen with soft Well cared for 2BR PLUS den, 2BA pool home DESIRABLE GREENBRIER SUBDIVISION
Bright and airy 3BR/2.5BA/2CG home in the heart of Tradition. close features, light cabinetry, granite counter tops & stainless steel is A MUST SEE! Open great room design with “MidOcean” floor plan with 2BR+Den and 2.5 BA. Special
Recently updated with white kitchen, quartz waterfall counters, appliances! Wood-look tile t/o the main living areas, custom wood vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen with SS appls, features include BRAND NEW STAINLESS KITCHEN
stainless appliances and single basin sink. Wood look tile flooring vmwiouerwckh!&mRbourXeil.t--C1ina0bs,a5cn7rao9wb1ant2hm8rool1odmi7n0go,0fufp0tghrSeadWfaemd liSilgyahrtpofiroximtuWr!eCsa,aaylnl dtosdoay to Corian counters. Spacious master suite features APPLIANCES, tile t/o entire house, fresh interior paint, phantom
on first and second floors! Large fenced backyard is perfect for oversized walk-in closets and large spa-like screen door, newer WH, crown molding and large extended &
pets. Recently painted exterior and new WH in 2019. Call today! ensuite. Screened lanai with pool & spa. screened lanai. RX-10542719 7655 Greenbrier Cir.
RX-10592633 12049 SW Knightsbridge Lane RX-10531569 9024 Short Chip Circle
VERONA LAKES $209,500 FORT PIERCE $986,000 PALM CITY $349,900 PGA VILLAGE $224,900
JUST REDUCED! 4.32 ACRE COUNTRY ESTATE W/ BRING YOUR BOAT & RV - NO HOA! TORREY PINES – MOVE-IN READY!
CONVENIENT LOCATION Fantastic Palm City location! Enjoy wide water access without the waterfront price. Recently updated 2BR, 2BA, 2CG ‘Andover’ floor plan
BETTER THAN NEW! MOVE IN Custom built 6BD/5.5BA/3CG pool home with something 4BR/3BA/2CG home is completely renovated. Recent upgrades incl. NEW METAL on corner lot. This light & bright home features an
READY VILLA IN VERONA LAKES for everyone. IMPACT GLASS windows, LED lighting, ROOF in ‘19, IMPACT GLASS windows and accordion shutters, septic redone oversized living room, spacious kitchen w/granite,
Lennar built villa completed in 2018! Plenty of space for everyone with sauna, game room and more!2 in-law/guest suites - perfect in ‘18, new gutters in ‘19, newer AC and fenced yard. Tile t/o the home, beautiful Bosch stainless appliances, subway tile backsplash,
3BR/2BA/1CG. Features include tile through main living areas, fresh interior for multi-generational living. Salt water pool area with white-washed brick fireplace, updated bths, french doors leading to the screened screened & covered patio can be accessed from the
paint, front load washer & dryer and upgraded window treatments. Open built-in water slide, rock waterfall, hot tub and more. lanai. The kitchen features granite counters, stainless appliances, wood cabinetry living room or master-bedroom
kitchen w/ granite counters, ss appliances, glass tile backsplash & 42” cabinetry. Call today! RX-10567598 6201 Oleander Ave and center island. RX-10558496 1399 SW Ibis Street RX-10563979 7071 Torrey Pines Circle
Walking distance to the amenities, including future clubhouse. Call today!
RX-10574933 10139 W Villa Circle
KAY RODRIGUEZ THE #1 TOP PRODUCER SINCE 2000
Kay Rodriguez When you are looking for the best, give us a ring! Chris Rodriguez
Call Kay Rodriguez @ 772-486-2126
WE [email protected]
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W W W. P S L R E A L E S TAT E P R O S . C O M
VPIGLLAAGE OPEN HOUSE SUN. FEB. 9 from 1PM-4PM
$78 9 ,000
CUSTOM POOL HOME W/EXPANSIVE
LAKE & GOLF VIEWS!
Beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home boasts amazing kitchen
w/quartz counters, tile back splash, 42” soft close cabinets with pulls, SS
appliances inc. 6-burner gas stove, built in microwave & wine fridge. Huge
master suite with sitting area and slider to covered screened lanai that over-
looks the sparkling pool, lake, golf course & park like back yard with fire pit
and fruit trees. RX-10584081 7417 LAURELS PL.
