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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 7 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018
UPBEAT ORAVEC Area hospitals
PLANS TO ‘STATE’ urge vigilance
A POSITIVE CASE against the flu
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Mayor Greg Oravec looks
around Port St. Lucie and likes Centennial Hospitals in St. Lucie County
what he sees these days. celebration! continue to see higher than usual
patient counts as the flu season
“We’re very lucky to live in Port St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s continues. Medical professionals
St. Lucie all the time, but we’re in Kayla Rodriquez drives around Denvia are urging the public to remain
an upswing,” he said. “There are Morgan of Fort Pierce Central High School during vigilant against illness and to wash
many good things happening.” the District 8-9A championship final Thursday in those hands.
Stuart. The Centennial Lady Eagles earned their
Oravec will deliver the annual first district title since 2012 with a 51-37 win. Both the St. Lucie West emer-
State of the City address at 7 p.m. gency center and Tradition Med-
PHOTO: MITCH KLOORFAIN ical Center have seen an increase
on Monday, Feb. in patients coming in for flu-like
26, and said he’s symptoms, according to Megha
keeping what he’ll Patel, manager of Infection Pre-
say a secret. vention and Control for Martin
“I hate to reveal
any of the excite- Last week, she noted a “mild
ment that’ll be on decrease” in activity, though she
Gregory Oravec. full display,” he attributes that to people keeping
said. The may- their children at home when sick.
or certainly has a lot of cheer to
choose from. For example, area Patel said residents are follow-
employment is stronger than it’s ing illness “etiquette.”
been for 10 years. The state re-
leased its monthly jobs report for “They’re doing the right thing,”
December on Jan. 19. The state re- she said.
ported that St. Lucie County end-
ed 2017 with unemployment at The medical centers are usual-
4.4 percent not seasonally adjust- ly more crowded this time of year
ed, down a full percentage point
from the year before. CONTINUED ON PAGE A12
While that falls into the range
most economists would call full SHERIFF TO FIEND’S POSSIBLE VICTIMS: YOU’RE SAFE NOW
employment, the jobs just keep
coming. “We just won a $3 mil- John Edward Reese. BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer there are other victims out there. raping two women and served 17 years
lion job grant from the governor [email protected] “You are safe now,” Sheriff Ken Mas- of his 20-year sentence. For the last four
and state,” Oravec said. years, he has been on probation with
That Florida Job Growth Grant A violent and convicted sexual pred- cara said in a public plea to potential GPS monitoring.
is for infrastructure to spark ad- ator who had been allowed out of pris- victims. “He cannot hurt you.”
ditional development at the Tra- on has found himself back behind bars. As part of his release, Reese was
dition Center for Commerce. The Since his arrest, at least one woman has The latest victim only came forward subject to random checks from law
grant will cover some of the costs come forward to claim that he attacked after seeing her attacker was arrested enforcement to ensure compliance, ac-
to build a loop road with accom- her while he had been released. for violating his probation. cording to the Sheriff’s Office. On Jan.
CONTINUED ON PAGE A8 The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t know if John Edward Reese, now 48, was con- CONTINUED ON PAGE A11
victed in 1997 of violently attacking and
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Golfer’s cherished cart finds new home at Fire Department
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Drop fund-raiser for the Sammy Sartoris department to get behind the wheel. Lee McCarthy, widow of Ray,
[email protected] T21 Friendship Foundation, which bene- “That handles nicely,” he said after tak- and Lt. Joseph Waters of Sta-
fits those with Down Syndrome. tion 14 sit in a refurbished golf
Fifty-six-year-old Ray McCarthy is gone, ing a quick trip along the cart path at the cart that was donated to the
but he won’t soon be forgotten. The PGA Gears churning, they decided to get the clubhouse. St. Lucie Fire Department.
Golf Club member’s golf cart has been re- golf cart spruced up and donate it to the St.
furbished, repainted and donated to the Lucie County Fire District. Waters drives a 60-foot fire truck, and named – and the fire department has been
St. Lucie County Fire Department for use said there’s no comparing the two vehicles. a supporter of the foundation.
in special events such as parades and the “We’re just really delighted and sur-
upcoming St. Lucie County Fair. prised,” said Fire Chief Nate Spera, who “It’s an honor,” he said of receiving the “The fire department has been amazing
was at the Celebration of Life event for Ray golf cart. to our foundation,” said MaryAnn Sarto-
“He had an amazing sense of humor,” McCarthy when the golf cart was present- ris, Sammy’s mother. Sammy, who had
said Lee, Ray’s widow. She said it was hard ed. Waters has been the point of contact for Down Syndrome, passed away at the age
to tell sometimes if he was kidding you or the fire department with the Sammy Sar- of 15. The Friendship Foundation serves
being serious. “It drove me nuts!” The chief said he suspects the depart- toris T21 Friendship Foundation, bringing as a way to preserve his memory as well
ment will use it to help get paramedics and the ladder truck that dumps the golf balls as enhance the welfare of individuals with
Looking over her shoulder at the golf their gear to those in need quickly when in during the Fire Ball Drop fund-raiser. Down Syndrome and other disabilities, to
cart, Lee McCarthy smiled. large crowds. The golf cart will be housed promote friendships, and to educate the
at Station 14 in St. Lucie West when not in The golf cart, the foundation and the public about Down Syndrome.
“I’m sure he’s amazed by that,” she said use. fire department are all connected in some
of the new life brought to his old golf cart. way to each other. MaryAnn and her husband, Vincent,
“It’s incredible.” Lt. Joseph Waters was the first of the fire hope to host another Fire Ball Drop at the
Ray McCarthy loved golf – as did Sam- PGA Golf Club later this year.
Ray McCarthy passed in January due my Sartoris, for whom the foundation was
to complications following the removal of For more information about the founda-
tumors in his abdomen last year. An avid tion or the fund-raiser, visit www.sammys-
golfer at the PGA Golf Club, he had his own artoris-t21.org.
golf cart, which Lee McCarthy suddenly no
longer had use for.
She reached out to her husband’s golf-
ing buddy Tim Legel to see about re-
homing it. Without a second thought, he
bought it from Lee, knowing he’d come up
with a plan for the golf cart. So he kicked
around ideas and shared his thoughts
with others, including Kevin Dougherty, a
fellow golfer and the chair of the Fire Ball
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HIGH HONORS FOR ST. LUCIE’S ‘SHINING STARS’ IN EDUCATION
Teacher of the Year Samantha Lamora, left, and School Related Employee of the Year Adela DellaCroce react after their names were announced at the Night of the Stars gala on Saturday. PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN
On Saturday, education’s shining stars School where she exercises her belief that dents’ lives. The individuals we honored dents desire to learn, grow, and celebrate
walked the red carpet during the annual she can be the difference in the life of a this evening are remarkable, and I am ex- their own successes.
