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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-11-15 11:33:03

11/15/2018 ISSUE 46


Impact 100 kicks off its
second decade. P18

Merchon Green to chair
new school equity panel. P6
Old Vero City Council may yet
see completion of electric sale. P8

Plans for Publix For breaking news visit
in Orchid seem on
track despite foes Sebastian River
hospital gets an
improved grade

Staff Writer Staff Writer

Plans for a new Publix at TV 10 owner Jose Guerra clearing out the clutter after selling the low-power station to Azteca America. PHOTO BY LEIGH GREEN If hospitals are to heal pa-
the east end of the Wabasso tients, they must first heal
Causeway in Orchid appear Vero’s TV 10 sold to Spanish-language network themselves. That appears to
to continue to be on track, be just what Sebastian River
despite opposition from po- BY MICHELLE GENZ Owner Jose Guerra was clear- The half million-dollar deal Medical Center is doing after
tential neighbors who live just Staff Writer ing out the last of the equip- closed in August. But Guerra, turning an F safety grade re-
outside the town. ment and paperwork last week 80, kept the signal up, managing ceived last spring – one of only
After more than two de- after finally agreeing to pull the to fill the station’s final weeks two in the state – to a more re-
Only moments after being cades on the air, WWCI-CD, plug on the orders of the new with re-runs of past shows and spectable C.
sworn in last Friday, the Or- better known as Vero’s TV 10, owner: Spanish-language net- the occasional short newscast.
chid Town Council heard an has gone dark. work Azteca America. The two-letter grade im-
update from Town Manager CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 provement came in the twice-
Noah Powers on plans submit- yearly Leapfrog Hospital Safety
ted last month by Publix for a Grade, issued to 2,600 hospitals
scaled-down 31,000-square- and publicly posted online.
foot Publix and five other retail
shops on Route 510 immedi- The fall grades were an-
ately west of Jungle Trail. nounced last Thursday, though
they had been known to hospi-
New to the council are tal executives for three weeks
Simms Browning and Patti prior. That would explain the
Oertie-Phaneuf. Returning in- confidence of Steward’s newly
cumbents include Paul Knapp, installed CEO, Kyle Sanders,
Harold Ofstie and Robert Gib- and COO, Ralph Taylor, who
bons. Ofstie and Gibbons will also serves as chief nursing of-
continue as mayor and vice- ficer, earlier this month when


Surprise gift adds pre-Christmas magic Upgrades ahead for
to fundraiser for children with cancer historic Jones Pier

BY STEVEN M. THOMAS for Sunshine Kids, an organi- BY SUE COCKING
Staff Writer zation that "adds quality of life Staff Writer
to children with cancer by pro-
Carol Prezioso, managing viding them with exciting, pos- Construction is set to
broker for Berkshire Hatha- itive group activities." begin in spring 2019 on
way HomeServices, was feel- two long-awaited projects
ing good as she drove home Her mood changed abruptly designed to improve rec-
on a recent Monday night when she got what she says
from a successful fundraiser was a "mortifying" phone call. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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Jones Pier Area – located a short distance north of acre Jones Pier site will include con- hammock run jointly by the county
Round Island Park – to the public. struction of a five-acre saltwater wet- and the Indian River Land Trust – the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 land designed to draw water from the county will oversee construction of a
Both projects are expected to be lagoon and filter out nitrogen and 1.3-mile hiking/biking trail leading to
reational access to scenic and historic completed in 2020, according to Beth phosphorus before sending the treat- the lagoon from a new parking area
preserves on the barrier island’s la- Powell, the county's conservation ed water back to the estuary. A one- and entrance road along SR A1A.
goon shoreline. lands manager. mile path will run around the perim-
eter, with boardwalks extending into The Land Trust will be in charge of
The Indian River County Commis- Anglers currently fish from the reno- the marsh. landscaping – getting rid of exotic veg-
sion last week executed a cost-sharing vated Jones Pier docks, which were first etation and planting native species. 
agreement with the Florida Inland constructed by the pioneer Seaborn "We want to go beyond public access,"
Navigation District (FIND) to fund Jones family in 1907 to facilitate ship- Powell said. "We want to tell the Jones Vero’s TV 10
$260,000 worth of improvements to the ping their farm produce by water. Now story. People are going to be captivated
historic Jones Pier Conservation Area the historic family homestead and fruit by the site. To have them immersed in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
on Jungle Trail adjacent to Indian River stand are slated for restoration and, after these issues, it's very exciting."
Shores, plus another $281,700 to open that, expected to display museum exhib- Today, a generic message informs
the Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation its, according to Powell. As for Oyster Bar Marsh – a 96-acre Comcast subscribers that former pro-
mosquito impoundment and upland gramming is unavailable.
Other improvements to the 16.5-
To its small-town cadre of fans, TV
10 was anything but generic, its on-air
“personalities” earning cult status: Jose-
fina, the 71-year-old body-builder, Bob
and Bob, the wine guys, and Marcia
Littlejohn, the popular talk show host.

WWCI-CD, the longtime local
“must-carry” station, aired on Com-
cast’s channel 11. But it also broad-
cast the old-fashioned way – from a
TV tower behind its original home on
12th Street, with a transmitter situated
south of that at the county dump sta-
tion off Old Dixie Highway. Though he
wasn’t sure why, Guerra said his engi-
neers preferred to do their work there
after dark. “You should have seen the
rats,” he said. “They had to take a gun.”

It took more than rats to scare off
Guerra, who says over the years peo-
ple threatened him to try and force
him to sell them the station. In the
end, Guerra got $530,000 for his mid-
1990s investment of $5,000, which
covered the station’s license and con-
struction permit.

Not a bad return. But it was a far cry
from the $27 million he was hoping for
in May 2016, when the FCC placed that
value, improbable as it may seem, as
the starting bid in a national “reverse”
auction of low-power TV stations de-
signed to free-up underutilized band-
width for video and cellphone use.

The term “reverse” referred to the auc-
tion starting high, with prices expected
to fall as telecom companies like AT&T,
Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile bought up
stations. “There are fears that the goal
won’t match the outcome,” wrote Don
Reisinger in Fortune, a few months be-
fore the auction launched.

That turned out to be an under-
statement. At each stage of the multi-
stage auction, with cellphone compa-
nies bidding only a fraction of the $60
billion broadcasters had expected, TV
stations started dropping out. Guerra
doesn’t remember how long he stayed
in. He does remember that he and his
assistant, Alex Zulueta, were glued to
the confidential FCC website, waiting
to see if a bid came in.

“It was waiting, waiting, waiting,

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 3


then – OK, I’m going to have lunch. Cellar” with oenophiles Bob Roth and 72, she still walks the barrier island Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Guerra
Then keep waiting, waiting at the com- Bob Stanley, by trade an interior design- bridges with maximum musculature was studying engineering when the
puter online,” says Guerra, who de- er and Ocean Grill waiter, respectively, and minimum workout wear. Passers- CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs
spite being in the U.S. for six decades whose taste tests on the deck of Stan- by get a wave worthy of royalty. failed spectacularly. Guerra, whose par-
has not lost his thick Cuban accent. ley’s home included hurling the loser ticipation in a student protest groups
wines – bottle and all – into the bushes. It was Guerra who by his own admis- amounted to setting fire to mailboxes
Some station owners were lucky, sion “micro-managed everything.” Un- on the street, was arrested with more
and bids did come in – to the tune of And there was fitness guru Josefina like his stars, he could venture out with- than a thousand other resisters and
$19.8 billion, according to the FCC Monasterio, a Venezuelan-born high out being recognized. But he kept out held for two months in a concentration
website, $10 billion of which was di- school science teacher turned body- of the limelight, spending evenings at
vided among 175 winning stations. builder in late middle age. Today, at home with his beloved wife, Maria. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Another $7 billion was collected for
government coffers. Exclusively John’s Island

But for Guerra, the FCC’s auction Indulge in tropical breezes, unmatched sunrises and 130 feet of direct
turned out to be a crushing disap- ocean access in this spacious 4BR/4.5BA home with private dune
pointment. As he understands it, by crossover. A tropically landscaped pool with pergola and outdoor marble
the time the auction finally wrapped patios provides relaxing outdoor living. Features include 6,342± GSF,
up, none of the communication giants an expansive living room with fireplace, stately columns, panoramic
had bid for WWCI. windows, island kitchen with dining and den, generous master suite,
lower-level recreation room/optional 4th bedroom, and 3-car garage.
“They destroyed many people,” 672 Ocean Road : $5,295,000
Guerra says, hunched over his knees
in an office chair amidst piles of de- three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
bris ready to be moved out of the sta- health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
tion’s modest studio, a tiny pink house
with green shutters in an Old Dixie 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
warehouse district.

“Nobody knew what to do in this
business of small TV stations. Do you
keep your people selling advertising,
or do you stop? Do you keep buying
equipment? Say Comcast offered $28
million; you immediately had to go off
the air. It created a false world for the
small owners because they expected
something, plus it cost you all the pa-
per work and legal expenses.”

Instead, Guerra’s V-One Broadcast-
ing sold WWCI-CD this past summer
on the open market, without a broker,
to HC2 Station Group, which last year
had acquired Azteca America.

HC2 is owned by hedge fund billion-
aire Philip Falcone, the founder of Har-
binger Capital who in 2013 reached a
$18 million settlement with the Securi-
ties and Exchange Commission. He was
banned from the securities industry for
five years and had to admit wrongdoing
in a case involving, among other things,
the use of $113 million in fund assets to
pay his personal taxes.

Currently Azteca America’s program-
ming airs on WWHB-48 in Stuart. Both
Vero and Stuart are part of the West
Palm television market. According to
the online investment newsletter Seek-
ing Alpha, HC2 has spent close to $100
million on 164 operational stations and
400 so-called silent licenses and con-
struction permits, enough to reach 60
percent of the U.S. population.

While the sudden entry of a nation-
al player in Vero’s airwaves broadcast-
ing Spanish-language programming
may be intriguing to some, the lo-
cal TV 10 personalities are doubtless
closer to the hearts of many longtime

Handpicked by Guerra, they included
Littlejohn, whose guaranteed positive
spin on every imaginable Vero institu-
tion made for fearless guests and zero
dish. There was a show called “Seller to

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 5


Vero’s TV 10 stead, he went to Colombia, recruited by one option in Naples, he heard about the station’s last home, Guerra plucked
a friend working for the CIA. Guerra’s job a real estate developer in Port St. Lucie listlessly at pieces of equipment and me-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 was to pose as a student to see whether who owned the license for Vero’s TV 10 mentos. He says his wife Maria expects
Castro had infiltrated universities. but had never built a station. “I bought to him stay home and rest. But he just
camp. When he was released, he took a the license for $5000,” he says. can’t imagine that happening.
commercial flight to Miami. The rest of his career was more tra-
ditional; he worked in TV production Now, Guerra is left to reimagine his “I have worked since I was 16,” he
“My idea was to go to a training camp and advertising. In his 50s, he decided life. At the end of a hallway of framed says. “I may have to find a job – or cre-
and return to Cuba to fight,” he says. In- to buy a TV station. After looking at photographs of various TV-10 guests in ate one for me.” 