8305 Holley Tree Trail, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PGA VILLAGE PGA VILLAGE PGA VILLAGE TRADITION -VITALIA
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb 9th 1-4 / 8928 ONE PUTT PLACE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb 9th 1-4 / 10121 CROSBY PLACE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb 9th 1:30-4 / 7339 RESERVE CREEK OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, Feb 9th 12-3 / 9624 ROYAL POINCIANA WAY
POOL HOME– EXPANSIVE GOLF & LAKE VIEWS The ‘St. Andrew’s’ floor This upgraded 3BR, 3BA, PLUS Den home is ready for you to call home! Stun- AMAZING GOLF & LAKE VIEWS Custom Pool home on private half acre. IMPRESSIVE ‘VANDERBILT’ MODEL Meticulously cared for 2BR, 2BA
plan is a great room plan w/3BR PLUS den, 2.5BA, 2CG + room for golf-cart. Kitchen ning outside area w/screened in saltwater pool, summer kitchen & gas stone 4BR, (4th bdrm used as office w/built- ins, 2.5BA, 2.5CG, bright open kitchen PLUS Den, 2CG, smart home w/Nest thermostat, doorbell & LG smart
w/granite, SS, crown molding throughout, covered & screened lanai w/pool. fireplace. Freshly painted inside, whole house generator 2018 + so much more. w/b’fast area, large great room, huge screened lanai w/pool. refrigerator, gourmet kitchen w/gas cooktop, extended screened lanai.
Linda MacCormack 772-812-0469 Jim Insinga 772-233-2500; Sara Sloan 772-618-3474 Kay Rodriguez 772-486-2126; Linda Hart 772-595-2822 Tony Reagan 772-333-0025; Ryan Reagan 561-308-0807
RX-10582520 $494,900 RX-10587897 $449,900 RX-10577129 $429,000 RX-10571092 $334,900
PGA VERANO PGA VILLAGE LAKE FOREST PGA VERANO
POPULAR ‘ALESSA’ FLOOR PLAN Open & Bright, 3BR, 2.5BA,with STUNNING WATER & TRIPLE FAIRWAY VIEWS! This gorgeous home GORGEOUS LAKE VIEW Great location in the desirable community of 2 YEARS YOUNG ‘ISABELLA’ FLOOR PLAN Desirable floor plan w/2BR,
a side-load 2CG. Home boasts many upgrades throughout, a large has extensive upgrades with 4 bedroom suites, kitchen with new granite, SS Lake Forest. This CBS home features, 3BR, 2BA, 2CG, a screened front 2BA PLUS Den, 2CG home w/tile in common areas, open concept kitchen
covered and screened-in lanai offering gorgeous lake views appls inc. GAS range, screened lanai w/stunning pool, whole house generator. porch + a screened back patio with a lake view, mature landscaping. w/great room floor plan, crown molding thru-out, covered screened lanai
Kay Rodriguez 772-486-2126; Chris Rodriguez 772-828-9963 Diane Gault 772-342-7455 Valerie Juno 772-214-9404 Kay Rodriguez 772-486-2126; Chris Rodriguez 772-828-9963
RX-10588341 $419,000 RX-10565019 $599,900 RX-10586294 JUST REDUCED! $219,000 RX-10597721 JUST LISTED! $349,000
CALIFORNIA BLVD AREA PGA VILLAGE MAGNOLIA LAKES PGA VILLAGE
LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT FAMILY HOME? This well cared for 4BR, SPECTAUCLAR GOLF & WATER VIEWS LuxuryLivingatitsFinest!Thisstunning GORGEOUS LONG LAKE VIEW 3BR, 2BA, 2CG home with lake views from TORREY PINES – MOVE-IN READY! Recently updated 2BR, 2BA, 2CG ‘An-
3BA, 2CG ranch home is the one! Pride ofownership is everywhere you look! Kitchen 4BR, 3.5BA, 3CG home w/beautiful high-end finishes throughout, gourmet kitchen, covered patio the master-suite, living room & kitchen, vaulted ceilings in kitchen, living room & dover’ floor plan on corner lot. This light & bright home features an oversized living
w/granite & newer appls. The level backyard is fenced and large enough for a pool. & screened lanai w/pool. Brick paver circular drive. On 1.37 Acres & 170ft of lakefront. dining area, master w/trey ceiling & crown molding, oversized screened-in patio. room, spacious kitchen w/granite, Bosch SS appls, screened & covered patio
Diana Emery 772-353-2468 Michelle Agrusa 772- 263- 6131 Pam Misiano 772-224-9691 Isabelle Pollock 772-713-3221; Elise Danielian 772-418-2992
RX-10593712 NEW LISTING! $239,900 RX-10595372 NEW LISTING! $988,000 RX-10548238 $240,000 RX-10563979 $224,900
LAKE FOREST PGA VERANO TRADITION - VITALIA PGA VILLAGE
WOW! WHAT A GREAT LOCATION! 2BR, 2BA with DEN having dou- BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED HOME ON OVERSIZED LOT 2BR, 2BA PLUS READY TO CALL HOME! - LAKE VIEW! Fabulousawardwinningupgraded CASTLE PINES-FULLY FURNISHED TOWNHOME 3BR, 2.5BA, 2CG, main
ble door entrance, 2CG home featuring tile in living areas and master DEN, 2CG homewith circular driveway & spectacular lakeviews, kitchen w/quartz ‘Lauderdale’ model features 2BR, 2BA, PLUS Den, kitchen w/granite, SS appls, gas range, living area on the upper level with a spacious mstr-suite, living/dining rooms, eat-in
bedroom, new A/C. Patio offering serene lake views counters, glass & marblebacksplash, SS appls, largescreened lanai with hot-tub. tile flooring thru-out, IMPACT glass, tile roof, extended screened lanai to list a few. kitchen, balcony, 2 bdrms on the ground level, screened patio, garden view.
