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05/11/2017 ISSUE 19


Quaint that nice. P5 Joint effort. P28 Coming up roses!

Little Floridana Beach attracts Innovation keys hospital’s hip and Hats (on and) off to Space Coast
fans from far and wide. knee replacement success. Derby Day fundraiser. PAGE 8


For time being, Finding lots to
all bets are off be proud of on
on slots front Founders Day

[email protected] [email protected]

As it stands, 2017 has not Joseph Hunt pounded out
been kind to pro-gaming “Paint it Black” on a piano in
forces. In April, the Florida Su- the afternoon sunshine out-
preme Court ruled that if casi- side the Melbourne Beach
nos want to expand anywhere municipal complex. The first
in the state, they will have to question is how the 13-year-
do so through a constitutional old from West Melbourne
amendment by statewide refer- knew a Rolling Stones song
endum, possibly in 2018. from the 1960s. The second
question is what pianos were
Florida’s casino gambling is doing on the sidewalk.
currently contained to South
Florida and one casino in Tam- The answer to the piano
pa. The closest slot machines to question is the Founders Day
Brevard are on the cruise ships celebration at Ryckman Park
that dock at Port Canaveral, last Saturday.
and on the day boats that cruis
The all-day affair drew young

CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 John Cronin, Mitch Wilhelmi and Schuyler Dejong enjoy Founders Day, Melbourne Beach’s annual historic celebration. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Non-traditional Redesigned intersection should
F.I.T. grads look to end Pineda Causeway madness
launch new careers
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Officials hope the redesigned

[email protected] at Pineda Causeway will solve

Fellow beachside Flori- multiple problems, improve

daTech engineering grad- traffic flow and make both driv-

uates Ford Mattice and ers and pedestrians safer.

John Grant share pres- Thanks to local input and

tigious honors awarded listening ears at the Florida exited the beach access located

via the Northrop Grum- Department of Transportation, to the north. Sidewalks are be-

man Engineering and the northbound through lane ing added to aid pedestrian

CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 F.I.T. engineering graduates Ford Mattice and John Grant. PHOTO: GEORGE WHITE was removed because it was traffic to and from the beach.
a hazard to drivers trying to “The change was made to im-

avoid the traffic light when cars CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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PINEDA CAUSEWAY according to the city. “The residents of FOUNDERS DAY Adam Eiserman
the condos aren’t allowed to walk their and Kelly Lawson.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 dogs on the beach so were required to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
cross SR A1A to walk their dogs,” Barker winter of 1894-95 when the tempera-
prove safely, as the through-lane ended said. “That’s a hardship for them so they and old alike for a day of music and oth- ture plummeted to 18 degrees.
abruptly at the park entry,” said Florida are excited to sidewalks going in in front er entertainment, food from gourmet
Department of Transportation public of their buildings.” burgers to funnel cake, arts and craft Michael Edwards had a purpose for
information specialist Jen Horton. booths, fishing, rides and the Space coming to Founders Day. A West Mel-
The completion of the project will Coast Corvette & Car Show, among oth- bourne resident, Edwards was in search
Perhaps as importantly, especially leave only small sections on the west er festivities. Founders Day stretched of a license plate holder that spelled out
from a pedestrian point of view, the side of A1A without sidewalks. beyond the riverfront park to surf and Melbourne Beach the Nation’s Oldest
sidewalks are going to be extended on volleyball competition on the beach at City, a nod to Ponce de Leon.
the east side of A1A to the Patrick Air The improvements show a new will- the other end of Ocean Avenue.
Force Base beach access. ingness on the part of DOT to make “That, and the fresh air and sun-
safety changes, said Georganna Gil- In keeping with the purpose of the shine,” he said.
The revision to the overall resurfac- lette, Transportation Program Manag- day, Town Historian Frank Thomas
ing project came about as a request er for the Space Coast Transportation gave an abbreviated lecture on vari- Indeed, the weather cooperated on
from the City of Satellite Beach and Planning Organization. “The Pineda ous facets of the history of Melbourne Founders Day like it rarely does. Hot
clears the way for the goal of a contin- accommodates bicycles now so things Beach, which was founded in 1883. and humid is more typical, said Mayor
uous sidewalk along SR A1A through have changed,” Gillette said. “You stick around long enough you be- Jim Simmons. “It hasn’t been this nice
Brevard County, said Satellite Beach come town historian,” quipped Thom- on Founders Day for five or six years,”
City Manager Courtney Barker. “The way the DOT used to do as, who moved to the area 55 years ago he said about the low humidity and
things, they would just resurface the from North Carolina. moderate temperatures.
“Luckily DOT is looking at sidewalks road unless there was a glaring safety
and bike lanes as a necessity,’’ said issue,” Gillette said. “But they are go- He spoke about Juan Ponce de Sporting a Phillies T-shirt to reflect
Barker, who sits on the county tech- ing beyond and adding sidewalks and Leon, who landed in the area in 1513.
nical advisory committee from the addressing safety issues.” He spoke about the pineapple, the ba-
Space Coast Transportation Planning sic crop grown in Melbourne Beach in
Organization. The adaptations in the project dur- the early days. “There were thousands
ing construction also show a broader of acres of pineapples along the river-
As city manager, she inquired about shift in philosophy at DOT, she said. front,” Thomas said.
the removal of the through lane. “We
said take the through lane out because “They basically are looking at road- He spoke about the rattlesnakes and
there is no purpose to it. They agreed,” ways in a context-sensitive way. They mosquitoes that had to be dealt with
she said. “They actually really don’t like are looking at the nature of the corridor when harvesting the fruit. He spoke
the through lanes and are starting to and what the land use is and the design about the ferry accident back in the
take them out throughout the county.” of it. That is not the way the DOT has day which left folks from the mainland
done things in the past,’’ she said. stranded after an unexpected storm.
Satellite Beach is notorious for And he recalled the freeze during the
beachgoers and surfers darting across Safety has always been a number
A1A, often barefoot, carrying surf- one priority at DOT, Gillette said, but
boards and beach gear, in heavy traffic. lately she’s seen a greater attention to
detail. “When they go out and touch a
“Since we are on the beach, there roadway now they are really looking at
are pedestrians and bicyclists every- it, the crash data and who is using the
where,” Barker said. “Through lanes corridor,” she said. “They very much ask
are very dangerous for those situ- the municipalities that it runs through,
ations and Patrick AFB is trying to because it’s their communities and they
slow traffic down in those areas. That have the real information.”
through lane didn’t do any favors to
anyone.” In the end, taxpayers funding these
expensive road projects get better re-
The response has been positive so far, sults for their dollars.

“I think the DOT has recognized
that continuous through lanes can be
very hazardous for pedestrians and
can cause vehicular accidents as well,”
Gillette said. “They want to move traf-
fic, but perhaps that is not the way to
do it.” 

Kristi, Andrew,
Kathryn and

Jeffrey Talbot.

