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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-09-27 14:13:17

09/07/2018 ISSUE 36

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PAGE 8 3 4CITRUS GRILLHOUSE HOPES SURVIVORS UNITE FOR PAGE 9
TO REOPEN IN FEBRUARY ‘MAKING STRIDES’ FIGHT
GRAVES SPORTS COMPLEX B5
ALMOST READY FOR ACTION

MY Keep Farmers Market right where it belongs In electric fight, pro-sale
TAKE forces go on the offensive

Shoppers buying vegetables this past Saturday morning at a stand in Farmers Market Oceanside. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer Vero Mayor Harry Howle on Sat-
[email protected] urday predicted Vero and FPL will
ultimately prevail at the PSC, but
One down, three to go. Now that said the protests have forced the
the Florida Industrial Power Users city to push back the sale closing
Group has voluntarily dismissed its until early 2019, according to the
challenge to the Florida Public Ser- PSC’s published schedule of hear-
vice Commission’s approval of the ings on Oct. 9 and 10 to consider
$185 million sale of Vero electric to claims and motions and a final
Florida Power & Light, pro-sale le- decision by Dec. 31. Howle said he
gal teams are poised to gang up on thinks those objecting to the sale
the three local obstructors. “will fall flat on their face, having
not met the first burden of proof:
FPL’s attorneys have already How does this action harm you?”
filed a motion to dismiss separate
claims filed by Michael Moran, FPL characterizes Heady’s
former Vero councilman Brian claims as “legally deficient,”
Heady, and attorney and former claiming his objection “fails in all
Vero councilwoman Lynne Larkin, material respects to allege the re-
who asserts that she’s challenging quirements necessary to obtain
the sale on behalf of 900 unnamed standing to challenge the Commis-
members of the Civic Association
of Indian River County. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer ple on Saturday mornings to the even dreamed of a decade ago INDIAN RIVER RENOVATES HOSPITAL
[email protected] heart of the island’s beachside – out of its winter home, push- ROOMS AS CLEVELAND MERGER LOOMS
shopping district? ing everyone onto the sidewalks
Why gamble with the future and walkways of Humiston Park, By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
of the Farmers Market Oceans- Moving the entire Farmers isn’t going to solve Vero’s parking [email protected]
ide, the wildly popular market Market – which during season problem in the Central Beach
that for nearly a decade has been spans Ocean Drive with about It’s a visit no one looks forward
drawing more and more peo- 60 vendors, a success story not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 to, but a stay that gets rated more
rigorously than any hotel. That’s
INSIDE Despite School Board hoopla, little progress because the comforts of a hospi-
here on 1960s federal desegregation order tal room have ramifications well
NEWS 1-6 PETS 10 beyond rest: A patient’s recovery
DINING B9 can be speeded by a well-designed
HEALTH 8 GAMES B13 room, studies show, lowering the
CALENDAR B16 risk of infections and falls, and
REAL ESTATE 11 By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer The NAACP last week, howev- boosting the immune system with
B1 [email protected] er, had a somewhat less euphoric sunlight and serenity.
ARTS assessment of the outcome of the
When the School Board last court-ordered mediation. “We got That’s why last summer, as Indi-
To advertise call: 772-559-4187 month heralded a partial agree- what we paid for,” said Dr. Jacque- an River Medical Center was begin-
For circulation or where to pick up ment with the local NAACP as a ma- line Warrior, NAACP education ning its search for a deep-pocketed
your issue call: 772-226-7925 jor step to getting out from under a chairperson. Which is to say, since partner, hospital officials dipped
federal desegregation order that the organization had pro bono le- into a budget barely in the black
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. has lingered over the county since gal representation – nothing. and found more than $1 million to
civil rights days, the Press Journal begin renovating its rooms.
reported it as a clearing of the path The president of the local
that could have Indian River Coun- branch of the NAACP, Anthony CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
ty free of this half-century-old stig- Brown, said he agonized over sign-
ma in just three more years.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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MY TAKE vard, all of which is funded by revenues gen- er summer months, when the parking lot For what it’s worth, the City Council
erated by the Farmers Market? isn’t needed – and the OBA regularly turns members who proposed moving the mar-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 away would-be vendors because there’s not ket – Lange Sykes and Val Zudans, with the
Any possible reward isn’t worth the risk. enough room to add tents. support of Mayor Harry Howle – are merely
business district. “Take the Farmers Market out of the park- responding to a never-ending chorus of jus-
Why mess with something that has be- ing lot and, yeah, it’s in jeopardy,” said Al If the city forces the market out of the lot, tifiable complaints from Ocean Drive mer-
Benkert, OBA treasurer and vice president of Benkert said, there would not be room on chants whose businesses are being hurt by
come part of the fabric of Vero Beach – some- events. “And some other things are in jeopar- the sidewalk for the seasonal increase in ven- the beachside parking shortage.
thing that enhances our quality of life, some- dy, too. The money for the parades and the dors. “And we’d have a very tough time put-
thing that adds to the seaside, small-town concerts and the banners? That has to come ting 20-plus vendors in the park,” he added. Unlike past councils that were all too will-
charm of our community? from some place.” ing to tolerate the status quo, this group ap-
Benkert said the OBA was caught off- Even if there were room for those ven- pears to be serious about tackling the issue,
At best, moving the market out of the guard two weeks ago, when members of the dors, Benkert said getting their vehicles into which has no obvious or easy solution. At
city-owned lot on Ocean Drive will make City Council discussed the possibility of re- Humiston to unload merchandise would be least these folks are thinking, talking, trying.
the parking situation better for a couple of moving the market from the lot as a way to difficult and the incline of the park grounds
hours, one day a week, and only in the im- address the parking shortage in the Central might be too challenging for some shoppers. But this isn’t the answer.
mediate vicinity. Beach business district. Worse, it’s a bad idea, one that deserves no
The issue wasn’t on the meeting’s agenda “The city would have to design ways to further discussion and should be given no
It would do nothing to discourage em- and no vote was taken, but, the next day, City provide access and add some walkways,” more consideration, because it doesn’t solve
ployees of the Ocean Drive hotels and restau- Manager Jim O’Connor called OBA president he said. “I’m willing to listen if they want to the problem.
rants from parking on the street, where they Georgia Irish and told her the council want- show me how it can be done.” Surely, upon further reflection, this City
occupy many of the increasingly insufficient ed to move the market out of the lot. Council possesses the wisdom to see that
number of spaces needed by merchants “Apparently, they’ve decided to do this, In the meantime, the OBA responded moving the Farmers Market doesn’t really ac-
throughout the business day. spur of the moment, without bothering to to O’Connor’s call with an online petition complish anything meaningful – that it does
study the viability of the park,” Benkert said. to “Save The Vero Beach Farmers Market far more harm than good.
It would provide no relief to Ocean Drive “Is it even feasible? I don’t believe it is, at least Oceanside.” As of last weekend, the change. Some Central Beach merchants might
merchants whose shops are north of Beach- not without modifications to the park. org post had garnered more than 4,300 sig- disagree, arguing that the market exacer-
land Boulevard. “We probably haven’t stated that as natures. bates the in-season parking nightmare along
strongly as we need to.” Ocean Drive. And they’re not wrong.
Even in the Humiston area, it would not Without the parking lot, Benkert ex- Benkert said the OBA would present that But the market runs from 8 a.m. to noon
free up enough parking spaces for a long- plained, the sidewalks would become over- petition at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, on Saturdays, and its impact on beachside
enough period of time – and for enough days crowded and the walkways in the park ar- which he hoped would attract a large crowd parking can be felt mostly during the final
of the week – to make a noticeable dent in en’t wide enough to accommodate the large opposed to moving the market out of the two hours. Again, we’re talking about two
the beachside parking shortage. number of in-season market goers. parking lot. “Without those 20-something hours of one morning each week.
According to Benkert, the market typi- additional vendors who come in for the sea- That’s a minor inconvenience to endure
So why bother? cally has about half again as many vendors son, we’d be in financial trouble,” Benkert for something that does so much good in so
Why jeopardize the Oceanside Business during the winter as it does during the slow- said. “I’ve looked at the numbers, and they many ways – something that helps make this
Association’s sponsoring of the monthly tell me, ‘This is not going to be good.’ community such a special place to live. 
Sunset Saturday free concerts, Vero Beach
Christmas Parade, retailers’ sidewalk sales “Could we continue with the market?” he
and decorative banners on the light poles added. “We’d try to, but I think we’d have a
along Ocean Drive and Beachland Boule- very hard time making it work.”

