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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-12-26 16:30:14

12/27/2019 ISSUE 52

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MY TAKE PHOTO: KAILA JONES County’s bid to
block train near
BY RAY MCNULTY Moxley stepped in as interim superintendent of a school district in disarray, and in seven months got things back on track. PHOTO: KAILA JONES end of the line

Vero murder mystery Susan Moxley: An ‘absolute blessing’ for our schools By George Andreassi | Staff Writer
solved after 45 years
By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer A dark cloud of distrust hung hold down the fort until a new Indian River County’s federal
Forty-five years after Vero heavy over school district em- superintendent could be hired,” court challenge against the Vir-
Beach High School teacher Jack When Interim Superintendent ployees, students and the com- said Moxley, whose last day with gin Trains USA passenger train
Rose was shot dead in his car Susan Moxley parachuted into munity. the district was Dec. 19. “The project may have reached the
near the north jetty at the Fort Vero Beach in May, she found a district was bleeding badly. They end of the line.
Pierce Inlet, the detective who school district whose finances Fast, effective rescue action needed someone to come in and
solved the cold case last sum- were in chaos and a frustrated was called for. get the work done immediately – The U.S. Circuit Court of Ap-
mer was left with mixed feelings. School Board that spent most of peals for the District of Columbia
its time fighting amongst itself. “When I was hired, the board CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Friday agreed with the district
“I’m glad we were able to give wasn’t looking for someone to court judge who threw out the
the victim’s family a sense of clo- county’s complaint challenging
sure,” St. Lucie County Sheriff’s the train project’s federal financial
Detective Paul Taylor said last and environmental approvals.
week, “but, as a cop, I’d love to
put somebody in handcuffs.” “The bottom line is that the Fi-
nal Environmental Impact State-
Unfortunately, he can’t. ment for the All Aboard Florida
In this case, the crime was fi- (Virgin Trains USA/Brightline)
nally solved but the suspect was project clearly complies with the
buried four years ago, in the Or- requirements of National En-
lando area, after he died in Cos- vironmental Policy Act,” wrote
ta Rica at age 58. Senior Circuit Judge Harry T. Ed-
Which means Frank Selvaggi wards for a three-judge panel.
Jr. got away with murder – while
he was alive, anyway. Indian River County leaders
But Taylor is confident the will review the court order, con-
former Vero Beach High student sult with their legal team and de-
killed Rose with a rare, large-cal- cide whether to take the appeal
iber, British-made Webley re- all the way to the U.S. Supreme
volver shortly after 9 p.m. on Court, said county spokesman
Brian Sullivan.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
County Commissioner Tim
INSIDE Zorc said he wants to hear Coun-
ty Attorney Dylan Reingold’s
NEWS 1-5 PETS 12 analysis of the appellate decision
DINING B6 before deciding whether he sup-
HEALTH 6 GAMES B13 ports seeking high court review.
CALENDAR B16
REAL ESTATE 11 BOOKKEEPER ACCUSED OF STEALING TO FUND COCAINE HABIT “We’re disappointed,” Zorc
B1 said. “We’ll review our options.
ARTS
“That will probably be some-
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer $70,000 from her employers, ac- thing we’ll have to have a discus-
For circulation or where to pick up [email protected] cording to the allegations against sion on; looking at what other
your issue call: 772-226-7925 a Sebastian woman. options are out there.”
A bad cocaine habit led a trust-
ed 17-year employee of Banov As company bookkeeper, An- A Virgin Trains spokesman,
Construction, a close-knit firm drea Lindsay, 44, had full access Michael Hicks, acknowledged
that designs and builds luxu- to all Banov Construction’s bank the court victory but declined to
ry homes in Orchid Island and accounts, court records say, so it comment on the ruling or what
other high-end communities, to took some time for the extent of
forge 48 checks and steal nearly CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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MY TAKE incident caused all the suspects friends “He stated that his son had not spo- crashing into a tree while trying to flee,
to stop speaking to him.” ken to him” for many years, Taylor wrote, Taylor said.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 adding that Selvaggi’s father said he was
Baird, who now lives out of state, said “not interested in speaking with me” and “He was executed,” he added.
June 13, 1974. He said the case he built, Selvaggi was arrested and charged with hung up. The first shot appears to have been
though lacking DNA and ballistic evi- battery, but Taylor was unable to find fired from a car parked immediately to
dence, would have been strong enough any record of such an arrest by the Vero Selvaggi’s father, who still lives in Vero the left of Rose’s car, Taylor said, but the
to establish the probable cause necessary Beach Police Department or the Indian Beach, did not return a phone message detective has only theories as to why
to arrest Selvaggi for murder and the St. River County Sheriff’s Office. left at his home. Rose was at the inlet – and why Selvaggi
Lucie County Sheriff’s Office now consid- was there, too.
ers the case closed. Baird said she believes Selvaggi’s fa- Taylor’s report also reveals that Selvag- But he’s convinced Selvaggi was there.
ther, Frank Sr., intervened and used his gi’s brother and sister were similarly un- According to Taylor’s report Selvaggi
“Would [the evidence] be enough to influence as a retired Federal Bureau helpful and said Rose’s murder was nev- matched the description of the man wit-
convict him and send him to prison? of Narcotics agent to have the charge er discussed at home, despite the news nesses saw running from the victim’s ve-
There’s no way to know,” Taylor said. “But dropped and any record of the arrest de- coverage and other students saying the hicle, and the car Selvaggi drove – a blue
I went through all the evidence we had, stroyed. shooting “was all everyone in the Vero Oldsmobile Delta 88 – matched one wit-
I talked to everyone that I could and, Beach talked about for months.” ness’ description of the shooter’s vehicle.
based on all the facts I was able to gather Taylor said Selvaggi’s father was a “rock The detective assigned to the case in
during my investigation, I’m convinced star for the feds” and played a major role Much of that talk revolved around Sel- 1974 wrote on a napkin that survived
he committed the murder. in the highly publicized arrest of New vaggi. the decades, “Hit made by a kid named
York mobster Joe Valachi, who in 1963 Frank,” who was driving a blue or green
“There’s no other person who would’ve broke the mafia’s code of silence and tes- Taylor wrote that Selvaggi’s “close per- Thunderbird or LTD.
been a realistic suspect,” he added, “and tified before a Senate committee about sonal friends” immediately assumed he The note prompted Taylor to surmise
Frank was the only individual I could find the organization’s structure, operations, killed Rose because he was “violent and that Selvaggi’s Oldsmobile “could have
with a known motive for killing the vic- rituals and membership. would easily be considered a bully by easily been mistaken for the other model
tim.” modern standards,” and “he had access vehicles in the low-light, evening hours”
The elder Selvaggi offered no help to to and was known to carry firearms.” when the murder was committed.
And that motive was? Taylor’s investigation when the detective Overall, the initial investigation con-
Jealousy. phoned him in late May and tried to dis- Selvaggi’s friends knew Rose was upset ducted by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s De-
“He was insanely jealous,” said Claudia cuss the murder of his son’s math teach- when Selvaggi beat up Meyer in Novem- tective Richard Browning, who died years
Baird, whose last name was Meyer when er. ber, and knew that Selvaggi and Rose had ago, raises questions and adds to the lin-
she dated Selvaggi for a year-and-a-half gotten into a heated, verbal altercation gering mystery that surrounds the crime.
before breaking up with him during their “Usually, a retired cop likes to talk to three days before the teacher was killed Even though Selvaggi’s name was list-
junior year of high school after he beat other cops,” Taylor said, “but his father that started when Selvaggi accused Rose ed numerous times in the original case
her up in November 1973. shut me down quick.” of being sexually involved with Meyer. file, there was no record of him ever be-
According to Taylor’s report, witnesses ing interviewed by Browning or other de-
said Meyer returned to school with “two In his report, Taylor wrote that Sel- Everyone, it seems, knew Rose and tectives.
black eyes,” and she told him: “The entire vaggi’s father was “uncooperative” Meyer were friendly, and that Selvaggi Evidence was missing from the case
school was aware of the incident, and the and claimed he knew nothing about was jealous of their relationship. file and a gun thought to be the murder
the murder, even though the shooting weapon was never tested for a ballistic
made headlines in local newspapers for Baird vehemently denied any sexual match with the bullets that killed Rose.
months. or otherwise improper relationship with “Lead Detective Browning had located
Rose, saying any such rumors were “ab- and submitted a Webley .455 handgun
solutely false.” She said she was a teach- to the Crime lab for ballistic testing, and
er’s pet, straight-A student and student then canceled the request,” Taylor wrote
council member, and that she knew Rose in his report. “He removed the firearm
– the student council faculty advisor – from the lab before any tests or ballistic
was fond of her. comparisons were conducted.”
The report also states: “There was no
“But nothing ever happened between mention of the firearm, the owner, the lo-
us,” Baird said. cation it was recovered from, or any copy
of the lab submission in the case file.”
Though she broke up with Selvaggi im- Making Taylor’s cold-case investiga-
mediately after he beat her up, Baird said tion more challenging was the fact that
her ex-boyfriend continued to stalk her some witnesses were either never ques-
throughout high school and beyond. tioned or the notes from those interviews
were missing.
“When I worked at the Ocean Grill, Taylor, who took on the case after be-
he’d be standing outside in the parking ing placed on light duty due to an injury,
lot, waiting for me,” Baird said. “I’d have said “there are a lot of questions” he’d like
to get the cooks to walk me to my car.” to ask Browning.
Still, Taylor believes his investigation,
Years later, when she moved to Geor- which concluded in late July, produced
gia, he followed her to Atlanta, where she enough probable cause to clear the case,
said he stood outside her condo, showed even if most of his evidence is circum-
up at her office and followed her into a stantial.
store. “There are a lot of people sitting in
prison because of circumstantial evi-
“The last time I saw him was 20 years dence, so, as far as I’m concerned, the
ago, but I was always worried he’d show case is closed,” he said. “But as I told the
up again,” Baird said. “He was a bad guy, families: If somebody came forward and
and I knew he had a gun.” said they had information about the case,
I’d listen – because there are still some
It wasn’t until she spoke with Taylor unanswered questions.” 
during his investigation that she found
out Selvaggi had died.

