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Local life coach has a successful Dining review: Brassie Grille is
game plan for wellness therapy. a tasty option for South Beaches.

‘Young Frankenstein’
never grows old. P. 12


Beach proactive middle school

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER When the Beach House Motel went on the prince, so Venu Patel is giving the sale of his STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT
[email protected] auction block early last month, curious locals beachfront property a second thought.
and dozens of serious bidders came out on a The School Board is moving
Storm-surge lessons learned sunny Saturday morning to tour the property “There’s an offer but at this point I’m unde- forward with plans to build a
the hard way from Hurricane – and possibly make an offer. cided,” Patel said. “Once you sell it you can’t new middle school in Viera,
Michael and Houston’s Hurri- take it back.” but the facility is not expected
cane Harvey have Indian Har- The auction began at 10 a.m. and was over to open for another five years.
bour Beach officials taking ex- in five minutes. Marshall Copley of Jacobson Auction & Re-
tra steps to plan ahead for sea alty Co, which handled the marketing and live Susan Hann, district director
level rise, flooding and storm It was not an “absolute auction” at any auction, reported the bid amount under con- of project planning and man-
surges. agement, told the board at a
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 workshop meeting last week
A workshop, to be held at that a new elementary school
6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Indian for the area is a higher priority.
Harbour Beach City Council
chambers, is the next step. “Our assessment at this
Funded through a grant from point is that we would plan to
the Florida Department of En- open no earlier than August of
vironmental Protection (DEP), 2023,” Hann said. “That’s sort
Florida Coastal Management of the planning horizon that
Program, offers a chance for we’re working toward with the
public comments as part of a middle school.”
study to assess potential im-
pacts of sea-level rise and to A new middle school could
identify the city’s vulnerabili- take pressure off of Delaura
Middle School, which is ex-


The Nov. 6 ballot includes a The Melbourne Beach Pier has seen its share of wear
quartet of races of particular and tear, but when Hurricane Matthew blew through
interest to Brevard County in 2016, the unofficial gateway to Melbourne Beach
voters. Reporter Henry A. had to be closed.
Stephens highlights the bat-
tles for Florida House Districts But only temporarily.
52 and 53, and County Com- After two years and $73,000 in FEMA reimburse-
mission Districts 2 and 4. ments and capital projects, along with a $30,000
grant from the Florida Inland
See stories, Page 4.  Navigation District (FIND),
the town officially re-


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Indialantic woman killed in A1A crash STORM-SURGE PLANNING similar catastrophic damage should
storms of this nature hit here,” he said.
Sue Beth Fisher, 77, of Indial- the roadway” and then struck CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
antic died Sunday after suffering The city is required to regularly re-
a heart attack behind the wheel some signs and a wall, the Florida ties and risks from flooding and storm view its Comprehensive Plan. Indian
of her 2004 Chevy while travel- surge. Harbour Beach could have resubmit-
ing southbound on Highway A1A Highway Patrol said in a press re- ted its plan with no changes but in-
at Franklyn Avenue (near Moo’s), Recent hurricanes have reinforced stead chose to go forward with the
according to the Florida Highway lease. the argument that storm surge can be study, also being assisted by a grant
Patrol. devastating to communities, inflicting provided by the office of Ocean and
The call came in just after noon, billions of dollars in damages during Coastal Resource Management under
Fisher, who was wearing her record-setting flooding, said Indian the Coastal Management Act of 1972.
seat belt, “struck a curb and left and Fisher was transported to Harbour Beach City Manager Mark
Ryan. The results of the study are expected
Holmes Regional and “later died at to lead to the council incorporating
“Storms of this magnitude should resiliency strategies in future Compre-
the hospital” according to the FHP. provide some insight to the dangers hensive Plan amendments to be con-
of staying on a barrier island during sidered in 2019.
The crash remains under investi- a mandatory evacuation. While wind
strength of a storm may be minimal, According to the DEP, for Florida’s
gation.  – STAFF REPORT the storm surge can be catastrophic coastal communities, resilience is the
and deadly. The homes and business- ability to recover quickly from disas-
es on the barrier island here in Brevard ters and to adapt to future conditions
County would certainly experience such as sea level rise. 



pected to be at capacity by then. Hann said the new homes will likely
The school has 819 students enrolled have a huge impact on schools.

this year. Of those, about 300 come “We’re looking at between 700 and
from the mainland, where Delaura’s 900 school children that will be coming
boundaries stretch along the north side our way in the next four to five years,”
of Pineda Causeway to Interstate 95 and she said.
through Suntree to the north of Wick-
ham Road. Plans for the new elementary school
in Viera, meanwhile, are being fast-
While the bulk of Viera’s seventh- and tracked due to growth. The board hopes
eighth-graders are currently served by to start the design process in just a few
Kennedy Middle School in Rockledge weeks.
and Viera Charter School, a new middle
school in Viera proper could lead to re- Both the elementary and middle
districting that would alleviate future school projects were included in a five-
overcrowding at Delaura. year construction and maintenance
plan passed by the board at its regular
Delaura’s enrollment is already pro- meeting on Oct. 23. 
jected to grow to about 950 by 2023,
thanks to new housing being built in
Satellite Beach and the desirability of
highly ranked beachside schools.

The Viera Co. announced earlier
this year plans to build some 3,300
new housing units in the planned
community by 2022. That prompted
School Board Member Matt Susin to
ask district staff to present a plan for
handling the expected influx of stu-
dents in that area.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 3


BEACH HOUSE MOTEL AUCTION why I was selling it,” Patel said. “In my “My goal is to work with the town and very satisfied with the auction process.
heart I love the place and either choice see what options I may have,” Patel said. “Everyone was very professional, and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 is a good choice. I need to speak to my “I still have to fix the insurance deal. In-
wife and partners and see what every- surance says you can repair it and town I was very comfortable with it,” Patel
sideration by Patel is $850,000. Patel had one thinks.” says knock it down.” said. “An auction is like a big open house
set a reserve amount on the sale above and there were a lot of interested par-
what was offered, so he said he is taking If he decides to keep the property, Pa- Regardless of whether he chooses to ties.” Patel said he should have his deci-
everything into consideration. tel hopes to meet with town leaders to accept the offer – or possibly consider sion about whether to sell or not made
discuss development options. another outside offer – Patel said he was in the next few weeks. 
“Everyone who was there asked me

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Veteran state lawmaker Thad Alt- State Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) Brevard County Commissioner Jim Brevard County Commissioner Curt
man (R-Indialantic) is seeking what is seeking a second term. And he Barfield, of Merritt Island, has left an Smith, the District 4 incumbent, de-
would be his fourth full two-year term didn’t have to sweat out a GOP pri- open seat as he plans to retire in No- feated former District 3 Commissioner
in the Florida House of Representa- mary this year. vember from District 2, an area that Trudie Infantini in the GOP primary.
tives since 2004. includes the county’s best-known But Smith can’t claim a second term yet.
But now he faces a challenge from tourist areas of Cocoa Beach and the The Republican nominee now seeks to
After defeating Suntree business- Democratic nominee Phil Moore, Kennedy Space Center. get past a challenge from Democratic
man Matt Nye in the GOP primary in who did fight a primary battle in nominee Matt Fleming in the Nov. 6
August, Republican nominee Altman August and defeated FiorD’Aliza A. After defeating Barfield’s predeces- general election.
next faces Democrat Seeta Durjin Be- Frias. Moore and Fine will next tangle sor, Chuck Nelson, in the GOP prima-
gui, a political newcomer, in the Nov. 6 in the Nov. 6 general election. ry, Republican nominee Bryan Lober On Brevard County’s barrier island,
general election. heads to the Nov. 6 general election District 4 extends from the Pineda
House District 53 takes in the against Democratic nominee Victo- Causeway south to Eau Gallie Boule-
House District 52 includes southern southern part of Brevard County, ria Mitchner, who had defeated busi- vard and includes the cities of Satellite
Merritt Island and, on Brevard County’s south of U.S. 192. On the barrier is- nessman Jack Smink in her party’s Beach and Indian Harbor Beach.
barrier island, runs south from mid- land, it stretches from south of Mel- primary.
way between Cocoa Beach and Satellite bourne Beach to the Sebastian Inlet. TOP ISSUES: Restoring the Indian
Beach to the Melbourne Beach area. On Merritt Island, District 2 ex- River Lagoon; controlling development
TOP ISSUES: Cleaning up the In- tends south from NASA Boulevard to on the St. Johns River bank; repairing
TOP ISSUES: Decreasing state taxes dian River Lagoon; helping Brevard Dragon Point. broken sewer lines; hunting waste in
and fees; campaign-finance reform; County fix broken sewer systems; the county budget; helping the School
cleaning up the Indian River Lagoon economic growth; stricter back- TOP ISSUES: Restoring the ailing Board pay for more school-resource
and the rest of the county’s environ- ground checks for gun purchases; Indian River Lagoon; upgrading sew- officers; economic development; tour-
ment; supporting public education researching climate change; fighting er and stormwater systems; econom- ist development; improving and main-
while making private education pro- county and city government corrup- ic development; bringing in more vo- taining roads; keeping tax rates low.
grams more transparent when they get tion; researching more sustainable cational training agencies; building
public aid; protecting gun rights; elimi- energy; making college more afford- new roads and maintaining existing THE CANDIDATES
nating Common Core from schools; able and schools safer. ones; conserving tax dollars. Name: MATT FLEMING
fighting illegal immigration. Age: 37
THE CANDIDATES Name: RANDY FINE (incumbent) Name: BRYAN A. LOBER Occupation: Owner, Melbourne Pres-
Name: THAD ALTMAN (incumbent) Age: 44 Age:34 sure-Washing
Age: 62 Party: Republican Party: Republican Residence: Satellite Beach
Party: Republican Residence: South Beaches Occupation: Attorney Previous elected office: None.
Residence: Indialantic Occupation: President, Fine Consult- Residence: Rockledge
Occupation: President and CEO, Astro- ing Inc.; president, The Fine Point Previous elected office: None. Name: CURT SMITH (incumbent)
nauts Memorial Foundation Group Inc.; president, FPG Partners Age: 70
Previous elected office: Florida House Inc.; manager, Jayvid Holdings LLC. Name: VICTORIA MITCHNER Party: Republican
since 2016; Florida Senate 2008-2016; Previous elected position: Florida Age: 34 Occupation: County commissioner;
Florida House 2003-2008; Brevard House of Representatives District 53 Party: Democrat retired small-business owner
County Commission 1984-1992. since 2016. Occupation: Owner, human resourc- Residence: Melbourne
es consulting firm Previous elected office: Brevard County
Name: SEETA BEGUI Name: PHIL MOORE Residence: Cocoa Commission, elected in 2014. 
Age: 54 Age: 44 Previous elected office: None. 
Party: Democrat Party: Democrat – STORIES BY HENRY A. STEPHENS
Residence: Melbourne Residence: Grant-Valkaria
Occupation: Licensed practical nurse at Occupation: Medical device instruc-
long-term care facility; radio talk host, tor
“Viewpoint with Seeta and Friends.” Previous elected position: None. 
Previous elected office: None. 