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his roots, Dave Burton of Melbourne and Jason McKnight, also of Indialantic, ter the hurricane” in October, Jason said. year for 30 years. I like the arts and the
Beach also praised the weather as he relaxed on a bench under a shady tree, “Seems like a year ago since it was open.” food,” Yanczewski said.
waited for his kids to finish jumping in taking a brief respite. Julie, who lived on
the bounce ride. Ocean Avenue before she got engaged Our sidewalk pianist Joseph Hunt Oh, the question about how young
in 1999, enjoyed the craft selections. was at Founders Day with his cousin, Mr. Hunt knew “Paint it Black”? Jo-
“This was like a spring day in South Justin Stockstill, 8, of Satellite Beach, seph, who plays clarinet in the school
Jersey,” he said. “I wanted to see the reopened Mel- and his grandmother, Betsy Yanczews- band and dabbles at piano, shrugged
bourne Beach pier which shut down af- ki, of Indialantic. “I’ve come here every and answered, “I just do.” 
On the other side of the park Julie

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F.I.T. GRADUATES It’s probably a common story in this in some way. I never thought I would
area but I grew up watching shuttles be able to pay for this school but I got a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 two year presidential scholarship and
and always wanted to get into the got accepted,’’ Mattice said.
Science Student Design Showcase, yet space program or space business in
they had not met until after Saturday’s He would love to work on the Orion
commencement exercises. some way. – Ford Mattice program some day. “There’s a lot going
on around here. This university has a
Grant, 45, of Satellite Beach, and Eastern Florida State College in May dents for more than four decades have good tie with the Cape and a lot of the
Mattice, 28, of Indian Harbour Beach, 2015 and entered into Florida Tech full been required to complete a hands- top companies,” he said.
represent two very different academic time. From that point on he had a 4.0 on, detailed senior project before
paths as successful “returning,” or old- GPA. graduation for a spring competition. As team leader Mattice is looking
er, bachelor degree students, demon- That competition is now underwritten forward to an actual launch test of the
strating that, with the right motivation “My kids haven’t said it but I’m sure by a $1 million donation from as part Aerospace Wire-Repair Intelligent Sys-
and a great deal of hard work, it’s never they are tired of seeing me sitting at that of Northrop Grumman’s commitment tems Experiment (ARISE). The team
too late to start a new career. table studying until 2 a.m. They knew to Science, Technology, Engineering has spent the past year developing a
where to find me. For me a bachelor’s and Math (STEM) programs. test for self-repairing wire for use on
Grant, who chose civil engineering degree means I can go to work,’’ he said. the International Space Station.
as his focus, is a father of four children Another top award winner in the pro-
from age 26 to 14, and put off college Grant was part of a team honored gram, but in the aerospace engineering “It’s a program by NASA creating a
while he served for as long as he could for best civil engineering project for division, Mattice, grew up in Melbourne payload to go on a sounding rocket to
in the Air Force Reserves in para res- designing a new environmentally and took six years off after graduating be launched out of Wallops Island, Vir-
cue and spent time coaching wrestling friendly three-story building for light from Eau Gallie High School, spending ginia in 2018. It’s not orbital. It’s just a
at Satellite High School. manufacturing for 1,000 employees most of that time delivering pizzas. ballistic launch but they say that space
in Palm Bay including analyzing soil starts at 100 km and this will go 150
“Para rescue is an awesome job. conditions, traffic requirements, wa- “I took the time off because I wasn’t km. Our payload is going to be testing
I ended up doing it 27 years but my ter runoff, and codes with minimal invested or motivated. I was just a new wire insulation repair material.”
body was starting to hurt. People ask impact on the environment. burned out from high school. After six
me ‘how do you switch (to an office years I just wanted to stop delivering The technology is certified for air-
job)?’ and I tell them I have already “What we tried to do was emulate pizzas. It’s probably a common story craft use, Mattice said, but not yet for
done a bunch of physical stuff. I’m professional drawings and I think that’s in this area but I grew up watching use in space. “We set it up to test in a
ready to do something else. Probably what really gave us the edge,’’ he said. shuttles and always wanted to get into vacuum and micro-gravity environ-
worked out better like this in the long the space program or space business ment. This was very much similar to
run. I initially got into reserves to go to According to the university, Florida having a job. Not only are we trying
college. I knew I wanted to go to col- Tech engineering and science stu- to solve a problem but we are putting
lege once I got out because I still want- it in a rocket. I think that in general is
ed to be an engineer,’’ he said. part of the cool factor in this project
for me,’’ he said. 
Grant got an associate’s degree from

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the expansion, the House bill did not, ing simulcasts and a Saturday comedy
and that proved a major sticking point. night.

“I’m disappointed but not surprised,” Legislation will probably be intro-
said Jim O’Brien, Melbourne Grey- duced again in 2018, but without chang-
hound Park’s president and CEO. “We es in the mindset or the makeup of legis-
thought with an overwhelming major- lators, especially in the House, the same
ity of voter support it was a good sign. fate awaits.
Citizens of Brevard wanted it. I thought
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thought we had an opportunity.” O’Brien said. And before he postulates
ideas, he prefers to get together with a
State Senator Bill Galvano, a Braden- lobbyist and the other track owners. 
ton Republican and chair of the confer-

David Micka and Lauren Hardman.

Founders Day’s a keeper for
Melbourne Beach lovers P. 10

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Hats (on and) off to Space Coast Derby Day fundraiser

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The first Saturday in May has al- very appreciative of their generos- within days of her presentation
ways meant one thing to fans of the ity,” said Justice. to the Rotary, where she had said
sport of kings: the Kentucky Derby. that while she hoped none of them
More than a race, it is a 143-year-old The fundraiser couldn’t have been would ever need her assistance, it
bastion of tradition and excitement more personal for David Dischler, was organizations such as theirs
replete with colorful hats, friendly a Rotarian and chairman of the el- that kept “our doors wide open.”
wagering, a signature drink and a egant event. In February his 6-year-
see-and-be-seen ambiance. old son, Noah, went from happy and In fact, the Rotary has over the
healthy to intubated and comatose years underwritten a room at Ron-
For members of the Rockledge in the ICU at Arnold Palmer Medi- ald McDonald House for $35,000.
Rotary, it’s the perfect backdrop for cal Center in Orlando. While he and A room was immediately offered
an ever-growing fundraising event wife Karina were still in shock, fel- to the family and Noah has since
to benefit three chosen charities. low Rotarians reached out to Lou recovered. They were just one of
The 13th annual Space Coast Der- Ann DeVoogd, president and CEO of roughly 450 Brevard families who
by Day at the equestrian center at Ronald McDonald House Charities. stay at one of the three Orlando
Wickham Park last Saturday pulled houses each year. 
out all the stops, with a huge event Incredibly, this crisis occurred
tent, horse races in an adjacent are-
na, raffles and auctions, catering
by Carrabba’s and a live feed of the
Run for the Roses.

This year’s Derby Day beneficia-
ries were Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Central Florida, Cross-
winds Youth Services and HART
Hidden Acres Rescue for Thorough-

The more than 400 guests could
easily have mingled among the
well-dressed crowds at Churchill
Downs in Louisville, enjoying the
activities that unfolded from after-
noon to evening. Among the more
unusual sights were two horse races
courtesy of HART, which brought
seven off-the-track thoroughbreds
and their adoptive owners for com-
pletely unregulated and highly en-
tertaining romps around the arena.

All for a good cause, as HART
founder Suzee Norris knows. Her
organization rescues thorough-
breds that have retired from racing
and retrains them for new careers
as hunters, eventers, dressage hors-
es and best friends.

Her Port St. John nonprofit was
recently introduced to Crosswinds
by Rotary members and has brought
ponies to the Cocoa-based youth
services organization. Plans are in
the works to have at-risk youth vol-
unteer at the barn where, Norris
says, the second-chance horses are
ultimately the rescuers.

Wayne E. Justice, Canaveral Port
Authority vice chairman and a
Crosswinds board member, was
one of many Brevard County mov-
ers and shakers who put on their
volunteer hats. The nonprofit re-
lies on the community to sustain
its shelter, counseling and outreach

“The backbone of this, of course,
is the Rotary. We at Crosswinds are

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Founders Day’s a keeper for Melbourne Beach lovers

