Tracey Zudans named to
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May Pops provides truly
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School District: What’s new in
No comment on FPL offer for
harassment probe Vero electric?
BY RAY MCNULTY Dr. Andy Hemmings watches over the Vero Man dig site. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD BY LISA ZAHNER
Staff Writer Staff Writer
Funding for Old Vero Man dig site in question
The School District has The latest cliffhanger in the
completed its investigation BY KATHLEEN SLOAN sorships, grants and fund- ing done with extra care, “in nearly decade-long Vero elec-
into a sexual harassment alle- Staff Writer raising goals will be met in a case we don’t come back next tric saga will have to hang a
gation made in March against manner that allows work at year,” said Dr. Andy Hemmings, few more days as the Vero City
Sebastian River High School The Old Vero Man Ice Age the world-renowned dig to re- lead archeologist at the site. Council voted 3-2 last week to
Principal Todd Racine, but the archeological site is closing sume next winter. extend a controversial, self-
findings won't be released to down for the season amid se- “I hate not knowing what’s imposed gag order until a
the public until next week. rious concern whether spon- Because of the uncertainty, on the other side of where we May 16 council meeting. The
this season’s close-down is be- order prohibits discussion of
According to an email sent CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 an eagerly anticipated Florida
Monday by School Superin- Power & Light offer – expected
tendent Mark Rendell's ad- this week – to purchase the
ministrative assistant, Brenda city’s entire electric utility.
Davis, Racine received a copy
of the investigative report last Will those eager to sabotage
Wednesday. the sale observe the gag order?
That was the mega-million
"Per statute, it is not subject question as we went to press.
to public record requests for
10 days," Davis wrote. "It will FPL’s earlier $100 million
be available on May 15." cash offer, which included
nearly $80 million in additional
Davis' email did not include considerations, expired Dec.
any comment from Rendell 31, requiring the parties to en-
on the incident or investi- ter into new negotiations that
gation, though one was re-
quested. Similarly, Racine did CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Auctioning island property: Some succeed, some are disappointing
Another big sale in Vero’s estate section Less-than-hoped in the Shores
BY STEVEN M. THOMAS couple of notable trends in the Shores auction winner Howard Gutman bids. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD BY LISA ZAHNER
Staff Writer barrier island real estate mar- Staff Writer
ket, including the growing role
When the Barbados-in- of auctions as a means of mov- When the Indian River Shores Town Council
spired estate once known as ing high-end properties. voted 3-2 on Monday to accept a $4.84 million
Sandy Lane was auctioned off winning bid – far less than a recent $7.7 mil-
for $10.3 million at the end It also highlighted the con- lion appraisal – for a 5.2-acre oceanside parcel
of April, the sale confirmed a tinued emergence of the Es-
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Estate section auction At that time, Concierge Auctions of- team sold an oceanfront estate in In- “Sellers like auctions because they
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 fered two large side-by-side oceanfront dian River Shores for a little over $10 are in control,” says Concierge proj-
homes built by Beachlen Development million. The success of that absolute, ect manager Katie Lawless, who led
tate Section as a premier location in a no-reserve, bidder’s-choice auc- no-reserve auction helped build the the auction team in the 10 Ocean and
where many of the biggest real estate tion. The winning bidder picked the es- residential real estate auction momen- 2470 S. A1A sales. “They are not sitting
deals routinely take place. The top five tate known as Splendida Dimora, pay- tum and led directly to the April 28 sale around waiting for an offer that may
residential property sales in Vero since ing $10.2 million, including a 10 percent of the lavish home at 2470 S. A1A. or may not come. There is a date cer-
2015 have all been in the Estate Sec- buyer’s premium, but the other house tain for the sale and no contingencies
tion, and four of those have been auc- went under contract within a few days, “After the successful sale of 10 Ocean to worry about. It is a quick close and
tion sales. sold to one of the unsuccessful bidders Lane, we now have a new seller offer- they walk away with cash.”
who participated in the auction. ing another significant oceanfront es-
Indeed, prior to the sale in April, the tate for auction immediately with no Buyers like auctions because of the
last time the 8-bedroom, 11.5-bath, Since then, Concierge has auctioned reserve,” French said in March. “The chance to get a desirable property be-
15,000-square-foot home located at off a number of luxury properties in property located at 2470 S. A1A in the low prevailing market value. They can
2070 S. A1A was sold – for $9.25 mil- Vero, all listed by partners Clark French Vero Beach Estate Section is a spec- name their own price and the process
lion in March 2015 – was also in con- and Cindy O’Dare, broker associates tacular Barbados-inspired estate with is transparent. In a traditional sale, the
nection with an auction. with Premier Estate Properties. a bright and open transitional beach buyer doesn’t know how much to of-
house design.” fer or counter to get the deal, but in an
In March, the Premier/Concierge auction they know exactly where the
process stands and can bid just slight-
ly over the previous offer.
French agrees with Lawless that
home auctions are becoming more
acceptable to both buyers and sell-
ers. “The stigma is gone,” he says.
“For years, auctions have been the
preferred way to sell fine art, classic
cars and other high-end goods, and,
increasingly, they are being seen as a
smart way to sell luxury real estate.”
Besides motivating another seller to
go the auction route as a way of mov-
ing a $10 million-plus property, the
sale of 10 Ocean in March generated a
spillover pool of bidders for the Estate
Section sale in April.
Many of those who considered 10
Ocean or actually bid on the property
were new to Vero. Having focused on
the area and in many cases visited
here to see the house in Indian River
Shores, they got a positive sense of the
town and realized oceanfront real es-
tate in Vero is a relative bargain com-
pared to more expensive locales such
as South Florida, Southern California
and the Hamptons.
“There was a carryover crowd, for
sure,” French says. “Four of the bid-
ders from the 10 Ocean auction par-
ticipated in the auction at 2470.”
Overall, the April sale generated 634
serious inquiries that led to 135 show-
ings and winnowed out 48 qualified
buyers. The eight who signed up to bid
had to agree to Concierge’s auction
terms, put $100,000 into an escrow ac-
count and produce a bank letter show-
ing they had sufficient funds to com-
plete the purchase.
Some bidders came from Vero, oth-
ers from around the country, with buy-
ers from California, New Hampshire,
Maryland and Miami participating.
The auction got under way at 4 p.m.
on Friday, April 28, with four of eight
registered bidders present at the prop-
erty. The other four followed along by
phone, with Concierge staffers raising
paddles for them.
“It was a quick process, over in
about 20 minutes,” says Lawless, who
led a team of 5 Concierge staff mem-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / May 11, 2017 3
bers and worked on the sale fulltime but with a 12 percent buyer’s premium, location of 2470 S. A1A was its stron- the way to your house,” French said.
during the month of April, holding which compensates Concierge and the gest selling point. Bidders were drawn “That sort of privacy is very appealing
daily open houses, coordinating with listing and selling agents, the buyer – a by the overall aura of Vero and more to affluent buyers.”
Vero Brokers and their clients, and Vero resident – paid $10.3 million. specifically by the privacy and conve-
promoting the auction nationally and nience of the large 1.7-acre, ocean-to- How attractive is the Estate Section?
internationally. “Bidding started at $5 French says that is critical figure in A1A lot with 155 linear feet of frontage Well, the seller at 2470 – identified
million and went up in million dol- establishing market value. Though it is on the Vero’s deepest ocean beach. by South Florida real estate magazine
lar increments until it hit $8 million. divided into two portions, $10.3 mil- The Real Deal as “Trace McCreary,
After that, it went up in half-million lion is what the market was willing to “In the Estate Section, you do not head of Varden Capital Properties” – is
and then $100,000 increments. We pay for the property in April 2017. have to drive through a common gate building his new house a stone’s throw
were down to three bidders after the or drive past other people’s homes on from the one he just sold.
amount topped $8 million and just Both Lawless and French said the
two bidders after $9 million.”
The “hammer price” was $9.2 million,
Shores auction Exclusively John’s Island
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culmination of a three-year effort by home enjoys spacious main living areas and private pool views. Features
luxury developer and home builder include an expansive living room with fireplace adjoining the lanai, wet
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“We had an interest in the Surf Club
property, but we were still in our due
diligence phase when that came up.