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MELBOURNE BEACH PIER the contractor, David Jacobs from Land ment of the state of Florida,” Sansom of Melbourne Beach since his family
and Sea Marine, and FIND Commis- said. “The town is to be commended moved to the area in 1969.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sioner Jerry Sansom. for maintaining this historic structure.
FIND is pleased to partner with the At 15 years old, Morgan surfed the lo-
opened the historic landmark pier on “The Melbourne Beach Pier is an im- town in this effort.” cal waters, later becoming an ocean life-
Oct. 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. portant part of the county’s economic guard. He recently retired from 25 years
history and an artifact of the importance Also on hand at the event was lo- as a county mailman and now enjoys
Over two dozen people were in atten- of the waterways in the early develop- cal historian Bruce Morgan, a resident
dance including town commissioners, CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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MELBOURNE BEACH PIER “This was necessary to accommodate round-trip ticket to Melbourne.Through communities which we so enjoy today.”
the many boats which used to dock at the years, various improvements and Designated as a historical structure
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 the pier,” Morgan said. “Over time, only refurbishments have been made to the
the side railings have been added. And pier. The recent work included repairs to by the State of Florida, it was important
volunteering for the town as part of the of course, the railroad tracks no longer the steel-roof pavilion, decking and the to the town that the original footprint of
Environmental Advisory Board and the run out along its length, as automobiles finger/loading piers. the structure be maintained. The pier is
History Board. have replaced the rail cart that used to part of the Melbourne Beach Historical
carry passengers along Ocean Avenue to “Over the past century there have Trail and listed in the National Register
“Today the pier looks even better than the beach.” been several periods of temporary clo- of Historic Places.
when it was first built, 130 years ago,” sures of the pier due to storm damage,
Morgan said. “The structure is made Built in 1888-1889 and situated at the most notably after a hurricane in the “For 35 years after its construction,
completely from wood, with no use of west end of Ocean Avenue, the pier was 1930s, when funds for repairs were non- until the Melbourne bridge was built,
modern composites, so it is remarkably originally the only way to reach the bar- existent,” Morgan said. “It has been pre- the only way for people to access the
similar to the original.” rier island area. It was used for docking served as an icon not just for Melbourne beaches from the mainland was to boat
by both passenger and freight ships. A Beach, but for all of South Brevard across the Indian River Lagoon to the
One difference, he said, is that the two ferry delivered mail to residents three County, to remind us of our history and Melbourne Beach Pier,” Morgan said.
finger piers on the north and south sides times a week and it cost 25 cents for a the pioneers who struggled to create our “Although today boating is not the prac-
were at one time much larger than they tical necessity it was in years past, the
are today. pier is still popular for fishing and sight-
seeing, especially when residents have
guests visiting from out of town.”

As the contractor on the project, Da-
vid Jacobs, president and CEO of Land
and Sea Marine, Inc., said they had
originally completed the first phase of
restoration to the pier approximately six
months after Hurricane Matthew hit.

The storm left the northwest corner
of the platform and roof severely dam-
aged, along with the north and south
“T” piers. “We had to install new pilings
on the northwest corner, return the roof
to its original orientation and rebuild
the northwest corner of the main plat-
form,” Jacobs said. “We also rebuilt both
‘T’ piers in their entirety, and then we in-
stalled new decking on the entire west-
ern portion of the structure, from the ‘T’
piers west.”

Phase two of the restoration was com-
pleted about three months ago and con-
sisted of all new decking and handrails
on the remaining 500 feet of the eastern
portion of the pier. “I’m also pleased to
say that the work that we performed on
the pier in the aftermath of hurricane
Matthew survived very successfully in
the aftermath of hurricane Irma,” Jacobs
said. “This work gave the pier a much
newer and fresher appearance, as well
as added safety from decaying material,
splinters caused by the decaying mate-
rial, etc., and added to the serviceable
lifespan of the overall structure.”

Jacobs said he feels honored his com-
pany was selected to complete the work.

“Being a native of Indialantic and
having played on the Melbourne Beach
pier as a boy, it had a special meaning to
return as a construction professional to
restore this structure with such a valu-
able history, as well as the vivid memo-
ries I have of it as a boy that came back
to life during the process,” Jacobs said.
“I have vintage photographs of the pier
that hang on the wall of my office and
knowing that I’ve played an important
role in maintaining the integrity and
character of it is very humbling.”

To learn more about the Melbourne
Beach Pier and other local history, visit
the Old Town Hall History Center, open
Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm, at 2373
Oak Street in Melbourne Beach. 

Lisa Furner and
Rebecca Fawcett.

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Scaring up fun at Rossetter House Halloween Parade

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the National Register of Historical
A cheery atmosphere prevailed in Places, and offers a glimpse into the
the cemetery last Saturday morn- life and times of early Florida resi-
ing, as a motley crew of costumed dents.
kiddos creeped through the ancient
tombstones in search of hidden And speaking of early residents
candy. and their restless souls, rumor has
it that on certain nights, an appari-
It was the Rossetter House Mu- tion of a woman can be seen ranting
seum and Gardens’ first annual free from the upstairs window.
and open-to-the-public Halloween
Parade, and the procession had In fact, ghost tours of the proper-
popped into the Houston Pioneer ty are conducted from time to time,
Cemetery across the street. attracting thrill-seekers and fans of
the paranormal from far and wide.
Established in 1865 by the first
settlers in Eau Gallie, the small, The museum also hosts a variety
mossy oak-covered cemetery has of non-horrifying tea parties and
been closed to new customers since other events throughout the year,
1910, and is now a quiet neighbor- including the ever-popular Easter
hood park and a place to reflect on egg hunt, and is available for wed-
the history of the area. dings and private occasions as well.

And though the perfect fall day For more information on the Ros-
seemed to have chased the scary setter House Museum and Gardens,
ghosts away, the setting was about please visit them online at www.ros-
as ghoulish as it gets for Halloween-, or on Face-
ing in Melbourne. book @rossetterhousemuseum. 

Once all the candy was gleaned
from the graveyard, the group
of young kids and their families
marched back up the street toward
the main house, for refreshments,
crafts and a raffle drawing.

They munched on donuts and
cookies while making tootsie pop
ghosts or coloring pumpkins – all
under the dappled shade of the gar-
den, behind the trickling pond.

The Rossetter House, built by
James Rossetter in 1908 and donated
by his daughter Carrie to the Florida
Historical Society in the 1990s, is on

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 9


Jackie and Jessica Vickers with Joleen Wilson, Madilynn Vanis and Michael Vickers. Robert Sullivan and Dana Pino. Madilynn Vanis and Joleen Wilson.

Allison Motyka and Ashlee Marlos. Rebecca and Jim Fawcett. Robert Sullivan, Hunter Hoy and Michael Rotundo.

10 Thursday, November 1, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Merry and scary characters
at Wicked Pineapple party

Lisa Ellie and Bennett. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Brian and Jenny Schipper.

Actual Staged Homes Ragon Hatton, Jackie Lewis and Anthony Sposaro. Gail and Josh Hudson.
Nicole Dombal and Tricia Sweenie.
STAGING SELLS HOMES Zoe, Wes and Lola Hufnagel. The folks at Wicked Pineapple
in Satellite Beach served up a
Coastal Interior & frightfully good time Saturday
the Gunter Real Estate Group evening at their Halloween fun-
of Salt Water Realty of Brevard draiser party, benefiting Brevard
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not only do staged homes sell faster than homes not staged, they board by Black Atlantic surf-
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very busy bounce house, dunk
Call Mark Gunter at (321) 345-1464 tank and face-painting tent.

to schedule an appointment to discuss how he can When the sun went down, ev-
sell your home fast and for top dollar! eryone headed inside for the
costume contest, won by a very
impressive mother-daughter duo
dressed as Morticia and Wednes-
day Addams. A strong runner-up
went to Red-tide Clyde and the
dead mermaid.

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For stage zaniness,
‘Young Frankenstein’

never grows old

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For stage zaniness, ‘Young Frankenstein’ never grows old

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT John Kurowski as Victor “The Producers” and turned it into a Malinda Villain as Frau Blucher, Rhett Pennell
Frankenstein, and huge Broadway musical. That show, as Igor, Anthony DeTrano as Frederick
It’s Frahnkenschteen. Anthony DeTrano. which starred Nathan Lane and Mat- Frankenstein, and Katie McCall as Inga.
No doubt, those who get that witty thew Broderick as a pair of unlikely
retort will be the first ones lining up “You have to do everything in broad Broadway producers, was such a smash PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
for tickets for Surfside Playhouse’s theatrical style.” hit it won a then record-breaking 12
new show opening tomorrow, “Young Tony Awards and was to get tickets to it Anthony DeTrano, and
Frankenstein.” That is similar to what Brooks did during its six-year run. Jody Hatcher as
For the uninitiated, know that the mu- when he rewrote the Zero Mostel film
sical is by comic genius Mel Brooks. Its While “Young Frankenstein” was Elizabeth Benning.
zany storyline revolves around a respect- nominated for both Tony and Drama
able neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Fran- Desk Awards, it didn’t win any. How- extra effort is the mysterious bookcase
kenstein, who, in denying his question- ever, it did run a respectable 14 months which suddenly revolves, revealing a
able ancestry, insists on mispronouncing on Broadway and then had a successful hidden staircase. In the film, the book-
the last syllable of his family name. national tour. Additionally, it’s a popular case traps the professor in slapstick fash-
He is teaching class one day when a choice for both regional and community ion. But that was possible because the
strange man gives him an offer he can’t theaters across the country. film was speeded up in editing and was
refuse to return to his family home. cut to show the professor being trapped.
The doctor leaves his fussy fiancée and Much of the musical’s popularity
heads to dreary Transylvania, where, can be attributed to the film’s roster of But the bit has to be carefully ex-
with the help of hunchbacked Igor, and over the top stereotype characters and ecuted on a live stage.
sexy assistant Inga, creates a monster one-liners by big names including Gene
who comes alive … alive! Wilder, Madelyn Kahn, Mary Feldman, “They didn’t have the problems of
“It’s a fun show, and a complicated Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth the practicalities of making it work
show,” said director Bryan Bergeron. Mars and Peter Boyle. Even the venerable in real time,” Bergeron said. “That’s
“We’re giving the audience something Gene Hackman has a bit part in it. a heavy bookcase on a big turntable
they are not expecting.” and injury would be really easy. So we
Something bigger, he said. Given all that star power and big char- have to time blocks and things to flip
Like he did with his 1967 movie “The acter draw, it’s become a favorite among over so the bookcase will stop where
Producers,” Brooks took his 1974 movie community actors, like Anthony DeTra- it needs to. And, it takes three people
“Young Frankenstein,” which he wrote no, who plays the title role. (backstage) to turn it.”
with the late, great Gene Wilder, and
turned it into a Broadway hit. “It was a show I was really excited Big physicality is required of Rhett
And why not. The movie “Young Fran- about going out for,” DeTrano said. “We Parnell, who plays Igor in the musical.
kenstein” is loaded with one-liners, hys- had done ‘The Producers’ two years ago Igor is the hunchback denizen who does
terical send-ups, classic visual asides and and I played the Gene Wilder part in that Frankenstein’s bidding, including find-
that running joke when mentioning the as well, but there are never any guaran- ing a brain to transplant.
name “Frau Blucher.” Cue the horses. tees. And this show could have been cast
The movie has become such a classic many different ways from the people
that patrons may expect a carbon copy that came out, without using me.”
of it. But that is quite impossible, said
Bergeron, because live theater can’t give Bergeron said the film is “riddled”
those extreme close-ups like film can. with visual jokes actually written into
So, he said, the expected comic bits the script. For a live production, his cast
have to be even bigger. has worked long and hard on comic tim-
“Translating those slow burns writ- ing in order to “capture the laughs.”
ten into the script across the foot-
lights is complicated,” Bergeron said. One bit in particular that has taken

