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01/03/2020 ISSUE 01


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Dr. Donald Ames, Is someone trying
to derail sheriff’s
pioneering Vero WILL COUNTY APPEAL VIRGIN TRAINS candidate Flowers?
surgeon, dies at 83 RULING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT?
By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer
By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer By George Andreassi | Staff Writer high-speed passenger trains than any neighboring [email protected]
[email protected] county, so who knows?
It is hard to believe the County Commission Is someone trying to dig up
For the family of Dr. Don- would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review its law- In any case, the County Commission will have dirt on Sheriff’s Office Maj. Eric
ald Ames, Vero Beach’s first suit against Virgin Trains, which just failed in dismal to decide soon whether to continue its increasing Flowers, possibly in an effort
board-certified orthopedic sur- fashion in appellate court. quixotic crusade to stop the high-speed rail proj- to derail his candidacy for the
geon and for 35 years a consulting ect, which commissioners fear will cost the county agency’s top job?
doctor for the Los Angeles Dodg- But Indian River County has already persisted
ers, Christmas holidays over the longer and spent more on its legal battle to block CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Twice in a 10-day period last
years were often interrupted as month, an anonymous plaintiff
Ames responded to an annual ep- Lawyer says county tourism director was filed lawsuits alleging that pub-
idemic – the injuries of kids wip- drugged at bar prior to fracas with police lic records were being wrongly
ing out on new skateboards and withheld by the school district
roller skates. and Sheriff’s Office.

“We’d hear him on the phone The most recent lawsuit, filed
to the hospital. last week in Vero Beach, seeks a
‘I’m on my way, court order to compel the Sher-
just keep ’em on iff’s Office to provide the plain-
ice,’ he’d say,” tiff with text messages, emails,
said Doug Ames, social media account informa-
Don’s eldest son. tion and activity, computers
“I can remember used and their browsing histo-
ries, digital chat logs, and autho-
Dr. Donald Ames. all of us waiting rizations for usage.
for him in the car
All of the plaintiff’s public-re-
outside the emergency room.” cords requests are aimed at
This year, Ames’ absence was Flowers, who serves as the Sher-
iff’s Office’s public information
far more profound. On the Sun- officer, using his agency-issued
day before Christmas, the distin- credit card to purchase in Sep-
tember a one-year subscription
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 to “Hootsuite,” a software appli-
cation that allows subscribers to
INSIDE manage multiple social media
NEWS 1-5 PETS 12
DINING B6 According to the lawsuit,
HEALTH 6 GAMES B13 By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer with the Indian River Chamber Flowers – or someone under his
CALENDAR B16 [email protected] of Commerce, working as the direction – linked the Sheriff’s
REAL ESTATE 11 county’s designated tourism di- Office’s Hootsuite account to
B1 Defense attorney Bobby Gut- rector. Facebook pages created by local
ARTS tridge says his client, Allison Mc- radio personality Rhett Palmer,
Neal, 40, was drugged while out Guttridge said on Saturday who allows the agency to broad-
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 drinking on a Saturday night in a he’s uncertain of McNeal’s em- cast its radio shows from his
For circulation or where to pick up local bar prior to being arrested ployment status since her arrest. Royal Palm Pointe studio.
your issue call: 772-226-7925 at 3 in the morning on Dec. 22 “She may be under some form of
for punching a Vero Beach po- suspension, but I hope to set up Connected to the Sheriff’s
© 2019 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. lice officer at the U.S. 1 IHOP. a meeting with the chamber to Tourism director Allison McNeal. Office’s Hootsuite account are
do something about that,” Gut- Palmer’s personal page, the
The case has attracted wide- tridge said.
spread publicity because Mc- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
Neal for the past seven years has Calls and messages to cham-
served in a high-profile position

2 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

DR. DONALD AMES community to commercial real estate and the medical community here,” said Mc- convincing his Navy doctor friends to join
citrus production. The affable man with Donald, who for years was Ames’ close him here, including retired plastic surgeon
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 outsize talent and unfailing professional- friend. Dr. Ferdinand Becker and the late pediatri-
ism brought not only his skill but the skills cian, Dr. Dan Thornton.
guished physician died at his home sur- of other doctors to the area, often turn- In 1974, two years before the first text-
rounded by family, quietly closing his eyes ing new arrivals into investors in the local book was published on arthroscopic sur- Though Ames didn’t fully retire from
in mid-afternoon and missing one last sun- economy. Among the physician-funded gery, Ames became the first orthopedic practice until 1997, he stopped performing
set over the Indian River Lagoon. It was a efforts Ames led was developing the med- surgeon in the area to perform arthrosco- surgery when his hands became arthritic. It
sweeping view he cherished and had made ical office complex near the hospital often py, the so-called “Band-aid” surgery that was a very discouraging development for a
the centerpiece of his island home. referred to as the “777” building. allowed repairs to be done without large talented surgeon.
incisions. Doug Ames recalls his father
“Best sunset in the county,” he liked to For years, Ames held a seat on the board having special tools custom-made by a “Don had a great pair of hands,” said Ann
say. He shared that vista with hundreds if of what was then Sun Bank and, later in life, small company in Stuart. Marie McCrystal, who, like her husband
not thousands of guests over the years in Marine Bank and Trust. He had member- Hugh, was one of Ames’ closest friends. “He
a house he built with gatherings in mind, ships in nearly every private club in town, That same year, the man who would was meticulous in his surgical expertise.”
from cocktail parties to benefit galas. starting with John’s Island, which he joined become Ames’ mentor, Dr. Frank Jobe, the
in 1974. With all his connections, he easily L.A.-based team physician for the Dodg- Ames also served as team physician for
Putting down roots as a young doctor opened doors for the doctors he recruited, ers, used a revolutionary method to recon- the minor league Vero Beach Dodgers – the
in what was then a very small town – few- from club memberships to mortgages. “It struct a ligament in the elbow of pitcher “junior” Dodgers, as they were known in-
er than two dozen doctors for a county of was one-stop shopping if you knew Don,” Tommy John. formally. And for the nine seasons that the
36,000 people – Ames cemented friend- said Doug Ames. New Orleans Saints football team trained in
ships with what are now local legends of The procedure was so successful that it Vero, Dr. Ames was their doctor too, present
medical practice, philanthropy, civic in- Ames played a critical role in the devel- came to be known as Tommy John surgery. not only for games – with the best seat in
volvement and entrepreneurship. opment of what would one day become Jobe went on to become one of the most the house, behind the bench – but during
Cleveland Clinic Indian River. A pioneer of respected orthopedic surgeons in the na- practices as well, helping coaches safely
Dr. Hugh McCrystal, a urologist and one arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine tion and it was he who asked Ames to be train players with injuries.
of the very few board-certified physicians in Florida, he was involved with the Vero the team’s consulting physician during the
when Ames arrived in 1970, was chief of hospital when it moved from its downtown Dodgers’ spring training in Vero. Ames also served, without charge, as
staff of what was then Indian River Memo- Vero location to the large tract of land it physician for the Vero Beach High School
rial. “Don came with talents that had not now occupies on 37th Ave. He later chaired “The team physicians wouldn’t neces- football team. Once a high school football
been seen here before, introducing total the credentials committee, a pivotal post sarily have privileges at the hospital of the player himself in his hometown of Kirks-
joint replacement and expert orthopedic and a great fit for Ames, who cared intense- spring training site, so the consulting physi- ville, Missouri, Ames was on the field every
care,” McCrystal said. “Patients with a ma- ly about quality medical care. cians were very, very important,” said Craig Friday night during Vero’s football season –
jor orthopedic injury were very lucky when Callan, the longtime manager of Dodger- including away games – as team physician,
he arrived that they didn’t have to be trans- Dr. John McDonald, a board-certified town, now retired. even coming back to the locker room on
ferred to another hospital in West Palm or dermatologist whom Ames helped lure to Saturday mornings to check on injuries.
Orlando.” Vero in 1983, called Ames “the watchdog for “Whenever you’re talking about a major
the level of care” at the hospital. league team, you need top gun physicians,” Equally passionate about academics,
Ames’ network of friends in Vero was said Callan. “You’re talking millions and Ames would sometimes visit biology class-
vast, extending well beyond the medical “He always had his eye on the quality of millions of dollars just weighing in the bal- es at Vero High, bringing a bag of bones
ance of good input or bad input, and you from a human skeleton.
need the best. Don was that.”
“He would pick a bone out of the bag and
Jobe and Ames remained close friends pull it out without looking at it, and tell the
and business partners – Jobe invested in class what it was, and every time, he got it
groves with Ames – until Jobe’s death in right,” recalled Doug Ames, a Vero High
2014. graduate, along with his sister Cynthia. Two
other siblings, Phillip and Pamela, went to
Working with Jobe and operating on St. Edward’s School.
athletes opened Ames’ eyes to advances in
surgical techniques and instruments. But Ames volunteered as president of the In-
it was working on a very different patient dian River County Medical Society and was
population, casualties of the Vietnam War, a founding member of We Care, the ongo-
that proved even more valuable in his med- ing group of physicians who donate their
ical training, Ames often said. time treating indigent patients at no cost.