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6 Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


MERCHON GREEN, DEFEATED FOR SCHOOL BOARD, Sebastian River hospital Sebastian River’s data and surveys
be submitted by July, before the new
BY KATHLEEN SLOAN as well as the school climate, in which they gave a tour of a $60 million reno- software was installed.
Staff Writer black students are disciplined nearly vation at the facility.
three times more than white students. The F grade from last spring relied
Merchon Green was obviously dis- Along with transforming the rear almost entirely on data that pre-dated
appointed when she lost her election She was a member of the school dis- façade of the U.S. 1 campus into its Steward Health’s acquisition of the
bid to become an Indian River County trict’s student code of conduct com- main entrance, the project is expected hospital in May 2017, occurring un-
School Board member, but the defeat mittee that met a dozen times over to improve safety scores even further, der the watch of Community Health
left her free to accept the chairman- eight months for many hours in an executives said. Systems, which bought the hospital
ship of the Equity Committee, a po- effort to make the school climate less from Health Management Associates
tentially important oversight position. punitive and punishments less subjec- “This addition is the first step of in 2014. While there are still numbers
tive. She was also a member of the Afri- modernizing the campus,” said Jeff from as long ago as 2015 reflected in
The Equity Committee was created can-American Academic Achievement Nicholas, vice president of Steward this fall’s grade, in many categories,
by a September court order to oversee Plan Committee, which was dissolved Health Care real estate. “And even measures reflect six months to a year
the school district’s compliance with a by the court order, its responsibilities beyond the project, we’re doing im- of Steward management.
desegregation order that has been in transferred to the Equity Committee. provements generally.”
effect for 51 years. The panel has two The Leapfrog Group, which con-
members chosen by the School Board In addition to monitoring the aca- The renovation will add 90,000 square ducts the largest hospital safety sur-
and two by the NAACP, which repre- demic achievement gap and shortage feet, with seven operating rooms, two vey in the nation, analyzes data from
sents black students and parents. of black teachers, the Equity Committee endoscopy rooms, a bronchoscopy thousands of acute-care hospitals na-
will also make recommendations to the suite and 48 private rooms on the top tionwide. The letter grades, issued on a
Green was chosen as committee School Board on how to comply with two of three floors. The wing is expected curve with surrounding hospitals, are
chair on Thursday, Nov. 8, by the four and therefore finally be released from to open in late 2019 or early 2020. drawn from 28 measures of medical er-
members that had already been ap- court oversight, which the agreement rors, accidents, infections and injuries.
pointed to the Equity Committee. estimates will take another three years. The addition and improvements,
executives say, will have the latest hos- Leapfrog uses data from its own vol-
In running for the School Board, Green was chosen to chair the Eq- pital safety features, from handrails to untary survey, as well as the Center for
Green’s campaign planks had included uity Committee over two other leading infection control, throughout the new Medicare and Medicaid Services or
addressing the 31-percent achievement candidates based on 10 qualities. She construction. By then, an even more CMS; the Centers for Disease Control
gap between black and white students, scored highest in seven.  important improvement, the August and Prevention or CDC; the Agency
installation of Meditech 6.1 electronic for Healthcare Research and Quality;
health records software, will be in- and the annual survey of the Ameri-
creasingly reflected in safety scores. can Hospital Association. If hospitals

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 7


opt not to complete a survey, Leapfrog score in falls and a near worst-in-nation not needed.” As for surgical site infec- mitted. It’s going to make a huge dif-
gives the hospital a grade anyway, bas- frequency of dangerous objects left in tions following colon surgery, another ference. We had CPOE in 2017, but it
ing it on other data sources. body after surgery. The rate of bedsores red-zone rate, prophylactic antibiotics was not nearly what we have now. This
deemed “dangerous” was three times are being given by IV an hour prior to is something people can’t see when
Leapfrog says its goal is to reduce the national average. Steward stressed surgery. they come in, but it’s absolutely essen-
the 440,000 deaths each year from nearly all the data was from the Com- tial to patient care.”
hospital errors and injuries by “pub- munity Health Systems tenure. One major change at Sebastian Riv-
licly recognizing safety and exposing er only took effect in August, after the Prior to last spring’s F grade, Sebas-
harm,” according to its website. This time, the rate of bed sores was Leapfrog surveys for 2018 were already tian has had Ds and Cs since 2016.
lower than the national average and submitted. That was the implementa-
“Many hospitals have safety records there were no objects left in patients af- tion of new electronic medical records Sebastian River Medical Center
that would not be tolerated in any oth- ter surgery. Patient falls were still high- software, Meditech 6.1, which included wasn’t the only local hospital to jump
er industry,” the company maintains. er than the average, but the number an upgrade of the hospital’s computer- two letter grades. Lawnwood Regional
was a third of what it was last spring. ized physician order entry, or CPOE. Medical Center in Fort Pierce, an HCA-
The difference between an A hos- owned trauma center that takes many
pital and an F hospital sometimes is “We’re always working to eliminate The new software adds a powerful pediatric cases from Vero, earned an A
a matter of life and death. Leapfrog falls,” said Weinstein. He said mea- safeguard against errors in prescribing grade in the latest Leapfrog report card.
hired a patient safety and quality team sures include reducing excessive med- medicine and other physician orders, That was up from its fifth C in a row.
at Johns Hopkins to analyze prevent- ication that can make patients drowsy, blocking any order that conflicts with
able deaths. It found the chances of using bed and chair alarms to alert a patient’s medical history or current Lawnwood is building a freestand-
dying at a D or F hospital are 50 per- staff when a patient stands up, and treatment – an allergy to a certain ing emergency room on U.S. 1 in south
cent greater than at an A hospital. making sure bed rails are raised. drug, for example. “If you were aller- Indian River County.
gic to penicillin and I order ampicillin,
Florida’s hospitals overall ranked 19th Weinstein said half the score is relat- the computer would not let me. If the Another HCA hospital, St. Lucie
in the nation, up from 23rd in spring. A ed to quality measures, and the other physician wasn’t using that platform, Medical Center in Port St Lucie, also
third of the state’s hospitals got As. half has to do with process – whether there’s no safety mechanism to catch earned an A.
management provides adequate staff- that other than the pharmacist.”
Last week’s C grade from Leapfrog ing, or how well nurses communicate Indian River Medical Center raised
was a relief to Steward Health though with patients, for example. “The CPOE score will continue to its C grade to a B, its final grade before
officials are determined to bring it improve and evolve,” said Weinstein. becoming a part of Cleveland Clinic
up even further. “We think it’s an in- He said two areas of concern in the He compared CPOE to anti-lock Florida. Hospital spokeswoman Ange-
credible improvement, but we’re not safety grade just released have already brakes: you don’t see them when you la Dickens said the higher grade could
satisfied with a C,” said Dr. Joseph been addressed. The rate of urinary buy a car, but you want them there. be attributed to a new communica-
Weinstein, systemwide chief medical tract infection involving catheters was “We installed Meditech on Aug. 1, tion board in patient rooms; a “mul-
officer for Steward Health. high; Weinstein said the hospital is now 2018. The data had already been sub- tidisciplinary approach to rounding”
removing catheters “as soon as they are that has given caregivers more inter-
Last spring’s F was one of only two in
the state. It factored in a worst-in-nation CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Old Vero Council may yet see completion of electric sale

BY LISA ZAHNER the Nov. 6 election will stand and Hill- in place for a reason, and if a candi- the PSC’s 3-2 vote on June 5 to approve
man was rightfully disqualified, the city date neglects to fill out their paper- the sale terms of FPL’s acquisition of
Staff Writer would need to schedule and publish work properly, then by our rules they Vero electric was due by this Thursday.
notice of an organizational meeting of aren’t qualified to be a candidate.
No matter the outcome of the Linda the Canvassing Board, made up of City After getting the staff recommenda-
Hillman election challenge case set to Manager Jim O’Connor, City Clerk Tam- “If we are going to modify the rules tion, the PSC is scheduled to either af-
go to trial before Judge Paul Kanarek on my Bursick and City Attorney Wayne for a specific individual and set a legal firm the June vote or reverse it on Nov.
Dec. 17, the presently seatedVero Beach Coment, to certify the election. precedent for the entire state, I’d prefer 27. Then a written ruling will be pub-
City Council could, theoretically, still get it be a judge who does that rather than lished, starting the clock on yet anoth-
the sale of Vero electric over the finish That would be likely to happen the a canvassing board or a City Council.” er 21-day appeals period before the
line before an election is certified. week after Christmas or even in early ruling is final. The only place to appeal
January. Whether it means sticking it out the PSC’s agency action is the Florida
Hillman sued saying she was un- another six weeks or another three Supreme Court.
fairly disqualified as a candidate and If Kanarek rules that the city needs months, Sykes said he’ll keep working
removed from the Nov. 6 ballot after a to scrap the Nov. 6 results and hold a on the city’s complex problems until his So if there’s no appeal, and the Nov.
blank signature page in her qualifying special election, Vero won't get a new last day in office. Sykes, who was elected 6 election stands, it’s possible – not
paperwork was discovered. City Council until February or March. in 2016 after an unsuccessful Republi- probable, but a slim chance if the stars
can primary bid for the Florida House align perfectly – that the Vero Beach
She and her Tallahassee-based at- As a first step, the City Council would seat now held by Erin Grall, did not seek City Council, legal staff and FPL offi-
torney Mark Herron are asking for last presumably need to codify the court re-election to the council because he cials, while working through the holi-
week’s election – in which nearly 5,000 decision in a special council meeting. promised businesses partners he’d back days in late December, could deliver
Vero residents voted – to be tossed out Then a week-long candidate qualify- away from politics to focus on his new a long-anticipated Christmas surprise
and for a new election to be held, with ing period would be opened up and venture, Riomar Shoes. to electric ratepayers.
a brand-new qualifying period that closed, with names the drawn for bal-
would allow Hillman, disqualified can- lot order and reported to Indian River “I will continue to pursue solutions Those who have followed Vero Beach
didate Brian Heady and others to jump County Supervisor of Elections Leslie to alleviate our beachside parking is- politics and the electric sale for any
into the race for three seats. Swan so ballots can be printed. That sues as well as advocate for our La- length of time, however, would not be
would likely be either the week after goon Legacy program which aims to likely to bet on a flawless outcome to
Kanarek ordered the City of Vero Christmas or the first week in January. complete local projects focused on the this decade-long saga.
Beach Canvassing Board not to cer- health and future of our Indian River
tify last Tuesday night’s results, which Since Swan has said she needs at Lagoon,” Sykes said Sunday, “I’m proud Nevertheless, Howle is one who
would have returned Councilman Tony least 60 days’ notice to schedule and to continue to serve on the Vero Beach would venture to bet on Vero succeed-
Young and Councilwoman Laura Moss prepare for a special election, that City Council and look forward to help- ing, despite the odds.
to office, and ushered Robbie Brack- means the earliest the election could ing complete the sale of the city electric
ett into the third seat, which is being be held would be mid-to-late Febru- utility to Florida Power & Light.” “I’m optimistic that we have a great
vacated by Vice Mayor Lange Sykes, ary, or even the first Tuesday after the chance for a positive outcome at the
who did not seek re-election. Instead, first Monday in March – which ironi- And where does that sale stand? PSC,” Howle said.
the matter will be decided in court the cally used to be local Election Day. Well, the Florida Public Service Com-
week before Christmas. mission’s staff recommendation on “I believe the PSC cares about Vero
Mayor Harry Howle said: “I’m glad a Lynne Larkin and the Civic Association customers, knows that this is a fair sale
If the trial concludes in one or two judge is going to sort out our election of Indian River County’s challenge to for all parties, and will give Vero resi-
days, and Kanarek rules on the spot that situation. There is a qualifying process dents the relief we’ve been pursuing for
a decade now,” he said. 

