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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-07-19 14:04:05

07/19/2018 ISSUE 29


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Island panhandler For breaking news visit
takes midday break
to ‘grab a cold beer’ IRMC becoming
stroke center

Staff Writer Staff Writer

Talking to a reporter last Panhandling, a recent phenomenon in Vero, last week spread from the mainland to the island. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD In a bold move, Indian River
week at the southwest corner of Medical Center has signed an
Beachland Boulevard and State Sidewalk along Bethel Creek road draws few complaints exclusive contract with three
Road A1A, a chatty and well- highly specialized neurolo-
equipped panhandler from In- BY RAY MCNULTY they have received few com- near Jaycee Park to Beachland gists who worked previously
diana wiped the sweat from his Staff Writer plaints about the new side- Boulevard at the base of the at Lawnwood Regional Medi-
brow and asked, “Is it 1 o’clock walk being installed along Barber Bridge. cal Center to turn the Vero
yet?” Despite some early resis- Indian River Drive East and Beach hospital into a compre-
tance from homeowners who Live Oak Road, a continuous In fact, Vero Beach City hensive stroke center.
Told that it was, he closed didn’t want their front yards roadway with two names that Councilman Val Zudans, who
up his red and black umbrella, disturbed, city officials say curves from State Road A1A lives on Indian River Drive This will be a rare and pres-
put away his cardboard “Help” tigious designation for a small
sign, and prepared to depart CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 community hospital, and to
the intersection on a bicycle the credit of leaders here, the
loaded with his belongings. move was put in motion even
before the Cleveland Clinic
He said he was headed down set out to acquire IRMC – a
the street – to Mulligan’s Beach process that should be enter-
House Bar & Grill. ing its final phase in a matter
of weeks.
“Haven’t had much luck to-
day and it’s really hot outside, The upgrade in stroke care
so I think I’ll go grab a cold at Indian River is bound to
beer,” said the blond-haired impact the stroke program
man, who refused to give his at Lawnwood, even if it finds
name. “I’ll be back for the eve-

Residents of The Shores worry about safety of pipeline
that will carry reuse water under lagoon to John’s Island

BY KATHLEEN SLOAN long reuse water pipeline lawns, will endanger the In- Pipeline is set to run along Old Winter Beach Road.
Staff Writer that is slated to run along the dian River Lagoon and their
edge of their community. homes, and that the plan-
Residents of The Shores ning process for the project
showed up at the July 10 They said installation of has been faulty.
County Commission meet- the 16-inch diameter pipe,
ing to ask commissioners for which is intended to carry a Commissioners admitted
help in delaying construction million gallons a day of coun- they had not been aware of
of the $6 million, five-mile- ty reuse water to John’s Island cautionary information pre-
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Bethel Creek sidewalk gust, when the newly built sections about the traffic increase, which “Back when we first started talking
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of sidewalk will connect with existing homeowners said threatened the to people in that neighborhood and
short stretches at each end of the resi- safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and asked if they wanted a sidewalk, more
East, said his neighbors have told him dential road and provide a safe walk- pets, by posting “NO THRU TRAF- than 50 percent said they wanted it,”
they’re pleased with how the project is way through the picturesque island FIC” signs at the neighborhood’s en- O’Connor said, referring to a 2015 sur-
turning out. neighborhood. tryways at A1A and Beachland. Vero vey sent out by the city. “But when we
Beach police also cracked down on came out with our plan, we had more
“Everyone I’ve talked to is happy,” When the sidewalk is finished, pe- speeders along the roadway, partic- people against it.”
Zudans said. “The city, and especially destrians won't have to walk in the ularly between Greytwig Road and
the workers, deserve a lot of credit. narrow roadway, which has seen an Mockingbird Drive. That’s because the city’s initial plan
They’re doing an outstanding job. increase in vehicular traffic in recent put the sidewalk on the north side
They’re paying attention to detail and years as motorists began to use it as But when a majority of homeowners of Live Oak and the west side of In-
making it look nice.” a cut-through to avoid backups at the along the Live Oak-Indian River Drive dian River Drive, and homeowners
intersection of A1A and Beachland, es- East corridor voted in favor of a side- on those sides of the road didn’t want
City Manager Jim O’Connor said pecially during Vero Beach’s busy win- walk, O’Connor took the proposal to their property disturbed.
the project, which began last month, ter months. the City Council, which approved the
should be complete by the end of Au- $220,000 project. Also, the plan called for a 12-foot set-
The city responded to complaints back from the roadway and a 6-foot-
wide sidewalk, and the homeowners
were reluctant to part with that much
of their property – even though the
land they viewed as part of their yard
was actually part of the city-owned

“Nobody wanted it in their front
yard, which is not unusual when
you do sidewalks,” O’Connor said.
“Some people feel like you’re tak-
ing away their property. Others don’t
want people walking in front of their

So the plan was amended to include
only a 5-foot setback and 5-foot-wide
sidewalk, which proved to be enough
to satisfy the opponents of the city’s
initial proposal.

Sidewalk proponents began gath-
ering homeowners’ signatures and
presented O’Connor with a petition
in favor of the sidewalk earlier this

“It’s a pretty road, and a lot of walk-
ers, runners and bikers like to go
through there,” O’Connor said. “And
the makeup of that neighborhood is
getting younger and more active. So
all that, combined with the increase in
traffic, convinced people that the side-
walk was needed.”

O’Connor said the only complaint
he has received since the project be-
gan came when heavy rains forced a
work stoppage, after the ground had
been dug up.

“One person called and wanted to
know when we were going to fill it in,”
he said. “But you can’t pour concrete
in the rain.”

The other calls, O’Connor said,
were from residents thrilled by the
look of the already-completed sec-
tions of the new sidewalk.

“Everything worked the way it was
supposed to,” Zudans said. “The city
came up with a plan, got feedback
from the neighborhood, and then ad-
dressed the concerns raised by the

“Now we’re getting something we
need, something that will make the
neighborhood safer,” he added. “The
sidewalk on my street is in my front
yard, and I think the city did an awe-
some job with it.” 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 19, 2018 3


Beachside panhandler traffic is stopped and someone in a car Local Charitable Organizations” un- Both Currey and O’Connor said
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 is waving a dollar . . . one of our offi- derneath in smaller black letters. the panhandlers seem to know what
cers would have to see them do it.” they’re legally allowed to do and, for
ning rush hour.” In addition, the police department the most part, stay within the law.
Later that afternoon, Vero Beach Currey said he has seen some of “the still gets calls from the public com-
regulars” still on the corners, often plaining about the presence of the “I still see them out there, even in
City Manager Jim O’Connor seemed standing near or sitting right in front panhandlers. this summer heat,” O’Connor said.
perturbed when he learned of the ex- of the city’s signs, which read: “DUE “They really don’t cause problems, per
change. TO PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS, “We hope the signs have deterred se, except when somebody stops in
PANHANDLING IS DISCOURAGED” some people, and we think it has traffic and hands them a bill.
“I’m glad he’s enjoying his stay here,” in red letters, with “Please Donate To helped some,” Currey said, “but we’ve
O’Connor said sarcastically. Then, his been dealing with this for a while now.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
tone becoming more stern, he added,
“It takes a lot of nerve for him to say NEW LISTING
what he said.”
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ted by panhandlers, and last winter
the city installed signs that discourage
panhandling at major intersections.
But the panhandlers are still at it, es-
pecially at U.S. 1’s intersections with
State Road 60, 17th Street and Aviation

At least one of them has now set up
shop on the island.

“I don’t think there’s anything more
we can do, legally, to prevent it,”
O’Connor said, adding that he and
Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey
consulted with City Attorney Wayne
Coment before concluding that an or-
dinance banning panhandling would
be difficult to defend in court.

In fact, Vero Beach officials opted not
to follow the city of Sebastian, which,
in July 2016, passed an ordinance that
prohibits panhandling at 12 intersec-
tions, including those at County Road
512 and U.S. 1, Barber Street and U.S.
1, and County Road 512 and Roseland

The Sebastian ordinance makes
it unlawful “for any person to solicit
money for any cause” at the city’s “busi-
est and most dangerous intersections,”
where “drivers need to be most alert
and more aware of their surroundings.”

O’Connor said he has not proposed
a similar law to the Vero Beach City
Council because, after discussing Se-
bastian’s ordinance with Coment,
“we’re not sure it’s legal.”

Currey said panhandlers are not
breaking any existing law as long as
“they’re on a sidewalk, not disrupting
the flow of traffic and not accosting
people,” and that police “need to be
careful not to violate their constitu-
tional rights.”

He said the panhandlers “aren’t sup-
posed to go onto the roadway, but if

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Beachside panhandler ing unable to pay the rent at her 26th panhandling at the intersection of as we stay out of the road, there’s no
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Street home. U.S. 1 and Aviation Boulevard, said the law against it.”
bicycle she rides around town was giv-
“The problem is, people are giving The man on the island said he “used en to her by Teddy Floyd, the Sheriff’s As O’Connor said: “We can’t prohibit
them money,” he added. “As long as to have a lot of money,” but he lost it Office’s community relations deputy. people from standing on the sidewalk.”
that continues, the panhandlers will all in a divorce. He said he can’t work
be out there.” because he has a “bad back” and a She said some motorists or their Or going to get a cold beer between
“bad heart valve that needs surgery,” passengers yell obscenities at her as panhandling shifts. 
The panhandlers interviewed last so he turned to panhandling. they pass by, but she shrugs them off.
week by Vero Beach 32963 at three Reuse water pipeline
local intersections – U.S. 1 and 17th “All I own is what I’m wearing and “People don’t know our stories,” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Street, U.S. 1 and Aviation Boulevard, what I’ve got on that bicycle, so I have Cynthia said, adding that she’s always
and Beachland Boulevard and A1A – no choice,” he said. “I’ve been in Vero polite and grateful when drivers offer sented by residents but voted unani-
all had their own story. Beach about two months, but I’ve only cash, food, clothing and shoes. “We mously to move the project forward
been on this corner a few days. have backgrounds. A lot of us have anyway, granting John’s Island Water
Some had been panhandling for gotten educations and had jobs. We Management District a construction
years. Others were new to the lifestyle. “I tried doing it by the Cumberland just fell. easement it needed to proceed with
All said they were once productive Farms on U.S. 1, but there was a guy on the pipeline.
members of society, only to be driven every corner,” he added. “So I thought “We’re not scumbags.”
to desperation by health issues, the I’d come over here and see how it goes. As for the city’s anti-panhandling The proposed pipe starts at the
loss of their jobs or other cruel twists signs, the panhandlers say they’ve no- county’s reuse water tank at 77th
of fate. “The first couple of days were pretty ticed no real difference in behavior. Street and Old Dixie Highway, goes
good, but I’ve haven’t gotten much While some drivers point to them and south along Dixie Highway and U.S. 1,
A man who identified himself as love lately.” shrug, others ignore them, open their and then east to the lagoon. It contin-
Kevin said he had been an electrician windows and continue to give money. ues for another mile 80 feet below the
for 27 years, working locally at Indian The panhandlers said local law en- “The people who are going to give, lagoon and then runs along Old Win-
River Medical Center and Sam’s Club, forcement checks on them regularly, they’re going to give, anyway,” Cynthia ter Beach Road before bending south
but he recently turned to panhandling but not to hassle anyone. Instead, the said. “The people who aren’t going to along A1A to reach John’s Island.
because a severe hernia – which he roadside beggars praised the police of- give, now they have an excuse. But do
was quick to display – prevents him ficers and sheriff’s deputies for being the signs bother me? Absolutely not.” Tom Ether, a resident of The Shores,
from doing his job. courteous, even helpful. What does bother her, she said, is gave a presentation to the commission
being on the roadside begging – some- that included illustrations showing
A woman who identified herself at “The police come by every day and thing she says is temporary. that the path of the proposed pipeline
Cynthia said she lives “in the woods” they’re always friendly,” the island “I hate this,” Cynthia said. “I don’t crosses a fault line that runs under the
and has been panhandling for two panhandler said. “One of the guys saw want to be out here. Most of us don’t lagoon near the subdivision.
years, since losing her housekeeping my sign, which says ‘HELP,’ and told want to be doing this. But for some of
job at Historic Dodgertown and be- me I should add the word, ‘PLEASE.’ us, we’ll starve if we don’t. And as long He said directional drilling needed
He also told me to go to a shelter called
The Source, which was really nice.”