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RX-10585320 JUST REDUCED! $214,900 RX-10596340 $319,000 RX-10589791 $344,900 RX-10589752 $215,000
CROSSTOWN PKWY AREA LAKE CHARLES KINGS ISLE BALLANTREA - GOLF & YACHT CLUB
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Updated split floor plan, 3BR, Well maintained 3BR, 3BA, 2CG home w/upgrades throughout, ext’d kitchen w/ ESTATE HOME – ISLE OF GRANADA This open & bright 3BR, 2BA, 2CG BRENTON VILLAGE – WATERFRONT POOL HOME Beautiful 3BR, 3BA,
2BA, 2CG home with New Roof, new appls, newer water heater, freshly granite, center island, SS appls and is open to the living area & offers full view of home has been well taken care of and is situated on one of the best locations 3CG pool home situated on an oversized corner lot on a quiet secluded street,
painted, new flooring, fully fenced-in yard, very close to Kiwanas Park the lanai. 3rd bdrm en-suite is a perfect guest suite or in-law apartment. with the walking trail leading to the Clubhouse. Covered lanai overlooks lake. large covered and open screened lanai with pool, gorgeous lake view.
Becca Layne 772-224-6994 Elise Danielian 772-418-2992; Ingrid Hewitt 772-203-7800 Marlene Medina 772-418- 6864 Tom Farish 772475-9590
RX-10576753 $235,000 RX-10588264 $309,900 RX-10581924 $295,000 RX-10587130 JUST REDUCED! $419,900
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
Coming Up! In a ‘pickle’
ENJOY ‘HAMILTON’ Scott Hanlon returns the ball to Paul Sivilotti during the inaugural Pickle-
AT THE KRAVIS – IF ball Tournament last Sunday at Whispering Pines Park. The tournament
YOU CAN AFFORD IT! benefited Learn to Read of St. Lucie County. More photos, Page B15.
BY PAM HARBAUGH | Correspondent PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN
1 One of the most celebrat-
ed, ground-breaking mu-
sicals is in our own backyard …
sort of. It’s “Hamilton,” and it
runs through Feb. 16 at the Kra-
vis Center in West Palm Beach.
This is the musical by the genius
creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. It
takes an updated, multicultural
look at American history. It won
a staggering 11 Tony Awards
and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for
Drama. Of course, there is a tiny
drawback: ticket cost. They be-
gin at $67.50 and if you want to
get up close, you’ll have to shell
out at least $177.50, if those
“cheaper” tickets are still avail-
able. The Kravis Center is at 701
Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm
Beach. Call 561-832-7469 or visit
2 Of course, that ticket price
is yet another reason you
need to keep Riverside Theatre
on the top of your list. The busy
professional theater recently
opened “Lost in Yonkers,” which
runs through Feb. 23. Tickets for
that begin at $50. Riverside is at
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2 February 7, 2020 ST. LUCIE VOICE | ST. LUCIE WEST AND TRADITION | ARTS www.stlucievoice.com
IRSC’S ‘GREASE’: THE ONE YOU’LL WANT TO SEE
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer I asked Perez if she has a favorite song
[email protected] when there are so many to sing and
dance to, and she said it was “We Go To-
“Grease” is indeed the word as Indian gether.”
River State College students present the “It’s lively and fun and I hope people
will sing along or dance in their seats,”
mega-musical Feb. 20-23 at the McAlpin she said.
Fine Arts Center on the Main Campus Perez said that “Grease” was chosen,
in part, because there is so much dance
in Fort Pierce. The 1971 musical, set in it. “We definitely wanted a show
that included dance,” she said. “(Last
at Rydell High School in 1959, ran for year’s) ‘Into the Woods’ had one dance.
