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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-12-05 16:33:07

12/06/2019 ISSUE 49


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School’s outside lawyer FlightSafety Academy surrenders accreditation Major renovation
disdains NAACP input set for hospital’s
in writing deseg report By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer maternity ward
[email protected]
By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
Nationally known FlightSafety Academy [email protected]
The NAACP and Indian River in Vero Beach has been training entry-level
County School District may be pilots and filling the cockpits of commercial At least 20,000 babies born at
headed back to court due to a airlines and corporate carriers across America Indian River Medical Center have
dispute over a report that is sup- and around the world for more than 50 years. one shared experience: they first
posed to be submitted in federal opened their eyes to the same
court by Dec. 14, detailing efforts In fact, a FlightSafety executive said last surroundings – a maternity ward
to comply with a 52-year-old de- week that 25,000 of the academy’s graduates unchanged for more than two de-
segregation order. have gone on to become professional pilots cades.
since the company’s founder, Albert L. Uelts-
According to NAACP President chi, opened the school at what is now Vero Now that setting is about to
Tony Brown, the report is sup- Beach Regional Airport in 1966. change, as one of the most sen-
posed to be a collaboration be- timental spaces in the hospital,
tween his organization and the For the past three months, however, the which became part of Cleveland
School Board. But the NAACP re- academy has been operating without ac- Clinic Florida in January, gets
cently discovered school district creditation, which it surrendered on Aug. 30, ready for an extensive $12.25-mil-
attorney Suzanne D’Agresta had ending a three-year struggle to comply with lion renovation.
already written the report with- standards set by a long-established, U.S. De-
out any input from the NAACP partment of Education-recognized organiza- Hospital District trustee Allen
or the district’s own Equity Com- tion that evaluates post-secondary vocation- Jones delivered the good news
mittee. al and technical schools. last week that the capital cam-
paign for maternity ward im-
“We’ve contacted our attorney Among the more-alarming deficiencies provements is being launched.
and are looking at our options, cited by the Accrediting Commission of Ca-
including possible litigation,” He also announced that infant
Brown said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 and maternal health in the county
is getting better, crediting the im-
D’Agresta’s report doesn’t in- provement to Partners in Women’s
clude any reference to a list of Health – a Hospital District-sub-
failures by the district or recom- sidized, Cleveland Clinic-run OB-
mended steps for improvement GYN practice providing maternal
that were submitted by the Equi-
NEWS 1-5 PETS 12
DINING B7 By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer
HEALTH 6 GAMES B13 [email protected]
REAL ESTATE 11 If you’re going to park in the
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For circulation or where to pick up weekends, be sure you pay or
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2 December 6, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

FLIGHTSAFETY ACADEMY December 2018 and renewed the acade- He said withdrawing from the ACCSC to attend schools in the United States.”
my’s accreditation through April 2020. “doesn’t mean a whole lot” and that the Phillips, though, said the academy’s lack
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 accreditation “doesn’t add any value to the
Despite being back in compliance with school” because the academy’s programs of accreditation will not limit students’ fi-
reer Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which ACCSC standards, however, FlightSafety are regulated by the FAA and U.S. Depart- nancial aid sources, nor will it make it
had placed the academy on “warning” in officials decided last summer to sever ties ment of Transportation. more difficult for foreign students to ob-
2017 and then “probation” in 2018, was a with the accreditor. tain visas.
failure to maintain a graduation rate of at “If there was a benefit to being accred-
least 50 percent for its professional pilot Nily informed students of the acade- ited,” Phillips said, “we would be,” despite Pierre Lavial, vice president for academ-
program. my’s decision to “voluntarily withdraw” the fact that FlightSafety did maintain its ic affairs at Aviator College in Fort Pierce,
from the ACCSC in a letter dated Sept. accreditation for more than four decades. said the “multiple benefits” to being an ac-
According to the ACCSC, the academy’s 27 – nearly a month after the flight school credited school go beyond student eligibil-
reported graduation rates for that program surrendered its accreditation, which it had Aiming to refute any inference the ity for federal grants and loans.
plummeted from 38 percent in July 2016 to held since the 1970s. academy is struggling, Phillips said the
14 percent in July 2017 to only 3 percent school’s current enrollment is “about 500 “The standards, the reviews, the ac-
in February 2018. “The commission found In his letter, Nily wrote that “FlightSafe- students,” though the exact number fluc- countability – it’s all part of being accred-
that the graduation rate for the profes- ty has taken a researched evaluation of tuates depending on the time of year and ited, and it provides a better environment
sional pilot program continues to deteri- our programs in relation to the demands from year to year. for students,” said Lavial, a former French
orate,” ACCSC Executive Director Michale for our pilots” and decided to focus its “ad- Navy pilot who also serves as an FAA ex-
McComis wrote in a June 6, 2018, letter to ministrative resources” entirely on Federal If anything, the academy’s enrollment aminer at the school, which has 500 stu-
Academy Manager Peter Nily. Aviation Administration certifications and has increased in recent years because of dents in Fort Pierce, 300 in Kissimmee and
ratings “to best serve our students and the a national and global shortage of pilots, also offers associate’s degrees.
McComis added: “The commission can- aviation community waiting to hire them.” Phillips claimed, adding that the school
not overlook that, as of the February 2018 is equipped with 70 airplanes – which can “But adhering to the accreditation stan-
report date on the Graduation and Em- He also wrote that the academy was “in be seen taking off and landing dozens of dards and going through the reviews takes
ployment Chart, the graduation rate for the good standing with the ACCSC,” adding times each day – and employs 250 people. a lot of effort and resources,” he added. “It
professional pilot program not only falls 37 that the withdrawal “will not change or costs us at least $15,000 per year, based on
percent below the graduation benchmark, have any negative effect on our current He said 65 percent of the academy’s our enrollment and annual financial re-
but is representative of only one student students or training programs.” students come from outside the United ports. For us, it’s worth it.”
successfully graduating from the program.” States, and many of them are sponsored
Reached at his office at the Vero Beach by airlines in their home countries. According to the FlightSafety’s cata-
Those numbers prompted the ACCSC, airport, Nily declined an interview, refer- logue, the Commercial Pilot Program runs
which had issued a detailed “warning let- ring all inquiries to Steve Phillips, vice pres- “FlightSafety contributes significantly 10 months and the tuition is just under
ter” in December 2017, to place the acade- ident for communications at FlightSafety to the local economy,” Phillips said. $60,000, while the Professional Career Pi-
my on probation in June 2018. International’s New York headquarters. lot Program runs 15 months and the tui-
Established in 1965 and based in Arling- tion is just under $84,000.
FlightSafety officials apparently ad- Phillips downplayed the absence of ac- ton, Va., the Accrediting Commission of
dressed the commission’s concerns and creditation, saying, “There’s no negative Career Schools and Colleges is a privately The International Professional Pilot Pro-
made the necessary corrections, because story here. What we do is a positive thing. owned, nonprofit organization that eval- gram runs 15 months and the tuition is just
the ACCSC vacated its probation order in What we’re doing in Vero Beach is a good uates and accredits post-secondary edu- over $111,000 or just under $84,000, de-
thing – good for FlightSafety, our students cational institutions, primarily vocational pending on the specific program selected.
and the industry.” and technical schools.
Those dollar amounts do not include ad-
Nearly 800 schools serving more than ditional costs, such as housing, meals, head-
250,000 students are accredited by the sets, FAA examiner fees and aircraft rental.
ACCSC, which assesses an institution’s ad-
ministration and management, education- More than a dozen current academy
al requirements and faculty qualifications, students were approached by Vero News,
as well as its student recruiting and admis- but all refused to be interviewed for this
sions policies and student achievement. story, declining to give their names and
saying only that they were unaware the
Three other Florida-based flight schools school was no longer accredited.
are still accredited by the ACCSC: Aviator
College of Aeronautical Science and Tech- The plummeting graduation rate in the
nology, which has campuses in Fort Pierce academy’s professional pilot program that
and Kissimmee; L3 Harris Commercial Avi- pushed ACCSC to place the school on pro-
ation and Airline Academy in Sanford; and bation was due, at least in part, to a short-
Pelican Flight Training in Pembroke Pines. age of instructors at the school.

