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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-11-15 11:53:03

11/16/2018 ISSUE 46

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Relief for city and county

A3 A14 B10Voters OK half-cent sales tax
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VOLUME 3, ISSUE 46 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

DOING A LITTLE OF Dems solidify majority
EVERYTHING SERVES on county commission
TOP PRINCIPAL WELL

If your idea of a high school

principal is as the person whose BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer three other Democrats on the
[email protected] Board of County Commission-
sole job is to mete out discipline, ers. Commission Chair Frannie
Sean Mitchell filed for St. Luc- Hutchinson, who was re-elected,
you haven’t met Andrea Popwell. ie County’s District 2 seat short- is the lone Republican.
ly after then-Commissioner Tod
The graduate of Martin County Mowery resigned effective Jan. Mitchell credits his campaign
1. From that moment until Elec- policy to put people over politics
High School is principal of St. tion Day, “it was the longest 10 as one of the reasons voters opt-
months of my life.” ed for him. “It was never about
Lucie West Centennial High party,” he said, adding that he is
The wait was worth it for Mitch- excited to get started.
school, and she has been named ell, whom voters narrowly chose
over Republican Anthony Bonna, In the months since Mowery’s
SHELLEY Outstanding the interim commissioner ap- departure, Mitchell said he’s
Principal of pointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill done his homework. He’s either
KOPPEL the Year for St. the remainder of Mowery’s term. attended or at least watched the
Lucie Pub-
MY TAKE lic Schools. Mitchell, a Democrat, will join CONTINUED ON PAGE A3

Her nomination will be shared

with the Florida Department of

Education’s statewide pool of

nominees, and a state winner will

be announced later this year. Likely last stand against Brightline

For Popwell, the question of

what a principal does has an easy

answer: “Everything.”

For her, the tone of the school

and its climate start from the top.

“It’s about building rela-

tionships and communicating

with stakeholders that include

students, parents, faculty, staff

and the community,” she said.

“It’s about trying to find a balance

where you don’t compromise

expectations but you meet HONORING OUR BEST

people half way. Students come David Rubinstein, above, salutes while a Color Guard
ceremoniously places the flags during the Veterans
in with issues and you talk them Day Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park
in Port St. Lucie last Sunday. Sgt. Jennifer
through. You help coach them. Perkins of the St. Lucie County
Sheriff’s Office sings the National
You’re helping to prepare them Anthem. In Fort Pierce, a new
memorial to submarine veter-
for life so they can advocate for ans was dedicated. BY FEDERICO MARTINEZ | Staff Writer er County officials, both part of
a lawsuit filed in February, will
themselves. STORY, PAGE 4 Officials from two Treasure make their case that the U.S. De-
Coast counties will return to fed- partment of Transportation and
“We don’t always push the eral court on Nov. 27 to make what the Federal Railroad Administra-
will likely be their final legal stand tion improperly subsidized the
‘Easy Button.’ We teach life skills. to derail efforts by All Aboard Flor- Brightline trains with tax-exempt
ida to run high-speed passenger
I’d hate for them to leave school trains through our area. CONTINUED ON PAGE A6

and not be prepared for college. Martin County and Indian Riv-

We’re coaching kids to be their

best selves.”

CONTINUED ON PAGE A13 PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT

IN THIS ISSUE Dave Koz & friends will
spread Christmas cheer
LOCAL NEWS A1-A13 at the Sunrise. Page B2

HEALTH A14-A19 ARTS/PEOPLE B1-B19

OBITUARIES A9 PETS B18

GAMES B20-B22 REAL ESTATE A21-A32

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MITCHELL ELECTED ing that water quality issues are not a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF FROM
matter of politics. CITY, COUNTY AS VOTERS
OK HALF-CENT SALES TAX
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 As for those vocational opportunities

he believes must be increased, Mitchell

county meetings and has also spent said he had some reservations about

time in the community listening to the the City of Port St. Lucie getting into the

residents. charter school mix.

“I was blessed with two eyes and two “I did have a few apprehensions,”

ears and one mouth,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said, noting that the request

“I’ve heard a lot.” for qualifications was out for less than a BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer projects are. “Citizens will be pleased,”
[email protected] Blackburn said of the results. Sidewalks,
Mitchell beat Bonna by month and only one com- roads, water quality – all will be improved
Local governments, armed with through funds generated from the half-
a margin of 2.18 percent pany – Somerset Charter marching orders from the voters, are craft- cent increase to the sales tax.
ing their citizen advisory committees and
– or 2,633 votes. He will Inc. – “ponied up.” hatching rough drafts of their first proj- Amendment 1 itself would have meant
ects. The flurry of activity is different from a loss of $4 million to $5 million in revenue
be sworn in next Tuesday, Mitchell said he hopes what they feared they might be doing in- for the City of Port St. Lucie, according to
stead – tearing up their budgets and start- Blackburn, and for a general fund of $112
Nov. 20, which means he the city will ensure there ing from scratch. million to $115 million, “that is signifi-
cant.”
wasn’t able to vote on the is “deep oversight” into Voters approved the Half-Cent Sales Tax
referendum and, statewide, denied the Tipton estimated that had Amendment
firm that the county will the school’s operations proposed increase to the Homestead ex- 1 passed by the required 60 percent, the
emption. county would have lost at least $8 million
negotiate with to operate and that the school and annually. “That’s just a gift,” he said of its
“Tuesday night was a very good night,” statewide denial. Locally, St. Lucie County
and develop the Port of city work with those in County Administrator Howard Tipton said voters approved the amendment by 60.31
of Nov. 6, “perhaps better than any other percent.
Fort Pierce. workforce development to night” in the 30-plus years he’s worked in
the state. Tipton said he thought it was unfortu-
Instead, Mitchell said, SEAN MITCHELL. make sure students have nate that the Florida legislature decided to
he’ll have to live with jobs to get into upon grad- Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Black- place the amendment on the ballot.
burn concurred. “It was a good week for
the decision the current uation. local government,” he said. “Home rule, that’s what local govern-
ment’s built on,” Tipton said, explaining that
commission makes. But, starting next Given the expansions planned at the Instead of trying how to make up the local government should be able to decide
budgetary shortfall had Amendment 1 how best to set its property tax rates. Im-
week, he said he would work to ensure Fort Pierce port as well as the county been approved, the governments can now
focus on putting their dollars where the CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
the county “stick to our guns” and that airport, there should be no shortage of

promises made by the firm are prom- workers needed, Mitchell said. The trick

ises that are kept. “We must trust, but is making sure that the students are

verify,” he said. trained accordingly.

Mitchell ran on a platform that As for sitting at the commission dais,

ranged from improving water quality Mitchell said he can’t wait to get to work

to increasing vocational training op- and – to those who didn’t vote for him –

portunities. “We drink the same water, he pledged to represent everyone.

breathe the same air,” he said, explain- “I will work hard for you,” he said. 