We wanted a show that included the-
3,388 performances on Broadway, the ater dance and music. This is the first
time IRSC has done ‘Grease,’ and we’re
longest run at the time in Broadway his- really excited. We’re renting costumes
and we’re looking forward to our sets.
tory. With songs like “Grease,” “Summer They’re very cool. It looks like a juke box
and the band is on stage the entire time.
Nights,” “You’re’ the One That I Want” It’s fun.”
and “Greased Lightning,” the show is a Perez’s students will have another
chance to shine April 15-16 with a stu-
love note to a time when boys wore duck dent dance concert. Students will pres-
ent works choreographed by students in a program the
tails and drove hot rods and girls were entire family can enjoy. If you have a budding dancer or
choreographer, let these talented students inspire them.
IRSC students present “Grease” Feb. 20-23 at the McAlpin
Jocelyn Perez of IRSC’s dance pro- Fine Arts Center, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. Call 772-
462-4750. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to
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show has a few surprises, as well. clude a live band under the direction of John Southall. The
“Obviously, what people remember most is the mu- challenge for Perez is that all of the dancers are not dance
sic,” she said. “What’s interesting about the music is that majors and there may be differences in technical prowess.
it’s the most remembered part of the show. The musical “It’s a challenge I like,” Perez said. “I’ll highlight those
version has a couple of songs that were not in the movie. that can dance and get the non-technical dancers still
They were fun to research and they help to tell the story.” comfortable and wowing the audience. The beauty of our
This production is really a collaboration between the program is that there are a lot of theater students in my
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HEY, BUDD! SONGSTRESS STILL AT TOP OF HER GAME
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Julie Budd.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIE BUDD
Talking with singer Julie Budd is like
talking with your best friend. You finish each the last word. They are it for me. I’m there to a good actor. She read her pieces like scripts.
other’s sentences, interrupt each other and give them the night. My job is to serve the Voices change every 7-10 years. Sometimes
laugh. A lot. By the end of the conversation, audience. a fantastic voice gets darker and richer and
she’s Julie and you’re Shell and you’re send- people may enjoy it more.”
ing hugs through the phone. “You are working and you have to go deep
inside yourself. I’m happy to be in the the- Budd has a wide repertoire from which to
Budd brings her warmth and talent to ater, bringing that to the stage. I give the choose for any concert. She is a huge fan of
Stuart’s Lyric Theatre Feb. 22. In between best of what I have, something where they the Gershwins, for example.
laughing, we talked about the business of can park their problems and forget every-
performing and about her career, which thing. They’ll hear some beautiful music “I’m a Gershwin nut,” she said. “George
began when she was 12. The family was at and beautiful orchestrations and gorgeous will always be the quintessential American
Tamarack Lodge in New York on vacation costumes while enjoying the stories. It’s not genius. George and Ira were never as great
and her parents put her in summer camp. just a job for me. It’s the pleasure of my life.” with anyone else as they were together.
There was a magic there.”
“My sisters were campers of the week and Budd teaches a master class in vocal tech-
I hated it,” she said. “There was a talent show nique and if location matters in real estate, She’s also a fan of Rodgers and Hammer-
and I cut camp. My mother dressed me in repetition matters in performing. stein, Arlen, Romberg, Jerome Kern and the
camp shorts and a T-shirt and I went to the Great American Songbook. Whatever songs
nightclub to win the contest. I had my eye “It’s not just taking a few lessons,” she she selects, they have one goal.
on it. In my 12-year-old head, I thought that said. “It’s not always talent that makes you
this would change my life. I was a kid with a great, but talent coupled with repetition. It’s “I make people happy,” she said. “How
vision.” tricky with the voice because you can over- many people get that chance? Art is serious
use it when you’re training all the time. It’s because it says so much about the times
Budd won the contest and people began about learning how to perform when you we’re living in. If you can change an experi-
congratulating her parents, who had no idea don’t feel good and how much you can push ence and make someone think differently,
she’d been in it. “They confronted me and I yourself. you’re part of that family’s memory. It’s not
said I had just found my life,” she said. “They just a show. What we do is important. Kind-
told me I could do it after college. My father “Applying the classroom to the real world ness is better than penicillin.”
kind of got it but said I had to go to school and navigating your instrument and your
and get good marks and not be a bratty kid. I craft takes years. When you’re born with Take two songs and call her in the morn-
asked my mom how come she wasn’t as ner- an extraordinary instrument, it’s like being ing. That’s my friend, Julie Budd.
vous as daddy and she said, ‘I know you’ll kissed on the head by angels. Take Lena
land on your feet.’ It was powerful and I took Horne. She was so much greater later. She Julie Budd appears at the Lyric Theatre, 59
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“This is a business,” she said. “That’s why
my father said I had to come into it like a pro.