McComis said seeking accreditation from The academy responded to the ACCSC’s
the ACCSC is voluntary, but he believes the early warnings by claiming it would put
sanctioning and standards set by the com- into effect new incentives – including re-
mission benefits the schools it oversees and ferral bonuses for current employees who
the students who attend them. helped recruit new flight instructors, and
bonuses for newly hired instructors – and
He said accreditation also can impact put out more job postings, embracing so-
the availability of government funding cial-media marketing to attract new in-
for student financial aid and the securing structors.
of visas for foreign students. “You need to
attend an accredited institution to be eli- The academy also hoped to increase
gible for federal funds and programs,” Mc- graduation rates by “improving the flow of
Comis said. “And, typically, accreditation training” to directly impact student moti-
is a requirement for international students vation and program completion rates. In
addition to adding instructors, the school
planned to increase the time faculty spent
interacting with students and implement
stronger controls on training quality.

Despite those initiatives, the ACCSC
wasn’t convinced the academy could raise
the graduation rates for its professional pi-
lot program to a minimally acceptable lev-
el, noting that the rate continued to wors-
en after the school received the December
2017 warning letter. 

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MATERNITY WARD sofas were part of a $500,000 spend this fall their current state: “Try lathering your hair in es for Healthy Start Coalition, a hospital- and
on maternity and neonatal furniture and there with a postpartum belly. It’s quite inter- home visit-based program for new moth-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 equipment. esting,” she said. ers run through the state’s Department of
Health. Healthy Start has been “embedded”
care for three-fourths of births in the county. “Before this change took place, the new The renovation, which has no start date in the Partners clinic, as Jones put it, since
Partners doctors, nurses and soon-to-be- baby would go to the nursery after deliv- as yet, will be more extensive than last year’s 2015, when Jones helped launch a quality
ery,” said Megan McFall, director of wom- $1.2 million renovation of 96 patient rooms, initiative to reduce infant mortality.
added midwives provide prenatal and post- en’s healthcare at both the hospital and at similar to the renovation four years ago of
partum care to women regardless of their the Partners clinic. “Now that the baby stays patient rooms used in conjunction with the When the Partners clinic began in 1993,
ability to pay. with the mom; the only time they go to the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center. That renovation Indian River County’s rate of infant deaths in
nursery is when they’re having some kind of also turned three rooms into two, creating the first year of life was 12 for every 1,000 live
Jones, for whom maternal and infant complication. There, they get one-on-one space for guests to stay with cancer patients. births. In 2018, it was down to 1.5 deaths per
health has been a pet project since 2015, care and a pediatric hospitalist.” 1,000 births, far below the state average last
proudly reeled off the latest data from 2018 The renovated maternity ward will leave year of 6 per 1,000 births.
at last week’s Hospital District meeting: The new way of thinking began to take space for future needs as well. “The con-
hold at Indian River about 10 years ago, said struction anticipates expansion for the pop- The zero maternal mortality rate last year
The county’s maternal mortality rate was McFall, who says providers now think in ulation to grow or the acuity to change,” Van- compares to 17 per 100,000 statewide. That
zero; the neonatal mortality rate was zero; terms of the “mother-baby couplet.” They Lith said, adding that the hospital currently zero rate has held steady here for 14 years,
and the infant mortality rate was one-fourth also encourage having a family member or delivers about 1,100 babies a year. according to McFall.
the statewide rate. friend stay in the mom’s room, including for
new-mom education. Having successfully wrapped up a $10.5 Indian River County’s neonatal mortal-
Adequate prenatal care as measured by a million stroke center campaign that topped ity rate of zero last year is down from the
nationally recognized index was 81.1 percent “Family-centered care is a new generation its goal by $400,000, Liz Bruner, Cleveland county’s rate averaged over the previous
in this county, compared to 70 percent for of care,” said McFall. Clinic Indian River Foundation president, three years of 3.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Florida as a whole. said the maternity ward capital campaign In Florida, the 2018 rate was 4.1 per 1,000
In addition to making rooms more spa- will be the first to target younger donors, in births. Neonatal mortality refers to the death
“When you think about that and where we cious, the renovation will upgrade plumbing, particular, those thinking of starting a family of an infant within 28 days of birth.
were just a few years ago, this is an incredible medical gas systems and wiring, including or having more children.
achievement on the part of doctors, nurses improved IT hardware in anticipation of the Despite the improvements, McFall says
and staff that make the Partners program installation of new medical records software “For the past 10 or 15 years, the founda- there is “laser focus” imposed by the new
what it is,” Jones said. in the near future. tion has facilitated a lot of incredible philan- leadership of Cleveland Clinic Florida on
thropic gifts. All of them have been focused promoting breastfeeding and reducing
The maternity ward re-do, the first in “It’s not a facelift, it’s a complete re-do,” on life-threatening emergency issues that C-sections, episiotomies and transfers to
22 years, will reduce the size of the nursery said Rick VanLith, vice president of strate- our population fears the most: heart care, other hospitals.
while enlarging patient rooms by 50 percent. gy and business development at the hos- stroke care, cancer care,” Bruner said.
That’s because nowadays babies stay most- pital. “For the small rooms being enlarged, Two weeks ago, McFall added another
ly with their mothers, the majority of whom we’ll take it down to the studs, so there’ll “Now that we have all those wonderful concentration: maternal opioid addiction,
deliver their babies in the same room they be new bathrooms that are handicapped things, we’re stepping back and seeing what after she attended the Florida Perinatal
recover in. accessible.” else needs our attention. It’s really exciting to Quality Collaborative kick-off of a new initia-
do this.” tive to combat the problem, seen as a signif-
Space is also needed for new sleep sofas, Upgrades will include enlarging shower icant contributor to maternal mortality. 
added so that a friend or family member can stalls, which McFall joked are challenging in The renovation will include creating offic-
stay overnight with the mom. Those fold-out


