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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2021-02-26 00:39:50

02/18/2021 ISSUE 07

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February 18, 2021 | Volume 8, Issue 7 Newsstand Price: $1.00

YOUR LOCAL NEWS SOURCE FOR INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
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5PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS THIS SPINAL SURGEON 8 IMPACT 100 GRANTS B5
HAS GOT YOUR BACK WORKING WONDERS
TO GET PROMISED RAISES

MY TAKE Nursing home let
staff with COVID
BY RAY MCNULTY care for patients

For those not quite 65, By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
wait for a shot not easy [email protected]

As the coronavirus pandemic Aerial view PHOTO: ROSS ROWLINSON In the lull between Vero’s sum-
moves toward the one-year mark of Consulate mer and winter COVID-19 surges,
in Florida, I finally went to a local Health Care. and as families began to be able
pharmacy last week and received to visit residents in long-term
the first of my two shots – for New COVID-19 infections here unchanged, but deaths down care, a November inspection of
shingles. Consulate Health Care revealed a
By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer Vaccine administration is cinated being age 65 or older. frightening fact.
That should tell you how much [email protected] going strong locally, with near- On five of the last seven days
confidence I have in the clown ly 8,000 shots given last week Rather than tightening controls
show that has been Florida’s Reports of new COVID-19 and the number of people who leading up to press time, more on COVID-19, one of Vero’s most
COVID-vaccination rollout, which infections during the past week have received at least one dose than 1,000 shots per day were problem-ridden long-term care fa-
began nearly two months ago were nearly identical to the of COVID-19 vaccine now in administered, with Feb. 8 setting cilities was letting down its guard.
with long lines, crashing websites, week before, with an average of Indian River County at 27,568 a record of 2,059 shots in arms.
phone-system failures and con- 47 new cases per day county- – with 86 percent of people vac- Nine months into the pandem-
flicting information. wide for a total of 334. The number of local deaths ic, when COVID-19 precautions
should have been second nature,
Yes, I’ve heard the oft-tweaked CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 frontline caregivers – including a
machinations have improved in registered nurse in a supervisory
recent weeks, but the rate of vac- role – were coming to work with
cinations continues to move at the symptoms of COVID-19, and in
speed of erosion. some cases, even after testing
positive.
So, being only 62, lacking a
life-threatening illness and not The report, conducted by the
working on the front lines of the state’s Agency for Health Care Ad-
healthcare industry – which makes ministration (AHCA) in response
me too young, too healthy and to a complaint, showed screenings
not properly employed to get a weren’t consistently being done as
COVID-19 vaccination during the required. Mask-wearing was found
opening phases of Gov. Ron De- to be lax or abandoned by some.
In one instance, the inspector not-
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 ed a mask dangling off one ear of

INSIDE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

NEWS 1-7 ARTS B1

HEALTH 8 GAMES B11 FLORIDA CITY SIMILAR TO VERO FOILS CYBERATTACK ON WATER UTILITY

PETS B14 CALENDAR B15

REAL ESTATE 15

To advertise call: 772-559-4187 By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer PHOTO: County water systems.
For circulation or where to pick up [email protected] BRENDA AHEARN Officials here believe the county and city
your issue call: 772-226-7925
© 2021 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. A hacker tried to poison the drinking wa- water systems are safe from cyberattacks,
ter at a utility plant at Oldsmar, Fla., a city the but such attacks are constantly evolving, and
same size as Vero Beach, on Feb. 5 by remote- protecting the water supply is an ongoing
ly changing the chemical mix using the treat- challenge. The county water utility recently
ment system’s computerized controls. completed a federally mandated review and
risk assessment of its system, and Vero is in
The hack was detected before the water the midst of a similar process.
supply could be poisoned with lye, but the
incident raised obvious concerns about the Oldsmar – a quiet, harborside city of
security of the Vero Beach and Indian River
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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CONSULATE HEALTH CARE results of COVID-19 testing,” ac- The AHCA report does not include names, went through the required symp-
cording to the CMS website. identifying staff only by a letter of the alpha- tom screening. The charge nurse
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 bet. But it does describe their positions. did not send her home, nor did
Yet at Consulate, the state in- she order a COVID-19 test, the re-
an RN as she chatted with patients two feet spector found four frontline care- Among the employees who were found to port said.
away from her. givers – two of them RNs – who have worked even after testing positive was
were not screened for COVID-19 a personal care assistant, an entry-level po- “There is no evidence of further
When Consulate’s director of nursing symptoms on the last day worked sition created during the pandemic to ease evaluation by the infection pre-
was asked by the AHCA inspector who was before testing positive. All four the shortage of workers in long-term care. ventionist and director of nurs-
making sure people were being properly were showing symptoms at work, ing, or no evidence of a rapid test
screened, the director of nursing said “the including one RN who was the That staffer was tested for COVID-19 on being done prior to working her
front desk was doing it. I don’t know who’s designated weekend supervisor, Oct. 22; two days later, on Oct. 24, Consul- shift,” the report noted.
doing it now,” according to the report. according to the timeline of the ate was notified of the positive result. But
cases as reported to the health de- records show the caregiver’s last day worked The next day – Halloween –
That casual attitude belies the impor- partment. was Oct. 25 – even though, on top of the pos- when the CNA got a COVID-19
tance of screening as a means of keeping itive COVID-19 test, Consulate’s own screen- test that came back positive, she
patients and staff safe. Other frontline caregivers at Consul- ing from that day showed the caregiver with still had the headache, along with other
ate stayed on the job even after the facility a COVID-19 symptom – a headache. symptoms.
The Centers for Medicare and Medic- was notified they had tested positive for The facility line listing – the document
aid Services requires nursing homes to test COVID-19, according to the report. Another employee, a certified nursing as- nursing homes are required to turn in to the
staff and patients according to the county’s sistant, or CNA, went to work on the nursing local health department within 24 hours of
positivity rate, with frequency ranging from The report also noted a failure of Con- home’s 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift on Oct. 30 with a a positive test – showed the employee had
monthly when positivity is low, to twice a sulate to properly report positive cases to headache bad enough that she mentioned it “myalgia/muscle aches, unusual fatigue,
week if positivity is high. the health department, sometimes waiting to the charge nurse, her supervisor. But there headache, fever, cough, difficulty breathing,
two, three and even four days to report in- was no evidence that anyone made sure she shortness of breath and sore throat for more
Screening fills in between regular tests, fections. The state health department man- than 48 hours.”
and the Centers for Medicare and Medic- dates that positive test results be reported Based on when she tested positive, that
aid Services requires the procedure in long- by facilities within 24 hours of receipt. timeline would put a highly symptomat-
term care on entry for visitors and vendors; ic CNA squarely in the halls of Consulate,
daily for residents; and at each shift for staff. One nurse who was tested at a hospital moving among staff and patients prior to
and found to be positive for COVID-19 was her positive test.
The screening protocol requires tempera- never reported by Consulate, the inspector But the timeline is muddied, since Con-
ture taking but also forces staff to take note found, even though Consulate was aware of sulate did not report the case to the health
of symptoms ranging from cough and short- the case. The director of nursing “offered no department until Nov. 2, three days after the
ness of breath to more innocuous-seeming explanation why the employee was not [re- positive test, and two days beyond the re-
complaints including headache, runny nose ported].” quired 24-hour reporting window.
or sore throat, all of which could indicate An LPN who last worked Nov. 16 – with no
coronavirus infection. Another staffer, a CNA, tested positive in evidence of screening – had a positive rapid
August in routine testing at the facility, but
“Staff with symptoms or signs of her case was never reported, the investiga-
COVID-19 must be tested and are expected tor found.
to be restricted from the facility pending the

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test the next day on Nov. 17. The line listing at CareSpot. It was positive. It is by far the largest federally imposed Consulate was fined $16,000 for a similar
for that positive case showed muscle aches, During the inspection, the state inspector fine at any of the county’s five nursing do-not-resuscitate issue in January in which
headache, fever and runny nose for 56 hours homes. The next largest fine was imposed on advanced directives could not be found and
beforehand. noted multiple cases of staff and residents Palm Garden, fined more than $80,000 two CPR was given despite a DNR.
not wearing masks as required. Four staffers years ago for filthy conditions and degrading
Another CNA whose last day was Nov. 16 were observed without facemasks, including practices. In March 2020, it was fined again, Calls to Consulate’s executive director
also lacked any evidence of a screening. Like a registered nurse whose mask was dangling $14,000 for performing CPR on a patient were not returned. Neither were emails sent
the LPN, she tested positive the next day, from her ear as she stood in a hallway pre- who had a do-not-resuscitate order. to Consulate’s corporate communication
Nov. 17. The line listing showed she had a paring medications. staff. 
runny nose for 72 hours before her test. COVID-19 DEATHS DOWN
Twice she had conversations with resi- cine waiting list have been getting appoint-
And then there is the registered nurse dents who were just 2 feet away. Those res- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ments – some with strings attached, as they
who took her job very seriously. She was idents wore masks, but the inspector noted must be willing to travel to South Florida for
the weekend supervisor on Oct. 24-25 and seven other residents without masks in close reported this past week was less than half their shot.
the report cites her “work ethic” as the rea- proximity to each other. last week’s number, with eight people dy-
son she stayed on the job with COVID-19 ing with complications of the virus, down The pandemic continues to disrupt
symptoms. A second nurse, an LPN, was also un- from 17 the previous week. small businesses around town as the virus
masked as she worked at a different medi- hits key employees, and students are still
The inspector went into great detail in her cations cart. Indian River County’s positivity rate for turning up sick and sent home to quaran-
interview with the nurse, confirming she had COVID-19 testing has remained below 10 tine, interrupting routines at schools and in
worked Oct. 24-25 even though she was ex- The same inspection noted multiple percent now for a solid two weeks, after families.
periencing headache, nausea and throat ir- medication errors, including switching the more than a month of percentages frequent-
ritation. “She said it did not occur to her she entire morning pill regimen of two patients ly in the teens. Emergency room visits for Large gatherings, events and festivals
would have COVID-19,” wrote the inspector who were roommates. COVID-like symptoms and flu-like symp- are starting to make a comeback as people
– even though there were numerous known toms were down sharply over the past week. cooped up for nearly a year yearn to get
positive cases in the facility that week. It is not known whether state or federal their lives back to normal, but the social
authorities will impose any penalty on Con- Daily hospitalization numbers remained calendar is still far from the typical Febru-
“She denied telling anyone, stating that sulate for its deficiencies in the November steady, with 25 people in the hospital with ary on Vero’s barrier island.
she was the weekend supervisor, and her inspection. Those typically come weeks or COVID-19 Monday evening, but the avail-
work ethic made her work,” the report said, months after the report is posted, which ability of intensive-care unit beds contin- As testing and vaccinations are running
noting the nurse had to use a rescue inhaler typically is 30 to 45 days after the inspection. ues to be a challenge, with only 14 percent more smoothly in Florida, the legislature
on Sunday. of the county’s ICU beds open on Monday. prepares for its spring session with a debate
That was the case with the facility former- on the horizon on whether or not Flori-
The next day, her day off, she stayed in ly known as Grace Rehabilitation Center, Winn-Dixie pharmacy in South Vero da should institute limits to businesses’
bed. Tuesday, she was scheduled to work now known as Orchid Cove. Records show was added to the list of vaccine outlets this COVID-19 liability. Organizations like the
“but felt hot.” She took her temperature and the nursing home and rehab center incurred week, giving local seniors one more place Florida Chamber of Commerce strongly
found it was 102 degrees. It was only then a federal fine of $105,147 after a cognitively to try for an appointment. Local residents support these limits, while workers’ rights
that she let Consulate know she was sick, she impaired wheelchair-bound patient went who registered for the State of Florida vac- groups and consumer organizations op-
told the inspector. Finally, after four days unnoticed as he rolled himself through the pose the limits. 
with symptoms – two of them while on the length of the facility and out an unlocked
job at Consulate – she had a COVID-19 test exit door where he remained unnoticed for
up to two hours in the August sun.