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Jimmy Graves sports complex will be ready to open this fall

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer Front: Jimmy Graves’ grandfathers Leo on and off the field, through education, mitted to teaching leadership that reaches
[email protected] George (left) and Jim Graves (right), with athletics and arts, to ignite passion and beyond athletics.
Foundation volunteers Dale Dawkins, purpose.”
The Jimmy Graves Foundation, creat- Chris Bieber and Jim Copeland. To that end, a countywide leadership
ed to honor the memory of a Vero Beach “Jimmy was friends with everyone,” a development program for students, par-
high school athlete who died in a tragic and college players will focus on “health, leader on and off the field and a good stu- ents and “student influencers” is set for
boating accident, has made substantial safety and parent education,” according dent, his dad said. He was pals not only October, using proven curricula from top-
progress on its centerpiece effort to build to Joe Graves. The 3X3 Kick It Soccer Tour- with teammates, but with kids involved in flight universities and college and profes-
a sports and leadership training facility nament is slated for Oct. 6, and the Indian art, drama and music. With that in mind, sional football programs.
on 16th Street, across from Vero Beach River Soccer Association plans to use the Graves and the Foundation board are com-
High school. complex during the fall. Florida Gators men’s basketball head
coach Mike White told Graves the Foun-
Joe and Carole Graves started the While sports are the Foundation’s dation’s focus on leadership is “just what
foundation after their 15-year-old son, main vehicle, its larger mission is “engag- we need [in high school players] com-
a popular athlete who attended St. Ed- ing and empowering student leadership ing in,” explaining that many talented
ward’s and VBHS and often played on the players enter college ball with excellent
16th Street fields, was killed on an outing athletic prowess but lacking leadership
with friends on the Indian River in 2016. skills.

Joe Graves said last week that im- The county declared the 16th Street
provements already made at the 16th ballfields surplus property in 2016 and
Street site include a $30,000 demolition offered the 11-acre site to the school
project that removed worn-out dugouts, district. When the district passed, the
lights, fencing, baseball fields, utilities county put the land up for sale. There
and the northwest and southwest field- were concerns that the property would
houses; a $130,000 re-sodding project be sold to a developer and that the ball-
including drainage, irrigation and grad- fields where Vero youth have played for
ing; a $30,000 fieldhouse renovation; and decades would be lost.
$15,000 in parking lot improvements.
That possibility was taken off the table
Graves said the foundation has re- in March 2017 when the County Com-
ceived generous monetary and in-kind mission voted unanimously to sell the
donations from community members property to the Jimmy Graves Founda-
and that, while it is too early to reveal tion for renovation and continued com-
specifics, several “major corporations munity use.
have shown interest” in supporting the
Foundation’s projects and goals. Even as work goes forward at the ballfields
with the help of volunteers who have mem-
An official opening event for the reno- ories of playing on the fields themselves, the
vated ballfields and community complex Foundation board is putting in place an or-
is scheduled for Nov. 9, which would have ganizational structure that is “laser-focused
been Jimmy Graves’ 17th birthday. The on its long-term sustainability, to ensure
Foundation’s programs and staff will be the property and programming are strong
announced at that time, but activities will for generations to come,” according to Joe
take place at the Jimmy Graves Commu- Graves.
nity Complex throughout the fall, ahead
of the formal opening. “I’m proud of the programming we’ve
developed,” Graves says. “I think people
A Sept. 29 football camp led by NFL will want to be a part of it.” 

DESEGREGATION ORDER cruitment of black teachers, the ratio of sight of the desegregation process, accord- or documents should be requested, War-
black students in individual schools, the ra- ing to Warrior. rior was told, and then it’s up to the School
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tio of black students on buses, and the ratio District to grant or deny the request. “I’ve
of black students participating in extracur- The equity committee will “maintain a had trouble getting data and information
ing the agreement but felt he had no other ricular activities. high level of accountability to the School in the past. Requiring a quorum will make
recourse. If he didn’t sign, then the NAACP Board and citizenry in ensuring compli- it worse.”
would have had to hire a new lawyer to rep- But the agreement is not likely to make ance with the remaining requirements to
resent them in federal court, Brown said. much difference one way or another. The the August 2018 order and facilitating the The agreement repeatedly states the eq-
“We have no money for a lawyer.” School Board has not been complying with achievement of full unitary status,” accord- uity committee can only make recommen-
the reporting terms of the desegregation ing to the agreement. Full unitary status dations “in an advisory capacity,” and has
The mediation agreement, which still order anyway, and the court has not been means a complete lifting of court oversight. no power to mandate policy.
must be ratified by U.S. District Judge Kath- enforcing it.
leen Williams, frees the School Board from Warrior said, however, “the equity com- Each year, the equity committee will
three areas of court oversight. Under the The School Board was supposed to make mittee adds another administrative layer hold a public meeting to present to the
agreement, the court will no longer oversee regular reports to the court about condi- the NAACP must go through to give input. School Board and NAACP areas eligible
integration of school facilities, the ratio of tions in the district, but Warrior says there It dilutes the NAACP’s ability to intervene to be lifted from court oversight, with the
black non-teaching staff to white, and the is not a shred of evidence it did – at least in on behalf of our students.” goal of removal of all court oversight within
ratio of black administrators to white ad- recent years – and a document request filed three years.
ministrators. by Vero Beach 32963 seeking reports to the There will be five members on the com-
federal court produced nothing. mittee, two unpaid volunteers appointed The NAACP’s Brown said he signed this
The court, however, would nominally by the NAACP, two district staff members agreement “because I feared the court out-
retain oversight over closing the academic The mediation agreement further dis- and one unpaid volunteer member ap- come.” But, he added, after we get three
achievement gap between black and white solves the African American Achievement pointed by the four members. new School Board members in the fall elec-
students, mentoring of new teachers, re- Plan Committee, replacing it with an Equity tions, “maybe we can sit down and have a
Committee, thereby reducing NAACP over- When the committee wants informa- real discussion.” 
tion, members must first agree what data

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Citrus Grillhouse now hoping to reopen from fire by Valentine’s Day

By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer es momentum,” Citrus Grillhouse chef/ we haven’t been forgotten. from the insurance company and could
[email protected] co-owner Scott Varricchio said last week. “If anything, there’s a lot of anticipation embark on a complete renovation of the
“But based on the chatter I’m hearing local- popular dining spot, located at 1050 Eas-
When the Citrus Grillhouse finally reopens ly and the feedback I’ve received in emails about when we’re going to reopen.” ter Lily Lane in the Ocean Park complex by
for business in February, the fire-damaged, and letters, we might’ve actually picked up That was supposed to happen in October, Humiston Park, where a kitchen fire in the
seaside restaurant will have been closed for steam. wee hours of March 27 resulted in massive
nearly 11 months – long enough, in many or so Varricchio thought. But the process of water damage.
cases, to have become an afterthought. “Almost every day, in one way or another, collecting from his insurer proved to be more
someone asks me when we’re going to re- challenging – and take far longer – than he County fire inspectors ruled the blaze,
But not in this case. open,” he added. “So we’re still on people’s expected. which wasn’t discovered until 5:30 a.m., an
“Usually, when a restaurant goes through minds, still on the radar, and I’m so thankful accident.
something catastrophic, like we did, it los- It wasn’t until “recently,” he said, that
he received the “first large installment” “We’re just getting started on reconstruc-
tion,” Varricchio said. “There was so much
damage, we had to gut the place. We’ve sub-
mitted our plans to get the necessary per-
mits. Once we get them, we’re ready to go.

“Everything has been designed and picked
out – the flooring, walls, lights, sound-damp-
ening equipment, etc. – and it’s on order,”
he added. “It was just a matter of getting the
money.”

Varricchio and his business partner, Matt
Gaston, are confident they’ll be back in busi-
ness in early February.

“We’ve been playing the holiday game,”
Varricchio said. “First, we were looking at be-
ing open for Halloween, then Thanksgiving,
then Christmas. Now, we expect to be open
before Valentine’s Day.”

When it reopens, Varricchio said, a “new-
and-improved” Citrus Grillhouse will have
a different look and feel, and the setting will
be noticeably quieter. The layout will be fa-
miliar – the bar, kitchen and dining room will
be in the same places – but Varricchio said a
new decor will give the restaurant a “little bit
more formal” ambiance.

“You’re going to walk in and it will look like
a very different restaurant,” Varricchio said.
“It’ll be the same footprint, but we’re doing
a complete redesign. We’re going with softer
tones to get a warmer feel.”

Varricchio also plans to revamp the menu,
which he said will include only two carry-
overs from the restaurant’s previous offer-
ings.

Varricchio, who was in New York last week
to attend what he called an “exclusive, high-
end chocolate camp” offered by a renowned
French pastry chef, continues his travels this
week after spending a few days in Vero.

He’s jetting to San Francisco to work and
observe the staff at famed French Laundry,
located in the Napa Valley and annually rated
among the world’s best restaurants.

“It might be the best restaurant in the
country, so I feel very blessed that they’re
letting me into their world,” Varricchio said.
“This a great opportunity for me to see what
the best of the best do.”

He’ll then share what he has learned with
his new staff, which he expects to include
many of those who worked for him before.

“A large portion of our old staff is biding
time at other establishments,” Varricchio
said. “Once we’re ready to pull the trigger,
they’re coming back – about 60 percent of
them, anyway. We employ about 70 people,
so, considering that we’ll have been closed
for almost a year, that’s a good number.” 

