Home burglary drama A8 A10The ‘unsung heroes’ This sounds exciting! B7
Merchant Marines honored
PSL cops collar four juveniles New Deco Orchestra to debut
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Oculus to buy 10-acre Tradition parcel
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer negotiating with city staff for the Oculus Optikgerate, the par-
[email protected] land purchase. A sales contract ent company, was established in
could be presented to city leaders 1895 and employs 443 people in
The optical manufacturing com- in December. Washington and Port St. Lucie, and
pany with plans to expand opera- serves 80 countries. It manufac-
tions in the City of Port St. Lucie is Oculus plans to build a tures eye surgery devices.
on track to snap up nearly 10 acres 50,000-square-foot manufacturing
of land within the Tradition Center and distribution facility and add 50 The current Port St. Lucie loca-
for Commerce with a price tag of new employees over the next three tion is on NW Mercantile Place and
about $87,000 per acre. years. Those jobs would have aver- employs 31 people. The company
age salaries of $43,000, not includ- acquired another business and
Oculus Surgical, whose parent ing benefits.
company is based in Germany, is CONTINUED ON PAGE A11
CITY AND COUNTY
PHOTO: ANTHONY INSWASTY BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer
Four-week-old Paisley Grace Lynd meets Santa for the first time
at Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie, where Santa’s Wonderland is Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory
in full swing. Children can grab a photo with St. Nick and enjoy Oravec had a message for citizens
free games and crafts until Christmas Eve. For holiday-related gathered last week for the City
stories, see Pages 6 and B2. Council’s reorganization meeting.
“Thank you for keeping our Newly-elected County Commissioner Sean Mitchell is sworn in. PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT
For the first time in the city’s
history, Oravec was returned to the
dais without opposition. Coun-
cilwoman Stephanie Morgan also
faced no challengers for her seat.
Vice Mayor Shannon Martin,
though, did have one challenger,
CONTINUED ON PAGE A3
UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS VERY LOW IN ST. LUCIE New sales-tax oversight panels OK’d
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Those were questions asked and
[email protected] eventually answered by the Port St.
Jenn DuBey, communications manager at Ca- Lucie City Council. For the Board
reerSource Research Cost, said it best. Would an existing committee be of County Commissioners, howev-
tasked with reviewing how Port St. er, there never was a question – a
“The last time the unemployment rate was this Lucie would use its half-cent sales new committee, no debate.
low for (the Treasure Coast) was back in 2006,” tax revenues starting in January?
she remarked. “The last time St. Lucie County was Or, would the city establish a new “Thank you citizens of Port St.
below 3.8 (percent not seasonally adjusted unem- committee, requiring more meet- Lucie and St. Lucie County for vot-
ployment) was May of 2006. It was 3.7, same as ings and staff time?
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The Port St. Lucie City Council. PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT
VOTERS ENSURE CONTINUITY elected by the residents. the best employees,” she said. “The sky’s the Mowery’s term and faced off against Mitchell
In an attempt to maintain continuity limit for what Port St. Lucie can be.” in the general election.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
within the team, Oravec recommended that Morgan, meanwhile, also expressed grat- “Although my service on the dais ends to-
which necessitated an election. Martin continue as vice mayor and Council- itude and said she believes the lack of a day, my service to the community does not,”
Oravec said the lack of challengers for woman Jolien Caraballo remain mayor pro challenger speaks to the public’s support Bonna said. “I’ll continue to run my small
tem. As mayor, it is up to Oravec to nomi- for what she accomplished during her first business and work in our community.”
the three seats is evidence of “unprecedent- nate, but the council votes to either affirm or council term.
ed support” of the City Council. Instead of deny the nomination. Bonna added that he suspects he will be
resting easy or taking it for granted, though, At the St. Lucie County Commission, new- at future County Commission meetings from
Oravec said the council would use the voters’ The mayor pro tem is tasked with leading ly-elected Commissioner Sean Mitchell and time to time, and will continue his member-
support as inspiration and work even harder. the council and other official meetings in re-elected Commissioner Frannie Hutchin- ship in such organizations as Rotary and Big
the event that neither the mayor nor the vice son were sworn in and seated at the dais. Brothers Big Sisters.
“It’s true, one person can make a differ- mayor is able to attend. So long as three of Outgoing Commissioner Anthony Bonna ex-
ence,” he said. “But, to me, it seems like all the five council members are seated, a meet- pressed gratitude for having had the oppor- Following the official swearing-in, com-
of life’s great accomplishments and victories ing may be held. tunity to serve and pledged his support and missioners chose new leadership, naming
are a result of a group of like-minded people assistance to Mitchell. Commissioner Linda Bartz the new chair.
working hard, smart and together. And that’s Addressing the public, Martin expressed Bartz is a former Port St. Lucie City council-
what this City Council, this team, and really appreciation for his return to the dais. “I’m rooting for you and I’m available as a woman. Hutchinson, who had most recently
this city is all about.” “Thank you all, very much,” she said. “I love resource to help you succeed,” Bonna said, been the chair, presented Bartz with a gavel
this team.” Trying to not get emotional, Mar- addressing Mitchell sitting in the audience. of her own. “I’ll be keeping mine,” Hutchin-
As part of the reorganization meeting, tin thanked the voters and her family and In response, Mitchell mouthed, “Thank you.” son said with a chuckle.
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to serve the remainder of Commissioner Tod named vice chair.
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WELCOME, TROTTERS! PHOTOS: LINDA THIBEAULT
From left, Emilee and Corinne Binette, Ryan Harris
and Jeremiah Woodward cross the finish line at the
inaugural Turkey Trot at Tradition. A total of 682 people
completed the Thanksgiving Day race.
EMPLOYMENT REPORT lowest for the state since April 2007. health services took the gold by adding Lucie that CareerSource is aware of. DuBey
The downside of the hiring economy is 1,200 jobs from October to October. The said job fairs will probably crank up after
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 mining, logging and construction industry January.
expected. sector added 700, followed by trade, trans-
now.” The Florida Department of Econom- “We’re happy the unemployment rate portation and utilities, matching leisure Nationally, the labor force participation
ic Opportunity released its latest employ- and hospitality by adding 600 each. Man- rate in October was 62.9 percent, up slight-
ment report on Nov. 16. The report covers is where it is, because people have a job,” ufacturing added 300 jobs; other services ly from September and August (62.7), and
the month of October, the month when DuBey said. “The problem we have now is a 200; financial activities and government matching June and July.
holiday- and tourism-season hiring starts high demand for certain (industry) sectors added 100 each.
to show in local employment numbers. and we don’t have the bodies to fill them.” The national and state unemployment
The department reported that not-season- The only industry sector that shed jobs rates are calculated using a variety of meth-
ally-adjusted unemployment is down from The Port St. Lucie Metropolitan Sta- over the year was professional and busi- ods. Among them are telephone interviews
4.7 percent in October last year, and down tistical Area, which covers all of St. Lucie ness services – 700. Information stayed with workers. Those that are able to work
from 3.8 percent in September. and Martin counties, had about 150,000 level. and report not having jobs, but looked
non-agricultural jobs in October. That’s up for employment in the previous 30 days,
The positive local numbers follow the about 3,100 from October 2017. DuBey said there’s evidence Treasure are counted as unemployed. Discouraged
nation and state. In April the national un- Coast employers are reaching into the bag workers – those who are able to work and
employment rate dipped below 4 percent, The sectors with the strongest growth, of tried-and-true methods to attract and want jobs, but have not sought employment
seasonally adjusted, for the first time since by percentage of jobs added, were manu- keep workers. “Employers are raising wag- in the previous 30 days – are not counted in
December of 2000. The state dropped to facturing, with an increase of 4.6 percent, es, and there are on-the-job training pro- the unemployment figure. Many call this
a seasonally-adjusted 3.7 percent unem- and education and health services, with grams,” she said. “shadow unemployment,” and it’s inherent-
ployment rate in July this year. That was the an increase of 4.5 percent. Those are two ly difficult to track due to variations for why
sectors that grew faster than the statewide December is traditionally a slow month people don’t seek jobs.
average over the year, too. for job fairs and none are planned in St.
In terms of jobs added, education and
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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON PORT ST. LUCIE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent ter in Fort Pierce. The partners use the Port PHOTO COURTESY OF MARISOL GUNTKOWSKI off 25 trees,” Salveson said.
St. Lucie Christmas House to raise toys and A friend and party guest, Jeannette Weiss,
Port St. Lucie was featured on this week’s funds for the organizations. That would bring the them to Port St. Luc-
season premiere of “The Great Christmas ie. “I got another job up here, so we moved thought they should invite folks from the
Light Fight,” and for good reason. “It’s not just a day; Christmas is a way of up when Tradition was really young, 2005,” community to see it. She happens to own J
life, because we do it all for 5,000 children,” Salveson said. Weiss PR, so she happened to be very good
Partners JW Salveson and Jerome Sangal- Salveson said on the show. at making sure the community got the invi-
li will open their spectacular Port St. Lucie One thing the partners weren’t going to tation. The Port St. Lucie Christmas House
Christmas House – as seen on the ABC reali- The partners moved to Port St. Lucie after lose was a beloved holiday. was born.
ty show – to visitors on Tuesday, Dec. 4. a huge loss. They were living in Fort Lauder-
dale until Hurricane Wilma visited. “Christmas is our thing,” Salveson re- Salveson and Sangalli moved from Tradi-
“This will be the 11th time the house is marked. “We’ve been doing Christmas the tion a few years later, and the Port St. Lucie
open over the last 14 years,” Salveson said. “We lost our house to Hurricane Wilma,” whole time we’ve been together.” Christmas House went with them. But, a few
“It’s something entrenched in the commu- Salveson said. “I lost my house, my job and years later tragedy again struck the couple.
nity.” my car all in the same day.” While living in Tradition, they put up nu-
merous Christmas trees. “In 2015 I was in a very bad car accident,”
The television show started its sixth sea- Salveson said. “I was at a dead stop (at a
son Monday, featuring extravagantly dec- “We had a Christmas party and I showed light) and this young girl was texting. In a 35
orated homes competing for cash prizes. mph zone she was doing 55.”