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DESEG REPORT referred questions to NAACP attorney Da- knows how to get ahold of me.” Under the leadership of former Super-
vid Honig. D’Agresta also denied knowledge of the intendent Mark Rendell and a previous
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 board, the district spent more than four
In a brief statement Honig said the agreement between the School Board and years and $775,000 fighting a lawsuit filed
ty Committee and accepted by the School NAACP has “completed a review of the out- NAACP to collaborate on the report – even by the NAACP to force the district to com-
Board during an Oct. 30 meeting, Brown standing issues for inclusion in the report, though she was present during the Oct. 30 ply with the desegregation order, which
said. At that meeting, it was agreed the re- or as a separate statement.” meeting when the agreement was made. has been in effect since the 1960s.
port to the federal judge would be a collab-
orative effort between the School Board, Moxley acknowledged the dispute, but “I had an opportunity to work on the re- Since Rendell’s forced resignation in May,
the NAACP and the Equity Committee, declined comment. She referred further port two weeks early, so I did,” said D’Agresta, the current School Board and Moxley have
with attorneys for both sides would not be questions to D’Agresta, who Moxley said who did not explain why she didn’t inform exhibited a dramatic change of heart in work-
involved. has been informed of the NAACP’s con- the NAACP of her efforts. ing with the NAACP and complying with the
cerns. D’Agresta denied any knowledge desegregation order.
Brown said the NAACP recently sent an of the controversy during an interview on The dispute comes after several months
email outlining its concerns about D’Agresta’s Nov. 26. “Nope, this is the first I’ve heard of of cooperation between the School Board, The Equity Committee, NAACP and
report to Interim Superintendent Susan Mox- it,” D’Agresta said, contradicting Moxley. NAACP and the Equity Committee to im- School Board are tentatively scheduled to
ley and the School Board. “I’m not aware of any problems. prove African-American student achieve- meet Dec. 9 to work on the report but Brown
ment, graduation and retention rates and said that meeting is now in limbo due to
Brown declined further comment and “I haven’t heard from the NAACP’s attor- the district’s efforts to recruit and hire D’Agresta’s actions. 
ney,” she added. “He has my number and more African-American teachers.



late summer and early fall after Deerfield
Beach-based Global Parking Services
began enforcing its pay-to-park system,
which charges customers $4 per hour.

In September, only four cars were
towed from the lot, but that same num-
ber were hooked up and hauled away last
Friday night, when Vero News witnessed
two cars being removed within a 30-min-
ute span.

A total of 33 vehicles were towed in No-

“We’re not in the towing business,”
Global executive assistant Margarita Pe-
rez said Monday. “We don’t wake up on
Friday mornings waiting to see how many
vehicles we’re going to tow that weekend.
It doesn’t make us happy.

“We started our business there in May,
and we gave a three-month grace pe-
riod to let people get used to it being a
paid-parking lot,” she added. “We didn’t
start towing until August, and the own-
ers of the establishments there – Fishack,
Kilted Mermaid and American Icon
Brewery – know it’s a pay-to-park lot.”

But do their customers?
Kilted Mermaid co-owner Linda Moore
said she and her employees try to warn
customers, but she’s concerned that
many seasonal residents, visitors and
newcomers to Vero Beach don’t know
they must now pay to park in that lot.
“The signage is inadequate,” she said.
At the very least, it’s confusing: While
blue-and-white signs, each with a large
“P” on them to indicate public park-
ing, are posted along the exterior of the
property, red-and-white signs at the lot’s
entrances warn that it is a “TOW AWAY
ZONE” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There’s no sign at any of the entrances
identifying the facility as a pay-to-park
lot, nor is there any sign informing cus-
tomers of the cost to park.
Not until you’re onto the lot will you
find occasional blue signs stating – in rel-
atively small print – that you must pay to
park there.
To find out the cost to park in the lot,

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS December 6, 2019 5

you must walk to a pay station, where you system had been installed in Vero Beach out of there,” Hogan said, “and I’ve seen parked without payment and calling the
can pay cash or use a credit card. Global since the city leaders ordered the remov- people running out to their cars, which tow trucks.
also offers an app that allows customers al of street-side meters decades ago. are already on the truck.”
to pay via their smartphones and pro- “Chasing down people who didn’t pay
vides notifications that the time you paid According to the Vero Beach Police De- Perez conceded that some people isn’t her first priority,” Perez said.
for is about to expire. partment, which must be notified every could be confused by the conflicting
time Charlie’s Towing removes a car from signage, but she said the “TOW AWAY Perez said the attendant has the dis-
“I saw no signs that said, ‘PAID PARK- that lot, five cars were towed in August, ZONE” signs should be a “red flag” that cretion to offer a grace period, depend-
ING,’ but I wasn’t really looking for any, four in September and five in October alerts them to a need to explore the re- ing on whether the lot is crowded, but it’s
either, because I had parked there many before the number soared to 33 in No- quirements for parking in that lot. not required.
times before without paying,” said Raya vember – the start of the community’s
Darby Cox, whose car was towed on Nov. busy season. She said Global has no plans to add or “It bothers us when we have to tow,
23, when she spent an hour at the Kilted improve the signage at the lot. because we know complaints are coming
Mermaid. Local realtor Herb Hogan, who fre- and it’s a very uncomfortable situation,”
quents the Kilted Mermaid, said he and Perez also said the attendant may – Perez said. “But we’re providing a service
“It was dark out, and I was concentrat- others have run out to warn customers and does – tell unknowing customers to the community. We’re providing a safe,
ing on looking for a parking space,” she who parked without paying, especially they need to pay to park there, but only clean, well-lit parking lot with an atten-
added. “I hadn’t been there in a while, when they see a tow truck on the lot. when she isn’t tending to other duties, dant there to help. That’s our business.
and I didn’t know you had to pay. So when which include helping people use the pay
I came outside and my car was gone, I “I’ve seen multiple trucks taking cars station, checking for vehicles that were “If you park for free, you’re stealing
thought it had been stolen. from us.” 

“It never occurred to me that it was

Cox said she remembered seeing a “girl
in a blue shirt” – the Global attendant
who works the lot – “but she never said
anything to me, never gave me any kind
of warning.”

Instead, Cox said she was forced to
borrow $140 in cash to get her car back
from Charlie’s Towing the next day.

Kenny Byrd, co-owner of Charlie’s Tow-
ing, said many of the people who’ve had
their cars towed from the lot told him
they didn’t know they needed to pay to
park there.

“It’s unfortunate that people aren’t
paying attention,” Byrd said. “But I’ve
also seen the attendant tell people they
need to pay, and they just ignore her.”

Byrd said he’s heard complaints from
people who angrily accuse his company
of giving “kickbacks” to Global, and he
called them ridiculous. Perez also denied
participating in any scheme that violates
Florida law.

“We don’t care if they charge for park-
ing, but this seems a little suspicious,”
Moore said.

“They have an attendant out there on
site, but you never see her attempt to get
anyone to pay for parking. She sits in her
car and waits until the people walk away,
apparently not knowing they have to pay,
and then she immediately calls a tow

“They even get the people who pay for
parking but go over their time,” she add-
ed. “As soon as soon as they go past time,
the tow truck is there. It all seems very

The privately owned lot was purchased
as part of the Vero Beach Financial Cen-
ter by a North Miami-based investment
group that spent nearly $7 million to ac-
quire the downtown complex in Novem-
ber 2018.

The lot was built to provide on-site
parking to the tenants of the two office
buildings to its immediate north, but the
property’s owners are leasing the facility
to Global, which hopes to turn a profit
by charging the public to park there on
nights and weekends.

It marked the first time a paid-parking

6 December 6, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Tiny thyroid gland plays outsize role in human body

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer some form of thyroid disease and up to 60
[email protected] percent of those with thyroid disease are
unaware of their condition,” according to
Quick quiz: What weighs between 25 the American Thyroid Association.
and 30 grams – roughly one ounce – lives
in your throat and has a lot to say about It may sound odd, but thyroid disease is
how tall or short you are, what your heart sexist as well as widespread. The ATA says
rate is, how much weight you might lose or “women are five to eight times more likely
gain and much, much more? than men to have thyroid problems.”