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MY TAKE Santis already has gone rogue, ignoring the We’re confronting a pandemic that, as of I tried doing an Internet search using the
CDC’s recommendation to open with the Sunday, had killed nearly 500,000 Americans, words, “Florida COVID-19 vaccination under
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 75-and-over age group and, instead, opting almost 30,000 Floridians and more than 250 65,” just to see what was out there.
to allow all of Florida’s 4.5 million seniors to of our Indian River County neighbors.
Santis’ wrongheaded plan – I figure I’ll have overwhelm an unproven vaccination system. There wasn’t much, other than a few vac-
plenty of time to get my shingles booster That scares folks, or at least causes them cination-related news stories, the most inter-
in May, wait the recommended two to four Will DeSantis learn from his mistake and angst, and not only those in the 65-and-over esting of which were about Walmart stores in
weeks, and still not need to put off my first restrict the next wave of vaccinations to peo- crowd that infectious-diseases experts say Florida mistakenly booking appointments
coronavirus shot. ple 55-and-over? Or will he simply open up are at the greatest risk of serious illness and last week for people younger than 65 but
COVID vaccinations to everyone, regardless even death. deemed vulnerable to COVID-19.
Let’s be honest: Based on what we’ve seen of age, and turn the process into the public
thus far, there’s little reason to believe Flori- health version of “The Hunger Games”? Those of us who are in our 60s – but have The most tantalizing prospect was an
da will move to the next phase of its still-de- not yet reached DeSantis’ magic number – AARP website story that addressed the ques-
veloping vaccination plan and begin inocu- No one seems to know. are at risk, too, albeit to a lesser degree. The tion: “Who will be eligible to get vaccinated
lating healthy folks under age 65 before the But someone should. same goes for the 55-and-over age bracket. next?”
start of summer. We should know what comes next and
when – even if it’s nothing more than a best- That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t wait until Unfortunately, the answer fell flat.
At this point, in fact, no one seems to know guess forecast or worst-case scenario – so the 65-and-over group has been vaccinated. “It’s not yet clear,” the response began.
what the next phase is, who will be included those of us waiting to get vaccinated can pre- We’re not looking to jump the line. We just “DeSantis said he hoped that, by February,
or how many phases are planned, since De- pare ourselves. want more information than we’re getting. most of Florida’s initial priority group – in-
cluding older adults – would be immunized,
Because we’re getting none. and that vaccines would then be available
to more people. But the state is still working
through this first group.”
The story, by the way, was posted on Fri-
day, which made it the most recent informa-
tion available on the topic.
So, I called Miranda Hawker, the state
Health Department’s Indian River County
administrator, to see if she could provide any
specifics about the next phase of the state’s
vaccination plan, the parameters of which
are detailed in the executive order DeSantis
issued in December.
“I can’t speculate,” Hawker said, adding
that she’ll continue to abide by DeSantis’ ex-
ecutive order until he amends it or issues a
new one.
She said it’s difficult to predict when the
next phase of vaccinations will begin be-
cause “we’re still vaccinating the 65-and-over
group and others covered by the executive
order. And as more and more people get vac-
cinated, we’re seeing more people who want
to get vaccinated.
As for who will be included in the next
phase, Hawker said the governor will make
that decision.
One thing she was sure about, though:
People under 65 should not go to vaccine
sites late in the day in hopes that they’ll be
able to get the vaccine doses scheduled for
others who didn’t show up for their appoint-
ments. “If they show up, they’ll be turned
away,” Hawker said. “We cannot vaccinate
anyone under 65.”
Besides, she said, cancellations and no-
shows have been rare – and when they do
occur, those appointments and doses are be-
ing given to people signed up on the county’s
wait list.
Still, the Health Department’s phones
continue to ring, and the callers are often
under 65 and want to know when they can
get their shots.
“We do get a lot of calls, and we’re thankful
people want to be vaccinated,” Hawker said.
“We’re committed to vaccinating as many
people as possible, as soon as possible, and
vaccine is getting out into the community.
“We’re getting out as much vaccine as
we’re getting in, and we will get to you,” she
added. “Until then, continue to follow the
protocols – mask up in public, practice social
distancing, wash your hands.”
And, if you’re under 65, be patient. 

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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS TO GET PROMISED PAY RAISES

By George Andreassi | Staff Writer land said negotiators put aside public differ- herculean effort for all involved,” Free- teachers in this county,” Freeland said. “I
ences about the handling of the COVID-19 land said. “It has been hours of ongoing believe he has come through.”
Indian River County’s 2,000 public pandemic to strike a deal on pay raises. dialogue and some ruffled feathers. We are
school teachers will receive at least a 5 per- now one of the state models. [Our efforts] It was important to provide a starting
cent raise this year and new teachers will Both sides also said they believe rela- did not fall apart when those of counties pay of $47,500 to new teachers so Indian
start at $47,500 per year under a contract tions between the district and the union around us have.” River County would be among those meet-
approved last week by the School Board. are the best they’ve been in several years, ing the standard set by Gov. Ron DeSantis,
another feather in the cap of Superinten- While Freeland acknowledged friction Moore said. “It’s very expensive to live here.
The three-year pact calls for 5 percent dent Moore. with Moore during the fall concerning Let’s compensate those who have the most
raises for the current school year, 2 percent health and technology issues, she praised important job so they can afford to live here,”
raises for the 2021-2022 school year and a “We have built a solid foundation for the superintendent for delivering on the he added.
half-hour reduction in the workday in the the future of this district and its teachers,” pay raises.
2022-2023 school year. Freeland told the School Board during the Indian River County also gave robust
Feb. 9 business meeting. “Dr. Moore made me a promise, and, raises to veteran teachers to separate them
Schools Superintendent David Moore through me, he made a promise to all the from the rookies, Moore said. 
and teachers union President Jennifer Free- “Putting this contract together was a

Mardy Fish tourney rescheduled to mid-October

The 2021 Mardy Fish Children’s Foun- The clay-court tournament, which has
dation Tennis Championships have been
rescheduled from April to October, when been played in Vero Beach since 1995, is
tournament organizers hope enough of
the Vero Beach community will be vacci- widely regarded to be among the world’s
nated against COVID-19 to allow specta-
tors to attend the annual event. best entry-level pro tennis events.

Tournament Director Randy Walker said Usually scheduled for late April, it was
the United States Tennis Association and
the foundation’s board of directors have played in October last year, too, because
approved moving the $15,000 men’s pro-
fessional event, which will be played at The of the coronavirus pandemic – though
Boulevard Tennis Club, to Oct. 18-24.
the event wasn’t sanctioned by the USTA,