Salveson and Sangalli were up against three
others for a $50,000 prize and a shot at more Salveson said the motorist hit the car he
cash. Show host Taniya Nayak picked a Ne- was in pretty much dead-on. His spinal cord
braska family over the others. But, she of- was injured. Doctors explained to him he
fered Salveson and Sangalli a great compli- might be left paraplegic.
“I was more upset about not doing the
“You’re like Port St. Lucie’s Santas,” she Christmas house than not walking again,”
said on the show. Salveson said.
Before the show aired, Salveson talked to He turned to his Catholic faith, along
St. Lucie Voice and said Sangalli and he were with skilled doctors. As fortune has it, South
elated to be on the ABC production. Florida has a concentration of experts on
spinal-cord injuries. A doctor from the Mi-
“We’ve already won,” he said. “The kids ami area learned about Salveson’s case and
and animals have already won, because offered to help. Salveson had endured three
we’re putting them on this program.” surgeries while putting faith in God through
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima, a title
The “kids and animals” is a reference to
the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CONTINUED ON PAGE A8
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HILLCREST MEMORIAL GARDENS PSL COPS COLLAR 4 JUVENILES
FOR DAYTIME HOME BURGLARY
FERNHILL MEMORIAL GARDENS
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer scribed as a getaway car, backed into the
Celebration lives [email protected] house’s driveway.
with Four juveniles were captured follow- Police established a perimeter, which
AYCOCK FUNERAL HOMES ing a short pursuit when Port St. Lucie netted the getaway driver and the other
police were tipped off to a burglary in three burglars.
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juveniles don masks and go around the identities had not been released, nor the
back of the house. charges they face.
That same person also told police No injuries were reported during the
that one suspect stayed in what was de- incident.
AYCOCK FUNERAL HOMES PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
PORT ST LUCIE, FLORIDA CHRISTMAS HOUSE decorations, among other things spread out
through every room in the home.
Aycock at Tradition NEWEST LOCATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE A6
Life Celebration Center Aycock at Tradition “We’ll have well over 10,000 people come
for Mary. Salveson promised to do the Rosa- into our house this year,” Salveson said.
Port St. Lucie Life Celebration Center ry, a Catholic prayer, daily.
Admission is a new, unwrapped toy for
772-618-2336 SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. “It had been 40 years at least since I’d said the Boys & Girls Club or the purchase of a
CrSeWekStWoanyy a Rosary,” he said. “I had to look it up.” raffle ticket for a chance to win a seven-night
Floresta Drive SW Stony Creek Way SW Tradition Lakes Blvd. SW Keating Dr. cruise for two to benefit Dogs and Cats For-
1504 SE Floresta Drive SW Hartwick Dr. To highlight what he believes to be a mir- ever. The tickets are $10 each. As for the toys,
Tradition Pkwy. SW Stony Creek Way SW Elsinore Dr. acle of faith and medical science working “we do request the value be $10 or more,”
Port St. Lucie Tradition Pkwy. together, Salveson made his appearance on Salveson said.
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” marching
772-878-0049 as the drum major in front of the Treasure The Port St. Lucie Christmas house will be
Coast High School Marching Band. open nightly to Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fernhill Memorial The later time is when the line is closed. The
Gardens, Stuart “I’m walking, so I got the miracle,” he said house will stay open until the last person to
772-283-6246 in the St. Lucie Voice interview. arrive prior to 9 p.m. gets to see it. A profes-
sional Santa Claus will be on hand nightly,
Aycock Funeral Home And Port St. Lucie got to keep its Christ- along with law-enforcement professionals.
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, mas House.
The house is at 716 SE Walters Terrace. Up-
Fort Pierce Sangalli and Salveson decorate the exteri- dates are at posted at www.facebook.com/
or with a huge, barely-legal, Santa inflatable, portsaintluciechristmashouse. Donations
772-461-8912 a large nativity and 40,000 lights, among are accepted at www.gofundme.org. Look up
other things. But most of the show is inside. “The Port St Lucie Christmas House.” Note the
There are more than 70 Christmas trees, lack of a period after “St.”
75,000 lights, and an angel tree with antique
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IN LOVING MEMORY reading and was a true wine enthusiast. gles that only her unique eye could spot.
Russ is survived by his wife, Sue; sister, She had an uncanny ability to spot four-
WILLIAM R. HAMILTON III, 72 Russ proudly served in the U.S. Army leafed clovers and to put a smile on your
Port St. Lucie from 1969-1971. He then practiced law Martha Hamilton (Collins Kilburn); niece, face.
for 43 years. He was an extremely talented Betsy Holsopple (Joe); and nephew, Bill
William Russell “Russ” Hamilton III, labor lawyer, representing an array of cli- Hatch (Tammy). Her soft demeanor and quiet manner
passed away on Nov. 18 in Port St. Lucie ents, ranging from Fortune 500 companies assisted her when she reached out to oth-
at the age of 72. Russ was born on Feb. 27, to small charitable organizations. Despite AMANDA FAITH MASON, 22 ers that needed a friend. The drive she
1946, in Dyersburg, Tenn., to William Rus- working in a profession that is by nature Tradition had within to make sure she had what was
sell Hamilton, Jr. and Ethel Hanes Hamil- often contentious and adversarial, Russ’ needed to make ends meet surpassed all
ton (both deceased). clients and adversaries alike held deep re- Amanda Faith Mason, 22, was born at her age. If she wasn’t working, the long-
spect, trust and affection for him. He was a Dec. 27, 1995, in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, board was her escape and you could find
He graduated from Sarasota High School person of honor, a “true gentleman.” and passed away Nov. 21 in Port St. Lucie. her on that for hours on end!
in 1964, Stetson University in 1972 and Amanda was an accomplished pianist and
Walter F. George School of Law in 1975. He For many years, Russ enjoyed running enjoyed playing the piano to the enjoy- Amanda is survived by her mother,
married Suzanne “Sue” Green in 1971. marathons, playing tennis, golfing, biking, ment of others. Faith I. Mason of Port St. Lucie; father,
David P. Mason of Swedesboro, N.J.; and
She delighted in photography and cap- brother, Scott D. Mason (Julia A. Mason)
turing the perfect light, shadows and an- of La Porte, Ind.
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Merchant Marine museum honors ‘unsung heroes’
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent en and changed the global dynamics that still sees some. IMAGE COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
eventually led to the Allie’s victory. “I have one I’m helping right now,” Tee-
Friday, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Remem- enemy fire, and another 600 were taken as
brance Day, the anniversary of the attack “Britain found herself alone against the gardin said. “He started as a deck boy and prisoners of war. According to War Ship-
that drew the United States into World War Nazis,” he said. “The transports from the ended up a captain on a vessel,” he said. ping Administration reports, about 1,600
II. Many are unaware that Americans were U.S. were deveining food and supplies, and “He was World War II.” ships sailing for the Merchant Marine sank
injured and killed by enemy fire while serv- guns and armaments. England had less under attack.
ing in support of operations related to the than two weeks of provisions when Germa- Teegardin said the former mariner, who
war before then. They were mariners serv- ny was across the (English Channel).” now lives in Port St. Lucie, faced dangers no Some of those were attacked and de-
ing in the United States Merchant Marine. less than those of other veterans his office stroyed while sailing missions for the mil-
Wapnick, by the way, never served in ei- helps. itary before and after the Lend-Lease pro-
“You’re looking at a bunch of heroes,” ther the Merchant Marine or Navy Armed gram that started in March 1941. By the
said Larry Wapnick. “You’re looking at un- Guard, which accompanied Merchant Ma- “He said the threat was always there time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, 17
sung heroes.” rine ships to defend them as they convoyed when they were out,” offered Teegardin. Merchant Marine ships were sunk by ene-
to carry supplies and troops. He is a Viet- my fire killing about 200 mariners.