Cynthia, who for months has been

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 19, 2018 5


to extend the pipeline deep under the bly damage homes in The Shores and along County Road 510 and goes un- asking John’s Island Water Manage-
lagoon could destabilize the uncon- the adjacent River Club community. derground along State Road A1A. ment to share an engineering study
solidated soils and cause the pipe to done by Knight, McGuire & Associates
break and leak, which would violate Ether pointed out that the county He said no one has explained why to show why this existing route was re-
St. Johns River Water Management already has a pipeline carrying reuse this safer, existing pipeline could not jected, and asked if the county had ex-
District’s rules prohibiting the flow of water to the island, which doesn’t go be extended five miles south to John’s amined the study to determine if the
reuse water into the lagoon and possi- under the lagoon or in front of houses. Island.
It is attached to the Wabasso Bridge CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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Reuse water pipeline “time traveling” in order to effectively es along the route. Photos verifying sink into the land and seep back into
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 respond. their existence, taken by Pelican Island the lagoon, polluting it. Third, the vi-
Audubon Society President Richard brations from directional boring could
“more dangerous and probably more The Shores group enlisted the aid of Baker, did not sway the FDEP’s deci- cause structural damage to nearby
expensive” new pipeline is necessary. Sen. Debbie Mayfield, who facilitated sion. buildings. Fourth, directional boring
a meeting among 60 participants and is very hard to control, and along the
County Commission Chairman Pe- the FDEP in April. The group asked the Geologist Gail Evanguelidi, who drill path the soils go from sand to silt
ter O’Bryan and County Administrator agency to make public its reasoning lives in The Shores, said she informed to gravel, which may cause additional
Jason Brown both said the county had and evidence for rejecting the existing three FDEP geologists of the fault line, destabilization.”
not received or looked at the study. route and choosing the ecologically which was detected and mapped by
dicey route under the lagoon. the U.S. Geological Survey in 2001, About 10 homes in The Shores are
Commissioner Bob Solari said other and that none of them was aware of its at risk, Evanguelidi said, “but there are
governmental agencies overseeing “We know John’s Island needs to ir- existence. three houses in the River Club, the de-
permitting for the pipeline were re- rigate and the county needs to dispose velopment across the street, which are
sponsible for studying the issues, and of its wastewater, preserving the Flori- “The fault line connects the Flori- the most vulnerable. I don’t think they
said they should be held accountable dan aquifer for drinking water,” Ether dan’s saline and fresh water layers,” know what’s going on. They [John’s Is-
– not the county. said. she said, “[and] it has fissures in it; the land] are not putting down bonds for
directional bore vibrations could com- people’s homes.”
After the meeting, Ether said his “We’re in favor of that. But we need mingle the layers. The FDEP geologist
group is, in fact, trying to hold the to see and agree on facts and solutions. said, ‘No problem,’ but they haven’t Jim Moller, president of the John’s
Florida Department of Environmen- Why this tortuous route that leaves a done the calculations or research to Island Property Owners Association,
tal Protection accountable, but that pipe in shifting sands that could break make that assertion.” which oversees John’s Island Water
county commissioners will also be and pollute the lagoon? Management, defended the pipeline
held “politically responsible, as our Evanguelidi said that when she sub- route and permitting process.
elected representatives” for endanger- “Why choose a route that has to go mitted the permits and soil sample
ing the lagoon and their homes. 80 feet down to avoid the FPL pipe al- tests to petroleum and structural engi- He said the study related to the per-
ready there? Why drill in front of our neer Asad Hayatdavoudi, who has ex- mitting process started three years
Regarding FDEP failures, Ether said houses and not on John’s Island prop- perience with directional drilling proj- ago and that the existing pipeline
affected property owners – those with- erty, making us, not them, vulner- ects, he told her, “You cannot do this.” path was rejected two years ago, in
in 500 feet of the route – weren’t prop- able to cracks? The reasons should be part because of doubts about its long-
erly notified by FDEP about the pipe- made public.” “He gave four reasons,” Evanguelidi term viability.
line permitting process. Notices sent said. “First, he said the sands, gravels,
in April gave residents until this past The homeowners also asked the silts – the unconsolidated soils – could “We have a pipe going over the 510
January to protest the permit, which FDEP to supply missing documents collapse. Second, the soils or muck causeway that the . . . [Florida Depart-
would have required them to do some in the environmental impact assess- from the boring will be placed on the ment of Transportation] wants to get
ment, which failed to detect endan- land and it’s full of bacteria, which will rid of,” Moller said. “That’s our con-
gered indigo snakes or gopher tortois-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 19, 2018 7


cern; the DOT will take the existing Under the current plan, which was Before that, patients from Vero were are typically caused by bleeding in the
bridge out and put in four lanes and approved by the Town of Indian River transferred to Orlando’s Florida Hos- brain, known as a hemorrhagic stroke.
the pipes won’t be allowed.” Shores in February, John’s Island is pital or Orlando Regional Medical
getting the permits and building the Center or to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Because tPA has to be administered
In addition, Moller said the numer- pipeline, which will be deeded to the Palm Beach. There are no comprehen- within three hours of the stroke, it is far
ous driveways along the five-mile county when it is complete. sive stroke centers in Brevard County. more limited in its uses. Intervention-
stretch of A1A between the terminus al methods, on the other hand, have
of the existing line and the lake in In exchange, the county will sell The prospect of having the more been shown to restore blood flow in the
John’s island that has been designated John’s Island 1 million gallons a day of acute stroke therapy here is a life- blocked artery to the brain’s tissue up to
as a reservoir for additional reuse wa- reuse water at half the going rate for saving one for patients who otherwise 6 hours after the stroke. And data from
ter would require directional boring to 25 years, allowing the agency to re- would lose precious time being trans- a 2017 trial known as DAWN that used
avoid tearing up the driveways, mak- coup project costs. John’s Island will ported to another hospital, potentially a stent retriever – what Gheith calls a
ing it an expensive option. also receive a 20 percent royalty for re- losing brain function along the way. “stent on a stick” – opens the window
use water sold to other communities for certain patients up to 24 hours.
Extending the existing route would within Indian River Shores.  “A transfer time of 60 minutes, that’s
also put John’s Island last in line for 20 million neurons lost. That’s enough Interventional neurology is a field
county reuse water, with Orchid Is- Comprehensive stroke center to lose the memory of a grandchild. so new, there is not yet a board to cer-
land, Windsor and Disney properties CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 It’s enough time to lose the ability to tify its specialists. Gheith trained at
getting it first. “There may not be a swallow, and that’s a huge deal,” said Medical College of Wisconsin, one of
million gallons a day left by the time it replacements for the doctors; there Dr. Ayman Gheith, one of the doctors only five in the nation that is accred-
gets to us,” Moller said. “This is a more are only 800 physicians in the nation hired by IRMC. He along with Drs. ited for graduate medical education
direct route and we have a 25-year specializing in the interventional neu- Vikas Gupta and Akram Shhadeh are in interventional services, he said. He
contract guaranteeing it.” rology, a service that must be offered among only 800 neurologists nation- spent eight years there following med-
around the clock, along with stroke wide who have trained in interven- ical school, graduating in 2014.
Moller said the fault line Ether high- critical care and advanced imaging, tional neurology.
lighted is in a rock layer below the un- for a hospital to be designated a com- That training was extensive. “To
stable sand layer the directional bore prehensive stroke center. These doctors employ a recently graduate from any fellowship, you
will cross, and so poses no danger. developed technique: brain surgery need 250 procedures,” he said. “In my
As the only such center until now done from inside an artery that can fellowship I did over 1,500. Over the
Other issues the residents have along the Treasure Coast, Lawnwood clear out a clot too big to dissolve with last four years, I think I’ve done close
raised will be addressed, Moller said. has since 2016 regularly treated Indi- the “clot-busting” drug tPA, in use to 3,000 more.”
Noise will be at a minimum, trucks an River’s most severe cases of stroke. since 1996 for the treatment of isch-
and drilling equipment “shielded,” emic strokes. Those strokes, almost Gheith’s partner Gupta trained in
and seismographs placed to monitor always caused by blood clots, account three specialties: neurocritical care,
any geological side effects created by for 80 percent of all strokes; the rest vascular neurology and interventional
the drilling.

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Comprehensive stroke center “Our mission statement aligned Interventional methods were first As talks began in earnest with
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 with not only Indian River but also the used in the 1960s to close aneurysms, Arubah in April, Van Lith coordinated
Cleveland Clinic,” Gheith said. “It was first with balloons, and later with em- with Todd Bibens, Indian River’s vice
neurology/endovascular surgical neu- a great opportunity for us to really fill a bolizing coils. It wasn’t until the 2000s president of operations, to develop a
roradiology. A graduate of the Uni- niche in an underserved area.” that doctors began treating not only plan that would not only add an inter-
versity of Calcutta who went to med hemorrhagic stroke, but ischemic ventional neurology suite, but stream-
school at the University of Michigan, Collectively, the three doctors com- strokes caused by clots. Then in 2015, a line the entire process of a stroke vic-
Gupta’s residencies and fellowships ing to Vero have specialized in seem- cluster of five major randomized trials tim getting optimal care. That meant
were at the University of New Mexico, ingly every aspect of stroke, the na- showed the procedure was effective, treating the patient from ER to imag-
the University of Iowa and Rutgers tion’s fifth leading cause of death and something doctors like Gheith had ing to procedure or ICU on a single
University. the leading cause of disability. All three seen with their own eyes: paralyzed floor of the hospital.
have trained in neuro critical care and patients undergoing a procedure un-
He taught vascular and interven- interventional neurology, both key to der only light sedation suddenly be- Patients suspected of stroke trigger
tional neurology full time at the Uni- comprehensive stroke care. gan to move again. a phone call from EMS to alert doctors
versity of Missouri, where he was the a patient is on the way. (An ambulance
director of the comprehensive stroke They are particularly versed in me- The surgery-from-within was so is the only recommended way to get
center there. chanical thrombectomy – removing dramatically effective, Gheith said, to the hospital in the event of stroke
large blood clots with advanced surgery. that clinical trials posed ethical ques- symptoms such as a droopy face,
The third partner, Shhadeh, went tions, since the technique worked so weakness or paralysis in the body and
to medical school in Damascus, Syria, “If you have a clot length of 8 mm well that there could be a threat of law- confused speech.)
and did a residency in neurology at or greater, the chance of it opening up suits if patients in the control group
Temple University, and fellowships at with just the medication (tPA) is zero,” were denied treatment for the sake of “We’re the docs that meet you in the
Rutgers in vascular neurology and en- said Gheith. “Although this therapy is science. ER, we’re the ones that make the de-
dovascular surgical neuroradiology. not for every stroke patient, a large cision as to whether or not you need
proportion of those patients would ’We had been talking for a couple of a procedure, and if you do, we’re the
The doctors, who came to know qualify. It could mean a difference years and we had said, ‘Gee, maybe you ones who do it,” said Gheith. “And if
each other through training and con- between a tracheotomy and a nurs- ought to come up from Lawnwood and you don’t, you go to the ICU and we’re
ferences, are part of an independent ing home because of a devastating have two hospitals that you serve,’” the ones that manage you in the ICU.
group known as Arubah Neuroscience completed stroke, versus the ability said Rick Van Lith, Indian River’s vice We basically stay with you from the
Institute. to make a meaningful recovery and go president of strategic planning and moment you come in until the mo-
home to your family.” business development. “Because the ment you’re coming home or going to
The expected takeover of Indian science has changed, we wanted to rehab. That’s what makes it compre-
River by the Cleveland Clinic is a ma- Guided by various types of radiolo- have access to that for the residents of hensive care.”
jor reason the group chose to come to gy, doctors can thread a catheter from our community. Then the opportunity
Vero Beach, though both Gheith and a tiny incision in the leg, up through presented itself for us to get together The new higher-acuity stroke center
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CT scanner that captures quadruple the plane machine. “We’ll use the existing
data in less time than the more com- facility as we build out something here.”
mon 64-slice scanner, with 90 percent
less radiation exposure to the patient. “Machines are important, but I will
The scanner can be loaded with special tell you something, and I’m going to
software for neurology. stress this: It’s really the physicians’
expertise that’s going to make a differ-
And soon, Gheith says, the hospital ence,” said Bibens.
will be updating the stroke center with
a new biplane angiography machine. For Gheith, it didn’t take data from
With two big C-arms arcing over the published trials to prove that differ-
table where the patient lies, the doc- ence his field can make. “We as inter-
tor can spin the machine around the ventionalists have always known that
patient’s head to take pictures, and this was beneficial for patients. When
study those images as they appear just I take a devastated patient who’s
in front of him, on the other side of the completely paralyzed, and I take that
patient. clot out and they start to move on the
table, that is why we wake up at 2 in
It is similar to the machine used in the morning and rush into the hospi-
heart disease treatment, but provides tal, because you can take people from
images on multiple planes. Until then, the brink of death and send them
the group will use the existing single- home.” 