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Submariners awash with pride at Fort Pierce memorial dedication

BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Submarine veterans stand next to the new submarine memorial. Below left, guest speaker Col. Ronald Stamps, USAF retired. Below right, Francis Sullivan and Jerry Padtra.
[email protected]
piece of polished granite with the words submarine might have been like. PHOTOS: LEIGH GREEN
A new memorial now stands at Vet- etched into it. Some memorials are Alice said “it takes a special kind of
erans Park in Fort Pierce – one dedi- torpedoes surrounded by memorial meetings are held at 3475 Douglas Ave.,
cated to those who served underwater, plaques. person” to serve on a sub – claustropho- behind VFW Post 8058.
in submarines. Since their inception, bics need not apply.
more than 4,000 military personnel and And there are others, according to Al- Anyone interested in joining or learn-
60 submarines have been lost, not just ice, that are full submarines themselves The Treasure Coast Chapter of Sub- ing more about membership is en-
during times of war, but also in peace. – ones that visitors can climb into and marine Veterans meets on the second couraged to reach out to membership
get a brief glimpse of what life aboard a Saturday each month at 2 p.m. (sea sto- coordinator Fred Ebner by calling 772-
It’s the cost of experience, of trial and ries are swapped starting at 1 p.m.) The 214-7026. 
error.

“You only learn those things” after a
tragic experience, said submarine veter-
an Joe Alice, who currently serves as the
base commander for the Treasure Coast
Chapter of Submarine Veterans.

Under his leadership, the organization
raised funds and planned for the memo-
rial, which is designed to “recognize the
contribution and who we are,” said Alice
(pronounced “a-leese”). The memorial
helps to perpetuate the memory of those
submariners who came before.

“We’re really excited,” Alice said of
dedicating the memorial. The dedica-
tion occurred on Veterans Day at 11 a.m.
“It just worked out really well.”

He said the timeframe was iffy for
a bit given Hurricane Michael, which
could have affected the company in
Georgia responsible for the 400-pound
hunk of granite.

“It looks absolutely fabulous,” Alice
said, adding that the memorial turned
out better than he had expected.

Alice said he hopes it’s the first of
many monuments to be installed at Vet-
erans Park in Fort Pierce.

Already, the crew from the Treasure
Coast chapter is discussing tackling
another submarine veteran memorial,
perhaps a bit north in Vero Beach.

“I was like, ‘slow down!’” Alice re-
called when hearing some of the guys
plotting a course to the next memorial.

“It’s a great group of guys,” he said.
Submarine veteran memorials vary
from site to site. This one is a large



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ROAD RAGE SHOCK: COMMUNITY HALF-CENT SALES TAX OK’D one for each government – will help to
RALLYING TO HELP YOUNG GIRL ensure the half-cent revenues are used
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A3 as intended and that projects meet their
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer fired a gun at the truck, striking her in the objectives.
[email protected] head, according to police. provements to Prima Vista Boulevard will
be the first project the county tackles un- City staff is drafting suggestions and
The Port St. Lucie Police Department Authorities have said that the truck’s der the newly increased sales-tax fund- recommendations for the City Council
has not issued any more details regarding driver as well as other witnesses have been ing. At the same time, the county will also regarding the committee. The number
a road-rage incident that left a 3-year-old cooperative. The agency has not given an start repaving roads and replacing storm- of members could be five, seven or nine
girl with a bullet wound to the head. And indication as to what prompted someone water culverts. – perhaps some will have certain spe-
while police continue to investigate, the from the sedan to fire a gun at the truck. cialties.
community continues to rally for the little “There are more needs than there are
girl, Presley. The incident started in the area of SE resources,” Tipton said. Blackburn said the council will ulti-
Floresta Drive and SE Prima Vista Boule- mately decide the number and type of
Dyer Fort Pierce is hosting a truck show vard. At least one shot was fired in the 1000 Blackburn said Port St. Lucie’s first candidates it wants, and then the city
to benefit Presley and her family, hoping block of SE Bywood Avenue. projects will be to tackle road resurfac- can advertise for the positions.
to help offset the ever-mounting medical ing and sidewalk construction per the
expenses. Presley has been in the hospital The suspect vehicle has been described existing list of needs. Tipton said the county has decid-
since before Halloween, initially in a med- as a newer model dark-colored BMW se- ed on a nine-member committee, one
ically-induced coma designed to help her dan with its turn signals located in the “Those are really easy” and high-pri- member appointed by each commis-
brain heal. fender. The vehicle sustained minor dam- ority, Blackburn said. sioner and four others appointed at-
age to the passenger side due to sideswip- large, by majority vote.
Donations will be accepted during the ing the truck. Other projects in the hopper include
free truck show, which will be held this improvements to Floresta Drive and to The commission is expected to final-
Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire- St. Lucie West Boulevard, both of which ize, via a vote, the composition of the
at Dyer Fort Pierce, 4200 U.S. 1. Dyer an- arms and Explosives has offered a $5,000 will require a phased effort. committee at the Nov. 27 Board meet-
nounced that it will also donate $100 for reward for information leading to the ar- ing. Tipton said he suspects the com-
every vehicle sold during the event. rest and conviction of the suspect. While Blackburn had yet to see how mittee will be seated in January and un-
the city’s voters answered the Amend- dergo training regarding Florida’s open
Presley was riding in the backseat of Anyone with information is asked to ment 1 question, he said he’s taking the government “Sunshine” laws.
her mother’s boyfriend’s truck next to her contact Detective Aisha Hardison at 772- county’s overall answer into consider-
7-year-old brother, in the wee hours of 871-7324 or the Treasure Coast Crime Stop- ation. The half-cent sales tax goes into ef-
Sunday Oct. 28, when someone in a sedan pers at 800-273-8477.  fect Jan. 1. Local governments can ex-
“We need to be careful with our pect to start receiving those revenues in
(property) tax rate, spend every dollar late February or early March, according
carefully,” Blackburn said. to Tipton. 

The citizen advisory committees –

BRIGHTLINE Brown and the Indian River County Com- Commissioners decid- Brightline officials said last week the
mission went into closed session during an ed not to submit a pro- company is confident it will prevail in court
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 Oct. 20 meeting to discuss Brightline’s invi- posal, voting instead to al- this time, too, and look forward to working
tation to submit a proposal for where a new locate another $92,500 to with the various municipalities.
bonds, while violating the National Envi- station could be constructed in the county. continue fighting Bright-
ronmental Policy Act. line through the end of the “All necessary permits have been ap-
year, including $15,000 for proved,” said Ali Soule, director of public
The two counties have already spent oral arguments during the affairs and media relations for Brightline.
more than $7 million on the lawsuits and Nov. 27 hearing, accord- “We’ve already started work on the corridor,
Martin County officials recently publicly ing to county records. including laying fiber cable and landscap-
stated they cannot afford to keep fighting. ing.”
Other communities,
Indian River County Administrator Jason including Stuart and Fort Brightline began service between West
Brown, too, said that if the lawsuit fails, In- Pierce, have signaled they Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in January
dian River County will have few options left. are ready to work with and extended service to Miami in May. The
He has not given up the fight, yet, however, Brightline by submitting high-speed rail project ultimately is set to
and said the county has declined offers by station proposals to the company. run from Miami through the Treasure Coast
Brightline to negotiate the issue. The rail company has prevailed in eight and Space Coast to Cocoa before jetting
other lawsuits filed by Treasure Coast com- west to Orlando.
“This issue remains in litigation,” Brown munities since 2014, when the company
said during a recent phone interview. announced its expansion plans. Local objections to the train service have
“We’re not involved in any negotiations; it’s been based mainly on safety and quali-
in litigation.” ty-of-life concerns. 