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ELECTRIC SALE stake in the Vero electric sale. In simple terms, Wilson alleges that the challenge, FPL’s Rubin said the Civic Asso-
Larkin has refused to release a list of mem- Civic Association of Indian River Coun- ciation’s filing is “both legally deficient and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ty is an empty shell of an organization that factually inaccurate,” as well as not meeting
bers or to produce a meeting agenda where Larkin dusts off whenever she needs a le- the requirements to establish standing as it
sion’s proposed agency action.” the electric sale was discussed, or meeting gitimate-sounding platform from which to alleges only “speculative harm.”
In FPL’s opinion, Heady did not demon- minutes showing where a vote of the Board launch a political attack or legal challenge
of Directors or corporation officers was tak- of an issue or policy. Wilson also argues that “The Civic Association, dissatisfied with
strate how he would be injured by the sale, en to file the objection and engage Larkin to Larkin has knowingly made false statements the political process that led to the City of
noting that Heady even states he’s not op- represent the entity in the matter. in her filings on behalf of the Civic Associa- Vero Beach (“COVB”) City Council’s approv-
posed to the sale itself, but instead to how tion. The City of Vero Beach has its attorneys al of the agreement to sell the COVB electric
it has been conducted. FPL Senior Counsel Former Vero councilman and utility activ- researching Wilson’s claims to see how the utility to FPL, has filed its Protest Petition in a
Kenneth Rubin also argued in a 10-page mo- ist Charlie Wilson has filed a complaint with city might join the Florida Bar complaint, but thinly veiled – and legally deficient – attempt
tion that Heady has not challenged relevant the Florida Bar saying that Larkin improp- so far that has not happened. to use the administrative process to chal-
facts and that his filing goes way beyond the erly filed the PSC challenge because, Wilson lenge the sale, motivated by political objec-
scope of the matter at hand. argues, Larkin has not shown that she was In FPL’s Aug. 6 motion to dismiss Larkin’s
officially engaged to do so. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
“The Heady Motion is nothing more than
an expression of Mr. Heady’s dissatisfaction
with the political process that led to the exe-
cution of the Asset Purchase and Sale Agree-
ment (“PSA”) for the sale of the COVB elec-
tric utility to FPL,” Rubin wrote in the motion
filed Aug. 10.

With regard to Moran, who describes him-
self as a “deaf American” and who asked for
a PSC hearing with sign-language interpreta-
tion to be held in Vero Beach, FPL basically
lumps him with Heady as a malcontent who
disapproves of how the City of Vero Beach
and individual public officials executed the
electric sale.

Moran even claims in his July 23 petition
that several media outlets – corporate and
independently owned newspapers and tele-
vision stations, plus bloggers and newsletter
publishers – collectively, deliberately with-
held information from the public about po-
tential future increases in FPL rates.

“Nowhere in the Moran Petition does Mr.
Moran identify how he has been or would be
impacted by Order 2018-0336. The Moran
Petition also fails to specifically identify the
substantial interests that have been affected
by Order 2018-0336 or the issues that are be-
ing disputed,” Rubin states for FPL.

Moran’s challenge is described as no more
than a litany of personal beefs with agencies
and individuals.

“The Moran Petition is replete with the
author’s personal misgivings about circum-
stances and events that played out at the lo-
cal level related to the utility sale, including
those related to: voting representation; local
referendum administration; supposed local
media blackouts; Sunshine laws as applied
to local officials; alleged neglect of certain
FPL customers; and impolite attitudes and
behavior of local officials, attorneys, and an
unnamed FPL employee,” the motion to dis-
miss states.

The Indian River Board of County Com-
missioners has petitioned to join the matter
as an intervening party, and the Indian Riv-
er Shores Town Council has voted to do the
same, both supporting the sale as approved
by PSC. If both are approved as intervenors
by the PSC, the county and the Shores would
have the power to issue interrogatories to all
three protesters. This is likely of little conse-
quence to Heady and Moran, but it puts Lar-
kin in the hot seat.

Larkin’s Civic Association has come un-
der fire for not being anything close to what
Larkin purports it to be – an active organi-
zation of 900 engaged members who have a

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ELECTRIC SALE responses have been flying back and forth To show that a substantial number of her in the county budget office and utilities de-
among the parties, but unfortunately for 900 member-clients Larkin says are repre- partment for three decades, said two weeks
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 the public, those documents are either not sented by the Civic Association would be ago that he remembered the Civic Associa-
disclosed, or they are heavily redacted. Tes- substantially impacted by the PSC’s approval tion being very active in the 1980s, mostly
tives that are not jurisdictional to this Com- timony of intervenors is due to the PSC by of the sale, presumably Larkin would need to on land-use issues, but that he could not re-
mission and despite the fact that the typical Friday, Sept. 7, with staff testimony and re- disclose exactly who those people are, where member the group approaching the county
COVB residential customer using 1000 kWh buttals to follow throughout September and they live and whether they are Vero Beach about an issue or being involved with local
per month stands to save approximately $26 a prehearing date on Oct. 3. Then come two electric ratepayers, or FPL ratepayers. politics for decades.
a month by transitioning to FPL’s rates,” Ru- days of hearings on Oct. 9 and 10, moved up
bin states in the FPL motion. from Oct. 10 and 11 so Larkin could attend a Former County Administrator Joe Baird, “Aren’t they all dead?” Baird asked. “I
family reunion. who managed the county from 2004 until he thought they were probably all gone by
Over the past month, interrogatories and retired in 2016, and who held top positions now.” 

HOSPITAL ROOMS In the face of continuing losses, hospital Among the competing hospitals Stroud- “You would think that would be an easy
officials formed a collaborative committee water had in mind was Sebastian River Med- thing,” Van Lith told trustees. “But the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to take a hard look at whether IRMC could ical Center, a 20-minute drive from IRMC. plumbing in our facility runs up and down,
survive as an independent nonprofit hospi- At the time the hospital, built in 1973, five so you couldn’t just take out a floor; you had
“We thought, don’t wait for a new tower, tal. The consulting firm they hired to advise years before IRMC, had just been bought by to take out two rooms on the second floor,
let’s take care of the home we live in,” said them, Stroudwater Associates, reinforced Steward Health and was adding an all-new two rooms on the third floor, two rooms on
Rick Van Lith, who updated the Indian River the idea that IRMC could not afford the three-story bed tower. the fourth floor, and two rooms on the fifth
County Hospital District Board last week on needed expansion. floor.”
how renovations are going. The $62 million project, though delayed
Stroudwater suggested a new bed tower after the change in ownership, resumed in Starting with two or four rooms on each
Like the proverbially high cost of a hospi- would actually cost $170 million and said May with a target completion date of late floor, depending on how many patients the
tal Band-Aid, this quick fix was pricey – $1.2 financing such a project would be ruinous 2019, said spokeswoman Donna Jones last hospital had, workers placed polyethylene
million for the first 96 rooms, with a similar for the struggling hospital, likely earning week. At 94,000 square feet, the tower would barrier sheeting over the doorway, maintain-
amount being discussed for next fiscal year – IRMC a junk rating in the bond markets. add 48 private rooms and 10 operating ing negative air pressure within the room, to
but not nearly as pricey as the major patient Philanthropy, of the ilk that built the stun- rooms, along with an area for physical ther- guard against construction-related airborne
room addition IRMC had been contemplat- ning cancer center two years earlier, would apy and rehab. infection – hospital renovation poses unique
ing. In fact, it was the cost of a new patient be “inadequate” to reduce the risks associat- risks of pathogens getting into the patient
tower and IRMC’s inability to afford it that ed with “the gap between IRMC’s resources The construction will increase Sebastian environment, and the CDC has strict guide-
helped launch the search for a well-heeled and needs.” At the same time, the consul- River’s capacity by 30 percent, to more than lines, enforced by the accreditation group,
partner. tants stressed the urgency of building a new 200 beds. Along with the tower, another the Joint Commission.
patient tower to keep up with the Jones. Ac- 20,000 square feet in the existing low-slung
Hospital leaders first discussed a $100 mil- cording to Stroudwater, IRMC had just five structure will undergo renovation, Jones They yanked out the linoleum flooring,
lion addition in the fall of 2016, but ditched years to bring IRMC’s 40-year-old “chassis” said. Hospitals in St. Lucie and Martin coun- tore down a half-wall and the sink in front of
the idea when first quarter financial results in line with competing hospitals. ties also are upgrading and expanding. it that bisected the room in an awkward way.
came in that showed a $4 million loss. They ripped out dated toilets and their weird
After Stroudwater’s discouraging presen- metal “handlebars,” as Matt Depino called
tation, hospital companies around the coun- them; he has been IRMC facilities director
try began making pitches to take over IRMC. for the past decade.
And a new bed tower was a top priority in
every presentation. And the entire shower stall came out – to
the relief of cleaning crews who had to scrub
The hospital’s various boards eventually hopelessly stained grout lines between tiny
chose to be acquired by Cleveland Clinic, square tiles, never mind discolored metal
which has promised to spend at least $200 drains.
million upgrading and expanding the Indian
River medical campus, building a new pa- A larger, solid surface shower base was
tient tower and more. installed, along with modern safety bars.
Insulation was inserted where there had
In the meantime, hospital officials are been none. Wall tiles in a more contempo-
pushing ahead with renovation of existing rary design were laid, and an interior closet
rooms to help IRMC stay competitive. The was relocated, freeing up more space in the
redo started last October, when hospital room. Fresh paint completed the facelift.
occupancy is typically low, and began with
the East Tower, the largest of three wings Van Lith predicts the east tower rooms –
that jut out like spokes from the central 96 in all – will be finished by Sept. 30, the end
hub’s front façade. of the fiscal year. 