BY BETH WALTON Practitioners at these facilities broke
the law by prescribing excessive and un-
Staff Writer necessary painkillers, authorities claim.
Drugs were so easy to access that pa-
State prosecutors recently strength- tients from as far away as the Midwest
ened their case against several defen- traveled to Florida for prescribed opi-
dants accused of running a “pill mill” oid narcotics like Oxycodone.
in Vero Beach. The Fourth District
Court of Appeals overturned an earlier Culpable doctors and other health-
ruling and found police work done by care professionals made millions from
a local sheriff’s deputy outside his ju- people’s growing addiction and pain,
risdiction was admissible. they say.

The order usurps Circuit Court The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
Judge Cynthia Cox’s earlier determina- embarked on a year-long investigation
tion that Maj. Eric Flowers, then a nar- into the Stuart Pain Management Center
cotics detective with the Indian River in 2011. At that time, Flowers obtained a
County Sheriff’s Office, was acting out warrant for a phone tap that yielded in-
of bounds when he secured search formation about pain clinic activities in
warrants for defendants’ property in other counties throughout the state.
Broward and Palm Beach counties.
He then went to judges in those
Florida statue has no requirement that counties to obtain warrants to search
someone who applies for a warrant be the property of several defendants.
an officer of the law, therefore jurisdic- Flowers did not execute any of the
tion is not relevant, opined Judge Spen- warrants and remained at home while
cer Levine. Appeals Court Justices Bur- local law enforcement and the DEA
ton Conner and Alan Forst concurred. searched the homes in other counties.

“The statutes merely require the af- Laws regarding jurisdictional author-
fiant be ‘some person’ or ‘some cred- ity are there to prevent police overreach,
ible person,’” they wrote, comparing argued defense attorney Donnie Mur-
the issue to police officers making a rell at a hearing in West Palm Beach.
citizen’s arrest outside their jurisdic-
tion. “The officer did not violate the Flowers used evidence obtained in
‘under color of office’ doctrine be- Indian River County to secure war-
cause he relied on evidence lawfully rants elsewhere, he said. He didn’t
obtained,” they said. partner with local law enforcement or
follow the fellow-officer rule.
The panel heard oral arguments in
the case in May after Cox’s 2017 rul- It’s not the same as a private citizen
ing jeopardized the state’s aggressive applying for a search warrant, Murrell
prosecution of those behind the now- explained. Detective Flowers has more
closed Stuart Pain Management Cen- assumed credibility than Mr. Flowers.
ter in Vero Beach and other allegedly The evidence he used to obtain the
fraudulent pain management clinics. warrants, the wiretap conversations,


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‘Pill mill’ evidence of a clear and unambiguous statute. launch a statewide investigation target- ate pain clinics, distribute pills for profit
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 If the warrant application satisfies ing a complex web of doctors and clinics and grow the organization, he writes.
that extended from Miami to Pensacola
were under seal, and only available to probable cause and a judge has juris- and resulted in 14 high-profile arrests. “Basically, this organization has
officers of the law. diction, all that matters is that the appli- blanketed the State of Florida with
cant is a “credible person,” Acuña said. Among those arrested were Lewis their ‘franchise’ clinics in an effort to
“Frankly, judge, in most modern Stouffer, 37, of Coconut Creek; Clark Jef- attract pill seekers from all corners of
courthouses, a civilian isn’t going to be Flowers was not asserting his au- frey Thompson, 38, of Pompano; and the state and beyond.”
able to get to a trial judge to apply for thority when he went to those counties CraigTurturo, 38, of Boca Raton. All three
a warrant. I mean it’s the uniform that to get warrants; rather, he was apply- men lived outside of Indian River Coun- This is a battle the Sheriff’s Office
got him there.” ing for it, she explained. The attorneys ty at the time their homes were searched is fighting every day, Flowers said re-
for the defendants are not challenging using warrants filed by Flowers. cently. “We know this is a very real
The Legislature has already spoken on the content of the warrants at all, only problem around the state and in In-
this issue, countered Assistant Attorney the signatory. Stouffer was “the organizational dian River county.”
General Kimberly Acuña in an attempt leader of the drug trafficking, money
to have Cox’s ruling overturned. “The “I’m glad the 4th DCA affirmed my laundering and racketeering organiza- It’s crucial to continue these prose-
statutes control,” she said. An Appeals actions were correct,” said Flowers. He tion,” the detective alleges in court fil- cutions, he said. These are the original
Court cannot modify the plain language said he felt vindicated by the ruling and ings. Thompson, Turturo and others defendants, the people who started
happy the courts found in his favor. were “lieutenants” designated to oper- the epidemic. “I hope we get closure
in the near future.” 
Flowers’ detective work helped

State will withhold
$2.1 million from
local School District


Staff Writer

Because the School District gave
the state incorrect numbers and other
faulty information over the past sev-
eral years, the Florida Department of
Education has decided to withhold $2.1
million from the support it provides an-
nually to Indian River County schools.

The state auditor found the School
District claimed to be transporting
117 more students on school buses in
2015-2016 than actually was the case,
resulting in decision to withhold ap-
proximately $625,000 in state funds, ac-
cording to a presentation given by Assis-
tant Superintendent of Finance Carter
Morrison during budget workshops.

“Noncompliance related to student
transportation resulted in 10 [negative
audit] findings and a proposed net ad-
justment of negative 117 students,”
the Auditor General’s report states.

A second loss of state money was re-
lated to career tech education.

For two years in a row, in 2015 and
2016, the Auditor General chided the
district for not expending its adult ca-
reer tech or “Workforce Education Pro-
grams” funding, and for having no plan
for the money provided by the state.

Morrison said the most recent audit
findings regarding the district’s fail-
ure to follow guidelines in the use of
the adult career tech money resulted
in a $1.5 million cut in state funds. As
a result, local tax dollars will be used
to pay for the new adult technical col-
lege adjacent to Gifford Middle School
instead of “Workforce Development”
funds the state would have provided.

School Board members did not ask any
questions about the loss of more than $2
million in state funds, and did not re-
spond to a request for comment. 


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Take a bow! Block string camp builds on its success

Staff Writer

Students of the ninth annual Mike Student band ‘The Ridiculous Four’ perform at the Mike Block String Camp. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Block String Camp had an opportu-
nity to show off their collaborative PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
creativity at the final concert of the
Vero Beach International Music Fes-
tival last Saturday afternoon at First
Presbyterian Church.

The concert marked the conclu-
sion of the intensive week-long music
camp, which this year drew 95 stu-
dents, ages 6 to 75, from Vero Beach
and around the world. Concerts last
Wednesday and Friday featured the
faculty, but Saturday it was all about
the students, giving them a chance
to showcase the various styles, tech-
niques and genre they had been
challenged to discover.

In addition to Block, a multi-style
cellist who infuses his surround-
ings with an infectious enthusiasm,
the other world-class members of
the camp’s faculty are also, rightly,
adored by the students. Teachers
this year included: Darol Anger, Tri-

na Basu, Zach Brock, Melissa Brun, in the collaborative track, moved on
Hanneke Cassel, Colin Cotter, Joe to the advanced program is now in
Craven, Kimber Ludiker, Taylor Mor- his second year as faculty. “So that’s
ris, Arun Ramamurthy, Lauren Rioux really exciting for us,” said Block.
and Joe K. Walsh.
The experience is just as thrilling
“This has been definitely one of our for the students, whose experiences
smoothest running years. It’s been a range from beginner to profession-
great week,” said Block, who com- al.
bined into one what had previously
been a two-week camp. “It really kept “I’m performing Indian pieces to-
the community together and kept day; a raga. I never thought I’d be
it really strong. What’s particularly playing that genre,” said Marianna
special is to see the advanced adult Forero, a senior at Vero Beach High
students really able to intermingle School who plays viola in the VBHS
with the kids and the amateur adult Orchestra and has attended the camp
students; to interact with more of a for five years.
wide variety of people.”
“She’s more secure in her playing;
More than half of the students she’s becoming more confident,” said
were repeat participants and many her mother, Dora Forero.
are now promoting the experience to
friends and siblings. This year also The students had been sorted into
saw the first adult-only class. various band groups ranging from
duets to ensembles, each given a tune
“What feels great for me is that that they then arranged themselves.
we’ve developed a relationship with a Interestingly, many of the cellists
lot of these families through multiple have now adopted the “Block Strap”
years, multiple siblings,” said Block. created by Block that allows a cellist
“We have students here who have to stand as they play.
older siblings who were students
four or five years ago. And so we get The smiles on their faces were a
to know the families. When there’s a clear indication of the joy they experi-
history, people who are coming here enced as students plucked, fingered,
already knowing what the commu- strummed, bowed and slapped myri-
nity is like, we don’t have to explain ad stringed instruments, keeping the
everything.” audience enthralled.

One of his previous stand-out stu- At the conclusion of the lively
dents – fiddler/violinist Taylor Mor- performances, chairs were cleared
ris from Arizona – began as a student to celebrate the end of another suc-
cessful camp with an energetic
Barn Dance. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Crystal Bujol and George Blythe.
Lisa Kahle and Ella Tierney.

Mike Block and Hanneke Cassel. Rafae, Marianna and Dora Forero. Elan Chalford and Bunny McDonough.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 19, 2018 15


Art Haeberle and Dawn Miller.

Natalie Hagwood, Mike Block and George Crotty. Lylah Mullen, Mieca-Eeja Ferguson and Kaliyah Young.

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Kids live (it up) and learn at Pajama Pizza Party

BY MARY SCHENKEL available to them as a way to avoid its fifth annual Moonshot Moment recognition of National Summer
Staff Writer the ‘summer slide,’ wherein students Family Pajama Pizza Party last Learning Day. The idea, according to
lose learning achievements made Thursday evening at the Heritage the NSLA, which aims to reach 2 mil-
The ditty of years past that sug- the prior school year. Center in Vero Beach. Similar par- lion children nationwide, is to “pro-
gested ‘no more pencils, no more ties, all geared toward children ages mote awareness of the importance
books’ over summer vacation breaks To show children and families just 4 to 12, were also held at Fellsmere of keeping kids healthy and engaged
has become a thing of the past. how exciting learning can be, The Elementary School and the Sebas- during the summer.”
Children today are encouraged to Learning Alliance, in partnership tian Boys and Girls Club.
embrace all the fun and engaging with the Moonshot Community Ac- “All of our activities tonight are
summer learning opportunities tion Network and the National Sum- The event was one of hundreds tied to social/emotional develop-
mer Learning Association, hosted taking place across the country in ment and skill building,” said Marie
O’Brien, TLA community outreach
ROSNER manager, watching as pajama-clad
MOTORSPORTS youngsters gathered around the var-
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Justice to the gathered crowd, also
thanking parents for being the No. 1
drivers of their children’s success in
school. “And thank you to the Moon-
shot Moment, who recognizes that
every moment is a chance to learn.”

Before the book reading and mov-
ie, Dorrian Bridges, youth pastor at
Southside Christian Church, shared
an encouraging poem he wrote
about compassionate problem solv-

The Learning Alliance is part of
the Indian River County Moonshot
Community Action Network, com-
prised of the school district, busi-
nesses, nonprofits and residents, all
working toward the Moonshot Mo-
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Youth Guidance celebrates life and legacy of Rita Dion

Staff Writer

Rita Dion was the ultimate match- Barbara Schlitt Ford and Mark Ashdown.
maker, matching thousands of at-risk
youth from low-income, single fami- Mike West, Kasi West, Gretchen Sauerman and Kenny West. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE their shells.
lies with adult mentors during the “So then she could introduce them
roughly three decades she served as initially got involved as a mentor and
executive director of the nonprofit became executive director upon Di- to an adult at one of the mixer events,”
Youth Guidance. on’s retirement in 2006. said Ford. “She was like a matchmak-
er of adult/child friendships. Actu-
Many of those mentors were joined “Her gift was the way she cared, be- ally, she liked to be a matchmaker in
by numerous other supporters and cause you can’t do that job unless you other ways too.”
family members last Monday eve- really have a passion for it. It’s hard to
ning on the deck at Waldo’s to share hear those stories. It really takes a lot Several others at the event also
fond memories and celebrate the life out of you personally,” said Ford. “But laughingly remembered Dion’s mul-
of Dion, who passed away June 8 at she just never changed. Everyone tiple attempts to hook them up with
age 78. will tell you – her hair was the same, one person after another.
her talk was the same – she was just
“It’s wonderful to see such a rep- even-steven, low keyed, unassuming, The annual Luau fundraiser was
resentation of people who have sup- even-keeled, pleasant.” one way of getting adults interested
ported Youth Guidance over the in the organization, after which Dion
years,” said Dion’s daughter, Gretch- Ford said Dion truly had a heart would begin connecting them with
en Sauerman. “There are 40 years’ for the children, not only knowing individual children. Ford eventu-
worth of volunteers and supporters their names and those of their family ally introduced the group mentoring
here.” members, but also their background concept to the organization due to
stories, what they liked and what the ever-growing number of children
Providentially, the board of direc- might be needed to bring them out of on the wait-list, noting “there weren’t
tors and Felix Cruz, the current exec- enough volunteers for one-on-one.”
utive director, had announced at the
end of last year that when the reno- Rebecca Hornbuckle and Allene
vations are completed on their newly
purchased facility, it will be named CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
the Rita Dion Mentoring Academy.