The timing just wasn’t right,” said Me-
gan Raasveldt, a sales associate with
Dale Sorensen Real Estate who repre-
sented The Lutgert Companies in the
Shores purchase. “Indian River Shores
is exactly the type of community we
were looking for.”
“We’re excited for the opportunity
we have here in Indian River Shores
and look forward to developing a proj-
ect the community and The Lutgert
Companies can be proud of,” Gutman
said after the council’s affirmation of
the auction results.
Raasveldt said residents can expect
a West Indies-style community simi-
lar to Lutgert’s Residences at Mercato
development in Naples, with an ar-
chitectural style and feel like that at
Orchid Golf & Beach Club. The price
point, Senior Vice President Mike
Hoyt said, will be upwards of $1 mil-
lion per residence and the timing, if all
goes well, will be months, not years.
“We’d love to be able to have some-
thing on paper to sell this coming sea-
son,” said Hoyt, who grew up in Vero
Beach and graduated a Fighting Indian
before leaving for the University of
Florida and ending up on Florida’s west
coast working for Lutgert. “Ideally, we’d
like to start construction on a model
sometime in the coming year, probably
right after the first of the year.”
That will mean working with Town
staff to hone a site plan and going
before the Shores Planning, Zoning
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Shores auction need to “educate the staff.” He voted boring residents lobbied for the The Town had pledged to cover up to
with Haverland to wait and try again. oceanside acreage to be kept as a park, half of a pre-approved $35,000 market-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 but after months of hand-wringing, ing budget if the parcel had not sold,
But the balance of the council ap- packed council chambers and compro- but once a closing takes place, the Town
and Variance Board over the summer proved the sale, resigned to their fail- mise, the Town Council agreed to set will be off the hook for the cost of pro-
to gain approvals. It’s still undecided ure to secure more cooperation from aside a 5-foot-wide beach access path motion and newspaper advertising.
whether The Lutgert Companies will the county. owned by the town on the south end
offer 12-18 single-family homes, or of the property. Land will need to be “This property can go on the tax rolls
opt to develop a multi-family commu- Next Tuesday, the County Commis- cleared for this, and mature palm trees as of Jan. 1,” Davis told the council and
nity of condominiums or townhomes. sion will consider whether or not to ex- and fencing bordering Pebble Beach the public gathered Monday morning
The parcel is zoned for up to six units ercise its right of first refusal and pur- Villas removed, as the fencing and trees to hear the council’s decision.
per acre for a potential total of 30 chase the property for the county, or to encroach on the town’s property.
units, but Town officials expressed a let the sale to Lutgert run its course. The next issue to be decided, once
definite preference for a lower density, On top of his $4.4 million winning the closing is final on June 16 as now ex-
single-family development. The Shores acquired the parcel from bid, Lutgert will pay a 10 percent buy- pected, is how to allocate the proceeds
the county in 1993 in a land swap agree- er’s premium – for a total selling price of the sale, with town officials and resi-
Mayor Brian Barefoot offered his ment after the county purchased it from of $4.84 million – plus any title insur- dents already speculating about which
vision of a road up the center of the developer Ed Schlitt at a deep discount. ance and closing costs, according to type of investment vehicles might be
parcel with a cul-de-sac, five homes Schlitt’s family and the residents of Peb- the terms of the auction. Davis and his best suited for the town’s long-term
on either side of the street and three ble Bay and Pebble BeachVillas, wanted company Indian River Auctions agreed financial goals. Davis mentioned that
to four homes facing the ocean, not- the Shores to honor an agreement made to refund one-fifth of the buyer’s pre- the town could also use the money to
ing that would result in a density “in with the county – but not passed down mium back to the Town, making the fully fund its pension liability – an issue
the teens” of units. in the deed to the Shores – to provide Town’s net proceeds $4,488,000. that Haverland has focused on during
public beach access on the parcel. his two terms in office.
Hoyt acknowledged that Barefoot
was pretty close to one of the options In fact, the Schlitts and some neigh-
Lutgert’s engineers had looked at, and
he handed out schematics of two den- MY Appeals court did wrong thing for the
sity studies on large sheets of paper to VERO
the council. The single ocean-access right reason in trial of Brian Simpson’s killer
dune crossing permitted by Indian
River County would most likely be at BY RAY MCNULTY If it hasn't happened already, you "You'd have to prove a juror that
the end of the cul-de-sac, at the north- can bet your bail money that defense was allowed to sit on the jury was bi-
south midpoint of the community, Staff Writer attorneys around the state will attempt ased, which means you'd need a juror
Hoyt said. to expand this ruling to cover criminal to come in and say, 'Yeah, I'm a rac-
The three judges on Florida's Fourth cases in which defendants and victims ist,'" he added. "Just the potential for
But for the Shores Town Council, District Court of Appeal, which last are not only of different races but also prejudice isn't enough."
the fact that the bidding for the par- month ordered the retrial of the man of different creeds and ethnicities.
cel did not even reach $5 million was convicted of shooting to death Central Still, as we've seen in this case, it's
clearly a disappointment. Beach homeowner Brian Simpson dur- "Different genders, too," said Ryan often difficult to predict what appel-
ing a November 2011 burglary, did the Butler, an assistant state attorney who late courts will do.
The fact that the county only signed wrong thing for the right reasons. handles capital post-conviction cases
off on one dune crossover, as opposed in our circuit. "The court gave great Certainly, no one in the local State At-
to the three crossovers requested They were right to express concern latitude to defense attorneys to ask torney’s Office expected Jones’ seeming-
by Shores officials last month, was that the jurors' attitudes about inter- questions that even remotely address ly solid conviction to be reversed. Prose-
thought by some to have reduced the racial violence might've impacted bias by potential jurors." cutors presented physical evidence and
price fetched by auctioneer Wesley their decisions during Henry Lee accomplice testimony to jurors, who
Davis when the parcel went on the Jones' murder trial in late 2014. The appeals court did far more than needed less than 90 minutes to reach
block last Saturday, with nearly 100 that: The ruling essentially makes it a verdict that resulted in consecutive
people watching the live auction un- They were wrong to seize upon a mandatory that all potential jurors – in life terms for first-degree murder and
der a white event tent set up on the minor issue – with no evidence of ra- all such cases – be questioned about armed burglary. And this can’t be the
property. cial prejudice presented – to toss the their attitudes on crimes involving ra- first time such an appeal has succeeded.
jury's verdict in a case that had noth- cial, religious, ethnic and gender differ-
Last year, an appraiser valued the ing to do with race. ences between defendants and victims. So why leave it to chance?
parcel for $7.7 million. Davis, Town of- Why not legally require that all poten-
ficials and the buyer all said the price As Chief Assistant State Attorney Now, if trial judges prevent defense tial jurors in these cases be questioned
paid for the property might have been Tom Bakkedahl, the lead prosecu- attorneys from asking such questions about their attitudes regarding crimes,
closer to that figure with three beach tor in the case, said after the appeals during jury selection, as the appeals especially violent crimes, in which de-
access points. court's ruling: "There were no racial court said happened here, this ruling fendants and victims are of different
overtones; it was a crime of opportu- provides grounds for appeal. races, religions, genders or ethnicities?