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“The Igor role is just a hoot,” he said. “I New stage is set for South Beach Players’ comedy
can’t pull off the bug-eyed enthusiasm of
Marty Feldman in the movie. My Igor is a STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT Susan Simoes as Steve Hilmy and
bit sub-human, like a scary chimpanzee Hurricane Helga. Mia Shea.
… I get to jump around enthusiastically The show must go on. Even when
when the creature comes to life. I get my the venue closes two and a half weeks ing their own hurricane stories. The South Beach Players will present
own wall of Frankenstein machinery before you open. Although dramatic in nature, the play “Hurricane Helga” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, 7,
and get to throw switches and turn dials. 12, 13 and 14 at BG Surfside Grill & Adven-
That’s what happened to the newly is designed to make people laugh, espe- tures in Sebastian Inset State Park, 9700
“And I get a lot of funny lines. I’m hav- formed South Beach Players. The itiner- cially when it comes to makeshift hur- S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. A full
ing a grand time of it.” ate theater group had their sold-out de- ricane toilets and the swath of Café Bus- bar and dinner will be available start-
but in the spring at Coppola’s Bar and telo coffee bricks that famously washed ing at 5 p.m. No service during the show.
Now a professional toy designer and Grill in Sebastian Beach Inn, known lo- upon South Brevard beaches. Tickets are $10, which includes admission
children’s book illustrator, Parnell was cally simply as “SBI.” to the park. A portion of the proceeds will
once a professional actor living in New Mjoseth expects the show to sell out. If go to charities supporting victims of Hur-
York City and touring the country per- When word came in October that there is enough interest, the group may ricane Michael. Tickets are on sale for $10
forming in children’s shows. But he said SBI was closing, it set directors Jeanine remount it after Thanksgiving. at Melbourne Beach Properties at 6680
he’s never worked physically as hard on Mjoseth and Donna Roberts scram- A1A (near the flashing light in Floridana
stage as he is in the role of Igor. bling to find a new venue for its pro- “I think the play will be a huge hit,” Beach). For ticket information, call Bar-
duction of their original comedy, “Hur- Saia said. “Everyone who sees the play bara Van Dam at 321-727-1404. 
“Igor’s on stage a lot, fetching brains. ricane Helga.” will get a chance to see how beautiful a
I’m all over the place. I’m losing a lot of venue it is. I look forward to future busi-
weight doing this show. My doctor will Enter a spot Mjoseth calls a “jewel” – ness with (Mjoseth).”
be very pleased. I’m 49 and getting on a the banquet hall of the BG Surfside Grill
bit, so this kind of role is good cardio.” & Adventures, in Sebastian Inlet State
Park. “Hurricane Helga” is set to open
And there are the songs, which require there Monday, Nov. 5.
even more energy.
“It’s beautiful, with a wraparound
“Mel Brooks did a great balancing act deck overlooking the lagoon and the
with the movie and the musical,” Parnell ocean,” she said. And, she added, the
said. “The whole point of songs in mu- management has been warm, welcom-
sicals is to go deeper in emotions and ing and most accommodating to the
explore them. The comic depths are ex- small production company.
plored in this music.”
Michelle Saia, the state park conces-
One of the characters who comes to sions operations manager, had learned
life in the musical but not the movie is about the fledgling organization’s plight
the original Dr. Frankenstein, played through a catering client. She did a little
here by John Kurowski. research on the organization and invited
Mjoseth to come see the banquet hall.
The character appears in a dream in
the “Join the Family Business” song. “She saw the room and told me her
situation,” Saia said. “I felt sorry for her.
“Like the movie, (the musical) is very She’s a part of the community, so why
funny,” Kurowski said. “If someone is not help out our fellow neighbor.”
not familiar with the musical version,
they may be surprised that the songs The whole experience has been
are very funny, creative and engaging. rather symbolic of the expressionistic
When I saw it on Broadway, I bought the play itself.
soundtrack immediately.”
“Hurricane Helga” is set in a beachside
Audiences will walk out humming the real estate office/bait shop where an un-
tunes, said DeTrano. likely group of people hunker down in
anticipation of Hurricane Helga’s arrival.
“Bryan gave us instruction from the
start, that we wanted to give the audi- By the end of the first act, the hur-
ence something different than a copy ricane arrives and is played by Susan
of the movie, but also an homage to not Simoes.
only ‘Young Frankenstein’ but to the old
horror movies that itself is an homage “She is the personification of the
to,” DeTrano said. “The challenge was hurricane,” Mjoseth said. “Her goal
how to present jokes that are so famil- is to annihilate mankind. She starts
iar and expected to an audience that out hungry, eats sand and palm trees.
had already heard them so many times. Throws things on the floor, pushes ta-
Thankfully, jokes on film play much dif- bles around. She’s a mess and going to
ferently on stage, but the humor is al- make everything a mess. Then she has
ways there in the end.” a flirtation with Jim Cantore.”

Parnell expects the show to be a big hit Cantore, the Weather Channel’s
with Surfside audiences. So, he said, best iconic on-air personality, is played by
get tickets now. Tom Gale. Other characters include
Elon Musk, played by Steve Hilmy, and
“We’ve got a good cast, great script, Mr. Puddles, a designer dog played by
fun music, great crew,” Parnell said. “Ev- Noreen Williams.
erybody’s hearts and brains and spare
parts are in it. And it’ll be a blast.” “I have a strong love of the avant garde,
magical realism, Dadaism,” said Mjos-
“Young Frankenstein” opens Friday eth, a former lady wrestler.
(Nov. 2) and runs through Nov. 18 at Surf-
side Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road, Cocoa The play, written by Clark Semmes,
Beach. Tickets are $25 general and $22 was conceived after a round-table meet-
military, students and seniors. Call 321- ing with Melbourne Beach residents tell-
783-3127 or visit 

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Coming Up: Symphony touches hearts with ‘Pulse’ concert

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER dolf,” “Lothlorien,” “Gollum,” “Journey ing’s Own”; Col. Hal Gibson, former di-
in the Dark” and “Hobbits.” Also on the rector of the U.S. Army Field Band; and
1 A pair of powerful pieces: This program are Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in Dr. Dan Bolin, former professor of mu-
Sunday, the Space Coast Sym- the Architecture” and Hobbs’ “Into the sic and chairman of the music depart-
Blue.” Time: 3 p.m. Tickets: adults $25 in ment at Butler University. The concert
phony Wind Orchestra will present a advance at www.SpaceCoastSympho- will feature a song written by Australian or at Marine Bank beachside and composer and folk singer Guy Walton in
dynamic, two-part concert at the Vero mainland; at the door, $30; 18 and under tribute to the 10 million military person-
or with student ID, free. 855-252-7276. nel who died during World War I. The
Beach High School Performing Arts band arrangement was created espe-
cially for this concert. Area military sup-
Center. “Many Hearts, One Pulse” is port organizations will also participate.
If you arrive when the doors open at 6:30
a moving work composed by Joshua p.m., you can enjoy pre-show classical 1 Sunday at Vero Beach High
and pop music by The Clarinetics. Con- School Performing Arts Center.
Hobbs as a requiem for the victims of cert time: 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. You
won’t need tickets. Of course, donations Dvorák’s “Ninth Symphony.” In order
the tragic Pulse nightclub mass shoot- 2 Come together with patriotism are always appreciated. 321-724-0555. to accommodate the range of age and
and music: On the centennial of experience, explains the orchestra’s
ing in Orlando on June 12, 2016, when promo, orchestra members have been
divided into three performing groups:
49 people died and 53 were wounded. the end of World War I, the Melbourne Academy/beginning, Symphony/
intermediate and Philharmonic/ad-
Hobbs will be guest conductor. He ex- Municipal Band will honor the women vanced. The latter, under the direc-
tion of Maestro Mark Nelson, will
plains that the title refers to the “huge, and men of the U.S. military with a pair open the concert with Shostakovich’s
brilliant, upbeat “Festive Overture.”
spontaneous upwelling of love for the of tribute concerts at the Melbourne Au- Also prominently featured will be
Antonin Dvorák’s exciting and cap-
victims and their families.” Dallas Brass ditorium this coming Wednesday and tivating “New World” Symphony, in-
spired by the Czech composer’s visit
virtuoso horn player Juan Berrios joins Thursday, Nov. 7-8. The concerts will to America. Time: 5 p.m. Admission:
free. 321-652-4913. 
the orchestra for this work. The second stir hearts, no doubt, as the band plays

half of the concert will include Dutch hit tunes from the WWI era from Ir- 3 Cheers, “Fanfares and Saluta-
tions” for youth orchestra debut:
composer Johan de Meij’s epic 1st Sym- ving Berlin, George M. Cohan and John

phony, “The Lord of the Rings.” (No, Philip Sousa, as well as patriotic mas- Show how proud you are of the brand-

not the movie score.) De Meij wrote terpieces such as “God Bless America” new Space Coast Symphony Youth

his captivating J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired and “America the Beautiful.” Joining Orchestra as it takes the stage at High-

symphony way back in 1988. Accord- Melbourne Municipal Band Conductor land Avenue Fellowship in Melbourne

ing to Wikipedia, the work made de Meij Staci Rosbury, says the concert promo, this Sunday, Nov. 4. The concert that

“world renowned as a top composer will be “three distinguished guest con- is launching the new 98-member or-

for wind orchestra, a rank he retains to ductors”: Col. Bryan Shelburne, former chestra of young musicians, 8 to 18, is

this day.” The piece consists of “Gan- director of the U.S. Army Band “Persh- “Fanfares and Salutations,” featuring

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Arvind Kumar A pedestrian crosses a road in New Delhi, India