St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s child and an influencer in the commu- tremely proud of all they do for our stu-
Night of the Stars gala at Lincoln Park nity. Joining her on the stage were School dents every day.” DellaCroce is a clerk with 13 years of
Academy. Each of the St. Lucie Public Related Employee of the Year Adela Della- experience who manages a wide array of
Schools (SLPS) distinguished honorees Croce from Treasure Coast High School, St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year duties and responsibilities with enthusi-
representing their respective schools was Distinguished Minority Educator of the and School Related Employee of the Year asm. She maintains meeting schedules,
recognized for outstanding service, and Year Katherine Christopher of White City will now move on to the state level com- student attendance, and paperwork for
honored with awards. Elementary, and Outstanding First Year petition. the 700 strong junior class at Treasure
Teacher of the Year Brianna Nowaski from Coast High School. In addition, she assists
As the envelopes were opened and Windmill Point Elementary. For Lamora, who has five years of with maintaining discipline records, sup-
names were called, Samantha Lamora teaching experience, stepping into the porting the quarterly honor roll recogni-
stepped forward as St. Lucie County’s Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, role of a teacher is an answer to a lifetime tions, organizing school assemblies, and
Teacher of the Year. She is a first-grade “Outstanding teachers and caring adults career calling she deems “magical.” She coordinating faculty meetings.
teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary help pave pathways for success in stu- enjoys helping students set and achieve
their goals. Lamora is inspired by her stu- – CONTRIBUTED
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BEST-SELLING PSL AUTHOR BRANCHES OUT WITH NEW NOVEL
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer In advance of the new book’s publication ly life and women in precarious situations,
[email protected] date of March 27, Crosby spoke to me about through sudden widowhood or having a
job threatened. There are twists and turns
It’s hard to believe, but four-time USA her work and about the decision to go main- and you explore the feelings of the people
in the situation. One of the things I delight
Today best-selling author Bette Lee Crosby stream with her publishing. in is when readers write that they could see
themselves as Abigail or Victoria. They react
of Port St. Lucie self-published 18 books. It “Indie authors were making such a huge to her reaction to the situation. It makes for a
good relationship with your readers. A lot of
helped that before she turned to writing, imprint, taking sales from traditional pub- the books have intense stories, but all have
happy endings. I don’t like to read books
Crosby had a successful career in advertis- lishers,” she said. “E-books sell for much that leave me dissatisfied because there’s no
conclusion, or depressed from an unhappy
ing and marketing in industries that ranged less. You can load it onto a Kindle and read one. We owe it to our readers to give them
something uplifting and lets them go away
from financial services to collect- quality books. Traditional publish- feeling better than they did before they read
ibles. She served as marketing di- ers got into the same market and
The new book, “The Summer of New Be-
rector and public relations repre- made the field much larger. As a ginnings,” is listed as the first in the collec-
tion of Magnolia Grove stories. Crosby noted
sentative for the famous Hummel result, it was really competitive and that it is not a series. “Each story is complete
unto itself,” she said. “You can pick up each
figurines in the United States. you had to put a lot more effort into one. I did put older books in a series. You can
pick up any book in any series and read it as
Now, Crosby has written her marketing.” a stand-alone.”
19th book, “The Summer of New While Crosby has a large regional Ever the savvy marketer, Crosby said that
her other books are all back-listed as e-books
Beginnings,” the first in a collection Bette Lee Crosby. market and sales overseas, it was a and can be ordered at any time.
of books set in the fictional South- small percent of the audience she For more information about Bette Lee
Crosby, visit her blog, https://betteleecrosby.
ern town of Magnolia Grove. It is also the could reach through a larger publisher. Am- com.
first that is not self-published. Lake Union azon had set up a variety of publishing arms,
will publish her new work. including Lake Union for women’s fiction.
I first interviewed Crosby several years “I didn’t have the national exposure of be-
ago, as she prepared to leave for the pres- ing in all the bookstores,” Crosby said. “I had
tigious BookExpo in New York City, where to be realistic that I was not a national name.
she had been invited to do a signing. She I had sold in the United Kingdom and Aus- offered me the opportunity to reach a large
following and I offered them books that got
said at that time that her love for story-tell- tralia, but it was by word-of-mouth. That’s great reviews and won awards. They had
what they wanted and I had what I wanted.”
ing came from her mother, who was raised great. The readers you get are readers who
Crosby describes her audience as primar-
in the mountains of West Virginia. She of- really love your books.” ily women over 40.
ten shared stories of her childhood with her Still, Crosby hoped for a wider readership “They are heartfelt stories about life,”
she said. “They are not romance books at
daughter and the satires became the foun- and when Lake Union offered her a three- all. They are women’s fiction, about fami-
dation on which she built her books about book contract, it sounded like a good deal.
small-town life, family relationships, new “I had good book reviews, but not the
beginnings and loss. national following they could offer. They
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WHEN YOU PLAN AHEAD STATE OF THE CITY ceiver and make something happen at City
Center,” Oravec said.
CrSeWekStWoanyy CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. The mayor said with tremendous im-
SW Hartwick Dr. panying infrastructure to add access to provements in the economic state of the
city and prospects for more, it’s time to
about 100 acres. That’ll allow for about 1.1 also focus on some other fundamentals.
million square feet of added commercial “We’re calling on the community to live
healthy and well,” Oravec said.
On Jan. 1 the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition
“It’s time we bring that jobs corridor launched the largest group walking chal-
lenge in the county’s history, the Billion
along (Interstate 95) to life,” the mayor Step Challenge. In January, Oravec pro-
claimed 2018 as the year of the Billion Step
said. Challenge to encourage city residents to
register and track their exercise.
In August the city gained control over
“We want to get to a billion or more cu-
An unforgettable the former Vaccine & Gene Therapy In- mulative steps,” he said.
memorial stitute facility at 9801 SW Discovery Way.
That was the last piece of failed econom- Oravec said he’s practicing what he’s
takes planning. ic-development bids the city made when preaching. “I’m trying to walk two miles
every night,” he said.
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made up. She always enjoyed going out for a because it lives on, in all of us whose lives
meal that she didn’t have to cook. were blessed by her beautiful nature.
Harriet loved listening to jazz on Saturday Survivors include her husband of 59 years,
nights with her husband, remembering great John Sickler; daughter, Stephanie Stovall
times out dancing with friends. of Huntington, Md.; son, John (Mario Roa)
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She was active at Saint Elizabeth Seton Krystal (Roger) Edwards and Kasey Stovall,
Catholic Church, where she sang in the both of Huntingtown, Md.; great-grand-
church choir and served on the Council of daughter, Kyleigh Edwards of Huntingtown,
Catholic Women. Md.; and sister, Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Han-
cock of Fort Pierce.
She was regularly finding typos in the
newspaper and, well, everywhere. She en- She was predeceased by her brother, Wil-
joyed her crossword puzzles in the morning liam “Billy” Jones, Jr.; and son-in-law, Roger
with her French vanilla coffee and, last but Stovall Jr.
not least, ending the day with something
sweet, like ice cream.
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Harbor Branch: There was more to toxic algal blooms than meets the eye
All eyes were on southeast Florida’s St. from farms, were solely responsible for tigate the role of on-site septic systems, environmental factors like light, salinity
Lucie Estuary in 2016 as it received nation- driving the blooms and their toxins in the which have previously been overlooked.” and nutrient levels such as nitrogen and
al attention due to beach closures on the St. Lucie Estuary,” said Brian E. Lapointe, phosphorus. Nitrogen and phosphorus are
Fourth of July weekend from the massive Ph.D., lead author of the study and a re- Although algae are always present in found in high concentrations in human
amounts of toxic green slime that covered search professor at FAU Harbor Branch, natural bodies of water like oceans and waste and wastewater.
parts of the 7-mile-long inlet linked to a who recently presented these findings rivers, a few types can produce toxins that
coastal river system. Microcystis aerugino- at the ninth U.S. National Harmful Algal can seriously harm people, animals, fish, To distinguish between water quality
sa – a freshwater blue-green algae that can Bloom Conference. “We wanted to inves- and other parts of the ecosystem. These impacts from groundwater and stormwa-
produce toxins – wreaked havoc on this harmful algal blooms are stimulated by ter runoff from the St. Lucie Estuary ver-
important ecosystem prompting research- sus other impacts directly related to peri-
ers from Florida Atlantic University’s Har- odic discharges from Lake Okeechobee,
bor Branch Oceanographic Institute to Lapointe and his collaborators conducted
get to the root of the problem. This bloom a comprehensive analysis of the interac-
event followed a one-year watershed to tions of septic systems, groundwater and
reef study. Results of the study, which un- surface waters.
covered a major source of nutrients driv-
ing the harmful algal blooms, stink. They analyzed groundwater sampling
in two residential areas with aging septic
Contrary to the widespread misconcep- systems identified as high priority sep-
tion that periodic discharges from Lake tic-to-sewer conversion sites and searched
Okeechobee alone produced these harm- for aqueous nitrogen isotopes, and su-
ful algal blooms, FAU Harbor Branch’s cralose, an artificial sweetener that cannot
study provides multiple lines of evidence be broken down by the body or any treat-
that nutrient sources in the local basins, ment process for that matter.
including on-site sewage and septic sys-
tems, contaminated the St. Lucie Estuary, They sampled surface water in the C-44
in particular its urbanized sections as well and C-23 canals and nearshore reefs look-
as its watershed. Results of the study are ing for dissolved nutrients as well as su-
published in the journal Harmful Algae. cralose and collected and analyzed mac-
rophytes, phytoplankton and algal tissue.