During his investigation, Taylor
learned that Selvaggi as an adult had
been arrested multiple times in the Or-
lando area on weapons-related charges.

On the fateful night in the summer of
1974, Rose was shot multiple times, in-
cluding once “right between the eyes at
point-blank range,” probably as he tried
to climb out of the passenger window of
his car after being shot in shoulder and

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VIRGIN TRAINS Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in Janu-
ary 2018 and added Miami that May.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
By the end of 2022, VTUSA plans to run
it means for the project. 34 passenger trains per day between Or-
A loss at the federal appellate level is lando and Miami, with speeds reaching
110 mph in Indian River County, though
frequently tantamount to losing a case that timeframe has repeatedly been
because the U.S. Supreme Court reviews pushed back.
so few appeals. Just 100-to-150 of 7,000
appeals submitted annually are chosen There are 23 railroad crossings in In-
by the high court, its web page says. dian River County with several in down-
town Vero Beach within 20 feet of heav-
Indian River County has spent nearly ily traveled U.S. 1. All are scheduled for
$4 million on court cases challenging var- safety improvements to accommodate
ious aspects of the passenger rail project passenger trains traveling 80-to-110 mph.
originally called All Aboard Florida and
later rebranded Brightline and Virgin Still pending is the county’s state law-
Trains USA. suit asking a judge to declare that Indian
River County is not required to reimburse
The death knell for the federal court VTUSA and Florida East Coast Railway for
challenge could mark the end of hopes the construction and maintenance of rail-
to block Virgin Trains’ $2.4 billion con- road crossings for higher-speed trains.
struction of high-speed passenger rail
tracks from Orlando to West Palm Beach Florida East Coast Railway is leasing
through Indian River County. tracks to VTUSA between Miami and Cocoa.
Virgin Trains is building new tracks along
Railroad construction crews worked State Road 528/Beachline Expressway from
along the tracks in Sebastian this month Cocoa to Orlando International Airport.
between the Roseland Road railroad
crossing and the 93-year-old St. Sebastian Indian River County started fighting
River Railroad Bridge. the passenger rail project in earnest late
in 2014 after it hired the Bryan Cave law
VTUSA plans to start construction on firm and began filing legal actions.
a new 1,625-foot-long railroad bridge
across the St. Sebastian River in 2020. In the just decided federal appeal, Phil-
ip Karmel, a Bryan Cave senior partner,
The 30-month-long project includes argued the case and filed the briefs for In-
impact driving of sheet pile wall elements dian River County.
which area residents fear will damage
their homes. The case started in February 2018 when
Indian River County filed a federal com-
VTUSA started service between West
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SUSAN MOXLEY in an exclusive interview last week. With the board’s approval, Moxley post- At the same time, after Ronald Fagan was
The school district had been operating ed the jobs and began taking applications hired as CFO, it was discovered there were
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 almost immediately upon her arrival. hundreds of thousands of dollars myste-
for months without a chief financial offi- riously sitting untouched in accounts no
and that’s what I tried to do.” cer, and a series of poor financial decisions But the district’s financial problems one had been aware of.
In the eyes of the School Board and oth- and blunders by her predecessor, Superin- couldn’t wait.
tendent Mark Rendell, had left the general Other hidden problems uncovered in-
ers in the district, Moxley was brilliantly fund dangerously low. With the assistance of a grant from the cluded a letter notifying the district its bond
successful. Florida Association of School Superin- rating had been lowered – something that
To make matters worse, nobody knew tendents, Moxley hired a financial con- could make future borrowing more expen-
“Dr. Moxley has been an absolute bless- how much money the district actually had, sultant to help her begin untangling the sive and possibly jeopardize capital projects
ing to Indian River County Schools,” said which stymied administrators’ efforts to district’s finances and start work on a new such as new school buildings.
School Board member Jacqueline Rosario. prepare a 2019-20 school year budget, she budget while the search for a new CFO
“She came to our district at a time when said. was underway. The letter was addressed to the School
healing was desperately needed and that is Board, but Rendell had never shown it to
exactly what she has accomplished.” “We had been existing as an organiza- She and the consultant soon found that board members.
tion without several key positions – a CFO Rendell had been taking restricted money
The most pressing problem was the and human resources director,” Moxley from other parts of the budget to bolster Moxley declined to criticize Rendell di-
school district’s finances, which were in said. “Those were positions that needed to the general fund and make it look health- rectly – she refuses to mention his name –
disarray, Moxley told Vero Beach 32963 be filled immediately.” ier than it was. but her actions as Interim Superintendent
speak louder than words.

By the end of June, she reversed a flurry
of personnel move’s Rendell made on his
way out the door after his contract was not
renewed – including rehiring staff the for-
mer superintendent had fired.

“I base my decisions on what I think is
best for the district,” Moxley explained at
the time.

Moxley was also quick to embrace work-
ing with the NAACP and the district’s Equi-
ty Committee to begin bringing the district
into compliance with a 52-year-old federal
desegregation order.

One of the first thing’s Moxley did after
arriving was to meet with every depart-
ment and administrator and order them
to cooperate with the NAACP and Equity
Committee.

Her actions were in stark contrast to
Rendell, who spent more than $775,000 of
taxpayer dollars on legal fees struggling to
convince a federal judge the district had
achieved compliance with the desegre-
gation order and should be released from
oversight.

Moxley’s style and efforts were quickly
applauded and consistently supported by
the School Board throughout her dramatic
seven-month tenure.

“Dr. Moxley served our school district
with dignity through a rough time, and did
so with grace, and for that, I will be forev-
er grateful to her,” said board member Teri
Barenborg.

Unlike Rendell, who had a brash, se-
cretive style of leadership, Moxley took a
much different approach. Upon her arriv-
al, she began inviting board members to
meet one-on-one with her weekly, to dis-
cuss concerns and share ideas.

Her open-door policy also encouraged
school employees, parents and the commu-
nity to visit. When she wasn’t hosting office
meetings, she frequently stopped by dis-
trict schools to meet and talk with students,
teachers, administrators and other school
employees.

“My goal was to establish trust and
transparency,” Moxley told Vero Beach
32963. “I never wanted the board to be sur-
prised by anything.”

She took the same approach with the
community.