which had suspended competition at all

levels, and offered only $10,000 in prize

money. “Our chances of having fans at

the tournament in October are a lot bet-

ter,” Walker said.  – RAY McNULTY

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CYBERATTACK FOILED ing it less challenging for the hacker to Vero Beach Utilities is on a different law, which includes a cybersecurity
break in and gain remote access to the timetable to fully comply with AWIA re- risk/threat assessment. This action
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 chemical controls. quirements, because the city’s system was authorized by City Council at
serves a smaller population than the the Sept. 1, 2020 meeting,” Falls
roughly 15,000 people near Clearwater Indian River County Utilities Director county. According to the EPA schedule of said.
and Dunedin – seems an odd target for a Vincent Burke confirmed last week that compliance deadlines, Vero has until June
cyberattack. Its modern reverse-osmosis the county’s water treatment systems 30 of this year to complete its Risk and Re- Kimley-Horn is being paid
water treatment plant is only eight years have no remote access. Beyond that, there silience Assessment, and until Dec. 31 to $60,000 for 356 hours of work on
old, and since it opened, Oldsmar’s util- wasn’t too much he would say. “We take finalize its Emergency Response Plan. In the Risk and Resilience Assess-
ity has won several accolades, including these things very seriously,” Burke said, the interim, City Manager Monte Falls ex- ment and then another $9,000 for
the Florida Department of Environmental adding that Indian River County Utilities pressed confidence in Vero’s systems. 56 hours of work on the Emergency
Protection’s Operations Excellence Award complies with the requirements of the Response Plan. City staff has been
in 2013 and 2018. America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 “The city has the proper protocols and working with the consultants to
(AWIA). Burke said the county’s new head internal controls in place to prevent this examine asset inventories, control system
Yet, its systems were not as protected of information systems, Dan Russell, has kind of breach of the city’s water treat- exposure, used access controls, safeguards
as they could have been. After the attack, greatly enhanced and hardened all of the ment plant controls and other critical city against unauthorized physical access, and
the FBI alerted other utilities about three county’s computer systems to keep data IT infrastructure,” Falls said. “We consid- vulnerability management. In addition to
shortcomings that made Oldsmar vulner- safe and prevent hacking. er ourselves well protected and the city’s examining external security factors, the
able. IT department constantly monitors the consultants will analyze the city utility’s
Russell referred questions about the se- emergence of new cybersecurity threats cybersecurity training, policies and cul-
According to the FBI, the water treat- curity upgrades to county spokesperson and responds with the appropriate mea- ture, as well as the potential for insider
ment plant’s computers were still using Kathleen Keenan, who confirmed that “In- sures for protection of city assets. threats.
the outdated Windows 7 operating sys- dian River County met the AWIA require- When asked if Vero allows any sort of
tem, which Microsoft no longer actively ments in 2020.” According to the Environ- “We also have engaged Kimley-Horn remote access to water system controls,
supports with security updates. On top of mental Protection Agency, utilities the size and Associates to perform a formal AIWA Falls said, “for security reasons, we cannot
that, the hacker gained remote access to of the county’s system were required to risk assessment as required by Federal answer questions about the specifics of
controls using desktop sharing software conduct a risk assessment by March 2020 our network access or controls.”
called TeamViewer, which the FBI says has and submit a final Emergency Response The FBI is still investigating the Old-
legitimate applications but is a “popular Plan by September 2020. smar case to determine who the hacker
tool” used in cyberattacks. was and where the hacker is located, as the
Keenan also offered some generic as- threat could have been local or from an-
“Beyond its legitimate uses, TeamView- surance. “While the county cannot com- other country. Tips the FBI offered utilities
er allows cyber actors to exercise remote ment on the specific details regarding the include multiple-factor authentication,
control over computer systems and drop security, including cybersecurity, of the strong passwords, network audits, the iso-
files onto victim computers, making them design, construction and operation of our lation of computer systems, and keeping
similar to Remote Access Trojans (RATs),” network for the county’s water treatment their software, anti-virus and anti-spam
the FBI memo stated. facilities, the county has put safeguards protection up to date. 
in place to avoid potential cybersecurity
Last, access to the utility’s systems was threats,” she said.
not protected by strong passwords, mak-



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This pain-fighting spinal surgeon has got your back

By Kerry Firth | Correspondent izes in injuries and conditions of the back
and neck, and has expertise in open and
Back pain can range from a nagging minimally invasive spine surgery as well
nuisance to a raging torture. Nerve and as robotic and navigation assisted spine
muscular problems, degenerative disc surgery. But just because he can do some-
disease and arthritis can all trigger pain, thing surgically to relieve the pain, doesn’t
and there are wide variety of surgical and mean he pushes a surgical solution.
non-surgical treatments for various back
conditions. “My goal is to avoid surgery complete-
ly, if possible,” Dr. Kinsella said. “And if I
Dr. Stuart Kinsella, who arrived in Vero have to do surgery, I do the most specific
just last summer, is an orthopaedic sur- surgery possible to help their symptoms.
geon with Vero Orthopaedics. He special- Back surgery is not the same for every-

Dr. Stuart Kinsella.

PHOTO: KAILA JONES

one and it’s not the picture I’m treating; spond to nonsurgical treatment such as
it’s the patient. It doesn’t matter what inti-inflammatory medications, heat and
their picture looks like. It could be really physical therapy. If you can get the inflam-
bad or really good. If there’s a connection mation to go down, you can feel better with-
between what they are saying and what I out physically decompressing that nerve.
can see, I fix that specific problem and not
fix anything that isn’t causing a problem.” If the pain continues, your doctor may
advise you to get X-rays to isolate the source
Lower back pain – one of the most com- of the pain. Short courses of oral steroids
mon ailments out there – will typically re- as well as epidural steroids (injections of

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medication on the nerve directly) are other that happens in a spinal canal, it can push Herniated discs, also known as pinched gation assistance beyond the free hand
non-surgical methods of treatment. on the nerves. The recommended treat- nerves or bulging discs, occur when the techniques,” he said. “But in the setting
ment for this condition usually is surgery. spinal disc, which acts as a shock absorb- of complicated revisions and deformities
“The injections to the spine have both er between the vertebrae, leaks some of such as scoliosis, the robot in real-time
numbing medication and steroids in “When you have lumbar stenosis, the its inner material and aggravates a nerve, navigation is extremely useful. Robot-
them, and while they work very well, spinal cord usually ends around L-1 so causing pain, numbness and weakness. ics and navigation surgery is taking over
they don’t last that long,” said Dr. Kinsel- in most of the lower back it’s actually Disc herniation symptoms usually start and there are so many advances in the
la. “From a diagnostic perspective, what nerve roots floating in a sac,” explained for no apparent reason. Or they may occur area. One of the goals I had coming down
happens during the first 24 hours after Dr. Kinsella. “It’s kind of like strands of when a person lifts something heavy and/ here was to bring this advanced technol-
an injection can isolate the source of the spaghetti floating in a clear fluid in a see- or twists the lower back, motions that put ogy to the Treasure Coast to provide the
problem. If you get complete relief from through membrane. You can actually see added stress on the discs. Fortunately, 95 care that was otherwise unable to be done
numbing one of the nerves at a certain the nerves floating in there. Some peo- percent of herniated discs and the symp- here. I brought the first Excelsius GPS
spot in the spine but it only lasted a day, ple have stenosis so severe that all those toms they cause through nerve compres- Robotic Navigation Platform to the east
you have learned exactly where that prob- nerves will bunch up. If during surgery sion can get better without surgery. coast of Florida and it’s now housed at Se-
lem lies and can narrow it down to the you take out the bone or arthritis that bastian River Medical Center.
specific cause. Knowing that can lead to is pushing on that sac, you can actually While Dr. Kinsella is an expert in robot-
less invasive surgery if needed.” watch it expand giving the nerves room ic navigation surgery, he doesn’t generally “I fell in love the spine because it has
to float when they used to be squished to- use it for cervical surgeries. “Most of the such an impact on our lives and I want-
Spinal stenosis – the narrowing of the gether. By giving them space the pain is straightforward degenerative procedures ed the opportunity to help people get
spinal canal, which causes pressure on diminished or alleviated.” aren’t significantly aided by robot navi- their health back,” recalled Dr. Kinsella.
the nerves – is identified by the source “During my medical training we had a pa-
of the pain. Cervical stenosis occurs in tient who had a very compressed lumbar
the upper/neck part of the spine and can spine and by decompressing the spine and
radiate down the arm to the hand or fin- sac I could actually see the nerves expand-
gers, or cause numbness or tingling in the ing and their color improving. When I
shoulder or arm. looked back on the MRI and made the con-
nection, it showed how powerful that kind
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of surgery can be when it’s done correctly.”
of the spinal canal in the lower back. It
compresses the nerves traveling through Dr. Stuart Kinsella moved to Vero Beach
the lower back into the legs. While it can last August after completing his spine sur-
occur in younger patients, it more often is gery fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess
a degenerative condition that affects peo- Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in
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During the pandemic, heart
surgeries fell by 53 percent

By Christina Bennett elective surgeries, with all types of heart
The Washington Post operations experiencing a decline, includ-
ing coronary artery bypass grafting, aortic
Heart surgeries among U.S. adults or mitral valve replacement, a combina-
dropped by a dramatic 53 percent in the tion or something else.
past year, a reduction that cardiac sur-
geons say was caused by the coronavirus Hot spots of decline included regions
pandemic. where covid-19 was most severe early
on. For instance, the New York/New Jer-
The number comes from an analysis sey/Pennsylvania area had a 71 percent
of national data through the end of 2020 drop in heart surgery volume from 2019
and included information on 717,103 heart to 2020, and New England states (Maine,
surgery patients and more than 20 million Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachu-
COVID-19 patients. The finding was pre- setts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
had 61 percent fewer heart surgeries.
sented at a January meeting of the So-
ciety of Thoracic Surgeons. Probable causes of the decline were
The analysis found that a combination of pandemic-related
adult cardiac surgery factors, including hospitals becoming
volume fel l by more overwhelmed by covid-19 patients and

than half canceling elective procedures
nationwide, and people fearing expo-
to roughly 12,000 sure to COVID-19 and
surgeries a month on average. The postponing
decline included 65 percent fewer elec- or avoiding
tive surgeries and 40 percent fewer non- medical vis-
its and pro-
cedures. 



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Ambiguous genetic test results can be unsettling

By Christina Bennett the standard recommendations to begin
The Washington Post breast cancer screenings at an early age.

When her gynecologist recommended But she feared that if the testing her doc-
genetic testing, Mai Tran was reluctant. tor was suggesting revealed a genetic vari-
ation known to cause breast cancer, she
“I didn’t really want to do it,” recalled would have to decide whether to have her
Tran, who had just turned 21 and was living breasts surgically removed. That was a de-
in New York, “but she kept on emailing me cision she was not ready to make.
about it and was really adamant that I do it.”
Doctors are increasingly testing people’s
Tran knew she had an elevated risk of de- genes for signs of hereditary risks for can-
veloping breast cancer because of her fam- cer, said Allison Kurian, a medical oncolo-
ily history – her mother died of the disease gist and the director of the Women’s Clin-
and a maternal aunt was diagnosed and ical Cancer Genetics Program at Stanford
survived. Given this, she planned to follow