I knew that, but my father felt he had to say
it to protect me. A consummate professional
has skill and integrity. It’s about putting the
audience first. It’s never saying or feeling
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good as they say or as bad. The audience is
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Performance art is a joyful journey for Katie Rodgers
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer of crazy. I get overwhelmed with anxiety of the unknown. Katie Rodgers.
[email protected] Am I good enough? Then I remember how much I love
the freedom to do what I love. It feels magical. For actors, PHOTO COURTESY OF KATIE RODGERS
Five years ago, I did an occasional series follow- so much of our work goes into other people’s approval.
ing Katie Rodgers as she went through the gruel- A job will go away. You have to find joy in your humanity For the role of Maria, Rodgers didn’t audition. In-
ing process of auditioning and applying to some and in so many other aspects of life. I learned in college stead, she got a call from Jennifer Jones at StarStruck,
of the top performing arts schools in the country. that it’s what I do. It’s not my sole identity. How can you offering her the role.
She was accepted at several, including the presti- be an honest artist if you’re not an honest human?”
gious N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts and she grad- “It’s ‘The Sound of Music,’ it’s Rodgers and Hammer-
uated in May from there. That takes Rodgers to her role as Maria. stein, it’s a perfect musical,” she said. “It’s such a gift to
“That’s one of the things I love about ‘The Sound of be in this genius of a show. It’s so romantic being Star-
Rodgers now lives in New York, but she will be re- Music,’” she said. “Maria has such a strong idea of her Struck’s 20th anniversary. StarStruck is the reason my
turning home to the Treasure Coast to star as Maria life as a nun and she is so focused on what it looks like artistry was cultivated. I feel honored and grateful I get
in the StarStruck Academy and Theatre profession- (and then) her life presents itself. ... I’ve been trying to to come back. It feels like they’re giving me a gift but
al production of “The Sound of Music” Feb. 19-23. give up expectations of what it will be like and live in I’m able to express my own gratitude. It’s rare to be able
The performer studied at StarStruck for some 13 the moment. It’s more authentic and serendipitous. You to go back to where my curiosity and artistry began.
years and this is a very special homecoming. can have goals, but give yourself space to jump off to I’ve been away five years. I’ve grown and learned a lot
the unknown. When I jump off into things that scare me about myself. I can examine the ghosts of my past as I
Recently, we had a chance to catch up on what the most, that’s where the amazing, magical things have am right now.”
she’s doing now and on what it feels like to come happened and where I’ve found my most pure joy.”
home. Rodgers and her best friend moved after StarStruck Academy and Theatre, 2101 S. Kanner
graduation to an apartment in midtown Manhat- Highway, Stuart, presents the professional production of
tan, close to auditions, voice lessons and dance “The Sound of Music” Feb. 19-23. Call 772-283-7787 or
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walk,” she said.
It’s complicated, but non-Equity actors, who
haven’t earned enough professional points to
be Equity actors, cannot sign up for an audition
online. They have to go to the site and put their
names on a list outside. Then they go home and
return for the audition at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., after the sun
has come up. They have no way of knowing when or if
they’ll be seen. For Rodgers, it’s all part of the process.
“The only way is to show up,” she said. “It requires
perseverance. It’s such an interesting world. The
non-Equity audition people are really interesting. We
wait outside. I see it as paying my dues. I want it to be
this crazy, hard journey.”
Rodgers has appeared in two productions at the Hud-
son Guild Theatre and she’s getting a lot of callbacks.
She’s also taking a lot of classes.
“This is a craft and you’re never done working on
your technique,” she said. “You can always go deeper.
You have to keep working it. In college, I was in a show
twice a year. Auditioning and classes are your job. This
is what I love. I’m (also) diving into wring a script.”