“I’m a very face-to-face person,” Moxley
said. “I need to see and hear people and see

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where they are coming from so that I can VIRGIN TRAINS USA missed the case in December 2018 rul- and which we endorse, is more than suffi-
help solve problems.” ing U.S. DOT met the requirements for cient,” Edwards wrote for the court.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 approving the tax-exempt Private Activi-
That approach was vital to helping the ty Bonds and the Environmental Impact “We hold that DOT permissibly and
community recover and begin to come plaint claiming the U.S. Department of Statement for the passenger rail project. reasonably determined that the project
together after Rendell’s traumatic tenure, Transportation improperly issued $1.15 qualifies for tax-exempt PAB financing,”
said board member Rosario. billion in tax-exempt bonds and conduct- The Dec. 20 appellate court order Edwards wrote.
ed an inadequate environment review of backed Cooper’s decision to the hilt.
“Although we are not where we ought the passenger rail project. “We also hold that the Environmental
to be, we certainly are not where we were, “The District Court’s opinion, which Impact Statement for the Project adheres
thanks to Dr. Moxley’s hard work and ded- U.S. Judge Christopher Cooper dis- offers an impressively thorough and to the commands of National Environ-
ication. I once said she was heaven sent in thoughtful examination of the record, mental Policy Act.” 
jest, but the reality is, she really has been BOOKKEEPER ACCUSED
heaven sent.” Ira Hatch fraud investigation, and Det. Kyle The affidavit states that the Banovs were
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Edder, worked with the Banovs to collect advised, after “consulting various people
Moxley said she too is pleased with the and assemble documents related to the al- on the situation” to file a police report, and
progress made but isn’t perfectly satisfied. the year-long fraud to unravel. leged fraud. Detectives went to the rehab that led Vero detectives to open their in-
It was only after Lindsay was out of the where Lindsay was staying in Fort Pierce vestigation in August. As more bank docu-
“In any job, you say, ‘I should have done and attempted to interview her, but she ments came in and were compiled, the de-
this, or that,’” she said. “But we – the board, office and in a drug rehabilitation facility was uncooperative, referring them to her tectives were able to get an arrest warrant,
the district and community – have accom- that the full tally of missing money came attorney. signed on Nov. 25 by Judge Nicole Menz.
plished a great deal.” into clear view.
However, before she entered rehab, Lind- Lindsay has been initially charged with
As she departs, Moxley is confident new Su- Vero Beach police were called to the of- say left behind incriminating statements of the first-degree felony of Organized Fraud
perintendent David Moore has the ability to fices of Banov Construction on August 16 guilt that could possibly be used against of $50,000 or more, the third-degree fel-
continue and extend the progress made over after architect and co-owner Amy Banov her if entered into evidence in a trial. ony of Forgery of a Bank Check, and the
the past seven months and take the district discovered the initial forged checks dating third-degree felony of Uttering a Forged
to new heights. back to April 2018. Lindsay was paid by “Mr. and Mrs. Banov said they confront- Instrument.
direct deposit, so there was no legitimate ed Ms. Lindsay about the scheme on Aug.
“We have someone who has enormous need for paper checks made out to her, the 14, 2019 and she confessed to forging the Lindsay was arrested on Dec. 10 and is
instructional background, strong lead- warrant affidavit states. checks and cashing them at CenterState now out of jail on $30,000 bond. Her ar-
ership skills and can hit the ground run- Bank. I was provided a copy of the confes- raignment is set for February when she’ll
ning,” Moxley said. “Ms. Banov said Ms. Lindsay was writing sion letter she signed. The confession was be asked to enter a plea.
checks to herself for various amounts and also witnessed by another employee, Scott
“He’s a great communicator and very forging Robert Banov’s signature,” the affi- Taylor,” the affidavit states. Assistant State Attorney Michelle McCa-
consistent about children and learning be- davit states. rter is prosecuting the state’s case and Vero
ing the top priority. If anything comes up “Another letter was signed by the parties defense attorney Bobby Guttridge signed
. . . he will address it.” Police say Lindsay presented checks to stating that Ms. Lindsay owes Banov Con- on last week to represent Lindsay. He did
Robert Banov out of numerical order and struction $55,610 and she intends to pay not respond to calls and messages request-
Moxley capped her long educational ca- that’s what triggered some red flags. When them back,” records show. ing comment about the case. 
reer by serving as a school superintendent Amy Banov showed police photocopies
in another Florida district for a decade be- of some of the checks that were cashed at
fore retiring two years ago. CenterState Bank, court records say the
signatures “were different than Mr. Banov’s
She enjoyed her time in Indian River legal signature.”
County enough that she briefly considered
applying for the full-time superintendent “Mr. Banov said he didn’t sign or autho-
job. rize any of the checks Ms. Lindsay cashed.
He also said that he wrote her some per-
In the end, she decided it would be best sonal checks from his private checking
to return to her home in St. Augustine to account and that she changed the amount
spend time with her family, including her payable and cashed them,” police reports
elderly mother. say.

She plans to do some traveling this spring Records show Amy Banov told police
and return to teaching doctorial classes. Lindsay “became sick last year and has
since become addicted to powdered co-
Moxley doesn’t rule out the possibility caine.”
of serving as an interim superintendent
at another district in need of triage in the Vero Beach Police Department detec-
future, but she’s not actively seeking em- tives, including Det. Lee Evans who led the
ployment.

“I’m very grateful to Indian River for
giving me this opportunity,” Moxley said.
“If this happens to be my last opportunity
– then what a way to go out.” 

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Replacing tiny joints can yield immense benefits

Dr. Erin Forest. ‘The most common
join reconstruction
PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
that we do is not
By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer It’s far less likely you know someone According to Harvard Medical School, even a replacement;
[email protected] with a high-tech elbow, wrist or finger “joint replacements in the hand are less
joint replacement, and that’s not altogeth- common than surgery to replace a knee it’s actually a
The odds are good you know someone er surprising. or hip joint, partly because the intricate reconstruction of the
who’s had a hip or knee joint replaced.
thumb base.’

– Dr. Erin Forest

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cent of whom are women, have rheuma- For instance, instead of the all-steel
toid arthritis. prosthetics of the late 1950s, today’s
versions are more likely to be made of
For all those people it is good news that silicone, polyethylene, titanium or pyro-
safe and effective treatments for their con- carbon, which are less likely to degrade
ditions have steadily evolved since they or loosen over time while providing im-
were first introduced in 1959. proved range of motion and greater sta-
bility.
Indeed, the National Institutes of Health
admits that those early endeavors in small If pain in your hands, wrist or elbow is
joint arthroplasty “were not particularly keeping you from living the life you want
auspicious, resulting from poor implant to lead, talk to your primary care physician
design, ineffective [implant] materials or an orthopedic specialist. Medicare and
and an incomplete understanding of small most private insurers will likely help pick
joint mechanics.” up the cost.

Today, NIH says, “advances in small Dr. Erin Forest is with Vero Orthopaedics
joint arthroplasty have revolutionized the & Neurology at 1155 35th Lane, Suite 100 in
care of patients with trauma, arthritis, Vero Beach. The phone number is 772-569-
stiffness and instability” in upper extrem- 2330. 
ity joints.

bone structure and small size of the hand row [the] tendon that bends the wrist and
make the procedure more challenging.” we use that to reconstruct the ligaments
that hold the thumb in the right position.
However, the challenge has been tak- What’s left of the tendon goes into the
en up by physicians like Dr. Erin Forest at space where there was bone on bone. So
Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology, and to- there’s no more bone rubbing on bone and
day hand, elbow, finger and wrist proce- we’ve got the patient’s own tissue, so it’s
dures are becoming more commonplace. less likely to wear out over time. I’m doing
probably two a week, on average” of that
According to Cleveland Clinic, if you procedure.
have stiff and painful elbows, wrists or fin-
gers, “joint replacement surgery may offer How successful are these reconstruc-
relief for you.” tions?

Indeed, Dr. Peter Evans, an upper ex- Forest says it’s hard to tell – but for a pos-
tremity surgeon at the Ohio Cleveland itive reason. “It actually holds up so well,”
Clinic campus, goes so far as to call those she says, “it’s hard to get people back [into
procedures “life-changing.” the office] to do the follow-ups” needed for
outcome studies.
Evans continues by saying “joint re-
placement surgery is an effective way to That said, whether a patient has re-
eliminate joint pain, correct a deformity placement or reconstruction surgery, the
and improve limited motion” in the upper recovery time isn’t short.
extremities, just as hip and knee replace-
ments do in the lower extremities. “Patients,” says Forest, “still have some
therapy and some splints to deal with.
Forest, who is board-certified by the Even though bony healing can take five
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery or six weeks in the hand, for the soft tis-
and fellowship-trained in hand and upper sue and ligament reconstruction proce-
extremity surgery as well as microvascular dures, we have to be careful with them for
surgery, has yet another upper extremity about three months. So it’s not necessar-
ace up her surgical sleeve. ily something like a knee or hip where we
have them up and walking the next day.”
Reconstruction.
“The most common joint reconstruc- Pausing briefly, she adds, “luckily peo-
tion that we do,” Forest explains, “is not ple don’t put weight on their hands or their
even a replacement; it’s actually a recon- wrists right away and so we’ll have them in
struction of the thumb base. A lot of peo- a splint and work with therapy and grad-
ple will come in saying that they’ve got ually work on their range of motion as
wrist pain or they’ve got thumb pain with things are healing up.”
pinching, grasping, opening jars or doors.
And that’s very commonplace for us to do Most commonly doctors recommend
a reconstruction. joint replacement for patients who have
“There’s a lot of different ways to recon- osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or sig-
struct that joint, but the most common nificant deformity and dysfunction. Har-
way in a recent survey of all hand surgeons vard Medical says more than 20 million
in the country is to do a joint arthroplas- Americans – most of them women – have
ty with the patient’s own tissue. We bor- osteoarthritis and 2 million more, 70 per-

