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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2020-01-12 23:00:37

01/10/2020 ISSUE 02


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MY Anonymous Accused murderer
TAKE seeks counsel from
plaintiff explains ex-lawman father
lawsuits’ purpose
By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer [email protected]
[email protected]
Heavy equipment moves sand at south end of Conn Beach as part of beach replenishment project. PHOTO: GARY FROONJIAN Elisha Charles Martin sits
The anonymous plaintiff behind bars at the Indian Riv-
who filed public records law- By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer ‘THREE HURRICANES WORTH er County Jail awaiting trial on
suits against the county’s school OF SAND’ ADDED TO BEACH first-degree murder charges for
district and Sheriff’s Office last Beachgoers were taken the shooting death of 16-year-old
month still won’t tell us who he is. aback last week when massive monster storm or turn back an it nearly 180,000 cubic yards Logan Spencer of Sebastian.
Sahara Desert-like sand dunes amphibious invasion. of sand from Tracking Station
But he does want us to know appeared on the beach south Park south to Castaway Cove. Six feet, 4 inches tall with a baby
why he’s doing this – the reason of Jaycee Park, burying board- But Indian River County of- face, Martin is just shy of his 19th
he’s asking a judge to order those walk stairs and ramps and ficials say this state of affairs is Work trucks and other birthday, which is coming up on
entities to turn over the records forming steep cliffs that drop only temporary. It’s part of the equipment will smooth out Jan. 26. He told police in an in-
he has requested but hasn’t re- down to the shore. long-awaited Central Beach those looming dunes and terview that he just “wants to go
ceived. replenishment project that spread them more evenly back to being a regular kid again,”
From the boardwalk, the began in November to depos- but the chances of that happening
And it’s not what you think. scene looks like preparations CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 seem remote due to ugly events
His mission, he said, is not to to protect the park from a last February.
dig up dirt on anyone. It’s not to
help or hurt any of the candidates Police say Martin drove Spen-
campaigning for local office. It’s cer, a Sebastian River High School
not to embarrass School Board football player, out to Fellsmere,
member Tiffany Justice, who is shot him in the head, execution
expected to run for re-election, or style, and dumped his body near
derail the candidacy of Sheriff’s the Stick Marsh.
Maj. Eric Flowers, who is seeking
the agency’s top job. Spencer’s family and friends
In a lengthy interview con- searched for him for three days –
ducted online last weekend, the hoping he’d just run away or gone
“John Doe” using the email ad- incommunicado – until police
confirmed the worst.
Spencer’s body was found with
INSIDE a shattered skull, exposed to the
elements and badly decomposed.


ARTS By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer

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day to share his vision for the district he was hired in Decem-
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High among his priorities are gaining an “A” grade for the
district from the state in the next five years – the current


2 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

MY TAKE monetary damages, since Florida law and the resistance I was met with was ACCUSED MURDERER
allows him to be reimbursed only for bizarre.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 his attorney’s fees and administrative CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
costs. He said he also experienced rude
dress [email protected] – the treatment and resistance when mak- Martin is alleged to have committed the
plaintiff who filed both lawsuits – told He said he has serious concerns ing similar records requests from oth- murder three weeks after his 18th birthday,
me his decision to go to court was in no about how our local government offi- er agencies in the county, as well as in meaning he’ll be prosecuted as an adult.
way politically motivated. cials and agencies conduct the people’s some of its municipalities.
business, particularly when it comes to The story starts on a day last February
“I am far from anything like that,” he providing the public records we need to Across the board, he said, the “atti- when, Martin said, he went to Crab Stop in
said. “I don’t care about politics.” hold them accountable, and he’s taking tudes and resistance” he encountered Vero for some food, and left $10,000 cash
a stand. were disturbing.
In fact, the mysterious plaintiff said NEWS ANALYSIS
he was upset last week when he read “There are things that occur in this “The common denominator was
in this newspaper a story suggesting county that the citizens need to know they all demanded my name and phone in his vehicle and the car door unlocked.
he might be a political operative work- about,” he said during our keyboard number, and most wanted to know why In the short time he was in the restaurant,
ing against Flowers, who is named as a conversation, “since our taxes pay the I wanted the record,” the plaintiff said. the cash, presumed to be drug money, was
defendant in one lawsuit and is promi- salaries of these people.” “I couldn’t believe it. I then began this stolen.
nently mentioned in the other. quest for truth and right.”
Too often, the plaintiff said, these That’s where Spencer comes into the pic-
“Eric Flowers is not the common officials and agencies resisted – and Under Chapter 119 of the Florida ture. After the popular high school student’s
thread,” he said, adding that it soon will sometimes refused – his requests to see Statutes, any record made or received body was found, police questioned Martin
become obvious that Flowers’ involve- records to which the public is legally by any public agency in the course of its multiple times, gradually zeroing in on him
ment in both lawsuits was little more entitled, and that frustrated him. official business is available for public as a suspect – in part because, according
than a coincidence. inspection, unless specifically exempt- to the arrest affidavit, “Martin was seen on
What moved him to action, howev- ed by the Legislature. The plaintiff’s video surveillance picking up the missing
He did not elaborate, and because he er, was the shabby way he was treated cases have been assigned to Circuit juvenile on Feb. 18, 2019 from the missing
chooses to remain anonymous, there’s when he made his initial requests. Judge Janet Croom. juvenile’s girlfriend’s house and that was the
no way to verify that what he said about last time anyone heard from the missing ju-
his motives is true. The plaintiff said he had made a pub- As for why the plaintiff chose to hide venile until his body was discovered on Feb.
lic records request “for a simple thing,” his identity, he said, “The anonymity it- 21, 2019.”
He did file these lawsuits, however, only to be laughed at by a “very rude” self is a big part of this whole thing. It’s
and he agreed to an on-the-record chat. clerk. He did not identify the agency, my right to remain this way. It doesn’t Initially arrested on charges of possession
So, at this point, I have no good reason but he said the encounter made him matter if these municipalities or offi- of marijuana with intent to distribute and
to not believe him. curious about other local government cials don’t like it. making false statements to a law enforce-
entities. ment officer, Martin was later charged with
Also, there was no hesitation when “The question that should be asked Spencer’s murder as evidence mounted
I asked this “John Doe” plaintiff what “That got me wondering if this was is: If they can violate these basic rights, against him, including ballistics reports ty-
prompted him to hire a lawyer and go the norm,” he said. what bigger issues are going on that we ing a weapon belonging to him to the crime.
to court, knowing he can’t be awarded don’t know about?” 
“So, I started asking more questions,

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS January 10, 2020 3

Martin told police Spencer was a friend of his son when he got arrested, especially the
sorts, a kid who liked to hang out with him jewelry, saying the keepsakes would mean a
and smoke weed – an underling or a lackey. lot to him.