STORY BY KAT REDNER Correspondent “Seeing my friends in town, that venir; the vendors quickly selling out vendors at the event, selling unique,
[email protected]. come every year from South Carolina of the shirts. handcrafted art and jewelry made out
the first weekend of May, is one of the of objects found at the beach. She ex-
Melbourne Beach police officers best parts,” said Karen Lucas, a Mel- People also lined up for the variety plained that her 80-year-old mother
were already having a grand time, bourne native who has attended the of foods available. Oceanside Pizza helps create the bracelets and other
lined up and playing corn hole as celebration since 2002. “Each year and Dusty Joe’s Smokin’ Eats offered relatives help her find sharks’ teeth
visitors began to arrive at Ryckman I walk here early in the morning to numerous main-course options, and sea glass which she turns into
Park to attend the Melbourne Beach check out the crafts, jewelry and art, while Kettle Korn, snow cones and ice beautiful, natural works of art. There
Founders Day Celebration last Satur- and come back to hear the bands at cream catered to the sweet tooth, and was a judged competition for the art
day. night.” of course there was plenty of beer and vendors and Carl won the first-place
cold drinks to enjoy. award.
The weather couldn’t have been Lucas’ friend collected one of the
better to enjoy the day with family, $10 T-shirts sold every year as a sou- Deanna Carl, owner of Earth Kissed “It was a great day!” exclaimed Carl.
friends and loved ones at a festival and Sun Splashed, was one of the art “I’ve been coming here for 20 years
featuring arts and crafts, music and and it’s always a wonderful show and
food. Families were literally dancing the customers are super supportive.
in the street with their young children I’ve been here since 7 a.m. and I prob-
to the live band Chief Cherry & His ably won’t get home until about 9:30,
Red Beans & Rice, while bystanders but I love what I do.”
enjoyed the tunes from the comfort of
their lawn chairs. The Founders Day Celebration was
a fun-filled event for all ages recog-
Brightly colored pianos, painted by nizing the history of the town, which
the students of South Beaches Gal- began its planning in 1883 and was in-
lery Art Education Center, lured at- corporated in 1909 as the Melbourne
tendees to tickle the ivories, elevating Beach Improvement Company. Sev-
everyone’s mood. Throughout the day eral early properties remain, includ-
toddlers in colorful summer apparel ing the Community Chapel built in
swayed to the music and teens rode on 1892; the Villa Marine, a hotel built in
their skateboards, as the older crowd 1912; the Melbourne Beach Pier, dat-
watched over them, enjoying the re- ing back to 1888; and the Ryckman
freshments and entertainment awash House, built in 1889. 
in the spirit of community.

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It’s not what you think it is. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN THACKER before,” Brandt said. “You Wouters said. “It’s pretty awesome that
Indeed, “Hands on a Hardbody,” a have to perform beyond the I was able to make a connection with
musical running through May 21 at the “A few of the characters literally lose truck to connect to the au- someone I have absolutely adored
Henegar Center in Melbourne, takes a their mind, their body gives out, they dience since you are forced playing onstage.”
look at an America feverishly hanging can barely function,” Rion said. “I have to stay with it quite often
onto dreams. tried to incorporate that into the strug- throughout. “Hands on a Hardbody” is definitely
The book, written by Doug Wright, gle of standing on your feet for that pe- not your typical Broadway musical,
found its inspiration in a 1997 docu- riod of time.” “It’s not showy,” she said Rion said.
mentary filmed in Longview, Texas, of the musical. “It’s intimate
where contestants compete to win Choreographer Kim Cole saw the and real, full of truthful mo- “It leaves you with a message and
a “hardbody” truck. The last person challenge as soon as Rion told her he ments.” leaves you thinking about your own
keeping a hand on the truck wins. wanted to mount a production of the life,” he said. “Now that is the best kind
Throughout, the story reveals the show. Rion also encouraged his of theater.”
hopes, dreams and personal challenges cast to do research into their
of all involved – the diverse contestants, “We wanted to stay true to how those characters’ real-life coun- “Hands on a Hardbody” runs through
the car dealer and a radio announcer. contestants could have been dealing terparts and the actual event, which May 21 at the Henegar Center, 625 E.
“The show really speaks to today’s with fatigue to the point of feeling de- took place in 1995. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. It per-
audiences about understanding di- lirious,” she said. Cole trained the ac- forms 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
versity and what it means to be an tors as if they were in boot camp. She “The cast, which is full of talented and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $26
American,” said director Hank Rion. kept breaks to a minimum and forced powerhouses, has done a great deal of general, $23 for seniors and military,
“Winning this truck to these people them to do the most rigorous numbers research,” Rion said. “Many of them and $16 student. There is also a $3 pro-
represents what the American dream back to back. have actually Facebook-friended the cessing fee. The show contains adult
is all about. Throughout the show you person they are playing. This is unique language. Call 321-723-8698 or visit
see why these people need this truck to That built stamina, she said. Al- as it gives the actors a chance to ask 
validate some part of their life. though it tired them out, it made them them what it really felt like to be on
“It is gritty material for a mainstage work even harder. their feet for over 90 hours and what
and a musical. It is a real, honest and it meant to them to win it. Their real
unflinching look into America and its “They got a sense of the goal we were counterparts have been open and hon-
politics.” striving for and found their second est and love to hear how we are doing
After seeing the 2013 Broadway show, wind, much like the goal for the contes- the show and have been a tremendous
New York Times theater critic Charles tants wanting to win that truck,” Cole help in our process.”
Isherwood suggested that the mu- sad. “This show has taught us all that
sic was a fresh break from the typical being strong physically is only a small One cast member, MC Wouters, who
Broadway sound and has “an authentic part of it. It truly is a test of will.” plays Kelli Mangrum, went to Facebook
and appealing roots-rock vibe.” Mu- to learn more about her character.
sic was composed by Trey Anastasio, Cast member Christine Brandt told
a founding member and lead guitar- Cole that the “boot camp” method was “I was able to gain so much back-
ist and singer of the indie-rock band a pivotal moment in the rehearsal pe- ground knowledge about her life and
Phish. Amanda Green wrote the lyrics riod because it brought her to a deeper the things that she likes and dislikes
and composed some of the music. understanding of her character. from her Facebook posts and profile,”
Of course, a story with 10 characters
all staying in the same basic stage area “As an actor in this show, it is a cre-
presents its challenges – namely, visual ative challenge I have not experienced
variety in blocking and choreography.
Rion called that “daunting.” But he
and choreographer had their own bat-
tle plan for showing the passage of time
as well as the toll the contest takes on
the 10 contestants.
“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 people
and one truck, the truck itself being a
major character in the piece.”
There was also the issue of how a
director and choreographer could in-
corporate the truck into the blocking
without the actors being able to remove
their hand from it. “It was daunting, to
say the least,” said Rion.
As he traditionally does when getting
ready to direct a show, Rion did his re-
search, especially what staying awake
for four days does to one’s brain.

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Eloquent art abounds in Pan American Modernism exhibit

STORY BY ELLEN FISCHER COLUMNIST the exhibition has some shortcomings. Period from nearly a half century ear-
[email protected] First mounted in 2013 at the Lowe, lier. Wiedemann later became known
for his figural abstract paintings, a wa-
Florida Institute of Technology’s Foo- the show coincided with the 500th an- tercolor example of which also hangs
in this section.
saner Art Museum wants to remind us niversary of Ponce de León’s arrival in
Three ink-on-paper drawings by still
that modern American art is not always Florida. another Cuban, Wilfredo Lam, dem-
onstrate the power of woman in Lam’s
made in New York City. In fact, it might Timpano was charged with organiz- surreal, Santeria-inflected worldview.

not come with a “made in USA” label. ing the exhibition exclusively from the His “Portrait of Helena” from 1941 is
an homage to his real-life muse (and
Originating from the University of Lowe’s permanent collection. It was second wife) Helena Holzer. The ele-
gant line drawing depicts a nude hold-
Miami’s Lowe Museum of Art, “Pan to include art from all the Americas: ing an oil lamp. The text label accom-
panying this work (researched, as were
American Modernism: Avant-Garde North, Central and South. all of the texts in the show, by Tim-
pano’s art history students) suggests
Art in Latin America and the Unit- “That was a tricky directive for me, that the years of the couple’s marriage
(1939-1950) “correspond with the de-
ed States” tries, with 75 works from because as a curator you always try to velopment of [Lam’s] most significant
artistic period.”
throughout the Americas, to sum up a find the best and the strongest pieces,”
The weakest theme in the show is
vast, fruitful and politically knotty 60 Timpano said. He was not permitted to “Mexican Muralism and its Legacy.”
It includes one work on paper each
years – 1919 to 1979 – in art history. flesh out the show with loans from col- from Los Tres Grandes of the move- Pierre-Daura_Étude-No-1-Analise.
ment. José Clemente Orozco is repre-
The exhibition’s curator, Dr. Nathan lectors or other museums. sented by an etching after the tortured LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.
figure at the center of his tremendous
J. Timpano, is assistant professor of art Because the Lowe has not collected “Prometheus” mural at Pomona Col- lege. Diego Rivera’s immense talent is
ill-served by the postcard-sized land-
history at the University of Miami. He art from all the countries in the Ameri- scape drawing (presumable a prepara-
tory sketch for a mural) that represents
selected the show from works in the cas, works by important artists in, say, him. David Alfaro Siqueiros is repre-
sented by his 1968 color lithograph of a
Lowe’s permanent collection, and then Bolivia, were absent. scourged and bleeding Christ.

divided them into five themes, each of The Lowe’s collection does contain The other Mexicans in the section,
Rufino Tamayo and Carlos Mérida,
which has been designated its own area examples of 20th century Canadian are represented by figural abstrac-

in the Foosaner’s linked main galleries. art. Timpano did not include it though, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

The themes range from period-spe- because Canadian artists “were not

cific Mexican muralism and modern- engaging in this time period with mod-

ist photography to the timeless subject ernism in the way that the U.S. and Lat-

of the female muse. One grouping asks in American countries were.”

whether abstract expressionism is a So much for Pan Americanism.