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if we prioritize sleep,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Whatever you call it, it’s common. of sleep and you’re feeling tired,” Grandner we become the best
In a 2014 survey by the nonprofit National says, “that’s an easy thing to check off the list version of ourselves.’
sation, people use the terms interchange- Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of adults said in terms of figuring out what the problem is.”
ably. But medically, their definitions dif- they had been affected by poor sleep or not – Nathaniel Watson,
fer. Understanding the differences is an enough sleep in the previous week. As many Sleep deprivation is not just a nuisance. director of the
important first step toward tackling the as 20 percent of people report excessive It raises the risk for car accidents and has Harborview
problem – or figuring out if there is one. sleepiness on a regular basis. And, a Nation- been linked with health concerns such as Sleep Clinic
al Safety Council survey reported in 2017 Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease
Sleepiness is a need for sleep that makes that 76 percent of people felt tired at work. and depression. find yourself struggling with tiredness.
it difficult to stay awake, even while driv- If you’re bothered by how tired you feel, “Aging is associated with sleep that is a lit-
ing, working or watching a movie, and there might be some simple explanations, in- Lack of sleep can also affect mood and
even after ingesting caffeine. cluding the most basic – not enough sleep. A relationships in ways that even caffeine tle shallower and a little more broken up, but
third of Americans don’t get the recommend- can’t remedy, says Nathaniel Watson, di- not less satisfying,” Grandner says. “If you’re
Fatigue, on the other hand, is a deeper ed seven or more hours a night, according to rector of the Harborview Sleep Clinic at an older person and you’re really unhappy
sort of an inability, either physical or men- the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- the University of Washington in Seattle. with your sleep, that’s actually an issue.”
tal, to do what you want to do, such as get tion. And because needs vary widely, even “There is no substitute for sleep,” he says.
to the grocery store. seven hours isn’t enough for many people. For people of any age, if tiredness is
“If you’re routinely getting five or six hours Beware the temptation to lie down ex- making it hard for you to get through most
Somewhere in the middle is tiredness, a actly seven hours before your alarm is set days or otherwise getting in your way, ex-
desire to rest that is less debilitating than to go off. Nobody sleeps 100 percent of the perts suggest visiting a primary-care clinic
fatigue and less dramatic than sleepiness. time that they’re in bed, Watson says, so it first to be evaluated for common causes of
You can still be productive while tired. might take eight hours of pillow time to get fatigue or tiredness, including depression,
seven hours of sleep. autoimmune diseases, vitamin levels and
thyroid issues.
The physiology of sleep might also be
getting in your way, if only temporarily. A One warning: The appointment might
phenomenon called sleep inertia, for ex- be frustrating. Many doctors lack train-
ample, is what helps you fall back asleep ing in sleep medicine, Watson says. Pri-
after ordinary night wakings, which typ- mary-care physicians don’t routinely ask
ically happen multiple times a night, patients about sleep, Grandner adds. They
Grandner says. also often miss the signs of insomnia or
they suggest ineffective treatments for it, a
But sleep inertia will also make it tough 2017 study found.
to get up in the morning if the alarm rings
during a deep stage of sleep. That groggi- If nothing turns up in the regular clinic,
ness should wear off within half an hour of it’s worth seeing a sleep specialist, whose
pushing through it. evaluation is likely to include screening for
sleep apnea. The disorder, which causes
Also normal are occasional rough nights people to periodically stop breathing in their
because of stress or sleep interruptions. sleep, affects up to 10 percent of adults – with
And even if you get a good night’s rest, you rates higher for people who are overweight.
may experience a midafternoon bout of Most don’t know they have it. About 85 per-
sleepiness as a result of ordinary circadian cent of people who have sleep apnea are un-
rhythms. diagnosed and untreated, Watson says.

Age is something else to keep in mind, Bottom line, experts say: Being tired is
though the evidence there is somewhat worth paying attention to – and the good
counterintuitive. Studies show that, as news is that causes are often treatable.
people get older, sleep patterns tend to
change in predictable ways. It may start “If you’re feeling sleepy and it’s interfer-
taking longer to fall asleep. You may wake ing with your life, you shouldn’t just think
up more often and spend more time awake this is normal kind of a thing,” Watson
in the night. And bedtimes and mornings says. “We need to realize that if we prior-
may shift earlier. Menopause is another itize sleep, we become the best version of
common cause of interrupted sleep. ourselves.” 

But sleep satisfaction doesn’t necessari-
ly drop with age. Studies by Grandner and
others have found that complaints about
sleep and tiredness actually decline with
age after a peak in early adulthood. In oth-
er words, you should not blame aging if you

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Spacious Bridgepointe townhome bursts with natural light

By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer turned-art studio onto the screened balco- tro – a cozy place for a spot of coffee or tea. The ground floor master suite is situat-
[email protected] ny overlooking the lake. “If you’re someone who likes to change ed off the kitchen and bistro.

The two-story townhome in Bridge- The home’s spaces are easily adjusted to things up,” Dodderidge said, this versatile The spacious suite is perfect for those
pointe was the perfect place for artist suit the mood and needs of the occupants. house will be a good choice. with large pieces of furniture, or those who
Donna Dodderidge and her husband, want to set up a sitting area near the win-
John. It provided lots of natural light Off the entry foyer is a small, intimate The kitchen features a number of up- dow looking out on the lake. The en suite
and lovely lakefront views to inspire her room that might have been used for for- grades, including dark granite counters features dual walk-in closets, a Jacuzzi tub
painting, and there was extensive open mal dining. Instead, the Dodderidges and Shaker style cabinets. Though the and a large glass shower. Separate sinks
turned it into their library, lining the walls kitchen is laid out galley-style, it is quite

wall space that became the home for with bookcases and setting a small table spacious, allowing for more than one cook and counters provide enough space that
much of her work. in the middle that is perfect for a game of at a time. no one needs to fight for storage.
backgammon.
The home’s second floor extends only “I like not being shut out,” Dodderidge The wood staircase to the second floor has
half-way over the ground floor, allowing The great room is large enough to ac- said of being able to maintain conversa- multiple landings, ideal for art placement,
those on the upper floor to look down over commodate at least three different living tions with those in the great room, din- which the Dodderidges have fully utilized.
the great room below. room configurations, Dodderidge said, ing room or bistro while she works in the
and still have room for the dining table. kitchen. The second-floor room that opens over
“I often paint on the upper lanai,” Don- the ground floor could be used as a den or
na Dodderidge said, noting how she can And what would traditionally be a “It flows really well for dinner parties,” home office, as it is now used by the Dod-
easily roll her easel from the master suite- breakfast nook off the kitchen is now a bis- John Dodderidge agreed. deridges. A guest bedroom has been con-

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verted into John Dodderidge’s command While they have enjoyed these past few
center and is complete with a walk-in clos- years in Bridgepointe, taking advantage
et and an en-suite. of the community tennis courts, swim-
ming pool and fitness center, they are
A few steps away is the second-floor ready to head back north – to Virginia – to
master suite, which Donna Dodderidge

converted into her art studio. With its own be closer to family.
en-suite and direct access to the screened “We’re missing our kids and grandkids,”
balcony, the couple can be together but
separate at the same time. John Dodderidge said. “It’s a tug.”
He said they’ve enjoyed 12 years in Flor-
“It’s such a respite to be in this house,”
Dodderidge said. ida’s tropical weather, including three here
in Bridgepointe, but it’s time to go back. 