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CRISPR gene editing has potential to write off cancer

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Dr. James Grichnik. firms that “theft,” saying “CRISPR-Cas9 warning that no matter how encouraging
[email protected] was adapted from a naturally occurring gene editing seems now, we’re not quite
PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE genome editing system in bacteria. The there. Yet.
When Scully Welsh Cancer Center direc- bacteria capture snippets of DNA from
tor Dr. James Grichnik talks about some- PR/Cas9 process has shown it can now invading viruses and use them to create He cautions that “putting something
thing that sounds a lot like “crisper,” he “recruit” cells in our blood to fight cancer DNA segments known as CRISPR arrays. into a patient that years later turns out to
doesn’t mean the refrigerator drawer where tumors. As the Washington Post put it in a The CRISPR arrays allow the bacteria to be a cancer that you induced because the
you store your lettuce. July 2018 article, it does this by transform- ‘remember’ the viruses. If the viruses at- virus integrated into the wrong location is
ing a type of white blood cell that normally tack again, the bacteria produce RNA seg- the underlying fear. We’re going to have sit-
Instead, he’s talking about CRISPR/Cas9 targets bacterial or fungal infections into a ments from the CRISPR arrays to target the uations where we probably induced a mu-
or “clusters of regularly interspaced short living cancer drug which, “like microscop- viruses’ DNA. The bacteria then use Cas9 tation or we created a problem … but the
palindromic repeats,” a new and possibly ic bloodhounds,” can track down tumors or a similar enzyme to cut the DNA apart, hope is that would be very, very rare.”
game-changing type of gene editing that and kill them. which disables the virus.”
may prove capable of stopping cancer – Continuing on what he calls “the risk ben-
and a host of other diseases – dead in their Grichnik almost gleefully admits “we stole It’s obviously a complex topic, but a efit ratios,” Grichnik points out that similar
tracks. it from nature.” clearly energized Grichnik makes it at least risks are found in today’s cancer treatments,
somewhat clearer. including chemotherapy.
Vox.com calls CRISPR “one of the biggest The National Institutes of Health con-
and most important science stories of the “So, cells naturally don’t want to be ac- “We have patients [on chemo] where
past few years, which will probably also be cepting DNA from the outside world. What we’ve cured the cancer,” Grichnik contin-
one of the biggest science stories of the next we have to do in our research centers is ues, “but we’ve hurt their immune system
few years.” develop a number of techniques to get so much that they get infections. Or they
DNA into cells so that we can study them get anemia which [also] causes problems.”
The U.S. National Library of Medicine or change them in one form or another.
agrees. It says “genome (or gene) editing is A number of approaches have developed Still, this world-renowned melanoma ex-
a group of technologies that give scientists through the years.” pert remains enthused about CRISPR.
the ability to change an organism’s DNA.
These technologies allow genetic material One older approach [compared to CRIS- “Genetic engineering is where the power
to be added, removed, or altered at partic- PR] is electroporation which, Grichnik is now. I think we feel comfortable with en-
ular locations inside the genome,” and it says, “is essentially electrocuting cells. You gineering the immune system to kill cancer
goes on to say CRISPR is “faster, cheaper, fry them in an electric field. You poke them and that’s what we’re talking about today.”
more accurate and more efficient than oth- full of holes and DNA gets in. It may even be
er existing gene editing methods.” pulled in by that electric current.” A topic he hopes is only slightly further
down the road relates to children born
In ongoing laboratory tests, the CRIS- Grichnik goes on to offer a caveat, with autoimmune blistering diseases. Fix-
ing those infants’ skin cells so they don’t
have to have those horrible diseases is
something Grichnik feels may also be pos-
sible soon.

Asked to pull out his crystal ball and
make a prediction, Grichnik stoically says,
“I think we’re going to see this in the next
few years. I think that technology is mov-
ing very quickly now and I think three to
five years is a very rational timespan. I
think the reality is the advances we’ve
made in cancer therapy in the last decade
have been enormous and the ability now to
engineer the immune system to specifical-
ly clear cancers is huge.”

Dr. James Grichnik is the medical director
of Vero Beach’s Scully-Welsh Cancer Center,
located behind the Indian River Medical
Center. 

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App-y days are here in fighting coronary artery disease

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer Dr. Lilian Ahiable. the medication and we also do some life- When asked why, in an area chock-full of
[email protected] style changes. Once the patient is stable on cardiologists, people on the Treasure Coast
PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE a medication, it’s mostly going to be maybe should come to see her, she pauses and flash-
Worried about a heart attack brought on every six months to a year check-up, mostly es a winning smile. “I’m fresh from training.
by coronary artery disease (CAD)? “What we advocate now in terms of diet,” just make sure that everything is going on I have the latest updated information on car-
Ahiable explains, “is the Mediterranean diet, well.” diovascular care. I’m very outgoing. Very pa-
Dr. Lilian Ahiable, a fresh face at the Stew- which is based on olive oil, legumes, beans, tient-oriented. Very friendly and I definitely
ard Medical Group in Vero Beach, is using a fruits and vegetables and more of those than The good news, according to Ahiable, is give the best care that is out there.”
modern mantra to help stop CAD. your red meat. And more exercise.” that while statins used to be something pa-
tients had to take for the rest of their lives, Dr. Lilian Ahiable is with the Steward
There is, she says, an app for that. The American Heart Association now today it’s generally accepted that in many Medical Group in Vero Beach at 3745 11th
And why not? recommends that everyone over the age of cases, with changes in diet and exercise Circle, Suite 105. The phone number is 772-
The American College of Cardiology says 20 get a cholesterol test or lipid panel to de- routines, “we can probably get them off that 794-7791. 
that every 40 seconds, someone in this coun- termine their low-density (bad) cholesterol, medication.”
try dies from CAD. high-density (good) cholesterol and their CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Indeed, the ACC says cardiovascular triglycerides, but the rules – or guidelines –
diseases in general and coronary ar- for lipid panels have, according to Ahiable,
tery disease in particular account for recently been revised.
roughly 800,000 U.S. deaths a year.
If an “app” can help slash those num- “So what the guidelines say now,” she says,
bers, that’s got to be a good thing. “is if a patient has significant risk factors such
“I have it on my phone,” says Ahiable. “You as hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary
can plug in your risk factors and it ranks your artery disease or diabetes, they automatical-
10-year risk of having a coronary artery dis- ly go on a high intensity statin.
ease. It gives you a score.”
For the record, CAD is the narrowing or “Initially if someone comes to me with
blocking of arteries leading to the heart. It the high blood pressure, I would love to
is caused by the buildup of cholesterol and see them again in three to six weeks [to see
fatty plaque deposits along the inner walls how prescribed treatment is working]. And
of those vessels. If that plaque restricts or what I would probably advocate is for them
blocks the flow of blood to the heart, a heart to have one of those blood pressure mon-
attack – and sometimes death – can occur. itors at home to check it while they’re on
But Ahiable is also quick to point out that
while an app might be able to predict, it can’t
by itself protect you from developing CAD.
She cites risk factors that include “high blood
pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obe-
sity,” which are largely up to the patient to
address.
But the app can serve as motivation to
change bad habits and seek needed treat-
ment, and addressing those risk factors ear-
lier in life can make a big difference later on.
Today, Ahiable says, pediatricians as well
as primary care physicians are actively look-
ing for telltale signs of CAD so that “lifestyle
changes” including diet and exercise can be
put into play sooner rather than later.
Let’s face it: Old habits are hard to break.
It’s easier to start healthy habits early in life
and stick with them.
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Bonz all ears as Snickers the rabbit tells his ‘tail’