Rodgers knows that she has changed a great deal in the
past five years. “My artistry is taking shape in so many
ways it didn’t when I was in school,” she said. “It’s kind
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BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent rooms at the fairgrounds. Keaton noted “We have a tremendous response from things off this year.
they were built with changing stations the youth in our arts building,” Keaton said. “We couldn’t have this fair without
The 55th annual St. Lucie County Fair and accessibility features that make the
is kicking up its 10-day annual run on fairgrounds more family friendly. Photos, paintings and more. “We’re opening with the two-day Professional
Friday, Feb. 28. This year attendees will trying to preserve the tradition of what a Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo,” Kea-
see one of the most important fair addi- Another big change at the fair this year county fair is.” ton said. “We get calls on that all the time.”
tions before they even get to the gates. most folks won’t see. Keaton is retiring
after almost three decades of being the State and county agricultural fairs That full-on annual rodeo – which is
“There are a couple new (infrastruc- face for one of St. Lucie County’s biggest started up in the U.S. in the early 1800s uncommon for county fairs to have – will
ture) things that are important to the annual events. in Massachusetts. Agricultural historians be on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb.
public,” said Jeanne Keaton, fair manager. mostly point to Elkanah Watson as the 29. (Yes, it’s a leap year.) The rodeo will
“I’ve been with the fair since ’84,” Kea- father of the modern American fair. As launch at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Let’s get straight to the second thing ton said. “I’ve been the manager since the world was shifting into an increas-
she mentioned, since it’s the one people ’93. We have named the new fair manag- ingly scientific age that valued collective There’s something else the St. Lucie
will see first. “The other thing that is new er, Christine Ionnatti,” Keaton said. knowledge, the burgeoning fairs gave County Fair sports that most fairs don’t –
is we are having the parking lot paved,” the largely agrarian county a means for multiple vehicular crashes.
Keaton said. Some things will never change at the regularly meeting far-flung neighbors
St. Lucie County Fair. and exchanging what we’d now call “best “Of course, we have the other sta-
Paved parking. That’s a big deal for a practices” by showing off the results of ple, the demolition derby,” Keaton said.
couple reasons. It makes going to the For one, its core mission. their husbandry. “That is the last Saturday, March 7 at
fair much easier for people with mobil- “As always, we strive to present a nice 6 (p.m.). That’s something everybody
ity problems. The paved lot adds some county showcase of what we have (in St. Of course, when people regularly get comes to early to get seating. It’s really
accessible parking spots for those who Lucie), the talent we have here,” Keaton together it doesn’t take long for them to quite popular.”
have placards, or plates, too. For every- said. “We do try to bring in as much of add food, games, music and merchan-
body it’s just a bunch better should rain the local talent as we can. We try to get dising. Watson, who had started out with For those who don’t know, a demolition
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doesn’t just benefit fairgoers. A lot of that talent is area youths. up with all of those things at his annu- ing and crashing to see who the last man,
“We really focus on youth involve- al fairs. Pretty soon other fairs cropped or woman, standing will be. Rather, the
“That is a county project with (Flori- ment,” explained Keaton. up over the Northeast and spread as the last one driving, really. The last car that’s
da Power & Light),” Keaton said. “We are There’s the agriculture and horticul- nation did. Today there are about 2,000 still mobile under its own power wins.
one of the center points of distribution ture talents found among members of county and state fairs in the U.S.
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In addition to paving the parking area, tyfair.org.
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clickitys and then, from the far end, a “Thanks, Mr. Harley come to visit. We’re also pooch
coupla little fluffballs came zooming up pals with Cooper, a Beagle, an Mommy’s
to greet us. Bonzo! I’m Fiona! frens Tiffany an Wendy’s pooch Jonah, a
Following a 3-pooch wag-an-sniff, Call me Fee! I’m a “What’s your typical day like?”
the slightly larger, darker pooch said, “Charley’s a total Princess,” said Fiona.
“Hi, Bonz! WELL-come! I’m Charley! My terrier mix. We’re Charley. “So-o boring, loungin’ on the carput,
coat’s usually not so long an fluffy, but we lookin’ at stuff. Me, I’m a Tomboy. I could
didn’t have time to see our groomer, Miss both rescues. My Fiona. PHOTO: KAILA JONES play fetch 24/7. We usually come to work
Stephanie, before the innerview.” an assist Mommy an Miss Doreen (the
original name was, An what it’s like Snack Queen.)
Charley was a curly-haired gold-an- workin’ in a real “We ’specially love hangin’ out with the
white shihtzu with fluffy ears, amazin’ get this, Chiquita! Can you buh-LEEVE THEE-utter.” Puh-forming Arts kids. They’re Cool Kib-
waterfall tail an intense ice-blue eyes, the bles! But when they’re rehearsin’, we stay
kind that look right through you. it?” “Well,” Fee began, “back when I was outta the way, an we NEVER howl when
just 9 months old in human an tempo- they’re practicin’ music. We LIKE music,
“No worries, ladies,” I said. “You both “Like the BANANA?” I asked. rarily residing at the Humane Society, an specially the PYAH-no.”
