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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016
ACTIVE SHOOTER The former VGTI building, a $60 million facility on SW Discovery Way in Port St. Lucie, is still looking for a new tenant. PHOTOS BY PHIL SUNKEL Voters could be
SITUATION? OUR shaping future
FORCE IS READY A $60M PROBLEM ... OR OPPORTUNITY of fire district
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Colliers International Exec- stantive discussions” with four BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected] utive Managing Director Ken or six prospects. “The interest [email protected]
Krasnow told the Port St. Lucie has been strong,” Krasnow
They remain a rather rare oc- For the last three months, City Council at a recent meet- said, adding the team is en- When residents in St. Lucie
currence – yet with the prolifera- Colliers International has been ing they are conducting “sub- West, Tradition and Port St. Lucie
tion of social media and 24-hours pounding the pavement, send- CONTINUED ON PAGE A4 go to the polls later this month,
news, people are increasingly ing emails and working conven- they’ll be deciding on more than
more aware of the possibility of tions, trying to drum up interest just who will represent them in
mass shootings in their workplac- in the defunct VGTI building – local government offices. They will
es, schools and churches and oth- the $60 million boondoggle of also decide the future of the St.
er community sites. Port St. Lucie. Lucie County Fire District – opt-
ing to approve or deny an extra fee
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Does Colliers International that would go toward fire protec-
Office wants the public to know have anything to show for its ef- tive services.
the agency is ready to respond if forts? According to its leadership
and when the call comes in. team, they do – though no names Hoe much support there is for
are being dropped as of yet. the measure is unclear but Fire
“Places we thought were safe Chief Buddy Emerson is optimistic.
havens” are increasingly the tar- “We have an asset,” Mayor
gets, Sheriff Ken Mascara said in Gregory J. Oravec said of the “We’re hoping the assessment
front of a packed lecture room former Vaccine and Gene Ther- goes through,” Chief Emerson said,
with some 70 people representing apy Institute facility. explaining that if voters support
various groups, agencies, organi- the measure, the district would
zations and churches. “We have $60 million of lem- be able to begin replacing 27 fire
ons. We have to see how much trucks over the next four years and
“It’s unfortunate nowadays” lemonade we can make.” make improvements to fire sta-
that people need to be so aware of tions that have been neglected in
what’s going on around them and recent years.
know what to do in case of such
an event, said Gabrielle Pettiford. There is no Plan B, according
to the fire chief. If voters don’t ap-
Pettiford works with Florida prove the referendum, the district
Community Health Centers and will have to continue to put off
frequently travels from center to what Emerson feels are necessary
center. She said she was leaving improvements and replacements
the training with several ideas to at a risk to the community. “We
take back to the decision-mak- don’t have a choice,” he said – ser-
ers at Florida Community Health vice has to be provided, no matter
She and many others had gath- He pointed to one fire truck
ered at the Sheriff’s Office for the that recently underwent massive
second of three “Code Red” train- repairs due to erosion and corro-
ings. The next one will be held sion in its water pipes. With 130
Aug. 24 and reservations are being pounds per square inch of force
taken now for what authorities ex- being exerted on the pipes while
pect will be a full house.
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HEALTH B12-B17 REAL ESTATE A19-A28
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ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING
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The Code Red training Lt. Chris Cicio St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Cicio, left, speaks to the community about active shooter readiness. PHOTOS BY PHIL SUNKEL
presented is the same training that both
the Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce Police Without going into details taught in the on and do what you can to neutralize the situation. Take a head-count of those who
Departments receive – making uniform the class, Cicio offered three steps that could be threat. “Is it gruesome? Yes,” Cicio said. “But are hiding with you – if you can, make a
response by law enforcement throughout key to surviving an active shooter scenario: the law allows it.” list. Try to remember details regarding the
the county. attacker – description of the person, the
*If it’s safe, FLEE – run away from the lo- For businesses, organizations and agen- weapon, the vehicle. Call 911 if at all possi-
The crowd sat at rapt attention scribbling cation. cies, Cicio recommends establishing a Code ble to relay the pertinent details.
notes, thinking of how they might imple- Red procedure and plan. But having a plan
ment what they were taught at their places *If it’s not safe to flee, HIDE – find a loca- isn’t enough – staff and volunteers should Dispatchers want to know what the at-
of work and worship. tion you can secure yourself in (think small frequently run drills, assess plan effective- tacker looks like, what kind of weapon or
office, closet, etc.). ness and make modifications as needed. weapons the person is using, and where he
For Corey Paul of the Fort Pierce Hous- or she was last seen. “We don’t want to play
ing Authority, the presentation opened his “This is a life and death game of hide and Having essential information on hand hide and seek” when law enforcement gets
eyes to procedures his organization lacks. seek,” Cicio said. “You’ve got to keep qui- in a central location is also helpful to law on scene, Cicio said.
Security codes and other safety measures et” no matter what. Silence or turn off your enforcement so they know who’s in charge,
need to be routinely reviewed and updated, cellphone – the vibrations and light from how many people are on staff, and other To reserve a spot in the Aug. 24 Code Red
he said, something they’ve been lax on up the phone could tip off the attacker that such details. training, visit www.StLucieSheriff.com and
until now. you’re nearby. click on Upcoming Events, or call the Sher-
If you must hide, Cicio recommends iff ’s Office at (772) 462-7300.
Beth Birkeland, also of the Housing Au- *If confronted by the attacker, FIGHT keeping yourself calm by taking stock of the
thority, said Cicio covered what she expect- – use anything you can get your hands
ed to see covered and recommends others
Cicio said after the class that anyone
who’s unsure about attending the next class
needs to ask themselves – “What would you
do?” Would you run and hide? Would you
confront the attacker? Would you be able to
assist law enforcement?
If your answer is simply to hide – that
helps you, but it doesn’t help authorities
identify or find the threat; it doesn’t help
others trapped in the same situation. It
doesn’t empower you, he said.
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KNEE OR HIP $60 MILLION VOID nior VP Bastian Laggerbauer said to coun-
REPLACEMENT cil members as they each tried the glasses
INFECTION? CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 on at the dais.
COMPENSATION MAY BE AVAILABLE couraged as it continues to move forward. Colliers International shared some of
Asked by Oravec if Colliers International the statistics from a website (www.Bio-
Infections resulting from knee or hip SciencePSL.com) set up exclusively to
replacement surgeries are rare; however, has a timeline in mind for securing a buy- market the VGTI building. Most visitors
the use of some medical tools during the er and closing the deal, Krasnow hedged. spend about a minute on the site, Lagger-
“It’s hard to say,” he responded. The real bauer said, and while the bulk come from
implantation process may increase the estate market has cycles, he explained, and around the U.S., he said there is global
risk of this debilitating complication. it’s currently in the “late stage” of the cycle. interest in the facility as well, evidenced
Compounded with an uncertain election by hits from Australia, Iraq, Russia, China
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with coming in November, many corporations and other nations.
a surgical infection after knee or hip are holding off on making real estate pur-
replacement surgery call chases. City leaders said they will consider the
our attorneys today sale of VGTI a success or failure depending
“We’re out there every day,” Krasnow said. on the return the city gets on its invest-
We provide free evaluations regarding these cases. Among the tools Colliers International ments – the lemonade Oravec mentioned.
We will not charge you for this evaluation; and in fact, has in its arsenal are an interactive web-
site complete with 360-degree tours of They want to see high-paying, quality
we will never charge you a fee or cost unless we key rooms and virtual-reality glasses that jobs, a positive economic impact, a sales
take your case and you first recover money. take you on a tour of the facility. It “gives price that makes the city whole, and – if
you a feeling of actually being there,” Se- possible – an educational partnership tied
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Mike Rice, Agent Talk to FIRE DISTRICT the end-of-life stage. That’s where the refer-
974 SW St Lucie West Blvd your neighbors, endum’s fire fee would come in handy.
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 then talk to me. CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
Voters will be asked if they would support
Bus: 772-878-7888 See why State Farm® insures more drivers than GEICO fighting a blaze, the pipes could have easily a maximum amount of $50 per residential
www.mikerice.net and Progressive combined. Great service, plus discounts ruptured. unit and a “modest” fee for non-residen-
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Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® Emerson said they were lucky the pipes discretion to adjust the fees down, just as it
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“We have a great group of mechanics” In the event the district were to set the fee
who keep the fleet going, he said, adding at its max, it would generate an estimated $9
that most agencies replace their vehicles as million in its first year “Do we need $9 mil-
they get into the 10- to 15-year-old range. lion in a single year?” Emerson rhetorically
Most of St. Lucie’s vehicles are approaching asked. “As the fire chief, I would say no.”
