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ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING ‘IMPACT’ OF GRANTS
PARENTS PLEAD GUILTY B8
IN CHILD NEGLECT CASE
MY TAKE Medical center again outsources emergency room
BY RAY MCNULTY
The Day Vero Stood Still: CITY MARINA TO FINALLY GET NEEDED REPAIRS By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
Crash results in gridlock [email protected]
It will long be remembered by While all eyes were on last
many in our community as The week’s vote to pursue negotiations
Day Vero Stood Still. with Cleveland Clinic to take over
Indian River Medical Center, the
After a fatal accident closed the IRMC board of directors hired a
Merrill Barber Bridge in both di- new company to run the hospi-
rections for hours on a busy Friday tal’s emergency room.
at the height of the season – while
construction and secondary ac- Envision, parent company of
cidents severely impeded traffic physician outsourcing giant Em-
flow on the 17th Street Bridge – Care, is the third outside compa-
A1A, Ocean Drive and other routes ny in four years to staff the med-
turned into parking lots. ical center’s ER. The last group,
Apollo, was let go in May 2016 and
Many longtime residents de- the hospital resumed staffing the
scribed the backups that lasted ER with its own physicians for the
from around 1 p.m. until past 6 p.m. first time since 2009.
as the worst traffic mess in Vero
Beach history. The IRMC board of directors
approved its patient care com-
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” mittee’s recommendation of En-
island realtor Cliff Norris said, “not vision just weeks after the Justice
in 50 years.” Department announced the com-
pany settled a massive fraud case
As Seaside Grill owner Dan Cu- dating back to 2008.
lumber aptly put it: “You can’t get
everyone off the island with one The $29.6 million settlement
lane.” with Envision and its ER services
Not on a Friday afternoon. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Not in February.
Not here. County gears up
for next round in
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Brightline battle
INSIDE By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer By Beth Walton | Staff Writer
NEWS 1-8 PETS 14 In the wake of multiple fatal-
DINING B11 ities, officials in Martin and In-
HEALTH 9 GAMES B16 The Vero Beach City Council dian River counties are gearing
CALENDAR B19 was set to award a contract this up for a second expensive legal
REAL ESTATE 15 past Tuesday night for desperately battle against All Aboard Florida
B1 needed renovations to 30-year-old in an attempt to derail plans for
ARTS bathrooms and laundry facilities at the high-speed passenger train
the city marina, which is brimming before it hits the Treasure Coast.
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 with boats this time of year.
For circulation or where to pick up Hundreds gathered last week
your issue call: 772-226-7925 Longtime Harbormaster and in downtown Stuart at a meeting
Marina Director Tim Grabenbau- of the Citizens Against Rail Ex-
er said the marina’s business has Vero Beach City Marina Harbor Master Tim Grabenbauer. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
been bolstered by a rebounding CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
economy, brutal weather up north
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EMERGENCY ROOM CHANGES 65 – Medicare eligible, in other words – and Sebastian River or Lawnwood – has been as the state average and less than the na-
their success or failure to achieve that goal blamed on bad experiences in the ER, with tional average of 27 minutes.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was charted on scorecards for all the ER long wait times historically topping the list
physicians to see. of complaints. The wait from arriving at the ER to being
division, EmCare, involved the compa- admitted to a patient ward was five hours,
ny’s contracts with the now-defunct Na- The good news for IRMC is that Envision The scenario was at its worst five years still greater than the state and national av-
ples-based health system giant, Health will now be overseen by the Department of ago, when the ER was staffed and oper- erages but an improvement of 35 minutes
Management Associates. Health and Human Services Office of In- ated by Emergency Physicians of Central compared to IRMC’s average from 2014 to
spector General as part of the lawsuit res- Florida, which charged IRMC a flat fee of 2016.
Whistleblowers alleged that the for-prof- olution. $890,000 a year, over and above doctors’
it HMA was paying off EmCare doctors to pay. In 2013, wait times averaged 46 min- Saturday, wait times looked particularly
admit ER patients as inpatients when their IRMC spokesperson Angela Dickens, utes to see a healthcare professional such good at IRMC, according to the interactive
conditions didn’t warrant it. The alleged who was not aware of the Envision settle- as a triage nurse – twice the national aver- ProPublica website that tracks ER times
fraud cost taxpayers millions of dollars in ment, said the reason the hospital decid- age – and six-and-a-half hours before ad- across the country.
higher Medicare costs, since Medicare pays ed to go back to a contracted physicians mission. That year, 1,600 patients left the
about three times as much for inpatient services company is that IRMC has been Vero ER without ever being seen – 3.4 per- It took only 16 minutes to see a triage
care as it does for outpatient. unable to fill the post of emergency de- cent of the hospital’s 58,000 ER patients. nurse, as compared to 6 minutes at Lawn-
partment director due to the uncertainty of wood and 17 at Sebastian. After being ad-
EmCare’s contracts were alleged to have ongoing employment once a new hospital The hospital fired Emergency Physi- mitted, the additional wait time to get to an
included incentives from HMA to admit ER partner takes over. cians of Central Florida, which had been inpatient bed was about two hours in Vero
patients for hospital stays. running the ER since 2009, and hired an and Sebastian, and only an hour and a half
Currently IRMC is in exclusive negotia- Atlanta group called Apollo, paying them a at Lawnwood.
The Justice Department joined in eight tions with the Cleveland Clinic, hoping to fee based on performance instead of a set
suits filed under the False Claims Act in- reach a definitive acquisition agreement by amount. Cleveland Clinic Weston, the system’s
volving allegations from 2008 to 2012, in- late spring. only Florida hospital – so far – had wait
cluding some against former CEO of HMA, Wait times improved slightly in 2014, but times that beat Vero’s, but only by two min-
Gary Newsome. EmCare, one of the largest physician out- the wait to get a room after being admit- utes. The wait to get a room once admitted
sourcing companies in the nation currently ted was still at five hours and 45 minutes – was far worse at Weston: three hours and 10
The lawsuits were filed by two wide- provides ER staff for HCA’s Lawnwood Re- much worse than the Florida and national minutes, as compared to two hours and six
ly-respected emergency room doctors in gional Medical Center in Fort Pierce and average of around four-and-a-half hours. minutes at IRMC.
the Charlotte, N.C., area, including the ER HCA’s St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Both Sebastian River and Lawnwood beat
medical director at Lake Norman Regional Lucie. In all, its services are contracted by those average times. Often, long ER wait times are due to a
Medical Center. Six other states were ulti- 55 Florida hospitals. shortage of support staff, which can slow
mately involved, as well as a second physi- In May 2016, IRMC stopped using Apol- down delivery of lab results and X-ray read-
cian services group. They were the subject Emergency rooms are a key access point lo and went back to staffing the ER with its ings. Staff shortages can also result in inpa-
of a “60 Minutes” broadcast in 2012, as well for hospitals nationwide, with 4 million own physicians. Envision took over Feb. 1. tient rooms being left unsupervised, and
as a New York Times article in 2014. people a year relying on their on-the-spot therefore unusable.
care. IRMC’s most recently available wait
That article pointed out one hospital times are from January to March of last Current IRMC job openings on the Em-
where doctors allegedly were given a goal As IRMC has struggled for patient rev- year, when it took 16 minutes to be seen by care.com website include emergency medi-
of admitting 50 percent of all patients over enues, much of its patient outmigration – a healthcare professional, about the same cine physicians, nurse practitioners, and an
people opting for a competitor hospital like emergency medicine medical director.
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BATTLE AGAINST BRIGHTLINE “If you can see it, you are within striking set of bonds, they will have a substantial Facing increased political scrutiny and
distance.” amount of the money they need to build public outcry after the most recent fatal-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 phase two, from West Palm to Orlando. ities, All Aboard Florida said in January
Even though Brightline’s expansion that it will expand its rail safety efforts,
pansion in Florida to discuss legal, polit- over the next few years looks increasing- Phase two would send 30 high-speed pledging to put up warning signs and re-
ical and advocacy efforts against Bright- ly hard to stop, the Indian River County trains barreling through Indian River cruit safety ambassadors.
line’s planned expansion north from West Commission agreed in January to anoth- County each day during daylight hours.
Palm Beach to Orlando. er six-month, $50,000 contract with Mc- This would quadruple the number of lo- Despite the serious safety incidents
Demott Will and Emery. comotives coming through Vero Beach, and local opposition, the permitting
Among those in attendance at the Lyric dramatically altering the quality of life, process for the phase two is almost com-
Theater were Indian River County Com- The Indian River County Commission advocates against the train say. plete, a spokesperson for the agency told
missioner Bob Solari and County Attor- also gave Reingold permission to use 32963 last month. Brightline is active-
ney Dylan Reingold. additional taxpayer funds to sue federal More trains will mean more delays on ly pursuing financing alternatives, and
agencies if proper vetting of Brightline’s Treasure Coast roadways and waterways, once funding and permitting are in place,
Concerns over safety have increased publicly-subsidized financing is not causing traffic and boat congestion and construction between West Palm Beach
following Brightline’s introduction of ser- done. the possible slowdown of crucial pub- and Orlando will begin. It’s expected to
vice between West Palm Beach and Fort lic services like emergency response, take 30 months.