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her nephew Wendell M. Cottom Jr. (Susan) Jan. 21, 1927 in New Brunswick, N.J., to Rene
AWANDA R. SIDOW of Pennsylvania. Later in her career, she was and their family Mari and Anna; her niece, Cadic and Mary O’Connell.
Port St. Lucie a licensed real estate sales agent in the West- Karen Hogenboom (Bruce) and their family
moreland County region. Leo and Josh; several cousins; and special In 1946, he met the love of his life, Frances
Awanda R. Sidow of Port St. Lucie, and a friends, Dr. Robert and Marcy Lesnock and Baumgartner, at a New Year’s Eve party. He
former longtime resident of Scottdale, passed She was an avid golfer and a member of Gina Johnston. asked “his Fran” to teach him how to dance,
away, Thursday, Nov. 1. Born in Charleroi, the PGA Country Club of Port St. Lucie. she took his hand – and for 69 years – the
Pa, she was the daughter of the late Wendell RICHARD CADIC, 91 two never let go.
H. and Olive A. (Rittenour) Cottom. Previously, Awanda was a member of the St. Lucie West
Scottdale Rotary Club where she held the He served as a Tech-3 Sergeant in
Awanda attended the Uniontown Hospi- distinction of being the first female club His pitch-perfect whistle was his trade- telegraphing in the U.S. Army during WWII
tal School of Nursing, earning her degree as president. mark. Richard “Dick” Cadic, passed away on and worked for Coca Cola for 33 years.
a Registered Nurse, and had been employed Nov. 9 surrounded by his loving family at the
by the former Connellsville State General She is survived by her son, Timothy W. age of 91 at the St. Lucie Hospice House. He is survived by his wife, Frances; his
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The St. Lucie West Services District will close part of Southwest
Cashmere Boulevard just before Thanksgiving.

“We’re sorry, but it’s something we can’t avoid,” said Dennis
Pickle, manager and utilities director.

The road closure will be just north of St. Lucie West Boulevard.
It will start this Friday night, Nov. 16. The road closure is sched-
uled to be up to five days, until Wednesday, Nov. 21. The purpose
is to add a stormwater drainage culvert. “We hope to get it done
in three days and open it sooner than the five days,” Pickle said.
“We’re giving them five days to open (Cashmere) up safely.”

The timing of the closure is to reduce problems at Renaissance
Charter School of St. Lucie, 300 NW Cashmere Blvd., and West
Gate K-8 School, 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. “We’ve discussed this
with the city engineering and (St. Lucie County Public Schools),”
Pickle said. “They said it’s best if you set (the culvert) down when
we’re not in session.”

Traffic from north of the construction area will be diverted to
Northwest Peacock toward Northwest California. Traffic from
south of the construction area will take the same detour in reverse.

He anticipates work will be done and all roads opened in time
for post-Thanksgiving shoppers heading to and from St. Lucie
West Boulevard. More importantly, it will help get retailers in St.
Lucie West reopened after large storms in the future.

The work will primarily benefit stormwater management at the
Cascades and Magnolia Lakes. However, because all stormwater
management is connected, eventually all of St. Lucie West benefits
from the work, Pickle said.

Pickle said the work is scheduled for one of the lightest traffic
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PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR unique is that I treat the kids with respect ANDREA POPWELL. “I have a ‘mentee’ every year,” she said.
and they treat me, in turn, with re- “I’ve been successful in the last three years
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 spect,” she said. “Nine out of 10 students a child, that they don’t have money for helping them turn around and be success-
respond positively. I have an open-door lunch. We really do care about the kids.” ful. I try to find out what they care about.
The coaching metaphor is an apt one. policy and most kids will come to tell me One kid wanted a comb and a haircut. I
After graduating from Martin County (things) without fear of repercussion. I Popwell said that her favorite kids are told him he had to check in every day. He
High School, Popwell attended Indian have built that relationship. I blend in in the ones that are the most difficult. didn’t think anyone cared.”
River State College on a full basketball the hallway and I attend everything. It
scholarship. She graduated from Georgia takes time to let them know they’re more She also made sure he got his comb and
State with a degree in exercise science and than students.” regular haircuts.
received a master’s degree in sports and
athletic administration from Lynn Univer- Popwell wants every adult on her cam- “Just to know I had an impact is very re-
sity. While she originally considered a job pus to watch out for the kids. warding,” she said. “My niche is with kids
as a coach or athletic director, when the and building relationships with them. I
time came, she found it wasn’t a good fit. “I want every child to have a champion know I would never want to be removed
on the campus,” she said. “If there is no from a school building. My mom worked
Popwell began at Port St. Lucie High significant relationship, there is no sig- at J.C. Penney’s for 33 years. She said to
School as an in-school suspension teacher. nificant learning. Everyone, the janitorial find a job you love, not because of the
She taught and coached at the school and and custodial staff, everyone can have pay. I love my job and the kids and when
served one year as dean of students. When influence and impact. I have had cafeteria I have a bad day, I go into the classroom
she had the chance to apply and pursue workers who say they are concerned about and interact.” 
her leadership endorsement, she took that
opportunity and received it from Flori-
da Atlantic University in 2006. She was
named assistant principal at Centennial
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Popwell is intent on ensuring that stu-
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available and encouraging them to pursue
high goals.

“I tell them if it doesn’t challenge you, it
doesn’t change you,” she said. “You never
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each year and – just in 2017 – those diet- gain than just eating. a better move is to concentrate “on being
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supplements, shakes, gym memberships Ashta says there is some good news in
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have had a bad rap in the past. A lot of
Despite that huge expenditure, nearly them have come and gone because of their
four out every 10 U.S. adults remain tech- side effects.” But there are newer, better
nically obese – meaning they have a body drugs available now that work very differ-
mass index (BMI) over 30 – and one in 13 ently than their predecessors.
adults in the U.S. is severely obese. That’s
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It seems many people are not getting neurohormonal centers in the brain.
their weight-loss money’s worth. And that They’re pretty sophisticated.”
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by the American Board of Obesity Medi- and Belviq, all of which require a physi-
cine. cian’s prescription.

She firmly believes people would be Though improved, the drugs are not
better off seeking weight-loss advice from a magic cure. “Prescription weight-loss
a licensed medical doctor. Not a TV com- drugs [should be] used in addition to – not
mercial. instead of – diet and exercise,” according
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sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, type 2 While just the words “exercise” and
diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain kinds “diet” make some people cringe, Ashta has
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you enjoy, [but] your food intake and food [most] cereal is not healthy. No matter if it ever taught in a medical school while get-
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THERE ARE WAYS TO HANG ON TO THE HAIR YOU HAVE LEFT

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3. Shampooing too often is bad for your hair. Use a new one.
Q. What can you do to keep the hair you
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easier to comb. And don’t dry your hair by rubbing it with more men than women. About 25 percent of men begin
Alopecia is the medical term for hair a towel. to bald by the time they are 30 years old, and about two-
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cles, which can lead to hair loss. of it on either side of your family increases your risk of
baldness, is the most common type of al- balding.
opecia; it affects about one-third of us. I’m There are about 100,000 hairs in the average scalp.
in that third with you. About 100 hairs are lost from your head every day. Each Medicines may help slow or prevent the development
individual hair survives for an average of 4 1/2 years and of common baldness. Rogaine is available without a pre-
Men start to get pattern baldness at the grows about a half inch a month. In its fifth year, the hair scription. It is applied to the scalp. Both men and wom-
hairline and crown. This can lead to com- en can use it. Propecia is available with a prescription. It
plete baldness. Women’s hair loss is usually limited to comes in pills and is only for men. It may take up to six
thinning; they rarely go totally bald. months before you can tell if one of these medicines is
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get braids, ponytails, cornrows and tight hair rollers. The able to treat androgenetic alopecia when more conserva-
pulling causes some hair loss, especially along the sides of tive measures have failed.
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Key West-style home in Torino has exciting features