If it were up to him, Emerson said, he’d
It is expected to cost $13 million to re- figure out the amount the district needs to
place the 27 trucks the district feels are at
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County agencies prepare for their Ron Bowen has always
share of $145K for food, shelter supported the Port St. Lucie
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer there aren’t enough funds to fully cover the Police Department.
[email protected] requests.
Thank You for the Endorsement
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A handful of Life Builders of the Treasure Coast is an-
nonprofit groups will receive their cut other agency that received a grant from the PORT ST LUCIE
of $145,000 worth of federal dollars to program. The 7-year-old agency provides POLICE OFFICERS
help those struggling to make ends meet financial assistance to those touched by
throughout St. Lucie County. the 19th Circuit Court. Though the group ASSOCIATION
applied for $10,000, it will receive $4,000.
Since the mid-1980s, the United Way in L.U.P.A. LOCAL 6015
St. Lucie has been the pass-through agent Katie Alonzo, who volunteers with Life
for FEMA’s Emergency Shelter and Food Builders, works in the St. Lucie County July 18, 2016
Program, which has sent the county nearly Public Defender’s Office. She said that
$1.5 million since 2008. The funds are div- many times clients are struggling with Councilman Bowen,
vied up nationally to all counties based on small things that ultimately make a big
population and unemployment and then difference. For instance, a client might be It is with great respect and gratitude that I pen this
allocated to nonprofits to administer. hired for a job but can’t take it because he letter as notice of our Union’s full support in the
doesn’t have work boots, she said. Fifty upcoming 2016 election for City Council District 4.
This year, eight agencies sought a grand dollars isn’t much, but it means the world We have grown to respect and trust you for many
total of $263,102. None will receive the to that client. years, admiring your leadership, support and
full amount of their requests, according professionalism working with all of us who protect
to Cris Adams of the St. Lucie United Way, “We can make a big difference with a lit- and serve.
who serves as the chair of the local board tle bit of money,” she said.
administering the federal funds. The larg-
est chunk will go to Mustard Seed, which Last year was the first time Life Builders
will receive $113,044. The agency asked for applied for the grant – and they received
$127,202. it. Alonzo said the extra funds helped the
agency provide more help to more people.
“Everybody on the committee under- Without it, the agency would still continue
stands the great need in the community,” its mission – just on a smaller scale.
Adams said, explaining that it’s bittersweet
to be able to assist the agencies, though Recently, the bulk of client applications
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FIRE DISTRICT And if the board were to sunset the fee FEMA FUNDS seen the applications and administered the
and later discover – due to a future econom- FEMA money. This year is the first time the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A6 ic downturn – it was back in the same boat, CONTINUED FROM PAGE A7 board has decided to put into writing that 80
the board would have to reach out to vot- percent of the grant funds – approximately
cover its bills for buying or leasing new vehi- ers again. St. Lucie County Fire Rescue has have been for housing assistance, such as $116,000 – will go toward emergency shel-
cles and adjust the fee accordingly. He said seen its calls for service increase 4.8 percent covering a month’s rent or a mortgage pay- ter assistance, and 20 percent – or $29,000
he could get by with between $3 million and year over year the past several years, even as ment. Life Builders’ volunteers and one – will go to help with food assistance.
$3.5 million each year to cover the District’s property values have declined. paid employee vet the applications to en-
needs. sure worthiness of help. It’s something the board has attempted
The Fire District’s budget has ranged from to do in the past but recently decided to
Critics of the referendum have ques- a high of $57 million in 2006 to $36 million “It’s sad and it’s horrible to tell someone codify it for clarity.
tioned the lack of a timeframe for discon- in 2010. “Most businesses couldn’t survive ‘no,’” Alonzo said – but they do when they
tinuing the fee – a sunset provision. The Fire that,” the chief said, explaining when busi- find that the applicant’s need is not genu- “There are a great many people in St.
District Board discussed just such a provi- nesses have to cut their budgets, usually ine or if that person has no way of making Lucie County who live paycheck to pay-
sion and determined that the fee would be they can scale down their operations. the rent or mortgage payment the follow- check,” Adams said, explaining that they
a steady income stream for the district be- ing month. “We’d only be prolonging the are often thrown into crisis if their hours
cause it is not tied to property values, which Fire Rescue doesn’t have that luxury. inevitable” in that case, she said. are cut at work, if their car needs an unex-
fluctuate from year to year. “Typically, in a bad economy they (the pub- pected repair, or they suffer an unexpected
lic) need us more,” he said. For the last two decades, she has over- medical situation.
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Goodbye Sanctuary4kids takes shape
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent Butler said that 46 children is the average
[email protected] number coming into care each month in the
19th circuit, serving St. Lucie, Martin, Indian
ST. LUCIE WEST – The cinderblocks are River and Okeechobee counties. The major
down and construction has begun on the reasons they are removed from their homes
Sanctuary4Kids. The building, on a plot in St. are substance abuse and domestic abuse and
Lucie West, will provide shelter for children the majority are five years of age and younger.
removed from their homes under emergen-
cy circumstances, often in the middle of the Butler and her group have raised $230,000,
night. At present, when a placement can’t be $80,000 of it from individuals with checks of
found, a child may have to spend the night $25 or $100. Mark Montalto and Phil Petruz-
in a case worker’s office. They will be safe, zelli of Port St. Lucie Properties, the contrac-
but there is nothing in an office to deal with tor, is giving them lots of breaks and they are
the physical and emotional needs of these telling their sub-contractors what they are
frightened, vulnerable children. doing. One of them, Bob Ludlum of Aqua
Dimensions, donated the plumbing for the
Debbie Butler, president of the board of house.
directors of Guardians for New Futures, is
spearheading the project. She is hopeful Now they need to furnish the building.
8the facility will open in October or No- They are hoping home furnishings stores
vember. To make that happen, she travels will open their hearts and give furniture or
the area, talking to people and introducing a line of credit. They need cribs, high chairs,
them to Gus, a giant green dragon and the beds, living room furniture, and everyday
program’s ambassador. things like sippy cups, bathroom supplies,
baby bottles, toiletries and more. Linda
“It’s for children to stay for 24 hours or Chastain, director and founder of Hope’s
less,” she said. “It will reduce trauma and Closet, Gigi Suntum, executive director of
gives case managers time to really find the Caring Children/Clothing Children and Julie
right location. ... Kids can get a bath and Kosharek of Kidz Closet Charities will pro-
something to eat and they don’t have to call vide clothing for the children and Debbie
the foster parents at 2 a.m. If there’s a drug Anton of Project Linus will provide blankets.
bust and there are five kids, there’s time to
find a relative. If the child is more relaxed, Butler said that the community response
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“Gausten is a former Wall Street executive with a solid grasp of financial
matters. Her background would be an asset to the council as it attempts to
navigate numerous fiscal challenges. Gausten also is a person of action. In
2015, she organized community efforts to oppose Compost USA, a
controversial compost plant that was proposed for western St. Lucie County.”
• Over three decades of experience as a senior level financial executive, most recently with a company with over $240 billion under management;
• Holds twelve separate verifiable financial industry licenses, including the highest possible municipal bond license.
• Linda founded, chaired, or sat on the boards of organizations that successfully obtained grants from both the public and
private sectors to fund community projects.
• Linda wants to help the City expand grant opportunities from the private sector as well as the public sector utilizing
citizen volunteers who have grant writing experience to compliment City staff.
• Formed 29 block associations and sat on the board of directors of the Federation of Block Associations in Brooklyn.