FEATURES FOR 4585 BRIDGEPOINTE WAY

Neighborhood: Bridgepointe
Construction: Townhome, concrete block and stucco
Year built: 2005 • Size: 2,554 square feet under air
Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3 full baths; 1 half-bath
Additional features: Two-story great room; flexible open
floorplan; first- and second-floor master bedroom suites; large
second-floor screened balcony; screened lanai with brick paver
outer patio; lakeview; impact windows; community clubhouse
with fitness center, tennis courts and swimming pool
Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Listing agent: Gretchen Hanson, 772-713-6450
Listing price: $339,000

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: DEC. 16 THROUGH DEC. 20

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

A whopping 60 transactions of single-family residences and lots were reported last week in the
mainland market (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the condominium at 1910 Tarpon Lane Unit
#201 – first listed in February for $729,000 – sold for $668,000 on Dec. 16.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Scott Carson of Keller Williams Realty. Repre-
senting the buyer was agent Kristin Casalino of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$668,000
VERO BEACH 1910 TARPON LN UNIT#201 2/21/2019 $729,000 12/16/2019 $607,000
VERO BEACH 1958 6TH AVE SE 10/23/2019 $619,000 12/17/2019 $600,000
VERO BEACH 2122 FALLS CIR 11/1/2018 $725,000 12/16/2019 $532,136
VERO BEACH 465 SAPPHIRE WAY SW 12/3/2018 $548,715 12/19/2019 $442,500
VERO BEACH 470 STONEY BROOK FARM CT 4/29/2019 $469,000 12/20/2019 $422,000
VERO BEACH 4700 FOUR LAKES CIR 6/17/2019 $439,000 12/18/2019 $405,000
VERO BEACH 6281 COVERTY CT 8/28/2019 $425,000 12/19/2019 $390,000
VERO BEACH 6855 W 82ND AVE 10/25/2019 $399,900 12/19/2019 $383,000
VERO BEACH 7161 EAST VILLAGE 8/7/2019 $378,956 12/17/2019 $380,000
VERO BEACH 5960 VENETTO WAY 8/27/2019 $400,000 12/20/2019 $324,900
SEBASTIAN 703 BRUSH FOOT DR 12/3/2019 $324,900 12/18/2019 $315,000
VERO BEACH 2360 WATER OAK CT SW UNIT#321 1/24/2019 $319,000 12/17/2019 $314,400
SEBASTIAN 325 GEORGIA BLVD 11/2/2019 $319,800 12/17/2019 $305,000
VERO BEACH 5947 RIDGE LAKE CIR 4/5/2019 $330,000 12/18/2019 $291,500
SEBASTIAN 117 SALAZAR LN 7/17/2019 $310,000 12/19/2019 $287,500
VERO BEACH 125 32ND CT SW 10/28/2019 $295,000 12/20/2019 $286,000
VERO BEACH 4565 21ST ST 9/25/2019 $300,000 12/18/2019 $286,000
VERO BEACH 2082 GREY FALCON CIR SW 7/31/2019 $319,723 12/17/2019 $282,000
VERO BEACH 1320 LEXINGTON SQ SW 8/2/2019 $314,900 12/17/2019 $277,500
VERO BEACH 4359 BEAUTY LEAF CIR 5/28/2019 $325,000 12/18/2019 $261,500
SEBASTIAN 933 MAJESTIC AVE 8/12/2019 $264,000 12/18/2019 $260,000
VERO BEACH 5655 DOMINICA ST 10/18/2019 $269,500 12/17/2019 $248,500
VERO BEACH 161 12TH PL SE 11/11/2019 $259,000 12/16/2019 $247,500
SEBASTIAN 13570 WESTPORT DR UNIT#303 11/13/2019 $249,950 12/16/2019 $245,000
SEBASTIAN 426 CROTON AVE 10/25/2019 $249,900 12/16/2019 $240,000
SEBASTIAN 7865 135TH ST 4/18/2019 $269,000 12/17/2019 $240,000
VERO BEACH 4772 ST ELIZABETH S TER 11/8/2019 $284,500 12/16/2019 $239,990
VERO BEACH 1261 25TH TER SW 8/23/2019 $242,500 12/20/2019 $235,000
SEBASTIAN 1761 BARBER ST 11/4/2019 $244,900 12/17/2019 $235,000
SEBASTIAN 152 ACADEMY TER 10/15/2019 $249,750 12/17/2019

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.

1958 6th Ave SE, Vero Beach 2122 Falls Cir, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/23/2019 Listing Date: 11/1/2018
Original Price: $619,000 Original Price: $725,000
Sold: 12/17/2019 Sold: 12/16/2019
Selling Price: $607,000 Selling Price: $600,000
Listing Agent: Cheryl Burge Listing Agent: Bill Baysura

Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Peggy Hewett Kayla Montgomery

Berkshire Hathaway Florida ONE Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

465 Sapphire Way SW, Vero Beach 470 Stoney Brook Farm Ct, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 12/3/2018 Listing Date: 4/29/2019
Original Price: $548,715 Original Price: $469,000
Sold: 12/19/2019 Sold: 12/20/2019
Selling Price: $532,136 Selling Price: $442,500
Listing Agent: Geof Hoge Listing Agent: Bob Faller

Selling Agent: The GHO Homes Agency LLC Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Florida

Stephen Boyle Kathleen Davila

IRRE Group RE/MAX Crown Realty

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TEA UP FOR THE B6 REVELERS MINGLE B5 DINING REVIEW: B7
NUTCRACKER BALLET AT ‘LIGHT UP NIGHT’ RIVERSIDE CAFE
Adam Schnell.
Coming Up
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
ALL ABOARD FOR Big helping of Beethoven
RIVERSIDE THEATRE’S on ACO’s seasonal menu PAGE B2
‘NUTCRACKER’ SHOWS

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Already becoming an ea-
gerly anticipated holiday
tradition: In its seventh season,
Vero’s professional ballet com-
pany, Ballet Vero Beach, brings to
the Vero Beach High School Per-
forming Arts Center its own won-
derful version of Tchaikovsky’s
“The Nutcracker” this Monday
and Tuesday, Dec. 30-31 – “Nut-
cracker on the Indian River.” Of
the numerous productions of this
holiday classic, this one is truly
unique: faithful to Tchaikovsky’s
thrilling score and the whimsy
and magic of the beloved orig-
inal story, but charming in its
own right, setting the stage, says
the show promo, “on Christmas
Eve 1919, the year Vero Beach
was chartered.” It follows the
ballet’s young heroine, Marie, as
she travels with her family from
New York City’s Grand Central
Station to Florida “in a spectac-
ular adventure that prominently

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Big helping of Beethoven on ACO’s seasonal menu

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent David Amado.
[email protected]
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Celebration marks the upcoming sea-
son of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.
ACO conductor and music director Da-
vid Amado has created a program filled
with glee to celebrate two milestones –
the 30th anniversary of the ACO and the
250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Beginning Jan. 7, the season compris-
es a great range of compositions; from
classical icons and inventive new works
to pieces combining dance and rarely
featured instruments. Each Masterworks
concert includes one piece by Beethoven.

“It’s a unique and great year,” says Ama-
do. “I felt like I wouldn’t be doing anyone
any favors by doing all Beethoven all the
time. We love Beethoven, but it’s import-
ant to contextualize the programs to keep
them interesting.”

Indeed, the Masterworks series in-
cludes works of the classical, romantic
and modern eras. Because of the size of
the orchestra, all of it comes across as it
sounded in the composers’ head, Amado
explains. It’s not too big, nor too small. It’s
just right.

“This music is a good fit for our orches-
tra,” Amado says. “The ACO is not an or-

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“I stay attentive to the instrumenta-
Past concerts have been so successful tion, not picking a Mahler,” he says. “I try
that word about the ACO continues to to go a step further and be sensitive to
grow, says executive director Cindy Ro- the musicians’ time. I don’t want to play
den. a five-minute overture which will use a
musician who is not used for the rest of
“Since David jumped on board (in 2016), the concert. And I have to balance the so-
we’ve had such great feedback,” she says. loists’ availability.
“We have the traditional concert goer, but
we are finding that we are getting a lot of “If a soloist wants to play something
new, younger faces. We’re seeing the next else, then it’s back to the drawing board.
generation of concert-goers.” It’s a lumpy and inelegant process, but it
happens.”
Amado, who also serves as music direc-
tor of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, The orchestra is made up of statewide
works for months when selecting a sea- professional musicians who receive the