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist The kitchen has a large island with dark serve behind the house. The family rooms tub and separate shower. It’s a relaxing suite
[email protected] granite countertops that are a perfect and are rounded out with a den (10-by-11) that of rooms that you’ll want to retreat to often.
dramatic juxtaposition with the white cab- could serve as an office as well. There are two additional bedrooms, 14-by-
The charming house at 5824 NW White- inets and stainless steel appliances. There’s 11 and 12-by-11, and an additional full bath,
cap Road in Torino in Port St. Lucie is in the also a snack bar for informal eating. The The master bedroom has the “Wow” fac- so it’s easy to envision how this home would
Key West style, and with its dove gray and great room, adjacent to the kitchen, has tor at 21-by-15. There is an arched wall of meet the needs of a family, snowbirds, retir-
white colors, it is a subtle and sophisticated pool views and views beyond to the pre- windows that provide light and lovely views, ees, or people who like to entertain.
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Outside, you step onto a beautiful FEATURES FOR 5824 NW WHITECAP ROAD
screen-enclosed pool and covered pa-
tio. Picture yourself entertaining guests Neighborhood: Torino • Year built: 1999
around the fire pit in the yard while you Construction: CBS, fiber cement siding, frame/stucco
look over to the preserve. Again, this is the Square footage: 2,040 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 3,642
idea place to entertain family and friends
and it’s a nice place to just sit and relax and Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 2
enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Flooring: ceramic tile, laminate
Additional features: gunite heated and screened pool, at-
Torino is a community in Port St. Lucie tached two-car garage, open floor plan, fire pit, overlooks pre-
with a lot going for it. It has easy access to serve, new air conditioner, new patio flooring and ceiling fans
I-95, which makes it ideal for those who Listing brokerage: Lang Realty
commute, but it is tucked away from the Listing broker-associate: Diane Gault, 772-342-7455

Listing price: $315,000

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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

The Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate market saw nine transactions of single-family resi-
dences and lots from Nov. 5-9.
The top sale of the week was the custom home at 5551 NW South Lundy Circle. First listed
in April for $375,000, this 4-bedroom, 3-bathoom, 2,325-square-foot custom home sold for
$335,000 on Nov. 11.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Joshua A. Farber. Representing the buyer
was agent Fatima Arbelo of Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS SELLING
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TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD $335,000
$330,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5551 NW SOUTH LUNDY CIRCLE 4/12/2018 $375,000 11/5/2018 $324,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5483 NW CAMBO COURT 10/3/2018 $344,500 11/7/2018 $280,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11786 SW BENNINGTON CIRCLE 10/5/2018 $339,900 11/5/2018 $254,400
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11310 SW BARTON WAY 9/14/2018 $289,900 11/6/2018 $220,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 544 NW LAMBRUSCO DRIVE 10/16/2018 $259,000 11/9/2018 $219,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9582 SW LINDALE TRACE BOULEVARD 8/18/2018 $219,900 11/5/2018 $215,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 6110 NW WILD COTTON WAY 8/9/2018 $229,900 11/5/2018 $212,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9533 SW FLOWERMOUND CIRCLE 9/5/2018 $229,000 11/5/2018
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES

5483 NW Cambo Court, Port Saint Lucie 11786 SW Bennington Circle, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 10/3/2018 Listing Date: 10/5/2018
Original Price: $344,500 Original Price: $339,900
Sold: 11/7/2018 Sold: 11/5/2018
Selling Price: $330,000 Selling Price: $324,900
Listing Agent: Meghan Jordan Listing Agent: Cesar Trujillo

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

Eileen Long Dawn Carlin

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11310 SW Barton Way, Port Saint Lucie 544 NW Lambrusco Drive, Port Saint Lucie

Listing Date: 9/14/2018 Listing Date: 10/16/2018
Original Price: $289,900 Original Price: $259,000
Sold: 11/6/2018 Sold: 11/9/2018
Selling Price: $280,000 Selling Price: $254,400
Listing Agent: Cesar Trujillo Listing Agent: AnnMarie Napolitano

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

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Mortgage refi can be tough even for well-to-do retirees

BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | Washington Post he also planned to reduce the principal bal- income that is acceptable for home-mort- tuations that might devalue them. This
ance on his mortgage from about $600,000 gage applications, provided the withdraw- amount was then added to other income
It’s a common problem for retirees seek- to $400,000. als plus other income are adequate to the client had to total the amount he
ing to refinance or get a new mortgage: amortize the loan and are likely to continue needed to support the mortgage applica-
After their regular employment earnings What he ran into shocked him. The for at least the next three years. The second tion.
stop flowing, their monthly incomes drop. bank’s loan personnel “didn’t know any- option is designed for people who have re-
They might have hundreds of thousands thing” about handling mortgage applica- tirement funds that have not been tapped John Meussner, a loan officer for Ma-
of dollars stored away in individual retire- tions from retirees, he told me last week, yet. Loan officers can use retirement-ac- son-McDuffie Mortgage in San Ramon, Ca-
ment accounts or 401(k) plans and other and they questioned whether his post-re- count balances as the basis for what lif., says that although Fannie’s and Fred-
investments, but for mortgage purposes, tirement income would support a new functions essentially as imputed income die’s options can be helpful, they come
they don’t have enough monthly income mortgage at today’s interest rates. His ap- – money that is or will be available to the with their own complications as well. One
to qualify for the loan they want. They look plication contained detailed documenta- borrower to supplement regular monthly of the biggest: The assets in some seniors’
asset rich, income poor. tion on his substantial financial assets, but income when needed to make repayments investment or retirement accounts may
the loan officers at his bank were clueless on the loan. not qualify if they’re derived from ineli-
In some cases, that impression can cre- about what to do with them. gible non-employment-related earnings,
ate serious problems – even rejections of Steve Stamets, a senior loan officer at such as lottery or gambling winnings and
applications by loan officers who don’t Most important, they were in the dark the Mortgage Link in Rockville, Md., has other assets that do not give an indication
know how to work with pre-retiree and re- about program options offered by in- used these options periodically. He consid- of a borrower’s financial history. Another
tired applicants. vestors Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ers them “a great alternative” when clients issue: Loan terms for seniors may be just
and some private lenders for retirees have assets but don’t quite fit the tradition- 10 or 15 years. Monthly payments on such
Take the case of Jim Planey. He’s a retired and pre-retirees. The options essential- al rules that define eligible income. He of- mortgages are higher than those with stan-
industrial real estate broker, lives in a home ly recharacterize retirement assets into fered a simplified example of how it works: dard 30-year terms. Not all clients can af-
valued at about $1 million in Glenview, Ill., qualified income for mortgage purposes, ford them.
near Chicago, and has accumulated sub- sometimes without requiring actual with- A client had $2 million in mutual funds
stantial retirement funds after a 40-year drawals of funds. Had the bank personnel but not enough regular income to qualify Bottom line: If your assets are tied up
career. He and his wife have stellar credit been better trained and had more expe- for the size mortgage he sought. The cli- in retirement and investment funds, and
scores in the 800s and decided to refinance rience, Planey could have been approved ent didn’t want to withdraw money or be you’re seeking a mortgage based on your
their existing mortgage, an adjustable-rate in a matter of days rather than the eight forced to liquidate securities. Using Fan- post-retirement income, ask loan officers
loan that was about to shift to a higher in- weeks it ultimately took him to get a run- nie Mae’s program option, he was able to about the Fannie and Freddie options, as
terest rate. of-the-mill refi. produce qualifying income for mortgage well as alternatives offered by some pri-
purposes of $3,889 per month using a for- vate lenders. If the loan officer pleads igno-
Planey assumed that his application The programs generally take two forms: mula that discounts the fund balances by rance, you’ll know it’s amateur hour. Shop
would be a slam dunk. He not only had sig- One treats ongoing distributions from 30 percent to protect against market fluc- elsewhere. 
nificant home equity as well as a flawless IRAs, 401(k) accounts and similar funds as
history of on-time payments to his bank,

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fun, food SECTION
festivities
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT

Coming Up! ‘CHICAGO’ FIRE!