Wapnick is the president of the soon-to- nam-era Army veteran. But, Wapnick said While forerunners of the modern Mer-
open U.S. Navy Armed Guard/Merchant as he learned about the mariners’ heroism, chant Marine existed throughout American The Florida-built SS City of Rayville was
Marine National Headquarters and Muse- it felt important to help preserve a record of history, Congress established the academy in the first. In November 1940 the Rayville hit
um. it with a museum. 1936. Officers train at the United States Mer- a German mine in the Bass Strait, off Cape
chant Marine Academy in Kings Port, N.Y. Otway, Australia. All but one of the almost
The museum and national headquar- Most have heard about the U.S. Mer- 40 mariners got of the ship, but some his-
ters at 32 N. Broadway St. in Fellsmere will chant Marine, but details about it are not As the academy’s website explains: “In torians hold that engineer Mac B. Bryan
open Saturday, Dec. 8, with a dedication commonly known. While the mariners time of war or national emergency, the U.S. was the first American to die while serving
ceremony scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The – “merchant marines” is not the proper Merchant Marine becomes vital to nation- in support of a U.S. mission during World
museum will be one of only a couple dedi- term – are strongly associated with World al security as a ‘fourth arm of defense.’ Our War II.
cated to honoring what some call “the sixth War II, they were largely unpopular at the merchant ships bear the brunt of delivering
branch of the military,” although mariners time. Despite the dangers they faced at sea, military troops, supplies and equipment Ralph Oko, assistant to the president of
have always been counted as civilians. and dismissiveness they faced at home, a overseas to our forces and allies operating the museum, said there were literal insults
few hundred thousand joined and received as an auxiliary unit to the Navy.” to injuries for mariners. “They were not
“Unknown to many people is the U.S. the Merchant Marine Atlantic War Zone able to get the military benefits the Navy
Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine and Pacific War Zone medals Congress ap- The Merchant Marine fleet is made up of did,” he said.
saved the world from Nazi tyranny and Jap- proved in 1944 to recognized their service civilian ships.
anese tyranny,” he said. between Dec. 7, 1941, and Nov. 8, 1945. In other words, no Department of De-
Wayne Teegardin, manager of the St. Luc- During World War II, the Merchant Ma- fense medical care. No Veterans Admin-
Wapnick said that’s because without ie County Veterans Services, said his office rine employed about 250,000 mariners on istration (later Department of Veteran
the Merchant Marine shipping supplies thousands of ships at any time. Depending Affairs) care or benefits. In 1988 a federal
through German-patrolled waters, Great on the accounting method used, almost judge made a decision based on a 1977
Britain would have almost certainly fall- 10,000 mariners died due to enemy fire. law that forced the federal government to
About 12,000 were seriously wounded by recognize the mariners who served during
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Even during the war the adage “leave no
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OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES be forged. Staff suggested a nine-member 45
committee, but commissioners opted for a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 scaled-down seven-member group instead. That’s how many days you have to take advantage of
Each board member will appoint a member a limited offering of Membership at The Legacy Golf
ing for a better future and trusting us,” May- living within their own district and two more
or Gregory Oravec said to kick off the discus- will be appointed at-large. There will also be and Tennis Club. Under NEW OWNERSHIP,
sion about the needed oversight committee. an alternate named. there is a special TRANSITIONAL MEMBERSHIP
City leaders proposed a seven-member Consideration will be given to applicants program available to existing members of any
committee that would meet quarterly to who have engineering, finance or planning local club who wants to explore the rewards of
review the funds coming in from the extra backgrounds, according to the staff’s recom-
sales tax revenue and ensure the funds are mendation. a truly PRIVATE Club experience.
being spent on approved projects.
“We’ve wasted no time,” said County At- Please call Kevin Nicholas at 772-466-7888 ext. 103
City Manager Russ Blackburn said he torney Dan McIntyre. He explained that the to arrange a one on one visit to find out more
envisions a committee that brings the com- county’s staff had already created its recom- about this limited time offer.
munity into the fold. It’s a vision shared by mendations, noting that it was “important
Councilman John Carvelli, who said having to get ahead of this.”
a separate committee would get more resi-
dents involved in city government and be- Along with discussing the composition
come potential ambassadors when the time of the committee, commissioners raised
comes to ask voters whether or not to renew a question about issuing a bond for the
the half-cent sales tax referendum. amount they expect to receive from the half-
cent sales tax referendum. Doing so, ac-
Vice Mayor Shannon Martin didn’t see cording to Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky,
the committee the same way. Instead, she would help the county construct projects in
called for the city’s existing Budget Advisory a more timely manner.
Committee to take up the task of reviewing
the sales tax funds. County Administrator Howard Tipton
agreed that it could help with funding large
Calling a second committee redundant, projects, but noted that the bulk of the
Martin said she could support a compro- county’s project list consists of relatively
mise of adding a couple more members to small items, such as culvert replacement
the Budget Advisory Committee. and sidewalks. Tipton said it was county
staff’s opinion that pay-as-you-go would
That committee, she said, is already be the better method as it would mean no
trained on the city’s budget and wouldn’t re- debt-carrying costs.
quire additional staff time.
County staff plans to bring back a resolu-
“It makes no sense to me,” Martin said. tion to create the committee in December
However, she ultimately voted along with and advertise for applicants by year’s end.
her fellow council members to establish a The committee could be seated sometime
separate seven-member committee. in January.
Each council member is expected to The half-cent sales tax referendum, ap-
nominate two people who reside within proved by voters in the general election,
their district. Those names will then be for- will bring the current 6.5-cent sales tax to
warded to Mayor Oravec, who will choose 7 cents. It will go into effect in January and
between the two, per rules set forth in the remain in effect for a decade before sunset-
City Charter. There will also be two at-large ting. Estimated revenue over the 10-year pe-
members of the committee. riod is $217 million countywide. By the end
of 10 years, Port St. Lucie would collect $88
City staff plans to bring back a draft reso- million while the county would receive $108
lution for the Dec. 10 council meeting. million. Fort Pierce would get $21 million
and St. Lucie Village would get $300,000.
Earlier this week, the Board of County
Commissioners met to discuss how their
own sales-tax oversight committee would
OCULUS TO BUY PARCEL velopment Council, discussed the property Clubhouse The Legacy
with ULI President John Walsh. Tesch shared Drive
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 that conversation with the council, quoting
Walsh’s sentiments. “You’ll be amazed by the I-95
plans to consolidate and expand its oper- quality of this facility,” Tesch said, recalling
ations, its leadership told the Port St. Lucie his conversation with Walsh. “You will be so Security Gate PGA Village
City Council earlier this summer. proud of it. And so will the Germans. It’ll be Perfect Drive Circle
a Taj Mahal in terms of an industrial facility.” Exit 121
When the city took ownership of what it
now calls the Tradition Center for Commerce The company plans to make an initial $6 Located less than 1 mile from the PGA Circle.
– it was Southern Grove – the city became million minimum investment in the prop-
saddled with taxes and special assessments. erty and construction, according to Ross 9000 Clubhouse Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
McDonough, the company’s quality and www.legacygolfandtennis.com
Elijah Wooten, the city’s business naviga- regulatory affairs manager. He added that he
tor, told the City Council that Oculus’ pur- expects Oculus to be a permanent fixture in
chase would offset an estimated $15,000 of the Port St. Lucie.
the city’s carrying costs. And, as Oculus con-
tinues to grow and expand and add onto its Oculus has already received local and
facility, it will offset even more of those car- state considerations and incentives for opt-
rying costs. ing to stay in St. Lucie County instead of re-
locating elsewhere. That package includes a
The potential Oculus site was one of many 10-year property tax exemption, impact fee
areas that Urban Land Institute looked at mitigation, and fast-tracked permitting for
while conducting consulting work for the city. construction.
Pete Tesch, president of the Economic De-
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Indian River County overrules attorneys to battle Brightline
BY FEDERICO MARTINEZ | Staff Writer nance upkeep over the next 14 years. Virgin begin selling the bonds – which are expected PHOTO: LEIGH GREEN
Trains USA also promised to build a station to sell quickly – in December.
Indian River County Commissioners have somewhere on the Treasure Coast, a conces- move ahead with their expansion efforts and
committed another million dollars to fight sion not included in earlier proposals. “They will go sell the bonds in December, have already started construction. Even if
Virgin Trains USA, formerly known as Bright- regardless,” Reingold said. “There is no in- the county won the lawsuit and Virgin Trains
line, and are proceeding with a federal law- “Brightline has made it very clear to us junction preventing them from doing so.” USA did have to forfeit the bonds, company
suit against the company – even though their – and we believe this – they have made the officials have said they would seek alterna-
own attorneys warned them a court victory most concessions they’re going to make to When commissioners asked what would tive funding.
will not keep high-speed trains from running this community as part of this deal,” Rein- happen if they won the lawsuit, Reingold
up the Treasure Coast. gold said. “And, going forward after the oral said it would be too late to matter. It’s unlike- They seemed to do just that recently when
arguments happen, if the deal gets rejected, I ly that the buyers would be asked to return Brightline announced a new partnership
Commissioners voted 4-1 on Nov. 21 to don’t think there will be another, better deal the bonds and the company ordered to re- with global corporate giant Virgin Group,
reject a multimillion-dollar offer from Virgin presented by them as part of a settlement.” turn the money. at the same time as it announced the train
Trains USA to have the county drop its pend- project’s new name. The agreement, which
ing lawsuit opposing the company’s plans. Reingold cautioned the commission that During the past five years Brightline has makes Virgin Group a minority investor, will
Oral arguments for the lawsuit begin Nov. 27 the proposed settlement addressed almost prevailed in eight other lawsuits filed by In- provide a new source of cash for the project.
in Washington. all of the issues listed in the county’s lawsuit, dian River County and other municipalities
including environmental, noise pollution with the aim of stopping the train from oper- Martin County Commissioners, mean-
“I agree, overall, it’s not a perfect agree- and cost concerns. Rejecting the company’s ating through the Treasure Coast. while, voted 4-1 to accept the Virgin Trains
ment; but as the outside legislative counsel offer leaves attorneys very little room to ar- USA proposal. The company had earlier
to Indian River County, I recommend that gue their case, he said. Reingold, who was asked by the commis- told Indian River and Martin officials that
the commission of IR County vote in favor sion to explain the Virgin Trains USA agree- the agreement would be voided unless both
of the proposed settlement agreement,” He also pointed out that the $1.15 billion ment offer, received an angry tongue-lash- counties gave their approval.