Orchid Publix The Seasons, subdivisions outside the side of 510, across from the county fire residents’ concerns” and find ways
town of Orchid that are near the proj- rescue station. Publix holds a contract to solve the problems, according to
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ect site. Those residents are worried to purchase the property from Vero Harding. The concerns voiced by Or-
about visuals, noise, lights, traffic, se- developer Ken Puttick. chid’s neighbors about added traffic,
mayor, respectively. curity and quality of life. They’re also lights, noise and security issues have
Powers and members of the coun- upset that they won’t get a vote in the Council members said repeated- all been dealt with by Publix in other
final decision. ly they are determined to obtain as areas, he said.
cil have received scores of complaints much hard data and specific informa-
about Publix’s plans, mostly from If approved, the project would be tion as possible on how Publix plans to Meanwhile, a council training work-
people who live in Old Orchid and built on a 7.21-acre parcel on the north address the public’s concerns. shop is set for Dec. 11, so members
can get up to speed on the intricacies
Town Attorney Warren Dill strongly of the town’s building code and all the
urged the council to move forward regulations and requirements that
with completely open minds and no must be adhered to. The workshop will
pre-conceived positions. be open to the public, but will not in-
clude public comment.
Gibbons suggested one source of
expertise the council could tap while The public will have opportunities
considering the project: Orchid resi- to comment on the plans at quasi-
dent Joe Harding, a developer who judicial public hearings, which are re-
has extensive experience with similar quired by law ahead of a Town Coun-
supermarket projects. Harding has cil vote. The first hearing, which is
spoken with Publix about the Orchid expected to take place before the end
project on several occasions. He says of March, will be conducted by the Or-
the company has dealt with the same chid Planning Agency, which will then
concerns in other well-to-do areas, send a recommendation to the Town
pointing to a stylish market the com- Council, prior to its own quasi-judicial
pany built in an up-scale Richmond, public hearing. Only after that second
Virginia location. public hearing will the council take
the final vote. 
“It appears [Publix] ... has been
and will continue to be responsive to

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Children with cancer master chefs who assisted and celebri- "I had never heard of the charity, but someone had already paid the bill,"
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ty chef training” before heading home. my mother had cancer and I could just she says, still somewhat amazed.
“The call was from one of the celebrity imagine what it would be like for a kid
The Oct. 29 "celebrity chef" event, chefs telling me I forgot to pay." to go through that," Ross says. When "I didn't know John, but I got in
organized by Berkshire Hathaway and Ross heard a staff member mention touch and thanked him profusely for
held at Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse, Prezioso immediately called Fujiya- that the bill had not been paid, he told the donation. Because of his generos-
had attracted 110 people who came to ma manager Tao Feng Zhao to apolo- Zhao: "I got that." ity, the amount of money raised from
watch Berkshire agents and friends en- gize. He told her it was OK, she could our event for Sunshine Kids jumped
tertain guests by cooking hibachi style, bring a check by the next day. "It was a spontaneous thing," Ross from $7,500 to almost $11,000!
assisted by Fujiyama chefs. After costs, says. "I didn't really think about it. I
the dinner had raised $7,500 for Sun- Meanwhile, back at the restaurant just paid the bill. It seemed like such "I have met some of these kids and
shine Kids. at Century Town Center at Highway 60 a great cause." heard their stories and their parent’s sto-
and 58th Avenue, the staff and custom- ries," Prezioso says. "After they are diag-
The only problem was Prezioso ers in the bar were talking about the Impressed with the contractor's nosed with cancer, they spend so much
had forgotten to give the restaurant a event. The charity dinner had occupied generosity, Zhou gave him back $300, of their time around doctors, hospitals,
check for the $3,300 owed for "food, the entire restaurant but Fujiyama's bar contributing that amount himself, and adults, that they lose touch with
beverages, tax, tip, venue, services, was still serving the general public and according to Prezioso. their old friends. Sunshine Kids helps
John Ross, owner of Hannabri Roofing, bring them together with other kids
was having a drink. "When I went back early the next who are going through the same things.
day to drop off a check, Tao told me They are able to form bonds with these
kids who can relate to their experiences.
They help each other through those try-
ing times, all while giving them an op-
portunity to celebrate life!"

Prezioso says "Berkshire Hathaway
HomeServices Florida Realty is the
top Fundraiser in Florida for Sunshine
Kids and since 2001, has raised over
$3.5 million for the organization.”

Ross declined to be photographed for
this article. He said he just hopes more
people find out about Sunshine Kids,
and support its efforts to help bring
some pleasure and happiness into the
lives of children with cancer. 

Sebastian River hospital

action with patients; and “proactive”
discharge planning involving local
health care organizations to get pa-
tients good care once they are home.

Ironically, Cleveland Clinic’s Weston
hospital dropped from a B to a C, the
only hospital in the Cleveland Clinic
system to rate below a B.

Among Weston’s problem areas – in-
fections. All five categories of infection,
including MRSA and C. Difficile, were
worse than the national average. Un-
der “problems with surgery,” Leapfrog
ranked Weston worse than average in
surgical wounds splitting open and col-
lapsed lungs. Patient falls were almost
twice the national average. And several
categories showed that Cleveland Clin-
ic Weston “declined to report” statistics.

“We take care of the most critically
ill patients with very complex surgical
and medical needs and are laser fo-
cused on continued improvement in
safety and reducing infection rates,”
said Cleveland Clinic marketing di-
rector Evelyn Arias. “We currently do
not participate in the entire Leapfrog
survey. It is but one rating system with
their own methodology.”

Another soon-to-be member of
the Cleveland Clinic Florida division,
Martin Health, earned a B and two Cs
at its three hospitals. 


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A vintage evening for John’s Island ‘Leadership Circle’

John and Pam Mariani with Kim and Evan English. Pat Brier, Ken Wessel and Emily Sherwood. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE John and Tobey Taylor with Gail and Scott Alexander.

Margie Wheeler with Ned and Sherry Ann Dayton. Jim and Catherine Poole with Susie and Lee Jennings. Carole Taylor with Jim and Denise Daly.

Jeff and Shari Wampler. Bob and Ellie McCabe. Jim and Sandy Johnson. Dick and Nancy Shoemate.

BY MARY SCHENKEL the impressive assortment of award- PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Staff Writer winning wines. Andy and Tina Nickle with Bonnie and Mark Earle.

Members of the John’s Island Foun- Ken Wessel, JI Foundation board
dation Leadership Circle were treated president, paid tribute to the wonder-
to a very special wine tasting recep- ful John’s Island staff, particularly Ex-
tion last Tuesday evening at the John’s ecutive Chef John Farnsworth, saying
Island Club, sponsored by Northern “John took an embryonic seed of an
Trust Bank. The exceptional wines, idea and worked it into what you see
donated by John’s Island residents this evening.”
John and Pam Mariani, came from
Castello Banfi, their vineyard in Tus- Thanking Leadership Circle mem-
cany. bers for their support, Wessel noted
that donations to the foundation last
“Ours is a family business; this next season rose 13.4 percent. The Leader-
year it will be 100 years old,” said John ship Circle was accountable for 51 per-
Mariani. “Forty years ago we devel- cent of that.
oped property in Tuscany, in Mon-
talcino. When we moved there it was “So on behalf of the disadvantaged
seven wineries; it was the poorest people that we serve through agencies
hilltop town in all of Tuscany. Today, in Indian River County, we thank you
there are 297 wineries and it’s the very, very much,” said Wessel.
wealthiest hilltop town in Tuscany.”
The John’s Island Foundation dis-
A remarkable selection of dishes, tributed $612,000 in grants to 19 lo-
from passed hors d’oeuvres to a gen- cal agencies this past spring. Since its
erous buffet, paired beautifully with inception, it has granted more than
$10.57 million to 84 different local
nonprofit agencies. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Betsy and Don Kittell. Suzy and Jim Broadhurst with Margie Wheeler.
Ryan and Sarah Cobb with Dave Johnson.

Ginny Hoynes and Virginia Schwerin. Fred Taylor with Nancy and David Danis. Randy and Sandy Rolf.

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Gold Star Grove dedication highlights Veterans Day event

Duke Scales. PHOTOS: LEIGH GREEN Retired Lt. Col. Carroll Oates, Alma Lee Loy City Councilwoman Laura Moss pays her respects.
and retired Col. Darryle ‘Sam’ Kouns.
Michelle Dale, Vic Diaz, retired
Col. Tony Young and Rob Medina. The sounds of for the dedication of a Gold Star
bagpipes and Grove, a startling reminder that
bugles filled our service men and women of-
the air as the community gath- ten make the ultimate sacrifice for
ered on Veterans Memorial Island this great nation. Keynote speaker
Sanctuary on the eve of the 100th Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, U.S.
anniversary of Armistice Day, Army Ret., reflected that the con-
commemorated by Veterans Day nection of veterans remains strong
to honor military veterans with a because of their common mission.
moving tribute that included all “We swear allegiance to the consti-
the pomp and circumstances due tution and the ideas of that consti-
their valiant service. The children tution. We work for something that
of fallen soldiers were on hand is far bigger than we are.” 

Staff Sgt. Eldon Peterson lays the memorial wreath.

Robert Timmons.
Bagpiper Michael Hyde.

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Wishes – and dishes – at ‘Hope for Families’ dinner

Alison Bailey, Susan Tedesko, Carol Coffin and Kay Brown. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Michael and Kathie Pierce with Margaret and Ken Watson.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF magical space – making it easy to be-
Staff Writer lieve that wishes really can come true.