A graduate of St. Louis University School In his free time, Ames hunted, fished,
of Medicine who did his residency at Bos- played tennis, and, in retirement, took up
ton City Hospital, Ames earned a degree in golf. All were passions that consumed him,
orthopedic surgery, and was offered a job driven and detail oriented as he was. He also
teaching at Harvard, family members say. loved to gamble; grandson Eddie Mapel, 24,
still carries in his wallet the blackjack “cheat
“He had always envisioned himself as a card” Ames gave him on his first trip to a
professor,” said Doug Ames. casino when he turned 21. Through dili-
gent study, Ames earned a veritable Ph.D.
Instead, he was drafted and sent to serve in poker strategy, so effective that he twice
at the naval hospital in Charleston, S.C. It got tossed out of casinos.
was 1968 and the Vietnam War was at its
peak, with more than half a million Amer- Eddie and the other eight grandchildren
ican military personal serving in the coun- were perhaps Ames’ greatest passion. “He
try. With his wife and four young children went to every single thing, every birthday,
in tow, Ames spent a harrowing two years every graduation, every whatever,” said
in Charleston repairing the injuries of men son Doug.
returning from the battlefield.
When Ames’ first wife Mary Rose died
“He operated from eight in the morning at 59 without having a chance to take a
until five at night,” said Doug Ames. “The 10-year-old granddaughter on a promised
doctors worked ’round the clock, all the cruise to the Bahamas, Don took her by
time. [Patients] were lined up outside the himself. Wini Mapel, now 31, remembers
operating room.” asking her grandad for a tiny straw purse at
the straw market. Ames agreed to pay for it,
When his enlistment was up, the family but only if Wini bargained with the vendor.
fulfilled a dream of moving to Florida; Ames She did, and the moment was captured in
chose Vero because there was a need for or-
thopedic surgeons, and he quickly began

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a photo, with beaming smiles all around – SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE was mentioned prominently in that one, woman accused of cyber stalking.
including on the face of the vendor. too. A school district spokesperson said the
Such lessons on the fly were a constant In the earlier lawsuit, the plaintiff al- district would not comment on pending
in adventures with Ames, and though he “Mayor of the Airways” radio-show page, leged the district violated Florida’s pub- civil litigation. Justice did not respond to
himself was a hard-driving perfectionist, he and the Vero’s Voice Magazine page. The lic-records law by withholding text mes- a text message seeking comment on the
never pressured the children. lawsuit alleges that Flowers paid $500 in sages, emails, photos, notes and logs lawsuit.
June, $1,000 in September and $1,500 in from School Board member Tiffany Jus-
After Mary Rose’s death, Don spent a November for “campaign advertising” in tice’s district-issued cell phone. Catherine Jones, the plaintiff’s Rock-
decade on his own. Then, at 70, he met the magazine. ledge-based attorney in both cases, did
a woman who, in the words of Ann Marie The plaintiff is asking a judge to order not return multiple phone calls to her
McCrystal, “brought great peace and hap- Palmer defended the Hootsuite ar- the district to turn over the requested law office.
piness in their remaining days.” rangement in a Facebook post last month, documents, including any communica-
when he wrote: “Nothing wrong going on tions that have been deleted from Jus- In addition to a court order for the re-
Sandy Tate of West Virginia had a winter here, to the best of my knowledge.” tice’s iPhone as well as those stored in the quested records, the plaintiff is asking
home in Grand Harbor; she and Don mar- iCloud account that backs up the device. the judge to require the defendants – the
ried in 2006 and continued entertaining in Reached by text Friday, Palmer replied school district and Sheriff’s Office – to pay
Vero, hosting events for two new boards that he was unaware of the lawsuit, which In particular, the plaintiff’s lawsuit his attorney’s fees, administrative costs
Ames joined: Marine Bank and Trust and was filed Dec. 26, and vouched for Flow- targets phone and message logs for Jus- and any “further relief as this court may
the Education Foundation. The couple be- ers’ integrity, saying, “He is a good man of tice’s communications with Flowers and deem appropriate,” the lawsuits state.
gan summering in White Sulphur Springs, honor, and I would sign any note on his former Vero Beach Mayor Val Zudans be-
West Virginia, buying a home near the behalf and put my name on the line on tween December 2018 and October 2019. The cases have been assigned to Cir-
Greenbrier Resort. his behalf.” cuit Judge Janet Croom in Indian River
While there is no obvious connection County.
They were a decade into their marriage Flowers did not respond to a text mes- between Justice and Zudans – he said
when Ames suffered a stroke. It was De- sage seeking comment on the lawsuit they’re friendly but not close – Flowers The lawsuit states the plaintiff made
cember 2016; the family was at the Ocean against the Sheriff’s Office, but his boss has acknowledged that he and Justice are numerous public-records requests for
Grill wrapping up a lively pre-Christmas did. friends, and she has publicly endorsed emails, texts and other information, but,
dinner. Ames reached for his wallet to pay Flowers’ run for sheriff. as of last weekend, the information still
the check and realized his arm was numb. Sheriff Deryl Loar, who has endorsed hadn’t been provided.
Flowers’ candidacy in what is now a four- In addition, Flowers launched a four-
His death came three years to the day af- man race to become the county’s top month cyber-stalking investigation re- The Sheriff’s Office’s public-records
ter that stroke. law-enforcement officer next November, quested by Justice a year ago, when a custodian responded to many of the re-
wrote that he hadn’t yet read the lawsuit school district employee posted tweets quests by claiming the agency did not
Bill Penney, chairman and CEO of Ma- and “wouldn’t comment on pending civil implying Justice had an inappropriate re- possess the documents being sought.
rine Bank and Trust, knew Don and San- litigation.” lationship with now-former Schools Su-
dy Ames through the 10 years Don Ames perintendent Mark Rendell. Under Chapter 119 of the Florida Stat-
served on the bank’s board. The mysterious plaintiff – identified utes – more commonly known as the
only as “John Doe, aka SaveVeroBeach@ During that investigation, Flowers and “Public Records Law” – any records made
“She is lovely, and they just seemed very,” – filed a similar lawsuit Dec. Justice exchanged numerous text mes- or received by any public agency in the
very happy. I know she took care of him at 16 against the school district. Flowers sages about the investigation, which pro- course of its official business are avail-
the end, and that’s the true testament of duced no criminal charges against the able for inspection, unless specifically
love.”  exempted by the Legislature. 

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VIRGIN TRAINS RULING ty spokesman Brian Sullivan said Friday. upheld the district judge’s dismissal of the were not sure the case was worth taking all
The commissioners’ first public discus- county’s complaint. the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
sion about the next step in the legal battle Leaders from the Indian River Neighbor- “That is a huge political decision the
money, threaten public safety and reduce against Virgin Trains could come as soon as hood Association, which filed a legal brief county is going to have to make,” said IRNA
quality of life along the route. their Jan. 7 meeting, Sullivan said. But it has supporting the appeal, said Saturday they Chairwoman Honey Minuse. “It’s a tough
not yet been placed on the agenda. were disappointed in the dismissal, but one. That’s going to be awfully expensive.”
Commissioners have until March 19 to
petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of In December 2018, U.S. District Judge Peter Seed, a retired lawyer who worked
certiorari if they want to continue fighting to Christopher Cooper threw out the county’s on IRNA’s brief, said the commissioners
overturn federal financial and environmen- lawsuit challenging the train project, ruling should only appeal to the high court if they
tal approvals for Virgin Trains passenger rail that the environmental review complied can add to their argument against federal fi-
project. with federal rules and that federally backed nancing for the project.
allocation of more than $1 billion in bonds
County Attorney Dylan Reingold and the complied with federal tax code require- “If they’re going to rely solely on their [ex-
county’s train counsel, Philip Karmel of Bry- ments. isting] argument, I think it’s an exercise in
an Cave Leighton Paisner, will discuss the futility,” Seed said. “I don’t mean to belittle
ramifications of the appellate court ruling The Commission voted to spend $400,000 the argument that the county made, but it
and how to advise the commissioners, coun- on an appeal but on Dec. 20 the U.S. Circuit fell short.”
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Reingold and the county commissioners
could not be reached last week for comment
on the appellate court dismissal and wheth-
er they’re considering a Supreme Court ap-

The county has spent about $3.5 million
on the legal battle against the passenger rail
project since 2014, when it was known as All
Aboard Florida. It’s since been rebranded
Brightline and later as Virgin Trains USA.

Virgin Trains plans to spend $2.4 billion
constructing new tracks from Orlando to
Cocoa and upgrading the Florida East Coast
Railway tracks from Cocoa through the Trea-
sure Coast to West Palm Beach.

VTUSA anticipates running 34 trains per
day at speeds reach 110 mph in Indian Riv-
er County starting in late 2022 as part of its
passenger rail service between Orlando in

The company started running passenger
trains between West Palm Beach and Fort
Lauderdale in January 2018 and added a
downtown Miami station that May. 



ber President Dori Stone were not re-
turned, as the offices were closed last
week for the Christmas holiday.

According to police, McNeal showed
up in the wee hours of a Sunday morning
at the Vero Beach IHOP.

The restaurant employee who called
police said McNeal “was yelling and act-
ing irate” toward customers, but Gut-
tridge said McNeal did not have any per-
sonal agenda for being at the restaurant
that would fit with her behavior, such as
a lovers’ quarrel or family dispute.

The arrest report filed by Officer James
Doty states that Officer Kassandra Ayala
responded to the disturbance at IHOP
at 3:04 a.m. that Sunday morning and
warned McNeal that she had to leave.
That’s where things took a strange turn.

Police say McNeal headed back into
IHOP even though the police had just
told her to stay out and were still on
scene. “McNeal became belligerent to-
wards Ofc. Ayala and struck her arm with
her fist, just missing her face.

“Ofc. Ayala and I grabbed McNeal by
both arms to place restraints on her, but

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS January 3, 2020 5

she proceeded to resist.” CENTENNIAL PLACE: WILL THAT
“McNeal then shoved Ofc. Ayala, who NAME BECOME OFFICIAL IN 2020?