These organizations were formed to lobby for services owed to residents which the city was threatening to take away.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
• In 2015, Linda was one of the leaders in the successful opposition against Compost USA, a human sewerage composting company proposing
to put an open air plant to compost over two million tons of sewerage a year in an unsuitable location in St. Lucie County. Their plan would
have been an environmental disaster for the waterways, air quality, and health of Port St. Lucie. The commissioners of St. Lucie County, Mar
tin County, Port St. Lucie’s City Council, numerous scientists, engineers, and environmentalists agreed with her.
FULL-TIME FOCUS/FULL-TIME COMMITMENT
• Linda will treat the city council as a full-time job and will not take any other form of employment while working as a council member.
• Linda will set aside at least one day a week for walk-ins, making it easy for residents to meet with a council member to talk about
their problems one on one.
• Linda will give the City Council the same focus which made her so successful in her career.
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George Anthony Emelianchik, 32, 1901 Lucie Police Department; Status: Released; 1675 NW St Lucie West Blvd.; Arresting tion: 975 Seaway Dr., Fort Pierce; Arresting
SW Lewis St., Port St. Lucie; Arrest Lo- Charge(s): Misdemeanor Driving with sus- Agency: Port St. Lucie Police Department; Agency: Fort Pierce Police Department;
cation: 900 N. Rock Rd., Fort Pierce; Ar- pended license. Status: Released; Charge(s): Felony Deal in Status: Released; Charge(s): Warrant – Fel-
resting Agency: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s stolen property and Misdemeanor 2nd de- ony Fraud and grand theft.
Office; Status: Held in lieu of $20,500 bail; Vincent Definis, 27, 1042 NW Bayshore gree Larceny-petit theft – second offense.
Charge(s): Felony Warrant for possession Blvd., Port St. Lucie; Arrest Location: 121 Paul P. Delzatto, 53, 9931 Perfect Dr.,
of Hydromorphone and use/possession of SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.; Arresting Agency: Monique Chantel James, 30, of 466 SE Port St. Lucie; Arrest Location: 250 NW
drug paraphernalia. Port St. Lucie Police Department; Status: Guava Terrace, Port St. Lucie; Arrest Lo- Country Club Dr., Port St. Lucie; Arresting
Held in lieu of $35,000 bail; Charge(s): Felo- cation: 1095 SW St. Lucie West Blvd.; Ar- Agency: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office;
Christopher Luis Rosario, 24, Miami; ny Armed Burglary of a dwelling, structure resting Agency: Port St. Lucie Police De- Status: Held $20,000; Charge(s): Felony
Arrest Location: 10700 SW East Park Ave., or conveyance and Felony Larceny – Grand partment; Status: Released on $2,500 bail; Warrant – Uttering a forged bill/check/
Port St. Lucie; Arresting Agency: Port St. theft between $5,000 and $10,000. Charge(s): Felony Aggravated battery with draft, criminal use of personal ID infor-
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Fire District Assessment
Referendum Property Tax Revenues and Calls for Assistance
On August 30, 2016 all St. Lucie County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on an annual $60.00 50
assessment of up to $50 per residence and other modest fees for commercial property and vacant land. 48
The assessment will fund the District’s fire protection services, equipment, facilities and programs. $55.00 46
Why is the Fire District seeking this assessment? $50.00 42
Currently, the District’s fire rescue services are primarily paid for through an ad valorem property tax $45.00 38
capped at 3 mils. This funding was adequate until additional Homestead Exemptions and the Great 36
Recession combined to dramatically decrease taxable values. When values sharply decreased, $40.00 34
so did the funds available to pay for services. Fire District revenues fell 36% -- but calls for assistance 32
continued to rise by an average of 4.8% each year! $35.00 30
What does this mean to me? $30.00
FY2006 FY2007 FY2008 FY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
/07 /08 /09 /10 /11 /12 /13 /14 /15
Revenues (millions) $57.84 $54.36 $45.61 $36.42 $36.88 $37.30 $37.21 $44.93 $45.86
Calls (thousands) 36 37 38 38 39 41 43 46 48
Revenues (millions) Calls (thousands)
As of March 2014, the owners of 10,891 properties paid nothing for fire protection because their assessed home value was less than the value of their tax exemptions; 42% of all
properties in the county contributed less than $75 for the Fire District’s services. If the referendum passes, starting next year all property owners (residential, commercial, industrial,
institutional, and vacant land) in St. Lucie County, including those in the cities, will pay an assessment for the Fire District when they pay their property tax bill. Those rates can be
found on the District’s website. For the homeowner, the assessment for each residence will be no more than $50 – less than 14 cents a day. Because this fee is not linked to the
value of a home, all homeowners will share fairly and equally in this assessment and the fire protection services it supports.
What will the money be used for? FIRE VEHICLE NEEDS 2017 2018 2019 2020
5 4 1
By law, the funds may only be used for fire protection services, facilities/equipment and programs. In order to maintain high Fire Engines 6 1 1
levels of service with reduced revenue during the economic downturn, one of the cost-saving measures the District took 2 2
was to temporarily put off purchasing replacement vehicles or making necessary capital improvements to fire stations. Quints (multi-function truck) 2 2 1
Maintaining a reliable fleet of vehicles is essential to providing reliable fire protection services. Over the next four years,
the District must replace 27 trucks that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each. Another 15 rescue trucks will also be Brush Trucks (for wildfires)
needed, but these will be purchased using other funding sources.
What else has the District done to save money?
Having a single Fire District that serves the entire county allows our District to operate at a lower cost than neighboring fire departments. For instance, last year the per-resident cost for
fire rescue services was about 15% lower in St. Lucie County than in neighboring counties – and the St. Lucie County Fire District handled about 2,500 more calls than Martin and Indian
River counties combined. The starting pay of our firefighters is $32,000 a year versus $43,118 in Martin and $39,838 in Indian River. Between 2009-2014, our employees agreed to
first postpone and then cut in half scheduled pay and cost of living increases and agreed to increase their own contributions by 2% of base pay to the pension plan, reducing taxpayer costs.
The District also reduced firefighter staffing from a high of 404 in 2008 to a low of 359 in 2014.
What may happen if the referendum fails?
Ultimately, if funding for the Fire District fails to cover costs, the District would have no choice but to
decrease its level of service to the county’s residents, through staffing cuts and continued deferral of
critical equipment purchases. In addition to jeopardizing the safety of our residents, the lack of
equipment and potentially longer response times will likely negatively impact our county’s insurance
rating - which can lead to an increase in homeowner and commercial fire insurance premiums,
or even result in the inability to obtain fire insurance on some properties.
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IN LOVING MEMORY passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at and handyman. He was a blacksmith in
Treasure Coast Hospice residence in Ft. Portugal where he learned to use his hands
WINY EUGENIE FREDERIQUE, 72 but to others all around. She was inviting Pierce. to create a multitude of conveniences. He
Port St. Lucie to those in need and always had a place for was raised in a pastoral community where
them to lay their head. She was a God-fear- Oxley was born in Greensburg, N.C. She he gained his love of gardening. He was in-
Winy Eugenie Frederique, 72, of Port St. ing woman who was an active member in had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for the volved in soccer and became active here
Lucie, passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, her congregation. past seven years coming from Peachtree, Ga. in the Portuguese sports community and
2016, at Tiffany Hall Rehabilitation Cen- gained a love of hockey as an avid Bruins
ter. She was born Nov. 15, 1944, in Port-au- Frederique’s legacy lives on through She was a member of Sunlight Communi- fan, and a love of baseball as an avid Red Sox
Prince, Haiti, to parents Paul Frederique and her five children: Marie Honore, Stan- ty Church in Port St. Lucie. fan.
Marie Elizabeth Mathador. ley Frederique, James Frederique, Dania
Frederique, and William Evans, Jr. Survi- Survivors include her loving husband of He was employed at Phillips Academy,
Frederique was the second oldest of five vors also include four siblings: brothers, Joe 61 years, Riley Joshua Oxley; two sons, Alan Andover, Massachusetts for 23 years. There
children. Frederique migrated to the United Frederique and Eve Frederique; and sisters, Oxley and Jay Oxley; two daughters, Laurel he served as groundskeeper, maintenance
States in 1976, where she first lived in Asbury Paulette Gerelda Joseph and Jeanette Inna; (Michael) Simpson and Lynette Malone; man, tile mason and many other trades.