Lauderdale, starting with VIP runs Jan. Funds for such legal actions come according to Bob Crandall, a member
12. from a pot of nearly $2.9 million budget- of CARE-FL and the former president, “We have to go to judicial branch and
ed between 2013-2018 to fight All Aboard chairman and CEO of American Airlines. hope that when we do that all of the facts
Two people were killed and a third in- Florida’s extension through Indian River and the issues that you have seen us raise
jured by the high-speed engines in the County. At the end of January, nearly $2.3 “This is the most dangerous railroad will be addressed,” Ryan said at the Stuart
first days of operation after they tried to million had been spent in the uphill bat- in the United States,” Crandall said at meeting. “That is one place where we can
cross the tracks despite safety warnings. tle, the bulk on legal fees. the Stuart meeting as he presented data win.”
There was another fatality and a derail- CARE-FL is using to further its argument
ment during trial runs on the West Palm The Department of Transportation an- against expansion. In the last round of legal battles, Mar-
to Lauderdale route. nounced a final decision approving the tin and Indian River counties success-
Brightline’s plans in December. Shortly The Florida East Coast Railroad has fully attacked public financing of the
“Life itself is at stake for the people after, All Aboard Florida boasted a provi- seen 103 fatalities and 185 injuries be- train venture, alleging the Department of
who are crossing those tracks,” said Steve sional $1.15 billion Private Activity Bond tween 2011 and 2017, Crandall report- Transportation attempted to skirt obliga-
Ryan, an attorney with McDemott Will allocation and approval from the South ed. Those numbers are going to get even tions to the National Environmental Poli-
and Emery, a law and lobbying firm that Florida Water Management District to lay worse if dozens of new high-speed trains cy Act by selling its Private Activity Bonds
represents CARE-FL and Indian River track between Orlando and Cocoa Beach. are added to the tracks. before the vetting process was complete.
and Martin counties.
“This $1.15 billion is the dagger at the Indian River and Martin counties esti- When a federal judge ruled in 2016
This isn’t just people in cars inconve- heart of the community,” said Ryan, the mate a $15 million price tag for 60 grade that the approval of the financing was
nienced by longer waits, he said. This is attorney with McDemott Will and Emery. crossing safety upgrades if the project in fact subject to environmental review,
children playing and people carrying “We do not believe this project will be moves forward. Neither government has All Aboard Florida terminated the bonds
groceries home from the store. built unless it’s subsidized by the govern- agreed to shoulder the cost and it re- and sought private financing at a higher
ment.” mains unclear who will pay for the im- rate of interest.
One-hundred and 10 miles per hour is provements.
an unimaginable speed, Ryan explained. If All Aboard Florida gets that second
VERO CITY MARINA But neither the city or state has been will-
ing to fund the needed renovations, and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 years of neglect came back to bite the city
recently when a series of mishaps occurred
and conditions at competing marinas that involving docks in disrepair, including a
still have unrepaired storm damage dating woman and her dog getting dunked into the
from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and lagoon when a “finger pier” collapsed be-
Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. neath them in April 2017.
As of Monday, the Harbormaster said he Grabenbauer took some heat last sum-
had about 90 vessels bobbing around the mer during budget talks for moving too
marina’s mooring ball field, plus another 25 slowly on the bathroom renovations and the
to 27 new guests renting out slips each week. docks. Councilmembers said a first-class
city like Vero should have a first-class mari-
Ahead of the council vote, staff recom- na to match. They also criticized some of the
mended the $114,600 renovation contract services, like long lines for fuel.
be awarded to Vero Beach-based Bill Bry-
ant Construction, which was the lowest Grabenbauer assured the council he
in-county bidder, within 5 percent of a Bre- would immediately address the problems;
vard County firm that bid slightly less – close in July, he hired an architect and consultant
enough to trigger the local preference provi- and put together a bid packet that went out
sion in the Vero city code. in November and closed in December.
Some of the marina repairs, like the Despite having a full house right now,
northern set of men’s and ladies’ bathrooms, Grabenbauer said the bathroom renova-
have been on the city’s wish list for a decade. tion will start as soon as possible after the
But when tourism took a downturn in 2008, contract is awarded, even though he said
there wasn’t enough marina revenue to sup- last year that he didn’t want to tear up half
port major renovations while still paying off the facilities in the middle of high season.
millions in debt for a dry-storage facility.
The restrooms were moved ahead of re-
The marina is supposed to operate maining dock repairs after the most critical
as a self-sustaining enterprise fund, but safety threats on the docks were taken care
Vero taxpayers and city leaders value the of. Dock repairs included in a three-year
amenity and sometimes subsidize its op- plan total $185,000.
erations, and the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection helps out with As the refurbishment progresses, city
money for things like pump-out equip- staff continues to look for state or agency
ment, Grabenbauer said. grant funding to offset the local share of
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MY TAKE According to police, 58-year-old Christo- “You don’t know if there are going to be the right lane on the westbound side of the
pher Hannon of Melbourne Beach was ped- charges, or if there’s going to be a lawsuit, bridge, approaching the Indian River Boule-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 aling south along Indian River Boulevard and but there’s always a chance it could end up vard intersection.
was turning left to go east over the Merrill in court. So we’re going to do a thorough job,
“It was a perfect storm,” Vero Beach Police Barber Bridge, attempting to cross the busy which is what I’m sure most people want us That impediment to traffic flow has been
Chief David Currey said. “We did the best we boulevard at 12:40 p.m., when he was hit and to do.” a hassle for months, but on Friday it turned
could, but there was only so much we could killed by a northbound car. into a nightmare. As people struggled to find
do. There are only two ways on and off the is- Meantime, secondary accidents, includ- a way off the island, traffic congestion spread
land – unless you go up to State Road 510 or To investigate the incident, police closed ing one at the 17th Street Bridge, and con- from A1A to other roads and side streets.
down to St. Lucie County – and one of the two the bridge and blocked traffic on Indian Riv- struction work on and near the bridge that
ways was [closed while the other was] down er Boulevard between Royal Palm Pointe and restricts westbound, off-island traffic to one Some southbound drivers opted to take
to one lane in one direction.” 37th Street. lane, intensified the problem. Ocean Drive through the island business dis-
trict to Riomar Drive and then to Club Drive,
So what were the circumstances that al- “When there’s an accident and someone Last summer, the Florida Department of which created bumper-to-bumper traffic on
lowed one driver, one bicyclist and one ill-fat- gets killed, you want to do a complete inves- Transportation embarked on a $3 million those roads.
ed turn to create a debacle, snarling traffic tigation,” Currey said. “You have to preserve project to widen the shoulder and install
along State Road A1A from south of Castaway the crash scene, talk to witnesses, take pho- buffered bike lanes in both directions along Others stayed on Ocean Drive until the
Cove to SR-510 for more than five hours? tographs and record all the necessary mea- 17th Street, between the base of the bridge bend onto Bay Oak Lane, with hopes of
surements. and U.S. 1. To do the work, road crews closed jumping ahead of the traffic on Club Drive.
But those drivers also hit gridlock.
Some mainland-bound motorists gam-
bled on driving north on A1A to SR-510 and
the Wabasso Bridge, believing traffic wouldn’t
be as congested heading away from town.
They were wrong: not only was the north-
bound A1A jammed, but westbound traffic
on theWabasso Causeway also was at a crawl.
Leaving Central Beach at 5:30 pm, it took
an hour to reach CR-510 and another 10 min-
utes to U.S. 1. It was just as bad going south.
“It took me 45 minutes to get from my
restaurant [at Sexton Plaza] to the PNC Bank
by the 17th Street Bridge, then another 30
minutes to get home,” said Culumber, a Peb-
ble Bay resident.
“Some of my employees said it took them
two hours to get of the island,” he added. “I’ve
heard a lot of complaints.”
Several island merchants, particularly
those along Ocean and Cardinal, said there
was a noticeable drop-off in their business
“Everything stopped,” said Tom Hanlon,
owner of Hanlon’s Men’s Shoes & Clothing on
Cardinal Drive. “People just stopped coming
by. There were empty parking spaces all over
More than a few people called the police to
complain about the traffic, some asking why
there were no police officers directing traffic
at major intersections, such as at the 17th
Street causeway and A1A. But Currey said
there was nothing his officers could’ve done
“We had officers at the closed intersections
to keep people away from the crash scene,”
Currey said. “As far as the other intersections
are concerned . . . Yeah, it was congested, but
the lights were operating properly and traffic
moved with the light changes.