floor and over to where “It WAS! My FAV-rut time’s Christ-

Hi Dog Buddies! another Sheepdog lay mas. We watch Mom an Dad deco-

This week’s innerview was a First. I woof snoozing. He gracefully rate the tree, then, me an Ophelia sit
you not. Me an my assistant headed off
to innerview Snickers Yowonske, a rescue leaped over the napping under it. It’s real cozy. An we never
from The Keys. Snickers is a 6-year-old
Holland Lop. I hadn’t heard of that breed, pooch. “This is Coral, my eat the orna-mutts.”
so I Googled.
best friend. We’ve been to- A serious countenance crossed
Turns out, Snickers is a rabbit. A RABBIT!
Bein’ a spaniel, innerviewin’ isn’t the first gether since I was a kit.” Snickers’ liddle bunny face. “You see
thing that pops into my head when I think of
rabbits. More like: chasin,’ huntin,’ retriev- A small white rabbit how fortunate I am, Mr. Bonzo, but
ing.’ Maybe even lunch. But then I realized:
I’m a Journalist. I’m civilized. I reach out to thumped over to Snickers. many are not. Me an my family run a
all species so we can learn more about one
another and live in harmony. Or at least, not They touched noses an Rabbit Rescue, Hops-A-Lot (Ophelia
chase one another up trees or down holes.
Hey, if I can learn to be friends with cats, why she plopped down next to named it). We save pet rabbits who
not rabbits, right?
So, all the way to Snickers’ house, I was re- him. “This is my girlfriend, get bought, often on Easter, then,
peating, “Rabbits are friends, not food!”
When the door opened, I was surprised to Ophelia. So, shall I begin?” when the liddle humans get bored,
be politely greeted by two Shetland Sheep-
dogs anna lady. “I’m Neptune,” said the larg- “Absolutely.” I nodded to they get returned; or stuck inna cage
er. “This is Mojo, a silly pupster, an our Mom,
Jennifer. Our Dad Frank, Snickers an the oth- Ophelia. Snickers tucked alone, out in the yard, away from
ers are in the living room. Come on in.”
“The others?” I thought. Along the front his paws under. the family; or, the WORST, let loose
wall was this big, nice wooden house with
a screen front an several tidy apartments. “I was born on a domes- in the woods, cuz humans think
Bright bunny eyes and fuzzy bunny noses
peeped out from each. Their Mom reached tic rabbit farm on Big Pine we’ll just hop over to some wild rab-
in an lifted out a large brown an white rabbit
with long brown, floppy ears. He sat on his Key. Then, I don’t know why, bits and live hoppily ever after. But
Mom’s knee and stared straight at me.
“Snickers, I presume,” I said in my most they had to close. Before wild rabbits DON’T get along with
respectful voce calma. “I’m delighted to
meet you.” they could find homes for PHOTO: ANTHONY INSWASTY Snickers pet rabbits. They NEVER let us join
“It is my understanding that you do not us, there was an accident their famly. We’re DIFF-runt.”
intend to chase me or otherwise cause me and we all got out and ran
distress. Is that correct?” he said, in a small, “I had No Idea!”
very firm voice.
“You have my word as a Spaniel and a away. I got lost from every- “Us pet rabbits don’t have a
gentleman,” I assured him. “I only wish to
hear your story and take notes.” bunny and ended up on the clue how to survive in The Wild.
“Cool Carrots!” Snickers hopped to the
side of the road. I was con- fused an hun- hafta remind him what’s what. He likes to We usually get sick, or run over, or eaten.

gry, afraid to move a hare, when this human come into my apartment, mess up my blan- It’s a Big Problem. We’re tryin’ to get Good

girl driving by stopped and got out. I hopped kets, eat my ledduce an hide my toys. But Pet Parents to not buy rabbits in stores,

right to her. She scooped me up, stuffed me he’s very fun to bunny around with.” but to save a rescue rabbit instead. The

inna box and an took me to her Dad’s shop. “What DO you guys eat? Lotsa carrots, I bet.” shelters have many wunnerful Rabbits in

An guess what? She turned out to be my “Ackshully, no. Carrots have too much sug- Need. We’re social, fas-TIDDY-us, an get

Mom an Dad’s daughter Brianna.” ar. They’re just for treats. Mostly, we eat hay.” along with other pets an humans. An, of

“Woof, Snickers, I guess rabbit’s feet really “Hay? No carrots? But what about Bugs course, we’re Exceedingly Adorable. I think

are lucky,” I blurted, immediately wishing I Bunny?” things would be much better for domestic

hadn’t. Fortunately Snickers had a sense of “That’s just in his movies. They’re just rabbits if humans unnerstood more, don’t

humor. props. He doesn’t inhale. For my birthday, you, Mr. Bonzo?”

“Especially when they’re still on the rab- Mom made me a special treat: a big bowl of “I hope so, Snickers. I think my pooch pals

bit,” he replied, not missing a beat. “Mom crispy ledduce, juicy strawberries and carrot can help spread the word.”

an Dad couldn’t find my owner, so they kept candles.” Heading home, I was realizin’ how clue-

me, even though they didn’t know diddly “Sweet!” I said. less I’d been about rabbits. I knew they

about rabbits. I’ve been in this wunnerful weren’t rodents, cuz I’d Googled. (They’re

family ever since. Coral took me under her DON’T BE SHY Lagomorphs, which is cool, but not that
paw first thing. She said, ‘Don’t worry, little important.) So let’s think about helpin’ our

fuzzball. You’re safe now.’ First off, she ex- We are always looking for pets rabbit pals by spreadin’ the word, OK?
plained the Potty Box Concept. Mom put a with interesting stories. Till next time,
bunch of ’em all over, an I got to pick my fa-
vorite one. Neptune showed me how to use To set up an interview, email The Bonz
the Doggie Door. [email protected]

“Me an Mojo get along great. Sometimes I

Harborside villa evokes
charm of Italy in Grand Harbor

5510 E. Harbor Village Dr. in Grand Harbor: 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,632-square-foot waterfront villa offered for $1.39 million by
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services agent Mary Frances Driscoll: 772-766-5942

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Harborside villa evokes charm of Italy in Grand Harbor

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer A third waterway, the harbor’s northern the two-car garage entrance hidden from antiqued-brass pulls abound. A separate
[email protected] inlet, is viewable from the third-floor bal- street view, disguised as a jutting wing. bar area with mirrored shelving would
cony, where one might sip Chianti while The entrance is recessed and off-center to keep Hemingway home for cocktails and
The next owner of 5510 E. Harbor Village tracing a seagoing yacht’s ceremonious the right with a marble stoop and double nightcaps.
Dr. may feel transported to a villa in Italy as passage through the strait. mahogany doors hinting at the richness
they look through windows and off balco- within. A formal dining room with a tray ceiling
nies throughout the house that catch views The home has a slight height advantage just off the kitchen makes catered or holi-
of sparkling waterways and the river below. over its neighbors, the owner putting in The narrow floor plan ingeniously day feasts a given.
a third-floor balcony that looks down on telescopes from narrow hall and col-
Located on the choice spit of land that The home office features custom ma-

separates Grand Harbor’s 25-acre yacht cascading red barrel tile rooftops. umned arched doorways to the living hogany built-ins displaying gilt-edged vol-
basin from the Indian River Lagoon, the Also like Italy are the nearly windowless room in back, which soars two stories umes. The next owner may want to use the
home’s front faces at the picturesque har- high, the back wall mostly glass, with room as a fifth bedroom, however, since a
bor while the back overlooks the river. sides of these Mediterranean-style villas, doors below and airport-size viewing full bath is next door, and a room used as
Gem Island looms mid-river with more set side-by-side on narrow lots. They po- windows above. A curvy azure pool and home gym is adjacent.
forested spoil islands to the north. litely respect each other’s privacy. spa with privacy plantings on the sides is
the last stop before the aperture widens A work-horse laundry room with stor-
The paver driveway is crisp and new, to take in the river. age is next to the garage, which has more
built-in storage.
The living room fireplace with a marble
surround, built-in custom-wood cabine- “The owner was always upgrading it,”
try and big-screen TV makes the fireplace Berkshire Hathaway Home Services listing
wall the focus after the sun goes down. The agent Mary Frances Driscoll said. “When
second-floor loft living room overlooks it, he built it in 2002, it was greatly custom-
where guests or the younger generation ized with numerous upgrades as well.”
can do their own thing while staying so-
cially connected with those below. During The pool was converted to healthier
the day the loft has a view of the river. saltwater recently, with a new heater put
in. A new five-ton air conditioner and wa-
The kitchen was recently remodeled, ter heater are also recent upgrades.
and it too is a series of L-shapes leading to
an intimate five-sided, mostly glass room, The saturnia marble floors through-
an eating area overlooking the lagoon. Lin- out the house, most laid on the diagonal,
gering over meals will have new meaning. complement the high baseboard molding.
Heavy crown molding and curved corners
Miles of counters and an island are add to the sculpted feel of the interiors.
topped with exquisite celery-colored gran-
ite. Ivory-finished wooden cabinets with You may take the stairs or the elevator to
the second and third floors.