Indian River County’s unwillingness nity. It was completely inappropriate True, it would bog down and make
to permit the trimming of overgrown to inject that into the case." And if defense attorneys fail to ask more difficult an already-challenging
sea grapes was another bone of con- such questions during jury selection, jury selection process, and likely would
tention, with town officials saying the Yet, that's exactly what the West this ruling provides grounds for de- extend the length of trials. But, given the
grapes block the ocean view and re- Palm Beach-based appeals court did, fendants to challenge their convic- appeals court ruling, such questioning
duce the desirability of the parcel. ruling on April 12 that Circuit Judge tions based on ineffective assistance could prevent similar reversals and cost-
Robert Pegg, who presided over the of counsel – though winning such a ly retrials that force families, such as the
Councilman Dick Haverland pro- three-week trial, erred when he pro- challenge would be difficult. Simpsons, to relive painful memories.
posed that the council reject Lutgert’s hibited Jones' attorney from "ques- It also might prevent bigotry and
bid, readdress those issues with the tioning prospective jurors regarding "Actually, to argue ineffective bias from infecting the jury room and
Board of County Commissioners, and their attitudes on interracial crime." counsel in a case like this, you must lessen the likelihood of verdicts based
then offer the property for sale with prove two things – that your attorney on something other than the evidence.
the sea grape and dune crossover In so doing, the judges set a legal prec- messed up and that you were preju- Probably, though, it won't.
matters cleared up. edent that injects race into all cases in diced as a result of that mistake," But- The appeals court's ivory-tower
which black defendants are charged with ler said. "And it's your burden to show
“There’s no rush to sell this prop- committing crimes against white victims. the prejudice.
erty,” Haverland said. Barefoot ulti-
mately agreed, saying county staffers But the ruling's reach doesn't end there.
were mistaken in their advice to com-
missioners and that the Shores would
MAY POPS PROVIDES TRULY
GRAND END-OF-SEASON FINALE
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May Pops provides truly grand end-of-season finale
BY MARY SCHENKEL
The weather could not have been 12
more perfect as ticketholders began
to pour onto Windsor’s expansive 34
polo field for the 28th annual May
Pops concert hosted by the Indian 5 PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 6
River Medical Center Foundation,
a highly-anticipated affair that has MAY POPS CAPTIONS
become the traditional end-of-sea-
son finale. 1. Helen Post, Les Gwyn-Williams and Liz Cundari. 2. Randy and
Sandy Rolf with Teresa and Bill Winslow. 3. Kay Brown with Dr.
Ladies wore colorful springtime Hugh and Ann Marie McCrystal. 4. Cynthia Bardes with Warren and
dresses, with some also donning Virginia Schwerin. 5. Joan and Al DeCrane, Jan and John Donlan,
Derby hats from the day before. and Anne Kelsey. 6. Sally and Tony Woodruff.
Maintaining a custom that began in
2014, many of the gentlemen sported PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
jaunty bow ties in honor of the late
Dick Post, recognizing his penchant ist and for performances on the big Silverman has enjoyed roles in nu- offered a $2.275 million challenge
for bow ties and generous spirit. Hel- screen and television. merous productions as well as on TV grant, to be matched dollar-for-dol-
en Post has continued the tradition shows and movies, and is a nation- lar by May 30, toward the cost of a
she and her beloved husband began A Drama Desk Best Actor nomi- ally celebrated concert vocalist. $6.15 million expansion of the hospi-
more than two decades ago as May nee for his performance in Broad- tal’s Endoscopy Department, which
Pops’ presenting sponsor, along with way’s “Slide Show,” Silverman has Before Confessore lifted his baton, will enable more timely access to
the Plansoen Foundation. won praise for his performances in Tony Woodruff, IRCF board chair- their gastroenterology services.
“Chicago” and “The Phantom of the man, thanked the numerous spon-
“It’s just a glorious day and it’s for Opera”, and as Tony in the West End sors, volunteers and Windsor for For more information, call 772-
such a good cause,” said Post with a production of “West Side Story.” On making the event possible. He also 226-4960.
smile. “It’s so rewarding.” tour and regionally, the versatile shared that a generous donor has
VIP ticket holders sat at elegant
sponsor tables in neat rows of ca-
banas at the northern end of the
field, dining on a gourmet buffet
lunch prepared by Quail Valley Club
Executive Chef Joe Faria and his tal-
ented associates and staff.
On the southern side of a low
picket fence, general admission con-
cert-goers brought lawn chairs and
blankets to spread out on the lawn
and picnic in equally grand style,
their multihued umbrellas provid-
ing splashes of color against a bril-
liant blue sky. And, compliments of
Windsor Properties, ice cream was
provided for all.
The outstanding Brevard Sym-
phony Orchestra, under the baton of
Music Director Maestro Christopher
Confessore and joined by celebrated
vocalists Rachel York and Ryan Sil-
verman, delighted the crowd with
treasured tunes from Broadway
and Hollywood. This year’s surprise
guest conductor was Nancy Ross,
longtime May Pops coordinator,
who led the orchestra after intermis-
sion in a rousing rendition of Sousa’s
“Stars and Stripes Forever.”
York is acclaimed for her roles
on and off Broadway, including in
“Victor/Victoria” alongside Julie
Andrews, who she would star with
again in Sondheim’s “Putting it To-
gether.” York has toured in produc-
tions nationally and in London, and
is equally renowned as a concert art-
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MAY POPS CAPTIONS 13
7. David and Nancy Ross with Mackenzie Ross. 8. Carol and
Pat Welsh, Mary Ellen Brophy, Gordon Brunner and Barbara
Baldwin. 9. Drs. James and Katherine Grichnik with Marlynn
and Bill Scully. 10. Lou and Judy LaFage, Herb and Anne
Gullquist, Sherry Ann and Ned Dayton. 11. Chef Brian Jones
and sons Jamison and Bryson with Executive Chef Joe Faria
and daughters Olivia, Maya and Meghan. 12. Judy and Bill
Munn with Matilde Sorensen. 13. Brett and Felice Haake, Sarah
Rothman, and Rosanne and Jeff Susi. 14. Chris Confessore,
Rachel York and Ryan Silverman. 15. Bob and Wheatie Gibb
with Mollie and Jack Rogers. 16. Gene and Susie Feinour
with Marybeth and Chuck Cunningham. 17. Karen Deigl with
Ellie and Bob McCabe. 18. Bob and Maureen Bauchman. 19.
Nicholas Reynolds and Lesmarie Velez. 20. Peter and Pat
Thompson, David Strupp, and Teresa and Bill Winslow. 21.
Dave, Beth and Sherry Brown with Ellen Kowalyk. 22. Ernst
and Ali Furnsinn.
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UF toast welcomes local scholars to Gator Nation
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
The sea of bright blue and orange
filling the Moorings Yacht and Coun-
try Club last Thursday evening was a
blinding reminder that Gator Nation
alum are proud of their University of
Florida alma mater. More than 250
people gathered to celebrate incom-
ing and matriculating Gators at the
ninth annual Treasure Coast Gator
“We are here to honor 22 area schol-
ars,” said Sean Mickley, Treasure
Coast Gator Club president. “That’s
the most we’ve ever done. We will be
giving out $33,000 in scholarships
tonight. It does two very important
things. First, it provides assistance for
well deserving students and, second,
our scholarship program incentivizes
these high-achieving students to be-
come and remain part of our univer- David, Lisa, and Zachary McGuire, with Linda and Brantley Schirard. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
sity.” happy to oblige, asking about every-
thing from running up the score to fa-
Diehard fans had been excited that year’s guest speaker, but he was un- club rallied, with former teammates vorite memories and toughest games.
UF ambassador and former head ball fortunately forced to cancel at the James Bates and Jevon Kearse scor- The Treasure Coast Gator Club en-
compasses St. Lucie and Indian River
coach Steve Spurrier was to be this last minute. In true Gator spirit the ing a touchdown with the crowd as counties, with more than 2,600 UF
alumni living on the Treasure Coast it
they shared one Spurrier story after is an active club.
another. The pair echoed one of their Scholarships are funded through
sponsorship, legacy gifts and fund-
The Art & Science coach’s oft repeated axioms, “We’ll get raising through events such as the
it done without you.” And they did. Clint S. Malone Memorial Golf Tour-
nament scheduled for Oct. 20, a May
of Cosmetic Surgery Bates, a former UF linebacker, Grid- 13 Kickin’ it for Andrew Schmeer 5K
iron LIVE host and Emmy Award-win- Run and proceeds from the Gator
ning analyst, confided that it was a lot Toast.
more fun to talk about Spurrier when During dinner, a narrated slideshow
highlighted the accomplishments of
SPECIALTIES INCLUDE: he wasn’t in the room. each of the scholarship recipients;
a veritable Who’s Who of academic
• Minimal Incision Lift for the He shared that when Spurrier, achievements with Dean’s List mem-
who seldom went out of state to re- bers, 5.60 weighted GPAs and Top 10
Face, Body, Neck & Brow cruit players, visited his home, Bates’ percenters among the group.