On Oct. 22, Martin was indicted by Sgt. Martin reminds his son the jail is tap-
a grand jury, upping the severity of the ing all his phone conversations and advises
charges to first-degree murder. He faces se- him not to say anything on a call that should
rious consequences if convicted, up to and be kept within attorney-client privilege.
including the death penalty. They talk about the Florida prison system
and where Eli might end up should he be
While locked up awaiting trial, Martin convicted.
has made phone calls to family members
– calls that were recorded by detectives, “If you get convicted on what you’re be-
logged into evidence and released as part ing charged, as far as first-degree, you know,
of discovery documents to Martin’s defense if you get a death sentence, you’ll go to Rai-
attorneys. ford. Raiford is up in Osceola, it’s northwest
Florida. It’s near Gainesville,” Sgt. Martin
One call to his dad, retired Vero Beach Po- said. “Now if you’re convicted of first-degree
lice Sgt. Milton Martin, seemed revealing to murder and you do not have a death sen-
police. Detectives marked the call “import- tence, then you would not go to Raiford. You
ant” because Martin says in the call he can’t would go to one of the other ones.”
believe he did it – without specifying exactly
what “it” was. Sgt. Martin encouraged his son to not get
“gloomy doomy” as he adjusts to his new
On the collect call, placed at a rate of 26 reality. But he told him he needs to get past
cents per minute, father and son talk about any delusions that life will ever be the same
taking responsibility for actions. They also as it once was.
talk about prison, the death penalty and
how to navigate life behind bars. “That is your world now,” he said about
Eli being in prison.
“I can’t be your daddy in there and run
around checking on you inside. They get In a heartbreaking part of the conversa-
upset about that,” Milton Martin tells his tion, the elder Martin confesses a bitter-
son about the Indian River County Jail, sweet sense of relief to his troubled son.
which likely will be the younger Martin’s
home for the next few years until trial. “You know what? You ain’t gonna like me
saying this, but I feel better with you being
The jail is also the elder Martin’s work- there than being out on the street. I sleep
place. After his law enforcement career end- better. I know that’s (expletive)-ed up. Be-
ed, Martin became a Registered Nurse and cause I know you’re safe where you are,” he
now works for Sheriff Deryl Loar treating said. “I’m not saying I’m happy you’re in the
inmates at the jail. position you are, I’m just talking about you
being in jail. That’s how much I used to wor-
They talk about Eli’s bank accounts hav- ry about you, dude.
ing been seized and Milton Martin mat-
ter-of-factly advises his son how to ask the “I love you so much. Stay strong,” Sgt.
guards about getting his personal effects re- Martin concluded the call.
leased to him. He assures Eli that he would
treasure the personal items that were on Staff writer Nick Samuel contributed to
this report . 


BEACH REPLENISHMENT coast in September, was responsible for
about $7 million in erosion damage, ac-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cording to county officials.

along the beach so that Conn Beach will The ongoing “Sector 5” restoration
look more like itself again in another cou- project – using sand trucked in from up-
ple of weeks, according to Brian Sullivan, land sources – inconveniences some
spokesman for Indian River County. beachgoers who are being kept away from
active work sites.
“They’re bringing in three hurricanes’
worth of sand,” Sullivan said of workers But Vero Beach City Manager Monte
repairing the erosion caused by hurri- Falls said the area south of Jaycee Park re-
canes Matthew, Irma and Dorian in the mains open for visitors.
past four years.
Falls said the project will have to be
Dorian alone, which brushed by our wrapped up before the start of sea turtle
nesting season in April. 

4 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

Virgin Trains construction moving at full blast – but not here

By George Andreassi | Staff Writer way to replace the 93-year-old St. Sebastian and the existing train station in West Palm al months on new elevated railroad tracks
River Railroad Bridge. Beach. along State Road 528/Beachline Express-
Virgin Trains USA contractors are go- way between Orlando International Airport
ing great guns in Palm Beach and Brevard Virgin Trains contractors recently cleared Virgin Trains started service between Mi- and Cocoa.
Counties, working to extend the high-speed and graded the land along the tracks in ami and West Palm Beach in 2018 and says
passenger rail line from West Palm Beach to Roseland and built a gravel base for the it expects to start running 34 trains between Virgin Trains will connect the upgraded
Orlando, but not much is happening in In- crane where the railroad bridge touches Miami and Orlando by the end of 2022. FECR tracks to the new elevated tracks in
dian River County. down on the bluffs overlooking the river. Cocoa.
VTUSA is improving the Florida East
The only significant sign of the vast con- But that’s the only sign of construction Coast Railway tracks from West Palm Beach VTUSA contractors also have been busy
struction project here so far is a massive activity so far along the train tracks in Indi- to Cocoa to accommodate trains traveling for several months clearing and grading the
construction crane that’s been deployed an River County for the $2.4 billion exten- up to 110 mph. FECR right-of-way and improving railroad
near the railroad tracks in Roseland to han- sion of Virgin Trains passenger rail service crossings in northern Palm Beach County.
dle the heavy lifting when work gets under- between Orlando International Airport At the same time, Virgin Trains contrac-
tors have been working full blast for sever- Rather than concentrating on one or
two crossings at a time, VTUSA contractors
have been working intermittently on sev-
eral crossings, leaving them all in various
stages of construction.

Indian River County residents can expect
a similar construction pattern starting in

Construction equipment, stacks of
railroad ties, rows of rails, piles of gravel,
poured-concrete signal foundations and
utility cable spools line the tracks near rail-
road crossings from the train maintenance
facility in West Palm Beach to Frederick
Small Road in Jupiter. 



grade is a “B” – and conducting School Dis-
trict business in a transparent way.

“I’m going to show everything to our
community – the good, the bad, every-
thing,” Moore said. “We already know the
suspension rates are not [equitable be-
tween black and white students], and our
proficiency rates have been stagnant for
several years.

“I’m willing to be evaluated by my walk
and actions ... One thing I will not waiver
in is my belief that by our interactions with
students we can change lives.”

Moore’s comments were greeted with
applause by employees at Vero Beach High
School. Several teachers and counselors
said Moore’s message was inspiring and

“I really can’t recall anything the previ-
ous superintendent ever said,” one veteran
teacher admitted. “There wasn’t that en-
thusiasm or energy.”

Moore spoke to returning teachers at
Sebastian River High School and Treasure
Coast Elementary on Monday as well. The
all-hands-on-deck talks with school staffs
are part of an ambitious outreach program
aimed at school employees and the commu-
nity at large.

Moore plans to deliver Monday’s message
at all 21 of the district’s schools and Treasure
Coast Technical College during the month
of January. He’s also scheduled two commu-
nity town hall meetings this month, from 6
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 at the
school district administration building. 