Pan American language; another looks When the show focuses on a simple,

broad idea, the themed art-

works play well with each

other, keeping the viewer

busy moving between them

to compare what each has

to say about the topic. The

female muse section suc-

ceeds in this way.

Whatever your ideologi-

cal leanings, the fact re-

mains that Woman, por-

trayed as chaste saint or

carefree sinner, bountiful

goddess or cruel mistress,

has been a subject of the

male artistic gaze for mil-

lennia. The 18 small works

by 12 men and two women

in this section speak elo-

quently to that idea.

Among the goddesses

portrayed here are two oils

on canvas of women by men.

José-Mijares, Untitled. COLLECTION OF LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. One, a classically draped

woman seated amidst fruit

at the legacy of geometric abstraction, and flowers, is by the Cuban Eduardo

including constructivist art, minimal- Abela. Another, “Mulata,” is a well-en-

ism and op art. dowed earth spirt made manifest by

That’s a lot to cover in one show. Carlos Enríquez, also from Cuba.

While the objects on display speak elo- A work by the German-born Co-

quently for themselves, they do not al- lombian artist Guillermo Wiedemann

ways address the show’s subcategories adds a melancholy note to the subject.

and may end up confusing rather than A nod to Picasso is evident in Wiede-

educating visitors about the artists, mann’s untitled watercolor of a torso-

ideas and cultural importance of the length figure costumed for Carnival.

objects they contain. Painted in 1948, the androgynous fig-

In his opening-day lecture at the Foo- ure has the world-weary expression

saner April 29, Timpano confessed that and skin coloration of Picasso’s Blue

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Coming Up: Get cuckoo for Cocoa Art and Craft Fair

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER show to introduce a child to theater. the Moon topped Billboard’s Top LP
[email protected] and Tape charts, and remained for an
astounding 741 weeks, from 1973 to
1 The annual Historic Cocoa Vil- 3 How about closing out the work 1988. Album-generated hit singles in-
lage Art and Craft Fair takes week relaxing with a little music cluded “Money” and “Us and Them.”
Pink Floyd’s 10th album, Animals,
place this weekend, with more than by the river this Friday in Sebastian’s produced in 1977, is a scathing cri-
tique of the social-political conditions
150 artisans displaying their works beautiful, oak-canopied Riverview of late-1970s Britain, and represents a
major change in style from the group’s
in one of the most charming old town Park. A popular local group, the four- earlier work. Show time is 8 p.m. on
the Main Stage.
districts in the area. From 10 a.m. to piece Bobby Owen Band, will bring a

5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. wide range of selections from its 25

Sunday, you can wander beneath the years playing up and down the Trea-

canopy of trees, enjoying the art and sure Coast. Bring your lawn chair or

Rodrigo-Moya, La-vida-no-es-bella-Región-Ixtlera- exploring the restaurants, galleries blanket and join the laid-back crowd
and shops. Historic Cocoa Village is enjoying the final concert of the
very pedestrian-, kid- and pet-friend- Sebastian Chamber of Commerce 5 A popular toes-in-the-sand Se-
tions based respectively on European bastian venue with live music on
cubism and indigenous folk life. Both ly, and there will be plenty of food Concerts in the Park series season.
artists are about as far removed from
Mexican Muralism’s white-hot socio- and beverage choices so you can sip These very popular concerts are free, the weekends is the Tiki Bar and Grill,
political ideology as an artist can get.
Mérida’s mesmerizing oil-mixed-with- and munch while you stroll. Remem- and there are always refreshments right smack on the beautiful Indian
sand painting (“Abstract with three fig-
ures” of 1961) hearkens back to Picas- ber to bring one of those canvas totes to purchase. During intermission, River along Indian River Drive. Com-
so’s use of that textural medium in the
1930s. Tamayo’s 1969 lithograph “Dos stashed in your trunk – chances are everybody has a chance to win give- ing up this weekend: Odessey from 7
cabezas” is a side-by-side depiction of
two females from Tamayo’s stock of you’ll find one or two great items to aways from the local business com- p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; on Saturday,
schematically-drawn characters.
bring home with you. (I always do.) munity: this week it’s a biggie – two the rock and blues band Deja Blue will
The section called Abstract Expres-
sionism and Its Legacy features 20 lead off, performing from 1 p.m. to 5
paintings and mixed media works, all
of them strong and some of them im- ‘Matilda the Musical.’ p.m. Then, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., La-
posing in scale. Prepare to be wowed by
the Central and South Americans here. dies of Soul will take the stage, three
Argentinian Vicente Forte’s darkly po-
etic “Pájaro libre” (“Free Bird”) from female vocalists and four back-up
1962 will put you in mind of Poe, and
Puerto Rican-born Olga Albizu’s oil musicians serving up Motown, funk,
painting “Crecimento” (“Growth”), cir-
ca 1960, is lusciously chewy; its thick, R&B and Top 40 mix. Singer/song-
spatula-applied amber, orange, black
and white squares stick to one another writer/entertainer Dave Goodman
like soft taffy.
and his guitar are up Sunday from 2
The section is not exclusively devoted
to Abstract Expressionism; Fernando p.m. to 6 p.m. Goodman’s innumer-
Botero’s wonderful, gargantuan 1962
still life “Las Frutas” is a case in point. able gigs during 20 years playing up
Those that are part of that movement
include paintings by artists associated and down Florida’s east coast include
with Cuba’s “Los Once” (The Eleven):
Hugo Consuegra, Raúl Milián and An- Key West’s famous Sloppy Joe’s and
tonio Vidal. Their art works give cre-
dence to the Idea that the 1950’s art the Hog’s Breath Saloon.
movement was fluently bilingual.
‘Mary Poppins.’
Representing the U.S., Adolph Got-
tlieb’s “New York Night Scene,” a small 2 The hit musical “Matilda!” from round-trip tickets to Toronto, com-
but excellent 1942 oil painting, repre- London’s West End, by way of pliments of the Orlando-Melbourne
sents the earlier half of that artist’s in- International Airport. Music, great
fluential career, and Hans Hofmann’s a record-breaking run on Broadway venue, river breezes, free admission
“Nightfall” of 1958 (an even smaller oil) – what’s not to like? Concert time is
is a good example of Hofmann’s all-or- (and with seven Oliviers and five To- 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 6 “Mary Poppins” is staying in Co-
nothing style. coa an extra week. Word from
nys on its mantle), is on stage at the
Pan American Modernism: Avant
Garde Art in Latin America and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse
United States continues through July
29. The Foosaner is in Melbourne’s Arts’ Walt Disney Theater in Orlando is: “The audience response has been
Eau Gallie arts district, at 1463 High-
land Ave.  now through Sunday, May 14, on its 4 Nostalgia with an edge is on tap ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!’
this Saturday when the King
first national tour. Originally created So we’ve added additional perfor-

by the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Center in Melbourne kicks off its mances. The hit musical ‘Mary Pop-