• Breast Augmentations & Reductions mother told him, “If it were up to me
More than 100 students apply for
• Post Cancer Reconstructions you wouldn’t be sitting in my house the scholarship each year, which are
• Chemical Peels • Botox right now.” awarded based on merit and need.
• Obagi Medical Products • Laser Surgery The TCGC has awarded more than
Kearse, who went on to play in the $200,000 in scholarships to local stu-
NFL for 11 years after college, said that dents attending UF over the years.
• Liposculpture • Tummy Tucks during his freshman year he learned “It’s amazing how far we’ve come.
• Skin Cancer Treatments that Spurrier was a man of his word. We gave four scholarships the first
The coach had warned two play- year, and this year we gave out 22,”
said Mandy Robinson. “We’re giving
ers that if they continued to get into out the second highest amount in the
nation this year.”
Celebrating Over 25 trouble, they would be removed from
Years in Vero Beach the program, and upon returning to The evening closed with a spirited
school in the fall the boys were gone. fourth-quarter favorite, “We are the
Boys.” And as guests departed amidst a
“This was the time Steve Spurrier torrential rain, they put its closing line
to the test, “In all kinds of weather. We’ll
3790 7th Terrace scared Jevon Kearse straight,” said Ke- stick together for F-L-O-R-I-D-A!”
Suite 101 arse, although it’s hard to fathom that
a man nicknamed “the Freak” could
Vero Beach, Florida be intimidated by anyone. At over 6
feet in height, the eventual first-round
772.562.5859 draft pick had an 86-inch wingspan
and a 48-inch vertical leap.
www.rosatoplasticsurgery.com “It helped me get through college
and stay out of trouble,” said Kearse.
“I had to keep my grades up so I could
Ralph M. Rosato get to where I wanted to be.”
MD, FACS James and Kearse opened up the
floor for questions and guests were
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Paula, Jacob, and Jim Hoekzema. James Bates, Richard Giessert, Will Schlitt and Jevon Kearse.
Mandy Robinson, Michael Erber and Lenora Ritchie. Vikbol, Emily and Bo In. Mike, Kay and Adam Yurigan.
Wendy Schirard, with Rachel Lowe and Jeffrey Lowe.
Ken and Claire LaPointe. Marissa and Amanda Grohowski.
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 Dane and Liz Ullian with Sara Beth and Dillon Roberts. Youri Daniel, Alexandra St. Tellien and Kiara Laurent.
Becky, Allison and Nick Russakis.
Leila and Hanna Innocent. Mary Graves, Nat Jackson, Scott Francis and Carol Fennell. Robbi and Mark Peirce.
Miguel Raya, Sr., Noelia Raya, Miguel Raya Jr. and Araceli Raya. Peter Wilkie, with Mike, Miriam and Mark Burns, and Andrew Wilkie.
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March for Babies raises awareness of infant mortality
Adam Faust, Mary Volsky, Dee Dee Wiliams and Todd Racine. Ciara Tennison with Ayden, and Brenda and Mark Buchweitz. Marve Henry, Jessica Schmitt, Rasheedah Ahmad and Antawn Williams.
Lois Robertson and Pam Crowley. Faith and Lisa McNeal. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Greg Rogolino and Brett Tessier. Ireida Amezquita and Michelle Funnell.
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
Riverside Park was filled with an Stephanie Gallagher, Erynn Peterman, Rachel Raffensberger, Eathel Hart, Harriett Jenkins, Don Delora Reagan,
aura of hope, remembrance and cel- Yesenia Martell and Martha Salazar. Valecia Tarpley and Dee Dee Williams.
ebration last Saturday morning as
walkers stepped up to advance the themselves been born prematurely Pointing to the purple lei she wore, old Faith McNeal, who was born at
March of Dimes’ mission to prevent or had friends or family members af- Mary Volsky, Indian River Medical 25 weeks weighing only 1 pound, 14
birth defects, premature birth and in- fected by premature birth and birth Center women’s healthcare nurse ounces.
fant mortality through research and defects. manager, explained, “It signifies that
education. After warming up, indi- you have had some kind of experi- “The research they do is so im-
viduals, corporate and family teams Dee Dee Williams, this year’s re- ence with prematurity and premature portant, so babies like my daughter
tackled a 1- or 6-mile walk to help raise cipient of the Volunteer Spirit Award, birth. Not only do I work with that all will have a fighting chance,” said her
funds and awareness as participants gave birth 16 years ago to a son born the time, but in 1966 I was a premature mother, Lisa McNeal.
in the Indian River County March for six weeks early with a rare kidney dis- delivery. I see on a regular basis the
Babies. order. pain and suffering of families when After the walk participants celebrat-
things do not turn out. Everything we ed with food and music while children
The March of Dimes grew from a “There was nothing I could have can do and every dime we raise helps played in the activity area and awards
program founded by President Frank- done to save my son,” she said. “Noth- raise awareness and provides us with were presented to top fundraisers.
lin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat po- ing I could have changed about my opportunities to improve healthcare
lio, and, after the development of the pregnancy.” so our moms and babies can have an This year the Indian River County
Salk polio vaccine, the organization amazing life.” March of Dimes has raised $125,000
turned its focus to the prevention of After learning about the work done to help support prenatal wellness pro-
birth defects and infant mortality. by the March of Dimes, Williams em- The McNeal team walked in honor grams, research, education, neonatal
braced its mission in the hope that of this year’s ambassador, 11-year- intensive care units, family support
March of Dimes studies indicate others might be spared the devastat- programs and advocacy efforts for
that premature birth is the No. 1 kill- ing loss of a child. stronger, healthier babies.
er of babies in the U.S. Pam Crowley,
MOD Treasure Coast director, said
that last year 131 babies were born
prematurely in Indian River County
“We’re a preventative organization,”
said Crowley. “We try to find reasons
why babies are born prematurely and
why they have birth defects. That’s
our research focus.”
The majority of the walkers had
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Lt. Matt Harrelson with daughter Danika and
Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.
Officer Rick Lombardo and Officer Sean Crowley.
Cailin Dowd and Molly Hawthorne
enjoy the Memorial Garden.
Minette and Mia Diaz.
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Great Duck Derby ‘races’ funds for patient care
Michelle Cox, Quakers and Jessie Ormsby. Thomas Matesic and Jim Ackerman. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF ternoon of musical entertainment student Evan Bush played “First Last year TCCH saw more than
Staff Writer while sipping tropical concoctions Call,” the ducks were released into 17,000 unduplicated patients, result-
under the shade of thatch-roofed ta- the Indian River Lagoon. A pint- ing in 70,000 visits to the nonprofit’s
Things were just ducky last Sun- bles. Children built sand castles, had sized duck tamper cleared the chute various health centers. The mission
day afternoon as 5,000 yellow rubber their faces painted and frolicked in as duck wranglers herded the flock of TCCH is to “provide accessible,
ducks flooded along the shores of the shallows as the Sea Tow Sebas- of water fowl toward the shore, goos- cost-effective, high-quality, com-
the Sand Bar at Capt. Hiram’s dur- tian crew set up the duck chute. ing them in the right direction. The prehensive health care to all people
ing the fifth annual Treasure Coast crowd surged along the shoreline, regardless of their socio-economic
Community Health Great Duck Der- During the race pre-party, duck- calling out hopefully to their lucky circumstances.”