Steve Ryan, the attorney the county hired bond sale the county’s lawsuit aims to stop ing from Board Chairman Bob Solari during
to represent it in the federal lawsuit, wrote will already have taken place by the time the the meeting. Solari made it clear before the
in a prepared statement. The statement was case is settled, meaning that the rail com- meeting started that he was strongly op-
read to commissioners by county attorney pany will likely have the funds it needs to posed to the offer.
Dylan Reingold. extend service from West Palm to Orlando,
even if the county wins in court. “Stop talking, stop it,” Solari yelled at one
Like Ryan, Reingold encouraged the com- point when Reingold was attempting to clar-
mission to carefully consider Virgin Trains It will be at least two months after the Nov. ify a question asked by another commission-
USA’s offer to pay millions of dollars to im- 27 hearing before the judge makes a ruling er. “You’re just our legal counsel. We are the
prove railroad infrastructure, including in- on the lawsuit, Reingold said. policy-makers here, not you. That’s our job.
stallation of more than $2 million for safety Our job is to make policy.”
fencing and up to $8.2 million in mainte- Meanwhile, the bonds have already been
issued and Virgin Trains USA has stated it will Officials for Virgin Trains USA say they
have been granted the necessary permits to
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ADDITIONAL AIRLINES SEEN INTERESTED IN FLYING TO VERO
BY RAY McNULTY | Staff Writer that would fit in here and open up other passengers. “Right now, we have seating
markets that would complement Elite’s for 70 to 80 people in our secure waiting
Nearly three years after Elite Airways service.” area,” Menger said. “With a 737, we’d prob-
began offering commercial, nonstop jet ably need 120 to 180 seats, so we’d need to
service between Vero Beach and Newark, Menger said Elite officials are aware of find more room. It’s like widening a road
N.J., the company’s success here has cre- the city’s interest in attracting other air- to accommodate more traffic.”
ated a buzz heard throughout the industry lines to Vero Beach. Likewise, he knows
– so much so that other airlines have taken Elite is exploring other markets. Menger said the airport’s existing run-
notice. way and taxiway system is large enough
Adding a second airline almost certainly to handle a second airline, even one that
Some of them are now exploring the would require city officials to expand the uses larger jets.
possibility of adding Vero Beach to their airport’s current terminal building, espe-
route systems. “We’ve been talking to dif- cially if the new airline’s fleet includes larg- “We already have 737s flying in and out
ferent airlines all along, but now they’re er jets, such as 737s. of here,” he said, “but they’re privately
seeing what Elite is doing here and it has owned.”
gotten their attention,” Vero Beach Re- Elite uses smaller jets that seat 50 or 70
gional Airport Director Eric Menger said.
“They see the numbers, that Elite has been
profitable here, and they’re looking to see
if there’s an opportunity for them.”
Elite officials have said repeatedly that
Vero Beach has become the airline’s most
successful market, from which it offers
year-round flights to and from Newark and
seasonal service to Asheville, N.C.; White
Plains, N.Y.; and Portland, Maine.
According to the airport’s website, most
flights are operating “at or near 100-per-
cent capacity” through the winter months
and “consistently in the 80 to 90 percent
range” during the slower summer months.
Not only has the Vero Beach community
supported Elite’s service, Menger said, but
air travelers here also have shown they’re
willing to pay higher fares for the conve-
nience of flying out of and into their local
airport, where wait times are short and
parking is free.
“Elite has proven that fares can be a lit-
tle higher, because people are willing to
pay more to avoid driving to the airports
in Orlando and West Palm Beach,” Menger
said. “Other airlines are noticing that, too.”
Though nothing is imminent, and he
doesn’t expect anything to happen in the
next six months, Menger said he has spo-
ken with officials from airlines of all sizes
– as large as Delta, American, United and
Southwest, and as small as Southern and
Via. He also has had conversations with
discount airlines, such as Allegiant, which
also serves the Orlando/Sanford airport.
“We’d be a good option for a number of
airlines,” Menger said. “A lot has to do with
their network plans and how we’d fit in. All
we can do is reach out and give them the
data. The big thing, right now, is that we’re
The goal, Menger said, is to expand ser-
vice to markets beyond those offered by
Elite – not to compete with Elite, which
began offering commercial flights here on
Dec. 10, 2015.
He said surveys commissioned by the
airport revealed that many travelers here
would welcome service to markets in the
“We still strongly support Elite Airways,
and we’d like to help them with growing
their network,” Menger said. “At the same
time, we would love to find another airline
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Bonz meets Tucker, who writes pawsome dog ‘tails’
humans, I was ushered back to The Special an how she snuggled us
Room Behind the Bookshelves to innerview
Tucker. I felt Very Important, an a liddle ner- an licked us like we were
vous. I know we’re fellow writers, but still ...
Hi Dog Buddies! her very own puppies.
Tucker was middle-size; creamy/gold;
This week’s column is a liddle different: I free-style hair-do. Very cordial. Trotted right And how we all fell asleep
was assigned to attend an Author Event at up for the Wag-n-Sniff. “Hey there, Bonz!
the Vero Beach Book Center. No Woof. Glad you could make it. I’m Tucker Camer- with happy tummies. She
on. It’s a pleasure.”
“Why?” you ask. Cuz the author is a dog: took care of us ’til we were
Tucker Cameron. He’s a ghost writer for his “Likewise! You’re my first author! I really
Dad, W. Bruce Cameron. Tucker’s written a appreciate your time!” ready to find Forever Fam-
buncha dog books. The most famous is “A
Dog’s Purpose,” which you probly heard of. “Not a problem. I’ll start yappin’ an you ilies.
The New York Times (a paper like ours, but just jump in with questions. Hows that?”
a liddle bigger) had it on the Bestseller List “Well, Georgia Lee
for 7 Dog Years, and it’s also a hit (4-hankie) “Great!”
movie. “First off, I’ll just say I am of suspect DNA has this amazing gift for
– possibly terrier with one or two scoops of
“The story’s VERY inspirational. It’s about poodle. Me an my newborn siblings were matching pooches with
this loveable, devoted dog who wants to heartlessly stuffed in a box an dropped off
know his Purpose in Life, an finds it by be- outside the Denver animal shelter. It was humans and, somehow,
ing reincarnated (yep, I Googled) as different cold an we were still blind as bats. (That
dogs, with different humans, over 50 human harrowing start became the inspiration for she knew me an her Dad
years. Along the way, he learns, and shares, my novel, ‘The Dogs of Christmas.’ But I
Life’s Greatest Lessons, such as ‘true love digress.) Anyway, my future human sister would be a perfect match.
never dies,’ and ‘our real friends are always Georgia Lee runs another, no-kill shelter in
there for us, if we know where to look.’” Denver an, thank Lassie, she scooped us up Even though he was in
and saved our lives. You see, being newborn,
There were lots of humans at the Book we still needed Mommy Milk, and there California at the time
Center, grown-ups an kids; an Road Run- was a mother pooch at her shelter who’d
ner, a rescue Shih Tzu from the HALO shel- just weaned her own puppies an had extra, (we’re bi-coastal), she said
ter. While Tucker’s Dad was talkin’ to the so she shared with us. After all this time, I
still remember how warm an soft she was, ‘no problem!’ and deliv-
ered me to him and Mom
(Mom is Cathryn Michon).
“We all survived ‘Puppy
Training in a High Rise,’
and I’ve been in charge Tucker.
of the house ever since.
Once in a while, there are
small differences, but Dad always comes these presentations, cuz there’s usually
more humans than dogs attending. Plus,
around. For example, one day he ree-lized he’s way better at signing books. I tend to
he’d been paying more for my food than his.
“What was it like, makin’ the MOO-vie?”
So he went out an got The Dry Stuff. THE “Totally PAWSOME! Mom’s a screenwrit-
er, and, of course, me an Dad wrote the
DRY STUFF! Well, the first time I stuck my book, so we were out in Hollywood a lot. It
was aMAZing. We worked with the produc-
nose in the dish I’m like, ‘What the fluff is er, director and the human and dog actors.
I had to keep reminding Dad that we were
THIS?’ An he’s like, ‘Why didn’t you TELL me there to work, cuz he kept tumbling around
with the dogs. I even had a role in the movie
you could TALK before?’ An I’m like, ‘There’s myself,” he added casually.
never been a problem before.’ So that was “Yep. I had a walk-on in one of the dog
park scenes. An I was READY! Hey, you know
that. Hollywood. You gotta be on top of your
game every single second.”
“My Dad REALLY loves dogs. Here’s how I didn’t, but I nodded. He lowered his
he described meeting his first dog. ‘I was “I’m really 8 years old, but I SAY I’m 6. I
think I can pull it off, don’t you?”
probably 8 years old, playing in the back “Oh, absoLUTEly. You look MARvelous!”
Tucker’s Dad signed lotsa books that
yard, when my dad opened the gate and in night, an there’s more at the Book Center,
with a big pickshur of Tucker an his Dad.
rushed a 9-week-old Labrador puppy. I fell Heading home, I was thinking that we, as
fellow dogs, should always remember: “Ev-
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Beware of ‘alternative’ cancer treatments online
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer chemotherapy drugs you’re getting will depression and assist in recovery, and he Dr. Raul Storey.
remain in your body even longer and that says he’s also seen positive results from
The Internet can be a dangerous place increases the chances of you having side yoga, Tai chi and meditation in his own PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
for cancer patients. effects.” patients.