Coins were tossed into a well of love Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors
last Monday evening to help ‘Make d’oeuvres before devouring a surf-
Wishes Happen’ during the Hope for and-turf dinner and an oozing choco-
Families Center Annual Dinner at the late lava cake, before bidding on live-
Bent Pine Golf Club. Co-chairs Lou- auction items.
ise Schmitt and Lee Albro with Gloria
Pappalardo turned the room into a “We had 111 families last year, that’s
368 people. And 236 of them were
children. People forget the impact on

Dr. William Cooney and Sue Scully. Rev. Drs. Bob and Casey Baggott.

the children, the trauma,” said Di- everyone to join the new $10K Club,
ana Grossi, executive director, adding which funds two families for three
they estimate housing 500 residents months.
this fiscal year.
“Tonight is about the children,” said
Once residents have saved two Grossi, sharing the story of a little boy
months’ rent and have stable employ- living in a 10-foot-by-10-foot room
ment, HFC works with the Treasure with his family. “Imagine the fear,
Coast Homeless Services Council to imagine the trauma. The children
place families in permanent housing. are the invisible ones in the homeless
“Our goal is to get them in and out of
here in three months. Research shows “When I first got to the center I was
that the quicker we can get them into afraid,” shared former HFC resident
permanent housing and stable, the Jessica Barbosa. “Never in my life did
more successful they’re going to be,” I think I would experience something
noted Grossi. like this. I felt like a failure to my kids.
The Hope for Family Center became
“Our vision is for our families to my second family. Every step of the
break the cycle,” said Dr. William way they were with me.”
Cooney, board president. “We em-
power our families to bring them- The nonprofit assists homeless
selves up from homelessness.” families to become self-sufficient and
financially stable by providing them
Cooney said taxpayers save $31,000 with a safe place to live, financial lit-
a year by taking people out of home- eracy training and employment ser-
lessness, adding that the 2018 Point in vices.
Time Homeless Count recorded 1,059
adults and 483 children were home- Next up is the March 4 Vero’s Top
less on the Treasure Coast, living on Chef Challenge Qualifier and March
the street, in cars and in the woods. 18 Top Chef Finale.

His wish was for community sup- For more information, visit hopefor-
port to help fund the $500,000 annual 
cost of running the facility, inviting

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Louise Schmitt, Diana Grossi and Lee Albro. Bob and Ellie McCabe with Dr. William Cooney. Susie McSorley with Dick and Jan Calfee.

Bernie Coffin, Bill Watts and Bill Schmitt. Dan Herrig and Chris Pawela. Deborah Catapano and Jessica Barbosa.

Bill and Marlynn Scully. Martha and Nick Tucker.

Millie Young, Pat Fava, Mariclare Beggy, Terry Flaherty, Anne Sofronas and Sandy Rooney.

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‘Power’ brunch: Impact 100 kicks off second decade

Brenda Lloyd, Denise Battaglini, Carrie Morgridge, Suzanne Conway and Amy Acker. Susan Temple, Christine Barry, Karan Morein, Beth Pusser and Karen Campbell. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

BY MARY SCHENKEL members – and collectively voted on laws’ John P. and Tashia Morgridge’s America that empowers women,” said
Staff Writer to fund transformational, high-impact TOSA Foundation), which just cel- Morgridge. “Let’s reach 500 cities in the
programs. ebrated giving away its $100 millionth next five years. It can be done if we do it
“Today is a big day for us. We kick dollar. right, but we’re better together.”
off our year and mark the beginning “This year, we will focus on the im-
of our second decade,” said Denise pact of Impact, the ways in which we Morgridge said that when it comes “We are able to do this work each
Battaglini, Impact 100 board president, individually and collectively experi- to successfully leveraging contribu- year because of your collective gener-
welcoming everyone to the 11th an- ence the power of group philanthro- tions, the Impact 100 model is one that osity,” said Amy Acker, president-elect,
nual Impact 100 Membership Kickoff py,” said Battaglini, before screening works, adding that the Indian River thanking all those involved for their
Brunch last Wednesday morning at the an ‘Impact of Impact’ video underwrit- Impact 100 is the role model for the fu- participation. “The impact of Impact
Oak Harbor Club. ten by Dace Stubbs. ture of the country. does not happen without you. You are
its heart, spirit and strength, and as
She noted that Impact 100 has fund- Inspirational guest speaker Carrie Morgridge has joined as a member of Carrie reminded us, this model works,
ed more than $3.8 million in programs Morgridge shared a little about her en- every one of the 46 Impact 100 chapters so thank you. This year we will exceed
that have fundamentally changed our trée into philanthropy. Although once that currently exist, and said that 50 $4 million in transformational grants
community through individual mem- so cash-strapped that she couldn’t af- cities are eager to come on board next given to local nonprofits. Be a part of
ber contributions of $1,000 per year. ford 25 cents for a newspaper, she is year. She added that Impact founder the team that helps us meet this great
Contributions are combined into in- now a philanthropy maven. She and Wendy Steele is working on a strate- milestone.”
crements of $100,000 – the number of husband John founded the Morgridge gic plan that by June 2019 will expand
grants determined by the number of Family Foundation (funded by $10 mil- those 50 cities even further. For more information, visit impac-
lion annual contributions from her in- 
“This is the only organization in

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Dace Stubbs, Laura McDermott and Suzanne Bertman. Margaret Anne Evans, Tammy Theoharis and Deana Marchant. Toby Hill, Chris Hill and Tuny Hill.

Jane Schwiering, Rebecca Emmons and Trudie Rainone. Carrie Adams, Jean Beckert, Christine Walker and Marta Schneider. Mary Ellen McCarthy, Alma Lee Loy and Toni Hamner.

Anne Lanier, Carol Kanarek, Dr. Jenna Schwibner and Callie Marques. Barbara Butts, Linda Rusciano, Wanda Lincoln and Faye Potts. Sharon Purdie, Christine Smith and Heidi Sommers.

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McKee throws ultimate garden party for ‘Gatekeepers’

Sandra Rennick with John and Mary Kurtz. Ann Wallace with Jim and Jean Ueltschi. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Susan and Jack Turben with Karen Meyer.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF nity to share this very special place
Staff Writer with our community. They allow us
to maintain the enchantment and
Donors spent an evening under beauty that has made McKee a mag-
the stars at McKee Botanical Gar- ical part of Vero’s 100-year history,”
den last Wednesday at the invita- said Christine Hobart, executive di-
tional Gatekeepers Dinner, which rector.
annually recognizes their generous
support. Guests trekked through the new
Children’s Garden, which is cur-
“Tonight we celebrate our Gate- rently under construction, getting
keepers of the Garden for their a sneak peek of the whimsical won-
dedication, support and generos- derland, including walkways ele-
ity, which affords us the opportu- vated 12 feet into the jungle canopy,

Elizabeth and Earl Morgan. Paul Landry and Roz Allen.

a Bamboo Village, Pirate Shipwreck the Children’s Garden, which is ex-
and Fairy Hollow. pected to open early summer 2019.

Afterward, cocktails and hors To support the project, beginning
d’oeuvres were served in the Span- Dec. 1 children will host a Lemon-
ish Kitchen, before guests adjourned ade Brigade the first Saturday of ev-
to the Great Hall for a surf-and-turf ery month, and adults can enjoy the
dinner catered by Elizabeth Ken- second annual Seed to Sea Secret
nedy & Co. Supper on Jan. 13.

To date, $5.6 million of the $7.5 For more information, visit mck-
million goal has been raised to fund 

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Matt and Olivia McManus. Bill and Laura Buck.

Karen and Jim Truettner. Dr. William and Marcia Blackburn.

Henry and Lala Maresi. Michael Hawkins with Susan S. Smith.

Ann Jones, Bobbie Goodall and Nancy Edwards.

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In a ‘League’ of their own meeting families’ needs

Staff Writer

The John’s Island Community Ser- Anne Melanson, Marlynn Scully, Hope Woodhouse, Brooke Flood and Joan Woodhouse. Rose Ciampa and Pam Barefoot.
vice League welcomed members back
at its 39th annual Opening Luncheon million. That’s a lot of money,” said
last Monday, featuring guest speaker Woodhouse. The amount is based on
Brooke Flood, Indian River County the previous year’s membership and
School District school readiness coor- through fundraising efforts such as
dinator. the Gala, Little Black Book, Tambou-
rine Shop and individual gifts.
“We are a serious grant-making or-
ganization focused on helping wom- Introducing Flood, Woodhouse
en, children and families in need called her a “modern day Mary Pop-
in Indian River County,” said Hope
Woodhouse, JICSL’s 21st president.
“There is a lot of need on the other side
of the bridge; much more than you
could ever imagine.”

Woodhouse said more than $11.8
million has been reinvested into the
community through grants since its
founding, adding that the league,
which currently has 729 members,
collaborates with other funders to en-
sure gaps are filled, overlap is limited
and the best programs are funded.

“This coming season, we will be
able to make grants of up to $1.18

Lynn Wilson, Anne Linville, Lila Stillman and Kathy Faber. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL

pins,” explaining that Flood and her represent a flower; an eventual flow-
staff of 40 are responsible for ensur- er that will bloom through love and
ing all local children are kindergarten sometimes through adversity. And you
ready. Of particular focus are children know, those sometimes are the rarest
with special needs, from speech, hear- and most beautiful of all. Those are
ing, visual or language limitations to the children that melt my heart; they
behavioral, developmental and medi- are the children whose families are in
cal issues. most need of help.”

Woodhouse said that statistically, She touched on issues surrounding
20 percent of students in low-income the Exceptional Student Education
Title 1 schools have special needs; 11 of program as well as preschool prepara-
our 13 elementary schools are Title 1. tions for all other local children from
birth to age 5.
“Did you know that in middle-
income neighborhoods, the ratio of “The one thing that all of our fam-
books per child is 13 to one? In low-in- ilies have in common is that deep-
come neighborhoods, the ratio is one down love and hope for their child to
book to 300 children,” said Flood. She be successful. They breathe a heavy
noted that preschool attendance is one sigh of relief when we let them know
of the strongest factors in school readi- we are here to help and will help
ness and said early intervention is piv- their child catch up to the best of our
otal to the success of children with de- abilities.”
velopmental delays.
For more information, visit jiser-
Pointing to sunflower seeds on the or indianriverschools.
tables, she said, “these seeds each org. 

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Molly Butler, Baerbel O’Haire and Rosemary Haverland. Nancy Brewer, Terry Nolan, Tina Nickle and Andrea Thibodeau. Julie O’Connor, Fuzzy Billings and Buff Penrose.

Joan McLaughlin, Lynn Wiksten and Karen Marlo. Cindy Roeding and Joanie Paulson. Kathy Canzoniero, Beth Swartz and Mary Elzemeyer.

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Joy story at Grand Harbor’s Evening of Giving fete

Ed and Joyce Churney with Jan and Bob Garrison and Dale Jacobs. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Liz Melnick, Chef Tim Blouin and Bonnie Veron.