University. If the tests find a genetic varia- harmless variation in a gene – or one linked
tion known to cause cancer, treatments or to cancer. Detecting such variations is com-
preventive measures may be recommended mon. A review showed the percentage of
to prevent the disease, she said. patients who learn they have a VUS after
multiple-gene panel testing varied in stud-
But the trend can unsettle patients like ies from 20 percent to 40 percent.
Tran, sometimes unnecessarily, because
many genetic findings are ambiguous, leav- “The larger the panel someone orders, the
ing doctors uncertain about whether a par- more likely we are to find one or even multi-
ticular variant is truly dangerous. ple variants of uncertain significance,” said
genetic counselor Meagan Farmer, director
Multiple-gene panel tests emerged in of genetic clinical operations at My Gene
2012 and the number of genes covered in Counsel, a Connecticut company that pro-
these panels has since ballooned, with tests vides online genetic counseling tools.
that include more than 80 genes associated
with cancer commonly available. Farmer has seen patients change their
minds when she informs them of this real-
But the chances of finding an inconclu- ity. “That patient that thought they wanted
sive result – which can be troubling for pa- everything [tested] might then kind of scale
tients and confusing for doctors to interpret back what they were looking for,” she said.
– rises as more genes are tested. A study by
Kurian showed that multiple-gene screen- Kurian said patients can be tested for all
ing was 10 times more likely to find incon- the cancer genes available as long as they
clusive results than a test that examines understand that the analysis of many genes
only two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, long will probably not be informative. Several
associated with a higher risk of breast and years later, if more evidence accumulates
ovarian cancer. for a particular gene, those results may in-
form medical decisions.
An inconclusive result is known with-
in the medical community as a variant of “It’s not wrong” to conduct the tests,
uncertain significance, or VUS. It may be a Kurian said. “But it needs to be appropri-

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ately handled by all parties.” Onel, a clinical cancer geneticist and the
In fall 2018, having never heard of a VUS, director of the Center for Cancer Preven-
tion and Wellness at the Icahn School of
Tran settled on the most comprehensive Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
screening: a gene panel that at the time
evaluated 67 genes for various cancer types. Researchers recently found evidence
that doctors may be inappropriately rec-
Individuals who belong to racial minority ommending surgery based on a VUS. The
groups have an especially high likelihood of results were presented virtually at the 2020
harboring a VUS because most genes were American Society of Clinical Oncology an-
sequenced first in White people, who also nual meeting and have not yet been pub-
tend to have better access to testing, ac- lished in a peer-reviewed journal.
cording to a study by Stanford researchers
including Kurian. More than 7,000 women were sur-
veyed about their experience with multi-
It showed that, among a racially diverse ple-gene panel testing, and among those
group of people who had multiple-gene with a VUS in a gene associated with
panel testing, more than one-third who ovarian cancer, 15 percent had their ova-
were not White had a VUS result, whereas ries and fallopian tubes removed. Sur-
one-quarter who were White did. gery was not warranted for these women
because experts say a VUS should not be
Testing revealed that Tran, who is Viet- used to make medical decisions.
namese, had a VUS in a gene associated
with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary condi- Furthermore, many of these women
tion that increases the risk of developing did not have a family history of ovarian
colon cancer, uterine cancer and other can- cancer and had not reached menopause,
cers. The genetic counselor explained the yet 80 percent reported that their doctor
VUS was inconclusive and should not be recommended surgery or discussed it as
used to inform medical decisions. an option.

Although Tran does not dwell on the It is not just the procedure that causes
VUS, the testing process itself caused emo- problems, explained the researcher who
tional turmoil. “I really did the test most- led the study, Susan Domchek, who is a
ly for my doctor and not for myself,” Tran medical oncologist and executive director
said. “If I could have chosen, I would not of the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Med-
have done it.” icine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

But other patients are more unnerved by Women who have their ovaries taken out
uncertain results. before menopause start menopause early,
which raises their risk of developing health
“The VUS is scary because it’s a crap- problems such as osteoporosis and heart
shoot,” said Logan Marcus, of Beverly Hills, disease, according to Domchek.
Calif. She has a rare variation in BRCA1 that
one genetic testing company said is “likely The study also showed that doctors of-
pathogenic” and another said is a VUS. ten recommended surgery even for women
who had alterations in genes not associated
A genetic variant found in testing can with ovarian cancer – more evidence, Dom-
be classified – in decreasing severity – as chek said, that doctors who lack training in
“pathogenic,” “likely pathogenic,” “VUS,” genetics often misinterpret these results.
“likely benign” or “benign,” and studies
have shown that commercial laboratories Having had multiple relatives with can-
and companies sometimes disagree on how cer and after seeking advice from a genetic
to classify a variant. counselor, Marcus plans to have a double
mastectomy to prevent breast cancer and
The consensus among experts is to not give her peace of mind, but she is unsure
make medical decisions, such as whether to whether she’ll have her ovaries removed to
have surgery, based on a VUS because it of- prevent ovarian cancer. At age 39, she has
ten turns out to be benign as more research not had children yet.
is done and more people are tested.
“This has been a two-plus-year struggle
Yet, doctors who do not have training in for me,” Marcus said. “I felt very alone, and
genetics often don’t follow that advice. nobody could give me any answers.” 

“I’ve actually seen this a number of times,
and it’s a very real concern,” said Kenan

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Sorting out meds used to treat high blood pressure

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist drug on your own. Your heart pumps less blood and your pres- common ACE inhibitors: Lotensin, Capoten,
More than half of Americans over age 60 sure goes down. Vasotec, Monopril, Prinivil, Zestril, Univasc,
Question: I heard that taking beta blockers Aceon, Accupril, Altace and Mavik.
for high blood pressure is not a good idea. I have high blood pressure. Many people with The following are the brand names for
take a beta blocker, so should I ask my doctor high blood pressure need more than one common beta-blockers: Sectral, Tenormin, Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBS):
to take me off it? medication to treat it. So, I’ve received many Kerlone, Zebeta, Cartrol, Tandate, Lopressor, ARBS are like ACE inhibitors because they
questions about blood-pressure drugs. Toprol XL, Corgard, Levatol, Visken, Inderal, protect against angiotensin II. ARBS don’t
One study found that beta blockers may Betapace and Blocadren. lower levels of the hormone; they prevent
increase the risk of having a heart attack or There’s a lot of confusion about these this chemical from affecting the heart and
stroke if you are using them to treat high medications because there are so many of Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) blood vessels. The following are common
blood pressure alone. Beta blockers also them and they work in a variety of ways. inhibitors: ACE inhibitors keep your body ARBS: Atacand, Teveten, Avapro, Cozaar,
treat other conditions such as heart failure. If Today’s column is devoted to clearing up from making angiotensin II, a hormone that Benicar, Micardis and Diovan.
you are taking a beta blocker, discuss it with some of the confusion. normally causes blood vessels to narrow.
your doctor. Warning: Don’t stop taking the ACE inhibitors expand blood vessels, so your Calcium channel blockers: These drugs
Beta blockers: Beta-blockers make your blood pressure goes down. The following are block calcium from entering the muscle cells
heart beat more slowly and with less force. of the heart and blood vessels. This relaxes
blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.

The following are common calcium chan-
nel blockers: Norvasc, Cardizem, Dilacor
XR, Tiazac, Plendil, DynaCirc CR, Cardene,
Adalat CC, Procardia, Nimotop, Sular, Calan,
Covera HS, Isoptin and Verelan.

Diuretics: Diuretics, also known as “water
pills,” help the kidneys flush extra water and
salt from your body and decrease blood vol-
ume to lower pressure.

The following are common diuretics: Mi-
crozide,Midamor, Bumex, Diuril, Hygroton,-
Thalitone, Lasix, Esidrix, Hydrodiuril, Sal-
uron, Lozol, Enduron, Zaroxolyn, Aldactone,
Demadex and Dyrenium.

Vasodilators: Vasodilators open blood
vessels by directly relaxing the muscle in the
vessel walls. Common vasodilators are Apre-
soline and Loniten.

Alpha blockers: Alpha blockers, also
called alpha-adrenergic antagonists, reduce
nerve impulses that tighten blood vessels;
this permits blood to flow more freely.

Common alpha blockers are: Cardura,
Minipress, Minizide, Hytrin, Flomax and
Uroxatral.

Alpha-beta blockers: These drugs work
two ways: They reduce nerve impulses to
blood vessels and slow the heartbeat. Com-
mon alpha-beta blockers are Coreg and
Normodyne.

Central-acting agents: Central-acting
agents work by preventing your brain from
sending signals to your nervous system to
speed up your heart rate and narrow your
blood vessels.

The following are examples: Catapres,
Clorpres, Combipres, Wytensin, Tenex, Al-
domet, Aldochlor and Aldoril.

Combination drugs: There are a variety of
preparations that combine medications. For
example, Cozaar, which is an ARB, is com-
bined with a diuretic, to form Hyzaar.

The following are other popular combi-
nation drugs:Lexxel, Lotrel, Tarka, Tenoretic,
Ziac, Corzide, Inderide, Timolide, Lotensin,
Vaseretic, Prinzide, Zestoretic, Uniretic, Ac-
curetic, Avalide and Diovan HCT.

Renin inhibitors: Renin inhibitors are a
relatively new type of blood pressure drug.
As the name indicates, they inhibit renin,
which is an enzyme secreted by the kidneys
that is involved in the release of angiotensin.

Tekturna is a renin inhibitor. 

Cozy condo in Harmony Circle
comes with expansive views

5010 Harmony Circle Unit 306 in Harmony Island at Grand Harbor: 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 871-square-foot condominium
offered for $179,000 by Kimberly Keithahn, Alex MacWilliam Real Estate: 772-321-4656

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Cozy condo in Harmony Circle comes with expansive views

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer where a Corian-topped island provides
plenty of storage and a place for everyone
James and Janice Stemble were high to dine. The kitchen was recently renovat-
school sweethearts with plans to marry ed with new cabinets, countertops and up-
until the Vietnam War started and James dated appliances.
went off to serve his country in United
States Army. They lost touch while he was Volume ceilings add to the sense of spa-
in the service, and it took the couple nearly ciousness in the unit, complementing the
50 years to reconnect. open floorplan. To the right of the front
entry, a powder room and laundry closet
James was already living in Vero Beach are conveniently located. At the rear of the
when they found each other again. After condominium, the great room opens onto
they were reunited, Janice moved here to the southern-facing balcony through a
and the couple tied the knot at long last. It pair of French doors with sidelights.
was then they decided to make 5010 Har-
mony Circle, Unit 306, in Harmony Island Outside, spectacular views of the Grand
at Grand Harbor their home. Harbor clubhouse and golf course provide
a never-ending source of amusement. Be-
“It’s the perfect size for us,” shares Jan- tween the abundant wildlife and the busy
ice, who, like James, thinks condo living people, it’s like watching a show unfold in
is for the birds – lovebirds, that is. Which real time.
makes their condo’s view of the lake and
wooden bridge all the more magical for “This is one of the grandest views
these two. The Stembles also have a per- around here,” notes Keithahn, as she
fect view from their balcony of the Grand points out that the lovely balcony adds
Harbor Clubhouse. about 210 square feet of living space, won-
dering aloud if anyone would ever spend
As a retired golf pro, the proximity to anytime inside with this gorgeous outdoor
the golf course was a real boon for James, space just steps away.
shares Janice, who enjoyed the walkabili-
ty of the community. “You can walk clear The owner’s suite shares access to the
around Grand Harbor and get good exer- balcony through a second set of French
cise or ride a bike. It’s very friendly.” doors where Janice says she loves to watch
the sunrise.
The condo’s Mediterranean-style ar-
chitecture suits the relaxed lifestyle of “It’s so beautiful at Grand Harbor. The
the community. “Grand Harbor is uto- views from the third floor on our balcony
pia. As soon as you enter the gates, it’s its are absolutely amazing. You can see both
own world,” says Kimberly Keithahn, Alex the sunrise and the sunset from there,”
MacWilliam Real Estate. says Janice.