pushed her back. Ofc. Ayala and I used a By Nicole Rodriguez | Staff Writer site, garner input online, formulate a public bors, the greater Vero Beach population and
takedown maneuver to gain active physi- survey, hold a series of public meetings later elected officials.
cal control of her (McNeal). While on the A handful of names continue to be ban- this month and present a final report to the
ground, McNeal continued to resist ar- died about for the city-owned waterfront city council in May. The council plans to present the public
rest,” Doty’s report said. site most commonly called Centennial with a final plan or two and then put the is-
Place, and the prime piece of real estate like- DPZ plans to create five redevelopment sue on the ballot during the 2020 election so
Though McNeal’s behavior would ly won’t receive a definitive designation until concepts for the riverfront site that the pub- voters can choose what they want done with
seem to suggest some sort of substance sometime later this year. lic can choose from, ranging from a mostly the site. The city charter prohibits a change
impairment, the report does not note undeveloped site to a fully developed area in the use of the property unless voters ap-
that McNeal seemed drunk or had an The steering committee designated to that incorporates the wishes of site neigh- prove it. 
odor of alcohol on her breath, as is typ- oversee planning for redevelopment of the
ical in a disturbance report involving an site earlier this month refrained from nam- Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners
intoxicated person. ing the 38-acre property, which includes
the former power plant, current wastewater Ryan Weaver Insurance, Inc. is a locally owned
She was not charged with drunk and treatment facility and former postal annex. independent agency that has been serving
disorderly conduct, and she was not test- Indian River County for over 13 years.
ed for blood alcohol level on scene. The city now plans to launch a naming
survey on – the offi-
“We have very good reason to believe cial online forum for the redevelopment ef-
that she (McNeal) was the victim of foul fort – after a redevelopment plan is decided
play, that she was essentially drugged,” on, said Jason Jeffries, planning and devel-
Guttridge said. “This is very out of char- opment director.
acter for her, there’s no history of any-
thing like this before.” “We’re holding off because we don’t know
what the selected design is and there is some
Prior to police being called to the IHOP thought that the name would reflect what-
restaurant where McNeal was creating a ever is the selected scenario,” Jeffries said.
disturbance, Guttridge says “she was out
with friends.” Guttridge would not iden- DPZ CoDesign co-founder Andrés Martin
tify the bar where she had been drinking Duany disagrees. The city earlier this year
because, he said, evidence gathering and hired the world-renowned urban planning
taking statements from potential wit- firm to help guide the planning process and
nesses had not been completed. formulate a final design for the riverfront
property, which flanks the 17th Street bridge
Guttridge said people are drugged on the mainland side, and Duany believes
surreptitiously more often than one naming the site now will drive the planning
would think, even though it’s a crime lit- process and reduce confusion.
tle known to people who don’t frequent
bars or go clubbing. “It is an epidemic,” “The statement, ‘It’s too early to tell’ is
he said. very disempowering to the public process,”
Duany said. “There should be several pro-
He said there was no crisis, no agitat- posals on the table so that people can re-
ing event, no dispute with anyone that spond to them.”
happened before the incident at IHOP.
The five names floating around are: Cen-
Whatever the cause of her behavior, tennial Place, selected in a contest a year
McNeal is accused of trying to punch a
police officer in the face but landing a All lines of commercial or personal insurance available.
blow on the officer’s body instead, lead-
ing to the serious felony charge of battery OLD DOMINION
on a law enforcement officer, as well as INSURANCE COMPANY
resisting arrest and trespassing.
A member of Main Street America Group
Guttridge said after McNeal was
booked into jail, it became clear to her ago; Three Corners, the name favored by 855 21st Street – CenterState Bank Building
that she’d been slipped some kind of Vero Beach oldtimers; Vero Landing, Vero 2nd Floor – Vero Beach
drug. She posted $4,500 bond later that Amore Landing and a variation of Big Blue
same day and took immediate action, he Park or Big Blue Point. (772) 567-4930 • [email protected]
said. “As soon as she got out, before she
even getting legal counsel, she went and A favorite name of Vice Mayor Laura Moss
got tested.” is one she created: Vero Amare Landing. Conveniently located just off of Miracle Mile,

“We believe it was not too late to be “Amare means love. People fall in love across from Classic Car Wash on US-1
tested,” said Guttridge. But he could not with Vero,” Moss said of the Latin word.
reveal what if any drugs were in McNeal’s “Old Vero residents, new Vero residents and
system as results of the tests were still tourists all tell me how much they truly love
pending as of press time. Vero.”

McNeal awaits an arraignment in Feb- The planning process is anticipated to last
ruary. six months and includes time to analyze the

Vero Beach Police Department super-
visors reviewed the case via a required
“Use of Force Form” because McNeal’s
chin was scraped up and bloodied as the
responding officers got her under control
and into custody.

The officers’ actions were deemed
an appropriate use of force, “within the
scope of the departmental policy and
procedures,” wrote Cpl. Dennis DeAcetis
in his Dec. 22 review of the incident. 

6 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Mobility mentality: Have balance and bone density tested

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer ‘... people need to recognize that
[email protected] normal aging doesn’t mean that you
stop doing all the things you love to do.’
Benjamin Franklin’s axiom that “an
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of – Bernadette Haugh
cure” is no less true today than when he
first authored it. titioner Kristy Losapio at Steward Health’s
Coastal Fracture Prevention in Sebastian
Unfortunately, many seniors put their urge everyone over the age of 50 to consult
health, their mobility, their independence their primary care physician, or to come
and even their lives at risk by not heeding
Franklin’s words when it comes to osteo- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
porosis and balance issues.

Certified physician assistant Julie Klu-
car and advanced registered nurse prac-

Julie Ann Klucar, PA-C; Kristy Losapio, ARNP; and Bernadette Haugh, director of rehabilitation at SRMC.




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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Bernadette Haugh, director of reha- bone density. They don’t even go outside their house be-
bilitation for the Sebastian River Medi- Testing is critical because “osteoporo- cause all of a sudden they’re a little unsta-
to see them for bone density and balance cal Center, wholeheartedly agrees that ble out there and they don’t know how to
tests. seniors should be tested for balance and sis [the age-related decrease in the den- manage. As a therapist you want to look at
sity and quality of your bones] is a silent what the root problem is” – which often is
The International Osteoporosis Foun- disease and you might not know you have balance issues.
dation reports one in every three women it until you break a bone,” according to
and one in every four men over the age the U.S. National Library of Medicine at Changes in eyesight, changes in hear-
of 50 will suffer broken bones due to os- the National Institutes of Health. ing and different medical conditions in-
teoporosis, and that an osteoporosis-re- cluding low blood pressure can also play
lated bone fracture occurs every three “A bone mineral density test,” says a significant role in falls and bone breaks,
seconds. NIH, “is the best way to check your bone according to Klucar.
health,” and Losapio couldn’t agree more
According to the National Institute on – though she quickly adds balance prob- If balance problems and bone weakness
Aging, balance problems in seniors are a lems to the equation by saying, “If you are left untreated, a study in the Journal
major contributor to a high percentage of don’t practice balance throughout your of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
those broken bones. lifespan, you can lose it; if you don’t use says, “even simple bone breaks can in-
it, you lose it.” crease the risk of death in seniors by up to
It’s this two-pronged problem – balance 25 percent.”
issues in seniors along with weakened and “Learning how to move properly when
broken bones – that Klucar and Losapio you have osteoporosis is just as important “I think, as a society, there’s a certain
deal with on a daily basis. as all the other things that we do to treat stigma involved with growing older and
osteoporosis,” Klucar says. the things that happen to our bodies
By Emily Sohn and the changes that we go through, but
The Washington Post Klucar and Losapio agree that combat- people need to recognize that normal ag-
ing the dual threat of bone weakness and ing doesn’t mean you stop doing all the
balance issues doesn’t necessarily mean things you love to do,” Haugh says. “There
adding to the list of medications you’re al- are little things you can do. There’s just
ready taking. little exercises, different things, different
ways of looking at how you’re moving that
“It’s not just ‘here’s another pill or can make a huge difference in your life. If
here’s a shot.’ There’s more to it. There’s you never ask the question, you never get
the balance aspect of it. There’s the fall the solution.”
prevention aspect of it. There’s the vita-
mins, the supplements, and only then, if Bone and balance assessments are not
necessary, the medication,” according to arduous, says Klucar, adding that “every
Klucar. patient who comes here for an osteopo-
rosis evaluation gets a packet of handouts
They both agree that many people dis- with balance exercises, fall prevention
guise their balance issues without even tips, strengthening exercises and weight
realizing they’re doing it. bearing exercises.”

“A lot of people,” says Losapio, “function The tests and informational packets are
great in their home because they’re furni- covered by Medicare and private insur-
ture-walkers. They know where the fur- ance – often with no co-pay.
niture is so they go and they hold on and
they get themselves where they need to be. Letting untreated osteoporosis and bal-
ance problems curtail your freedom of
movement – or even end your life – is just

Have the tests. Get the facts. Then enjoy
your senior years to the fullest.

Bernadette Haugh is director of rehabil-
itation at Sebastian River Medical Center.
Kristy Losapio and Julie Klucar are with
Coastal Fracture Prevention, a Steward
Healthcare facility at 13000 U.S. 1, Suite
5 in Sebastian. The phone number is 772-
581-2663. 

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Home healthcare companies are catering to travelers