“It has long been thought that the algal The fresh water inputs to the St. Lucie
blooms found in Lake Okeechobee, which Estuary system, including rainfall and dis-
are caused by pollution such as runoffs charges through the C-44, C-23 and C-24
canals and bacterial counts at all four
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and downstream nearshore reefs. Evi- in real-time.
dence from the samples they gathered and
tested showed that human wastewater “In the St. Lucie Estuary study area, sep-
nitrogen from septic systems was a major
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ment, resulted in a “perfect storm” bio-
reactor that supported growth and toxin “These improvements within the local wa-
production in Microcystis. These partic-
ular freshwater Microcystis blooms (and tershed combined with increased storage
toxins) are increasing in estuaries and
coastal waters around the world and are and nutrient management north of Lake
expected to expand in scale and intensity
with global climate change. Okeechobee would collectively improve
For the study, Lapointe also utilized data the conditions in both the St. Lucie Estu-
from several Land Ocean Biogeochemical
Observatory (LOBO) units installed in the ary, adjacent portions of the Indian River
Lagoon, and the nearshore reefs down-
stream of the St. Lucie Inlet while better
protecting human health.”
According to the United States Environ-
mental Protection Agency, harmful algal
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lem in all 50 states. Commonly known as
red tides, brown tides and green tides,
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missed curfew. He was arrested a few days within a 1-mile radius to notify them of the
later. sexual predator. “Guys like this are on all our
His arrest was listed in a crime blotter radars,” Mascara said.
in a local publication and was spotted by “That’s always a possibility,” said Sgt.
a woman who has told authorities she was Woodward of sexual predators who re-of-
attacked by Reese. fend. She added that is why there is a clas-
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Woodward of the most recent victim. tential victims need not worry about the
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he was arrested on the violation of proba- start ticking until the initial report is made.
tion,” she said, adding that she’s not sure the “You are safe to come forward,” she said.
victim would have come forward otherwise. “I promise you, we will protect you.”
“They were scared. They remain scared Reese faces a new charge of sexual bat-
even though he is in jail. They feel better tery, according to the Sheriff’s Office, along
about it, but they are scared, very scared, with the violation of his probation. If con-
very emotional. The threat to their family victed on the new charge, he faces up to a
was very real to the victim and they had no life sentence in prison.
reason to believe he wouldn’t carry out his
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Patel said it’s too early to say exactly where reported more than 5 outbreaks in the same Community Relations Director Arlease Hall. those symptoms? Call the doctor or get to
we are within the season. time period. All adjacent counties to St. Luc- “Other community surveillance measures a health clinic. Anti-viral medications work
ie are showing moderate activity, according are also considered when determining our best when flu is diagnosed early.
Countywide, St. Lucie has seen “mod- to the health department. current flu level including school absentee-
erate” flu activity, according to the Florida ism and reported illnesses.” Those at highest risk of secondary ill-
Department of Health. In the week between “Moderate” activity means “we are seeing ness – such as pneumonia – or even death
Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 (the most recent informa- an increased number of visits to emergency So how do you know you might be com- include the elderly, children, those who are
tion available as of press time), there were departments for people with symptoms of ing down with the flu? pregnant, and those who have asthma.
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Trilogy becomes ‘growing’ force in home healthcare
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer With rapid growth in the home health- ing in home healthcare in Indian River in the services that Trilogy provides and
County.” trust their care to help my patients after
Kim Weir may be a self-professed care industry, consumers have to be a procedure.”
“small-town girl from Michigan,” but as Apparently she made a good impres-
the executive vice president for Trilogy careful about who they hire. Rules, reg- sion on the Vero Beach healthcare com- “We’re a very community-focused
Home Healthcare, she’s currently smack company, and much more high-tech
dab in the middle of a booming, multibil- ulations and licensing requirements vary munity – from head to than most people understand,” says
lion-dollar industry. toe. Weir. “We do chemotherapy in the home.
wildly from state to state. We do hydration and antibiotic therapy
Founded in 2016, Trilogy has already For example, plastic in the home. I’ve even pushed Lasiks to
opened offices in Port St. Lucie, Cor- The Medicare Rights surgeon, Dr. Ralph Rosa- treat CHF patients.
al Springs, Fort Myers, Palm Beach, to of Vero Beach’s Rosato
Okeechobee, Jacksonville, Daytona, Sara- Center warns, “Before you Plastic Surgery Center “We also do something called ZOE
sota and St. Augustine, and plans to open says, “I know most peo- monitor, which is technology that’s built
an office in Vero. sign up with any home ple don’t immediately into the pacemakers that are inserted
connect home healthcare nowadays.”
“We are a growing agency,” says Weir. health agency, make sure with plastic surgery, but
Until the Vero office goes online, care for I’ve known and worked Trilogy-trained nurses are among
patients in Indian River County is man- you know what kind of with Trilogy for [some the first in the state to employ the “Pro-
aged from the company’s St. Lucie office. time] … and I trust their metheus” bladder biofeedback device,
services your loved one top-notch people to help which, Weir says, “has made an amazing
The Centers for Medicare and Med- my patients during their difference,” in the lives of people suffer-
icaid Services estimates there are now needs,” and how those recoveries.” ing from frequent urination and inconti-
well over 8,000 licensed home healthcare nence.
agencies providing care for elderly and agencies can cover them. Dr. Michael Hansen, a
disabled Americans, and many times that WebMD five-star-rated For more information on home health-
number of unlicensed providers. AARP offers this check- podiatric surgeon at Foot & Ankle Total care, consult your physician and be sure
Care in Vero Beach and Sebastian, adds, to research any company you consider
According to AARP, “nearly 10 million list: Is the agency licensed “I order home care for a lot of reasons: for hiring to care for you or a family member.
adults age 65 and older receive care at things like helping patients with the heal-
home or in residential care settings other by the state? What ser- ing process; [because I trust] in a nurs- Trilogy Home Healthcare is located at
than nursing homes” – many of them in ing staff that follows orders and has the 549 NW Lake Whitney Place, Suite 204 in
Florida, the grayest state in the nation – vices does it provide? foresight to reach out to me when they Port St. Lucie. The phone number is 772-
and that number is projected to skyrock- see changes in a patient that needs ad- 621-2701. The website is www.trilogy-
et in the next decade, according to U.S. Are services available 24 dressed. That is why I am a firm believer homehealthcare.com.