“If I’m in the middle of the intersection,
how can I move you along?” he added. “It’s
not like I can stop traffic in one direction and
let all the backed-up cars go through. There
was no place to send you. There was conges-
tion in every direction. There was no place to
go, so you just had to be patient.”
For what it’s worth, Currey said he appreci-
ated the patience and courtesy shown by lo-
cal motorists throughout The Day Vero Stood
Still – a long, difficult ordeal that began with
tragedy and did not end until after dark.
“In a lot of cases, we’re able to clear a lane
and keep traffic moving,” the chief said. “This
time, we couldn’t. The crash was right in the
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PARENTS GUILTY OF NEGLECT
AS CHILDREN LIVED IN FILTH
Expires 02-16-18 By Beth Walton | Staff Writer helping their son complete the terms of his
Expires 02-16-18 sentence.
Expires 02-16-18 The outside of the two-story home
on 43rd Court near Bent Pine Golf Club is They acknowledged living in the home
ordinary enough. The lawn is green and with the family and watching the environ-
well-manicured. The burnt orange siding ment deteriorate. They said they worked
and stucco roof match the other houses long hours and begged their son and daugh-
along the lane. ter-in-law to keep the house clean.
Children play freely on the street and “We tried cleaning it, but it was a constant
adults greet each other as they walk their battle,” George Jones said in the courtroom.
dogs in the middle-class subdivision, a gated
community, the kind where everyone is sup- Later, Rachel Jones’ lawyer said he felt the
posed to feel safe. grandparents were minimizing their culpa-
bility as they testified for the state.
It wasn’t until a probation officer visited
the house in Vero Lago that authorities real- “What really needs to be considered, as
ized life within the concrete-block structure much as anything else, is the welfare of the
was dangerous and innocent children were kids,” said Edward Mosher, a Fort Pierce-
at risk. based defense attorney assigned to the case
after the mother was found to be indigent.
Their mother, Rachel Jones, 41, was sen-
tenced in January after pleading no contest Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Cox sen-
in December to one count of felony child ne- tenced Rachel Jones to four months in the
glect after a 2016 investigation revealed the county jail with credit for 40 days already
kids were being raised by hoarders in filthy, served.
unsanitary conditions. Their father, Court-
ney Jones, 44, who was on probation at the Upon completion of her incarceration,
time of his arrest, pled no contest in March. she must undergo 24 months of house arrest
Both were sentenced to jail. and an additional 30 months of probation.
Mental health support and parenting classes
“The home was filled with trash, dirt, fe- are required for her to successfully complete
ces and small roaches that were seen on the her sentence.
floor and walls,” wrote Indian River County
Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Davis in a Courtney Jones was sentenced by Cox in
November 2016 arrest report. March to 6 months in jail, followed by 24
months of house arrest and 30 months of
Davis responded to the house not far from probation. The 44-year-old father received
the Bent Pine Golf Club along with an inves- 105 days credit for time-served and has since
tigator from the Florida Department of Chil- been released. He, too, must undergo a men-
dren and Families. “Mounds of clothes and tal health evaluation and comply with the
junk were piled throughout the home,” he conditions of the court.
continued. “Some rooms were unusable.”
“Both parents have 100 percent obligation
It was so bad, Davis writes, the child pro- to take care of their children whether the
tective services investigator “was overcome other one does or not, so your culpability,
by the smell of urine at the completion of the as far as I’m concerned, is 100 percent, and
walk-through, gagging outside [and] becom- there is no excuse, no excuse at all,” the judge
ing sick.” told Rachel Jones at the hearing.
There were four adults living in the home Jones claimed the children’s grandparents
with the three children – their mother, their brought much of the stuff into the home
father and their paternal grandparents. when they could no longer afford storage
units. She also said she was a victim of abuse
The day police arrived the 10- and 9-year- and that she had no money and nowhere
old girls and 7-year-old boy had stayed home else to go.
sick from school. The child protective ser-
vices investigator was convinced their illness George and Sandra Jones declined to
was due to the condition of the home, Davis comment after the hearing.
This isn’t the first time these parents put
“The children were barefoot and filthy on their children at risk, argued prosecutor Bri-
scene,” the investigator advised police. an Workman, requesting the mother serve
time in jail, just as their father did.
The minors were removed from the home
by the Florida Department of Children and The couple was criminally charged for fel-
Families. Their mother and father were both ony child neglect in Gainesville in 2011 for
arrested on three counts of child neglect. As similar circumstances, he said.
part of their plea agreements with the court,
they were only prosecuted for one. At the time, Rachel Jones plead no contest
to the lesser misdemeanor of contributing
The grandparents, George and Sandra to the dependency or delinquency of a mi-
Jones, who paid for the home and lived in nor. Adjudication was withheld pending the
a bedroom upstairs, were not arrested or completion of probation and other program-
charged. ming. Courtney Jones went to trial and a jury
found him guilty.
The two testified at Rachel Jones’ sentenc-
ing hearing Jan. 18. The explained they cur- “The conditions in that house were atro-
rently have custody of the children and are cious,” Workman told the judge. “No child
should have to live like that.”
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Suspect nabbed in alleged robbery, kidnapping at Vero Isles
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer When police arrived in the Vero Isles to be a safe or money, court records show. living arrangement and would often ar-
community, her ex-boyfriend was bleed- Miller told investigations he was now in gue with her and her companions on the
Four people face up to life in prison ing from the head and face. There was phone. The situation just escalated, she
for allegedly terrorizing a Sebastian man large pool of blood inside the home and a relationship with Jones and that she had said.
while he was housesitting in the Vero Isles scattered droplets in the living room and commented on several occasions that the
neighborhood for his uncle in late Octo- kitchen. victim hadn’t treated her right. He told po- The victim would later tell the police the
ber. lice that he watched as the other two men two were having relationship issues. “Ms.
Parmer later told police he met up with forced the victim inside the house and hit Jones being involved in the attack isn’t
Matthew Nichols, 29, of Wilmer, Ala- Jones, Miller and Nichols at Capt Hiram’s him. He said Jones and Nichols concocted outside the realm of possibility,” he said.
bama, the fourth suspect in the violent Resort in Sebastian a few days prior to the the scheme to beat the man up.
burglary that alarmed residents of the qui- incident. He claimed Jones was trying to Nichols is set to be formerly arraigned
et waterfront community, was picked up get the men to rob her ex-boyfriend at his Jones told officers she met the others in February. The other three suspects have
in Vero Beach on Jan. 22 on an outstanding uncle’s house, mentioning there was likely while working at a gas station. She said had their cases continued until April.
warrant and is being held without bond. her ex-boyfriend was angry about her new Bond for each is set at $775,000.
Nichols joins the robbery victim’s
ex-girlfriend, Amy Jones, 41, of St. Peters-
burg; Terry Parmer, 48, of Semmes, Ala-
bama; and Gary Miller, 29, of Eight Mile,
Alabama, at the Indian River County Jail.
Each suspect has been charged with
multiple felonies including burglary of an
unoccupied dwelling; kidnapping while
armed and masked; aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon and third degree
Nichols and the others allegedly went to
the house on Sea Horse Lane around 11:30
p.m. Oct. 28 to beat up the man who was
After seeing his girlfriend with the in-
truders, the victim suspected she had been
kidnapped. However, police say it was all a
ruse and she was in on the plan.
The bloodied victim stumbled into the
street and yelled for help, prompting a
neighbor to call 911.
Jones, who lived with the others at a
campground on 108th Avenue in Fells-
mere, came to the house that night and
made small talk with her ex-boyfriend
while smoking a cigarette in the driveway.
After about 30 minutes, the two moved to
“Immediately after walking out the
back-patio door, three men, each with
a handgun, rushed [the victim] and Ms.
Jones,” according to arrest affidavits filed
The men were allegedly wearing hood-
ies, hats and bandannas to conceal their
faces. They forced the victim back inside
the house, threw him to the ground and
started striking him in the head and face.
One pointed a gun at Jones and said he
would kill her if they didn’t reveal where
the safe was, police say.
After telling the men there was no safe
in the home – even though one was locat-
ed later by police in a spare bedroom – the
intruders grabbed Jones, ran out of the
house and fled in her car. The only items
reported missing were the victim’s cell-
phone and a pocket knife.
Security cameras would later capture
the vehicle pulling into a gas station at the
9000 block of 108th Avenue. There, Jones
gets out of the car alone and casually walks
toward a McDonald’s, police say. She then
called the Indian River County Sheriff’s Of-
fice to report she had been abducted.