Charley wasn’t even born yet (I’m 8 an “MY favrite’s trombones!” Charley ex-
“Yup. Me an Mommy both said, ‘I don’t she’s just 4), Mommy had just lost Mitzi, claimed, “even though I found out they’re
a mini-dashchund she’d had for 17 years. not really bones. The theatre’s So Excitin’!
THINK so!’ So Mommy re-named me for Like lotsa humans do, she was thinking We BOTH wanna be inna show! Harley
she didn’t want another dog ever. But played Bruiser Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’
a lady on that TV show called, um, oh her frens knew a dog could help her in Tampa. NEVER stops talkin’ about it!”
feel much better. ‘YOU GOTTSA GETTA “We’re learnin’ to swim,” Fiona added.
poo! What was it, Charley?” DOG!’ they said, an took her to the Hu- “We have orange life jackets! Mommy
mane Society to browse. I was in the first carries us into the pool, one under each
“Burn Notice, Fee. Burn Notice!” Char- cage, right up front, lookin’ adorable. But arm. Then we dog paddle around. All
she just wandered right past me.” that plus leash walks an runnin’ in our
ley rolled her eyes like she’d reminded yard gets us pretty pooped. We sleep
“Woof! I can’t imagine that,” I com- with Mommy, of course, snugglin’ with
Fiona of that A LOT! “Come’on an meet mented. our stuffies: mine’s Hedgie, a hedgehog.
Charley has his giraffe, Raffi. We fall
our Mommy, Karen Wiggins.” “I KNOW, right? In a gloomy voice, asleep lookin’ forward to what’s next.”
Mommy said, ‘I don’t see anything.’” Headin’ home, I was in a happy mood
We went clickin’ down the hall to a real thinkin’ about Fiona an Charley. An
“Her frens pointed to me an said, thinkin’ I could maybe be inna show
big room with a high ceiling an a coupla ‘What about THIS one?’” someday. I can see myself as RinTinTin.
Or Lassie. Ackshully, I’d probly have a
chairs and couches. After intros, We all “Mommy came back to my cage an, the better shot at playin’ Goofy.
instant she ackshully SAW me, BOOM,
sat down an I opened my notebook. that was IT! She took me home that very Till next time,
day. An right away I started havin’ the
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MAN, OH MANATEE!
JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent Cornering the ‘Market’ on fun
The Manatee Observation and Education PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN St. Lucie Mets mascot Klutch samples the fresh produce during the Mets
Center is throwing a free party. Mania event at the St. Lucie Farmer’s Market last Sunday. The market is
open every Sunday in Town Place in St. Lucie West through March 31.
The annual NatureFest will be on Satur- Above left, Johan Garcia, 8, practices his batting, while Jodi Gaines pro-
day, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Nature vides musical entertainment with her partner Eleni Skiba, left.
Fest is an environmental festival, a family
festival,” said Rachel Tennant, manager of Creek from which people can watch for surprisingly little fat to keep warm. What In the center there will be fish feedings
the center. “We’ll have 35 environmental Florida manatees. looks like body fat on them is really extreme- throughout the day, as well as face-painting
and community organizations set up.” ly thick skin. One of the most famous man- and more.
The local subspecies of the West Indian atee behaviors is seeking warmer waters
One will have some popular animal am- manatee range throughout Florida’s fresh during winter months, so they are frequent The center is located at 480 N. Indian Riv-
bassadors. “We’ll have the Treasure Coast and salt waters. The marine mammal can wintertime visitors to Florida’s springs and er Drive, Fort Pierce. The center is open Tues-
Wildlife Hospital with their birds of prey,” handle wide variations of salinity and of- warmer inland waterways. days to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on
Tennant said. ten migrate between the ocean and rivers Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. It hosts numerous
through the year. Sometimes manatees de- “We’ll have a manatee talk,” Tennant said. activities ranging from Indian River Lagoon
Jean Henry and Ruth Stanwood started cide they like a place and stay there. So folks at NatureFest can learn more tours to environmental lectures. To learn
the center in 1974 that cares for injured about this special marine neighbor. “The more about the center, visit www.mana-
and orphaned birds and animals. It’s the The animals can grow upwards to 13 feet manatee center will be open, free admis- teeeducationcenter.org.
only facility of its kind in the five-county and weigh around 1,300 pounds. Unlike sion, all day long,” said Tennant.
local area. Those animals and birds that other marine mammals, manatees have
can’t be returned to the wild and enjoy
socializing go out to meet people to help
show them the rich diversity of wildlife on
the Treasure Coast.
There will be another animal ambassador
of sorts for kids to meet. “Moe the Manatee,
our mascot, will be out and about meeting
people,” Tennant said.