If you said the thyroid gland you are Dr. Felice Haake (pronounced “hockey”)
correct. volunteered to step in and shed some light on
thyroid problems, though she quickly offers
It’s a busy and important little gland, a disclaimer.
which makes it matter of concern that
“an estimated 20 million Americans have While Haake is board certified in both

Dr. Felice Haake.


family practice and bariatric weight-loss curs when your thyroid gland produces
medicine, she starts the conversation by too much of the hormone thyroxine. Hy-
saying, “I am not an endocrinologist, so I perthyroidism can accelerate your body’s
am by no means a thyroid specialist, but I metabolism, causing unintentional weight
do see a lot of it.” loss as well as a rapid or irregular heart-
beat,” along with swelling of the thyroid
That’s probably because two thyroid gland, which can cause a noticeable lump
conditions – hyperthyroidism and hypo- known as a goiter to form in the throat.
thyroidism – can have a major impact on
how much weight you lose or gain. Meanwhile, an under-active thyroid
gland, known as “hypothyroidism,” oc-
As the Mayo Clinic explains, “hyper-
thyroidism – or an overactive thyroid – oc- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Haake adds, “there is a constant cascade insurance. She also doesn’t take Medicare. tors, health insurance companies and public
of hormones in the human body; I always According to Forbes Magazine, “currently health agencies across the world to represent
curs when the thyroid gland doesn’t pro- say this is the symphony and the thyroid diagnoses.
duce enough hormones, causing symp- is very much the conductor of this sym- insurers pay hospitals, clinics and doctors
toms such as tiredness, weight gain and phony. only enough to justify 15-minute appoint- Officially they are called “the Internation-
feeling depressed. ments,” so Haake opted to go in a different al Statistical Classification of Diseases and
“I think thyroid problems are probably a direction. Related Health Problems Codes.”
As Haake confides, “I have a lot of patients little more prevalent here in Vero Beach [than
who come in and say, ‘I’ve gained weight. I in a typical location] because they’re more “I left the insurance world,” Haake ex- Every disease, disorder, injury, infec-
think it’s my thyroid.’” common as you age,” and Vero has an older plains, “because I felt they were dictating tion and even every symptom has its own
population. [how much time I can spend] with patients. ICD-10 code, so be prepared for something
The truth, as Haake tactfully explains, is I want to spend a good hour with a patient, of an alphanumeric avalanche if you plan
that while “the thyroid gets a lot of blame in If Haake sees a patient with a thyroid which is what I do.” to file your own insurance claim.
weight gain,” weight gain actually is more problem, she is likely to refer that patient
multifaceted in most cases. to a local endocrinologist – a physician “Some of my patients – actually quite a Still, Haake says, many of her patients do.
who specializes in glands like the thyroid few of them – will submit their own claims
“There are a lot of contributing factors in and adrenal glands and the hormones directly to their insurance company. So, Dr. Felice Haake is board certified in family
weight gain and it’s usually not just thyroid,” they make. we give them the ICD 10 codes,” which are practice and medical bariatrics. She also works
Haake says. needed to file claims. in what she calls “age management” with an
One thing somewhat unique about office at 3730 7th Terrace in Vero Beach. The
Married to Cleveland Clinic Indian Haake’s practice is that she doesn’t take If “ICD 10 codes” are Greek to you, they phone number is 772-492-6973. 
River Hospital anesthesiologist Dr. Brett are the alphanumeric codes used by doc-
Haake, and the mother of three children,


By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer ship-trained surgical and medical ret-
[email protected] ina expert at Vero’s New Vision Eye
Center, is keenly aware that prompt de-
Four words no one wants to hear from tection and treatment of AMD is essen-
their eye doctor are: “You have macular tial and he wholeheartedly agrees with
degeneration.” the American Society of Retina Spe-
cialists when it says “although there is
Why? no cure for this disease, early detection
Because macular degeneration is the and proper care can ensure good vision
leading cause of vision loss in adults age for years to come.”
60 and older worldwide and, according
to the National Eye Institute, “an esti- If AMD is left untreated, on the other
mated 15 million Americans have some hand, you will lose your sight.
form of age-related macular degenera-
tion or AMD.” And, as the population ages, the rates
AMD comes in – or can evolve into – of AMD are set to soar.
two separate variations: dry AMD and
wet AMD. The Bright Focus Foundation says the
As the Mayo Clinic points out, dry current figure of 15 million mentioned
macular degeneration is much more above will climb to nearly 22 million in
common and less severe than wet mac- the U.S. by 2050. Worldwide, the num-
ular degeneration, but Mayo also warns bers are worse: 196 million cases are
that the wet type always begins as the projected globally by 2020 and that
dry type. number will likely climb to 288 million
So, the earlier any form of AMD can cases by 2040.
be detected and treated, the better the
chance of keeping at least some of your “One of the most challenging things,”
vision. says Reinauer, “is that when we have a
Dr. Robert (Rob) Reinauer, a fellow- [dry] macular degeneration patient, we
follow them closely and we try to reduce
the chance of it converting to wet mac-

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Dr. Robert Reinauer. FDA’s clinical trials for Beovu.
Reinauer is hopeful the new drug will
help patients. “What I foresee,” he says,
“is for a patient who doesn’t respond to
one of the other medications – we’ve
seen that with Eylea” – the next step
might be switching to Beovu.

But even with the approval of Beovu,
which gives doctors another weapon in
their battle with MDA, fighting the dis-
ease is still a tough row to hoe for pa-

Typically it means getting month-
ly injections of one of the above drugs
along with monthly monitoring of the

In some cases – if patients have no
fluid buildup – that once-monthly in-
jection schedule may be pushed back to
two, four, six or as many as 12 months
between injections, depending on the
amount of fluid buildup in the eye.

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a cure,” Reinauer admits. “There is no
There is, however, at least some cure at this time. But what I can say is
good news on AMD in the form of “an- ‘Look, I know this isn’t a cure, but 90
ti-VEGF” or anti-vascular endothelial percent of people who get these injec-
growth factor drugs – including one tions will maintain their vision longer.’
newly approved drug that New Vision
helped test. “Not only could you say 90 percent
would keep their vision,” Reinauer con-
As Reinauer explains, “the blood ves- tinues, “but with treatments, you can
sels from wet macular degeneration also say that 30 to 40 percent would
are new blood vessels. They require the actually have improvement in their vi-
VEGF molecule to grow. But these new sion.”
blood vessels are not strong. They’re
not like the ones that we were born with Two of these anti-VEGF drugs are
[and haven’t] had time to really develop Regeneron’s “Eylea” and Roche Phar-
and so they break down and they bleed maceutical’s “Lucentis.” According to
more easily and that’s what creates the ongoing studies, they have helped pre-
swelling in the back of the eye [in wet serve vision for at least seven years and
AMD].” possibly longer.

Anti-VEGF drugs prevent those ves- In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration – with a little help from New

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Learn CPR – and you might save someone’s life

By Fred Cicetti

Q. I watched a man fall unconscious
on the sidewalk. A woman rushed up
and started to do CPR on him and, lat-
er, I heard she may have saved his life. It
made me sign up for a CPR course. You
should tell your readers to take one of
these courses.