Census Bureau figures.
hours a day, seven days a
week? Would services be- Kim Weir.
gin immediately? If not,
how long is the wait? How
does the agency decide what services will
be needed over time? Is the agency famil-
iar with the area? And perhaps most im-
portantly, what’s its reputation with local
Sitting in the Trilogy office near I-95
in Port St. Lucie, Weir explains that her
own home healthcare career got started
in Vero Beach. “I spent many years work-
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BY CAROLEE WALKER | The Washington Post National Strength and Conditioning Asso- indicating a lower level of recovery. “It’s not so much, ‘hey, it’s
ciation in Colorado Springs. Although there “There is research that shows that chang- really high today,’ it’s ‘what
I have a meaningful exercise routine, and are no specific guidelines yet for recreation- was it yesterday?’ What was it
I have never felt better. I am still glowing al athletes, what experts have learned so far es in your resting heart rate over time can be the past few days and during
from that moment a few months ago when, can help us enhance our intuitive sense of a measure of total stress level in the body,” past week or two? One per-
at the age of 59, I crossed the finish, for the readiness by throwing some objective mea- Sharp said. “And what you want to focus on son’s high might be somebody
first time, at the Marine Corps Marathon. sures into the mix. is trends.” For example, over time with aer- else’s normal.”
obic training we should expect our resting
However, at a certain point, when you get TRACK YOUR RESTING HEART RATE: heart rate to decrease, which is a sign of im- You can take your resting
to a certain age – say, 60, which I’ll be this One way is to monitor your resting heart proved cardiovascular fitness, Sharp said. If heart rate by lightly pressing
month – it is not just about your willingness rate, which can help you understand how your resting heart rate is going up over time, your index and third fingers
to exercise. It is about your readiness for ex- well you are recovering from your previous despite exercise, that can be a sign your body on the inside of your wrist
ercise. exercise session. If you keep a log of your is experiencing too much chronic stress and below your thumb next to
resting heart rate, you will get a sense of needs more rest. your tendon and counting the
Aging athletes know we need more time what is normal for you. If it is higher than beats for 60 seconds. There
to recover from our workouts, but how can usual, McGuinness said, that is often a sign There’s huge variability in resting heart are also plenty of automated
we tell if we have recovered enough? Or your nervous system may be overstressed, rate among people depending on genetics, options, including using an
whether we are not pushing hard enough fitness level and other factors, Sharp said. exercise tracker, which can monitor your
for our exercise to matter? When we were heart rate as you sleep.
younger all we had to do was lace up our Sharp said individuals can measure their
shoes and go. heart rate first thing in the morning, but
the first few seconds after waking up might
“Whether you’re a competitive athlete not be the ideal time because people may
or a recreational one, either finding an in- be startled by their alarm or stressed about
tuitive understanding of your readiness to getting ready for work or needing to use the
exercise or using some external measures bathroom.
can improve your overall fitness and help Sharp recommends going to the bath-
you avoid injury,” according to sports med- room as soon as you wake up but then re-
icine specialist and physical therapist Kevin turning to a quiet room and lying down or
McGuinness. Exercising, particularly as you sitting for two to five minutes before mea-
age, might also require a more scientific ap- suring your heart rate.
proach to how you are feeling and how you “Use the same protocol each time,” he
are doing, he said. added. “Then you can see how your rate is
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highly sought-after Tradition community. With your senior into the foyer, you notice that all of the room away from it all. There are two spacious
living lifestyle in mind, enjoy our casual and elegant style separations are arched, rather than square, master closets, and the master bath is over-
dining, our wellness programs and maintenance free living. which adds an elegant touch. The living sized, with a spa-like shower, Roman tub
room, a spacious 17, feet, 11 inches by 17 and dual vanities with granite counter tops.
We think you’ll love this place, too. feet, 1 inch, faces the back of the house, with You may not want to leave!
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There are two other bedrooms, the first
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has a bathroom right beside it. This makes steel appliances. It’s a wonderful oppor- AFFORDABLE
it idea for a family house or for retirees or tunity to own a home in The Estates, a FLOORING
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$18.99 sq. yd.
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FEATURES FOR 11779 SW AVENTINO DR. 5Wood $ 99
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Neighborhood: The Estates at Tradition
Year built: 2016 • Construction: CBS Starting @ Installed
Size: 2,312 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 3,205
Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3 • Flooring: tile, carpet Made in the U.S.A. $329sq. ft. Installed
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Listing brokerage: Lang Realty High Quality 3$ 49 Sq. Ft.
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
The first full week of February saw 10 single-family residences and lots change hands in Port St.
The top sale of the week was the home at 10024 SW Nuova Way. First listed in November for
$494,900, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,635-square-foot abode sold for $470,000 on Feb. 7.
The week’s next-best sale was the house 10105 Crosby Place. First listed in December for
$435,000, the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 3,074-square-foot residence sold for $434,500 on
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $470,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10024 SW NUOVA WAY 11/7/2017 $494,900 2/7/2018 $297,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10105 CROSBY PLACE 12/11/2017 $435,000 2/7/2018 $272,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11343 SW ROCKINGHAM DRIVE 10/14/2017 $314,000 2/5/2018 $239,400
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9620 SW ROYAL POINCIANA DRIVE 7/17/2017 $314,900 2/8/2018 $236,750
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11324 SW OLMSTEAD DRIVE 8/7/2017 $312,700 2/6/2018 $212,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 398 NW GRANVILLE STREET 5/2/2017 $245,000 2/6/2018 $190,125
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1310 SW CEDAR COVE 8/14/2017 $249,900 2/7/2018 $158,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 645 NW VENETTO COURT 11/3/2017 $212,900 2/7/2018 $128,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1240 NW SUN TERRACE CIRCLE #11D 10/24/2017 $169,900 2/9/2018
PORT SAINT LUCIE 301 SW PALM DRIVE #206 10/30/2017 $140,000 2/9/2018
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Impact glass double-pane windows and sliding glass doors. All bathrooms window in master bedroom and sports shower in master bath.
have raised vanities and brushed nickel plumbing fixtures! Master bath Exterior features include barrel tile roof, paver driveway and an
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renderings are artist’s conceptions, are not to scale, and may not accurately depict the homes or lots as they are built. renderings are artist’s conceptions, are not to scale, and may not accurately depict the homes or lots as they are built.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
10105 Crosby Place, Port Saint Lucie 11343 SW Rockingham Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 12/11/2017 Listing Date: 10/14/2017
Original Price: $435,000 Original Price: $314,000
Sold: 2/7/2018 Sold: 2/5/2018
Selling Price: $434,500 Selling Price: $297,000
Listing Agent: Blake Baltos PA Listing Agent: Vickie Smith
Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Bowen Realty, Inc.
Jason Sinclair Vickie Smith
RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty Bowen Realty, Inc.
9620 SW Royal Poinciana Drive, Port Saint Lucie 11324 SW Olmstead Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 7/17/2017 Listing Date: 8/7/2017
Original Price: $314,900 Original Price: $312,700
Sold: 2/8/2018 Sold: 2/6/2018
Selling Price: $272,000 Selling Price: $239,400
Listing Agent: Cesar Trujillo Listing Agent: Andrea Thomas
Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Owners.com
Cesar Trujillo Thomas Anton
Keller Williams Realty The Keyes Company
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer
1 Get ready, get set, laugh! [email protected]
This Sunday at the Lyric.