Park, N.J., for four years, then moved to Nep- 15 grandchildren; and countless nieces, nine grandchildren; and seven great-grand-
tune, N.J., where she and her children resid- nephews, cousins, and other family mem- children. He was an active member of Saints Pe-
ed for more than 19 years and she began to bers. ter and Paul church, where he sang in the
build her legacy. A gathering was held Thursday, Aug. 11, at choir. He acted as president of the Portu-
Visitation was held Aug. 12, at the Aycock Aycock FH-Byrd, Young & Prill Chapel, 1170 guese American Civic League of Lawrence
Frederique eventually started her health- Funeral Home, 1504 SE Floresta Drive, Port SW Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. for three years.
care career as a CNA at Jersey Shore Medi- St. Lucie. A Funeral Service was held Aug. 13, A Memorial Service followed at the chapel.
cal Center where she then took courses and at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 1302 Survivors include his wife of 60 years,
worked her way to become a Scrub Tech; SW California Ave., Port St. Lucie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be Maria Vergilia Barbosa Soares, his daughter,
meanwhile she received her real estate li- made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5090 Dunn Maria Fatima (Luciano Manuel) Silva; his
cense in 1999. Frederique decided to move Entombment followed at Fernhill Memo- Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. two grandchildren, Belinda Nicole Silva and
to Port St. Lucie, as she got closer to retire- rial Gardens, 1501 S. Kanner Highway, Stu- Brandon Jarrod Silva; and his great-grand-
ment from Jersey Medical Center. art, FL 34994. MARIO ADELINO SOARES, 83 son, Benjamin Floyd Silva, all of whom he
Port St. Lucie loved dearly.
Frederique took pride in her children and Arrangements by Aycock Funeral Home,
grandchildren, cooking dinners and spend- Port St. Lucie, FL www.aycockportstlucie. Mario Adelino Soares, 83, passed away He will be greatly missed by his family and
ing time with each and every one of them. com. peacefully at his home on Aug. 11, 2016. many friends that he made along his life’s
Frederique was a hardworking woman. She path.
explored parts of the Caribbean. RACHEL W. OXLEY, 86 Soares was born of Catholic faith on Nov.
Port St. Lucie 11, 1932, in Faial, one of the Portuguese is- A Mass honoring his life was celebrated
She devoted her life to being a single lands of the Azores. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at Saint Lucie Catho-
mother not only to her immediate family, Rachel W. Oxley, 86, of Port St. Lucie lic Church in Port St. Lucie.
At the age of 25, he moved to the United
States with his wife and daughter in 1959. He Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Fu-
lived in the town of Methuen, Mass., for 40 neral Home – Byrd, Young & Prill Chap-
years before settling in St. Lucie County to el, 1170 SW Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL
enjoy his golden years. 34983.
Soares was an avid gardener, sports fan
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES: AUGUST 6-13
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Steady as she goes ... as least as the St. Lucie County real estate market is concerned, as some 15 single-family
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The top sale of the week in the region was the home at 938 SW Grand Reserve Blvd. Originally put on the market
in March for $439,000, this 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 2,898-square-foot house sold on Aug. 9 for $415,000.
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TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $415,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 938 GRAND RESERVE BLVD 3/21/2016 $439,000 8/9/2016 $349,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10855 VISCONTI WAY 8/10/2016 $405,135 8/10/2016 $319,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 16982 AMBROSE WAY 1/26/2016 $341,365 8/12/2016 $270,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 494 BLUE LAKE DRIVE 12/31/2015 $339,900 8/10/2016 $262,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10633 STRATTON DRIVE 6/3/2016 $279,000 8/12/2016 $257,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11300 MOUNTAIN ASH CIRCLE 1/15/2016 $269,900 8/10/2016 $239,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 344 BENTLEY CIRCLE 6/4/2016 $269,900 8/9/2016 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 115 BERKELEY AVENUE 6/1/2015 $259,900 8/8/2016 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6455 VOLUCIA DRIVE 12/4/2015 $274,900 8/8/2016 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6455 VOLUCIA DRIVE 12/4/2015 $274,900 8/8/2016 $218,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 834 LAKE CHARLES CIRCLE 6/22/2016 $229,950 8/12/2016 $198,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 673 ANDROS CIRCLE 3/7/2016 $240,000 8/10/2016
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT ST. LUCIE COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES
10855 Visconti Way, Port Saint Lucie 16982 Ambrose Way, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 8/10/2016 Listing Date: 1/26/2016
Original Price: $405,135.00 Original Price: $341,365.00
Sold: 8/10/2016 Sold: 8/12/2016
Selling Price: $405,135.00 Selling Price: $349,900.00
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494 Blue Lake Drive, Port Saint Lucie 10633 Stratton Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 12/31/2015 Listing Date: 6/3/2016
Original Price: $339,900.00 Original Price: $279,000.00
Sold: 8/10/2016 Sold: 8/12/2016
Selling Price: $319,000.00 Selling Price: $270,000.00
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THRONGS SEEN Renee Fleming
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AT STREET FEST Inside story of Lyric’s amazing talent coup
BY MICHELLE GENZ | Staff Writer BY MICHELLE GENZ | Staff Writer proudest moments of my life er the Renée Fleming concert. charge of artist programming,
[email protected] [email protected] when I get to do artists of this That’s when he started to work among other things.
stature,” says Loesser, who has with the agent who handles her,
1 Brutal sun or drenching In a major coup for the Lyric been trying to lure Fleming to booking other acts, and finally “Our preliminary calendar
rain: It’s hard to know Theatre, Artistic Director John the Lyric for years. “She’s one of got his chance to “subtly sug- had 17 dates with her name on
what kind of weather to wish for Loesser has booked opera star my favorites.” gest that I would just adore it if it,” he says with a laugh. “We
these days for an outdoor fes- Renée Fleming, known as “the we could get Renée.” were at one point holding three
tival. Whatever’s beating down people’s diva,” for a January And Fleming is not the only weeks open because we didn’t
on the crowds Saturday, it’s the concert in the intimate, 500- major star coming to the the- The possibility arose 18 know the date she’d be free. I
beat of the music that counts at seat Stuart venue. ater: Her January performance months ago, says Loesser, a couldn’t commit to the other
the Dancin’ in the Street Music will be followed by legendary resident of Vero’s barrier island shows until hers was locked in.”
Festival in Stuart. The coup comes at a mo- comedian Lily Tomlin in Feb- and son of the great Broadway Finally, in April, Fleming was
Just as they have for the past mentous time in the career of ruary and violinist Itzhak Perl- composer and lyricist Frank able to commit.
29 years, thousands of people the famed soprano, who has man in March, another first for Loesser. Loesser was the Lyric’s
are expected rain or shine for announced that 2016 will be the Lyric. executive director for 16 years Then Loesser had to find the
the best of local and region- her last singing mainstream until last year, when he became financing.
al bands playing on five stages opera at the Met. It took four years to make artistic director. He remains in
set up along the St. Lucie River. the connections that got Loess- “For an artist of that stature,
The sixth stage – in the Lyric “These are some of the
Theatre – may well be sold out. CONTINUED ON PAGE B2
It’ll be hosting the Outlaws, the
half-century-old Southern rock
band that started out in Tam-
pa in 1966. That was just a year
after the Mamas and the Papas’
“Dancing in the Street” hit the
The Outlaws didn’t make it
big until nearly a decade lat-
er, when “There Goes Another
Love Song” became their signa-
ture hit in 1975. The lineup has
changed plenty, but the sound
is true to its youth – in the same
vein as the Allman Brothers and
Lynyrd Skynyrd and a hint of
2 If you want to skip the
throngs and the festival
admission price ($15 to $20, not
counting the Outlaws show),
the nearby Terra Fermata has a
great lineup that day starting at
2 p.m. and running well into the
night. First up are the Nouveaux
Honkies, a husband-and-wife
duo that are favorites in this
area. They are followed by Abby
Owens, the Indiantown-born
singer/songwriter who has al-
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you have to find underwriters, and we
did,” says Loesser. “It was extremely easy.”