Even though medically approved and Despite that and other dangers – since That said, a patient who chooses some
legitimate “cancer treatments and ther- the National Cancer Institute projects an of the “alternative” cancer treatments
apies today are safer and more effective estimated 1.7 million new cases of can- available online may have an altogether
than ever,” according to Memorial Sloan cer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, different prognosis.
Kettering Cancer Center, there’s still a while 609,640 Americans will die from the
burgeoning business in “alternative” disease – there’s an ever-growing market Perhaps the most infamous alternative
cancer treatments being touted and sold for non-conventional cancer cures. cancer “cure” ever was Laetrile.
And while NCI and Storey stop short First touted as a remedy for cancer in
That makes the usually genial and op- of calling these online treatments pure the 1950s, Laetrile is made from amygda-
timistic oncology and hematology expert quackery, they do break them down as lin, a compound found in apricot pits and
Dr. Raul Storey of Florida Cancer Special- being either “complimentary” or “alterna- bitter almonds. And as any Agatha Chris-
ists turn downright somber. tive.” tie fan likely knows, when your digestive
system begins to break down amygdalin
“There’s just so much out there,” Storey Storey – and the Mayo Clinic – actively it creates cyanide – the deadly poison fea-
says with a sigh, “and the problem with embrace a number of “complimentary” tured in a half-dozen of Christie’s murder
the marketing on the Internet is that ev- treatments. mysteries.
erybody can say whatever they want and it
doesn’t have to be data-supported.” In fact, the Rochester, Minn., institution Laetrile has been banned in the U.S.
has published a list of 10 such compli- since 1963 but has since re-emerged on
Specifically, he points to certain root- mentary treatments including acupunc- the Web where it can be purchased under
and herbal-based products sold online. ture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, massage, the pseudonym “Vitamin B-17.”
“For an example, if you’re taking chemo- meditation and music therapy for which,
therapy and then you start taking a plant it says, “there is growing evidence” they In September, the FDA announced that
or a root or something, remember that ev- provide tangible benefits to patients. a U.S. District judge in Miami had issued
erything in our body gets metabolized in a preliminary injunction halting sales of
the liver or the kidneys. Storey wholeheartedly agrees. He cites laetrile products by three Internet sites,
the American Society of Clinical Oncolo- including World Without Cancer Inc. and
“When you start taking a root that gy in saying acupuncture – in conjunction Health World International Inc., of Bay
keeps the liver and the kidneys busy work- with modern Western medical treatment Harbor, Fla., about 135 miles south of Vero
ing on eliminating and excreting that root – can help decrease anxiety, help with Beach.
[and its chemical compounds], then the
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Other alternative cancer treatments CAUSES OF STOMACH ACHES … AND WAYS TO PREVENT THEM
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rooms” and coffee enemas. eating. Sometimes an infection is responsi- flammatory disease or a urinary tract infec-
Q. I get a lot of stomach aches. Do you have ble. But pain may be a symptom of some- tion may experience pain in this area.
That causes Storey to let out a laugh. any tips to prevent them? thing that requires emergency treatment;
“There’s no evidence and no data to sup- there are quite a few organs in your abdomi- The lower right abdomen is where inflam-
port any benefit from a coffee enema in If you are having recurring abdominal nal area. The location of the pain is informa- mation of the colon may cause pain. Appen-
oncology,” he says, let alone the other pain, you should see a doctor immediately. tive to your doctor. dicitis pain may also spread to this region.
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ple are curious about possible alternative This kind of discomfort can be a symptom of intestine. colon.
treatments, but he does have one sugges- a serious ailment. However, if you’re talking
tion: Talk to your doctor first. about the kind of stomach aches we all get Stomach problems are found in the upper Don’t rely on self-diagnosis based upon
occasionally, there are some things you can middle section of the abdomen. Persistent these pain guidelines. Abdominal pain has
“Before spending your money on any do to prevent them. pain in this area may also signal a problem a way of moving around. For example, gall-
alternative approach to cancer,” Storey with your gallbladder, pancreas or the upper bladder pain can move to your right shoul-
says, “see what he or she thinks. I’m not Eat small meals more frequently. part of your small intestine. der. And, abdominal pain can be caused by
going to get mad at you for asking about Make sure that your meals are well-bal- the lungs and heart. Or, it may be caused by
other forms of treatment. I want the best anced and high in fiber. It’s unusual to feel pain in the upper left muscle strain.
for you.” Drink plenty of water each day. abdomen. Pain in this area may be caused
Exercise regularly. by a problem in the colon, stomach, spleen The following are some of the danger signs
Storey freely admits, “I don’t know about Limit foods that produce gas. or pancreas. Intense pain in the upper right associated with abdominal pain. If you expe-
plants. I haven’t been trained in plants,” The following are gas-generating foods: abdomen is often related to inflammation of rience any of the following, get immediate
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That’s information well worth having as; foods containing wheat such as cereals, Blood in your stool
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Stunning home beckons in PGA Village’s Sabal Creek
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist the house itself is nestled back off the road. word-burning fireplace and views of the er. It’s a warm, inviting room and you can
[email protected] There is beautiful landscaping and mature pool and lake beyond. The eat-in kitchen, easily imagine chatting with guests while
trees as you approach the front door. Inside, a wonderful 16-by-17, is a gourmet’s de- entertaining or having the family gather for
I see lots of beautiful homes that have the many windows and volume ceilings light, with a gas stove, 42-inch wood cabi- pancakes on Sunday. Then you might ad-
a “Wow” factor: That’s one of the reasons keep the rooms light and open. There is a nets, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, granite journ to the family room (20-by-18) with its
why each becomes the House of the Week. formal dining room, 13 feet by 14 feet, and countertops, tile back splash, stainless-steel custom-built-ins, or go through the French
It’s hard to make my jaw drop at this point, a living room, a spacious 20-by-22, with a appliances, butler’s pantry and wine cool- doors to the game room, with its pool table,
but the house at 7965 Saddlebrook Drive bar and flat-screen television.
in the Sabal Creek section of PGA Village
is jaw-dropping, inside and out. I already There are five bedrooms and 6½ baths,
know that I am not going to have the space including a cabana bath. The master is
to describe every feature in this two-story a generous 18-by-22, but unlike some
home, but if I mention an elevator to the large bedrooms, it manages to provide
mother-in-law suite, summer kitchen, mar- abundant space and still feel inviting and
ble flooring, wood-burning fireplace, a six- warm. The master bath is a “Wow” room.
car garage and a private 1.38 acre lot with It’s spacious enough that a couple not only
lake views, you will understand that this is has dual vanities and sinks, but plenty
no ordinary house. of space to move around without getting
into each other’s way. There is a Roman
The home has a long driveway so that
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FEATURES FOR 7965 SADDLEBROOK DRIVE
tub with whirlpool spa and a separate Neighborhood: Sabal Creek in PGA Village hand with the builders to make sure it was
shower, with beautiful cabinets that of- Year built: 2004 • Construction: CBS all about the construction and perfection.
fer plenty of storage and a custom touch. When looking for acreage in a golf course
This is a suite you could stay in all day, if Square footage: 5,750 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 8,566 community, this 1.38-acre lot offers tran-
you were so inclined, but you’re going to Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 6.5 • Flooring: carpet, marble, tile quility and privacy.”
want to take advantage of the outdoors.
Security: burglar alarm, manned gate, security patrol Of necessity, I have left out some of the
The back of the house has those Additional features: lake views, heated pool with child gate, house’s custom features as there just isn’t
wonderful views of the lake. There is a enough room. Clearly, this is an extraordi-
screened and covered balcony and patio, auto-clean and spa, panel shutters and impact glass nary house that’s not for everyone, but if
a heated pool and spa with a child gate, you want a house with every detail that also
and a built-in grill and summer kitchen. Community amenities: basketball, billiards, clubhouse, exer- feels like a home, you should take a look
You can imagine a party starting inside cise room, golf course, library, pool, putting green, tennis at this special house. You may find that it’s
and spilling out onto the patio and the your home.
Listing brokerage: Keller Williams Realty of Port St. Lucie
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Listing price: $1,150,000
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AnnMarie Napolitano of Team Napoli- tom-built home with attention to all details.
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
Thanksgiving week saw moderate activity on the Tradition and St. Lucie West real estate front,
with 10 single-family residences and lots changing hands.
The top sale of the week was the residence at 8113 Kiawah Trace. First listed in April 2017 for
$649,900, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 3,914-square-foot home sold for $585,000 on Nov. 20.