If you would like to learn CPR, con- stadiums. ing is from one of these guides: chin. Pinch nose and cover the mouth
tact the American Heart Association at To learn CPR properly, take an accred- CALL. Check the victim for unrespon- with yours and blow until you see the Another CPR chest rise. Give 2 breaths. Each breath
resource is the American Red Cross at ited first-aid training course that in- siveness. If the person is not responsive should take 1 second. Or, you can try a local cludes CPR and how to use an AED. and not breathing or not breathing nor-
hospital. mally, call 911 and return to the victim. In CONTINUE WITH 30 PUMPS AND 2
There is no substitute for taking a most locations the emergency dispatcher BREATHS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. NOTE:
Here’s a troubling fact that is a moti- course from a trained instructor, but it is can assist you with CPR instruction. This ratio is the same for one-person and
vation to take a course: About 80 percent helpful to understand the basics of CPR, two-person CPR. In two-person CPR the
of cardiac arrests happen at home near and there are many good sources of in- PUMP. If the victim is still not breath- person pumping the chest stops while the
family members who often do not know formation. ing normally, coughing or moving, be- other gives mouth-to-mouth breathing.
CPR. gin chest compressions. Push down in
The University of Washington School the center of the chest 2 inches 30 times. There is also a hands-only version of
CPR, which stands for cardiopulmo- of Medicine offers a free public service Pump hard and fast at the rate of at least CPR. You can learn this at:
nary resuscitation, employs chest com- that explains CPR. Go to: http://depts. 100/minute, faster than once per second.
pression and mouth-to-mouth breath- ht t p://w w re/
ing to treat cardiac arrest, heart attack, BLOW. Tilt the head back and lift the hands-only-cpr 
drowning and electrocution. CPR can There are useful illustrated guides and
keep some blood flowing to the brain and online videos on this website. The follow-
heart during an emergency.

Maintaining blood flow can prevent
brain injury and save a life. The brain
suffers irreparable damage in a few min-
utes if it doesn’t get oxygenated blood. An
unaided victim of cardiac arrest will die
in 5 to 10 minutes.

The most common cause of sudden
cardiac arrest is an abnormal heart
rhythm called ventricular fibrillation
(VF), which can be treated with a shock
from a defibrillator. Defibrillation is not
effective for all forms of cardiac arrest.

There are devices called automated
external defibrillators (AEDs) that are
about the size of a laptop computer. AEDs
analyze the victim’s heart rhythm, de-
termine if defibrillation is needed, then
deliver a shock. There are training pro-
grams available that teach both CPR and
operating AEDs. These portable defibril-
lators are available in many public plac-
es such as shopping malls, airports and

Council OK’s affordable
housing project for veterans

12 December 6, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | REAL ESTATE

Council OK’s affordable housing project for veterans

By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer In order to get approval for 20 new, larg- of the property. The current entrance on Palm Boulevard while the new building
[email protected] er units, McLaughlin worked with the city Royal Palm Boulevard will be closed and is erected along the backside of the parcel
to develop an ordinance that gives devel- two new entrances will be installed on on the site of the demolished units. The
What started out as a $1 million pur- opers the ability to request more density either end of the property on Ponce De front units will be removed later, after the
chase and a dream nearly three years ago than zoning would normally allow if they Leon Circle. new building is complete.
is finally becoming reality for a retired
Kentucky judge who plans to build an af- offer a certain number of units as afford- Sandy and Art McLaughlin said residents in the front
fordable housing complex that will help able housing. McLaughlin with buildings who will remain during con-
homeless veterans in Vero Beach. their dog, Jackson. struction have offered to take in those
Affordable housing refers to a federal displaced.
“We’re ready to go,” Judge Sandra Mc- program that provides low-income resi- According to specifications provided
Laughlin said last week after the Vero dents with vouchers to help offset the cost by McLaughlin, the 2-bedroom, 2-bath “They’re great tenants,” she said of the
Beach City Council approved a needed of housing. apartments will have 918 square feet of current residents.
zoning variance, clearing the way for the interior living space with another 280-
project to move forward. All McLaughlin Five of the units McLaughlin is build- 364 square feet of covered outdoor space. McLaughlin was inspired to build af-
needs now are building permits from the ing are reserved for such residents, but Upper units will have a balcony, while fordable housing for veterans because
county, which she has applied for, and a all 20 will be open to affordable housing ground floor units will have a porch. many of those living in the motor court
signed agreement with the City of Vero voucher recipients. when she bought it were veterans who
Beach that will enforce the number of Plans prepared by Atelier d’Architec- would be homeless if not for the property
units reserved for affordable housing. “It’s a good project,” Vero Beach Plan- ture show a bright white colonial-style – dilapidated as it is.
ning Director Jason Jeffries said, adding building with stucco walls, a bronze-col-
If there are no delays with the building that the demolition of the motor court ored metal roof, and sky blue shutters. In Kentucky, she and her husband built
permits, groundbreaking will come in and the construction of a new housing and managed a number of affordable
January or February and construction of development will improve the area. Once construction begins, some of the housing projects for the general public.
the 20-unit James Arthur Court could be tenants will be displaced, McLaughlin
complete before the end of 2020. “It’s a well-designed project,” he said. said. They have already been given notice “We’ve taken a lot of pride” in those
Plans call for one 2-story building that and have been encouraged to return once projects, she said.
“I’m anxious to do it,” McLaughlin said stretches along the southern boundary construction is complete.
of getting the long-anticipated project Since buying the Vero Beach property,
started. Tenants will continue to live in the McLaughlin has gotten to know the ten-
old motor court rooms closest to Royal ants and has seen first-hand the shortage
She and her husband bought the 1.5- of housing available.
acre Courtyard Villas and Apartments
of Indian River in February 2017 for $1 There are a few
million. The property, which years ago around the county,
was a motor court-type motel catering to
tourists headed north and south on U.S. There’s just not
1, is located at 1055 Royal Palm Blvd. a enough of them.
block east of the highway at the open
end of the horseshoe formed by Ponce - Jim Romanek, executive di-
De Leon Circle. rector for the Veterans Council

Built in 1950, the aging buildings where of Indian River, on affordable
weary post-war travelers spent the night housing units for vets.
when the population of Florida was about
a tenth of what it is now and McKee Gar- Jim Romanek, executive director for
dens was one of the state’s most popular the Veterans Council of Indian River,
tourist attractions, now are barely fit for said he supports the idea of McLaughlin’s
human habitation, according to Mc- project.
“There’s a big need” for inexpensive
The motor court units vary in size, but housing for veterans, he said.
most are a single 10-foot by 10-foot room
with a toilet – no kitchen or other ame-
nities. McLaughlin said the rooms “look
like jail cells.”