The Jan. 30 concert is a certain sell-out,
Loesser says, even with tickets at $100-
$150. Now on sale to members of the Lyric
(a $35 annual fee), tickets become avail-
able to the public Sept. 6.
Even beyond Fleming’s quasi-retire-
ment (she says she would still consider
doing new operas), the Stuart concert is
a big deal because she gives so few con-
At 57, Fleming has said she wants to
quit singing big stage roles to avoid the
inevitable comparisons to her younger
voice. Her concerts, meanwhile, continue PHOTOS BY LEAH DUBOIS
to draw great reviews, including her May
performance with the Met Orchestra in
Carnegie Hall. Not that her music is lim-
ited to opera. Fleming, who has just taken In 2014, she became the first opera sing- a major renovation that did everything get pretty interesting. ‘I want a white limo
from adding cupholders to the seats (to not a black limo,’ ” he says.
on the role of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s first er in history to sing the National Anthem go along with the new bar) to fixing crum-
bling support columns, originally made He remembers having to arrange for Cary
creative consultant, loves jazz and indie at the Super Bowl, and in 2013 President from wet sand dredged from the nearby Grant to be picked up at the airport. “I had to
St. Lucie River. go to New York to get a pastrami sandwich to
rock. Obama presented her with the National have in the car when he got there.”
As for Loesser, he isn’t nervous about
And pop is not outside of her range ei- Medal of Arts. his first date with the diva; after growing Not to be outdone, Loesser himself has
up in a house filled with famous people a special request, given his father’s celebri-
ther: Two weeks ago she sang in a video- That same year, her album of French and managing multiple theaters before ty: He’s dropped a hint that a Frank Loess-
the Lyric, he’s accustomed to special re- er song might be well-received by at least
taped celebrity a cappella rendition of songs, “Poèmes,” won her a Grammy quests. one in the audience. “I try to get the word
out: If you’re doing crossover stuff, how
“Fight Song” at the Democratic National Award for Best Classical Artist Solo. “Dressing rooms, transportation – it can about doing a Loesser song?”
Convention. Meanwhile, the Lyric itself is getting
She also sings to Yo-yo Ma’s cello on a a little work done to ward off the effects
new Billy Childs album of the music of of aging. The former silent movie house
Laura Nyro. Another recent release is with turns 90 this year. Two summers ago,
Emerson String Quartet. supporters gave close to $1.5 million for A Closet Full of Clothes
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COMING UP While he was still in high school, he put Barry gave up his column years ago. All Children and Youth
together an eight-piece band – includ- But he still writes for the Herald – he’s Join us this year!
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 ing his fellow members of the South been covering the Olympics, and before Violin, Viola,
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BY MICHELLE GENZ | Staff Writer Today, their instrument is their sound inside a nondescript building on a side street Lamar had one musical influence in his
[email protected] equipment, from speakers, amps and mi- in downtown Stuart. family: His step-dad was a jazz drummer in
crophones to the mixer software on their New York. And his mom had moved south
Bryan Lamar and Jeff Coulter were walk- computer. They still play guitar and drums Afterwards, seated at a thrift-shop vintage from music-centric Nashville – at one point,
ing home from school one day when they in their heavy-metal band. But they also play desk, Coulter and Lamar, both 29, share the he and Coulter considered taking their stu-
had the sort of why-not moment that the background for many of the 100 or so clients tasks of producing the clients’ vocals and dio there. Instead, they stayed in Stuart, a
seventh-grade mind is known for. at Rain Cat Studios, their four-year-old ven- instrumentation, mixing those tracks and good move considering how the scene has
ture that is taking a lead role in Stuart’s bur- mastering them to a reproducible, saleable evolved.
“Let’s start a band,” said Bryan. geoning music scene. product.
“Nah,” said Jeff. “We don’t know any in- Coulter is the son of Brenda Leigh, a tal-
struments.” Singer-songwriters from their teens to re- They also offer guidance, coaching new ented muralist whose work adorns a number
But Jeff thought it over for a week or so, and tirement age are recording in Rain Cat’s up- songwriters through the structure of a song, of public buildings in Stuart. Her free spirit
changed his mind. It was totally doable.They just stairs live studio or isolation booth tucked or suggesting changes to instrumentation. was the reason Jeff was born in Tortola in the
had to pick their instruments and learn to play. For that, they had an example: their own British Virgin Islands; she had taken off for
mentors, a West Palm entrepreneur and mu- a year to cruise the Caribbean, reached St.
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how not to be a jerk,” says Lamar, using a mata, which opened around the same time Visions
more contemporary term. He soon sidled as Rain Cat, downtown Stuart’s blossom-
over to Jeff’s lunch table, where he stayed ing live music scene includes the growler My Dreams
until high school separated the two. But by bar Crafted Keg, the coffee bar Blue Door, Become Reality.
then, they were a band. “The band is what the wine bar Crush and the waterfront bar
kept our friendship together,” says Lamar. and restaurant Stuart Boathouse. “There’s For more than 41 years,
been a rumbling for a while from people in
It took three years of practice before they need of a place to go,” says Coulter. “Terra I have been dreaming
finally performed in public, at a battle of the Fermata spoke really well to what would do
bands at Martin County High School. They well. The fact that people are making a liv- up unique and
were 15. By 2005, Bryan had arranged for ing playing music is pretty unique.”
them to play at their huge CD release party beautiful custom-
in Stuart’s Memorial Park, not far from Rain Among the Rain Cat artists: Deal James,
Cat Studios. a St. Louis soul-and-funk musician, often designed jewelry.
uses Lamar on the drums. Taylor Wingfield,
“We were very nervous,” says Coulter. “We a country artist whose last album they pro- One-of-a-kind
had played in a bedroom for so long that duced, has become their friend in the pro-
when we actually played we did pretty good.” cess, and Coulter often plays guitar with masterpieces that would
Their heavy metal band, Drowned Out, never be confused for the mass-
included Bryan’s identical twin Lucas Lamar Most recently, they have been working
on bass. They were a big hit, including inVero for four months on a six-song EP for sing- produced jewelry that most jewelers
where they played to 200 kids at the Heritage er-songwriter Summer Gill, a student at
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around because we were good,” Lamar says a duo with her father Ken Gill.
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own music, in 2012 they reached out to other boyfriend, it turns out.
artists. Coulter was running open-mic nights
at Osceola St. Café, and they got the idea to For artists like Gill and James, selling
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Caring family, friends make Jesse’s Fight their own
BY CHRISTINA TASCON | Correspondent Dr. Tamia McEwen with her father, Pastor Elton McEwen.
From left: Jesse Jewett with his mother Cathy Crosslin, niece Ava Jewett, sister Nina Jewett and nephew Waylan Jewett. Kendall and Joseph Wilkerson. PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
Just three weeks shy of his graduation as
a St. Lucie County Firefighter Emergency The prognosis for his recovery is still in truck they realized it was a blessing that when his sister started a GoFundMe page
Medical Technician, Jesse Jewett’s dreams flux. Right now he is doing physical and Jewett survived. His high school and EMT for him, he did not care about how much
were halted abruptly by a horrific roll-over occupational therapy, but his biggest is- classmates are just glad to know he is still money was being raised but wanted to
crash at 9 p.m., March 25, 2016, causing a sue is with his cognitive brain functions. around. read the comment section of well-wishers.
massive traumatic brain injury. His personality has changed a bit from the
damage to his frontal lobe, which caused “Jesse is a really good guy,” said high “I have been known all my life as Jesse’s
His friends, family, and firefighter bud- some physical issues with balance and school friend Ronnie Wuchte. “He would little sister, some people do not even know
dies came together to show their support weakness on his left side, too. do anything for any of his friends, always my first name. We’re very close,” said Jew-
at the Jesse’s Fight BBQ Benefit organized there for everyone. He is a strong guy and I ett, choking up. “Overall I want to thank
by his sister, Nina Jewett, last Saturday at Amazingly, other than his head injury, know he will bounce back.” everybody for their generosity, their time
the St. Lucie Firefighters’ Hall to help pay he only had a few cuts and bruises. When and efforts through everything and for be-
for some of his medical expenses, physical his family saw pictures of his crushed Seeing his family and friends at the ing here today. We so appreciate it.”
therapy and classes. fundraiser is all Jewett cares about. Even
Although the money raised through raf-
fles, food tickets and donations would not
put a dent in the more than $1 million in
medical bills he has accumulated, the day
of family fun was as much about showing
Jesse they were there for him emotionally
as to help him financially.