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PORT SAINT LUCIE 8113 KIAWAH TRACE 4/3/2017 $649,900 11/20/2018 $365,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10837 SW VISCONTI WAY 6/30/2018 $386,000 11/19/2018 $330,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 526 NW BLUE LAKE DRIVE 8/27/2018 $370,000 11/19/2018 $327,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9005 SHORT CHIP CIRCLE 8/18/2018 $349,900 11/21/2018 $280,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9240 SHORT CHIP CIRCLE 5/14/2018 $319,900 11/21/2018 $266,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11955 SW CRESTWOOD CIRCLE 6/23/2018 $279,900 11/19/2018 $240,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 1686 SW HARBOUR ISLES CIR #102 8/18/2018 $252,999 11/20/2018 $232,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 635 NW SAN CANDIDO WAY 9/27/2018 $235,000 11/19/2018 $195,000
SAINT LUCIE WEST 435 SW MONROE DRIVE 5/4/2018 $235,000 11/20/2018 $172,000
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10837 SW Visconti Way, Port Saint Lucie 526 NW Blue Lake Drive, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 6/30/2018 Listing Date: 8/27/2018
Original Price: $386,000 Original Price: $370,000
Sold: 11/19/2018 Sold: 11/19/2018
Selling Price: $365,000 Selling Price: $330,000
Listing Agent: Melinda Cann Listing Agent: Bonnie Meyo
Selling Agent: Cann Realty Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty
Kay Rodriguez Loretta DiRosa
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9005 Short Chip Circle, Port Saint Lucie 9240 Short Chip Circle, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 8/18/2018 Listing Date: 5/14/2018
Original Price: $349,900 Original Price: $319,900
Sold: 11/21/2018 Sold: 11/21/2018
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For-sale-by-owner method is becoming less popular
BY KENNETH R. HARNEY | The Washington Post old-model FSBO to save money now opt for major markets (1.5 percent in others) and and that the average discount amounted
a multitude of approaches, most of them in- offers refunds of portions of the 2 percent to 41 percent. The same study found that
What has been happening to that good volving some form of reduced commission to 3 percent commissions that listing con- 46 percent of buyers were offered either a
old-fashioned American way to sell your paid to a licensed real estate agent or broker. tracts typically give agents who bring in rebate or refund by their agents, averaging
home – doing it yourself, with minimal or buyers. Other limited-service brokerages about $3,700.
no commission costs? For example, owners can go online and charge flat fees or allow clients to pick the
sign up with a deep-discount or flat-fee services they want – a la carte – and charge Bottom line: FSBOs may be fading, but so
If you believe new data from the Na- service that will get them listed on their accordingly. are average commission rates. That makes
tional Association of Realtors’ Buyer/Sell- local multiple listing service (MLS) at a sense given today’s high home prices com-
er survey, for-sale-by-owner transactions modest cost. Getting on the MLS is crucial But here’s what is really happening to- pared with years earlier. Back in 1981, when
– popularly known as FSBOs (“Fizzbos”) – to most home sales of all types today; it day: For a variety of reasons, homeowners average commission rates were near 7 per-
appear to be on the same trendline as bug- opens the door for the property to be seen and buyers continue to make heavy use of cent, the median home price in the United
gy whips: They’ve just hit their all-time low on giant marketing sites such as Zillow, real estate agents – NAR says 87 percent of States was about $70,000; today it is more
of 7 percent as a share of total home-sale Realtor.com, Trulia and Redfin, among purchasers depended on agents last year. than $265,000.
transactions. They were 8 percent the pre- others. Since almost all home shoppers But they’re paying them lower and lower
vious year. Both numbers are down from start their searches on the Internet to commission rates. Steve Murray, whose Keep in mind, however, that there are
15 percent in 1981 and continue a slow but check out what is available, getting listed Colorado-based company Real Trends is important exceptions: If your house has
steady decline. on the local MLS is essential. considered the gold-standard source on unique features, a poor location or is chal-
commission rates and realty brokerage lenging to sell in a market increasingly fa-
So FSBOs are fizzling. But is that the full Flat-fee MLS sites such as FSBO.com, finances, told me last week that average voring buyers, top buyer agents will still de-
story? Or is something else happening that ByOwnerFlatMLS.com and others charge commissions are dropping below 5 per- mand – and get – full commissions.
is a bit more complicated? anywhere from $399.95 to $95 – some- cent. That means that in an evenly split
times even less – for connecting sellers to arrangement of fees between the listing
Traditionally, doing a FSBO meant that the wide audiences that are only possible agent and the selling agent in a market
you, the homeowner, took on all or most of via an MLS listing. Sellers can also choose where 6 percent is the “standard” fee,
the tasks of selling your home. You paid for among hundreds of discount-commission the average commission is already at or
advertising, put up for-sale signs, held open real estate brokerages online to market slightly below 2 1/2 percent for each side –
houses and private showings, negotiated their house. Some offer what they call “full and slipping downward.
with prospective buyers, filled out contract service” representation for low, flat fees of
forms, shepherded the deal to closing and anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000, or dis- A study of 2,200 recent sellers and buyers
pocketed the sale proceeds. count listing fees expressed as a percent- in 2016 by Redfin found that fully 60 per-
age of the home price. For example, Red- cent of sellers reported that they got a dis-
Although the NAR survey’s 7 percent fig- fin charges a 1 percent listing fee in many count off the standard listing commission
ure gives no hint, FSBOs mainly don’t fit this
traditional pattern anymore. Owners who
previously would have done a pre-Internet,
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BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
1 “Clearly a pianist you want
to hear no matter what he
performs, in whatever combina-
tion,” is how a New York Times
critic describes Jeremy Denk,
who will perform this coming
Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Kravis
Center’s Dreyfoos Concert Hall
in West Palm. If you are a classi-
cal piano aficionado, you know
Denk as one of America’s fore-
most pianists. A regular at Car-
negie Hall, Denk has performed
with the nation’s most prestigious
orchestras, at the Royal Albert
Hall, and on tour with the Acad-
emy of St. Martin in the Fields. In
the Thursday concert, part of the
Regional Arts Classical Concert
Series MUSIC “At Eight,” immerse
yourself in Denk’s interpretations
of Beethoven’s “Five Variations
on ‘Rule Britannia’ in D Major”;
John Adams’ “Still Play”; Bizet’s
“Variations chromatiques”; Men-
delssohn’s “Variations sérieuses”;
Beethoven’s “An die ferne Gelieb-
te”; and Schumann;s “Fantasy in
C Major, Op. 17.” Following his
current tour, Denk will return to
the Atlanta and Colorado Sym-
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PRESENT-ING ... THE GIFT OF HOLIDAY STAGE SHOWS
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer wrap the tickets up, you can present
them on the 25th and provide some-
If you are fortunate enough to have
a youngster in your life, there are a thing to look forward to. “Mutts Gone
number of events during this holiday
season to entertain and maybe even Nuts!” at the Lyric Theatre on Jan. 27
spur a lifelong love for live theater.
is a show with rescue pups and the
“The Nutcracker” is almost synon-
ymous with Christmas and you have people who love them. Your kids will
several opportunities to see it this
season. St. Lucie Ballet students and see amazing tricks and fall in love
guest artists present “The Nutcrack-
er” Dec. 14 at Fort Pierce’s Sunrise with the cutest dogs on the planet. If
Theatre and at Stuart’s Lyric Theatre
Dec. 26. The National Ballet Theatre you have a magic fan, “The Magic of
of Odessa also presents the classic
ballet Dec. 26 at the Sunrise. The Dec. Bill Blagg” on Feb. 24 and “The Chip-
26 dates provide an opportunity to
give a gift of tickets on the 25th and per Experience: Where Comedy and
then have something special to do on
the day after Christmas. Magic Collide” on March 22, might be
Students at Indian River State Col- just the ticket(s).
lege present “The Boxcar Children” Dec. 8. The production
is a retelling of the children’s classic about four siblings On Jan. 5, Riverside Theatre for
orphaned during the Depression. Riverside Theatre for
Kids presents “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,” a play Kids presents “RT Star’s Celebrate the
about giving, Dec. 6-8. Tickets for “Boxcar” are $5 and for
“Emmet” are $10, making these an affordable way to have Arts Festival.” This annual event is
a wonderful experience with kids and grandkids.
a celebration of the performing arts
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has a new production of Dis-
ney’s “Beauty and the Beast” through Dec. 16. Directed by for kids and features children’s enter-
The National Ballet Theatre tainers and hands-on activities. This
of Odessa presents “The Nutcracker” event is free.
at the Sunrise Theatre Dec. 26. Because there’s never too much
“Beauty and the Beast,” the Lyric
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SUNRISE THEATRE
Tony nominee John Tartaglia, the production features ac- Theatre presents a new production in pantomime April 6.
tors and puppets. Broadway star Anna McNeely, a resident Pantomime is a form of musical theater designed for the
of Port St. Lucie, will portray Madame de la Grande Bouche family with songs, gags, dancing, slapstick and all your fa-
in the show. vorite characters.
Another beloved tale, “The Wizard of Oz,” will be pre- There really is something for every kid in this array: be-
sented Dec. 13-16 by StarStruck Theatre students in Stuart. tween dancing dogs and dancing Sugar Plum Fairies, you’ll
This musical adaptation features wonderful music and tal- find something for your special youngster. Kids don’t for-
ented kids ages 8-16. get these trips with mom and dad or grandma and grand-
Some events may be a bit after Christmas, but if you pa, and you get to make a memory with these gifts.
sunrise theatre 2018/19 season on sale now!
national ballet theatre of sunrise theatre & musicworks
odessa from ukraine presents:
Stars from the Original Broadway the nutcracker the kingston trio
Cast of Jersey Boys!
december 26th january 10th
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Another major role for Anna McNeely, and this one’s a ‘Beauty’
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Anna McNeely. things going on in our daily lives. That’s why theater has
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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE than ‘Beauty and the Beast?’”