By Kate Silver since been back seven or eight times, ei- of requests. Often, she’ll speak with the adult They don’t want someone just to show up ev-
The Washington Post ther traveling solo or meeting up with his children of 80- and 90-somethings who are ery couple or six months,” Hall says.
14-year-old grandson. “The more you can planning what they think is their parents’
As Angela Cox was preparing for her do yourself, the better,” he says. “A trip by last trip to Walt Disney World, and they need Torrez and Magyar agreed many of their
daughter’s wedding near their home in Las yourself – it’s kind of nice.” a little extra support. competitors aren’t interested in short-term
Vegas, she began to worry about her aunt, relationships, as with travelers. But they
who was flying in for the big day from As our aging population faces health and She’ll connect them with an attendant may be able to refer you to an agency in the
Washington. mobility challenges more people may benefit who can help them through the park all area that is willing to help. When search-
from a helping hand on the road and Becky day, and assist them with tasks like using ing online, try entering search terms such
The aunt was recovering from a long ill- Torrez, who owns BrightStar Care of Las Ve- the bathroom. “Interestingly enough, a lot as “visiting [name of city]” “home health
ness and was relying on a wheelchair and gas, says she enjoys being able to help trav- of people who think it’s their last trip actu- aide”; or “vacation,” “caregiver assistance,”
walker to get around. Helping her out in the elers, and wants people to know they have ally come again and again, which is nice,” “[name of city].”
days leading up to the wedding was easy options for getting assistance. Magyar says.
enough, but for the event itself, Cox was at When making plans, call ahead to the
a loss, because every member of the family “I think that a lot of people think, ‘I’m sick, Torrez gets calls for a whole host of hotel. “Handicap accessible” can have dif-
had a role in the ceremony. “There was no- so I can’t go,’ or, ‘I’m in a wheelchair, so I can’t reasons: helping grandma get bathed ferent meanings in different places. “Some
body that could give her the 100 percent at- go.’ And I think that the lesson in all this is and ready for bed or ready for the day; really have just a toilet that’s different.
tention she needed,” she said. you can do a lot; it just takes preparation and providing assistance in instances where Some have the whole shower that’s differ-
thinking ahead,” Torrez says. someone became ill or got injured while ent,” Magyar says. Adds Torrez: “If you’re
Cox’s friends told her they’d used a in town; acting as a companion to take a staying in a big hotel on the [Las Vegas]
home healthcare service, called BrightStar Nikki Magyar, who is president and own- solo traveler in a wheelchair to shows and Strip, it’s going to be fine. But if you’re stay-
Care of Las Vegas, for visiting relatives who er of Right at Home Orlando in Florida, also help him through the buffet line. “We have ing at a little boutique hotel, it’s going to say
needed assistance. Cox called, and the ser- offers assistance to travelers and is eager to done everything,” she says. handicap accessible but it may not be what
vice sent an aide who was able to help her support visitors. “I want to take care of you, you’re envisioning.”
aunt during the wedding and the recep- whether it’s short-term or long-term,” she If you’re looking for support from a home
tion in getting around, carrying food and says. “We want to help anybody.” health aide or nurse away from home, be Both agree that it’s best to speak with the
going to the bathroom. patient and persistent in seeking help. Not front desk in advance of the trip and ask
Torrez and Magyar shared the following every agency works with travelers. When what the rooms provide, and whether they
It put the family’s mind at ease. “Nobody advice for travelers, whether they’re accom- Hall was planning his trip to Las Vegas, he have any items you might need, such as a
really even noticed the caregiver,” Cox says. panying someone who needs assistance or says he was initially turned away by a few shower chair.
“She was dressed in nice black slacks and a they’re traveling by themselves and could organizations.
nice top. She just blended in.” use a helping hand. When traveling with someone who needs
“Most places I called wanted a consistent assistance, be proactive and ask lots of ques-
Bryan Hall suffered a spinal cord injury Don’t be shy about asking for assistance. thing – three days a week, five days a week. tions. Whether you’re traveling with your
about three years ago that left him para- Magyar says she receives calls for all kinds parents, a friend or a relative who needs ex-
lyzed from the chest down. He missed trav- tra support, it’s important to have a frank
eling solo, so last year he booked a trip to Las discussion before the trip about what their
Vegas from his home in Grants Pass, Ore. expectations and abilities are, and what your
He had the option of bringing an aide from expectations are.
home with him, but it would have been ex-
pensive to pay for her flight, hotel, meals and “I think a lot of adult children don’t really
more. Plus, he only needed a little help in the know what’s going on with their parent 100
morning to get going and in the evening to percent,” Magyar says. She recommends
get ready for bed (he can move his arms but asking open-ended questions to understand
doesn’t have use of his hands), and he’d be what they’ll need. “I try not to do the yes or
just fine during the day. no questions, because I find that people in
general want to please,” she says. Rather,
So he called around to see if he could she suggests questions such as: What is your
find a home healthcare worker willing routine? When do you nap? What do you eat
to come to his hotel and, like Cox, found for breakfast? When do you go to bed? How
BrightStar Care. “It was a little scary the much walking can you do? By asking these
first time,” he says. “I flew down by myself. questions, you can minimize surprises and,
I wasn’t sure if anybody was going to show hopefully, obstacles, and plan a trip that is
up.” But the aide showed up and the trip enjoyable for all. 
went smoothly – so much so that Hall has

10 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Take heed: 7 common warning signs for heart attacks

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist aspirin when they respond to an emergen- and fatal arrhythmias.
cy to treat a heart-attack victim. About 1.1 million Americans have a
Q. If you think you’re having a heart at-
tack, should you take aspirin? Aspirin reduces mortality from heart heart attack every year. About 460,000 of
attacks. But taking aspirin is a subject you those heart attacks are fatal. About half
[Heart attack is a subject too vast for one should discuss with your doctor. Aspi- the fatalities happen within an hour after
column. We’ll need three. This is the first in- rin could hurt you if your symptoms are symptoms begin and before the victim
stallment.] caused by a different health problem. gets to a hospital.

A blood clot in a coronary artery nar- Doctors call a heart attack a “myocardi- How do you know if you’re having a
rowed by cholesterol and other substances al infarction.” Loosely translated, the term heart attack? Here are seven common
is the usual cause of a heart attack. Aspirin means heart-muscle death. The clogged warning signs:
keeps blood moving through constricted artery prevents oxygenated blood from
arteries. Therefore, paramedics may give nourishing the heart. This can lead to 1. Most heart attacks involve discom-
pain, the death of heart cells, scar tissue fort in the center of the chest that lasts
more than a few minutes. It may pause

for a while and then restart. The discom-
fort can be in the form of pain or pressure.
Some experience a squeezing or feeling of

2. Pain in shoulders, arms, back, upper
abdomen, neck and jaw.

3. Shortness of breath.
4. Cold sweat.
5. Nausea.
6. Lightheadedness.
7. Anxiety.
Angina pectoris is the medical term for
chest pain or discomfort usually caused
by coronary artery disease. Angina (pro-
nounced “an-JI-nuh” or “AN-juh-nuh”) is
not a heart attack. However, there’s a high-
er risk of a heart attack if you have angina.
It is often difficult to tell the difference
between a heart attack and angina. If you
get angina, you should get medical atten-
tion immediately. Exertion brings on angi-
na. It’s usually relieved by resting or taking
angina medicine.
A heart attack can happen anytime –
during exertion or at rest. Some heart at-
tacks are like the ones you see in films and
on stage; they’re sudden and dramatic.
However, most heart attacks build gradu-
ally over several hours. Many heart-attack
victims have symptoms days or weeks in
If you think you’re having a heart attack,
call 911 immediately. There are drugs that
break up clots and open arteries; they work
best when given within the first hour after
the onset of an attack.
If emergency medical services are not
available, ask someone to drive you to the
hospital. You shouldn’t drive yourself, un-
less you have no other choice.
While it may seem macabre, planning
for a heart attack is intelligent. Having a
basic plan in place could save time and a
life. Map out your steps if an attack hap-
pened at home or at work. For example, de-
cide who would care for any dependents.
And discussing aspirin with your doctor in
advance will give you a clear course of ac-
tion if you have a heart attack. 

Light-filled Antilles home
comes with huge lanai

2680 Antilles Lane in Antilles: 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2,829-square-foot home offered
for $525,000 by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services listing agent Gretchen Hanson: 772-774-4448

12 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE

Light-filled Antilles home comes with huge lanai

By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer
[email protected]

Walking down the path from the drive-
way to the front door is an opportunity to
experience a Zen moment. The lush foli-
age lining the brick paver pathway is in-
stantly calming and beckons you to take a
few extra seconds to soak it in before en-
tering the home at 2680 Antilles Lane.

The front door opens into the formal
living room, a comfortable and brightly-lit
space perfect for receiving guests.

Beyond the formal spaces – including
the dining room – is the heart of the house,

the kitchen, a marvelous creation with providing ample storage for foodstuffs and The large pantry is just one of many rea- tinct seating/lounging/dining areas were
marble counters and floors and an island small appliances. sons Tisdall bought the house in 2016. The two more.
complete with a built-in wine cooler. A open interior floor plan and the sprawling
large 5-foot by 6-foot pantry sits nearby, “I never had a pantry before,” home- screened lanai with no less than three dis- Being in the Antilles off U.S. 1 is another
owner Jean Tisdall said. “I love it.” big plus for the property.

“It’s so convenient to everything,” Tis-
dall said. “Publix is so close.”

The community’s clubhouse, too, was
a draw given its active social calendar.
“You get to meet new residents,” she said.
There’s Mahjongg, water aerobics, you
name it.

“You can be as busy as you want to be,”
Tisdall said.

And while Tisdall has been as busy as she
wants to be, the 3-bedroom, 4-bath house is
bigger than she needs. She’s ready to down-


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size – but plans to remain in Vero Beach. FEATURES FOR 2680 ANTILLES LANE fully appointed with a tray ceiling, space
“I hope whoever buys it, loves it,” Tis- for a large bedroom set and dual walk in
Neighborhood: Antilles closets.
dall said of the home’s future owner. Construction: Concrete block and stucco
French doors open out onto the large The master bath features a garden tub
Year built: 2007 with a private lake view, marble counters,
lanai, bringing in natural light while pro- Size: 2,829 square feet separated vanities, and a water closet.
viding for easy traffic flow while hosting
parties. The lanai, Tisdall noted, has ac- Bedrooms: 3 The house has impact windows, solid
commodated two dozen guests at one Bathrooms: 4 wood doors, whole-house water filtration
time and still had room to spare. Additional features: Impact windows; volume ceilings; French and central vacuum, along with natural gas.
doors; large screened lanai/courtyard; beautiful lake view;
Though the lanai proper does not have marble counters and floors; natural gas; central vac; whole- Tisdall said she had expected to live
a view of the lake, the property extends house water filtration system; new HVAC; community club- part-time in the Antilles when she bought
out from the screens, allowing you to pull house with social events, fitness center, pool. the home – splitting her time between
up a chair and sit near the water’s edge here and New Jersey.
and take in the view. The lake itself can be Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
viewed from inside the home. Listing agent: Gretchen Hanson, 772-774-4448 “That got old pretty quick,” she said of
Listing price: $525,000 traveling back and forth. Ultimately, she
The two guest bedrooms both have pri- decided to make Antilles her full-time res-
vate baths en suite, but only one has the idence. But with kids grown and starting
French doors out to the lanai – a point of their own families, the need for so much
potential contention when family comes space has decreased.
to visit.
She has promised her family, though,
The master bedroom has its own set of no matter where she winds up, “there will
French doors to the patio and is beauti- always be room for them to visit.” 

14 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE



The holiday week, not surprisingly, slowed real estate activity to a crawl on the mainland, as only
12 transactions of single-family residences and lots were reported.
The top sale of the week was in Sebastian, where the brand-new 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home
at 933 Gulfstream Ave. – listed in October for $294,900 – sold for the asking price on Dec. 23.
Representing both the seller and the buyer in the transaction was agent Jay Garick of Adnoram
Realty Corporation.