Asia’s largest economy, China, has government is now pushing new ini- lution to worsen, said Raghbendra Jha, which tracks air quality. In Beijing they
long had a reputation for smoggy skies. tiatives it says are starting to curtail an Australian National University eco- dropped to 20 days from around 43
But these days, neighboring India is hazardous air. But any gains would nomics professor. over the same period.
fighting the far bigger battle with pollu- have to be enough to override other
tion: The South Asian country is home facets of India’s rampant growth, from “It’s too simplistic to assume a “The major challenge is that people
to the world’s 10 most polluted cities. the dust left by thousands of new con- smooth transition” to clean economic are not consistently demanding im-
struction sites to exhaust from millions growth in India, he said. provements in air pollution, as hap-
Outside India’s capital, New Delhi, of new cars. pened in China,” Michael Greenstone,
Kusum Malik Tomar knows the per- When Arvind Kumar of New Delhi’s director of the Energy Policy Institute
sonal and economic price of breath- In the coming weeks, the Modi gov- Sir Ganga Ram Hospital started as a at the University of Chicago, said via
ing some of the world’s most toxic air. ernment’s policies on pollution will be chest surgeon in 1988, 90 percent of e-mail. “This is because the extent to
At 29, she learned that pollution was put to the test as winter descends on his lung cancer patients were middle- which air pollution is causing people
the likely driver of the cancer grow- the dusty plains of north India. Crops aged male smokers. Now, he says, 60 in India to lead shorter and sicker lives
ing inside in her lungs. She had never are burned during this season and mil- percent of his cases are non-smokers, is not yet fully recognized.”
touched a cigarette. lions of fireworks go off during the Di- while half are women. Tiny airborne
wali festival, usually pushing air pollu- particles have been linked to ailments India’s government has said some
Her husband Vivek sold land to tion to hazardous levels. from asthma to heart disease and lung international studies linking air pollu-
pay for her treatment. They borrowed cancer, contributing to the deaths of tion to mortality “may not be realistic”
money from family. Their savings slow- If strict policies to battle smog were more than 1.1 million Indians in 2015, and that the “number of deaths due
ly disappeared. successfully implemented, India’s citi- according to the nonprofit Health Ef- to air pollution needs to be further
zens and government would be much fects Institute. investigated and supported by indig-
“The government is thinking about richer. By the World Bank’s calcula- enous studies.”
the economic growth of the coun- tions, health-care fees and productiv- Meanwhile, after two decades of ex-
try, but people are dying of diseases ity losses from pollution cost India as pansion that reshaped the global econ- The country’s environment minis-
or suffering from diseases,” Tomar much as 8.5 percent of GDP. At its cur- omy, China is orchestrating a shift to try says it’s also making headway in
said. “How can you grow economi- rent size of $2.6 trillion that works out less-polluting services and consump- reducing bad air, citing its own cal-
cally when, within your country, your to about $221 billion every year. tion. So while its cities still see smoggy culations for this September when
citizens are facing economic problems days, they’ve also seen improvements. it says levels of PM2.5 came down in
because of the air pollution?” While India is currently the world’s Delhi. The ministry has introduced an
fastest growing major economy, Chi- The number of “very unhealthy” early warning system to help it take
India has long struggled to pull to- na’s $12.2 trillion economy is five times days or worse – when levels of dan- preemptive action before pollution
gether the type of coordinated na- larger. The South Asian country is still gerous particles called PM2.5 crossed spikes and it’s planned other mea-
tional approach that’s helped China trying desperately to promote basic 200 – rose to 84 in New Delhi in 2017 sures like deploying more road sweep-
reduce pollution. manufacturing, which could cause pol- from 66 in 2015, according to analy- ing machines.
sis of air quality data from AirVisual,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s

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The government acknowledges that INSIGHT COVER STORY Concentrations of PM2.5 plunged
more needs to be done, said Harsh 33 percent in Beijing, Tianjin and 26
Vardhan, the federal minister respon- surrounding cities in last year’s fourth
sible for the environment and climate quarter from the previous year.
change. “We are not claiming that
everything is fine now, we can relax “Beijing has the capacity to act
now. We’re not relaxing even for a mo- speedily and decisively, and certainly
ment.” more efficiently than democracies like
the U.S. and India,” says Daniel Gard-
Modi’s government has also pro- ner, a history professor at Smith Col-
moted solar power, improved emission lege who has written a book on pollu-
standards and handed out millions of tion in China.
cooking gas canisters to reduce kitchen
fires inside homes. China continues to battle a cancer
epidemic, and its efforts on pollu-
Officials have also tried to ban farm- tion have had their own problems.
ers from burning crops. But environ- In some cases, China simply closed
mentalists are still waiting for more down polluting industries in key cit-
concrete targets from a national clean ies and shifted them to western re-
air plan that has yet to be officially gions, said Kristin Aunan, a senior
launched. researcher at the Center for Interna-
tional Climate Research. Still, China
“Any plan at this stage requires re- later followed up with an updated
duction targets,” said Anumita Roy- plan that extended pollution targets
chowdhury, who’s advocated on air to other cities.
pollution for more than 20 years at
New Delhi’s Centre for Science and En- In India, businesses are already
vironment. “And there has to be a clear feeling the effects. Billionaire entre-
compliance strategy.” preneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who
founded the digital payments firm
There’s an additional challenge. Paytm, worries about losing talent.
In India’s chaotic democracy, where
poverty and unemployment are of- Former banker Krishna Hegde re-
ten seen as bigger concerns, different located from Singapore to Bangalore
branches of government run by com- to develop new products for Paytm,
peting political parties sometimes but said he quit mainly because he
have little incentive to collaborate on couldn’t take trips to the firm’s head-
pollution. quarters near Delhi. “By the end of
the first day my energy levels would
Raghav Chadha, a spokesperson for be coming down, and by the end of
the Aam Aadmi Party that runs New the second day I’d have a proper head-
Delhi’s local government, complains ache,” Hegde said.
his party has limited powers on pollu-
tion, and can only take small steps like Sharma has teamed up with a ven-
temporarily banning construction. ture capitalist to invest in local and
“What is required is coordination be- global startups that could help reduce
tween various states governments un- smog. Other companies are attempt-
der the leadership of the central gov- ing similar projects. Tractor manufac-
ernment,” he said, adding his party turer Sonalika Group donated machin-
has “serious differences” with Modi’s ery designed to encourage farmers in
administration. Haryana to stop burning old crop.

China, by contrast, had Premier Li In New Delhi, Tomar, who was di-
Keqiang declare a national war on pol- agnosed six years ago with stage four
lution. The central government also lung cancer, can no longer work. She
told local officials they wouldn’t get spends her days resting in the apart-
promoted without meeting air quality ment between medical tests and che-
targets, and the country has sought to motherapy appointments.
move away from polluting industries.
Government policies forced millions of “Sometimes I break down that my
homes and businesses to switch from family is bearing so much – mentally,
coal to cleaner-burning natural gas. physically, emotionally, but financial-
ly also,” she said. 

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The winter and spring of 1968 and 1969 were bitter the local Baptist church

seasons in black America. The trauma of the Rev. Martin and friend of the King

Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis and the en- family; Carl Brown, the

suing riots that erupted in cities nationwide had barely owner of the only black-

subsided. The defiant spirit of Black Power was in the run grocery store on the

air, symbolized by the black gloved fists of sprinters East Side; and Hiram

John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the Mexico Olym- Tanner, a sports writer

pics that summer. The fall election of President Richard who followed the Tiger

Nixon on a platform of law and order boded more con- teams for the city’s black

flict with police and the criminal justice newspaper, the Colum-

system. Yet against that tense bus Call and Post.

backdrop, an unlikely, uplift- To place this rich lo-

ing miracle unfolded in the cal drama in historical

black community of Colum- context, Haygood occa-

bus, Ohio. East High, an all- East High Baseball Champions 1969. sionally digresses into
summaries of landmark
black school on the city’s East

Side, became the first in that stories that in one way

sports-crazed state’s history to ball court, he formed an explosive or another set the stage for it, from the Plessy v. Fer-

win the statewide champion- troika with forward Nick Conner guson ruling that sanctioned segregated schooling to

ships in basketball and baseball and guard Dwight “Bo-Pete” La- an entire chapter on how Jackie Robinson broke the

in the same year. mar, who in a sign of the rebellious baseball color barrier. Unfortunately, some of these

Wil Haygood, a Columbus na- times had transferred to East High summaries are long enough to interrupt the narra-

tive and former Washington Post after his previous high school de- tive but not long enough to do justice to important

correspondent who wrote the manded that he cut his bushy Afro. details.

article that inspired the movie On the baseball field, Eddie Rat Yet that’s a small flaw in a book that is both highly

“The Butler,” brings meticu- threw to catcher Garnett Davis, readable and a valuable contribution to the under-

lous reporting and vivid writing the team’s best hitter, who had appreciated history of the African-American North

to this largely forgotten story in learned the game from local Negro in the wake of the Great Migration. Like so many

“Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Di- League era coaches who formed a communities formed by that exodus, the East Side

vided, a Nation Torn Apart, and Little League franchise for black of Columbus eventually fell victim to urban renewal

a Magical Season of Healing.” Columbus youth nicknamed the that severed it from downtown; to white flight that

(The title comes from the name of Peers CLUB. After high school, Ratleff and Lamar would drained financial and political support; and to a

the two East High teams, the Tigers.) In the first half of both be named college basketball All-Americans and go failed busing experiment that inflamed racial ten-

the book, Haygood re-creates the season of the basket- on to pro careers; Davis would get a minor league tryout sions. But that’s only part of the story. The other part

ball Tigers, who were bidding to repeat as state champi- with the New York Mets that ended when he protested is the sacrifice, ambition and perseverance exempli-

ons and were so popular that their games were played the team’s efforts to move him to third base. fied by Davis’ mother, Gardenia, who took that job at

in the coliseum at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. It’s a good The real heroes of this story aren’t the players, how- East High to support her children while their father

tale, but not as good as the second part of the book, ever, but the adults who raised and supported them. served prison time in South Carolina. Now in his 60s,

which is devoted to the improbable run of the base- Like several of the mothers in the book, Lucy Lamar had Garnett Davis continues the tradition by visiting his

ball Tigers. They wore faded uniforms and hand-me- moved from the South in the Great Migration and raised alma mater to remind students of its past glory, and

down gloves, used folding chairs in lieu of a dugout and four sons by herself on the unpredictable wages of a do- by running a baseball camp to keep the fatherless

played to empty bleachers. Yet somehow, they made it mestic; yet she was willing to rent an apartment in a boys of the East Side off the streets. 

to the state playoffs at Ohio State University, where in housing project across town so that Bo-Pete could play

the finals they defeated a heavily favored, well-funded for East High. Jack Gibbs, the school’s black principal,

all-white team from suburban Upper Arlington High, a was a disciplinarian who chided students about slov- TIGERLAND
enly appearances and bad grades, but also cajoled local
sports powerhouse that counted golf great Jack Nicklaus businessmen to pay for buses to away games and creat- 1968-1969: A CITY DIVIDED, A NATION TORN APART,
ed a job at the school for Davis’ mother when the family
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The star of both teams was Ed “Eddie Rat” Ratleff,

a lanky, handsome natural athlete who played for- faced eviction. Other noble figures in this it-takes-a-vil- REVIEW BY MARK WHITAKER, THE WASHINGTON POST

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Bonz howls at pooches’ priceless Pawrade duds

Hi Dog Buddies!