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS January 10, 2020 5

PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR AGAIN Elite Airways inks new 3-year
BRINGING PAIN TO OUR BEACHES pact to keep flying out of Vero

By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer “You can get stung by an animal you can’t By Nicole Rodriguez | Staff Writer a month-to-month lease agreement until
see,” Masterson said. “And the tentacles are the council approves the executed agree-
Beware the blue-hued bulbous creatures active even after the animals are dead.” Elite Airways will continue to offer ment. While Elite was expected to sign the
you may see – or fail to notice – washed up flights in and out of Vero Beach Regional agreement last month, the delay was not
on our beaches or tumbling in the surf over Erik Toomsoo, assistant lifeguard captain Airport after inking a three-year contract worrisome to city officials, Mayor Tony
the next few months. for the city of Vero Beach, says he and his with the city. Young said.
colleagues normally aid stung swimmers by
’Tis the season for the bothersome Por- using gloved hands to take the tentacles off The city received the executed lease “My assessment was that they got a
tuguese man o’ war whose stings sent 15 the victim’s limbs and torso and applying agreement Monday following the Vero tremendous deal and I expected if they
beachgoers rushing to lifeguard stations at Bactine and heat packs. He said pain usually Beach City Council’s approval of the looked at it from an economic point of
South Beach on a recent Friday afternoon. lasts 10-15 minutes. But some victims with agreement several weeks ago. The agree- view, it made sense,” Young said.
special sensitivity may experience shortness ment will be reviewed by city staff and the
The invertebrates look like jellyfish but are of breath and require urgent medical care. Airport Commission – an advisory board Menger echoed Young’s sentiment.
zooids that typically float around in the Gulf to the council – and the council will con- “They were reviewing it. They were very
Stream, unable to swim. They ride the sea- Toomsoo advises beachgoers to stay out duct a final review of the contract later busy in the December schedule and for
sonally strong onshore winds and currents of the water when lifeguards post purple this month before it goes into effect, Air- the holiday,” Menger said. “We had flights
of fall and winter to arrive in our local waters. “stinging marine life” warning flags. And he port Manager Eric Menger said. that were booked, so they were just hop-
says the pesky bluish blobs could be around ping. They eventually got it back to us.”
Dr. James Masterson, a marine biologist for awhile. “We can get them year-round,” he The contract increases Elite’s fees 360 Elite could not be reached for com-
at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, said. “But it’s more a winter event – Novem- percent, effective July 1, raising the an- ment.
describes the creatures as “colonial organ- ber, December, January, February – when we nual license fee from $8,400 a year to The airline currently offers non-stop
isms” – individual creatures that specialize have strong south-southeasterly winds.”  $20,625 and imposes an $18,000 annual flights to and from Newark, New Jersey,
in different functions such as defense, di- rent charge for ticket-counter space – and Portland, Maine, during the winter.
gestion and reproduction joined together in rate hikes Elite expected and had no ob- Elite has offered seasonal flights to Ashe-
what appears to be a single animal. Their diet jections to, according to city documents ville, North Carolina, and limited winter
consists of small fish and squid, he says, and and city officials. The fee increases in the holiday flights to White Plains, New York.
they may be food for leatherback sea turtles new agreement come because of low fees The airline has yet to announce its sum-
which nest on our beaches – so they do serve Elite was charged as a start up incentive, mer schedule, Menger said. Elite began
an ecological function apart from being a city documents state. The previous lease operations from Vero Beach to Newark
nuisance to beachgoers. agreement with the airline expired on in 2015. 
Nov. 30. Elite is currently operating with
The creatures’ tentacles, which contain
an amino-acid-based venom, average 30
feet long but can be up to 150 feet, the sci-
entist said.

6 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Game on: Ortho doc embraces sports medicine field

Dr. Clay Greeson.


By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer into our senior years those numbers don’t “The great thing about sports medicine
[email protected] get any better. is we can take care of all those things
whether it be something that takes
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Most sports injuries,” says Hopkins,
“almost one-third of all injuries incurred in “are due to either trauma or overuse of place in a major league baseball player
childhood are sports-related injuries,” and muscles or joints,” and as the National In- or someone that’s playing golf.”
it shouldn’t surprise anyone that as we age stitutes of Health points out, “illness and
– Dr. Clay Greeson

aging both cause many structural and panoply of other exercise-related options
functional alterations in the human body, available, it just might be that Vero’s se-
rendering elderly people liable to over- niors are as active as younger residents.
loading of the musculoskeletal system.”
Newly arrived orthopedic surgeon Dr.
NIH adds that “immobilization and in- Clay Greeson has already grasped that dy-
activity have an even more deleterious ef- namic and is eager to put his extensive
fect on those structures and functions.” sports medicine skills to work here.

So it is good to stay active – despite the After graduating medical school at the
risk of injury – and with golf, tennis, pickle University of Kansas, this tall, athletic-look-
ball, running, hiking, sailing, gyms and a ing physician did his orthopedic residency at

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH January 10, 2020 7

elderly athletes and that the lower extremi- a large, encompassing system in order to
ties are the most susceptible to injury. make it work the right way.”

Greeson has only been a part of Cleveland Green had only been in Vero Beach seven
Clinic Indian River Hospital for a short time, days when he bought a home here, and he
so he artfully dodges a question about how admits, “I’m a pretty decisive person. I don’t
the orthopedic program here might evolve. like to dilly-dally.”

When pressed, however, he does admit That should be great news for Vero res-
“my hope is it would be a lot like what we did idents of all ages who suffer the sprains,
in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. You build your strains and worse that occur while keeping
team. You get your system together. You get themselves active and fit – no matter what
the right type of people around you. And age they are.
once you do that, you can start that umbrella
where you incorporate all the people around Dr. Clay Greeson is an orthopedic surgeon
it – meaning your orthopedic sports med- and sports medicine physician with Cleve-
icine professionals, your PAs, your nurse land Clinic Indian River Hospital. New to this
practitioners, your primary care sports area, he is now accepting new patients. His
folks, your internal medicine folks, your ER, office is in the hospital’s Health & Wellness
neurology-trained folks – because it takes building at 3450 11th Court in Vero Beach.
The phone number is 772-794-1444. 

the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and then went those things whether it be something that
on to UCLA for a sports medicine fellowship. takes place in a major league baseball play-
er or someone that’s playing golf” at their
And he doesn’t lack confidence. favorite golf course.
“My take on Vero Beach,” says Greeson,
“as well as the Florida Coast in general, is Greeson runs through a kind of checklist
that for both adult orthopedic needs as well of why orthopedics in general and sports
as sports medicine needs, it’s a wide-open medicine in particular has gained increas-
field and no one’s really put everything to- ing popularity with all age groups, including
gether to appreciate what’s here. better, less invasive surgical techniques, ro-
“I trained at the Cleveland Clinic,” he con- botic-assisted surgeries, better prosthetics,
tinues, “where we had a very robust sports better understanding on how the ligaments,
medicine program. We took care of pretty muscles, bones and other structures in the
much every high school [and college] in the body work, and how they all respond to inju-
area. There’s nothing like that here.” ry and to treatment.
At least not yet.
“The great thing about sports medicine,” That’s especially true of muscles be-
Greeson says, “is we can take care of all of cause, as NIH says, they are the most com-
monly acutely injured tissues among active