One of America’s most trea- Many critics consider “Gypsy” one of the
sured comics (author, actor, greatest American musicals. It certainly con-
interviewer, commentator) tains one of the most complex characters in
Paula Poundstone dropped out musical theater, Mama Rose, who does not fol-
of high school to pursue a ca- low the Broadway tradition of characters the
reer in stand-up comedy, and audience can love.
the world is a funnier place
because of it. Her humor is When at its best, the show takes this unlov-
smart, witty, observational and able character and makes you, at the very least,
spontaneous, her interaction care about why she is who she is.
with audiences brilliantly im-
provisational, disarming and The story is based on the memoirs of strip-
never mean. Poundstone’s list per Gypsy Rose Lee and tells the story of Mama
of awards and accolades is long Rose’s effort to make her daughters stars and
and, according to her website, live her life through their success. With a book
she was the first woman invit- by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics
ed to perform stand-up com- by Stephen Sondheim and staging by Jerome
edy at the White House Corre-
spondents’ Dinner, and she’s CONTINUED ON PAGE B7
been a special correspondent
for “The Tonight Show “with Austen Danielle Bohmer will portray Louise in the Riverside Theatre’s upcoming production of “Gypsy.” It will be presented March 6-25 on the Stark Stage. PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT SIMPKINS
Jay Leno, the Democratic and
Republican conventions, the
Inauguration and the Emmy
Awards. Poundstone is a regu-
lar panelist on NPR’s comedy
news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t
Tell Me!” When its host, Peter
Sagal, was asked about her, he
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‘BREAKING LEGS’ AT THE BARN: THIS MOB IS A RIOT!
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer and easy to take.”
Now, dear reader, I am going to
Comedy is a staple Stuart’s Barn
Theatre, although of course they put your mind at rest. If you look
do musicals and drama, as well.
Barn audiences really love to laugh, the play up on the Internet, you may
and they will have that opportunity
March 8-25, when the Tom Dulack read about a scene that sounds a lot
comedy “Breaking Legs” will be pre-
sented. Director Howard Brown had like the most famous scene from the
a special reason for wanting to direct
this comedy about mobsters. movie “When Harry Met Sally.”
“It’s like 180 degrees from a seri- Brown explained to me that all that
ous mobster play of mine we did at
the Pineapple Playhouse called ‘The happens is a foot rub to a recipient
Lady Swims Today,’” he said. “It got
wiped out by Hurricane Irma. We got who really, really appreciates it. No
in the last two performances. We’ll do
it again a year from now, in March, need to fear that you will be embar-
when it’s not hurricane season.”
“Mine was set in a bar and here’s a Brown is familiar to audiences
play in a bar,” Brown said. “It’s very funny and is the flip
side of the coin and I liked that. I really like the humor. throughout the Treasure Coast as a
It’s rough and very good and the characters are a riot.”
The play concerns a professor who is a would-be director. He can be found at the Barn,
playwright. He wants to get New York backing for his
play and a former student introduces him to her father the Pineapple Playhouse and A.C.T.
and other men of shall we say dubious character. The
professor is a babe-in-the woods, and doesn’t really Studio Theatre, where at the end of
have much of a clue about what is going on around him.
this season, he will director “Tues-
Tony Richards, Frank Lillo, Jennifer Sade, Joe Moore, Fortunato days with Morrie.”
Seveninni and Mike Tynzyk rehearse a scene from “Breaking Legs.” “It’s very tender, very different
from ‘Breaking Legs,’” he said. “I like
PHOTO COURTESY OF DENNIS MCGEADY PHOTOGRAPHS to mix it up. I bounce around.”
The largely male cast, a rarity for Barn shows, features The Barn, incidentally, will wrap up its season with
Fortunato Seveninni as Terrence O’Keefe, Frank Lillo as the Noel Coward play “Waiting in the Wings,” which
Lou Graziano, Jennifer Sade as Angie Graziano, Mike will be presented May 10-27. Before you know it, I’ll be
Tenzyk as Mike Francisco, Tony Richards as Tino Felice, asking for info on arts camps. It’s not too early to start
and Joe Moore as Frankie Salvucci. sending it in.
“The plot is straightforward,” Brown said. “The The Barn Theatre, 2400 SE Ocean Ave., Stuart, presents
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Lady Houdini has new perspective after ultimate escape
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent dini’s most sensational tricks – what he about their most dramatic escape.
Kristen Johnson, Lady Houdini, defies death for a living. called the “Chinese water torture cell.” “I pull the seat front and center and
Her partner, Kevin Ridgeway, and she will be among the
daily acts at the St. Lucie County Fair beginning Friday, Feb. These days escape artists have unveil it and explain I was strapped to
23 and running through Sunday, March 4.
And they’re bringing an unexpected stage prop to the es- dropped the “Chinese” part and call it that seat when we were hit,” Ridgeway
cape and magic show – the driver’s seat of their former car.
“The insurance company was kind enough to have the car the “water torture cell.” But the idea is said. “We talk about the distracted driv-
transported to a shop and cut the seat out,” Johnson said.
The insurance company had a good reason to let the cou- still the same. The escapist is restrained ing and (encourage drivers to) think
ple keep the seat from the destroyed vehicle. It dramatically
illustrates the dangers of distracted driving. with a series of locked chains and sub- about their own lives. We encourage
On Jan. 12 last year, a West Palm Beach driver who may
have been texting while driving hit the couple with a sport merged into a water-filled tank with them to set the phone aside.”
utility vehicle. “She was going about 45, 50 mph,” Johnson
said. “She hit us so hard the front end of her car was stuck only the time that he or she can hold his While the couple admit they can-
The SUV penetrated Ridgeway and Johnson’s car about 20 or her breath to get free of the chains not say with absolute certainty the
inches. Ridgeway doesn’t remember the hit.
“I do not remember anything from the wreck,” Ridgeway and pick a lock to freedom. 17-year-old driver was texting, they
said. “I lost my memory of most of the day leading up to it.”
He does, however, remember waking from a coma about “The quintessential escape is the wa- say her words to police leave few other
five weeks later.
“With Kristen’s voice repeatedly saying as I was coming to, ter torture cell,” Johnson said. “I trained possibilities. What’s not in question is
‘You’re safe, you’re OK. There was an accident.’”
The 206-pound bodybuilder had lost 66 pounds while co- over a year working on the different whether the driver admitted to being
matose. His injury-riddled body was held together by little
more than medical devices and hope. The SUV hit his side. components and finding the people distracted.
Johnson, too, had serious injuries, including a concus-
sion and punctured lung. That’s really bad for someone who with the expertise I wanted to glean Jeanne Keaton, manager of the St.
holds her breath for a living. Johnson does one of Harry Hou-
from.” Lucie County Fair, said the message is
It takes Johnson, on average, about positive and folks are receptive. She re-
three minutes to escape the water cently saw the couple on stage.
cell. Johnson’s record for holding her “When they were back at the South
breath underwater is slightly more Florida Fair, everybody went crazy,”
than five minutes. Keaton said.
Even with the two more minutes of The first Lady Houdini show will be
air, Johnson said every time she hears at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Adams Are-
the water cell closed she has anxiety. ‘Lady Houdini,’ Kristen Johnson. na on the fair’s opening day. It will be
“I don’t care how many times you at different times throughout the rest of
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do something like that, every time you the fair. The fairgrounds are at 15601 W.
hear the lid come down and the lock, your head goes, hmm, Midway Road, Fort Pierce.
that’s not such a good idea,” Johnson said.