“There are very few communities that Grand Harbor is a certified Audubon
give you both golf and marina. To be able sanctuary, she adds. “You see a lot of
to get in at this price point is remarkable,” beautiful birds. I’ve seen birds that I’ve
adds Keithahn, noting the flexibility of never seen before. White pelicans, rose-
membership options available to resi- ate spoonbills, cranes and egrets,” she
dents, including golf, tennis, social and says, rattling off a few of her favorites. In
beach memberships in various combina- the lagoon that borders the community to
tions at various price points. the east are bottlenose dolphins, rare West
Indian manatees, otters, game fish and
The third-floor condominium is easily thousands of other species of animal and
reached via elevator or staircase, which plant life.
opens near Unit 306. There are only four
units on the third floor, keeping things A short hallway separates the generous-
quiet and private. ly sized bedroom from the walk-in closet
and bathroom where a water closet, dual
The front door opens into the kitchen

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sinks and vast, walk-in shower with multi- in the county, according to Keithahn. tennis and bocce, as well as fine and ca- Vero’s charming seaside village with bars,
ple showerheads await. As part of the largest residential enclave sual dining and a wide range of group ac- boutiques, resorts and many fine restau-
tivities. Downtown shopping and dining rants, along with cultural events at River-
Keithahn notes that the condominium in Indian River County, Grand Harbor venues are just minutes away, and it’s a side Theatre and the Vero Beach Museum
will work just as well for someone who wants amenities include a 24-hour guard, gated quick trip over the bridge to the beach and of Art. 
to live here full time or a part-time resident. security, two championship golf courses,
“That’s what condo living is about,” she says.
“If you want to live here part time, you can
do that. Just lock the door and you don’t have
to worry about a thing.”

Residents also enjoy covered parking
with a storage closet, a community pool
and spa, and are allowed up to two dogs
without weight restrictions.

And, adds Keithahn, with Oak Harbor
just next door, it’s an easy transition when
you no longer want to live on your own
and need assistance. “You can continue
living the same lifestyle in the same com-
munity.”

In addition, Harmony Island is one of
only two approved VA loan condominiums

5010 HARMONY CIRCLE #306

Neighborhood: Harmony
Island at Grand Harbor
Year built: 1988
Construction:
Concrete block

Home size: 871 square feet
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms:

1 full bath and 1 half-bath
View: Expansive golf course,

clubhouse and lake views
Additional features: Vol-
ume ceilings; tile flooring
throughout; walk-in closet;
island kitchen with Corian
countertops; walk-in show-
er; southern facing balcony;
two pets any weight permit-
ted; impact windows; a/c
recently replaced; covered
parking with storage room;
community pool and spa

Listing agency:
Alex MacWilliam Real Estate

Listing agent:
Kimberly Keithahn,

772-321-4656
Listing price: $179,000

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: FEB. 8 THROUGH FEB. 12

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

A solid week for real estate sales on the mainland saw 36 total transactions of single-family resi-
dence and lots reported.
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home at 5825
Clubhouse Dr. – first listed in December for $520,000 – sold for the asking price on Feb. 11.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Kathleen Powell of ONE Sotheby’s Interna-
tional Realty. Representing the buyer in the transaction was agent Matthew Panetta of Atlantic
Shores Realty Execs.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$520,000
VERO BEACH 5825 CLUBHOUSE DR 12/3/2020 $520,000 2/11/2021 $470,000
VERO BEACH 6365 45TH ST 11/15/2020 $489,000 2/11/2021 $400,000
VERO BEACH 4565 BRIDGEPOINTE WAY UNIT #141 11/16/2020 $385,000 2/11/2021 $389,900
SEBASTIAN 713 MEDIA TER 1/9/2021 $389,900 2/11/2021 $377,072
VERO BEACH 6805 PAOLA CT 8/18/2020 $378,058 2/9/2021 $374,250
VERO BEACH 2504 SAINT LUCIA CIR 5/1/2020 $391,993 2/9/2021 $349,900
VERO BEACH 1603 BASELINE LN 9/24/2020 $349,900 2/12/2021 $309,250
SEBASTIAN 1173 GEORGE ST 1/2/2021 $305,000 2/12/2021 $293,000
VERO BEACH 4785 WOOD DUCK CIR UNIT #4785 11/16/2020 $307,000 2/10/2021 $280,000
VERO BEACH 1360 EARLSFERRY AVE 11/3/2020 $285,000 2/10/2021 $279,900
SEBASTIAN 190 ROYAL PALM ST 1/5/2021 $289,900 2/9/2021 $275,000
VERO BEACH 845 18TH ST SW 12/18/2020 $279,888 2/12/2021 $265,000
VERO BEACH 5070 9TH LN 12/10/2020 $270,000 2/8/2021 $265,000
SEBASTIAN 262 BRIARCLIFF CIR 12/15/2020 $270,000 2/11/2021 $255,000
SEBASTIAN 425 JOY HAVEN DR 1/6/2021 $259,000 2/12/2021 $249,900
SEBASTIAN 1026 TOPSAIL LN 1/5/2021 $249,900 2/11/2021 $245,000
VERO BEACH 600 W. POINTE CT SW 1/3/2021 $242,900 2/12/2021 $200,000
VERO BEACH 2575 12TH SQ SW 11/28/2020 $200,000 2/9/2021 $200,000
VERO BEACH 4206 11TH ST 11/19/2020 $239,900 2/11/2021 $195,000
SEBASTIAN 501 AUTUMN TER 1/26/2021 $199,900 2/8/2021 $195,000
VERO BEACH 1677 POINTE WEST WAY 1/11/2021 $199,900 2/10/2021 $185,000
VERO BEACH 1867 SIXTY OAKS LN 1/25/2021 $184,900 2/9/2021 $185,000
VERO BEACH 1915 18TH AVE 2/1/2021 $225,000 2/9/2021 $159,900
VERO BEACH 605 W LAKE JASMINE CIR UNIT #105 1/8/2021 $159,900 2/8/2021 $155,000
SEBASTIAN 6232 N MIRROR LAKE DR UNIT #612 1/30/2020 $169,900 2/9/2021 $145,000
VERO BEACH 1845 WATERFORD DR UNIT #6 12/20/2020 $145,000 2/10/2021 $145,000
VERO BEACH 654 CENTRE CT UNIT #101 12/20/2020 $157,900 2/10/2021 $135,000
VERO BEACH 320 GROVE ISLE CIR UNIT #320 11/10/2020 $139,000 2/12/2021 $115,000
VERO BEACH 52 WOODLAND DR UNIT #206 1/4/2021 $115,000 2/10/2021 $110,000
VERO BEACH 690 TIMBER RIDGE TRL UNIT #202 10/15/2020 $120,000 2/12/2021

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

6365 45th St, Vero Beach 4565 Bridgepointe Way Unit #141, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 11/15/2020 Listing Date: 11/16/2020
Original Price: $489,000 Original Price: $385,000
Sold: 2/11/2021 Sold: 2/11/2021
Selling Price: $470,000 Selling Price: $400,000
Listing Agent: Eric Downes Listing Agent: Sally Daley

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Daley & Company Real Estate

Michelle Clarke Rick Wykoff

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Alex MacWilliam, Inc.

713 Media Ter, Sebastian 6805 Paola Ct, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 1/9/2021 Listing Date: 8/18/2020
Original Price: $389,900 Original Price: $378,058
Sold: 2/11/2021 Sold: 2/9/2021
Selling Price: $389,900 Selling Price: $377,072
Listing Agent: Chris Junker Listing Agent: Liz Boley

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty Selling Agent: D R Horton Realty

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Coming Up DECADES OF DEEP IMPACT
IN SPENCE GUERIN’S ARTWORK
SAVOR THE STRING
MUSIC MAGIC OF PAGE B2
MIAMI’S ‘CON BRIO’

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent

1 So many exciting events to
get you back into the swing
of life. Music lovers will be espe-
cially delighted when the Con
Brio String Quartet performs
Sunday afternoon at First Presby-
terian Church in Vero Beach. The
concert, arranged by the church’s
music director, Jacob Craig, fea-
tures international musicians
Valentin Mansurov and Marina
Lenau on violin, violist David
Pedrazza and cellist Aziz Sapa-
ev performing Beethoven string
quartets. As a real treat, Craig, an
accomplished pianist, will join
the quartet to perform the Elgar
Piano Quintet. The Miami-based
Con Bio first performed at First
Presbyterian a few years ago and
left patrons wanting more. “They
were a big hit,” Craig said. “They
were very, very good. We got to
know them a little bit and they
said the next time they came,
they wanted me to perform with
them. They selected the Elgar.”
This will be the first time Craig
will have performed with the Con
Brio, and the first time playing
the Elgar piece in front of an au-
dience. That, he said, is a double
treat. While string quartet con-
certs appeal to a specific type of
audience, performing Beethoven
broadens the appeal. Craig said
that Beethoven considered string
quartet music to be the “most ex-
pressive” of musical forces and
devoted his final years to writing
almost only string quartets. Ed-
ward Elgar was an English “na-
tionalist composer,” who, like
famed composer Vaughan Wil-
liams, transformed motifs in old

CONTINUED ON PAGE B4

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DECADES OF DEEP IMPACT IN SPENCE GUERIN’S ARTWORK

BY ELLEN FISCHER | COLUMNIST PHOTOS: BRENDA AHEARN closely into her – and Guerin’s – world. Check
out the tractor, whose manure-slicked rear
The latest offering at the Center for Spir- tire is backed up to the picture plane for our
itual Care shows, once again, that good viewing pleasure.
things come in small packages. Spence
Guerin: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and The presence of tire, tractor and palms
Statements contains 39 works he created is a clear indication that we are standing
from 1977 to 2021 in Florida, Alaska, North on a (mind your feet!) cow-calf opera-
Carolina and New Mexico. Most are land- tion in central Florida which, in the case
scapes; two portraits and a small number of of Treasure Hammock Ranch, has been
still life works are also on display. part of the nation’s beef raising industry
for 65 years. Although the fourth-gener-
The expansive range of dates and places ation rancher whose bottom usually fills
are packed into paintings that should be a lot the bucket seat above that tire is not in the
larger than they are to hold everything that picture, you can imagine him somewhere
Guerin has to say in them. And yet, they do near; perhaps it is he whose shoes we fill as
that with plenty of room to spare. You have spectator for a little while.
heard of people who are an inch wide and a
mile deep; the same could be said of Guer- When was the last time you had a
in’s work. Once you jump into them you will painting show you what it feels like to be
want to spend time to explore their depths. Sean Sexton?