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IRMC’s new Scully Endoscopy Center opens for business
By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Endoscopy, in a nutshell, is the use of
[email protected] miniaturized cameras inside flexible tub-
ing. It allows physicians to view, in real
After roughly seven months of con- time, areas inside the body that may be
struction, IRMC’s new $6.1 million Scully infected, damaged or cancerous without
Endoscopy Center opened for business cutting a patient open.
last week, with an open house held for
those who wanted to see all that it has to Mackay is excited about the center’s
offer. covered drive-up entrance and spacious
lobby, but he is even more enthused that
The center is 50 percent larger than the two new doctors will soon join him and
hospital’s old endoscopy center and has Drs. Ashley Canipe, Charles Eberhart,
lots of bright new equipment, according Bruce Grossman and Joseph Zerega on
to gastroenterologist Dr. Gregory MacKay, the center’s staff.
who is on the center’s staff.
Dr Gregory MacKay and Amanda Caudill, RN. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Dr. Yakov Gitin “trained in Boston at a the second newcomer, Dr. Jim Gordon,
Harvard affiliate and is an outstanding calling him “an excellent gastroenterolo-
guy,” according to MacKay. gist who did his training at the University
MacKay is comparably effusive about CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 other cancers while also tackling a stag-
gering array of other issues including acid
of Florida,” adding, “we’re thrilled they reflux, GERD, dyspepsia, irritable bowel
are joining us full-time now.” syndrome, hemorrhoids, anal fistulas,
peptic ulcers, abdominal pain syndrome,
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100 other Vero Beach donors, the new keystone of modern gastroenterology.”
10,000-square-foot center boasts over
$1.6 million worth of what MacKay says MacKay wholeheartedly agrees with
is equipment that even the nation’s top that assessment and says the new center
teaching hospitals would envy. and new equipment will allow the hospi-
tal to better meet “the needs of the com-
Included in that equipment, accord- munity.”
ing to MacKay, are “scopes that will now
go up into the bile duct so we can do bi- “We did about 3,800 procedures here
opsies up in there and actually see what last year,” he says, “and now we’ve in-
bits of tissue were biopsied,” as well as “a creased our capacity by 50 percent. That
specialized scope with basically an elec- will help us really take care of not only the
tric spark-generator that will allow us to acute, urgently ill people who need ur-
shatter [bile duct] stones and pull the gent procedures but also the people that
fragments out” rather than having the pa- need less urgent, more preventative care
tient undergo a major surgery to remove like those screening colonoscopies.”
Equipment and physicians aside, how-
Since the National Institute of Diabe- ever, MacKay concludes with a tribute to
tes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases the rest of new center’s staff by saying:
reports that well over 70 million Ameri- “We also have a great team of nurses and
cans are currently affected by gastroen- technicians assisting us and a volunteer
terological issues, it’s no surprise that the staff that is thrilled for the opportunity to
number of endoscopy cases at IRMC has be able to take care of our community.”
ballooned over the past five years.
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How to resist sugar and escape a dangerous addiction
By Casey Seidenberg | Staff Writer raise it and increase your energy. You are on low energy and cravings; and the energizing eating, including increased sugar consump-
the blood-sugar roller coaster and it’s hard B vitamins, which are often depleted by sug- tion, as you seek energy to combat your fa-
It is the beginning of February, and Insta- to get off it. ar consumption and stress. tigue. It’s critical to get enough sleep when
gram is bursting with self-effacing pictures trying to cut back on sugar.
of people who swore off sugar at the start of The key to balancing blood sugar is to eat Lifestyle red flags: Some cravings em-
the new year, only to fail. My boys both de- foods that prevent too much insulin from anate not from your belly, but from your Sometimes we experience cravings that
cided to cut back on the sweet stuff that be- being released, such as protein and healthy brain, as a result of lifestyle. Stress causes are nothing but a habit. Perhaps throughout
came commonplace over the holidays, but fats, and consuming only small amounts of the hormone cortisol to flood your body, your childhood, you watched your parents
they too are struggling. sugar or none at all. It’s also important to releasing glucose from your liver, which in overeat on Thanksgiving, so now you do
eat regular meals and snacks, because blood turn raises your blood sugar. We know fluc- the same, eating too much pie, for example,
Sugar has been shown to have an effect sugar drops when you skip a meal. tuations in blood sugar can cause cravings, even when you are not hungry. Listen to
on the brain similar to that of an addictive so being constantly stressed is like begging cravings and try to determine their root: true
drug. In fact, quickly removing it from your Consume the essential nutrients: Protein for trouble. Poor sleep also can trigger excess hunger, emotional eating or habit.
diet can cause withdrawal symptoms, in- and fat are crucial to kicking a sugar habit.
cluding fatigue, depression, headaches and Unlike sugar, healthy fats and protein pro-
muscle aches. No wonder it isn’t easy to quit. vide a slow, steady stream of energy, more
like a flat, newly paved road rather than that
Not easy, but not impossible, although glucose-flavored roller coaster.
there are a few questions to answer before
weaning yourself off sugar. When your body doesn’t find sugar for
fuel, it turns to fats, so eating plenty of
First, is your blood sugar unbalanced? healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados
Next, are you getting enough of the right and olive oil can help your body adjust to
nutrients? Last, do you sleep enough, and getting its energy elsewhere. Protein helps
are you able to manage stress? The answers you feel satiated, which can reduce hunger
to those questions will help you figure out and cravings, and many of the amino acids
what, specifically, you need to address to in protein help build the brain chemicals –
beat sugar successfully. such as dopamine – that make us feel good.
When we feel balanced and energized, we
Blood sugar issues: Many sugar cravings are less likely to seek a sugar high.
stem from a blood-sugar imbalance. When
your body ingests sugar, your blood sug- Other important nutrients that can help
ar spikes and your body releases insulin to you wean yourself from sugar include fiber,
lower it to a safer level. If the insulin brings which slows digestion and stabilizes blood
your blood-sugar level a bit too low, as often sugar; iron, which when depleted can cause
happens, your body craves foods that will
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Bonz meets sweet friends Norman & Candy Cane
in the Fur, I’d just sit over here quietly, OK?” worked for a vet, an there was this liddle cat, me, cuz it wasn’t long after that the Kibbles
“Of course, Miss Isabel.”
Hi Dog Buddies! “Norman,” Candy sat up suddenly, “you not a kitten, already 6 years old, and kinda Hit the Fan.”
This week I innerviewed Norman Ingle- should tell your story now.” And she went wild an sickly. She wasn’t aDOPtubble, so “Why, what happened?”
hart, a 15-year-old Welsh Corgi, and his back to her catnap.
cat, Candy Cane the 4th. They usta live in she got on the Put To Sleep List. (We all “Well, here I was, doing terrific in Agility,
Colorado onna ranch with horses. “Oh, right. So Bonz, may I call you
Bonz? Cool name. Like The Fonz, really goin’ places, LOVED the compe-
Norman, a big, pretty pooch, an a lady
holding a liddle cat were at the door. Sur- Norman tition! I mean nothing motivated me
prisingly Norman didn’t come up for the
Wag-and-Sniff, he stood next to his Mom on TV, back in the day, right? So you’re a more than runnin’ those courses, or a
and sniffed around in my general direc- Springer, eh? I always pictured you Spring-
tion, so I said, “Good morning. I’m Bonzo er Spaniels boinging up an down like a Jack good Tug-of-War, the harder the better.
the Columnist. You must be Norman. I’m Russell-in-the-box, with those big ol’ ears
happy to meet, er, ALL of you.” just a flappin,’” he chuckled, an nudged me. Not even food could compare.”
“Ah, yes, I thought it was you. Wel- “That’s me – The Bonz.” (This is One Cool “Woof! That’s sayin’ something!” I
come.” Norman finally came over for Poocheroo, I said to myself.) “And I always
the Wag-and-Sniff, then, “Come along. thought, when you Corgis were getting all exclaimed.
We’ll sit.” As we were getting settled, I your parts, you forgot to get in the Legs Line.”
noticed the liddle cat was quite pretty, Then, Bonz, if you can buhLEAVE
delicate-looking, Siamese-y but with “Now THAT’s funny,” he said. “So let’s get
long fluffy hair. to business. When I first joined the famly, it, one day – I went blind.”
back in Colorado, there was a buncha ani-
“This is my Mommy, Julie, and my cat and mals, like now. Mommy an Dad got me as Wait!! WHAAAT? YOU? … You’re
dear friend, Candy Cane the 4th (on accoun- a pooch pal for Molly, an Australian cattle
ta Mommy an Dad had three cats named dog called a Blue Heeler. I was startin’ to BLIND?”
Candy Cane before). We call her Candy.” learn Agility (had a Natural Gift), and me
an Molly played all the time. But suddenly “As a bat!”