The organization was founded by
the county in 1973. Jacelyn Block, the
late wife of Sam Block, served as its
first executive director, before Dion
assumed the position a couple of
years later.

“Rita was very sociable. She loved
taking to people and learning about
them,” said Barbara Schlitt Ford, who

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Inta Cloud, Sheri Brown, Charlotte Atkins and Lisa Clark. Felix Cruz, Gretchen Sauerman and Eric Shelburne.

Catherine Dowhan and Rebecca Hornbuckle. Gary Brown with Bob and Debbie Hommell.

Dave Gwinnup and Kathy Patteson. Bonnie and Greg Brown. Cecilia Basic and Jennifer Schlegel. Lynda and Greg Miller.

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Moorehead were among the many whose two brothers were mentored as much, if not more, out of the re- phenomenal program.”
mentors who warmly reminisced by Moorehead; all are still in touch. lationship as their mentees, who are “Even though she was taken too
about Dion and their mentorship ex- all doing very well. They said one
periences. “Rebecca and I used to take them boy, now 21 and a junior at Indian early, she certainly could have sat-
swimming, fishing, all sorts of River State College, is their shin- isfaction looking down on what she
“Being a mentor really changed things. We just had the greatest time. ing star. “And it’s Youth Guidance; it left, and the thousands of lives she
my life,” said Hornbuckle. She and It was very meaningful,” said Moore- gave him a great start. It’s just been a made better. Not just the kids, but the
husband Mark mentored a little girl head. The women agree that they got adults too,” said Ford. 

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Drop in anytime! Skydivers get the jump on ‘Splash Bash’

BY KERRY FIRTH Jeff Holmstock and Amanda Smalley. of the incredible view, but also be- every Monday morning so pets can
Correspondent cause we offer so much fun and en- have a hearty meal delivered along
tertainment in between their jumps.” with their owner’s.”
Brilliantly colored parachutes
danced in the wind against a cloud- Skydivers love diversity, so this They also have their own delivery
less blue sky during Skydive Sebas- year they brought in two vintage route to other homebound seniors
tian’s third annual Splash Bash Boo- transport planes – a Casa 212 and a and their pantry serves roughly 300
gie, luring jumpers from all over the WW2 Biplane – as well as a Bell Huey walk-in seniors each month who
United States and from as far away as 42 Huey Helicopter to take them up. need assistance feeding their be-
Germany and England to the Drop loved pets. Additionally, they work
Zone for three fun-filled days, com- Skydiving is not just for the young, closely with 17 Indian River County
plete with jumps and camaraderie according to 95-year-old WWII vet- food banks, the Humane Society and
last weekend. eran Mike Holmstock. H.A.L.O.

Not only could participants relish “I did my last jump on my 93rd “The demand is very high so we
unsurpassed views in jumps over the birthday right here in Sebastian,” are very thankful to be chosen as
Sebastian Inlet and Atlantic Ocean, said Holmstock, adding that he has the beneficiary of this spectacular
but after their descent could cool off been jumping since he first enlisted event,” said Pankiewicz.
and relax in huge inflatable pools, in the 82nd Airborne at age 19. “This
soak in a hot tub to ease sore muscles year I’m sitting it out, but I can feel The group also has a five-acre
or enjoy great bands and succulent the sense of freedom and the adrena- sanctuary to care for pets surren-
barbecue. line rush just watching them.” dered by elderly owners entering
hospice or nursing homes.
“The Splash Bash has quickly be- Proceeds from the event will ben-
come the largest charity skydiving efit Love of Paws, a Fellsmere-based “We foster those pets until we can
event in the country. Last year we nonprofit organization that provides find them a new home, or they live
raised a little more than $7,000,” said food and care for pets belonging to with us until they join their owners
event organizer Jeff Holmstock. “We the elderly and disabled. in Heaven,” said Pankiewicz, add-
have over 200 attendees this year. ing they similarly foster pets whose
Skydivers love to jump here because “Our pet pantry has over 5,000 owners are in rehab after surgery.
pounds of free pet food every month
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Bonz has rarely seen a lass as cute as Leena

Hi Dog Buddies! I’ve seen picck-shures. She was Leena. go Swimmin’! You should see my Dog
15 people years when she went Paddle! And I’ll hang out with my dog
This week I innerviewed a liddle to Dog Heaven last summer. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD buddies on the south side of the inlet.
black Shih Tzu, Leena Dzama, who has Daddy said NO MORE DOGS! I can’t WAIT! An, guess what? Daddy
her very own Cool Kibbles buggie. She But MumMA was prayin’ every We rode inna car to a place called sometimes takes me along on flower
calls it her Buddha Buggie. It’s got a pil- night for a Small Dog. THEN this Suh-van-uh. An we’re goin’ to Chicago dee-LIV-rees. That’s real important. He
low an blankets: pur-pull, an green an a Cool Dog Biscuits thing hap- soon an stay inna dog-frenly hotel right says, “Leena, Please don’t Eat the Dai-
pink-an-white one with her name on it, pened. Last Fall, a lady came on the Loop. I’m not sure, but I think sies. But he knows I would never! Plus,
like, a hundred times. She can look out, into the shop to apply for a holi- that’s something we can play tug-of- MuhMA cooks my food. I get spinach,
an there’s this liddle sorta screen door. day job, an MumMA hired her. war with. MumMA an Daddy fixed me green beans, us-PARA-gus, sweet puh-
PLUS, it’s bright PUR-pull! Sweeet! The second day she was wor- a super comf-tubble place in the back tadoes and chiggin. I’m not big on
kin’ she noticed that shelf with seat. MumMA calls it my Zsa-Zsa Place crunchy things.”
Leena an her Mom an Dad have a a pick-shure of Sandee,” she cuz it’s pretty an fancy, an MumMa says
flower shop in Vero, an she’s there every pointed a paw. “The lady looked Zsa-Zsa was a pretty, fancy lady. Like “Any favorite treats?”
day greetin’ people an hangin’ out in her all sad, an told MumMA she had me. Look, this is one of my Zsa-Zsa “YES! Once a week I get the Best
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which is what she was doing when me Much, Palusa (that was me), but I can munch on that forever.”
an my assistant walked in. She ran right she was gonna hafta get rid of it Her MumMA brought out a round, “That sounds duh-lish! How about
up for the Wag-an-Sniff. cuz of Unforeseen Circumstanc- sorta flat, floppy pillow, wrapped it tricks? You know: Sit? Shake?”
es, an was worried she couldn’t around Leena, an picked her up. All I “Well, um, when MuhMA is saying
“A gracious good morning, Mr. Bon- find a loving home. could see were her eyes an nose. She stuff like that, I ALWAYS listen politely.
zo. You look like your pikshure, but even looked like a Zsa-Zsa Burrito. I tilt my head to one side an look Ex-
more han-sum in the fur.” “WELL, MumMA thought tremely Adorable. But I just don’t feel,
about it for a nano-second, an “That adventure was fun, but last you know, motivated to ackhully do any
“Well, thank you, Miss Leena,” I re- said “I’ll take her!” She knew it was an week I had a not-so-fun adventure. I of it. Well, on occasion, I might sit. Or, if
plied, blushing under my ‘han-sum’ answer to her prayer. An, the minute I hadda have the No-Puppies procedure. I’m already sitting, that counts, right?”
fur. I noticed she had a sparkly collar, met MumMA an Daddy, I knew it was The humans at the dog hos-pittle were I pretended to sneeze to keep from
an a Summer Bob, with some attractive an answer to mine an my first Mom’s, real nice. But it still wasn’t any fun. I was laughing. “Toys! Got any toys?”
white highlights around her face, which too. I guess that NO MORE DOGS! thing sore and pooped for a few days, but I’m “I’m not a big toy girl. I only have my
really made her black eyes stand out. So was just a suggestion.” much better now.” tug-of-war sock, an one stuffy to sleep
I told her so. (Hey, Poocheroos, I’m try- with.”
ing to notice those things; you know, tap “Before, I hadda stay inna kennel day “I’m happy to hear that, Miss Leena.” Heading home, I was thinkin’ about
into my softer side. The ladies like that. an night. Now I get to run an play an “Soon I can play in the dog park. An seein’ if my Gramma would buy me one
Make a note.) meet people, an I sleep with MumMA of those frozen marrow bones. An get-
an Daddy. This is my very own Forever ting Leena’s Woofmail address from my
“This is MumMA Aimee, an Daddy Home. Sometimes I still can’t buh-live assistant.
Frankie, who has to go deliver flow- it – ’til I see my Pur-pull Buggie.” Till next time,
ers right now.” Her Daddy zoomed off.
Leena led us to a big round table, an Her MumMA picked her up an gently The Bonz
plopped down in the middle of it. plopped her into it, an she almost dis-
appeared into the fluffyness. Don’t Be Shy
“Snazzy wheels you got there.” I nod-
ded at the pur-pull Buggie. “Woof! Wonderful story! But how We are always looking for pets with
come you got a new name?” interesting stories.
“I KNOW, right? When I’m not on
the table bein’ a cennerpiece, or bein’ “Leena was MumMA’s grandmother’s To set up an interview, email
charming to CUS-tummers, I’m reclin- name. I really like it.” [email protected].
ing in my Funky Buddha Lounge.”
“Cool Kibbles. So, have you had any
“It’s pawsome, all right. So, Miss Lee- adventures?”
na, how’d you find your Forever Fam-
ily?” She poked her liddle face out through
the front opening. “Have I ever!! Mostly
“MumMA an Daddy hadda a white fun. Like my first vacation with Mum-
Lab-mix – Sandee. She was real pretty. MA and Daddy. It was Christmastime.

‘150 YEARS’


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Museum proudly serves up ‘150 Years’ of savory art

BY ELLEN FISCHER Danielle Johnson.
For the past year, Vero Beach Muse-
um of Art curator Danielle Johnson has
been familiarizing herself with the mu-
seum’s permanent collection, which is
now over 900 pieces strong. While it is
hardly the soup-to-nuts holding of a
big city institution, the VBMA collec-
tion offers some tasty à la carte dishes,

The result of a sampling she has cho-
sen is on view through Jan. 13 in the
Stark and Schumann Galleries: “150
Years of Painting and Sculpture from
the Permanent Collection.” It is a satis-
fying spread.

While Vero museum-goers are used
to seeing selections from the collec-
tion on view for months at a time in
the Stark Gallery, that is not true of the
Schumann Gallery. Until now, that gal-
lery has held a summer show, often on
loan from someplace else, followed by a
different loaned exhibition between La-
bor Day and the beginning of “season.”

The added space and long run time
devoted to “150 Years” is a boon for

visitors who want to savor Woman” on display.
some of the museum’s “I thought, ‘Oh, I won’t be talking
newest acquisitions, as
well as pieces that haven’t about that!’” she says.
been seen much in recent She continues, “I do love this piece.
Despite the coldness of the material,
Johnson says that she it’s very touchable.”
chose to display repre-
sentational works from In addition to the sculpture’s organic
the late 19th through the curves, the polished stone’s russet and
20th centuries in the Stark honey-colored striations, shot through
Gallery, and more con- with milky veining, makes this chef-
temporary ones – in style, d’œuvre look good enough to eat.
as well as date – in the
Schumann. She did not Purchased by the museum in 2016
hang the artworks within with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs.
those galleries in chrono- Whitney MacMillan, the sculpture
logical order. honors the tenure of VBMA director
emeritus, Lucinda Gedeon.
“It was more about
which pieces looked good Speaking of whom, Johnson says that
and had a nice dialog” with their neigh-
bors, she says.

In the Stark Gallery, for example,
Elizabeth Catlett’s semi-abstract onyx
sculpture “Triangular Woman” of 1994
glows like a heavenly body against the
expansive, crepuscular landscape of
Martin Johnson Heade’s 1886 “Duck
Hunters in a Twilight Marsh.” (That
painting is on loan to the VBMA from
the Manoogian Collection.)