8 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

‘Extraordinary’ level of exercise doesn’t damage heart

By Amby Burfoot DeFina, president of the Cooper Institute, lesterol of 196 mg/dl, barely below the 200 group of physicians began to raise alarms
The Washington Post where the data was gathered. mark that is considered “borderline high.” about too much exercise. In a TED talk video
viewed more than 1 million times, cardiolo-
Contrary to concerns raised by some The extraordinary exercisers report- The researchers cannot say why the sub- gist James O’Keefe of Kansas City, Mo., spoke
cardiology experts, people who exercise an ed that they had been active for 26 to 28 jects exercised so much, as the question about “startling new insights that seem to be
“extraordinary” number of hours per week years. While their total training in many was not asked. On a questionnaire, many emerging about exercise.” A runner himself,
are not damaging their hearts, according ways mimicked that of Olympic distance noted their participation in running, bicy- O’Keefe continued: “I’m worried I might
to a new report presented last week at the runners, they appeared normal by many cling, swimming and other exercise, mostly have made a lethal mistake.”
annual meeting of the American Heart As- measures. They had an average BMI of 26.3, at an intensity equivalent to a very fast walk
sociation in Philadelphia. slightly into the “overweight” category that or a very slow jog – that is, effortful but not The next year, O’Keefe and colleagues
begins above 25, and average total cho- exhaustive. wrote a paper that argued against more
A group of Dallas-based researchers than 2.5 hours of running per week. By
shared health and mortality data for 54 men “Some might have been training for an doing more, they claimed, runners might
and 12 women who regularly engaged in 35 Ironman triathlon, some for multiple mar- “substantially diminish the remarkable
hours per week of leisure-time physical ac- athons, and many simply for optimal car- gains in longevity conferred by moderate
tivity. No one had previously investigated diovascular health over time,” says senior jogging.” This contrarian claim – which I
more than a handful of similar individuals. author Benjamin F. Levine, from UT South- challenged at the time – made headlines for
western Medical Center and Texas Health the same reason that a single runner death
Despite their unusual regimens, the ex- Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. in a marathon attracts more attention than
traordinary exercisers, who had an average 25,000 successful finishers. However, it has
age of 53, suffered no heart-related deaths The 2018 “U.S. Physical Activity Guide- never been confirmed by well-conducted
in 10 years of follow-up. In addition, they lines for Americans” recommend 150 to 300 epidemiological research with a sizable
differed in no significant way from a com- minutes per week of moderate exercise (such sample of heavy exercisers.
parison group of 2,088 exercisers who re- as walking), or 75 to 150 minutes per week
ported about 1.5 hours a day of activity. of vigorous exercise (such as running), plus Just three months ago, the British Jour-
two days a week of strength training. The nal of Sports Medicine published a report
Americans have long been advised to guidelines note that the benefits extend well pulling results from 48 papers on exercise
exercise consistently. But beginning eight beyond longevity to also include lower rates and health outcomes. It concluded: “Mor-
years ago, some cardiologists started warn- of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, de- tality risk was lower at physical activity
ing about excessive endurance exercise. The pression, cognitive decline and serious falls levels well above the recommended target
Dallas study seems to counter those fears. in older individuals. range. Further, there was no threshold be-
yond which lifespan was compromised.”
“Our findings tell avid exercisers that Beginning in 2011, however, a small
their habits don’t put them at an increased Levine is no exercise zealot. Like most
mortality risk,” says first author Laura F. fitness advocates, he’s primarily interest-
ed in getting more people to begin moving
more and sitting less. But he also believes
in supporting those who are passionate
about their serious exercise regimens.

For those seeking a less-extreme pro-
gram, Levine offers this 3- to 3.5-hour
weekly “exercise prescription for life,”
based on his decades of reviewing exer-
cise and health research. On one day, do
an hour of something active and fun. On
another day, do an interval workout that
includes four minutes at high intensity, fol-
lowed by three minutes of recovery. Repeat
four times for a total of 28 minutes. On two
or three days, do 30 minutes of moderate
aerobic activity. On any day, do 30 minutes
of strength training. 

10 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | HEALTHY SENIOR

Numerous factors can increase risk of heart attack

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist There is a variety of causes that lead to Atherosclerosis.
the narrowing of arteries, which is called
[In the last column, I wrote about heart “atherosclerosis.” This, in turn, increases
attack symptoms and what to do when you the likelihood of a heart attack.
feel them. Today, we’ll discuss the causes of
heart attack.] The following are some of the leading
causes of heart attacks:
A blood clot in a narrowed coronary ar-
tery is the usual cause of a heart attack. • Genetics. If early heart attacks run in
The clogged artery prevents oxygenated your family, you may be at risk to have one.
blood from nourishing the heart. This can You may have inherited the tendencies
lead to pain, the death of heart cells, scar to have high blood cholesterol and high
tissue and death. blood pressure.

• Cholesterol and triglycerides. These

can lead to deposit build-up in the arter- three-quarters of people with diabetes die
ies, which constricts the flow of blood. of heart or blood-vessel disease.
High levels of these substances are dan-
gerous to the heart. • Stress. This can elevate your blood
pressure. It may also lead you to gain
• Smoking. This habit damages the in- weight from overeating, and make you
side walls of arteries allowing cholesterol smoke to relieve tension.
to collect on them. And, smoking can in-
crease the risk of clots forming. The risk of • Alcohol. Too much drinking can raise
getting coronary artery disease is two to blood pressure and triglyceride levels. The
four times greater if you smoke. American Heart Association recommends
that, if you drink alcohol, do so in moder-
• High blood pressure. Also known as ation. This means an average of one to two
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lowers blood pressure. The more vigorous who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or
the activity, the greater your benefits, but older.
any exercise can benefit your health.
• Gender. Men are at greater risk than
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sure and diabetes. In addition, excess • Race. African Americans suffer from
weight forces the heart to work harder. higher blood pressure and a higher risk of
heart disease than Caucasians. Heart-dis-
• Diabetes. This disease accelerates ease risk is also higher among Mexican
atherosclerosis. Diabetes strikes more Americans and Native Americans.
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Meticulous attention to detail shows in Indian River Club home

By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer Homes, the Ebsteins’ house is located at ments when they were ready to buy in Indi- odorous dishes without the fear of linger-
[email protected] 249 Oak Hammock Circle SW, adjacent to an River County but didn’t like most of what ing smells. The sleek stainless oven and
a lake and overlooking the third hole of they saw. “They left us cold. They felt sterile.” microwave are wall-mounted opposite a
Barbara Ebstein is an interior decora- the Indian River Club golf course. The oak generous island.
tor and illumination specialist by trade. trees on the property reminded them of Driving through Indian River Club,
Alan Ebstein is a woodworker and home the home they had up north, which is one though, had a very different feel. The oak The family room is nearby, allowing the
remodeler. So, when it was time to build of many reasons they chose the lot. trees, the Audubon designation – “this is hosts to converse with guests while tend-
their new home in Indian River Club, they what we want,” Barbara said. ing to matters in the kitchen. The large
were able to find a builder who would de- “It has soul,” Barbara said of the lush, space features a propane-fueled fireplace
liver on their every wish. green location. Every detail of the home was meticu- accented with a deep niche perfect for dis-
lously reviewed and tweaked to their spec- playing Alan’s model ships. The built-in
Completed in 2014 by VB Custom The couple scouted several new develop- ifications before and during construction. entertainment center – again, crafted by
Alan’s hands – also has niches for display-
Custom lighting illuminates all the win- ing model ships or other artwork.
dows – something Barbara had to have
– and special crown molding around the The split floor plan provides plenty of
tray ceiling of the formal dining room pro- privacy for houseguests – as well as the
vides hidden lighting to establish the right owners. Behind the kitchen is a butler’s
mood when entertaining. pantry, as well as a bar with glass-front
cupboards. Back here is where you’ll find
The foyer opens onto a formal sitting the laundry room off the garage and two
room, which in turn opens onto the ex- guest bedrooms connected with a jack-
pansive screened lanai and saltwater pool. and-jill bath. The third guest room is
Beside the foyer is the formal dining room, found on the other side of the living room
complete with wainscoting installed by and has access to the lanai and pool.
Alan himself.
“The bedrooms are huge,” Barbara said.
Beyond the dining room, near the cen- On the opposite side of the house are
ter of the house, is the chef’s kitchen. The the home office and master suite. The of-
induction cooktop has a hood that vents
outside, allowing the cook to whip up