One of the most Cool Dog Biscuits Munchie. Jack.
events on my busy social schedule is the
Dogs for Life Howl-O-Ween Pawrade. I “The crispiest!” I said. Isabella was Bravo.
look forward to it cuz I get to yap with a head to toe pie-rat, with red headscarf,
buncha you poocheroos, and check out pie-rat hat, gold hoop earring, cutlass at Bobo. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
your pawsome costooms. Me, I always her side, a peg leg, and her “signature”
attend cleverly disguised as a Springer sunglasses. to dial 911, if there’s an eeMERgency.” most was Woody the dashchund,
I was happy to see several rescue Babycakes, a bulldog mix, was wea- dressed up like a Tootsie Roll. He was
This year, like always, you pooches pooches an service dogs in the bunch.
brought your costoom A-game. Dogs One of ’em, a brindle greyhound rescue rin’ a Breast Cancer Awareness vest. the perfect shape, an he was Totally
for Life is inna shady, leash-free dog named Lacy Reynolds, was all decked
park with a special building where hu- out in red, white an blue. Golden Re- “I’m a rescue from the Vero Beach Hu- Workin’ It, havin’ a ball, summoning up
mans train rescue dogs for Very Im- triever GeeGee was trained as a service
portant Jobs: helping humans, ’speshly dog right there at Paws For Life. She was mane Society,” she told me. “I believe in his Inner Tootsie Roll.
sol-jures, with Serious Problems, like if wearin’ a hot dog costoom, complete
they can’t hear too well or get around with bun, mustard an relish! It ackshul- paying it back by supporting an impor- A big Woofout goes to the humans
too well, or if they’re duh-pressed or sad ly made me a liddle hungry.
and need a Faithful Companion. Stuff tant cause.” who always make the Paw-rade fun:
like that. Another cool kibbles Golden was
JACC, who was dressed as a lifeguard. I I was impressed. “Woof, Babycakes, The Human In Charge, Miss Shelly,
Anyway, there were a couple hun- asked about his inner-sting name.
dred humans, an 45 costoom pawrade that is so socially aware of you!!” inna witch costoom, zoomed around
entries. First off was a demonstration by “You say it like ‘Jack,’” he explained.
a Sheriff’s K-9 team, a big, serious pooch “I’m named for a big sports center at a A liddle chihuahua trotted up. “Hal- in a liddle cart thingy, makin’ sure ev-
officer an his human partner, which al- school in Indiana called No-der Dame.
ways impresses the Dog Biscuits out of The center’s named for a human called lo, Mr. Bonz. I’m Oscar. Can I ask your erything was pooch-perfect. Lotsa vol-
me. Their Very Important Job is mostly Mr. Joyce. One of the sports there is
to catch Bad Guys. If you’ve ever seen swimming.’” opinion about something?” unteers did Real Important Stuff, like
’em work, you know what I mean when I
say I’m glad I’m not a Bad Guy. “Woof, JACC, that does sound impor- “Sure thing, Oscar.” I noticed Oscar keepin’ the water bowls filled; the Sher-
I even had a brief yap with K-9 Officer was dressed as an elephant. Big ears, iff’s K-9 team and Color Guard made ev-
Falko, a German Shepherd/Malinois The Dynamic Duo was there, also:
mix an, guess what? He says we can Batman was Terry Spencer, an his faith- trunk an all. It was adorable an hilari- erything extra special; Hobo Jim played
schedule an INNERview. I’m stoked! ful sidekick Robin was service-dog-in-
training Bentley, a Yellow Lab. I think ous. music; and Troop 513 Boy Scouts helped
“Yoohoo, Mr. Bonzo, check us out!” I wrote the names down right, but I ac-
called a liddle Yorkie/terrier mix wea- cidently drooled on my notebook while “Well, since I look like an elephant,” the humans park.
rin’ a pink cowdog hat. “I’m Riley! a watching GeeGee the hot dog.
Cowdog! An this is Nicolas. He’s 11 in he said seriously, “I’m afraid I might ac- Heading home, I was thinkin’ about
human. He’s Rocket Raccoon, a Guard- Then there was Rasta Robbie Rossie,
ian of the Galaxy, an I’m his Faithful a rescue Border Collie from St. Kitts, cidently scare somebody. I don’t want how fun the Pawrade had been, an how
ComPANyun. Whaddya think?” dressed up like Bob Marley. “Hey, Ras-
tadog, Live Up!” he called. anybody to think I’m gonna squash ’em much Dogs for Life helps pooches AN
“Pawsome!” I said.
Roxie Fermato, a Golden Retriever, “Keepin’ that pooch culture,” I re- or anything.” humans. An picturin’ a coupla juicy
also wore a cowdog costoom, an also plied, with a Paws-Up.
looked Super Adorable. “That is very conscientious of you, hot dogs. An droolin’ on my notebook
A pretty, white Standard Poodle Another Yellow Lab, Good Girl, man-
wearing red antlers was hanging out in aged to look totally graceful in a white Oscar, but, honestly, I wouldn’t worry,” again. Rats! 
the shade with a black Standard Poo. I tulle skirt. “I’m a princess,” she told me.
introduced myself. “I hafta walk real straight an careful to I assured him. “I think your friendly,
“I’m Angel Showberger,” she replied. keep my pretty skirt on.” -The Bonznon-threatening doganality definitely
“This is my pooch pop, Roger. We’re
named for a coupla human TENus play- “Well you look super nice!” I told her shines through. Just resist the urge to
ers, Anglique Kerber an Roger Federer. sincerely. trumpet and you’ll be fine.”
We don’t play tennis ourselves, though. The costume that made me laugh
We just chase TENus balls.” Trained service pooch Fritz, a Jack
“Cool Kibbles,” I replied, making a Russell/Beagle combo, was also Don’t be shy!
mental note to get her number. dressed like a PIErat, an had one of We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
“Guess what, Mr. Bonzo,” a teeny those way cool, three-corner hats. “I an interview, please email [email protected].
Chi-weenie piped up. (That’s what a help my Mom, Judy, with lotsa stuff. I
Chihuahua-Dachshund’s called. Who even know how to push a Special Button
knew?) “I’m Isabella Chapman. I’m a
PIErat. See? My Mom, Sunny, made our
costooms. Aren’t they Crispy Dog Bis-

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10 9 8 AJ3 Q764
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 2 J 10 8 7 5 4 93
9653 KJ2 Q 10 8
Carmine Gallo, an expert in business communications and leadership skills, said, “Nothing 10 7 6 4 2 9 AJ85
is more dramatic than a well-placed pause.”
That pause might also be critical in a comedy. At the bridge table, though, we might need K52
one card to be well-placed. In this deal, South was in six hearts. Which one card did he AKQ6
hope East held? How did South play after West led the spade 10? A74
South’s jump to four hearts, a superaccept, promised four-card support and a good hand
for hearts. I believe, though, that the hand should have had a doubleton. Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

Declarer had 10 top tricks: two spades, six hearts and two diamonds. He could have The Bidding:
established a club winner and had two finesses that he might have tried.
There was a temptation to take the spade finesse at trick one, but South realized that that 2 NT Pass 3 Diamonds Pass
could wait. If he could just find East with the club ace, the contract was safe. 4 Hearts Pass 6 Hearts All Pass LEAD:
10 Spades
Declarer took the first trick with his spade king, drew trumps ending on the board and led
dummy’s club. East defended well by not taking the trick. However, South won with his
king, ruffed the club three, played a trump to his hand, led the club queen and, instead of
ruffing it, discarded dummy’s low diamond.

East took the trick, but was endplayed. If he led a spade or diamond, it would have been
away from his queen into dummy’s tenace. So he tried the club jack, but declarer ruffed
in his hand (a seventh trump trick) and discarded the spade jack from the dummy. He
claimed two spades, six hearts, two diamonds, one club and the club ruff.

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7 Dissertation (6) 1 Crowd supervisor (7)
8 Astride (6) 2 Deer meat (7)
10 Hummed; vibrated (7) 3 Scales sign (5)
11 Exercise (5) 4 Training school (7)
12 Castle (4) 5 Redbreast (5)
13 Fortunate; sticky? (5) 6 Religious song (5)
17 Tumbler or flute? (5) 9 Excessively (2,7)
18 Hurry; hyphen (4) 14 Frivolous (7)
22 Ring loud and deep (5) 15 Doctor’s visitor; composed (7)
23 Non-believer (7) 16 Sleep (4-3)
24 Reward on head of criminal (6) 19 Diving equipment (5)
25 Thin (6) 20 Imprecise (5)
21 Military uniform (5)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three

The Telegraph

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 23


ACROSS in the woods 49 Cole or Wood The Washington Post
1 Put an end to 93 Splendor in the Grass 50 Gradual developer
7 Alley prowlers 52 Alley sessions
14 Keats and colleagues screenwriter 53 Volcano N of Catania
20 King of pop 94 “No sweat” 55 Pierces
21 Ready for action 95 Bible bk. 57 Bouncer?
22 WWII cannon 96 Part of an Irish slogan 59 Minimally
23 Concert-hall key? 97 Horns 63 Fathered
24 Indy entrant 99 Intimidating sound 64 Cinematographer Nykvist
25 She ruined the Soup Nazi 100 Menotti opera, ___ Goes to
and namesakes
on Seinfeld the Ball 67 Tarkington boy
26 One of Ransom’s ideas 102 Former name of a great 69 Apportions (out)
27 Twists 70 Specialized languages
29 Backdrop of some Chinese river 72 Dance lesson
104 And others, in Latin 74 History info
American in Paris scenes 106 Of the number 10 77 Cigarette cemeteries
31 Secret org. 107 Hot fast food 79 Royal Indian, variantly
32 Monty Python member who 108 Pressing 81 Skunk River region
109 Bruckner and others 82 Bad day on Wall Street
tried to sell a dead parrot 110 Efficiency expert’s study 83 Home of the McKenzie
34 Contented sounds 111 Analyzes,
35 Role for Clark brothers
36 Salon focus as a sentence 84 Smarts
37 British gun DOWN 85 Mason’s need
38 Hit the road 1 Cliffs 86 National song
39 Into chunks 2 Rushed 88 Points of view
41 Religion that advocates 3 Jim Palmer, once 89 Of the nostrils
4 Bricks amount? 90 Mast attachments
world unity 5 Comic relief of a sort 93 Fireplace, old-style
43 Roman landmark 6 German title 94 Stars, in Latin
44 Harris character 7 Trattoria dessert 96 Clarinet socket
47 Italian meat, to an Italian 8 Cat ___ Tin Roof 97 Study for a surgeon-to-be:
48 Author of Egg Monsters 9 Clublike weapons
10 Keys, in French abbr.
from Mars 11 NRC’s predecessor 98 Enlist again
51 Snigglers 12 Refuse reducer 101 Seven-faced doctor of film
52 City of New York 13 Pushcart purveyors
54 Ward (off) 14 Trait of summer shoes fame
56 Fighter in training 15 Clinton beat him 103 Weatherman’s org.
58 Canadian prov. 16 “___ girl watcher ...” (lyric 105 Growing field?: abbr.
60 British school from an O’Kaysions hit)
61 Tiny one 17 ___ column WORDINGTON BOULEVARD By Merl Reagle
62 Shoulder warmers 18 Throat thingy
63 Perfumes 19 Marred by wet streaks
65 Pilot’s concern: abbr. 28 Mountaineer’s tool
66 Take ___ (swim) 30 End of an ailment
68 Earthenware jar 33 Natural, in a way
69 Heart part 35 Pass a second time on the
71 French busts? track
73 Boundaries, in Spanish 36 Descendant of Noah’s
75 More macabre second son
76 Actress Berger 38 Register of the renowned
78 Less sloppy 39 Like some panels
79 Texas team 40 Really illogical
80 Spotted anew 42 Some hairdos
82 Singing voice 43 Homes with bars
83 Dins 44 “Great masterpieces do not
86 Start of a Fats Domino give us their ___ the
beginning” (Proust)
classic 45 Finds another secret spot for
87 Car colors 46 Native of Susa
91 Polished off in nothing flat 47 Roomy road
92 Stealth foilers,

The Telegraph

24 Thursday, November 1, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Time to make a clean break by evicting messy daughter?