‘CHINESE WARRIORS’ The StarStruck Academy and Theatre cast of “C͚ hicago – High School Edition” sang and
WILL WOW YOU WITH danced for five performances at Starstruck Performing Arts Center last week. Eliza Levy,
MARTIAL ARTISTRY right, broke the gender barrier and performed as Billy Flynn in the musical. 

BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer

1 Among several entertain-
ment opportunities at
Stuart’s Lyric Theatre this week:
High-intensity martial arts and
breathtaking acrobatics will have
you on the edge of our seat – guar-
anteed – when the “The Chinese
Warriors of Peking” production
takes the stage Sunday, Nov. 18.
Some of the greatest acrobats and
martial arts masters in the world
will employ juggling, acrobatics,
weapons-handling and live stage
combat to tell a tale 400 years old:
the story of a competition between
two rival martial arts disciplines
in the ancient Chinese capital of
Peking during the Ming Dynas-
ty. Each year, the emperor held
a royal martial arts tournament
inviting warriors from all over the
country to compete in acts such as
breaking “Steel Bar on the Head,”
the “Pagoda of Bowls,” and the
“Bicycle of Women Warriors.” “The
Chinese Warriors of Peking” is pre-
sented by the Ministry of Culture
of the People’s Republic of China
and Columbia Artists Manage-
ment. Show times: 4 p.m. and 7
p.m. Tickets: $40. 772-286-7827.

CONTINUED ON PAGE B8

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JUST BE KOZ: CHRISTMAS TOUR WILL SPREAD CHEER

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Entertainer Dave Koz. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SUNRISE THEATRE friend, saxophonist Mindi Abair, for the first time, as well
[email protected] as fan favorite Jonathan Butler and pianist Keiko Matsui.
view and sit back and watch the magic. That’s what I love For the first time, they will have a vocalist, Shelea.
A visit to our area from Dave Koz is an event. The plati- most about what I do.”
num-selling saxophone player has nine Grammy nomina- “She is just out of this world,” he said. “She’s the closest
tions, nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contempo- Koz said that the success of the Christmas tour was not thing I’ve seen since Whitney Houston’s passing, that kind
rary Jazz Albums chart, and a star on the Hollywood Walk something he could envision. of passion. She’s a secret weapon.”
of Fame. He’s also the host of “The Dave Koz Radio Show”
and “The Dave Koz Lounge,” which can be heard on Sirius “If you’d told me 21 years ago we’d still be doing it, I’d For the past 20 years, Koz has been the Global Ambassa-
XM radio. never have believed it,” he said. “I love Christmas. There’s dor for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s an organi-
so much great music. We do a Chanukah segment. I’ve zation to which he lends more than his name.
Koz brings the holiday spirit to Fort Pierce’s Sunrise The- come to love the emotion of it all. Primarily, we love to put
atre Nov. 28 with his 21th anniversary Dave Koz & Friends on a show because of the way the holiday makes us feel. “I’ve seen what they do helping kids with challenges,”
Christmas Tour 2018 with special guests Mindi Abair, Jon- It’s about home, unity and remembering who we are as hu- he said. “If a kid’s a kid and winds up in the hospital, the
athan Butler and Keiko Matsui. The “nice Jewish boy” has man beings. It’s a unifying message and a chance to press childhood is on hold. Starlight injects childhood back into
become so synonymous with Christmas that he is some- the ‘reset’ button. This is what it’s really about. It’s a great a child’s life.”
times referred to as “Santa Koz.” opportunity for us as artists to remind people.”
Koz is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He has a
Koz has a history of collaborating with friends: Over the Koz is excited about this year’s lineup, which features his line of wine, Koz Wine, and Audrey’s Cookies, started by his
years, he has worked with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, sister in honor of their mother. Both benefit Starlight. He
Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, U2 and the Foo leads music cruises around the world, and monies raised
Fighters. His latest album, “Summer Horn II From A To Z,” from silent auctions are donated. This year, they will be
brings together some of his best friends, from Rick Braun donating specially-designed children’s hospital gowns and
to Peter White to Gerald Albright, with a guest spot from activity fun centers to children’s hospitals.
Gloria Estefan in a re-creation of her classic “Conga.”
Koz has had a long career in a business not known for
I asked Koz, one of the nicest guys in the music busi- encouraging longevity. Staying motivated is not a problem.
ness, why he loved collaborations and if it worked best
with friends. “Of course, the friendship is where the best “As long as people are interested, it’s my job and great
collaborations start because you know and trust each oth- pleasure and honor to continue to do it,” he said. “It’s an
er,” he said. “It’s been off the charts with people I haven’t antidote to divisiveness. Music was (always) my safe place
known. If left to my own devices, I’d create the same thing. and I’m honored and happy.”
Collaborations allow you to get out of your comfort zone
both in the studio and in live performances. You bring dif- The Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce, pres-
ferent elements together that come from the same point of ents the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2018 Nov. 28 at
7 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $59. A VIP package is available.
Call 772- 461-4775 or visit www.sunrisetheatre.com. 

upcoming shows! new show revealed!
“The most remarkable
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As always we will be closed so our
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with their families.

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PRIDE MARCHES TO BEAT OF THE ‘PIPES AND DRUMS’