Company, “Matilda” is an uplifting Classic Albums Live series with “Pink pins’ is now extended through May

and hilarious story about the anarchy Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon and 21!” Treat the kids (and yourself) to the

of childhood, the limits of imagination Animals.” Founded in 2003 by Craig beloved tale of the English nanny, her

and the power of love, based on Roald Martin, Classic Albums Live takes ab- aerodynamic umbrella, bottomless

Dahl’s beloved 1988 classic underdog solutely no liberties, instead it takes carpetbag, and chimney sweep pal

story of Matilda, a precocious child classic albums and faithfully recre- Bert, who glides into London in 1910

with special gifts, and a motley cast of ates them live, on stage, “note for note, and, through memorable songs and

characters, including the totally ter- cut for cut” with no “gimmickry and magical adventures, teaches George

rible headmistress Miss Trunchbull. cheesy impersonations.” The first two and Winifred Banks and their chil-

The role of Matilda is played by four albums featured in the series are from dren Jane and Michael some valuable

different actresses, each with her own the English rock band Pink Floyd. A life lessons. “Mary Poppins” opened

supporting cast of kids who appear commercial and critical hit right out on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006, and en-

on rotation. “Matilda” is an excellent of the gate, 1983’s The Dark Side of joyed a 2,619-performance run. 

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paign kicked off unofficially years caucuses posed cata-
in advance, with a focus on defying
traditional party politics, building a strophic, long-term
strong grass-roots organization and
bringing new voters into the process. consequences.
As Kennedy once told his speechwrit-
er Ted Sorensen: “In every campaign Kennedy’s chief
I’ve ever been in, they’ve said I was
starting too early – that I would peak presidential ri-
too soon or get too much exposure or
run out of gas or be too easy a target. val, Senate Major-
I would never have won any race fol-
lowing that advice.” In the years lead- ity Leader Lyndon
ing up to 1960, the Kennedy operation
retained the names of everyone who Johnson, was happy
came into its orbit. Working outside
established party channels, it set up to play the insider’s
local Kennedy “clubs” in all key states
for the primaries and the general elec- role during the cam-
tion. A ¬half-century later, this model
was reflected in Obama’s creation of paign, ceding the in-
a community organization from the
bottom up. surgency to Kenne-

Through his grass-roots operation, dy. In Oliphant and
Kennedy was able to collect delegates
without bowing to the party’s power Wilkie’s telling, Larry Tom Oliphant. Curtis Wilkie.
structure. As Oliphant and Wilkie put O’Brien, a Kennedy
it, Kennedy “harvested delegates …
by making person-to-person connec- political strategist,
tions rather than pandering to party
bosses.” He projected an image of an was amazed that the senator from given next to no chance of succeeding.
anti-establishment candidate. In one
of his campaign ads, for instance, a Massachusetts was left unchallenged Whether or not his campaign firmly
narrator asked: “Are you going to let
yourself be used by the party bosses, at the grass-roots level. “Kennedy was believed it could accomplish that ob-
who in their smoke-filled rooms in
Los Angeles [site of the 1960 conven- able to work unopposed toward the jective, Trump operatives chased it re-
tion] expect to hand-pick the next
president of the United States?” nomination for months, at least as lentlessly, knowing that it was his one,

Kennedy’s approach to speaking far as grass-roots American politics narrow path to victory.
out against the party establishment
served as a kind of precursor to the was concerned,” O’Brien said. “The Oliphant and Wilkie are strongest in
outsider campaigns of Obama and
In 1960, John F. Kennedy captured Trump. Both candidates had to battle Washington columnists kept writing shining a new and relevant light on the
the White House by brilliantly execut- the efforts of entrenched party stal-
ing a bold, outsider’s strategy. Ever warts to bolster the prospects of insid- about what a political genius Lyndon lead-up to the 1960 campaign and on
since his razor-thin victory, Demo- er rivals. At key moments, the Obama
cratic operatives – and more than a and Trump teams warned party Johnson was, and we kept locking up the primary process. The general elec-
few Republican ones – have studied bosses that any shenanigans that
his tactics in detail, turning his cam- subverted the will of the people as ex- delegates.” O’Brien’s sentiments no tion, pitting Kennedy against Richard
paign into a nearly sacred text. pressed in the results of primaries and
doubt rang in the back of the minds of Nixon, has been covered much more
As a former presidential campaign
manager, I thought I knew every- Obama operatives as we fought rivals intensively and in great detail over the
thing about the Kennedy magic on
the campaign trail. But to my great supported by the Democratic Party years, so readers familiar with that epic
surprise, Thomas Oliphant and Cur-
tis Wilkie’s new book, “The Road to machinery. battle will relive it in these pages rather
Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Cam-
paign,” brings much new insight to an While uncertain of victory, the Ken- than learn much new.
important playbook that has echoed
through the campaigns of presiden- nedy team was sure of the strategy But the authors deliver some col-
tial aspirants as disparate as Barack
Obama and Donald Trump. and principles it had laid out to guide orful moments that bring to life the

The authors take us step by step on its outsider quest. Any long-shot cam- enmity between Robert Kennedy and
the road to the Kennedy victory, leav-
ing us with an appreciation for the paign must have a theory behind its Johnson, even as Johnson was select-
maniacal attention to detail of both
the candidate and his brother Robert, case for victory and must make every ed for the vice-presidential slot. In the
the best campaign manager in Ameri-
can political history. decision through that prism. The cam- testy negotiations over Johnson join-

The Kennedy presidential cam- paign also must stick to its theory, no ing the ticket, the senator from Texas

matter how improbable it seems and is quoted as describing Robert Kenne-

how much ridicule it encounters from dy as “a little sh-- ass.” Of course, Rob-

the political establishment. That les- ert Kennedy had some fine language

son was absorbed by both Obama and to express his feelings about Johnson,

Trump. Obama’s gambit to base his too, calling him “mean, bitter and vi-

primary strategy in large part on turn- cious … an animal in many ways.” 

out among young voters and to contest

states such as Indiana, North Carolina THE ROAD TO CAMELOT
and Virginia in the general election met Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign
with great skepticism and even ridi- By Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie

Simon & Schuster. 433 pp. $28

cule. Likewise, Trump’s goal of break- Review by David Plouffe,
ing the great Midwestern blue wall was The Washington Post



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2. The Fix BY DAVID BALDACCI 2. Make Your Bed Scissors BY DREW DAYWALT

Tuesday, May 16th 3. A Gentleman in Moscow BY ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN 3. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
at 6 pm
Brian Freeman
4. The Night the Lights Went 4. BY LESLEY STAHL 4. Our Great Big Backyard
presents Out BY KAREN WHITE
5. All the Light We Cannot See 5. The American Spirit 5. Women in Science
A Jonathan Stride Thriller BY DAVID MCCULLOUGH
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He’s become an angry person … and doesn’t like it at all

STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST storative, such as a volunteer gig that draws If your answer is, “Nothing”… Try again.
on your natural strengths. The laws of phys- There’s always something, even if it’s just
Hi, Carolyn: Lately I’ve noticed ics be damned – giving of yourself builds changing your perspective on what you gain by
I’ve become an angry, suspicious, more of you. not changing a thing.
negative person. I want to tell Be a patient, gentle skeptic of all things you’ve
everyone off. More so since the And, along that same principle, look at taken as givens, both in the basics of your daily
election, but if I think back this your diet, exercise and sleep habits. Are you life and in the basics of your beliefs. Certainty
has been building for at least 10 sedentary? A snacker? Resistant to anything makes for entrenchment, and enemies, too. See
years. I’d like to blame it on the new? Up late on screens? If so, may I sug- what happens when you consciously choose to let
social media-Twitter-outrage cul- gest (presuming sufficient baseline health) flexibility and kindness lead the way. 
ture and the general coarsening of walking, biking, hiking, yoga, running,
public discourse. But maybe I’m dancing, rowing, lifting, climbing, adult
just becoming a cranky old man. league sports-ing. Such activity is a more
I don’t like the person I’m becoming. Do you have positive and productive use of your time
any specific suggestions for reversing this? I hardly than rage-dwelling, especially if there’s a
look at social media (except sometimes for com- community around it, and it also provides
ments on news sites) and don’t participate in it, so a physical happiness boost. For many of us
that’s probably not step one. inclined to crankhood, these are lifesavers.
– Cranky No exaggeration.