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music and initially practice and learn Kaminska, and Schumann’s “Symphony
their parts on their own. They then have No. 3 (Renish).”
four group rehearsals prior to the con-
certs. April 7: Masterworks IV ‘Strings At-
tached,’ with Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,”
The 2020 season begins, fittingly, with João Luiz’s “Concerto for Harp” featuring
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1” along with Bridget Kibbey, and Beethoven’s “Sym-
Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme phony No. 7.”
of Paganini” and Dvorak’s “Slavonic
Dances.” Lydia The 2020 Chamber Series:
Kaminska. All concerts begin 3 p.m. at the Vero
“It has the simplest overarching con- Beach Museum of Art, 3001 Riverside Dr.,
nection, bite-sized pieces,” Amado says. “It has a bandoneon, an accordion-like Vero Beach. Single tickets begin at $35
“With the Rachmaninoff set of variations, instrument,” says Amado. “His piece and series tickets begin at $75; however,
you have a tune that gets varied. That’s bridges the gap between tango music and this season’s series is completely sold out.
very much the same with Dvorak, a series the concert hall of his native Argentina. (Concerts are also held at the Blake Public
of events happening one after each other. You hear the influence of tango. You also Library in Stuart.)
I like putting them with the first sympho- hear his virtuosity as a composer of con-
ny of Beethoven, which is early. He hasn’t cert hall music. It’s fun to listen to. Bridget Kibbey. Jan. 25: Concert I, ‘Impressions and Ex-
really turned into the Beethoven we all pressions,’ with works by Takemitsu, Pi-
imagine. He was still in the classical pe- “All over Europe, the accordion gets a azzolla, Porter and Debussy.
riod. So the formal transgressions he en- lot more respect and love than on this side
gages in are subtle.” of the Atlantic, which is sad, because it is Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances.” Feb. 23: Concert II, ‘American Modern-
an incredibly expressive instrument and ism,’ with works by Ives, Barber and Co-
All the featured soloists this season complete, like the piano.” Feb. 18: Masterworks II ‘Old, New, peland.
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Friday’s Live in the Loop, the dance party
band Ladies of Soul will bring their kickin’
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 preservation of the lagoon, a truly price- day, 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 2 p.m. Tickets: 3 “Forbidden Broadway.” The name it-
less treasure. Also new this year is “Nut- Sunday – $10; Monday and Tuesday, $10 self makes you want to check it out,
features the Indian River Lagoon.” This cracker for All,” a one-hour abbreviated to $75. 772-564-5537 or 772-905-2651. right? Well, you can, this Friday through
marks the third season “Nutcracker on accessible version of the full production Tuesday, Dec. 27-31, when the Kravis
the Indian River” has delighted Vero au- which debuts Sunday, Dec. 29, and, ex- 2 Here’s your hat, 2019. What’s your Center in West Palm presents “Forbidden
diences, and it promises to be the best plains the promo, “is geared towards hurry? Join the fun-loving bunch who Broadway: The Next Generation.” Over the
ever, with more professional dancers, the differently abled individuals of our are going to “Kiss 2019 Goodbye” at River- last four decades, musical parodist Ge-
new scenery, and the adorable host of community and their families and fea- side Theatre this Friday and Saturday, Dec. rard Alessandrini’s (mostly) affectionate
local children, transformed magically tures modified audio/visual effects, re- 27-28, with the final Howl at the Moon Ex- satirical revues of musical theatre have
into pelicans, turtles, dolphins and oth- served seating and a general admission perience live request show of the year and, delighted audiences with a love of and
er creatures of the lagoon, that has de- ‘movers’ section, break areas inside the outside under the oaks, free live music and a reasonable familiarity with the genre.
lighted us in the previous productions. theater, and subsidized tickets prices, the always terrific full bar and grill at Live in In this, the first new edition since 2014,
Again this year Ballet Vero Beach has funded by Quail Valley Charities.” You the Loop. Inside at the Howl, setting their according to timeout.com, Alessandrini
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Trust “to move the production beyond Indian River” with friends and family to suggest a (legit) number they can’t play “Lampoons of Fosse/Verdon and Renée
the stage,” creating a “walk through for the first time, or again and again. (and lots of luck with that), will be Katie Pin- Zellweger in ‘Judy’ are highlights of the
environment” amidst the mangroves, Curtain: “Nutcracker for All,” Sunday: der Brown and Ken Gustafson, along with a evening, thanks to series vet Jenny Lee
from the lobby along the hallways, with 2 p.m.; full-length performances: Mon- “Special Guest Drummer.” Meanwhile, at Stern,” who convincingly conjures those
exhibits that focus on the health and divas along with Julie Andrews, in a clev-
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Revelers mingle, jingle at Sebastian’s ‘Light Up Night’

By Kerry Firth | Correspondent Christina Cable, Grant Foster, Robert and Estelita Cable. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES protection through community educa-
[email protected] tion and involvement. An evening like
When asked whether he planned to spot behind the Sebastian River Area this gives us a chance to interact with
The magic of Christmas filled the steal Christmas this year, he answered, Chamber of Commerce. Standing next the community and meet the children in
streets of Sebastian during the 31st an- “No … I’ve learned my lesson. Cindy to Rudolph were the real-life heroes of a non-threatening way. It’s just great to
nual Light Up Night, coordinated by Lou Who is a tough cookie and even I a Sebastian community outreach pro- be part of such a joyous occasion.”
the Sebastian River Area Chamber of don’t want to go head to head with her gram, who were serving snow cones
Commerce. Throngs of revelers dressed again. The turnout tonight reminds me while showing off their mobile units. The crowd-pleasing Sebastian River
in their merriest holiday attire – and of Whoville with everyone laughing and High School Sharks Band drew a large
comfortable walking shoes – strolled smiling and having fun. Even a Grinch “We are part of the C.O.R.E. team,” audience as they played Christmas car-
along U.S. 1 visiting nearly 50 business- like me can’t ruin this holiday spirit.” said Jason Gillette. “C.O.R. E. stands for ols outside of the Sebastian River Medi-
es and dozens of festival vendors, who Community Oriented Policing Endeav- cal Center. Other bands had been staged
welcomed everyone with refreshments, Families also lined up for photo ops or. We form alliances with businesses strategically along the route, so there
games, raffles and holiday cheer. with Rudolph and his sleigh at a selfie and residents while teaching proactive was always music in the air, adding to
the melody of laughter and greetings
Santa was very busy throughout the from everyone there.
night, making appearances at various
businesses along the way. Anywhere Light Up Night was first introduced
he landed, children were quick to jump by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of
on his lap to ask for presents; others just Commerce 31 years ago as a way to en-
shyly greeted him as he strolled about courage residents to shop local. It has
town. grown exponentially through the years
and is now a favorite family event for lo-
“This is such a great event,” said San- cals and visitors alike.
ta, holding court on the porch of Café
Latte da. “Families are out walking and By the end of the evening, many of
visiting with neighbors, strangers are the attendees had walked more than
wishing each other Merry Christmas, they usually do, and younger children
and everyone is just enjoying this per- were being balanced on their parents’
fect Florida evening. This is the true shoulders as folks found their way back
spirit of Christmas.” to their cars. With tummies full of good-
ies and hearts filled with joy, all were in
Even the Grinch was in a jolly mood agreement that it had been a very good
as he posed for photos and mingled with night indeed. 
the crowd in front of Paradise Florist.

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Ballet’s in their court at ‘Tea Up for the Nutcracker’

Taylor Weeks, Susan Perry, Debbie Bergstresser and Cindy O’Dare. Carrie Adams, Kelly Grant Holm and Maj. Eric Flowers. Jane Schwiering, Gena Grove, Andrew Harper and Marsha Sherry.

Kathy Duncombe, Jann Jerkins and Mary Replogle. Gunilla Stone, Britt-Marie Paul, Lynn Miller and Maryann Braden. Fran Pieck and Karen Lloyd with Dr. Paul and Denise Minotty.

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer
[email protected]

Pirouettes, pliés and relevés were on Adam Schnell with Linda Downey Maria Whittle with Xaque Gruber and Katie Guettler and Carol Corr.
the menu during the fourth annual Tea and Camilo Rodriguez. Stacey Logan Lewis. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Up for the Nutcracker luncheon last formance underwritten by Quail Valley
Saturday afternoon at the Oak Harbor Tables were adorned with Christmas “We’re trying to raise awareness,” said Charities for differently-abled members
Club to benefit the numerous Ballet Vero greenery interspersed with crustaceous Schnell. “To get out of the theater and of the community.
Beach education and outreach programs. treasures, tying the ballet classic with show people that we do more than just
such lagoon-centric creatures as turtles, productions.” “We are the only professional arts orga-
“At Ballet Vero Beach, our mission is to manatees and pelicans. Guests enjoyed nization in the area that is reaching out to
promote the art of dance as a universal a light luncheon, perused auction items BVB provides free mainstage produc- this population and providing them with
language in our community and beyond. and purchased last-minute chances for tion tickets to 16 different social service a holiday arts experience that these fam-
And we do that through performances by an elegant Jose Hess diamond necklace, nonprofits in Indian River County, as well ilies can come to together,” said Schnell.
our professional resident company, our generously donated by Leigh Jewelers. as providing educational programming
education and community outreach ini- to schools and local nonprofits. This “Nutcracker on the Indian River” perfor-
tiatives, and performances by reputable After the show, the big kids in the year, children from Dodgertown and mances will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 30 and
national and international dance artists,” crowd indulged in champagne and gour- Fellsmere elementary schools will per- 2 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Vero Beach High School
said Adam Schnell, artistic director/CEO. met desserts, while the little ones scur- form alongside the professional dancers Performing Arts Center. The “Nutcracker for
ried off to play miniature golf, decorate in “Nutcracker on the Indian River.” All” production will take place at 2 p.m.
Student performers from the upcom- cookies and have a chat with Santa and Dec. 29. For more information, visit ballet-
ing “Nutcracker on the Indian River” pro- Mrs. Claus. New this year, BVB will present a spe- verobeach.org. 
ductions gave attendees a preview of the cial, abbreviated “Nutcracker for All” per-
good things to come before event spon-
sors, toting and walking with their ador-
able children and grandchildren, walked
the runway clad in festive holiday attire
from Casp Baby, GT Rhodes, Lily Pad,
Sara Campbell, Sassy Boutique and Ver-
non Scott.