When life hands you a lemon, it’s good to make lemon-
ade. When you appear in a Broadway show that closes af- new dimension as she will be operating a large-scale pup- McNeely noted the perfect timing, as her friend Patrick
ter 3 ½ weeks of previews and one opening night, it’s nice pet. “I’ve never done puppetry where I’ve had to coordi- Madden, drama director at Port St. Lucie High school, is
if the casting director for a new show, “Cats,” saw that show nate my hands with my own mouth,” she said. “I’m going also staging the show. She is co-directing and performing
and invited you to audition for the roll of Jennyanydots. If to spend time looking in mirrors and seeing how it’s work- Madame de la Grande Bouche.
you’re St. Lucie resident Anna McNeely, that’s exactly what ing. I don’t have to do arms like Lumiere. I think it will be
happened and suddenly you’re in the original cast of one great fun and very funny. I love to make people laugh. In “I work closely with Patrick any time he needs me,” she
of the biggest Broadway hits in history. these times. We need to be transformed and forget about said. “I prep students for his auditions.”
“Even if you’re in a flop, you don’t know,” McNeely said McNeely and her husband, Steve, first came to the area
in a recent interview. “With ‘Cats,’ I kind of had a feeling we in 2001 when they were on a vacation and her husband
weren’t going to close in one week. It had been a huge hit was taking golf lessons at PGA.
in London. I was walking with (director) Trevor Nunn and
we had put down a track in the recording studio. He said, “We were meandering up A1A and seeing what was for
‘What do you feel? Is it a hit?’ I said that I thought so, that sale,” she said. “We went over the Jensen Beach Bridge to
it had appeal to a lot of audience and that it would be nice Hutchinson Island. We bought a vacation house because I
if critics liked it.’” was still on Broadway in ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ After 9/11
happened, my husband said that life was too short and to
The rest, as they say, is history. start living it now. He was retired from the fire department
McNeely, who has been a member of Actors’ Equity for and he lost many brothers.
45 years, went on to perform in Disney’s “Beauty and the
Beast,” “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly and Linda Lavin, and in “It seemed like the right thing at the right time,” she
the film version of “Gypsy” with Bette Midler. She has ap- said. “It was fortunate to have a professional Equity the-
peared on numerous cast albums. ater 30 miles south.”
You can see her when the Maltz Jupiter Theatre presents
“Beauty and the Beast” Nov. 27-Dec. 16. She will play Ma- In addition to performing, McNeely teaches drama and
dame de la Grande Bouche, an opera singer trapped in the singing and is part of the professional choir at the Christ
castle when the spell is cast, in a new production directed Memorial Chapel on Jupiter Island.
by Tony award nominee and puppeteer John Tartaglia.
“She becomes a wardrobe,” McNeely said. “It’s is a This is McNeely’s sixth show at the Maltz and she is glad
wardrobe and I’m inside. You can see my face.” to be back.
This is a play McNeely knows well; she understudied
Mrs. Potts in the Broadway production. While she has “It’s the atmosphere they strive to achieve,” she said.
some familiarity with puppetry, this production adds a “Everyone is nice and having a great time. It’s so fulfilling.”
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road. Ju-
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16. For more information, call 561-575-2223 or visit www.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Alpert, sayWikipedia, has scored nine Gram- “seasonal standards, favorite tracks and
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‘BOXCAR CHILDREN’: ALL ABOARD FOR A ‘TIMELESS’ TALE
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer Still, Monaco is mindful that the audi-
[email protected] ence is largely children ages 6 and up.
“The Boxcar Children,” written by Ger- “The story is timeless,” he said. “It was
trude Warner in 1924, is the story of four written in the 1920s and re-released in
orphaned children who create a home for 1942. It has stayed relatable. The book and
themselves in an abandoned boxcar. Set play are excellent starting points for talks
in the Depression, the book is a testament about the world, family, perseverance and
to resilience, family and hope during diffi- taking care of one another. That’s what
cult times. The original book has become a made me excited about directing it. There
series of more than 150 titles, and the first are adventures and funny moments. It’s not
book was ranked among the all-time “Top hitting you over the head. Ultimately it’s a
100 Chapter Books,” or children’s novels, by story of these siblings. It’s very much a fam-
the School Library Journal in 2012. ily story in the context of an important part
The story has been turned into a play of history.”
that Indian River State College students Monaco noted that the play will be pre-
will present Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on sented on the Main Stage, with a full set.
the McAlpin Main Stage. Brennan Monaco, He knows that children have attention
a graduate of the drama program, will be span limits, so the play is 90 minutes and
directing and he spoke about his plans and Indian River State College performing arts students present will probably have a short intermission.
about the play, which he loves. “The Boxcar Children” on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. He’s keeping his audience in mind while he
does the staging.
Monaco was a performing arts fine arts PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCA SHEARER/INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
scholar at IRSC and performed in many shows. He also very good script for a very good show. It’s deep and mean- The cost of tickets for this production is $5. For $5, you
directed several children’s shows. After he graduated from ingful. It’s a children’s show but it has a lot of substance have the opportunity to treat a youngster to the magic
IRSC, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he and I love that.” of live theater. You’ll all have fun and maybe it will spark
got a master’s degree in history. He then studied at Cam- Monaco said that the play dives directly into the prob- some questions and conversations. That’s a lot of benefit
bridge University in England. This year he is taking a break lems of the Depression era. for $5.
before beginning law school. Theater is in his blood. “One of the twins is having a conversation about
“I’ve been in the theater for 24 years and a professional Hoovervilles (the shanty towns built by the homeless),” he Indian River State College students present “The Boxcar
actor for 14,” he said. “I was in Cambridge and got a text said. “There is talk about lost jobs and families separated. Children” Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. The
from Rebecca Shearer (theater manager at IRSC) asking if People of that generation tried to maintain their integrity event take place at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, 3209 Vir-
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Sounds exciting! Moreira thinks big with New Deco Orchestra
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF | Staff Writer Manny Moreira. ver” and, most recently, “Smokey Joe’s Café.”
“I got a vibe in this town that spoke to me
Musician and bandleader Manny Moreira, PHOTO: LEIGH GREEN
a Vero Beach transplant, hopes to herald a re- of an appreciation of the arts unlike anything
turn of the sophisticated elegance of the Art in New York for a year, but left after de- ning recording of that show. Other Broadway I had experienced in a long time,” he says.
Deco era through his New Deco Orchestra. ciding to further his musical education credits include “The Who’s Tommy,” Elton
Moreira is the founder and artistic director of independently. He studied with a variety John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” and “Smokey Joe’s It was during a phone conversation with
the orchestra, which will make its local debut of professionals including acclaimed jazz Café,” and on television he was a guitarist on Anne Shuttlesworth, Riverside Theatre’s mu-
on New Year’s Eve, heralding in 2019 with a guitarist Pat Martino, attended night class- the Nickelodeon series “Dora the Explorer.” sic director, that she proposed he relocate to
‘Diamonds are Forever Party of the Century’ es at the Julliard School and later also stud- Vero Beach. At the time he was lamenting
at the Heritage Center in celebration of the ied theater at the Royal Academy of Dra- All the while though, never far from his New York’s cold weather as he chipped ice
Vero Beach Centennial. matic Arts in London. thoughts, was the dream of creating and off of his 120-foot driveway. It wasn’t the first
conducting his own orchestra. time she had attempted to lure him to our
Moreira has been pushing the boundaries For the past 30 years, Moreira has worked balmy shores, but this time he was finally
since his birth, when he made his own un- as a guitarist, singer, producer, arranger and “I’ve always had the idea for this, but I ready.
scripted debut. As his Brazilian-born par- composer, and has amassed an extensive think I needed to do everything I’ve done to
ents were traveling from their country to roll-call of national and international perfor- prepare,” says Moreira. “The minute I pulled up in the parking lot
the United States, his mother’s water broke mances in venues from New York’s Lincoln and shut the engine off, I said, ‘Send for my
somewhere over Cuba. They were forced to Center to London’s Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. As a result of his multiple years of expe- cat and the rest of my gear. I don’t care if I
deplane in Miami, where Moreira, their third rience as a performer, producer and direc- ever see the Northeast again.’”
child, was born. The family decided to reside He has worked with the likes of Ann-Mar- tor of global corporate events, Moreira had
in Miami for several more years before even- gret, Helen Reddy, Eartha Kitt and Carol amassed an impressive network of top-lev- The pieces have since all fallen into place
tually moving to New York. King, and even had a hand in the Broadway el talent that he could call on to launch his for his dream – 10 pieces, that is. His New
musical “On Your Feet!,” the story of Vero’s vision. As a way of cultivating investors, he Deco Orchestra promises a multimedia stage
Moreira says music was always a center- adopted musical phenoms, Emilio and Glo- eventually put together a show at the High- show with a revolving cast of performers. An
piece of his life, noting “my house was full of ria Estefan. line Ballroom in New York. immersive experience, their music includes
music. My father was a conservatory-trained every genre and spans tunes from the 1930s
musician.” Moreira played guitar in the pit for the Moreira had his first introduction to Vero through the music of today.
Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “In Beach as a performer in the pit at Riverside
Moreira began strumming a plastic gui- the Heights” as well as the Grammy-win- Theatre, showcasing his talents in produc- “We cycle through decades. The DNA
tar at age 7, garnering a little help from Se- tions of “A Chorus Line,” “Saturday Night Fe- of the show is expectancy; it’s really about
bastião Tapajós, a young Brazilian man who keeping people off balance. They never know
at the time was living in the basement of the what is going to happen next,” Moreira ex-
family home. plains. “When you walk into the room, you
get the sense that you’ve walked onto the set
“My father was trying to get him on the ‘Ed of a post-modern, film-noir movie.”
Sullivan Show.’ He played the most moving
version of ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ I’ve He plans to take people on a musical jour-
ever heard, and it was on a nylon-string gui- ney using chiaroscuro – an effect of contrast-
tar,” Moreira recalls. A classically-trained gui- ed light and shadow – to set the tone and add
tarist, Tapajós would eventually record more to the experience.
than 50 albums.