BY MARY SCHENKEL | Staff Writer have their community band.” other instrument,” says piper Alex Ross, the PHOTO: LEIGH GREEN
Thompson says they would like to do group’s treasurer. “And that’s a very import-
Love it or hate it, there is no mistaking a ant element of it. What we’re bringing is not fingering, tunes and those types of things.
bagpipe’s distinctive sound. To some, it’s something similar in Vero, offering instruc- just music; we’re bringing a rich traditional It’s probably a minimum of a year before you
akin to a caterwaul, but to others, its rich res- tion to students and establishing a juvenile culture to a society that has rejected a lot of can make any sound that’s actually close to
onance can elicit a range of emotions, from pipe band that could feed into the commu- deep, rich, cultural traditions.” good.”
poignant tears while listening to an emo- nity band. “We’ve got some really good guid-
tional lament, to a swelling of fierce, cultural ance already. There’s no reason why Vero “If you think about the rich tradition of “The more you get into it the more you re-
pride as a band marches by during a parade. Beach can’t become a Dunedin as far as the the tunes that we take for granted – ‘Amazing alize that it’s really complex and compelling,”
pipes go.” Grace,’ ‘Scotland the Brave,’ ‘Old Lang Syne’ says Thompson.
The Vero Beach Pipes and Drums formed – these things all originated from our roots,”
in 2015 and, under the direction of Pipe Ma- “What we really want to do is compete,” says Thompson in agreement. “It’s very difficult to put into words,” Craig
jor Jacob Craig, Drum Major John Thompson says Craig. “Every one of us is striving to get adds. “There’s a very unique, quality of pride
and Pipe Sergeant Jack Anderson, currently better with our instruments, whether it be “All of us have some ancestral heritage. At that comes from the fact that you can say
numbers 12 bagpipers and five drummers. pipes or drums. The best way to mark your some point we have to consciously choose to you’re a piper. There’s something very spe-
progress is through different types of perfor- embrace it. Pipe bands allow an opportunity cific about it but something very hard to
Craig, who is also an accomplished pi- mances and, of course, competition.” for an awakening of that; or a reclaiming of it make tangible.”
anist, is director of Music and Arts at First in some fashion. For me it was just a personal
Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, where Competitions, whether as bands or indi- thing; I really liked the bagpipes,” says Craig, As drum major, Thompson leads the band
the band holds its practices. He credits pip- vidually, take place at sanctioned Highland whose family is Scottish “on both sides all the in marches and appreciates its traditional
er Ian Clark with the band’s creation, adding Games, including the five that are within way back as far as we can go.” regimental aspects, explaining: “Because I’m
that it took a little over a year to develop a three hours of Vero – Orlando (Winter Park), the drum major, I’m the guy who has to do
core group committed to the idea of week- Sarasota, Dunedin, Jacksonville and Fort “It takes some work; the pipes are more the drilling and the deportment. I’ve got a
ly rehearsals, performances and eventually Lauderdale. intimidating from the start than a lot instru- military background so I like that aspect of
competitions. ments are,” Ross explains. “It’s very simple marching.”
Bagpipes of varying designs and construc- instrument when you look at it; it’s barely an
The youngest player is Liam Ritchie, now tion date back several millennia – by some octave. But while you can sit down at the pia- He remarks that dress is also very import-
13, who started from scratch with Craig three accounts to Egypt before 2500 BC – with no and in a few minutes play a couple of sim- ant, noting that their kilts are custom made
years ago. Craig also provides instruction to numerous nationalities boasting their own ple tunes, you can’t do that with the pipes.” in Scotland using the Ancient Ramsey Blue
some of the other band members, including versions. Bagpiping angels and shepherds tartan. The thought behind that choice was
Stephen Mallow, 17, who comes down from are even in paintings celebrating the birth of “With the bagpipes, there’s not an option that the color is reflective of our beachside
Melbourne every week. Jesus. to dabble. You have to dedicate yourself fully location. The downside is that it’s only avail-
until you can actually make a sound,” agrees able in heavy wool, more conducive to the
“We’re a traditional regimental Scottish But it’s surely the Scots who can be credit- Craig, explaining that there is no option to wilds of Scotland than the tropics.
pipe band,” says Craig, stating that they hope ed for making them famous. just try it out. “In order for you to play tunes
to enhance the community by expressing on the bagpipes, just to make the instrument Noting that the reception the band re-
culture through music. The band frequently “Playing the bagpipes is unlike a lot of oth- function, you have to have already learned ceives has been astounding, Ross says, “I
plays at community and private functions, er instruments. It’s really strongly tied to a think it’s because there’s something so differ-
and will be highly engaged in Vero Beach deep and rich culture; almost more than any ent about this instrument. It’s really interest-
Centennial activities. ing and fun. People are really drawn to it.” 

Over the next five to 10 years, Craig says
they hope to accomplish three goals: to be-
come competitive, to begin a juvenile pipe
band, and to possibly host a Scottish Games
here in Vero Beach. “If that’s a 10-year plan,
let’s make that year nine,” says Craig with a
smile.

“There’s a town in Florida that has cap-
tivated the whole pipe band scene over the
last year and that’s Dunedin,” says Thomp-
son. “They have set a model up for how a
community embraces the whole pipe band
concept and the tradition of that. They
have pipers in the middle schools, they
have pipers in the high schools and they

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‘Voices of Earth’: IRSC choir concert will delight ... in many languages

BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer always, Rieth has some tricks up his sleeve. It doesn’t
[email protected] hurt that he is a talented musician and composer.

Dale Rieth, director of vocal music at Indian Riv- “I’m so blessed,” he said. “One of the singers is a fab-

er State College, is an ethnomusicologist. He has ulous violinist. I looked at three pieces and wrote the

studied the music of the world and loves introduc- violin part for them and said, ‘You play this.’”

ing his students and audiences to music in a vari- As Rieth alluded, this concert is a sneak preview

ety of styles – and languages – to entertain and stir of “An Afternoon of Contemporary American Cho-

the emotions. ral Music,” which will take place April 14. He hopes

On Dec. 2, Rieth and his students will present that this concert will whet the appetite for the next,

“Voices of Earth,” a choir concert, at the McAlpin which will feature the works of some of America’s

Fine Arts Center on IRSC’s Main Campus. Rieth em- best new choral composers.

phasized that this is not a holiday concert. He calls If you are still looking for that holiday music, there

it a fall/winter concert with a little something for ev- will a wind ensemble, instrumental concert Dec. 1,

eryone. “It has some great contemporary American also at the McAlpin Center. Called “A Holiday Spec-

classical music which will pave the way for next se- tacular” and under the direction of John Southall,

mester’s American Composers concert in April,” he the IRSC Wind Ensemble presents the best holiday

said. “There is a sacred piece in the Jewish tradition, music, complete with sing-along. It’s a great way to

by a contemporary American Jewish composer. It’s kick off the season. Just ask Dale Rieth.

a salute to God and will be sung in Hebrew, with “Dr. Southall and I are looking forward to both

translation. IRSC will present “Voices concerts and believe that they will, once again, of-
“There will be one piece of holiday music and a of Earth” Dec. 2 at the fer a satisfying musical experience for our many
McAlpin Fine Arts Center. patrons who have come to expect a musical prod-
short set of 16th century Italian madrigals. There’s uct of excellence. We are very appreciative of our
a contemporary piece of Brazilian music in Portu- PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE

guese and a couple of African-American spirituals. There’s tion, mood, tempo and language.” dedicated and loyal patrons.”

a piece by a Basque composer, sung in English, Latin and Language presents an interesting problem. Of course,

Basque. There’s a lot of good material this semester that’s the students do not know all of the languages in which they Indian River State College presents “Voices of Earth,” a

very interesting.” perform. “They learn the songs in the language (in which choir concert, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. “A Holiday Spectacular” will

How does Rieth select the pieces his students will sing? It they’re written),” Rieth said. “They learn its English mean- be presented Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Both are at the McAlpin Fine

can’t be an easy task to go through the canons of works from ing, so they know what they are singing about. They’re re- Arts Center, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce; Tickets are $15

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Monster Piano Concert: Vero venue goes big and bold