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String of rave reviews precedes Amernet’s A.C.T debut
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer the standard chamber music works from composers such The Amernet String Quartet will perform at the A.C.T. Studio Theatre in Stuart
[email protected] as Beethoven and Bach as well as something from the 20th
century. on Feb. 24. PHOTO COURTESY OF A.C.T. STUDIO THEATRE
The first question you might have about the Amernet
String Quartet is what the name means. I put that question to While Klotz is dedicated to his art, he is also passionate
Michael Klotz, violist for the ensemble. about his teaching. “My mother was a teacher and I knew I’d
be one,” he said. “I was very fortunate to have some of the
“None of us is a founding member,” he said. “The found- premier pedagogues of the 20th century. Zvi Zeitlin at East-
ing members each came up with their favorite string quarter. man was a giant. I learned pretty much everything I know
They named the Emerson, Guarneri, Amadeus and Tokyo.” from him and I’m happy to pass it along. I’m happy to work
with students who are receptive. It’s very rewarding to play a
The members took letters from each of the favorites and part in developing a young musician.
put them together. Amernet was their favorite amalgamation
and they decided to give it French flair, pronouncing it Amer- “My goal with students, first and foremost, is to help them
nay. Klotz, who made his solo debut with the Rochester Phil- play the best they can. I want them to be a great player and
harmonic at 17, joined the Quartet in 2002. A graduate of the musician. These are difficult times and everyone has to figure
Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, he out how to be one’s own entrepreneur nowadays. There are
is one of the few musicians to hold a double master’s degree many different ways to make a living in music and you have
in viola and violin from Juilliard. He is a senior instructor of to keep an open mind.”
viola and chamber music at Florida International University,
where the group is Ensemble-in- Residence. Klotz knows that some of his best students go on to careers
in medicine, business and other fields, and they write to him
The Amernet String Quartet makes its Stuart debut Feb. that they are still playing the violin or viola. “I believe in
24 as part of the new Treasure Coast Chamber Music Soci- music for all,” he said. “Everyone doesn’t need to be-
ety’s concert series at the A.C.T. Studio Theatre. Klotz spoke come a professional. For so long, the music was regard-
recently about his love for the viola, chamber music and ed as for the elite. What we aim to do is have music for all.”
The group has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kenne-
“I love the violin and viola equally but I (prefer to play) the dy Center, but they have also played at small venues. The
viola. I’m more comfortable with it and I identify with the A.C.T. Studio Theatre seats about 35. “My favorite concerts
sound. I love the sound so much. I had the double major at are the intimate,” he said. “You can have 10 people in the au-
Juilliard, but I started doing the viola more and more. It chose dience, but if it matters to them, it’s incredibly fulfilling.”
me. I was infatuated with chamber music and with the viola
as the inner voice. Some of the greatest composers, like Dvor- The Amernet String Quartet comes to A.C.T Studio Theatre,
ak and Brahms, wrote great viola lines.” 23398 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Feb. 24 as part of the Treasure
Coast Chamber Music Society’s concert series. Call 772-932-
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relationship and that speaks to a lot of
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 people.” Fun Filled Family Day! Gates Open: 10 AM - 4 PM
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“Together, Wherever We Go,” the show it multiple times is the intricacies actors Music Indian
has songs that have become standards. find about playing the role,” she said. Artist Food
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Then we talked theater.
“Not only is Louise one of the
most wonderfully written roles
in musical theater, it is one
of my dream roles,” Bohmer
said. “I’ve probably been sub-
consciously preparing since I was
a little girl. Her (story) arc is very
well written. Not so many roles go
from one extreme to the other. She
is a small little girl, trying to make
herself smaller, and suddenly she’s
thrust into the spotlight and be-
comes a force to be reckoned with.
Gypsy Rose Lee was a major figure.
To figure out the moments of discov-
ery and growth is really exciting.”
Bohmer said that the show is
beautifully constructed, with just the
right balance of song and story.
“It has songs that are the epitome of
character development, that look into the
heart and mind,” she said. “They give an
inside peek. I can’t believe the scenes that
are written in the book. It could almost
be a play and that’s rare, for the song and
book to both be so strong. ‘Gypsy’ could
exist without the music and we’d still be
Bohmer said that the family dynamics
resonate with many people, even though
Mama Rose is so extreme.
“I don’t think Mama Rose is a monster,”
she said. “I find her incredibly caring. She
cares so much and wants her daughter to
have the life she couldn’t. It is selfish, but
she cares so much her judgment is cloud-
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LAJOIE DE VIVRE: PAINTINGS REFLECT ARTIST’S CREATIVE SOUL
BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist 2017. The larger paintings are executed in
acrylic and acrylic with oil on unprimed
On view through Feb. 26, a solo show canvas; the smaller works are in acrylic on
by Shotsi Cain LaJoie at Center for Spir-
A painting that greets your eye upon
itual Care features her recent abstract entering the Center is the impressive“Lat-
itude or Longitude.” The 6-foot-square
paintings along with some of her cell painting combines areas of stained
raw canvas with pools of poured paint,
phone snapshots of scenes on the Indian which Lajoie spread into fluid shapes
using sponges, brushes and her hands.
River Lagoon. Dripped and flung paint make a splashy
appearance throughout the canvas, as do
The inclusion of colorful photos, en- delicate loops of paint – some as fine as
pencil lines – that flowed from the pointy
larged and printed on glossy aluminum nozzle of a plastic squeeze bottle.
panels, has to do with LaJoie being an “This is like a Helen Frankenthal-
er-Jackson Pollock-Cy Twombly collab-
avid member of Vero Beach Rowing Club, oration,” Lajoie teases, referring to three
significant American abstract painters
an organization she helped found in whose work she admires.
2010. All of the photos in the exhibition Lajoie says that “Latitude and Longi-
tude” is an experiment in unifying large
– of sunrises, foggy mornings and the color areas by connecting them with circuitous lines of the
Merrill Barber Bridge – were taken from A multi-layered painting like that takes months to com-
plete, she says. “Each layer asks for resolution, and some-
the vantage point of her seat in a rowing times I don’t know how I’m going to resolve it.”
Lajoie marvels that her friend and mentor, Tim Sanchez,
shell. can work continuously on one painting until it is finished.
She, on the other hand, will stop and reflect on the work
Despite their being hung cheek by jowl she has done, work on other in-progress paintings, or just
with the canvases on display, LaJoie in-
sists that the photos are not in the same Shotsi LaJoie.
category as her paintings. “I don’t consid-
PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
er myself a photographer,” she says.
Some people might therefore assume
that these photos inspired her paintings’ color themes orange-hued skies have been purchased since the show’s
or compositions. Not so, says Lajoie, who explains that opening.
the photos are distinct creations. She notes that many of More than what she sees when out on the water, Lajoie
them were taken after the completion of the paintings with wants to show visitors how she feels while rowing.
which they have been paired. “What you do to open yourself in one area of life will
“I don’t paint images. I don’t start off with images. I don’t penetrate to every other part of your life,” she says.
think, Oh, I’m going to do a water painting today, or, I’m The large paintings in the show are some of her brightest
going to do a rowing painting.” yet. Although none of the works in the show are dated, La-
The photographs are for sale, but at least two that feature joie says that with one exception, none were created before
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returning to the next bout with a particular and splotch in between.
canvas. PHOTOS: MITCH KLOORFAIN
Looking at this painting close up is a
On the wall to the left of “Latitude or pleasure akin to gazing upon a condensa- Katie Johansen of Port St. Lucie and Sandi Hellstrom-Leonard of St. Lucie County,
Longitude” is a 96-inch wide artwork that tion-fogged window pane. You know that above, and Tiernan Watkins, River Hassett of Port St. Lucie and Pete Morello per-
Lajoie created by putting two 48-inch- there is something beyond that translucent formed with the cast of “͚ The Music Man”͛ during the StarStruck professional series
square canvases side by side and painting top layer. Allow yourself to be mesmerized which concluded its run on Feb. 4.
them to create a contiguous composition. by the conundrum of a painting seen, but
not seen, beneath its mottled veil.
The painting is titled “The Catch.” That’s
a rowing term for the moment when an oar According to Lajoie, that is what her art
dips into, or “catches,” the water to propel is about.