That won’t be the only manatee for the
youngsters. There will be a life-sized mana-
tee puzzle for them to assemble. “It’s a mom
and a baby,” Tennant said. “It’s meant for
kids. They’re big sized, they’re big pieces.”
The puzzle is new at the center. It was
taken out for the 3M Scott Firefighter Com-
bat Challenge in October. Tennant said the
large puzzle ended up having an unexpect-
ed teaching benefit – teamwork. “It ended
up being groups of kids coming together to
put it together,” she explained.
That will likely not be the only appear-
ances by the Manatee Center’s namesake.
Some that live in the area might show up
to greet festivalgoers. “We’ll have our rov-
ing naturalists, our volunteers who look for
manatees, there to let people know (if man-
atees visit),” Tennant said.
The center is a lesser-known St. Lucie
County gem. It’s a public-private partner-
ship started with state grant funding in the
mid-1990s. The center features a two-sto-
ry observation tower overlooking Moore’s
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27 Intentions 67 Africa’s Burkina ___
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Horace Walpole, an 18th-century English novelist, said, “In all science error precedes the A K Q J 10 52 9764
truth, and it is better it should go first than last.”
In bridge, when a player makes an error, he hopes to learn from it and get it right next time. A Q 10 7 6
We are looking at advancing partner’s takeout double. Too many of my students make a A74
simple bid in a suit whatever their point-count and expect partner to be psychic. Q52
Look at the South hand. West opens one club, North doubles, and East passes — what
should South do? Dealer: West; Vulnerable: Both
A simple bid in a suit (here, one spade) shows 0-8 points, and a single jump (to two spades) The Bidding:
promises 9-11 points. So, does it follow that with 12-14 points, South would bid three
spades? SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
?? 1 Clubs Dbl. Pass
Of course not! With 12 points or more, South cue-bids two clubs. This is totally artificial. LEAD:
Afterward, each player shows suits, and with luck a good fit will be found. Here, North rebids A Clubs
two hearts, South bids two spades (or now jumps to three spades), and North raises to four
West cashes two top clubs, then shifts to a heart. What happens after that?
Declarer must try to avoid two trump losers. Since West is highly likely to have the spade
king, South should start by cashing his spade ace. When the king drops, declarer can bring
home an overtrick. However, if neither the king nor the jack appears, declarer crosses to
dummy with a diamond and plays a spade toward his queen. No guesswork is needed.
What would a jump to three spades after partner’s double show? Tune in next time.
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HOOK SHOT? LET’S
GET THIS STRAIGHT
Did you know about 90 per- KEVIN’S
cent of golfers slice their tee KURES
shot, and only approximately
10 percent hook or draw the
tee shot. To those few play-
ers in the latter category, let’s
identify the most common
reasons for the hook – and
prescribe the “Kures” to hit-
ting straighter drives.
Why golfers hook By Kevin Perkins
1. Grip: Players hold the
club too much in the fingers of their left hand,
and with both hands positioned too far to the
2. Grip pressure: Players hold the club too
loosely, especially with their left hand.
3. Forearm rotation is excessive and the left
wrist is not flat: Players fail to properly sup-
port the release or squaring of the club.
4. An in–to-out swing path: The path of the
downswing is too far to the right and too shal-
low, resulting in the clubface being severely
closed to the rightward path.
The Kure for the hook
1. Grip: Make sure you see a maximum of
two knuckles on the back of the left hand with
your head in the normal address position. The
V of the right hand must point in between your
chin and right shoulder.
2. Grip pressure: Hold the club more firmly,
with the left hand having more pressure than
the right. Generally, you want to ensure your
left hand is firmer than it is normally.
3. Decrease your forearm rotation: You
must feel the left forearm “holding off” its
rotation just prior to impact and slightly be-
yond. At impact, the back of the left hand
should feel as though it is facing slightly right
of the target.
4. The downswing must be more down the
line and not be inclined to the right of target:
The hands and arms must move down the line,
the shoulders should not tilt excessively, and
the hips must finish their movement, com-
pleting their rotation to the finish.
PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Profes-
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HOLDING COURT AT PICKLEBALL TOURNEY ... Golf World in Stuart. Kevin has authored
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Kim Mecca and Teri Hoffman, top, compete in the inaugural Pickleball Tournament last Sunday at Whispering Pines one, published by Hunter Textbooks. Kev-
Park. The tournament benefited Learn to Read of St. Lucie County. Mecca and Hoffman won the gold medal in in may be reached at 561-301-3783, email:
women’s doubles. Teena Lee and Rozanne Glogowski, above, won the bronze medal in the women’ doubles. [email protected], or visit his website at www.
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