Cranky: And I avoid caffeine except for the 16 Responsibly cared-for pets can be, too,
espressos. with rescues providing extra hatefulness-
reversing properties. (Mine just curled up in
So, yeah. Maybe stay out of the comments. my office as I typed this – how cool is that.)
And then go on to investigate and address this
persistent anger on multiple fronts. Start with a And, see if your spirit is suffering neglect.
full physical, telling the doctor why. We aren’t a Beauty sustains. It also waits for us in so many
tower of compartments. If your mind feels angry, forms that there’s something for everyone. Faith,
then it could trace to a source in your body. the arts, the earth, the stars, cooking for people you
And, yes, it is culturally rough out there right love. Send your inner cynic on a beer run and see
now, so see if your reading, watching or socializing what happens when you let your defenses down.
habits overexpose you to this aerosol hostility, and
phase out any culprits from your life that you rea- And, when you’re ready, take a heavier invento-
sonably can. Replace that time with something re- ry. Your work, your home life, your family connec-
tions. Overall, do they add to your life or subtract
from it? If it’s the latter, what can you change?

Innovation keys
hospital’s joint
replacement success

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Innovation keys hospital’s joint replacement success

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Lisa Cox and than a dozen years as a U.S. Army ments, Sands is also taking a path
[email protected] Dr. Kenneth C. Sands. orthopedic physician and director of less traveled. While up to 95 percent
the Army’s Adult Joint Reconstruc- of hip replacements in this country
When the Centers for Medicare & PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD tion program at the William Beau- are currently being done using ei-
Medicaid Services (CMS) shifted the mont Army Medical Center in El ther a “posterior” approach, which
way it pays medical providers for hip That sentiment became doubly Paso, Texas. involves a 4-to-6-inch incision in
and knee replacements last April, important when the new Compre- the buttock, or with a “lateral” ap-
some pundits predicted the number hensive Care for Joint Replacement “Actually,” he says, “if anything, it proach that requires muscles in the
of those procedures would start to rules were issued. adds to the program.” hip area to be partially or completely
plummet. detached, Sands – who says he’s “al-
In a nutshell, the CCJR makes Sands has built his reputation ways looking for a better way” – fa-
It didn’t. hospitals responsible for the care here in no small part by being the vors a third technique.
In fact, according to Lisa Cox, di- quality as well as the cost of joint re- first – and the only – orthopedic sur-
rector of medical and surgical ser- placements for a full 90 days after a geon in Florida to adopt an “anterior Sands uses what’s called an “ante-
vices at the Sebastian River Medical patient is discharged. cruciate ligament or ACL-sparing” rior” approach to hip replacements
Center, the number of these proce- approach for knee replacements. – in part because it’s the most direct
dures at SRMC has actually risen As U.S. News & World Report says, route to the hip bone and also be-
some 38 percent. “Doctors, hospitals, rehab centers, In the most commonly performed cause it avoids any division or cut-
Contributing factors to that up- therapists, home health agencies total knee replacements – both here ting of the body’s existing muscles.
swing likely include the hospital’s and other providers will continue and across the country – one of the
implementation of what’s known as to get their regular reimbursements first things that happens is that the Sands sums up his stance in three
the “Marshall Steele Program” and from Medicare, but at the end of the ACL is cut away. simple sentences. “On the knee side
the growing practice of Melbourne- year, hospitals will be held account- we spare the ACL and all the liga-
based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ken- able for the total cost of care over the Sands believes that summarily re- ments. On the hip side, we spare cut-
neth Sands, who performs his sur- 90-day period.” moving a healthy ACL can be a big ting any muscles. The less invasive
geries in Sebastian. mistake. we are, in theory, the better it is for
Marshall Steele is a renowned If those costs exceed Medicare’s the patient.”
orthopedic surgeon in Annapolis, targeted total, hospitals will have to “When you preserve the ACL,”
Maryland. He developed a nation- pay back many of the dollars they re- Sands says, “the [replacement] knee So, that 38 percent increase in
ally-recognized surgical pathway ceived from Medicare. is being driven by the natural liga- knee and hip procedures at SRMC
for total joint patients from pre-op ments and it feels more natural.” may well be tied, at least in part,
through surgery to post-op and re- Sands says he has no problem with to both SRMC’s implementation of
habilitation. SRMC’s implementation of the Mar- The U.S. National Library of Medi- the Marshall Steele Program and
Acquired by Stryker Performance shall Steele Program. cine backs up Sands’ contention, to Sands’ innovative surgical tech-
Solutions in 2011, Steele’s patient- stating that knee replacement pro- niques.
centric approach has since been “It hasn’t encumbered me in any cedures “which retain the ACL pro-
adopted by healthcare facilities na- way,” says the man who spent more vide relatively normal knee kine- Dr. Kenneth Sands has offices in
tionwide. matics and favorable knee function Melbourne at First Choice Medical
“Every hospital,” wrote Steele in a compared with conventional knee Group at 709 S. Harbor City Blvd. In
2016 article on, replacement surgeries which sacri- Viera his offices are in the Delorenzi
“must find ways to improve quality, fice the ACL.” Orthopedic Center, 7000 Spyglass
patient experience, collect outcomes Court. In Vero Beach he is at 1715 37th
while at the same time lowering over- And while Sands goes out of his Place. The phone number for all three
all costs. This includes managing way to credit “better anesthesiology locations is 321-725-2225. Lisa Cox
costs after patients leave the hospital.” and better implants” as contributing can be reached at the Sebastian River
factors to better results, the fact re- Medical Center joint center at 772-
mains that his preferred procedure 589-3186. 
has also contributed to the demand
for his services.

When it comes to hip replace-

Healthy habits for college grads to start right now

STORY BY JAE BERMAN THE WASHINGTON POST time to set the tone for your health and basic, completely unsexy, but it’s the
wellness. It can be so tempting truth. Vegetables are full of nutrients,
I can clearly remember being a se- to attend every fancy event and high in fiber and low in calories. To eat
nior in college and so excited to gradu- happy hour, but it’s also impor- a healthy diet, vegetables must be part
ate and enter the “real world.” No more tant to take care of your-
homework, my own money to play self. Let’s discuss some of your daily routine.
with, a new city with full freedom and habits to set you up How do you make it
independence. I can also clearly re- for success. work? First, take no-
member being six months out of school tice of how many
and feeling overwhelmed, confused Get good at vegetables you’re
and unhealthy. eating vegeta- eating. Look at
bles: If there’s your fist and fig-
I was shocked! Learning how to eat one habit you ure out how
right, manage a busy social life, get should start many fists of
my workouts done and work a full young and nev- vegetables
day seemed impossible. It took years er stop, it’s you eat a day.
and effort to create solid habits. What eating veg- Slowly start
many don’t realize is that this first ex- etables. So adding more,
posure to the “real world” is a pivotal

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Michael’s Table: Tastes from the past – and the future?

[email protected]
Three years ago, we were quite en-
thused about Michael’s Table – a fine-
dining restaurant opened on Vero’s
Ocean Drive by Michael Lander, former
executive chef at The Moorings Club,
that in just two seasons earned a spot
on the “must visit” list for diners.

Then suddenly, it was gone. The
space was too small to be financially
viable, Lander said; Michael’s Table
would soon reopen in a new, larger “se-
cret” location on the island. Stay tuned.