BY CAROLYN HAX I work a full-time job, as does my roomie. My daugh- If you want cleanliness, then you evict your daughter.
Washington Post ter works, too, but not always full time, so she has PLEN- If you want your daughter there, then you live with
TY of time to clean up. the mess.
Hi, Carolyn: [Side note: Please, outraged readership, conserve
I bought a house about a year Any suggestions short of throwing everyone out of my electrons by not writing to me that the daughter
ago and my daughter and her house? “should” clean up, respect her mother, stop being an
three kids moved in with me. I ungrateful exemplar of everything wrong with kids/
am single and live downstairs – J. society/our country these days, etc. If I could control
in the in-law suite with a room- what other people do, then they’d all be out mailing
mate who is my friend. J.: “Dear Carolyn: Is there anything I can do to solve me checks.]
The children are 13, 10 and 2. My daughter is 30. my problem, except the one thing that will solve my There are degrees in between filth and eviction, of
And to say they are lazy – and will not under any problem?” course, but only the degrees to which your daughter is
circumstances clean anything – is an understate- willing to cooperate, which are apparently zero.
ment of biblical proportions! Possibly the most common phrasing I see. Her kids may be salvageable still, and maybe you
My only request for her living here was to please can task them and teach them to clean, but that’s also
keep the house clean. My daughter does not pay a boundary you need to negotiate with your daughter.
any bills here, just my roommate and I do, and our The operative word in your letter, by the way, is
space downstairs is always clean. It is just a kick “request.” A request can be denied. Rudely, ungrate-
in the teeth when they are so disrespectful. I keep fully, gallingly, call it what you will, but by making your
asking, yelling, demanding, talking, but nothing! terms a request, you’ve made them your daughter’s
My friend suggested we take all the dishes, cups, prerogative.
glasses, silverware, box them up and just give them If you want to fix that – huge “if” – then do the one
disposable everything. thing you’ve refused to do and change the request to
My daughter’s excuse is she has three kids. a condition, with X days’ notice: “You can live in my
What?!! No, she sits on her butt with her face in her house expense-free, but only if you keep it clean.
phone, and her kids are the same. Their rooms are If you do not keep it clean, then you can’t live in my
disgusting, all of them! When I have had enough, I house expense-free.”
clean it. I know, wrong thing to do, but I can’t stand Don’t set any conditions you’re unwilling to en-
it and I have no idea how to get them to just clean force. Or unable to, meaning, run them by a qualified
up! And yes, I do need to go upstairs, to do laundry, local attorney first – though I hope for everyone’s sake
to watch the children and sometimes use the oven. it never comes to that. 

Life coach has successful game
plan for wellness therapy

26 Thursday, November 1, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Life coach has successful game plan for wellness therapy

STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT has devoted her career to working with everyday stress that has been left un- Neeley Hughey.
individuals, couples and families expe- treated can manifest itself not only
Sexual assault wasn’t something riencing trauma, depression, anxiety in our emotional health but also PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER
openly talked about when Neeley and relationship issues. our physical health and well-being,”
Hughey attended Stephen F. Austin Hughey said. “For instance, a person solution-focused approach to therapy,
State University in Texas in the early She believes the stigma many people with depression could start sleeping I help clients achieve greater self-es-
1990s. But when one of her close friends attach to mental health creates a signif- too much, lose motivation, call in sick teem, build healthier relationships,
was sexually assaulted on campus, she icant barrier against seeking help. to work, and possibly lose their job due and make the emotional, cognitive and
was still astounded to find that there to absences. They can become hope- behavioral changes they seek. Wheth-
were few resources and virtually no ad- “Seeking professional help takes less thinking they will never be happy, er it’s trauma, depression, anxiety or
vocates to help her friend through the strength, but we don’t typically see it possibly self-medicate with drugs or everyday stress, I can help introduce
long road to recovery. this way. We feel overwhelmed, burnt alcohol, and possibly become suicidal.” clarity and self-motivation. I also teach
out and exhausted. We feel vulnerable, techniques to better manage the emo-
“My friend was treated horribly exposed and afraid. We beat ourselves Before starting her own practice, tional stress of everyday life.”
through the process, which sparked up, because we believe we should be Hughey pursued her master’s in psy-
something inside me to change the able to solve our own problems or be chology at Southern Methodist Uni- Through her practice, Hughey of-
process and to help and support survi- able to get over an event or situation versity and spent her free time volun- fers both in-person counseling and life
vors of sexual assault,” Hughey said. “I that has happened without the help of teering at a local women’s center as a coaching as well as online counseling
changed my major to psychology and others,” Hughey said. “In many situa- counseling intern and advocate. and coaching through a HIPPA-com-
started my journey by starting a vol- tions people wait until their symptoms pliant platform that allows her to con-
unteer program at my college to sup- affect every aspect of their life – rela- Hughey then had the opportunity to nect via video or telephone with her cli-
port victims through the sometimes tionships, job, daily tasks, decisions live and work in Germany and Hawaii ents in Virginia or other parts of Florida
long and stressful process with the and their health – before seeking treat- for the Department of the Army, where who are unable to see her in person – or
help of the domestic violence program ment, which can grow increasingly she pursued her second master’s de- for those who prefer the flexibility that
in the community.” dangerous for that individual.” gree in marriage and family therapy online counseling and coaching offers.
through Capella University.
Hughey became an advocate before Hughey emphasizes that early inter- “Making your mental health a prior-
she even really knew what that even vention for a mental health issue can “I gained valuable experience work- ity and seeking therapy is healthy and
meant. make a big difference in length of time ing with first responders, soldiers and courageous. It takes courage and self-
needed to recover – and the effect it has their family members who were suf- awareness to address and confront our
Now a certified Life Coach and Li- on an individual’s life. fering from deployment and combat- own issues and work through them so
censed Mental Health Counselor, she related issues to include PTSD, anxiety, we can move forward,” Hughey said.
“Trauma, depression, anxiety and depression, family dynamic issues and “We are all human, we are not perfect,
marital issues,” Hughey said. “I then and we can’t possibly be experts in all
Collins & Montz relocated to the D.C. Metro area in areas or strong in all aspects of our
2011 where I worked with underserved lives. It’s not just OK to ask for help, it’s
DCOESMNETTICI&SFTAMRILYY populations in Alexandria, Virginia, for a smart decision in helping you become
Experience the fusion of traditional four years, seeing clients with a myriad the best version of yourself you can be
values and modern dentistry. of mental health problems before the and leading the life and having the re-
At Collins & Montz, DMD, military came calling again.” lationships you desire.”

we will focus on improving every aspect of your smile for optimal appearance, In 2015 she began a job with the Neeley R. Hughey, LMHC, CLC, NLP
function, and comfort through our general family dentistry, and restorative Department of the Navy heading up is a certified Life Coach and Licensed
procedures such as dental implants. Our comprehensive range of services and their sexual trauma response program Mental Health Counselor. Her practice is
dedication of quality set us apart. Call today to schedule your appointment. for the entire D.C. Metro area, serv- Coastal Wellness and Life Coaching Cen-
ing sailors, their family members and ter, located at 3270 Suntree Blvd., Suite
524 OCEAN AVENUE, MELBOURNE BEACH, FL 32951 Navy civilians. 121, Bldg. A in Melbourne. You can reach
the office at 321-757-4015. 
(321) 725-6565 • MELBOURNEBEACHDENTISTRY.COM As an aerospace engineer, her hus-
band began exploring the Brevard
County area for career options in 2016
when he retired after 25 years in the
Nav y.

“The Space Coast was an attractive
option for us long-term and an area we
both fell in love with during vacations
here while visiting my family, who are
in Leesburg,” Hughey said. “It took over
a year for the perfect job to become
available, and so he relocated in August
2017 to the Space Coast. I continued to
travel back and forth from Florida to
D.C. for my job until May 2018.”

One of her dreams had always been
to open her own private practice and,
in June, she launched Coastal Well-
ness and Life Coaching Center in Mel-

“In my practice I focus on each cli-
ent’s wellness, helping them make and
maintain positive changes,” Hughey
said. “By bringing a positive, proactive,

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 27


Congestive heart failure is serious for seniors, but treatable

STORY BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST ous recording of heart rhythm during up. Their doctors may also tell them to
normal activity; an exercise stress test lose weight, quit smoking and reduce
Q. What exactly is congestive heart that reads your EKG and blood pressure alcohol intake.
failure? before, during or after exercise to see
how your heart responds, and a coro- Medications that are used include: di-
If you have congestive heart failure nary angiography, which is an X-ray of uretics, “water pills” to reduce fluid; ACE
(CHF), your heart can’t pump enough the heart’s blood vessels. inhibitors to lower blood pressure and
blood. This condition develops over reduce heart stress; beta-blockers to slow
time. It is the No. 1 reason people over There is no cure for heart failure, but it your heart rate and lower blood pressure;
age 65 go into the hospital. can be controlled. Digoxin to help the heart beat stronger;
and anticoagulants (such as warfarin)
Heart failure is most common in older People with CHF are usually put on that help prevent blood clots. 
people, and is more common in African- a low-salt diet to prevent fluid build-
Americans. Men have a higher rate of
heart failure than women. But, because
women usually live longer, the condition
affects more women in their 70s and 80s.

In normal hearts, veins bring oxygen-
poor blood from the body to the right
side of the heart. It is then pumped
through the pulmonary artery to the
lungs, where it picks up oxygen. From
there, the blood returns to the left side
of the heart. Then it is pumped through
a large artery called the aorta that dis-
tributes blood throughout the body.

Heart failure is caused by other dis-
eases or conditions that damage the
heart muscle. It is often caused by coro-
nary artery disease, including heart at-
tacks. Diabetes and high blood pressure
also contribute to heart failure.

Coronary artery disease is the lead-
ing cause of death in men and women.
It happens when the arteries that sup-
ply blood to the heart become hard-
ened and narrowed. People who have
had a heart attack are at high risk to
develop heart failure.

There are a number of things that you
can do to reduce risk of coronary artery
disease and heart failure. For starters,
you should keep the following levels
down: body weight, cholesterol, blood
pressure, sugar, alcohol and salt. Exer-
cise regularly. And, if you smoke, quit.

The most common symptoms of heart
failure include shortness of breath, fa-
tigue and swelling, which usually occurs
in the ankles, feet and legs. Swelling is
caused by fluid buildup in the body and
can lead to weight gain, frequent urina-
tion and a cough.

Because the symptoms are common
for other conditions, your doctor will de-
termine if you have heart failure by do-
ing a detailed medical history, an exami-
nation, and several tests.

Tests that are given to determine
heart failure include an electrocardio-
gram (EKG), a chest X-ray and a blood
test for BNP, a hormone that increases
in heart failure.