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Three thousand of the approximately ing unit bonus now on the books in the sett Patrick O’Shea, was a decorated fight- for the last decade, where they stay four
15,000 veterans residing in Indian River city that was crafted to enable McLaugh- er pilot in the U.S. Air Force, while her fa- weeks out of the year. They are now build-
County live below the poverty line, and lin’s project could provide an incentive ther-in-law, Arthur Joseph McLaughlin, ing a new house on the barrier island as
there are at least 127 homeless veterans for other developers to tackle redevel- was a member of the United States Navy. their permanent residence.


here, Romanek said, explaining that not opment projects that provide affordable An artist’s rendering of the planned James Arthur Court affordable housing project,
all homeless vets live in the woods. Many housing. and (above) three of the old motor court buildings that will be torn down.
couch-surf, staying for a day or two with
someone before moving on. “This is one potential avenue,” to get The McLaughlins, who still live in Ken- Anyone interested in donating to the
more affordable units built in the city, tucky, plan to move permanently to Vero James Arthur Court Foundation or learn-
“They don’t have a permanent place to Jeffries said. Beach after the first of the year ahead of ing more about the housing project is en-
live,” he said. construction getting started. couraged to email Sandra McLaughlin at
McLaughlin, who said she gets at least [email protected]
Romanek said both the city and county one phone call daily from someone inter- The couple has had a house in Vero
could create more housing opportunities ested in living at James Arthur Court, ex-
for veterans by permitting higher density pects the project to be at capacity before
zoning for affordable housing projects. construction is complete.

“There are a few around the county,” McLaughlin said she hopes to provide
Romanek said. “There’s just not enough furnished units for the tenants since
of them.” many of them will arrive with little more
than the clothes on their back. To assist
Also, the federal government could is- in that effort, McLaughlin has set up the
sue more housing vouchers. As it is, the James Arthur Court Foundation to accept
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban donations of funds and furniture.
Development issues only about 45 vouch-
ers for Indian River County annually. The project and foundation are named
in honor of McLaughlin’s father and fa-
“We wish there were more,” Romanek ther-in-law, both of whom served in the
said of the vouchers. U.S. military. Her father, Capt. James Has-

Jeffries noted that the affordable hous-

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The last week of November saw a total of 32 transactions of single-family residences and lots
from Nov. 25-29 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the apartment at 1900 Tarpon Lane, Unit #201. First listed in Octo-
ber for $695,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence sold for $675,000 on Nov. 27.
Representing both the seller and the buyer in the transaction was agent Roger Smith of Alex
MacWilliam, Inc.


VERO BEACH 1900 TARPON LN UNIT#201 10/3/2019 $695,000 11/27/2019 $655,000
VERO BEACH 4 SEA GULL AVE 10/22/2019 $799,000 11/27/2019 $630,000
VERO BEACH 1498 LILYS CAY CIR 2/17/2019 $625,000 11/27/2019 $545,000
VERO BEACH 2150 CORDOVA AVE 6/11/2019 $649,000 11/25/2019 $510,000
VERO BEACH 5840 33RD ST 4/26/2019 $545,000 11/27/2019 $464,760
VERO BEACH 1085 CAMELOT WAY 4/20/2019 $412,690 11/25/2019 $442,000
VERO BEACH 3185 BERKLEY SQUARE WAY 6/18/2019 $469,755 11/27/2019 $385,000
VERO BEACH 950 66TH AVE 10/15/2019 $385,000 11/28/2019 $375,000
VERO BEACH 1510 SEGOVIA CIR 6/18/2019 $399,990 11/25/2019 $352,500
VERO BEACH 6566 1ST ST SW 8/5/2019 $379,000 11/26/2019 $340,000
VERO BEACH 6151 GRAYSEN SQ 3/7/2019 $369,990 11/26/2019 $320,000
VERO BEACH 1668 VICTORIA CIR 4/29/2019 $359,000 11/26/2019 $277,000
VERO BEACH 1629 BASELINE LN 4/1/2019 $295,000 11/26/2019 $265,000
SEBASTIAN 950 RIVIERA AVE 2/8/2019 $282,000 11/26/2019

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4 Sea Gull Ave, Vero Beach 1498 Lilys Cay Cir, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/22/2019 Listing Date: 2/17/2019
Original Price: $799,000 Original Price: $625,000
Sold: 11/27/2019 Sold: 11/27/2019
Selling Price: $655,000 Selling Price: $630,000
Listing Agent: Marilee Mintzer Listing Agent: Geof Hoge

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: The GHO Homes Agency LLC

Heather Pauley Not Provided

Sea Turtle Real Estate LLC Not Provided

2150 Cordova Ave, Vero Beach 5840 33rd St, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 6/11/2019 Listing Date: 4/26/2019
Original Price: $649,000 Original Price: $545,000
Sold: 11/25/2019 Sold: 11/27/2019
Selling Price: $545,000 Selling Price: $510,000
Listing Agent: R J Rennick Listing Agent: Robin Raiff

Selling Agent: Rennick Real Estate Island Ofc Selling Agent: EXP Realty, LLC

Rebecca Durando Ashley Fletcher

RE/MAX Crown Realty Sea Turtle Real Estate LLC

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Adam Schnell.
Coming Up
MUSIC AND COMEDY Oeuvre time: Teger goes all in
‘LIGHT’ UP WEEKEND with ‘Photo Poems’ PAGE B2

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 An already, always spir-
ited weekend happening,
Riverside Theatre’s Live in the
Loop cranks up the merry and
the festive lights this month with
“Holiday Lights and Rock n’ Live
Music,” paired this weekend,
Dec. 6-7, with the Comedy Zone.
Outside, “In the Loop,” the Bob-
by Owens Band brings Friday’s
free live music, serving a heaping
holiday helping of classic rock.
Saturday’s musicmeisters are the
Casey Raines Band, kicking the
dust up with country and classic
rock. Both bands will throw in
some holiday faves as well. As al-
ways, two full bars and a (great)
grill offer all sorts of food and bev
choices. (Don’t BYO.) Inside, a
pair of stand-up comics will make
sure you make your weekly laugh
goal: Picture a 6-foot-2 southern
ex-trucker, cab driver, baseball
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Oeuvre time: Teger goes all in with ‘Photo Poems’

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist ‘The nice thing is
[email protected] that I finally feel
that I don’t have to
The old and new, the untried and the follow a formula.
true, from the oeuvre of photographer Al- The Bodyscapes
lan Teger, a Moorings resident, debuts at really locked me
the Center for Spiritual Care this Friday, in. I like them, but
Dec. 6, with a special reception for the artist they’re my day job!’
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
– Allan Teger
Titled “Metaphor: Photo Poems,” Te-
ger’s exhibition contains none of his valid – and we can, in fact, move back and
Bodyscapes, the black and white photo- forth between multiple realities.”
graphic figure studies for which he is best
known. Those close-up studies of nude Back then Teger, who holds a Ph.D. in
female torsi that support strategical- psychology from the State University of
ly-placed miniature landscape elements New York, Buffalo, was an associate pro-
have, Teger asserts, decoyed many an art fessor at Boston University. He has long
fair-goer into his booth on the mistaken since left the academic life for that of the
assumption that what was being present- professional artist, winning top honors
ed were pictures of desert dunes, lofty for his figural photography in major arts
Everests or water-filled oases, instead of
buttocks, breasts and belly buttons.