“Think about your creative soul. How
Painted primarily in blue acrylic pig- deep is it – where does it go?” she asks.
ments that Lajoie allowed to soak into the
unprimed canvas, the painting bears a long Lajoie’s life has taken many directions. A
splash of white paint through which, while graduate in business administration from
Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.,
still wet, the artist slewed her fingers. The she got her feet wet in rowing as a mem-
marks she left behind give translucence,
and the appearance of three-dimension- ber of Notre Dame University’s women’s
al form, to what would otherwise be an rowing team. Her professional career in fi-
opaque shape. nancial accounting began in Chicago. She
moved to Miami in 1978 to manage the
“It’s kind of scary (to do something like southeastern office of the title insurance
that), because sometimes you ruin your company for which she then worked, and
painting. You don’t get a lot of tries. People transferred to Vero Beach in 1981.
don’t realize that sometimes you’ve got to
do this a few times before it is spatially cor- Building on her training and expe-
rect; all the elements are hitting just right. rience in the psychology of business,
You’ve got to be brave enough to allow it to LaJoie received an MA in counseling
be that fluid.” from Webster University in 2001. As
a Licensed Mental Health Counselor,
An intriguing painting in the exhibition she continues her current career as a
is, in relation to the bright and bold paint- psychotherapist and counseling coach.
ings on display, inscrutable. “Fog in the Following her artistic inclinations, she
Morning” is a 40-inch-square acrylic and joined Tiger Lily Art Studios and Gallery
oil pastel painting composed of a foggy in 2007, where she continues to create
gray application of semi-opaque paint over and exhibit her work.
stained-in blues in the top half of the com-
position and a pooled area of cool red at the Volunteering is an important part of La-
Joie’s life. As an advisory board member for
the Palm Beach Diocese of Catholic Chari-
ties, she helped found The Samaritan Cen-
ter, a shelter for homeless families in Vero
Beach. That was 25 years ago. She has been
point person and cheerleader for The Sa-
maritan Center’s annual Soup Bowl fund-
raiser for just as long.
It seems only natural for her to be on the
board of directors of the Center for Spiri-
tual Care, too. “This place is about igniting
your soul and finding who you are in the
process,” she says.
The artist will be present at a reception
at the Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24th
Street in Vero Beach, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on
Friday, Feb. 16.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Golabek performs this eye-opening The Maltz production is a benefit for That night is this coming Friday, at the
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hilarious. If you cut her into bits, each the book “The Children of Willesden Ireland, “Rhythm of the Dance,” is names in the business – Frankie Valli,
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Lola’s Seafood Eatery: Tastes of Massachusetts in St. Lucie West
BY TINA RONDEAU | Correspondent clearly enjoying their meals. entrées, my husband ordered the basket Lola’s on a Friday or Saturday, that would
We had heard that Lola’s was a count- of fried belly clams ($19.50) and I opted to appear a very good idea.
Recently, I was glancing through a copy try the seafood bowl ($17.50).
of the St. Lucie Voice and two words in an er-service restaurant – place your order Last weekend, we decided to go back
ad for Lola’s Seafood Eatery caught my eye and servers bring it to your table – so we The fried clams more than lived up to at lunch time and try Lola’s lobster roll
– “belly clams.” went to the counter, where we stood in a his hopes – medium-sized belly clams, ($19.90). This turned out to be the real
bit of a daze grappling with the wide vari- not overly breaded, succulent and tasty. deal – large chunks of sweet knuckle and
As regular readers of this column in ety of dishes offered on the menu boards. They were served over bottleneck fries. claw lobster meat, thinly coated with
(We subsequently were told you can mayonnaise, stuffed into a top-split hot
DINING Vero News know, my simply be seated, and the very pleasant My seafood bowl proved an excellent dog bun lightly toasted in butter. Very
Boston-born husband servers will take your order at your table.) choice: mussels, shrimp and clams tossed tasty, and if the lobster had been freshly
with linguini pasta, in a very tasty red cooked, it would have been perfection!
REVIEW has dragged me from After a few minutes, my husband de- clam sauce, served with two cheeses, Well, give it an A-minus.
Melbourne Beach (the cided to start with the New England clam fresh basil, and a couple of slices of grilled
New England Eatery) to Jensen Beach (the chowder (surprise!), and I went for the bread. But for those in need of a Massachu-
New England Fish Market) in search of grilled octopus salad. setts seafood fix (much of what they serve
fried whole belly clams. As you might guess, we did not have comes from New Bedford), Lola’s is clearly
You don’t get authentic versions of that Lola’s New England clam chowder – room for dessert – though we since have worth a try.
staple of life in Vero Beach, he contends. which certainly had the requisite number heard a lot of good things about Lola’s
So no sooner had I said the magic of tender clams and potatoes – was very house-made beignets (had we known I welcome your comments, and en-
words “belly clams” to my husband than good, though my husband would have about those, doubtful we could have courage you to send feedback to me at
we were on our way to St. Lucie West to voted for a slightly thicker, creamier ver- passed them up at Mardi Gras time). [email protected].
try Lola’s. sion. But it got more than passing marks.
From the outside, the restaurant – set But this is an excellent seafood The reviewer dines anonymously at
in a strip mall next to a The Octopus salad, on the other hand, restaurant. It’s not fancy restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
mattress store – doesn’t was fantastic – grilled octopus that was – the clam chowder was 32963.
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GREAT MUSIC AND GOOD ‘CIAO’ AT FESTIVAL ITALIANO!
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent “At that time you needed to speak proper moving in and considered starting Festival veritable who’s
Italian to get on the radio,” DiGiorgio said. Italiano for a while. His father and he talked who of Italian
The Festival Italiano is serving up the mu- “My dad really spoke proper Italian, and with a few event promoters about it, but the music, including
sic and fun on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 that’s why he got so many gigs and jobs. He opening of the Civic Center pushed them to Beppe Granieri,
and 25. presented the artists when they were in con- head out solo and play to their strengths. Michele Anasta-
cert, or at big block parties.” sio, Nino Cordaro
“This is going to be the ninth year,” orga- “In the past we have geared our festival and more. And
nizer Dominic DiGiorgio said. Putting the family in the thick of the New around the entertainment,” DiGiorgio said. there’s something to go with that music.
York Italian music scene. “He had relation- “That’s where our strength was. It wasn’t in “This year we really focused on food,” DeGi-
The festival will be at the Port St. Lucie ships not only with artists from the U.S., but food. It wasn’t in rides. It wasn’t in vendors.” orgio said.
Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place. artists from Italy,” DiGiorgio said.
DiGiorgio said his father – Jack Di Giorgio – However, DiGiorgio said as his father and The San Gennaro Society is part of the
and he noticed when the center opened that The family moved to Port St. Lucie in the he did the festival annually they got better at food planning, he said.
there were numerous cultural events, but late 1980s. “We ended up here honestly be- the food and other festival activities.
none Italian. “We had access to many great cause of the (New York) Mets,” DiGiorgio said. The festival will have not only music,
entertainers, because my father was a DJ up Still, at the center is the music. DiGiorgio dancing and food, there’s the Kids Zone and
north,” DiGiorgio said. “He worked for a cou- The Mets moved their spring training said Mauro Nardi is the featured act this year. more. The festival is noon to 10 p.m. on Sat-
ple different radio stations.” from St. Petersburg to Port St. Lucie in urday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Park-
1988, to what is now First Data Field in St. “He’s directly from Italy,” he said. “He ing and admission are free. St. Lucie Voice is
One was New York City’s Radio Uno. “It Lucie West. It was the Thomas J. White Sta- sings a Neapolitan style.” a sponsor.
broadcast to the tri-state area,” DiGiorgio dium at the time.
said. The senior Di Giorgio also worked at The music of Naples has long been ad- For more, visit www.pslfestivalitaliano.