Tests that can identify the cause of
heart failure include: an echocardio-
gram that uses sound waves; a Holter
monitor, which is a small box that is
worn for 24 hours to provide a continu-

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Brassie Grille a lively, tasty option for South Beaches

[email protected]
Going out for a quick dinner can turn
Classic Rodeo
into an all-evening project for residents Burger.

of the South Beaches, and when a res- temperatures have cooled off.
I welcome your comments, and en-
taurant doesn’t have A1A frontage,
courage you to send feedback to me at
it’s easy to drive right by. Ahi Tuna [email protected]
Poke Bowl.
Last Thursday night we The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
opted for the Chicken Tacos dines anonymously at restaurants at the
ventured out from Satellite ($13.99) and those turned out expense of this newspaper. 
to be a tasty choice.
to meet some friends from Our dining companions had the RESTAURANT HOURS
grilled mahi fish sandwich ($12.99) and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily,
Vero Beach halfway at the the Aquarina BLT ($9.99) with a side of with bar open until 9 p.m.
onion rings ($2.99) and raved about their
Brassie Grille at Aqua- meals. Everything was served hot, the Friday and Saturday
fish and buns were fresh, the bacon was BEVERAGES
rina Beach and Country thick and perfectly cooked, and the on- Full Bar
ion rings crisp and golden. ADDRESS
Club. This eatery is part We finished out our round at The
Brassie with slices of homemade Key 7500 S. Hwy A1A,
of the club community, Lime Pie ($6.99) and it was hands- Melbourne Beach
down the best Key Lime Pie I have ever
but like the adjacent tasted. The chef makes it fresh onsite PHONE
and it is the real thing, not the green- (321) 327-3409
golf course, it welcomes tinted, wimpy version Florida some-
times trots out for the tourists. Dinner
the public as well as its for two with drinks and an appetizer
and dessert to share will run you $50
membership. to $60 plus tip. We will definitely visit
The Brassie again, as there was much
You might wonder, as we more on the menu that looked deli-
cious. Certain nights there’s live mu-
did, if you’re in the right place sic, and next time we’d like to experi-
ence the outdoor dining now that the
at first, but go in the main en-

trance and it’s the inconspicuous

green-roofed building with the covered

drive on the right. When you walk in,

don’t expect to be bowled over by the

ambiance, but it’s nice and clean

and welcoming. We arrived dur-

ing happy hour, so the revelry

had definitely started and folks Grilled Shrimp
were having a great time. Our Salad.

party of four chose a table back

in the corner where the crowd

was more sparse.

Despite the casual nature of

The Brassie, I anticipated a good

meal because I’ve had count-

less good meals in 19th hole-type

places. Though I haven’t swung a

club in more than five years, my fa-

ther started dragging me out to learn

how to drive and putt every weekend

and several evenings a week when I

was about 3 years old. A Korean War-

era Army veteran, and body-and-fender

man by trade, Dad was a scratch golfer lenging 18 holes

and dreamed of coaching me to a pro in the great outdoors.

golf career someday. He used his shop You can get that kind of satisfying meal

tools to cut down a set of clubs to fit my at The Brassie – even if you don’t play golf.

preschool frame. We started in a cow We enjoyed our chicken wing appetizer

pasture (Broward County had cows in ($9.99 for eight wings) with bleu cheese

the 1970s) with buckets of beat-up range and celery. The beer and wine selection

balls until I was good enough to not em- (mostly $6-$9 a glass) is a bit limited but

barrass him at the golf course. the three adults all found selections we

When Nancy Lopez lit the world la- liked, including locally brewed Hell ’n

dies golf ablaze in 1978, I was 8 years old Blazes “Don’t Leave Me Amber” amber

and Dad’s hopes were high, but I burned ale on draught ($6).

out on golf in the mid-1980s, caught the For an entrée, my son ordered the

Chris Evert-inspired tennis fever spread- Rodeo Burger ($10.99) and a side Cae-

ing throughout South Florida and joined sar salad ($2.99). He was delighted to

the high school tennis team. All dreams say it arrived cooked rare to order and

of me becoming the next Nancy Lopez virtually moo-ing – he hates to have his

were dashed, but Dad and I enjoyed a burger overcooked. Most people who

great many meals in friendly bar and aren’t growing boys would have to cut

grill-type places just like The Brassie. A this huge burger in two, or share it with

hearty sandwich or burger and a cold a friend. I almost ordered the fish and

drink taste infinitely better after a chal- chips until I found out it was Swai, so I

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When looking for a great place to dine check out
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The area’s best restaurants, many offering weekly specials.

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Please send calendar information 4 Melbourne City Ballet Theatre 2018 Ben-
at least two weeks prior to your efit Gala, 6 to 9 p.m. at Brookdale Eau Gal-
lie, 2680 Croton Rd, Melbourne. This semi-for-
event to mal event benefits the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Tickets sold at or www.
[email protected]

NOVEMBER 5 New Neighbors of South Brevard Beaches
plays MAHJONGG at Papagallo’s in Satellite
3 Floridana Tropicals Fall Plant Sale, natives Beach each Monday at 12:15 pm. For informa-
and tropicals at deep discount, 8 a.m. to 2 tion on joining the club contact Toni Hanussey at
p.m. at 6630 Floridana Ave, Melbourne Beach, [email protected]
12 miles south of U.S. Highway 192. www.flori-, (321)726-0800. 5 The League of Women Voters of the Space
Coast (LWVSC) hosts a Timely Topics Lun-
3 Folds of Honor Golf Tournament, a day to November 3 | Jazzoo at the Brevard Zoo sale. Call (855)252-7276 or go to www.Space- cheon and conversation with Brevard County’s
honor veterans, 18-hole scamble with a 9 new Superintendent of Schools Mark Mullins,
a.m. shotgun start at Aquarina Golf Club south ple open bars. The popular cigar lounge, sports 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to
of Melbourne Beach. Free entre fee for veter- bar and food truck alley will return. Must be 21 4 Friendship Fellowship’s new minister, Rev. the public and will be held at the Brevard School
ans, $50 per person for Aquarina members, years old. Premium VIP tickets grant access to Amy Kindred will speak “On Creativity’s Board Office, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way,
$75 for non-members, includes an all-American exclusive premium area with top-shelf libations Worth,” 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Uni- Melbourne, FL 32940.
Barbeque. Call (321)676-8923 or email Aquari- in the Katz Downstairz club-like setting. For versalist Friendship Fellowship of Pineda: 3115
[email protected]. tickets go to Friendship Place, Rockledge. Public is welcome, 5 Parkinson’s Power Day, a day of strength
go to for de- and hope for those living with Parkinson’s
3 The League of Women Voters of the Space 3 The Space Coast Symphony Wind Orches- tails. disease and their caregivers, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Coast (LWVSC) “Party at the Polls” 11 a.m. tra presents the next concert of the SCSO at the Viera marketplace for senior resources at
to 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island, 10th Anniversary Season with Lord of the Rings, 4 The Space Coast Symphony Youth Orches- 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, 32940. Hosted by One
FL 32952. A fun, family event designed to high- a Pulse Tribute, 7 p.m. at the Scott Center for tra will hold its debut concert, Fanfares & Senior Place and the Parkinson’s Support Group
light civic engagement and the important act of the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Salutations with a performance by all three of its of Brevard. Lunch will be provided at the free
voting on the last day of early voting prior to the Academy,Suntree. Virtuoso horn player Juan musical groups, 5 p.m. at Highland Avenue Fel- event by Courtenay Springs Village of Merritt
mid-term elections. Entertainment, activities Berrios will join the SCSO to present the mov- lowship, 1591 Highland Avenue in Melbourne, Island. For more information call 321-751-6771.
for children, as well as free food and beverages ing work, “Many Hearts One Pulse“ by composer featuring beginning, intermediate and advanced
while supplies last. Sponsored by Civic Nation and guest conductor, Joshua Hobbs. Adult tick- students. Free concert with no ticket required, 5-14 The South Beach Players’ hilarious through their #Vo- ets cost $30 at the door, or $25 advance at www. as an outreach of the Space Coast Symphony Or- comedy, Hurricane Helga, will take
teTogether campaign. Participation is free, the or at Marine Bank & chestra. Contact Jensee Lee, Program Director, place at the Sebastian Inlet State Park’s Banquet
event will be entirely nonpartisan, and open to Trust in Suntree. Students 18 and younger or at (321)652-4913 or visit Hall above the Surfside Grill (NOT Coppola’s/SBI,
all members of the Brevard community. with student ID are admitted free. Healthful which closed). Shows will take place Nov. 5, 6 &
snacks by Titusville Organics will be available for 7 and 12, 13, & 14 at 7:30. Dinner and drinks and
3 Jazzoo, 7-11:30 p.m. at the Brevard Zoo gorgeous sunsets are available. Your ticket gets you
with live bands, unlimited food from local entrance to the park. Tickets on sale now for $10
restaurants and bottomless drinks from multi- at Melbourne Beach Properties at 6680 A1A (near
the flashing light in Floridana Beach). For ticket in-
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN formation, call Barbara Van Dam at 321-727-1404.
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4 PARCEL 2 ORNITHOLOGIST 8 Sparkle Party Open House to benefit Bre-
9 MUNDANE 3 TEAM vard Alzheimer’s Foundation, 6:30 to 8:30
10 HENNA 5 ADHESION p.m. hosted by Dr. Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS,
11 LATE 6 CONFEDERATION along with his associate Dr. Amy Simon, MD, FACS
12 BOLSTERS 7 LIAISE and the team at Clevens Face and Body Specialists
14 HOARD 8 LEMON at the Melbourne office in the Eau Gallie Arts Dis-
15 HOTEL 13 ORNAMENT trict located at 707 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Admission
19 AROMATIC 16 RAMBLE is complimentary to this evening featuring music,
20 DATA 17 KIOSK gifts, bubbles and bites, raffles and live product
22 BAIZE 18 CABLES demos. All guests are encouraged to wear spar-
23 SPANIEL 21 CAGE kling attire and bring a friend. Complimentary va-
24 ESTATE let parking will be provided. For more information
25 TENNIS or to RSVP to the Sparkle Party Open House, visit or call (321)727.3223.
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Big, beautiful chalet with
pool overlooking river

1508 Pine St. in Melbourne Beach: 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 5,114-square-foot riverfront pool home with soaring cathedral ceilings
offered for $1,724,900 by Treasure Coast Sotheby’s listing agent Brian Greene: 321-501-5052

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Big, beautiful chalet with
pool overlooking river

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER bath split-level home features a 3-car
[email protected] garage and special touches like a
built-in china cabinet.
A spectacular custom-built home
being offered at 1508 Pine St. in Other features include island an
Melbourne Beach has a wonderful, eat-in kitchen with pantry, double
chalet-like design and high-end feel, vanities and walk-in closets in the
filled with light and featuring soar- three full bathrooms, and a master
ing vaulted ceilings and tile floors bathroom suite with an oversized
throughout. 200-square-foot walk-in closet.