The second act of the production is set
on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon
circa 1919 and, through a partnership
with the Indian River Land Trust, Ballet
Vero Beach has been able to share infor-
mation about the lagoon’s health and the
environment.

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Riverside Café: A number of attractions, including the food

By Tina Rondeau | Columnist Grilled Skirt Steak.
[email protected]
PHOTOS BY KAILA JONES
When someone mentions the Riverside
Café, I generally think of it as the bar with bit frenetic. The bar area is not a place you Mahi Caprese. verobeach32963.
all the big-screen TVs where my husband would seek out for a quiet dinner; but if it com.
watches the pathetic Washington Redskins is too cool for the porch, there is a front The reviewer is a
on fall Sundays. Or the late-night spot where room that is a bit quieter. beachside resident who
if you’re lucky, you might catch Vero’s very dines anonymously at
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squeeze in a tasty dinner before catching this
I don’t tend to think of it as a place for gour- season’s shows at the Riverside The- Blackened
met dining. atre, this is a very good option. Grouper.

But while it is by no means a white-table- Seafood Special Hours:
cloth restaurant, the food is pretty darned with Flounder Daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
good – a fact I was reminded of last week and Shrimp.
when my husband and I decided to grab an Beverages: Full Bar
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When we arrived at the Riverside Café Phone: 772-234-5550
shortly after 6, the hostess asked us if we
wanted to dine inside or out. Since the main Tuna Nachos.
area with the bar was already pretty crowded
and noisy, we decided to try a table out on the
porch overlooking the Indian River lagoon. It
turned out to be a near-perfect night for din-
ing al fresco.

We decided to pass-up appetizers – the
Riverside’s bang-bang shrimp served with a
tangy sweet chili sauce are very tasty – and
start with a soup or salad, which is included
with all meals. I opted for the house salad
with a vinaigrette dressing and my husband
chose the soup of the day, which was a New
England clam chowder.

My salad was perfectly fine, and though
my husband – a clam chowder purist – once
again pointed out that Riverside’s version
would not measure up in Boston, suffice it to
say that he keeps ordering it. Must be tasty.

Then for entrées, my husband chose
the catch of the day – blackened grouper
($26.99) – and I ordered the seafood spe-
cial ($22.99), which consisted of flounder
stuffed with shrimp.

My husband’s grouper was a very nice
piece of fish, topped with citrus cream and
served with rice and vegetables. But my
seafood dish would have done any chef in
town proud – beautiful fresh flounder filets
wrapped around a shrimp, shallot, bread
crumb and parmesan stuffing, and again
topped with citrus cream. A successful dish.

For dessert, we shared a slice of a Key
Lime pie ($6.99) with a graham cracker
crust. Our server Dana showed us how to
enhance it by poking holes in the pie with
a fork, and squeezing a lime over it. An ex-
cellent upgrade.

Dinner for two here with beer or wine is
likely to run around $80 before tax and tip.
Appetizers will add a bit more to your tab.

The Riverside Café has a number of at-
tractions beyond food. Beyond the TVs
with the football, there are DJs, bands,
contests, and overall, the ambiance is a

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By Nick Squires The vineyard was given to him by Lodovi- and 1497. for now, under wraps.
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the Last Supper, which he painted on the
To the long list of dazzling cultural trea- walls of the refectory of the nearby Convent but was all but obliterated by an incendiary said Giovannella Fugazza, who produced
sures that Leonardo da Vinci bequeathed to of Santa Maria delle Grazie between 1495 bomb dropped by the Allies in 1943. the wine at the estate she owns south of Mi-
humanity can now be added another marvel lan, the Castello di Luzzano.
– wine. It has been reborn by a team of scientists
and wine enthusiasts who dug beneath the “We made it using the techniques of the
He may be best known as the Renaissance rubble and, amazingly, found the remains of past, including terracotta amphorae. It is
polymath who gave the world the Mona Lisa, the original vines. exactly the wine that Leonardo would have
the Vitruvian Man and blueprints for war known 500 years ago.”
machines, parachutes and helicopters, but They subjected the remnant vines to DNA
Leonardo was also passionate about wine, testing and found that they were from a va- The wine has been produced in the year
which he described as “the divine liquor of riety of grape called Malvasia di Candia Ar- in which Italy and France have been com-
the grape.” omatica. memorating the 500th anniversary of the
Renaissance genius’ death in 1519.
Five centuries on, a team of experts has It is originally from Crete – the island was
resurrected a vineyard that he once owned known as Candia under centuries of Vene- The quest to resurrect the vineyard took
in the middle of Milan, from which they tian rule – and was brought by merchants to years. It started more than a decade ago
have produced the first, rarefied batch of a Venice, from there spreading to other parts when Luca Maroni, a renowned oenologist
white wine that would have been familiar to of Italy. The variety is still grown in Italy to- and editor of wine guides, began to wonder
Leonardo. day and vines were brought from the hills if any of the roots had survived after so many
around Piacenza, in the Emilia-Romagna centuries. “I thought to myself, how is it pos-
region south of Milan. sible that this vineyard existed in the center
of Milan, yet no one knows anything about
The first grapes were harvested last year it?” said Maroni.
and the wine, called simply La Vigna di Mi-
lano, or the Vineyard of Milan, is now ready “The vineyard had been covered in rub-
and bottled. ble from the Second World War but when we
dug down we found the remains of the vines.
But wine buffs hoping it might turn up on We analyzed them with DNA testing and
the shelves of their local liquor store will be were able to identify the exact same variety.
disappointed. Malvasia di Candia is very aromatic, with
the fragrance of fruits and flowers.”
Only a tiny quantity has been produced –
just 330 bottles – and they are to be sold at Leonardo was a passionate wine-lover.
auction, although the date and location are, “He was born in the village of Vinci in Tus-
cany, where wine was made, and his father”
had 50 acres of vines, said Maroni.

The first vines were planted in 2015. The
vineyard is located inside a walled garden
attached to a palazzo, the Casa degli Atel-
lani. The scientific aspect of the project was
led by Professor Attilio Scienza, an Italian
expert on the DNA of vines.

For those lucky enough to get hold of
a case or two, there will be the chance to
taste the “divine liquor” that gave inspira-
tion to one of the world’s most remarkable
minds. 

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Hi Dog Buddies! greeting an tumbling about walking across it. Now look

My final 2019 column was another first concluded, Nuby trotted back. how clear it is becoming.”
for me. I’ve innerviewed hundreds of dogs,
cats, a rabbit, a parrot, even a zebra. But “What would you be wanting I was impressed.
this was the first time I’d ever innerviewed
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A fellow reporter old me about a herd “First, where you’re from, herd,” said Nuby. A couple of
of goats working on an Important Cown-
ty Project, an I thought, what the Woof! It what your job’s all about.” black-an-tan goats wandered
sounds interesting. Can’t hurt to ask.
“I am being one of the three up. “These are Phoenix an
After a few calls, I scored an innerview
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more than 1 year old in human. (I Goo-
gled and found out that’s a liddle over 5 in InvasErad: myself, Lamone an Island goats. And cousins.”
goat.) We met at his jobsite, an Undisclosed
Location in the Boonies, a former citrus Enano. Papa Steve rescued us “Afternoon, Dude,” said
grove, where he’s in charge of nine fellow
goats. Knowing basically zilch about Goat when we were baby bucklings, PHOTO: KAILA JONES Nuby Victor.
Etiquette, I was a liddle nervous. 2 weeks old an without our “Were you aware,” Phoe-
Mother. Papa Steve raised us
Me an my assistant parked under some nix asked, “that, unlike other
trees an met a nice lady named Beth, who is
in charge of the cown-ty project. She led us from the bottle. Myself an Lam- goats’ cheese, OUR San Cle-
to the fenced-in work area, about 5 acres,
with a big pile of branches and a buncha one shared a bottle, but Enano “That’s where we come in, right Nuby?” mente goat cheese melts? Cool, right?”
mostly munched-on trees and bushes. A
sign on the fence said “CAUTION, GOATS was always preferring to have his own. My “Exactly, Kozi.” Nuby turned to me. “Why, YES, ab-so-LUTELY!”
AT WORK.” An there WERE: all sorts of
goats, lotsa different colors, some with job title is Fence Stress-Tester-in-Chief, “This is Kozimodrak, the fourth buck in Nuby next introduced Estaban, a brown,
curvy horns. An all busy munchin’ on the
vegetation. A goat with a soft golden coat, principally because I can clear 4-foot-high our herd. He’s a Spaniard from the Devil’s black an white bottle baby buckling too
light colored floppy ears and a white patch
on the tummy approached us. fences with great ease, an because I’m the River bloodline. Very rare.” shy to speak, but he gave me a little bump;