Teger’s argument that things can be
made to have interchangeable meanings
goes back 40 years, to the beginnings of his
Bodyscapes series (his human forms, sans
heads, arms and legs are deliberately ob-
jectified). A Boston Globe overview of May
4, 1980, art events described Teger’s Body-
scapes as “an affirmation of Teger’s belief
that many different realities are equally

Allan Teger.


festivals in Florida and in group shows in things like that.”
other parts of the U.S., including the Sin Teger’s collection also holds finely de-
City Gallery in Las Vegas and the Seattle
Erotic Art Festival. tailed doll house furnishings – a Queen
Anne dining table, a comfy leather lounge
His photos have been published in print chair and a mission-style lamp table,
magazines and in books in Germany, Rus- among others – as well as bibelots he has
sia, Hungary, Norway, Italy, Spain, France, collected in his travels.
England, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea,
China and Brazil, among other countries. While the disembodied photos in Teger’s
Since about 2008, references to Teger’s “Photo Poems” exhibition may be new to
Bodyscapes on the Internet are legion. gallery-goers, the gelatin silver prints in the
show date from as early as 1996. The color
Despite his success with that series, de- images on display were shot this summer in
cades of photographing titillating topogra- Teger’s Ohio studio.
phies have produced in the artist a yen to
compose photographic arrangements in The oldest works on display are
which the human figure is not present, but unique prints (Teger identifies them as
is implied by inanimate objects alone. artist’s proofs) that address the end of
a marriage. Teger was at the time going
“I’ve got a lot of stuff from the Body- through a divorce, and the works “Dy-
scapes,” he says. “Miniature trees and namic Equilibrium,” “The Impasse” and

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“The Relationship” contemplate a situ- single images printed on a piece of pho- scriptive phrase or title, which was ex- the typeset words in dense black. The
ation that is tenuously balanced, if not tographic paper about twice the size of posed onto the same piece of photo-sen- result is a minor miracle of darkroom
completely out of whack. the image, which appears at the top half sitive paper by sweeping a penlight printing: a seamless photo image under
of the paper. The bottom half holds a de- above it through a transparency bearing
With the exception of one work, all are CONTINUED ON PAGE B4

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 Teger’s favorite color image in the show massive (in relationship to its surround- ing “Time Transfixed.” That work shows
is titled “Avoiding the Obvious.” It depicts ings) wooden ball is situated between the a steam locomotive charging into a bour-
which a caption appears in sharply out- two formal dining chairs on which rest two chairs; a representation, perhaps, of the geois sitting room via its fireplace.
lined white letters against an ambiguous identical wooden cubes. The chairs are rhetorical “elephant in the room.”
patch of grey fog. placed on either side of a fireplace whose Other pictures in the series show the
mantle bears a cathedral-style radio. A The image was inspired, Teger says, by same ball in a cricket cage surmounted by
As clever as the mixed printing of im- Belgian Surrealist René Magritte’s paint- a wooden ladder; a samurai sword transfix-
age and words is in this small series, Te- ing a giant apple; and a sculpture of Buddha
ger’s theatrical imagery speaks for itself, meditating before a globe of the world that
without subtitles. “Dynamic Equilibrium,” you recognize, after a beat or two, is bal-
for instance, presents the viewer with a anced on a golf tee.
four-poster bed whose mattress supports a
spinning gyroscope. “Probably the next thing I’ll do is more
of the color things of this sort. I’ve just
“The Impasse” shows us a simple wood scratched the surface of it,” says Teger.
kitchen table with an hourglass at its cen-
ter; two chairs on either side of the table are “The nice thing is that I finally feel that
half-buried under conical piles of pebbly I don’t have to follow a formula. The Body-
sand. scapes really locked me in. I like them, but
they’re my day job!”
The only multiple image in the show is
“The Relationship,” a sequence of three Teger’s Metaphor: Photo Poems exhibition
photographs positioned one atop the oth- runs Dec. 6-27. For more information, visit
er. The top photo shows the same kitchen 
table and two chairs in a dark, depthless
setting; the second one shows the chair at
our right, as though frozen into a block of
ice. In the final photo, flames leap from
the chair at left in idiomatic dialog with
its icy companion.

If this series reminds you of Duane Mi-
chaels, whose nine-photo series “Things
are Queer” of 1973 used doll furniture
and sequential photography to make a
point about the unreliability of truth as
seen through the camera’s eye, you are
right on the money.

“Duane Michaels spoke at Boston when
I was there; in 1995 or so. I was impressed
by him. I have always liked his work,” says
Teger, who recalls Michaels encouraging
his listeners to “Tell the truth – some of it
will be beautiful.”

Teger says that his photographic career
has been spent creating images that pro-
mote divergent impressions of reality.

“It was always about perception, always
about playing with reality; it was never
about dollhouse toys or naked women or
any of that stuff,” he says.

Teger’s new group of color prints uses
some of the same dollhouse furniture that
appeared in the relationship series of 30
years before, as well as his small “Spiritual”
series – also in the show – from 2006.


at 6 pm 1. The Deserter 1. Palm Beach, Mar-A-Lago 1. Wrecking Ball (Diary of a

CAROL FROST BY NELSON & ALEX DEMILLE & the Rise of America's Wimpy Kid #14)
presents 2. The Guardians 2. Three Days at the Brink BY JEFF KINNEY

with an introduction
from Sean Sexton 3. Blue Moon 3. Sam Houston & the Alamo & BARBARA PIERCE BUSH
MadHat Press BY LEE CHILD 3. Dinky Donkey BY CRAIG SMITH
4. With All Due Respect
4. The Paris Orphan & KATZ COWLEY
BY NATASHA LESTER 4. The Crayon's Christmas
5. Catch and Kill BY RONAN FARROW
5. Agent Running in the BY DREW DAYWALT & OLIVER JEFFERS
5. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball
Rolls (Dog Man #7) BY DAV PILKEY