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Additional features: Move-in ready custom-built estate overlooks
third hole of golf course with lake and preserve views; chef’s gran-

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fice sits off the foyer and is complete with luncheon with 50 guests. All were comfort- serve, and the golf course. It’s a great place home to many exotic species.
two built-in desks Alan crafted. ably accommodated, Barbara said. to sit and take in the serenity of nature. The Ebsteins are ready to downsize now

Just beyond is the massive master “It’s great for entertaining,” she said. “Whoever buys this had better like that their grandchildren are older, and
suite, large enough to accommodate king “It’s just a lot of fun.” birds,” Barbara said of her home by the their visits are less frequent. They plan to
size furniture and still have room for a sit- Audubon-certified golf course, which is buy a lot in Oak Harbor and build anew. 
ting area. The lanai looks out onto a lake, pre-

Two walk-in closets are opposite each
other on the way to the en suite. One is
about double the size of the other – and
is perfect for a certain grandchild who
chooses to sleep there, instead of in a bed,
Barbara said.

The master bath is large, with a walk-
around shower that sits in the middle.
The way it is designed, there’s no need for
curtains or doors. There are wall-mounted
shower jets along with the shower head.

There are separate granite-topped sinks
– one has an attached vanity with a place
to sit. The water closet is large and has a
window to allow natural light to filter in
while still maintaining privacy.

“It’s got everything you can imagine,”
Barbara said.

The lanai is more than 600 square feet
and has several areas for dining and seat-
ing. The Ebsteins have hosted a range of
events at their home, including a women’s

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The first week of the new year saw 33 transactions of single-family residences and lots reported in
the mainland real estate market (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the custom-built 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom resi-
dence at 6700 65th St. – first listed in September for $785,000 – sold for $720,000 on Dec. 30.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Mike Young of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.
Representing the buyer was agent John M. Stringer of Alex MacWilliam, Inc.


VERO BEACH 6700 65TH ST 9/30/2019 $785,000 12/30/2019 $383,966
VERO BEACH 2569 SAINT LUCIA CIR 11/27/2019 $364,990 12/30/2019 $376,069
VERO BEACH 6329 CAICOS CT 7/22/2019 $389,458 12/30/2019 $322,500
VERO BEACH 3650 2ND PL SW 10/14/2019 $349,000 12/30/2019 $316,000
VERO BEACH 1155 AMETHYST DR SW 7/17/2019 $319,900 12/31/2019 $315,000
VERO BEACH 4111 KEESON CIR 7/23/2019 $328,290 12/31/2019 $292,500
VERO BEACH 5533 57TH AVE 11/6/2019 $315,000 12/30/2019 $281,000
VERO BEACH 5004 CORSICA SQ 11/18/2019 $287,000 12/31/2019 $274,297
VERO BEACH 1400 FORTROSE DR 11/23/2019 $280,644 12/30/2019 $270,000
SEBASTIAN 12 SUNSET DR 10/10/2019 $284,900 12/31/2019 $262,500
VERO BEACH 4115 KEESON CIR 7/26/2019 $286,567 12/30/2019 $249,040
VERO BEACH 3290 ROXBURY PL 9/13/2019 $254,040 12/31/2019 $245,800
VERO BEACH 1302 VERANDA WAY 12/2/2019 $245,800 12/31/2019 $237,750
VERO BEACH 4315 CROSS CT 11/20/2019 $244,900 1/3/2020

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2569 Saint Lucia Cir, Vero Beach 6329 Caicos Ct, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 11/27/2019 Listing Date: 7/22/2019
Original Price: $364,990 Original Price: $389,458
Sold: 12/30/2019 Sold: 12/30/2019
Selling Price: $383,966 Selling Price: $376,069
Listing Agent: Liz Boley Listing Agent: Liz Boley

Selling Agent: D R Horton Realty Selling Agent: D R Horton Realty

Not Provided Dick Davis

Not Provided Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

3650 2nd Pl SW, Vero Beach 1155 Amethyst Dr SW, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 10/14/2019 Listing Date: 7/17/2019
Original Price: $349,000 Original Price: $319,900
Sold: 12/30/2019 Sold: 12/31/2019
Selling Price: $322,500 Selling Price: $316,000
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Coming Up ‘Counting Flowers’: PAGE B2
Rowles’ abstract art in full bloom

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Vero Beach Opera’s 2020 sea-
son opens Sunday, Jan. 12, at
the VBHS Performing Arts Center
with – comedy? That’s correct. No
angst. No bloody murders. No dark,
brooding despair. If you’ve seen
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,”
you already know this, and you’ll
want to bring your opera-hesitant
pals who have yet to dip their toes
into even the shallowest of operatic
waters. There is, of course, “bribery,
deception and disguise,” says the
VBO promo, as the mischievous
barber, Figaro, helps Count Alma-
viva win his true love, Rosina. The
strong, professional cast includes
mezzo soprano Stephanie Foley
Davis as Rosina; tenor David Nar-
ghulis as the lovelorn aunt Alma-
viva; and, from the Met(ropolitan
Opera), baritone David Pershall as
Figaro; bass-baritone Peter Strum-
mer as Dr. Bartolo; bass-baritone
Rod Nelman as Don Basilio; and
soprano Susan Neves as Bert. The


B2 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | ARTS & THEATRE

‘Counting Flowers’: Rowles’ abstract art in full bloom

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist Barbara Rowles.
[email protected]
The first exhibition of the 2020 cal-
endar at the Center for Spiritual Care in
Vero Beach is Barbara Rowles’ “Counting
Flowers on the Wall,” on display through
Jan. 31. Rowles has of late become known
for her abstract flower paintings, which
are as upbeat as the Statler Brothers’
1966 hit, sans the blue notes of “playing
solitaire till dawn with a deck of 51.”

Rowles divides her time between
homes in Florida and Vermont (where
her flower garden inspires her art) and,
until recently, the Gaspé Peninsula in
Quebec. A Canadian by birth, she was
raised in the town of Gaspé, where her
Irish great-grandfather came to claim a
parcel of land that extended from the for-
est to the sea, using the land for lumber
and the ocean for commercial fishing.