Everyone pitched in for the event, with
one donor supplying the food from Dale’s
BBQ, friends and family volunteering to
run the event, and others donating raffle
items. His sister even got two Miami Dol-
phin players, Koa Misi and Jordan Phillips,
to get their team to sign a helmet and foot-
ball to be auctioned off.
About 150 attendees had perfect weath-
er with a lovely breeze as they listened to
some great country music by Big Pine and
Odyssey, while their kids jumped in the
bounce house and chased turtles at the
edge of the pond nearby.
Although Jewett – a commercial Repo
tow truck driver, MMA amateur flyweight
and occasional car racer – does not remem-
ber what happened, it was deduced that
due to rain on the road from a big storm,
his tow truck hydroplaned off an Orange
Avenue overpass, flipped numerous times
and landed below on No Name Road.
“There was only a six-minute response
time and they took him straight to the trauma
unit at Lawnwood for a little over a month. He
was in a coma for almost three weeks before
he was transferred to Brooks Rehab in Jack-
sonville,” said his mother, Cathy Crosslin.
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Food Truck Invasion has become a tasty Tradition
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Here’s the conundrum: You’ve got a
large group of friends together and want
to eat out – but everyone wants something
different. There’s a vegan in your group.
Another is craving seafood. Someone else
just wants a burger and fries. What are you
supposed to do? Order out at 10 different
restaurants and hope the food’s still warm
by the time you get to the last one?
Well, if it happens to be one of a select
few Friday nights in Tradition, you’re in
luck! Make haste to Tradition Square for
the Food Truck Invasion and satisfy your
crew’s eclectic appetite.
For three years running, Tradition
Square has been THE PLACE to go for your
food-truck fix – it’s not fast food, but it’s
good, gourmet fare that occasionally war- David Larson picks up his dessert from the Sweet Cravings truck. PHOTOS BY LEAH DUBOIS
rants extra patience when ordering due to
high demand. to be found. For him, it was the Buffalo few years, it still was a pleasant surprise
“It’s always delicious no matter where chicken quesadilla that hit the gastro- to a pair of sisters-in-law who were out
you go,” foodie Brianna Posner said. On nomical spot. The two try to make it to at searching for Pokemon with 4-year-old
this recent Friday night, she ordered from least one invasion each month. Mason.
her favorite truck Veggie Love, an organ- For first-timers, Posner recommends Christina and Tessa Hasting took a
ic vegan truck. She recommended the walking a lap or two to see which trucks break from the Pokemon Go game so Ma- Alex and Alyaa Akel.
nachos and the vegan pesto-provolone are in attendance and determine what son could ride a pony from Choyce Ponies, “It’d get boring after a while,” she said.
One such food truck operator on the ro-
grilled cheese. cuisine suits your mood. then head over to the Square for the bounce tation is Stella Koufalis, owner of Port St.
Lucie-based Think Greek? “It’s awesome,”
Tegan Kershaw, who went to the event And while the Invasion has been a sta- houses. Depending on what smelled good, Koufalis said of the Invasion. “I wish there
were more of these (invasions) out here.”
with Posner, agreed there is no bad truck ple of the Tradition community for the last they said they planned to do dinner at the Koufalis said her food truck serves as
a stepping stone to her goal – her own
Invasion – something that wasn’t in the restaurant. With the truck, she can make
a connection to customers, develop a fol-
Shanghai Gardens plans when they first drove up. lowing and ultimately trade the wheels for
Jane Rowley is the mastermind be- booths and tables.
When asked about camaraderie among
The Best Chinese Cuisine hind the Food Truck Invasion, deciding the food-truck operators, Koufalis smiled.
three years ago to invite the trucks out “We’re family,” she said, explaining that
she often trades dishes with other truck
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Discovery Series, which brings elementary class is only $25 a month. dents 10 and up. Florida Arts & Dance and later became a
school children in to see the performance member of the Wings to Fly Dance Com-
during the school day. Among the favorites for students are lyr- Gallagher wanted to introduce two of pany under the instruction of Tasha Pat-
ical and modern dance. The first is a com- her newer teachers to the community, al- terson. She has recently returned to Stuart
“It’s exposing arts and theater, especially bination of ballet, jazz and modern dance, though both are Stuart natives. to join the staff at FADC and to continue
ballet to them,” Gallagher said. “Many don’t with an emphasis on musicality, expres- dancing with Wings to Fly as an assistant
realize that people don’t talk (in ballet.)” sion of mood and the use of lyrics in the Kaileigh Bates, who teaches jazz and choreographer to Tasha Patterson.
music. Modern dance is creative, with an musical theater, began her dance career
Classes start for children as young as 3, emphasis on expressiveness and freedom with ballet at just 2 years old at FADC. As Florida Arts & Dance Company is located
with pre-ballet classes for those from 3-5. of individuality. her passion for dance grew, so did her love at 938 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. For more
The elementary level, which people asso- for different styles. While working at FADC information, call (772) 288-4150 or visit the
ciate with young girls, also has a teen class Irish step is also a popular class, with summer camp, she realized her passion website www.fladance.org.
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try ballet a little later. Elementary class- difficult levels, Beginners start in soft shoes dance with the kids around her. “The Nutcracker” will be presented at the
es meet once a week, middle level classes like ballet slippers and then move on to the Lyric Theatre Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2
meet twice a week and advanced ballet better-known hard shoes. Samara Shevlin, who teaches, jazz, lyr- and 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 and are
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Pricey new drugs knock out deadly Hepatitis C
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer An expensive new drug The state of Florida has one of the high-
[email protected] est rates of HCV infection in the country
has helped Jack Poling and, according to the Centers for Disease
July 28 has come and gone and if you Control and Prevention, baby boomers
didn’t realize that particular Thursday was fight Hepatitis C. like Poling – born between 1945 and 1965
“World Hepatitis Day,” you’re not alone. – are most at risk.
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Hepatitis has not merely been flying The Centers for Disease Control says
under the national radar for years, at the hepatitis C virus can lay dormant
times it appears to have gone completely within the body for decades but when
subterranean. it strikes, it can quickly lead to serious,
life-threatening liver problems, includ-
Though it is often nearly invisible ing cirrhosis, liver cancer, lymphoma
to the public eye, the fact remains that and more.
hepatitis C will claim over 500,000 lives
worldwide this year and upwards of The CDC estimates that between 3
15,000 of those will be right here in the million and 4 million people in the Unit-
United States. ed States have chronic HCV and that 75
percent to 85 percent of those exposed
There are multiple hepatitis viruses, to the virus will develop a chronic infec-
including hepatitis A (HAV); hepatitis tion.
B (HBV); hepatitis C (HCV); hepatitis D
(HDV); and hepatitis E (HEV). For Poling, it all started with a rup-
tured spleen suffered during a high
All types of hepatitis target the body’s school football game back in 1972, which
largest organ, the liver, but safe and ef- led to surgery and a transfusion that in-
fective vaccines exist for all the above troduced HCV into his body.
except Hepatitis C.
It may seem shocking today, but it
HCV is an insidious killer. Like a croc- wasn’t until 1990 that tests for screening
odile in the water, it can lay seemingly blood supplies for HCV were introduced.
dormant for long periods before sudden-
ly attacking its victims. (For decades the spread of HCV was
blamed primarily on intravenous drug
That’s exactly what happened to use, shared needles, body piercings,
58-year-old Vero resident Jack Poling. A tattoos and such, but it turns out trans-
filmmaker and avid surfer, Poling very
nearly lost his life to HCV.