So we waited. Months went by. A year
passed, then two. No new Mi-
chael’s Table. We had
pretty much forgot-
ten about it when
we heard in
March that a
version of

Ratatouille. We atop a Wahoo Special.
also sautee
Michael’s sampled of fresh veg- ents of Lander on display as they were in
Table had another ap- etables and fin- the original, we are left to hope he will
opened as part petizer, Land- ished with a white find more space on the island one of
of the Orchid er’s lobster mar- wine and cream sauce these days for a full-sized restaurant.
Island Brewery in tini ($20), a mainstay – was wonderful. At the old
Portales de Vero. on the menu of the old Mi- Michael’s Table, there was al- I welcome your comments, and en-
chael’s Table – butter poached ways a fish of the day, and you could courage you to send feedback to me at
The idea, we were told, lobster in a beurre blanc sauce. Melted be confident it was going to be an excel- [email protected].
was to offer up-market bar food – in your mouth. lent piece of fish. For dessert on this eve-
featuring some of the small plates the On this evening, Lander was offering ning, we finished with a fabulous slice The reviewer is a beachside resident
old Michael’s Table had been known only one entrée – pan-seared wahoo of carrot cake ($8). who dines anonymously at restaurants
for – paired with the brewery’s artisanal ($25). My husband quickly volunteered at the expense of this newspaper. 
IPAs. Since I am more of a wine-with- for that, so I chose the Prince Edward So what is going on here? Well first, let
dinner than a beer enthusiast, we did Island mussels ($15) and our compan- there be no doubters that Michael still is HOURS
not rush right down. ion opted for the jumbo lump crabcake a top chef. And the dishes he is serving Dinner, Tuesday-Saturday,
($20), both off the appetizer menu. certainly rekindle memories of meals –
But last Thursday night, our party of The PEI mussels, which couldn’t have always created from the freshest local 11:30 am to 9 pm
three stopped in to see what was going been nicer, were steamed with smoked ingredients – that we enjoyed at the old Brunch, Sunday,
on and sample a few dishes. bacon and garlic in Nuth’n Fancy Brown Michael’s Table. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
ale. I would have voted for wine over
After taking our drink order (two that particular ale for cooking the mus- But on some weeknights, there are no BEVERAGES
glasses of a very nice Chardonnay and sels, but it was a nice dish. And the lump entrées – just a selection of dishes that Beer and wine
a glass of an excellent mango cider), our crab cake, served with a Creole mustard are more gastropub than fine dining
server brought the menus and told us sauce, was excellent. (i.e., BLTs, rare roast beef sandwiches, ADDRESS
about the evening’s specials. But the pan seared wahoo –served grilled cheese sandwiches, deviled Inside Orchid Island Brewery at
eggs, and a pig board of hand crafted
For a starter, we decided to try one of salumi with whole grain mustard). Portales de Vero
the evening’s appetizer specials, rata- 2855 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach
touille ($8). Made entirely from local in- If you are into craft beer, this incarna-
gredients – fresh zucchini, peppers and tion of Michael’s Table certainly will en- PHONE
onions – the ratatouille was served in a able you to nosh well while you drink. (772) 234-2809
casserole dish. Absolutely delicious.
But for those who enjoy fine dining,
Next, we tried the marinated heirloom this mini-Michael’s Table is simply a
tomato and burrata salad ($12). Lander teaser. Ifyouarehopingtoseethefulltal-
has long been a leader in Vero’s farm-to-
table movement in Vero, and beautiful Brevard restaurant reviewer
slices of tomato were served with the
freshest Birdie Hogan Farms arugula The Melbourne Beachsider is looking for a freelance food critic to write weekly
and creamy mozzarella. Very tasty. reviews of restaurants in Brevard County. Until we find the right person, we will
continue to run reviews in this space by our Vero Beach restaurant reviewer. If you
have food expertise and think you can help Beachsider readers with their dining
choices, please send a resume and a 600-word review of a restaurant you recently

visited to [email protected].

32 Thursday, May 11, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly



Expansive family home
available in Rivers Edge

300 Amberjack Place, Melbourne Beach: 5-bedroom, 4-full bath, 3,507-square-foot home,
offered for $584,900 by Thomas Englert of Coldwell Banker Paradise: 321-722-7994

34 Thursday, May 11, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Expansive family home available in Rivers Edge



The two-story house at 300 Amber-
jack Place in Melbourne Beach’s Riv-
ers Edge community is distinguished
by its location, size and potential
flexibility of use.

The home’s exterior is of a modi-
fied-L design, with ample windows
of varying sizes and a particular-
ly interesting multi-level roof – it
has a number of peaks, giving the
home the look of a Swiss chalet (al-
though one that looks like it belongs
in Florida). The bottom third of the
exterior is white stucco; above that
is almond-colored wood siding with
vertical planks; the overall feel is
that of reverse wainscoting.

Inside, there is over 3,500 square
feet of under-air living. As you would
expect in a house of this size, the
rooms on the first floor are of gener-
ous proportions, including an 18-by-
15 family room. The ceramic tile in
this room – in hues of sand and subtle
rose – also graces the floors of the foy-
er, kitchen and breakfast nook. The
presence of a wood-burning fireplace
makes this the perfect place to hang
out on chilly winter mornings.

Directly off the family room is a
carpeted 14-by-13 bonus room that
could be used as a den, office or as
the home’s 6th bedroom (it has a
closet). There is a full bath down-
stairs, a nice upgrade from a powder
room, especially if the bonus room
serves as a bedroom.

The renovated island kitchen has
granite countertops in a rich, speck-
led black. The cherry cabinets bring
warmth and character to the kitch-
en, and the open shelving allows for
the display of decorative items. The
small utility sink, adjacent to the bay-
windowed breakfast nook, is a practi-
cal and convenient feature.

The formal dining and living rooms
are adjacent to each other, and are
carpeted in the same neutral shade
as is the bonus room. They are both
of good size: 13-by-12 and 18-by-17,
respectively. Depth and visual inter-
est is added to the 5-sided living room
by the shelf-forming open space be-
tween the high ceiling and sections of
the walls; this space gives the ceiling
a layered look.

Upstairs, you’ll find 5 bedrooms,
including the absolutely gigantic
(29-by-16) master. Its size easily ac-
commodates an unusual feature: a
built-in dry heat sauna. The room’s
boardwalk-style balcony has a pretty
view of River Edge’s golf course. The

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 11, 2017 35



Year Built: 1989
Home Size: 3,507 square feet

Lot Size: .31 acres
Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4 full
Additional Features: Newer
A/C system, 2-car attached
garage with separate driveway,
French doors from family room
to pool area, walk-in kitchen
pantry, security system, ceiling

fans throughout
Listing Agency:
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Listing Agents: Thomas Englert,
cellphone 321-722-7994
List Price: $584,900

en suite bathroom has a granite- fenced-in pool area. The patio is large vantage points within the home. family, executive style homes on
topped double sink vanity and (along enough for multiple seating (and eat- The bones of the home are good, oversized lots in a well-maintained,
with a large stall shower) a Jacuzzi- ing) areas. The heated pool, as befit- nicely-landscaped neighborhood.
style hot tub. ting the dimensions of the house, is and its size is genuinely impressive. Located on the river side of the bar-
longer and wider than what is usu- The new owner may want to make rier island, there is beach access
Two of the other bedrooms are con- ally found at a private home. In one some different design choices, and from multiple points located near-
nected by a Jack and Jill bathroom; in corner sits a nicely-tiled hot tub. The perhaps freshen up the bathrooms by, including the Spessard Holland
addition, there is one other full bath. pool area can be seen from multiple with some modest renovations. Beach Parks. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Rivers Edge is a community of

36 Thursday, May 11, 2017 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Buyer, seller beware: Home inspections can go too far