Johnson says that, in preparing for
her job interview at the VBMA, Eliza-
beth Catlett was one of the names she
planned to suggest regarding future
acquisitions. That was before she vis-
ited the museum and saw “Triangular

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new acquisitions are being shepherded exactly play David to Dine’s Goliath, it pointing out a small photo-re-
in the same direction that Gedeon and handily holds its own in comparison. production collaged to the can-
past curator Jay Williams had pointed In addition to sharing a palette of col- vas. It is a detail of Klee’s 1937
them: toward works by American and ors, the two paintings both display for- “Harbor with Sailing Boats.”
international artists of the late 19th mal compositions that have been de-
century to today. constructed by their artists’ expressive Johnson explains that Ar-
paint handling. cher’s colors and his use of sgraf-
In addition to Catlett, an American- fito (scratched-through) layers
born artist of international reputation, Artistically speaking, Jim Dine first of paint also pay homage to Klee.
there are four other women repre- used a bathrobe as a stand-in for him-
sented in this gallery, including Isabel self in 1964; since then it has appeared “I like the fact that in this work
Bishop, whose “Hearn’s Department in scores of his prints and paintings. you do have these obvious refer-
Store – 14th Street Shoppers” of 1927 Although the colors and textures he ences to a famous predecessor,
has the classical composure of a Greek uses to present the motif vary from yet at the same time, it’s unique,”
frieze; Heloise Crista, with a bronze piece to piece, Dine’s basic composi- says Johnson, who remarks on
family group, “Archetype” of 1988-89 tion does not change. The robe is pre- the variety of subtle textures Ar-
that recalls the streamlined aesthetic sented in a symmetrical composition cher has used in his picture.
of the 1920s; Liselotte Moser, with an that fills the frame. Invariably, a knot-
enigmatic 1964 portrait, “Gretchen”; ted sash is cinched around its middle, “Every time I look at it, I see
and Marguerite Zorach, whose magi- and its empty sleeves are placed jaun- something different,” she says. 
cal “The Golden Orb” of 1921 entered tily akimbo.
the collection just this year.
“The Red March Forward” features
“We have more men than women in long paint runs that descend from the
the collection,” says Johnson. sleeves’ edges and the lower edge of the
robe’s sash to the bottom of the can-
That is not surprising. Large or small, vas. The cascading paint can be read
in almost every museum in the coun- as fringe on the garment; it might also
try, art works by men make up the lion’s suggest water falling from the robe,
share of the permanent collection. like mountain cataracts in a classical
Chinese landscape.
“It is something that I would like to
be more conscious of in the future,” she Because Dine is associated with the
adds. Pop Art movement that superseded
Abstract Expressionism in the early
A heady whiff of testosterone in 1960s, his “Red March” might also rep-
the Stark Gallery can be traced to a resent a jokey jab at art history. He is
1936 painting by Waldo Peirce that said to have painted his first bathrobe
holds pride of place on the back wall. after seeing one illustrated in a print
“Hemingway, Dos Passos, and Waldo ad. Here, the mundane symbol is ex-
Peirce, Dry Tortugas, 1929” presents a ecuted in the expressionist manner of
movie-star handsome Ernest Heming- an action painting, where messy drips,
way lounging with John Dos Passos in as the product of the painter’s process,
an open-air shed. Dos Passos is shown were not only tolerated but expected.
tipping a bottle toward Papa’s prof-
fered cup as Peirce, sitting on the dock Joan Snyder’s 1973 work continues a
outside, points a pistol toward stage series she started four years earlier with
left. A view of Fort Jefferson forms the a painting titled “Lines and Strokes.”
backdrop for the scene. The VBMA’s work was created during
a time of change in the series, when
A 2017 gift of William D. Hammill Snyder was beginning to personalize
and family (who, notes Johnson, have her loosely constructed grid paintings
presented three other works by Peirce with private symbolism that made ref-
to the VBMA). this painting of Heming- erence to feminism in general, and to
way et al. is a fascinating glimpse of female genitalia in particular.
Florida history.
For those who prefer something that
In the Schumann Gallery, Jim Dine’s elides the gender gap, Patrick Archer’s
9-foot-square bathrobe painting “The mixed media work, “Fleur et Klee” of
Red March Forward” of 2005 vies for 2000, is it.
breathing room with the other abstract
works on display. Hung adjacent to it, “The most obvious reference to Klee
Joan Snyder’s untitled 1973 painting is would be right here,” says Johnson,
a much smaller work. While it does not

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Coming Up: You’ll treasure ‘Island’ by Riverside campers

BY SAM ROHLFING BAITA sic rock ’n’ roll. The Howl experi-
Staff Writer ence, on stage inside, will be a duel-
ing piano show, with a pair of super
1 Riverside Theatre’s Summer talented pianist entertainers facing
Camp Showcase “takes it to the off across the ivories with no set
agenda. Every show is different and,
next level,” with the Summer Teen In- most fun of all, you get to pick the
songs. See if you can come up with
tensive production of “Once on This one they don’t know. Lotsa luck with
that. Free Live in the Loop concert,
Island Jr.” this Friday and Saturday. 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dueling Pianos
shows: 7:30 p.m. And 9:30 p.m. Tick-
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens ets: $12 to $22. 772-231-6990.

and music by Stephen Flaherty, this

Olivier Award-winning one-act musi- 4

cal tells the story of a peasant girl on

a tropical island in the French Antilles

archipelago who, through the power of

love, brings people together of differ- 3 How about a good, old-fashioned,
full-of-friends street party? Vero
ent social classes. Think “Romeo and

Juliet” or “The Little Mermaid.” Sigh. Beach has got it down. This coming Fri-

After its success on the West End, it day July 27, its Main Street Vero Beach’s

opened on Broadway last year and won Last Friday Street Party. Vero’s Historic

the 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Mu- Downtown District along 14th Avenue

sical. If you’ve not yet seen the results will be filled with live music (you can 4 The Pure Zeppelin Experience at Sunrise Theatre Saturday.

of Riverside’s excellent summer camp dance if you’d like). Up and down both

program, you will be very pleasantly sides of the street, shops and galleries

surprised. This one’s recommended will welcome you to pop in and look ing days of rock and roll with the Pure admit?” Nobody. Wikipedia says the
Zeppelin Experience, on stage at the hilarious musical comedy “I Love You,
for 13 and up. Show times: Friday and around. Of course, you can grab all Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce. This You’re Perfect, Now Change,” open-
Florida-based tribute band, says the ing at the Kravis in West Palm this
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: sorts of food and drink. Last Friday is show promo, reproduces a full Zep- coming Thursday, July 26, is the sec-
pelin concert, “the madness and the ond longest-running Off-Broadway
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effect.” The show includes a special vignettes connected by the central
welcome to bring your well-behaved guest band, billed as “The No. 1 Trib- theme of love and relationships, de-
ute to Journey,” Never Stop Believin.’ A signed to suggest an overall arc to re-
2 If it’s just too darn hot and family pooch, too. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 portion of the proceeds benefits Mul- lationships throughout the course of
you’re feeling the Summer tiple Sclerosis. Show time: 7:30 p.m. one’s life. Show times: Thursday and
p.m. on 14th Avenue. Admission: Free. Tickets: $30 to $50. 772-461-4775. Friday – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday – 1:30
p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday – 1:30 p.m.
Glums, Riverside Theatre has the 772-643-6782. Tickets: Thursday, July 26, final dress
rehearsal, $25, general; $10, students/
remedy – it’s the ever-popular Howl educators, 2 tickets per valid ID, $10;
all other performances, $55. Through
at the Moon experience, along with 4 Guitarist Jimmy Page summed Aug. 12. 561-832-7469. 
up his band Led Zeppelin thusly:
the free outdoor Live in the Loop

concert, plus all kinds of food and “Power. Mystery. And the Hammer of

beverages (full bar), the whole she- the Gods.” If you ever actually got to

bang with a Vegas Nights theme. It’s see Zeppelin backin the ’70s, live in

sure to take your mood from a 2 to concert, you must still remember how 5 Who can resist a musical whose
tagline is “everything you have
a 10. Bringing the Loop music Fri- you felt, how the combustible music

day will be the Duosonics and, on and the “blues and whiskey” vocals ever secretly thought about dating,

Saturday, it’s the Bobby Owen Duo, of Roger Plant moved you. This Sat- romance, marriage, lovers, husbands,

both kickin’ up the dust with clas- urday, you can tap into those thrill- wives and in-laws, but were afraid to

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BY TAMER EL-GHOBASHY AND MUSTAFA SALIM | WASHINGTON POST derway), his party took only 54 seats. fought fierce battles with U.S. troops,
He has since formed an unlikely alli- making him an outlaw to Americans
At the main checkpoint outside the ing peace in a place that is overwhelm- ance with Hadi al-Amiri, whose Iran- and a revolutionary to his large and
central Iraqi city of Samarra, where ingly Sunni Muslim but is home to one backed party won 47 seats, and with loyal base.
regular army soldiers and police are of the world’s holiest Shiite shrines. the Victory Bloc of prime minister Hai-
joined by militiamen commanded by The militia’s role in Samarra reflects dar al-Abadi, which won 42. In the following years, his militia fu-
Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr – a one- Sadr’s evolution from public enemy to eled a blood-soaked sectarian war that
time battlefield foe of American forces enforcer of order and provides potent The alliance gives the three blocs a deeply divided the nation. After a brief
– it is the flags of Sadr’s militia that fly clues to how he will play his new part combined 143 seats in the assembly, exile from public life, Sadr returned
most prominently. in ruling Iraq. still a little short of a 165-seat majority. after the rise of the Islamic State, re-
branding himself as an advocate for
While the city’s checkpoints are sup- In May, Sadr’s ticket won an unex- Though he is not seeking to become Iraq’s sovereignty.
posed to be jointly operated, it is clear pected victory in Iraq’s national elec- prime minister himself, Sadr is in a
who is in charge. Sadr’s militiamen do tions after running on a platform of strong position to shape Iraq’s next Sadr’s transformation, coupled with
all the talking, quizzing drivers about eradicating sectarianism, fighting cor- government and select the nation’s his win at the polls, has led to head-
their destinations, while the regular se- ruption and sidelining both American leader. scratching in Baghdad, Washington
curity forces sit idly on the side. and Iranian influence in the country. and Tehran: Who is the real Moqtada
His electoral victory was the latest al-Sadr?
Sadr’s 12,000 armed followers pro- But although Sadr appeared to have surprise from the 44-year-old cleric.
tect – even dominate – this city, ensur- won the election (a recount is still un- During the U.S. occupation of Iraq, his “There is a genuine confusion over
militia, then known as the Mahdi Army, whether he is the future of Iraq or sim-

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ply a relic of its recent past, wearing a next to a white dove in flight and the IRAQI SECURITY FORCES AND surrounded it as nearby cities fell to the
mask,” said a Western diplomat who motto: “We bow to no one but God.” MEMBERS OF THE SARAYA Islamic State.
requested anonymity to discuss pri-
vate conversations among Iraq’s do- A decade ago, the city was at the epi- AL-SALAM (PEACE BRIGADES), The new Sadrist fighters were warily
mestic and foreign power brokers. center of a ruinous civil war. Suspected INSPECT THE SITE OF SUICIDE accepted by the Sunni population and
al-Qaeda militants had bombed the by commanders of Iraq’s army, which
The performance of his militia, now golden-domed al-Askari mosque sacred BOMBINGS AT A POWER had crumbled in the face of the Islam-
known as the Peace Brigades, suggests to Shiites, sparking a years-long sectar- PLANT IN SAMARRA. ic State blitz.
Sadr has genuinely shed his earlier sec- ian conflict throughout the country.
tarianism and is committed to healing Baghdad and operating prisons far “We came to secure the holy shrines,
the Sunni-Shiite wounds that have cor- Sadr, who was leading a populist outside the control of the central gov- return the people to their homes and
roded Iraq’s society and security. Shiite revival in Iraq’s south, publicly ernment. His militia was also implicat- gain their cooperation and trust. That
called for unity. But in reality, his ed in running protection rackets and has been our biggest success,” Majid
But the brigades’ conduct in Sa- Mahdi Army became a central shaking down small and large busi- Hamid, the deputy commander of the
marra also shows that he may not player in the revenge killings, nesses alike. brigades in Samarra, said in an interview.
have been so fast to relinquish his au- employing death squads in
tocratic tendencies and still retains a After the rise of the Islamic State, Hamid, who sports a neat beard,
taste for subordinating Iraq’s laws to which conquered more than a third olive fatigues and a 9mm Glock pistol
his own rule. of Iraq’s territory, the Mahdi Army was on his waist, said he is proud of his
reborn as the Peace Brigades. Sadr or- membership in the Mahdi Army but
Samarra is a UNESCO World Heri- insists that the Peace Brigades are dif-
tage Site, a city rich with medieval ar- dered his fighters to Samarra in 2014, ferent – despite drawing many of the
tifacts from the Sunni Abbasid reign and they deployed quickly, same fighters.
and the final resting place of two of beating back the mili-
Shiite Islam’s revered imams. tants who had “The Mahdi Army fought the Ameri-
cans because they were occupiers,” he
Along its boulevards, Sadr’s image is explained. “The Peace Brigades fight
ubiquitous on posters and billboards. the Islamic State who are criminals.”
He is depicted as a military com-
mander, graying and portly in combat In other Iraqi cities, Shiite militias
fatigues and a camouflage cap, unlike that mustered in response to the Sun-
in Baghdad and the Shiite heartland ni extremists of the Islamic State often
farther south, where he is most often abused the local Sunni populations.
represented as a pious cleric clad in a But in Samarra, the deployment of
traditional black turban and robe. Sadr’s Peace Brigades helped ensure
that the city remained prosperous and
The posters in Samarra bear the logo secure for its 300,000 Sunni residents.
of the Peace Brigades, a silhouetted
fighter triumphantly holding an Iraqi “At first, we were afraid because we
flag, a rifle slung over his shoulder, used to hear that the Mahdi Army were
conducting massive killing against