392 Miracle Mile (21st Street), Vero Beach | 772.569.2050 |

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Strauss bring you, says the Guild promo, That is the recipe for an excellent classical able for me, since I grew up in Brevard and
classics by Gershwin and Irving Berlin, concert this Friday, Dec 6, at First Presby- I’m here visiting family.” Considered, ac-
gins is all that and, says Riverside, “one Broadway showstoppers such as “New York terian Church: “Vila and Khachatourian in cording to the concert promo, “one of the
of the funniest comics (male or female) New York,” holiday favorites and, of course, Recital.” Billed as “an Ecuadorian-Spanish most inspiring artists of his generation,”
on the circuit today.” At one point, the “more.” Showtimes: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sat- cello sensation,” Francisco Vila, according Ashot Khachatourian, an Armenian-born,
well-travelled Scoggins found herself urday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: Adults, to his bio, was “born in Ecuador, grew up Belgium-based pianist, began playing the
working in the Virgin Islands, as a sales- $15; students, $5. 772-562-8300 or verobe- on the Space Coast, and currently resides piano at only 5, at the Charles Aznavour
person for Frito Lay. “Imagine that!” says in Los Angeles.” Although only 8, he was Music School in his home country, going
she. “Selling Doritos where half of the able not only to handle, but also learn to on to study with Gerard Wyss in Basel,
people smoke pot! Talk about yer ‘mar- 3 The artsy, laid-back vibe of Down- play the cello, so skillfully that he had his Switzerland; Eliso Virssaladze in Fiesole,
ket niche’!” Opening for Scoggins will town Vero Beach’s First Friday Gallery solo debut – with orchestra – at 14. Con- Italy; and Maria João Pires at the Queen
be Queens, N.Y., native Doug Almeida, Stroll will have a special holiday feeling this cert activities have taken him throughout Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Cre-
a retired kick boxer and corporate pre- Friday, Dec. 6, when the galleries along and Europe, North and South America; and he ator and artistic director of the Belgian
senter for, says his bio, “one of the largest around 14th Avenue fling open their doors is co-founder of Ecuador’s Festival Inter- YSAYE International Music Competition,
financial planning firms in the country.” with a warm welcome and a wealth of won- national de Música de Esmeraldas, as well Khachatourian is the gifted product of a
His ability to turn dull-as-dirt insurance derful art. As always, downtown’s restau- as a faculty member at the Longy School musical family. If his name sounds famil-
presentations into comic art led him to rants, shops and pubs will be open, so you of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, iar to you, it’s because his great uncle, ac-
become a kick-booty comic hit. Show- can stroll, grab a bite and a brew, and just Massachusetts. His instrument is “a fine cording to his bio, was Aram Khachaturi-
times: Comedy Zone, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 absorb all that holiday spirit at your leisure. 1790 cello crafted by Vincenzo Panormo.” an, “one of the foremost composers of the
p.m.; Live in the Loop, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Gallery 14’s “Strokes of Genius: An Artists’ He shares, “This trip is especially enjoy- 20th century, whose music bore the stamp
Tickets: Comedy Zone, start at $16; Loop, of his Armenian roots.” As a recording art-
free. 772-410-0470. 4 “Vila and Khachatourian in Recital” this Friday at First Presbyterian Church. ist and pianist, Ashot is considered “one
of the world’s foremost interpreters of the
2 The Vero Beach Theatre Guild’s in- concertos of Rachmaninov.” From the rep-
trepid and talented traveling troupe ertoire for cello and piano, the musicians
of performers has been entertaining all will perform both solo and together. You’ll
over the community for decades. Especially likely recognize many of the works, among
this holiday season, we all need more than them: Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 for solo pi-
a little Christmas, and Guild on the Go is ano, and the Beethoven Sonata No. 2 for
up to the task, presenting “Puttin’ on the cello and piano. Take this excellent oppor-
Ritz” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. tunity to enjoy what the concert promo
6-8, at the Guild. Expect glitz and glamour, calls “two of this generation’s most exciting
as vocalists Scott Freshley, Lily Jaramillo, young musicians.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets
Shara Kyles, Dennis Love, Alexander Mar- at the door: adults, $20; seniors, $15.772-
tinez and Guild on the Go director Larry 562-9088. 

2 “Puttin’ on the Ritz” this weekend Invitational” is but one of the exciting ex-
at Vero Beach Theatre Guild. hibits awaiting you. Amongst all the won-
derful art, there’s a good chance you’ll dis-
cover a treasure just right for someone on
your Christmas list. Also, now, the First Fri-
day Gallery Stroll includes complimentary
transport – a six-passenger shuttle cour-
tesy of Golf Carts of Vero. It’ll be running a
continuous loop to Gallery 14, Artists Guild
Gallery, Tiger Lily Art Studios and Gallery,
Flametree Clay Art Gallery, the Other Half
Gallery, Raw Space, MSVB Studios, Gallery
of Hope, Florida Highwayman Landscape
Art and Highwayman Gallery. Hours: Stroll
– 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; shuttle – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

4 A piano. A cello. And pair of interna-
tionally lauded classical musicians.

B6 December 6, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Thousands hot to ‘Turkey Trot’ for United Against Poverty

Hamp Elliott, Annabel Robertson and Canieria Gardner. More than 2,200 runners and
walkers plus another 1,000 vol-
unteers and onlookers started
off their Thanksgiving morning
at the 12th annual Thanksgiv-
ing Day Trot Against Poverty 5K
Run/Walk at Riverside Park to
benefit United Against Poverty.
The affectionately-named Tur-
key Trot helps brighten the lives
of the less fortunate. “It is such
an exciting time for us, because
this 12th annual Turkey Trot is
sort of welcoming our transi-
tion into our new building,” said
Annabel Robertson, UP execu-
tive director. The new facility,
scheduled to open Jan. 25, will
house its Membership Grocery
program, nine partnership or-
ganizations, a medical clinic
and expanded health, wellness,
nutrition and business training
programs. For more information,
visit 

Jim and Meredith Van Veen. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Grace Gumpel and April Gumpel with Bear.

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First Bites: Francesca’s Italian Kitchen on Ocean Drive

By Tina Rondeau | Columnist
[email protected]

Is there room for an- Sautéed
other pizza and pasta Calamari.
joint in Central Beach

not more than a couple

of hundred yards from

the venerable Nino’s?

Chef Massimo Napoli

and his wife Carla have Real Veal
put down a big bet that
the island? Time will
the answer is “yes,” and tell. But the pizza crust (and
their other homemade breads and sauces)
the battle for best-on-the- make it well worth a try. And with a little
cooperation from the city, the Napolis are
beach is underway. hoping to ultimately have a garden area for
dining on the Dahlia Lane side of the build-
Headline news: Francesca’s ing, which would be a great development.

Italian Kitchen is located directly across I welcome your comments, and encourage
you to send feedback to me at [email protected]
from Humiston Park at the south end of

the Ocean Drive building that is home Arancini. The reviewer is a beachside resident who
dines anonymously at restaurants at the ex-
to Kilwin’s. A first tasting of the offer- pense of Vero Beach 32963. 

ings of Chef Massimo was very positive

– pizza with perfect crust, arancini and

homemade meatballs in a tasty marinara

sauce, delicious sweet Italian sausage and


Look & Feel: While the

kitchen is bright

and open,

Tortellini Alfredo.

the dining area is a tight fit when 20 are These were rated OK, but I enjoyed my pap- White Pizza. Tiramisu.
seated at the smallish tables. One table in pardelle with shrimp and zucchini ($20)
the front window is fine for a party of four and the tortellini alfredo ($16) drew raves. Service: For a new restaurant, service Hours:
(or perhaps even six), but otherwise, if you was very attentive. Daily except Sunday,
are there for dining and not takeout, it’s For dessert, we shared a tiramisu ($7,
smallish tables for two along the wall. and absolutely wonderful) and a half choc- Prices: Francesca’s appetizers and sal- 11 a.m. to closing
olate chip, half pistachio cannoli ($5). ads are mostly in the $7 to $14 range. En- Beverages: Beer & Wine
Food: Last week, our party of four Ital- trées start at $12 for spaghetti in marinara
ian-food lovers sampled an assortment of Drink: Francesca’s has an excellent se- sauce and top out at $22 for the shrimp Address:
appetizers, entrées and pizzas. lection of American and Italian wines to risotto. Pizzas range from $10 to $18, with 3001 Ocean Drive, Suite 101,
accompany your food, and also offers an additional toppings extra.
For appetizers, we tried the meatballs assortment of beers. Vero Beach
($8), the arancini ($9) and the sautéed cal- Initial impressions: Is this the best pizza Phone: 772-257-5540
amari ($15). The arancini – cheese stuffed and red-sauce pasta joint ever to open on
risotto balls on a bed of marinara sauce
– were a big hit, but my husband also was
high on the calamari, tossed with a lemon
garlic evoo sauce.

We then shared a 10-inch white pizza
($12). Had we not been intent on trying the
homemade dinners, we probably would
have ordered another half dozen pizzas. It
was that good – the crust the best we’ve had
in a long time.

For entrees, one of us had the real veal
parm ($21) and one had the eggplant parm.

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