SEBASTIAN 933 GULFSTREAM AVE 10/3/2019 $294,900 12/23/2019 $254,753
VERO BEACH 2661 CROWNED EAGLE CIR 8/6/2019 $253,515 12/23/2019 $250,000
SEBASTIAN 1642 SEAHOUSE ST 11/6/2019 $269,900 12/23/2019 $210,000
VERO BEACH 701 CARRIAGE LAKE WAY 10/29/2019 $220,000 12/23/2019 $195,000
VERO BEACH 755 39TH AVE 10/17/2019 $192,000 12/23/2019 $134,000
VERO BEACH 2125 PINE CREEK BLVD UNIT#104 11/13/2019 $142,900 12/26/2019 $128,000
VERO BEACH 1550 S 42ND CIR UNIT#109 11/4/2019 $134,000 12/23/2019 $127,000
VERO BEACH 2800 INDIAN RIVER BLVD UNIT#H10 7/15/2019 $145,000 12/27/2019 $122,000
VERO BEACH 1645 29TH AVE 11/14/2019 $131,000 12/23/2019 $116,000
SEBASTIAN 1156 BREEZY WAY UNIT#4D 11/19/2019 $119,955 12/27/2019 $100,000
VERO BEACH 2352 57TH CIR UNIT#2352 11/25/2019 $107,000 12/23/2019 $90,000
VERO BEACH 810 CAROLINA CIR SW 11/13/2018 $170,000 12/23/2019

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2661 Crowned Eagle Cir, Vero Beach 1642 Seahouse St, Sebastian

Listing Date: 8/6/2019 Listing Date: 11/6/2019
Original Price: $253,515 Original Price: $269,900
Sold: 12/23/2019 Sold: 12/23/2019
Selling Price: $254,753 Selling Price: $250,000
Listing Agent: Liz Boley Listing Agent: Steve Tavlin

Selling Agent: D R Horton Realty Selling Agent: Suncoast Realty & Rental Mgmt

Michele Knight Troy Westover

Keller Williams Realty Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

701 Carriage Lake Way, Vero Beach 755 39th Ave, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/29/2019 Listing Date: 10/17/2019
Original Price: $220,000 Original Price: $192,000
Sold: 12/23/2019 Sold: 12/23/2019
Selling Price: $210,000 Selling Price: $195,000
Listing Agent: Anhthy Harris Listing Agent: Steve Tavlin

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Suncoast Realty & Rental Mgmt

Barbara Martin Ilene Victor

Farless Properties LLC Keller Williams Realty

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Coming Up Symphonic Association’s
scintillating season: It’s a ‘biggie’ PAGE B2
By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Just the show to launch
yourself into 2020 on an
upbeat note: a hilarious and
high-spirited Jazz Age tale with
lots of terrific hoofin.’ Six-To-
ny-winning Broadway hit “Thor-
oughly Modern Millie” hits the
boards at Riverside Theatre, this
Tuesday, Jan. 7. It’s the story of
Millie Dillmount, fresh from Kan-
sas, who lands in the Big Apple at
the height of the exciting, dizzy-
ing Jazz Age, with its rich milieu
of “frisky flappers, dashing lead-
ing men and a villainess you’ll
love to hate,” according to Riv-
erside’s promo. This thoroughly
enjoyable musical is based on
the 1967 film starring Julie An-
drews and Mary Tyler Moore, so
says Wikipedia. Curtain: Tues-
days, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2
p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays,
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 16, also 2 p.m.);
Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tick-


B2 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

Symphonic Association’s scintillating season: It’s a ‘biggie’

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent Khatia Buniatishvili. Peter Laul.
[email protected]
with season subscribers. Shanaphy says
Vero Beach, with an almost embarrass- their healthy subscription base speaks to
ment of cultural riches, will be treated to the demand in the area for fine music.
yet another sumptuous season of seven
big concerts about to begin for the Indian “We’re getting new audiences all the
River Symphonic Association. time,” adds Shanaphy. “It’s the attraction
of the orchestras that draws them in. Lis-
“This season is a biggie,” says IRSA vice tening to an 80- or 90-piece orchestra is
president Ed Shanaphy. “We have a piano
extravaganza, with three wonderful pia-

Those are Khatia Buniatishvili, Peter
Laul and Polina Osetinskaya. Another big
name, Joshua Bell, a virtuoso violinist, is
also on the roster.

Already, though, the Joshua Bell con-
cert is sold out. He will be performing
with and conducting the celebrated Acad-
emy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The concert featuring Buniatishvili is
also nearly sold out.

“It’s getting close,” says Shanaphy. “All
the concerts are very popular.”

The Indian River Symphonic Associa-
tion has been bringing in renowned or-
chestras to satisfy the cultural cravings
of the area for the past 27 years. Concerts
are held at the Community Church of
Vero Beach, which seats roughly 850 peo-
ple. Nearly 700 of those seats are filled

Polina Osetinskaya.

just thrilling.” experience for both the audience and the
Shanaphy, a professional pianist who musicians.

toured in the 1960s with the Glenn Mill- “You can sit anywhere in that audito-
er Orchestra, says the acoustics in the rium and hear every instrument clearly.
church are pristine, which enhances the I know; I’ve done that. So, when that or-

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The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.

Joshua Bell. Vero Beach. Individual tickets range from abin Piano Competition. ets to this concert went quickly and the
$60 to $95. Subscription tickets, ranging “He’s a big gun in the piano world,” only way people could obtain one was by
chestra lets go, it’s mind boggling.” from $395 to $435, are sold out; however, purchasing a subscription.
Moreover, he says musicians love play- some may become available, so Shanaphy Shanaphy says.
urges you to check periodically. Call 772- March 13: The Brevard Symphony Or-
ing here. After a concert, musicians will 778-1070 or visit Feb. 7: The Brevard Symphony Orches- chestra and Maestro Confessore return to
frequently approach the ISRA board with tra, led by maestro Christopher Confes- perform M. Ravel’s “Pavane pour une in-
hopes they’ll be asked to return. Jan. 17: London’s Royal Philharmonic sore, will perform its annual pops concert, fant défunte,” L. Beethoven’s “Symphony
Orchestra, led by conductor Mark Wig- which this year is a “Sinatra Valentine” No. 6 ‘Pastoral’” and M. Daugherty’s “Trail
That doesn’t surprise Christopher Con- glesworth, will open the season per- featuring popular vocalist Michael An- of Tears” featuring flute soloist Amy Porter.
fessore, music director and conductor for forming W. Walton’s “Portsmouth Point drew. The annual pops concert is always
the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, which Overture,” J. Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2 a popular one, so don’t be surprised if it “I’ve never heard a flute do what she does
will again perform three concerts this in D major, Op 43” and S. Rachmaninoff’s sells out. in this piece,” Shanaphy says. “The sounds
ISRA season. “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18” and effects; it’s just amazing. It’s heart-rend-
featuring soloist Khatia Buniatishvili. Feb. 13: The Russian State Symphony ing kind of piece. It’s just beautiful.”
“The audience is wonderfully support- Orchestra, led by conductor Valery Poly-
ive and they respond to a broad range of “She is one of the most in-demand pia- ansky, will perform M. Glinka’s “Overture Of Confessore, Shanaphy says, “He’s
repertoire,” says Confessore. “The ISRA nists on tour today,” Shanaphy says. “She to Ruslan & Ludmila,” S. Rachmaninoff’s one of the better (and) more entertain-
board and staff are a joy to work with. We is a powerhouse. She’s going to be playing “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44” and ing conductors we’ve seen here. He’s got a
feel so valued and supported by them all. the Rachmaninoff, a wonderful piece. E. Greig’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. wonderful sense of humor and really liv-
We look forward to every trip to our home That’s really a great opener for us.” 16” featuring soloist Polina Osetinskaya. ens up the audience. Musically, he’s right
away from home in the lovely acoustics of on the money. And the BSO is a wonderful
the Community Church.” Jan. 24: The Siberian State Sympho- The popular romantic concerto is symphony orchestra.”
ny Orchestra, led by conductor Vladimir based on the folk tunes from Norway; its
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Com- Lande, will perform D. Shostakovich’s melodies were featured in the musical April 3: Confessore and the BSO close
munity Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St., “Tango from Ballet ‘The Bolt’, Op. 27a,” P. “The Song of Norway.” out the season with J. Higdon’s “blue ca-
Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F mi- thedral,” J. Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in
nor, Op. 36” and S. Rachmaninoff’s “Pi- Feb. 17: SOLD OUT. Violinist Joshua D major, Op. 73” and P. Tchaikovsky’s “Vi-
ano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30” Bell will perform with and conduct the olin Concerto in D major, Op. 35” with so-
featuring soloist Peter Laul. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The loist Paul Huang.
concert features L. Beethoven’s “Coriolan
This will be the first time the Siberia Overture, Opus 62,” N. Paganini’s “Vio- Huang, who has performed here nu-
State Symphony Orchestra performs for lin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6” and J. Brahms’ merous times with the BSO, continues to
ISRA. Laul, a professor at Russia’s St. Pe- “Symphony No. 4 in E. minor, Op. 98.” thrill audiences with his virtuoso perfor-
tersburg Conservatory, has won multiple mances. “We love him,” Shanaphy says.
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B4 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