BY KERRY FIRTH Christmas trees, each designating a ties are typically seniors, veterans and the sumptuous food, drinks, enter-
Correspondent charity they wanted to support, and children who would most likely have a tainment and staff, and corporate
later presented them with donation bleak holiday season. We have already sponsors covered all the other admin-
Christmas came a little early at the checks to one of the many volunteer identified what each agency needs, istrative costs, so that 100 percent of
Grand Harbor Golf Club, as 300 resi- elves. whether it be bicycles for kids, picnic the donations could benefit the se-
dent revelers gathered last Thursday tables for seniors, or gift cards for fam- lected charities.
for a festive Evening of Giving to kick “We have 14 charities that have been ilies. We collect all the donations and
off the spirit of the holiday season. vetted and approved by the Philan- then buy what they requested.” “Some members who don’t normal-
thropy Committee,” explained Cath- ly come out, come for the free food
Guests selected stars and angels erine Reichert, event co-chair with The joyous task of presenting the and drink,” chuckled Dale Jacobs,
from one of the festively decorated Tina Wilcox. “Clients of these chari- gifts to the agencies is handled by president of Grand Harbor Commu-
elves designated to liaise between the nity Outreach. “But most come for
agency organization and Grand Har- the satisfaction that they are mak-
bor. ing a difference in people’s lives. Our
selection this year spans an interest-
“While we all come to the Evening ing group with a wide range of ages,
of Giving to enjoy the wonderful food health and housing needs.”
and company of our neighbors, the
real joy comes in knowing we have This year’s agencies are: The
helped someone and to know how ap- Source, Camp Haven, Education
preciated the gifts are,” said Wilcox. Foundation of IRC, Senior Resource
“Last year we received a thank-you Association, Children’s Home So-
note from a woman who received one ciety, CHS Transitional Home, St.
of our holiday gifts. She said it was her Frances Manor, Guardian Ad Li-
only gift and that she really thought tem, R.C.M.A. (Redlands Christian
she was totally forgotten and invis- Migrant Assn.), Veterans Council of
ible. She was not forgotten as a result IRC, Indian River Golf Foundation
of this event and that moment of joy pre-school S.N.A.G. (starting new at
was priceless.” golf) program, Solaris Senior Living,
Hope for Families Center and Bike
Grand Harbor generously spon- Walk Indian River County. 
sored the entire event, providing all

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Liz Barnett, Linda Kouns and Ann Passen. Roger and Pat Andrus with Joan and Gerald Wilgus. Wig Sherman, Jay Hoder and Raynor Reavis.

Catherine Reichert and Tina Wilcox
Betty Jacobs and Bill LaViolette.

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Sunshine Kids Gala fetes therapy clinic’s success

BY MARY SCHENKEL earlier than 1953, when the then Sun-
Staff Writer shine Center of Indian River County
opened its doors. It was in the late
Guests at the Sunshine Kids Gala at 1940s that Frances Schlitt first led
Bent Pine Country Club last Saturday the effort to establish a facility where
evening raised a glass to toast the 65th children suffering from polio could
Anniversary of the Sunshine Physical receive therapy and rehabilitative ser-
Therapy Clinic, one of Indian River vices.
County’s oldest nonprofit organiza-
tions. Today, in addition to full-service
occupational, physical and massage
Its history actually dates back even therapy programs, Sunshine targets

Greg and Angela Nelson with Craig Schlitt and John Hillhouse. PHOTOS: MARY SCHENKEL

the wellbeing of children through its evening also featured a delicious buf-
Sunshine Kids Pediatric Program, fet dinner, topped off by a wonderfully
treating a wide range of disorders from decadent chocolate birthday cake, and
orthopedic injuries, developmental a contemporary dance performance
delays and autism, to muscular dys- by talented members of Power Enter-
trophy, cerebral palsy and spina bifida tainment Productions.
through physical, occupational and
speech therapy. Her voice choked with heartfelt
gratitude, Kayla Frazier shared the re-
Governed by a volunteer board of di- markable progress her son, with hus-
rectors, Sunshine relies on fundraisers, band Tom, has experienced through
donations, grants and profits from paid the program. Now almost 5 years old,
services to provide free care to those Nicholas, the 2018 Sunshine Kids Child
who qualify. Administrator Lynne Ambassador, was 2 ½ when he entered
House noted that nonprofit physical treatment for “moderate to severe au-
therapy facilities are extremely rare. tism with accompanying language im-
But, she added, not having profit-driv- pairment.”
en concerns enables them to provide a
tremendous amount of free service to Initially, Nicholas could speak only
the community. Their services became a couple of words, was picky to the
even more critical after Florida opted point of barely eating, and didn’t like to
out of the Medicaid expansion, severe- be touched or hugged. Today, thanks
ly limiting treatment availability. to Sunshine therapists’ skill and pa-
tience, he is a completely different little
“That’s why we have stepped up and boy.
said, ‘You know what, these kids need
therapy.’ We’re going to provide it and “He’s just so happy and excited and
we have a community here that will so talkative to people now,” said Fra-
support that,” said House. zier. “We just feel so blessed and thank-
ful that he’s definitely grown into a
To that end, guests bid on an as- very happy young man. It all started
sortment of silent-auction items, pur- from Sunshine, and we couldn’t be
chased raffle tickets, tried their hand more grateful.”
at a wine toss game, and responded
generously to a ‘call to the heart.’ The For more information, visit sun- 

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Anne and Paul Sinnott. Cathie and Dr. Rob Callery.

Connie and Richard Young. Emma Kruntorad, Ginny Blossom and Ian McMahan.

Aisling Cunningham, Dolores Schlitt D’Amore and Eva Andresen.

Drs. Jan and Chelsea Garcia with Dr. Alana and Jeff Humberson.

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Museum donors hear of coming ‘Victorian’ attractions

Brady Roberts with Michele and Bruce Berlin. Stephen and Jane Coley. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Bob and Ellie McCabe with Patsy and Darby Glenn.

Ann Weibel, Jim Smith and Jean Oglethorpe. Kathy and Jack Kemp with Suzy Mellott and Beth Ann Rardin. Bob and Kay O’Meara with Anne and Jerry Blatherwick.

BY STEPHANIE LABAFF Virginia and John Scigliano. Roberts cited a recent survey that an interesting topic for us to contem-
Staff Writer asked why people go to art museums. plate in the 21st century,” said Roberts.
Among the top eight reasons: it can re- He noted that their Victorian-themed
The Vero Beach Museum of Art wel- duce stress, transport you to another humanities programs will further en-
comed its top donors back at the invi- place and give life a deeper meaning. rich the context of the exhibit.
tational Director’s Society and Chair-
man’s Club Dinner last Friday evening, “It’s not just about the building; it’s Before adjourning to the Holmes
sponsored by Indian River Estates. about what you put in the building,” he Great Hall for dinner, catered by Eliza-
said, referencing the upcoming exhibi- beth Kennedy & Co., Roberts conclud-
Guests mingled over cocktails and tion “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre- ed: “It’s an exciting year for us as we
hors d’oeuvres before Brady Roberts, Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Move- launch into this new level of program-
executive director/CEO, spoke on the ment,” which opens Feb. 9. ming; of linking our exhibitions with
‘State of the Arts: Major Global Trends our humanities programs, and I want
in the Museum Field,’ highlighting the “This is one of the most ambitious to thank you again for making it all
global art market and trends in mu- exhibitions we’ve ever done at the mu- possible.”
seum architecture before bringing the seum. Victorian Radicals is a show of
discussion back to a local level. about 150 works from England featur- For more information, visit vbmu-
ing a rebellion against technology. It’s 

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Wayne and Linda Phillips with Lindsay Sinn and Nelson Domacassé.

Roberta Titelman and Marjorie Wasilewski. Stephanie Hurtt and Lee Adamson.

Tom Kennedy and Roma Wehde. Emily Tremml and Will Tremml.

Don and Janet Tribus with Dick and Nancy Shoemate.

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Stars align for pets at ‘Wine Women and Shoes’ gala

Penny Forsten, Ryan Bass, Dr. Alan Durkin and Roxanne Engle Durkin. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Ron and Nancy Rosner with Samantha Sanchez and Buddy.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF An impressive galaxy of enter- Guests milled about while nib- items, participated in a jewelry pull,
Staff Writer tainment, with projections of the bling on a vast assortment of tapas- and purchased chances for draw-
night sky, shimmering stars, plan- style hors d’oeuvres and sampling a ings for a Key to the Dog House, a
Animal lovers enjoyed a celestial ets, space rocks and celestial bodies variety of wines. Others wandered Key to the Closet and other raffles.
evening at SunJet Aviation last Thurs- orbiting in space – and AntiGravity over to where Sgt. Milo Thornton
day evening during the annual Wine performers executing silk acrobat- and Jim Petersen served ice cold Over dessert, the sold-out crowd
Women and Shoes fundraiser to ics above the crowd – was produced beverages off a frosty, high-heel of more than 600 animal allies were
benefit the Humane Society of Vero by Michael Naffziger, owner of East shoe, carved from ice. later treated to a fashion show pre-
Beach and Indian River County. Dr. Coast Encore and director of the sented by Seahorse Lane Boutique
Alan Durkin of Ocean Drive Plastic Indian River Charter High School Between sips and samples, guests and Seahorse Shoes on the ‘cat’ walk
Surgery was the presenting sponsor. Theater Department. ‘walked on the moon,’ used cell- before the ‘big dogs’ (all Humane
phones to bid on silent-auction Society residents) were brought out.

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Allyson Bootes, Page Franzel and Ginger Atwood. Winncy Schlitt, Nicole Englert, Abby Becker and Jennifer Mills. Ashley Penn, Terri Ruggerio, Chris Sullivan and Megan Hogan.

Angela Augenstein and Cassie Velasquez. Matilde Sorensen and Elizabeth Sorensen.