Three bedrooms, two that share a bath

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Year built: 2002
Home size: 4,632 square feet 2426 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart
Lot size: 50 feet by 134 feet
Construction: Concrete block and stucco Licensed & Insured

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Additional features: The Grand Harbor country club com-
munity is loaded with amenities, including two golf courses,
marina, tennis, fitness, oceanfront beach club, restaurants,
social activities and 24-hour gated security; home has views of
the river from three levels, heated saltwater pool with spa, vol-
ume ceilings, marble floors, granite counters, custom built-ins,
closet systems, elevator, designer lighting and fans, recessed
lighting, crown molding, tray ceiling, plantation shutters, win-
dow treatments and its own security system
Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Listing agent: Mary Frances Driscoll, 772-766-5942
Listing price: $1.39 million

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: AUG. 27 THROUGH AUG. 31

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

A smashing final week of August on the mainland real estate front saw the sale of 60 single-family
residences and lots from Aug. 27-31 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the home at 1620 E Rosewood Court, first
listed in June for $629,000, sold for $580,000 on Aug. 29.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Kelly Fischer of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s
International. The buyer’s agent was Debbie Fields of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$580,000
VERO BEACH 1620 E ROSEWOOD COURT 6/11/2018 $629,000 8/29/2018 $467,500
VERO BEACH 4805 FORSYTH STREET 10/28/2016 $549,000 8/30/2018 $400,000
VERO BEACH 27 PARK AVENUE 7/5/2017 $495,000 8/31/2018 $375,000
SEBASTIAN 7677 130TH STREET 6/2/2018 $425,000 8/31/2018 $364,500
VERO BEACH 1105 54TH AVENUE 7/3/2018 $369,000 8/30/2018 $355,000
VERO BEACH 3930 58TH CIRCLE 5/29/2018 $374,500 8/31/2018 $325,000
VERO BEACH 2215 47TH TERRACE 7/24/2018 $330,000 8/29/2018 $320,000
VERO BEACH 832 CAROLINA CIRCLE SW 5/2/2018 $335,000 8/30/2018 $319,900
SEBASTIAN 722 ROLLING HILL DRIVE 7/6/2018 $329,900 8/30/2018 $317,000
SEBASTIAN 422 KUMQUAT AVENUE 1/30/2018 $349,000 8/31/2018 $305,000
VERO BEACH 1898 GREY FALCON CIRCLE SW 4/3/2018 $319,900 8/31/2018 $302,500
VERO BEACH 7581 14TH LANE 7/9/2018 $325,000 8/29/2018 $300,066
SEBASTIAN 365 SANDCREST CIRCLE 4/7/2018 $300,066 8/31/2018 $285,000
VERO BEACH 552 HATTERAS COURT SW 3/12/2018 $300,000 8/29/2018

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

4805 Forsyth Street, Vero Beach 27 Park Avenue, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/28/2016 Listing Date: 7/5/2017
Original Price: $549,000 Original Price: $495,000
Sold: 8/30/2018 Sold: 8/31/2018
Selling Price: $467,500 Selling Price: $400,000
Listing Agent: Jim Knapp Listing Agent: Joe Kovaleski

Selling Agent: Alex MacWilliam, Inc. Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Margot Crawford Ginny Mitchell

Vero Realty LLC Coldwell Banker Paradise

7677 130th Street, Sebastian 1105 54th Avenue, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 6/2/2018 Listing Date: 7/3/2018
Original Price: $425,000 Original Price: $369,000
Sold: 8/31/2018 Sold: 8/30/2018
Selling Price: $375,000 Selling Price: $364,500
Listing Agent: Sherry Carrigan Listing Agent: Jason Gill

Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Joti Hahn Ben Bryk

RE/MAX Crown Realty Coldwell Banker Paradise

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1 Intrigued by conspiracy the-
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Vero Beach Theatre Guild lauds
Steven Dietz’s “Yankee Tavern”
– the second show of the Guild’s
2018-2019 season – as an “edge-
of-your-seat thriller,” and quotes
a line from Joseph Heller’s 1961
novel “Catch-22” to further peak
your interest: “Just because you’re
paranoid doesn’t mean they’re
not after you.” With director Jonn
Putzke at the helm, the play tells
the story of soon-to-be-married
Adam, who owns a run-down
New York City bar and becomes
increasingly entangled in private
and national intrigue, stoked by
his deceased father’s best friend,
barfly and hardcore conspiracy
theorist. Amidst the mounting
chaos, a stranger appears and
quickly blurs the lines between
conspiracy theory and reality.
Putzke wants audiences to know
that, although “9/11 serves as the
show’s backdrop, ‘Yankee Tavern’
it is not a story about 9/11.” As the
New York Times puts it, “Mr. Dietz
likes his symbolism heavy, but in
‘Yankee Tavern,’ he mostly just
wants to play with our heads.” Can
it possibly be a coincidence that
the show opens this coming Tues-
day, Sept. 11? I think not. Fierce.
Funny. Gripping. Mind-bending.
Pick one. I hear the set is fabulous,
too. Show times through Sept.
23: Tuesday through Friday, 7:30
p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults, $30; students, half
price. 772-562-8300.

2 There’s no subject so insig-
nificant that Jerry Seinfeld

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Stage smörgåsbord: Sumptuous Theatre Guild season on tap

By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent courtroom drama, a spin on a owner in what Putzke calls “an edge- and fast, the show has a vaudeville
[email protected] Christmas classic, and comedies of the of-your-seat thriller centered around aesthetic to it that cries out for rim shots.
literary and adult persuasions. the conspiracy theories of 9/11.”
The Vero Beach Theatre Guild put a toe “We wanted the 61st season to be one that “The Savannah Sipping Society” runs May
in the water this past July with “Dixie Swim will be remembered for many years to come,” Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones 7-19. This comedy is written by Jessie Jones,
Club,” the first production of its huge 61st said stage director Jon Putzke, Guild president. wrote that the play “… accomplishes a num- Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the same
season. And with next Tuesday’s opening of There’s nothing better to ramp things up ber of things in the theater that are very diffi- trio who wrote “The Dixie Swim Club,” which
“Yankee Tavern,” the nonprofit community than with a production of “Yankee Tavern,” cult to do at once and has many useful things launched the season this summer.
theater dives right in with a season packed which runs Sept. 11-23 and is directed by to say about how most of us stake out a po-
all yearlong with productions. Puzke. sition that rejects what we see as outlandish In addition to these mainstage shows, the
Written by Steven Dietz, this unusu- conspiracy theories, even as we remain less Guild brings back its popular Apron Series
There’s a thriller, a drop-dead-hysterical al play is set in a New York bar named the than convinced that the government is dis- for Readers Theatre. A stage “apron” is the
whodunit, a couple of heart-warming come- Yankee Tavern. In it, a young couple gets pensing the whole truth.” deck of the stage in front of the grand drape,
dies and an iconic American musical come- involved with a possible nut-job of a bar so the Guild closes the grand drape and sets
dy. Additionally, the Apron Series for Readers Next up, “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for actors on that little bit of stage in front to de-
Theatre serves up four goodies, including a the Holidays,” runs Nov. 6-18. This is a popu- liver the presentations.
lar comedy written by American farce-meis-
ter Ken Ludwig. Set in 1936 in a dreary Con- In conventional Readers Theatre, actors
necticut castle, it concerns a Broadway actor place the written plays onto music stands
who has had his turn as Sherlock Holmes. and then interpret the characters and action
Over-the-top characters and razor-sharp without benefit of costume, props, scenery
one-liners make this a favorite of theaters and staging. Done right, Readers Theatre
around the country. can be as exciting as an actual production.
It’s just a different form.
“Miracle on South Division Street” runs
Jan. 15-27. Written by Tom Dudzick, the The four Readers Theatre productions
warmhearted comedy is about a family, faith this season are:
and deathbed confessions.
“12 Angry Men” runs Oct. 12-14. This is
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Sherman L. Sergel’s classic drama of 12 ju-
the Forum” runs March 12-24. This is one rors deciding the fate of a young man ac-
of the American musical theater’s funniest, cused of murder.
goofiest and most loved works. Created in
1962 by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” runs Dec.
with music by Stephen Sondheim, this show 8-10. Written by Tom Mula, this is a wonder-
has arguably graced every stage on the conti- ful take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” In it,
nent. And boy, does it have legs. Whip-smart