Take, for instance, Guerin’s 16-inch-high- Like Sexton, who was born and raised
by-36-inch-wide painting “Florida Pasture, on his family’s Vero Beach ranch, Guerin
Sean’s John Deere Tractor,” an oil on canvas is also a 100 percent Florida native. Born
executed in 1999 and 2000. and raised just a few miles up the road in
Melbourne, Guerin may not be a rancher
Don’t let the “nothing but the facts, like Sexton, but the two have been friends
ma’am” title fool you. As casually com- and fellow painters for many years. Long
posed as it looks at first glance, this paint- enough, in fact, that a criticism by Sexton
ing was created over the course of months of this very painting was met by Guerin not
that Guerin spent on site at Sean Sexton’s with chagrin, but with a redoubling of effort
Treasure Hammock Ranch. This work is to correct what, to the rancher’s practiced
eye, did not ring true.
more than a picture of a tractor at rest in a
Florida cow pasture. Says Guerin, “Sean insisted that I didn’t
have that red cow right.”
Where to start? Perhaps the most obvious
part of this composition is the sabal palm At the time of the criticism, the painting
trunk that divides the composition cleanly was all but finished. Nevertheless, Sexton
in half, with the green tractor’s enormous directed his friend to spend some quality
left flank taking up most of the space on time just with the cows.
the picture’s right side. To the left is a long,
lingering view into the pasture itself, with “He told me, ‘Just go on out there and sit
ranks of palms diminishing like so many down, and they will come right up and see
fence rows into the hazy distance. A few what you’re doing,’” says Guerin.
black cows are situated throughout the ex-
panse, with pride of place going to a near- “So, I did that,” he says.
by red cow seen broadside with her head “I had my palette with paints on it and a
turned to gaze mildly at us. brush or two, put that canvas in front of me,
and all the cows came around, including
That cow, who looks as though she has all the red cow. After a time, they got bored and
the time in the world to stop and stare, is a wandered off. I’d get up and move a little,
cue to us to take the time to look a little more and they’d come up again. I did that twice,
until I thought I had enough. So that is the
way this cow was actually finished. She

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didn’t have this pose the whole time, natu- Guerin was a full-time resident of Alas- grizzly bear come out of his den.” small-time concession stand that you ex-
rally. I used some of the other cows for the ka from 1974 to 1989, and still maintains a Despite the wonders across the breadth pect to see in a recreation such as this one.
pose, but I got the color entirely off her.” studio 50 miles from Anchorage, to which
in more recent years he has repaired for ex- of our country that Guerin has spent Guerin says that the first Little League
You may be wondering if the cow correc- tended painting trips. weeks, months and even years painting, game played on this lot (located behind the
tion met with Sexton’s approval, but it seems he always comes back home to Melbourne old Melbourne High School) was in 1953,
that Guerin did not ask for further critique. The exhibition boasts several of Guerin’s and its scenes of the Intracoastal Water- when he was 12 years old.
Alaskan scenes, including “Matanuska Gla- way, the Eau Gallie Causeway and Mel-
“I can only presume so,” Guerin says. cier at Dusk” of 1995, a vista seen through bourne skyline, and the confluence of the Says Guerin: “This painting was done
Sexton, however, does more than pre- the windshield of Guerin’s vehicle with a bo- Banana and Indian rivers, all of which you for somebody who played second base on
sume when he mentions his friend’s work. nus self-portrait of the lower part of his face, can see in this show. this team and I was his assistant coach. His
In a few thoughts he jotted down about as reflected in the small mirror on the back name is Kim Kahler and he lives in Valkaria,
the current show, Sexton says that the of the pulled-down sunshade. One painting, however, a scene of a Little Fla. I was his coach when I was 14!”
“craftsmanship and beauty” of Guerin’s League baseball game set in the 1950s, is
art is akin to that of the gem cutter, whose Indicating the painting’s distant, snow something that now exists only in Guerin’s As in all of Guerin’s work, the scene as
dedication to painstaking detail slowly but covered mountains, Guerin says, “On those painting of it. It shows a large sandy lot with it stands today is the first place he set up
surely reveals the brilliance of his materi- mountains, you can look up and see the a Little League game in progress, complete his easel. “I painted this scene on location
al. Like the lapidarist, Guerin begins with mountain sheep. In spring you can see the with the umpires, cheering section, and with the two houses that remain there. This
a subject that looks for all the world like an whole area here, it was lined with oaks. This
ordinary fragment of earth. (he indicates a vintage auto parked on a side
Viewers who have seen the New-York street) came from Internet pictures, and
Historical Society’s Hudson River School these old bikes (parked behind the back-
landscape painting show currently at the stop) did as well. I went down to Palm Bay
Vero Beach Museum of Art will be primed and photographed some Little Leaguers
for viewing Guerin’s similarly deliberate art. who were playing in a game. So, all this is
In the VBMA show, Asher B. Durand’s 19th contrived, of course.”
century oil sketches meet their descendants
in Guerin’s 21st century works. The sky in the painting takes up more
While Guerin’s Florida paintings are a far than half of the composition. It is a radiant,
climatic cry from the Hudson River School’s cloudless blue, with a hint of the moon off
output, his views of managed burns on Flor- to the upper right. That sky, which looks so
ida’s pastureland find equivalents in the smoothly natural, was anything but for the
curls of smoke seen in Coleman et al.’s hazy exacting Guerin.
distances. And except for the small scale
of his painting supports, Guerin’s scenes “That is the third sky I put in that paint-
of Alaska’s grandeur are akin to Bierstadt’s ing; I scraped the first two off completely,”
panoramic views of the American West. he says. “You can’t do a sky blue that is as lu-
minous blue as the sky. It’s impossible.”

Thank goodness for the rest of us,
Guerin still tries. 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Ottertrail and Warpaint, Hoop Dancing weekend (RV sites available). Saturday and free for children under 6. The event
by Cody Boettner, Tipi displays, drum night features a live auction. The Florida begins 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 10 a.m.
folk songs into expressive, elevated com- and dance seminars, Native American Prairie Boys will perform a Gourd Dance Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21 at the
positions. So give it a try, even if you’ve Food, music and Native American trade 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 per per- Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955
never gone to a string quartet. If you want vendors from around the country. You son in advance or $10 at the gate. Admis- 58th Ave., Vero Beach. For more informa-
to hear it in person, though, best get there can make it a day trip or camp for the sion is $5 for children ages 7 to 14 years tion, call 772-519-7888 or visit FIHA.us.
early. The sanctuary is open to only 100
people due to social distancing restric- 3 Plan ahead for the Raw Space gal-
tions. Moreover, you need to have face- lery’s Mixed Media Collage Work-
masks. You can always enjoy the concert shop. Coordinated by the Fine Arts Cul-
online at FirstPresVero.org, click onto tural Enrichment Teaching Studios and
“Media” and then click onto “Concerts taught by Terry K. Hunter, the workshop
& More.” The concerts are free, but orga- coincides with Raw Spaces’ exhibition
nizers are happy to accept $10 donations, “The Grid Comes Full Circle II,” which
which you can also do online (click “Give runs through Feb. 26 and features works
Online” instead of “Media”). Craig added by Hunter’s students from 1977 to 2020.
that people are really enjoying getting The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
out to attend the concerts. “People come Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Open Art Stu-
up at the end of the concerts and they’re dio at Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie
crying, saying they haven’t attended a Highway, Vero Beach. It will get artists
live concert for months.” Indeed. Wheth- to work in a variety of mixed-media col-
er in person on online, enjoying the arts lage materials and techniques. Expect
is something that is getting us through to experiment with paints, tools, found
all this. The Con Brio String Quartet con- objects and more. The Fine Arts Cul-
cert begins 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 21, at tural Enrichment Teaching Studios is a
the First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal program of Clemson University’s Sand-
Palm Blvd., Vero Beach. Call 772-562- hill Research and Education Center. The
9088 or visit FirstPresVero.org. workshop is sponsored by FACETS, the
Dr. Samuel A. Hunter Memorial Founda-
2 Enjoy the culture and traditions tion and the Gifford Historical Museum
of America’s First Nation with and Cultural Center. This is for begin-
this weekend’s “Thunder on the Beach ning and intermediate skill levels. Art-
Powwow.” The event, sponsored by the ists need to register by Monday, Feb. 22.
Florida Indian Heritage Association, is Call 772-985-7573 or email jonnieper-
designed for the whole family. There will [email protected]
be Intertribal dancing, drummers led by

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2020 recipients: ‘Impact 100’ grants have worked wonders