“Or Ma’am,” the German Shepherd in- Molly went blind. Just like that. So then I
terjected, helpfully. was her Seeing-Eye dog.” I had noticed that he moved delib-
“She’s a real old lady now: 17 anna half “Oh, Woof! That’s Soggy Dog Biscuits!” erately, an did a LOTTA sniffin,’ but it
human years,” Norman explained. “Sure was. But we did OK. An I kept
getting’ better an better at Agility. I wasn’t Candy Cane PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD wasn’t like he was bumpin’ into ev-
“Puh-lease,” said Candy, with a small scared of ANYthing. It was about that time erything. “I had no idea,” I said.
smile. “I am the Dowager Queen. And we got Her Fluffyness. See, Mommy’s Mom
WHO rules the house?” “Took me a liddle time to learn the
“You do, your Fluffyness!” Norman said. lay of the land, but now I’m good. My
Their mom placed her gently on the
couch, where she curled up regally, tuck- know what THAT is.) But nose sorta took over for my eyes. An Her
ing her tail around her paws.
“It’s an honor, Miss Candy, or should I Mommy’s Mom said, ‘NO WAY.’ So I Fluffyness here keeps track of me, hangs out
call you Your Fluffyness?” I said respectfully.
“I rather like Miss Candy. Reminds me of gotta cat. Even though she was sick (di- with me a lot.”
my kitten days.” She closed her eyes, and
Norman continued the introductions. abetes), from the minute she walked in, “It’s a bummer you can’t compete any-
“Our Dad is Mark. He’s workin.’ This is
our sister, Isabel.” The German Shepherd she was QUEEN. Still runs things.” more. You must miss it.”
trotted over for a liddle nose bump.
“Hi, Mr. Bonzo! I never met a rePORder be- Miss Candy looked up. “You bet your “Fer sure. But I still do the course just for
fore! I promised Norman, if I could meet you
whiskers! I may look small an weak, but fun, with Mom, even the off-the-ground
I survived the Mean Streets, scrounging parts, an I’m still not scared. Mommy and
through garbudge for food and standin’ up Dad have to take me an Izzy on separate
to ferocious dogs.” walks now, cuz I stop and smell every blade
“But then,” Norman continued, “Molly of grass. It makes Izzy NUTS, cuz she needs
went to Dog Heaven. Woof, did I miss her. to Go-Go-Go. I also love rollin’ in the grass or
The cats an horses were fine, but I missed my the rug. I make a special rollin’-in-the-grass
pooch Bestie. So Mommy an Dad got Isabel.” sound Mommy says sounds like Chewbacca.
Isabel walked over to Norman, an gave To demonstrate, Norman’s Mommy got
him a liddle nose bump an slurp. “Thanks, down on all fours with Norman: They be-
Izzy!” Norman said. “We hit it off right gan to ruff-house and Norman burst out
away, which was a real fortunate thing for with this woofy-growly-howly sound.
“Yep! Definitely Chewbacca!”
DON’T BE SHY Heading home, I couldn’t get over how
well Norman faces all his challenges. It’s
We are always looking for pets no wonder he sounds like Chewbacca. The
with interesting stories. force is strong in this one.
To set up an interview, email The Bonz
Fully renovated home in
The Grove ready for new owner
1225 45th Court SW in The Grove: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,900-square-foot pool home offered for $324,900 by
Chip Landers, 772-473-7888 of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
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Fully renovated home in The Grove ready for new owner
By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer
Marsha and Ian Artig, who owned sev-
eral haute-cuisine restaurants in Vermont
and the Berkshires, wanted to live near
the ocean in their retirement, rambling
alongside their two smooth-haired salu-
kis. They chose Vero Beach and loved the
experience here, but didn’t reckon on the
humidity and now have decided to head to
the high, dry air of Santa Fe.
Their move is the next homeowner’s
gain, since they refurbished the house, lo-
cated at 1225 45th Court SW, in the choice
development The Grove. “We’ll miss it. We
put a lot of work into it,” they said.
“The Grove developers, Norman Hen- landscaping in front and back, along with
sick and Billy Graves, are old-time Vero, a screened-in, salt-water, solar-heated
not the typical South Florida operators,” swimming pool.
said Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
listing agent Chip Landers, who once No surface of the house and grounds
lived in The Grove. “They are high-quality, was overlooked in the update that took
low-density developers.” two years. The Artigs ensured the major
landscaping could easily be maintained
There are only 68 homes in The Grove, by overhauling the sprinkler system and
located south of Oslo Road off of 43rd Ave- putting in a new control box. They put in
nue, and custom builders, “not production custom fencing, which added privacy and
builders,” built a variety of high-end homes will be a winning feature for potential buy-
in the mid-’90s on what are now considered ers with dogs.
over-size lots, according to Landers.
The septic system was redone, a new
The developers made sure there was driveway put in and a new roof put on. The
plenty of natural drainage without putting pool was grouted, its solar heating system
in retention ponds. The Grove didn’t flood refurbished and the pump replaced. They
after Hurricane Irma or during the subse- put in pavers on the front porch and new
quent rains, unlike nearby developments. gutters under the eaves.
The Artigs’ house, built in 1995, has Accordion metal shutters for the sliding
three bedrooms and two baths on a 90-foot glass doors and windows, as well as a new
by 163-foot lot, leaving room for beautiful hurricane-rated garage door, make readying
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for a storm a snap. The new air conditioning be shut off as private suites. Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners
system will satisfy sensitive Northerners. The kitchen was remodeled with all Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned
and operated independent agency. Located in the
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Artigs replaced the front entryway, putting way-tile backsplash, double sink, high- and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach.
in a cherry-wood door with an elaborate arched faucet and functional but flattering
lintel and surround that includes a side- lighting above the breakfast bar. The Artigs Serving Vero Beach for over 10 years!
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FEATURES FOR 1225 45TH COURT SW
Neighborhood: The Grove • Year built: 1995
Lot size: 90’ by 163’ • Home size: 1,900 sq. ft.
Construction: Concrete block • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 2
Additional features: New roof, driveway, gutters, kitchen,
master bath, tile floors, paver front entrance, doorway, win-
dow treatments, air conditioning, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans
and fence; redone landscaping, sprinkler system, pool grout,
solar heating, salt-system pump and septic system; built by
custom-builder Hensick, with numerous fine details, Florida
Power and Light electric and county water
Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Listing agent: Chip Landers, 772-473-7888
Listing price: $324,900
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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: JAN. 29 THROUGH FEB. 2
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
A huge week in the mainland real estate market saw 41 single-family residences and lots change
hands from Jan. 29-Feb. 2 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the house at 5030 St. Joseph’s Island Lane. First
listed in November for $529,000, the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,284-square-foot home sold for
$500,000 on Feb. 1.
In Sebastian, the week’s top sale was the residence at 102 Rawlings Path. Originally listed in August
for $340,240, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,254-square-foot abode sold for $351,395 on Jan. 31.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
VERO BEACH 5030 ST JOSEPH’S ISLAND LANE 11/3/2017 $529,000 2/1/2018 $468,000
VERO BEACH 216 OAK HAMMOCK CIRCLE SW 6/21/2017 $495,000 1/31/2018 $425,000
VERO BEACH 1914 5TH COURT SE 11/28/2017 $434,900 1/31/2018 $390,000
VERO BEACH 3100 62ND AVENUE 11/30/2017 $415,000 2/1/2018 $373,500
VERO BEACH 5844 PINE RIDGE CIRCLE 11/27/2017 $380,000 1/29/2018 $360,000
VERO BEACH 1076 7TH PLACE 10/31/2017 $400,000 1/29/2018 $351,395
SEBASTIAN 102 RAWLINGS PATH 8/14/2017 $340,240 1/31/2018 $350,000
VERO BEACH 1085 BUCKHEAD DRIVE SW 3/3/2017 $369,000 2/2/2018 $324,900
VERO BEACH 6264 COVERTY PLACE 1/12/2018 $334,900 1/31/2018 $304,749
VERO BEACH 727 FORTUNELLA CIRCLE 3/6/2017 $304,525 1/31/2018 $300,000
SEBASTIAN 419 JOY HAVEN DRIVE 11/8/2017 $320,000 1/30/2018 $295,000
VERO BEACH 4885 55TH STREET 10/6/2017 $329,900 1/31/2018 $290,000
VERO BEACH 6305 ASTOR PLACE 6/8/2017 $350,000 1/31/2018 $288,000
VERO BEACH 4124 ABINGTON WOODS CIRCLE 12/26/2017 $289,900 1/31/2018
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.
216 Oak Hammock Circle SW, Vero Beach 1914 5th Court SE, Vero Beach
Listing Date: 6/21/2017 Listing Date: 11/28/2017
Original Price: $495,000 Original Price: $434,900
Sold: 1/31/2018 Sold: 1/31/2018
Selling Price: $468,000 Selling Price: $425,000
Listing Agent: Peggy Hewett Listing Agent: Shane Reynolds
Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Bob DeWaters Cheryl Gerstner
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Alex MacWilliam, Inc.