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Jeff Hall, set coordinator; John Putzke, president; and Phillis Rock,
vice-president, on the set of Yankee Tavern. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Marley is given the chance to redeem Scrooge Guild, is already known for serving up some- themselves on San Juan Avenue in their own Vero Beach resident Shane Frampton says
and by doing so, redeem himself. thing for everyone. 300-seat theater (in) a converted church.” it is a beloved institution, adding that a cou-
ple of her favorites were “The Pajama Game”
“A Night in the Theatre” runs Feb. 8-10. Founded in 1958, the Guild was itinerant in Fast forward to 2014, when the Guild reno- and “Making God Laugh.” They entertained
Written by Lawrence Casler, this revolves nature, initially producing its shows in an old vated the space to a three-story facility which and had some “wonderful” talent on stage,
around a couple and their friends who talk naval base and schools, while storing props now houses props and costumes as well as a she said.
throughout a production of “Hamlet.” and costumes in people’s garages. In 1973, it rehearsal hall and, of course, the mainstage.
became the resident acting company in the “It’s a charming community theater,” she
“Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight” old Riverside Theatre building. But when the Since then, the Vero Beach Theatre Guild said. “It’s warm, friendly and a lovely place to
runs April 12-14. Written by Peter Ackerman, decision was made to turn Riverside into an has seen a growing number of directors, ac- spend the evening.”
it is an adult comedy with naughty one-lin- Equity theater, the Guild decided to look for tors, board members, backstage personnel
ers served up by three randy couples. a new home. and patrons. Tickets begin at $15 for the mainstage pro-
ductions and at $12.50 for the Apron Series
“This season, we have something for ev- “The Guild stood by its mission statement, “From a converted church, the Guild ren- Readers Theatre.
eryone,” said Putzke, adding that more work that it would be a community theater for, of ovated, remodeled and became the proud
than ever has gone into the selection of their and by the people of the Vero Beach commu- owners of their own theatre,” Putzke said. The Vero Beach Theatre Guild is at 2020 San
plays and musicals. nity,” Putzke said. “So they bid farewell to the “Thousands of volunteer man hours made Juan Avenue,Vero Beach. Call 772-562-8300 or
Riverside, crossed the bridge and planted the campus the hub of family oriented, com- visit VeroBeachTheatreGuild.com. 
For sure, a community theater with a munity theatre.”
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Center Walt Disney Theatre this Saturday,
Sept. 8, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
can’t get a joke out of it. That sometimes her Grammy-winning, critically acclaimed
uncanny gift will be on display next Thurs- album “Ingenue,” with a live performance
day, Sept. 13, when the man himself takes of the platinum-selling record, in its entire-
the main stage at the King Center in Mel- ty, which contains the Grammy winning
bourne. The man the King Center calls single “Constant Craving.” According to
“America’s premier comedian” got his start Wikipedia, Lang first earned international
in the big time in 1981 with an appearance recognition in 1988 when she performed
on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. as “The Alberta Rose” at the closing cere-
His career took off like a rocket, hitting the monies of the Winter Olympics. Lang re-
top when he partnered with fellow come- ceived another huge career boost when
dian Larry David to create what many con- Roy Orbison picked her to record a duet of
sider one of the greatest and most influ- his standard “Crying,” which won them the
ential sitcoms ever made – “Seinfeld.” The Grammy for Best Collaboration with Vocals
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Survivors unite in the fight at ‘Making Strides’ kickoff

Kneli Spencer, Bonnie Wetherell, Theresa Woodson, Alan Dritenbas and Lynne George. Victor Basile, Luke Basile, Dr. William McGarry and Dr. Raul Storey. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Suzi April, Ron Stransky, Michael Malsbury and Elizabeth April. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE B6
Laura McGarry and Albert Del Tufo.

By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer and women likely to be diagnosed with “We see today these individuals that Men Wear Pink participants over the
[email protected] breast cancer this year, as many as 41,400 have overcome the thorns to be like gor- next several months, in an effort to raise
will succumb to it. geous pink roses, a beautiful reminder of additional awareness and funds toward
The 9.23 Community Center at Christ life and grace,” added Tripp, noting that research and services.
Church Vero Beach was awash with the With those daunting statistics in mind, roses are a symbol of love, beauty and
blush of rose-colored hope last Tues- emcees Scott Tripp and Chelsea Rose of strength, and that the newly diagnosed Victor Basile, Ralph Carter, Dan Chap-
day evening at the 2018 Making Strides 93.7 WGYL punched up the energy level, feel the sting of its thorns. pell, Bill Conti, Bob DelVecchio, Alan
Against Breast Cancer Kickoff party. Can- reminding participants and survivors Dritenbas, Mark Heyer, Mayor Harry
cer survivors, teams and individual walk- that “what unites us, ignites us.” Breast cancer survivor Elizabeth April Howle, Dr. Theodore Perry, Dr. Jason
ers, businesses and other supportive or- shared the story of her own struggles as Radecke, Dr. Nicholas Rutledge, Harold
ganizations enjoyed a fun-filled evening Cancer survivors were acknowledged a three-time survivor, recounting her Schwartz, Dr. Raul Storey, Capt. Milo
as they geared up for the MSABC walk for their strength and courage, each giv- initial hesitation to share the diagnosis Thornton, Andrew Trilla and William
to benefit the American Cancer Society. en a pink rose and a survivor sash. with others. It wasn’t until a 1999 MSABC Watkins will be donning fuchsia, coral,
This year’s walk, 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at River- walk that she admitted for the first time roseate and rose to support the women in
side Park, is presented by Seacoast Bank, “Survivors are the heart of our Making publicly that she was a breast cancer sur- their lives who have been diagnosed with
with event leader Laura McGarry. Strides Against Breast Cancer event, and vivor. breast cancer.
the reason why we continue to do what
After catching up and enjoying a buf- we do at the American Cancer Society,” April said the ACS played a significant Last year close to 2,500 Indian River
fet catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, said Rose. role in her survival through its support of County MSABC participants strode their
the pink-hued group gathered for a mo- research that led to the development of way around the park, raising $120,000 to
tivational session on how best to opti- Herceptin, a targeted chemotherapy that help fund the ACS mission to save lives,
mize their efforts to support the ACS she received for 13 years after her third celebrate lives and lead the fight for a
goal of eradicating breast cancer. The breast cancer diagnosis. world without cancer. Funding supports
evening was chock-full of fundraising cancer research, patient support, preven-
tips, team-building activities and even a “The victory of this drug is my victory. tion and education, as well as breast can-
rousing game of MSABC bingo, where at- It has the potential to be the victory for cer detection and treatment.
tendees learned more about the dreaded millions more,” said April. “For those of
disease. you living with cancer – keep on forging For more information call 772-562-
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Jeremy Lloyd, Nancy Madsen and Dr. Nancy Baker.

Chelsea Gallant, Ralph Carter and Shannon Haynes. Jack Lamothe, Gwen Lamothe and Grace Lamothe.

Don Reagan, Lola Brown and Lillie Holt.
Alan Dritenbas with mom, Kathy Dritenbas.



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‘Board’-certified excitement at Throwdown Skim Jam

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Chris Ellison. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Nicole and Tim Capra with Fin, Marleigh, and Penny.
[email protected]

Mother Nature occasionally played
havoc Saturday, at one point clearing the
beach with bolts of lightning, but in the
end the tenacity of the competitors and an
army of volunteers prevailed at the 2018
Throwdown Skim Jam hosted by shore lb.
and Mulligan’s Beach House.

Later in the day, and long into the eve-
ning, Walking Tree Brewery hosted an af-
ter-party and awards presentation, where
a mobile skate park was set up to promote
the Vero Beach Skate Park Alliance.

Already billed as the world’s largest
one-day skimboarding competition, orga-
nizer Chris Ellison, founder/CEO of shore
lb., said the event continues to grow.

“This is one of our largest years ever,
maybe the largest,” said Ellison. “We’ve

Jacob Valentin. Amanda Martin, Jeanne Talbot and Brooke Malone. Coltten Tkaczow.

Hayden Darras. Alistair Rockley. Tim Everest. Dawson Carstairs.

got 110 competitors who have traveled lingo all their own – and are judged on skateboarding,” said Brooke Malone, a “He’s got a long way to go with chemo-
from all over the United States, as far as such criteria as how hard the ride was, Skate Park Alliance board member. “To- therapy and surgeries, so we decided we
California. We’ve got some of our buddies how well and how many times they did the kyo in 2020 is going to have street skate as wanted to help the family out,” said Elli-
in from South Africa and our buddy Salty tricks. The skateboarders just showed off an Olympic sport. It duplicates what it’s son.
just got back in town from India. So the their skills; there was no competition. like to skateboard through an urban area,
whole world has showed up for our con- which our kids can’t do because it’s illegal “I think it’s very, very nice of them; I’m
test.” “He’s a little daredevil; this is his second in the city. It’s not illegal in the county but very thankful they’re doing this,” said
time on a skateboard,” said Lindsey Tk- there’s nowhere to do it. We’re way behind Fannin.
Contestants self-identify based on skill aczow of 2-year-old son Coltten. “I’m su- what other cities are doing.”
level into one of five divisions – I Suck (be- per excited for him. He already has a cou- “He loves the ocean; he’s mainly a fish-
ginner), I’m Good (intermediate), I’m Bet- ple of tricks. He’ll have a helmet next time Proceeds were to be split between erman but we have lots of friends who
ter (advanced), I’m Going Pro Tomorrow for sure. We definitely support getting a the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association have been into skim for a long time,” said
(expert) and I’m a Professional; reclassi- skate park in the neighborhood. I think it’s and Skate Park Alliance, but this year all his mother, Mandy Gaudreault. She said
fied if judges feel they’re competing in the good, positive thing.” agreed to donate funds to support Breton after 10 weeks of chemo he will have sur-
wrong division. Fannin, 13, a Storm Grove Middle School gery to remove the tumor, followed by
“We’re trying to raise awareness and student recently diagnosed with osteosar- more chemo and likely additional surgery.
Competitors ride out, hit waves and inform the public about the need for al- coma in his left tibia, and his family. “Chris and Tiffany (Ellison) are amazing.
execute various maneuvers – rife with a ternative play spaces; it’s not just about They’re making this happen for him.” 