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Sabrina Sampson, Aretha Vernette, Kristen Racine and Dale Jacobs. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES there and fed more than 1,000 people.
[email protected] “Working with Impact 100 has given
Amy Acker and Gladys LaForge. Tony Zorbaugh, Karlos Ayala, Chynna Cain,
Indian River Impact 100 hosted its Henry Restrepo and Maureen Archer. us the credibility to be one of the key
annual Impact Day in a virtual format organizations in our community serv-
that included taped videos of the five the construction of a new multipur- University of Central Florida, CHS has ing the less fortunate,” said Anthony
2020 grant recipients highlighting the pose building, which is being used as a entered a 25-year commitment with the Zorbaugh, executive director, adding
status of their projects, followed by a place for classes in life-skills training, Indian River County School District, In- that they hope to launch a second truck
Q&A discussion. psychological counseling and various dian River State College and Treasure in July 2021 and a third in 2022. “It has
meetings. Coast Community Health to introduce been huge for our organization and has
“You’re doing wonderful things in our the concept to Indian River County. opened so many doors for us. It gives
community; it shows what a group who “The Impact 100 investment in this validity to our program and it establish-
gets together with a common purpose building is more than investment in a “This partnership allows us to pro- es us in our community.”
can accomplish,” said event sponsor building. It is an investment in some- vide wrap-around services to students
Robin Lloyd, stressing that 100 percent body’s life,” said Chuck Bradley, execu- and families,” said Aretha Vernette, “The Treasure Coast Food Bank
of each member’s $1,000 membership tive director. principal at Dodgertown Elementary works with over 100,000 people each
‘dues’ directly benefits local charities. School. week and in Indian River County we
“This room is the heart and soul of work with about 25,000 families,” said
“This is traditionally the event where Camp Haven. The ability to have this “The funding from Impact 100 has Judith Cruz, TCFB president/CEO. “The
we have our most recent community facility has been life-changing for us. already begun to change lives,” said Sa- Impact 100 grant has helped Treasure
partners tell us about the progress of It’s just been an absolute godsend,” said brina Sampson, CHS regional director.” Coast Food Bank fund a Mobile Market
their grants. This is where we see our Gordon Stewart, board president. that is able to bring food directly into
donations at work and how important The Source launched its Dining with communities of need in Indian River
our $100,000 grants are to our commu- The Impact 100 grant enabled the Dignity Food Truck this summer to pro- County. We’re able to go block by block,
nity,” said Gladys LaForge, Indian River Children’s Home Society Dodgertown vide real-world mobile culinary skills providing people that are not able to
Impact 100 board president, reiterating Elementary Community Partnership and address homelessness and unem- access grocery stores or supermarkets
the transformational giving directive: School to hire a family engagement co- ployment. the ability to access fresh produce and
“One woman, $1000, one vote. Together, ordinator to address the societal barri- food.”
one big difference.” ers that prevent children from focusing In addition to serving the local com-
on learning. Thanks to a grant from the munity, when Hurricane Sally hit the She added that the timing couldn’t
Stacey Watson-Mesley, CEO of Big Florida Panhandle, they took the truck have been more impactful, as the pan-
Brothers Big Sisters started things off in demic has greatly increased the num-
the video, saying of her project, “The Big ber of people in need.
Mission focuses on recruiting veterans,
law enforcement and first responders Amy Acker, Impact 100 past presi-
to be a part of our program, to serve as dent, moderated a Q&A that included a
mentors to Little Brothers and Little Sis- question about how the pandemic had
ters throughout Indian River County.” impacted projects. Not surprisingly, re-
sponses included increases in the need
She said that Ryan Meeks, a veter- for their services coupled with decreas-
an who served three tours in Iraq and es in funding.
Afghanistan as a sergeant in the U.S.
Army and who holds a degree in Human On the plus side, there was grateful
Services, was hired as the Big Mission appreciation all around for the Impact
support specialist. 100 funding, collaborations with other
nonprofits were noted, and a St. Lucie
“Impact 100 funding has allowed us County donor was so inspired by the
to not only reach out into the veteran idea of the TCFB Mobile Mercado that
community, but also to have someone they provided funding for one in that
on our very own team who has served county as well.
this nation and understands the needs
and experiences of veterans and law en- Membership in Impact 100 is open un-
forcement,” said Watson-Mesley. til Feb. 28. For more information, visit
impact100ir.com. 
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Baseball equipment giveaway a big hit with area kids

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer cited youngsters, ranging in
[email protected]
age from 8 to 12 from SafeS-
Major League Baseball’s Dee
Strange-Gordon knocked one out of the pace and Vero Beach RBI,
park recently during a drive-through
equipment giveaway that he hosted at participated in a baseball
the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.
Strange-Gordon, a second baseman, clinic. Strange-Gordon, along
shortstop and center fielder, has played
for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Mar- with Vero Beach RBI coaches
lins and Seattle Mariners and is currently
a free agent. and student volunteers, ran

The objective of the collaborative initia- the budding athletes through
tive with Major League Baseball, Pitch in
for Baseball & Softball and Wilson Sport- drills, hitting and pitching
ing Goods was to expand children’s access
to youth softball and baseball, particular- stations. The children had
ly children survivors of domestic violence.
been provided with brand
In 2015, Strange-Gordon founded the
Flash of Hope program in honor of his new baseball equipment to
mother, Devona Strange, to support chil-
dren and families affected by domestic participate in the clinic.
violence. He was just 7 years old when his
mother was shot and killed by an ex-boy- “In about 80 percent of
friend.
cases of domestic violence,
The affable Strange-Gordon gracious-
ly took time for photos and autographs Dee Strange-Gordon and Jay Gordon. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES Dee Strange-Gordon shows how it’s done during a baseball clinic. children directly see or hear
as some 200 children, ages 18 and under,
and the adults who had driven them there vehicles. Their excitement was palpable the violence. Every year, be-
peppered him with questions from their as he handed each child a bat backpack,
foam bat and ball set, face-covering and knowledged as the first MLB player to tween 10 and 15 million children witness
helmet, while also offering greetings and
encouragement. lead the National League in batting aver- domestic violence,” said Charlotte Ander-

At times, it was hard to discern whether age and stolen bases since former Dodger son-Brown, SafeSpace director of opera-
the children or the adults were more ex-
cited as comments such as “That was so Jackie Robinson held the ranking in 1949. tions, adding that SafeSpace was grateful
cool,” “We love you” and “Oh my gosh!”
were overheard as they drove off. The event aligned with the missions of to Strange-Gordon for his commitment to

“To be able to do it where I got ‘discov- Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) to the support of child witnesses of domestic
ered’ by the Dodgers is pretty cool,” said
Strange-Gordon. Ironically, he was ac- provide disadvantaged youth with expo- violence.

sure to educational scholarships through “Witnessing high levels of domestic vio-

baseball, and SafeSpace, a local nonprofit lence can have lifelong effects on a child’s

that helps victims of domestic violence by cognitive, emotional and social develop-

providing shelter, support, advocacy and ment. In our program, we apply child-cen-

education. tered practices when working with kids,”

Later in the day, a group of about 20 ex- said Anderson-Brown. 

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1 Utilise (3) 1 Distress (5)
3 Light brown (3) 2 Allows (7)
5 Propelled with oars (5) 3 Playthings (4)
8 Frightening (5) 4 Works of fiction (6)
9 Dupes (7) 5 Recuperation (8)
10 Informed (4) 6 A card game (5)
11 Lift (8) 7 Demolish (7)
13 Suppose (6) 12 Green gemstones(8)
14 Difficult (6) 13 Changed (7)
17 Hypotheses (8) 15 Middles (7)
19 Finishes (4) 16 Fixed (6)
22 Perturbed (7) 18 Spare (5)
23 Rush (5) 20 Panache (5)
24 Sketches (5) 21 Skinny (4)
25 Study (3)
The Telegraph 26 View (3)

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ACROSS 112 Craft for Minnehaha 64 School grp. against DUI The Washington Post
113 Bacillus shape 65 Go off the tracks
1 Headgear for Yuri 114 “In the grooveroo” 66 Ate in style HEADS UP, DAD By Merl Reagle
7 Jokingly 115 Racetrack near Miami 67 Fireplace
13 Play dead, e.g. 117 Words from Mom when DAD 68 ___ instant
16 Spoor maker 69 ___ the lily
19 Big as ___ says no? 71 Cut into cubes
20 Completion comment 122 Sophie on The Golden Girls 72 Alternative
21 Give sustenance to 123 Lure 73 Tired
23 DAD’s favorite comedy? 124 African fly 74 Written twice, a Carmen
25 “My pretty,” in a 125 Mt. St. Helens spew
1939 film 126 Unpredictable factors Miranda tune (anagram of
26 The Baroque 127 Get careless OTIC)
128 Tenth Amendment subject 76 Agenda heading
or Classical 77 All over again
27 Heat unit DOWN 78 Calls out of the bullpen
28 “___ you can trust” 82 Wait on
1 Lost color, as jeans 84 British P.M. who said “justice
(ad slogan) 2 Freedom, in Swahili (slogan of is truth in action”
30 Nitwits 85 Official tongue of Pakistan
31 DAD’s favorite game? African nationalists) 87 Saladin was one
37 Author Deighton 3 Caesar was one 88 Italian wine city
38 Tempe sch. 4 Activity center 89 Fed Eliot
39 What DAD plans to do 5 Busy ___ 92 Eats, as chips
6 Very, very heavy 93 “___ silly question ...”
today in the backyard? 7 Assistance 97 Confuse
43 Jane Austen novel 8 Mustangs’ campus: abbr. 98 Bicycle built for two
9 VIP at sea 100 Fills, as masonry joints
on which Clueless 10 Spoil 101 Least conventional
is based 11 Put ___ to (halt) 103 In Casablanca, who said,
46 Within ___ of (close to) 12 Actor Depardieu “Play it again, Sam”?
49 Concerning 13 Ham ___ 104 Car wear and tear
50 “Bali ___” 14 Pigeon sound 105 Part of “OAS”
51 Code words for DAD? 15 Puccini opera set 106 Part for Clark
55 Go hungry 107 Car option
57 Made to grip, not to slip in China 108 Belgian site of three major
58 Doctorate tests 16 God-awful, with “the” WWI battles
61 Très pessimistic 17 Tennis star who was an 109 Actress-director Perlman
62 Print-media revenue source 110 Let off a little steam
63 Clanton and Turner outspoken apartheid foe 111 Office promise
65 DAD’s favorite western? 18 Reasons 116 FDR opponent Landon
68 When metal-casting started 22 Mr. Martini’s bottling partner 118 Christmas contraction
70 Putting away 24 Mr. Bradstreet’s partner 119 Puncture preceder
71 How DAD likes his sports and 29 Goddess for whom a month is 120 Good name,
politics? for short
75 Warbled named 121 Agcy. that chases cocaine
76 Greek letter 32 Composer Philip smugglers
79 Virginia willow genus 33 It’s under the boardwalk
80 First name in 1950s politics 34 Where Mongolians barbecue
81 Mandela and Rockefeller 35 Sisters
83 1932 Bela Lugosi film, 36 Churchill Downs chow
___ the Magician 40 Pound
86 DAD’s favorite 1960s 41 Find fault
pop duo? 42 Glyphics intro
90 A very long time, to a poet 43 Sally in Places
91 Joy of Cooking author
Rombauer in the Heart
94 Screws (up) 44 Frame of mind
95 Corny lines? 45 The Poconos, e.g.: abbr.
96 Like DAD’s lectures? 46 Supplementary sections
99 ACLU concerns 47 ___ En-lai
100 Job for two Cuomos: abbr. 48 Inquisition crime
102 One way to sum up DAD’s 52 Director Kurosawa
army days? 53 Camera name
109 Mary’s TV friend 54 Sailor
56 Wd. rearrangement
59 Vientiane’s land
60 Hair samples