3100 62nd Avenue, Vero Beach 5844 Pine Ridge Circle, Vero Beach
Listing Date: 11/30/2017 Listing Date: 11/27/2017
Original Price: $415,000 Original Price: $380,000
Sold: 2/1/2018 Sold: 1/29/2018
Selling Price: $390,000 Selling Price: $373,500
Listing Agent: Ralph Santoro Listing Agent: LuAnn Donnelly-Willemen
Selling Agent: Billero & Billero Properties Selling Agent: Sea Turtle Real Estate LLC
Ralph Santoro Eileen Fretz
Billero & Billero Properties RE/MAX Associated Realty
LEGEND COMES TO B4 RECIPIENTS TELL OF B8 B11RESTAURANT REVIEW:
LIFE IN ‘LOMBARDI’ ‘IMPACT’ OF GRANTS VERO PRIME
Coming Up! Strum through time at
Museum’s guitar history exhibit
YOU ASKED FOR IT
– AND SYMPHONY PAGE B2Adam Schnell.
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
1 The Space Coast Sympho-
ny Orchestra’s concert – this
Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church
in Vero Beach – could be called
“SCSO’s Greatest Hits.” Preparing
the program certainly required
more time than usual, and the or-
chestra will definitely be “playing
favorites”: Artistic Director Aaron
Collins and his musicians reviewed
hundreds of audience requests
from the past nine seasons (Collins
says the orchestra’s “dedicated and
knowledgeable audience” has nev-
er had a problem “letting me know
what they like”). That abundance of
choices resulted in an exciting mu-
sical evening brimming with the
biggest and best-loved symphon-
ic works by Gershwin, Stravinsky,
Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Proko-
fiev, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg and oth-
ers: official title – “Fan Favorites.”
Making this concert even more of
a Must Attend event, 2017 Van Cl-
CONTINUED ON PAGE B6
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Strum through time at Museum’s guitar history exhibit
By Ellen Fischer | Columnist line the walls of the gallery; their design looks Medieval to Metal: The Art also beautifully crafted reproductions.
[email protected] like a cross between a telephone booth and a & Evolution of the Guitar. Some instruments are readily obtainable
sci-fi transporter. Each one displays a stringed
The current Holmes Gallery exhibition at instrument with its corresponding text panel. PHOTOS GORDON RADFORD examples of their kind; including the sloppily
the Vero Beach Museum of Art purports to Some of the instruments, like the oud and crafted oud on display. Most of the late-20th
follow the history of the guitar from its roots lute, are predecessors of the guitar. The lion’s web of wood – complete with a tiny spider at century guitars in the show were mass pro-
in the ancient oud to the relatively recent de- share of the show is devoted to the develop- its center – that fills the guitar’s sound hole. duced; the Fender Stratocaster, designed in
velopment of the electric guitar in the U.S. ment of, and variations on, the electric guitar. The vihuela, predecessor to the modern 1954, is still in production.
As it arrived at the VBMA, the full exhibition acoustic guitar, is displayed nearby. This vi-
“Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution contains 60 objects; the 20 not on view will huela is a modern reproduction (crafted by “You can buy an identical one today,” says
of the Guitar” is a traveling art installation spend their time in Vero Beach behind the U.S. luthier, Daniel Larson) of a precious 16th Newquist.
produced by the National Guitar Museum. scenes, in storage. century instrument owned by the Cité de la
The word “museum” implies a brick and Musique museum in Paris. Others in this sec-
mortar building with galleries and collec- Newquist says that there is a discussion tion, the theorbo and the Baroque guitar, are
tion storage, perhaps a performance area at every venue as to which pieces will be in-
and a museum shop – but the National cluded in that particular setting.
Guitar Museum, a privately-held compa-
ny established in 2008, has none of those. He adds, “There are some that we always
Its mailing address is a residential home in show, because we feel they are the core of the
Fairfield, Conn. exhibit.”
It does have a collection of about 250 gui- One of the cases in the gallery appears to
tars, according to founder and CEO Harvey be empty. A glance at the text panel inside
P. Newquist, and roughly two thirds of them reveals that we are looking at an air guitar,
have been traveling in two exhibitions since which, says Newquist, is included in every
2011. “Medieval to Metal” is aimed at art mu- presentation of this show.
seum display, while “Guitar: The Instrument
that Rocked the World” is marketed toward “It’s the one that everybody has always
science and history museums featuring asked for. Every place that we’ve ever been
displays geared toward guitar construction, like, ‘Bet you don’t have an air guitar!’”
acoustics and the nature of sound itself.
The instruments on view are a mixed bag.
Your first glimpse of the current exhibition The oldest object is the “Romantic Guitar”
may focus on the 40 identical black cases that made by the German company Goldklang
around 1890. It is intriguing for the carved
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There are also some hand-craft- the art of music possible, and must included two of his brothers side of Your Head” of 2005 (it won kudos
ed electric guitars on view; notable therefore be considered part of mu- and a friend. Not part of that from the National Science Teachers As-
among these is an eccentrically gor- sic’s art. group, a younger sibling, Jim- sociation and the Children’s Book Coun-
geous lyre-shaped model by Di Dona- He adds that, although his first con- my Newquist, gained notice as the cil); “This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways
to Guitars of Venice, Italy. sideration was to exhibit objects that primary songwriter, guitarist and in Which We Go” of 2009; and “The Book of
would illustrate the historical devel- lead singer for the alternative Blood” of 2012.
Most of the pieces in the show, howev- opment of the guitar, some of the rock band “Caroline’s Spine.” In between bouts of writing, his career as
er, are not particularly rare or valuable. As instruments “show a level of de- While Harvey P. Newquist the chief curator of the National Guitar Mu-
a whole, this offering can best be described sign and craftsmanship that you did not find rock stardom, seum keeps Newquist touring with the mu-
as a study collection, one that can endure would normally associate with the University of Notre seum’s two traveling exhibitions. As separate
the rigors of travel and handling by everyone an artist.” Dame graduate did at- entities they have been installed in more
from shippers, to museum preparators to, Newquist said tain prominence in the than two dozen public venues over the past
well, anyone Newquist invites to try one out, that the idea to 1980s as a busi- seven years.
beginning with himself. “We are booked into 2020 for both exhib-
create a guitar museum began with his own ness analyst in the artificial intelligence in- its and we do six a year. Three of each exhib-
“I play all of them, every year,” he boasts. collection, which he and his wife displayed dustry. Changing course in the 1990s, he was it,” Newquist says.
Newquist adds that he allowed Dane on the walls of their home. Newquist’s fas- editor in chief of Guitar Magazine “for a good Like his books, which are chock-full of
Roberts, the museum’s membership co- cination with the instrument began in portion” of that decade. As H.P. Newquist factual nuggets aimed at a general audience,
ordinator, to play the exhibition’s translu- 1974, when he was a young teen intent on he is currently an author of books on “weird Newquist’s guitar exhibitions are for people
cent, cherry red B.C. Rich Warlock electric learning to play. Ten years later he was the science.” His published works include “The who know what they like – and they like their
guitar. Its aggressively angled styling – lead guitarist in a band called “Thief” that Great Brain Book: An Inside Look at the In- learning sweetened with entertainment.
more like a piece of weaponry than a musi- He refers to the shows as “gateways,” be-
cal instrument – has made it the darling of cause they lure in “those people who other-
heavy metal guitarists for nearly 40 years. wise might not visit an art museum.”
One like it can be purchased for a few hun- Newquist seems convinced that the first
dred dollars. heady whiff of his guitar show will some-
When asked why he thinks the objects in how produce a new crop of art addicts
“Medieval to Metal” are art objects, Newquist who will scramble to buy museum mem-
has several answers, none of which address berships – or at least show up for another
the question. VBMA offering.
“This show is about the evolution of the Concerning the construction of a build-
guitar. Mostly the guitar is a workhorse. It ing to house the National Guitar Museum,
is not about the aesthetics of the look, it is Newquist says that plans to “settle down”
about the sound,” he says. keep getting moved back. “Now we are look-
The objects on display, he explains, are ing at maybe 2022,” he says.
“the physical manifestation of music.”
That is to say, musical instruments make
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A winning production: Legend comes to life in ‘Lombardi’
By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent slipped into Richard Zavaglia as
[email protected] place in an Vince Lombardi.
At the risk of sounding sexist ... Riverside PHOTOS GORDON RADFORD
Theatre has opened a handsome production Into this
of a play that could turn husbands into the- landscape we
ater patrons. meet Lom-
It’s “Lombardi,” a long one-act about the eyes of
famed Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lom- Look magazine reporter Michael McCor-
bardi, that is not a musical and doesn’t have mick, who has traveled from New York to
an intermission, so even those husbands Green Bay to stay at the coach’s home for an
who went to Sunday’s matinee still got home up-close-and-personal interview.
in time for the Super Bowl.