Dr. Kathy Plower, Kristin Dayton, Mindy Harmody, Angie Tappen and Danielle Cavanaugh. Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners
Ryan Weaver Insurance, Inc. is a locally owned
The pooches pawed their way into the The reigning King of Sole, Chris
hearts of guests, stealing the show af- Sullivan, held on to his crown, raising independent agency that has been serving
ter a performance by the Indian River more than $15,000. Indian River County for over 12 years.
Charter High School Dance Team to
“The Greatest Showman.” Attendees did their best to sip, sa- All lines of commercial or personal insurance available.
vor, shop and support the nonprofit’s
VIPs were served specialty sweets mission of accepting all animals, re- OLD DOMINION
by their own personal butlers in four gardless of age, health, behavior or INSURANCE COMPANY
luxurious diva dens designed by Page adoptability. Proceeds from the event
2 Design, which even included a pri- support numerous Humane Society A member of Main Street America Group
vate mini bar. With others green with programs and services, from adop-
envy over the opulent seating, there tion and veterinary care to education 855 21st Street – CenterState Bank Building
was quite a bidding war as the dens and outreach. 2nd Floor – Vero Beach
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‘Trust’ fund: Generous support for lagoon efforts

BY MARY SCHENKEL Laurie and Jim Carney with Dace and King Stubbs. PHOTOS: LEIGH GREEN strong made famous, “What a Won-
Staff Writer derful World.”
tecting.” ral arrangements designed by Faye Es-
The spectacularly picturesque “The beauty of the area and its flora tes and executed by the Garden Club’s “We’ve acquired 1,000 acres on the
grounds of Rock City Gardens were Rose Circle, and miniature wooden lagoon over more than 10 miles of
once again the perfect backdrop to and fauna is precisely what brought bridges spanning an impressive hors shoreline and we have more to do,”
highlight the efforts of the Indian River us all here in the first place,” Smith d’oeuvres display created by Chef Tra- said Ken Grudens, IRLT executive
Land Trust to preserve, conserve and agreed. “If we don’t protect it, it won’t vis of Wild Thyme Catering, who also director. “We’re going to do our best
improve our environs, particularly exist for future generations.” provided the delicious buffet dinner. to protect the land that protects the
along the Indian River Lagoon. Close to lagoon. We want the shoreline along
400 guests enjoyed a delightful evening Guests wandered the lush grounds Later, entertainment was provided the Indian River Lagoon to remain
under the stars last Thursday at the during the cocktail hour, enjoying mu- by the Vero Beach Choral Society, un- just as people see it today.”
15th annual benefit, Land Water Wild- sic by the James Jordan Orchestra and der the direction of Jason Hobratschk,
life: Sustaining Our Lagoon, raising catching up after a long summer. Spe- ending with the ballad Louis Arm- He noted that they hope to acquire
more than $260,000, primarily through cial décor touches included lovely flo- several more pieces of land along
sponsorships, to support those efforts. the lagoon and, at the same time,
are doing incredible restoration
This year’s event was presented by work on the lands they already own.
Stephanie Smith and Lollie Stone, and Through partnerships with organi-
co-chaired by Lee Moore and Em- zations such as U. S. Fish and Wild-
ily Sherwood. Working with Rock City life, ORCA, Harbor Branch, Pelican
owners Tom and Rhonda Lowe and Island Audubon and Florida Tech.,
general manager Wade Baxley and he said, “we’re doing a lot of research
staff, the hard-working committee on those properties to improve the
fashioned another outstanding event. fisheries, rookeries and coastal wet-
lands. We need people to continue
“I think it’s important to educate the to support our efforts because the
community about the importance of work isn’t done. The more support
the lagoon,” said Stone. “We want ev- we have, the more we can do.”
erybody to learn about what we’re pro-
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Tom and Rhonda Lowe with Wade Baxley. Ken Grudens, Natalie Holtom and Chuck Cramb. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
Jim and Betsy Crawford with Laura and Bill Buck.

Stephanie Smith and Lollie Stone.
Lila Stillman and Emily Sherwood.

Suzanne and Adam Bolinger.

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Monster Piano Concert: Big and bold at Christ by Sea

BY PAM HARBAUGH Marcos Daniel Flores.
Christ by the Sea will kick off its
13th annual Concert Series this Sun-
day, with something special – a Mon-
ster Piano Concert that will feature a
sextet of pianists performing on six
grand pianos.

World-renowned pianist Caio Pa-
gano will lead five well-known local
pianists, together performing music
you’ve likely never heard before. The
concert is expected to be so popular
that organizer Marcos Daniel Flores,
the church’s director of worship arts,
has scheduled two performances, at 3
p.m. and 7 p.m.

“This is very, very rare,” Pagano
says. “And the effort to put it together,
thanks to Marcos, is enormous. It’s very
big work to get the pianos, the pianists,
the scores and rehearsing on Friday
and Saturday.”

The hallmark work to be performed
is a piece called the “Hexaméron” – the
title refers to the Bible’s six days of cre-
ation. Franz Liszt created the piece in
1837 for an Italian princess who want-

ed to give a benefit concert in her Paris ‘Sixty fingers
salon for the needy. The famed com- in total
poser and pianist turned to five other
well-known composers to add varia- synchronization.
tions to the theme: Frédéric Chopin, Think of six pianos
Carl Czerny, Henri Herz, Johann Peter having a state of the
Pixis and Sigismond Thalberg. art surround sound

Pagano currently serves as Regents audio system.’
professor of piano at the Arizona State
University Herberger Institute School – Marcos
of Music. Assisted by of one of his ASU Daniel Flores
students, he has spent a year arranging
the work to be performed simultane- all over Europe and at the same time
ously rather than individually. reading my (law) books.”

“I had to look for the music,” he ex- He adds that when he graduated in
plains. “The Hexaméron is nothing 1965, “I started getting some sleep.”
you can get in your grocery store. I had
to get the librarian to order it. It took And while studying law didn’t in-
months. And I looked at it and said, ‘I form his musicianship, it did make him
need to arrange it.’ You have to print it, more interested in source material, es-
bind it, listen to the music recorded, to pecially the historical context in which
make sure no note is missing. It’s very composers worked.
He arranged the “Hexameron” for
But Pagano is used to detailed work Sunday’s concert so that the players
and pursuing problems to a satisfying will perform in concert, rather than sit-
conclusion. ting at their pianos with nothing to do
while others played.
He not only has a doctorate in music
from the Catholic University of Amer-
ica, but also a master’s degree in law
from the University of São Paulo. He
never practiced law, but says he studied
it to please his family.

“It was Dad who said, ‘If you break
a finger, there goes your career. So
have something else under your arm
to protect you,’” Pagano recalls. “As a
student of law, I was already playing

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 37


The five professional pianists join- Rondo Brillante by Weber. Pagano will from each other, it’s very hard to put 60 ries at my church.”
ing Pagano on the six grand pianos are: perform at least one piece solo. fingers in total synchronization.” “I need a page turner, but they must
Kelley Coppage, Joanne Niott, Rochelle
Sallee, Jacob Craig and Flores, who Next, Flores had to find the pianos, The group will become like an en- be small and skinny,” Pagano says with
studied piano with Pagano at Arizona get them moved to the church and hire a semble, he says, knowing each other’s a laugh. “I asked Marcos if there was
State University. tuner, who is tasked with identically tun- minds. Making it ever-so-slightly eas- room and he said, ‘We have room for
ing the six pianos before each concert. ier, the five local pianists have played that, don’t you worry.’”
“None of the pianists were familiar together before.
with this work,” says Flores. “That’s “The piano tuner (Stoney Copelin) The Monster Piano Concert takes
the beauty of this. We have the amaz- will be the one working hardest,” Flores “Our guest of honor is Caio Pagano,” place Sunday, Nov. 18 at Christ by the
ing blessing that the Maestro (Pagano) says with a laugh. “We’re going to give says Flores. “He has the most experi- Sea Methodist Church, with perfor-
took on the arranging of this. Sixty fin- him a massage after.” ence. We’re going to feel right at home mances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The address
gers in total synchronization. Think of with him. He was my doctoral degree is 3755 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL.
six pianos having a state-of-the-art sur- To make sure the delicate piano piano teacher and mentor. How many Tickets are $25 general and $10 students.
round sound audio system.” moving process was done correctly, times does a student get to launch into The concerts are expected to sell out, so
Flores turned to the highly respected the professional world and still play get tickets ahead of time. Call 772-231-
Of course, just arranging for the Brian Gatchell, owner of the Atlantic with their teacher? Then, in my hum- 1661 or visit 
concert to take place also meant a lot Music Center in Melbourne. Gatchell ble case, invite him to my concert se-
of behind-the-scenes organization on has a deep collection of top-of-the-line
Flores’ part. and rare pianos, and both Flores and
Pagano have performed in the Atlantic
He had to first consider the de- Music Center’s concert series.
manding schedules of Pagano and the
five other musicians and form a com- While Flores frequently uses pianos
plete program that would complement from Gatchell’s collection, this time
each of them. he turned to the pianists themselves,
who are loaning their personal instru-
“Pianists are very busy and it’s dif- ments to the concert. The instruments
ficult to get everyone together,” Flores include Steinway, Bösendorfer, Schim-
says. “Then to get the music … the mel and Wilh. Steinberg pianos.
‘Hexamaron’ will be the main piece,
classical. But then our theme piece for The pianists have been rehearsing
the Monster Piano is the ‘Sabre Dance’ pieces on their own, and then will meet
by Khachaturian because the sound is to play together during two rehearsals.
monster, massive.”
“The piano instrument is one of the
Among other works to be played are: most unforgiving,” Flores explains.
“Clavierübung” by Kupkovic; “Le Bal,” “The attack of the piano is percussive so
from “Jeux d’enfants” by Bizet; and it’s not an easy in and easy out sound.
Then when you have six pianists far

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Coming Up: Get ‘Fired’ up for Thomas’ Flametree exhibit

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA well-known local clay artist, clay art
Staff Writer teacher and storyteller Peggy Thom-
as. Her pottery, sculpture and other
1 The works of a Florida potter in- ceramic art are typically fired using
spired by nature, whimsy and the Raku style, and charm with deep
color palettes and earthy textures.
imagination are in exhibition all this No surprise when you’ve seen her ap-
pealing pieces, Thomas is “passion-
month at Flametree Clay Art Gal- ate” about nature (and is an avid kay-

lery in Vero. “Out of the Fire” show-

cases earthy, beautiful pieces by

aker and yoga instructor). She loves 4 Live. On Stage. One night only.
“everything about clay – choosing It’s the 34th anniversary of the
it, shaping it, glazing and firing it.”
And she wears a tee that proclaims Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
“licensed to kiln.” Open: Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 Tour, coming to the King Center in
p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Satur-
days, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 772-202-2810. Melbourne this Monday, Nov. 19.