Buzz begins for Vero Beach Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent complex plot line and broad characters and In it, Count Almaviva has fallen in love
[email protected] general good humor is a bit like the Marx with Rosina, who is the ward of Doctor Bar-
Brothers set to glorious sound. tolo. But love will not run smooth in this sto-
Those who have made a New Year’s res- ry. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina and inter-
olution to become more sophisticated, to In fact, you will be hard pressed to listen feres. Enter Figaro, a barber, who helps the
raise one’s cultural quotient, this is for you. to the friendly, very familiar music and not Count. Drunkenness, mistaken identity and
conjure images of Bugs Bunny and Elmer love letters also play into the plot.
It’s opera, specifically “The Barber of Se- Fudd.
ville,” and it will be presented 3 p.m. Sunday, “It’s going to be phenomenal,” said Joan
Jan. 12 by the Vero Beach Opera. It stars four Composed by Giochino Rossini when he Ortega-Cowen, the president and executive
singers from the Metropolitan Opera and a was only 24 years old, “The Barber of Seville” director of Vero Beach Opera. “In the past
maestro who will conduct a 33-piece profes- Italian libretto was written by Cesare Sterbi- three years, we’ve done big operas like ‘Mad-
sional orchestra. ni. It follows the comic story of the same ama Butterfly’ and ‘Carmen’ and we’ve sold
name originally written by French writer out every year.”
Relax. Don’t get all nervous. “The Barber Pierre Beaumarchais.
of Seville” is “opera buffa,” or comedy. The Her husband, Roman Ortega-Cowen,
serves as the organization’s artistic direc-
tor. He said the 15-member working board David Pershall
spends at least seven months working on the as Figaro.
State Opera and at operas throughout Italy.
“This is a full professional opera,” he said. Her numerous recordings include the role of
“This is not amateur hour.” Marianne in “Der Rosenkavalier” with the
The opera stars:
David Pershall as Figaro, the barber. Maestro Joel Revzen will conduct, an
Pershall, a baritone, was hailed as one of orchestra of 33 professional musicians.
the 25 Rising Stars by Opera News. He has Revzen is an award-winning conductor who
performed at the Vienna State Opera, the has recorded with the London Symphony
Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
and Carnegie Hall. He made his debut at the
Metropolitan Opera in 2015 as Figaro. He re- Russell Franks will direct. Franks is the
turns to the Met and the San Francisco Op- Vero Beach Opera’s assistant artistic direc-
era this season. tor and stage director. Franks is the director
Stephanie Foley Davis as Rosina, the of the well-respected Stetson Opera Theater.
young ward. Davis, a mezzo soprano, has He will bring with him students to perform
sung leading roles with numerous compa- as chorus.
nies including the Glimmerglass Festival,
Arizona Opera, Nightingale Opera Theatre While the opera has two acts and runs
and the Orlando Philhamonic. She is mak- about three hours. It is sung in Italian but is
ing her debut this season with the Vero presented with “supertitles” above the stage
Beach Opera and the Santa Fe Symphony which translate the Italian into English.
David Margulis as Count Almaviva, a While the Vero Beach Opera has been
young rich man in love with Rosina. Margu- presented only one fully produced opera
lis, a tenor, has performed this role with the each year, the demand and interest in their
Cleveland Opera Theater. He has performed opera productions have ramped up so much
with the Austin Opera and the Palm Beach that the board has hopes to present a second
Opera in “Don Giovanni.” opera starting next season, said Roman Or-
Peter Strummer as Dr. Bartolo, the cur- tega-Cowen.
mudgeonly guardian of Rosina. Strummer,
a bass-baritone, has performed more than The 2020 Vero Beach Opera season fea-
120 major roles in the world’s leading opera tures:
houses. Those include the Metropolitan Op-
era, the San Francisco Opera, the Washing- “The Barber of Seville,” 3 p.m. Jan. 12.
ton Opera, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Tickets are $15 to $100.
the New York City Opera and many more.
Rod Nelman as Don Basilio, Rosina’s mu- The “Best of Broadway and Opera Con-
sic teacher. Nelman, a bass-baritone, has cert,” 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets cost $15 to $50.
performed over 80 roles with numerous op-
eras, including the New World Symphony, The Rising Stars Opera Festival, March
the Washington National Opera, Arena di 24 to 27. This is the rare opportunity for
Verona, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Op- young vocalists to have a master class with
era Theater and the Chicago Opera Theater. Metropolitan Opera legend baritone Justino
He has been a principal artist with the Met- Dias and Metropolitan Opera soprano Su-
ropolitan Opera since 2007 and performed san Neves. It culminates in a concert 7 p.m.
alongside Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, March 27. Tickets cost $15 to $50.
Michael Tilson Thomas, Loren Maazel and
many more luminaries in the field. Subscription tickets to all events cost $54 to
Susan Neves as Berta, the housekeep- $207.
er. Neves, a soprano, has performed for the
Met, the Opera Bastille in Paris, the Vienna All programs take place at the Vero Beach
Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th St., Vero
Beach. For more information, call 772-569-
6993 or visit 

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 kicks off its season in grand style, with a
stellar professional foursome: Broadway
ets: Adults: $50 to $85, students, $25 to superstar Michelle Knight (“Disenchant-
$42.50. 772-231-6990 or www.riverside- ed,” “Jersey Boys,” “Finding Nemo”), mez- zo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto
and baritone Stephen Mumbert, who join
2 Bake the cake; alert the fire depart- the orchestra to bring you, lists the SCSO
ment; and let’s all sing “Happy 250th promo, faves from Richard Rodgers, Fred-
Birthday” to Ludwig: The Atlantic Classi- erick Loewe, Meredith Wilsson, Stephen
cal Orchestra is celebrating Beethoven as Sondheim, Alan Menken, Steven Schwartz,
it opens its 30th anniversary season this Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claude-Michel
Monday. Jan. 7, at Community Church of Schönberg and more. A truly ‘Wow’. Cur-
Vero Beach, with “Variations,” the music of tain: 3 p.m. Tickets: $25. 855-252-7672.
Dvorak, Rachmaninoff and the birthday boy
himself, Beethoven, starting with his very 4 From a figment of imagination to
first symphony. This work is described by a masterpiece: Oh, boy! It’s time to
the concert brochure as still “steeped in 18th welcome the Stickman back to McKee
century values,” but also “plenty naughty, Botanical Garden, this Wednesday, Jan.
with subversive modulations, playful for- 8, through Jan. 26. If you’re a McKee fan,
mal hiccups and a masterful control of dra- you remember Patrick Dougherty’s total-
matic unfolding” – all tantalizing tastes of ly amazing, eye-popping, one-of-a-kind
the composer’s magnificent later works. In sculpture – three tall towers, straight out
addition to Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” of a fairytale, “woven from willow sap-
you’ll hear Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on lings harvested from a farm in upstate
Theme of Paganini,” performed by Venezu- New York,” says McKee. Named “The Roy-
elan pianist Gabriela Martinez, praised by als,” these astounding, magical works are
the New York Times as “compelling, elegant being recreated by the Stickman and a
and incisive,” as quoted in; and posse of McKee volunteers all this month
Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46. Time: 7:30 (they’re big enough for you to explore in-
p.m. Pre-concert talk, 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $30 side!), and you can marvel at how they
to $60. 772-460-0851. unfold all during McKee’s regular hours.
Bring the kids, friends, just yourself, enjoy
3 Immerse yourself in your favorite, one of the Treasure Coast most beloved
fabulous Broadway tunes, delivered treasures, and welcome “The Royals” to
with full orchestra and terrific vocals this the Garden once again. Hours: Tuesday
Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Waxlax Center for through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun-
the Performing Arts in Vero. It’s the Space day, noon to 5 p.m. (The last admission
Coast Symphony Orchestra’s always highly ticket is sold at 4 p.m.) Closed Monday.
anticipated January “salute to the stage”: Admission: adults, $15; seniors, $13; chil-
Yes, it’s “Stars Sing Broadway,” a splendid dren 2-12, $10; McKee members and chil-
way to start what we all hope will be a great dren under 2, free. 772-794-0601. 
new decade, right? As always, the SCSO

4 Patrick Dougherty’s stickworks sculptures back at
McKee Botanical Gardens this Wednesday.

B6 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Wishes come true at Rec Department’s Holiday Show


By Kerry Firth | Correspondent “We start on this project right after moves during six-week classes.” duction of the year. All our hard work is
[email protected] summer camp,” said Angie Holshous- She said Center Stage staff also de- richly rewarded by the smiles and joy in
er, supervisor of Center Stage at Leisure the children’s faces, and the pride and
Proud parents and family members Square. “We write the script and start sign all the costumes and paint all the appreciation of the parents. It truly is a
arrived with flowers in hand to present working with the Performing Arts group sets. labor of love.”
to their budding performers following in August so they have five months to
two packed presentations of the 25th perfect their routines. Our younger “We use the costumes year to year Proceeds from tickets are put directly
annual Holiday Show sponsored by the performers learn their crowd-pleasing and introduce new ones as needed,” back into the recreational program. For
Vero Beach Recreation Department. Holshouser explained. “It’s really all more information, visit 
This year’s ‘Christmas Wish List’ pro- done in-house and it’s our largest pro-
duction featured 200 participants, rang-
ing in age from 3 to 30, from the Leisure
Square Aerial Antics Youth Circus, Gym-
nastics and Performing Arts programs.

The festive stage presentations at the
Vero Beach High School Performing Arts
Center opened with a classroom full of
students being asked to write an essay
based on their Christmas wishes, and
those wishes took the audience on a
journey to faraway lands.

Showcasing their amazing acrobatics,
graceful dancing and daring aerial acts
in 10 beautifully staged acts, the per-
formers traveled from the North Pole to
Hawaii, India and Paris, and even into
outer space, with exciting adventures
along the way.

Each vignette featured entertainers
grouped according to their skill and ex-
pertise, from the largest group of very
young dancers who performed a snow-
flake routine, to the most skilled young
adults defying gravity with aerial acro-
batics from hoops and trapezes.

Three very flexible acrobats dressed
as silly Santas wowed the audience with
a series of flips and pretzel-like body
contortions, making it hard to identify
who belonged to what limb. A stunning
dance and gymnastic routine highlight-
ed performers behind a white screen,
creating a dazzling silhouette. Yet an-
other scene focused on a group of limber
gymnasts as they climbed and cavorted
about a spaceship-shaped jungle gym.

Behind all the shiny costumes and
elaborate staging, there is a lot of ded-
icated work on the part of the students
and the staff.

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By Tina Rondeau | Columnist
[email protected]

Of the many challenges faced by new
restaurants, one that few have to deal with
is too many customers. But this past week,
hungry tourists and locals alike were spill-
ing out the doors of El Sid Taqueria, the
new Ocean Drive taco joint owned by the
Bannack family that operates the adjacent
Countryside Citrus market.

Headline news: The Mexican dishes at El Steak Quesadilla.
Sid Taqueria – inspired by Sidney Bannack
(hence El Cid with an “S”) and created by Braised Short Rib
long-time Ocean Grill chef Timm McGraw Empanada.
– are on the whole excellent. The ingre-
dients are local and fresh, and the dishes
are prepared to order. This is certainly the
best Mexican food to be found on the is-
land. But alas, even though it is open until
9 at night, El Sid is not a place you’d go for a
sit-down dinner.