Greg Fallick forges an earnest likability
That’s probably the way Lombardi for the reporter, a young man struggling
would have wanted it. No fuss, no muss. with his own father issues, who finds him-
Just get the job done … in a winning fash- self confronting a larger than life man in
ion, that is. Lombardi.
And that’s what director and designer Al- Denise Cormier brings to life Marie Lom-
len D. Cornell has accomplished with “Lom- bardi, an attractive woman as adept at mix-
bardi,” a show that is as tightly formed and ing a highball as she is advising her husband
smartly paced as any complex offense play … and the reporter.
jotted down on a coach’s blackboard.
But the show belongs to Richard Zavaglia,
Cornell’s scenic design uses the outline who carves out a rich portrayal of Lombar-
of a football field, with Green Bay’s gold and di. His mix is a complicated one – filled with
dark green colors to serve as the backdrop. gruffness and love, confidence and vulnera-
He takes you from Lombardi’s fashionable bility. His Lombardi nearly aches with affec-
mid-’60s “Mad Men” era home to the locker tion for his players, yet all the while he is a
rooms, the practice field and even a bar, all
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Greg Fallick as Denise Cormier as However, that venue is busy so it was pro-
Michael McCormick. Marie Lombardi. duced on the Stark Stage, Riverside’s larger
mainstage. Nevertheless, the show has an
intimate feel to it primarily because of the
sound, which is rich and acoustic like a live
theater of, well, the mid-’60s … long before
body mics became de rigueur.
So yes, the times they were a-changin,’
but the football legend lives on and comes
to affectionate life at Riverside Theatre in
its handsome and smart production of
“Lombardi” runs through Feb. 18 at Riv-
erside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero
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split-second away from lecturing them. Even
when he yells “Shut up, Marie,” you have to
laugh because you feel the tenderness be-
tween the two.
The beloved football legend is the man
in whose honor the Super Bowl’s Vincent
Lombardi Trophy is awarded each year.
The award processional includes the tro-
phy being brought down a gauntlet of the
players on the winning team. Each player
tries to touch the trophy and sometimes
even kiss it.
This is the man who turned a losing team
into one that secured the first two Super
Bowl wins and to whom multiple quotes are
attributed, including, incorrectly, “Winning
isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
But there is a threat of change in the air.
It’s the mid-’60s and people are waking up.
Players want more money, more health
insurance. Sons want to spread their own
wings and not fly in their father’s orbit.
Lombardi complains, “Young people today
don’t trust their leaders.” And Marie? Well,
other than looking stylish in Anna Hill-
bery’s period costumes, she seems content
to mix the drinks, maybe a bit too often for
her own good.
But that’s about as far as the audience is
taken by Eric Simonson’s slim play, which is
based on David Maraniss’ book, When Pride
Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. In
fact, it’s not so much the play as Riverside’s
production that advances the intriguing lay-
er of social change.
Where we first hear boos and cheers in
Craig Beyrooti’s sound design, we end up
hearing the Rolling Stones’ playful but sex-
ually charged song “Satisfaction,” and then
music by the Doors, a group so iconic of the
’60s drug culture.
Beyrooti needs another compliment
here. This is a straight play, meaning it’s not
a musical. Normally, Riverside produces its
straight plays on its smaller Waxlax Stage.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Classical Orchestra takes the stage at St. Ed- and “can be seen as a Beethovenian triumph her “impeccable technique … deeply expres-
ward’s School’s Waxlax Center for its Master- over fate/pessimism”; and Barber’s Concerto sive phrasing … and poetic weight,” bringing
iburn piano competition quarter-finalist works II program, “Songs and Dances.” The for Violin, Opus 14. In spite of a lengthy and not only “technical brilliance and powerful
Sergey Belyavskiy will join the orchestra. music will soar to the rafters as the orchestra rocky genesis, this has become one of the artistry,” but also a strong sense of connection
Belyavskiy, a Russian and a highly regarded performs Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, most frequently performed of all 20th century to her audience. The competition website
interpreter of Liszt, will play two big fan fa- Opus 25, written in loose imitation of the style concertos, and an exciting young musician, says Huang made her solo debut with the Na-
vorites, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and of Haydn; Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Opus violinist Sirena Huang, will be performing tional Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at
Liszt’s “Totentanz” (Dance of the Dead), a 61 in C Major: The uplifting tone of this sym- it Thursday. Winner of the inaugural Elmar only 9, and, since then, has performed in 17
thrilling piece which, according to Wikipe- phony, according to Wikipedia, is remarkable Oliviera International Violin Competition, countries across three continents. The music
dia, is notable for “being based on the Gre- in the face of Schumann’s health problems, Huang was praised by the Baltimore Sun for begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $60.
gorian plainchant melody “Dies Erae,” and
for its daring innovative style. Tickets are 3 Next up on the LIVE! From Vero Beach
$20 in advance; $25 at the door; and free for concert schedule it’s Poco, the Cal-
18 and under or with student ID. Show time ifornia country rock band formed, says
is 3 p.m. Wikipedia, “following the demise of Buffalo
Springfield in 1968” and in the first wave of
2 So much wonderful classical music this the West Coast country rock genre. Think
week: On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Atlantic “Crazy Love,” “Heart of the Night,” “Rose of
Cimmaron.” They’re bringing all that and
more to the Emerson Center this coming
Thursday, and they’re still going strong,
even cranked up that energy and ’tude. Mu-
sic starts at 7 p.m.
4 Ballet continues to bloom in Vero
Beach: next Friday in the Vero Beach
Museum of Art’s intimate Leonhardt Au-
ditorium, Ballet Vero Beach will present
“Dance from the Dancers,” a program of
original works choreographed by the com-
pany’s own gifted dancers. You’ll see a trio
of world premiere works by Camilo A. Ro-
driguez, Matthew Carter and Chloé Wat-
son, and two additional works by Watson,
a solo, “Temporary Dwelling,” and a pas de
deux, “What does it mean?” Artistic Director
Adam Schnell describes it as “a journey into
the minds of our extraordinary artists.” Au-
diences were treated to such a journey last
month, when Camilo Rodriguez and com-
panions danced a program he created, and
this one promises the same joy, inspiration
and originality. General admission seating
is $35. Curtain is 7 p.m.
5 The Vero Beach AAUW Book Author
Luncheon annual fundraiser is always
stimulating, informative and well-attended,
and the Feb. 17 event at theVero Beach Coun-
try Club will be especially so. Featured will be
not one author, but two: a mother-son duo
who write best-selling mysteries under the
nom-de-plume “Charles Todd.” Bolstered by
a rich storytelling heritage and a love of all
things Brit, the pair began their literary part-
nership in the mid-1990s and were quickly
and extremely successful, with two best-sell-
ing series, both of which take place in WWI-
era France and England. You may already be
familiar with Nurse Betsy Crawford and/or
Inspector Ian Rutledge. Charles Todd likes
to say they wrote the first Rutledge mystery
“just to find out if we could write.” Obviously,
they could. Funds from the luncheon benefit
programs, grants and scholarships for wom-
en and girls in Indian River County. A book
sale/signing begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are $60
and include one auction ticket. With the Feb.
10 deadline looming, you should secure your
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Recipients detail positive ‘Impact’ of $100K grants
By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Paul Sexton, Judy Lemoncelli, Carolyn Antenen, Shannon McGuire Bowman and Edie Widder. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL the four college classes to earn their Staff
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cept, and more than 800 people have taken experience in a competitive job market and promotions and raises. “All of them know
The Northern Trust Bank community the Virtual Dementia Tour. can continue working in the design pro- how special they are to be part of this first
room was packed with Impact 100 current gram even after they leave. cohort.”
and prospective members last Tuesday “I’m thrilled to tell you, we opened the
afternoon, to hear about the accomplish- doors to our new Graphic Design Impact “We graduated our first group of 12 Over the years, the Oslo Riverfront Con-
ments of the four 2017 Community Partners Center,” said Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Chil- graduates in December,” said Shannon servation Area has received four Impact 100
since being awarded $100,000 transforma- dren’s Center president/CEO, noting that McGuire Bowman, Childcare Resources grants, each one building on the one before
tional grants last April. Impact Day was their abused, abandoned and neglected of IRC executive director, speaking of their said Edie Widder, Ph.D., ORCA CEO and se-
sponsored by Robin Lloyd & Associates, P.A. 13- to 17-year-old teens have “had a really Credentialing Program for Early Educators. nior scientist. The first grant enabled the
rough life.” They now can learn graphic de- Despite many of the graduates previously creation of a pollution map of the Indian
Moderator Carolyn Antenen noted the sign skills and receive real-world training having just GED-level education, all passed River Lagoon. With the next, Indian River
total amounts granted over the past nine Charter High School students assisted with
years to programs in their four focus ar- the process until increasing lagoon pol-
eas: $956,000 to Education, $1.331 million lution made it unsafe for them. The third
to Health & Wellness, $644,000 to Family, created Kilroy Academy, with teachers
and $445,000 to Enrichment & Environ- utilizing videos to demonstrate real-time
ment. She then asked each of the panelists monitoring in their classrooms. “If you
to share what has happened within their or- want to talk about impact,” said Widder,
ganizations in the months since receiving “one of the videos we produced has had
their $100,000 grants. three-quarters of a million views.” For the
recent Living Lagoon Project, they part-
“It sparked a metamorphosis of sorts, in nered with Indian River Land Trust and
all of us,” said Judy Lemoncelli, Alzheimer & students at various schools are rebuilding
Parkinson Association of IRC Development waterfront areas by growing and planting
and Communication director, “because it a living shoreline. “This has got legs,” said
permeated every single layer of what we do Widder, noting the number of businesses
at the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association.” who are now getting involved.