ICN Radio. Both stations had strong ties to DiGiorgio said that as Port St. Lucie grew, mired. “A lot of people consider it to be the com.
Italy and the Italian entertainment industry. the family saw lots of other Italian-Americans best form of singing in Italy,” DeGiorgio said.
The musical lineup, DeGiorgio said, is a
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Bonz hits it off with the magnificent Miss Maggie
Hi Dog Buddies! dle loaf of French Bread. (How do I know Maggie. vannahs Preserve. Have you heard of it?
about French Bread? That’s another story.) Lotsa hikin’ trails. Plus, I learn stuff about
This week I yapped with a charming PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD birds, an fish, an plants, an TOR-dusses,
Chocolate Lab, Maggie Johnson. She’ll be Maggie explained, “David an Alice are an EEEK-oh systems, which are nature
8 in May, but she has one of those Puppy Boat People, an they put these on the out- bles). Then he took a ball away neighborhoods, I think. On my daily walks
Personalities, came right up for the Wag- side of their boats so they don’t, like, BUMP from me. Then he played with my paws. with Alice, I hafta be On Leash. But on our
an-Sniff, then shared some frenly bumps into the dock an get all dinged up. You can Then he just walked away. WELL, I had it weekend nature hikes, I get to be Off Leash
an nudges with my Assistant. see they’re the PERfect size for reTREEVE- figured out by then, and you bet your bis- cuz I’m Well-Behaved. When I get way
ing an chewin.’” cuits I followed him. I thought it was all ahead of David and don’t know which way
“Oh, goody, it’s YOU, Mr. BONzo. It’s pretty fun, ackshully. The last part of the next, I look back at him, he points, an I go
Super Cool Dog Biscuits you’re gonna in- “Yep, I can see that.” test was when Alice sneaked sneakily up that way.”
nerview ME. These are my Humans, David “I can go get one for you,” she offered, behind me while I was playin; and banged
and Alice, I’ve been with ’em for almost my between munches. two frying pans together!” “You sure are one active Nature Pooch,”
whole entire life. I’m an Only Dog. So, let’s “That’s so thoughtful, but I’d better I said, with admiration.
go sit on the porch. I’ll show you my yard. I keep takin’ notes. Tell me how you and “Are you woofin’ me right now?”
watch the birds an the boats goin’ by on the you humans got together.” “I woof you not. It made this big, loud “It’s hard to stay still. Last year, I hurt
river. I have my own room, too. An a bun- “I was born way out in the country, noise, but I wasn’t scared. I glanced up, my knee. There’s a bunch of stringy things
cha bumpers to reTREEVE an chew on.” near a place called Indiantown. There then kept right on playin.’ Of course, I called ligga-mutts that hold pooches’
were nine of us puppies an I was the lid- passed The Puppy Test. Now, big noises knees together, an mine got torn. So Dr.
I followed her to a nice screen porch with dlest. By the time David an Alice started never scare me. Even thunderstorms. Cool, Horn used fishing line to replace the lig-
a pooch door. askin,’ there were only two of us left. They right?” ga-mutts. I couldn’t do ANYTHING FUN
got to meet my pooch Mom and Dad so “Totes! So, whaddya do for fun? Any for three months. It wasn’t that fun for
“So, whaddya wanna know?” she asked. they could see how gorgeous I’d be when pooch pals?” David an Alice either, but by August I was
“Well, first off – what’s a bumper?” I was I grew up. If David an Alice had picked “I’m mostly a People Pooch (no offense). back swimmin’ an reTREEVin.’ Hey, Mr.
hopin’ I wasn’t the only pooch on the planet their puppy on adorableness alone, I My favorite pal is M-I-K-E the Pool Guy. Bonzo, if you’re ever up in Newport, we can
who didn’t know. I mean, I figured it wasn’t woulda won, Paws Down. But they had He gives me treats. David an Alice spell his do Yappy Hour at the Vanderbilt!”
the metal kind that go on cars. I couldn’t NEVER had a dog. Ever. Or even a human name cuz they think I’ll get all excited if
pickshur her draggin’ that across the yard. puppy. they just say it regular. My pooch bestie’s a I could have listened to Miss Maggie’s
“Oh, silly me. It’s a boat thing.” She went “So they read every Puppy Raising book dachshund, Huck Wall. Me an him an our adventures all day. Heading home, I was
off into the house and returned with a they could find an that’s when Alice found humans go on vacations together, to North thinking I should get a liddle more exer-
white oblong object, about the size of a lid- The Puppy Test. She read the instructions Carolina. It’s real pretty and they’ve got cise. Running from my bed to my dinner
and David followed ’em: First, he let me streams with yummy cool water! dish probly isn’t quite enough. I’m gonna
chew on his hands (just liddle puppy nib- “In the summer I pant a LOT, so we go to give it shot, because I might just be havin’
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A ‘BLOCK’ BUSTER 5KManatee Academy hosts fundraising run
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent chance to learn more about the neighbor-
Manatee Academy ran into a happy
coincidence: It’s located on a perfect 5-ki- “It always turns out to be a nice run,”
lometer track. So, naturally, it thought to he said.
host an annual 5K.
The school had advertised the run for
“We call it (Once Around the Block to Jan. 20, but noticed a scheduling conflict
Fight Hunger), because it is a big block,” with another large event. So, it resched-
track coach Charles Pilson said. uled the run to February.
The school is hosting the Once Around The school’s website is www.stlucie.k12.
the Block to Fight Hunger 5K run and us/man.
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“Right now I’m standing at 30 runners
and that’s increasing daily,” Pilson said.
The first 125 to register will get T-shirts.
There are a few ways to register.
“You can come to the school and get a
registration form,” Pilson said. The school
is at 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd.
The run is listed at active.com, too.
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for
students. Run-day registration will be
Manatee Academy is a K-8 charter
school. Pilson said the administration
and teachers are enthusiastic about the
run, and it gives folks in St. Lucie West a
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AN ECHO OF LOSE ONE TO GAIN MORE NORTH
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks WEST AK62 EAST
together.” A bridge deal starts when you carefully put 13 cards together. How you play J 10 A K J 10 962
those cards, of course, will determine your score on the deal. J754 9 Q 10 9
This week, South is in six spades. What should he do after West finds the best lead of a KJ74 SOUTH Q 10 8 3
North’s four-club rebid was a splinter: four-card spade support, game-going values and 942
a singleton (or void) in clubs. It was a slight overbid, especially since North has such A652
bad trumps. If South had had weak spades and strong clubs, making three no-trump
the best game, it would have been hard to get there over four clubs! But a three-spade Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both
rebid would have been a tad cautious. If only he could have bid three-and-two-thirds
spades. The Bidding:
The winning line, assuming there was one, depended upon guessing correctly. If trumps SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
were 4-1, declarer needed the diamond finesse to be winning. But if the spades were 1Diamonds Pass
the more-likely 3-2, he could afford to lose a diamond as long as he took two club ruffs 1 Spades Pass 4 Clubs Pass OPENING
on the board. Then, his 12 tricks would be four spades, two hearts, three diamonds, one 5 Clubs Pass 5 Diamonds Pass
club and the two ruffs. 6 Spades Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
However, it was not that straightforward. After quite some time running different play
sequences through his mind, South saw the best plan. After the club ruff at trick three,
he led a low diamond from the dummy. East won and played another trump, but declarer
won, ruffed a second club, took the top hearts, ruffed a heart, drew the missing trump
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