Rowles’ father, Russell Keays, built
on his family’s success there, as an in-
dustrialist whose businesses included
lumber, ship-building, hotels and heavy
construction. He was also a politician
who served as the mayor of Gaspé for a
decade. Running as a Progressive Con-
servative in 1958, Keays was elected to
Parliament representing the electoral

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district of Îles-de-la-Madeleine; later her childhood in the 1940s and ’50s. It is
representing Quebec’s Gaspé district. now considered a mainly French-Cana-
dian region.
According to Rowles, “The Gaspé was
more English than the English,” during CONTINUED ON PAGE B4



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 Rowles often accompanied husband The couple moved to Vero Beach in 1989, “I started to paint with Deborah again,
Barry M. Rowles on international busi- “the year of the freeze,” when temps after having taken a 40-year sabbatical,”
“The Gaspé Peninsula is a destination ness trips connected with his work in the dipped into the teens around Christmas. says Rowles.
now for people who want to kayak, whale food and beverage industry.
watch and bike. It’s a magnificent part of In addition to her business and travel It wasn’t as easy as all that, however.
the world,” says Rowles, who reluctant- It was in Japan on one such trip when interests, Rowles was also a horsewom- Before studying with Gooch, Rowles took
ly sold her family’s vacation home there her husband told her, “You know, you are an. In Vero, she was happy to find lodg- classes with Bill Schultz, a Vero Beach-
earlier this year. calling the shop from Tokyo to see what ing for her steed at Winter Beach Farms, based artist known for his impressionis-
the day’s sales are,” before suggesting where she received a two-for-one deal. tic style, and later graduated into lessons
“It was very tough. The home I grew that it might be time for her to retire from Artist Deborah Gooch, who with hus- offered by Florida landscape artist Mor-
up in was in town, five miles away. This the fashion business. She eventually sold band Jim Gooch owned and operated the gan Samuel Price.
house was on the beach.” the shop to her manager in 1985, after horse boarding facility, became one of
Barry had been retired for three years. her first friends here. She also signed up for workshops with
Although Rowles is now a U.S. citizen, painters from Santa Fe – Albert Handell
Quebec’s wide-open spaces and her pio- and Joanna Arnett. One of her favorite
neer roots there are close to her heart. workshop teachers is Californian Rob-
ert Burridge, who Rowles fondly refers to
As a teen, Rowles attended a private as “a wild man,” whose use of florescent
school in Westmount, Quebec, and colors she has adopted – in moderation.
around 18 began attending studio class-
es at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Rowles began to paint with Gooch,
first in a barn on Gooch’s property and
One of her teachers, Arthur Lismer, then at the Vero Beach Museum of Art,
was a member of the Group of Seven, when Gooch began teaching there. Over
the young lions of Canada’s modern art a decade ago, when 14 local artists got to-
scene in the roaring 1920s. Its members gether to form Gallery 14 on 14th Avenue
channeled their patriotic feelings into in downtown Vero, Rowles and Gooch
landscape paintings that lauded Cana- were among the founding members.
da’s captivating beauty in stylized de-
pictions of nature. Widely admired in Rowles, who stayed with the gallery
Canada and noticed internationally, the for about seven years, says she had very
Group of Seven disbanded in 1932 when good sales for her impressionist land-
its artists realized that they had achieved scape and floral paintings during that
their goal of creating a distinctly Canadi- time. Four years ago, when Gooch left
an school of art. the museum to teach in a Vero Beach
storefront space just off Miracle Mile,
Rowles spent two years in art classes Rowles followed her, renting a portion of
before rounding out her education with the space to work independently along-
a stint in business school. The latter side her mentor.
helped her in 1973 when she opened the
Galloping Boutique, a fashion business Now that Deborah and Jim Gooch
with shops of that name in West Hart- have departed Vero to live in Taos, New
ford, Conn., and on Martha’s Vineyard. Mexico, Barbara and a select few of Deb-
orah’s other advanced students have tak-
While her training in art helped Rowles en over the rent on the 7th Avenue studio
evaluate the colors and trends of seasonal and plan to continue painting there for
fashions, running the business “was tak- the foreseeable future.
ing a lot of my time,” she says. Too much
to think about creating her own art. Rowles’ personal crystal ball foretells
a more abstract painting style for her.
“I used to go to Paris twice a year for Since getting back into it, she has been
the collections,” she says. making representational paintings for
over 20 years.
“It was my goal that my clients not see
anything in my boutique that they would Her exhibit at the Center, located at
see in a department store. So I went to the 15540 24th St. in Vero Beach, will be on
Prêt-à-Porter (‘Ready-to-Wear’) shows in display through Jan. 31. 
Paris. I bought clothes in September, Oc-
tober that would arrive six months later
for the spring collection.”


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1 “The Barber of Seville” at Vero 45-to-60-minute deep dive into the work, in- mo, “won the Florida District of the Metro- always something going at Capt. Hiram’s.
Beach Opera starting Sunday. cluding studying the piece in great detail fol- politan Opera National Council Auditions in Take this weekend for example – Friday,
lowed by a sure-to-be lively discussion. Time: Winter Park this past November.” All pro- Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10, 11 and 12.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 noon. Admission: free with museum admis- ceeds from the concert benefit the Music An- Friday brings, from Cocoa Beach, vocalist
sion. Museum members free. Do register. gels Education Fund, a nonprofit established and instrumentalist T.A. Williams at 3:30
Vero Beach Opera Orchestra will be under Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 2016 by patron of the arts Linda Sposato to p.m.; followed by up-and-coming alterna-
the baton of another Met artist, Maestro Admission: under 17 and active military, free; provide music lessons, via scholarships, for tive-pop band out of Vero Beach, East Har-
Joel Revzen. “The Barber of Seville” is fully adults, $12; 65 and up, $11; students with ID, “committed students 4 to 16 who couldn’t af- bor, at 7:30 p.m. Relax with the Captain Sat-
staged and with English supertitles. Enjoy. $5. or 772-231-0707 ext. 136. ford them otherwise.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: urday, starting with a nice rum drink and
Curtain: 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $50. 772- $35 ahead, $40 at the door. 772-234-2736 or the music of country/western band Double
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of us, within a certain age range, hold hours, OverRated Band, with rock, pop and
2 “The Way the Moon’s in Love with the a distant, dreamy memory that drifts back 5 A popular resort, eatery, bar and dance tunes from the ’80s to now, from 7:30
Dark”: surely one of the most intrigu- into mind when we hear a certain Carpenters live music mainstay on Sebastian’s p.m. Head on up this weekend for a little re-
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the artwork itself is gorgeously eye-popping More,” or perhaps “Rainy Days and Mon-
as well. You can learn a great deal about this days.” These and other wonderful songs from
one Wednesday, Jan. 15, when the Vero Beach those talented siblings, Karen and Richard
Museum of Art presents the new year’s first Carpenter, will be yours again this Saturday,
in its popular Art Talk series, this one entitled Jan. 11, when LIVE! From Vero Beach presents
“Lighting theWay,” featuring FredWilson’s fas- “Classic Albums Live: We’ve Only Just Begun:
cinating sculpture. Here’s the format: A very Carpenters Remembered” at the Emerson
well-trained docent meets attendees at the Center. According to Wikipedia, the Carpen-
front desk, then you head to the galleries for a ters “sold more than 100 million records in
just over a decade and still hold the record
for most consecutive Top 10 singles.” Says
the production promo, the show launched
in 2013 and played to enthusiastic audienc-
es “from Washington State to New York City
to sell-out houses in Las Vegas, and Downey,
California, the duo’s hometown.” Channeling
Karen’s voice and Richard’s compositions and
arrangements in the clear, precise, exception-
ally true-to-the-original style for which Clas-
sic Albums Live is known will be vocalist Mi-
chelle Berting Brett, and her Nashville band.
Directed by Harry Sharpe, these musicians,
says the Emerson, have worked with such pop
icons as Donna Summer, Wynonna Judd, Col-
lin Raye, Bobby Caldwell, Tanya Tucker, John
Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw and
Michael McDonald. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $30
to $95. 800-595-4849.