by. These special birds of a feather clad volunteers sold 50/50 tickets, ducky over a cacophony of duck
flocked together to help TCCH fill T-shirts, hats, rubber ducky neck- calls, hoping that their champion The organization opened its doors
the healthcare gap for Indian River laces and duck calls while Quackers, would pop out of the tube first. more than 20 years ago to provide
County residents. the friendly derby mascot, kept the care to indigent and uninsured pa-
crowd going as he danced and made Once the crew got all their ducks tients in Fellsmere. Since then, their
As anticipation built, support- the rounds. in a row and the race results were in, services have expanded to include
ers of the nonprofit enjoyed an af- Kim Hoffman’s plucky duck claimed medical, dental and mental health
As Sebastian River High School first prize, winning her the $1,000 services at four locations through-
purse. out the county, and most recently
they also opened a dental-only cen-
More than 2,500 duck chances ter across from St. Helen Catholic
had been purchased; four earning Church in Vero Beach.
cash prizes from $200 to $1,000 for
their benefactors. Proceeds from the “This is a fun-raiser as well as a
Great Duck Derby will help fund pa- fund-raiser,” said TCCH CEO Vicki
tient care not covered by insurance Soulé. “A lot of people think that be-
or federal assistance. cause Treasure Coast is a federally
qualified health center we receive a
Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sis- lot of federal funds. We receive about
ters CEO, recently joined the TCCH 20 percent of our funding through
board and said “it was a real eye- the federal government and we turn
opener for me to learn about all the about 25 percent back into direct
services Treasure Coast Community patient care. Events like this help us
Health provides. They fill a huge with all the things that aren’t cov-
need in the community. A young ered and all the people who don’t
child’s health affects everything and have insurance. We provide health-
when a family isn’t healthy, it’s part care for all.”
of what causes toxic stress.”
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Judi Miller and Vicki Soulé.
Mickey and Anne Doucet.
Sarah and Jason Christo.
Sam Wilson and Dennis Daly.
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 Brittany and Linda Diehl. Joyce Sarkisian and Jeanne Santora.
Kim and Ryan Weese.
Lisa and Tim Leonard. Shana Holub, Buddy Akers and Barbara Carlin. Jay Hargreaves and Ginger Kreigh.
Craig and Charlotte Borlas. Dennis Bartholomew and Andrea Fedock. Jennifer Hertlein and David Bauserman.
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Fairgrounds Truck fest was a nice ‘Touch’ for kids
BY MARY SCHENKEL PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
A steady stream of families visited Katie Newman with children Luke and Jack. “We took this over from Childcare 25 agencies had set up a variety of ac-
the Indian River County Fairgrounds Resources; it’s a very popular event, tivities and crafts, where bright col-
last Saturday for the 2017 Touch a their scavenger hunt forms. but it’s a lot of work,” said Hope ors and shapes were the name of the
Truck Family Festival, hosted for the The Indian River Sheriff’s Depart- Woodhouse, KRC board treasurer. game.
first time by the Kindergarten Readi-
ness Collaborative. More than 500 ment’s snazzy, electric blue Mustang The collaborative enlisted the sup- “We’re encouraging dads to work
people had already arrived within is always a big draw for children and port of its partner service organiza- with the kids to make presents for
the first half-hour, hoping to shield adults alike. tions, agencies and child-care pro- Mother’s Day,” said Elida Gomez, Lit-
sensitive little ears by taking advan- viders to provide volunteers and help eracy Services of IRC North County
tage of the horn-free first hour. “All the kids, they love it,” laughed build community awareness. coordinator, referencing the small
Deputy Teddy Floyd as he encour- plates children were busily painting
The quiet was quickly broken by aged a little boy to flash the lights and “We’ve been working on the Kin- with indelible ink.
the blare of sirens and truck horns as siren. “I tell you what: It’s the best dergarten Readiness Collaborative
little ones darted among more than way to spend a Saturday.” three years; the purpose is to col- “We tried to incorporate kindergar-
50 cars and trucks gleaming brightly laborate and educate people on the ten readiness skills into this event, so
under the cloud-free sky. With the Sponsorship by Senior Life Servic- importance of early learning,” said the parents and children can interact
exception of the Indian River Re- es and the United Way of Indian Riv- Woodhouse. “We’ve added all sorts with the activities,” said Meredith
gion Antique Auto Club’s “look only” er County enabled the Kindergarten of developmental activities – a scav- Egan, KRC board chair. “We want to
section of classic and antique cars, Readiness Collaborative to keep the enger hunt, kids identifying colors demonstrate to parents and children
everything was ready to be fully ex- entry fee affordable and provide free and shapes. It’s all about getting little that you don’t have to just sit down
plored. Doors were thrown open for passes to families who attended the kids in here and having their neurons and read a book. There’s lots of ways
youngsters to climb aboard, toot the February Kindergarten Round-Up. work. We’re trying to do something to promote learning through every-
horns and dream of being able to ac- that’s exercising the brain.” day activities.”
tually see over steering wheels.
And that they did. Indoors, roughly For more information, visit krcirc.org.
Trucks of every shape, size and
purpose were included in the mix
– police, fire and disaster relief ve-
hicles, construction, food transport
and agricultural trucks, collision and
tow trucks, moving trucks and ce-
ment mixers mixed it up with a huge
bucket truck, airboat and monster
truck, plumbing and dump trucks,
and even a couple of school buses for
incoming kindergarteners to become
familiar with. The Learning Alliance
bus even offered shaded comfy chairs
where folks could sit and complete
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Nate, Lia and Jackson Kendall. Mike, Joanne and Gianna Zito. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
Darian Casas. Leslie, Ridley, Phil and Broxton Zito.
Laura Gasbarrini with Willow and Hunter.
Connie Webb with granddaughter Penelope.
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Tiffany and Brett Hultgren. Brian and Emily Green.
Adrian Maxwell drives the firetruck.
Deputy Teddy Floyd with a Sherriff’s Department vehicle. Heather Pauly with son Easton. Courtney Cicchetti and daughter Taylor.
Jonah Alley. Caroline Taylor, with Ashley and Liz Holcombe. Sadie Von Deck and Roger Kelly.
Felicia Garmon. Ashley, Jacob and Chrissy Smith.
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RT Star’s B-day bash celebrates gift of theater
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
RT Star, the Riverside Children’s RCT On the Go Touring Program apprentices perform at RT Star’s Big Birthday Party. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Aria Rose and Leila Busutil.
Theatre mascot, really knows how
to throw a star-studded party. The old grandson dancing with the other and in afterschool settings, show- fun, energetic and you get to know
charming, incandescent five-pointer children. “As soon as he’s old enough cased “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” people,” shared Audrey Dowdell,
embodies the theatre’s mission to we plan to get him involved with the Audience participation kept children a 10-year-old theatre enthusiast,
transform lives through the study, children’s programs here at the the- of all ages engaged as they inter- dressed as a lion from “A Midsummer
exploration and creation of theatre. atre.” acted by gnashing their teeth, bark- Night’s Dream.”
And at RT Star’s Big Birthday Party ing, stomping and making their best
last Saturday morning, families were Inside, performance apprentices swamp noises. Throughout the day, costumed
given a glimpse into the innovative with RCT’s On the Go Touring Pro- characters from “Flat Stanley,” “Pan-
educational programs offered at the gram, which was designed to take “Riverside is my second home; I do sy the Poodle,” “Rapunzel,” “Peter
theatre, where performances took theater to children at their schools plays, jazz and ballet. The theatre is
place throughout the day on the Live CONTINUED ON PAGE 30
in the Loop Outdoor Stage and on the
stage of the Anne Morton Theatre in-
Outside, student performers show-
cased their skills and kept other
youngsters moving as music blared
from the DJ Dance Party.
“What a great day for the kids. My
grandson is shy and it takes him a
while to get into things, but he’s re-
ally groovin’ now,” laughed Donna
Rifenberg, as she watched her 2-year-
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Jess and Ryan Rifenberg. Adam Schnell and Victoria Dowdell.
Emelie and Marina Morales. Audrey Dowdell and Adina Birnholz with Natalie and Jaquan Lockhart. Mackenzie Ross, Kevin Qullinan, Cristina Pines,
Emily Olsson and Skylar Endres.
Teresa and Chloe Knazik. Sara and Jade Allen. Sophia and Ursula Zahn.
Pan” and “The Cat in the Hat” mingled skills. It gives these kids tools they can
with the crowd while children had use for the rest of their lives; no matter
their faces painted and played games. what they do.”