The Telegraph

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Bonz meets a happy-go-lucky sweetie named Petey

curled up way inside know, tearing all over the

Hi Dog Buddies! the couch. Even I don’t place with no rhyme or rea-

Petey Keever almost got named Picasso, know how I wiggled my- son. (Coco says cats get the
because a step-sibling almost got named
Van Gogh, because of losing an ear due to self into that. Zoomies, too.)
an unknown event.
“Mom an Dad usta “Up in North Carolina,
Petey’s 13 in human, an probly a chi-
wa-wa. He was rescued from a puppy mill come down here a lot, an there was snow some-
in North Care-uh-LINE-uh when he was
about 9 months old. I’d stay in North Carolina times. When it got up to

He was right at the door with his hu- with a Sitter. Now we all my tummy, I’d jump like a
mans to greet me an my assistant, and
pranced up for the Wag-an-Sniff. He was come down together. We rabbit! I have a Super Cool
neat an shiny, brownish/goldish, white ruff
and bib, white sox with polka dots. He had love it. Kibbles bomber jacket for
short liddle legs an flop-over-at-the-tip tri-
angle ears stickin’ out to the sides. Except “Up there I’d run all when it’s cold. I saw a bear
for some white around his nose, I never
wudda thought he was Gettin’ Up There. over the place. Runnin’s once. (That was enough.)

“Welcome. Come’on out to the sun kinda my Thing. Then An foxes. They make the
porch. I’m Petey Keever. This is my Mom
an Dad, Mary an Rick, my ’dopted broth- there were the Crows. weirdest sounds. Sorta
er Benny (a middle-size pooch with short
curly cream-colored fur that stuck out ev- Dog! were they annoyin’. Petey like a bark, or a cough. A
ery which way peeped timidly out from be- Boff!”
hind a chair); an my ’dopted sister, Coco. All that squawkin’ got on
We’re all rescues.” (A black cat with short “Got any special pooch
shiny hair glanced up from her sunny spot my Last Nerve! PHOTO: KAILA JONES
by the balcony.) “Me an the squirrels
pals?”
“Hello, Mr. Bonzo,” Benny said. “I just
hadda haircut. I’m usually a lot fluffier.” had a kinda back an-forth “Humm. Well, there’s

“A pleasure,” said Coco, licking her paws thing goin’. This one time, I was on the deck “Mom made me this Crispy Biscuits Stella, downstairs. She’s a Golden Doodle.
delicately.
next to the house barkin’ like crazy, non- sling so, when I get pooped out, she can My nephew Scotty, a German Shepherd,
“Delighted to meet you all!” I turned to
Petey. “I’m eager to hear your story.” stop. Mom an Dad yelled at me, but I kept carry me. It’s kinda embarassin’, but what- lives in North Carolina with my human

“Lemme know if I talk too fast. It’s a on barkin’, for, like, two days. It was makin’ cha gonna do,” he noted philosophically. brother Derek. Then there’s Penny, a terri-
Liddle Dog Thing.” He hopped onto the
couch between his Mom an Dad. “I can’t ’em a little (well, a lot) frustrated. Finally “I’m not that interested in those liddle er. An Rosco, a shepherd. He was sorta like
tell you how fortunate I was that Mom an
Dad found me. A bunch of us had been I let out this huge BARK, an just planted lizards; or birds. An Mom an Dad say those a Big Brother. Real kind an laid back. He
rescued from this awful puppy mill back in
oh-nine. It was very traw-MAD-ick. myself right there on the deck. Suddenly, weird sideways crabs can bite your nose went to Dog Heaven last year.”

“When I first joined my Forever Famly, Mom heard this liddle sound comin’ from off, so not those, either. My FAV-rite toy is Petey sighed.
I was pretty timid, an I’d hide. Once, they
thought I’d Run Away an was LOST. After the nearby downspout. She checked it out Fishy. It has this pawsome squeak. See!” “Any food favrites?”
hours of searching, they discovered me
an discovered a squirrel, which had some- He brought it over. I couldn’t even tell “We get Canine Carry-Outs. Duh-li-

how tumbled into the downspout. She got he had anything in his mouth till he put it shus!”

Dad, an he quickly took the downspout down. It was a teensy orange-an-white fish “Oooh, I love those!” Coco piped up

apart. That frazzled little Nut-ball was a about the size of a golf ball. For such a lid- from the balcony. “Mom hasta put my meal

wobbly mess: He headed right for the gar- dle stuffy, it did have a Big Squeak. Petey on the counter so Petey won’t gobble it up.”

den, dug up one of his stashed acorns an lowered his voice. “Don’t let it get around, “That’s true,” Petey admitted. “But,

gobbled it up. Now he’s back runnin’ with but Fishy is ackshully a – cat toy.” when Coco’s done, I get to lick the bowl.

his pals. Thank Lassie.” “My lips are sealed,” I replied. Mom puts it on the floor for me. It’s kinda a

“Woof! Petey! You saved his LIFE. That is “I like leash walks on the beach but I’m RICH-chew-wull.

SO Cool Kibbles!” I exclaimed. “So, what’s not interested in the ackshull water. In- “You know,” he reflected, “the older I get,

your life like down here?” cluding baths. Fetch is sorta, well … meh. the more I like snugglin’. Go figure.”

“I protect the household, a job I take I do, on occasion, get The Zoomies. You “Don’t we all,” I mused.

Very Seriously. Around here, I’m The Boss. Headin’ home, I was smilin’, pick-

I may be liddle, but I’m not afraid of any- DON’T BE SHY churin’ Petey leapin’ through the snow like
thing! (Except smoke detectors. An fire-
a rabbit, an imaginin’ how Super Crispy

works. An cellphone alerts.)” We are always looking for pets Biscuits he’d look in his Bomber Jacket.
“Whaddya do for fun?” with interesting stories.
“Runnin’, of course. An long walks. I usta The Bonz
To set up an interview, email
go 6-7 miles easy-peasy but these days,

well, you know how it is.” [email protected]

I nodded. Gettin’ Up There is how it is.

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ONGOING 20 Wings N’ Beer Anyway Fest, 1 p.m. and a presentation supermodel Kim Alexis who Vero Beach, 7 p.m. at the Emerson Center;
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Vero Beach Theatre Guild: “Almost, Maine” eries and live entertainment. or vbmuseum.org 5 Sebastian River Area Chamber of Com-
thru Feb. 21. 772-562-8300 merce Concerts in the Park, 5:30 p.m. to
20 Golf Tournament, 9:30 a.m. shotgun 26 Community Concert Series presents 8 p.m. at Riverview Park, features the Sebastian
Vero Beach Museum of Art: Chul Hyun Ahn: start at Sandridge Golf Course to ben- guitarist Miguel Bonachea and pianist River High School Band. Free.
New Light thru April 30; Poetry of Nature: Hud- efit the nonprofit, Vested Interest in K-9s, which Jill Truax in Concert, 6:30 p.m. at Community
son River School Landscapes from the New York provides bullet and stab-protective vests and Church of Vero Beach, with the World Premier 7 Atlantic Classical Orchestra and Vero
Historical Society through May 2. Vbmuseum.org other assistance to law enforcement canines. of Metaforas 1 & 2 by Juan Y. Leyva. Limited Beach Museum of Art Chamber Music
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dents, families and communities. Haitipartners.org Composer’s Notebook: The 10|11 Art in Bloom Luncheons
First Friday Gallery Strolls in Downtown Vero Music of Antonio Vivaldi, with works by Artist Di- at the Vero Beach Muse-
Beach Arts District, monthly from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 21 Sebastian Elk’s Car and Bike Show, 11 rector/CEO Adam Schnell and Matthew Lovegood’s um of Art, with 11 a.m. and noon attendance
a.m. to 3 p.m. at 731 S. Fleming St., Caprice, 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sat., plus groups each day to minimize table sizes, featur-
Art in the Park Fine Arts & Crafts Shows, 10 Sebastian, with antique and foreign and special Accessible Series performance 2 p.m. Sun. at VBHS ing floral exhibition viewing, a streamed pre-
a.m. to 4 p.m. at Humiston Park, Feb. 28, March interest cars, trucks and muscle cars, refresh- PAC. Online archival film access March 5 through sentation by renowned British floral designer
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FEBRUARY 21 First Presbyterian Dept. of Music and MARCH
Arts presents the Con Brio String Quar- 10-21 Vero Beach Theatre Guild
18 Vero Beach Museum of Art Concerts in tet, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, with in- 1 Vero Beach Lecture Series presents Pu- presents Marcel Achard’s
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18 Final King of the Hill Tennis Tourna- Craig on piano. $10 donation suggested. Concert sevelt, 4:30 p.m. at VBMA. 772-231-0707 x 123 works by Mussorgsky, transcribed for organ
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Club to benefit Youth Guidance. 772-492-3933 4 Touch & Go tribute band performs the at Community Church of Vero Beach. Limited
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