2 “Lighting the Way” Art Talk 4 Just appearing on my radar, this looks
at VBMA Jan. 15. like a circle-the-date event for jazz and
blues fans. A “Jazz to Classics Concert” this
Saturday, Jan. 11, will bring to First Presbyte-
rian Church in Vero musicians of the terrific,
very community-minded Fort Pierce Jazz and
Blues Society – Gene Bruno tenor sax; Don
Bestor, piano; Claudio Bernardo, drums; and
Al Hager, bass – and mezzo soprano Maire
Therese Carmack who, says the concert pro-

B6 January 10, 2020 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | SEEN & SCENE

Vero revelers roar into the ’20s at New Year’s bashes

Leah Messler and Nathaniel Simon. Palthiel Bristol and Rose Laguerre. Tim Hanlin and Elizabeth Rota. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES Monica and Dale Martin.
Isabel Dopson and Andrea Essman.
The fun bubbled over at numer-
ous locations throughout Vero
Beach, as folks said farewell to
2019 and welcomed in what many
hope will be the roaring ’20s. No
matter where people gathered
with friends and family to ring in
the New Year, the overall consen-
sus was that while 2019 would al-
ways hold some nostalgic mem-
ories, it was time for everyone to
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Shandong Noodle House: Chinese dishes with a twist

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer Honey Garlic Chicken.
[email protected]
House Special Beef Pepper Steak.
Walking into the tiny, simply Fried Rice.
decorated Shandong Noodle
House last Friday with my
two companions, we dis-
covered a few “rules”
right away. Sit wherev-
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Walk straight
back to the
counter if you’re
grabbing a to-go
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When we venture out to an Asian
restaurant, our secret hope is that the fa-
vorite dishes meet some sort of “average”
standard, that they are what we expect
with little deviation. When our run-
of-the-mill dishes turn out to
be something really spe-
cial, that’s a pleasant

Shandong Noo-
dle House excels at
the typical slate of
Chinese staples –
the fried rice, the
lo mein, the spring
rolls and the dump-
lings. But the cooks here

Steamed Pork Soup, my companion said he’d never had liked the thinner, more Chicken Corn Soup,
Dumplings. that combination of ingredients in a soup delicate noodles. Chinese Russian Soup,
at an Asian restaurant, but it certainly
put their own twist on some of the recipes works. A tasty soup that was a fine way to For entrees we ordered and Egg-Drop Soup.
and that’s what you’ll remember long after start the meal. The soups were included in Honey Garlic Chick-
your meal. our lunch specials. en ($7.95), Pepper Steak Hours:
(8.95) and the House Fried 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions be- The spring rolls ($2 each) were light, Rice ($11.95) with beef, pork, Monday through Saturday;
cause there are likely a few things on the fresh and not greasy. We also ordered a chicken and shrimp. My com- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
menu that will cause you to wonder. plate of Pork Dumplings ($6.95) and Chick- panion described his pepper steak as Beverages: Beer & Wine
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We thoroughly enjoyed the owners’
family recipes handed down through the
generations, as our server told is the Chi-
nese grandparents still staff the kitchen,
whipping up their specialties. Our lunch
excursion for three totaled $53 plus tip.

I welcome your comments, and en-
courage you to send feedback to me at
[email protected].

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Bonz is cuckoo for Koko, a star at the shelter

Shorty to not be distracted by the bright

Hi Dog Buddies! lights; learn about blocking (where

For this column, I was originally gonna I’m s’pose to be); Q’s (when to do
innerview two pooches, Koko an Shorty,
but I ended up only meeting Koko. Both something); an pretendin’ (like I
of them got to do the coolest thing during
Christmas: they were part of the cast of a was meetin’ a bunch of grown-ups
big Christmas show called “Muttcracker
on the Indian River.” Well, ackshully, it’s and liddle kids). It was ackshully
“Nutcracker” in Human, “Muttcracker” in
Dog. Wait’ll you hear! fun: I love humans, ’spechully liddle

Me an my assistant met Koko at his cur- ones, and I got lots of pats. Camilo
rent residence, the Humane Society of Vero
Beach an Indian River County, a real Cool was my stage partner. He played
Kibbles place, I found out. I wouldn’t have
even known about Koko if my assistant ‘Officer Maltese,’ an I (well, me an
hadn’t gone to see this big holiday show,
with music, cos-tooms, an lotsa grown-ups Shorty) played his Faithful Com-
an liddle kids dressed like birds, an dol-
phins and turtles. The show was a “bal-A,” panion. He held my leash, an gave
which is a story told with music and a
special swoopy kinda dancin’ – instead of me Strategic Treats on stage, which
just yappin.’ I Googled and found out the
bal-A was written a long time ago, like 896 was a very duh-licious PERK.
Dog Years, by a guy in Russia who was re-
ally good at writin’ that stuff. His name is, Koko PLUS, Camilo is the bal-A Master,
ummm, Pete Chy-COFF-skee.
PHOTO: KAILA JONES an when we weren’t on stage, he
Me an my assistant were greeted by two
nice ladies, Tammy an Tracey, an we got a coupla pooches to be in the show: they showed me some Pawsome Moves. He can
settled in a big sunny room. Tammy went
out an returned with a hansome brindle hadda have Good Manners anna Very leap higher than I can, buh-leeve it or not.”
pooch, about my size, long-leggedy, nice
square head an frenly brown eyes, walkin’ “Absolutely.” Frenly, Easy-Goin’ Attitude, which is pretty “Woof! So, what IS Shorty’s story? Why
very politely onna leash, wagging to beat “First off, I am a mutt, an I’m not ashamed
the band. He approached for the Wag- to say it. Before I came here, I lived with my much me to a T. My audition was a success, isn’t he here?”
an-Sniff, and greeted my assistant with Mom, a kind, loving human who took good
some nudges. His nice long tail never once care of me. We had daily walks, an lotsa car an so was Shorty’s. (We each did one night.) “Shorty was a stray. A Pooch of the
stopped waggin.’ rides, which I loved. I had my own bed, an
yummy food. But one day, Mom broke her Here’s the Totally Cool Kibbles thing: the Streets. He was spotted by Animal Control
“Good morning, good morning! I’m leg real bad. She couldn’t walk me anymore,
Koko. It is so Crunchy Dog Biscuits that or take me for rides, an she wouldn’t be able ‘Bal-A Vero Beach’ humans an the Humane (the Pooch Police: firm but nice). The lid-
you’re gonna write about our theater gig. to till her leg got better, which was gonna be
We’re SO psyched!” a real long time. Society humans decided to be PART-ners. dle dude was all skinny, banged up, an to-
“It was right before Christmas but, even
“A pleasure, Koko. I’d like to know how though it made us both sad, she had to give The show’s official name was ‘Nutcracker tally freaked out when they bought him in.
you got here and what your life’s like now, me up For My Own Good. So here I am. I
’specially since the big show.” miss Mom, of course, but it’s ackshully on the Indian River,’ but they also called I tried to tell him things were gonna be OK,
pretty cool here. I hadda be in quor-in-teen
“Sure, Bonz … may I call you Bonz?” for five days cuz You Can’t Be Too Careful. it ‘Muttcracker,’ because we were not only but it took him a while.”
Then, after I got checked out an spiffed up
(an had the No Puppies Procedure, which gonna act, but also let people know about “But where is he now?”
wasn’t that bad), I officially became a Certi-
fied American Shelter Dog, and got put on pooches like us who are lookin’ for Forever “One he got tidied up an put on some
The Adoption Floor, where humans come
to look for The Right Pooch. I haven’t been Famlies. We even got our PIK-shurs in the weight, he turned into a very cute pooch,
anyone’s Right Pooch yet, bein’ busy with
the show an all …” program, like the human actors. Seriously the kind humans are drawn too, if you
“How did all that happen? I mean, did
you hafta audition? I bet you never thought Crispy Dog Biscuits!” know what I mean.”
you’d be in Show Biz.”
“You got THAT right. What happened “Woof, Koko! That’s wa-ay exciting! “I do,” I said.
was, the humans in charge of the show,
Adam an Camilo, called here lookin’ for So, did you rehearse? What was it like on “He didn’t make this innerview because