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Chuck’s Seafood: Wonderful venue for fine, fresh seafood

By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Blackened Cobia.
[email protected]

It had been another sultry August day
but still no rain when we arrived a bit af-
ter 7 at Chuck’s, the venerable Fort Pierce
seafood restaurant on an inlet to the Indi-
an River Lagoon an easy half-hour drive
south of Vero.

The hostess led us to a table in the sec-
ond-floor dining room, and it was then we
noticed there were tables available outside
on the veranda.

Lucky us! We love dining on Chuck’s
balcony, where ceiling fans produce a
nice breeze even on an evening when
there is none – and you can watch the
boats returning to their marinas as you
enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine.

The hostess tried to warn us off – rain’s
coming, she said – but we decided to risk
it, claimed a table on the veranda right
next to the railing, and watched the storm
clouds move in from the east.

Soon, there was a light rain. When it
showed signs of turning into a downpour,
we moved across the aisle to a table a bit
farther back against the wall. Then finally,
le deluge.

But we remained totally

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Fried Shrimp.

dry (well, perhaps not the soles of our for the latter. dress. The atmosphere, even in the din- Hours:
shoes), and the sound of the rain – and Chuck’s fried shrimp – butterflied and ing room, might charitably be described 3-9 pm, Sunday - Thursday
the somewhat cooler air it brought – pro- as casual. On the deck, even more so.
vided the perfect al fresco ambiance for very lightly breaded – are generally as (closed Monday);
another wonderful evening of dining at good as you are going to find anywhere, But for good fresh seafood, simply pre- 4-10 pm, Friday & Saturday
Chuck’s. and this evening proved no exception. pared, the food measures up to that in
My husband’s cobia could well have been most white-table-cloth restaurants. Beverages: Full Bar
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though at that price, it was probably just stuffing, the plump and juicy broiled
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CAN DECLARER FOLLOW LINE A AND LINE B? WEST NORTH EAST
J983 652 K 10 7
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist J 10 9 7 643 82
8 K 10 5 4 9763
Tia Mowry, an actress and model, said, “Having a second chance makes you want to work A K Q 10 762 8543
even harder.”
SOUTH
Bridge players should work hard to try to spot a second chance to make or break AQ4
a contract. This week’s deal is similar to last week’s, but with one critical difference: AKQ5
Dummy’s diamonds are stronger. How does that affect South’s approach in three no- AQJ2
trump? West cashes his four club winners, then shifts to the heart jack. J9

South’s sequence, a strong, artificial and forcing two clubs followed by two no-trump, Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both
showed a balanced hand with a good 22-24 points. North dredged up a raise, more in
hope than expectation. The Bidding:

Declarer starts with eight winners: one spade, three hearts and four diamonds. As in SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
last week’s deal, it seems that the ninth trick must come from either a successful spade 2 Clubs Pass 2 Diamonds Pass
finesse — a priori a 50-50 shot — or a 3-3 heart split — which is only a 35.53 percent 2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass LEAD:
chance. So, yesterday, when South could try only one or the other, he banked everything A Clubs
on the spade finesse.

This week, though, declarer can afford to discard a high diamond on the fourth club,
keeping the spade ace-queen and all four hearts. Then, when South takes trick five in
his hand, he can cash his other top hearts to see if they divide 3-3. Here, they do not, so
declarer cashes his four diamond tricks, discarding the heart five, and takes the spade
finesse.

Finally, note that if West has the spade king, he cannot be squeezed, because he discards
after South.

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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (AUGUST 31) ON PAGE B16

ACROSS DOWN
1 Trade (8) 1 Male deer or rabbit (4)
5 Lump of earth (4) 2 Arena (7)
9 Type of platter (7) 3 Sleepwear (12)
10 Fear (5) 4 Imp (6)
11 Totalitarianism (12) 6 Midday meal (5)
13 Countryside walk (6) 7 Interpret, solve (8)
14 Energetic (6) 8 Grateful (12)
17 Suspect, unproven (12) 12 Regular (8)
20 Radiate (5) 15 Unlawful (7)
21 Seashore gravel (7) 16 Tight bodice (6)
22 Towering (4) 18 Alike (5)
23 Spires (8) 19 Charges (4)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three
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ACROSS 51 Compass pt. tribesman 54 FDR’s Park
125 L.A. judge in the 57 Northern African
INSTRUCTIONS: In this 52 Dog’s cousin
puzzle, all 8-letter answers 53 Latin deeds news, 1995 capital
are noted personalities 54 Thatch dwelling 126 Gullible dog in 58 Gesturing G.I.
with 4-letter first and 55 Computer 60 Reputed founder
last names (like MORT Garfield
SAHL). Clues to their keyboard key 127 MOVIE of San Francisco
identities are listed in 56 Outfits 61 Worked at,
caps but in random order. 58 “Runaround” girl PRODUCER
For example, the answer 128 Quarterback as one’s trade
to 1 Across may appear of song 62 Tavern
in any 8-letter location 59 Confines to a Marino 63 Stole, for one
in the puzzle EXCEPT 129 “Boy!” 64 Little drum
at 1 Across. Use the sickbed 130 Some poems 66 TV BATMAN
crossing words to get you 62 Women’s wear 131 ACTOR 67 GODFATHER
started and cross off the
capitalized clues as you daily? DOWN COMPOSER
discover where names go. 63 ISRAELI 1 Impact sound 68 French pronoun
2 Nigerian native 71 Hear ___ drop
SCHOLAR 3 Wt. units 73 Home of the
65 Hefty chunks of 4 Scottish girls
5 Make (a bull) safer Ewings
rock 6 Rhyme scheme 76 Earth hue
69 Totaling job: abbr. 7 Nostrils 78 “Isn’t It ___”
70 Alfalfa’s amour 8 Picnic pest 80 Some rtes.
72 Seeped 9 “The deal’s off” 82 Run new lines
74 Concerning 10 Butter substitute
1 MADONNA 75 Fibber McGee’s 11 GENTLEMAN JIM on a ship
MARRIER 84 Rowboat need
9 First animal- medium STAR 85 Bridge coup
77 ACTRESS IN 12 Skater Sonja 86 EXODUS
rescue guy HAVANA 13 Breastbones
13 States, in the 14 Millennium AUTHOR
comics 79 Bout settings 15 Element in metal 87 CHINESE-BORN
81 Film’s blueprint
16 TV alien plating ACTOR
19 MONTY PYTHON 83 Golfers’ org. 16 NIXON LAWYER 90 MR. SOCIALISM
MEMBER 84 “... that married 17 “PUPPY LOVE” 91 Atticus Finch
dear ___”
20 Outdated, spelled SINGER portrayer
in an 85 E. Murphy’s old 18 Business card 93 Mt. St. Helens
outdated way show
88 Coop denizen number spew
21 You, in France 89 Singer Pinza 25 Takes a forbidden 95 Cozy, book-lined The Washington Post
22 Maude star
23 VAMPIRE 91 Buddies look rooms
92 Health haven 28 Bank confiscation, 96 Back-comb
CHRONICLER 94 German songs 97 Despicable
24 RUSSIAN-BORN briefly 98 Went too far with
ACTRESS 96 Horse’s gait 30 1970 film, The 100 Wax colorer
97 Aloe ___ 102 Zellweger and
26 It holds your hat 98 Singer Redding Mind ___ Soames
27 “___ the first on 31 OLYMPIC Fleming
your block” 99 JOSE JIMENEZ 104 “Ten Cents ___”
COMIC RUNNER 107 The Jungle Book GANG OF FOURS By Merl Reagle
28 Having more 101 Like 130 Across 32 EX-TV COP
space 34 ___-truth bear
29 Fargo director Joel 103 “He ___ the poor 36 Photographer 109 Tale
31 Muslim noble, from the sword” 112 Milk choice
(Job 5:15) Diane 114 Dust Bowl fleer
variantly 38 Business VIP 116 Knee neighbor
33 Home of the Mets 105 Complain 39 Seagoing 117 Fill with verbiage
35 Eloi girl in The 106 ___ bite 119 Greek letter
(eat on the run) affirmative 120 Ebony’s sister
Time Machine 108 Lodge members 40 Crossed home
37 Smoke passage magazine
39 1986 sci-fi sequel 110 Car damage plate 121 Writer LeShan
41 Jobs and 111 An ex-Supreme 42 Tied, as shoes 122 Entirely
113 Dry ___ (parched) 44 “___ pray ...” 123 Napoleon’s field
Wozniak’s baby 115 Peter I was one 47 Bullfight sound
43 SINGER 49 Inexperienced marshal
45 Talks incessantly 117 D.C. denizen
46 The Centennial St. 118 PLAYWRIGHT boxer
48 Poisonous snakes 120 M*A*S*H-ER 52 Madison’s st.
50 Elton’s partner 124 Philippine 53 Of hearing

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