BY PAM HARBAUGH | Correspondent Marcos Flores. and said, ‘I need to arrange it.’ You have to a master’s degree in law from the Universi-
print it, bind it, listen to the music record- ty of São Paulo. He never practiced law, but
Vero Beach’s Christ by the Sea will kick off PHOTO: LEIGH GREEN ed, to make sure no note is missing. It’s very says he studied it to please his family.
its 13th annual Concert Series this Sunday, complicated.”
with something special – a Monster Piano sity Herberger Institute School of Music. “It was Dad who said, ‘If you break a fin-
Concert that will feature a sextet of pianists Assisted by of one of his ASU students, he But Pagano is used to detailed work and ger, there goes your career. So have some-
performing on six grand pianos. has spent a year arranging the work to be pursuing problems to a satisfying conclu- thing else under your arm to protect you,’”
performed simultaneously rather than indi- sion. Pagano recalls. “As a student of law, I was
World-renowned pianist Caio Pagano will vidually. already playing all over Europe and at the
lead five well-known local pianists, together He not only has a doctorate in music from same time reading my (law) books.”
performing music you’ve likely never heard “I had to look for the music,” he explains. the Catholic University of America, but also
before. The concert is expected to be so pop- “The Hexaméron is nothing you can get in He adds that when he graduated in 1965,
ular that organizer Marcos Daniel Flores, the your grocery store. I had to get the librarian “I started getting some sleep.”
church’s director of worship arts, has sched- to order it. It took months. And I looked at it
uled two performances, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. And while studying law didn’t inform his
musicianship, it did make him more inter-
“This is very, very rare,” Pagano says. “And ested in source material, especially the his-
the effort to put it together, thanks to Mar- torical context in which composers worked.
cos, is enormous. It’s very big work to get the
pianos, the pianists, the scores and rehears- He arranged the “Hexameron” for Sun-
ing on Friday and Saturday.” day’s concert so that the players will perform
in concert, rather than sitting at their pianos
The hallmark work to be performed is a with nothing to do while others played.
piece called the “Hexaméron” – the title re-
fers to the Bible’s six days of creation. Franz The five professional pianists joining
Liszt created the piece in 1837 for an Italian Pagano on the six grand pianos are: Kelley
princess who wanted to give a benefit con- Coppage, Joanne Niott, Rochelle Sallee, Ja-
cert in her Paris salon for the needy. The cob Craig and Flores, who studied piano
famed composer and pianist turned to five with Pagano at Arizona State University.
other well-known composers to add vari-
ations to the theme: Frédéric Chopin, Carl “None of the pianists were familiar with
Czerny, Henri Herz, Johann Peter Pixis and this work,” says Flores. “That’s the beauty of
Sigismond Thalberg. this. We have the amazing blessing that the
Maestro (Pagano) took on the arranging of
Pagano currently serves as Regents pro- this. Sixty fingers in total synchronization.
fessor of piano at the Arizona State Univer- Think of six pianos having a state-of-the-art
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Next, Flores had to find the pianos, get case, invite him to my concert series at my
them moved to the church and hire a tuner, church.”
who is tasked with identically tuning the six
pianos before each concert. “The piano tun- The Monster Piano Concert takes place
er (Stoney Copelin) will be the one working
hardest,” Flores says with a laugh. “We’re go- Sunday, Nov. 18 at Christ by the Sea Meth- 117 S. Second St., Ft. Pierce
ing to give him a massage after.” odist Church, with performances at 3 p.m.

To make sure the delicate piano moving and 7 p.m. The address is 3755 Highway A1A,
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TRADITION’S HOT TO ‘TROT’ ON TURKEY DAY

BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent The run will start at 8 a.m. Same-day regis- lage Parkway Drive. Then they’ll turn onto and heard a bunch of noise,” she said.
tration won’t be open. Southwest Rowley Way over to Southwest Mark Rosenfeld, Bradley’s father, investi-
Ah, Thanksgiving, a holiday so full of tra- West Park Avenue and continue south to
ditions. The food. The parades. The running. “We decided to cap the race at 500,” Brad- Tradition Town Hall. gated and found out about the local Turkey
No, not the running to the grocery store be- ley said. “We sold out that 500 last Friday, Trot. That was in 1987. The next year, the
fore it closes early. The Turkey Trot runs. three weeks early. We decided to add 200.” It’s officially the inaugural Turkey Trot at family signed up. “We did it for, like, 25 years
Tradition, although there was sort of one after that,” Bradley said.
“I grew up on the west coast of Florida, Those might be taken up by publication last year. “We moved over here to the east
Clearwater, doing the Tampa Bay Times’ time. Registration is at www.traditiontur- coast and Tradition a couple years ago,” So, it seemed, did everybody else in Clear-
Turkey Trot, which is now a huge event keytrot.com. Bradley said. “For a couple years my family water. “You didn’t stay home on Thanksgiv-
with 15,000 participants a year,” said Dana has walked around Tradition Lake. Last year, ing morning,” remarked Bradley. “You did
Bradley. Runners and walkers will start at Tradi- I created a silly little post on Facebook and the Turkey Trot. It wasn’t like everybody was
tion Town Hall, 10799 SW Civic Lane. They said, ‘Let’s do an unofficial Turkey Trot.’” running. People were walking. It was a big
Bradley is the co-organizer of the inaugu- will head west on Southwest Meeting Street, street party for 3 miles.”
ral Turkey Trot at Tradition, which will be on north on Southwest Community Boulevard, About 20 showed up.
Thanksgiving morning – Thursday, Nov. 22. east on Westcliff Lane, then south on Vil- “People were excited about it and thought After last year’s unofficial local Turkey
it was a good idea,” Bradley said. Trot, Bradley hooked up with Corinne Lex-
Grammy Winner Folks in the running community are pret- er and Jared Key to organize an official one
Two Time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee ty familiar with the Turkey Trot. One of the for Tradition. Key has experience as a race
most famous of them is the Buffalo Turkey director.
CDRAOVSIBDY Trot in New York. That 5-mile event is like-
ly the oldest continually-run footrace in the Since Turkey Trot runs are usually fund-
U.S. It started in 1896. For context, the Bos- raisers for area not-for-profits, the local
ton Marathon started the next year. co-organizers picked HANDS of St. Lucie
As America grew through the 20th centu- County. It provides medical care to under-
ry, so did Turkey Trot runs. They now exist and uninsured folks.
from Plymouth, Mass., to Silicon Valley. They
attract many serious runners looking to get Bradley said Tradition neighbors who
qualifying times for selective runs. They don’t get spots are urged to head to the
also attract runners who dress up in holiday course to urge on participants. She promis-
themes. Turkey costumes are, needless to es more will be able to walk or run next year.
say, a popular choice.
Florida Running & Triathlon has 17 runs “We want it to become a tradition in the
listed for Thanksgiving. Most identify them- area,” Bradley said. 
selves as Turkey Trot runs. They range from
5K to half marathon, just over 13 miles.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Turkey Trot Brad-
ley grew up with will have its 40th anniver-
sary run this year. Bradley’s whole family
started doing that one in 1988.
“When we first moved into our house in
Clearwater, the first year (Dad) was outside

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BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent HIGH, SANTA!