No birthday party is complete without
cake and ice cream, and at this one, As summer approaches RCT staff is
individual cupcakes were served and busy fine tuning their camps, which
little ones enjoyed making their own will kick off with two camp produc-
shaved ice. tions of “Willy Wonka.” Later in the
summer the teens will perform “Peter
“This is a nice way to bring the and the Starcatcher” on the Stark Stage.
community in and let them see our
facilities, let them see some of what Summer Camp opportunities in-
we do here and more than that, just clude RCT Kids Beginning Stages, Sec-
celebrate the community,” said Kevin ond Stage Jr., iRascals Kids, RCT Kids,
Quillinan, RCT education director. iRascals Jr., Summer Intensive Riv-
“There are so many things about the- erside Teen and the Riverside Dance
ater that makes it special. Apart from Festival in collaboration with New
learning about performing it builds York’s Ariel Rivka Dance.
up confidence, self-esteem and social
For a full schedule, visit Riverside-
A ‘REAL AND RAW’
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Henegar’s ‘Hardbody’: A ‘real and raw’ American tale
By PAM HARBAUGH “It is gritty material for a mainstage P HOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER
Correspondent and a musical. It is a real, honest and
unflinching look into America and its
It’s not what you think it is. politics.”
Indeed, “Hands on a Hardbody,” a
musical running through May 21 at After seeing the 2013 Broadway
the Henegar Center in Melbourne, show, New York Times theater critic
takes a look at an America feverishly Charles Isherwood suggested that
hanging onto dreams. the music was a fresh break from the
The book, written by Doug Wright, typical Broadway sound and has “an
found its inspiration in a 1997 docu- authentic and appealing roots-rock
mentary filmed in Longview, Texas, vibe.” Music was composed by Trey
where contestants compete to win Anastasio, a founding member and
a “hardbody” truck. The last person lead guitarist and singer of the in-
keeping a hand on the truck wins. die-rock band Phish. Amanda Green
Throughout, the story reveals the wrote the lyrics and composed some
hopes, dreams and personal chal- of the music.
lenges of all involved – the diverse
contestants, the car dealer and a ra- Of course, a story with 10 characters
dio announcer. all staying in the same basic stage area
“The show really speaks to today’s presents its challenges – namely, visual
audiences about understanding di- variety in blocking and choreography.
versity and what it means to be an
American,” said director Hank Rion. Rion called that “daunting.” But
“Winning this truck to these people he and choreographer had their own
represents what the American dream battle plan for showing the passage
is all about. Throughout the show you of time as well as the toll the contest
see why these people need this truck takes on the 10 contestants.
to validate some part of their life.
“This is, hands down, excuse the
pun, one of the toughest shows I have
ever directed,” Rion said. “Not only is
it real and raw, technically it is just 10
P HOTO BY BENJAMIN THACKER
Treasure Coast Chorale Presents people and one truck, the truck itself they can barely function,” Rion said.
being a major character in the piece.” “I have tried to incorporate that into
Its Spring Concert “Wade in the Water” the struggle of standing on your feet
There was also the issue of how a for that period of time.”
May 21, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. • Doors open @ 6:00 p.m. director and choreographer could
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•••••••••• remove their hand from it. “It was wanted to mount a production of the
daunting, to say the least,” said Rion. show.
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Carter, the Treasure
Coast Chorale will celebrate the influence of rivers, As he traditionally does when get- “We wanted to stay true to how
ting ready to direct a show, Rion did those contestants could have been
streams and oceans in our lives through songs like “Erie his research, especially what stay- dealing with fatigue to the point
Canal,” “Shenandoah,” gospel, and “The Little Mermaid.” ing awake for four days does to one’s of feeling delirious,” she said. Cole
brain. trained the actors as if they were in
•••••••••• boot camp. She kept breaks to a mini-
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rigorous numbers back to back. ELOQUENT ART ABOUNDS IN FOOSANER’S
That built stamina, she said. Al- PAN AMERICAN MODERNISM EXHIBIT
though it tired them out, it made BY ELLEN FISCHER cas, works by important artists in, say, Latin American countries were.”
them work even harder. Bolivia, were absent. So much for Pan Americanism.
Columnist When the show focuses on a sim-
“They got a sense of the goal we The Lowe’s collection does contain
were striving for and found their Florida Institute of Technology’s examples of 20th century Canadian ple, broad idea, the themed artworks
second wind, much like the goal for Foosaner Art Museum wants to re- art. Timpano did not include it though, play well with each other, keeping the
the contestants wanting to win that mind us that modern American art is because Canadian artists “were not viewer busy moving between them to
truck,” Cole sad. “This show has not always made in New York City. In engaging in this time period with mod- compare what each has to say about
taught us all that being strong physi- fact, it might not come with a “made ernism in the way that the U.S. and
cally is only a small part of it. It truly in USA” label. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
is a test of will.”
Originating from the University of Polly Wales
Cast member Christine Brandt told Miami’s Lowe Museum of Art, “Pan perfectly imperfect
Cole that the “boot camp” method was American Modernism: Avant-Garde
a pivotal moment in the rehearsal pe- Art in Latin America and the Unit- SEE THESE AND OTHER FINE THINGS AT VERO’S FINEST
riod because it brought her to a deeper ed States” tries, with 75 works from COLLECTION OF AMERICAN-MADE ART AND JEWELRY
understanding of her character. throughout the Americas, to sum up a
vast, fruitful and politically knotty 60 THEL AUGHINGDOGGALLERY.COM 2910 CARDINAL DR.
“As an actor in this show, it is a cre- years – 1919 to 1979 – in art history. VERO BEACH, FL
ative challenge I have not experienced 7 72 . 2 3 4 . 6711
before,” Brandt said. “You have to per- The exhibition’s curator, Dr. Na-
form beyond the truck to connect to than J. Timpano, is assistant profes-
the audience since you are forced to sor of art history at the University of
stay with it quite often throughout. Miami. He selected the show from
works in the Lowe’s permanent col-
“It’s not showy,” she said of the mu- lection, and then divided them into
sical. “It’s intimate and real, full of five themes, each of which has been
truthful moments.” designated its own area in the Foo-
saner’s linked main galleries.
Rion also encouraged his cast to
do research into their characters’ The themes range from period-spe-
real-life counterparts and the actual cific Mexican muralism and modernist
event, which took place in 1995. photography to the timeless subject of
the female muse. One grouping asks
“The cast, which is full of talented whether abstract expressionism is a
powerhouses, has done a great deal of Pan American language; another looks
research,” Rion said. “Many of them at the legacy of geometric abstraction,
have actually Facebook-friended including constructivist art, minimal-
the person they are playing. This is ism and op art.
unique as it gives the actors a chance
to ask them what it really felt like to That’s a lot to cover in one show.
be on their feet for over 90 hours and While the objects on display speak elo-
what it meant to them to win it. Their quently for themselves, they do not al-
real counterparts have been open ways address the show’s subcategories
and honest and love to hear how we and may end up confusing rather than
are doing the show and have been a educating visitors about the artists,
tremendous help in our process.” ideas and cultural importance of the
objects they contain.
One cast member, MC Wouters, who
plays Kelli Mangrum, went to Facebook In his opening-day lecture at the
to learn more about her character. Foosaner April 29, Timpano con-
fessed that the exhibition has some
“I was able to gain so much back- shortcomings.
ground knowledge about her life and
the things that she likes and dislikes First mounted in 2013 at the Lowe,
from her Facebook posts and profile,” the show coincided with the 500th
Wouters said. “It’s pretty awesome anniversary of Ponce de León’s ar-
that I was able to make a connec- rival in Florida.
tion with someone I have absolutely
adored playing onstage.” Timpano was charged with organiz-
ing the exhibition exclusively from the
“Hands on a Hardbody” is definite- Lowe’s permanent collection. It was
ly not your typical Broadway musical, to include art from all the Americas:
Rion said. North, Central and South.