Look & Feel: The Bannack family has We then sampled five different tacos – the highest marks from our group went to the Two Tacos.
creatively redesigned their citrus, juice char-grilled marinated chicken, the triple j, pork, the mahi, and to the triple j – which
and ice cream retail market to accommo- the seared steak, the braised pork, and the is a vegetarian taco with black bean puree, Chips and
date the taco joint, cleverly installing the WTF (we were assured that stands for Weekly grilled portobello mushrooms, rajas po- Guacamole.
body of an antique Ford pickup truck as Taco Favorite). The WTF on this occasion was blanos and onions.
part of the taqueria serving area. But the a mahi taco. The reviewer is a beachside resident who
inside dining space is cramped, with just We also tried a steak quesadilla in a flour dines anonymously at restaurants at the ex-
nine counter-top seats, and dining on the All of the tacos come in corn tortillas, tortilla (not our favorite) and the braised pense of Vero Beach 32963. 
deck outside – where there are 12 seats – and include shaved cabbage, feta cheese, short rib empanada (a huge hit – delicious).
has the feel of picnicking. It’s OK when the
sun is shining, but there’s no place to hide radish, onion, cilantro and Drink: Adult beverages here consist of
if it starts to rain. a lime wedge. Of bottled Mexican and domestic beers.
the five tacos,
Food: Last week, our party of four sam- Service: Given the somewhat chaotic
pled an assortment of dishes. scene, the servers taking orders were amaz-
ingly patient.
We started with house-
made tortilla chips and Prices: Prices range from $4 for tacos up
guacamole ($8), which was to $8 for a Mexican shrimp cocktail,
sensational. The chips with dishes like quesadillas ($5)
were hot and fresh, and the and empanadas ($6) in between.
guacamole had big chunks
of avocado. Very tasty.

Initial impres- Hours:
sions: This is a fine Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

place to grab a Beverages: Beer & Wine
quickie lunch
if you are shop- Address:
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takeout, an as-
sortment of these Phone: 772-234-8299
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I welcome your com-
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to send feedback to me at tina@

B8 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | WINE

Hot summers see Spanish winemakers seek higher ground

Ramón Bilbao winery in La Rioja.

By James Badcock ing because in reality you are losing many Rodolfo Bastida. billion worth annually.
The Telegraph other things,” he said. But just as hotter summers are produc-
“OK, you can make Tempranillo faster,
Hotter summers caused by climate The winemaker said that as temperatures but it needs a period to reach phenolic ripe- ing wines with higher sugar content – which
change are forcing Spanish winemakers to rise, the variety and nuance of wine is being ness in terms of taste. Just because you can makes for more intense flavors – consumers
move their vineyards to higher altitudes to replaced by higher alcohol content, as hotter get 14.5 per cent alcohol doesn’t mean it has are moving toward lighter tastes.
maintain the characteristic taste of wines temperatures ripen grapes faster, increasing reached true ripeness.”
like Rioja. their sugar content. “Fashion is going in the completely op-
Spain is one of the world’s biggest pro- posite direction to the influence of climate
Rodolfo Bastida, technical director at the ducers of wine and exports more than $3 change,” Bastida argued.
Ramón Bilbao winery in La Rioja, said that
higher temperatures have brought forward To maintain quality, he and other wine-
the date that grapes need harvesting by an makers are moving vines to higher terrain.
average of 22 days over his 30-year career. They are also using satellite technology to
He is already making changes to longstand- detect the areas within vineyards where
ing production techniques but warned that photosynthesis activity has ceased, to avoid
more will have to be done to maintain the picking too soon.
variety and quality of Spanish wines.
The Ramón Bilbao winery is based in
“We used to plant vines north to south the famous wine town of Haro close to the
to maximize sunlight, but now we plant border between La Rioja and the Basque
east to west so the canopy is protecting the Country but the problems are not unique
grapes,” he said. to the area.

La Rioja denomination of origin rules In Catalonia, the Bodegas Torres winery
dictate that wines must be produced at has launched a vineyard at 1,000 meters
an altitude no higher than 750 meters, but above sea level, on land the family never ex-
Mr. Bastida believes that limit will have to pected to use for wine growing.
be raised because high-quality Rioja reds
depend on the contrast between night and “Until recently, the idea existed that this
day temperatures. was a problem that the next generation
would have had to deal with. But now hon-
“At altitudes where we could only grow estly I think that we either act now to resolve
rosé grapes for light wines, now we can get this problem or it will be too late,” Bastida
complex reds. But it’s a false idea of gain- said. “Our vines are sending us the message
that we need to make changes.” 

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B12 January 3, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Bonz meets Bugsy, a perky, pizza-loving pooch

Hi Dog Buddies! PHOTO: KAILA JONES Bugsy Also when I was still a silly puppy, I kinda
chewed up the baseboards. An I alway
If I had only one word to describe Bugsy “Well, Mom looked at all of us, ’specially “It was Cool Kibbles! I got my own cozy liked chewin’ leaves, sticks an mulch. My
Corbiciero it’d be – Paws Down, ALL CAPS the not-black-an-white pups. Before she crate. An yummy kibbles. Right away I met favrite thing to chew is a hand-me-down
– “HAPPY!” Bugsy’s a fawn-an-white Bos- decided, the breeder lady called an said my older brothers, Squiggy an Dexter (aka chew-toy that was Rocky’s.”
ton Terrier with sailboat ears; white sox; all my litter ’cept me had been adopted. Fluffy). They’re cats, which was no prob-
a Big Toothy Smile; engaging, slightly She figured it was probly cuz they were lem. I mean, it’s all the same to me. An to Bugsy was chewin’ on it off an on
smushy liddle nose; an large, wide-set, all doing their best Adorable Puppy thing them, too. Me an Fluff sorta grew up to- durin’ the innerview. “Woof! That must
round-as-saucers black-rimmed eyes that when people came to check us out, while gether, an we still like to tumble around a be one tough chewtoy,” I observed.
always look Very Intrested In Everything. I was doing – nothing. Just hangin’ back, lot. We usta be about the same size, but I’m
watchin,’ all stand-offish.” a liddle bigger now. Squig likes to curl up in “Yeb, id is. Ab-sho-ludely.” He ceased
When me an my assistant knocked, my crate with me, on my real comfy bed. chewing to say, “Guess what? In my
there weren’t the usual barks, but there “You? Stand-offish? Seriously?” Only problem we ever had was them eatin’ neighborhood, I have a leash-walk girl-
was the clickety-click of toenails. When “I KNOW. I WAS, back then. You’d never my kibbles. I hadda make it clear THAT was fren – Daisy – she’s one of those pretty
the door opened, Bugsy anna human lady know it now though, right?” NOT gonna happen. I’m happy to share my Lhasa Apsos. Me an Dad watch Animal
an man were right there to greet us. I in- “For sure,” I agreed. bed, an toys. But NOT my kibbles. We had a Planet an football. That’s where a bun-
troduced myself an my assistant, an Bugsy “Anyway, finally, when I kept not bein’ liddle discussion, an now we’re cool. cha large human guys with funny hats
zipped right up for the Wag-an-Sniff. adopted, the lady put me On Sale. So, even tumble around sorta like puppies. I also
though I was stand-offish, an picked at my “One time, onna walk, I accidently like to play hide-an-seek in that cool se-
“I’m SO HAPPY to meet you, Mr. Bon- food, Mom saw something in me, so I got stepped in an ant hill an got bit by, like, cret space under the TV cabinet. When
zo! Me an my Poppi always read your col- adopted. An I am One Lucky Dog, Mr. Bon- a zillion of ’em. Mom says I went into I’m over here, I mostly hang with Poppi
umn together. An now I’m gonna ackshul- zo. I have The Best Famly Ever, as you can SHOCK. I don’t remember, but I got rushed an Gramma. I stay close in case Poppi
ly be IN it! This is my Mom an Dad, Lisa see! I just love humans, and fellow pets. to the vet and got a shot. That was scary. decides to make a pizza. That’s my FAV-rite
an Mario. Come’on in an meet my Poppi An,” he leaned in an lowered his voice, Food in the World. I help him make it. An
an Gramma. This is their house. I’m here “I’m a total Mamma’s Boy. ’Cept when I’m DON’T BE SHY eat it. When I’m watchin’ Poppi make pizza,
free-qwuntly when Mom an Dad are wor- here.” I use my Laser Stare. He says I speak with
kin’ an stuff. We always have the Best Time. He ran around to his Mom an Dad an We are always looking for pets my eyes. I guess I do. I’m not much into bar-
An you know what they say: ‘What hap- Poppi an Gramma, then to my assistant, with interesting stories. kin.’ When I’m here, I also enjoy sittin’ on
pens at Poppi an Gramma’s STAYS at Poppi being all slurpy an happy. He was pretty the back of the couch an watchin’ the ducks
an Gramma’s.’” irresistible, for sure. To set up an interview, email out by the pond. An the humans walkin’ by.
“What was it like, when you first got [email protected]. If there happens to be one of those pesky
“Ah, yes,” I smiled. “It’s a pleasure to here?” I queried. racoons hangin’ around the grill, I quickly
meet you an your famly.” I opened my alert Poppi an Gramma. Those raccoons
notebook an Bugsy sniffed it an friffled the have No Manners Whatsoever.”
pages. “I’d love to hear all about how you “You’re obviously very well-groomed,” I
got your Forever Famly.” observed. “Do you enjoy baths?”
“Thanks, Mr. Bonzo. Ackshully, I DO like
“Sure! So, I was born (it’ll be three years baths. I get ’em in a nice, big deep tub in
ago in Feb-you-airy) at a breeder in Lake the garage. An I have this special shampoo
City called Rucker Run Dog Co. Mom an from Key West Aloe. It’s Totally Crispy Dog
Dad had just lost Rocky, who was also a Biscuits!”
Boston Terrier. He was the usual color, Headin’ home, I was smilin,’ picturin’
black-an-white. Well, Mom wanted anoth- Bugsy happily roughhousing with his
er Boston Terrier but whenever she saw a cat brothers; sharin’ pizza with his Poppi
puppy she liked, black-an-white, it’d re- an Gramma; snugglin’ with his Mom; an
mind her of Rocky, an she’d get Real Sad watchin’ football with his Dad. Bugsy’d
all over again. The nice Rucker Run lady sure found his perfect Forever Famly.
would call Mom whenever there was a new
litter, but all the puppies made Mom sad. The Bonz
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Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | GAMES January 3, 2020 B13

A Q 10 7 6 3 4 2
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K82 J 10 9 6 AQ74
763 J 10 9 8 KQ52
Nancy Astor, England’s first female member of parliament, said, “The penalty of success is to 2 Q 10 9 5 A863
be bored by the people who used to snub you.”
The penalty of the negative double is: How do you make a penalty double? KJ985
Look at the West hand. After partner opens one diamond and South overcalls one spade, A4
West would love to double for penalty. But double would show four hearts. KJ74

West must pass, preferably with no noticeable hesitation. He must not turn to South and Dealer: East; Vulnerable: Both
ask, “Did you really bid spades?”
The Bidding:
After West and North pass, East should reopen with a takeout double. Then West can pass
again, converting his partner’s takeout double into one for penalty. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades ?? 1 Diamonds
How does one spade doubled fare? LEAD:
2 Clubs
West leads his singleton club, East wins with the ace and returns the eight, his highest
asking for a heart return, the higher-ranking of the other two side suits. When West returns
the heart two, the low card guarantees at least one honor in the suit, which must be the king.
So East wins with the heart queen and gives his partner another club ruff. Back in with the
heart ace, East leads a third club for West to ruff. Still to come are one diamond and three
trump tricks, leaving the contract down four, minus 1,100!