Founded by record producer and

composer Chip Davis, this neo-

classical new-age group, according

to Wikipedia, is known for its “Fresh

2 A couple of shows by our as- Aire” album series, blending classi-
toundingly talented high school
cal music with elements of new age

performing and visual arts students: I and rock, and its modern Christmas

never, never cease to be amazed (some- music recordings. From way, way out

times to the point of tears, I freely ad- in Nebraska, former teacher and jin-

mit) at the talent these savvy, gifted gle writer Davis creates innovative

kids possess. This Thursday and Friday, music inspired by the sounds of an-

Nov. 15-16, it’s the Indian River Charter other age. Undaunted when industry

High School’s “20th Anniversary VAPA executives told him his 18th-century

(visual and performing arts) Spectacu- instrumental rock sound would nev-

lar: A Look Back Through History,” fea- er sell, Davis founded the music in-

turing current VAPA students and VAPA dustry’s largest independent record-

alum. Visual Arts displays open, 6:15 ing label, American Gramaphone, in

p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $45. 1974 and … Wah-La, in addition to a

772-567-6600 ext. 118. Grammy Award, he’s “largely cred-

ited with establishing the New Age

3 Then, this Saturday and Sunday, music category.” So, what’s up with
Nov. 17-18, at the VBHS Perform-
that name? The group’s website ex-

ing Arts Center, it’s one of the most plains that Mannheim Steamroller

popular musical revues ever, featuring began as an alias for Davis, taken

the songs of iconic Broadway and film from an 18th-century German mu-

composer Stephen Sondheim. “Side sical technique – Mannheim roller

by Side by Sondheim” is presented by – meaning crescendo. King promo

the students of the Vero Beach High says the show will feature Mannheim

School performing arts department, Steamroller classics, plus “dazzling

via Music Theatre International. Time: multimedia effects in an intimate

Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tick- setting.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets:

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Embedded in the cerebral folds of of another outbreak. This one is cen- Here’s a taste of what’s going on, and Forest City, a $100 billion luxury de-
every city planner who’s ever lived, tered in the developing world, often it’s by no means comprehensive. In La- velopment with room for 700,000 peo-
there’s a cluster of neurons that lights in countries where population growth gos, Nigeria – the most populous city ple, has sprouted in Malaysia. Ghana
up like Las Vegas when confronted and rapid urbanization have wholly in Africa – developers have dredged has Hope City (future home of the tall-
with the possibility of a blank slate. overwhelmed existing infrastructure, the Atlantic Ocean to create an island est building in Africa), and Rwanda is
sometimes to the point where spend- called Eko Atlantic, which they envi- promoting Vision City (free Wi-Fi and
It started with Hippodamus, the man ing time and money trying to fix the sion as a Manhattan-style financial hub solar-powered streetlights are sketched
Aristotle claimed was the father of ur- broken metropolises seems futile. for the continent. into the plans).
ban planning. When the Persians de-
stroyed his hometown of Miletus, Hip- Eko Atlantic, Nigeria: The Marina District is framed by three towers that will house a mix of residential units and China’s answer to what it calls “big
podamus discovered a bright side to businesses. Bottom Left: In initial plans, Xiongan had a relatively modest footprint of 100 square kilometers. It’s now city malaise” is Xiongan, a high-tech
catastrophe: Tasked with rebuilding, he expected to expand to 2,000 square kilometers. Bottom Right: Planners chose to locate Xiongan at the center of the hub teeming with leading-edge com-
seized his chance to impose order upon emerging Jing-Jin-Ji megaregion, an area the size of New England that’s home to 120 million people. The city forms panies, research institutes, and world-
chaos. And so the concept of the urban the third point of a triangle with Beijing and Tianjin. class transportation that’s slowly ris-
grid was born. ing a two-hour drive south of Beijing.

Ever since, the dream of carte blanche The mania for new cities is partly
has proved an all-but-irresistible seduc- an outgrowth of globalization, with its
tion. “footloose” capital, says Sarah Moser,
a geographer at McGill University
Leonardo da Vinci drafted detailed who’s compiled a list of more than 100
sketches of an “ideal city” after the such projects.
plague ravaged Milan, and a few hun-
dred years later, Frank Lloyd Wright Governments looking to attract
designed a metropolis that solved the large-scale cash inflows have learned
problem of vehicular congestion via a that large-scale projects can attract
network of helicopter taxis. the attention of investors and foreign
treasuries looking to sink their money
Every so often, this urge in city plan- into something meaty. “I think social
ners breaks out into a full-scale epidem- media has some role in this,” Moser
ic, such as the one that spread through- adds, “because local leaders can show
out Europe and North America in the off these computer-generated models
early 1900s. Known as the “garden city that make everything look perfect.”
movement,” it aimed to counter the
indignities of the Industrial Revolution In many developing countries the
by creating planned communities with idea that an actively molded future
plenty of green space. can eclipse the past is particularly
strong. “It’s really seductive, particu-
Suddenly, scores of new towns be- larly to places that were colonized. It’s
gan sprawling just beyond the edges about starting fresh and having a city
of the old ones. all of their own,” Moser says.

Today, it seems, we’re in the middle

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 15, 2018 43


Perhaps the boldest of these utopias El-Sisi – who helped remove the Mus- An authoritarian ruler who gets ernment and eventually accommodat-
is taking shape on an expansive, kha- lim Brotherhood from power the pre- things done, El-Sisi was the ideal pa- ing as many as 7 million residents.
ki-colored field of dust between the vious year – was elected president, and tron. Instead of breaking ground on
Nile and the Red Sea in Egypt. everything changed. Exactly one day seven cities, Egypt’s president wanted to This concept wasn’t entirely novel.
after taking power, El-Sisi invited Abdel start with just one – a metropolis about Washington was similarly a purpose-
In the past couple of years, Cairo has Mohsen into his office, where the two 45 miles east of Cairo that would serve built capital, and in the 1960s there was
become the world’s fastest-growing men bent over a binder filled with the as the country’s administrative capital, a spate of new government seats: Bra-
megacity, which is bad news for Cai- plans for the new capitals. housing the offices of the federal gov- sília (Brazil), Chandigarh (India), and
renes, because their metropolis was Islamabad (Pakistan) among them.
already mortally overcrowded. Among Eko Atlantic, Nigeria El-Sisi’s project was different mostly in
urban planners, an aspirational rule of terms of scale; he demanded the big-
thumb says you should allow about 53 Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, 2013. gest and the best of everything.
square feet of green space for every per-
son. In Cairo, each person gets about 1 West Bank: Masri persuaded foreign brands to open stores in This sea wall has been Using the previous blueprints as a
square foot. Rawabi, hoping to lure well-off Palestinians to do their shopping. dubbed the Great rough conceptual framework for the
Wall of Lagos. project, the Egyptians hired the Chi-
“My vision,” says Ashraf Abdel cago-based firm Skidmore, Owings &
Mohsen, “is to let Cairo breathe.” Ab- Forest City, Malaysia Merrill LLP to draw a new master plan.
del Mohsen has a Ph.D. in architecture It was a beauty.
and has worked as an urban planner
in Egypt. Shortly after the 2011 revo- Early models showed lush palm trees
lution, when the country was awash and vast parklands stretching between
in optimism, he and some colleagues towering skyscrapers. At the center sat a
formed a nonprofit foundation to con- green rectangle twice the size of Central
ceive a strategy for future development Park. The city would boast Africa’s larg-
– something they believed had been est mosque as well as its largest church,
tragically neglected. along with an amusement park four
times the size of California’s Disneyland.
Together they drafted a vision state-
ment that called for seven different Because the Egyptian government
“capital cities” spread all over Egypt. already owned all the land at the site,
While Cairo would remain the country’s there would be no money or time
“spiritual and cultural” capital, there wasted in having to piece together
would be separate hubs for science and parcels from different owners. Ayman
education, green technology, eco-agri- Ismail, one of the project organizers,
culture, business and trade, world heri- predicted in 2015 that El-Sisi’s com-
tage, and politics and entertainment. mitment to the project would essen-
tially guarantee its success. “It will be a
The plan was wildly ambitious, and cash machine for Egypt for the next 50
the newly elected government ignored years,” he told reporters.
it. But in 2014, General Abdel-Fattah

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At first, much of the financing was to New Cairo, Egypt: This new administrative capital tions for Rendeavour Holding Ltd., a of what tomorrow will look like. In
come through a developer in the United is going up on government-owned land about 40 company investing in several of the the 18th century, when Pierre Charles
Arab Emirates, but after it backed out, kilometers east of Cairo. new-city projects throughout Africa. L’Enfant designed all those statue-
two Chinese state companies took its “You can’t go build the Hanging Gar- bearing circles with streets spoking
place. The Chinese role has since been ment from the bulk of the population? dens of Babylon.” out in Washington, he wasn’t thinking
thrown into doubt, leaving the Egyptian All this is fodder for debate, but one about the automobile, much less rush-
government and local companies to To design the city of tomorrow, you hour traffic jams. And look at Brasília.
lead the initial construction. thing everyone seems to agree on is probably should have some inkling They dubbed it the “City of the Future”
that the expectations for Egypt’s new in 1960, but all that brutalist architec-
The first phase – a core of government administrative capital have been set ture makes it look dated today.
offices along with thousands of housing incredibly high. Even advocates inside
units, mostly apartments and some vil- the new-cities movement warn that Just 10 years ago, the United Arab
las – is well under way. Residents are ex- unrealistic aspirations can undermine Emirates launched an ambitious proj-
pected to start moving in next year, and a development’s long-term prospects ect called Masdar City outside of Abu
already government ministries have be- for success. Dhabi. It was slated to be the world’s
gun the relocation process. first zero-impact city, with no emis-
“You have to be realistic and see what sions, no waste, and no cars. The
Even though more than 100,000 people really need,” says Tim Beighton, government designed an electric per-
construction workers have toiled at head of marketing and communica- sonal rapid transit system, or PRT, fea-
the site, the project still has an under- turing small transport pods that zip
the-radar element to it. “There are people between hundreds of station
people in Egypt who don’t even know stops. Not all of the innovations rely
this exists,” Abdel Mohsen says, “and on modern technologies: A 45-meter-
many who, when they hear of it, think tall tower harvests cooling breezes
it’s an impossible dream.” and pushes the air through the narrow
city streets. Planners predicted the
Some think it’s a foolish one, too. city would accommodate up to 50,000
They ask: Can Egypt really afford an residents and 40,000 daily commuters
Emirati-style development when the by 2018.
country’s per capita gross domes-
tic product is about 8 percent that of Then came the global financial cri-
Dubai? And what’s the long-term envi- sis, and things got real. Today about 5
ronmental cost of pumping water out percent of the city is built. Just two of
to the desert to keep all that greenery the PRT stations are operational, and
alive? And is El-Sisi trying to preempt the site’s managers have publicly ac-
the possibility of another popular up- knowledged that they didn’t anticipate
rising by distancing the seat of govern-

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that advances in electric-car technolo- Once upon a time, even chaotic Cairo locate the caliphate’s palaces to the site. have stopped to look at it,” he wrote.
gies would make their visionary trans- was considered a visionary utopia. Be- The plans were lovely, and construc- And so the cycle of a city’s life begins,
port system almost instantly passé. fore the year 969, it was little more than
Population targets have been radically an abandoned plot of land near the tion went smoothly. One visitor in 1167 with order eventually giving way to
reduced: The revised estimate is for city of Al-Fustat. Then a general named marveled at the city’s lush gardens and chaos, until one day it begets a genera-
3,500 residents by 2020. (Fewer than Jawhar came along and strong-armed a crystalline water channels: “It was so tion of planners who dream of noth-
2,000 live there now.) development project that aimed to re- beautiful, so pleasant to the eye, that ing more than wiping the whole mess
the most preoccupied man would away and starting over. 