“It leaves you with a message and “That was a tricky directive for me,
leaves you thinking about your own because as a curator you always try to
life,” he said. “Now that is the best find the best and the strongest pieces,”
kind of theater.” Timpano said. He was not permitted to
flesh out the show with loans from col-
“Hands on a Hardbody” runs lectors or other museums.
through May 21 at the Henegar Center,
625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. It Because the Lowe has not collected
performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays art from all the countries in the Ameri-
and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $26
general, $23 for seniors and military,
and $16 student. There is also a $3 pro-
cessing fee. The show contains adult
language. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
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this section speak elo-
quently to that idea.
Among the goddesses
portrayed here are two
oils on canvas of women
by men. One, a classically
draped woman seated
amidst fruit and flowers,
is by the Cuban Eduardo
Abela. Another, “Mulata,”
is a well-endowed earth
spirt made manifest by
Carlos Enríquez, also
A work by the German-
born Colombian artist
Guillermo Wiedemann Joaquín-Torres-García, Composición. COLLECTION OF LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.
adds a melancholy note
to the subject. A nod to onstrate the power of woman in Lam’s females from Tamayo’s stock of sche-
Picasso is evident in Wi- surreal, Santeria-inflected worldview. matically-drawn characters.
edemann’s untitled wa- His “Portrait of Helena” from 1941 is The section called Abstract Expres-
tercolor of a torso-length an homage to his real-life muse (and sionism and Its Legacy features 20
José-Mijares, Untitled. COLLECTION OF LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. figure costumed for Car- second wife) Helena Holzer. The ele- paintings and mixed media works, all
nival. Painted in 1948, the
gant line drawing depicts a nude hold- of them strong and some of them im-
androgynous figure has ing an oil lamp. The text label accom- posing in scale. Prepare to be wowed
the topic. The female muse section the world-weary expression and skin panying this work (researched, as were by the Central and South Americans
succeeds in this way. coloration of Picasso’s Blue Period all of the texts in the show, by Tim- here. Argentinian Vicente Forte’s dark-
Whatever your ideological lean- from nearly a half century earlier. pano’s art history students) suggests ly poetic “Pájaro libre” (“Free Bird”)
ings, the fact remains that Woman, Wiedemann later became known for that the years of the couple’s marriage from 1962 will put you in mind of Poe,
portrayed as chaste saint or carefree his figural abstract paintings, a wa- (1939-1950) “correspond with the de- and Puerto Rican-born Olga Albizu’s
sinner, bountiful goddess or cruel mis- tercolor example of which also hangs velopment of [Lam’s] most significant oil painting “Crecimento” (“Growth”),
tress, has been a subject of the male ar- in this section. artistic period.” circa 1960, is lusciously chewy; its
tistic gaze for millennia. The 18 small Three ink-on-paper drawings by still The weakest theme in the show is thick, spatula-applied amber, orange,
works by 12 men and two women in another Cuban, Wilfredo Lam, dem- “Mexican Muralism and its Legacy.” It black and white squares stick to one
includes one work on paper each from another like soft taffy.
Los Tres Grandes of the movement. The section is not exclusively de-
José Clemente Orozco is represented voted to Abstract Expressionism; Fer-
by an etching after the tortured figure nando Botero’s wonderful, gargantu-
at the center of his tremendous “Pro- an 1962 still life “Las Frutas” is a case
metheus” mural in point. Those
at Pomona Col- that are part of
lege. Diego Ri- that movement
vera’s immense include paintings
talent is ill-served by artists associ-
by the postcard- ated with Cuba’s
sized landscape “Los Once” (The
drawing (presum- Eleven): Hugo
able a preparatory Consuegra, Raúl
sketch for a mural) Milián and Anto-
that represents nio Vidal. Their
him. David Alfaro art works give
Siqueiros is repre- credence to the
sented by his 1968 Idea that the
color lithograph 1950’s art move-
of a scourged and Pierre-Daura, Étude-No-1-Analise. ment was fluent-
bleeding Christ. LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. ly bilingual.
The other Representing
Mexicans in the the U.S., Adolph
section, Rufino Gottlieb’s “New
Tamayo and Carlos Mérida, are repre- York Night Scene,” a small but excel-
sented by figural abstractions based lent 1942 oil painting, represents the
respectively on European cubism and earlier half of that artist’s influential
indigenous folk life. Both artists are career, and Hans Hofmann’s “Night-
about as far removed from Mexican fall” of 1958 (an even smaller oil) is a
Muralism’s white-hot sociopolitical good example of Hofmann’s all-or-
ideology as an artist can get. Mérida’s nothing style.
painting (“Abstract with three figures” Pan American Modernism: Avant
of 1961) hearkens back to Picasso’s use Garde Art in Latin America and the
of that textural medium in the 1930s. United States continues through July 29.
Tamayo’s 1969 lithograph “Dos cabe- The Foosaner is in Melbourne’s Eau Gal-
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thousands of rounds per hour. “Without moving a four- to six-month conflict with high-intensity com- North Korea had claimed it had reached the “final
single soldier in its million-man army,” says former bat and many dead. stage of preparations to test-launch an interconti-
CIA analyst Bruce Klingner, now at the Heritage nental ballistic missile,” he tweeted, “It won’t hap-
Foundation, “the North could launch a devastating In 1994, when President Bill Clinton contemplated pen.” Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president,
attack on Seoul.” the use of force to knock out the North’s nuclear weap- explained that Trump had sent a “clear warning” to
ons program, the then commander of U.S.-Republic of North Korea and put Pyongyang “on notice.” She
Would the two sides be able to de-escalate at that Korea forces, Gary Luck, told his commander in chief added that “the president of the United States will
point? A senior North Korean military defector has said that a war on the peninsula would likely result in 1 mil- stand between them and missile capabilities.”
that under Kim’s new war plan, the North intends to try lion dead, and nearly $1 trillion of economic damage.
to occupy all of South Korea before significant U.S. re- Shortly after taking office, Secretary of State Rex
inforcements could flow in from Japan and elsewhere. Vice President Mike Pence looks at North Korea from an Tillerson said the era of “strategic patience” – the
observation post in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Obama administration phrase for its policy – with
And those reinforcements would be urgently the North was over. And even though McMaster said
needed on the Korean Peninsula, since the U.S. has The carnage would conceivably be worse now, every option “short of war” was being considered,
only 28,000 troops in South Korea, and the Seoul's given that the U.S. believes Pyongyang has 10 to 16 he also said a nuclear-capable North Korea “is unac-
armed forces, though far better trained and equipped nuclear weapons. If the North could figure out a way ceptable [and] so, the president has asked us to be
than the North’s, consist of 660,000 men, more than to deliver one, why wouldn’t Kim go all in? prepared to give him a full range of options to remove
300,000 smaller than Pyongyang's. that threat to the American people and to our allies
Has the messaging so far from the Trump admin- and partners in the region."
U.S. war planners believe North Korean forces istration regarding North Korea made war more or
would to try to overrun South Korea’s defenses and less likely? Trump was sobered by the Obama ad- Has President Trump drawn a red line to use all
get to Seoul before the U.S. and the South could re- ministration’s counsel that things with North Korea means necessary to prevent North Korea from com-
spond with overwhelming force. were becoming more dangerous. pleting its ICBM program? Or is he doing a “mad-
man across the water” bluff in order to spook North
The United States would immediately dispatch When President-elect Donald Trump was told Korea, and instill some panic in the Chinese, hoping
four to six ground combat divisions of up to 20,000 to prod them into using their economic leverage (85
troops each, 10 Air Force wings of about 20 fighters percent of North Korea’s external trade is with the
per unit and four to five aircraft carriers. China) to rein in Kim?
Even if the artillery barrage and push into the Former CIA analyst Klingner notes that, given the
South gave the North the initiative, there is no ques- rapid pace of North Korea’s 2016 test program and the
tion, military planners all say, who would ultimately regime’s tendency to test a new president early, it might
prevail in a second Korean War. The U.S. and South not be long before President Trump gets reports of an-
Korea have far too much firepower, and if Kim Jong other North Korean long-range missile or nuclear test.