Yes, perhaps North should not have passed throughout. After West’s second pass, probably
North should have risked an SOS redouble. Then the final contract would likely have been
two clubs doubled, which escapes for down one, or, if East-West immediately play trumps,
down two.

In theory, East-West’s only game is four spades!

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1 Have to (4) 1 Bacterium, say? (5-8)
3 Like residue (4) 2 Brazilian dance (5)
6 Poem (3) 4 Underside of an arch (6)
9 Shell-shock? (6,7) 5 Himalayan monster (4)
10 Composition on a religious 6 Current (7)
7 Voting list (9,4)
theme (8) 8 Sling your hook! (7)
12 Scotsman’s garb (4) 11 Barbarian (3)
13 British faucet (3) 14 Travelling worshipper (7)
15 Full and rich (wine) (6) 16 Nightclub door worker (7)
18 Knuckle digit (6) 17 Timber preservative (3)
19 Listener? (3) 20 Solemn ceremony (6)
21 Shivering fit (4) 23 Customary practice (5)
22 Part of a beer can (4-4) 24 Full of oneself (4)
25 Unable to be spoken to (13)
The Telegraph 26 Spoil (3)
27 Links game? (4)
28 Calf flesh (4)

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ACROSS co-star 50 “Just ___” The Washington Post
1 Large vehicles 91 Hope (to) 51 Director Kurosawa
6 Dessert that often follows 93 Shoe-heel attachment 52 Put in the paper again
95 Commotion 53 Valentine’s Day rewards?
moussaka 97 The New Yorker 54 Big and unwieldy
13 Con games 55 Ark numbers
18 Send away film critic ... 57 M star
19 Thought-ful guys 99 Lose, as pounds 58 Gaiter relatives
20 Journalese, for one 100 Quick pic 60 Draw with acid
21 Wide-open spaces? 101 Banco bill 62 La Dolce Vita star
23 Ben of the Ponderosa 102 Gunbelt goods 65 Some people feel theirs
24 Inter ___ 103 ___ with a view 66 Tasty
105 Gillette razor 69 Ms. Fitzgerald
(among other things) 106 He’s Charles in Citizen Kane 72 Fellow
25 “That’s ___!” 108 Kennel rations? 75 Asta’s co-owner
112 “___ evil ...” 76 Mystical symbol
(end-of-filming shout) 113 Just theoretical, 78 Japanese city
26 Actress Ward of The 80 ___ hearing
so far 81 Get rid (of)
Fugitive 114 Not you 82 Got through
28 Buzzer? 115 1950s flop
29 Pronounce wrong 116 My friends, the gate
31 Pretentious 83 Ocean clinger
33 Hearty entree to Depardieu 84 Steering-linkage
34 Morse Code bits 117 Harry and The Lone Ranger
35 Montezuma II, for one connectors
36 ___ ease (comforts) DOWN 85 The horse
38 Baghdad’s land 1 Castro overthrew him
40 Retro’s opposite 2 Discomfort course force
41 Crabber’s home 3 Lancelot’s title 86 Time-saving computer keys
42 Rarin’ to go 4 Opinion piece 87 “___ To Be You”
44 Prynne’s emblem 5 Third-place finish 90 Beads for bartering
46 Bring about by bribery 6 Having two political 92 First part of an operation
48 Truck stop sights 94 Paged (through)
49 Hebrew month groups 96 Onetime TV
50 Works time and ___ 7 Gets used (to)
51 ___ in the Sun 8 Plop top exec Arledge
54 Football coverage? 9 “Mighty ___ A Rose” 98 Churls
56 Soulful Lou 10 Not quite right 100 Thwacked, à la Samson
59 Continued 11 Old Italian region north of 104 Smell
60 Continental coin 107 Lon of Cambodia
61 Caramel center? the Po 109 Bush 41 resigned from it
63 Anger 12 Catfish hunter 110 Hard to make out
64 Dog warmers? 13 Actor Mineo 111 String after F?
67 Time 14 Give insufficient elbow room
68 Hangout for 85 Down APPROPRIATE MEASURES By Merl Reagle
70 Hits the road to
71 Captain Queeg portrayer 15 Bread crumb ingredient?
73 Joint with charm? 16 Dinosaur, e.g.
74 “I’ll teach you a 17 Flattens,

___ two!” or a relative
76 Rebuts successfully 18 Neighbor of Guatemala
77 Some spreads 21 Half a 1960s quartet
79 Opposite of sud 22 See 13 Across
80 “Come on!” 27 Flooded
81 Treats, as wheat germ 30 Dentist’s dream?
83 Indian tourist stop 32 Neglected-lawn result?
84 Melodramatic dance 36 Boy, does it hurt
85 ASCAP alternative 37 Dog or mule grouping
88 Printer’s buy 39 Miner’s haul?
89 Streep’s Death Becomes 43 Easy guitar chord
45 Word with snappy or sloppy
Her 47 Gil ___
48 Order to a dog
49 Pilot’s prefix

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ONGOING 12 Vero Beach Opera presents the Rossi-
ni opera, The Barber of Seville, 3 p.m.
Vero Beach Museum of Art - L’Affichomania: at Vero Beach High School PAC. 772-569-6993
The Art of French Posters exhibit thru Jan. 12.
14 to March 3 King of the Hill Tennis Tour-
Wildlife Tours at Pelican Island National Wild- naments to benefit Youth Guidance
life Refuge, Wednesday mornings thru Dec. Mentoring Academy, 6 p.m. Tuesdays: 40s & 50s
772-581-5557 Divisions Jan. 14 to Feb. 4 at the Boulevard Ten-
nis Club; Open Division Feb. 11 to March 3 at the
JANUARY Moorings Yacht and Country Club. 772-492-3933

3|4 Riverside Theatre for Kids presents 15-26 Vero Beach Theatre Guild
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. on presents the hilarious co-
the Waxlax Stage. $10. 772-231-6990 medic romp, Always a Bridesmaid, directed by
Art Pingree. 772-562-8300
5 HALO’s Chase Your Tail 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 Jan. 11 | Bark in the Park at Riverside Park. auctions to support ELC programs. $250. 772-
a.m. from Sebastian Community Center 589-5050 16 Live from Vero Beach presents Max
and along the Indian River to benefit HALO No- 11 Bark in the Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Weinberg’s Jukebox, 7 p.m. at the Em-
Kill Rescue. 772-589-7297 Riverside Park, with canine-centric ex- 11-18 Quail Valley Charity Events, erson Center. $30 to $95. 800-595-4849
hibitions, games and vendors to benefit Humane 5K Walk/Run 8 a.m. Sat
5 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. 1/11; Gourmet Wine Dinner, 6 p.m. Mon 1/13; 16-19 Fellsmere Frogleg Festival,
Stars Sing Broadway, 3 p.m. at St. Edward’s Free. 772-388-3331 Bridge, Tennis, Mah Jong and Golf Tournaments 4 to 11 p.m. Thurs. and Fri.,
Waxlax Center for Performing Arts. 855-252-7276 1/8 to 1/18; and Grand Gala 6 p.m. Sat 1/18. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 Live from Vero Beach presents We’ve 772-794-8700 Sun., with vendors, live entertainment, rides
7-26 Riverside Theatre presents the Only Just Begun: Carpenters remem- and famed frog leg and gator tail dinners. Free
Tony Award-winning musical bered, 7 p.m. at the Emerson Center. $30 to $95. 12 Book reading and signing by Sue Trew, admission.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” on the Stark Stage. 800-595-4849 author and illustrator of the Turtle Tracks
772-231-6990 Family book series, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the En- 17 Indian River Symphonic Association
11 Mangroves and Moonlight Bene- vironmental Learning Center. 772-589-5050. presents London’s Royal Philharmonic
6-26 Watch the creation of a new ‘Stick- fit Gala, 5:30 p.m. at Environmental Orchestra, featuring pianist Khatia Buniatishvili,
work’ sculpture by artist Patrick Learning Center, with buffet, entertainment and 7:30 p.m. at Community Church of VB. 772-778-
Dougherty at McKee Botanical Garden (except Jan. 1070
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17|18 Ballet Vero Beach pays
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN tribute with world pre-
in December 27, 2019 Edition 1 CHEDDAR 1 CHRISTMASTIME mieres by BVB founders Ballet Master Camilo
5 CLOTH 2 ERROR Rodriguez, and Artistic Director Adam Schnell,
8 RURAL 3 DILEMMA 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat. at Vero Beach
9 COASTER 4 RECESS High School PAC. 772-905-2651
11 SHORE 6 OUTCOME 17-19 Art by the Sea Fine Arts &
12 MISLAY 7 HORSECHESTNUT Crafts Show, with works by
14 SPEECH 13 SINCERE Vero Beach Art Club and Vero Beach Museum of
17 SENOR 15 PANCAKE Art members, 5 p.m. Fri. opening reception, 10
19 IGNITES 16 BIGTOP a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., and to 4 p.m. Sun. at VBMA.
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23 ENEMY 18 Lustgarten Pancreatic Research Walk,
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