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the Sunnis,” said Mahdi al-Bazzi, a “The Mahdi Army were criminals, AMMAR AL-HAKIM city, controlling everyone’s movements,
53-year-old teacher in Samarra. “The thieves and killers,” he said. “When they (LEFT), SHIITE LEADER and the police and army are subordi-
Peace Brigades who came in changed changed their name to the Peace Bri- nate to them,” said the provincial of-
this idea because they defended the gades, they changed everything with it. AND HEAD OF THE ficial, who spoke on the condition of
city and kept it safe.” They are very disciplined and respect HIKMA PARTY, anonymity out of fear of reprisals by
the law.” MEETS WITH Sadr’s forces.
Bazzi said the heavily armed pres- AL-SADR.
ence provides a sense of security that Many military and government of- Local restaurant owners dutifully
was missing when government forces ficials do not share Sami’s views. They hands of the government, a senior pro- turn their televisions to the Sadrist
patrolled the streets. see the Peace Brigades as an obstacle vincial official said the brigades have news channel when the rowdy militia-
to bringing Iraq’s various armed groups become “a state within the state.” men, some wearing long beards and
Mahmoud Khalaf, Samarra’s mayor under central government command. others wearing more fashionable pom-
since 2005, credited the brigades with Though Sadr says he wants a strong The militia’s vehicles bear license padour hairstyles, stop in.
facilitating the return of residents who Iraqi state where all weapons are in the plates marked with “The Peace Bri-
had fled the Islamic State threat. In gades” rather than the province where “They are behaving like a police
other cities, Shiite militias stand ac- the vehicles are registered. The militia state, and this shows their true inten-
cused of expelling or killing Sunnis. “It has ordered, unlike in other cities, that tions,” the official said.
doesn’t benefit any side to have a hos- outsiders be sponsored by a local resi-
tile relationship with the city’s people,” dent to enter Samarra and must leave Many city residents refused to talk
Khalaf said. “The Peace Brigades un- their government identification at the about the brigades, saying they fear
derstood that.” checkpoint until they depart. punishment for being critical of the
Sadr’s militiamen have also sought “They are a stifling presence in the
to build bridges to the community by “I don’t trust them. I want them to
restoring the city’s electricity lines and leave the city and be replaced by gov-
water networks; they have sent del- ernment forces, because right now
egations to celebrate local weddings their authority is bigger than the state
and to console mourners at funerals. authority,” said a 25-year-old shop-
And, Khalaf said, the Peace Brigades keeper who spoke on the condition of
have effectively policed themselves, anonymity.
immediately punishing members who
were accused of looting shops, stealing Hamid, the Peace Brigades com-
civilian vehicles or acting imperiously. mander, said the strict procedures
imposed in Samarra are the sole rea-
Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Firas Sami son the city has not suffered a major
once fought against the Mahdi Army. terrorist attack since 2014. A native of
He now works with Sadr’s militiamen Iraq’s Shiite south, Hamid said he can-
on security operations. not wait to return home once a strong
Iraqi government presence is estab-

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lished in Samarra. He said that once country and additional 250,000 re- would enter a governing coalition “This is a very natural development
Sadr calls on the brigades to demobi- servists are ready to disarm and noted with Shiite militia figures seeking to from one stage to another . . . and all
lize, they will “do it in that minute, in Sadr’s call that a small number of inde- remain independent from Iraq’s secu- the principles that he adopts now are
that hour.” pendent militiamen be absorbed into rity forces. Still, Asadi said Sadr’s evolu- genuine,” he said of Sadr. “It means
the national army and police. tion is sincere and augurs a strong Iraq that he believes in and he’s adopted
Dhiaa al-Asadi, Sadr’s top politi- defined by rule of law and an indepen- and embraced the democratic prin-
cal adviser, agreed that the brigades’ But Sadr has sent a conflicting sig- dent foreign policy. ciples and procedures.” 
50,000 active-duty fighters around the nal, recently announcing that he

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BY ROBERT J. SAMUELSON and advocacy group, says the debts European Central Bank] to be more than before the crisis. (Bank capital –
of some “emerging market” countries accommodative [i.e., keeping interest shareholders’ funds or loans – protects
The untold story of the world econo- (Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina) rates low]. You could always roll over against losses.) People are also more sen-
my – so far at least – is the potentially ex- seem vulnerable to rollover risk: the in- your debt. However, the probability of sitive to the dangers than a decade ago.
plosive interaction between the spread- ability to replace expiring loans. In 2018 this continuing is much less now. . . .
ing trade war and the overhang of global and 2019, about $1 trillion of dollar- Trade tensions are on the rise, and this Evidence of this comes from a recent
debt, estimated at a staggering $247 denominated emerging-market debt is has already impacted [business confi- “stress test” performed on 35 large bank
trillion. That’s “trillion” with a “t.” The maturing, the IIF says. dence] and the willingness to invest.” holding companies by the Fed. A deep
numbers are so large as to be almost in- recession was simulated; the unemploy-
comprehensible. Debt can either stimulate or retard Inflation is also creeping up. To stall its ment rate rose to 10 percent. Despite
economic growth, depending on the cir- rise, the Fed is raising interest rates.Trade large losses, no bank failed. Since 2009,
Households, businesses and govern- cumstances. Now we’re approaching a protectionism compounds the problem, these banks have added $800 billion in
ments borrow on the assumption that turning point, according to Hung Tran, because many non-U.S. companies bor- common equity capital, the Fed says.
they will service their debts either by the IIF’s executive managing director. If row in dollars. (Dollars are widely used in
paying the principal and interest or by debt growth is not sustainable, as Tran trade even if neither the importer nor the What Tran is suggesting is a global
rolling over the debts into new loans. believes, new lending will slow or stop. exporter is American.) But these loans shift away from debt-financed eco-
But this works only if incomes grow Borrowers will have to devote more of must be repaid in dollars. If tit-for-tat nomic growth. The meaning of the
fast enough to make the debts bearable their cash flow to servicing existing debts. protectionism dampens trade, getting $247 trillion debt overhang is that many
or to justify new loans. When those in- those dollars will become harder. Loan countries (including China, India and
gredients go missing, delinquencies, At a briefing, Tran described the delinquencies and defaults may rise. other emerging-market countries) will
defaults and (at worse) panics follow. change this way: be dealing with the consequences of
Tran isn’t predicting a full-scale panic high or unsustainable debts – whether
Here’s where the trade war and debt “[We had] a Goldilocks economy, resembling the 2008-2009 financial cri- borne by consumers, businesses or
may intersect disastrously. with decent economic growth. Infla- sis, and there are some reasons for opti- governments. There will be a collective
tion was nowhere to be seen, allowing mism. Banks are better capitalized now drag on the global economy.
Since 2003, global debt has soared. central banks [the Federal Reserve, the
As a share of the world economy (gross “If you are in a high-debt situation,
domestic product), the increase went you need to bring the debt down, ei-
from 248 percent of GDP to 318 per- ther absolutely or as a share of GDP,”
cent. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, Tran said at the briefing. “[Either] will
global debt rose by a huge $8 trillion. result in slower economic growth. You
The figures include all major countries don’t have the borrowing needed to
and most types of debt: consumer, maintain strong investment and con-
business and government. sumption spending.”

But to service these debts requires ris- This may represent a final chapter
ing incomes, while an expanding trade to the financial crisis. The low interest
war threatens to squeeze incomes. The rates adopted by central banks were jus-
resort to more tariffs and trade restric- tified as necessary to avoid a worldwide
tions will make it harder for borrowers depression. Critics worried that cheap
to pay their debts. At best, this could credit would rationalize risky lending
slow the global economy. At worst, it that couldn’t survive higher rates.
could trigger another financial crisis.
We may soon discover who’s right. 
Note that the danger is worldwide.
It’s not specific to the United States. In a This column written for The Wash-
new report, the Institute of Internation- ington Post does not necessarily reflect
al Finance (IIF), an industry research the views of Vero Beach 32963.

STROKE, PART IV  WSuhbeanraanchanrtoeirdy nHeeamr tohrerhbraagine bursts, the wound bleeds

CAUSES OF STROKE (continued) into the area between the brain and skull. Brain damage
occurs as blood flow is further limited by the erratic widen-
There are two types of stroke: ischemic, caused by blood clots ing and narrowing of the blood vessels in response to hem-
and debris blocking blood and oxygen to the brain, and hemor- orrhaging. This type of hemorrhage is often a result of
rhagic, that occur when a blood vessel bursts/leaks in the brain. aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (see below).
While hemorrhagic strokes occur less commonly (13 percent
vs. 87 percent ischemic), they are more deadly. Most people High blood pressure is the number one cause of subarach-
survive an ischemic stroke. But according to the National noid hemorrhage.
Institutes of Health, more than one-third of patients with a
hemorrhagic stroke die within the first month. Vessels can rupture due to an areriovenous malformation.
 LAenssAtrhearnio1vpeenrcoeunst Mof athlfeoprmopautliaotinon has a condition called
WHEN BRAIN ARTERIES BURST OR LEAK arteriovenous malformation. This occurs when abnormal
The term cerebral hemorrhage means bleeding in the brain. blood vessels cluster together. These large tangles of arter- © 2018 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cerebral (Brain) Aneurysm ies and veins, which can be found anywhere in the brain,
Cerebral aneurysms occur when a weakened or inflamed can cause blood to be diverted from the arteries to the
blood vessel in the brain balloons up and ruptures or starts veins and bypass the normal brain tissue.
to leak. This leads to bleeding in the brain. As the brain
swells, pressure increases in the skull. The result is damage If any of these vessels rupture, there’s a sudden bleed in
to brain cells and brain tissue. the brain. More than half of those who suffer with this will
The most common side effect of this bleeding is an have an intracranial hemorrhage, putting them at a very
extremely severe and sudden headache. Many patients high risk of stroke.
have described this as the worst headache they have ever
experienced. This excruciating headache is sometimes THE ROLE OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
followed by loss of consciousness. IIfNyoHuEMhaOveRhRiHghAbGloICodSTpRreOsKsuErSe and if your blood pushes too
High blood pressure is one of the causes of an aneurysm forcefully on the arteries’ walls, the arteries can severely weak-
that can lead to hemorrhagic stroke. Around 3 to 5 million en over time. Actions that raise your blood pressure, such as
people in the U.S. have this type of aneurysm. heavy lifting or strong emotions, can cause aneurysms to rup-
A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when an artery near the ture. If blood from the hemorrhaging reaches the brain, it is
brain bursts. very likely to cause a stroke. 