“Good afternoon. You, I assume, are most adventurous, an strongest, which is Kozi gave me a frenly bump. “Hey, Bon- then came Multicojo an his liddle brother
Bonzo-the-Dog, yes?”
why I’m the buck herd’s Lead Buck, a quite zo-the-Dog, did you know Kozimodrak Beeleebro, from a ranch in Missouri. “We
“Yes,” I replied, relieved he spoke a dia-
lect I could understand. “And you must be prominent position, which on occasion means ‘blue goat’ in Czech?” were driving 1,000 miles to get these guys,”
Nuby. It’s my pleasure to meet you.”
Lamone wishes to challenge.” “Why no. No I didn’t.” Nuby explained.
“The pleasure is mine,” he replied. “Oh,
an here is coming our goatherd, Papa Steve.” Lamone, of similar color but more “So,” Nuby continued, “we got hired Bruno, a Spaniard, had a Crispy Dog Bis-

A tall man came tromping across the white splotches, turned from a green leafy for an Important Pilot Project. Miss Beth cuits black, cream an white coat and a face
muddy stubblefield, an all 10 goats ran up to
him joyfully, greeting him with bumps and branch on which he was snacking. “So says an the cown-ty wanna find out whether that I thought looked like a star, with two
head butts. He hugged them, picked them
up, patted their heads and tumbled around you,” he addressed Nuby, in a teasing sor- us goats can gobble up enough of these pointy horns, ears that stuck out to the side
on the ground with them, by way of greet-
ta way. “You know we can go head to head x-odd-ick species to save the native plants. and a nice pointy nose. Super cool.

any day of the week.” They buh-leeve it’s better than puttin’ a One goat really stood out, with a silvery

“Bring it on, Lamone-head,” replied buncha chemi-culls all over the place or gray coat that looked bunny soft. Nuby

Nuby. They bumped and nudged each oth- havin’ lotsa humans mow for hours when saw me staring. “This is Silvio Azulado,” he

er briefly. they could be doin’ other stuff. We’re tryin’ said. “He also has the Devil’s River blood-

“We’re best frens,” Nuby explained. to, you know, think outside the box.” line.”

“Keep each other on our hooves.” “Makes sense. So, how’s it goin’?” “Yo, Dog, whatcha lookin’ at?”

“Tell me about your job,” I suggested. “Check it out,” said Koz, lookin’ around Oops. “I was just admiring your very

“This land we are calling a conservation at the goats munchin’ away. “We’ve been handsome coat,” I quickly replied.

area, with wetlands and uplands, where munchin’ our sox off since August. This Nuby whispered, “The very first day Sil-

native plants enjoy living. As you might place used to be wall-to-wall x-odd-icks, so vio joined the herd, he battled it out with

be knowing, certain plants that come here thick with Brazilian Peppers you couldn’t the lead bucks, an held his own. Earned

from far-away places do not play well with their respect right away.”

the natives. They are Brazilian Pepper, DON’T BE SHY Heading home, I was still excited that I’d
Peruvian Primrose Willow, Turks’ Turban ackshully met a herd of goats. I hope their

and other equally tough, rude plants, who We are always looking for pets project’s a big success. Who knew goats
are very greedy and taking over the native with interesting stories. were so Cool Kibbles?
plants’ space an food. Then things are get-
ting out of the natural balance.” To set up an interview, email The Bonz
[email protected]
A stocky blue/gray an white goat hopped

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THE BIDDING GIVES A PERFECT MAP WEST NORTH EAST
— J 10 4 KQ97652
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist KJ984 7632 Q
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Mitch Hedberg, a comedian, said, “I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m 10 7 KQ65 843
gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to
the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.” SOUTH
A83
It is a well-known risk in bridge — if you make a bid but do not buy the contract, you might A 10 5
have helped an opponent to make his contract. A74
AJ92
This deal is a good example. How should South proceed in three no-trump after West leads
the diamond queen? Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Both

East’s opening bid showed a respectable seven-card suit and some 6-10 high-card points. The Bidding:
South, assuming his partner had some values, took a shot at three no-trump.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
The opening lead made it plain that the spades were 7-0, and that East had not put a club 3 NT Pass Pass 3 Spades
among his spades! Even so, South still had only eight top tricks: one spade, one heart, two Pass LEAD:
diamonds and four clubs. From where was a ninth winner coming? Q Diamonds

The answer was spades, but only if declarer could first extract all of East’s cards in the other
three suits.

South ducked the first trick, took the diamond continuation on the board and led a heart.
When East played the queen, declarer ducked again. West overtook with his king and led
a third diamond. However, declarer won with his ace, cashed the heart ace and ran the
clubs, bringing everyone down to three cards. North, East and South all had spades. When
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5 Textile (5) 2 Mistake (5)
8 Of the countryside (5) 3 Predicament (7)
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23 Adversary (5)
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ACROSS 98 Dead Sea killer? 43 Nabokov novel The Washington Post
101 Big Apple sch. 45 Gift, to Gide
1 Gives birth to 103 Flower with hips 47 Case of puppy love COLORIZATION By Merl Reagle
4 Deep breathers? 105 Nogales shout 49 Texas A&M player
9 Creator 106 Cagney classic, 1949 50 Defy openly
14 Trumpeter in the park? 110 Fitting quality 51 On edge
18 Hitchcock’s first 113 Day of anticipation 53 “A ___ make an old man
114 Sound in body
talkie, 1929 115 Cleverly effective young” (Tennyson)
20 1,760 yards 118 Prelude to dad 54 Certain massage
21 “Yikes!” 55 Towels off
22 Bela Lugosi or dah 56 Anniversary celebration
119 Prelude to Na Na 58 Place
chiller, 1932 120 A Merry Man 63 Willing recipients?
23 Wolfe et al. 122 Word not appearing in this 65 Enlist
24 Candidate for AA 67 Scratched (out),
25 Make a goof puzzle?
26 ___ Jima 124 Karloff-Lugosi as a living
27 “Look what ___!” 68 South American
29 Colorful fish thriller, 1934
31 Wine container 127 TV commercial award constrictor
32 “Brevity is ___ of wit” 128 Lash of westerns 69 Desert hills
34 Whitmore drama, 1964 129 Colorization booster who 70 Icy downpour
37 Sweetish drink 72 Makes, as socks
38 Founder of New York’s Public thought it was going to be a 73 “___ stun”
TRUE TREND
Theatre 130 Linden and Roach (Kirk order)
41 Abe’s paramour, allegedly 131 Lauder of cosmetics 76 At midnight or so
42 Actress Russo 132 “Long time” followup 79 Wartime president
43 Feel ___ in the air 133 Front or back of a fly 82 Trailblazer Daniel
44 After-shower powder 84 ___ consequence (trivial)
46 Disney subsidiary DOWN 86 Comes together
48 It has a chilling effect 1 Clock parts 87 Resort condo, often
52 Outlawed pesticides 2 Certifies 88 Pilot’s heading: abbr.
53 Glenn Ford drama, 1955 3 Frankie, not Johnny 90 Quite bold
4 “Act your age!” 91 Y. Berra, for one
(with The) 5 Sacrifice 92 Agreeing-to-meet comment
57 Home of St. Francis 6 Retriever, for short 99 Likely
59 “___ partridge ... ” 7 Fvll deck plvs one 100 As ___ a tree
60 The Maharishi, e.g. 8 Word after bob 102 Salt Lake player
61 Austrian artist Schiele 104 The pre-WWI era, La belle
62 “Why me?” sound or dog
64 Slangy private eyes 9 Philippine island ___
66 Finlandia composer 10 L’___ (French for 106 Go and get
68 Words from our sponsors 107 Soft palate projection
71 Fellini film, 1951 32 Across) 108 C.S. Forester’s C
74 Sweltering saison 11 Baryshnikov’s company, 109 Breakable muscle
75 Alert of a sort 111 A series of engagements
77 Impulse once 112 Waited comfortably
78 Did in, as Abel 12 He can’t wait to be 116 Kin of FYI
80 Perfect for the other 117 Teddy alternative
married 121 Lights-out punches
48 Across 13 Middleman’s transaction 123 Chalk it up?
81 “Dewey Defeats Truman” 14 Piglet’s parent 125 Mag. staffers
15 Word not appearing in this 126 Member of the
paper
83 Bible preposition puzzle? under-the-hill gang
85 Orders from headquarters 16 Per ___
89 Chester Morris 17 Zero people
19 Singer Pinza
mystery-comedy, 1941 22 Dog or cat
93 Lane in Metropolis 28 “___ little confused”
94 Moving about 30 Nirvana seeker
95 ___ sauce 33 Bacterial invasion
96 Brigitte’s bridge 35 Take out of the sack
97 Ditto 36 Nut part
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