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fusions and organ transplants prior to pany refused to pay for the life-saving HERE’S THE SKINNY: DAILY BATHS
1990 accounted for far more cases.) drug. ARE OK FOR KIDS WITH ECZEMA
In any event, Poling, who, along with “I appealed and they denied it again,” BY MARIA CANFIELD | Correspondent tions to their allergist, we wanted to
his brother, runs a film and production says Poling. “Three times I was denied. I [email protected] examine the studies that have been
company here in Vero, would go on to was getting depressed. All my symptoms published on the topic, and see if there
experience dire consequences from the started really hitting. I was going down More than 10 percent of children in was agreement on just how often chil-
infection. fast. My liver was failing. I’m thinking, the U.S. suffer from eczema, and par- dren with eczema should be bathed.”
I’m screwed.” ents of those children often ask their
In 2007, Winter Park oncologist Dr. pediatrician or allergist how frequent- Michael Wein, MD, is a board-certi-
Lee Zehngebot, who was treating Poling Fortunately for Poling, he was final- ly the child should bathe, as they worry fied pediatric and adult allergist with
for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, told him ly able to get the drug through Gilead’s that too-frequent baths can further ir- offices in both Port St. Lucie and Vero
there is a compelling connection be- Support Path program. ritate the skin. It’s a pretty basic ques- Beach. He agrees with Dr. Cardona’s
tween HCV and lymphoma. tion, but one that has been answered research, saying, “Although clinical tri-
Normally, Harvoni carries a retail inconsistently by the medical commu- als on bathing frequency have shown
According to the National Cancer In- price of $1,125 per pill and the standard nity for decades. mixed results, the weight of the evi-
stitute, “HCV infection increases the risk dosage is one pill a day for 12 weeks, dence suggests that soaking in a warm
of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma adding up to approximately $100,000 for New research presented in the An- bath for 10 to 20 minutes followed by
by 20 percent to 30 percent.” a course of treatment. nals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunol- the application of a moisturizer is pref-
ogy looks at past studies and provides erable to infrequent bathing.”
So while the blond, blue-eyed Poling Poling experienced a sea change in his a definitive answer. According to the
had to deal with chemotherapy treat- symptoms after beginning Harvoni. authors, daily bathing is fine, as long Eczema, also called atopic dermati-
ments for his lymphoma, he also turned as it’s followed – immediately – by lots tis, is an itchy, red rash affecting about
to Vero Beach’s Dr. Charles Eberhart and “Compared to Interferon, [taking Har- of moisturizer, a technique referred to 11 percent of U.S. children. While it
Dr. Susan Murphy to help deal with the voni] is a cakewalk,” states the obvious- as “soak and smear.” can appear anywhere on the body,
HCV. ly relieved Poling. “Every day I feel better babies often have it on their face and
than the day before.” Allergist Ivan D. Cardona, MD, is scalp, while in older children it most
It was a long and thoroughly draining the lead author of the paper. He says often appears on the neck, wrists, an-
experience, according to Poling. With the drug, he is back at work and that a number of medical groups have kles, and in areas that bend, like the
he and his brother are now finishing up commented on the role of bathing in inner parts of elbows and knees.
At that time, the drug treatment most work on a film that Poling says “focus- eczema, but there hasn’t been general
frequently prescribed for HCV was inter- es on the history of the Sebastian Inlet agreement on best practices. He says, By all accounts, eczema is a mis-
feron injections. and the surfers who emanated from this “Because parents are confused, and erable condition. The rash is often
area.” because they often take their ques-
Those injections have significant CONTINUED ON PAGE B14
side effects including constant flu-like And while HCV continues to fly un-
symptoms, anemia, depression and in- der the national radar, on June 28 of
somnia. Poling faced all the above until this year, Gilead garnered FDA approv-
he was finally approved for a drug called al for Epclusa, an even newer Hepatitis
Harvoni that is made by Gilead Sciences. drug.
But getting that approval wasn’t easy. According to Gilead, Epclusa is the
Poling relates that Dr. Eberhart pre- first drug to treat all major forms of
scribed Harvoni but his insurance com- HCV.
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Give ’em 60 minutes to stop diabetes in its tracks
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer erside Surgical and Weight Loss Center Dr. Jason Radecke. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS their meticulously documented findings
[email protected] and the vice-chairman of surgery at the mirror those of the Cleveland Clinic.
Sebastian River Medical Center, the study Radecke and his surgical partner, Dr.
The landscape of diabetes treatment only confirms what he already knew. Patrick Domkowski, have performed According to the gregarious Radecke,
changed dramatically in April when the more than 1,100 bariatric weight-loss “there is a 70- to 90-percent chance” di-
Cleveland Clinic released study results procedures in the past several years and abetes patients who undergo bariatric
showing that, five years after treatment, surgery will never have to take an insu-
88 percent of type 2 diabetes patients lin shot or pill again.
were essentially cured by bariatric
weight-loss surgery. The American Diabetes Association,
the International Diabetes Federation
The study – entitled Surgical Treat- and more than 40 other national and
ment and Medications Potentially Erad- international health groups have em-
icate Diabetes Efficiently – followed 150 braced the Cleveland Clinic’s findings.
men and women who before treatment
had uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and a Why?
body mass index of between 27 and 43. Because traditional diabetes treat-
ments simply aren’t working well
It compared the effects of the con- enough.
ventional diabetes treatment – insulin Fully half of all patients currently be-
injections, diet control and exercise – to ing treated for type 2 diabetes with exer-
bariatric weight loss surgery over a five- cise and medication alone are not meet-
year period. ing standard targets of glycemic control.
Type 2 diabetes afflicts upwards of 29
Bariatric surgery won by a landslide. million Americans. It can lead to heart
“Over 88 percent of gastric bypass and attacks, strokes, kidney failure, amputa-
sleeve gastrectomy patients maintained tions and blindness, and it claims over
healthy blood glucose levels without the 70,000 lives in this country each year.
use of insulin,” the study concluded. At The financial damage done by the dis-
the same time, overall weight loss was ease is almost as daunting.
“significantly greater” with bariatric More than $245 billion, says the
surgery than with a diet and exercise American Diabetes Association, is spent
regimen. annually on diabetes treatments includ-
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Stephen Blank, DDS CONTINUED FROM PAGE B15 cally, Radecke says. “They’re small inci-
sions with minimal pain.”
Cosmetic Dentistry ing $105 billion on hospital in-patient
care and more than $44 billion on pre- Radecke says today’s bariatric sur-
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Complicated Materials Worse, says the ADA, those costs have tes extracts from the nation’s economy
risen by more than 40 percent over the each year.
Dr. Blank past five years and show no signs of
slowing down. “That disease costs taxpayers so much
“Dr. Stephen Blank and his team are money,” exclaims Radecke. “It is just in-
dedicated to improving oral health by A year before this latest study was sane. From human dialysis to the kid-
educating each patient to their specific released, the Wall Street Journal wrote ney failures, to the neuropathies, to the
needs. We see one patient at a time in a that “a growing body of evidence sug- pains, the eyes, the kidneys . . . It’s [of-
private care setting. We care for patients gests that weight-loss surgery is more ef- ten] worse than cancers . . . It’s so hard to
the way we would want to be cared for. fective than diet and exercise at getting control. Now are you telling me I can do a
One doctor, one hygienist, consistency.” rid of Type 2 diabetes.” surgery that takes an hour, an hour and a
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should, at the very least, meet with a rior to intensive medical therapy alone
physician to discuss available options. in achieving glycemic control and re-
ducing cardiovascular risk factors while
There are several forms of weight loss decreasing dependency on pharmaco-
surgery and Radecke is quick to name therapy for diabetes management.”
The National Heart, Lung and Blood
“The numbers support that gastric Institute at the National Institutes of
bypass duodenal switches are the best, Health has a free, easy-to-use body mass
with 80- to 90-percent complete resolu- index calculator online at http://www.