On Port St. Lucie’s western side, Santa is Port St. Lucie man is flying force behind
hard at work getting ready to set new world skydiving St. Nicks’ world-record bid
records.
Port St. Lucie’s Bob Edmiston heads up the Santa Skydivers. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB EDMISTON
“When you say world record, people
come out of the woodwork,” said Santa, “I got a tandem (jump) for a birthday skydiving community is a close-knit bunch As the annual event has gotten more
who also goes by the name Bob Edmiston, present,” he said. who live under numerous flags. popular with skydivers every year, Edmis-
organizer of the Santa Skydivers. ton said it’s also gotten more popular with
In a tandem jump, an experienced sky- “In the skydive community, we have spectators.
The Santa Skydivers is a loose group of diver is secured to an inexperienced one. It friends from all over the world,” he said.
skydivers who have annually done free allows a new skydiver the experience with “The crowd size has grown to over
shows at the Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade much diminished risks. He said for this year’s Santa Skydivers 10,000 people,” he said.
Ave., in December. Edmiston also owns Air the jumpers will come from Canada, the
Sports Parachute Team, which performs “I liked it so much, I went the next week- United Kingdom, Brazil, all over the U.S. – “The cause of all this is to bring cheer to
at large events such as football games. He end,” Edmiston said of the experience at and even one from Russia. all the kids and families that are watching.
said the Santa Skydivers was a sponta- Skydive Sebastian. The jumpers enjoy the up-close-and-per-
neous development. As more volunteer, the international fla- sonal interaction with the kids and getting
Edmiston said after his second tandem vor of the event could expand. to share the love of their sport with Christ-
“Everybody was just sitting around and jump, the folks at Skydive Sebastian told mas.”
jumpers said, ‘Hey, let’s jump as Santa him they had a training program. That was In addition to jumping onto inflatable
Claus,’” he said. “It started with eight San- right up his alley. Edmiston enjoys motor- chairs and sleighs, part of the fun for the He said the Santa Skydivers are happy to
tas and has grown over the years.” cycle racing, drag cars and pretty much jumpers is the help they get from Valiant talk to children and pose for photos with
any opportunity to go fast. The California Air Command Warbird Museum in Titus- them.
Edmiston got curious about the world native teaches engine building at the Uni- ville. The museum has working military
records related to skydivers dressed as versity of Florida. aircraft, including the Tico Belle, a C-47 Updates about the 2018 Santa Skydiv-
Santa Claus. He figured out two unclaimed from World War II. Skydivers will jump ers show are posted at www.facebook.com/
categories that the “Guinness Book of Along with a new sport, Edmiston from that plane and others from the muse- SantaSkydivers. 
World Records” would recolonize. quickly gained new friends. He said the um’s collection.

“This year, our goal is to get 100 jump-
ers,” he said.

The aim is to set the record for skydivers
portraying Santa Claus in the largest can-
opy relative formation. In that maneuver,
the skydivers will build a diamond forma-
tion with their chutes open. The other re-
cord Edmiston is looking to set is the larg-
est relative work formation in freefall. In
that the skydivers will, while freefalling at
speeds around 120 mph, clasp each others’
hands and feet to form a circle.

The Santa Skydivers will do all this on
Saturday, Dec. 15. They will be jumping
from around 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally,
there will be other holiday events going on
at the Cocoa Beach Pier. Aside from setting
new world records, the skydivers are going
to repeat an annual tradition.

“We put a big, giant Santa chair and a
big, giant Santa sleigh for the jumpers,”
Edmiston said.

Those are inflatables set on the beach.
The Santa Skydivers aim to land on them.

Edmiston got into skydiving 13 years
ago, a couple years after he moved to Port
St. Lucie.

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Bonz’s ‘Cavalier’ attitude: Misty is magnificent

cused herself an went out. “It got off to a sor-
“Mommy had other Cavaliers before me.
ta bumpy start. Back
The last one was Star Mist, but Mommy an
Hi Dog Buddies! Daddy called her Girly. She was cinnamon, then, bein’ a puppy an
white and black, very fancy. When Girly
This week’s innerview-ee, Miss Misty hadda go to Dog Heaven, Mommy an Dad- all, I loved to jump on
Dawn Pirone, is ALWAYS ready for her dy cried an cried. After they moved down
close-up. She’s a beautiful 11-month-old here, they ree-lized their family needed a an off furniture, even if
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, cinnamon pooch to make it complete, an it needed
an white, an even though she’s young, to be a Cav. (That’s what humans call my I wasn’t s’pose to. Well,
she isn’t the teeniest bit nervous or clum- breed. I guess cuz it takes too long to say
sy-puppy. the whole name.) Anyway, I was born at a when I was a liddle
breeder in Cape Coral, so Mommy went
She was right there at the door with her over. Me an Mommy innerviewed each oth- 3-month-old fluffball, I
Mom. “WELcome to our home. DO come er and knew right away we were MFEO.”
in,” she said, executing a perfect Wag-n- hopped off the recliner
Sniff, then leading the way. (I had learned from a previous innerv-
iew that was ‘Meant For Each Other.’ Hu- an pop! I broke my leg
“Thank you, Miss Misty Dawn,” I said, mans do that a lot, so they won’t run out
unobtrusively fluffing my ears. of letters.) in three places!”

“Oh, no need for formalities,” she said Pretty soon, the front door opened. It “Woof, Misty. That’s
sweetly. “You may call me Misty. An I shall was Misty’s Mom an another lady. Misty
call you Mr. Click-Click.” rushed over to greet them with joyful wags PAWful!”
an wiggles. “Oh, Goody! Nana LISA! Oh,
She apparently noticed my blank ex- Mr. Click-Click, THIS is Nana LISA! I love, “Indeed. But I had
pression. An my newly fluffed ears. She love, love Nana Lisa! She’s our NAY-burr!”
laughed. “Whenever I read your column, the most wunnerful
I picture you at your computer, just, you The instant Nana Lisa sat down, Misty
know, clicking away. So … ” snuggled into her lap, an began givin’ her sur-jun, Miss Leslie.
kisses. An there she remained for the dura-
“OH, of COURSE, Miss Mist … er, I tion of the innerview. She fixed me all up. She
mean, Misty. That’s very clever of you.”
“So, tell me about your life in Florida,” I put tiny liddle pins an
“It is, isn’t it? This is my Mommy, Jan, an suggested.
my Daddy, Tom.” screws in my leg to hold

After we go settled, Misty’s Mom ex- all the parts together.

Now I’m good as new.

It was during my con-

valescence that I got Misty.

pretty much anything I

wanted an, natchrully, I

got used to it. Now Mommy calls me (lov- “Which word?”
“‘No.’”
ingly) a ‘Spoiled Rotten Brat.’ I even have a I managed to not smile.
Misty continued. “I always wanna
collar tag that says, ‘Spoiled Rotten.’ See?” know what’s going on. Mommy says I’m
NOSY. I call it Healthy Curiosity. I HAFF
Yep. That’s what it said. to know where Mommy an Daddy are
every single second. When they’re out,
“Frankly, Mr. Click-Click,” she tilted her I sit by the window and WATCH. Even if
they’re only going to the mailbox. I used
head. Her voice sounded like liddle bells, to get duh-PRESSED, but it’s better now
because I have a million toys, mostly
“I feel I am simply a girl who knows her squeaky. I learned how to flip ’em in the
air, so I do that a lot. Also, before Mommy
own mind and, of course, deserves the an Daddy go out, they put a dog cartoon
or movie on TV. I sit an watch an bark. It
best. That’s all. Surely not too much to ask, really makes the time go by. PLUS, I can
go out to the padio an play with my bub-
n’est-ce paw?” ble maker. Bubbles are kinda wet an tick-
ly, but still fun.”
“Absolutamento!” I said with great en- “Other than paper, what do you eat?”
“Iams kibbles. An lotsa of veg-tubble an
thusiasm. “Now that your all A-OK, what’s froot treats. I insist on water with crunchy
ice cubes. So refreshing. Mommy washes
you day like?” my face an brushes my teeth twice a week.
I love my toothbrush, cuz it makes my
“I love all my neighbors: people an mouth feels all minty fresh.”
Heading home, I was thinking about
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