stage? Were you nervous?” he got a-DOP-ted! I JUST found out this

“First time I was on stage, it felt Very morning. I’m so happy for him.”

Big. It had a set, which is a lotta stuff that “Best. Christmas. Present. EVER!”

makes the plain old stage look like Some- “Absolutely.”

place Else. In the part I was in, Act 1, Scene Heading home, I was thinkin’ about

3, the set was a train station. I hadda learn Shorty’s happy holiday ending, and ho-

pin’ Koko, an all the other Certified Amer-

DON’T BE SHY ican Shelter Dogs, would get their own
Happy Endings. An thinking how lucky

We are always looking for pets I am to have my Gramma an Grandpa
with interesting stories. waiting for me.

To set up an interview, email The Bonz
[email protected].

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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist —

Jon Bon Jovi reputedly said, “Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.” Today’s A K 10 9 8 7 5 4 3
deal features something very rare: a nine-card suit. It was played six times in a duplicate in
Florida. With East-West vulnerable, South opens one heart, and West passes. What should WEST 8
North do? AQ43 EAST
The normal response with this hand is five diamonds. Four of the six players in that duplicate Q6 972
did just that, and it ended the auction. Three made the contract, losing two spades. One 965
North went down, I cannot imagine how. K532

Two Norths bid only three diamonds, a weak jump response. One South sensibly passed 2
— misfits are miserable — but it did not work well here. The second South rebid three no-
trump and got a top. Q J 10 7 4

If West had been psychic and led the heart eight, the defenders could have taken the SOUTH
first four tricks via either three hearts and one spade or two hearts and two spades.
(Note also that three no-trump by North could have been defeated with a low-heart lead.) KJ8
Understandably, though, West led the spade three. South won with her jack and ran the
diamonds. During the avalanche, East and West discarded clubs, so South took the last Q 10 7 6 4
three tricks with her clubs. Plus 520 outscored all of the 400s.
Many experts would have difficulty with this deal because a five-diamond response would
not be natural. It would show a big heart fit and a diamond void and ask for key cards aside AK32
from the diamond ace. This is called Exclusion Key Card Blackwood. I guess here North
would respond two diamonds, then rebid five diamonds. Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West

The Bidding:

1 Hearts Pass ??
3 Clubs

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ACROSS 109 Sam’s only comedy 51 NFL team The Washington Post
1 Bern’s river based on a sitcom? 52 Cry
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8 Taj Mahal builder, e.g. 116 Bosnians, e.g. 54 “So!”
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17 Sam’s vampire western? 119 Piece of pack ice 57 Lacking oomph
19 Pfeiffer pic, 120 Japanese carp 61 First impression (anagram of
121 Disagreer’s word
Married to ___ 123 See 127 Down EAR CUP)
21 1993 Oscar-winning actress 124 Place for tennis? 62 They “shall inherit the earth”
22 Sam’s Tex-Mex comedy? 126 Sam’s bio of 64 Nimble, for 90
24 Uriah Heep’s 66 ___ Na Na
Roberta Flack? 70 Stagger back
self-description 130 “The Great” Mogul emperor 71 Angel or Victoria, e.g.
25 Half your supper? 131 Sink like ___ 72 Popular synthetic
26 Long. crosser 132 Movie Sam never made? 73 Bad dates?
27 See 77 Down 133 Bears’ homes 74 Famed N.Y.C. restaurateur
28 Like some apples 134 The male side, 75 Pallid
30 Heady request 76 Collar color
31 Icy layer in China 77 Guy in a story about thieves
33 Sam’s political thriller? 135 Airport info 81 It helps in protein synthesis
36 Bam-boom sticks 136 Exerciser 82 Doing errands, e.g.
37 Blacktop 83 Highest
39 Biathlon buy DOWN 85 African language family
40 Awesome Bruin 1 Grade choices 86 Fleecy female
41 Marries, e.g. 2 Big Easy trumpeter 88 “___ any and all
44 Ofc. holders? 3 ___ one’s parade
48 Snake or CPA 4 Subj. for immigrants wrongdoing ...”
52 Sam’s drama set 5 See 63 Across 89 Car-collecting
6 Loads
in an abbey? 7 Pale TV host
56 Drops in the box, e.g. 8 Terrified one 90 Tight athletes
58 Eire org. 9 Coop dweller 94 Remarkable
59 La-la lead-in 10 Stradivari’s teacher 95 Type of chemical compound
60 Pathetic 11 Golf great Ben 97 Medium size
61 Sam’s musical? 12 Apt first name for a 99 Barbados beverage
63 Solozzo victim 102 Bunny empire creator
65 Grating sound restaurateur 104 Hole-___
67 Structure with spillways 13 Gable’s love 107 First baseball commissioner,
68 B.P.O.E. people 14 “Burnt” color
69 Sam’s golf mystery? 15 Rent anew Kenesaw Mountain ___
75 R.I.P., e.g. 16 Wharf features 108 Change slowly
78 Hear here? 18 ___ at windmills 109 Pedal to the ___
79 Disraeli was one 19 Maupin and Poe output 110 “Venice of the Orient”
80 Home of Firestone 20 Musical Alban 111 Congregation head
84 Sam’s thriller about 23 “Silent” prez 112 Seltzer opener
29 And yet, quickly 113 Like revelry
evil carolers? 32 Ticket receipt 114 Silt site
87 Hose gatherer 33 Ballplayer Sid, 115 Artifact-finding mission
91 Brazil, for one 116 Greek portico
92 Center or a fish 117 More furtive
93 Permit 34 Ft. ___, N.J. 121 Defeat
94 Sam’s sequel to 35 Wipe out 122 Arm bone
37 Type of monkey, 125 Crisis rms.
69 Across? 127 He ousted
96 Pine (for) or two notes
98 Hagar the 38 Boons to alfresco banking Sihanouk, 1970
42 Boulanger or Comaneci 128 Marseille Mrs.
Horrible’s dog 43 Fab drummer 129 Palindromic knife
100 “___ the Clowns” 45 Outback sight
101 Fifti finish 46 Confident, ability-wise
103 Where Tell dwelt 47 Instrument heard on the Sgt.
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106 Bullish comment? Pepper’s album
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