They purchased a “rolling classroom” RV to
reach out to the community through their Impact 100 membership is open through
Dementia Friendly Community Initiative. Feb. 28 to all women who contribute $1,000;
Lemoncelli said that businesses, nonprofits the number of transformational grants is
and individuals have embraced the con-
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Vero squads have their postseason game faces on
By TIna Rondeau | Staff Writer Both the girls and boys soccer teams PHOTOS GORDON RADFORD & DENISE RITCHIE for the girls basketball team. Centennial
[email protected] will have to shake off the Jupiter blues this was undefeated in district play and is the
week in order to advance any further in the The varsity boys basketball team was 17-6 clear-cut favorite for the title. Vero was in
The varsity girls soccer team from Vero postseason. under new head coach Damion Whitsett the middle of the pack at 4-4 in what head
Beach High was cruising toward an eighth with three regular-season games remain- coach Rahshard Morgan described as a re-
straight district title when Jupiter High ing through Senior Night this week against building year, although the team did finish
spoiled the party with a 4-1 triumph in the Melbourne High. The main scoring punch is the regular season with double-digit wins
District 10-5A championship match. The provided by a pair of juniors, Tommie Lewis and was above .500.
good news after the disappointing result (15.9 ppg) and Javian Cuff (12.8 ppg).
was that Vero got another chance to play on This past weekend the girls weight-
this week in the regional round. This team will need a smothering de- lifting team sent 10 qualifiers to the state
fense in the district tournament, and that tournament. Five won regional champi-
The district champ gets a home game is precisely what the coach emphasizes. onships in their respective weight classes:
and the runner-up hits the road for the They will be seeded second behind Trea- Jayda Jenkins in 119, Chloe Holland in 129,
regional opener. The Fighting Indians did sure Coast, a team that was 21-1 last week Sarah Kehoe in 169, Verlecia Scarlett in 199
not get the matchup they probably pre- and is expected to enter the district tourney and Jadis Thompkins in unlimited. Five
ferred this past Tuesday. Host Harmony at 23-1. Vero lost twice to TC during the reg- more received at-large bids: Alyssa Depalo
came in with an 18-3-2 record after blister- ular season, but one was a razor-thin 49-48 in 101, Elizabeth Case in 110, Kiiya Hous-
ing two teams in their district playoffs by a decision in early January. ing in 119, Audra Teske in 183 and Tijah
combined 21-0. McGriff in unlimited.
The only other district defeat was to Fort
However, doom and gloom is not what Pierce Central. With the likes of Martin Lifting in the state championship tour-
animates the VBHS girls. The youngest team County, Centennial, FPC, TC and VBHS, nament was probably a relief after the long
in the state typically starts seven freshmen. this tournament could be more balanced eight-hour trip by van to reach the venue in
Sophomore Madelaine Rhodes has already and competitive than the records before- Panama City Beach.
established a single-season school record hand would indicate.
with 53 goals and freshman Emma Rhodes
added 13 more for a team that was 15-5-1 It was district tournament time this week
heading into the Harmony game.
The varsity boys soccer team followed
the girls lead by securing the No. 1 seed in
their District 10-5A playoffs. Bayne Hagood
led the team with 10 goals during the regular
season. Bennett Collins had a goal and two
assists in a 3-2 triumph over Centennial in
the district semis. Collins and Hagood are
senior leaders and returning starters from
the team last year that surprised everyone
by winning district and regional champion-
ships. The state Final Four appearance was
the first in school history.
If a magical run is to occur in consecutive
seasons, the pathway this time will be a little
different. VBHS squared off for the district
championship against Jupiter High, a team it
had rolled over in mid-December by a score
of 6-1. In a classic case of past results mean-
ing absolutely nothing, the Fighting Indians
lost a rugged 1-0 decision. As a result, Vero
took its 8-5-4 record on the road for a region-
al game this past Wednesday.
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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (FEBRUARY 2) ON PAGE B19
1 Tom and --, cartoon (5) 1 Adorn strikingly (8)
8 Bureaucrat (8) 3 Set aside (8)
9 Very poor (7) 4 Worth (5)
10 Pest (8) 5 Eventful journey (7)
11 Bombardment (7) 6 Suntanned (7)
12 Soft cap (5) 7 Add to the end (5)
15 Hard question (5) 8 Tropical fruit (5)
18 Alpine song (5) 13 Unruly behaviour (8)
19 Lowest point (5) 14 Skiing manoeuvre (8)
22 Young child (7) 16 Young tree (7)
23 Belief system (8) 17 Lock of hair (7)
24 Naval chief (7) 20 Musical form (5)
25 Suggestive remark (8) 21 Celtic priest (5)
26 Fume (5) 22 Sycophant (5)
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11 Mu ___ pork 61 Major mistakes features abbr.
14 North Pole 62 Celeb 11 More like a 61 Pierre who wrote
addressee 64 Claimed to be, in The Bridge on
19 Hot pink or lime court Sharon the River Kwai
green 65 Members of the Stone love scene and Planet of the
21 Faucet house 12 Accelerates Apes
22 Red as ___ 66 Price of rice, 13 Increasing 63 Location of the
23 The Joker on maybe 14 Bass or Bellow sentry
TV’s 67 NewsHour host 15 Sit-ups tone ’em 65 Indigo D&C No.
Batman 68 Windy, as a day 16 Shipshape 6 and others
24 Position or a senator 17 Airing 66 Salon offering
statements 69 Shimon who 18 Classic 68 Woody Allen
26 Make out schmoozes with documentary, comedy featuring
27 Poet’s foot Shamir Victory ___ Howard Cosell
28 Like the 70 Lubricates 20 Make it 69 Volkswagen
relationship of 71 Flaw finders 25 Meal or cake inventor’s
two architects 72 Dickens’s Little opener other car
in love ___ 29 Bit of buckshot 71 Cooked cereal or
30 Prop for Arnie 73 Metry preceder 32 Nefertiti, to Tut Little Rascal
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36 Perceptive 84 Sabin’s 37 “See the USA” maniac
38 Getting involved breakthrough singer 78 Desire Under
(in) superficially 88 Trial partner 38 Stretches out the ___
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41 Certain layers in means 41 Noted talking 85 Charlotte of Car
shoes “stone,” not “back horse 54, Where Are
42 Put into words talk” 42 Blends You?
44 Holler mate 92 Jerk beforehand, as 86 Jack’s weapon in
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to 94 Benson partner 43 Chang’s twin 87 El ___
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50 Tough exams, for puzzle, 51 Teatro ___
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IT WILL GIVE THREE IF YOU RETURN ONE KQJ7
Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric and a bridge player, said, J52
“Number one, cash is king ... number two, communicate ... number three, buy or bury the
At the bridge table, number one, make or break the contract ... number two, WEST EAST
communicate with your partner ... number three, bury the opposition. 9652
J9853 10 8 4 3
This week’s deal has elements of that, but also three and one are relevant — why? 3
South is in three notrump. West leads his fourth-highest heart, and East puts up the A74 K 10 7 6
king. What should declarer do?
South’s three-notrump rebid shows some 18-20 high-card points, at least six diamonds,
in principle stoppers in the two unbid suits and often a singleton in responder’s suit. (It K5
is a hand too strong for one diamond - one spade - three diamonds.)
South apparently starts with eight top tricks: four spades, two hearts (given trick one)
and two diamonds. He can also establish three or four more diamond winners. But to A
collect all of those spade tricks, how does declarer get into the dummy?
The temptation is to cash the top diamonds and assume that the queen will drop, which
it is supposed to do 58 percent of the time. Note, though, that if declarer can win six A K 10 9 6 4
diamond tricks, he has nine tricks via one spade, two hearts and six diamonds. But just
in case the diamond queen will not drop, South should be willing to sacrifice one trick to Q 10 8
get the three spade winners in return.
Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither
After winning trick one and cashing the spade ace, declarer should lead his diamond 10
or nine. If East ducks, South has six diamond tricks. If East wins, the diamond jack is a The Bidding:
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