“New Deco is a big show. It’s not just a gig;
Moreira admits that, in his 7-year-old it’s a full-on multimedia thing. It really is an
mind, he had hoped Tapajós would have pre- event in and of itself,” says Moreira.
ferred playing the fancier Silvertone guitar he
had snuck out of his brother’s room instead. In addition to a three-act musical perfor-
mance and dancing to Moreira and his New
During his formative years, Moreira says Deco Orchestra, the elegant black-tie event
he had thoughts of becoming an astronaut will feature a champagne reception and Chef
until he discovered that he could actually Ashley Allison’s Crave Bar, culminating at
make money playing music. midnight with a ball drop and fireworks.
“After a gig at a house party the drummer For more information about the New Deco
gave me $7,” Moreira recalls, chuckling over Orchestra, visit newdecoorchestra.com. To
his first big payday. purchase tickets to the New Year’s Eve party,
Moreira attended Five Towns College
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THERE’S HIDDEN VALUE IN ‘REGIFTERS’
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer tle message. “I do all the sets and I’m also the Weaver particularly likes this play because PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BARN THEATRE
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For me, it was a bunny rabbit soup tureen. a shorter run and when we were talking, I ols and Scrooge and they’re great,” she said. “That is its value,” Weaver said.
It was the wedding gift that made me ask, said I’d like to direct it. It’s a huge undertak- “When we were looking at the holidays, we Just like the bunny tureen.
“Why?” I thought of returning it or giving it ing as I will do the set and make sure we pull wanted to do something different. It’s intend-
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or Flight hub, said a lot of people are aware of BUNNY
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Singh will be a co-marshal at the 30th annu- PHOTO: LINDA THIBEAULT
al Sights & Sounds on Second Street Festival “He’s like the mascot,” Sreenan said.
and Parade. Singh is sharing the honor with The Honor Flight Network is a national Kylie Howard, 12, volunteers her time at the “Binky Baby Bunn͛dle Shower͛” in
an organization he’s strongly supported for program started with the purpose to take Port St. Lucie recently. Kylie regularly volunteers at Hops-A-Lot. She helps to
six years – Southeast Florida Honor Flight. World War II veterans to see the memorial socialize the rabbits so they are friendly when they get adopted.
He said yes to the honor of riding in the pa- dedicated to them on the National Mall. It
rade for one big reason. was erected in 2004. The honor flights began
a year later. The Southeast Florida Honor
“They made me an offer that I could bring Flight hub – “hub” is what local affiliates are
a few World War II veterans,” he said. called – started up in 2009. So far it’s taken
2,754 veterans to Washington, D.C.
The festival and parade will be on Sun- Over the years there’s been a dramatic de-
day, Dec. 2. As the name implies, it’ll be on cline in World War II veterans nationally and
South 2nd Street in downtown Fort Pierce. locally. The youngest World War II veterans
The theme this year is “Joy to the World.” are now 91. As the population has declined,
The festival will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with an Honor Flight shifted to taking Korean War
outdoor church service hosted by Common veterans to D.C., too. The youngest of them
Ground Vineyard Church, be at the intersec- are now 83. So, now local hubs are turning
tion of Orange Avenue and 2nd. to the next generation on its list: the Vietnam
War veterans. Sreenan said the last flight – in
Main Street Fort Pierce hosts the festi- October – featured the first group of Vietnam
val portion of the day. Michelle Cavalcanti, veterans, 26 in all.
director of marketing, said things will get Singh has been an Honor Flight donor
ramped up in the early afternoon. “The fes- and volunteer since 2012, pretty much since
tival is 1 to 3:30 (p.m.),” she said. he learned it existed.
The doctor decided to go on a flight as
In addition to local businesses being open a guardian (a volunteer who pays to fly to
for holiday browsing, there will be vendors. Washington, D.C. to care for a veteran that
day). Guardians now pay $400 to do that, he
“There’s foods, crafts and activities,” Cav- said. “I figured I would go on one (flight),”
alcanti said. Singh said. “Then after one, it kept being one
The children’s area is expanded this year. After the parade there will be a tree-light-
“Face painting, special characters, bounce ing at Gazebo Park on North Indian River
houses,” added Cavalcanti. Drive.
More about the festival and parade is at
At 1 p.m. the South Florida Dance Compa- www.mainstreetfortpierce.org. More about
ny will perform on the stage at Orange and the Southeast Florida Honor Flight hub is at
2nd. Following that performance, the Santa www.honorflightsefl.org.
will make an arrival in a fire truck. After that,
True Crew Dance will perform, followed by Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
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2nd. It will have performances by the Sunrise 11 KINGLY 6 STAGPARTY
Jazz Combo, Moxie’s Dance Studio and Star- 13 SLOGGED 7 SPRY
light Dance from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 15 SCHEME 10 HIDEOUS
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At 4 p.m. the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis 18 THESIS 13 SHEEPSKIN
take over to put on the annual holiday pa- 20 DUSTED 14 OMNIBUS
rade. The parade starts at Tickle Tummy Hill 22 BLUESKY 17 TODO
… otherwise known as the Moores Creek 23 RISQUE 19 SLEEVE
Bridge between avenues B and C. The pa- 25 SEVENTEEN 20 DEFEAT
rade will head south to Orange, turn east, 26 TRIM 21 SKATER
then turn north on Indian River Drive. It will 27 BELT 23 RITZ
end at the River Walk Center, 600 N. Indian 28 RAKE 24 JERK
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Cavalcanti said Singh is well known not
just for his dermatology practice, but also
for his generous giving to numerous local or-
ganizations and causes. His work for Honor
Flight is particularly well known. Kathy Sre-
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8 C to C, e.g. 104 Notorious Columbia Pictures 61 Mamie’s guy
14 One of Donald’s nephews mogul Harry 62 Starting from
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19 Hen hunter 108 Mornings 67 “That’s still not it!”
20 In ___ (doing poorly) 109 Puppeteer Bil 68 Close ... very close
23 Dawdle 112 Reacts to solving this 70 Outfit
25 Render? 71 Funeral oration,
26 East or West follower puzzle? old-style
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119 Certain veggie-lover’s pride 79 Conclusion start
or bay 121 Behind bars 81 Part of RSVP
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31 Donut-shaped 123 Klatsch in sports
32 Composer Schifrin 124 Hoofers’ clickers 84 Try again
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DOWN football play
example 1 Vacation isle 90 Hockey score
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57 Mendelssohn’s Concerto in 9 Welsh dogs 107 Playing marble
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59 Alley pickups? 12 Corrupt 111 Annoyingly dull sort
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63 Popular diet bread 14 Toque, for one 114 Petri dish layer
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91 Worthless mineral matter 36 Rhyme scheme
93 Lethal weapon 37 Inspire
95 Arledge of TV lore 39 In a sec
96 Old Tokyo 41 Sucker deal
97 Huggable toys 42 Defunct flyer
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FROM MICROSOFT TO BRIDGE BASE WEST NORTH EAST
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Bill Gates, former CEO and chairman of Microsoft, has become a very keen bridge player. Q52 A K J 10 8764
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HOW TO HIT THE CURVE ... ON PURPOSE
One of the most enjoyable things that you at right angle to the clubhead path -- is what
can obtain in golf is the ability to curve your causes the vertical backspin. Please remember
golf shot on demand. The curving shot can your arms and shoulders control swing path,
be used in multiple scenarios to including and the back of your lead hand controls club-
tee shots on dogleg holes, approach shots to face position.
tucked pin locations, and to extri- 2. Slicing Shot. You must impart
cate yourself from the trees. Let’s KEVIN’S counterclockwise spin. Do this by
first understand what causes the KURES aligning your bodylines left, and
ball to go straight as opposed to swinging your arms and shoulders
curving, then get into the “Kures” on your bodyline, and then hold off
on how to execute each shot. your forearm rotation, which will
Aerodynamically, for a ball to keep the clubface facing more left
not curve and fly straight, it must than your clubhead path, causing
be spinning vertically backwards. the clockwise spin. Again, the face
Technically, we call that having must be open to the leftward club-
a vertical spin axis. That is why head path.
you see the great players “pull the 3. Hooking Shot. Aim your bo-
string” and have so much backspin dylines to the right and then swing
when their approach shots land on By Kevin Perkins your arm and shoulders down your
the green. aim line. Rotate your forearms
When a ball slices, its spin axis is through impact, which will turn
A PAIR OF ACES AT THE PGA ... not vertical, but more similar to a forward slash the back of your left hand and close the club-
Holes in one are suddenly contagious at PGA Golf Club. On Nov. 18, (/) – more simply stated, the spin is clockwise. face left of where your clubhead path is. This
Tom LaFemina, above left, dunked a 7-iron from 139 yards on the Ryder
course’s 12th hole. It was LaFemina’s fourth career ace (he’s also had On a hook, the spin axis is more like a back will impart counterclockwise spin and curve
one on the Wanamaker and Dye courses). Then, on Nov. 25, Clarence
Kearney – a Verano resident and PGA Golf Club member – scored his slash (\), or spinning counterclockwise. Here the ball from right to left.
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course’s 117-yard hole No. 6. Congrats, Tom and Clarence! are the “Kures” to first hit the straight shot, and In summary, experiment with what we have
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dylines at your target. Have your swing path be when playing ping pong. Low to high, with
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This perpendicular relationship -- of clubface perimenting with the curving shot!
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