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“I wish it had been “The aim is not to condone Arnold,” Benedict Arnold,” as setting “the tone for this wholesale
my heart,” the wound- she assures readers in the introduc- blackening of Arnold’s entire life,” in which “no tale of Ar-
ed soldier cried out on tion, “but to understand why a man nold’s sinfulness as a child [is] too bizarre to be believed.”
a late afternoon in 1777. who had risked everything for the pa- As Sparks tells it, Arnold had all the markings of a socio-
The bullet had, instead, triot cause took that desperate deci- path; his pastimes included snatching baby birds out
shattered his leg dur- sion to turn against it, earning not the of their mothers’ nests “to maim and mangle.” Sparks,
ing the second and final success he had hoped for, but lasting who would go on to become the president of Harvard,
battle at Saratoga, a cru- opprobrium.” took the opposite approach with Washington, sanitizing
cial victory for the Conti- To understand how Arnold the hero became Arnold his papers when he should have been editing them. He
nental Army. The soldier the turncoat, we must consider the moderates, an over- successfully reduced both men to two dimensions – God
was just 36, a widower looked segment of the early American population who above and Lucifer below.
with three young sons at were neither patriot nor loyalist but rather neutral (or,
home. He had fronted like the prominent Americans who rode out the war Washington and Arnold were different, to be sure, but
his fortune for the patriot years as profiteers, something altogether different). And Malcolm enables readers to see the very real similarities
cause, even though he was we must take a good hard look at the American Revolu- between the two men. Washington receives much sym-
a moderate, and was one tion, as Holger Hoock did so convincingly last year in pathy from historians over the loss of his father and how
of the most impressive of- “Scars of the Independence,” and admit that it wasn’t it deprived him of a carefree boyhood: He became the
ficers on either side during exactly the democratic lovefest we read about in grade head of his mother’s house far before 18 and received
the Revolutionary War, de- school. The Marquis de Lafayette complained to George none of the opportunities afforded to his elder half-
spite having enlisted with- Washington that there were “parties [in Congress] who brothers, including boarding school in London. Arnold’s
out any military training. hate one another as much as the common enemy,” and early tale of woe – that he was yanked out of boarding
he was not being hyperbolic. The revolution should be school when his alcoholic father’s business collapsed
Had the British officer taught as America’s first civil war: violent, partisan and, and that he was forced to give up college for an appren-
who shot him aimed higher, the soldier would have for a sizable part of the country, by their own fault or ticeship – has often been used to point to the origin of
surely died a hero. The nation would have erected mon- none at all, ruinous. personal bitterness.
uments in his likeness, named military bases after him Malcolm, a professor at George Mason University
and sung ballads about his daring feats on the field of School of Law, is no revisionist. That victorious lot has al- Once young Washington and Arnold entered the
battle. (He was known to charge first himself, his men ready come and gone, shaping the perception of Arnold world of men, they became obsessed with honor and
inspired to follow his lead whether he called for them or as the most infamous man in American history, rotten to found success on the battlefield. Both were extremely
not.) Had he died a year into the revolution, he would the core, altogether different than the high-minded pa- sensitive to slights, and neither was much of a natural
never have been dumped in Albany, N.Y., where he en- triots who nobly rose up in total uniformity against a ty- or studied orator, lacking the education afforded to so
dured a painful and lengthy hospital stay while Gen. rannical ruler. In a brief historiography, Malcolm points many of the founders.
Horatio Gates – who could not even see the battlefield at to Jared Sparks’ 1835 biography, “The Life and Treason of
Saratoga, because that would have required that he leave From there, though, they differ significantly. Arnold
his tent – took credit for the remarkable victory. bragged about his beautiful wife’s prowess in bed and
complained constantly, calling his doctors in Albany
And if that hadn’t happened, he might not have be- “ignorant pretenders” and politicians far worse. All suc-
trayed the patriot cause, nor would his clearly innocent cessful military men were micromanaged and court-
wife, Peggy, be widely regarded as a temptress to rival martialed by a Continental Congress that fundamentally
Eve. Benedict Arnold would never have earned the name distrusted them, fearful that the national heroes would
that turns you against him at first glance. emulate Oliver Cromwell and seize power.

“Since the fall of Lucifer,” Nathanael Greene, a general But while Washington learned to hold his tongue, Ar-
in the Continental Army, wrote after the Revolutionary nold never did. 
War, “nothing has equaled the fall of Arnold.”
Joyce Lee Malcolm knows this story, and yet she has
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Hans Rosling is a Swedish medical doctor who rose to prominence when he produced J94 A832 K 10 6 5
a Ted Talk in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. He said,
“My best friend in medical school was a magician. We were shown an X-ray of a sword SOUTH
swallower, and I tried it and failed. Then I got a sword swallower as a patient, and he 983
taught me.” A K 10 5 4
If you know how to do something, it seems easy. But until you do, it can appear very difficult. Q7

At the bridge table, we would all play better if we had X-ray vision. In this deal, for example, Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West
what happens in three no-trump after West leads the diamond three?
The Bidding:
South starts with six top tricks: one spade, two hearts, two diamonds and one club. He
should hope that East has the club king and that he can get four heart tricks. What is the SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
best play in the heart suit? 1 Hearts Pass 1 Spades Pass
1 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass LEAD:
Ideally, you run the nine. Then, assuming it loses to the jack or queen, you cash the ace and 3 Diamonds
king. Your chances are just under 50 percent. Here, though, declarer’s communications are

The simplest-looking line is to win the first trick with dummy’s diamond king and to lead a
club toward the queen. Suppose East takes that trick and returns a diamond. South should
win that, cash the club queen, then lead a low heart from his hand. Yes, the defenders take
that trick and two diamond winners, but when hearts prove to be 3-3, declarer is home.

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ACROSS bandleader, then 5 Last words? 78 Rough stuff?
1 Dash units, actor, making ___ 6 Dines 79 Trellis, e.g.
72 Ph. bk. data 7 Start over, as on 80 Vermouth order
perhaps 73 Late host Convy a sweater 81 Too bad, to bards
4 Apostrophe-free 74 Love god 82 South African
75 Before, to Byron 8 First offender? runner in the
possessive 76 Naturalist weds 9 “Park yer ___” 1984 Olympics
7 Fun (room) Irish 10 Convex molding 86 Sprat’s wife
10 Unlock, to tenor, making ___ 11 Stockholder, in a eschewed it
80 Garfield’s term? way 88 Teachers’ org.
Shakespeare 81 Sky hue 12 Airport info 89 Small body of
13 In the center of 83 That Geller feller 13 Huge showplace water
17 Neck wrap 84 The Dead, e.g. 14 Building with 91 ___ in the grass
18 Overweight fish? 85 Vacation spots many screens 94 Miniver, e.g.
20 Marlon’s female 87 Letter signoff 15 Going 96 Young,
88 Sulfur alloy 16 ___ Plaines insectwise
co-star in On the 90 Nudist’s hue 19 Lava flow rock 97 Beat at bat
Waterfront 92 Celtic 24 Talk during slides 99 Lamebrains
21 Dye holder 93 Heady order 25 Rains in 100 Singer Gormé
22 Ancient symbol 94 TV diner owner Casablanca 101 Dutch city
23 Lady bandit weds 95 Tias, in the U.S. 26 Adj. ending 103 Taste fully
carmaker, letting 97 Meal ingredient 31 Sky whatzit 104 Milnes’s milieu
___ 98 Actress weds 33 Electrolysis 105 Inhospitable, as
27 Trees in an comic, elements weather
O’Neill title making ___ 35 Silent star weds 109 Bando and
28 Zeno’s home 102 In ___ (together) TV actor, making Mineo
29 German industrial 106 Personal accts. of ___ 111 Maui adornment
city a sort 36 ___ Na Na 112 Chairman ___
30 Secret society 107 FDR’s Park 37 Pay attention to 113 Badly
31 Bible preposition 108 “And ___ of 42 Lariat, or the 114 Resolution
32 Samantha’s TV thousands” name of the resolution?
hubby 110 Wine valley ranch in Giant
34 Writer weds 111 Break (in the 43 “The Old ___ The Washington Post
orchestra action) Bucket”
leader, making 112 After actress ALTAR’D STATES By Merl Reagle
___ weds 44 Fantastik job?
38 Curtain support singer-actor, ___ 46 Ognomy or ology
39 Wood strips 115 Fix sloppy copy preceder
40 Guy on first 116 Clay, today 47 Exist
41 Holiday dessert 117 Cole Porter was 48 Mast pole
42 A horse of one 49 Certain chord,
another color 118 Marlon’s director in music: abbr.
44 R-V center? in 50 Butt in
45 European nation, On the Waterfront 52 Unchilled
to its populace 119 Leftover 54 Birthplace of
48 Wild plum 120 Mrs. Ho and Pythagoras
49 Skedaddles Mrs. No? 57 Like litmus, after
51 Inc., in Ireland 121 Sonora shout an acid
53 Otto I’s realm: 122 Nurse’s forte, 58 Throw mightily
abbr. for short
54 Part with, as 123 Pig’s digs 59 Real people?
pennies 124 Bob and ___ 61 ___ mind
55 Force to DOWN (in agreement)
56 Actress weds 1 Went out 65 Finnish lake
comedian, giving 2 Simoleons 66 Seething
___ 3 More rational 67 Actor Beatty
60 Lunched 4 Here on the 68 Wheat, for one
61 Mayberry kid Champs Elysées 69 Rock fans, often
62 Hop on ___ 70 Wear away
(commute) 71 Anchor’s
63 Start of the 10th announcement
century 76 Children’s books
64 Actress weds 77 Workers’ meeting

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Sister act wears thin, and parents caught in the middle

BY CAROLYN HAX got? I use the term “shortsighted” because neither
Washington Post you nor Annie nor Bonnie knows what is in store for
everyone, so for all you know Annie is five years out
Hi, Carolyn: Our daughter “An- from needing XYZ all at once – and the pricklier she
gets with Bonnie now, the more Annie opens herself
nie” has moved back home at age to Bonnie’s resentful payback, plus interest. Which I
hope she won’t do because that’s petty, but still.
33 to save some money while do-
2. Annie is paying her way but she doesn’t hold
ing postdoc work and teaching voting shares in your household. You decide how
your resources are allocated, you decide which kid
college courses. She works hard needs what, you decide what’s fair. If Annie isn’t
happy to be mooching on less favorable terms than
and studies for grueling hours, her sister is, then she needs to either take that up
with you or move out. Resenting Bonnie for it is mis-
and she contributes to household expenses. Our placed and unfair.

daughter “Bonnie” has moved back home at 29 af- So, time to sit down with Annie. State your policy
clearly: Different kids, different needs, same com-
ter a sudden breakup, bringing our 15-month-old mitment to meeting needs, with the understanding
that life is long and bean-counting serves nobody.
grandchild with her. Bonnie works but does not If she’s not willing to trust that your home is a sup-
portive one and that your judgment is good and that
earn much money, and we are encouraging her to things will even out in the end, then she can take
her complaints to you, and even propose other so-
save it instead of giving it to us because we know she lutions, or forever hold her peace – because you will
not stand for tension or hostility between the sib-
wants to live independently with her child as soon lings.

as possible. If there’s old baggage here and either Annie or
Bonnie tries to hand it back to you by way of expla-
When Bonnie is not working, she is mostly tied up nation for the current rift, then decline to accept it.
Say you will think carefully about your role in cre-
with her baby. ating this dynamic – toward moving forward, how-
ever. Not back. 
Neither daughter really contributes to the house-

work, but they are good housemates and we are re-

ally happy to have them both home.

Annie is resentful that Bonnie does not pay “rent,”

and feels she has been given a pass simply because

she has a child. Bonnie feels judged and looked

down on by her sister. My husband and I are often Boomeranged: Two things.
1. Annie is being shortsighted. Good families
caught in the middle, and the tension sometimes don’t take care of everything equally; instead they
commit equally to taking care of needs. That means
leads us to regret opening our home to both kids. if Annie needs X she gets X, and if Bonnie need Y
she gets Y, because what exactly is accomplished by
One or both will probably move out within the handing Bonnie X just because that’s what Annie

next year. Until then, how do we cope? Do we inter-

vene or stay out of it?

– Boomeranged


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Long and winding road leads ‘family’ doc to Vero

BY TOM LLOYD turn to his home state of Florida.
Staff Writer “I grew up in Miami,” says the af-

Dr. David Hurst, a family practice fable Hurst, “and I worked in Miami
physician, is now with the Indian and Fort Lauderdale. I met my wife
River Medical Center’s Primary Care in Miami around 1997, and she’s from
South at 4165 9th Street SW (Oslo the Philippines.”
So Hurst, a former medical recruit-
He didn’t have to travel far to get er, set his sights on something he says
here but he did need to log over 20,000 he’d “always wanted” and decided to
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He enrolled at the Cebu Doctors’ Mean- HEALTH whole body, the whole picture [and
University in the Philippines, earned while, with that includes] looking at a patient’s
his medical degree and went on to or without dating of every entire med list.”
serve an internship at the Cleveland a diagnosis patient’s pre-
Clinic and a residency at Memorial of osteopo- scription list is It’s all too common, according to
Health University Medical Center in rosis, Hurst a must-do pri- Hurst, to spot a prescription on those
Georgia before returning to Florida. says he’s also ority. lists and say, “‘this one is not a good
firmly in the idea with that one.’ I mean, it is a big
Just prior to signing on at IRMC, camp of those “Every single problem.”
Hurst was with the Heart & Family who now real- visit we do a
Institute in Port St. Lucie, where he ize con- med reconcili- And problems are what Hurst is
garnered a 2017 patient satisfaction tinual up- ation,” he says. hoping to help his patients avoid.
award from WellCare and a 2017 Hu- “That’s what
mana certificate of achievement. our job is: to Dr. David Hurst is with the IRMC’s
look at the Primary Care South at 4165 9th Street
One area of special interest for SW (Oslo Road) suite 106 in the Publix
Hurst is checking for and treating os- shopping center. The phone number is
teoporosis. 772-569-7706. 

The word “osteoporosis” means
“porous bone,” and the National Os-
teoporosis Foundation defines con-
dition as “a bone disease that occurs
when the body loses too much bone,
makes too little new bone, or both.
As a result, bones become weak and
may break from a fall or, in seri-
ous cases, from sneezing or minor

Osteoporosis takes a serious toll on
older Americans. One in every three
women, and one in four men, over the
age of 50 suffers a broken bone due to
osteoporosis with an annual cost of
roughly $19 billion.