BY KENNETH R. HARNEY These statistics come from new sur- settlements, accounting for 13 percent.  The “suitability” of the property
Washington Post vey research conducted by economists Many or most of those deal-killing for any use or the “advisability” of its
at the National Association of Realtors, purchase.
Most home buyers and sellers don’t covering the period of December 2016 or deal-delaying inspections prob-
think much about what might derail through February of this year. ably turned up legitimate defects that  Aesthetic issues.
their purchase or sale. But here’s a the buyers needed to know about. But Scott Godzyk of Godzyk Real Es-
sobering fact: One of every 20 sales Guess what’s the No. 1 deal-killer? some went a little too far. tate Services in Manchester, N.H.,
contracts blows up along the road to Home inspections. Nearly one-third described on ActiveRain one deal-
closing. And roughly 1 of every 4 runs of all terminated real estate contracts Take this example provided by Di- damaging inspection that crossed
into an issue that delays the sched- crashed and burned because of the ana Dahlberg, broker and owner of 1 all sorts of professional boundaries
uled settlement. inspection results. Inspections also Month Realty in Kenosha, Wis. She was when a buyer hired an inspector he
ranked as the No. 3 cause of delayed representing home buyers who hired found online.
a local inspector. When the inspec-  The inspector’s final report not-
David Curri & Stan Kirschner tor examined the furnace, recounted ed, among other problems:
Brokers/Owners Dahlberg in a post on ActiveRain, a  The roof is at the end of its 25-
real estate networking and education- year life. I 321.729.6000 al website, “he went crazy saying there  The furnace hasn’t been ser-
was a cracked heat exchanger,” then viced in years.
[email protected] turned to the seller, who was nursing
MONACO CONDOS • 579 HWY A1A UNIT 401 • $479,000 her baby, and said, “If you don’t want  The oven smokes when it’s
to kill your baby, you better get a new turned on.
OCEANFRONT furnace right away.”
UPGRADES GALORE • NEW COMMUNITY POOL • CORNER UNIT  Paint colors in several rooms “do
Both the seller and the buyers not match.”
406 FOURTH AVENUE • MELBOURNE BEACH “freaked out” at hearing this. Later that
day, the buyers canceled the contract.  Kids’ toys are a trip hazard.
COASTAL COTTAGE I - $869,000 COASTAL COTTAGE II - $789,000 On subsequent inspection, Dahlberg All of which were curious findings
told me, “there was no crack in the heat because:
NEW CONSTRUCTION TO BE BUILT NEW CONSTRUCTION TO BE BUILT exchanger.” There was nothing wrong.  The house was only nine years
4 BD/4BATH 3000+SF 4 BD/3BATH 3000+SF The sellers were so upset that they took old, so the roof was nowhere near its
their house off the market. 25-year functional life.
MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY! SPACECOAST  The furnace had been serviced
ARCHITECTS In an interview, Dahlberg told me during each of the preceding seven
Mary Goodwin that some inspections “have become years, as the dated tags attached to it
E: [email protected] P.A. a nightmare” for sellers and their confirmed.
P: 321.544.1933 agents. She strongly supports the  The oven smoked only because
333 A FIFTH AVENUE concept and value of home inspec- the inspector turned it on without
INDIALANTIC, FL 32903 tions by competent inspectors – “we looking inside, where the sellers had
do need that third-party opinion” to left a couple of plastic containers.
321.728.4422 be certain about the condition of a  Paint-color match is not a matter
Member of American property, she said – but they need to for a home inspector.
Institute of Architects (AIA) stay within strict professional norms  Kids’ toys do not convey with the
and guidelines. house. Duh.
ENERGY EFFICIENT AND The takeaway here for you: As a
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE Walter Fish, owner of Bay Area seller, be aware of the standards of
Home Inspection in the Marquette, practice for inspectors. A good source
Get Your Home Value Today, Visit: Mich., area, agrees. A certified and is InterNACHI (https://www.nachi.
licensed inspector, he says that fur- org/sop.htm). As a buyer, search for
nace issues are a common example certified or state-licensed inspectors
of where inspectors exceed their ap- with solid references who will fairly
propriate scope. “Some inspectors and accurately report what you need
have been known to call out [for re- to know about the house – not what
placing] older furnaces” that are op- you don’t. 
erating normally, he says. Why is that
a problem? Because under widely
recognized professional rules of con-
duct, inspectors are not supposed to
“determine the life expectancy of any
component or system.”

Fish is a member of the Interna-
tional Association of Certified Home
Inspectors (InterNACHI), one of the
largest trade groups for the profes-
sion. The association’s standards of
practice spell out the basic do’s and
don’ts for inspectors. Among the
things they are not supposed to as-
sess, according to the standards, are:

 The life expectancy of the prop-
erty or any components.

●  The market value of the property
or its marketability.

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New student loan rules may be helpful for mortgages

BY KENNETH R. HARNEY Fannie Mae says it expects mort-
Washington Post gages originated using the new
guidelines to have low default rates.
Here’s some good news for home Borrowers must still meet Fannie’s
buyers and owners burdened with regular credit-score and other un-
student-loan debts: Mortgage inves- derwriting criteria, which some in-
tor Fannie Mae has just made sweep- dustry critics say are too stringent,
ing rule changes that should make it not too lax.
easier for you to purchase a first home
or do what is called a cash-out refi- Bottom line: Check out the pros
nancing to pay off your student debt. and cons with lenders. You just might
be a fit. 
Fannie’s new policies could be
game-changers for large numbers no longer will be included in your
of consumers. Roughly 43 million DTI computation, provided the pay-
Americans are carrying student debt ments have been made steadily for
– $1.4 trillion worth of it nationwide 12 months. This should improve the
– according to industry estimates. debt ratios of young buyers who are
These loans not only are a drag on still getting a little help on their cash
borrowers’ ability to save money but flows from Mom and Dad.
also are a key reason that so many
young, would-be home buyers re- Jerry Kaplan, senior vice president
main renters – or are camped out in for Cherry Creek Mortgage, a lender
their parents’ homes. based in the Denver area, sees Fan-
nie’s student loan changes as “a huge
Three big changes that Fannie has deal.” It’s “not uncommon,” he told
made may affect you: me, to see loan applications showing
$50,000 to $100,000 or more in unpaid
 ● If you’re among the more than student loan balances, and Fannie’s
5 million borrowers who participate previous rules often made it difficult
in federal reduced-payment plans for them to get approved.
on your student loan, your actual
monthly payments, as reported to John Meussner, a loan officer at
the credit bureaus, will count toward Mason-McDuffie Mortgage in Orange
your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio cal- County, Calif., described the negative
culations. effects of Fannie’s previous method of
treating student loans being handled
 If your payments were origi- through income-based repayment
nally supposed to be $500 a month plans. His firm recently received an
but you’ve had them reduced to $100 application from a borrower – a par-
through an income-based repayment ent with $100,000 in student-loan
plan, only the $100 will be added to debts she took out for her children’s
your monthly debts for DTI purpos- educations – who could not be ap-
es. Previously, lenders were required proved for a refi under the old rules.
to factor in 1 percent of your stu- Although she was actually paying just
dent loan balance as your monthly $100 a month, Fannie’s mandatory
payment on the student loan, even 1 percent calculation rule required
though you were paying only a frac- Meussner to list her debt at $1,000 a
tion of that. As a result, many borrow- month. Now, because the $100 in pay-
ers’ debt ratios were pushed beyond ments are on her credit reports, only
most lenders’ underwriting limits. $100 will go into her DTI calculation
and she will probably qualify for the
F● or an estimated 8.5 million loan she sought.
American homeowners who are still
carrying student debts, Fannie has “This is a step toward common
lowered the costs of a cash-out refi- sense,” Meussner said in an interview.
nancing, provided the cash you pull
out from your equity is used to retire Not every lender is quite as enthu-
your student debt. Among the poten- siastic about the changes, however.
tial beneficiaries: parents participat- Steve Stamets, senior loan officer
ing in “parent plus” programs that with Mortgage Link in Rockville, Md.,
help pay off their kids’ student debts, says he has “mixed feelings.” On the
and parents who have co-signed for one hand, he has applicants with
their children’s student loans. Fan- heavy student debts who couldn’t
nie is eliminating the usual extra fee be approved under the old rules and
it charges for cash-outs, as long as the now will qualify under the new ones.
funds that borrowers withdraw pay But he worries about the sheer size of
off student-loan debts. some of these student debts. If bor-
rowers have trouble paying down
●  If you have non-mortgage debts these loans or making full payments,
that are being paid by someone they could end up in default on their
else – let’s say your parents pay your home mortgages.
monthly credit card balances – these

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