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The importance of the Model T, which the Ford “Fill ’Er Up: The Great American Gas Station,” be- Tesla claims that its network of 1,359 charging sta-
Motor Co. began selling in 1908, is a familiar story: It tween 1909 and 1918, the number of cars on Amer- tions “can get you anywhere you want to go.” But in
was the first car that was both widely affordable and ican roads increased from 312,000 to 6.2 million. a country with 115,000 gas stations, that’s not close
widely available, thanks to the mass manufacturing to being enough.
techniques Henry Ford developed and the econo- But what makes the history of gas stations instruc-
mies of scale they made possible. tive is comparing their evolution with the current Chris Nelder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an ex-
state of play for electric vehicle chargers. pert on the EV industry, told me that most of the other
But there is another, less well-known aspect of companies, like Electrify America, a division of Volk-
the Model T’s history: the role it played in the de- One difference is that the auto, even in its most swagen AG, are building stations that are compatible
velopment of gas stations – and the role gas stations primitive early 20th century form, was so vast an im- with any electric car aside from Tesla. For now at least,
played in the rise of the automobile. provement over horse and buggies that everybody it won’t be easy finding them: Each company has a dif-
was desperate to buy one. In the early years, the gas ferent app showing its locations, so the owner of an EV
With all the ferment surrounding the evolution station industry was racing to keep up with the rap- has to check five or six apps to find the nearest station.
of electric vehicles, it might be instructive to look at idly growing auto industry.
the interplay between gas stations and cars a cen- Nelder thinks that the electric charging industry
tury ago. The dynamic of the electric car/recharging indus- would be much better off if it followed the example
tries is almost the opposite. A lot of people like the idea of gas stations. The producer of the gasoline – the
It turns out that the Model T’s gas tank was under of driving an environmentally friendly vehicle, but in oil companies – wound up being the retailer as well.
the front seat cushion; to refill it, you had to raise the transportation terms, it is not an absolute necessity. They had a huge incentive and plenty of money to
cushion and pour the gasoline into a hole on the top create a national infrastructure.
of the tank. Many people – most people – will likely hold back
until they are convinced the infrastructure is in place When the fuel is electricity, the producers are the
Before you could even get to that stage, though, to allow a driver to go anywhere without running out utility companies. If they were allowed to build retail
you first had to go to a store – often the local general of juice. Thus, if the electric car industry is to succeed charging stations – there’s a lot of resistance within
store – where you ladled the gasoline into a contain- the way it hopes, the charging industry has to lead, the industry – their entry into the market would
er of some sort and then, using a funnel, poured it not follow. greatly accelerate the infrastructure needed to “nor-
from the container into the gas tank. It was messy, malize” the electric car.
inefficient and ultimately untenable if autos were A second issue is standardization. Although Tesla is
going to replace the horse and buggy. the best-known electric car on the market, it doesn’t While the vast majority of trips do not require any
dominate the way the Model T did. Yet the company recharging, especially as battery technology improves,
By 1912, this system had largely given way to has, rather foolishly, created a charger that can be car owners want to know that they can drive a long
pumps set up on sidewalks by small entrepreneurs, used only with Tesla autos. For recharging in your ga- distance if they want to, even if they don’t do it very
who bought gas from a wholesaler. They used noz- rage, that’s fine. But for a long drive, it’s a problem. often. Without that confidence, “range anxiety,” as it’s
zles made to fit the opening of the Model T’s tank, called, will prevent EVs from becoming a common-
which created an ad hoc standardization, ensuring place purchase.
that all nozzles and all gas tanks were interoperable.
For all their difference, there is one crucial simi-
At which point the big boys – the major oil produc- larity between the rise of gas stations and the com-
ers like Texaco and Shell and Esso – muscled these ing evolution of EV stations. A century ago, the car
small businessmen aside and began the process of industry had to have a national network of gas sta-
establishing national chains of gas stations, building tions before it could truly thrive.
the stand-alone stations we’re now so familiar with.
Today, the electric car is in the same position:
“They were vertical integrators,” said Matt Ander- Without a national network of EV charging stations –
son, the Ford museum’s curator of transportation. stations that any car owner can use, no matter which
The oil producers understood that the more cars that brand – electric cars will never come close to replac-
were on the road, the more oil they could sell – and ing combustion engines. 
the more gas stations a driver could find, the more
people would feel comfortable buying that first car. This column written by Joe Nocera of Bloomberg does
not necessarily represent the views of Vero Beach 32963.
The strategy worked: According to the 2007 book

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It’s been almost 18 years since the nection to older with a warmth he seldom offered to intimates. Crosby
publication of “Bing Crosby: A Pocket- forms of American had been terrified of hospitals since his guitarist Eddie
ful of Dreams,” Gary Giddins’ intelli- popular culture. Lang – the only person he was truly close to, Giddins
gent and formidably well-informed bi- Decca responded suggests – died after a botched tonsillectomy. But he
ography covering the entertainer’s life to the boycott by gave shows to horribly wounded soldiers in field hos-
from his birth in 1903 through the film recording Crosby pitals. He sang “White Christmas” over and over, even
that launched his mega-grossing part- singing Stephen though he never sang it “without a wrench,” seeing
nership with Bob Hope (“The Road to Foster tunes and battle-hardened men cry over a song they cherished
Singapore,” 1940). “Bing Crosby: Swing- other public do- as a reminder of home and peace. It was the least he
ing on a Star” was worth the wait. could do for “the best audience we ever worked for,”
main material, which had rescued him from personal and profes-
As in the first volume, Giddins makes Giddins writes, sional malaise.
Crosby’s career the framework for an as- which resulted
tute account of broad shifts in the radio, in “a distillation The reserve that frustrated his family was the key
record and movie industries. Crosby was of his style into to Crosby’s popularity with the troops. “He [created]
a big star in 1940, but his fame was on an- its purest com- a particular kind of bond, a zone of emotional safety,”
other level by 1946. Giddins traces his tra- ponents – the Giddins writes, adding pointedly, “A zone has bound-
jectory across this eventful half-decade in aries.” The stern boundaries he established at home
a densely packed, sometimes excessively peerless Crosby created a fraught dynamic with his sons and wife that
detailed narrative. baritone as na- Giddins analyzes with nuance and empathy for all
tional security parties. Crosby was much better at being a fictional
He begins with a snapshot of the trou- blanket.” “father” in “Going My Way,” the 1944 film that won
bled Crosby marriage in 1940, describing Crosby critical respect and an Academy Award for his
an evening when Bing came home from Giddins’ pen role as a hip young Catholic priest. He entered the
work on “The Road to Zanzibar” to find is at its sharp- postwar period as “a bulwark of stability and reassur-
his wife, Dixie, drunkenly berating their est in his ac- ance,” a dominant presence on film, record and radio.
four young sons. The marriage fell into count of Crosby’s
a grim pattern during the World War II years: Dixie film career as he skewers Hollywood’s manifold ab- It must be noted, with regret, that Giddins has a
was mostly drunk; Bing was mostly gone. It didn’t surdities. Starlet Marilyn Maxwell, he wisecracks, terrible weakness for unnecessary material. We don’t
help that Crosby’s personality – “impatient with in- was “a girl-next-door type, if your neighborhood was need minute analysis of lackluster performances of
trospection … stoic, manly, rarely nostalgic, never MGM.” Production Code enforcer Joseph Breen scru- trivial songs in each recording session. Twelve pages
sentimental, and often flippant” – was poorly suited pulously monitored “Road to Zanzibar” to forestall of background on “Going My Way” director Leo Mc-
to dealing with a fragile spouse. Crosby twice consid- any unseemly displays of female flesh, Giddins notes Carey is too much, no matter how important a role
ered divorce during this period, but each time was dryly, “while expressing no qualms about depicting he played in Crosby’s professional development. The
dissuaded by a priest; he had been raised and re- a public slave market in modern-day Zanzibar.” He worst failure of Giddins’ editorial judgment is his de-
mained a devout Catholic. conveys with zest the relish Crosby and Hope took cision to close the book with endless excerpts from
in evading such nonsense. In Crosby’s case, how- the diary of a teenage Crosby fan, who chronicles her
Crosby was determined to end his relationship with ever, the kidding went only so far. “No matter how uninteresting interactions in the winter of 1945-6 at
“Kraft Music Hall,” the popular weekly radio program jolly or friendly he might seem, you knew there was excruciating length. Her entries bring to a jarring con-
he hosted. It took five years to extricate himself, but that invisible line you did not cross,” commented a clusion Giddins’ evocative portrait of a man and a his-
during that time, he used his clout to get the show re- supporting player in another Crosby movie. “I doubt torical moment, which would be even better if it were
duced from an hour to 30 minutes and began a long anyone knew him really well.” about 100 pages shorter. 
battle that would eventually transform radio from a Ironically, the tens of thousands of soldiers Crosby
live medium to a prerecorded one. Giddins covers entertained during the war felt they knew him quite BING CROSBY: SWINGING ON A STAR
this and other industry issues with his usual savvy. well. “What a guy, a regular guy, a real pal,” one man
His critical prose, somewhat blunted in the first vol- enthused in a letter to his wife. “He brought home THE WAR YEARS, 1940-1946
ume, is back at full incisiveness in a shrewd analysis right to your heart.” Crosby’s wartime tours form the
of how broadcasters’ 1941 boycott of music licensed emotional center of this volume. They poignantly BY GARY GIDDINS | LITTLE, BROWN. 736 PP. $40
by copyright-enforcer ASCAP solidified Crosby’s con- show him reaching out to audiences of strangers REVIEW BY WENDY SMITH, THE WASHINGTON POST


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rather neat. / Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom. / Sometimes it’s filled with feet.”
There are times at the bridge table when you feel as though you must get out from under AQJ63
your own feet. In this deal, for example, South is in four spades. West leads the heart ace Q
and continues with the heart king. Everything looks so easy, but what must declarer do? K4
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North made a support double over West’s two-heart intervention, which showed exactly
three-card spade support, but did not define his point-count. South, with an opening bid Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both
of his own, jumped to game, trusting that North would bid more in the unlikely event that he
had extra values, and West had made a very weak vulnerable overcall. The Bidding:

The contract looked easy, with South apparently having 10 winners via five spades and SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
five clubs. But after ruffing the heart king, cashing his spade ace and playing a spade to 1 Diamonds Pass
dummy’s king, East’s diamond discard was a blow. 1 Spades 2 Hearts Dbl. Pass LEAD:
4 Spades Pass Pass Pass A Hearts
South paused, then saw the solution. He cashed two top clubs, then finished removing
West’s trumps, and declarer, on the fourth round of spades, ditched dummy’s last club.
South took three more tricks with his remaining high clubs to make his contract.

Finally, note that if East had bravely raised hearts, despite zero points and being vulnerable,
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