Un decided to go to war, that would be end of his re-
gime, whether he knows it or not. In a recent report widely read in the Pentagon and
intelligence community, Klingner argued that the
But this would not be a one-week walkover, like talk about pre-emption, and declarations that all
the first Gulf War against Saddam Hussein. Conven-
tional thinking in the Pentagon is that it would be a
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options are on the table, needs to stop. “Advocacy of the more likely allied action becomes during a crisis. for escalating to a strategic clash. With no apparent
pre-emption both by North Korea and by the U.S. and “Each side could misinterpret the other’s intentions, off-ramp on the highway to a crisis, the danger of a
its allies is destabilizing,” he wrote, and could lead to thus fueling tension, intensifying a perceived need to military clash on the Korean Peninsula is again rising.”
greater potential for either side to miscalculate. escalate, and raising the risk of miscalculation, includ-
ing pre-emptive attack. Even a tactical military inci- That is where we are now – and miscalculation
Pyongyang may not realize that the more it dem- dent on the Korean Peninsula always has the potential away from the next Korean War is way too close to
onstrates and threatens to use its nuclear prowess, for anyone’s comfort.
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America’s ‘Miracle Machine’ is in need of a miracle
BY ERIC S. LANDER AND ERIC E. SCHMIDT
For more than a half century, the United States Few companies undertake such research because
has operated what might be called a “Miracle Ma- its fruits are typically too unpredictable, too far from us high-energy particle accelerators, which are now a
chine.” Powered by federal investment in science commercialization and too early to be patentable. mainstay in pharmaceutical drug development, and
and technology, the machine regularly churns out atomic clocks, which enable the Global Positioning
breathtaking advances. That’s where government comes in. While invest- System that guides travelers to their destinations.
ing in basic research typically doesn’t make sense for
The Miracle Machine has transformed the way we a business, it has been a winning strategy for our na- And we’ve witnessed firsthand that creating and
live and work, strengthened national defense and tion. For 60 years, the federal government has invest- sharing mountains of scientific data can drive both ex-
revolutionized medicine. It has birthed entire indus- ed roughly a penny on each dollar in the federal bud- ploration and commercialization. The $4 billion NIH
tries – organized around computers, biotechnology, get into research at universities and research centers. investment in the Human Genome Project dramati-
energy and communications – creating millions of In turn, these institutions have produced a torrent of cally accelerated the understanding of human disease
jobs. It’s the reason the United States is the global discoveries and trained generations of scientific tal- – and unleashed roughly $1 trillion in economic activi-
hub for the technologies of the future: self-driving ent, fueling new companies and spawning new jobs. ty. That’s like $5 in a savings account growing to $1,250.
cars, genome editing, artificial intelligence, cancer
immunotherapy, quantum computers and more. For starters, investing in curiosity about the natu- Finally, tackling novel engineering challenges has
ral world has paid stunning dividends. Exploration laid the foundation for new industries. In the late
Our machine is the envy of the world. And yet, while of bacteria that thrive in geysers or salt flats led to 1960s, federal grants to universities to explore mes-
other nations, such as China, are working furiously to breakthrough tools that can make millions of cop- sage-passing among computers led directly to the
develop their own Miracle Machines, we’ve been ne- ies of DNA molecules, repair disease-causing muta- Internet. A $4.5 million National Science Foundation
glecting ours. Though historically a bipartisan priority, tions in living cells and use light pulses to fire nerve grant to Stanford University in 1994, to explore the
science and technology funding has steadily eroded cells. Studies of fruit fly embryos led to drugs to treat idea of digital libraries, helped contribute five years
over the past decade. One example among many: Ad- skin cancer. Academic ideas inspired by neurons ul- later to the creation of Google. Today, the U.S. taxes
justed for inflation, the budget for the National Insti- timately led to the artificial-intelligence revolution paid each year by the company and by its more than
tutes of Health, the federal medical research agency, that is transforming industry today. 40,000 domestic employees total in the billions – a
has fallen since 2003 by nearly 25 percent . good portion of the NSF’s annual $7 billion budget.
Building powerful tools without worrying about
If the Trump administration and Congress want precisely how they’ll be used has also turned out to Crucially, when scientific breakthroughs spawn
to ensure that the United States remains the most be a great public investment strategy. Fundamental new industries and jobs, those benefits occur right
powerful nation in the world, they should embrace physics studies, funded by public investment, gave here in the United States – because companies want
and support our Miracle Machine. The spending bill to remain close to the flow of new discoveries and
that Congress passed last week represents a good experienced workers.
step, but there’s still a long way to go to recover lost
ground and secure our leadership. The Miracle Machine has been astoundingly suc-
cessful. The problem is that too few people – in gov-
The Miracle Machine can be traced back to a re- ernment or in the public – know how it works. As a
port during the closing days of World War II called result, we’ve been letting it fall into disrepair.
“Science: The Endless Frontier.” The blueprint saw
the power of bringing together two interlocking en- If we don’t change course and invest in scientific
gines – the public sector and the private sector – to research, we risk losing one of America’s greatest ad-
drive progress and innovation. vantages. To our lasting detriment, we may wake up
to find the next generation of technologies, indus-
The United States has the most dynamic private tries, medicines and armaments being pioneered
sector in the world, with entrepreneurs, investors, elsewhere.
big companies and capital markets all eager to li-
cense technologies and launch start-ups. But those Eric S. Lander is president and founding director
ventures are often driven by technologies that come of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University.
from basic research. Eric E. Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alpha-
bet, the parent company of Google. They wrote this
column for The Washington Post.
THE HEALING HEART PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PAs)
OF HEALTHCARE, PART I
Physician assistants are licensed healthcare professionals who prac-
You’ve probably never thought much about the bright blue road sign tice medicine as part of a team with physicians in clinics, hospitals
with the big white “H” in the middle of it. The directional arrow at the or other healthcare facilities. They are authorized to make medical
bottom points you toward the closest hospital. decisions independently, obtain medical histories, perform examina-
tions and procedures, order treatments, diagnose diseases, prescribe
But if you have an injury, a sudden illness or are having a baby, know- medication, order and interpret diagnostic tests, refer patients to
ing there is someone you can rely on to help you 24/7 is comforting specialists and assist in surgery.
ADVANCED REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONERS (ARNPs)
During the week of May 7-13, 2017, cities across the country are recog-
nizing hospital workers during National Hospital Week. Every staff mem- Advanced registered nurse practitioners provide services similar to
ber, whether providing direct patient care or serving in another capacity, those of a physician. Depending upon their training and certification,
contributes toward making a patient’s experience as positive as possible. they can examine patients, take medical histories, maintain patient
records, identify health risk factors, prescribe medications, make
This three-part series will cover the roles and responsibilities of the referrals and treat health conditions. With a focus on wellness and
caring people who work for hospitals — inside the hospital and in disease prevention, most ARNPs provide health education and coun-
outpatient settings. Some work at the bedside; others work behind selling to help patients avoid emergency room visits and hospitaliza-
the scene. Everyone’s priority is to make sure you receive high quality, tions.
effective, safe and compassionate care.
There are typically four times as many nurses on staff at a hospital
In the United States, physicians can be doctors of medicine (MDs) or as doctors at any given time. From licensed practical nurses (LPNs),
doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs). Medical training is virtually to associate degree nurses (ADNs) and Bachelor of Science degree
identical for both. Physicians are divided into three groups: primary nurses (BSNs), nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system.
care providers (PCPs), medical specialists and surgeons. Most insurance Sixty-two (62) percent of all working registered nurses (RNs) do so
plans consider internists, family physicians, pediatricians and obstetri- in hospitals.
cians/gynecologists to be PCPs. Specialists range from allergists, cardiol-
ogists and dermatologists to endocrinologists (diabetes), nephrologists —To be continued—
(kidneys) and pulmonologists (lungs), and more. The newest and fast-
est growing specialty field is hospitalist medicine. Most hospitalists are We salute the employees of our local hospitals during National
board-certified in family medicine or internal medicine, and limit their Hospital Week and every week of the year!
practice solely to the care of hospitalized patients (inpatients).
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