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“The gastric sleeve follows very short-
ly, with a 70- to 75-percent” rate of suc-
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IF COFFEE MAKES YOU TOO JITTERY ...
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In a regular cup of tea, tea leaves are takes longer to metabolize. The effects
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Bonzo f lips over Max’s water Frisbee feats
Hi Dog Buddies! While Tyler and Max’s Grandma talked
about pool stuff, Max told me about his
This week I yapped with an ATH- Max. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS No Dogs rule was more of a guideline. So I BFF, Diesel.
lete! I mean, this fella should be in the got to go home with ’em! They were pretty
Pooch-lympics Water Frisbee Flipping they’d already had lotsa dogs, and were easy to train, too.” “I’ve known Diesel forever. He’s my
competition. He’s a big, good-lookin’ Gold- taking a break. But when they came to vis- step-brother, a super nice Pit-mix. Lives in
en Retriever, ’bout my age, and he lives it, there we were, 15 balls of gold fluff. My Just then, Max’s Grandma picked up a St. Pete. We visit up there a lot and, Dog,
with his human Grandma and Grandpa. sibs were tumbling all over the place, but floppy green and pink Frisbee and flung we have the BEST time. When I hafta go
I was splashin’ around in our water dish it into the pool. A nanosecond after that, home, we both get Totally Bummed Out.
When me and my Assistant came to with my paws, tryin’ to swim, I guess. Any- Max flung himself in, too, and landed He’s got a step-sisn too, Sammi, a Chow-
the door, there he was, all excited, full of way, Grandma and Grandpa decided their smack on top of that Frisbee. He grabbed mix. All my litter brothers and sisters also
energy, trotted right over for the Wag-and- it and Dog Paddled to the side of the pool. live up there, and we all get together for
Sniff. “HEY! BONZ! (OK if I call ya Bonz?) Family Reunions, the humans, too. Dog! is
I’m Maxwell Woodall but everybody calls “Wookud DIS!” he said, through a that ever a fun time! The whole place is full
me Max. This is my Grandma Donna and mouthful of Frisbee. He did this neat ma- of Goldys!”
Grandpa Roy! Come’on, follow ME!” neuver where he sorta nudged the Frisbee
against the side of the pool, pushed off and “Seriously Cool Dog Biscuits!” I said,
He led us back to his screened-in pool, just sproinged outta the water, tossed his picturing a mob of pooches playin’ and
which was Totally Kool Kibbles. head and flipped the Frisbee into the air. yappin’ about their puppyhood.
“Nice place ya got!” “I learned how to do this all by myself!” “I got pooch pals here, too,” Max contin-
“Thanks! I spend lotsa time here. So, he said with pride, as he paddled over to ued. “There’s Petey and Sunny Days, little
whaddya wanna know?” the Frisbee. “My mail-lady got me this spe- bitty Poodles; and Bruiser, he’s Australian.”
“How you got your human family, hob- cial soft Frisbee for Christmas.”
bies, dog buddies, travel, stuff like that. I “Travel much?”
hear you’re a real athletic pooch.” He flipped it a bunch more times, then “I love ridin’ in Grandpa’s truck!” He
“Yep! I was born in a litter of 15. My got out of the water. His Grandma grabbed spoke softly. “I’m a Grandma’s Boy most all
Dad Marly lived with my Grandma and another Frisbee and tossed it in. Swoosh, the time, but when Grandpa says, ‘Come
Grandpa’s daughter in St. Pete, and my Max launched himself into the pool, ’on, Max, let’s get in the truck! ’ THEN, I’m
Mom, Mandy Mae, lived there, too. Grand- grabbed both Frisbees and started flinging a Grandpa’s Boy. But I don’t wanna hurt
ma and Grandpa had a No Dogs rule, cuz again. With both of ’em in his mouth he Grandma’s feelings.”
looked totally hilarious, like he was wear- “I getcha.”
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Let’s pray, sing and speak about peace on earth
BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT | Columnists
Edward Hicks was a eled their willingness to persevere, and the grance they linked only with bears. But the The story leads us to believe that Isa-
folk painter in early search party set off. noise they heard was from the boy. He was iah’s vision may not be as far-fetched as it
19th century Ameri- in there crying, alive. So the group carefully seems.
ca. A devout Quaker, They cast glances behind every boulder, moved into the cave and spotted the dark,
he was profoundly hoping to find the child. And at each cave round shape of a thick-furred, she-bear. If such a seeming anomaly is possible,
taken with the hope opening, they peered in. The group pro- Amazingly, the bear was not threatening ei- if predators can become protectors, then
for peace offered by ceeded quietly on their thorough search, ther the searchers or the child. maybe there is hope of a peaceable king-
the prophet Isaiah, but as the night progressed, hopes waned. dom on earth, after all.
whose dramatic vision for a renewed world Night turned to day, and day to night, and In fact, she was curled protectively
claimed: “The wolf shall also dwell with the three days passed. Finally, when hope around the little boy. Newspapers reported And perhaps if we were all as devoted
lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with was all but gone, they heard a noise at the that the bear had apparently fed the child to envisioning it as the painter Hicks was,
the kid; and the calf and the young lion and mouth of a cave. Cautiously they looked and kept him warm, protecting him until we could speed its arrival. If we can’t paint
the fatling together; and a little child shall into the darkness, the air scented with a fra- the rescuers brought him safely home. it, let’s speak about it, sing about it, pray
lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6) Hicks developed for it.
Isaiah’s vision in over 100 paintings through
the course of his lifetime, all of which he
entitled, “Peaceable Kingdom.”
We thought of Hicks’ devotion to the
idea of a peaceable kingdom recently
when the scripture texts assigned for our
reading included his favorite: the Isaiah
prophecy of peace. Of course, we seem
far, far away from peace on earth. And yet
there are hints that what we think impos-
sible might yet occur.
In her book of essays entitled “Small
Wonder,” Barbara Kingsolver tells of a sur-
prising story reported by Reuters News
Service in 2001.
According to the story, a wife and hus-
band, nomads of the Lori tribe in Iran, had
just walked home from their day’s work
in the fields, when they discovered that
their 16-month-old son was missing. They
looked in his usual hiding places, under a
pillow and behind boxes, but he was no-
where to be found. They shouted for their
neighbors, who turned out to help in a
frantic search of the area. But it quickly
began to grow dark and cold, and still the
child was missing.
The child’s father then announced that
he and the other men would search more
widely. They headed into the surrounding
rocky hills and caves to look for the boy.
The attempt seemed futile, if not foolish.
How could a child, only 16 months old,
have gone that far? But desperation fu-
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NO FREE LUNCH, EVEN WITH MICHAELS WEST NORTH EAST
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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist AKQ952 J 10 6 83
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Iris Apfel said, “You learn as you grow up, if you’re intelligent — or even three-quarter Q74 — K86532
witted — that there’s no free lunch. You pay for things in various ways.”
This applies with a Michaels Cue-Bid or an Unusual No-Trump. First, if you do not buy AJ63
the contract, you have given their declarer as good a road map of the deal as a GPS 74
gizmo. Second, occasionally the killing defense will be more obvious — as in this deal. 952
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Look at the West and North hands. West leads the heart ace against four spades.
After East signals with the eight, how should West plan the defense? Dealer: West; Vunerable: East-West
North’s two-heart cue-bid showed at least 5-5 in spades and either minor. South’s The Bidding:
jump to game was a tad aggressive.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
Since the heart eight must be a singleton or the higher card from a doubleton, West 4 Spades 1 Hearts 2 Hearts Pass
cashes his heart queen, to which everyone follows. What next? Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
West must hope that his side can score two trump tricks. It is time for him to continue
with a low heart. Then he has to hope that East realizes it cannot cost to ruff with
the spade queen. You see the effect: When South overruffs with his spade ace, it
promotes two trump tricks for West.
East should see what is required, because if South had a third heart, West would
have cashed his heart king at trick three. (This was the key point behind leading the
queen, not the king, at trick two.)
Lastly, note that if North had been the declarer, this defense would have been much
harder to find.
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