Worse, says the National Institutes
of Health, “for older people, weak
bones can be deadly. One in five peo-
ple with a hip fracture dies within a
year of their injury.”

Fortunately, according to Hurst, a
bone density test – which he describes
as a modified X-ray – can spot the dis-
ease in its early stages and there are
now a variety of prescription medi-
cations (bisphosphonates) available
to treat the disease and some of the
newer drugs even help rebuild dam-
aged bones.

“Prolia,” Hurst continues, “is a
newer [class of drug] that we’re going
to start giving at this office. It’s a shot,
like a flu shot, every six months.”

Turning to a pop culture reference
to explain the situation, Hurst says
these drugs inhibit what he calls the
“pac-men” that “eat your bone away.
They’re called osteoclasts. They
cleave or break down bone. In osteo-
porosis a lot of them are going hay-
wire. These classes of meds inhibit
those pac-men.”

Oddly, human men appear to be at
something of a disadvantage when it
comes to being screened or treated for

“Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t
cover men’s screening very well,”
Hurst says, and neither does Medi-

However, if men have certain un-
derlying conditions or are currently
taking certain medications, insur-
ance may cover their screening, so it’s
wise to ask.

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Study: Sleep hygiene even more critical post-stroke

It’s long been known that sleep
can be elusive for people who’ve had
a stroke. According to the National
Stroke Association, more than half
of stroke survivors experience sleep
problems – including insomnia –
which can delay recovery, impede
cognitive function, worsen memory
problems and ultimately lead to de-

But exactly what happens in peo-
ple’s brains during their post-stroke
recovery has been a bit of a mystery.

Recently, in a first-of-its-kind study,
researchers from Europe set out to
change that. Using sophisticated test-
ing techniques, they compared the
brain signals of people 12 months af-
ter they had a stroke with the brain
activity of people in the general popu-

Dr. John Suen is the Medical Director
of Sleep Disorders Center Florida, locat-
ed in Vero Beach. He is familiar with the
study and says it is useful, particularly


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 46 ‘It begins with people recovering from a stroke ment from a healthcare professional
taking extra care to have good sleep hygiene.’ who specializes in sleep medicine.”
because the research was conducted
a full year after the stroke occurred. – Dr. John Suen A few tips for good sleep hygiene:
“That’s important, as it suggests that • Go to sleep and wake up at the
sleeping problems are caused by other Suen) believe those problems are due increased daytime impairment due to same time each day.
factors in addition to the stroke itself. to a number of contributing factors, sleep problems. • Don’t take more than one nap a
This observation offers greater oppor- including pain and discomfort, great- day, and keep it short.
tunities to provide help.” er psychological strain and reduced The psychomotor vigilance test is • Create a pleasant sleeping envi-
levels of physical activity. a tool used to measure a person’s be- ronment; make your bedroom cool,
Participating in the study were 21 havioral alertness. It involves measur- dark, and comfortable.
people who had had a stroke at least The research team was from the ing the speed at which a person reacts • Exercise moderation in consum-
12 months earlier, and 21 healthy University of Surrey in the U.K., the to visual stimuli. Poor results can ing alcohol.
volunteers, who were matched to the University of Freiburg in Germany, increase the risk of cognitive lapses • Use a sound machine, or other
stroke victims by gender and age. and the University of Bern in Switzer- and even falls. A simplified version of type of white noise, to block out un-
The participants spent two nights land. The study was published in the the test – not intended to be a clinical wanted noise.
and one day in a sleep lab, where the journal Scientific Reports in May 2018. assessment – can be found on Sleep • Do not watch TV or use the com-
researchers conducted a polysomno- Disorders Center Florida’s website @ puter in bed. This is the most impor-
gram test to assess the brain’s sleep- The researchers also recorded par- tant tip, according to Dr. Suen. “Our
ing patterns. ticipants’ brain activity during the eyes are connected by the optic nerve
day using a multiple sleep latency The research team’s bottom line, to the part of the brain that regulates
It was discovered that it took those test (MSLT) which measures the time and Dr. Suen agrees, is that treatment our internal sleep clock. The light
who had a stroke longer to fall asleep from the start of a daytime nap period of sleep disorders should be routinely from these sources acts as a potent
than the volunteers, and that they also to the first signs of sleep. The results included in stroke rehabilitation prac- stimulus.”
had poorer “sleep efficiency” – the ra- showed that those who had had a tices. Unfortunately, that is not cur-
tio of time spent asleep compared to stroke were less likely than the healthy rently common practice. Dr. Suen is board-certified in Sleep
the time spent in bed. volunteers to nap or fall asleep during Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Internal
the day to compensate for lost sleep Dr. Suen says “it begins with people Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.
Importantly, the team found that at night, and were also more likely to recovering from a stroke taking extra Sleep Disorders Center Florida is an ac-
while sleep efficiency was poorer in achieve poorer results on the “psy- care to have good sleep hygiene. If they credited medical treatment center for
those who had a stroke, total sleep chomotor vigilance test,” suggesting still have problems falling asleep or all sleep-related issues. It is located at
time between the groups was similar. staying asleep, they should seek treat- 3735 11th Circle #103 in Vero Beach; the
This mean it’s unlikely that lesions phone number is 772-563-2910. 
(abnormal tissue) in the brains’ cen-
ters for sleep-wake regulation are the
cause of post-stroke sleep problems;
rather, the researchers (and Vero’s Dr.

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Fashion diplomacy: A first lady’s wardrobe matters

The Washington Post

Once again, Melania Trump has ner throughout her international ex- wasn’t focused on some specific aspect gium and England, she filled her ward-
stepped onto the international stage in cursion. For last Thursday’s arrival in of her role – perhaps one with which the robe with designers and brands that
the traditional role of first lady: an em- London, she opted for a form-fitting public could even empathize or at least speak to the moment in ways that are
issary of the American people, a sym- sheath by the London-based designer understand. Her disaffection was writ both respectful and thoughtful. The
bol of our collective humanity – and a Roland Mouret, a brand that has been large as she walked across the tarmac in question is not whether she is engaging
fashion mannequin of soft diplomacy. in the wardrobe rotation of the Duch- clear view of photographers. She didn’t in diplomatic outreach. Of course she
The stakes, as always, are high. But her ess of Sussex, nee Meghan Markle. For aim her disdain with the precision of a is. That is what first ladies do. It is their
credibility as a moderating force, a gra- dinner later that evening with Prime sniper. She sprayed everything within silent strength.
cious presence swathed in silk and lace, Minister Theresa May, she wore a yel- range with scorn.
has been significantly undermined by low silk chiffon gown by the New York- But if Mrs. Trump doesn’t really care,
her own hand. All it took was a $39 ol- based designer Gilles Mendel. He helms How does a de facto diplomat recover why should anyone else? 
ive-drab jacket. J. Mendel, which was founded in the from such rhetorical carnage?
1870s in St. Petersburg as a furrier ca-
The first lady began her country- tering to Russian aristocracy. The house For her public appearances in Bel-
hopping sojourn last Tuesday, when relocated to Paris after the 1917 revolu-
she stepped off Air Force One in Brus- tion.
sels wearing a camel-colored Burberry
trench coat buttoned snugly to the neck. So the first lady’s wardrobe is well po-
There was no evident Belgian subtext to sitioned to tell a story about the global
this particular choice, but it still sug- nature of fashion, its ability to speak to
gested an intent. The classic trench coat cultural and social shifts, the heft of its
was basically invented by the British. emotional resonance. It has the poten-
And Burberry is a quintessentially Brit- tial to speak volumes about empathy
ish brand, though with a new designer, and cross-border friendship.
Riccardo Tisci, who is Italian. Thus,
Mrs. Trump’s fashion choice could be But does it? Can it ever?
construed as an olive branch of sorts to Can there be fashion diplomacy af-
Great Britain, the ally with whom the ter detonating the nuclear option? After
United States has an often-mentioned the crude fashion equivalent of throw-
special relationship that has been look- ing up the middle finger? That, after all,
ing less special these days. is what Mrs. Trump did in June when
she flew off on a humanitarian mis-
Last Wednesday afternoon at the sion to visit detained migrant children
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the wearing a fast-fashion jacket inscribed
Brussels suburb of Waterloo, Mrs. with “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Few
Trump participated in a program for garments have caused as much of a
NATO spouses that included a fashion media storm as that Zara jacket with
show and chocolate tasting. She lis- its dismissive white graffiti scrawl. In
tened appreciatively at a recital of Tchai- response to the brouhaha, her spokes-
kovsky. For the occasion, she selected person advised, “It’s a jacket. There was
a navy sleeveless dress with a flared no hidden message.” Thus instructed,
skirt by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. It there was no reason to believe that
was an astute choice – an iconic Ameri- there was any sly misdirection, no bit-
can brand under the creative leader- ter irony, no mistaking the intent. Take
ship of Belgian designer Raf Simons. the general message at its word.
Since taking the helm in 2017, Simons The message was clear, after all. Re-
has mounted runway shows that paint coil. Agree. Shrug. She does not care.
an elegiacal portrait of the American About what, precisely? About opinions.
Dream through the eyes of an immi- About expectations. About anything.
grant. His version is not without hope or “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?”
optimism, but it’s not the sunny vision Mrs. Trump has made it plain. Her
it once might have been. In Simons’ ver- publicly expressed lack of concern
sion, the clouds have rolled in over the
amber waves of grain. So the first lady’s
dress potentially offered quite a bit of
cultural subtext.

That evening, Mrs. Trump opted for
a white, tea-length cocktail dress by the
Lebanese designer Elie Saab. The sil-
houette was reserved, but the fabric was
rather sheer. It balanced glamour with
decorum. It did not speak of Belgium
or NATO, but it could well serve as a re-
minder of the global nature of fashion,
creativity and style.

Mrs. Trump continued in this man-

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Your ultimate holiday destination style guide to 3 hotspots


The Telegraph

Hydra, Greece yacht was designed by Jeff
Koons) opened a Slaughter-
The vibe: Hydra is way too classy house Project in 2009. But away
to have cars. Donkeys are the main from the main street there’s a
form of Uber here. Or legs. Your own. real life with families who’ve
But don’t be deceived by this olde lived here for generations.
world charm. Hydra is about stealth
glamour. Or not so stealth. Last year, This calls for strategic
one particular purple throbbing
super-yacht had barely weighed its
hefty anchor off Hydra’s picturesque
port before the shore line lit up with
a hundred smart phones googling its
provenance (and price).

Such acts are best conducted co-
vertly because Hydra prides itself on
its low-key sophistication and highly
tuned appreciation of the creative
crafts. Artists, including Picasso,
Chagall and Brice Marden flocked
here, Leonard Cohen had a house
here. Now it’s a honeypot for Tracey
Emin, Juergen Teller and Sadie Coles.

The always impeccably coutured
Pauline Karpidas has an exhibition
while Dakis Joannou (whose mega

dressing. Rustic understatement is Deia, Majorca
the common goal: soft muslin dress-
es in washed out saturated pinks and The vibe: Where does the af-
blues. fluent spiritual party girl go
now that Ibiza has become overrun
Well beached: Nothing obviously with Oligarchs and grown up rav-
flashy and swimsuits that are actu- ers with their long haired offspring?
ally designed for swimming – there The answer, as Kate Moss et crew
are plenty of rocky promontories to have found, is Deia, a picturesque
snorkel around. For beautiful struc- hotspot town in the hills of Major-
tured one pieces and bikinis, Prism is ca’s north-west coast. These are not
the ultimate. Plus a large but practi- the first creatives to find enlighten-
cal hat. ment here, Robert Graves pitched up
in the Twenties (and never left, he’s
Carry on: Block colored, sustain- buried in the churchyard).
able straw bags from Artesano with Instagram types can post artfully
a stripy pom pom pouch and dusty bohemian reclining selfies whilst
pink or blue velvet sandals from – laying over the rocks. Everyone else
where else? – Ancient Greek Sandals. might like to pop into La Residencia
– the only place to stay if you’re still
After dark: Covert luxury trumps contemplating snapping up Michael
bling every time. Think Dodo Bar Or, Douglas’s old $60 million estate
artisanal Mexican kaftans from Pip- down the road in Valledemossa – for
pa Holt and artsy takes on the sun- a stealth cocktail and spy on its 30
dress by Peter Pilotto … then head to Joan Miro works.
the high street because there are still Carry-on: That blistering sun
some sale gems to be had. against the rocks means one thing:
you’ll need a hat. Avoid getting yours
Don’t forget: A copy of 100 Best squished on the plane by picking up
films of all time So you can bone up a Yosuzi one. A Cult Gaia bamboo
on the black and white classics show- creation would do very well here.
ing at Hydra’s open air cinema. Well beached: Think waft. An old
floaty smock or kaftan you picked up
Do pick up: Gold and silver jewelry “years” ago on the White Isle is per-
– there’s plenty of original Greek de- fect. Trying is trying in this heat.

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