Built in 1987 by Diprima Construc- The home has two wood-burning
tion on nearly a half-acre lot with 154 fireplaces, including one in the living
feet of river frontage and a resort-like room and another in a loft with an
pool area overlooking the water, the open hearth and fire hood. A wooden
5,114-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5- spiral staircase leads up to the loft,

adding to the charm of the cozy space, Efficient in its design for a large
which has wonderful river views that family, sections of the home can be
can be enjoyed while curled up with separated off to serve as a guest or
a good book and a rum punch or cup children’s area with outside access.
of cocoa. There also is a 516-square-foot air-
conditioned recreation room sepa-
The master bedroom also enjoys rate from the main house.
fine views.
The river views serve as the focus of
“All the blinds in the master suite the home’s open, high-ceiling design
come back and you have an incred- with only one room in the home that
ibly open view of the back yard and does not take in a water vista.
they have their own deck as well,’’
said Treasure Coast Sotheby’s listing The best example of that focus can
agent Brian Greene said. been seen from the living area that

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 33

1508 PINE ST.,


Year built: 1987
DiPrima Construction

concrete block, stucco

Roof: tile
Floor: Handmade Mexican tile
Square footage: 5,114 square
feet living; 6,084 square feet total

Bedrooms: 4
3 full bathrooms, 1 half-bath
Acreage: 0.48 acres
Additional features: Interior
Features - vaulted wooden ceil-
ings, island eat-in kitchen with
pantry, walk-in closets, skylights,
built-in vacuum system. Exterior
Features - balconies, unscreened
lanai next to heated swimming
pool, with concrete pool house,
private dock with boat lift, wood
fire pit, storm shutters
Listing agency: Treasure Coast
Sotheby’s International Realty.
Listing agent: Brian Greene,
Listing price: $1,724,900

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opens into the spacious lanai ac- walk out of,’’ said Greene. south which can be accessed from and having guests visit.
cessed by solar reflective triple-slider The lanai area overlooks a 20-foot the side yard. “It’s been a wonderful home for 20
glass doors. Used as additional space
during good weather, the area can by 40-foot, 9-foot-deep swimming The home is located about six years, great for kids, great for enter-
even be used in light rain. Because of pool with new salt chlorinator hid- blocks from the town of Melbourne taining. All my family would come
the glass doors and many windows, den from view in a concrete pool Beach with all its shopping and rec- visit and go to the beach. It’s allowed
natural light fills the home. house. reation opportunities, and only four us to have a lot of great memories
blocks from the ocean. here,’’ she said.
“All three sliders open all the way The new 68-foot private dock is
back to give a big nice open area to equipped with a covered boat lift. A Seller Lei Ann Woolfolk said the The home is being offered for
public boat ramp is located just to the home was ideal for raising a family $1,724,900. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 1, 2018 35


Can you top a computer at figuring your home’s value?

STORY BY KENNETH R. HARNEY WASHINGTON POST homes from the same time period Ryan Lundquist, an appraiser in fired” because they won’t listen to
provided by a commercial vendor. Sacramento, says owners and sellers reason about more realistic pricing,
Do you have a pretty good idea of Then it compared both of these num- can be especially bad with estimates and waste agents’ time and market-
what your house is worth? Could you bers with subsequent selling prices. because they are not tuned into cur- ing dollars. Recently he worked with
estimate within, say, 5 percent of what rent market trends. He said he recent- a seller who insisted that the house
it’s likely to sell for? If so, would that The Fed researchers noted that ly appraised a house that the owner should command $1.25 million.
make you more accurate about your although computer-generated esti- thought should be worth $500,000 Askowitz’s own estimate, based on
home value than an estimate from a mates are based on information own- more than Lundquist’s estimate – 30 recent market data, was $1 million. It
computer program loaded with re- ers tend not to collect – such as data percent over current market value. sold for $950,000.
cent sales data and algorithms? on sales transactions – these AVMs Owners like that “are profoundly dis-
“can be incorrect if the character- Scott Godzyk, owner-broker of
Maybe. Maybe not.

Economists at the Federal Reserve istics of the home are not well mea- connected with reality,” Lundquist Godzyk Realty Group in Manches-
recently completed a study that rated sured” or sales prices of a sufficient told me. They think they’re still in the ter, N.H., says he sees it “all the time”
homeowners against computer pro- number of comparable properties are robust seller’s marketplace of a few – owners think their value is much
grams – owners’ estimates of their unavailable. years back rather than the market of higher than it really is. Ironically,
homes’ worth vs. those from auto- today, which in many areas is seeing “they show me Zillow” Zestimates,
mated valuation models (AVMs) – and Owners, on the other hand, know lower appreciation, rising interest which in his opinion are frequently
compared both to the actual selling the improvements they’ve made to rates and more frequent price mark- off-base.
prices of the same homes. the house, and they know what the downs than in recent years.
interior looks like – key details that Zestimates themselves use Zil-
Guess what? It turns out they were, AVMs are missing. What owners Lundquist says sellers often fail to low’s in-house AVM, which claims a
according to the study, “fairly similar.” tend to lack is stone-cold objectiv- understand that buyers today come 4.5 percent median error rate in New
ity. They’re emotionally involved and to the table with a massive advantage Hampshire. That means half of Zesti-
Despite their reputation for exces- may have inflated notions of what – they tend to have far more informa- mates there are inaccurate by more
sive enthusiasm about their homes’ turns on today’s buyers. tion on comparable sales and other than 4.5 percent. Some counties in
values, owners weren’t trounced by data, thanks to sites such as Zillow, the state have median error rates as
the computers. But neither the hu- Ultimately, the arbiters in the valu- Redfin, and others. They high as 9.5 percent.
mans nor the computer programs ation game are the professional ap- pretty much know the tight price
were standouts on accuracy. Only praisers who lenders hire to give them range within which a house should The takeaway: Valuing a home is
about half of the AVM estimates and independent estimates. Following an sell and are quick to spot overpricing. hardly an exact science. Especially in
40 percent of homeowners’ estimates inspection, they’ve got much of the a period when the real estate cycle is
came within 10 percent of the actual market data that feeds an AVM plus Seller disconnects on value can transitioning toward buyers’ advan-
selling price. an intimate knowledge of the prop- also create big challenges for real tage in many areas, you need to tap
erty. Ask appraisers which estimates estate agents. Anthony Askowitz, into the data available online, then
The study examined thousands of they’d bank on – owners’ or comput- broker-owner of RE/MAX Advance get the opinions of top realty agents
owners’ estimates provided during ers’ – and you tend to get the same, Realty in Miami, told me “the real- in your neighborhood. That should
a Census Bureau consumer survey resounding answer: Neither! ity is that some sellers need to be get you pretty close. 
in 2014 with AVM estimates on their

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Oct. 19 to Oct. 25

The real estate market picked up steam this past week in island ZIP code 32937, but remained slow in ZIP
codes 32951 and 32903. Satellite Beach reported 10 sales, but Indian Harbour Beach and Indialantic only
had 3 each and Melbourne Beach had 2 transactions.
The top sale of the week was of a home in the gated community of Tortoise Island in Satellite Beach. The
residence at 625 Tortoise Way was placed on the market June 15 with a price of $889,900. The sale closed
Oct. 22 for $875,000.
The seller was represented by Garrett Bell of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. The purchaser in the
transaction was represented by Kalli Kamholz of Hart to Hart Real Estate.



GRAVES PLAT OF MELBO 315 AVENUE B 7/7/2018 $575,000 $499,900 10/19/2018 $420,000
SUNSET BAY SUBD 539 SUNSET BLVD 5/7/2018 $465,000 $445,000 10/19/2018


RIO VILLA UNIT III 3065 RIO BONITA ST 4/24/2018 $579,900 $545,000 10/19/2018 $525,000
OCEAN VIEW TOWNHOMES 2536 N HIGHWAY A1A N 9/6/2018 $359,900 $359,900 10/19/2018 $359,900
INDIALANTIC BY THE SEA 332 EIGHTH AVE 6/8/2018 $379,000 $349,000 10/25/2018 $332,500


EMERALD HARBOR 610 JACKSON CT 8/17/2018 $525,000 $525,000 10/19/2018 $471,000
DE SOTO PARK UNIT 2 688 CARIBBEAN RD 6/28/2018 $429,900 $414,900 10/19/2018 $420,000
VILLA DEL MAR S6 U3 770 VERBENIA DR 9/7/2018 $389,900 $389,900 10/19/2018 $389,900
DE SOTO PARK 670 JAMAICA BLVD 7/5/2018 $399,900 $379,400 10/25/2018 $355,000

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Sunset Bay Subd, Address: 539 Sunset Blvd Subdivision: Graves Plat of Melbo, Address: 315 Avenue B

Listing Date: 5/7/2018 Listing Date: 7/7/2018
Original Price: $465,000 Original Price: $575,000
Recent Price: $445,000 Recent Price: $499,900
Sold: 10/19/2018 Sold: 10/19/2018
Selling Price: $420,000 Selling Price: $467,500
Listing Agent: Carolina Taylor-Tobia Listing Agent: Nancy Lamens

Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Premium Properties Real Estate

Kevin Beaugez Edward Drass

Harbor City Business Brokers Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

Subdivision: Ocean View Townhomes, Address: 2536 N Highway A1A N Subdivision: Emerald Harbor, Address: 610 Jackson Ct

Listing Date: 9/6/2018 Listing Date: 8/17/2018
Original Price: $359,900 Original Price: $525,000
Recent Price: $359,900 Recent Price: $525,000
Sold: 10/19/2018 Sold: 10/19/2018
Selling Price: $359,900 Selling Price: $471,000
Listing Agent: Theresa Callinan Listing Agent: Rusty & Kelly Ann Melle

Selling Agent: National Realty of Brevard Selling Agent: ITG Realty

Sandra McNatt Lisa Steele

Exp Realty LLC Keller Williams Realty,Brevard

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Indialantic by the Sea, Address: 332 Eighth Ave Subdivision: Harbor Beach Club A, Address: 1032 Steven Patrick Ave

Listing Date: 6/8/2018 Listing Date: 7/20/2018
Original Price: $379,000 Original Price: $334,999
Recent Price: $349,000 Recent Price: $319,900
Sold: 10/25/2018 Sold: 10/22/2018
Selling Price: $332,500 Selling Price: $314,000
Listing Agent: Mary Goodwin Listing Agent: Elizabeth Findley &
Coastal Home Team
Selling Agent: Curri Kirschner R.E. Grp. LLC Selling Agent:
Curri Properties
Margaret Wehner
Barbara Wall
Coldwell Banker Residential RE
BHHS Florida Realty

JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: De Soto Park Unit 2, Address: 688 Caribbean Rd Listing Date: 6/28/2018
Original Price: $429,900
Sold: 10/19/2018
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $420,000
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Jay Alford

2735 S HIGHWAY A1A • MELBOURNE BEACH, FL Selling Agent: Satellite Beach Realty

DIRECT OCEAN • $1,780,000 Tara Howard

NextHome Z House Realty

Subdivision: Amhrst Grd Sec 5 U1, Address: 445 E Amherst Cir E

Listing Date: 7/10/2018
Original Price: $319,900
Recent Price: $309,900
Sold: 10/23/2018
Selling Price: $310,000
Listing Agent: Cyndi Jones

Selling Agent: National Realty of Brevard

Norma Penton

BHHS Florida Realty

Subdivision: De Soto Park, Address: 670 Jamaica Blvd

3 BEDROOM • 3.1 BATHROOM • 3,440 SF • 3 CAR GARAGE Listing Date: 7/5/2018
.62 ACRES • HURRICANE IMPACT DOORS & WINDOWS Original Price: $399,900
Sold: 10/25/2018
David Curri Selling Price: $355,000
Listing Agent: Amanda Gonnella
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Alternative Realty
[email protected]
Rebecca Maciel
J. Edwards Real Estate
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